Styled Shoot at Bolton School



Bolton School is a wedding venue that we’re proud to work with. By day, an impressive private school. At the weekend – an incredible location for your wedding! A recent addition to the Bolton School portfolio is the Riley Centre, a brand new sixth form college located within the school grounds. Now completed, Bolton School found themselves in a position where their existing promotional images needed updating. That’s where Little White Books came in – and the result? A fantastic photo shoot showcasing the stunning original features of the Great Hall, the gorgeous backdrop of the new Riley Centre and school grounds. Jane Simm of Bolton School Weddings & Events takes up the story…

‘Bolton School is a venue that I’m always being told is a ‘hidden gem’. Not always obvious when you pass it on Chorley New Road that we accommodate thirty two acres of land and that the Grade II listed building compliments wedding days perfectly. So after finishing just over twelve months of major construction works, we were faced with the dilemma of trying to promote & publicise our new look venue with out-of-date photography; we had nothing that showed the new Riley Centre and grounds in their full glory.

‘The natural answer for me was to enlist the creative mind of Maxine and the Little White Books team for a photo shoot that captured the existing and new architecture of the school to its full potential. As a weddings team we always take a great deal of pride in our work and being able to provide such a unique venue, so you can imagine the excitement at being able to do our first ever bridal photo shoot!

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‘Finding models was no problem with our ladies from the venue Rebecca (our Assistant Wedding Manager), Emma and Gemma were all more than happy to donate their time to being pampered. Our groom for the day Craig is one of the school’s maintenance engineers and a great sport in volunteering his time. On 21st September 2013 we assembled; complete with a generous supply of Bolton’s very own Carrs Pasties to keep us going. The weather held out and the end results I hope you all agree are superb, so much so they now feature in our new wedding brochure and all of our 2014-16 marketing material. A big thank you to everyone who helped make the day such a success. Not only have we gained great images but also great supplier links, it’s something we will definitely be doing again!’


The model’s gowns were provided by Bridalwear by Emma Louise, a new Bridalwear retailer based on Wigan Road in Bolton. After spending a number of months extensively refurbishing and refitting their premises, Emma Louise has created a beautiful, timeless and elegant boutique, opening on Saturday 24th August 2013.

Their stunning collections include award-winning designers such as; Ivory & Co, Stella York, Ronald Joyce, Victoria Jane and bridesmaids by Sorella Vita, D’Zage by Veromia, and Linzi Jay. Two new fabulous collections will also be arriving in early 2014; Amanda Wyatt and Intuzuri.

Emma Louise tells us about her gowns:


Stella York from Essense Designs 5786. Gorgeous Ivory column dress with fit and flare. Dolce Satin underdress with lace overlay and sweetheart neckline also comes with a detachable lace train.

Madeline Comb from Ivory & Co: Genuine Swarovski Crystals cut with facets to sparkle like real diamonds and real freshwater pearls

Britney 67059 from Ronald Joyce. Intricate beaded lace over satin dress with gorgeous beaded straps. This stunning dress also has a lovely detailed beaded feature to draw attention to the waist creating a flattering shape.

Dior Headpiece from Ivory & Co: Marquise cut Swarovski crystals in a floral design and interspersed with ivory freshwater pearls

Veronique Dress from Ivory & Co: Delicate corded lace over heavy silk taffeta (100% silk) on the bodice and a skirt of silk organza (100% silk) over taffeta under layer with silk taffeta waistband. Real freshwater pearls, Swarovski rhinestones and beads hand stitched in a design on the silk sash. Dress also available as full length as well as tea length.
Carolina Bolero from Ivory & Co: French corded lace bolero to match our Carolina dress.
Chinita Ivory Birdcage Veil – Joyce Jackson
Fancy Shoes Pink by Paradox

Anais from Ivory & Co: A stunning romantic wedding dress for a fairytale wedding.
dress has a flattering bodice with full tulle skirt complete with Cathedral length train. The delicate lace and silk compliment each other and are simply beautiful.
Flattering pleated silk chiffon bodice (100% silk) with layered full tulle skirt with corded lace detail complete with Cathedral length train. Swarovski rhinestones and beads are hand stitched over the lace waistband.
Portofino Veil – Joyce Jackson

Our hair stylist & make-up artist on the day was Rachael from Manchester Bridal Artists. Rachael is so talented, all our models looked flawless & natural. Here’s how Rachael achieved each look.

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Emma’s dress had a very vintage feel with touches of lace on the sleeves. I wanted to really compliment this style with the Hair and Makeup so I created her flawless matte base using Illamasqua’s Skin Base foundation. I wanted to keep her eye makeup fairIy simple and applied a strong winged 50’s flicked black liner (Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner) and finished with a statement red lip (Ruby Woo by Mac).
Emma’s hair was already cut into quite a short style so I used the hot irons for a sleeker look against the vintage style headpiece.


Colours tones used in the bouquet were dusky pinks and lilacs so I used this colour palette and incorporated them into the eye makeup, making her eyes pop! The warmer tones really complimented Rebecca’s skin tone and I used a creamy blush to give a summer glow and to brighten up her skin.
MACS Syrup lipstick was a must have to compete this look!
I also created a romantic up-style in Rebecca’s hair, pinned low and loosely which looked very elegant against the sweetheart neckline of her gown.

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I firstly set all of Gemma’s hair in heated rollers to create volume and body and finished the style with the Tongs for an effortless, yet glamorous wave to her hair.
Colours I incorporated into her eye makeup really set well against her dark features, I used warm tones, champagnes, bronzes and chocolate browns to create a signature smoky eye look. I used Mac’s Face and Body Foundation for the dewy skin which gave subtle glow and I finished this look with a warm rose tone on the lips (Pink Plaid by MAC).

Thank you to:

Sam Rigby Photography, for producing an excellent portfolio of images.
Tel: 07717 830445

Classic Formalwear of Bolton, for expertly dressing our groom.

Blush Rose, – Clare at Blush Rose Wedding Flowers chose a combination of colours mixing blues, purples and reds together to create a quirky wedding bouquet. The Grooms buttonhole consisted of a Poirot-style silver tussy mussy to which any flower can be added to match the bouquet.

Manchester Bridal Artists,

Bolton School Weddings,

Bridalwear by Emma Louise,

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