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rustic romance: a peachy styled shoot at the arches

October 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Romantic Shoot at The Arches (c) Stewart Barker (14)

It’s so close to the weekend we can literally smell the prosecco, but before we down tools for the week, we’re sharing this super gorgeous styled shoot. Set in a fabulous mill conversion in the heart of West Yorkshire, the styling brings to life the most elegant and rustic of wedding day themes.

Led by Something New Wedding Planner and Stylist, Amy Scott, the shoot showcases a pared back bridal look with an industrial edge, complete with an understated green and coral palette. Bronze lanterns and dainty tea light holders combine with some rather fetching stationery to create all kinds of pretty. And then there’s the Insta-worthy four-tiered cake, adorned with flowers and foliage, and scrumptious cake pops. The shoot is simply bursting with exquisite ideas for brides and grooms-to-be.

The bridal fashion that’s showcased is relaxed and demure, with an elegant off-white gown, loose curls and a flower crown conjuring up a distinct boho vibe. As for the groom – think dapper but without the fuss. We have to admit though; it’s the flower girl who steals the shoot for us!

Bringing together a host of local suppliers who she had admired for some time on social media, Amy had her heart set on The Arches from the outset, with her vision for the shoot – relaxed and natural – falling perfectly into place.

We’ll hand the blog over to Amy now, as she talks us through the finer details of the shoot and the amazing team supplying us with today’s dose of much-coveted bridal inspo.

With images by Stewart Barker. Models Katie, Ella and James.

A Romantic Shoot at The Arches (c) Stewart Barker (1)

amy says: I wanted to organise the shoot so that I could work with some amazing suppliers who I had been following on social media for ages but never had the pleasure of working with. It was also an opportunity to test all our creativity. The shoot was definitely a collaborative effort, allowing everyone involved to do what they do best whilst showcasing their amazing talents and providing lots of inspiration for upcoming brides and grooms.

A Romantic Shoot at The Arches (c) Stewart Barker (3)

The inspiration behind the theme came into its own once we had secured The Arches at Dean Clough, which is just an amazing venue. I fell in love with the steel beams and the industrial look of the venue and I wanted to showcase this whilst also incorporating a softer romantic side with the colours and props. We also wanted to show a different dynamic in relationships by incorporating a flower girl and I think Stewart Barker, our photographer, captured this relationship amazingly well.

I had my heart set on this venue as soon as the idea of a styled shoot first came to my mind. I love that it is such a unique space and that it allows couples to really put their own stamp on their wedding day, as the room is so flexible. Once we had the go ahead, the theme came together. I love the industrial vibe of The Arches, but I wanted to incorporate an urban rustic elegance – think Banksy meets chic!

A Romantic Shoot at The Arches (c) Stewart Barker (6)

The Mindful Florist is renowned for her love of texture, which is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to focus mainly on greens (to pay tribute to Pantone’s colour of the year) with a pop colour and I absolutely love the coral against the bronze lanterns, tea light holders and the gorgeous exposed wood table, provided by All Things Borrowed. The table runner and the scroll on the archway were provided by the super talented Gray Starling Designs and it can be personalised to the clients’ exact preferences. I think it just adds a detail that a lot of couples won’t have seen before. White Rose Cake Designs supplied our beautiful cake, meanwhile The Mindful Kitchen provided our delectable cake pops and Alexia Claire created our stunning stationery.

A Romantic Shoot at The Arches (c) Stewart Barker (5)

The brief was relaxed and natural. We had some absolutely gorgeous models for this shoot and didn’t want to over complicate things – Paula Louise Clayton, who styled their hair, interpreted this perfectly. The bride’s dress was provided by The Bridal Affair. We picked this dress for its simple elegance and clean lines. The off-white colour also provided a lovely contrast to the industrial background.

A Romantic Shoot at The Arches (c) Stewart Barker (26)

On the day, everything went perfectly, especially considering this was my first styled shoot. Everyone delivered the brief exactly how I had imagined and helped out on the day and contributed to the different shots. It was such a fab team. A special shout out goes to Ella, our little flower girl, who was an absolute star all day and even suggested some of her own shots.

A Romantic Shoot at The Arches (c) Stewart Barker (9)

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Alexis Forsyth
Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie. A qualified journalist - Alexis took up the position of editor at the region’s longest running business publication in 2015 before moving into a marketing role for one of the UK’s largest independent arts and craft galleries. Alexis currently edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics. Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue...

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