Latin-tropical Lake District styled shoot at Low Hall
Low Hall is a glorious little haven tucked away in the North West of the Lake District. Set in two idyllic acres of luscious grounds with woodland, babbling brook and incredible views over the Lorton Fells, this boutique B&B, and events barn is an absolute stunner! Its luscious garden is it's own little micro-climate, a perfect secluded spot for your wedding. With the ability to head on down to the local lake (Crummock Water) for wedding photos afterward, it is a perfect little Lake District Wedding Venue.
The first time I've ever organised a styled shoot!
I'm so happy to say I did something I've never felt comfortable enough to do! As a big advocate for documentary-style wedding photography, a styled shoot feel's very alien to me. Posing people and playing pretend for an afternoon was way out of my comfort zone, but all the more reason to give it a whirl! After all, how can I make judgments on something I know so little about without trying it myself?
After a bit of a slow year due to Covid, I felt it would be a great way to get a bunch of creative suppliers together for us all to practice and get back into the swing of things before the start of wedding season. The creativity on this day was nothing short of infectious, and it had us all excited for getting back to weddings.
Organising a Latin-tropical themed wedding
Once I had decided that organising a shoot was something I wanted to do the first venue I thought of was Low Hall, myself and the owners (Francesca & Ben) had spoken actively over social media, both seemingly appreciating each other's work in spades! I was happy it was reciprocated, and I wasn't coming across like a fangirl. After a quick zoom to bounce ideas around, Francesca and I both settled on the concept of Latin-Tropical. We shared a love for bold colour, and we wanted something that bucked the barn and woodland theme that already runs beautifully through their site.
I was beginning to feel pretty excited about the shoot, and while expressing said excitement to a Newcastle friend, they mentioned they knew a wedding planner who had had a tropical-themed wedding herself. She then introduced me to Emma Jordan Weddings, and that's when the planning took off. Myself and Fran had cobbled a bunch of images together into a Pintrest board, but Emma took all of our themes and ideas so far and narrowed them down. She made the most fantastic mood board (below), and using this to communicate ideas with all who were involved made it easy to plan and super cohesive.
Sourcing Lake District/ Newcastle wedding suppliers
It was essential for me to work with suppliers that understood the theme/ that were all up for just having fun with it. I was desperate to use a short dress (primarily to ease and fear of ruining a borrowed one with a train) and I also really wanted the flowers to include my favorite bloom, a King protea. It was important that any suppliers who attended on the day to feel appreciated and valued for their contributions, so I tried my best to provide them all with some images of themselves doing their jobs/ headshots to use on social media.
The big day!
On the day, we were greeted with a very warm welcome by Low Hall owners Fran & Ben. Planner Emma was on hand as key coordinator, dressing tables and generally running the show (I can't honestly praise her enough). Meg Joanne Make-up got stuck straight in and give our model Sarah an amazingly colourful look. Sarah then put on Catherine Deane fringed wedding dress, which was expertly sourced by Mia bridal in Cockermouth. Celebrant Charlotte Penefather then held a mock ceremony, and this included a colourful hand-fasting and a pretty ace drinks mixing post "i do!". Charisma Florists provided my dream bouquet and table flowers, then everything was perfectly captured on film by Craig from 'Hello There Films'. Last but not least jewellery was supplied to me by one of my amazingly talented 2021 brides Francesca who owns Anuka Jewellery. To say I didn't want to give any of it back is an understatement!
Suppliers links are all listed at the end of the blog. Enjoy!
PLEASE ENJOY THE WEDDING STORY SLIDESHOW BELOW
FOLLOWED BELOW BY INDIVIDUAL IMAGES
Venue: Low Hall The Lakes
Wedding planner: Emma Jordan Weddings
Film: Hello There Films
Flowers: Charisma Florists
Dress supplier: miabridal
Jewellery: Anuka Jewellery
Crockery: White House Crockery
Streamer backdrop: Streamadelica
Turban: The Little Turban Company
Veil: Rebecca Anne Designs