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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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hold back the river: a serene styled yorkshire wedding shoot

May 31st, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Floral Styled Shoot (c) Jenny Maden Photography (28)

If hump day has hit you twice as hard following the long weekend, join us as we escape to a peaceful part of Yorkshire to indulge in this idyllic styled bridal shoot.

Headed up by photographer Jenny Maden, the shoot features the handiwork of a small collaborative of Yorkshire wedding suppliers who have combined their skills to produce a whimsical set of images with beautiful styling inspo for your big day.

Now, put that spreadsheet to one side and enjoy scanning through the pretty as Jenny explains how it all came together…

With images by Jenny Maden Photography

Floral Styled Shoot (c) Jenny Maden Photography (13)

jenny says: I absolutely love styled shoots as they provide an opportunity to get creative with all things pretty, and with fewer time constraints than an actual wedding day. It also allows me to work with some awesome suppliers across the industry, who love what they do – and do it brilliantly.

For this shoot, I once again teamed up with the lovely Angela of Floral Dance to provide the wonderful blooms and to help on the styling. The gorgeous bridalwear was provided by Amelia’s Bridal, while makeup was taken care of by Carolyn Christina Beauty and hair was styled by Marisa at Bijou, based in Horsforth.

Floral Styled Shoot (c) Jenny Maden Photography (43)

As with our prior styled shoots, we wanted to keep the look both pretty and rustic and incorporate the beauty of the great outdoors as much as possible. As such we chose a scene riverside location in Yorkshire to capture the shoot. It’s a real hidden gem, with such a great variety of backdrops and shooing angles, in a relatively small area. The bridge, the pebbles, the water and the foliage all added to the final collection of images.

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70s obsession. a retro wedding styled shoot at pimhill barn

May 29th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Retro Bridal Shoot by Sophie Kerr Photography (51)

We’re turning back the clock today with an uber cool 1970s retro wedding shoot that’s got us falling head over heels for folk-inspired trends.

Floaty wedding gowns and cute floral head crowns are paired with a demure makeup palette and loose waves to create a carefree and youthful bridal look. But it’s the props in this shoot that really bring the era to life. You know that rusty orange shade that’s come to epitomise 70s pop culture? You’ll find pops of this tone on the cake, stationery and vintage crockery – and we have to admit, we just adore the modern take on this 70s hue. And then there’s the Ford Capri – runaway brides at the ready!

Photographer Sophie led on the brief for the shoot and based it around her passion for all things 1970s-related. Here, she tells us more about her fascination with the era and introduces us to the suppliers she collaborated with on the day. So, grab your bean bag, get comfy and read on…

With images by Sophie Kerr Photography.

Models: Elise Lynn and Ella Ruth Copperthwaite.

A Retro Bridal Shoot by Sophie Kerr Photography (95)

sophie says: The title of the shoot is ’70s obsession’, named so because I have, for as long as I can remember, had a strange fascination with that era. My parents married in 1973 so I grew up to a soundtrack of Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Carole King, and Led Zeppelin to name but a few. The music and fashion of the past always moved me far more than what my friends were interested in as a teenager, and this passion has heavily influenced my style and tastes ever since. I always try, through my work, to evoke that warmth and charm I feel when I look through old photographs, that kind of hazy rose-tinted innocence of a time gone by that you wish you could have been a part of. I guess that was the key to this shoot; a modern tribute to my lifelong 1970s fantasy world in my head.

I chose Pimhill Barn in Shrewsbury, as the location for the shoot because, having shot many weddings at this venue, I knew it had ample space with many different settings and textures for our backgrounds. It has everything – from formal kept gardens, industrial farm buildings, wild forest wilderness – to rustic old-world wooden beams. I knew it would give us plenty of options to work with should we need a change of scenery, all of which are totally gorgeous. We were all completely blown away on the day when we headed up the drive to the barn through an incredible sea of daffodils!

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Our two bridal styles were based around offshoots of the hippy theme. The first a more ethereal, folklore outfit with a floor length sleeved chiffon gown, flower crown, wild looking bouquet and soft make up. For me that kind of look is synonymous with the very early British 70s, when the English folk revival was in full swing.

The second was a more mainstream pop look, using striking heavy eye makeup, statement jewellery, a double layered lace maxi dress, and long flowing locks as a throwback to those stunning pin-ups of the time.

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Bridal Reloved Rowton, an adorable little shop on a farm opposite the famous Rowton Castle that sell secondhand designer wedding dresses, supplied the gowns for the shoot. I wanted to use Bridal Reloved Rowton for two reasons; the first was I thought with the dresses being ‘re-loved’, there might be more chance of finding something a little more retro to fit the theme, and the second reason was I knew Jenny would put her all into the project and be just as enthusiastic about it as I was.

