To The Manor: Under the Scottish Open Skies – A Styled Shoot
Under the Scottish Open Skies – A Styled Shoot
It’s not often we feature styled shoots outside the UAE, but today, we’re publishing the most beautiful photographs from a grand Scottish Manor located on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll. Submitted by UK-based, award-winning wedding and events planners Knot & Pop, this shoot is creative, inspiring and packed full of stunning images set against a spectacular background of Scottish mountains and forest.
Our Scottish expat readers who may be thinking about marrying back home will be left breathless by this shoot, while those who are just looking for inspiration are sure to find some gems among the magic. Featuring some of Scotland’s finest wedding vendors, the shoot is explained in detail below by Susanna of Knot & Pop and photographer Ann-Kathrin Koch. Enjoy!
Susanna of Knot & Pop says:
To The Manor celebrates all that Scotland has to offer, from its honest beauty to the country’s stunning rugged scenery.
Scotland has a way of capturing your heart forever, with its loch-kissed mountains, vivid and lush greenery, misty mornings and open expanses of untouched countryside. If you’re planning a destination wedding then allow To The Manor and Scotland to sweep you away.
Shot at an opulent Scottish manor with character in every corner, To The Manor encapsulates a sense of theatre and romance in an indulgent setting.
Mixing purple tones with hints of green and a shot of rich red across the florals, the palette speaks of a hunter’s haven and sets the scene for an atmospheric wedding.
Pheasant feathers and ornamental birds feature as decorative touches, while the stationery, by Lamplighter London, also includes touches of bird and feather designs.
On the table tops, a hand-died calligraphy table runner has ‘Love’ by Edwin Morgan inscribed on it; stunning florals by Scotland’s finest florist, Pyrus Flowers, are placed in copper vases, and a sense of feasting is created by the fruits laid out for guests to graze on.
Beautiful hand-made plates, by Love It Want It Buy It, are mixed with crockery from Hélène Millot, and place names written on red robin leaves are held by antique silver cutlery.
More red robin leaves are layered to form the table plan, which is reminiscent of bird feathers and adds natural texture to the details. Further tactile flourishes appear across fabric flag table numbers, fabric menus and statement handcrafted shields, in a collaboration between Knot & Pop and Lamplighter London.
To move from day to evening, two incredible wedding dresses from UK designer Susie Stone, whose gowns combine individuality and absolute luxury, are teamed. With its intricate rose detailing and ivory palette, the Grace gown contrasts beautifully with the evening allure and embellished charm of the 1920s-inspired gown. Feather headpieces by Vagabond Couture and Curious Fair, and jewellery by Maria Nilsdotter and Cornelia Webb, add the statement finishing touches, giving an other-worldly feel to the bridal style.
Photographer Ann-Kathrin Koch says:
Being a wedding photographer is the best job I can imagine. Every week I work with people who are experiencing the happiest day of their life with their very closest friends and family.
I prefer working in a documentary style and shoot on film at every wedding for a few reasons, none of them nostalgic. I love that I am connected to my subject with no distraction from a screen on the back of my camera. I even love that shooting film is difficult. It slows me down and I can really concentrate on exposing the exact moment that matters. Mostly though, I just love the way it looks – incredibly flattering yet vibrant and full of life. Shooting film lets me create images I love.
Scotland has always fascinated me. Boasting an extraordinarily beautiful but rugged landscape and known for endless rain and cold winds, it’s not a conventionally pretty place. Yet everywhere you turn it seems as if everything is just that little bit more special. The wind is slightly stronger, the water a little colder and the trees and mountains just a bit higher. If you are looking to be enchanted, this is the place to go. Combining the roughness of Scotland with delicate beauty creates just that – a little bit of magic.
The Starring Cast
Concept, styling and production: Knot & Pop / Photographer: Ann-Kathrin Koch / Venue: Ardkinglas / Model: Elaine Fisher at Colours Agency / Hair: Sorelle / Makeup: Julie Diplacito / Dresses: Susie Stone / Large feather and bejewelled headpiece: Vagabond Couture / Feather headband: Curious Fair / Jewellery: Maria Nilsdotter and Cornelia Webb / Flowers: Pyrus Flowers / Stationery: Lamplighter London / Plates: Love It Want It Buy It / Crockery and Cutlery: Hélène Millot / Candlesticks: Classic Crockery / Cake: Big Bear Bakery
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