April 12th, 2017 | Julia Braime
At this mid-way point in the week we’re helping to give you a little break from the daily grind by transporting you to a place of calm and beauty for a dreamy bridal shoot.
Styled by the team at Darlington-based boutique Poppy Bridal, and captured by Brides Up North Sponsors and North East photographers, Stan and Jane of Stan Seaton Photography, we are totally hooked by these mesmerising images.
Everything in the frame emits ethereal elegance, with the setting, gowns, hair and makeup all hauntingly beautiful. Huge kudos to model Victoria too for managing to look so incredibly graceful while posing loch-side in some rather chilly temperatures.
We’ll now hand over the blog to Jane, to fill us in on how the shoot was executed on the day.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Stan Seaton Photography.
jane says: The location of this shoot – St Mary’s Loch in Selkirk – was suggested by Paula Whittaker, owner of Poppy Bridal, who supplied the stunning gowns for our model. She had visited the location a few years earlier and had been struck by its sheer natural beauty.
To get the feel just right for the shoot, we drew our inspiration from the tranquil and untouched surroundings of the Scottish mountains and the dark and mysterious lochs.
We wanted to keep the styling very simple to fit in with the totally raw landscape. Peta Clarke, who is a makeup consultant with Estee Lauder as well as being a Poppy Bridal stylist, did the model’s hair and makeup, ensuring that she got the look and feel that she envisaged to enhance the simple elegance of the Maggie Sottero dresses, which featured in the shoot. Channeling ethereal grace, the captivating gowns featured shimmering embellishments and elegant lightweight fabrics.
As with many shoots we didn’t get entirely what we expected, we scheduled the shoot for late August anticipating some gorgeous early evening golden light. However, the forecast was dark and dreary with suspected showers. The reality was constant rain and no sign of golden sunshine!
Our aim was to have a fun and inspirational day and create a gorgeous set of images to show off the stunning set of bridal gowns. Wellies, umbrellas and warm coats are not entirely what you would expect on an August photoshoot, but we had lots of laughs and our stunning model Victoria was an absolute star, despite getting wet and frozen through she still managed to keep smiling and looked amazing!
March 30th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
We’re filling your Thursday afternoon full of pretty with a swoon-worthy styled shoot captured in the North East.
Shot by Andrew Sturrock, this shoot provides stunning inspiration for a bold and beautiful bridal look, including the dress, hair, makeup and bouquet, all topped off with one of the most fabulous floral crowns we’ve ever seen.
The rich berry tones could also help spark colour scheme ideas, with the romantic red, plum and pink hues lending themselves to celebrations of all seasons.
So sit back, relax and prepare to soak up the inspo as Andrew dishes the details…
With images by Andrew Sturrock Photography. Model Caitlin McCoy.
andrew says: This shoot provided a great opportunity for each of the suppliers to get together and let their creative ideas flow, with a model Caitlin showcasing their talents.
As one of the top wedding venues in the North East, Matfen Hall’s grounds, gardens and views over the golf course made the perfect back drop for the shoot.
We shot close to Valentine’s Day and so decided to go with a loved-up romantic theme – hence the pink and red flowers! The stunning arrangements were created by florist Becca Angus of Charisma, based in Wallsend. She decided to go for the traditional red Rose with a pop of colour using unusual Freaky Avalanche Roses, Gloriosa and some beautiful wild foliage.
In terms of the hair and beauty for Caitlin, we wanted to stick to a fairly natural look and let the flower crown be a striking focal point and make our ‘bride’ really stand out. Jenny of Make-Up By Jenny Green took care makeup, with a bright lip to match the flowers. Meanwhile, stylist Kelly McFall of Timeless Mobile Hairdressing, created Caitlin’s tumbling down do.
March 16th, 2017 | Julia Braime
In line with the brighter springtime weather that’s started to appear this week, we‘re sharing this light, airy and elegant styled shoot which features gorgeous shades of peach and grey.
Reinforcing the term “wedding breakfast” stylist and planner Cynthia Adipue of Alegrar Events, turned tradition on its head for this shoot by showcasing how to create a morning wedding brunch with sophistication and style.
We love all elements, from the gorgeous bridal attire, hair and makeup, through to the soft and sugary wedding décor and details!
We’ll let Cynthia take a hold of the blogging reins now to tell us more about her vision and how she, and the rest of the shoot team, achieved it…
cynthia says: I titled this shoot ‘Morning Fresh’ because it has that real freshness feel to it. Often couples tend to have wedding breakfasts served in the late afternoon or evening, but I wanted to put a different spin on it and show what’s possible by creating a morning wedding brunch with style and sophistication for the elegant bride.
I found the venue for the shoot – Antenna Studios – almost by accident! Because of the nature of the shoot – morning with lots of natural light – I wanted somewhere with high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows to maximise the natural light and to give our shoot that morning fresh feel and also somewhere with a bit of period character, old world feel to it. I saw a passing comment in one of the Facebook groups for venues and decided to check them out. Antenna Studios was the second on my list for review and when I saw it on the website, it fitted my vision for the shoot really well. I subsequently went down to do a site visit, and I’m glad to say, it didn’t disappoint!
In terms of styling, I wanted to retain the morning freshness of the shoot but still try something different with the colours of peach and grey – colours I have not seen much on the wedding scene – so that was the central theme. I added in hints of silver, copper and cream tones to bring the overall look together.
The flowers, created by Sarah Diamant Florist, consisted of silver brunias, a darker shade of peach ranunculus, peach roses, and some green tulips and foliage for the flowers that complemented the overall look so well.
March 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Theatrical drama lies at the heart of today’s stunning styled shoot at Dalton Mills in Keighley.
