January 26th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Beautiful blooms, plush foliage and an abundance of greenery provide the ‘au natural’ backdrop to today’s stunning styled bridal shoot, which takes place at the charming Sheffield Botanical Gardens.
Keen to profile independent businesses in the Sheffield area, photographer Alexandra Cavaye, took inspiration from this fabulously quirky setting, as well as her models, who brought a gothic, bohemian vibe to the shoot. As you would expect, the surroundings really set the scene, effortlessly illustrating how a couple can get creative with their venue.
An autumnal feel exudes from the photographs too, thanks to the dreamy warm palette and, of course, the wild bouquets, flower crown and plants tumbling all around the couple.
If you love all things flora and fauna, and want inspiration on how to make the most of your floral displays, then look no further! We’ll hand the blog over to Alexandra to tell us more about the shoot and this picture-perfect venue…
With images by Alexandra Cavaye Photography.
alexandra says: This was the first styled shoot I had organised myself. I had visited Sheffield Botanical Gardens often, picturing a styled shoot and what I could do. I wanted to create a shoot that worked with local Sheffield-based suppliers, making the most of what Sheffield’s independent business’ community has to offer.
I was very much inspired by the couple from the shoot, and the season. The couple are very edgy and heavily tattooed, but the bridal model also has a bit of a bohemian vibe. So this was much of my running theme. I also wanted to incorporate autumnal colours because the shoot was just on the cusp of autumn, the leaves were changing, and the Botanical Gardens’ plants were a huge inspiration. I wanted to keep a really natural element, focusing on fauna and flora and using it to complement the couple’s style.
I have always loved looking at the plants at the Botanical Gardens, and I think they were my initial inspiration, and when I finally found the couple to model, they drove the concept. I focused on the couple because this is how I photograph my weddings; capturing the essence of the day that a couple has spent so long organising and making just perfect.
I chose two bouquets for two different looks, supplied by Tracey of Campbell’s Flowers, specifically because of the changing fauna throughout the Botanical Gardens – I wanted to make sure that the bouquet always worked in the shot. I had one that was focused on autumnal colours, leafy and lush, and the other was a mix of light greens, leaves and foliage and really natural. I also had a small flower crown that used primarily autumnal colours.
The makeup, applied by up and coming makeup artist Izzy Rose, specifically used autumnal colours, with a bold dark lip. The hair was natural, tousled and relaxed, and styled by the talented Lindsay of Julia Jeckell. I wanted it to reflect the bridal model and tie in with the colours of the flowers and surroundings.
December 12th, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson
We’re getting your Tuesday off to fine start with this styled shoot which features ones of the dreamiest colour palettes for the time of year. Rich berry and golden tones turn up the heat at the opulent Soughton Hall, a Georgian country house in North Wales that once was a bishop’s palace.
Award-winning make-up artist Cathryn Kerwin-Rawlinson engineered the shoot, having witnessed a dramatic change in the interior style of the venue since it changed ownership in the last couple of years. Here she shares her story behind the shoot and introduces us to the talented suppliers who assisted her in achieving her vision…
With images by Teresa C Photography.
cathryn says: I regularly work and exhibit at Soughton Hall, which is close to Chester in the North Wales countryside. I love the details outside the property and the décor inside and wanted to create a rich and romantic look to complement the high-end venue.
As a wedding venue, it is my personal favourite and I thought it was a great place to do an autumn/winter styled shoot, so I spoke to friends and contacts in the industry to see if they were interested in a collaboration. Everyone I asked was interested in the shoot and venue and wanted to take part. The theme we chose was romantic styling with rich berry and autumnal tones.
The interior décor of the main room at Soughton is navy blue and gold, so we wanted to pick up on the colours of the room but use rich colours to complement. We opted for a colour scheme of gold, navy, deep reds and burgundy. A Pinterest board was created and everyone knew that the look and feel for the shoot was opulence and richness.
For the table decorations, Vikki Sweeney from Sapphire Bespoke Events went for very rich golds and jewel colours, while the flowers by Carol Anne’s were a mix of deep reds, again taking inspiration from the Pinterest board we all created before the shoot. Lindsey Devlin of Devlin Designs created invitations and table cards, again picking up on the chosen colour scheme.
