A flower-filled bridal shoot in Norfolk

02 Apr 2019

Celebrating a brand new venue in Norfolk for 2020 weddings and beyond, this floral shoot is filled with the joys of spring

Detailing her vision for this colourful shoot in Melton Constable, Hannah Brodie Photography takes us behind the scenes. 

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

To highlight the natural beauty and unique floral venue on our doorstep while networking and helping local businesses like myself, to showcase their work and talents and how they can be accompanied with the stunning Norfolk countryside and all it has to offer. The current purpose is to reveal this hidden gem as a new and exciting wedding venue. 

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Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen

Stody Lodge Gardens is an upcoming wedding venue as of 2020. It is a stunning garden setting featuring an array of colourful flowers including azaleas and rhododendrons, making it a unique and vibrant wedding venue in North Norfolk. I wanted somewhere different to most wedding venues. At the time, the venue was not hosting weddings but having put forward my bridal shoot plans to the owners, they were very interested in the idea. I wanted the shoot to be vibrant, to really stand out, and Stody was the ideal hidden gem. 

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

I used two different sets of flowers, both including a bouquet and a headpiece. One set I wanted to keep white to allow the colourful background to stand out but my favourite look was the vibrant red and orange arrangements. I think this really complemented the venue as the vivid colours on the model really enhanced the colourful beauty of the gardens.

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What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride?

I wanted the dress to be flattering but with a natural flow at the bottom to accentuate the natural beauty of the gardens and the floral design on the dress also fits in with the venue. The model has beautiful blue eyes, so I wanted the make-up to enhance her eyes without being too heavy to fit in with the natural look. The red lipstick was again used to make her features stand out and to match the red flower headpiece and bouquet. I wanted all of the colours to complement each other and really 'pop' in the images. I deliberately chose a brunette model as I felt these deep colours would go well together and her dark hair would allow her to stand out against the floral background.

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What kind of accessories were used?

I wanted to retain a natural look and draw attention to the colours and the flowers rather than the accessories so we didn’t use any jewellery, keeping it simple and keeping the focus on the setting. The colours and flowers speak for themselves so I felt that accessories weren’t really needed. I did, however, use a white umbrella in some of the shots to create an old fashioned summer garden feel in front of the classic rhododendrons.

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Get the look: 

Photography: Hannah Brodie Photography & Videography
Venue: Stody Lodge Gardens
Make-up: Emma Wicks at The Beauty Box Fakenham
Flowers: From Edgefield Nurseries
Dress designer: Maggie Sottero from Pure Brides

For more Norfolk wedding inspiration, pick up the latest edition of Norfolk Bride magazine

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