Charlotte Balbier

coastal drama. an ethereal styled shoot in seaham

August 1st, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

Coastal Styled Shoot (c) Hannah Joy (8)

The wild and rugged North East coastline provides the dramatic backdrop to today’s stunning styled shoot, crafted by the talented Hannah Picken of Hannah Joy Photography.

After stumbling across Blast Beach in Seaham on Instagram, Hannah knew this was the perfect location for her shoot. Putting her very own wedding dress into the spotlight – Hannah opted for an earthy grey and metallic palette that offsets beautifully against the location’s magnificent rock formations, high cliffs and crashing waves. Add in some driftwood, glass bottles and a smoke bomb or two, and you’ve got an atmospheric shoot that really shows off this captivating beach setting with aplomb.

And then there’s the burnished lagoon of red water that seemingly transports the bride into another celestial setting altogether. We’re mesmerised to say the least!

Hannah’s here now to explain how she and her team of local suppliers, pulled the look together…

With images by Hannah Joy Photography

Coastal Styled Shoot (c) Hannah Joy (30)

hannah says: The styled shoot took place on Blast Beach in Seaham on the Durham coast. I wanted to create an ethereal styled bridal shoot primarily for my own knowledge and experience and because I just love to be creative. This style suits me best and is where my passion lies with my photography.

The location of the shoot came about when I was browsing Instagram. Seaham Hall had posted an image of this beach and as soon as I saw it – I knew it would be a great location for the shoot and just what I was looking for. I had never been to this beach before, so one evening, my family and I headed over to check it out.

Coastal Styled Shoot (c) Hannah Joy (24)

It was exactly what I had imagined! It’s a very unusual place with dramatic rock formations and an iron lake of luminous red coloured water. Upon further reading about the beach, I discovered it was used for the opening scenes of the film Alien 3; this added to the weird and dramatic feel of the location and it was just perfect for my shoot as I wanted something a bit different.

Coastal Styled Shoot (c) Hannah Joy (7)

For the styling of the shoot, my model wore my own personal wedding dress and it fit her just perfectly! My dress came from The Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton. It was lovely to re-use my dress rather than have it just sitting in a cupboard never to be seen again (even if it was a little strange seeing someone else wearing it!).

The dress is pretty simple by design and I decided to accessorise it with a rustic fur coat and silver accessories, bangles and rings etc to create a boho vibe and match it up with the pretty waistband detailing. The Irregular Choice shoes were my actual wedding shoes, too, and just so pretty – they were screaming to be photographed again!

Coastal Styled Shoot (c) Hannah Joy (34)

With the help of The Green Florist, a lovely local supplier just on my doorstep, we created a beautiful bouquet and headpiece. The brief was natural rustic and wild and I think they delivered this perfectly. I chose white and green to keep things simple and elegant whilst also working nicely with the dress and the surrounding landscape.

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midsummer magic: a wild woodland-styled shoot at alnwick garden

July 20th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Woodland Styled Shoot at Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (6)

If you’re planning a wedding with any kind of wild woodland element – natural flowers, untamed hair or foliage and greenery, for instance –  then this stunning styled shoot at Alnwick’s Treehouse Restaurant, part of the Alnwick Garden, will be inspo overload.

Talented photographer Rachael Fraser brought together a group of innovative suppliers to display the very best of the North East, including the beautiful surroundings of her hometown, Alnwick. We adore the use of warm coppery metallics, which sit perfectly against the lush greenery of the gardens and create a super-gorgeous, slightly frenzied Midsummer Madness-feel. Even the cake is on the wild side, with a delicate floral design that’s (almost) too good to eat.

If you want to see more from Rachael, head over to her newly-updated website for more details or get yourself to the Brides Up North Big Bridal Super Show at Ramside Hall on Sunday 24th September, where she’ll be exhibiting along with a whole host of other luxury bridal suppliers.

So, it’s over to Rachael to tell us more about the inspiration behind the shoot and her feelings about the results…

With images by Rachael Fraser Photography. Model Melissa Steven at Tyne Tees Models.

A Woodland Styled Shoot at Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (24)

rachael says: My reasons for doing the shoot was that I really wanted to bring together local suppliers in a collaborative way to showcase some of the beautiful work that I’d seen at wedding fairs and on their individual websites. I wanted to create an inspirational shoot that was quite light and natural with blush, grey and cream tones – all super-popular at the moment. And, of course, the vibrant lush greens of the surrounding area!

