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chic in the city. a styled wedding shoot at inox dine, sheffield

September 2nd, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Styled Bridal Shoot at Inox Dine (c) Shelley Richmond (6)

This morning on the blog I’m pleased to be sharing with you a styled shoot that took place in the city I call home, Sheffield.

Blanche Spataro, the restaurant and hospitality manager at Inox Dine, called upon a talented bunch of wedding suppliers in the city to help her show off the potential of the contemporary venue to brides and grooms through a fun styled shoot.

Featuring panoramic views of the steel city, beautiful vintage dresses and pretty blooms, as well as sophisticated choices of food and décor, this shoot is brimming with inspiration for those that crave a stylish city centre wedding.

For more about the shoot, and those involved, we’ll let Blanche do the talking.

With images by Shelley Richmond.

A Styled Bridal Shoot at Inox Dine (c) Shelley Richmond (7)

blanche says: Inox Dine is a stylish new wedding venue based in the centre of Sheffield. The venue includes a contemporary restaurant and bar and first-class event suites with capacity for up to 120 guests for a wedding breakfast. It’s also available for civil ceremonies in the restaurant and the Discovery Rooms, which have stunning views across Sheffield.

The team at Inox Dine are passionate about providing a bespoke service to suit every couple’s requirements. Part of the unique experience of a wedding at Inox includes catering by award winning head chef Joe Berry, and his team, using only the freshest, seasonal produce from Sheffield’s finest local producers.

To showcase the venue and all that it includes, we approached photographer Shelley Richmond, who we know adores working with other suppliers, about doing a wedding photo shoot at Inox Dine and we’re delighted with the results.

A Styled Bridal Shoot at Inox Dine (c) Shelley Richmond (11)

We wanted to create a chic city style wedding perfect for modern couples with a sophisticated and glamorous style. Being located in the University of Sheffield students’ union building, we also wanted to create a look that would appeal to young, fun couples. The suppliers involved in the photo shoot helped us create the varying couples’ looks perfectly.

A Styled Bridal Shoot at Inox Dine (c) Shelley Richmond (2)

The sheath silk dresses and vintage 60s dress were provided by Sheffield dressmaker Kate Beaumont. Within her studio at her beautiful Victorian home, she has a wonderful collection of original vintage gowns available for purchase, crafts her own exquisite collection pieces for brides and also offers a completely bespoke design service.

A Styled Bridal Shoot at Inox Dine (c) Shelley Richmond (28)

The futuristic leather dresses and 1950s yellow polka dot dress meanwhile, were provided by KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer, a contemporary bridal wear company that designs and hand makes wedding dresses to fit brides’ specifications. Dressmaker Kelly allows each client to be part of the design process, creating a one-off bespoke gown that is made-to-measure.

A Styled Bridal Shoot at Inox Dine (c) Shelley Richmond (16)

To complete the models’ looks, freelance make-up artist Lauren Eaton, took care of the makeup and stylists from one of Sheffield’s top salons Wigs and Warpaint, styled the models’ hair.

Meanwhile to dress the venue we called upon Black Furniture Event Hire, Perfect Finish Venue Styling and Wedding Venue Lighting, who all did a fabulous job.

Finishing touches were then provided by award-winning florist Tracey Campbell, of Campbell’s Flowers, who created some stunning arrangements to complement the model’s looks and the stylish setting, and Steel City Cakes, because no wedding is complete without cake!

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get down tonight. a 1970s disco wedding inspired styled shoot in manchester

August 10th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Studio 54 Wedding Shoot by McAvoy Photography (38)

It might only be Monday but we have something that’s going to get you well and truly in the mood for a party! This ultra-glam Studio 54 disco wedding styled shoot, courtesy of Caroline from Words To Glow Light Up Letters & Venue Décor.

Caroline came up with the cool concept for the shoot whilst exhibiting at The Deaf Institute in the heart of Manchester’s city centre, and got some fabulous North West suppliers on board to bring her hip vision to fruition.

So join us as we enter this Boogie Wonderland, filled vibrant lights, retro décor and shiny disco balls!

With images by McAvoy Photography.

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caroline says: The shoot was entitled ‘Studio 54’ and was a Studio 54 1970s disco inspired concept, taking inspiration from the 1970s/80s style decor and musical roots of the shoot location: The Deaf Institute, which can be hired for weddings.

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I fell in love with the quirky decor and retro vibe of the venue whilst exhibiting at a wedding fair there and quickly saw the fabulous potential to create a styled shoot showcasing some great locally based wedding suppliers; whilst simultaneously highlighting the key retro focal points of this great city centre venue.

