An elegant shoot inspired by dance at Harvest House

24 Feb 2021

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

After the restrictions of 2020, we focused on freedom and expression with our 2021 Suffolk bridal shoot, with our fabulous dancing models in the ballroom of Harvest House. We chat to our featured suppliers involved about how we created our photo shoot. 

Concept and Photography

Sadie Windscheffel-Clarke of BIg Fish Photography said: "My inspiration for the shoot was simple - to capture a sense of freedom, movement and expression. At the end of a year that has been full of restrictions, I just wanted the models to be able to dance, move and use the beautiful space of Harvest House.

"The biggest challenge was the shoot actually being able to happen - it was postponed due to lockdown so we weren't even sure if it would be able to happen.

"My favourite shots are of Summer and Ellen dancing. Wedding dresses can often look restrictive and very fitted, and I love the fact that they have created these amazing shapes with these stunning gowns."

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Hair

As the first look was focused in movement, both models had their hair down with curls and intricate twists. Lynette Chasmer created two different looks; Summer had full, bouncy, voluminous curls with a sparkling rose gold accessory, whereas Ellen had a boho style with a half up intertwined twist leading into loose curls for added texture and movement. For look two, both models were styled with an elegant up do - Summer was styled with a low curled side bun with cluster pearl accessory, and Ellen wore a low, smooth centered bun with a silver sparkle leaf detailed hair accessory.  

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Make-up

For the first look, MUA Victoria Bradfield focused on Ellen's make-up with a soft, natural and romantic eye using matte crease and contour shades, topped with a champagne shimmer on the lid. Summer's look was given added drama with a soft grey eye, full fluffy brows, rosy blush and candlelit glow highlight. For the second look, the models were given a 20s twist; a red lip was given to Ellen's look and Summer's smokey eyes were changed to a glamorous golden glimmer. 

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Dresses

To emphasise the concept of movement and elegance, the dresses for the first look, from Just A Day Bridal and Brides of St Peters in Ipswich, featured incredible layed tulle skirts - perfect for our models to dance and jump in. For the second look, we focused on current trends for upcoming weddings and chose dresses with intricate embroidery, lace detailling and boho styles.

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Venue & Flowers

Harvest House Weddings is run by CMA Events Limited. Built in 1903, the Grade II listed Harvest House in Felixstowe, offers its grand rooms as a sensational backdrop for a wedding. Palm Court boasts incredible domed glass ceilings and epic marble pillars, while the Grand Dining Hall is the ideal space for a wedding breakfast. We used both for the shoot.
CMA events at Harvest House provided two beautiful blossom trees that framed the fireplaces inside the main ceremony room. For the first look we used soft silk bouquets with pale pink roses and peonies to match the trees. For the second look, a pop of colour was added – a deep red bouquet of orange and red roses, hypericum and alstroemeria.

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Steal Their Style

Photography: Big Fish Photography
Venue: Harvest House
Dresses: Just a Day Bridal and Brides of St Peter's
Hair: Lynette Chasmer
Make-up: Victoria Bradfield
Flowers: CMA Events at Harvest House

WATCH: Behind the scenes of our photoshoot on our Youtube channel

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