On Wednesday 2nd September we were fortunate enough to shoot at the most exquisite venue- Blenheim palace showcasing my British handmade, couture dresses.
This stunning location is situated in Oxfordshire, the palace spans acres of land and boasts both breath-taking gardens and grounds.
The real beauty, however, is arguably within the palace rooms where each detail has been expertly preserved in a true showcase of British architecture. We felt that the venue represented out creations perfectly, as whilst they exude luxury they’re also truly British as they are created here entirely by hand.
We woke up at dawn as the sun rose over the beautiful location. We were only given two hours to shoot inside due to the fact that the public would then be present. Although this was short, this intensity leads to incredible productivity. Stuart Wood our photographer was able to utilise his time perfectly and we ended up getting better shots than we could ever have imagined. The library room offset our blue and gold couture Chantilly lace dress effortlessly. The two models in the Great Hall next to cakes provided by Elizabeth’s Cake emporium created an awe-inspiring view for the public as they entered the palace.
We then moved to the exquisite gardens, where we were able to continue to photograph the other dresses. In addition, Muse motion Productions used their videography skills to follow the shoot and to show the beautiful movement of our gowns. One of the highlights of the day was when our stunning model Thalia took the feather train from our beaded Chantilly lace and silk crepe jumpsuit let it fly behind her in the wind, displaying the material and design perfectly and also showing off Freya Rose’s fabulous mother of pearl heeled boots.
Finally, at around 4 pm we started to feel the rain. But this did by no means dampen our mood. We closed the shoot with Philip Corps Flowers dressing a simple corner of the room with his lovely floral designs, something that was so simple yet so effortlessly stunning.
Collaboration and working as a team are of utmost importance at Shimmering Ivory, and that is what made Tuesday the 2nd’s shoot so special. Following corona, the bridal industry has been hit with many lows and many of us have found business turbulent. For this reason, we decided to make this shoot a celebration of our industry and thus decided to collaborate together as a team effort. Below is a list of all those involved we had an amazing day with lots of hard work, creativity and positivity.
Creative Director and Stylist: Shimmering Ivory Couture by Siân Hughes Cooke
Bridal Designer of Shimmering Ivory Wedding gowns: Sian Hughes Cooke
Sian’s Assistant: Amy Kettridge
Social Content Creation: Bex Whitley
Shoot Assistant: Anastasia Fokina
Photographer: Stuart Wood + assistant Alan
Videographer: Muse Motion Productions
Hair and Makeup: Chloe Hiskett
Fine Jewellery: Heartwood Jewellery
Costume Jewellery: The Jewel Jar
Shoes Freya Rose Florist: Phillip Corps Flowers
Hair Accessories: Dolecka
Cakes: Elizabeth Solaru – Elisabeth’s Cake Emporium
I myself am a luxury bespoke bridal and occasion-wear designer based in Harpenden Hertfordshire. I set up my own brand Shimmering Ivory following a long career as a lingerie designer; my greatest achievement was designing the $15million millennium bra for Victoria’s Secret. I recently showcased my new collection now virtually at the Bridelux atelier.
With suppliers of such a high calibre alongside the beautiful Blenheim Palace, we created something truly magical.