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rustic romance: a peachy styled shoot at the arches

October 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Romantic Shoot at The Arches (c) Stewart Barker (14)

It’s so close to the weekend we can literally smell the prosecco, but before we down tools for the week, we’re sharing this super gorgeous styled shoot. Set in a fabulous mill conversion in the heart of West Yorkshire, the styling brings to life the most elegant and rustic of wedding day themes.

Led by Something New Wedding Planner and Stylist, Amy Scott, the shoot showcases a pared back bridal look with an industrial edge, complete with an understated green and coral palette. Bronze lanterns and dainty tea light holders combine with some rather fetching stationery to create all kinds of pretty. And then there’s the Insta-worthy four-tiered cake, adorned with flowers and foliage, and scrumptious cake pops. The shoot is simply bursting with exquisite ideas for brides and grooms-to-be.

The bridal fashion that’s showcased is relaxed and demure, with an elegant off-white gown, loose curls and a flower crown conjuring up a distinct boho vibe. As for the groom – think dapper but without the fuss. We have to admit though; it’s the flower girl who steals the shoot for us!

Bringing together a host of local suppliers who she had admired for some time on social media, Amy had her heart set on The Arches from the outset, with her vision for the shoot – relaxed and natural – falling perfectly into place.

We’ll hand the blog over to Amy now, as she talks us through the finer details of the shoot and the amazing team supplying us with today’s dose of much-coveted bridal inspo.

With images by Stewart Barker. Models Katie, Ella and James.

A Romantic Shoot at The Arches (c) Stewart Barker (1)

amy says: I wanted to organise the shoot so that I could work with some amazing suppliers who I had been following on social media for ages but never had the pleasure of working with. It was also an opportunity to test all our creativity. The shoot was definitely a collaborative effort, allowing everyone involved to do what they do best whilst showcasing their amazing talents and providing lots of inspiration for upcoming brides and grooms.

A Romantic Shoot at The Arches (c) Stewart Barker (3)

The inspiration behind the theme came into its own once we had secured The Arches at Dean Clough, which is just an amazing venue. I fell in love with the steel beams and the industrial look of the venue and I wanted to showcase this whilst also incorporating a softer romantic side with the colours and props. We also wanted to show a different dynamic in relationships by incorporating a flower girl and I think Stewart Barker, our photographer, captured this relationship amazingly well.

I had my heart set on this venue as soon as the idea of a styled shoot first came to my mind. I love that it is such a unique space and that it allows couples to really put their own stamp on their wedding day, as the room is so flexible. Once we had the go ahead, the theme came together. I love the industrial vibe of The Arches, but I wanted to incorporate an urban rustic elegance – think Banksy meets chic!

A Romantic Shoot at The Arches (c) Stewart Barker (6)

The Mindful Florist is renowned for her love of texture, which is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to focus mainly on greens (to pay tribute to Pantone’s colour of the year) with a pop colour and I absolutely love the coral against the bronze lanterns, tea light holders and the gorgeous exposed wood table, provided by All Things Borrowed. The table runner and the scroll on the archway were provided by the super talented Gray Starling Designs and it can be personalised to the clients’ exact preferences. I think it just adds a detail that a lot of couples won’t have seen before. White Rose Cake Designs supplied our beautiful cake, meanwhile The Mindful Kitchen provided our delectable cake pops and Alexia Claire created our stunning stationery.

A Romantic Shoot at The Arches (c) Stewart Barker (5)

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english rose. fine flourishes & blooms for a summer wedding styled shoot

October 11th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Summer Wedding Styled Shoot (c) Victoria Amrose Photography (34)

Prepare yourselves for a pretty overload, as today we’re sharing a hugely swoon-worthy summer wedding styled shoot that has more pinks, petals and dreamy dresses than one could ever wish for.

Girly, gorgeous and romantic, this is the collaborative work of a talented group of wedding suppliers who pooled their skills working to a brief of ‘English Rose’ to create something so beautiful, it will blow your lace-trimmed socks off.

We’re totally in love with all the delightful detailing, from the table settings and blooms to the stationery and accessories. Not to mention the incredible dresses or that backdrop – I mean serious horticulture skills on show!

Here to tell us more is the wonderful Julieann Bird, who helped mastermind this piece of art and also supplied those stunning bridal accessories…

With images by Victoria Amrose Photography. Models Lottie Mai and Hannah Williams.

A Summer Wedding Styled Shoot (c) Victoria Amrose Photography (2)

julieann says: Through the shoot, we wanted to reflect an English garden in high summer, the borders bursting with flowers and the air laden with intoxicating scent – a fairy tale place to dream of weddings! To achieve this, we incorporated soft, classical and romantic fabrics and looks teamed with a feminine blush and pink floral colour scheme.

