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autumnal opulence – a seasonal styled shoot at eyam hall, derbyshire

November 8th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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This afternoon on the blog, we’re escaping to Derbyshire, to the beautiful 17th century Jacobean manor of Eyam Hall for a rather stunning styled shoot.

Keen to showcase this enchanting property and its walled gardens – photographer Ellie Grace teamed up with a number of top local suppliers to create this definitive autumnal shoot. With a gorgeous, rich palette of berry tones and plums laced with white and gold, this is a dreamy vintage-inspired shoot where the beautiful bouquets take centre stage.

We’ll now hand over the blog to Ellie, to tell us more about the capturing the captivating set.

With images by Ellie Grace Photography. Model, Francesca Gregory.

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ellie says: The photo shoot showcases the history and beauty of Eyam Hall – a National Trust property that’s recently introduced wedding packages.

The shoot was themed around seasonal autumnal flowers from Frances and Rose, with the venue perfectly framing the rich colours and its gardens reflecting the stunning floral arrangements. The flowers featured in the shoot were 100% British grown, with some grown just a stone’s throw away from Eyam Hall, and others coming from English Country Roses down in Suffolk.

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Amy Bate, a wedding stylist and planner based in Derby, styled the shoot, which exuded an autumnal Midsummer Night’s Dream feel; magical and ethereal but with deeper colours and opulent, quirky styling. The florist and the venue had been talking about working together on future weddings so it seemed like a great opportunity to pool the skills of other local wedding suppliers to create this styled shoot.

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The venue has such beautiful, historical architecture and stunning gardens, which were the perfect backdrop for the photography, and in the autumn light this all came together beautifully to create a wonderful seasonal shoot. The flowers were the focal point, with seasonal blooms and rich autumnal colours creating warmth against the cold daylight.

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The table arrangements, supplied by prop and table decoration specialist The Magnolia Tree, showcased a beautiful mix of gold and plum tones, playing on the rich and magical feel of the shoot. We also featured an elegant three-tiered cake, topped with an assortment of flowers by Little Zoe Cakes, a baker and cake decorator located near Stafford.

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soft romance: an autumn wedding shoot in the lake district

November 2nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon we’re treating you to more stunning seasonal inspiration in the form of this dreamy styled shoot.

Put together as part of a training course, North West based photographer Hannah Joy, was challenged to capture gorgeous portrait couple images whilst also documenting all the little details included on the styled set, from metallic-dipped fruits, plants and leaves, to elegant calligraphy and props.

All in all we think Hannah did a splendid job with both the couple and the details captured beautifully in the peaceful, rustic surroundings. Now to fill us in on how the styled shoot was brought to life, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to snapper Hannah…

With images by Pearl Photography by Hannah Joy.

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hannah says: It was an absolute pleasure to photograph this stunning styled shoot during a workshop I recently attended, which was held by Aspire Photography, in the Lake District, Cumbria.

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The styling of the shoot allowed for a soft romantic feel with a touch of rustic autumnal loveliness. A colour palette of soft blush mixed with rich metallic hues of gold, silver and copper helped to create the rustic yet soft and romantic theme.

The little details of green bottles and foliage added a botanical feel alongside the golden leaves, mini pumpkins and fruit, which kept the look in line with the current season.

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The dreamy flowers, provided by Made In Flowers, and the beautiful stationery by Calligraphy For Weddings, followed the theme, as did the and hairstyling makeup by the talented Lucy Pearson. With the addition of the beautiful setting of Hipping Hall, in Kirby Lonsdale, the images produced have a beautifully soft and whimsical look to them.

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The styled shoot ran really smoothly from beginning to end. We had two gorgeous models who were just recently married and very much in love, which brought true feelings and emotions to the shoot that I think comes across well in the images. I think the couple enjoyed the fact that they could put on their wedding outfits once again and relive their special day, not to mention the added bonus of having some more gorgeous images to keep forever!

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dangerous liaisons. a spooky styled shoot

November 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We’re dropping by this lunchtime to share the results of a gorgeously gothic styled bridal shoot courtesy of photographer Ania Pankiewicz. Well, we did all survive Halloween after all.  Didn’t we?

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ania says: This was a creative bridal photo shoot I organised at The Last Drop Village with other wedding suppliers local to the Bolton area. The shoot has been inspired by the spirit and magic of Halloween and we went for vintage vanguard look, with strong vampish make up for the bride and ghostly looks for the grooms.

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Vintage Lane Bridal Boutique provided our beautiful gowns (nothing scary about those!) whilst Julie Carr from John Francis Suit Hire made sure that our dashing ghouls were suited and booted.

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Hair was by the talented Danielle Conway McStravick from Masquerade Hair and Beauty.

With special thanks to our models: Frank Pendlebury, Megan Shott and Artur Biernat and Kirsty Warburton for her assistance.

