Wedding Photo Shoot – Sulgrave Manor


Written by Hannah Gill, 12.08.16


A flurry of suppliers gathered early morning at Sulgrave Manor for a magical wedding photo shoot opportunity in the glorious summer sun (lucky right!). We were fortunate enough to work with a host of fabulous suppliers: the super talented Gemma and Michelle from Gemma Sutton make-up artist; Chloe from Bare Blooms florists; Whimsical Cakery wedding cakes; the gorgeous models Haylay, Jac, Lisa, Rachael and Jordan who were simply stunning; Fairy Tale Weddings for the elegant dresses; and finally Blue Bird Dresses for the bridesmaids.


Charlotte & Alex from Sulgrave Manor had carefully planned every precise detail of this inspired photo shoot, using some of the best industry talent they had worked with. Charlotte even managed to rustle up ‘Cracker & Smudge’ a gorgeous white pony, and his little Shetland sidekick! They say never work with children or animals but they were very well behaved (despite eating the set in the first shot – I guess it should have been expected in an orchard of untouched grass!)


The Orchard was the destination for our first shoot and was set up for a gorgeous outdoor ceremony. Cracker was the star of the show for some inspired shots accompanied by the beautiful Jolene, modelling a stunning dress from Fairy Tale Weddings and designed by Blue Bionzonie. The dress was everything the whimsical bride desires, with its flowing skirt and lace detail.


The second shoot of the ceremony, set up in the mature gardens, saw the youngest model Rachel (effortlessly beautiful with her stunning locks perfectly styled by Gemma) in a stunning Eliza Jane Howle dress. Rachel was then joined by Jolene and Jordan, modelling versatile and flattering bridesmaids’ gowns by Twobirds.


Hayley and Jac then took centre stage as a real married couple for the next shoot! They were married at Stratford Town Hall last year, another one of our venues, and a stunning ceremony venue at that! The couple were celebrating their anniversary so were able to play out their big day again, but with far less guests… and champagne!


Their shoot took us into the Barn where Chloe from Bare Blooms produced a stunning display on a vintage ladder that hung from the beams decorated with rustic flowers. Gold cutlery and vintage props lined the table for a stunning set up, all dreamt up by the wonderful Charlotte, who really does take pride in this gorgeous venue.


For the final shoot we took a small trek over to the barns for our rustic bride shoot. Lisa, a new mum and bride-to-be, was dressed in a fitted gown that fit her perfectly clinging to all the right areas, with a stunning train that was the perfect length for an off-road photo shoot in front of the rustic surroundings of the ageing farmyard.


Jodie Cooling has such an incredible eye for the back drops of these wonderful shoots. It’s not hard to see why Charlotte picked her as the photographer for the shoot. No bride too tall or detail too small for this talented photographer, and as you can see from some of the images she has supplied us with, she captured the details tremendously!


Bare Blooms is an utter perfectionist creating the perfect balance between too much and not enough. She provided an array of magical flowers that fitted in perfectly with the theme, using items from manor house gardens and utilizing weeds in a way you couldn’t imagine!


This really is one of my favourite venues. The team at Sulgrave are all so warm and friendly and the venue itself offers a fantastic juxtaposition between old and new with the flexibility to suit any wedding. In short, this exciting photo shoot, venue and all the extremely talented suppliers was a great experience and I am so pleased to have been invited along!

Excitingly enough, we will be back there for another fun day to see all the lovely suppliers again on September 11th at their wedding fair, so do pop along if you would like to see this unique venue!