A colourful styled shoot in the Lake District

07 Jan 2021

This styled shoot in Coniston made the most of the colours in the stunning scenery 

Photography: Clare Gelderd Photography 


Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen 
Mining for copper in the valley dates back to the 16th century and the area continued to be mined until the 1950s, Clare Gelderds wedding concept was to enhance the venues history. Coniston Coppermines naturally attracts outdoorsy, relaxed couples, due to the location and shear amount of picturesque space to explore. The venue is exclusively yours, giving you a blank canvas to run wild with, whether that’s minimalistic and micro or collaborating creatively with quirky suppliers. In 1982 the buildings in the valley were purchased by The Coppermines Lakes Cottages founder Philip Johnston who set about a comprehensive scheme of rebuilding, restoration and conservation and now it’s a ‘go to’ Lake District wedding venue. 


What did you choose for the flower arrangements? 
Opulent warm copper, gold and natural shades against the cool green (bluey-grey coloured) slate and waterwheel complement each other, yet bring an original chic styling to any wedding celebration. 


What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom? 
Important details, hair, make-up and attire, were planned and crafted to suit a relaxed and energetic day, leaving no restrictions for embracing the great outdoors. 
Make-up was soft bridal glam, using nude tones that would complement the brides natural complexion with a dash of highlighter to capture the glowing brides essence. 
Hair was created to complement the design and shape of the dress and the relaxed vibe of the day. Opting for loose curls with added texture to tie in with the natural, romantic environment. This style flows naturally throughout the day, whatever the Lake District weather has to offer. 


The most enchanting fairytale bridal gown was chosen, with twinkling embroidered skirt, with a soft tulle overlay and plunging deep-V neckline bodice with beautiful hand beaded lace appliques. The suit was an Eton three-piece tweed and check suit - a timeless design with both vintage appeal and practical. Created using herringbone weave of rich wool mix material, this suit keeps you well insulated and will successfully stand the test of time. 


What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together? 
Blue slate coloured décor, pops in the rustic barn and vibes the scenery just outside. A stunning copper mounted, ‘To have and to hold’ welcome sign, sets the tone for the day. Also locally produced hand crafted canapés flow with the day, whether your guests are inside, or out exploring the beautifully restored venue and scenery. The cake composed in keeping with the concept, fits within the beautifully dressed wedding barn (seating up to 100  for a ceremony), which is very much a centrepiece whatever position it takes. Within this peaceful Lake District mountain range, guests are only muted by the romantic softening tones from the harpist. 

What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why? 
Candles, glassware, catering, bouquets, harpist, all involved to flow with the day as required.  


Steal Their Style 
Photography & Concept: Clare Gelderd Photography   
Bridal outfits: A Family Affair     
Make-up: Nicole Gilmour   
Hair: A Cut Above    
Stationery: Fifi Designs  
Cake: Clare Gelderd 
Flowers: Bluebell & Ivy     
Ribbons – flowers and cake: Olive Webb Eco Textiles     
Venue décor: Sitting Pretty      
Catering: The Olde Mill      
Harpist: AnnaKate     
Sheepskins/favours: Just for Ewe    
Videography: CW Film Production     

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