An alternative winter wedding shoot in Norfolk

23 Oct 2019

Showcasing a different approach to a winter wedding set-up, this photoshoot features a chic and striking aesthetic

Norfolk suppliers came together to create this winter wedding shoot that offered alternative seasonal inspiration. 

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

The photoshoot was designed and styled by Oxnead Hall wedding planner, Ziggy Bracey. The theme was 'winter wonderland' – nature-inspired with a glamorous edge, featuring cosy, rich tones and warming lighting and candles. Shot in January 2019 when a beautiful blanket of snow swept the country, the photoshoot avoids a typical festive look and offers an alternative colour palette of blues, berry reds and pinks. 

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

The shoot was commissioned by the venue to showcase its charm during the winter months. Oxnead Hall in Norwich has several spaces which can be used on a wedding day, including a barn, orangery, and extensive and varied grounds leading to a nearby church. 

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

Deep blues with a pop of colour, nude pinks, and ivy and twigs to match the time of year and complement the venue's location. We also used ivy and rose garlands for added splendor.

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

Natural make-up with a strong lip which looked cooler in tone, and loose tousled plaits. Bridal gowns included a ballgown satin dress with a subtle touch of sparkle to catch the low light. The dress had pockets and was styled with a faux fur wrap. We also used a lace dress with a stunning neckline which suited the hair and make-up particularly well.

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

To look every bit as beautiful in the middle of winter – with different colours to complement the season and focusing on the 'bareness' of it, instead of trying to hide it.

The smallest touches gave a luxurious and cosy effect: uplighters, candles and holders, blankets, faux fur wraps, firewood and baskets, fairy lights, ribbons, twigs and garlands. Smoke bombs, were also used to give the effect of either a fire pit or evening fog.

The snow had stopped by the time it came to shooting outdoors, and the sun was setting – casting a warm spotlight at times. To try and create a feel for what it was like that day, the photographer Esther Wild added some special snow effects in post-production to enhance the effect. 

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Get the look:

Photography: Esther Wild
Venue: Oxnead Hall
Styling: Ziggy Bracey
Lighting: Epic Event Hire
Dresses: La Belle Angèle
Hair: Gemma Holiday
Make-up: Kirstie Make-up
Flowers: Bracken & Twine
Props: Little Jem
Model: Alisha Whitworth

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

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