August 2nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
If the sunnier climes up North this summer have given you a taste for the sun drenched, carefree life, then we have the perfect styled shoot for you today, as we transport you to California to provide inspo for that other big day in your life – your hen do!
Led by Natasha, stylist and creator at planning and styling company Want That Invite, the shoot is a dreamy, colourful affair bursting with fun factor – everything we could want from our celebrations with our girl squad in tow!
There are gorgeous prints, palm trees (of course), rainbow bright cocktails, balloons and cake pops to get the party vibes in full swing. And it all takes place in a back garden in the North West of the UK, no less – so no airfare required! We’re just wondering if we even need the excuse of hosting a hen do to recreate this beauty ourselves?!
natasha says: We decided to create this shoot to show our clients what can be achieved in their own back gardens. With the help of us at Want That Invite, and our dream team of suppliers we can transform any space to suit their needs.
California is a popular hen party destination, but this is not always easy to get to (think money, flights and getting everybody to commit). So, instead, we decided to bring California to the UK!
Our colour scheme was inspired by Palm Springs’ architecture; think pastel pinks paired with geometric shapes. The shoot’s overarching theme is California dreaming with a ‘party in Palm Springs’ concept.
We wanted the party to be relatable and to show what’s possible with the help of a planner and stylist. We selected a colleague’s garden as the venue for the shoot, which was fairly neutral with pastel grey fences and no bold flowers or decor. We knew it was the ideal spot for our shoot as we loved the different areas available. There was a grassed area for the picnic, decking for a seating area and also a great long fence for the Photo Booth (supplied by Vivalabooth) to go in front of. It wasn’t overpowered by bushes or trees, which meant our styling was the focal point.
A variety of styling elements were taken into consideration when designing this shoot – from the patterns on the picnic rugs, to the colours of the placemats and cushions. Modern elements were introduced with the use of gold cutlery and Perspex name-tags and signage, with stationery supplied by Ever After Paperie and favours from Team Hen.
Beautiful fresh florals were introduced to add pops of colour to the picnic table, the drinks cart and even in the bride-to-be’s hair, supplied by the talented Milly Davey Flowers. Even the desserts, crafted by Honeywell Bakes and Polka Pops, were styled to match with the theme – think palm trees and pineapples.
We wanted the attire for the shoot to be relaxed, fun and realistic to what would be worn to a garden party. But we wanted to add a statement piece, which is why we decided to get Bee Davies Illustration involved. She created a bespoke denim ‘Miss to Mrs’ jacket to add to the relaxed atmosphere.
July 19th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
If, like us, you love binge watching crime drama Peaky Blinders in your spare time, then we’ve got a real treat for you today on Brides Up North! We’re dishing up a swoon-worthy wedding shoot inspired by the popular TV series, brimming with vintage 1920s bridal attire and styling.
As luck would have it, an actual Peaky Blinders themed bar in Liverpool provided the perfect backdrop for the shoot, which was led by the lovely Caroline from Words to Glow, who supplies beautiful light up letters, words and phrases for hire.
There’s a stark industrial edge to the shoot, showcasing the hidden beauty to be found in an urban setting and providing us with lots of inspo on how to make this the most captivating of backdrops for your big day. Think copper tones, jewel coloured flowers, hanging Edison bulbs and driftwood and your dream 1920s wedding will begin to take shape!
Let’s step behind the lens and find out more about the shoot, as we hand the blog over to Caroline to tell us all.
With images by Vickerstaff Photography.
caroline says: The brief for the shoot was to see if we could mix the gritty world of Peaky Blinders with the love and laughter of the wedding world.
As avid fans of the hugely popular BBC show Peaky Blinders, the team – as a collective – were excited to see if we could transpose the key elements and gritty realism of the hugely popular series into real life and the wedding industry.
With the support of the newly opened themed Peaky Blinders Bar on Liverpool docks and the amazing London-based Garrison Tailors, the theme was decided. All was set to transform Peaky Blinders off the small screen and bring it smack bang into real life!