The Treehouse Restaurant is part of the Duchess of Northumberland’s stunning Alnwick Gardens, in the town where I grew up and where I still live today. It’s a completely unique venue which, with the surrounding woodland, offered a variety of creative opportunities in terms of settings for the shoot. We started on the rope bridges and then made our way down onto the woodland walk where wild garlic and flowers bloom on either side of the path.

A Woodland Styled Shoot at Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (29)

The Wedding Dress Company provided the gorgeous dress by Maggie Sottero, which was a beautiful blush dress with a sheer lace overlay. I’d seen the gown on display at Brides Up North’s Luxury Wedding Fair at the Alnwick Gardens and knew it would look perfect in the pictures.

A Woodland Styled Shoot at Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (19)

Hair and makeup was styled by Tina Elliot who created a beautiful natural look with some simple foliage in the hair to keep in with the wild, whimsical feel.

A Woodland Styled Shoot at Alnwick Garden (c) Rachael Fraser Photography (23)

The Finishing Touch Company provided a stunning bouquet with white and cream flowers and trailing grey ribbons. For the table settings, they also created a stunning display with a floral garland on the table and copper details which worked perfectly alongside Amanda Michelle’s copper and pastel scripted stationery and table plan.

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natural beauty: a styled bridal shoot in west cumbria

July 14th, 2017 | Julia Braime

A Pretty Styled Shoot (c) Allison Leigh Photography (32)

The weekend is almost here, but before you slope off for a post-work pinot, we’re bringing you this sweet styled shoot.

Fine art wedding photographer Allison Leigh, who is based in Toronto, approached a local venue stylist to get the ball rolling, and together, they masterminded this lovely collection of images.

Delicate and understated, with pastel bouquets and a whimsical ruffle or two – there’s lots of beautiful flourishes to look out for – think a rose gold palette, vintage glassware and rustic centre pieces, and that’s before we even mention the venue’s exquisite gardens. Prepare to be inspired as Allison explains how the pretty came together…

With images by Allison Leigh. Models Saoirse Brown and Pippa Bell.

allison says: I reached out to Jane Donaldson from I Do Cumbria Wedding Hire, who specialises in creating bespoke venue styling, and asked if she would be open to collaborating on a shoot. She replied immediately, saying that it would be ‘magical’. We then planned every detail and sourced other talented vendors we could work with.

The inspiration for Jane came in part from looking at my photography work. Jane loved my bright, airy and natural photos, and decided to go for a feminine and romantic theme with delicate natural touches.

A Pretty Styled Shoot (c) Allison Leigh Photography (8)

With regards to the location for the shoot, I was keen to find a hotel that I felt was under-utilised as a wedding venue. Broughton Craggs Hotel is West Cumbria’s hidden gem and was the perfect backdrop for our theme. It is located in a beautiful setting within exquisite gardens. The house is tastefully decorated too, in keeping with the period, but with modern touches.

Jane wanted the feel of the shoot to be feminine, simple, romantic and pretty. She designed individual table centrepieces with a minimalist style, using gold, rose gold, whites, pearls and beautiful vintage glassware. Jane shared her beautiful vision with the other vendors and they created their pieces with that in mind.

A Pretty Styled Shoot (c) Allison Leigh Photography (14)

Suzi Smith from Enchanted Florist Cumbria did the same with her florals – ensuring the colours complemented the shoot and even matched the button hole perfectly to calligrapher Jill Liley’s colours. She created a beautiful bouquet and button hole that tied together beautifully.

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bloomsbury bride. a dreamy 1920’s styled shoot at saltmarshe hall

June 16th, 2017 | Julia Braime

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (43)

Ladies, the weekend is upon which means it’s almost time to fill up your glass and let your hair down, but before you clock off we’re bringing you a beautifully soft and subtle styled shoot captured at one of our stunning Sponsor venues, Saltmarshe Hall.

Located in East Yorkshire, this elegant country house (where we hold two wedding fairs a year – next one on 22nd October), provided the perfect backdrop for this romantic 1920s shoot that’s brimming with chic dresses and details for your own big day.

