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Great Expectations Styled Wedding Shoot

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Afternoon lovelies :-) to round off a lovely Tuesday i have a beautiful inspiration shoot to share, a collaboration between some of the best wedding suppliers in Norfolk.

The idea behind the shoot was the epic Great Expectations, and the result amazing. I so love the rustic feel to the whole affair, with an abundance of foliage and dried florals, romantic dresses, fresh make up and whimsical hair. There are some wonderful winter wedding ideas here… just gorgeous.

Thanks so much to the amazing Katherine Ashdown Photography for sharing her images with us today, here is what she had to say about the shoot;

“I have had a Great Expectations shoot in my head for the last couple of years and couldn’t wait to organize one. The funny thing was on the day of the shoot someone mentioned that a new adaptation of the Great Expectations story was also about to hit the cinema and is in fact out now! The thing with a styled shoot though is that they take an awful lot of arranging, finding models, sourcing suppliers, dresses, venues and a suitable day (with fine weather) that all the suppliers can also make. So this shoot stayed in my head and grew wings over the last couple of years! I found the perfect venue, the stunning Narborough Hall which with its frontage of climbing Ivy, homely natural feel, grand rooms and incredible grounds was just ideal. I also found the perfect makeup artist someone I have worked with many times and I knew would be creative and professional enough to pull off the perfect looks, Emily from Love Moi Makeup. With her help we found the rest of the suppliers and the gorgeous models and so on a very misty October day we all met early and headed up to Narborough Hall.

We had arranged 3 models, but the blond girl we had planned to be ‘Miss Havisham’ couldn’t make it and so at the last minute the very beautiful Sophie from Sophie and Smith (dress designers) stepped in and I have to say played a fantastic Miss Havisham. With three models we decided to have a Miss Havisham (Sophie), an Estella (Kathryn) who I have to say was perfect and then Sarah played a narrator, we dressed her in several different periods and shot her almost exclusively with the Great Expectations Book. With the other characters around her they appeared to have ‘come to life’ through the pages of the book and she did a fantastic job of being engrossed in the story.”


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“So our Miss Havisham shoot was born and we had a fabulous time shooting all around the grounds and even being given exclusive use of the amazing attics which made the spookiest backdrops. We had the best suppliers in Norfolk on the shoot and it simply would not have come together so well with out them so with huge thanks to the following:”

Photography ~ Katherine Ashdown Photography

Venue ~ Narborough Hall and Gardens, huge thanks to Joanne for allowing us the use of her beautiful home

Makeup ~ Emily, Love Moi Makeup

Hair ~ Amy, Flamingo Amy

Dresses ~ Designed by Sophie, Sophie & Smith

Vintage Dresses ~ Vintage Deli, Burnham Market

Flowers ~ Jo, Jo Flowers

Cake ~ Kelly, Eventiss Cakes

Jewellery and hair pieces ~ Melissa, Melissa Morgan Designs

Table Details ~ La Belle Amour

Models ~ The beautiful, Kathryn, Sarah and Sophie

Assistants ~ Joannes daughter Fenn, student Danielle {Huge thank you girls}



Just amazing, thanks so much to everyone involved for letting me share this shoot on the blog today XOXO Lou

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  1. 15.01.2013 at 2:26 pm
    Sharon Cooper says:
    Beautiful....I love their flowers so much, nicely done and great photos.
  2. 15.01.2013 at 2:27 pm
    Adeline Tye says:
    Very nice! Loving the half bridal/green dress!
    The blonde model looks like Kate Hudson!
  3. 15.01.2013 at 2:46 pm
    Hannah says:
    Excellent shoot - love the photo up in the attic. The flowers are inspired too!
  4. 15.01.2013 at 5:48 pm
    Rob Dodsworth says:
    Great concept for a shoot! Nicely done.
  5. 15.01.2013 at 10:05 pm
    Joseph Hall Photography says:
    Miss Haversham! I love it, great styling - I'd love it if brides were shoeless!
  6. 16.01.2013 at 11:50 am
    Emily says:
    This shoot was so much fun to be part of, and not half as cold as it looks! The venue is absolutely stunning, I'd suggest anyone visiting Norfolk check it out.
  7. 16.01.2013 at 12:51 pm
    Lou says:
    thanks so very much everyone, i do so love this shoot :-) xxx


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