The overall look and aim was ultra-1970s glam, based on dance clubs of that era. Locating the shoot in the city’s Deaf Institute instantly provided the edgy, yet retro look we were looking to achieve. With theatrical style seating and balconies and individual booths tucked into the recesses of each room, the venue had an undeniable ‘dance club’ feel. Adding in the parquet dance floor, huge glitter balls, vintage wallpaper and a retro bar, featuring wall mounted vintage stereo speakers, and the scene was set for a disco!

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Understanding the overall look for the shoot, it was important to choose not only well respected North West wedding suppliers with complimentary styles, but those who had a previous history of professional collaborations to ensure a smooth and seamless feel to the whole day.

Studio 54 Wedding Shoot by McAvoy Photography (8)

With models handpicked by Nicole from Bridal Chic in the City and the theme agreed, the shoot was organised by Jenny from McAvoy Photography, who was key in leading the coordination of the chosen suppliers on the day and was responsible for determining an all-important photo shoot schedule and brief to work towards for all suppliers.

Jenny, who is based in North Manchester, seamlessly offers a unique blend of ultra-glamorous, fashion inspired photography; whilst expertly capturing what are undeniably beautiful and emotive images as they happen – making her the perfect lady for the shoot.

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Adding to its already cool interior, we decorated the venue with accents of gold and white, with large feather plumage in dramatic table centre vases, sparkly glitter balls, candles and large sparkly light up letters, to set the disco themed scene.

The ornate cakes were provided by Caroline’s Cake Company, based in South Manchester, who offer a bespoke cake design service and specialise in beautiful and unique celebration cakes that taste as good as they look.

The light up letters came from my business, Words To Glow Light Up Letters & Venue Décor. We have a vast range of beautiful light up letters, numbers and signage to hire, including options such as ‘DANCE’ letters seen in the shoot, as well as ‘PARTY’, ‘MR&MRS’ and ‘LOVE’, plus initials and ampersands (&), bringing that added sparkle to the dance floor!

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The theme took further inspiration from style icons of the era, such as Bianca Jagger and Farah Fawcett. This equalled big hair, smoky eye makeup with bold red lipsticks, floaty fabrics with sequins or satins in colours of cream, gold and chocolate brown, brown fur stoles and lace capes, as well as big sunglasses.

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Dresses were provided by Isla Jean Bridal from their lovely two-storey shop in the north of Manchester, which stocks the likes of Aire by Barcelona, Belle and Bunty, Cymbeline, Cabotine, Eliza Jane Howell, Maria Senvo, Stephanie Allin and Lou Lou.

The gorgeous gowns were complemented by gorgeous accessories from Dream Veils, who have been designing and making wedding veils for more than 20 years, footwear from the fabulous Charlotte Mills Shoes and additional accessories from Jo Barnes Couture, who creates hand crafted and bespoke vintage headdresses and accessories.

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Our models Tanya and Sam, had their made up done by Lorna Elizabeth, who trained at Manchester’s prestigious School of Make Up and has a genuine love and passion for the industry. She offers a specialist freelance make-up service for any event, from bridal and special occasions to make-up parties, fashion shows and tutorials.

Completing the team was Verdure Floral Design, a highly respected and award winning floral design team based in North Manchester, who created all the fabulous flower arrangements.

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rustic luxe: a styled country wedding shoot at the black swan, helmsley

July 27th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Rustic Luxe Styled Shoot at The Black Swan, Helmsley (c) Annemarie King (26)

If there’s one thing that makes me go weak at the knees, other than gorgeous weddings, it’s a cute dog.

Having grown up with canine companions a firm part of the family, there aren’t many mutts that don’t evoke a genuine ‘ahh’ from me. So when our fabulous Sponsor, The Black Swan hotel, sent over the results of a recent styled shoot at the venue, which featured a fine Irish Red Setter, it was a ‘yes’ from me.

The ‘groom’ isn’t bad either, is he?!

Located in the idyllic North Yorkshire village of Helmsley, the black swan is the perfect venue for a romantic country-inspired wedding (did you catch the beautiful celebration we shared on the wedding blog this morning?). With this in mind the hotel welcomed photographer Annemarie King and a talented bunch northern wedding suppliers, to use the venue as a stunning backdrop for a rustic luxe styled shoot, complete with dapper tweed, natural blooms and detailed dresses.

The setting of the hotel brings all elements to life for an incredibly well-executed shoot that will make you go ‘ooh’ and well as ‘ahh’ (and not just over that dog). So let’s handover to The Black Swan for those all important details…

With images by Annemarie King.

