As the premier of the new James Bond movie graced the London streets earlier this week – and the front pages of all the mags and papers as well – I have a very timely, and equally awesome Skyfall inspired shoot to share with you! Thanks ever so much to Linda Scannell and her team of creative geniuses, this shoot is super cool and full of references to the iconic series of films that have dominated the silver screen for years and years. A few questions for everyone who was involved…
So. Why a James Bond inspired shoot?
With the new Bond movie “Skyfall” being released in the UK on 26th October 2012, I wanted to do an elegant Bond-themed wedding shoot to show how brides and grooms-to-be how they could incorporate Bond-inspired elements into their weddings. When I discussed it with my favourite, wedding planner Louise Harris from Warwickshire Wedding Planner, she loved the idea and sprang into action immediately sourcing the perfect models and suppliers.
After researching previous Bond movies, we settled on a black tie theme with white, black, red and green as our colours, inspired by casino tables.
I was thrilled when Louise told me Compton Verney had agreed to be our shoot venue as it’s one of my favourite places to go for artistic inspiration. The former stately home is an amazing art gallery and one of the top 100 wedding venues according to Brides Magazine. Set in wonderful Warwickshire countryside, the house and grounds make the perfect backdrop for an elegant wedding – they are a photographer’s dream. We created portraits of our bride and groom in the stunning white Adam Hall, in the galleries and outside in the courtyard and the grounds, showing off the lake and the amazing bridge – all locations that are available for a real bride and groom to use on their wedding day.
James Bond has been associated with Aston Martins since the days of Sean Connery so Louise tracked down a fabulous Aston Martin DBS, the same model and Quantum Silver colour as the one driven by Daniel Craig in the previous Bond movie “Quantum of Solace” – an ideal car for the groom to make a stylish entrance on his wedding day. Stuart from The Clean Car Company did a superb job of presenting the car ready for me to photograph – we’ve now dubbed him our car makeup artist.
Oliver, our “James Bond”, wore his own classic single buttoned DJ, and Sinitta, our Bond girl bride, wore a flattering slim fitting ivory sleeveless dress with train by Rosa Couture, and a faux fur stole, both supplied by Village Brides of Long Compton.
Alternative flowers, jewellery and accessories
Both Louise and I had seen the elegant alternative bouquets and buttonholes in the Tam Vo Bridal Collection and felt they fitted our theme perfectly. Tam made our buttonhole and bouquet using lilies that look and feel completely real (they certainly fooled me when I first saw them), but unlike real flowers will last for many years to come. She gave the bouquet a little extra sparkle courtesy of some Swarovski Elements*. The crystal necklaces, bracelet and head piece were also designed by Tam, as was the stylish ethically sourced buffalo horn bag.
Flowers for the venue
We felt simple structural flowers would fit the theme and Compton Verney’s recommended florists, Flower Thyme in nearby Kineton, created two contemporary arrangements in sleek black glass vases that worked perfectly in both the hall and in our casino/bar area.
We asked Lisa from Cake by Lisa Price to design an elegant centrepiece. Her three tiered white cake fitted the theme perfectly with its black ribbon and beads and a single red icing rose.
James Bond is synonymous with casinos and cocktails so Compton Verney’s catering supplier, Aubrey Allen, created some very stylish canapés and rustled up a few Vodka Martinis for our couple and guests. A card table rounded off the shoot for that Bond casino feel.
Photography: Linda Scannell Photography, contemporary wedding photographer
Shoot styling, planning and co-ordination – Louise Harris, Warwickshire Wedding Planner
Wedding venue: Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Car: Aston Martin DBS available for weddings, TV and film work, photoshoots, promotional and marketing events, and shows and static displays from One77
Car preparation: Stuart Porter from The Clean Car Company – Vehicle Appearance Specialists, Bespoke Valeting and Detailing Solutions,
Dress and stole: Village Brides of Long Compton, the main stockists for the Rosa Couture collection in the Cotswolds
Alternative bouquets, buttonhole, jewellery, tiara and handbag: Tam Vo Company, bespoke accessory designer,
Venue flowers: Flower Thyme, specialists in wedding flower design
Hair and makeup: Colleen Phelan, international freelance hair and makeup artist
Poker table: Finesse Casinos
Canapes, cocktails and waiting staff: Aubrey Allen Events, bespoke catering service
Bride: Sinitta Marie Hunter
Groom: Oliver Turner