winter woodland | styled shoot part II

Located on the site of the original mansion house, Dunglass House was built in the late 1950s and is an excellent example of ‘50s design. Outside there are the magnificent gardens and grounds of the Estate; the house also has its own terrace with BBQ - heaven in the summer - and in chillier times there’s a wood-burning stove to keep everyone cosy. Gail from Rooftop Mosaic tells us a bit more about why she loved the venue and the second and third looks in this amazing shoot... “Dunglass House itself is a beautiful space to get ready in and shoot in. Huge big windows and simplistic tasteful designs made it a dream for me to work in. From the getting ready shots to the beautiful staircase. We modified the first look slightly here and opted for a pale green dress and a different fur. This could be an alternative bridal look or a bridesmaid outfit.”

"We moved outside and kept the Winter theme but opted for a very different and dramatic look; dark, sweeping flowers, a simple dark dress and loose hair. Stevie looked every inch the Hollywood movie star. It’s great to show Brides that they can really go to town with different looks, styles and colours depending on the season they are getting married in. Also, in winter a lot of people pick red flowers (usually roses) but we wanted to really do something dramatic and different with these Winter flowers; really deep purples, reds and blacks."

"It was pretty dark outside when we started the second shoot as it was December. So we made use of some of the candle light inside the venue and what was left of the light outside. Also, we explored the paths around the church and the outside of Dunglass House; it’s a great venue for photo opportunities."

Hannah from Vintage Gathering tells us about her inspiration around these beautiful flowers... “The venue at the Dunglass Estate represented the dark woodland theme perfectly with its Gothic relics amongst the ruins of the church whilst the sun shining through the cracks in the stone highlighting the silvers in the bouquet and floral crown. It was lovely to work with the other professionals on this shoot, Gail with her very steady hand and keen photography skills, Emma who made an effortless and beautiful job of Stevie’s hair and makeup and last but not least Suzanne with the most incredibly lifelike 'wooden log' cake I’ve ever seen!”

And more about that cake from Suzanne... "The cake I made for the shoot really evolved around Hannah’s vision of bringing in a woodland element. Naturally my first thought was that I had to go for a wooden log approach set against the buttercream to tie in with the rustic uneven nature of wood logs. Its a fairly simple cake that is brought to life with the use of those dark moody flowers which really set the scene. Thanks to Hannah for her vision and Gail for making it look so lush, creamy and lickable!"


Venue: Dunglass Estate

Photographer : Gail Kelly

Flowers: Vintage Gathering

Hair & Make Up: Emma Leigh - Make Up Artist

Cake: Suzanne Esper Cakes

Film: Walnut Wasp

winter woodland | styled shoot part I

In December a few members of my Freens and Neeburs pulled together THIS Winter Woodland styled shoot at Dunglass Estate. I'm sure you will agree the resulting images are mind blowing! Can you imagine your Winter wedding here? This shoot shows off a perfect setting for a Scottish Winter wedding... Dunglass Church is a 15th century Gothic church set in the heart of the Estate. Cared for by Historic Scotland, the beautiful warm, grey stone resonates with tales of times gone by, and the half-ruined nature of this utterly unique church makes it all the more atmospheric. Perfect, therefore, for the most romantic of ceremonies.

The fine Gothic window arches allow light to flood into the building, creating the perfect blank canvas: imagine petals on the floor, fabrics, flowers and foliage suspended and draped - couples have an unusual level of freedom to decorate and enhance the church to suit their style.

I caught up with Gail from Rooftop Mosaic who was involved in the planning process and provided us with these magical images...

"We ended up with three looks in total for our gorgeous model, Stevie. In look one we wanted to incorporate icy colours; adopting a Winter look but adding some faux furs too to warm it up. The warm pink of the vintage faux fur jacket really tied in with the pale pink and stone colours of the church at Dunglass. We wanted to add a subtle twist to the traditional bridal look."

"The light in the church is amazing. Appearing through all the arches and doorways. It was an amazing space to shoot in. It’s actually very intimate and quite a small space although the photos may make it look larger than it is. I wanted to make use of all the shapes and curves from the architecture and the pockets of light. There’s also some amazing grounds and features outside."

Our gorgeous flowers were created by Hannah from Vintage Gathering... "I wanted to create an ethereal look that tied in with a woodland enchantment theme for brides to use as inspiration. It's hard for people to picture what this might mean for their flowers; creating a realistic look and not too crazy is key and something that I hope I did in this styled shoot! It was a tale of two halves really with the light fairy woodland theme with blush roses, and silvery foliage contrasting with the dark woodland look of almost black calla lilies, amaranthus, delicate dark purple ranunculus and dark Autumnal leaves."

Enjoy part one of the shoot and watch this space for part two, which includes two more stunning looks and cake from Suzanne Esper Cakes!


Venue: Dunglass Estate

Photographer : Gail Kelly

Flowers: Vintage Gathering

Hair & Make Up: Emma Leigh - Make Up Artist

Cake: Suzanne Esper Cakes

Film: Walnut Wasp