Put together by a talented team of Yorkshire-based suppliers, all angles from the décor, cake and stationery to hair, makeup and attire have been covered, giving you plenty of pretty to pour over! Here to give us all the details on the concept and contributors is hair and makeup artist Julia Jeckell

With images by Aden Priest.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (61)

julia says: It’s always really special to collaborate with a team of talented creatives. Working as a hair and makeup artist I am slightly obsessed with looks from past eras and my inspiration for the shoot came from the early 1920’s. I wanted to create a classic, almost understated ‘old world’ ethereal feel, with that classic Englishness of ‘The Bloomsbury’ set, as opposed to the glitz and glamour of the ‘Gatzby’ era.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (17)

The location of Saltmarshe Hall, near Howden, East Yorkshire, was the perfect setting for our photoshoot. It was chosen as it is an elegant Grade II listed, 19th Century English country house and complemented our vintage theme perfectly.

In particular, the soft cool tones of the paintwork worked as the perfect backdrop for a dreamy ethereal feel, along with detailing throughout the house worked to stunning effect, especially as some of the bedrooms we used had 1920’s deco style mirrors and vintage features.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (29)

Anna Straw of Anna’s Attic, our venue stylist, set up the wedding breakfast tables with a beautiful mix of glass candlesticks, string pearls, a floral centrepiece and handmade vintage doilies in cream and blush pinks. Bespoke pink mirror place cards and menus were created by Lisa Jane of Lisa Jane Creative, who specialises in wedding stationery to reflect our 1920’s deco feel.

A casually placed blush pink runner was used at the front of the top table and dressed with vintage silver bud vases, bottles and pearl strings using pretty cut flowers and vintage style roses in soft pastels with flowing foliage, which was provided by Sarah from All Occasions Florists, Howden.

Blooming Styled Shoot at Saltmarshe Hall (c) Aden Priest (6)

Flowers were also lined up along the mantle in the ceremony room, which was also used to showcase some other carefully curated feminine items, these included a Doulton 1920’s figurine, strings of pearls, a vintage Chanel bottle and silver bud vase with ostrich feathers in the softest grey and pink and cut blooms, all sat atop a silver mirrored tray.

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studio 54. a flamboyant 70s styled wedding shoot in the north west

June 12th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Disco Inspired Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (35)

We’ve got disco fever on the blog today thanks to this bold and beautiful styled shoot, which looks back to the glory days of celebrity hotspot Studio 54 for a dose of glamorous wedding inspiration.

With shiny disco balls, flamingos, a gorgeous peacock palette, faux-fro hairstyling and a black satin wedding gown thrown into the mix – this shoot isn’t for the fainthearted bride.

It’s not an all-out extravagant affair though; the captivating backdrop of Kirklinton Hall – a 17th century ruin – adds a softer, romantic edge to the photography, too, as Megan from lighting and backdrop specialist Typical Type explains…

With photography by Tiree Dawson.

A Disco Inspired Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (37)

megan says: Like all wedding suppliers, when the quieter winter months come, we dream; we plan our marketing and part of that is collating amazing images. One of the best ways of doing this is to work with a trusted group of suppliers to showcase what we have learnt over the summer and what we would like to share with our couples.

I have been keen on doing a 70s style, Studio 54 shoot for a very long time. Then, we received some disco balls and, as they say, the rest is history! Luckily for me, the others in the team didn’t take too much persuasion.

A Disco Inspired Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (10)

Lake District-based photographer Tiree Dawson and I have done a number of shoots together and we always like to look for somewhere a little different. We searched for a long time and when Kirklinton Hall in Carlisle, presented itself, with its tumbled down walls and less than formal gardens, we knew it was perfect. We then broke all the rules with the Studio 54 theme.

Makeup artist Aimee Chorley and hair stylist Gareth both wanted to share a more modern take on the 70s, and they looked to people like Grace Jones and Bianca Jagger and reworked their iconic looks. Drawing inspiration from the AW17/18 catwalks, the hair was big and the makeup bright. With a peacock palette – there was plenty for Aimee to choose from.

