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coastline colour: a styled bridal shoot at marsden rock

October 3rd, 2016 | Julia Braime


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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.


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


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 Stobbs.


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.


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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city chic. a retro styled bridal shoot in manchester

August 31st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Urban Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Arusha's Images (12)

Today on the blog we have a little something for you urban brides out there.

In response to brides-to-be commenting that while there is plenty of inspiration for couples marrying in the countryside but there isn’t so much for those planning city centre celebrations, Lancaster-based wedding photographer Arusha set about creating a retro styled bridal shoot set against bold Manchester backgrounds.

The result is a strong collection of edgy images that show a wedding in a built-up area can be just as striking as those in rolling countryside, with brick, graffiti and even metal shutters providing standout photo opportunities.

To explain more about the looks created and areas visited, we’ll hand over the blog to the lady who captured all the action…

With images by Arusha’s Images Photography.

Urban Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Arusha's Images (55)

arusha says: I spent many years living and working in Manchester, and the city was the inspiration for this shoot. I love the old backstreets there, the mix of modern apartments, and old alleyways. I think that the bright statement graffiti of the Northern Quarter brings so much life to the city. By contrast I also wanted to include a more modern background, and Salford Quays and The Lowry are perfect for that, with all the glass, metal and clean lines.

Urban Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Arusha's Images (7)

Working as part of a two-man team with hair stylist and makeup artist Hannah Wells, of Beau Tink Studio, my aim for the shoot was to inspire my urban brides to get creative, and to show some different bridal looks and locations in the city.

I photograph a whole range of weddings, and in that process I have found that city and retro brides-to-be have often commented that they feel there is a stronger focus on more countryside and boho style weddings when they are looking for inspiration for their day. I love a bohemian country wedding, but I also love bold city weddings, with the strong urban backgrounds that cities provide. I also wanted to show that a little bit of retro and grunge can be stunning on a wedding day.

Urban Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Arusha's Images (48)

I coordinated the styling, choosing to buy as brightly coloured flowers as I could for the bouquet, and tied them with a simple ribbon, which we were able to add rainbow streamer ribbons to as the shoot went on.

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auburn beauty: a dreamy styled shoot at norwood park

August 22nd, 2016 | Rachel Parry


We all know that Monday afternoon can be a hard slog and so we’re sharing something super beautiful with you on the blog right now to banish those post-weekend blues.

This gorgeous styled wedding shoot was inspired solely by the star of the show, model Felicity, with her auburn hair and porcelain skin being the catalyst for all the wonderful styling.

Captured at the elegant Norwood Park in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, we love the fanciful hairstyling, natural makeup, textured dresses and whimsical blooms that bring the whole dreamy look together.

To explain more about the details and experts involved, we’re handing over the blog to hairstylist Alison Jenner who organised the pretty…

With images by Jess Petrie.


alison says: Felicity, our stunning natural redhead model, was the inspiration for this gorgeous shoot. Having known Felicity since she was a child, I have watched her grow into such a naturally beautiful young lady, and so she was the starting point and everything else followed.

Our setting for the shoot was Norwood Park, a stunning Georgian house set in 100 acres of land within my home town of Southwell. We were kindly given free reign of the whole venue. Owned by the Starky family for many years, Georgie and Henry are doing an amazing job of taking the beautiful house forward. They have lots of fabulous events planned, but most importantly, are putting the venue on the wedding world map with its great reputation and their continued success.


With the photography being taken care of by Jess Petrie, I just knew the feel of the images captured would be natural, yet dreamy, and very feminine. Her attention to detail is like no other yet she works in such a relaxed and calm way – you can’t help wanting the day not to end.


When it came to styling Felicity’s hair, I wanted to create a more untamed feel with the use of the floral crown. There were a number of different styles, starting with a slightly dressed look that had volume and movement. Plaits are still so on trend so we switched to quickly create a totally different look. Finally I created a more vintage look, which was soft yet structured, to complement, but not outshine, the Eliza Jane Howell dress.

Cristina Lazzarotto, a talented makeup artist I have known for years, provided show stopping makeup. Ranging from a gorgeous natural look building to a stronger yet still dreamy finish. The idea being that more doesn’t have to mean too much.


Having described the venue and style of model to Lisa and Victoria of Cicily Bridal, a stunning chic bridal boutique based in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, they instantly knew the look we needed. A dreamy Naomi Neoh gown was provided to add some drama and effect, and a stunning Eliza Jane Howell gown was also picked out for a more edgy, sleek and timeless feel. A couple of beautiful veils were also featured to create different looks.

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modern vintage: a styled shoot in the north west

July 29th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Modern Vintage - A Styled Shoot (c) Love Luella (13)

Can we get a Fri-yay?! That’s right, it’s almost the weekend, but before we leave you to drink prosecco and dance on tables we’re sharing a gorgeous styled shoot put together by a talented group North West suppliers.

If you’re planning to add a vintage twist to your wedding day look, then we reckon this shoot will be right up your street as it features glamorous hair and makeup, Gatsby-esque accessories and vintage style dresses, along with a little fur and pearls.

Photographer Tash Evans-Jones of Love Luella, took the lead on this one while capturing all the pretty on camera and so we’ll leave the blog in her skilful hands to explain more about the concept and how it all came together…

With images by Love Luella.

Modern Vintage - A Styled Shoot (c) Love Luella (2)

tash says: The concept and planning of this styled shoot came together within a day, working with local suppliers and venues that I’ve come across through the industry.

Modern Vintage - A Styled Shoot (c) Love Luella (29)

I already knew Makeup By Harriet from the wedding circuit and we’ve dabbled in creative shoots before. Once I’d got Harriet on board I got in touch with two of the nearest venues to me: The Wynnstay B&B and Ruthin Castle, both of which are stunning. We then sourced our greenery bouquet and wildflower bouquet from Jane at Inflorescence Florist, based in Ruthin. Lastly we borrowed a 50’s style tea-length bridal gown from Cambric Gowns in Mold.

Modern Vintage - A Styled Shoot (c) Love Luella (48)

One of my friends, the lovely Rebekah, kindly offered to model for us. The day before the shoot I had a brainwave to feature my own personal vintage wedding dress (that I sourced for, wait for it…£9.99!) to feature in the shoot too and so I persuaded MUA Harriet to model for us as well.

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