For the jewellery and headpieces, I used Shropshire-based Julieann Bird, who makes truly unique hand-made wedding accessories that I spotted being used on other styled shoots. I fell in love with her beaded lace brow bands and cuffs because they were perfect for the theme; they are a modern take on a very distinct 60s/70s look.

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Elly at Dolly Rockers Beauty was an obvious choice for the shoot, as she is incredibly skilled and has earned a reputation locally for specialising in vintage makeup. She’s also amazing when it comes to more conventional softer wedding make-up.

To complement the look, mother and daughter team Gill and Molly Smith from Hair at the Coach House styled our models’ hair. Their combined skills and experience were key to creating the retro look we needed, as well as keeping it fresh and modern.

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love, lights, action. a rose gold plus size bridal styled shoot in the north west

May 25th, 2017 | Julia Braime

A Rose Gold Styled Shoot (c) Teresa C Photography (25)

Ready for something super, duper pretty? Well surely it doesn’t get much prettier than a styled shoot inspired by every girl’s current favourite colour, rose gold?!

Glamorous, feminine and fun, what’s not to love about this on-trend hue, which is making a stylish statement on the wedding scene right now.

Led by Rebecca Lord-Lyon, a fellow rose-gold lover and owner of Cheshire’s award-winning plus size bridal boutique, Edith & Winston Bridalwear, this shoot demonstrates beautifully how to incorporate this magical metal tone into various elements of your big day.

Offering ideas on everything from the dress to the details, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to Rebecca so that she can explain how she and her talented North West industry friends pulled the whole shoot together…

With images by Teresa C Photography. Model: Georgina Horne.

A Rose Gold Styled Shoot (c) Teresa C Photography (24)

rebecca says: The shoot was inspired by a new product created by Stacy from Love Lights The Way – a beautiful rose gold, light-up love heart called ‘Lola’. The unique, light-up prop quickly became a massive hit with brides and after seeing Lola for myself at a wedding fair, I also fell head over heels for her and so spoke to Stacy about collaborating on a special photoshoot.

Rose gold has become a very popular colour – it’s everywhere this spring; interiors, fashion and it’s a growing trend in weddings too. We therefore wanted to create a shoot together that would show our brides how to use this pretty colour for their big day.

Stacy decided that the shoot was the perfect opportunity to introduce some more unique, rose gold pieces to her collection and so we used the shoot to launch these products alongside our brand new bridal accessories by Richard Designs.

A Rose Gold Styled Shoot (c) Teresa C Photography (29)

I knew that Teresa, of Teresa C Photography, had to be our photographer. Having worked with her before, we knew she could capture the plus size model beautifully. Teresa is an amazing photographer and has worked at so many of the North West’s wedding venues. For this shoot she suggested Liverpool’s incredible The Venue at the Royal Liver Building, as our location. We trusted her instinct and she wasn’t wrong; the venue has clean lines, pure white walls and perfect lighting.

And so, on the windiest day of the year, our team of fabulous handpicked wedding suppliers, came together to pool their skills – even Storm Doris couldn’t get in the way of this photoshoot!

A Rose Gold Styled Shoot (c) Teresa C Photography (15)

Precious Things were simply given the colour scheme brief of rose gold and ivory, and then we let their imaginations run free. As event stylists, they teamed up with Stacy to create the most incredible setting for our shoot, which even included a metallic rose gold tropical flower tree!

A Rose Gold Styled Shoot (c) Teresa C Photography (33)

The aim was to create a look that was eye-catching and elegant as well as relaxed. They coupled rose gold sequinned table cloths with bespoke ivory frothed chair covers and handmade the copper-coloured paper flowers that were on each place setting.

For the bouquets, they used Tulips, Roses, Scabiosa Seed Pods, Broom ‘Genista’, Asparagus Fern, Berried Eucalyptus, Sweet Avalanche Roses and Success Hanoi Ranunculous.

The trees were made to be multifunctional: the smaller of the two was the perfect spring centrepiece for the decadent sequinned guest table. The larger was a fabulous backdrop. The bark of each tree was sprayed rose gold to glam up the loose yet pretty arrangement at the top. Additional flowers used in the trees were Snapdragons and Broom.

The backdrop structure was dressed with ivory voile and an abundance of foliage and flowers, which could either be used as an arch to say ‘I do’ or a photo backdrop to rival any photobooth.

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still nature. raw elements & texture for a romantic wedding styled shoot in north yorkshire

May 19th, 2017 | Julia Braime

Still Nature - A Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (61)

To round off a winning week of blog posts we have this heart-achingly beautiful styled shoot put together by a talented collaborative of suppliers in rural North Yorkshire.

With Brides Up North Sponsor and exceptionally creative stylist Louise Hughes of One Stylish Day, at the helm of the design for the shoot, the end result was only ever going to be a set of stunning images brimming with stylish inspo for your big day.

