Hello! Magazine Christmas Photoshoot
We were delighted to be asked by Hello Magazine, to dress the fabulous Castle Goring for a Christmas photoshoot with Lady Colin Campbell and her sons.
Nestled in the heart of West Sussex, the Castle and its Gothic and Palladian features were a delight to decorate. Bringing a magical touch to decorations is what we love to do... and what can be more magical than Christmas?!
Our commercial Christmas Decorating team arrived early in the morning laden with Christmas wreaths, garlands, present boxes and ribbons. Having walked through the rooms with the magazines' fabulous stylist Arabella, we set to work. We opted for a traditional Christmas theme with a Royal twist, to fit in perfectly with the Castle's 18th Century features.
Starting our day, we brought to life the Ceremony room, adding touches of Scandinavian décor to the table, and wrapping the ivy on the ceremony chairs to brighten the white space. The room acted as the perfect pure white backdrop for traditional festive Christmas touches of reds, greens and gold throughout, accented with lights adding that magical glow.
We then tasked ourselves with the State Rooms upstairs in the Castle, where we used garlands on the mantle-piece of the Grand Aphrodite Room and metal crowns with candles in for the side tables. Then we also added vases of gold ferns and branches for festive floral details. Finally, we accented the glorious Grand Piano with wreaths and candles, adding to the cosy ambiance of the room, making it the perfect evening cocktail spot.
The sweeping Grand Staircase in the Entrance Hall took us the whole afternoon to decorate but was really worth the effort. We decided to take inspiration from our Three Kings theme, adding lots of gold accents with Crowns and Giant Baubles. By the time we'd finished, the staircase was dripping with baubles from the pre-lit garlands, and we used some over-sized stretched baubles at the base of the bannisters to flank Lady Colin Campbell and her sons. It truly was magical to see once completed.
Trevor Leighton captured everything on film and we are proud to have been a part of this Christmas collaboration with him, Lady Colin Campbell, her sons and the whole Hello Magazine team.