A Disco Inspired Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (27)

For model Crystal, Gareth from Aqua Hair created a faux-fro, and her hair got bigger and bigger as the day went on. We even had a hair dryer blowing at one point to create movement – it all got a bit 70s power ballad! Model Erin had a sophisticated swept over style, inspired by Farrah Fawcett. Her eyes were strong turquoise, with a shimmer lip and – to add to the theme – no blusher!

A Disco Inspired Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (28)

The dresses Pandora and Nyx were specially made for the shoot by the talented team at Legend Bridal. Pandora harks back to the 70s with its boho vibe that brings to mind the disco beat of flares, soft lace and high waist dreamy maxi dresses. This dress is truly individual and so romantic with its oversized hood and flowing sleeves cut from lace, which has the deepest of deep borders. It has a sense of light-heartedness but just shouts of unadulterated luxury, too.

Nyx makes no apologies for being right out there; aiming to make a statement. This version was cut in a heavyweight black satin to create a figure hugging inner dress that shows all the right curves. The designers then took a gorgeous beaded corded lace with deep scallop and beautiful design to create a maxi dress showing plenty of leg from the front, while sporting the neatest of trains at the back. Not one for the shy at heart.

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bijou bride. a styled bridal shoot at kirklinton hall

June 7th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Chic Elopement Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (28)

Unbridled romance laced with Parisian charm lies at the heart of today’s beautiful styled shoot at the enchanting Kirklinton Hall. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the venue is nestled somewhere in the picturesque French countryside but it is, in fact, much closer to home, near Carlisle (yes, we gasped when we first read this, too).

The 17th century ruin provides the most splendid of backdrops – the kind we’ve often daydreamed about while poring over our favourite period novel. We’re talking 14 acres of leafy grounds and a meandering river nearby, not to mention spiralling turrets and a gypsy caravan for something altogether fantastical.

This serene shoot is about intimacy and those finer details, wrapped up in all things tres chic – from the gorgeous vintage style stationery and dainty crockery, to the most elegant of wedding dresses and frivolous florals. Quite simply: j’adore.

Megan Hawkins from lighting and backdrop specialist Typical Type, who headed up the shoot, tells us more…

With photography from Tiree Dawson.

A Chic Elopement Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (26)

megan says: The idea for this shoot was to demonstrate how a small, intimate wedding could be styled. The theme came to me after I looked around the venue. There was something about the plants climbing up the soft ochre walls and the gentle sun pouring in which spoke of long summer days in France.

Photographer Tiree Dawson and I have done a number of shoots together and we always like to look for somewhere a little different. We searched for a long time, and when Kirklinton Hall, near Carlisle, presented itself – with its tumbled down walls and less than formal gardens – we just knew it was perfect. It is a very romantic place, with a gypsy caravan, turrets and a river running around its perimeter. It’s the kind of place you could go to as a couple and lose yourselves. It is a new venue, too, so we knew that we were bringing something fresh to the table. We then crafted the French elopement scene around it.

A Chic Elopement Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (34)

Our models, Lau and Grant are naturally gorgeous, so we didn’t want to do too much to them. The idea was never to make them overtly ‘French’, but to hint at it. So a gentle chignon with soft finger waves, created by Gareth from Aqua The Salon, and emphasis on Lau’s stunning English-Rose look from MUA Aimee Chroley was all that was required.

A Chic Elopement Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (22)

The dresses were made for the shoot by the talented team at Legend Bridal. For the Parisian theme, we selected the Elana gown. This dress does it all, with its full back illusion panel which shows the back and shoulders whilst remaining softly demure, but enticing. The high low hem allows a glimpse of those incredible shoes while owning a glorious train, which fans out like a peacock when walking. Made from soft glittering tulle, this dress is deliciously light and easy to wear while having all the Parisian glamour from the sumptuous lace and stunning row of tiny satin covered buttons down the back.

A Chic Elopement Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (14)

For the décor, we brought Janet from Wilde and Romantic on board. It was only her second ever shoot, and she came armed with a wonderful array of props, adding a little ‘joie de vivre’ to the shoot. We added to this with our new crystal chandelier, and the talented Lau not only modelled, but created the stationery and painted backdrop, as part of her venture Neat Creative. The colour palette for this scene was soft – think lilacs, lavenders, olives, and pale pinks – all picked out by the talented Kevin from Brackens of Bowness. In addition, the breads and croissants that featured in the photo shoot were supplied by More Bakery.

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