In the summer, I did a wedding for a bride who wore an Essense of Australia gown from Bellissima Brides and I rated it my top dress for 2017. And so, when Carol Ellis-Thompson, our hair stylist, contacted Bellissima to see if they would like to take part, we asked them to bring some of their Essence gowns along. Our model, Gaby, suited these gowns perfectly and they fitted her like a glove!
November 24th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
We’re bringing you a dose of sophisticated boudoir chic this morning, with this gorgeous styled shoot that beautifully captures the fun and flirty side of us brides-to-be.
Developed by photographer Jane Beadnell and bringing together a host of talented suppliers, the shoot is a playful take on the boudoir concept, set in the most captivating of woodland settings in Otley, near Leeds – the group’s very own unspoilt, serene Garden of Eden.
With a gorgeous pastel palette and demure peek-a-boo handmade lingerie, this sensual shoot brings together stunning flowers – including a floral garter – with magnificent headpieces, pearl jewellery and multi-coloured smoke bombs. Wandering freely amidst the trees in underwear never looked more alluring!
What we love most about this shoot though, is that it’s all about body confidence and making the bride feel fabulous. This is one shoot that will most definitely sit in complete contrast to your wedding day photography, and hint at the more private, vivacious side hidden beneath all those layers of lace and tulle!
And the lovely Jane joins us now to explain how you can become the star of a shoot just like this…
With images by Jane Beadnell Photography.
jane says: The shoot was inspired by a new service I am offering to brides, enabling them to have boudoir style pictures taken. I wanted to project imagery that would let brides-to-be understand the type of service and imagery they could expect; crushing stereotypes of boudoir photography being candid and crude, and instead showcasing images that are tasteful, feminine, light and sensual. I also wanted to highlight the female form in all of its loveliness and inspire brides to jump on the trend of boudoir shots for their groom-to-be.
Whilst I appreciate not everyone would want to wander around the woods in their underwear, I was keen to create something different to show brides what they could create for their boudoir session. I’m getting more and more brides wanting one of these light and lovely boudoir style sessions, and they then give the images to their partners as a gift on the morning of their wedding day. I have created a number of packages, which can include hair and makeup, flowers for the shoot itself and even a glass of prosecco to help the bride really relax into the shoot.
Boudoir shoots are a beautiful celebration of who you are. Taken in a private, calm space by me, a female photographer, you will feel confident and gorgeous.
The location was a perfect fit for the theme. We chose the woods on The Chevin, Otley. Having it outdoors was so inspiring, liberating and unique.
It was a warm, picturesque day. The atmosphere was fresh and crisp, with the sunlight gently peeking through the trees and creating movement in the shadows. This change in the light really harnessed the power of natural beauty. It was as if our model was the first woman on earth, in her very own Garden of Eden, playing temptress to the man that has her heart.
The flowers were provided by Leafy Couture and were playful, feminine and lavish – perfectly reflecting the soft and delicate nature of the shoot’s theme. We also used flowers as a garter, as well as in the model’s hair. Additional hair accessories were also provided by Bespoke Vintage Castle. We draped our model in pearls and handmade decadent crystal hairpieces that showed feminine power and authority.
November 22nd, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson
Downton Abbey may no longer keep us warm on a Sunday night, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped daydreaming about slipping into one of Lady Mary’s elegant gowns and gliding down the wide staircase to be greeted at the bottom by an eligible suitor and served an endless feast of delectable delights from silver platters. So, when we read the brief for a ‘High Society & Countryside Pursuits’ styled shoot, we had no trouble at all finding ourselves right there in the moment
Coordinated by accessory designer Heidi Reid of Glorious Tiaras, who won The Wedding Industry Awards Best Bridal Accessory Designer in the North West award in 2016 and 2017, and who supplied the hair accessories for the shoot, enjoy a little escapism as we take you back to the turn of the 20th century and to one of the most beautiful, privately owned country homes in Cheshire.
With images by Zapimage.
heidi says: Our working title for this shoot was ‘High Society & Countryside Pursuits’ luxe bridal inspiration. The history of the shoot’s venue, Adlington Hall, as a hunting lodge frequented by the region’s landed gentry inspired us to plan a shoot that had all the luxe elements you would imagine finding at a society dinner at Adlington Hall at the turn of the 20th century. I wanted the styling to reflect the historic location and picked suppliers I felt had the vision and creativity to understand the brief and the skill to bring that vision to life.
