We had heard so much about the historic Grade II listed building Lartington Hall, which is based just outside Barnard Castle in Co. Durham. When we were approached by Unveiled Magazine to do a photo shoot to promote the up and coming Luxury Wedding Fayre, the first to be staged at this newly refurbished, amazing Wedding venue; camera bags were immediately at the ready, lenses cleaned and primed, cards formatted and we were raring to go.
It was a pleasure, as always to work with make up artist Jo Leversuch from Make up by Jo, and Becci Evemy from Hair by Becci. Anna who was the model we used for the iconic image featured on the front cover of the First Edition of Unveiled. We arrived at Jo’s bright and early as we wanted to start photographing by mid morning due to the Winter light being rather unpredictable.
On driving through the gateway to Lartington we were certainly not disappointed, the impressive drive up to the Hall itself fills you with a great sense of anticipation before you even arrive on the drive. Once inside Lartington Hall, we were warmly welcomed by John Harper-Wilkes who along with his wife Shona has lovingly and without compromise restored this beautiful building back to it’s former glory. It was lovely to hear some of history attached to Lartington Hall, how it actually dates back to Tudor times, although the original property now sits underneath the current house. Another owner, Henry Witham widened the back dining room to allow more room for dancing, and added the ballroom that we see today as a museum to house his fossil collection!
Throughout it’s history this beautiful house has always been used for parties, making it an ideal location to host the biggest party of a couples life. This quintessential English Country House, with it’s elegantly decorated reception rooms and bedroom suites, not to mention the amazing ballroom which can be hired for any occasion, but it certainly can boast the claim of being the perfect location for that fairytale Wedding.
The beautiful Bridal gowns were by two of our favourite wedding dress designers Maggie Sottero and Ian Stuart and were supplied by Poppy Bridal of Darlington. Flowers for the shoot were very kindly supplied and delivered by Flowers by Nattrass of Darlington. Our brief for the day from Craig Maddison, the editor of Unveiled was to shoot something that would show off the grandeur of Lartington Hall …… Here are a selection of images and look out for more of them on the promotional materials for the Lartington Hall Wedding Open Day, coming soon in 2014.