November 19th, 2015 | Julia Braime
The majority of styled shoots that we share on our pretty pages are to showcase bridal looks that our readers can replicate for their own big day. However, every now and then a set of styled images come along that aren’t obviously bridal, though by pushing the creative boundaries they have more depth and meaning behind them.
Today that is certainly the case, as we share this adorable Lancashire styled bridal shoot with you that switches veils and headpieces for hair nets & rollers.
To explain how the unusual concept came about we’ll hand you over to Charlotte of Legend Bridal Design, who supplied the dreamy dresses for the shoot.
With images by Zoie Carter-Ingham Photography.
charlotte says: We’ve known Zoie, of Zoie Carter-Ingham Photography, for a while and whenever we’re together we always talk about organising a shoot. We’ve had several ideas, all very creative, yet time and availability have always kept our plans on the back burner. This summer however, when Zoie mentioned her idea for a very Lancashire shoot with a nod to the textile industry our towns are built on, we knew we had to run with it.
Being a bespoke dressmaking service, our business is built on a wealth of history and tradition. Our craftsmanship is based on time honoured techniques. Each dress is drafted from our own sketches, hand cut, created and finished by hand. Sewing has always been in our family. In fact, certain tools we still use have been passed down through the generations, so Zoie’s idea of acknowledging our history in this way through the shoot made it a total no-brainer.
The shoot was set in a back street in Rishton; a row of terraces on one side and the empty shell of an old mill on the other. Zoie chose this street as it is reminiscent of so many mill towns in the area. The idea was to create a vintage feel. Not the manicured, glossy and pretty vintage we’re all so familiar with, but a more down to earth, almost gritty vintage. One without airs and graces and more of a focus on the history our lives are built on.
We wanted the shoot to be fun and light hearted. It isn’t necessarily a theme you might recreate for your own wedding, but we wanted to take the idea a step further than developing bridal looks. We wanted to be creative and couldn’t resist putting Chloe and Hatty’s hair in rollers and having them scrubbing the cobbles. Que scrubbing brushes, buckets and metal dustbins… really not something you would do in your wedding dress, but these are actually some of our favourite images.
We dressed Chloe in Cordeline; a very feminine blush pink 50’s style dress with tulle layer and lace edge detail. We also switched out our usual frothy petticoats for full circles of net giving more swing to the dress and created a matching fingertip veil and floral and lace hairpiece.
Hatty meanwhile wore Anise; our edgier two-piece design. This off the shoulder full lace crop top is actually layer upon layer of hand placed lace motif to give that 3D texture and heavy detail. The soft A-line skirt is several layers of chiffon with chapel length train and silk hand tied sash. We teamed this up with our crystal and delicate lace forehead tiara.
The gorgeous video from the shoot by Mick at MoviArt Wedding Films, shows how fun and playful Chloe and Hatty were on set. It was those moments between shots that prompted the next pose or idea. In fact it was difficult to call time as every time you looked around they were doing a dance, leaning on each other, or just being generally adorable.
The beautiful bespoke wedding stationery featured in the shoot was supplied by Deannamic Designs.
Overall we had such a fun day, really relaxed and carefree. Zoie and Mick are a dream to work with. Full of ideas and excitement. It was merely hours before those first images were in our inbox and I can’t believe how quickly Mick edited the video. We love it and are really pleased to share it.
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Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…
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