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Fine Art Wedding Day Styling Inspiration

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Bridal Portrait on the terrace at Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel Sandsend

Part two of this fabulous coastal fine art shoot takes us on to the terrace at Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel, along the meandering paths and across to the meadows and orchards. This wedding venue really does have it all. Its coastal location, exclusive use and boutique bedrooms are just beautiful, but it’s the food that will really blow you away. Fine dining, fine wine and an after dinner experience like no other.

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A sweetheart table in the orchard

A gentle sea breeze catches the luxe velvet tablecloth in this romantic orchard setting. Moments of tranquility and calm on your wedding day are to be treasured. Making a little time in your timeline is a luxury I know but so worth it.

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Peony and eucalyptus wedding table centrepiece

Choosing your tablescape decor is really personal and sometimes just a pretty vintage urn spilling over with just picked eucalyptus and the dreamiest white peony is perfect.

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Embroidered napkins, luxe danish velvet ribbons and bespoke stationery

Chalky grey place setting details add sophisticated style to your tablescape. Personal details are memorable and will charm your guests. Thoughtful elements can be small and have a big impact, this is where you can really make your day unique, reflecting your love story.

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Exploring the grounds at Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel

Follow the pretty paths around the stunning grounds, and explore the wonderful locations for photographs. At every turn and around every corner is a picture perfect location at Dunsley.

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Original doorways and gateways are my favourite

Hidden doorways and original features are perfect photography backdrops. I absolutely love this bridal image with our natural white lilac and eucalyptus bouquet. The fragrance was heavenly.

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Outdoor styling details

Simple styling on the stone steps adds timeless elegance to your photographs, using your bouquet and some of your decor will give continuity to your imagery.

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Outdoor shots of the wedding cake

Be brave and take your wedding cake outside. Nestled alongside your bouquet and with pretty styling details these are the memories you will treasure forever. Hours of planning every element will be captured on film for you to enjoy.

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Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel Sandsend Whitby North Yorkshire

This shoot fills me with joy, it’s why I do what I do, it’s for you …….

I hope you love the images and wedding inspiration as much as I do, check back soon for some exciting news or have a sneaky peek on our social media!

Credits:

Photography – Georgina Harrison Photography

Bridal Boutique – The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique

Hair and Makeup Artist – Catherine Elizabeth

Styling and Wedding Flowers –Pamella Dunn

Wedding Cake – Blush Cake company

Stationery – Noble Fine Art

Venue – Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel

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A Costal Exclusive Use Yorkshire Wedding Venue I love …

As a wedding Planner and stylist I get some dream jobs.

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Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel Sandsend Whitby North Yorkshire

Can you imagine my delight when approached by the talented photographer Georgina Harrison as she shared her ideas for a very special fine art shoot at the stunning Dunsley House Country Hotel on the outskirts of the beautiful North Yorkshire coastal town of Whitby?

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The charm and old world character of the deep leaded windows flood the rooms with light

I adore the seaside, long walks along the shore line breathing in the sea air, so from the beginning I knew this project was going to be a personal investment too.

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I adored creating this fragrant white lilac and eucalyptus bridal bouquet

The location and charming Victorian wedding venue on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park was just waiting to be rediscovered. New owners are restoring the stunning manor house, maintaining the stylish essence of a bygone era with luxurious decor, furnishings and fabrics. The spectacular setting has a seductive charm which I found impossible to resist.

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Secret pathways lead to undiscovered meadows and pretty orchards

The grounds take in breathtaking views, manicured lawns, graceful eucalyptus trees sharing pretty meadows with fruit trees and wild flowers; I was lost in styling heaven. The natural flow and abundance of original wrought iron fencing, gates, stone work and meandering paths stole my heart and I will forever have a fondness for this special place.

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The bride wears a dreamy bridal gown and veil from The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique Pickering
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Our soft green and white flowers and stylish wedding stationery from Noble Fine Art
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Wedding day details from Noble Fine Art, and The Little Pear Bridal Boutique
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Our rununculus buttonhole completes the blacktie attire of the stylish groom
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Bride and Groom Portraits are a wonderful opportunity for you both to enjoy quiet moments together during the whirlwind of your day
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Natural loose bridal bouquets if kept to a soft colour palette do not dominate your photographs but enhance the overall styling
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The grounds are the perfect location for portrait shots and are just beautiful. Everytime you breath in the sea air you will be transported back to this precious moment
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A walk in the grounds will keep you in the moment

Reflecting the beauty and peaceful calm of the surroundings the design was soft and sympathetic, using seasonal wedding flowers of fragrant white lilac, eucalyptus and peonies. The colour palette was cool and subtle with chalky whites, velvety muted greens, complemented by rich fabrics that billowed in the breeze. I wanted to create something achingly beautiful and truly authentic, a style that was thoughtful, and perfectly in tune with the romantic setting and venue.

