September 4th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
A reservoir and a boat club provide the captivating backdrop to today’s fine art wedding styled bridal shoot in the Peak District. Cue some dramatic skies, panoramic views of the water and overgrown foliage for a shoot that’s giving us all those autumnal feels.
Sam from Sheffield-based specialist wedding and event floral designers Fantail, brought all the suppliers together for the shoot, with an overarching theme of ‘something out of the ordinary’. And we think the results are certainly rather special.
The wild floral arrangements are one of the many highlights, featuring an on-trend mix of dahlias, cymbidium orchids, pampas grass and bulrush, all beautifully complementing the natural setting. There’s also some rather fetching props to look out for, including a leather chair and a woven moon. What we love most about this shoot, however, is that the models are a real-life couple and we think this really translates through the stunning photography.
Enough of our gushing commentary though – lets hand the blog over to Sam to share all the fabulous details!
With images by Stevie Jay Photography.
sam says: As a collective we all wanted to do something out of the ordinary and have some fun. We hadn’t done a shoot near water for a while, or at this time of the year, and as Damflask Reservoir is literally on our doorstep, it was the perfect location.
Damflask Reservoir is situated in Low Bradfield, just over the hill from where we’re based. It’s very popular with dog walkers and runners alike. Parts of the trail are really secluded but still reachable with a quick divert off the main gravel path. We chose an area close to where it was quite overgrown and wild, though still offering amazing views of the water. For the second part of the shoot we ventured to the local boat club where we could capture some different shots.
Pampas grass is a real wedding trend in the UK at the moment and one that we’ve seen drift in from New Zealand and Australia, where it has been popular for a good few years. We wanted to create a shoot that was in the middle of nature and although we chose not to use many flowers, it was about the textures of the foliage and different bloom shapes. We used bulrush in the bridal posy with touches of pampas grass, champagne grass and eucalyptus. Adding a touch of colour – we decided on the deep red of the dahlia with the cymbidium orchid.
Our real-life bride and groom, Maria and Neil, were brilliant from the start. Maria wore a ‘crown’ headpiece using pampas and petals from the cymbidium orchid. This complemented the makeup artistry and the way Georgina Gleed styled this was brilliant. We decided to go with natural soft waves for Maria’s hair, so it wouldn’t overpower the headpiece. As for Neil – his buttonhole featured a dahlia with a stag pin through the base.
Large floor standing floral circles are popular in weddings at the moment too. We mossed ours completely and added an asymmetrical floral design to the top and bottom. You can hire this from Fantail for a backdrop to the cake table or the wedding ceremony. It’s particularly fitting for a barn or tipi style wedding. Little details like the basket woven sphere was used to complement ‘buoys’ on the water.
August 29th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Pack up your flip-flops and sunnies as we’re off to the coast for today’s fabulous styled beach wedding shoot. Inspired by our long hot summer here in the UK, wedding photographer Jane Beadnell teamed up with a group of talented northern suppliers to create this bold seaside shoot at Ainsdale Beach in Southport, complete with sand dunes, coastal waters and what Jane describes as an “intimate beach picnic”.
Beautifully complementing their natural sandy surroundings, the team coordinated some rather stunning floral arrangements, stationery and table decorations – think delicate shells, decadent candelabras and gold cutlery – alongside a statement mustard and blue palette. A horse even debuts on the shoot, in keeping with those dreamy wanderlust vibes.
Then there’s the wedding cake, which is a real showstopper – a five-tiered masterpiece with a subtle wash of blue through the icing, adorned with gorgeous sugar flowers. Almost too pretty to eat!
Amidst the rugged dunes, the model wore a demure lace and tulle gown, perfectly captured on camera flowing in the coastal breeze. This was flawlessly offset by the prettiest of flower crowns and tousled hair. We all want to be a beach bride now! As for the groom – his blue suit and golden button hole were the perfect match to his bride, if we do say so ourselves!
We think it’s about time we passed the blog over to Jane to give us all the behind the scenes details from the shoot – prepare for bundles of big day beach inspo!
With images by Jane Beadnell Photography.
jane says: With the summer heatwave in full swing, a beach themed shoot seemed like the perfect location for an inspirational shoot. As a team of creatives, we came up with a colour palette of soft and deep blues with mustard, golds and yellows. We envisaged the bride with a horse and were lucky enough to happen across a horse (and its owner) so we asked if we could have a couple of photos with our bride.
Claire-Amelia from The Bridal Emporium, knows the area, as her dad lives there, so we thought it would be a great base for getting our bride ready. The beach was really long and empty, which was perfect. It also has beautiful sand dunes, which gave us the soft backdrop we were after.
Laura and Hana from Ambience Harrogate and York styled a palette with mustard and blue fabrics; they dressed the ‘beach table’ with beautiful candles, plates and saucers. Otley-based JB Creatives also supplied some beautiful stationery.
Francesca from Frenchie Loves Flowers created floral arrangements with hues of yellows, blues, oranges and greens. She also made a giant arch, which she dressed with flowers for the ceremony space.
