A majestic and dramatic Dorset abbey bridal shoot

22 May 2017

Taking place at the historic Milton Abbey, this photoshoot was a collaboration between local Dorset wedding suppliers and vendors

Linus Moran from Linus Moran Photography takes us behind the scenes of his Dorset based bridal shoot that centred around the stunning 14th century Milton Abbey. The shoot aimed to show off the unique venue as well as a variety of high quality Dorset suppliers.

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

The photoshoot was a pre-wedding season collaboration, working with friends we have made over the years. We were looking to produce something fresh and contemporary, exploiting creativity as well as the stunning setting and location.

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

The venue is under a new events management team, so we wanted to lend support and show off not only the unique abbey, but also the civil ceremony room that many couples opt for to hold un-religious ceremonies.

Milton Abbey is a unique and beautiful venue nestled in the stunning Delcombe valley in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Couples getting married at Milton Abbey have access to some of the best wedding suppliers in the business and getting married in the 14th century abbey church with a reception in the Grade 1 listed Abbot’s Hall is a unique yet affordable experience.

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

Make-up wise, the idea was to keep it contemporary but also classy and natural to fit in with the dresses and surroundings of the Abbey.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

We used vintage china in pastel pinks and mint to match and enhance the floral arrangements of the table centrepieces, room styling and bouquets.

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What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together? 

We were inspired by a mixture of Pinterest mood boards, experience working through the last season, and being aware of market trends. The idea of the photoshoot was to highlight some of the best that Dorset can offer the discerning bride.

We focused in particular on the Kings Room, which was built in the late 18th century. The room is beautifully proportioned with exceptionally high ceilings, light flooding in through the large windows, and a grand marble mantelpiece which is the focal point of the room. The height of the room easily accommodates tall floral decorations over the table, and we adorned the mantelpiece with abundant roses and foliage. The room houses full length oil paintings of various monarchs, and the walls are decorated in a warm dusky pink.

We wanted to accent the beauty of the King’s Room with country-style flower décor and golden chandeliers, which were bathed in soft candlelight to create a romantic setting for a civil wedding or wedding reception.

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Get the look:

Bridal ReLoved Dorchester: www.bridalreloved.co.uk
Boutique at No 6: www.boutiqueatno6.co.uk
Kirsten Sare Makeup Artist: www.kirstensare.co.uk
Linus Moran Photography: www.linusmoranphotography.co.uk
Swingletree Vintage: www.swingletreevintage.co.uk
Linen & Lace: www.linenandlacehire.co.uk
The English Florist: www.theenglishflorist.co.uk
Milton Abbey: www.eventsatmiltonabbey.co.uk
Model: Gemma Black

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