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coastline colour: a styled bridal shoot at marsden rock

October 3rd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon on the blog we’re heading to the beautiful north east coastline for styled shoot that is both bold and beautiful.

Styled and shot by fine art photographer Kimberley Waterson, the concept of the shoot was to steer clear of obvious nautical themes and instead inject some warm colour to contrast with the cool and stark surroundings.

To help bring her vision to life Kimberley teamed up with a talented group of north east suppliers who took care of everything from the attire and décor to the cakes and flowers.

Here to give us more details of the day is the lady that captured the team’s wonderful efforts. Over to you Kimberley…

With images by Kimberley Waterson Fine Art Photography. Models Kayleigh Falcus and Chris Sewell.

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kimberley says: Living in the beautiful north of England we sometimes overlook the beauty spots so very accessible to us and it was having this in mind that inspired this styled shoot.

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Surrounded by miles of breath-taking coastline I started my journey scouting locations. I knew I wanted to view Marsden Rock first as this iconic location brings in people from all around the world and is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the north east.

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Owned by the National Trust and overlooked by the Marsden Grotto (a pub/restaurant and soon to be wedding venue) we knew Marsden Rock would be a busy place to shoot and so decided to do the shoot on a Monday, though the unpredictable British weather certainly kept us on our toes.

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stripped back love: a post-wedding shoot in shropshire

September 30th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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We’ve witnessed the rise of the pre-wedding shoot and are in great favour of its benefits; namely enabling the bride and groom to relax in front of the lens ahead of their big day and also providing them with a stunning set of loved-up images that can be treasured for years to come. But now we’re noticing a surge in the trend for a post wedding shoot, and guess what? We love these too!

Couples’ reasons for embarking on such a shoot vary from poor weather conditions on their wedding day preventing outdoor images, to not being able to afford a professional photographer at the time of marrying. Then there are those, like newlyweds and stars of today’s post Laura and Ben, who arrange a post-wedding shoot as they’re keen to have a different set of images to those taken at their wedding.

So different day, different venue but the same attire, Laura and Ben ventured to rural Shropshire for a cool and captivating shoot, which resulted in some truly gorgeous and unique images. Ladies, if you were looking for an excuse to re-wear that wedding dress, here it is!

Now, let’s hand over the blog to the talent behind the camera to tell us how the day of the shoot went…

With images by Carla Blain Photography.

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carla says: The overall aim of the shoot was simply to provide Laura and Ben with some fresh wedding portraits. It was somewhat of an experiment for me as I wanted to move away from any trends and instead merge my fashion and portrait style with my wedding photography.

The location for the shoot was an ex-airfield in Shropshire. The airfield is derelict and quite eerie but at the same time a beautiful setting, and steeped in history. It was perfectly rugged and overgrown, with twisted vines draping throughout. I wanted the scene to be dramatic, and it was!

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On the day, Laura and Ben were a touch nervous but I’m such a babbling fool, we were all relaxed in minutes. We treated the shoot as an adventure, having a natter throughout until I spotted something interesting and then seizing the opportunity to take more images.

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The best part of the day for us all was exploring the site, and also pretty much nonstop laugher. We had to be so careful not to snag Laura’s dress but she was such a trooper and climbed into all sorts of places – you always know you’re going to achieve great results when a bride is cool as a cucumber like this, when there are no restrictions!

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titania queen of fairies: an ethereal wedding styled shoot in the north west

September 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Today we’re transporting you to a whimsical wonderland for a pretty ethereal wedding shoot inspired by Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Captured at the stunning Eaves Hall in the heart of Lancashire, the shoot was curated by our fabulous Sponsor Rebecca Bektas, of Rebecca Juliet Bridal, who worked with a talented team of fellow North West suppliers to bring the fantasy vision to life.

Prepare for some stunning dresses, fabulous florals and swoon-worthy cakes, as we hand over the blog to designer Rebecca to give us all the dreamy details…

With images by Sarah Valentine Photography.

Model Catherine.

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rebecca says: We wanted the shoot to be free-flowing and unstructured so that it had a really whimsical feel to it. Whilst we had created a story board of the kind of mood we wanted to instill in the photos, Sarah works best when she sees a moment she loves through the lens and our aim was to let that creativity shine through. We didn’t want the photos to feel contrived and Sarah prefers to use natural light wherever possible; catching shadows seems to be her thing!

I wanted my dresses to be part of the story but not the only headline, and so we worked with the natural beauty in the grounds of Eaves Hall, coupled with fabulous flowers and cakes from our collaborators, to allow all the elements to stand out.

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We chose two unstructured dresses from my debut collection; both are very simple and made from stunning silks and French lace. Whilst quite bohemian in its appearance, the first dress had a very sophisticated full lace back and long sleeves with covered buttons leading into a fit and flare skirt. We teamed it with a flower crown and silk tulle lace edge mantilla veil, to give it a really ethereal look.

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