Bridal Portraits at the Netherwood Hotel

16th March 2014

I first met Ely when we were both working on the same wedding last year, Ely was responsible for the bride’s makeup and I was obviously the wedding photographer. The hectic goings on of a typical wedding didn’t give us much time to talk on the day but a little while later I received an email asking if I would like to collaborate on a shoot. Well I love my photography and am always keen to get out and shoot so we met one day over lunch to share ideas and hatch a plan.

Ely can do wonderful theatrical makeup but to start off we thought a bridal shoot would be good for both of our portfolios. With that decided I set out to find a location, model, dress and bridal bouquet to finish the theme off. The location was easy; The Netherwood Hotel in Grange-over-Sands is a fantastic setting for a wedding in a stunning location with beautiful surroundings and amazing views, as well as exquisite interiors. As this was a winter wedding photo shoot it was the interiors that we would be taking advantage of although if the weather were kind we would obviously get outside for the odd image or two. Edward at the hotel was very accommodating in agreeing to my request (thanks Edward) and on the day the staff were as helpful as ever, they really go the extra mile to make everyone comfortable. So with the venue sorted I needed a model. Mischkah had a great portfolio and she was based in Liverpool, which was really handy as I had agreed the loan of wedding dresses and petticoats from Andrea at Petticoats-a-Plenty who supplies the most exquisite hand made petticoats. I introduced Mischkah to Andrea and between them they sorted some lovely dresses and petticoats for use on the day. To finish off the theme I now needed a bridal bouquet and they do not come any better than the ones created by Alyson at POSH Flowers in Barrow. As ever Alyson was happy to be involved and I am extremely grateful as she goes out of her way to supply me with beautiful flowers to finish off the look.

With the planning complete we had to wait and see what the weather threw at us on the day, true to form it was not the best but we had access to some lovely wood panelled rooms in the hotel which are great for atmospheric bridal portraits. These are beautiful old rooms with dark wood panelled walls that are superb for photographs provided you light them correctly. Too much light (as your on camera flash is likely to provide) and the atmosphere will be lost.

As soon as we all arrived at the hotel Ely got to work on Mischkah and a tray of tea and coffee was provided by the hotel to start the day off. Ely created two distinct looks during the shoot and we even managed a couple of shots outside which added a bit of variety. This was a typical day at the hotel and we didn’t manage to get any shots in front of the roaring log fire as the guests were quite rightly enjoying their time by it. We had a great day though and produced some lovely images for all of our portfolios, a selection can be seen below.

I hope you enjoy the images and if you are getting married then please consider Ely, Andrea, Alyson, The Netherwood and even myself to play a part in your big day.


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