A Rustic Luxe Styled Shoot at The Black Swan, Helmsley (c) Annemarie King (14)

the black swan says: The well-loved country charm, welcoming atmosphere and quaint English gardens, overlooking the pretty churchyard next door, made The Black Swan the perfect venue for Annemarie King and her team to co-create a rustic-luxe themed photographic campaign.

A Rustic Luxe Styled Shoot at The Black Swan, Helmsley (c) Annemarie King (10)

Model James with his red-haired beauties, ‘bride’ Zara and Connor, the Irish Red Setter, are on location at the hotel and also at Helmsley Walled Gardens, which brings the theme to life with a touch of nostalgia. The evocative images are intimate, dream-like, and sometimes fun and light-hearted.

The timeless, informal elegance of the photography mirrors the essence of this historic hotel venue – the smartly-tailored handsome groom James, in his Yorkshire tweeds and smartly polished brogues, along with his bride’s sweet, ethereal beauty and swan-like elegance make for a beautiful pairing, and Connor certainly adds a special appeal to the ‘family shots’.

A Rustic Luxe Styled Shoot at The Black Swan, Helmsley (c) Annemarie King (11)

The various settings demonstrate the hotel’s oak beamed Tudor Lounge, the oldest part of the venue with its original inglenook, and the cosy stone-walled Crosland Lounge, as well as the pretty English walled gardens, in which The Black Swan’s new Oak Gazebo is located, which is now available for outdoor summer wedding ceremonies and celebrations. Helmsley Walled Gardens also plays a part, giving a super botanical backdrop to the shots.

A Rustic Luxe Styled Shoot at The Black Swan, Helmsley (c) Annemarie King (19)

A creative team led by York photographer Annemarie King, is responsible for the shoot with all those who offered their talents and goods on the day doing a fantastic job. Two of Annemarie’s passions are showcased within the shoot as she’s an award-winning photographer specialising in both country weddings and canine photography.

A Rustic Luxe Styled Shoot at The Black Swan, Helmsley (c) Annemarie King (8)

The shoot’s retro-inspired gowns, which include the Alan Hannah’s Tara long lace gown, White Rose’s 50s style R920 gown, Angel B’s peppermint bridesmaid dress Am 242, and the flamboyant Cymbeline Adele design, were kindly loaned by The Bridal Lounge in Northallerton, along with selected accessories.

A Rustic Luxe Styled Shoot at The Black Swan, Helmsley (c) Annemarie King (7)

Carters Country Wear provided the tweed tailored outfit sported by groom, James. Carters specialise in suits and country wear tailored with cloth from Saville Row and Yorkshire tweed mills, with a particular emphasis on country sportswear. They enjoy an international clientele who value their quality and highly personalised service.

Much of the jewellery was generously loaned by Libby Butler Jewellery, located in Helmsley.

A Rustic Luxe Styled Shoot at The Black Swan, Helmsley (c) Annemarie King (3)

The striking makeup and hairstyling of our bride Zara, is by award-winning hair and make-up artist Kate Pymm, who based in the North East and works throughout the UK on a wide portfolio of projects, including bridal hair and makeup.

The sweet bouquets and simple floral arrangements with home-grown ‘grandma’s cottage garden blooms’ inspired by the rural-luxe theme, were all created by Liz Wood at Busy Liz’s Floral Design, of Kirbymoorside.

A Rustic Luxe Styled Shoot at The Black Swan, Helmsley (c) Annemarie King (5)

To complete the stellar line-up, Celebrate Country Cake Design, located in Helmsley’s Walled Gardens, supplied the cake, Fabulously Finished, of Ampleforth, supplied the props and the chair covers were loaned by Chair Covers of Yorkshire, located in Easingwold.

For more information about weddings at The Black Swan, contact 01439 770466 and ask to speak to their Wedding Co-ordinator. Alternatively, visit their website

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glory days vintage: a styled vintage wedding shoot in yorkshire.

July 23rd, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Glory Days Vintage Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Luke Bell  (27)

This afternoon on the wedding blog it’s all about the pretty with this stunning vintage wedding styled shoot set deep in the heart of Yorkshire. Put together by a small but very talented group of fantastic wedding industry professionals, headed up by creative photographer Luke Bell, we just love this set of inspirational images.  If you’re hoping that your wedding day look might have a hint of the vintage about it, be prepared to be inspired…

A Glory Days Vintage Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Luke Bell  (29)

luke says: Towards the end of February I worked on a really fun location shoot in Leeds that had turned out really well considering I’d stepped in at the last minute to photograph it. So feeling inspired I decided that I wanted to produce a shoot myself and started to work on a number of ideas – but the problem was nothing was really coming together: I couldn’t find the right model, I’d been knocked back from a couple of locations I was keen on using, I was struggling to find a make up artist whose work would fit into the concepts I was thinking of and I was still in need of a designer. So it’s fair to say that I was getting nowhere fast… and then it happened. It’s not often that a model’s look provides the starting point for a photo shoot – but as soon as I saw Harriet‘s profile I knew that I not only had to work with her, but due to her obvious passion for all things vintage I also knew who I would approach to help me.