A Summer Wedding Styled Shoot (c) Victoria Amrose Photography (30)

The stunning Goldstone Hall Hotel, in Shropshire, with its award-winning gardens provided the beautiful backdrop for the shoot, giving us a picture-perfect setting for our ‘English Rose’ wedding theme.

We were blessed with fabulous summer weather; a gorgeous sunny day and a cloudless bright blue sky with the gentlest of soft breezes.

A Summer Wedding Styled Shoot (c) Victoria Amrose Photography (3)

The famous gardens are opened during the summer on certain days as part of the National Garden Scheme raising money for charity. The double tiered herbaceous border which backs onto a mellow south facing brick wall, kitchen gardens and herbal walkway were at their height on the day of the shoot.

In terms of the styling, florals in soft pinks with peach accents were the theme running through all the details used on the shoot.

A Summer Wedding Styled Shoot (c) Victoria Amrose Photography (20)

Stationery designer Jules O’Connor, of Paper Pea, said that when she was approached to design for the English Rose shoot, her mind immediately conjured up beautiful blooms, perfect pink hues and elegant calligraphy. When designing the stationery, she imagined the perfect setting for a romantic summer’s day. Modern, feminine and timeless, her stationery in the shoot oozes delicacy and dreaminess, all presented on a rustic, hammered texture, which gives the suite a soft, yet premium finish.

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mesmerising macrame. a woodland boho wedding styled shoot in the north west

September 26th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Woodland Boho Styled Shoot (c) Bobtale Photography (11)

For the boho wedding styled shoot that’s gracing our pretty pages this morning, we’re unravelling the art of macramé. Conceived by Lucy White from Little White Attic – who specialises in providing a modern twist on a traditional macramé technique – the shoot features an ice cool palette with a laid-back boho feel.

We never knew macramé could look so beautiful – and be so versatile too, with the skilfully tied knots intertwined into everything from the chair covers to the bouquets. Vintage books, candlesticks and quaint ink pots complement the macramé on show, injecting a whole lot of originality and creativity in to the set up.

Bringing on board a host of local suppliers, Lucy managed to bring her vision – of inspiring brides to channel their inner bohemian vibe – to life, and we simply adore the finished look. We’ll now hand the blog over to Lucy, as she talks us through the shoot and the evolution of this gorgeous bridal trend.

With images by Bobtale Photography.

A Woodland Boho Styled Shoot (c) Bobtale Photography (29)

lucy says: It is hard to pinpoint exactly when my macramé crush first started to develop, but I do have fond childhood memories of making thousands of friendship bracelets so I guess I could start there. Fast-forward to the age of social media, and together with my obsession with all things handmade, I started to rediscover the art of macramé online and soon got the sense that a huge revival was on its way.

You only have to throw the words “macramé wedding” into any search engine and the web is full of amazing makes and inspiration. The macramé wedding trend hit Australia in a big way in 2016 and the rustic boho vibe was fast appearing everywhere. I took my inspiration from their rustic outdoor woodland settings, vivid oversized flowers and the minimalist boho beach weddings all framed with some amazingly detailed backdrops and accessories – and used this as the basis for this shoot.

A Woodland Boho Styled Shoot (c) Bobtale Photography (5)

Hours and hours were spent knotting and unknotting until the backdrop and accessories for this styled shoot were complete, and so the next step for me was to team up with some extremely talented ladies who were already carving out fantastic careers in the wedding industry, to pull everything together.

I was lucky enough to be surrounded by some supportive and inspiring ladies, who after only one conversation, were as excited about the shoot as I was and immediately the beginnings of a styled photo shoot were born.

A Woodland Boho Styled Shoot (c) Bobtale Photography (19)

The talented Robyn at Bobtale Photography captured the shoot. She is a reportage style photographer who loves nothing more than sharing a wedding day ‘tale’ through the moments she captures. With a keen eye for even the smallest elements of the setup, she immediately sprang into action capturing the most exquisitely, beautiful detailed shots.

A Woodland Boho Styled Shoot (c) Bobtale Photography (3)

Love & Lace is a bespoke wedding styling company that also has an extensive range of vintage china and prop hire collection. Following my ‘woodland boho’ brief, Emma from Love & Lace, provided a variety of props and decorations to complement the overall style of the shoot and for more detailed focus shots. Vintage suitcases were used to create height for a focal floral display alongside some vintage books and brass candlesticks. She opted for grey tapered candlesticks to complement the deepness of the flowers in the brass vase. Rustic ladders were used for more detailed shots of single stems in vintage bottles and stone ink pots. A small styled display with the ladders, an apple crate and a vintage suitcase was also created and allowed Emma to add in more details to shots. One of Emma’s chairs from her collection was accessorised with Lucy’s beautiful macramé chair back and White & Wood’s wooden bride sign.

