A couple of weeks ago I spotted a tweet from Cat Hepple asking for a couple to model for a photography workshop she was hosting. My first thought was how much fun it would be to dress up as a bride and groom (seeing as I still have SO long to wait until our wedding day). My second thought was that it would be a really good opportunity to practise having our photo’s taken, so that perhaps we will be a bit more relaxed by the time we do the real thing. So I contacted Cat and she said she would love for us to do it.
I asked Christian if he thought it was bad luck seeing me in a wedding dress before our big day, and we agreed probably not. Then I had an awful thought… what if the dress they put me in is MY dress! I reassured myself that there were no local stockists near Harrogate and that of all the hundreds of dresses they could choose from it would be really unlikely (and it turned out ok!).
So we drove up to The Priory Cottages on Tuesday morning. I have been following their Twitter account so I had an idea of what to expect, but the venue even better in real life. It is a wonderful blend of rustic and contemporary. Even in the wet weather, the grounds are beautiful, with some fabulous backdrops for photographs. We spent some time in one of the cottages whilst getting ready and I completely fell in love with the decor. Being a Furniture Buyer, I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to interiors and I couldn’t stop admiring everything from the Vintage style dining table to the spectacular Armchair! We got a sneak peak of the inside where I believe wedding ceremonies can take place, and this continued the theme of whole place, with wooden beams wrapped in fairy lights, and a glass balcony overlooking the bar area below.
Image Credits: Priory Cottages
We spent the first part of the day with the lovely Make-Up and Hair Artist Victoria Farr. When planning our budget for our wedding, I had planned on doing my own hair and make up. Partly to save some pennies but also because I didn’t think I would want or trust someone else to do it for me. For this experience, I was just going with the style that had been briefed and was happy to do so. Whilst doing my make-up I realised she uses quite different products from those that I would normally use. She explained that her job is to ensure that the bride not just looks gorgeous, but that she photographs well on the day. It dawned on me that my day-to-day make-up, and even my ‘party’ make-up just wouldn’t look the same. Moving onto the hair, Victoria decided to leave my hair down with relaxed curls to suit the boho theme of the shoot. I was really happy with this as I very rarely have my hair up, so I knew I would feel more myself. I loved how it turned out, and by the time I went to bed, the curls were still in place! I am so glad I have had this opportunity and I am going to make sure I allow budget for a Hair and Make-Up Artist now.
Victoria Farr Make Up & Hair Artist
There were two dresses to choose from, both on loan from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. I picked the Madrid dress by Maggie Sottero. I was drawn in by the blush colour and eyelash lace trim. The back was just as stunning as the front, with gorgeous dainty buttons.
Image Credits: Cat Hepple
Dress: Harrogate Wedding Lounge
I was given a lovely bouquet and floral crown, created by Leafy Couture. They looked and smelt divine. I especially loved the lace trim detail around the bouquet. Everyone I’ve shown the photo’s to has commented on the crown. When I first saw it I thought it was quite big and that I would look a bit silly… but as soon as I put it on, I felt amazing!
Image Credits: Cat Hepple
Flowers: Leafy Couture
The photo shoot was a fantastic experience. Getting the opportunity to be photographed by Cat was such an honour. It was a real eye-opener into how much thought and expertise goes into getting the perfect pictures. Christian and I started off both feeling slightly awkward, but Cat was very specific with her instructions on how to stand, where to look and where to put our hands. She was very encouraging and reassuring, and eventually we started to feel more confident. Cat picked three backdrops in the courtyard, before moving out towards the fields to post amongst the blossom trees. My favourite shot from the day was the image of Christian giving me a kiss on the cheek. We both felt that we learnt a lot from Cat, and will try and remember some of her directions when we are posing for the real thing!
Image Credit: Victoria Farr
Here are the rest of the photo’s from Cat. I know I am biased, but doesn’t my Groom look handsome!
Image credits: Cat Hepple
It was also great to meet the other photographers attending the workshop. They were all so friendly and encouraging. I am looking forward to following their work on Facebook and Twitter. If you’d like to find out a bit more about them, here are their links to their websites:
Hayley Baxter - see one of Hayley’s photo’s below
Image Credit: Hayley Baxter
It was also a lovely surprise to meet the inspiring Julia Braime from Brides Up North. Even more exciting was the fact that she had heard of Diary of a Bride!
To find out more about Cat Hepple and her work you can visit her website here.
Cat Hepple Photoshoot was last modified: May 10th, 2014 by