Cover shoot: An English countryside wedding shoot in Norfolk

14 Jan 2021

We take you behind the scenes on our cover shoot for our 2021 Norfolk and Suffolk Bride Magazine 

Briarfields Hotel, in Titchwell was the perfect setting for our 2021 cover shoot for our annual Norfolk and Suffolk Bride Magazine. We chat to our featured suppliers involved about how we created our countryside themed shoot with a modern twist. 


"During the shoot, the only part I would consider a challenge was the bright, glaring, midday sun - people squint, skin highlights or shadowing on faces and dress detail can be easily blown out. I have my earthy signature edit and digital post production still takes time as I review each image individually. I like my portfolio to be natural wherever possible, and the final series of images in this shoot, where I used the thistles at the bottom of Briarfields car park, are my favourites from the whole shoot."
Neil Senior Photography Ltd



Our dresses were supplied by Pure Brides Norwich. To match our modern countryside theme, we chose dresses which would be perfect for a traditional outdoor wedding but still allows the bride to expresss her own personality. The featured dresses focused on intricate lace and sparkles, with the detachable sleeves and the cape used to showcase the popular two-looks-in-one trend - transporting the bride from ceremony to reception. 



Nicole from Nicole Leanne Make-up said: "My favourite look from the day would have to be the second with the Stevie dress. I just loved the style of the hair, make-up and dress all together. It was very elegant and especially with the added cuteness of Jack Brock the confetti pony joining us. The most challenging part was working with a short time frame between looks and building up on top of a previous look. I personally like to start from scratch every time a look is changed but it’s not always possible, especially for shoots like this. I am a bit of a perfectionist which isn’t a bad thing but nothing is ever impossible and I will always make it work."



Cara from Cara Hubbard Hair said: "We had beautiful dresses, so I decided to create hairstyles that complimented the dresses. With the first hairstyle, it was important to create a flowing style so that the sleeves on the dresses were a focus. I curled the hair, making a half up half down hairstyle incorporating twists and a fishtail braid. Twists have a good base for the veil to fit in, making it comfortable to wear while still flowing with the look. This hairstyle gave a whimsical feel, without taking away the detail on the dress. The dress had a low neckline so I decided to keep all the hair off the face, added volume through the top section and leave a little hair to curl near the ears to soften the look. 

"On the second hairstyle, I really wanted to show the back of the dress, Anna from Pure Brides had a beautiful cape veil which I wanted to show off. I knew I had to create a romantic up-do and I wanted to create a style that looked romantic and luxurious to complement the dress. I decided a chignon would be perfect. I left some curls to frame Cathy’s face, pinching the hair to add texture. 

"The most challenging part of any hairstyling is prepping the hair as this takes the most amount of time. When working on a shoot that takes place outside, you need to make sure your hairstyle can withstand the wind. 

"My favourite look was the third look. I loved how the plain dress was made so much more with the detail on the sleeves and cape. The delicate colours in the bouquet complemented the whole concept beautifully."



Emily Jupp from Milly J Shoes said: "I really enjoyed creating shoes and shoe clips which would complement the classic elegance of Pure Brides’ dresses. Before the shoot I was sent images of these fabulous dresses and immediately recognised that these would be best matched with sophisticated but individualised classic shoes. I liaised with the florist who shared photos of her chosen colour scheme for the bouquets. I used the pale sage green and peach hues in my designs to echo the colours of the bouquets. The use of beads and embroidery on one shoe and appliqued fabric flowers on the other were intended to extend the delicate details of the dresses and the flowers."


Jack Brock the Confetti Pony

Ali Stearn, owner of Jack Brock said: "Being involved in the Briarfields shoot was such a treat - any excuse to head to the Norfolk coast and we were blessed with the warm weather too. Jack has been less busy during 2020 due to Covid, so it was so nice to be out again. Briarfields is situated in a wonderful location with lots on the doorstep for staying wedding guests. The team on the day were energetic and fabulous. Jack loved all the attention, carrots and of course grass while we had lunch with the sun on our backs. A photoshoot is always great to keep us up to date with the latest trends in dresses and make up. It was a real feel-good creative day where everything and one looked beautiful." 



Vintage Silk specialise in silk flower arrangements for bridal bouquets. For Briarfields, the bouquet matched with the romantic countryside theme, featuring lots of leaves and foliage alongside soft white, blush and ivory roses.


Steal Their Style

Photography: Neil Senior Photography
Venue: Briarfields Hotel
Dresses: Pure Brides
Hair: Cara Hubbard
Makeup: Nicole Leanne Make-up
Confetti Pony: Jack Brock
Shoes: Milly J 
Flowers: Vintage Silk 

WATCH: The full behind the scenes video on our Youtube channel

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