January 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime
If the last day of the working week feels a little unbearable, we have something super-gorgeous to distract you from your ‘to-do’ list and help transport you to a world a beautiful bridal inspiration!
This stunning styled shoot, captured by West Yorkshire based photographer Mya of Silvery Moon Photography, is winter hygge to a tee, with beautifully relaxed florals, rustic styling and soft, cosy knits.
And if you like what you see, you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a second installment of this shoot coming up on the blog next month, which features dreamy berry tones, so be sure to look out for that.
Now though we’ll hand over the blog to the lovely Mya to explain where the inspiration from the shoot came from and who she worked with to achieve these gorgeous shots.
With images by Silvery Moon Photography.
mya says: The instigator of the shoot was Susan Dobson of The Yorkshire Dales Flower Company, who I have worked with previously on styled shoots and weddings. Susan works from her beautiful home in Bradley near Skipton, and we decided that it would make the perfect location for the styled shoot that we had planned.
Her inspiration for the flowers was to have a silvery winter look using roses, ranunculus and anemones. She also used lots of silvery foliage and pinecones.
We were hoping for sparkling frosty weather to show off Susan’s creations, but what we actually got was a constant heavy downpour of freezing rain and grey skies! Nevertheless, I approached the shoot as I would a real wedding in so much as you can never guarantee the weather in the UK so you make the most of what you have.
I’m always keen to get hands on with styled shoots, having started my career in photography as a commercial set stylist in Leeds several years ago. I absolutely loved styling this shoot and amazingly all the additional props we needed were found in Susan’s garden and home. It’s literally a stylist’s dream, with silver milk churns, terracotta pots, fir cones and windfall apples that I used on day one, all right there! The green wellies that our model wore were even Susan’s own!
Our beautiful model, who braved the cold, was local girl, Francesca. As a budding makeup artist, Francesca did her own hair and makeup for the shoot and looked flawless.
The gorgeous dresses where supplied by Amelia’s of Skipton, and the cosy designer knitwear from Jo of Just Unwind. The combination provided a kind of boho meets glamour look which we think worked really well. Everything then came together beautifully when we added in the gorgeous hair accessories from Amelia’s, along with the country props and rustic bouquets courtesy of Susan.
From my point of view, the only challenge over the two days was the weather, as it rained pretty much the whole time – it just meant I had to get creative with locations to shelter in, such as using the lean-to porch with the addition of some fairy lights to achieve a suitable setting. Eventually when it all just got too much on day one, we went inside the farmhouse and used the natural daylight coming in through the lovely old sash windows. Even on a rainy day there is often beautiful, soft natural light to be found if you look hard enough.
Overall, I wanted to create beautiful “wintery” images that were soft and romantic as opposed to harsh and cold. I hope this was achieved with the use of the woolens that we layered up over the wedding gowns, along with the lighting, props, candles and styling. I also wanted everything we presented in the images to be achievable for budget-conscious, real-life brides, who I hope will take inspiration from the bridal looks and styling that we created.
I loved everything about this shoot; the location, the flowers, the people. The very best bit for me though on any shoot is capturing faces – I love faces!
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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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