Behind the scenes ‘The Secret Gardens’ photoshoot

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Our winter photoshoot led us back to Donegal and to the stunning setting of Dunmore Gardens, located just outside Carrigans.

It was a slightly different shoot for us, we usually have our winter shoot in the bag by June for one thing, but with a global pandemic to contend with team NWB couldn’t work to our usual schedule. So it was August when we finally got to hold this year’s shoot.

We had to organise our shoot in full compliance with the Covid-19 restrictions at the time and had to scale our photoshoot team back to 5 people as a result. This included our lovely model Aine. We wore our masks and had some handy individual hand sanitizers from The Natural Beauty Pot (which would make great table favours btw) to keep us right.

As we were in a mostly outdoor location we were praying for good weather, and thankfully our prayers were answered! As we wandered the grounds planning each shot, Brenda who was doing both hair & makeup for the shoot began to work her magic.

As soon as Aine was ready we helped her into the first of the stunning dresses McElhinneys had given us to use on the day and out to the gardens we went.

The morning flew in and after a quick lunch break we were onto our afternoon looks. We were delighted to see the team from North West Wedding Cars turn up with two fabulous wedding cars for us to shoot with too.

The day itself ran smoothly and we are delighted with the results.You’ll find the full shoot in the winter edition of North-West Brides which is on newsagent shelves now or available to purchase digitally here.

Check out our behind the scenes gallery (below) for more.

The faces behind the shoot:

Jude Browne, Photographer, North-West Brides

Brenda Doherty, Hair & Makeup, BD Hair & Makeup

Claire Cassidy, Photoshoot Assistant North-West Brides

Catherine Cassidy, Magazine Co-Ordinator, North-West Brides

Aine McGettigan, Model, The Style Academy


Special Thanks to those businesses who provided the all-important details:

Dresses, McElhinneys Bridal Boutique

Headpieces, Millinery by Diane Lee

Jewellery, R McCullagh Jewellers

Cars, North West Wedding Cars