A British Bridgerton-Style Shoot in Bath
If you’ve been devouring the visual smorgasbord of costumes and locations in the Regency period drama, Bridgerton, you’ll love this Bridgerton-style shoot.
This shoot took place in Bath, where much of Bridgerton was also filmed, against the backdrop of the town’s impressive Georgian architecture. It embodies all the elegance and romance of the Regency era with a debutante that would turn the eye of the most eligible bachelor.
The venue of this shoot was the beautiful Prior Park College, in the Grade 1 Palladian Mansion. Built in Bath stone, it is the epitome of Georgian architecture. Coupled with its impressive grounds and spectacular views overlooking Bath, Prior Park College is a ton favourite and an ideal location for a debutant to promenade with a potential suitor.
Our debutante wears a beautiful David Fielden dress. With its exquisite embroidery, high neckline and empire cut (the defining silhouette of the Regency period), it perfectly embodies the Bridgerton look which, according to Vogue, is currently trending in the fashion world.
The Regency era saw a huge change in the application of makeup. Moving away from the over painted white faced Rococo style, women wanted a more natural complexion. Makeup was kept fresh and natural for a radiant debutant look.
Hairstyles during Georgian times were influenced by Greek and Roman looks, complimented by a centre parting with braids, twists and/or ringlets. For this shoot, our debutant sported a ball-worthy style—with ringlets piled high with a thin braid across the front, a centre parting and a heavy fringe.
During the Georgian period, the fragrance and symbolism of the flowers at a wedding was an important detail. Brides used florals, consisting of herbs and seasonal blooms, collected from local gardens and meadows. For this shoot, heavily scented seasonal blooms were used throughout such as lilacs and garden roses, as well as dill, the herb associated with lust. Statement centrepieces and a magnificent floral doorway arch were used to add some court-worthy wow factor.
In keeping with the period theme, a traditional iced fruit cake was accompanied with a modern tiered sponge cake flavoured with rose, lavender and orange blossom. As a hat tip to the art of the flower pressing and to add a modern touch, these were decorated with pressed and crystallised seasonal edible flowers. The cakes were accompanied by a royal selection of classic iced ginger biscuits, shortbread and macarons.
The stationery suite from InkFlower Press, adorned with artful calligraphy, was printed on gorgeous cotton paper. To lend an air of literary elegance, a font authentic to the Regency period was used and a delicate ivy illustration was printed on the vellum. Her Royal Highness would approve.
Creative Director and Stylist: Lauren Alexander Weddings // Photographer: Jennifer Jane Photography // Videographer- EightWood Studios @eightwoodstudios // Cakes: Dainty Bakes // Model: Rachel Harvey // Harpist: Cecily Beer // Dress: Carina Baverstock // HMUA: Shelley G Makeup Artist // Flowers: Jasper and Quinn // Accessories: Tulle and Blue // Venue: Prior Park College // Props: Keeping it Vintage // Hankie & Dress Finishing: Ink and Thimble // Shoes: Kayte Fawcett // Stationery: InkFlower Press // Hair Accessories: The Lucky Sixpence // Rings: Molten Rings // Harpists Accessories and Bridal Jewellery – Clare Lloyd Accessories // Bespoke Napkins: Extra Special Touch // Shawl: Weddings By Laremi // Romper: Oleuni // Favours: Paper Potting Shed // Gloves: Lisa Redman // Silk Ribbon: Camomile and cornflowers