I’ve lived just ten minutes away from Adlington Hall for 20 years and, until recently, had never visited. My first trip to the country house and its gardens blew me away! I couldn’t believe that this hidden gem wasn’t as well-known as other Cheshire stately homes, with its intriguing history (Handel is rumoured to have stayed here and played the 17th century organ in the main hall), its beautiful formal and wild gardens, unique features such as an imposing mythological mural that takes up a full wall, huge marble fireplaces and a panelled ceiling featuring the Coats of Arms of other prominent Cheshire families. I knew that Adlington Hall was licensed for weddings and started to speak to other local wedding suppliers who I knew could use their talents and enthusiasm to develop a styled wedding shoot with me.
Our aim for this shoot was to showcase Adlington Hall and Hunting Lodge as a unique venue with a rich heritage, whilst offering inspiration to couples wanting to embrace their love of the countryside and the outdoors in a more luxurious, less bohemian way. The rich décor of the interior of Adlington Hall inspired our colour palette of coppers, berries and deep fern-like greens, and featured in everything from the bespoke wedding stationery by Nina Thomas Studio and the Kaye Hannabuss-designed Harris Tweed waistcoat and bow tie, to the bridal make-up by Gemma of Dollface Makeup Studio, the floral arrangements by The Flower House, and our elegant three-tiered wedding cake from For Goodness Cake. Love Lights the Way supplied the beautiful blossom lights.
We wanted to use elements that gave a nod to a turn of the 20th century, Agatha Christie-esque gathering of Cheshire’s landed gentry. To achieve this, we used coloured Edwardian glassware and vintage gold-plated cutlery supplied and styled by Maud and Mabel’s, a show-stopping copper candelabra festooned with a floral arrangement of pheasant feathers, fragrant roses, berry-toned hellebores and plum-coloured peonies to create the feel of a society gathering designed to impress. The feathers, the tweed, gundogs Fern and Elisa, and Secret, the beautiful Welsh Cob, were a must for our high society & countryside pursuits theme, and we absolutely loved involving these adorable animals in our shoot. We couldn’t quite believe what patient, willing models they were! Special thanks must go to Kim Wardle-Payler for bringing her horse and Labrador along for the day.
Working with Helen of 7th Heaven Bridal we chose a luxe Charmeuse silk Justin Alexander gown, with flutter sleeves and a low back that we felt epitomised understated period glamour. Makeup artist Gemma worked to our palette of berries and coppers, opting for a strong lip colour to complement warm copper tones on the bride’s eyes. The hair was styled by Amy at Hushlounge with a deep side parting and elegant waves to give the look of understated glamour a lá 1940’s movie stars, like Ava Gardner.
November 16th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
For this afternoon’s post we’re remining at the same venue as our featured real wedding – the stunning Arley Hall & Gardens in Cheshire, which is famed for more than just its glorious big day offering.
Having formed the backdrop to many a television programme and film set, you’re probably more familiar with this fine country house than you realise; especially if, (like us) you’re a Peaky Blinders super-fan. The BBC 2 hit series, which returned to our screens for its fourth series this week, used the grand Hall as the home of main character Tommy Shelby, who also happened to marry his now late-wife Grace at the premises.
In a nod to this link, fellow Peaky Blinders fan, Rebecca Jenkinson of Pretty Creative, came up with the concept of a gorgeous 1920/30s casual glamour shoot at Arley Hall, which she styled to perfection with the help of a talented team of North West suppliers.
And, just like the programme, the end images are nothing thought of gripping! We can’t get enough of the grand backdrops, splendid table setting and stylish attire, not to mention that bouquet!
One of the main reasons we’re so addicted to Peaky (other than a rather HUGE crush on lead actor Cillian Murphy) is the amazing outfits that are generally opulent yet understated for the females and incredibly dapper and sharp for the males – who would have thought a bearded guy wearing a baker boy’s cap could make us go so weak at the knees!
So, ladies, it’s time to embrace you’re inner Polly or Ada as stylist Rebecca takes over the blog to explain how she and the team achieved this deliciously decadent look…
With images by Amy Faith Photography.