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A romantic wedding cake from the fabulous Blush Cake Company blended perfectly with the overall styling
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Breathe in the glorious sea air from the terrace at Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel and you will never want to leave

I think by now you have guessed I loved everything about this collaboration, and I hope it illustrates that dreams really can come true in this idyllic North Yorkshire coastal hamlet.

Collaborators:

Photography – Georgina Harrison Photography

Bridal Boutique – The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique

Hair and Makeup Artist – Catherine Elizabeth

Styling and Wedding Flowers –Pamella Dunn

Wedding Cake – Blush Cake company

Stationery – Noble Fine Art

Venue – Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel

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What Is It Like To Work On A Photoshoot?

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Cotswold Lavender Company

As a UK Wedding Planner I am in a fabulous position to work with wonderful professional wedding suppliers in the most idyllic locations. This beautiful English summer’s day was no exception as I collaborated on a styled shoot to create magical images to inspire brides and grooms planning their wedding. Styling and design are where my heart is and working with clients to create a really personal day makes my heart sing. As well as our gorgeous clients I love supporting and mentoring new talent coming in to the wedding industry and I’m completely blessed to have seven amazing interns all hungry for hands on experience. All very different with their own unique flair and style they are most definitely the stars of the future  and on today’s blog we hear from Ellie; you’re going to love her …

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Lavender Wedding Inspiration

Ellie, can you help out at a photoshoot? It’s a couple of hours drive, but you’ll be working with one of the finest photographers around, you’ll be surrounded by handmade creative beauty, and oh—by the way—it’s in a lavender field, one of the country’s most incredible natural sights? 

It’s hardly a gripping intro, because OF COURSE I said yes. I typed yes as quickly as my little fingers would fly across the keyboard, I started pre-planning the treats I would bake for the aforementioned drive, and I excitedly did some background research on the suppliers I’d be working with. That was just one of the perks of this opportunity: the collaborators on the shoot are some of the most creatively talented and exciting people in the industry. And I was part of that! It all sounds a bit Northern-boy-on-the-West-End-stage for the first time, but it’s got truth to it: looking at the photos below, I know I was part of that. HOW. EXCITING.

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Quintessentially English

What were the other perks of the opportunity, you say, other than working with some of the best in the business? Having an amazing day in a sumptuous location (I don’t know how nice your office is but try taking a day trip to the Cotswolds Lavender Field every once in a while), learning new skills on-the-job, crafting new industry relationships and creating something beautiful. The photos Jane captured are stunning, and it’s pretty impressive that I was a small part of that – especially when you consider that the alternative was half-heartedly prepping a dissertation! 

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Wedding Day Details
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Soft Summer Bridal Bouquet With Luxe Silk Ribbon

Mainly, however, it taught me the importance of saying yes to every opportunity that you’re able to take on. It’s a cliché but it’s a cliché for a reason: you get out what you put in, and if you put in loads of yesses, you’ll get loads of yesses out of it. Whether you’re well established, just starting out, or anywhere in-between, taking on a new project can open so many doors and could take you anywhere and everywhere. Especially in the wedding industry, where coherence in themes is important, and recommendations are so often relied upon, gaining a reputation as being up for it can catapult you to stardom (relative wedding-stardom, but that’s all anyone really wants). 

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Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon From PomPom Blossom
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Lavender Wedding Stationery
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Wedding Hair Accessories Are Sometimes All You Need

Obviously I am not advocating selling yourself short. I’m not the best at maths or business (my school record is testament to that) but even I know that consistently and permanently saying yes to free jobs is not a workable business plan. Strike the balance right however, and the relationships you’ll make with the people you say yes will provide you with income – and from there you can fly. Next time someone asks you to be part of a shoot, or an event, or to lend them a hand on a project – say yes, and see where it takes you. Chances are I’ll be lending a hand too – anything to get away from this dissertation…”

I love this fun flowing account from Ellie and I hope it inspired you too. If you would like to gain experience and network with some of the loveliest and talented new wedding vendors please get in touch. And check out the amazing talent below who collaborated on this shoot.

Have the most amazing time planning your wedding, you know where we are when you need us!

