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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Wedding Shoot at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

During the summer the time came again for our fab team of suppliers to get our heads together about our Autumn shoot. The florist amongst us, Joanna Carter, often works at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire so she asked the events team if we could use this incredible location and to everyone's delight they were happy for us to.

It was amazing to be able to use the grounds and architecture - probably the perfect kind of location for me (or any photographer!). On the day Anna McDonald brought a choice of dresses with priority being given to the Kate Middleton replica. Not many dresses could compete with the scale and majesty of Blenheim Palace but this one could.

It was the 29th September and baking hot. Bright, bright sunshine and blue skies. Sounds gorgeous - but potentially not for photography. But rather than run from the challenge I used it creatively and aimed to create some images with drama and contrast. But I also love the serenity of the second image created out of that single, intense, shaft of sunlight.

Of course - my part in this gorgeous shoot is only small. Loads of hardwork and creative input came from the usual suspects:

Anna McDonald provided the dresses and veils
Cat Fransham of Make Up for Brides did her usual magic on hair and make up.
Sarah of Euphoria Couture once again finished the look with her incredible accessories
and of course Joanna Carter provided the gorgeous bouquets.

Typically there was a lot of attention from visitors to Blenheim who stumbled across the shoot - particularly when they realised that it was 'the Kate' dress.

I'm seeing all the girls this evening - to look at the pics, drink wine, eat and chat. And make a plan for the next time.


  1. Beautiful images Kate! I LOVE the way you've used that bright sunlight to your advantage rather than 'running away' from it'. Great work.

  2. Hi Kate, these are stunning. You are an inspiration to me, I love your use of light and shape, it's incredible - wow!

  3. Lovely images, use of light and stunning setting. Am loving watching your work and trying to learn through it! Best wishes.

  4. Gorgeous set of images Kate. I love the way that you have used the location to show off the landscaping and architecture. You must be very please with the results.



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