Once the theme was set, Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography and I were on the lookout for a set location that paid homage to the industrial, working class background, which forms the backbone and origin of the Peaky Blinders series.
In keeping with the show itself, The Peaky Blinders Bar in Liverpool clearly identifies not only with The Garrison Pub featured in the TV series, but also through its wall art showcasing characters as well as set locations featured in the show. It also boasts statement fixtures and fittings including huge chandeliers, copper brewing equipment and large light up bars.
Located on the Liverpool docks, the surrounding wasteland also proved to be the perfect backdrop for some outdoor, gritty shots, perfectly in keeping with the era, and the look and feel we were going for.
I provided a selection of props to showcase in the shoot, including rustic light up LOVE letters and a love heart, featuring whitewashed driftwood and metal trims – these were used to great effect to light up both the downstairs stage area and the upstairs bar.
My new METRO Boxed LOVE letters looked fabulous sitting atop the Peaky Blinders Bar, accompanied by pretty floral hoops, by Verdure Floral. Taking inspiration from modern and funky city centre industrial spaces, the letters feature a painted blackboard base and are encased in industrial inspired driftwood. Their clean lines and sparkly cabochon light bulbs provide a warm and ambient lighting which provides a beautiful backdrop to wedding photography.
July 10th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Natalie Hamilton, a documentary style wedding, portrait and events photographer, was the creative brains behind the fabulous bridal shoot that’s gracing our pages today. But brides-to-be, step aside, it’s a shoot with a difference – as this one’s all about the bridesmaids!
Showcasing a handpicked selection of stunning, demure gowns, beautifully paired with delicate posies and oh so pretty floral headpieces – the shoot most definitely shines a spotlight on your #girlsquad and the best way to bring out the unique looks and personalities of your besties.
We just love the styling too – pared back yet classic – featuring oversized balloons, a prosecco van and rose gold love letters. And the backdrop – none other than the stunning Saltmarshe Hall in East Yorkshire, where we hold two of our famous Luxury Wedding Shows a year – the next one being on Sunday 7th October 2018. Trust us when we say this is a to-die-for-venue, with its sweeping staircase, grandiose décor and enchanting gardens.
So, pinning fingers at the ready ladies, as we dish up today’s dose of glam bridal inspo with plenty of shimmer!
With images by Natalie Hamilton. Models: Sophie Anderson, Charlotte Partridge, Charlotte Black.
natalie says: The shoot came about as a means of bringing all the small local suppliers together to showcase what we do and create beautiful images we can all use and benefit from.
The shoot was bridesmaid focused to bring inspiration to local brides who may be struggling to find those perfect dresses. Each model wore dresses of the same colour with different necklines complemented by different hairstyles and similar makeup. We did this to show that you don’t necessarily need to have bridesmaids all the same and that each of your bridesmaids can be different based on what they would prefer, to suit their body shape or to reflect their personality.
We chose Saltmarshe Hall, an exclusive venue in Howden, as the backdrop to the shoot, simply for its beauty. Inside, the venue is sophisticated and elegant which went perfectly with our beaded and sparkly bridesmaid gowns. The grounds have extensive manicured lawns too, which were ideal for showing off our balloons.
The styling was minimal in this shoot as we wanted to keep the focus on the models. Flowers were supplied by Lisa’s Florist, who wanted to keep it simple with daisies and hydrangeas with gypsophila and a full arrangement of calla lilies, peonies and statement bear grass. With some of the dresses being mismatched, we thought brides could also take a mismatched approach to the bridesmaids’ flowers and have some with headdresses and some with posies.
We had 3ft round balloons supplied by Imagination Creation complete with ombre tassels and available in a variety of colours, to suit any theme. Each tassel is intricately handmade. We also decided to add some love letters in rose gold. The Fizz Machine – a baby blue and white quirky little VW replica prosecco van – also popped by to add a quirky element to some of the shots.
July 3rd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Getting your Tuesday off to a glamorous start, we’re venturing to Selby in North Yorkshire, for a stunning bridal shoot in a venue that’s played host to everything from a textile factory and ballroom to a roller disco and even a nightclub.