Much love Pam x

Credits:

Photography – Jane Beadnell

Stylist & flowers – Our fabulous team ….

Hair & Makeup – Cat

Cake – Zoe

Accessories – Betty

Stationery – Jane

Hand dyed silk ribbon – Sophie

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Creating Wedding Day Inspiration

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Dreamy lavender hand dyed silks from Pom Pom Blossom

As a UK based Wedding Planner no two days are ever the same, it’s the joy of running a wedding planning and styling business and I love nothing more than sharing it. The behind the scenes, the insider info. and the planning and detail that go in to running a successful wedding business are all accessible to my gorgeous team of interns. I am so fortunate to have seven ambitious and hugely talented wedding planners of the future to mentor and they love nothing more than soaking up the real life training. By far the most popular of all opportunities available to the team at Pamella Dunn Weddings are the photo shoots.

Today Charlotte from Redamancy Wedding Planners gives her account of working on a fabulous Cotswolds Lavender photoshoot.

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Fragrant English Lavender Fields

“Lavender is for Lovers True” – Clement Robinson, 1584

Once upon a time, it was par for the course to receive a bundle of lavender potpourri as a wedding favour, to liven up your linen drawer. A look back in time also reveals that Cleopatra used lavender oil to seduce Mark Antony, and Empress Josephine plied her husband, Napoleon Bonaparte, with lavender tea when she was looking for some romance.

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Lavender wedding day details

So there was not a more appropriate place for a romantic wedding photoshoot, than the Lavender Farm in the Cotswolds, which is where I found myself with Pamella Dunn on Tuesday 5th July.

As an intern, this was my first ever wedding photoshoot and I couldn’t have been more excited! Not even the 7am start in Leeds could dampen my enthusiasm. Especially not when I realised I would be spending the next two hours driving South with one of the UK’s most talented makeup artists, Cat from Catherine Elizabeth Wedding Hair and Makeup Upon finding out she had worked on Brief Encounters, Hollyoaks and The King’s Speech, I knew I was in the presence of someone special.

Luckily, the lavender field was lit with glorious sunshine when we arrived; truly bringing the lilac hues to life. As Catherine whisked the gorgeous model, Sheree Dannielle, off for hair and makeup, my fellow intern Ellie and I got to work maneuvering the props for the shoot. A job which was a lot easier said than done given that there was not an easy parking spot near our shoot location. Cue the hilarious view of Pam lifting a vintage white sweetheart table and chairs over a fence to Ellie and myself. These photoshoots ain’t all glamour!

We worked closely with Jane Beadnell, the photographer, for the next couple of hours to ensure our styling matched her vision. I have never been more impressed with someone’s eye for design and positioning, and watching her move a prop a fraction of an inch to produce a perfect picture was a real lesson in itself. Pam, ever the professional, was making bouquets in the boot of her car – I mean who else would be able to do that! And, FYI, the bouquets were stunning. Cakes decorated in bonbons by Zoe from Zoe’s Fancy Cakes, luxurious purple silks by Sophie at Pompom Blossom, and accessories by Bespoke Vintage Castle really brought the shoot to life.

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White Bon Bon Wedding Cake

As our model arrived back, romantic curls and lavender smokey eye complete, the bridal shoot could commence. Visitors to the Lavender field, and tourists alike, were utterly enthralled as Sheree posed in her dress by The Bridal Gown, looking like the perfect bride. Under Jane’s direction, we moved around the field, making sure to take in different backdrops and colour contrasts. It was like watching magic happen right in front of my eyes.

Arriving back to our sweetheart table at the top of the hill, Pam had turned mine and Ellie’s first effort at styling into a table setting of dreams. This is where I learnt my first lesson of styling: always make sure a colour runs out of the shot, she explained, demonstrating with the layers of gold cutlery and adornments. It is something that I have tried to incorporate into all of my work since.

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The prettiest sweetheart table scene

The day had passed in a blur of excitement, camera flashes and purple and soon it was time to pack up and leave before the field closed for the day. You guessed it; at 4:55pm we were hauling bags of props and bouquets of flowers back over the fence. Sunburnt, tired, and thrilled, it was a hopeful drive back North as we dared to dream about where the photos might end up. And Rock My Wedding made our dreams come true with this fabulous piece Rock My Wedding Feature. Who needs forget-me-nots when I have pictures of a lavender photoshoot I will always remember.

Huge congratulations to Charlotte and a wonderful blog post, and for being super amazing.

We would love to hear from you and welcome any comments.

Have a fabulous weekend

Pami x