So ladies, prepare to spend the rest of your Friday afternoon lost in world of natural wedding beauty. Sorry, not sorry!

With images by Nicola Dixon Photography.

Still Nature - A Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (52)

nicola says: I organised the shoot as part of my styled shoot workshops for amateur and pro photographers. I chose Camp Katur for the location because I love outdoor wedding venues, and really wanted to add this venue to my portfolio. The outdoor woodland ceremony at Camp Katur is really unique and was a really big pull for me. I knew Lucy MacNicoll, the florist and Louise the stylist, could create something really special in that area. And they did. Watching them at work was awe-inspiring. This styled shoot was probably my most memorable because of the team, that creative energy was present through-out the whole day, all the attendees of the workshop felt it too.

I think the shoot came to life fairly naturally, Louise and I threw around words like kinfolk, organic and wild and Louise put together a moodboard for Lucy and I.

Still Nature - A Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (41)

There really was something magical in the air that day, I know I was on a natural high for days. When a group of creatives come together and bring a vision to life for a group of photographers to photograph and marvel at, hearing everyone’s ‘wows’ when they saw the styled areas made all the emails and planning worthwhile. So much so that we have planned a couple more styled shoots for 2017 as it really felt like a dream team.

Still Nature - A Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (60)

louise says: Styling wise, I wanted to steer away from the ‘boho’ look, which this style of venue can naturally call for. Instead I wanted to go with a fresh approach to outdoor weddings and focus on slow living with an essence of stillness and calm.

The shoot focused on a deep respect for the surroundings with a vision that the tablescape design did not look out of place in any way, but blended with the backdrop effortlessly.

Still Nature - A Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (36)

The intent was to create a design inspired by the Danish Hygge aesthetic, with elements that looked like they had been gathered and swept up from the surrounding forest floor but with pops of soft highlights and rich toned accents. A key focus was on highlighting the beauty of the outdoors, whatever the season.

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boho belle: a relaxed tipi wedding styled shoot

May 17th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

Boho Belle - A Styled Shoot by Jenny Mills Photography (22)

Today’s styled shoot is perfectly timed for the summer months and takes us inside a magical tipi in Chesterfield for an uber cool, rural affair brimming in boho-inspired fun – we’re talking a polka-dot dress, laughter by the fire pit and a spot of marshmallow toasting.

And ranking high on the cuteness factor – there’s the most adorable puppy (a bridesmaid nonetheless) vying for our attention, too. She could be our plus one any day, that’s for sure.

Keen to spotlight those memorable quirks that make a wedding day truly unique, this styled shoot is all about originality and personality, and showcases some top suppliers from the locality. It’s a welcome reminder that when it comes to your special day – with a little imagination – you really can make a space your own.

With photography from Jenny Mills Photography and second shooter Mariola Zoladz, wedding planners Laura and Kym from Once Upon A Wedding Events tell us more…

Boho Belle from Lukas&Laura Films on Vimeo.

laura & kym say: We named the shoot Boho Belle, after deciding that we wanted to create a shoot that fused bohemian fun with simple elegance. With a magical tipi setting, a polka-dot tea-length dress and an impossibly cute puppy bridesmaid, our shoot was all about inspiring our brides and grooms to incorporate their own personalities and little quirks into their wedding day.

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We at Once Upon A Wedding Events work closely with Tipi & Kata as their recommended coordinators – as soon as we stepped inside the tipis, we fell in love with them and instantly began planning a styled shoot incorporating the space. The dance floor, fire pit and fairy lights naturally fit with our theme and provided a fab backdrop for our models, Katy and Doug.Boho Belle - A Styled Shoot by Jenny Mills Photography (12)

To style Katy, we chose one of Susanna Greening’s tea-length dresses, which fitted with the relaxed, outdoor wedding vibe. Complete with a polka-dot print, this bespoke bridal design instantly stood out to us as a fun alternative to the classic floor-length wedding gown. The buttons on the back of the dress added that extra bit of quirkiness, in keeping with the ‘something blue’ theme.

As we’d opted for a tipi venue, we wanted to incorporate plenty of greenery into the floral adornments for the shoot. Our lovely florist Polkadot Florist crafted a hanging foliage feature, blending purple hues and greenery to create a flower crown and two beautiful bouquets.

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Matching buttonholes were made for Doug and Scout’s collar to tie in with the bohemian theme. Avoiding the traditional suit, shirt and tie, we dressed Doug in simple chinos, paired with a waistcoat and bowtie from Tweed & Groom, available at The White Yard. The dark grey-blue tweed waistcoat complemented Katy’s tea-length dress and was the perfect fusion of smart-casual for our Boho Belle shoot.

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With lots of lovely suppliers on board – including Oh So Makeup, Whyte Weddings (who supplied our signage and stationery) and videographer Lukas & Laura Films – the shoot ran smoothly without a hitch!

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