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'Lessons in Love' Styled Shoot at Frensham Heights

Updated: Oct 24, 2019

This old school gets a modern wedding look...


After the success of our previous styled phoot being published, when Justine of Berties Photography asked if I would join her in the planning of another shoot, I jumped at the chance!

Frensham Heights near Rowledge, Surrey is a magnificent country house used as a private school and is celebrating 25 years as a wedding venue. Built in 1898, Frensham Heights is a proud and beautiful building with a wonderful heritage, hosting fabulous house parties at the turn of the century, been a sanctuary for wounded soldiers from the Great War, and has provided the perfect backdrop to hundreds of weddings, receptions and celebrations.

Our beautiful model Ellie

The venue is renowned for its magnificent reception rooms, 120 acres of beautiful grounds with stunning vistas, however, little known is how exceptional the food offering is provided by the in-house catering. Justine's son attends the school and fell in love with its grandeur and charm, and wanted to draw attention to the venue as a perfect wedding escape.

We were keen to show the many rooms the house has to offer to their best advantage. We felt a ceremony set up using the grand high ceiling of the panelled Jacobean ‘Long Gallery’ with its baronial fireplace and impressive stained-glass window was a must.

Geometric accessories bring a modern touch to this Jacobean gallery

The shoot focused on a contemporary colour scheme of blue grey, blush and burgundy, designed by me, with the help of our fabulous florist Nicola Andrews of Jasmine Flowers. We wanted to appeal to the modern bride and show how you can move away from tradition and still have all the dreamy romance. I was particularly keen to style the venue without using traditional white, and instead used contemporary soft grey tablecloths with blush chair covers, and for impact a few striking blue grey elements, such as the taper candles and geometric design stationary kindly provided by Valerie at Bewitching Stationary.

Contemporary soft greys compliments the blush pinks

Nicola was the floral mastermind and had a clear idea of using burgundy accents within the incredible peach and blush floral displays, both lining the ceremony aisle and on the registrar table, piano and banquet tables. In the Edwardian ballroom, she used a combination of low and high centrepieces on the tables and the piano was draped in a magnificent arrangement of burgundy Ranunculus, pink Lisianthus, Hellebores, Sweet Avalanche and Bombastic roses, burgundy Chrysant, pale pink Astilbe and peach Hypericum Berries.

No white in sight!

All of the featured rooms are licensed for marriages. The house is also blessed with a beautiful terrace showcasing the outstanding views, and an intimate walled garden, fully licensed if you prefer an outdoor ceremony. The venue is only available for certain weekend dates during school holidays throughout the year, making it even more exclusively yours for the entire weekend.

I am over the moon that this shoot has now been published online at Bride Magazine! Here are some of my favourite images from the shoot.

Photo credits Berties Photography

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