A converted barn at Wedderlie House in the Borders made for a whimsical backdrop for Reflections Bridal Boutique’s light, ethereal gowns, Roseparks’ luscious florals and Lynsay Borthwick‘s country-chic styling
In the limbo periods of the last year, with one foot in lockdown and the other in the murky waters of restrictions, creatives had to get, well, creative. And no more was this true than in the case of styled photoshoots. Social distancing? Cutting down contacts? No problem – just leave the modelling to a real life couple! Who better to showcase suppliers’ work, in the absence of brides and grooms actually getting married, than two people genuinely in love?
It turned out to be a genius solution, one that led to a series of utterly gorgeous and alluring shoots, the latest being this lush effort from Rachel Cassie Photography, Reflections Bridal Boutique, florist Roseparks and stylist Lynsay Borthwick.
“We were thrilled to be approached by Rachel to be part of a shoot she was organising at Wedderlie House,” says Carol Donald at Reflections. “We couldn’t wait to get to this incredible venue, new on the scene in the Borders countryside, and collaborate with the other creatives on two different looks, both equally as beautiful, that would work for a relaxed, rustic-inspired wedding.”
Aside from the contrasting florals (pick your team – sunshine brights or refined neutrals?) and carefully curated props and furniture, it’s the off-the-scale chemistry between the models that we’re most obsessed with – although with gowns this divine, is it any wonder the ‘groom’ can’t keep his eyes off his ‘bride’?
“Our model Steph, and her partner John, were an absolute dream to work with,” confirms Carol. “We had so much fun dressing Steph in a few of our stunning gowns, the first of which was Nadine by Wendy Makin, a very simple, classic dress with a big impact. It’s breathtaking in the nude tone, and topped with a bold ivory lace overlay.