Shotton Grange, Northumberland- Spring Inspired Shoot

Apr 15, 2024 | WEDDING

During the wedding industry’s off-season, a few local suppliers and I got together to create a spring-inspired styled shoot. This photoshoot was a great creative outlet and just what we needed during this quieter time and after a long, cold autumn/winter season. The shoot took place at Shotton Grange in Northumberland and was captured by the exceptionally talented Jonathan Stockton Photography. At the core of the theme were soft peach tones and gentle blues and ivories which seamlessly blended across all elements of the styling for the shoot. 

The Venue

Shotton Grange is an elegant Georgian Manor and Coaching House and is considered one of the North East’s finest wedding venues. It is nestled within 6 acres of stunning country grounds in Northumberland, but only a short drive from the bustling city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  Shotton Grange offers a wide range of spaces such as their Cocktail Bar, Drawing Room, the Cosy Snug and their recent addition, The Shack – where you can enjoy elevated, alfresco dining with a delicious selection of street food and wood fired pizzas. In addition, their manicured walled gardens and grounds are the perfect backdrop in any weather and one of the reasons why we chose this venue. Their bridal suite, the Ridley, features its own dressing room and is the perfect space for bridal preparations with its neutral, airy and beautiful design flooded with natural light. 

The Photographer

Jonathan is a very well known and super talented photographer in the north east; he has a great eye for detail and his photography exudes sophistication and elegance. I love the way he captures honest and relaxed images with an artistic flair. He is also great at making everyone feel relaxed in front of the lens so he was perfect for our shoot.

The Bridal Look: Hair & Make-up

The day began with Crystal of Bridal by HBCT and Melanie Hedley Make Up Artist providing the bridal look for our gorgeous model Sam. Crystal created a youthful half up half down with soft waves hairstyle, beautifully finished with a loose plait which perfectly suited the fresh, modern and carefree look we were after. Mel, a super experienced MUA, delivered a flawless natural look. She created a gorgeous bronzed, radiant look with a subtle smokey eye, soft silky lashes and brushed natural brows. It was the ideal spring make-up look, fresh and glowy finished off with a floating lip and touch of gloss.

The Dress

The bridal look was taken a step further with our model, Sam, wearing a stunning Justin Alexander strapless A-line dress with detachable blouson sleeves from the prestigious bridal boutique, Bridal Wish. Wendy, its owner, offers an extensive range of the finest bridal gowns and accessories and a truly personal experience from the moment you walk through her door.

The Jewellery

The extremely knowledgeable Sarah Vuong accessorised our model Sam with a very pretty and elegant dainty pearl necklace with matching earrings and also provided the most beautiful gold Dahlia and Daisy pins which were used on Sam’s hair.

The Flowers

The elegant Shotton Grange was enhanced by Sharon from The Little Flower House who used a soft, delicate colour palette creating a classic, chic look using a selection of beautiful flowers and foliage in soft blue, peach and ivory. The bouquet was designed with seasonal flowers and loosely arranged to give an element of movement and softness, complimenting the flow of the dress. Sharon knows me well so I just need to share my concept with her and she gets it straight away and her floral designs are always exquisite.

The Décor & Styling

The tables were styled with pale blue muslin napkins and a mix of chiffon peach and ivory linens, available to hire from us at The Artisan Wedding House. I like to use a lot of fabric to add texture and create a romantic vibe. I also chose a lot of glass and a hint of gold accessories to keep the whole design timeless and elegant with a bit of warmth. I used our new taper candle glass sleeves for the first time, which everyone seemed to love. They don’t only look great, but they make using real candles safe too. I selected a mix of soft peach and blue candles to compliment florals, the cake and stationery. The gold beaded glass charger plates and dainty bottles for the delicate flower stems finished off the tables beautifully. 

The Stationery

Autumn of Autumn Rose Paper Co. created a gorgeous peach fuzz inspired stationery set (table numbers, menus and place cards) to deliver a fresh, contemporary look. This bespoke signage also included an elegant linen banner, perfect for welcoming guests which exuded sophistication and charm. 

The Cake

The timeless spring theme was perfectly encapsulated in this classic tiered cake by Nat of Cake Bod. She created a two-tier cake also with a nod to the Pantone shade of 2024, peach fuzz. Nat added the most intricate floral sugar details to create a romantic and elegant design.

You can find more inspiration from the day with photographs from the shoot along with the full list of credited suppliers below.

Credited Suppliers

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