Downton Abbey Inspired Photoshoot at Archerfield House, East Lothian

1The olde-worlde charm of hit series Downton Abbey lives on, even after the show came to an end, and still remains inspirational for period drama themed weddings.

Paired with Archerfield House, a grand venue in East Lothian (where Ronan Keating had his wedding, no less!), the style transcended effortlessly with an added modern twist to bring it into 2016.


“The key focus of the photoshoot was our new separates collection, which allows brides to choose from over 60 different bodice and skirt combinations to create a truly unique wedding gown.

At the shoot, we showcased key pieces from the range highlighting versatility by matching sumptuous statement fabrics with key, on-trend looks.

Christina, my mum, is a hairstylist and she came out of retirement to work on this shoot with us. She knew exactly what we wanted and at record speed, created amazing styles which complimented the gowns perfectly.

3We were so excited when Robbie the horse was able to join us on the day “ he really added to the Downton drama! He was so well behaved; we paid him in Polo Mints and carrots, of course!

The shoot was such a dream to do. Having free reign at Archerfield was amazing and there were so many stunning rooms to choose from. We could have worked there all week!

The team worked so well together too, knowing exactly what each of us needed to do to create a fabulous photoshoot.


I worked with our overall theme whilst incorporating some key make-up trends for autumn/winter 2016 to come up with some beautiful stylish looks to help inspire those brides-to-be out there.

5For model Lauren (above), I created a subtle crease-cut eye make-up, with warm pinky brown tones, and completed this look with a neutral pink lip.

11For her second look (above), keeping the subtle cut-crease eye, we went with a more daring high gloss berry lip to help show that it’s possible to have something other than a creamy neutral lip or classic matte red on your wedding day.



For Danielle (above), I created a burnt orange and soft chocolate brown smokey eye with subtle coral lip, which complemented Danielle’s red hair and the dresses beautifully.

Both models had natural, flawless, dewy skin to work with their gorgeous make-up looks.


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Though daunted by this project I ended up having a great time on the shoot! The quality that Colette and Naydene bring to their work was so inspiring, and to be outnumbered by the ladies six to one did make a guy want to do his best too “ so I did!


I had so much fun creating the arrangements for this shoot. I chose flowers with lots of movement, texture and fragrance “ the purple astrantia in the cascading bouquet worked well with eucalyptus, rosemary and roses created a gorgeous fragrance in the hand-tied bouquet.

10 Bridal flowers are my favourite thing to work on, they are such an important part of a bride’s overall look and feature in photos for many years to come, so it’s important to reflect the bride’s personality in each bouquet.

12LittleWhiteBook_Blog_Banner//Venue: Archerfield House // Photography: GEEBZ Photography

// Dresses: Sophia Grace Couture // Make-up: Colette Casher Make-Up Artistry // Hair: Christina at Sophia Grace Couture

// Floristry: Bonnie Buskit // Models: Lauren Haggarty + Danielle Cairns, Superior Model Management

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