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lady of the manor. a rustic wedding styled shoot in yorkshire

September 4th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Rustic Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Jenny Maden Photography (33)

Today’s styled bridal shoot is sure to appeal to the outdoorsy brides out there, thanks to its fiery autumnal colour palette, captivating moorland backdrop and felled logs aplenty. There’s even a horse; the perfect four-legged wedding guest if ever we saw one!

Set in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, this spellbinding shoot was captured by the talented Jenny Madden and brings together a host of local suppliers and businesses. Going all-out with the country chic theme – the team peppered the shoot with pretty details, from pheasant feathers and a hunting horn to a bronze fox and even a hunting jacket (who knew this would make the ultimate fashion accessory to a wedding dress?).

The orange smoke bomb adds a dynamic burst of colour to the all-natural setting, beautifully offset against the bride’s flamboyantly rustic bouquet. The model’s berry lip, copper eyes and textured up-do complete the rural, seasonal vibe perfectly.

Tempted to incorporate the great outdoors in your special day? We think this rustic wedding styled shoot might just win you over…

A Rustic Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Jenny Maden Photography (55)

jenny says:Styled shoots are just a great excuse to get creative, with fewer time constraints than an actual wedding day. I also get to work with some awesome suppliers across the industry, who love what they do – and do it brilliantly.

A Rustic Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Jenny Maden Photography (12)

We called this shoot Lady of the Manor – a nod to country chic styling. The colour palette was very earthy, with oranges, reds, coppers and greens featuring heavily. All these tones came together in the floral pieces, supplied by Floral Dance, with the colour accents picked up in other elements of the styling too; coppers in the table display and eye make-up, the khaki green hunting jacket, the chestnut horse, red lips and an orange smoke bomb adding a bit of fun to the final few frames.

A Rustic Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Jenny Maden Photography (74)

As with other styled shoots we’ve worked on, we wanted to keep the look both pretty and rustic and incorporate the beauty of the great outdoors as much as possible. We chanced upon a really nicely lit woodland area with a huge pile of felled logs. With a bit of persuasion, we were allowed in! We then moved on to a nearby country path and then on to the moors where we met Snip the horse from Langbar Livery for a few frames, before trying out the smoke bombs.

A Rustic Styled Shoot in Yorkshire (c) Jenny Maden Photography (31)

Rustic shades and texture were key to capturing the country feel. The bouquet and button holes incorporated coppers, browns, oranges, dark burgundies and a touch of cream – all colours that perfectly complimented the pheasant feathers, which were an integral part of the floral arrangements. The fiery colours of the kniphofia (red hot pokers), viburnum berry and rosa esplanade set against the continuous (burgundy foliage) added depth and drama. Dried weeds from the hedgerow added a rustic feel, while the cream astilbe and miscanthus softened the look slightly and added a touch of femininity.

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woodland escape. a boho wedding shoot at this green moon, yorkshire

August 18th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

Rustic Styled Shoot (c) PJ Phillips (95)

If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, then we think you’re going to fall head over heels for today’s styled shoot, which bundles together all those whimsical rustic vibes with an inspired boho bridal look and the natural setting of the classic (and increasingly popular) tipi.

Located within the grounds of an organic farm and set in ancient woodlands, This Green Moon is a relatively new wedding venue on the outskirts of Leeds and, we think, an eco-bride and groom’s dream. And this editorial shoot, led by Claire Amelia of Leeds-based boutique The Bridal Emporium, delightfully captures the beauty of this magical setting. We’re talking secret hideaways, twinkling fairy lights and a stunning floral chandelier.

Rustic Styled Shoot (c) PJ Phillips (100)

There are all sorts of gorgeousness to pore over – where to begin? The cake is pared back yet so elegant and eye catching; the perfect fit for the all-natural styling of the shoot. Then there’s the table settings – again, very understated but this time, with pops of blazing orange that work beautifully with the amber tones of the tipi itself.

We’re also especially taken by the fabulous bouquets, which look like they’ve just been freshly picked from the surrounding woodland, offering up a wild and carefree vibe in keeping with the shoot’s bohemian theme.

As for the bridal looks showcased by the three models – all are effortlessly chic and stylish, with long flowing unstructured gowns adorned with pretty detailing, paired beautifully with undone hairstyles and a natural makeup palette.

We’ll now pass the blog over to Claire Amelia to share with us all the lovely details about this woodland shoot and this stunning new venue.

With images by PJ Phillips Photography

Rustic Styled Shoot (c) PJ Phillips (4)

claire amelia says: The idea behind our rustic styled shoot was to express lots of bohemian, relaxed vibes and to showcase the indoor and outdoor backdrop of the tipi, which is surrounded by woodlands. The decor, flowers and styling injected a pop of colour that contrasted beautifully with our models’ soft pastel dresses.

