Walcot Hall has to be one of the most unique wedding venues I have been to. It has several features that make it a photographer’s dream to shoot at!
2020 was such a difficult year for everyone and with weddings not being able to take place in the way we hoped for, I had all of my weddings postpone to 2021 and beyond. So wedding photography workshops are a great way to keep myself focused by doing what I love most – photographing gorgeous wedding content!
The Photography Farm is run by Lisa Devlin and she really brought us everything with this workshop! An amazing team of creatives worked together to bring us so many stunning sets and details to drool over!
Today was made even more fabulous by the addition of Rebecca Carpenter Photography as one of our workshop leaders – whoop whoop!
Her work is insane, her enthusiasm is infectious and working with her was so much fun!
Walcot Hall has some very unique features which inspired our planner & stylist Valentina of The Stars Inside.
Valentina used the colours of the venue along with certain details to create a story for our shoot. She says that when planning a wedding she has the same approach, that each wedding has it’s own story and all details blend together perfectly to give one true feel for the wedding. Everything is in synch, from the colours used, to the flowers, to the jewellery, to the place settings. Each supplier working together to create a bespoke story.
The main ballroom of Walcot Hall is painted the most incredible shade of Tiffany blue, it just wows! There are details such as carved shells on wooden seats, an old stone fountain with fish carved into it, and 2 lakes complete with wooden rowing boats!
Then there is the green tin chapel with a red door!!! THIS is the feature that drew me to Walcot Hall. It made me need to be a part of this shoot day! With a wonderful fairytale feel to it, nestled up in the woods I could just envisage some seriously gorgeous bride and groom portraits here. And it didn’t disappoint!
Valentina talked us through her storyboard, full of fairytale styling, and mermaid vibes (I KNOW RIGHT!!!) I was beyond excited to see what was waiting for us!
The tin chapel in the woods was where we began the day. Real couple Shalini & Carl were our “model couple” for the day. I always prefer to photograph real couples on workshops because their reactions and feelings are just that much more authentic. You could tell they really didn’t mind the kissing shots at all!
The red door was a striking backdrop for some portraits and I loved the green tin walls of the chapel with it’s cute little windows.
From there we moved on to the garden where Kathryn was waiting for us looking every inch the fairytale bride as she swayed back and forth on a swing decorated with the most stunning florals by Donna and her team at Pheasant Botanica.
Inside the hall the table was set for an intimate wedding breakfast for the newlyweds and it was styled beautifully. Photographing the details are one of the most lovely parts of a wedding as it’s these details you spend so much care on choosing so it’s so important to document them.
Every detail has it’s part in telling your wedding day story, just how gorgeous are these…
The fountain had a sensational floral installation which took the team so much care and time to do. I loved the shots of Shalini & Carl here, it felt like the loveliest place to say your wedding vows!
Walcot Hall has so many opportunities for amazing photographs, perhaps the most incredible of all being the lakes. Donna had filled the boats to the brim with flowers and we had the most beautiful light for our lake portraits. I think these are my favourite images from the day!
Kathryn wore the most incredible shell crown by Discordia Designs. I seriously loved the styling for this part of the workshop, it was beyond anything I could have imagined. When I studied drama back in my college days at Stratford I had the idea I’d love to be a costume designer (fate led me in other directions however!) so this was right up my street!
Seriously though, doesn’t she make the most fabulous mermaid?!
The whole team involved in this magical day worked so hard together to bring the vision of Valentina’s romantic fairytale story to life, just as they do on a wedding day.
A big thank you to everyone involved in making this day so special, you are all super stars!
I hope you enjoy my photographs even half as much as I enjoyed shooting them!
Take a look at my wedding gallery for more lovely wedding inspo and get in touch if you’d like to find out my availability for shooting your own wedding – if it’s as extra as this shoot at Walcot Hall then you’re right up my street! xx
Workshop – The Photography Farm
Planning & Styling – The Stars Inside
Venue – Walcot Hall
Videography – Rix Weddings
Hair & Make-up – Storme Make-up Artist
Flowers – Pheasant Botanica
Veils – Sasha & Veil
Table Linen – Gaia Bespoke Linen
Cakes/Desserts – The Sweetest Thing Cakery
Earrings & Necklaces – Marte Frisnes Jewellery
Headpieces – Rachel Chaprunne
Hat – @chapeauuk
Shell Crown – Discordia Designs
Menswear – Asos
Stationary & Calligraphy – Mathildah Lundin
Table Runner & Silk Ribbons – Pom Pom Blossom
Models – Shalini & Carl – Official RMG Models and Kathryn Megan @kathrynmegaan