Castles and rolling hills aside, I am now fully convinced that Ireland is one of the most beautiful places on earth. When photographer Rachel Leintz presented me with this session I was floored at it's fairly-like beauty and ethereal essence.
Since this was Rachel's first trip to Ireland, she knew she needed to capture it in the most epic way possible.
“In planning the shoot, I started to think of one woman in different eras, one soul transported through time. An ancient forest spirit and a regal countess!” Says Rachel.
To build the team for this shoot, she reached out on Instagram and connected with Lucy Watson, an upcoming Irish model who would soon be walking the London Fashion Week catwalk. Lucy has a wonderful, nymph like-look that made her think of an Irish “Fe” or fairy, flitting through a deep wood, surrounding an ancient castle.
This instantly became the vision for the Lady of the Wood look Rachel and the talented local vendors created. The Gown Lucy wore for this part of the story was a fabulous “Luna” Gown by Kelly Faetanini, which was provided by Beau Bridal of Dublin.
Lucy's mother, Shirley Watson is a florist in Ireland and provided the floral crown, woodland bouquet, as well as the stunning deep purple lily bouquet for our second look.
For the second look, Rachel brought over an Anna Campbell gown (borrowed from Lovely Bride in Phoenix), dripping with jewels, showcasing a gorgeous empire waist. They crowned this look with a marvelous handmade tiara made by The Hand Made Tiara of London. Lucy was surrounded by the ancient rooms of Ardgillen Castle for this portion of the shoot, capturing the drama and the beauty of the Lady of the Manor.
Venue: Ardgillan Castle Ltd.
Floral Designer: All Seasons Flowers
Beauty: Gillian Stapelton Makeup
Dress Designer: Kelly Faetanini
Invitation Designer: Victoria York Design
Dress Store: Beau Bride
Apparel: Lovely Bride
Event Venue: Ardgillan Castle Ltd.
Photographer: Rachel Leintz Photography