November 7th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
There’s nothing quite like an enchanting bridal shoot with a hint of childhood nostalgia to really capture your imagination in the midst of your wedding planning. And today’s secret garden themed shoot – with its nod to the children’s classic – is brimming with all kinds of lovely.
Coordinated by Stephanie from Stephanie Moran Couture, the shoot took place at the beautiful Hornington Manor in North Yorkshire – where we held a spectacular Brides Up North Wedding Show just last week (and will be returning to host another in April 2019). Through the creative use of design and styling – think understated ivory and gold palettes, summer blooms and fantastical table arrangements – the team brought to life their very own love story.
Throw in some other wonderful details such as sweet meringue nests, eucalyptus illustrations, a floral crown of garden roses and rustic candelabras – and you’ve got one very pretty shoot to pore over with us today!
With images by Sugarbird Photography. Model Dominika Blonska.
stephanie says: With a new adaptation currently being filmed, and to many a favourite childhood book of playful mystery – collaborators wanted to inspire brides alike with a Secret Garden inspired shoot. A bridal shoot that releases your inner (grown up) child, that’s chic, sophisticated and mysterious. Set in the beautiful North Yorkshire venue of Hornington Manor, this was the perfect backdrop – grand, yet private and quaint in its appearance.
It was important to all suppliers involved to create and transform an already beautiful venue and use it to its full potential to show what amazing things could be done here for your own big day. Hornington Manor is such a versatile venue with a courtyard ceremony, and the freedom to move into the gorgeous barn style reception afterwards. We wanted brides to be like ‘wow I want to get married there’.
Styled shoots are about realising dreams and visions that brides didn’t know existed themselves and making them achievable – it’s about being able to take inspiration from a set of images and use them as a whole or take parts and ideas and turn them into a style that suits you and your other half. With a truly epic team of wedding industry creatives it promised to be the perfect collaboration for Pamella Dunn Weddings, where they could sprinkle fairy tale styling in their signature style that would fit the brief. They created mystery and magic with layers of gold, soft ivory, and flickering candle light. Imagining secluded spaces, delicate trailing foliage, English country summer blooms, and fantastical tablescapes with exquisite detailing; the team at Pamella Dunn Weddings were smitten and completely love struck with the calm and spacious Hornington Barn venue. Wedding design and styling is all about telling a story. It may be influenced by the venue, location, theme and colour schemes, but ultimately, it’s a love story. Daydreams, fairy tale, love and romance, childhoods and futures together, are where the styling team begin when creating personal wedding day details. It’s what they do with so much love. It’s a beautiful thing when the design captures the story and is woven into the fabric of the day overall. Every detail carefully considered, every element chosen to create beauty and all the feels.
The flowers for the secret garden shoot at Hornington Manor had to be seasonal and British grown garden flowers. Fleuradamo Flowers have their own secret garden with a mixture of cottage garden flowers, herbs and roses. The team love to have the fragrance of the old fashion roses with the lightness and movement of cottage flowers to encapsulate the moment. The flowers for this shoot were cut the day before or on the morning, so they were at their best.
The flowers were mixed with herbs and greenery to give a natural looking loose bouquet to complement my Stephanie Moran individual dress designs. The model also had a head-turning floral crown of garden roses to complement the look.
The mixed green runner, which cascaded down the side of the table, gave a fresh natural feel to the table display, mixed with candles to give a magical vision.
The inspiration behind the shoot ultimately came from the classic book itself, and we wanted to evoke both magic and mystery and recreate that childhood love feeling. The most important thing in the wedding industry to us as designers is about making brides feel confident and empowered on their wedding day – helping them be the perfect version of themselves. Everyone is different and unique and it’s so important to be the perfect you, whatever that may be!
October 25th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Autumn takes centre stage in this stunning styled bridal shoot today, led by hair and makeup stylist, Chrys Chapman. Proof that your big day can be truly special and unique, whatever the season.
Inspired by the rich, earthy, jewel toned palette we’ve come to associate with this time of the year, Chrys wanted to bring to life her vision for a modern twist on a country shooting party and decided that Denton Hall in North Yorkshire would make the most idyllic backdrop. And as a favourite venue of ours, at which we hold an annual Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Show, we couldn’t think of a more perfect choice!
If you find Denton’s handsome looks and fine location stealing your heart, then be sure to join us for the event on Sunday 4th November, 11am to 2pm, FREE ENTRY, when you can admire its beauty first-hand. As well as viewing the stunning Hall you will be able to meet with the fabulous team who run it and award-winning caterers Box Tree Events, who provide the most fabulous of culinary creations for Denton Hall couples. Furthermore, we’ll be joined by 30 of the area’s talented wedding suppliers to showcase the service, designs and creations they can provide for your big day; from photography, dresses and entertainment to cakes, flowers and styling.
The grandeur of Denton and its rustic surroundings certainly show off all the country chic inspo crammed into today’s sumptuous shoot. We’re talking burnt orange blooms, stunning tablescapes adorned with pinecones and the most elegant of wedding gowns. If, like us, you’re crushing on an autumn-time wedding – scroll on for all the details, as we hand the blog over to Chrys to tell us more.
With images by Eyesome Photography.
chrys says: The inspiration for the shoot was autumn, the time of year when the pinks and whites of summer, along with its warmer temperatures give way to a deeper, richer colour palette and chilly air. For me, autumn conjures memories of growing up on the north east coast in America, with its mélange of leaves in changing colours – perfect for piling up and jumping into, crackling fires and even the smell of the earth changing. In addition to the vibrant wine-coloured deep reds, burnt oranges and popping yellows that usher in fall, I think of the wildlife getting ready for winter. In my New Jersey childhood home, we always had squirrels, foxes and especially deer wandering into to our garden looking for food. So game, for me, represents the whole season, which informed the choice of venue – Denton Hall.
