October 27th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
For the wannabe modern brides out there, we think you’ll be a little smitten with today’s fantastically stylish and contemporary wedding shoot, which takes place in a 1970s warehouse in the heart of Manchester.
Led by wedding and fashion photographer, Kellianne Newiss, the shoot is quite literally beaming with a beautiful crisp white palette, illuminated by pops of copper, striking neon lighting and tropical flowers.
As for the fashion – there’s a variation of minimal styles to pore over, with sheer fabrics, princess-perfect tulle and slinky thigh-high splits all on show. This is paired with an understated makeup look and chic, undone hairstyling.
Bringing together a team of talented suppliers, Kellianne was not only keen to show off this quirky venue’s key features – we’re talking skylights, concrete floors and glass brick walls – but also give the modern-day bride some fresh, original ideas on how to inject creativity into their special day. Our verdict? We think you’re going to be inspired as Kellianne explains all…
kellianne says: I have recently had two children (who are aged three and one) and have not really had too much time to be creative and get together with likeminded people, so when the opportunity came up to put this shoot together – I jumped at the chance.
I wanted the photos to reflect the modern bride. Someone who might want to get married in a quirky and different venue, so when I was approached by Five Four Studios, I thought it was the ideal location for the shoot.
Five Four Studios has just started holding wedding ceremonies so they were interested in having some wedding photos taken there. I love the clean, white, bright space and lines and couldn’t wait to get a team on-board to shoot there.
Beautiful loft rooms, white walls and reflective concrete floors were the setting for the shoot. We wanted to create a look for the modern bride, nothing too traditional, with beautiful flowers, stunning dresses and creative backdrops.
Ollie from The Word is Love brought some of his signature lighting pieces to go with the industrial feel of the space and the shoot. He had just made a copper frame, which we all loved, that he used with both neon lettering and festoon lighting.
We broke all the rules, with Sasha from Sass Flower using traditional blooms, tropical flowers, leaves and dried preserved grasses featuring anthuriums, quicksand roses, calla lilies, platinum sprayed palm leaves and black stepgrass in the form of a bouquet and floral backdrop decor for that perfect ceremony moment.
The calligraphy fabric and “and so the adventure begins” backdrop was created by The Soiree Stylists.
With the natural daylight spilling through glass brick walls and streaming through huge skylights, we wanted to keep styling to a minimum and let the gowns speak for themselves.
The gowns we used for this shoot – created by Jessica Bennett – were a perfect pairing with the modern, clean and minimal aesthetic of Five Four Studios. They also provided the ideal bridal look to offset against the dark and moody blooms by Sass Flower.
Sasha, from Sass Flower, used a mixture of nudes, blacks and metallics for the bouquet and arrangements, reflecting the tones of the dresses and next season’s colours.
Martine, our hair and makeup artist wanted to pull away from the heavy and harsh styles that can be associated with bridal hair and makeup. Not every bride wants to be heavily made up. Her inspiration for the hair was the ‘undone’ done up look, which is very popular on the catwalks at the moment, often dubbed ‘manicured messy’.
It was a very smooth, easy day. We are all pretty easy going so the shoot was a lot of fun and everybody had their input without trying to take over. The venue was great and let us have free run of the whole space which was wonderful.
I’ve been bitten by the creative bug and want to do more creative editorials. I have been shooting weddings over the past couple of years but it has been tricky with two young babies. Now that I have a bit more time on my hands, I can really focus on my career again and get back to doing something I really love: photographing weddings.
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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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