Last summer I had the good fortune to go along and talk to Sir Ludovic at Ardgowan Estate about maybe doing a photoshoot at the house. There were plans in place to refurbish the house to make it a little more accommodating for weddings so in the end our shoot ended up scheduled for the end of February.
We were always chancing our arm shooting at this time of year, so to protect our models from freezing to death completely I planned the shoot indoors. With the event coordinator, Adrian's, help we were able to pull in Shona from Studio Flowers to do her magic with bouquets and a few statement pieces here and there and through my own contacts I returned to Freja Designer Dress Making and Dragonfly Dress Design for Dresses. Mairi Brunning Millinery provided some of her exquisite hair pieces abd Caroline Woods stepped in to provide hair and makeup.
Knowing that I would be shooting with Dragonfly's dresses I naturally reached out to Sarah, presenter of our video blog, The Bride, because I knew she had a perfect look for their dresses. With a little further hunting I was also able to recruit Katrina and an old friend from the shoot at Springkell some years ago, Natalia. With the addition of Jacki Clark to help with styling our shot team was complete.
Adrian and Sir Ludovic were kind hosts and bent over backwards to smooth the way for the shoot. Shooting across several different rooms in the house we were able to capture a taste of the venue, while also showcasing what a fabulous dream location it could be for those canny enough to find it. Just between Greenock and Inverkip, Ardgowan is a real hidden gem and they have great plans for making it a more exciting and beautiful wedding venue, whilst keeping the character inherent to this family seat.
Anyway, following the usual pick ups from train stations, collections of dresses, accessories etc. we descended on the house. Hair and makeup progressed and we launched into our shoot with Sarah. Natalia and then Katrina had to be patient as they waited their turns in front of the camera.
All in all I had a ball and I think we got some great shots, as these mostly unedited previews might show. Fingers crossed we can return in warmer times to capture the gardens and grounds a bit as well.