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J’adore Dior – A Goldsborough Hall photoshoot

Back in 1947 when Christian Dior launched his astonishing ” New Look” collection, war weary women were instantly drawn to the feminine, elegant dresses. He caused a sensation ensuring the name Dior is forever synonymous with luxury, elegance and a touch of magic.

I’ve long loved his work, and in particular the photography of his incredible designs. And I’ve longed to re-create that look in my photography.

It’s the sheer elegance of the images, the mystery, the drama  which appeals to me. I know many of my brides love this look too, so I had my heart set on creating a really inspirational shoot to give brides plenty of ideas about achieving this incredible style.

I was given the chance when The Wedding Affair contacted me a few weeks ago to discuss a photoshoot to promote a wedding fair they are hosting at Goldsborough Hall in June. The team wanted something chic, stylish and glamorous to help promote both the venue and their fair.

Goldsborough Hall is a truly stunning royal stately home nestled away in North Yorkshire. I’d already paid this incredible venue a visit, so i knew the grandeur and glory of this exquisite building. As I researched some ideas, suddenly a light bulb moment- 1950′s Dior would be perfect.

The Wedding Affair called upon some truly exceptional suppliers to help us create this look. We wanted to inspire Brides with our images, to show them what’s possible with a fabulous team of experts in their fields. Together we worked on the theme, looking at the styling, the looks of the time, and weaving some of that magic into our photographs.

Dior’s images were all about the dress, the models rarely showed expression. The images feel almost icy cold and although I love the styling I wanted to show something far warmer, more human in the images. I want bride and grooms to connect with the stories we are telling.

So it was important to show happiness, connection and fun as well as style and beauty. We also wanted to ensure the photographs could be re-created on a wedding day. A shoot is great for ideas, but it’s not much use if it took hours to set up each sequence and the team took hours to get it right. We worked quickly and always mindful of time. It means we know the resulting images could be created on a wedding day- important for any bride and groom to know.

Goldsborough Hall’s grounds are stunning, but of course it’s the interior which leaves an impression long after you’ve departed. The library, drawing room and bridal suite all made perfect locations for some more intimate shots.

( One of my bride and grooms have seen these shots of the bride languishing in a leather armchair, while the chaps relax in the library and have requested something similar during their evening reception. Very Vogue ! How cool will it look ?!)

Perfectly smouldering we think !

So I hope this gorgeous immersion in the world of Dior has inspired you and if you’ve not found your dream venue yet perhaps you might consider the amazing Goldsborough Hall now?

Pop June 12th in your diary, and come along to The Wedding Affair’s event at Goldsborough. There are Dior goody bags for the first few visitors too. Do come by and say hello, I’ll be exhibiting and may even wear something Dior in honour of this fabulous shoot.

So if anything in this shoot has inspired you, here are the people who can help;

Photography – me

Bridal – The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Styling and organisation – The Wedding Affair

The venue – Goldsborough Hall

Hair and make up – Beautycall

Headpieces – HF Couture

Floristry – Twisted Willow

Models – The Model Experience

My thanks to an incredible team of people, utterly dedicated and so talented.

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  1. Posted 4 May at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    These images are so sumptuous, Cat, I can’t help but stare at them.

    • Cat Hepple
      Posted 14 May at 10:50 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much for the lovely comments. This shoot was an absolute joy and the team behind it are so talented. x