& Secret Beach Photo Shoot at Combe Grove Manor Hotel, Somerset!

Published: 18th September 2013

Combe Grove Manor, Somerset.

There was cause for excitement recently at the SpaStaySelect office when we were asked to help with finding a suitable venue for a swim wear photo shoot!

Lili John of Sandstorm Luxury swimwear contacted us as she was looking for an ideal location to photograph two models who would be wearing Naomi Ambas’ ‘Secret Beach’ creations from her latest swim wear line.

More excitingly, the two models for this shoot were to be the gorgeous winners of Miss Universe GB 2013 (Amy Willerton) and Miss Universe Beach Body 2013 (Cherelle Rose Patterson)- and we were asked if we would like to come along for the day!

We were delighted to be able to assist and eventually decided upon the (Puma) Combe Grove Manor Hotel as the shoot location, partly because Amy had also been Miss Bristol & Miss Bath, but also because of its stunning outdoor setting-which proved to be a perfect backdrop for the swim wear shots.

As well as being a sponsor for the Miss Universe contest –providing the prize of the ‘Secret Beach’ swimwear photo shoot, Sandstorm Luxury also provides the swimwear for the Miss Universe GB contestants- and for Miss England!

We knew that this shoot was going to be an all day long affair, so we were able to arrange with Combe Grove Manor Spa for the two girls to enjoy some ‘spa time’ and they would also both receive a fabulous Decleor massage before the shoot started.

In addition, Decleor UK would very generously donate to both girls a fabulous beach bag of assorted products- to the approximate value of £200.00!

Well, the day of the shoot dawned sunny and bright –and the Sandstorm stylist team, models, Miss Universe directors, Photographer (Paul Carroll) and us travelled from various parts of the UK, and as we arrived at Combe Grove Manor –the heavens opened!

No amount of finger crossing worked! It continued to bucket down all morning, but like they say in show business “The show must go on” –and it did!

It was quite an unusual site to see these lovely girls dressed in swimwear, with a stylist team holding umbrellas over them whilst they walked in perilously high heeled shoes in the pouring rain to pre-chosen locations in the grounds! However Amy and Cherelle kept smiling and luckily the rain did ease a little during the day allowing for some great shots of them to be taken. Sand Storm also made a ‘behind the scenes’ video (You Tube) of Amy which features music from Smash Robots.

Amy Willerton

The team at Combe Grove Manor could not have been more helpful, not only did they provide accommodation, lunch and much needed hot drinks, but they also pointed out some interesting areas for the photographic team to consider.

We thoroughly enjoyed our day ‘on location’ and we absolutely love the Secret Beach swim wear range, so much so - we will shortly be making it available for purchase!

Cherelle Rose Patterson

Amy Willerton & Cherelle Rose Patterson

(Della Jones SpaStaySelect’s Business Development Director presenting Amy Willerton Miss Universe GB 2013 with Decleor UK beauty products beach bag)

Both Amy and Cherelle were delighted with their soothing Decleor massages and their beach bag of goodies!

We wish Amy Willerton lots of luck when she represents GB in the global Miss Universe 2013 contest to be held in Moscow during November!