Kirklinton Hall//Carlisle//French Inspired

Hello lovely ones!  Todays conundrum: When is an French Cafe Elopement not an elopement?  When it is a styled shoot in Kirklinton Hall, Carlisle, of course.  OK, so, much as I would have loved to have bobbed over to France for a few days and wondered the streets of gay Paris for a secret wedding, it just wasn’t to be.  It didn’t stop us dreaming though.

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Tiree Dawson Photography, Kirklinton Hall, Wilde and Romantic, Aimee Chorley MUA, Aqua the Salon, Legend Bridal, Neat Creative, More Bakery

The brief on this shoot – If you’re not the kind of couple who wants a ‘big’ wedding, what kind of wedding do you have?  The answer, of course, is any kind you want.  But we thought long and hard about what a small celebration may include, and concluded it would be all about you, as a couple.  That isn’t to say, though, that you shouldn’t feel special.  We say ‘Oui’ to hair and make up.  Yes to the dress and suit.  Of course to a small bouquet of flowers to keep as a reminder of the day.  And ‘Don’t even think no is an option’ to a photographer to capture those special moments to share with your friends and family afterwards.  And that is really about it.



Not being in Paris meant we had to improvise.  Janet from Wilde Romantic brought all the beautiful French props she could find, from bentwood chairs to wrought iron benches, if you want to create a theme she is your woman.  Add to that some delicious pastries from More bakery and stunning calligraphy from our model Lau and voila!

For Lau’s look Aimee chose to keep her fresh looking – emphasising her stunning English Rose looks with just a flick of mascara and a smudge of blusher.  The nude lips simply whisper ‘Kiss me’. And that is what Grant did all day long – when they weren’t laughing. The dress, from Legend Bridal, had just a tiny, tiny amount of shimmer in it.  The high-low style, favoured by Legend, is perfect for ladies who don’t want to feel like they are in a traditional wedding dress, but who do want a bit of a train behind them.

And our addition to the shoot?  (Apart from the concept and coordination?) This little chandelier.  Because small is perfect.





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