Say hello to bespoke wedding planner Louise from Your Fabulous Wedding, who took her inspiration for the shoot from Instagram; from a black and white image of a table runner, to be precise! She crafted an entire shoot around this simple photograph and brought onboard a myriad of top local suppliers.
We just love the end result, which effortlessly blends the industrial backdrop of River Mills Ballroom with subtle accents of high-octane glamour and frivolity (look out for the inflatable flamingo), not to mention one of our favourite colours – hot pink.
The styling is gorgeous, with pretty floral arrangements and foliage strikingly offset by decorative elements, such as hexagon-shaped signage, shimmering gold hearts and contemporary stationery. If you’re looking to put a stylish and eye-poppingly beautiful twist on your big day, then call off the search, as all the inspo you need is right here!
louise says: The inspiration for the shoot started from an Instagram image of a black and white table runner! I was thinking of planning a glamorous shoot and the black and white stripes fuelled my inspiration for it. I knew I needed to enhance the black and white with additional colours and the hot pink and gold tones lent the right amount of glamour to the design.
I found the location – River Mills Ballroom – while searching for a suitable venue for the shoot. I loved the exposed brick and the character of the building and felt that this would be an ideal backdrop for the colours I was building into the shoot. The industrial feel of the venue contrasted beautifully with the glamour of the styling.
I was keen to use hexagons in the design and we incorporated these within the table décor, the cake – supplied by Where the Ribbon Ends – and the wooden décor items from Blue Sky Events. These were all designed in a glam style within the colour scheme. The David Austin roses supplied by Wild Flowers were the perfect shade of pink and looked stunning in the bride’s bouquet, as well as the table decorations. We paired them with lots of foliage to add texture to the design. Gray Starling Design, Extra Special Touch and Bramble Sky were all instrumental in achieving this look.
The model wore two different dresses from the Katya Katya range at Dotty Bridal. I wanted to incorporate some subtle colour within the dress and the coloured slips on these gowns were the perfect way to achieve this. We also opted for a glamorous style for the hair and makeup, by Carys Catherine, to complement the dress. We added a beautiful hair comb from The Bobby Pin and earrings to complete the look, with the beautiful jewellery supplied by Star Box Wedding Jewellery.
June 27th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Prepare to go all starry-eyed ladies as this styled shoot is the stuff of dreams; with a spectacular castle – complete with enchanting turrets and beautiful gardens – providing all the romantic feels we could possibly wish for.
Taking place in Scotland, the shoot was led by Ashleigh, a bridal makeup artist, who is based in Edinburgh. With her heart set on organising her very own shoot, Ashleigh brought on board a selection of talented Scottish suppliers who helped bring her vision for a whimsical wedding theme to life.
What we love about this bridal shoot is that it showcases three very distinct, gorgeous bridal looks in a number of different settings at the venue, Carlowrie Castle – from the timeless to the more contemporary. The styling is exquisite, with everything from the flowers and makeup to the accessories all complementing one another beautifully. There’s lots of beauty and fashion inspo to be found further down this page – that we can promise!
So, join us as we escape north of the border and let Ashleigh take us behind the scenes to share all the day’s wonderful highlights.
With images by Karol Makula
ashleigh says: The inspiration behind this shoot was to bring together some of the best suppliers from Edinburgh and the East of Scotland, to create beautiful images of all of our creative visions combined.
There was a very defined whimsical theme put in place early on in the planning stage that was geared towards the romantic, contemporary, effortless, bohemian inspired bride. A mood board was easily created shortly afterwards to translate this theme to the other creatives involved.
As a makeup artist and the owner of Ophelia Bridal Makeup, I also share a real passion for styling. I always look at the bigger picture when selecting images to share of my brides, on my various social media platforms. From the dress, to the hair, to the venue, I like the photos to tell a story beyond the makeup. Through working in the wedding industry, I have made some fantastic contacts and it was one of my goals this year to be more proactive and organise shoots for myself with my own chosen suppliers. Also, I was in the midst of launching Ophelia Bridal Makeup’s sister company, Ophelia Bridal Blooms and I thought it would be a great way to introduce my bouquets to prospective future clients.
