Buxton Opera House Victorian Styled Shoot

When Janet Broughton contacted me to say she had an alternative styled shoot I might be interested in, I must admit to being a little intrigued! As editor of Aspirational Bride, I have a very clear idea of my style and preferences for wedding styling and design… but even I must admit it’s fun to step outside the world of understated elegance once in a while! Over to Janet to tell us a little more about herself and her shoot…

I’m a Bolton based award winning photographer working across the North West and beyond. Although I specialise in both equine and family location portraits I can also occasionally be found photographing weddings, the more fun and quirky the better!

Early in 2013 I met Heidi of Glorious Tiaras who makes the most amazing bridal accessories including beautiful bouquets of vintage brooches. We soon realised we had much in common creatively and planning for our first styled shoot was soon underway. With one shoot under our belts we decided to do something very unique for the second one.


Buxton Opera House Victorian Styled Shoot

We had a very clear vision for this shoot, and that was to go flat out for full on, knock your socks off drama. We wanted to feature strong, sassy, ‘look at me’ women, and showcase original, alternative designs from small wedding businesses based in the North (okay, so two of our featured designers are based in the Midlands but Jo, the dress designer, gets a pass becauase she was born & bred in Bolton!)

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A few titbits about the shoot:

The opulent venue is Buxton Opera House, Derbyshire. Designed by Victorian designer Frank Matcham famous for designing the Blackpool Tower ballroom and the London Palladium

The dresses – Oh the dresses! Designed by the wonderful Jo at the Couture Factory, Birmingham

The shoes – Oh the shoes! Designed by the very sexy Frankie Lynn, of Frankie Lynn’s Emporium


The victorian tram was once a milk cart before the owners painted it up and started their Discover Buxton spa town tours.

The shoes, cakes, stationery, hair accessories and brooch bouquet were all designed specifically to fit the brief for this shoot, and have never been seen anywhere else.


The shoot has not been featured anywhere else, not even on the photographer’s own blog!


All contributors gave their time and expertise and talent voluntarily just because they loved the idea and wanted to get into something beyond the world of understated elegance.

The photographer, Janet Broughton, won this year’s Guild of Photographers ‘Image of the year’.

We’re all great Northern Lasses, apart from model & shoe designer Frankie, who’s a Brummie Belle.


Suppliers & Links

Tiaras, bridal hair accessories, buttonholes and vintage brooch bouquets supplied by Heidi Reid at Glorious Tiaras. http://www.glorioustiaras.co.uk/

Photography by Janet Broughton at J Broughton Photography. http://www.jbroughton.co.uk/

Hair and Make Up by Helen Masters at Helen Masters Hair and Make Up Artist. http://www.helenmastersmakeup.co.uk/

Dresses by Joanne at The Couture Company. http://www.the-couture-company.co.uk/

Shoes, gothic details and modelling by Frankie Lynn at Frankie Lynn Emporium. http://www.frankielynnemporium.com/

Modelling by Sarah Tonin. Sara Bellisio (Rainbow Haired model). www.facebook.com/SarahTonin.SaraBellisio

Modelling by Matt S. http://mattsmodel.weebly.com/

Cakes by Sue Bowker at For Goodness Cake. http://www.forgoodnesscake.net/About-Us.html

Invitations etc by Wendy at The Charming Press. http://thecharmingpress.com/

Victorian tram supplied by Netta Christie at Discover Buxton. http://discoverbuxton.co.uk/

Location Buxton Opera House http://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/

An amazing shoot Janet, thank you!

Carol x

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  1. fionafin says:

    Swi Swoo the groom looks good 😉

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