Upper House Styled Winter Shoot
Peak District Wedding Photography
A modern classic vibe
An outdoor, wintery, rugged but beautiful shoot. Earthy tones complimented perfectly with a blue/grey colour palette. This was the message I got from Fiona Elizabeth Couture, a few months ago. How on earth could I possibly refuse?! As a newer wedding photographer I’m finding out what kind of places I love shooting in, and I love love love the shooting outdoors.
Gradually Fiona pulled together an ace squad of super talented wedding suppliers. Styled shoots are a great way to get to know others working in this industry, as well as an opportunity for everyone to flex their creative muscles. We chose to use a real couple rather than models, because even the best models can’t replicate the kind of chemistry that comes from a real relationship.
Fiona’s bridal wear is hand-sewn, with lots of smaller details stitched into the lace. For this shoot, she supplied a full tulle skirt, a corset, an overdress with long sleeves and a truly gorgeous cloak with a faux fur edge to the hood. For a winter bride wanting to spend plenty of time outdoors, this is a genius move. The separates are stunning but the cloak is sublime.
The shoes are also just bonkers pretty. I’m not a high-heeled shoe type person (hello Dr Martens) but even I found Harriet Wilde’s shoes bloody gorgeous.
Hand made stationery and ribbons helped to set off the colour palette beautifully, and the treat table and cakes made by a Nottinghamshire bakery was spot on.
We had lots of floral pieces as well as the usual bouquet and button hole, and lit the great hall at Upper House with candles and edison bulbs.
A full list of all suppliers is at the end of the post.
There’s no wedding venue quite like Upper House. No other building in the UK, in fact, is quite the same as Upper House. Situated in the hills above Kinder Water, this is a wedding venue high up in the Peak District. It’s a square-ish building with a courtyard, and a boatload of rooms that each have their own vibe. The Great Hall is licensed for ceremonies, and it’s absolutely stunning! There’s a massive Nordic influence on this property, because it dates back to the 1300s, and those Norsemen got around a bit (if you don’t know what I mean, watch Vikings.)
Historically a hunting lodge, it still gets used to hold hunting parties. Sometimes you’ll wander into a room and find it full of plush, comfy furnishings, and sometimes you’ll find a gun fixed to the wall. That’s the vibe of this place. It’s rural, it’s adventure, it’s remote and it’s insanely luxurious. It also comes with a tipi attached so you don’t have to keep steering drunk people out of the gun room.
We started early in the day, and shot right through til the sun was well and truly down. This shoot isn’t meant to replicate a full wedding day, but instead it is there for inspiration and, as I said before, to flex those creative muscles. If you’re after an intimate wedding in the peak district, you should absolutely consider Upper House (and give me a shout so I can take some photos for you!). Enjoy!
Creative vision: Fiona Bulloch
Dress: Fiona Elizabeth Couture
Styling: Bespoke Events and Styling
Photography: Caroline Goosey Photography
Venue: Upper House, Hayfield
Flowers: Perfect Bouquet Full of Flower
Cake: Cherry Blossom Cakes
Hair & Makeup: Hair and Makeup by Saskia
Stationery: Paint pots and Quills
Accessories: The Lucky Sixpence
Jewellery: Lily flo Jewellery
Shoes: Harriet Wilde
Printed napkins and embroidered hankies: Extra Special Touch
Hand dyed ribbons: Laik Style
Catering: Vanilla in all Seasons
Suits: Frank Rostron
Models: Kelly & Lee Mosedale