Models, Rob Hunter and Stacey Taylor.
[jennaopne]rebecca says: Our inspiration for the shoot was casual 1920/30s glamour, with a bit of edge, influenced by the bad boy done good story of the cult TV series Peaky Blinders. We shot in late September as autumn was just starting to drift into the landscape.
The shoot was captured by Amy Faith Photography, who I love working with. She’s so good at conveying authenticity, beauty and edginess in her images. If you are looking for a wedding photographer, you really need to look at Amy’s beautiful work.
Our venue for the shoot, Arley Hall and Gardens, is a gorgeous Cheshire wedding venue, totally steeped in history and home to lots of different TV and film sets, including Peaky Blinders. I’m a huge fan of the TV series, so when the chance to do a shoot at Arley Hall came along, I knew it had to be our inspiration. With our own peaky blinder bad boy groom and his stunning bride.
In the last series, Arley Hall was the stately home of the main character Tommy Shelby, played by the gorgeous Cillian Murphy. It depicts a time where he’s made his ill-gotten fortune on the betting circuits at the horses (and general dodgy dealings!) and it’s where he marries Grace.
Although Peaky Blinders is really quite dark at times, there is an incredible love story within, kind of against the odds. It’s that feel we were looking to create, with a nod to the era, beautiful imagery, bridal inspiration and to capture the romance of the two main characters, Tommy and Grace.
October 31st, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Adding some wedding styling with pizzazz to your Tuesday afternoon, we’re delighted to be sharing this incredibly beautiful styled shoot on our pages today.
Taking place at stunning new Nottinghamshire wedding venue, Hazel Gap Barn, located on the picturesque Welbeck Estate, we fell for this gorgeous set of images as soon as they landed in our inbox (and we think you will adore them too!)
Masterminded by super stylist What Katy Does, and captured by talented photographer Andrew Acford of A Big Neon Glitter Photography, this shoot provides first class inspiration for those of you planning rustic big days with boho edge.
With a little help from fellow skilful suppliers, Kate and Andrew pieced together their ‘bohemian wilderness’ vision perfectly, covering all elements; from décor to dress, setting to stems.
So, join us in this sublime location as we find out more about the team that made the magic happen…
With images by A Big Neon Glitter Photography.
andrew says: The inspiration behind the shoot was the beauty and wilderness found in the Welbeck Estate itself since Kate of What Katy Does, took her studio there earlier this year, she has been captured by its history and the enigmatic stories that it holds, its natural beauty and its amazing landscape.
Combining her love for organic, handmade and natural styling with my energy and artistic flare, we decided on a theme of ‘bohemian wilderness’ for this styled shoot, which showcases our work. The aim was to create images that captured the Proustian-like memories of the Estate, in all its splendour and wild beauty, with modern styling and clean lines. We were assisted in achieving our vision with the help of some lovely local suppliers and crafts people.
Kate loves working with seasonal, available and abundant hedgerow flowers and foliage, creating willow work and using natural materials to create her work. The newly constructed Hazel Gap Barn on the Welbeck Estate, provided the perfect backdrop to showcase her talents.
Hazel Gap is the latest high-profile wedding venue to open its doors in Nottinghamshire, and fitted all our needs perfectly with a never-ending choice of shooting locations all with a different feel; from the stunning ceremony room to the black barns, the gardens and woods beyond.
In terms of my shooting style, I love to take a less traditional approach, whether it’s a styled shoot or real weddings. Opting for natural light and a narrow depth of field wherever possible, I embrace the cinematic, the quirky and the unusual and think nothing of using props, such as the gold deer skull featured in the shoot.
The inspiration behind the styling was the abundance of nature, wilderness and the inspiring woodland that surrounds the Welbeck Estate. As always Kate used home grown, and seasonal foliage and flowers, coupled with handmade willow and bespoke stationery, and textiles to create a relaxed, natural and unique settings.
In true bohemian style, our model was bare foot. The dress she wore was by Raimon Bundo, from the 2017 Collection, which was kindly supplied by Frances Day Bridal. A long, sleeveless, floor-length gown with a high neckline. The dress looked sensational on our model, who is actually one of my brides for 2018. A simple A-line look but with tonnes of movement in the material coupled with a beautiful lace vest made it the perfect choice for the shoot.
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