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la dolce vita. a tuscan style wedding shoot at the upper house

March 1st, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Tuscan Styled Shoot (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (40)

This afternoon we’re bringing a little warmth to your day with this beautiful tuscan style wedding shoot that was captured right here in the UK.

Featuring stunning dresses from fabulous designer and Brides Up North Sponsor Charlotte Balbier, we were instantly taken with effortless simplicity of this elegant shoot, which draws inspiration from the Mediterranean. With contributions from talented suppliers in the North West and Yorkshire, the wonderful styling just goes to show that you don’t have to leave the UK to add a little Italian charm to your big day.

To tell us more about the details included, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to lady that captured it all, Yorkshire-based photographer Hayley Baxter.

With images by Hayley Baxter Photography.

A Tuscan Styled Shoot (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (15)

hayley says: The aim of the shoot was to create a beautiful Tuscan Italian style wedding in the heart of England. A typical Tuscan style wedding is elegant yet rustic, charming, warm, passionate – and full of life!

We sprinkled our shoot with Tuscan magic through rustic touches, including displays of lemons, bouquets of pretty pink flowers and a beautiful flower crown to complement Charlotte Balbier’s gorgeous gowns. Of course, there was also a bottle of Amaroni della Valpolocel present at the shoot – a rich Italian red wine.

A Tuscan Styled Shoot (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (35)

The backdrop for the shoot also added to the romantic rustic feel. We chose The Upper House for its stunning architecture and remote location. The pretty courtyard and rustic doorways are reminiscent of an Italian retreat. It’s such a peaceful and tranquil venue – you really could be anywhere!

A Tuscan Styled Shoot (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (29)

Stylist Pamela Dunn, created our Tuscan setting using gorgeous vintage Italian lace, a striking black runner carpet and accessorised using candles, lanterns and foliage.

A Tuscan Styled Shoot (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (17)

The gowns worn by our beautiful models Jess and Molly, were from designer Charlotte Balbier. Designs featured included the lovely lace gown Marnie from Charlotte’s Iscoyd Park collection. We also captured the beauty of Charlotte’s Amba and Tarron gowns from her stunning Willa Rose collection! Tarron’s key-hole back detail looked particularly gorgeous!

A Tuscan Styled Shoot (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (43)

To complete the models’ looks makeup artist Kerry Baker, opted for soft, feminine tones inspired by the colours found in the floral pieces created by The Flower Lounge, that were used on the shoot. Soft peach, ivory and lavender shades were used on the eyes, complemented by a flush of blush pink on the cheeks. A hint of sheer rouge was applied to the lips while skin was kept dewy for a beautiful fresh and youthful glow.

In order to adapt the makeup for a second look on Jess, her eyes were framed with a soft kohl liner and a mocha shade was blended onto the lids for more depth. A slightly deeper rose colour was applied to her lips and subtle contouring added to cheeks for a more glamorous finish.

A Tuscan Styled Shoot (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (3)

The initial hair styles, created by Paisley Gamble, were relaxed and wistful to capture the countryside look of an Italian wedding. Again for Jess’s second look we switched things up with a top bun to match the Hollywood starlet style of the Tarron.

A Tuscan Styled Shoot (c) Hayley Baxter Photography (27)

Overall, the day went amazingly well and we were all very pleased with the end results of the shoot!

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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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