Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

berry blooms. a romantic styled shoot at matfen hall

March 30th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (22)

We’re filling your Thursday afternoon full of pretty with a swoon-worthy styled shoot captured in the North East.

Shot by Andrew Sturrock, this shoot provides stunning inspiration for a bold and beautiful bridal look, including the dress, hair, makeup and bouquet, all topped off with one of the most fabulous floral crowns we’ve ever seen.

The rich berry tones could also help spark colour scheme ideas, with the romantic red, plum and pink hues lending themselves to celebrations of all seasons.

So sit back, relax and prepare to soak up the inspo as Andrew dishes the details…

With images by Andrew Sturrock Photography. Model Caitlin McCoy.

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (7)

andrew says: This shoot provided a great opportunity for each of the suppliers to get together and let their creative ideas flow, with a model Caitlin showcasing their talents.

As one of the top wedding venues in the North East, Matfen Hall’s grounds, gardens and views over the golf course made the perfect back drop for the shoot.

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (24)

We shot close to Valentine’s Day and so decided to go with a loved-up romantic theme – hence the pink and red flowers! The stunning arrangements were created by florist Becca Angus of Charisma, based in Wallsend. She decided to go for the traditional red Rose with a pop of colour using unusual Freaky Avalanche Roses, Gloriosa and some beautiful wild foliage.

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (16)

In terms of the hair and beauty for Caitlin, we wanted to stick to a fairly natural look and let the flower crown be a striking focal point and make our ‘bride’ really stand out. Jenny of Make-Up By Jenny Green took care makeup, with a bright lip to match the flowers. Meanwhile, stylist Kelly McFall of Timeless Mobile Hairdressing, created Caitlin’s tumbling down do.

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (27)

We dressed Caitlin in a stunning gown called Malasia by designer San Patrick by Pronovias, which was supplied by Once Upon a Time Bridal Wear, located in High Heaton.

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (1)

On the day of the shoot everything went to plan and we were all really pleased with the results. The weather was freezing, but brave Caitlin didn’t complain once!

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Rachel Parry
Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...

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