Claire McClean Photography

The Hovels Harewood Wedding Editorial

the hovels harewood wedding

This wonderful rock n’ roll themed wedding editorial was something I have had in my mind ever since work started on refurbishing The Hovels on Harewood Estate. A venue is a place close to my heart – not only do I live on the estate myself, but I’ve also worked at Harewood for around two years now, so I know it like the back of my hand.

This editorial shoot we did back in March 2020 (just before lockdown!) was recently featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings. I am so glad to finally share the images with you and tell you about the incredible team! Have a look through to see all the gorgeous wedding inspo all these amazing local vendors have to offer.

Below the images is more information about each vendor if you wish to learn more about each one.



The Hovels was originally built as a stable block around the same time as the iconic Harewood House. It was then converted into a hunting lodge, and now it’s final form – an intriguing and characteristic venue space. By joining the two older buildings with large glass windows and glass roof, it now comprises of one large space perfect for ceremony/dining and a bar perfect for, well, drinking.

The mix of old and new is at the heart of Harewood Food and Drink’s core values, due to them being based on an estate so rich with history but with some real contemporary style and ideas. I wanted to honour their brand and the venue itself by putting together a shoot with a cool, alternative couple to show the real potential and versatility of this beautiful new venue and what it has to offer!


The idea was to bring this wonderful venue together with a great team of suppliers to create an alternative wedding shoot set in the heart of the historical (and incredibly beautiful) Harewood Estate. Catering from Harewood Food and Drink’s chef Josh Whitehead (recently awarded Chef Of The Year by the Oliver Awards) features ingredients only from the estate itself. The estate is lucky to have some of the best venison, beef, and lamb in Yorkshire. Talk about sustainable and local!

Harewood Food and Drink also make the award-winning ‘Grey Stone Gin’ made exclusively from botanicals on Harewood Estate. The great thing about getting married here is not only the booze and great food, but you can also stay at Harewood Holidays – which are the beautiful (also newly renovated) cottages right near The Hovels itself, so you don’t have to stray too far after all those gins.


Thankfully, I had Jess and Finn (aka the coolest couple ever) to be my wonderful models for the shoot, as well my other model Barbie who could help show off more of the beautiful dresses from Leeds-based stockist Bridal Emporium. Elegant silky, lacy and fringed dresses from the ever amazing Bridal Emporium was one of my favourite parts of the shoot. All of the dresses we had, all by either Willowby or Watters, had so many beautiful details. My favourite had to be ‘Crane’ by Watters which had the most amazing lace sleeves, showing Jess’s tattoos underneath.

Dress + Suit

These elegant dresses mixed with some Dr Martens and equally badass hand-painted leather jacket from Rock Paper Nib created a refined yet edgy style. The groom wore an amazing suit by Jenson Samuel Shirts, reminiscent of something Tommy Shelby would wear in Peaky Blinders. They are the perfect brand for a groom looking for something a little different and wanting to stand out from the crowd.


Vintage Adornments made the stunning silver brooch hair vine. Wendy takes vintage pieces and makes them into something new to be loved once more – therefore perfect for your something old…and new!

All the other lovely headpieces featured are from The Bobby Pin, who make the most wonderful accessories for your wedding day. You can also ask them to create a bespoke piece to suit you and your special day.

Floral Styling

Floral stylist Forge Events created the most marvellous hanging installation and deconstructed arch that adorned the beams and old stone walls. There was also a wonderful bouquet that included blood red, blush pinks and soft orange florals. She also styled an incredible tablescape made from just crates, featuring black plates and cutlery which contrasted perfectly with more blush pink florals and textures. The softest highland cow pelts underneath the table (also sourced from the surrounding Estate) also added texture, context, and story to the shoot.


The dark and moody colour palettes meet natural, softer colours to create the perfect balance for the alternative couple. Gray Starling’s use of subtle yet elegant colours and motifs in the stationary couldn’t have worked better for the theme. Her minimal yet distinct invites, signs, menus, and place settings perfectly sat along with Forge Events styling of the tablescape and florals.


Makeup artist Jessica Parkes from FACES created two looks – a smokey eye and dark lip as well as a softer, chic makeup look. This kept the theme of rock and roll but still kept it elegant at the same time.

Hair styling

Sarah Lawrence Hairdressing also created some awesome looks for my models. I loved how one of my female models had short blonde hair and the other long and bright pink! This meant we were able to show that you can go bold or stay classic and still make a statement.


An awesome dessert table by Cherry Blossom Cakes features a striking dark green and black 3-tier cake complete with a grazing table full of donuts, brownies, ‘bronuts’ and cookies in bold pops of red, rust and yellow to keep with the moody rock n’ roll style. We got to eat a few of the sweet treats from the dessert table at the end and they were amazing!


Since Harewood Food and drink are all about sustainable, local and authentic, I decided to go with this theme by working with All Things Petals for the confetti. They make beautiful confetti from dried petals, and here you can see some wonderful bright yellow ones being thrown all over my couple! All Things Petals uses only natural and decomposable materials.

If you’re getting married here – give me a shout! I would love to capture your special day.


Photography, Concept and Planning:
Venue: The Hovels

Floral Designer and Stylist:
Cake and Dessert Table:
Gin: Greystone Gin
Wedding Dress Stockist:
Dress Designers:
Groom’s Apparel:
Painted Leather Jacket:
Jess Doolan –
Fin Parkin –
Barbie Webb –
Makeup Artist:
Hair Stylist:
Silver vintage brooch hair vine:
All other headpieces: