Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel Wedding Photography.
Wow! The old Belsfield Hotel was looking a bit tired when I was there last… What a difference. Now open and looking very busy the newly refurbished Laura Ashley Belsfield Hotel is everything you would expect from the brand. Next meeting I have away from the gallery I will try to make it there. It will be a popular wedding venue as well. I’m looking forward to the first time we are asked to photograph a real wedding there.
Imagine then how pleased I was when I got the call from Gareth of Aqua Bridal Hair to work with him and others on a style shoot at the new hotel. We have worked with Gareth and the “A team” a lot at weddings and a couple of times on these sort of shoots as well.
These shoots nearly always follow a theme and that was given to us by the decor of the hotel which is a modern, Laura Ashley take on Art Decco. The dresses, accessories, Gareth’s hair styling and Helen’s make up, even our treatment of the pictures followed that.
We wanted to make the best of the hotel so we used a few spaces. All of the gowns were from British designers and were made in the UK. On the chaise and the staircase Kelsey wore a Sassi Holford dress and Sarah one of two Ritva Westenius numbers that Julia brought. The scooped neck on Sarah’s dress was beautifully set off by a really long string of pearls from, you guessed it, Girls Love Pearls, very 1920’s flapper.
Next stop was the library and after some re-styling Kelsey appeared in a Stephanie Allin and Sarah in the second Ritva Westenius, this time set off with a fur look stole, no foxes were harmed.
After a quick stop off for Martini we moved to the reception were we enacted the arrival of the bride then to the restaurant. We didn’t have a groom so Sarah had to gaze longingly at a wall.
All of the hair accessories were designed and made by Julia Tasker and the ladies carried arrangements by Kevin at Brackens of Bowness. Helen from Definitions used Mac Make up and Gareth’s products were all Label.m.
I like doing this sort of stuff, it’s a lot less pressure than a real wedding and it’s always a pleasure to work as part of such an elite team as this.