An outdoor fairytale wedding shoot at Pentney Abbey

21 May 2019

Bringing the fairytale wedding theme to life, Pentney Abbey in Norfolk provides the perfect setting in this styled shoot

Hannah Miller, wedding and events planner at Pentney Abbey, shares the concept and creation of this fairytale wedding shoot.

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

The Gatehouse at Pentney Abbey is a wedding venue that is most similar to a castle, apart from an actual castle of course, and that’s what our couples who come to view it describe the Gatehouse as. My aim was to emphasise the fact that it will be your own fairytale wedding. I also wanted to promote the fact that you can have a duo ceremony and get married in the Rose Garden looking on to the Gatehouse, as a lot of couples aren’t aware of this.

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

Pentney Abbey is a totally unique wedding venue – it’s guarded by a towering arched Gatehouse that dates all the way back to 1380. The Gatehouse is the first thing you’ll see as you pull up to Pentney Abbey and features stunning stonework, beautiful carvings and is next to the romantic Rose Garden. The Gatehouse is very castle-like which fits with the fairytale theme.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

I asked the florist for a colour palette of blushes, whites and greens. The bouquet was very pretty but still had texture. The bouquet, buttonhole, and arrangement on the table was created by the florist Thatch & Roses, while the faux flower arch was by the venue dresser. However, all the flowers worked well together.

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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?

We wanted a classic look. The make-up by Ellen Cunningham was very subtle and glowy and the hair by Lisa was a lovely loose look that had real flowers intertwined. We aimed for the dress to be ‘princess’ like and the suit to be ‘prince’ like. Just a typical fairytale theme.

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

In-keeping with the fairytale theme, we wanted it to be quite grand and white. We also aimed to get a horse there but it pulled out last minute - that would have been amazing! We sat down with the venue dresser and she said about the arch and then I love hurricane lanterns. The table came from upstairs in the Gatehouse and was just an added extra we used on the day but it worked really well.

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What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?

The white runner makes it very grand; we used it because a lot of couples ask if they can have a white runner outside.  The faux flower arch beneath the Gatehouse works well when the gates are both open and closed and the water hurricane lanterns that take you up to the archway really bring the whole thing together. The chandelier in the centre of the arch was lit up and that really adds to the fairytale theme.

Get the look:

Venue: Pentney Abbey
Photography: Mark Nortcliffe
Videography: George Ryan 
Hair: Hair Design by Lisa 
Make-up: Ellen Cunningham MUA 
Floristry: Thatch & Roses
Venue dressing: Classic Event Chair Covers 
Dress: The Bottomdrawer Bridal 
Suit: Goddards
Models: Cathy Wilson and Charles Tweed

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

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