A “Fire & Ice” Bridal Styled Shoot at Gate Street Barn
I’m sure you’ve heard of a certain fantasy TV series that features fire-breathing dragons, frozen zombie-like warriors from beyond a wall of ice, and a whole set of warring noble houses all vying for control of an Iron Throne?
Hair & make-up artist Natasha Wiggins and I thought it would be fun to take inspiration from this TV show (“Game of Thrones”, if you haven’t guessed) and bring it to life in a bridal fashion shoot.
Gate Street Barn location
Gate Street Barn, one of Surrey’s premier wedding venues came on board as the location for the shoot, and we also recruited a great team of collaborators to help set the scene.
Gate Street Barn has just undergone a big renovation which has increased the space available for weddings and created a new space between the barn itself (where civil wedding ceremonies and wedding breakfasts take place) and the old Pheasantry, which is typically used for the cocktail hour and cake-cutting after the meal.
To Have and To Hire Wedding and Events did an amazing job styling the venue, aided by Crystal Hire who provided some stunning tableware and glassware to match our theme, as well as Nell’s Flowers and Gifted Heart Cakes who perfectly completed the scene-setting team. Elegant stationery and table plans were provided by Inked By Hand, and Wedition brought along their unique and exciting personalised wedding magazine.
While the decor team styled the venue, Natasha and her team made up our two professional models, Grace Early and Lauren Falconer, whose incredible wedding dresses were provided by Hummingbird Bridal Studio, set off perfectly by the fantastic headpieces from Doll’s Mad Hattery.
Inside and outside
We shot most of the session inside the barn, as the weather was definitely nearer the “Ice” end of the scale not “Fire” – with a very cold wind and some snow and ice underfoot it was too cold to work outdoors most of the time… although we did venture outside for some shots with the classic VW camper van provided by Borrow Mae – and were fortunate to have some blue sky which made it look a lot less wintry than it was!
I used coloured lighting to create the look of ice and fire – not too complicated to do, and certainly it could make for a really fun theme for a wedding if you fancy playing the part of mediaeval monarchs! The only thing I’m not sure of is where you’d get a dragon from!
Many thanks to everyone who took part and made it such a memorable shoot!
A “Fire & Ice” Bridal Styled Shoot at Gate Street Barn: Contributors
Photography: Chris Mann https://www.cjmann.com/cjm20a
Hair and makeup: NW Make up & team www.nwmake-up.co.uk
Bridal headpieces: Doll’s Mad Hattery https://www.dollsmadhattery.com
Cakes Gifted Heart Cakes: https://www.giftedheartcakes.co.uk
Dresses Hummingbird Bridal Studio https://www.hummingbirdbridalstudio.com
Wedding venue Gate Street Barn http://www.gatestreetbarn.com/
Camper Van Borrow Mae https://www.borrowmae.co.uk
Magazine Wedition https://www.wedition.co.uk
Venue styling To Have & To Hire https://www.tohaveandtohireweddings.com
Flowers Nell’s Flowers https://nellsflowers.co.uk
Table settings Crystal Hire https://www.crystalhire.co.uk
Stationery & table plans Inked By Hand https://www.facebook.com/inkedbyhand/
Model Grace Early –
Model Lauren Falconer https://purpleport.com/portfolio/laurenfalconer/