Styled Shoot

Pink Paradise. A Styled Bridal Shoot at Denton Hall

Sarah Symonds

It’s a case of go bold or go home with today’s styled shoot. We’re sharing a dramatic and dynamic cocktail of bright florals, tropical foliage, punchy pinks and cute corals with the stunning Denton Hall Palmery as a backdrop.

The passion of the stylist and the suppliers involved is evident in this shoot, creating a little patch of paradise at Denton, and even we’re finding it hard to believe this one’s really all set in Yorkshire! ‘Colour Pop in The Palmery’ has been pulled together using an all local, Yorkshire-based dream team but with concepts usually seen in more exotic climes – which just goes to show that up North, we can make any style work!

You’ll find details that are a little different at every turn here and yet, there’s also something elegant that’s still quintessentially English about it too. From stationary to styling, florals to food, we’ve got all the inspo you need to recreate this look yourself and build a big day with impact. We’ve been chatting to Gillian Neild from Where Bees Meet to get the low down on the styling of the shoot…

With images by Photography By Kathryn


Gillian says

: This shoot was inspired by my passion for styling unique spaces with bold designs.

It was important to me that the style was dynamic, but also true to nature throughout. We achieved this with the use of lush greenery and enticing foliage; whilst also being bold and going beyond greenery alone. The Palmery evokes a tropical feel, so this was introduced into the concept through the use of dynamic pinks, a touch of coral and gold accents. All of the creative team embraced the greenery and used pops of colour in their work with stunning effect.


It’s impossible not to love Denton Hall, as it’s one of Yorkshire’s finest wedding venues. The Palmery is licensed for civil ceremonies but has never been used as such. This was instantly appealing to me, as it afforded the opportunity to show couples how this elegant and light-filled space can be brought to life for their special day.

From the amazing floor-to-ceiling windows and amazing black and white chequered floor, to a curved door leading from The Palmery to the grounds of Denton Hall, it’s definitely a unique space. The amazing natural light means that all the wonderful colours shine out, true to life and echoing the nature around us. I knew Kathryn the photographer would be happy with the amazing light and she has captured everything beautifully.

Our walk into the woods showcases how Denton Hall as a venue offers both grand backdrops and romantic scenes. It features all the quintessentially lush greenery you would hope to see at a country wedding venue, plus Kathryn’s skill as a natural and authentic photographer meant this was an extra opportunity to showcase her style too.


The florals are bold. The feel for the floral design was colourful and impactful with equally dynamic tropical foliage. The use of Palms, Ferns, Fatsia and Calathea leaves frames the pops of pink seen in the Roses, Curcuma and Anthurium. Corals are seen with the use of Leucospermum. The floral columns stand triumphantly as a frame for the ceremony or the cake table. Again, just enough for impact but still pleasing to the eye. The bridal bouquet features the bold pops of colour too, but it’s modest size ensures it doesn’t overpower our beautiful bride, Hannah.

The table styling echoes The Palmery through the use of translucent glass plates and crystal glassware. The pink taper candles and orange tassled table linen emphasises the colour theme.

Gayle and Anna, from Where The Ribbon Ends, employ a creative use of contrasting tiers for the cake. There’s patterned greenery, a super shiny edible gold leaf tier and a matte black tier to add to the drama of the styling, and the dynamic use of tone can also be seen in the stunning black, white and gold treats on the tempting mini dessert table.

The handcrafted suite of stationery designed by Somers Creative evokes the greenery and essence of the palmery. The pops of coral appear in the form of tassels and soft silk ribbons, whilst the stunning gold calligraphy on the table settings and plan just exude elegance. Plus, I just loved the palm print which has been inlaid inside the envelopes.


The shoot and venue demanded a modern, style-focused gown and I had seen this collection from Charlotte Balbier at a preview event. The ‘Ethereal Beauty’ gown is beautifully elegant, with a racer neckline that’s not commonly seen. But it was the floral tulle and duchess satin skirt, and the fabulous Cathedral length train that caught my eye. And then you discover the dress has pockets. Enough said!


The hair and make-up created by Chrys Chapman is stunningly elegant. The chignon hairstyle features twirls that add delightful detail. The make-up beautifully complements our model Hannah’s porcelain complexion, and the pop of coral on the lip is just lush!


As a flower and plant obsessive, I’m hooked on the #greenhousewedding trend that’s much more common in the US, so I wanted to create a Yorkshire-based concept around this theme and I really feel we’ve achieved this goal.

For me, designing and creating the floral columns was an absolute highlight. I love large floral structures, so these had been on my wish list for a while. Another highlight had to be the team effort it took to drag a huge leather armchair into the woodland to capture some amazing outdoor shots! It was completely worth it!

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