A twist on tradition shoot at Kimberley Hall
11 Feb 2021
We take you behind the scenes on our featured shoot for Celebrate in Norfolk magazine
A twist on tradition was the main theme for this shoot at Kimberley Hall, Norfolk with the emphasis on the dramatic use of the colour blue to symbolise trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence. We chat to the featured suppliers involved about how this unique shoot was created.
Shoot photographer, Jim, of Just Big smiles, said: "My inspiration was the hall, history and traditions, whereas my concept was to subtly play on those traditions. The make-up and headdress was all about wealth but with a modern twist, the same sex couple was certainly a celebration on how far this country and progressed, and the top table was a play on the top table.
"The colour blue symbolises depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence. The blue stripe in the make-up and the headdress signified the real love between Avril and Tara.
"The most challenging part was the the headdress, I had several meetings with Alison from Albert Rose Florist and there were compromises, but she absolutely nailed the vision, it was stunning, and technically amazing."
Amber Briggs of Love Wedding Cakes, said: "The Kimberley Hall photo shoot called for something bold, elegant and contemporary. I designed a cake with four layers, each square cake has super sharp edges and is staggered to create a gravity defying effect. I decorated with corsages of delicate handmade sugar orchids for a striking modern look."
Hair and Make-up
Make-up artist Lina Hallberg explains: "The brief was bold with three different looks. For the first look we followed the colour scheme of flowers with a purple and mauve eye and lips with the hair up with curls to show off the dress.
"The second look was rock n roll so we went for a Amy Winehouse inspired look with black graphic liner, bold liner red lips and beehive with red ribbons and flower in the hair. The third look was the white and blue make-up look with the floral headdress.
"The most challenging part was to get all the make-up off twice and have a clean face ready for the final look without rubbing the poor model raw. We loved all the looks for different reasons, it was such a fun, different and creative shoot."
Alison Mortlock of Albert Rose Flowers said: "For the biker look, I wanted to use textures and colours that would depict the image of a rebellious bride by using different textures of flowers and materials and sprayed aspidistra leaves so they would look like leather. I chose red anthuriums and celosia for their textures and to match the red lipstick. I also added peacock feathers and turquoise craspedia to the bridal bouquet.
"Making the table arrangement for the blue shoot was nerve-racking as I had not seen this style done before and was not entirely sure my idea would work. Working out how to secure 12 wreath rings together so they flowed and were secure was definitely quite stressful. I wanted to do something different from other florists - I think it worked and I now have so many more ideas that I can't wait to experiment with.
"I also had to make the headdress on the day and as I was using hydrangeas they had to be the last flowers I used. I knew what I wanted to achieve but had to ensure I met everyone's interpretation of the theme and then get it completed on time.
"My favourite has to be the final blue theme - it was so magical, like something out of a fairytale or a scene from Alice in Wonderland. The whole concept just came together when Jim, Sandie and I met at Kimberley Hall prior to the shoot and we ended up with such an amazing look."
Sandie Chivers of Masons Bridal Gowns & Dapper Suits said: "We chose dresses that stood out but also allowed the make-up and the hair to stand out too. As all the areas of the shoot needed to complement each other, the most challenging part was making sure the dresses matched the look we wanted for each shoot and that the dresses matched with the flowers, shoes, hair and make-up. Shoot two was my most favouriate with the Ronald Joyce Felicity dress and leather jacket and dark make-up on the stairs."
Emily from Milly J Shoes said: "Purple and red are a striking combination and make a statement even when the wedding attire is more classical. Having been shown some initial ideas through some shared images, I was inspired to explore the colourful side. Brides conventionally wear white shoes but a flash of colour under the skirt adds a little bit of individuality. I am finding this trend to be increasingly popular, so I decided on embellished purple satin shoes to match elements of the striking bouquet.
"It was then suggested that the second shoot would be edgy and biker themed - so of course this meant biker boots for the bride. Our black lace up biker boots were embellished with bright red statement shoe clips for the bride and I created red brogues with striking contrasting shoe clips for her partner.
"For the final shoot, the emphasis again was on the accessories to a classic elegant dress. The make-up, flowers and table setting were all highly creative and whimsical. The shoes I created mirrored the idea of adding fantasy to a classic theme. Conventional Mary Jane shoes were appliqued with blue and gold flowers to provide a perfectly themed complete image.
"My favourite look was definitely the biker bride - I loved the attitude and swagger, and I’d never actually created a biker boot before so loved creating this alternative look. Since the shoot, I have gone on to design appliqued biker boots which are turning out to be really popular with customers.
"Another highlight was Jax the dog in denim jacket and tuxedo!"
Kimberley Hall is fortunate to be a venue for all. Whatever the weather, guests can enjoy a variety of fabulous spaces inside the house, including the light and elegant Music Room with its exquisite plasterwork, the spiral staircase with its coffered dome and cascading butterflies, and the stylish West Wing with its state-of-the-art bar, double-height dance area with giant mirrorball and large comfortable sofas upstairs. Kimberley Hall is adhering to the current guidelines and an all-inclusive special package that incorporates the whole wedding day for 15 guests has just been introduced. Sanitiser stations are in place and visible throughout all areas of Kimberley, and the wearing of masks is obligatory until guests are seated at the tables for their reception.
Steal Their Style
Venue: Kimberley Hall
Photography: Just Big Smiles
Dresses: Mason's Bridal Gowns & Dapper Suits
Hair and Make-up: Norfolk Bridal Beauty
Shoes: Milly J Shoes
Cake: Loves Wedding Cakes
Flowers: Albert Rose Floral
Cars: Silverline Limousines
WATCH: Behind the scenes of the Kimberley Hall photoshoot on our Youtube channel.