Lady Chatterley Feature

It all started with a breathtakingly spectacular venue, the desire to show off its beauty in a worthy manner and an infamous love story.

Styled photoshoots are almost done to oblivion these days, you might think. True – but that doesn’t make them any less exciting for the teams behind them, especially when you get to do something that’s just that bit different.

The inspiration for this shoot came from the infamous story of Lady Chatterley and her lover – a story so racy, it was considered ‘unmentionable’ when first published in 1926 and not permitted to be printed uncensored in the UK until 1960.

The plot revolves around Lady Constance Chatterley and her upper-class husband. Clifford is injured in the war, leaving him paralysed and leading to Constance feeling neglected and frustrated both, emotionally and physically.

What ensues is Lady Chatterley’s battle of mind over matter, trying to put aside her physical needs in favour of a more mindful relationship with her husband. Her efforts are futile and eventually lead to a torrid and emotionally complex affair with Mellors, the estate’s gamekeeper.

With our combined creative license we endeavoured to capture photographically what D.H. Lawrence had put into words almost a century ago. We sincerely hope to have done him and us proud.

We enter the story with Lady Chatterley’s invitation to join her for cocktails and dinner…

As always on these shoots, it’s a real team effort and simply wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful people working their combined socks off behind the scenes. We’re all part of the wonderful world that is the wedding industry – it may be many things but boring ain’t one of them!

So before you feast your eyes on the picture storyline of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Team Nether Winchendon style, here’s a cast list:

The astonishing venue
Nether Winchendon House – with the kind permission of Georgianna Spencer Bernard

The photographic genius
Kate Hopewell-Smith (

The gorgeous 1920’s hair and make-up
Cat Fransham (  and  Holly Preston (

The breathtaking accessories
Sarah Fitzgerald of Euphoria Couture ( – for all things sparkling beauty
Elaine at Sassobride ( – for feather shrugs, gloves and parasols

The spectacular dresses
Anna McDonald Bridal Gallery (

The fantastic flowers
Joanna Carter (

The stunning venue dressing
Elegant Vintage Events (

The exquisite stationery
Intricate Creations (

The precious car
Nostalgia Travels (

The promotion & behind-the-scenes shots
Anna MacDougall of bride&glory Wedding Planning (

Posted: 21/06/2012 18:58:30

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