A Glory Days Vintage Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Luke Bell  (25)

I’d always wanted to collaborate with Hayley from Glory Days Vintage Bridal again (since our previous shoot had ended up on the cover of the Yorkshire Post Magazine) and Hayley – being the awesome person that she is – was more than happy to get involved and provided two beautiful vintage wedding dresses and even hand made three headpieces for us to use too. It started to feel like things were coming together – now I just needed a make up artist and a suitable location to use.

A Glory Days Vintage Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Luke Bell  (16)

I contacted the very talented Faye Robertson who I’ve worked with many times before to see if she could recommend anyone and luckily it turned out that her work on a TV show had finished just in time so she was available herself – now things were really looking up!

A Glory Days Vintage Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Luke Bell  (15)

As for a suitable location, well sometimes these things are just staring you in the face. Being fortunate enough to live in a gorgeous rural village we actually have a wealth of beautiful backdrops and even a stunning little 12th Century church right here in Sheriff Hutton itself – perfect for photographing vintage bridal gowns.

A Glory Days Vintage Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Luke Bell  (19)

Faye and I agreed that the styling for Harriet’s makeup and hair needed to work in harmony with Hayley’s dresses and headpieces and I made sure that the lighting I used was sympathetic to the look while adding a touch of glamour and mood too.

A Glory Days Vintage Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Luke Bell  (13)

Once Faye and I met Harriet we instantly clicked and although we all knew that we were up against some pretty cold weather and changeable light the endless cups of tea, giggling fits, outbursts of swearing and general hilarity that took place ensured a fun and relaxed shoot that I feel produced some stunning results.

A Glory Days Vintage Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Luke Bell  (11)

I’d like to thank Faye’s good friend Claire who came along and assisted me with my lighting setup and to my good friend Elaine who stepped in at the last minute to lend me her wedding bouquet. Cheers guys!

A Glory Days Vintage Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Luke Bell  (21)

We’re always on the lookout for brides who’d love to recreate something like this on their wedding day – whether it be the dress, headpiece, makeup, hair or photos please don’t hesitate to get in touch, as we’d all love to help.

And I’m pretty sure that because each of us had so much fun on this styled shoot there’s always the chance we will organise another one very soon – so watch this space!

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vintage rose. a styled boho bridal shoot

June 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime


We’ve a very pretty treat for you this afternoon!  Sent to us by Kelly of KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer, this boho bridal shoot was inspired by vintage roses, working with a palette of soft pinks, peaches, cream and ivory and involved a network of talented Yorkshire based bridal suppliers and creatives.

kelly says: The soft romantic images and artwork were created by Angus Macdonald. Julia Jeckell Hair and Make-up Artist created beautiful make-up and hair to reflect the vintage rose theme and I supplied accessories and garments which complimented the look perfectly. All accessories and garments are handmade in my Sheffield based studio. Amanda from Amanda Moon Headwear supplied floral headpieces used in the shoot. Each look in the shoot features various pieces from KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer and Amanda Moon showing brides how they can emulate this vintage inspired look on their wedding day.

To create the look for the shoot, Julia Jeckell Hair and Make-up Artist created a flawless ivory base on model Tayla using Airbase Airbrush make-up. The eyes were enhanced using a palette of soft matt pink and peach eyeshadows, followed by eyelash curlers and black mascara to define the lashes. A soft pink cream blush was used to add a subtle wash of colour alongside lips in ‘Ample pink’ by Mac. Hair was styled with large barrel tongs to create soft ‘boho’ waves for a relaxed and romantic feel.


Look one (above) features KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer’s ‘Viola’ jacket which is from our 2015 Whiting Collection. This jacket is a perfect cover up for brides-to-be on their wedding day. It can be worn with many styles of gowns and is perfect for a boho bride. The jacket can even be worn after the big day to compliment any dress. To complete the look Amanda from Amanda Moon headwear created the delicate headpiece with bespoke roses and a hydrangea headband.


Look two (above and below) also features KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer’s ‘Viola’ jacket and Amanda from Amanda Moon headwear’s bespoke rose and hydrangea headband but is styled with a KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer veil. The ‘Amy’ veil is a plain edge drop veil which works perfectly with Amanda’s headpiece which has the flexibility to be worn alone or works beautifully with a veil.

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