The Downton Abbey Bride… was last modified: November 14th, 2015 by Annabel

Morning All, How many Downton Abbey fans do I have reading this page this morning? This styled bridal shoot was the idea of Gill Field, wedding planner at Bride & Beau. Gill describes herself as a 'hopeless romantic' and her idea to create a 'Downton Abbey inspired shoot certainly conjured up images of elegance and romance! 

Gill chose to work with photographer Juliet McKee in crafting these images and it is with Juliet I caught up with last week to discuss this project.  Imagine if you will, that Matthew Crawley is to marry Lady Mary. Lady Mary is in such a quandary, so much to do, so much to plan! Where should she start?! Well our talented team have been terribly kind and put together a little bit of inspiration to help her plan the perfect day….

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"We didn't have the fictional Downton Abbey, AKA Highclere Castle for our shoot, but we did have the beautiful Farnham Castle which provided us with a fabulous backdrop. Real brides can also choose to hold their nuptials at the venue and exclusive hire of the castle includes use of the Great hall, Stone Hall, Minstrels' Gallery, Sir Ray Tindle Bar and 5 acres of lawn and cultivated gardens. 

Husband and wife team Martin and Clare Pinkney really managed to achieve some stylish hair and makeup. Clare's makeup for our model Chloe in particular, had that classic luscious red lip look that never seems to go out of fashion. A timeless statement…"

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"The flowers provided by Yolanda Roberta Flowers and which included Hyacinth, rose, ranunculus, carnation and elderberry, were so pretty and really brought the Great Hall to life.

In addition Roberta and her team created three separate bouquets that echoed the theme perfectly from the delicate Carnation and Rose posy with sprigs of Rosemary to the cascading bouquet of Carnation, Rose, Hyacinth and Elderberry and the addition of tiny ornate pearls."


"Jenny of Cloud 9 Bridal Wear provided us with a variety of beauties from the flowing Satin dress by White Rose to the cheeky 'Betty Boo', by Chanticleer. Flapper inspired Betty Boo is a six-tiered French laced dress.

It features a pearl and diamante broach that adds glamour and sparkle. If Lady Mary found that a little too daring for a women of her position, then perhaps one of our elegant, flowing lace dresses would be perfect."

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I'd love to know if any of my readers will be incorporating any of these looks into their own wedding days?

Much love all,


Photographer – Juliet McKee
Wedding Planner – Bride & Beau
Hair – Martin Pinkney
Make Up – Clare Pinkney
Nails – Pamper Paradise
Bridalwear – Cloud 9
Flowers – Yolanda Ashall (Assisted by her daughter Holly), Yolanda Roberta Flowers
Venue Styling (Chair covers & sashes) – Sarah and Sylvia Jones, Sarah Jones Balloons
Cake – Helen, The Cake Empire
Tiaras – Julie, The Tiara Bar
Models – Chloe & Leonie arranged by Shoot DHS Models and and Victoria arranged by Jenny at Cloud 9

Venue – Teresa Clue (Events Manager) & Jeff Toms (Marketing Director), Farnham Castle


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18 thoughts on The Downton Abbey Bride…

  1. Gorgeous! I have known Clare for quite a few years & we work together quite a bit, her make up is stunning & Martin is a bit clever too! Not forgetting the marvelous Juliet who captured their work beautifully.
    some fab local suppliers too!

  2. Stunning shoot – I did get married at Highclere and you’ve captured the feel of it beautifully! And I love the red lips – amazing look.

  3. Wowzer, the blonde model looks absolutely spellbinding…the contrast of her pale skin with the red lipstick is just divine.
    I also love her hair…I shall be taking this as inspiration for my final hair trial in a few wks; very similar to what I had planned but the top plait just gives it that fun twist which I adore.

  4. I love both looks. I did try a bit of the blonde with red lips and nails for my wedding, and I was going for the pale skin (which I have naturally), but I have a feeling the makeup artist took that idea more as a suggestion. . . we’ll see when we get the photos back. But I have to say, I was looking at these photos and thinking, please let me look that pale in my wedding photos!

  5. I’m currently planning an Edwardian styled wedding and am struggling to find a suitable dress- i have seen a beautiful 1910 inspired dress from the Vintage Wedding Dress company’s decades range but it is priced at over £4000 vastly out of my price range! Does anyone have any ideas where I could look?

  6. Love, Love, Love these vintage looks! The delicate hair clips, feathers and lace are all fabulous! We are seeing a lot of our brides incorporating these vintage inspired looks for their Spring and Summer 2012 weddings. The romantic look is very popular right now! Thanks for posting these beautiful ideas.

  7. Love the post – what a stunning bride. Those red lips are to die for! When I celebrated my 30th we went for a 1920’s “prohibition party” theme which included wine being served into teacups from teapots and booze in the bathtub. Its such a glam theme, feather boa’s, elbow length gloves, and all that Jazz.
    A stunning touch for a vintage wedding is a custom-made wedding newspaper, printed on real newsprint, filled with original newspaper articles describing the couple’s unique journey, photographs and messages from loved ones!
    Take a peak on here: xxx

  8. Beautiful designs! I love the veils in photos 7 and 10 (the brunette model). Where are they from? I am looking for something like that for wedding.

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