Classic Elegance Meets Contemporary Relevance at Hodsock Priority, North Yorkshire Wedding Venue

Hodsock Priory

If you’re any kind of regular on Love My Dress social media, you’ll here me regularly mention the bridal fashion brands, Halfpenny London and Jesus Peiro (that’s prounounced, ‘hayzoos’, for those unsure!).

There’s good reason for that. Both are distinctly different brands but both have developed a reputation for incredible quality, design vision, craftsmanship and commitment to the environment. And for those of you looking to invest in a beautiful, luxury gown for your wedding, I believe, that’s incredibly important.

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This glamorous, Bridgerton inspired wedding editorial, was styled by our recommended supplier, Emily of In Awe Weddings & Events, whose words follow…

“This editorial was created to provide an illustration of where  classical elegance meets contemporary relevance in wedding day style and styling.”

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Hodsock Priory is a hidden wedding venue gem steeped in history and set amongst 800 acres of rolling Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire countryside.”

“The editorial design, inspired by Hodsocks historic grandeur, showcases the venue as a truly magnificent place to host your wedding day.”

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“After taking the same steps as Henry VIII climbing the Tudor gatehouse back in August 2020, I found myself picturing a towering floral arch in between its archway and a huge outdoor lounge on their Italian Terrace.”

“I was then thrilled to be asked by the venue to produce a branding photoshoot for them that coincided with their brand-new website, to showcase Hodsock the way that it should be, as a truly magnificent venue to host your wedding day.”

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“I wanted to embody a beautiful mix of tradition and modernity throughout the shoot and there really is something so romantic about an antique setting, an abundance of florals, and French inspired details.”

Emma Ryan’s photography style was then the perfect choice, she has a stunning modern style and an ability to capture the smallest of details effortlessly.”

“I also wanted an editorial film to compliment the shoot; telling a story of the day and encapsulating the atmosphere. Jenny Appleton always produces such amazing trailers and this one is no exception.”

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Wedding Party Looks

The White Closet are the epitome of where the modern bride is shopping, and as so many brides are now opting for 2 looks on their big day, we collaborated with them to showcase the contrast of a ‘Bridgerton Bow’ classical style dress from Jesus Peiro for the ceremony, and a fashion-forward Halfpenny London slip and her ‘Issa Shrug’, perfect for dancing the night away.”

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“I love the contemporary style of mismatched bridesmaids dresses and the Needle & Thread’s pieces looked absolutely stunning.”

“Our Groom also went from a lighter day suit into a darker evening jacket, he made a statement in the Marc Darcy Suits  which were covered in gorgeous details, lining, stitching, and texture.”

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“The brides gowns where accessorised with Victoria Percival Accessories halos (they were the most showstopping headbands!) and some bespoke jaw dropping diamond rings handcrafted by Temprell Nottingham.

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Amy George and Emily Hawkes, produced two stunning beauty looks, one more natural with a slick updo and another darker evening look with a glamorous finger wave.”

“All three ladies spent the day in Charlotte Mills heels, not only are they impeccably made but they stood the test of time on our 9 hour shoot!”

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The Florals

“With Hodsocks gatehouse being a total of 15” high we knew the florals had to be showstopping,  Sass Flowerdelivered and then some!”

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“Sasha is an absolute pro and crafted the most beautiful installation under the Archway for the ceremony, she then went onto adorn the tablescape with huge white arrangements accented with blue hydrangeas, and she elevated Wedhead’s new gorgeous outdoor bar ‘Eloise’ and lounge area with her innovative arrangements and floral design.”

“Flowers are a huge part of wedding design for me and I always say the more the better, and this shoot certainly had blooms in abundance.”

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The Details

“As the table is where many sit, listen, eat, and drink as a wedding party in its entirety, I find this is where a lot of those treasured memories are made.”

“The detail in the styling of this space is always very important as it becomes the backdrop for delicious food and emotional speeches.”

“Using Duchess & Butler and Just 4 Linen I layered textures and colours of the urbane linen and gave the place setting some height with 3 plates for that extra wow.”

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“As an experience-led planner, I always style and plan my client’s weddings based on evoking an exceptional experience.”

“When planning this shoot it was really important to me to encapsulate that essence of what In Awe Weddings & Events is all about – atmosphere, this aligned with the venues brief perfectly, as Hodsock are now hosting Weekend Weddings regularly full of events and epic parties.”

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“We scattered details throughout the experience in order to give authenticity to the shoot. Confetti throwing, garden roaming, an outdoor bar lounge with stunning Balanese parasols, champagne tower, delicious patisserie station by Storeybook Cakes, balloon ceiling by Balloons Blooms & Beyond, and finally, Made My Night’s performance stole the show.”

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“I have loved being able to work with a venue helping them level up their brand, challenge myself as a stylist and designer and work with some of the wedding industries suppliers at the top of their game.”

“The high-quality team of creatives that interpreted my design guide really excelled themselves and showed how having a solid concept and the right suppliers is truly when the magic happens.”

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Credits & Thanks


Annabel View all Annabel's articles

Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.