Adopting a romantic ballet theme, this styled shoot captures the spellbinding performance of the bride, as she pirouettes in her gorgeous wedding gown.
Set against the industrial backdrop of an old mill, this is a photo shoot of contrasts, and we just love the attention to detail on the cake, stationery and floral displays – the perfect ‘onstage’ props!
The photographer, Jane Beadnell teamed up with a host of talented suppliers to bring this dynamic and dramatic shoot to life. Here, she gives us an inspiring insight into the day.
With images by Jane Beadnell Photography.
jane says: We chose Dalton Mill for our styled shoot because of its raw harsh look, which contrasted with the pure soft ballet look of the dress and dancer.
To coincide with our pastel theme, Dominique from boutique shop and kitchen, Poppy Pickering, incorporated lots of soft tones into the wedding cake design and used a mix of pretty sugar flowers. A delicate blush pink tier added a hint of sparkle and romance.
The Bridal Gown, located in Otley, supplied the dresses for our shoot. The designs both came from the Wtoo by Watters collection. The lovely Locklin with its big tulle skirt was selected to show off the movement of the dancer and give a soft delicate romantic feel, in stark contrast to the decay of the industrial mill. The fishtail Masha gown, meanwhile, was selected to add glamour and highlight the toned shape of the dancer’s body.
Perfectly completing the look – The Ethical Jeweller also supplied us with gorgeous wedding bands for the shoot.
As the aesthetic was light and airy – to replicate the delicacy of the gowns and complement the ballet theme, Leeds-based hair and makeup artist Natalie Willingham kept our lovely model’s make up fresh and dewy. She gave her rosy cheeks, brushed natural brows and a soft pink lip to mimic the model’s own natural lip colour.
We had already decided on an unstructured, messy top-knot, however, the challenge of having no electricity on-site confirmed that was the style we were going for! Keeping lots of wispy elements around the hairline added to the soft delicate feel to the shoot, as anything too styled and sleek would have been too harsh and dramatic.
March 10th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
We’re stepping inside an enchanting Jacobean manor today for a dramatic, atmospheric styled shoot in Yorkshire.
Showcasing some of the best features that a wintery wedding has to offer – we’re talking bold bouquets, ambient lighting and a splash of gold – this styled shoot really brings the venue, Holdsworth House, to life.
Claire from The Bridal Emporium teamed up with a number of specialist suppliers from the north, including a magician. The group contended with some rather unforgiving weather on the day, but you’d never be able to tell from the fabulous photographs. If anything, the weather just adds to the drama of the images, helping us to fall in love with the beauty of a winter wedding all over again.
With images by Tim Dunk Photography
Models: Emily Jade Walsh, Caitlin Jade McCoy and Alexander Tordoff
claire says: Our winter photo shoot took place in November last year and showed off the beautiful venue of Holdsworth House.
Many brides and grooms get married in the autumn and winter seasons now and we believe you can still look stylish in the colder months. We think this shoot screams uber chic with a touch of elegance, perfect for modern couples looking for a little bit of an edge to their special day.
The team at Holdsworth House were in discussion about doing a shoot with photographer Tim Dunk for a while, then The Bridal Emporium wanted to collaborate with Tim too, which led to us looking at the venue.
We thought that the venue would make a fabulous location for a photo shoot thanks to its dark wood and stone paneling which perfectly suit glitzy numbers, soft lighting, strong cake designs and wintery colours.
I gathered a fabulous team together and showed them our mood board, which oozed sparkle, warm colours, kilts and a touch of romance.
We wanted to create a ‘real life’ photo shoot, to really show brides and grooms how their day could unfold against the stunning backdrop of Holdsworth House. To Have and To Hold Films captured the romantic essence of the venue on film, too.
The day was very successful; we managed to get full ‘real life’ shots, including interaction with a real magician – Matthew J Magic – plus outdoor scenes, even though the weather wasn’t good at all. Luckily, we’re a fun team of suppliers who can work well together, so the poor weather didn’t affect the shoot!
February 23rd, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Ever reminiscent of those opening credits to Sex and the City, nothing quite makes a feminine fashion statement like a tulle skirt (or tutu in Sarah Jessica Parker’s case).
So, when we clapped eyes on this beautiful Manchester styled shoot, complete with dreamy grey tulle A-line skirt, we just knew that we had to share it on the wedding blog.
Directed and captured by American-based photographer, Elina Rose, the shoot, which features a real engaged couple, is aimed at inspiring brides and grooms to use the stunning spaces around them to create beautiful photographic memories that last a lifetime.
With images by Elina Rose Photography
elina says: I fell in love with England’s green parks and countryside as well as the historic beautiful buildings. I felt the combination of the two would help to create a romantic story for an engagement inspired shoot. The reason for doing the shoot was to show couples everywhere that you can utilize the places around you to create beautiful backdrops for your engagement, bridal, or wedding photos.
Our couple, being local, suggested this location based off my vision for the shoot. I wanted to incorporate gorgeous green fields and romantic sunlight as well as beautiful buildings. Heaton Park turned out to be the perfect place!
To complement the romantic feel of the session, we felt that the full tulle skirt was a perfect touch. As the outfits were quite neutral in terms of colour we wanted the gorgeous bouquet to give a pop of vibrancy. This was created by Manchester-based Venus Flowers, using blooms that would give a beautiful range of texture and colour.
For a subtle touch of sparkle, we added some stunning jewellery from Bellarissa Boutique, which completed our bride-to-be’s look perfectly.
The day of the shoot turned out perfect! While it rained most of the day, the moment we started the sun came out giving us beautiful light.
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