Bold and vibrant colours shine through in this seasonal shoot which showcases the potential of an autumn wedding
Katie Whitburn at Still Light Photography shares the details of this styled shoot, which aims to showcase the venue and the work of the suppliers involved.
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
An autumnal themed shoot – bold and vibrant yet classical.
Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen
Kinlet Hall was once known as Moffats School, a boarding school in the small village of Kinlet, Worcestershire. Recently it has reopened its doors as a wedding venue, so I was excited to organise a styled shoot there, working with Clemmie, the venue’s owner, and a fantastic group of local suppliers.
I wanted to create images that showed off the key features of the venue: the detail in the architecture, the beautiful grounds, and the antique furniture and features.
What did you choose for the flower arrangements?
After speaking with Clemmie and Claire (the florist), we decided to go with a bold and vibrant colour scheme, incorporating autumn colours but avoiding it becoming too heavy.
The venue features a lot of dark wood and heavy antique furniture, so we needed to balance this while complementing the feel of the venue. We chose burgundy as a feature colour to complement the obvious autumnal choices of red, yellow and gold.
One of the main floral features was Claire’s beautiful real flower archway which was used in various rooms for couple portraits and for room dressing.
What kind of look did you want to achieve with the outfits for the bride and groom?
The shoot styling was heavily based around this, as we wanted to have a consistent look and feel. The dress and suit were borrowed from the award-winning The Dressing Rooms. The dress was a simple feminine style that really stood out against the dark rooms and complemented the autumnal theme with leaf detailing on the lace bodice, while the lower part of the dresses fell simply and elegantly.
The suit was navy with a grey waistcoat. I chose blue to complement the yellows and oranges of the flowers and a burgundy and gold patterned tie brought it all together.
How did you capture the images?
For the model portraits I wanted to create a mix of indoor and outdoor images, using very contrastive light indoors to enhance the feel of the venue and bring out the colours of the flowers. I used off camera flash in places to achieve this look, however the majority of the images were shot using natural light from the venue’s enormous shuttered windows and doors.
We set up a number of shots including a couple of angles in the venue’s entrance hall. We also set up a ceremony room where we staged a register signing.
In the grounds of the venue there are the most stunning views both at the front and the rear, however I favoured the front of the building for the majority of the photographs due to better light and framing. We were lucky enough to have a rainbow appear halfway through the afternoon where we got some lovely images using giant balloons from Something Party, as well as some more traditional couple portraits. I wanted to embrace the autumnal theme outside so we chose to shoot some images near a tree with beautiful deep red leaves to bring out the colours in the bouquet and contrast with the dress.
We finished with some photographs on the stage and the staircase, lit by a huge window. We decorated the stage and staircase with candles and giant LOVE letters and I used off camera flash to create some images such as you would get on a wedding evening.
Get the look:
Photography: Still Light Photography
Venue: Kinlet Hall
MUA: Michelle G Makeup Artist
Hair: Bella Amore Hair
Dress and suit: The Dressing Rooms
Bespoke veils: Adorn by Ashley
Flowers: Claire Bradley Floral Designs
Cake: The Nuthouse Bakery
Venue styling: The Wedding House
Stationery: Weddings by Kathy B
LOVE letters: Steph’s Finishing Touches
Giant balloons: Something Party
Models: Kate Bishop and Marcus Ashcroft