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Badge for being featured on Hitched Canade June 2013 Remember our James Bond styled wedding photo shoot at Compton Verney last autumn?  Well it’s gone international now.  After being featured on top UK wedding blog, OMG I’m Getting Married, the editor at Hitched spotted it and featured it as part of her Themed Weddings blog for Hitched Ireland in April.  And this month, she’s just featured it again, this time on Hitched Canada :-)

Which has reminded me that I’ve never actually blogged it properly on this blog!  So, without further ado, here’s the full shoot info.



Why a James Bond inspired wedding shoot?

With the latest Bond movie “Skyfall” released in the UK on 26th October 2012, I wanted to do an elegant Bond-themed wedding shoot to show how brides and grooms-to-be how they could incorporate Bond-inspired elements into their weddings.  When I discussed it with my favourite wedding planner Louise Harris from Warwickshire Wedding Planner, she loved the idea and sprang into action immediately sourcing the perfect models and suppliers. After researching previous Bond movies, we settled on a black tie theme with white, black, red and green as our colours, inspired by the casino tables that James is famous for frequenting.

James Bond style groom in DJ at Compton Verney | Compton Verney wedding photographer

The venue: Compton Verney

I was thrilled when Louise told me Compton Verney had agreed to be our shoot venue as it’s one of my favourite places to go for artistic inspiration.  The former stately home is an amazing art gallery and one of the top 100 wedding venues according to Brides Magazine.  Set in wonderful Warwickshire countryside, the house and grounds make the perfect backdrop for an elegant celebration – a wedding photographer’s dream.  We created portraits of our bride and groom in the stunning white Adam Hall, in the galleries and outside in the courtyard and the grounds, showing off the lake and the amazing bridge – all locations that are available for a real bride and groom to use on their wedding day.

Bride and groom on the bridge | Compton Verney wedding photographer

Compton Verney Art Gallery | by wedding photographer Linda Scannell

Compton Verney interior - Adam Hall and one of the art galleries | wedding photographer Linda Scannell

Model married couple in the gallery at Compton Verney | wedding photographer Linda Scannell

The car: an Aston Martin DBS

James Bond has been associated with Aston Martins since the days of Sean Connery so Louise tracked down a fabulous Aston Martin DBS, the same model and Quantum Silver colour as the one driven by Daniel Craig in the previous Bond movie “Quantum of Solace” – an ideal car for the groom to make a stylish entrance on his wedding day.  Stuart from The Clean Car Company did a superb job of presenting the car ready for me to photograph – we’ve now dubbed him our car makeup artist.

Aston Martin bonnet badge and parked in Compton Verney courtyard with The Clean Car Company polishing it | Linda Scannell Photography

Bride and groom with Aston Martin DBS in Quantum Silver in the Compton Verney courtyard | wedding photographer Linda Scannell

The clothes

Oliver, our “James Bond” groom, wore his own classic single buttoned DJ, and Sinitta, our Bond girl bride, wore a flattering slim fitting ivory sleeveless wedding dress with train by Rosa Couture, and a faux fur stole, both supplied by Village Brides of Long Compton.

Groom in single buttoned DJ, bride in Rosa Couture wedding dress | James Bond wedding Compton Verney | Linda Scannell Photography

Alternative flowers, jewellery and accessories

Both Louise and I had seen the elegant alternative bouquets and buttonholes in the Tam Vo Bridal Collection and felt they fitted our theme perfectly.  Tam made our buttonhole and bouquet using lilies that look and feel completely real (they certainly fooled me when I first saw them), but unlike real flowers will last for many years to come.  She gave the bouquet a little extra sparkle courtesy of some Swarovski Elements*.  The crystal necklaces, bracelet and head piece were also designed by Tam, as was the stylish ethically sourced buffalo horn bag.

Buffalo horn handbag and artificial lily buttonhole | James Bond themed wedding photography at Compton Verney | Linda Scannell Photography

Bespoke Swarovski bridal jewellery by Tam Vo  | Linda Scannell Wedding Photography

Swarovski crystal jewellery by Tam Vo, photographed in the Adam Hall at Compton Verney | Linda Scannell Wedding Photography

Flowers for the venue

We felt simple structural flowers would fit the theme and Compton Verney’s recommended florists, Flower Thyme in nearby Kineton, created three contemporary arrangements in sleek black glass vases that worked perfectly in both the hall and in our casino/bar area.

Red, green and black themed structural wedding flowers to decorate Compton Verney |Linda Scannell Wedding Photography

The cake

We asked Lisa from Cake by Lisa Price to design an elegant centrepiece.  Her four-tiered white classic wedding cake fitted the theme perfectly with its black ribbon and beads and a single red icing rose.  It looked gorgeous in the Adam Hall.

White wedding cake in the Adam Hall at Compton Verney | wedding photographer Linda Scannell

The casino

James Bond is synonymous with casinos and cocktails so Compton Verney’s catering supplier, Aubrey Allen, created some very stylish canapés and rustled up a few Vodka Martinis for our couple and guests – a stylish way to greet your wedding guests before the wedding breakfast.

The wedding bar with cocktails at Compton Verney | Linda Scannell Wedding Photography

Pouring cocktails for James Bond wedding shoot at Compton Verney | Linda Scannell Wedding Photography

Wedding canapes by Aubrey Allen | Linda Scannell Wedding Photography

A card table rounded off the shoot for that Bond casino feel.  A casino is a great way to keep your wedding guests entertained during your evening celebrations.

At the card table/casino for our James Bond styled wedding shoot at Compton Verney |Linda Scannell Photography

Playing cards at Compton Verney |Linda Scannell Wedding Photography

Gambling chips on the red card table | Compton Verney styled wedding photo shoot | Linda Scannell Wedding Photography

Supplier details

Photography: Linda Scannell Photography, contemporary wedding photographer

Shoot styling, planning and co-ordination – Louise Harris, Warwickshire Wedding Planner,

Wedding venue: Compton Verney, Warwickshire 

Groom’s car: Aston Martin DBS available for weddings, TV and film work, photoshoots, promotional and marketing events, and shows and static displays,  www.one77.co.uk

Car preparation: Stuart Porter from The Clean Car Company – Vehicle Appearance Specialists, Bespoke Valeting and Detailing Solutions

Wedding dress and stole: Village Brides of Long Compton, the main stockists for the Rosa Couture collection in the Cotswolds

Alternative bridal bouquets, buttonhole, jewellery, tiara and handbag: Tam Vo Company, bespoke accessory designer

Venue flowers: Flower Thyme, specialists in wedding flower design

Hair and makeup: Colleen Phelan, international freelance hair and makeup artist

Wedding cake: Cake by Lisa Price, Specialist in bespoke cakes, cupcakes and cakepops

Canapes, cocktails and waiting staff: Aubrey Allen bespoke catering service


Bride: Sinitta Marie Hunter,  www.starnow.co.uk/SinittaMarie

Groom: Oliver Turner,   www.starnow.co.uk/oliverturner2