August 7th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
All brides are beautiful. We couldn’t agree more with this sentiment, which is so wonderfully captured in today’s styled shoot at newly opened wedding venue, Cherished Memories – a farm located in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Led by photographer Emily, who works alongside husband Micah, the shoot showcases the diversity of beauty, specifically among brides with a disability. And as Emily eloquently points out, a bride needn’t feel that she should hide this – it should be something that is proudly on show and as beautifully decorated as any other element of her special day.
Bringing on board a host of talented suppliers – careful, creative thought was given to the styling and flowers, with a bespoke arrangement even woven into the wheels of the model’s wheelchair. The result? A sumptuous and decadent shoot with a vintage edge – think rich berry and pink tones, gorgeous lace fabrics and cascading tulle veils – and for a contemporary cool twist – don’t miss the fashionable motifs on the model’s leather jacket too!
All in all, we think they’ve perfectly fulfilled the brief and can’t wait to see what the team does next. But for now, let’s admire this fabulous dose of utter prettiness and inspiration.
emily says: The shoot promotes diverse beauty in the bridal industry. We were approached by our model, Cherri, to work together on a photo shoot and while looking for inspiration, we found that there was such a lack of representation of the disabled community in styled wedding editorials. We loved the idea of working with the team to show beauty in our model’s disability, while also showing that she isn’t solely defined only by her disability.
We also wanted to show strength and an edge to our model, so worked closely with the team to make sure that came through in the styling of the shoot.
Independent label Born to Thread provided us with some beautiful, edgy pieces of alternative bridal wear for the day, and florists Bloom and Bridal created some truly unique floral arrangements, weaving garlands of flowers around the wheels on Cherri’s chair.
We came across the location – Cherished Memories – while searching for the perfect place to hold our photo shoot, and as it was a new wedding venue in Yorkshire, we decided to check it out. The décor and grounds were absolutely beautiful, but also had their own unique edge that we felt fit the theme of the shoot. Everything was bespoke and made exclusively for the venue and Dawn, the wedding coordinator, was incredible to work with; explaining the history and meaning behind each piece of art and décor within the venue.
The flowers played a huge part in the styling of the photo shoot. Bloom and Bridal did a wonderful job on the day working with us to create beautiful arrangements both in the model’s hair and bouquet, and also a bespoke arrangement woven into the wheels of the wheelchair. We wanted to show how beautiful this important part of the model’s life could be, and that a bride needn’t hide her disability but have it proudly on show and as beautifully decorated as any other element of a wedding would be.
August 2nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
If the sunnier climes up North this summer have given you a taste for the sun drenched, carefree life, then we have the perfect styled shoot for you today, as we transport you to California to provide inspo for that other big day in your life – your hen do!
Led by Natasha, stylist and creator at planning and styling company Want That Invite, the shoot is a dreamy, colourful affair bursting with fun factor – everything we could want from our celebrations with our girl squad in tow!
There are gorgeous prints, palm trees (of course), rainbow bright cocktails, balloons and cake pops to get the party vibes in full swing. And it all takes place in a back garden in the North West of the UK, no less – so no airfare required! We’re just wondering if we even need the excuse of hosting a hen do to recreate this beauty ourselves?!
natasha says: We decided to create this shoot to show our clients what can be achieved in their own back gardens. With the help of us at Want That Invite, and our dream team of suppliers we can transform any space to suit their needs.
California is a popular hen party destination, but this is not always easy to get to (think money, flights and getting everybody to commit). So, instead, we decided to bring California to the UK!
Our colour scheme was inspired by Palm Springs’ architecture; think pastel pinks paired with geometric shapes. The shoot’s overarching theme is California dreaming with a ‘party in Palm Springs’ concept.
We wanted the party to be relatable and to show what’s possible with the help of a planner and stylist. We selected a colleague’s garden as the venue for the shoot, which was fairly neutral with pastel grey fences and no bold flowers or decor. We knew it was the ideal spot for our shoot as we loved the different areas available. There was a grassed area for the picnic, decking for a seating area and also a great long fence for the Photo Booth (supplied by Vivalabooth) to go in front of. It wasn’t overpowered by bushes or trees, which meant our styling was the focal point.
A variety of styling elements were taken into consideration when designing this shoot – from the patterns on the picnic rugs, to the colours of the placemats and cushions. Modern elements were introduced with the use of gold cutlery and Perspex name-tags and signage, with stationery supplied by Ever After Paperie and favours from Team Hen.
Beautiful fresh florals were introduced to add pops of colour to the picnic table, the drinks cart and even in the bride-to-be’s hair, supplied by the talented Milly Davey Flowers. Even the desserts, crafted by Honeywell Bakes and Polka Pops, were styled to match with the theme – think palm trees and pineapples.
We wanted the attire for the shoot to be relaxed, fun and realistic to what would be worn to a garden party. But we wanted to add a statement piece, which is why we decided to get Bee Davies Illustration involved. She created a bespoke denim ‘Miss to Mrs’ jacket to add to the relaxed atmosphere.
July 19th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
If, like us, you love binge watching crime drama Peaky Blinders in your spare time, then we’ve got a real treat for you today on Brides Up North! We’re dishing up a swoon-worthy wedding shoot inspired by the popular TV series, brimming with vintage 1920s bridal attire and styling.
