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lakeside love-in. a pretty pastel styled shoot in cumbria

November 24th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Pretty Lakeside Bridal Shoot (c) Beth Sunners Photography (34)

We’re rounding off Tuesday with something lovely here on the blog with this super sugarey, super girly styled shoot, captured water-side in the Lake District.

As someone fairly new to the wedding industry (not that you’d know it), talented photographer Beth Sunners used this stunning styled shoot as an opportunity to show off the area in which she lives while collaborating with some of her top supplier friends and building her portfolio.

We love the pretty pastel tones, dreamy dresses and quaint backdrop, which all work together perfectly to create some gorgeous girly inspiration for all you brides-to-be.

To tell us more about the shoot’s concept and how she made it happen, we’ll hand you over to Beth. Enjoy!

With images by Beth Sunners Photography.

A Pretty Lakeside Bridal Shoot (c) Beth Sunners Photography (33)

beth says: My inspiration for this lakeside bridal shoot was to embrace the beauty around us, and to use one of the stunning locations in the area that I’m lucky enough to live in.

I decided on St Bega’s Church at Bassenthwaite, as I’d recently been to a wedding there, and it was just beautiful! The church is situated in a stunning location, on the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake. The building itself is a small, pretty church, with lots of charm, and so I wanted the styling for the shoot to convey a soft, feminine feel, but with a hint of fun.

A Pretty Lakeside Bridal Shoot (c) Beth Sunners Photography (35)

As such the look for our models was girly and fun, with a romantic feel, which came across in the hair and makeup. Both were very soft and natural.

The makeup was done by Makinder Rayat, who runs Kaur Beauty based in Solihull. Makinder was first on my list to help out with the shoot, as I absolutely love her work and the looks that she creates, but also because she’s very professional and I knew she would deliver brilliantly on the day.

The models’ hair meanwhile was taken care of Diane Slack, of Deb n Air located in Maryport, Cumbria. I was after a specific look for the shoot and Diane took on board my ideas and worked with me to produce exactly what I had in mind; soft, romantic up dos.

A Pretty Lakeside Bridal Shoot (c) Beth Sunners Photography (26)

Greenbridge Bridal, run by Debbie Payne and Megan Burdett, supplied the gorgeous gowns worn by our models. We decided to collaborate on this styled shoot to produce some fun, girly images that would show off Greenbride Bridal’s beautiful bespoke dresses and, as I’m fairly new to weddings, it also gave me a chance to build on my portfolio.

A Pretty Lakeside Bridal Shoot (c) Beth Sunners Photography (2)

The colourway we decided on for the shoot was pastels and creams. I wanted the flowers to have a bit of a rustic feel; mainly creams, but with a hint of colour coming through in the lavender and heather to complement but not distract from the dresses. The gorgeous flowers were done by Megan’s boyfriend’s mum. They were absolutely stunning, and went with the look of the shoot perfectly (thanks Karen!)

A Pretty Lakeside Bridal Shoot (c) Beth Sunners Photography (21)

All in all, the day couldn’t have gone any better. The weather was perfect, and everyone worked brilliantly together as a team, including our models Imogen, Lucy and Helen, who thankfully didn’t mind tramping across sheep filled fields to get the perfect shot. I would highly recommend all who took part.

A Pretty Lakeside Bridal Shoot (c) Beth Sunners Photography (37)

The aim was for the images to have a soft, romantic feel, and I believe we achieved just that! We were lucky enough to have a beautiful sunny day, with the sun setting beautifully over Bassenthwaite Lake giving a hazy, golden glow.

A Pretty Lakeside Bridal Shoot (c) Beth Sunners Photography (7)

Hopefully Greenbridge Bridal and I will be teaming up again in the New Year for another inspiration shoot, so watch this space!

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Julia Braime
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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