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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.

The Dress

 

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 Details

 

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.

 

close up photograph of a newborn's feet as they breastfeed at home in derby
close up photograph of a newborn's feet as they breastfeed at home in derby
close up photograph of a newborn's feet as they breastfeed at home in derby

The Venue

 

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.

close up photograph of a newborn's feet as they breastfeed at home in derby
close up photograph of a newborn's feet as they breastfeed at home in derby

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!

photograph of a sleepy newborn baby being winded by her father - newborn photography derby
photograph of a man and woman in their thirties standing in a spot of spring sunshine underneath a bridge in an industrial part of manchester by the canal - manchester engagement photography
photograph of a man and woman in their thirties standing in a spot of spring sunshine underneath a bridge in an industrial part of manchester by the canal - manchester engagement photography
photograph of a man and woman in their thirties standing in a spot of spring sunshine underneath a bridge in an industrial part of manchester by the canal - manchester engagement photography
photograph of a man and woman in their thirties standing in a spot of spring sunshine underneath a bridge in an industrial part of manchester by the canal - manchester engagement photography
photograph of a man and woman in their thirties standing in a spot of spring sunshine underneath a bridge in an industrial part of manchester by the canal - manchester engagement photography

Supplier Love

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