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bloomsbury bride. a dreamy 1920’s styled shoot at saltmarshe hall

June 16th, 2017 | Julia Braime

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (43)

Ladies, the weekend is upon which means it’s almost time to fill up your glass and let your hair down, but before you clock off we’re bringing you a beautifully soft and subtle styled shoot captured at one of our stunning Sponsor venues, Saltmarshe Hall.

Located in East Yorkshire, this elegant country house (where we hold two wedding fairs a year – next one on 22nd October), provided the perfect backdrop for this romantic 1920s shoot that’s brimming with chic dresses and details for your own big day.

Put together by a talented team of Yorkshire-based suppliers, all angles from the décor, cake and stationery to hair, makeup and attire have been covered, giving you plenty of pretty to pour over! Here to give us all the details on the concept and contributors is hair and makeup artist Julia Jeckell

With images by Aden Priest.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (61)

julia says: It’s always really special to collaborate with a team of talented creatives. Working as a hair and makeup artist I am slightly obsessed with looks from past eras and my inspiration for the shoot came from the early 1920’s. I wanted to create a classic, almost understated ‘old world’ ethereal feel, with that classic Englishness of ‘The Bloomsbury’ set, as opposed to the glitz and glamour of the ‘Gatzby’ era.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (17)

The location of Saltmarshe Hall, near Howden, East Yorkshire, was the perfect setting for our photoshoot. It was chosen as it is an elegant Grade II listed, 19th Century English country house and complemented our vintage theme perfectly.

In particular, the soft cool tones of the paintwork worked as the perfect backdrop for a dreamy ethereal feel, along with detailing throughout the house worked to stunning effect, especially as some of the bedrooms we used had 1920’s deco style mirrors and vintage features.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (29)

Anna Straw of Anna’s Attic, our venue stylist, set up the wedding breakfast tables with a beautiful mix of glass candlesticks, string pearls, a floral centrepiece and handmade vintage doilies in cream and blush pinks. Bespoke pink mirror place cards and menus were created by Lisa Jane of Lisa Jane Creative, who specialises in wedding stationery to reflect our 1920’s deco feel.

A casually placed blush pink runner was used at the front of the top table and dressed with vintage silver bud vases, bottles and pearl strings using pretty cut flowers and vintage style roses in soft pastels with flowing foliage, which was provided by Sarah from All Occasions Florists, Howden.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (6)

Flowers were also lined up along the mantle in the ceremony room, which was also used to showcase some other carefully curated feminine items, these included a Doulton 1920’s figurine, strings of pearls, a vintage Chanel bottle and silver bud vase with ostrich feathers in the softest grey and pink and cut blooms, all sat atop a silver mirrored tray.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (42)

These simple bottles and bud vases were also used alongside mix and match cut glass candlesticks, draped with strings of vintage pearls to dress the staircase. The staircase was further styled with the addition of a marble occasional table, a stunning floral centrepiece within a large silver bowl and, a 1920’s nude and plaque.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (23)

Sophie of The Confetti Cakery, provided us with an elegant wedding cake that combined contemporary and Art Deco details. The cake had a modern silhouette with extra tall tiers, but brought in the aesthetic of the 1920s by adding fan shaped details in iridescent pink and a little touch of gold. In keeping with the simplicity of the design a simple sugar peony was added to the top tier.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (36)

For the first look, Emme, our model, was styled in vintage nightwear, showcasing the classic 1920’s style Juliette cap veil alongside a single string of pearls from The Pearl and Bead Company. A floral bouquet of fresh flowers in soft pinks, lilac and greens complemented the look perfectly.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (55)

The first gown was the Eliza Jane Howell Lady Lucile, loaned to us by Dotty Taylor Bridal of Holmfirth. It’s a bohemian style dress which complemented our Bloomsbury theme.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (19)

Keeping Emme’s skin naturally pale, I created an ethereal makeup look with a dewy skin finish and a classic ‘tea stained eye’ using a mix of soft warm brown matte eyeshadows and a few individual eyelashes.

On cheeks, I used a Chanel rose pink blusher and soft cream highlighter with lips stained in a raspberry red.

Emme’s hair was curled throughout using tongs and pinned it in a loose chignon at the back, styled with a beautiful gold crystal and pearl hair vine from a collection by Debbie Carlisle.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (9)

For the second look, Emme wore the Eliza Jane Howell Angelica dress, for a more contemporary, glamorous look. Hair was styled in soft waves and the look was dramatised with a dark red matt lip.

To add to the glamour, a long length of fresh water pearls were used to hang down the model’s back in some of the shots where the deep plunging back of the Angelica dress was shown.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (15)

It was so rewarding working with such a fabulous team of suppliers on this shoot and seeing it all come together so well on the day. Our aim was to create a timeless, romantic and ethereal feel to the images with a nod to the 1920’s era, and I think we really achieved that.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (74)

The grounds of Saltmarshe Hall are simply stunning and we were also fortunate enough to have the use of ‘Boris’, a beautiful 1929 Vintage Morris Oxford wedding car, supplied and chauffer driven to us by owner Jeff at All Occasions Cars, based in Scunthorpe, for our exterior shots.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (3)

Aden Priest, our photographer worked in natural light indoors and outside in the gardens and really captured the essence of what the shoot was about with a soft, dreamy feel to the images.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (65)

We hope this shoot has inspired you lovely brides-to-be! All the suppliers showcasing their skills here are based in and around the Yorkshire area and are eager to work to your brief and requirements to make your big day extra special.

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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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