Rustic Styled Shoot (c) PJ Phillips (72)

This Green Moon, set in the grounds of Swillington Organic Farm, only recently set itself up as a wedding venue, and it’s not to be missed for those in the vicinity of Leeds who are seeking an outdoor wedding, with bohemian vibes. They work alongside Yorkshire-based Totally Tipi to create the easiest wedding set-up for brides and grooms-to-be. We wanted to really show off this new venue with our editorial-style photo shoot.

We used a mix of relaxed, on-trend and fashionable flowers, decorations and styling. All the flowers, supplied by The Flower Shop Ossett, were specially designed to suit the colouring of the tipi, with rustic tables and chairs also complementing the shots we took outside.

Rustic Styled Shoot (c) PJ Phillips (91)

The stunning cake, which oozes rustic charm, was created by the talented Wildflower Bakery. The stylish and elegantly simple stationery, meanwhile, was supplied by the lovely Gray Starling Designs.

Rustic Styled Shoot (c) PJ Phillips (22)

As for the hair and makeup, crafted by Catherine Elizabeth Hair and Makeup Artistry, we decided on free-flowing locks with a natural beauty palette.

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a world of imagination: a contemporary wedding styled shoot in the north east

August 7th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Rustic Styled Shoot at The Thought Foundation (c) Gavin Forster Photography (15)

Creativity lies at the heart of today’s captivating bridal shoot, showcasing what it really means to take a blank canvas of a venue and make it your own on your contemporary wedding day.

Led by wedding planner Faye Darcy of Faye Darcy Events, the shoot takes place at arts and cultural space, the Thought Foundation, located in Gateshead – and as Faye and her team of suppliers beautifully demonstrate – the possibilities are endless!

Gorgeous props (look out for the peacock chair and mirror ball heart), atmospheric pendant lighting, colourful balloons and copper decorations set the scene, offering up a kitsch-come-industrial edge to the styling.

We’ll now hand the blog over to Faye to tell us more about this alluring backdrop and all the fabulous details behind her stunning concept for the shoot. Enjoy!

With images from Gavin Forster Photography.

A Rustic Styled Shoot at The Thought Foundation (c) Gavin Forster Photography (17)

faye says: The Thought Foundation is fairly new venue – a creative space and a blank canvas with core values of being a community interest space. I was so excited when I first heard that this venue was in the process of being renovated. I just love open spaces that allow me to use my creativity to its greatest potential and which enable couples to choose a style that truly reflects them and their personalities, rather than being restricted by a venue’s décor.

From the first time I entered the venue my face lit up and my mind went into overdrive imagining all of the possibilities. The husband and wife team behind Thought Foundation held their own wedding celebrations in the venue last year and decided they would love couples to be able to share and create happy memories in their space too, the way they did with their loved ones. I was so inspired by their story, values and aspirations for the space that I immediately knew I would love to work alongside the venue.

A Rustic Styled Shoot at The Thought Foundation (c) Gavin Forster Photography (5)

The main reason for the shoot was to showcase the venue as a wedding space, and not just for workshops and art exhibitions, and to be creative with an alternative wedding style, stepping away from tradition to showcase my own and other local suppliers’ fabulous work.

Being a creative myself, I can walk in to an empty room and get excited, imagining ways in which it can be styled. For some couples searching for their perfect venue, this may not be the case. Often, they can’t see the potential unless it is furnished already or set up for a wedding. I wanted to create something fun and colourful to contrast against the white brick walls and encourage couples to use their imagination rather than sticking to the ‘norms’ of wedding styling.

A Rustic Styled Shoot at The Thought Foundation (c) Gavin Forster Photography (7)

I gain a lot of my inspiration from current interior trends. I love to travel and pull together elements from different places and cultures too. Having previously worked in the Australian wedding industry, I still draw most of my inspiration from there and the creatives I worked alongside from the beginning of my wedding planner career. I love their laid-back style and their current wedding and interior trends; there’s always something so much fresher and creative than the likes of standard chair covers and sashes, although these still work great for traditional styles.

Trends I was seeing over there two years ago are slowly appearing here in the UK and it’s great to finally see a shift in the industry. Couples are becoming much more creative and going with themes that reflect them and their personalities.

A Rustic Styled Shoot at The Thought Foundation (c) Gavin Forster Photography (3)

I went for a relaxed bridal style with a gorgeous floor length, blush tulle skirt, coupled with an ivory sequin crop top which suited the style of our model Phoebe beautifully, both of which were high street brands. We have been seeing more and more two-piece bridal sets over the past couple of years; they are so versatile and allow brides to choose something that’s slightly more modern and relaxed rather than a traditional gown.

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