The location was probably the first choice I made (along with the photographer) in terms of planning. I have been lucky enough to work at Carlowrie Castle on a few occasions and it is one of my favourite Scottish castles. Carlowrie boasts a contemporary, modern interior, with a traditional, timeless exterior. Coupled with 32 acres of formal gardens and a 150-metre tree lined drive, the decision was far from difficult.
As we were following a relaxed theme for the day, we very much wanted the bouquets to tie in and follow the same vibe. Snapdragon, Edinburgh provided the bouquet and buttonhole used in the outdoor shots. We worked closely with Cathie and Amalia from their Bruntsfield store and agreed that an oversized, hand tied bouquet with lots of foliage would be perfect for the outdoor element of the day.
The shoot was split in to three different looks, so I showcased two of the new bouquets from Ophelia Bridal Blooms. “The Airen” accompanied the second look which was more vampy, with lilac, mulberry and purple peonies. Then the third look was paired with “The Aria” which is a much more feminine bouquet with soft pinks, blush, creams and ivory peonies and roses. The groom, meanwhile, wore a smart and traditional kilt from Bathgate-based The Kilt Studio.
June 21st, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
The stunning styled shoot that’s gracing our pretty pages this morning was the brainchild of Andrea Matthews, who runs planning, design and styling business, Moxie Events. Keen to showcase those very ‘of the moment’ rustic vibes with an all-important luxe twist – Andrea teamed up with a creative cohort of wedding suppliers to bring her fabulous vision to life.
Showcasing a brand new East Yorkshire venue – The Barn at Willerby – the shoot brings together a glowing palette of golds and ombres, all beautifully offset by wild blooms and foliage for a more contemporary feel. And just wait until you see the triangle arch!
We’re always drawn to plates of deliciousness and this shoot more than delivers on the foodie front! The cake is a pared back and minimal creation in keeping with the theme, with the catering bringing together simple ingredients with a fine dining edge. Definitely teetering more towards the luxe end of the spectrum, and we’re not complaining.
It’s not all about the venue and décor though – we think you’ll be crushing on the bride and groom’s attire too. Say hello to a simple, elegant Sottero and Midgley gown complete with opal beads and lace, and one of our favourite fabrics for the beau – classic tweed.
We think it’s about time we hand the blog over to Andrea though to chat through the shoot and all those finer details. An inspiration overload is most certainly coming your way!
Models: Lorna Tranmer and Matthew Parker. With images by Jemma King Photography.
andrea says: A desire to bring together luxury and rustic styling elements was the inspiration behind this shoot. I’m a big fan of the rustic look, however, I wanted to mix it up and add luxe vibes showing that – curated well – this is a beautiful choice for a wedding.
The photoshoot and its results were down to the bunch of super talented suppliers I worked with. Everyone understood the brief perfectly, shared the vision and executed their work amazingly.
The Barn At Willerby is a brand new venue in East Yorkshire, close to the market town of Beverley, offering space for weddings, parties and corporate events. I approached Debbie Leak – the owner, who is running the venue with her daughter Olivia – back in January and following an initial visit (when a lot of the work had only just started) I asked if she would like me to organise a styled shoot there.
It was clear to me that this was going to be a very modern barn with a luxury feel and that the rustic luxe theme would fit perfectly.
Bloom & Bridal’s triangle ceremony arch was certainly a focal point of the shoot. The arch had purposely been kept in its raw form to complement the natural garden inspired arrangements. Each group of flowers was designed to create individual zones, with a natural feel and plenty of movement and space.
Sisters Jennie and Jo, who run the florists, opted for an ombre look for the bouquet and table flowers. A limited palette was chosen to give a more modern look with the use of anthurium among the garden flowers, which is a very strong look right now.
A mix of gold and glass, high and low, table decorations and accessories were chosen to complement the tones of the flowers and to tie in with the luxury feel of this photo shoot, with beautiful stationery supplied by Samantha Cutting of Paper Cutt.
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