I wanted to create a modern twist on a country shooting party – updated tweed suits, mini gourds and classic jewellery in updated hues of rose gold were essential. We wanted the viewers to feel the cool crisp air around the couple, encouraging them into each other’s arms. Romance with a touch of passion. Deep, rich colour palette. Rustic sophistication.
From being welcomed on site by stags, does and pheasants when I first visited Denton Hall, I knew this was the perfect venue for an autumn wedding and our modern shooting party concept. Set amid the Ilkley Moors, Denton’s exterior of imposing black and gold gates, stone and glass, and the luscious grass and towering trees was perfect backdrop.
Once I went inside, I was overwhelmed by the grandeur of the multiple reception and function rooms. And while we wanted to emulate sophistication, we also wanted to show intimacy and warmth. For sophistication and grandeur we decided we had to utilise Denton’s stunning staircase. For a more intimate setting we chose the library, complete with original fireplaces and heavy wooden table — the first time this space was used for a styled shoot.
We were so fortunate to have two stylists on hand for the shoot — Gillian Neild from Planned With Gill, who headed up interior styling and flowers, and Natalie Convery from Hand Maid who was in charge of styling exterior areas and stationery. The two worked so well together on the day to create a coherent aesthetic and to make the autumnal sophistication theme come to life.
Gillian created an original tablescape set against Denton Hall’s stunning sculpted fireplace and hearth. Using texture and colour to tie together the theme of autumnal sophistication, Gillian styled not only the beautiful table, but also the legendary and very grand Denton Hall staircase.
The table was decorated with large, rainbow glass plates, small rich green side plates, burgundy napkins and stunning gold cutlery. The glassware continued the theme with cut champagne and wine glasses, and small glass candleholders for the green and cream taper candles. The opulence of the glassware and cutlery was balanced with rustic foliage and cloth, as well as the vibrant flowers and mini gourds, perfect for the season.
Natalie of Handmaid added her handcrafted floral stationery to personalise the table setting, as well as for a gorgeous flat lay that really encompassed the feel of the shoot inspiration. She used the same fall-inspired colour palette, along with script, that was, like so many elements of the shoot, elegant, but unfussy.
Flowers were a key feature in and around the table design – luscious foliage such as leather leaf fern, Cotinus Royal Purple and Panicum Fountain grasses plus astrantia, Chateau Burgundy Spray Carnations, Alstromeria Hot Pepper, Amaranthus, plus some amazing bright orange Chinese Lantern.
Small, delightful arrangements were placed on the back of each chair featuring dried orange slices, Chinese Lantern, Cotinus Royal Purple and Eucalyptus Parvifolia, as well as trailing rich burgundy silk ribbons.
October 23rd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
If you’re crushing on the idea of hosting a tipi wedding then today’s styled shoot is especially for you!
Led by Roanna from Cheshire-based wedding and events business Tipi Unique – she teamed up with talented wedding photographer Sarita White to create this whimsical outdoors shoot, which perfectly captures the essence of what makes a tipi wedding just so magical – just wait until you see the sunset pics!
The beautiful Moo Meadow – a farm come wedding venue in Derbyshire -provides the ever so pretty backdrop, with its countryside setting and rolling meadows working perfectly with the shoot’s wild boho vibes.
We have to mention the fabulous styling, with twinkling lights, glass globes, branches, pheasant feathers and plenty of botanical and floral touches that really bring the space to life. And as for the bride and groom – they embodied the shoot’s free-spirited vibes and then some – with edgy wedding day attire dominated by lace, a jewel palette and a smattering of earthy tones, too.
It’s time for us to stop gushing though and pass the blog to Roanna to give us all the inside details on the shoot – prepare for your new tipi-inspired obsession!
With images by Sarita White Photography. Models Millie Austin Hare & David Smith.
roanna says: We had the pleasure of working alongside photographer, Sarita White at our clients’ weddings and open days, so knew that she had incredible talent. We were both keen to create something independently and were actually in the midst of organising a wedding fair with Moo Meadow, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to tie the two events together, resulting in this styled shoot!
The shoot embodied all that is offbeat and whimsical – it captured everything from the stunning scenery and romantic tablescapes, to the love, laughter, and memories shared at any unique tipi wedding.
We were looking for a blank canvas and Sarita was aware of local farm Moo Meadow, which was moving into the wedding industry and we agreed it would be perfect for what we were looking for, as well as a good way of promoting a new venue.
Moo Meadow is a gorgeous upcoming wedding and events venue based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. The tipis were set amongst the rolling countryside, wild meadows, and peaceful surroundings, which couldn’t have been more perfect for our whimsical boho shoot. We also love that it gives gems of inspiration to clients looking to create a DIY countryside wedding – outdoor celebrations are just as beautiful (if not more!) than your traditional castle or stately home nuptials.
One of the tables had a rustic stag theme, including lots of warm elements; candlelight and wood featuring heavily. A ‘tree-like’ table centre took centre stage with manzanita branches draped in lots of glass globes. Mounted on a large tree stump, the flowers were seasonal varieties in an eclectic mix of bright colours featuring velvety dahlias.
Details throughout included rich textures of guinea fowl and pheasant feathers, berries, ribbons and twigs. The place names were little jewel coloured cards with rustic stag emblems. ‘Mr and Mrs’ wooden signs for the back of two chairs had cute, playful details with torn fabric ribbons, and more twigs and feathers.
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.
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