Sprivers Mansion Wedding Photographer | Thomas Hardy Styled Wedding Shoot

by | Mar 8, 2016 | Country House Wedding, Sprivers Mansion, Summer Wedding, Wedding Venues in Kent, Weddings | 0 comments

The Sprivers Mansion Shoot Inspiration

Last summer I took one look at the beautiful wildflower meadow at Sprivers Mansion in Horsmonden and knew that I wanted to create a beautiful styled shoot there.  It took a while to come up with the Thomas Hardy idea, but when we did we realised that not only was Far From the Madding Crowd was a current theme because the new film had not long been released but it also seemed to fit perfectly with the country elegance and rural charm of Sprivers.  We also wanted to include horses and once we got ahead with the organising there didn’t seem to be a better theme for us.

The Styling

The bride wore a vintage dress supplied by Brighton Vintage Wedding Dresses which, while not strictly in keeping with the era, looked amazing and matched her soft rolled hair style beautifully.  Both hair and make up were created by the very talented Holly Sayer.  We took some bridal shots of  her in the dining room before she met her groom!  Our groom wore a two piece suit from Asos and his button hole along with the brides bouquet was created by Lara from Darling and Wild.  We had fun shooting groom shots around Sprivers using the more rustic spaces of the venue.

The Wedding Breakfast

I aimed to create the feel of a simple country Victorian dining room to echo the wedding scene from the book so we dressed the table with lace, vintage china, lots of glassware and candlesticks all brought together by a beautiful tall flower centre piece in greens and yellows created by Lara from Darling and Wild in Tunbridge Wells.  The china, cutlery and the glassware was provided by Just Lovely Vintage China Hire and this gave an understated opulence to the table without it being too grand. The overall colour scheme was yellow, grey and green with hints of garden colours which was picked up beautifully by the wedding stationery provided by Eagle Eyed Bride.

As a nod to the story and just for a bit of fun I included a military red coat and sword within the scene to symbolise Captain Troy!  Both sword and jacket were supplied by the costume and props department at The Oast Theatre in Tonbridge.

The Meadow

We were so lucky with the weather, it was such a beautiful sunny day.  The first part of the meadow shoot didn’t really need any dressing as the setting in it’s own right was perfect, so we captured some beautiful couple shots both with and without the horses.  It was a great deal of fun working with the horses!  After this we added an antique occasional table into the meadow and styled it simply with a cotton lace table cloth, crystal glasses, candles and an antique copy of Thomas Hardy’s novel.  I also included an old white birdcage covered with hessian and filled with herbs and then popped the couple onto a blanket for their picnic.  At this point we had let our models hair down from it’s formal styling and created some lovely relaxed couple shots amongst the beautiful flowers.

It was lovely to have this shoot featured in A Kentish Ceremony Magazine in their autumn edition!

Here’s a few shots from the day.

Credits and Acknowledgements:

A huge thanks to the following wedding suppliers who kindly gave their expertise and time to take part in this fabulous styled wedding shoot:

Venue – Sprivers Mansion

Flowers – Darling and Wild

Vintage china and tableware – Just Lovely Vintage China Hire

Stationery – Eagle Eyed Bride

Wedding Dress – Brighton Vintage Wedding Dresses

Brides Hair Accessorie – My Fayre Favourite

Brides Hair and Make Up – Holly Sayer Hair and Make Up Artist

Grooms Suit – Asos

Models – Luke Oliver and Emily Kocher from Starz Model Agency

Cake – Ice Cool Cake School



To take a look at an earlier styled shoot at Sprivers Mansion including a short film by Anneka Ireland Videography click the links below:

Autumn Styled Wedding Shoot at Sprivers Mansion –

Part 1 The Details

Part 2 – The whimsical bride

Part 3 – The Couple Joanna and Andrew