As luck would have it, an actual Peaky Blinders themed bar in Liverpool provided the perfect backdrop for the shoot, which was led by the lovely Caroline from Words to Glow, who supplies beautiful light up letters, words and phrases for hire.
There’s a stark industrial edge to the shoot, showcasing the hidden beauty to be found in an urban setting and providing us with lots of inspo on how to make this the most captivating of backdrops for your big day. Think copper tones, jewel coloured flowers, hanging Edison bulbs and driftwood and your dream 1920s wedding will begin to take shape!
Let’s step behind the lens and find out more about the shoot, as we hand the blog over to Caroline to tell us all.
With images by Vickerstaff Photography.
caroline says: The brief for the shoot was to see if we could mix the gritty world of Peaky Blinders with the love and laughter of the wedding world.
As avid fans of the hugely popular BBC show Peaky Blinders, the team – as a collective – were excited to see if we could transpose the key elements and gritty realism of the hugely popular series into real life and the wedding industry.
With the support of the newly opened themed Peaky Blinders Bar on Liverpool docks and the amazing London-based Garrison Tailors, the theme was decided. All was set to transform Peaky Blinders off the small screen and bring it smack bang into real life!
Once the theme was set, Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography and I were on the lookout for a set location that paid homage to the industrial, working class background, which forms the backbone and origin of the Peaky Blinders series.
In keeping with the show itself, The Peaky Blinders Bar in Liverpool clearly identifies not only with The Garrison Pub featured in the TV series, but also through its wall art showcasing characters as well as set locations featured in the show. It also boasts statement fixtures and fittings including huge chandeliers, copper brewing equipment and large light up bars.
Located on the Liverpool docks, the surrounding wasteland also proved to be the perfect backdrop for some outdoor, gritty shots, perfectly in keeping with the era, and the look and feel we were going for.
I provided a selection of props to showcase in the shoot, including rustic light up LOVE letters and a love heart, featuring whitewashed driftwood and metal trims – these were used to great effect to light up both the downstairs stage area and the upstairs bar.
My new METRO Boxed LOVE letters looked fabulous sitting atop the Peaky Blinders Bar, accompanied by pretty floral hoops, by Verdure Floral. Taking inspiration from modern and funky city centre industrial spaces, the letters feature a painted blackboard base and are encased in industrial inspired driftwood. Their clean lines and sparkly cabochon light bulbs provide a warm and ambient lighting which provides a beautiful backdrop to wedding photography.
July 10th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Natalie Hamilton, a documentary style wedding, portrait and events photographer, was the creative brains behind the fabulous bridal shoot that’s gracing our pages today. But brides-to-be, step aside, it’s a shoot with a difference – as this one’s all about the bridesmaids!
Showcasing a handpicked selection of stunning, demure gowns, beautifully paired with delicate posies and oh so pretty floral headpieces – the shoot most definitely shines a spotlight on your #girlsquad and the best way to bring out the unique looks and personalities of your besties.
We just love the styling too – pared back yet classic – featuring oversized balloons, a prosecco van and rose gold love letters. And the backdrop – none other than the stunning Saltmarshe Hall in East Yorkshire, where we hold two of our famous Luxury Wedding Shows a year – the next one being on Sunday 7th October 2018. Trust us when we say this is a to-die-for-venue, with its sweeping staircase, grandiose décor and enchanting gardens.
So, pinning fingers at the ready ladies, as we dish up today’s dose of glam bridal inspo with plenty of shimmer!
With images by Natalie Hamilton. Models: Sophie Anderson, Charlotte Partridge, Charlotte Black.
natalie says: The shoot came about as a means of bringing all the small local suppliers together to showcase what we do and create beautiful images we can all use and benefit from.
The shoot was bridesmaid focused to bring inspiration to local brides who may be struggling to find those perfect dresses. Each model wore dresses of the same colour with different necklines complemented by different hairstyles and similar makeup. We did this to show that you don’t necessarily need to have bridesmaids all the same and that each of your bridesmaids can be different based on what they would prefer, to suit their body shape or to reflect their personality.
We chose Saltmarshe Hall, an exclusive venue in Howden, as the backdrop to the shoot, simply for its beauty. Inside, the venue is sophisticated and elegant which went perfectly with our beaded and sparkly bridesmaid gowns. The grounds have extensive manicured lawns too, which were ideal for showing off our balloons.
The styling was minimal in this shoot as we wanted to keep the focus on the models. Flowers were supplied by Lisa’s Florist, who wanted to keep it simple with daisies and hydrangeas with gypsophila and a full arrangement of calla lilies, peonies and statement bear grass. With some of the dresses being mismatched, we thought brides could also take a mismatched approach to the bridesmaids’ flowers and have some with headdresses and some with posies.
We had 3ft round balloons supplied by Imagination Creation complete with ombre tassels and available in a variety of colours, to suit any theme. Each tassel is intricately handmade. We also decided to add some love letters in rose gold. The Fizz Machine – a baby blue and white quirky little VW replica prosecco van – also popped by to add a quirky element to some of the shots.
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