I don’t know about you, but I am seriously missing sunshine, beaches and being able to just jump on a plane to explore a far flung location! So I leapt at the chance to take part in a Mediterranean inspired shoot at Middleton Lodge’s Fig House with its lush walled garden and rustic interior. It was an incredible day with beautiful, elegant styling, two stunning couples and a selection of wedding dresses. I was in my element!
Middleton Lodge Weddings
Middleton Lodge is one of my favourite North Yorkshire wedding venues. An 18th Century country estate just outside Richmond, it is set in over 200 acres of countryside and offers couples a choice of two wedding venues – the Fig House and Walled Garden or the Main House.
The Main House may look grand and imposing but actually offers couples a real ‘home away from home’ for their day. Guests can stay in one of the 16 bedrooms and the sweeping staircase is perfect for wedding portraits! The Main House can cater for larger weddings or smaller, more intimate celebrations. The Dining Room seats up to 40 people and is great for couples planning a micro wedding whilst bigger weddings are hosted in the Hall and marquee. There’s even an option to hold an outdoor ceremony in the gardens when the weather plays ball!
The Fig House, where our shoot took place, is a new addition to Middleton Lodge. Recently restored it lends itself perfectly to an English Country Garden style wedding – or a couple looking for a more boho vibe to their day. The huge windows give a wonderful light and airy feel to the space and I love the exposed brick walls and botanical plants dotted around the room. During the summer wedding ceremonies can take place on the Fig House’s terrace amongst the colourful blooms in the Walled Garden.
The Walled Garden itself is one of my favourite spots at Middleton Lodge. It is full of trailing plants, overflowing borders and seasonal flowers. I love taking couples for a stroll around the garden and it’s the most beautiful backdrop for wedding portraits. We really made the most of it during our shoot!
Beautiful couple portraits at Middleton Lodge
We were joined by Jemima, Nick, Beth and Carlton, our ‘newly weds’ for the day. They were so much fun to work with and such naturals in front of the camera. I was in awe of the selection of dresses provided by Ghost Orchid Bride. If you’re still looking for your perfect dress then you’ll love looking through this post! And grooms, there’s plenty of inspiration for you too, Nick and Carlton both looked fab in their suits from ASOS and showed that you don’t need to stick to a boring, ‘same old same old’ suit when you’re getting married. It’s a chance to show off your style!
Italian inspired styling at the Fig House
The Fig House looked beautiful in the late afternoon sunshine. Delicate drapes and woven lanterns hung from the ceiling and the tables were filled with tall pampas grass centrepieces and delicate crystal glassware which gave the room an elegant, yet relaxed boho feel. I loved the dessert table that had been put together by Where the Ribbon Ends – who also supplied the beautiful cake – it tied in perfectly with the vibe created by Attabara who had put so much work into styling the day.
On a wedding day I’ll always try and take my couples to a variety of locations to get them a great mix of portraits. Middleton Lodge is perfect for this, there are so many spots to choose from! There are so many hidden spots within the Walled Gardens, we could’ve spent hours exploring but the light in the Fig House was sublime so I really wanted to make the most of our time in there as well. Taking part in a photography shoot is always a great opportunity for me to get the creative juices flowing and try out some new ideas without the time pressures of a wedding day. After a year of wedding postponements it was brilliant to be out and about with my camera again. I feel so inspired and ready for this busy wedding season now!
I’m booked in for a number of weddings at Middleton Lodge this year and am so excited to be heading back there. If you’re planning your own wedding at one of Middleton’s Lodge beautiful venues then I’d love to chat to you about your photography.
Photographer Kamila Nowak Photography
Workshop Miles Workshop
Venue Middleton Lodge
Floral designer Wedding & Events Floral Design
OTD Coordinators: The Stars Inside & Vine in the wild
Dress Choseb By Kyha via Ghost Orchid Bride
Dress And for Love via Ghost Orchid Bride
Alexandra Grecco via Ghost Orchid Bride
HMUA The Collective HMUA
Rings Ellie Air Jewellery
Stationery Vine in the Wild
Draping Wedding & Events Floral Design
Glassware and cutlery Whitehouse Crockery
Plinth Blonde Army
Plates Tipples bar and hire
Marble Maem studio
Cake and dressert table Where the Ribbon Ends
Napkins and candles Attabara
Linen Just 4 linen