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Lady Chatterley’s Lover - Styled Wedding Shoot

Monday, 02 July 2012

-- by Kate Hopewell Smith

It all started with a breathtakingly spectacular venue, the desire to show off its beauty in a worthy manner and an infamous love story.

Styled photoshoots are almost done to oblivion these days, one might think. True – but that doesn’t make them any less exciting for the teams behind them, especially when you get to do something that’s just that bit different.

The inspiration for this shoot came from the infamous story of Lady Chatterley and her lover – a story so racy, it was considered ‘unmentionable’ when first published in 1926 and not permitted to be printed uncensored in the UK until 1960.

The plot revolves around Lady Constance Chatterley and her upper-class husband Clifford, who became paralysed after having being injured in the war, leaving Constance feeling neglected and frustrated both, emotionally and physically.

What ensues is Lady Chatterley’s battle of mind over matter, trying to put aside her physical needs in favour of a more mindful relationship with her husband. Her efforts are futile and eventually lead to a torrid and emotionally complex affair with Mellors, the estate’s gamekeeper.

With our combined creative license, of course, we endeavoured to capture photographically what D.H. Lawrence had put into words almost a century ago. We sincerely hope to have done him and us proud.

This shoot was created to be shared so if you have a blog or know someone who might like to publish the images please get in touch and we will sort it!

We enter the story with Lady Chatterley’s invitation to join her for cocktails and dinner…

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Lady Chatterley's Lover - the team and behind the scenes
Generally speaking when I wake up in the morning and let the day ahead filter into my stirring consciousness I look forward to what lays ahead.

Sometimes you wake up and think 'yeay' - today is going to be just that extra bit special. I definitely felt like this on Monday 21st May because it was time for a styled wedding shoot with a fantastic group of suppliers - many of whom I work with often but some who were meeting us all for the first time.

I really wanted to have a theme and story for this shoot - something to anchor my imagery and to give the rest of the team something to focus their creativity on. When I first thought of Lady Chatterley's Lover I assumed that it would have been done. I tentatively searched google and to our collective relief discovered not. We set a date and started planning.

I feel very lucky to get to work with the people I'm going to introduce you to now - without them I have no content, no inspiration and not nearly as much fun!

The astonishing venue
Nether Winchendon House – with the kind permission by Georgianna Spencer Bernard

The gorgeous 1920’s hair and make-up
Cat Fransham and Holly Preston

The breathtaking accessories
Sarah Fitzgerald of Euphoria Couture


The spectacular dresses
Anna McDonald Bridal Gallery

The sublime furs and gloves
Sasso Bride

The fantastic flowers
Joanna Carter Contemporary Flowers

The stunning venue dressing
Elegant Vintage Events

The exquisite stationery
Intricate Creations

The precious car
Nostalgia Travels

The promotion & behind-the-scenes shots
Anna MacDougall of bride&glory Wedding Planning

The photographer's assistant
Ravinder Crone


POSTED BY KATE HOPEWELL-SMITH

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