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