Charlotte Balbier

This Must Be Underwater Love: A Styled Trash The Dress Session In The North West

November 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Fancy something a little bit different with your Friday morning bacon butty?  I don’t mean HP instead of Heinz either. Even better, if you can believe it (depending on whether you are operating on a Thursday night “it’s nearly Christmas” hangover, I suppose). 

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This morning we are in the North West conducting a little underwater art experiment with friend of the wedding blog, Craig of Unforgettable Memories.  During this trash the dress styled film shoot, Craig and his small team explore movement and grace.  Maybe not something you do every weekend, granted, but certainly captivating, definitely different and utterly beautiful.  Soak it up and be inspired. 

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Craig says:  Now, I know that this isn’t your typical bridal shoot and that many of you would be horrified to think of your stunning wedding dress being thrown in a pool. However, you can’t say it isn’t different, and you certainly can’t say it isn’t beautiful.

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As trained diver I have always loved being underwater and have created some wonderful footage of the tranquillity of underwater life and when I started producing wedding films I saw similarities between the detailed beauty of bridal gowns and the detailed beauty of the underwater environment so it seemed like a good idea to bring the two together. However it wasn’t until I was having a conversation with Doris Designs who provide bridal petticoats that this actually came to fruition.

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During our conversation about a number of different shoots Doris happened to mention that she would love to see how her wonderful skirts would react in water, and I certainly wasn’t going to waste the opportunity to show her. As we discussed the options I was getting more and more excited about how I could make this happen and immediately began to set the wheels in motion.

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I contacted a local dive club who happened to use a local pool for their practise sessions. They were extremely helpful and allowed me to go down and take a look at what they could offer and we agreed that the shoot could take place during one of the regular evenings. So pool sorted I now needed dresses and a model. I already had a couple of wedding dresses which I had previously used for creative shoots so that wasn’t a problem; however finding a model who was willing and able to wear one, in a pool, with her eyes open and still look gracious was to be the biggest challenge.

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Luckily for me, I do get involved in a wide range of video projects which take me all around the country and during a shoot for a music video I happened to meet a lovely girl who was a burlesque dancer so I picked up the phone and called her. As this was something she hadn’t done before she was extremely excited to get involved and a date was set.  When the time came I met Talulah and we headed off to the pool. She did her own makeup and got into the water. This is the end result.

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Unforgettable Memories Wedding Videos is a multi award winning wedding film company based in Cheshire. Having been voted best videographer in both 2011 and 2012 in a North West Magazine poll and shortlisted for the North West Regional final in both the 2011 and 2012 Wedding Industry Awards Unforgettable Memories has a wealth of experience filming both weddings and promotional videos. Using the latest HD cameras Unforgettable Memories will capture your wedding / event and produce a high quality DVD you will want to treasure forever.

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Video – Unforgettable Memories

Petticoats – Doris Designs

Model – Talulah Blue

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  – Images & video © 2012 Unforgettable Memories

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Catch Of The Day – Danielle Rocks Her Dress!

October 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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So, as you read this the hubby and I will be loading our suitcases into the boot of the car and driving to the Lake District for a romantic mini break to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.  It’s days like this that make me feel so grateful.

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Whilst we put some colour in our cheeks with a bit of adventuring, gastro pub food, bubbles and romance, I’ve left you with a double daily dose of all that is gorgeous.  Starting right now with this stunning Rock The Dress shoot submitted by GASP Photography

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Newlyweds – have you rocked the dress?  Contact me to share your images and you could end up on the pages of Hitched Magazine as well as featuring on the wedding blog.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: GASP Photography

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Jade from GASP Photography tells us about the shoot:  Danielle got married at St.Andrew’s Church in Darlington.  She wanted another opportunity to wear her dress and to get some relaxed, arty shots as there was so much to take in on her wedding day.  Danielle’s Rock The Dress shoot took place on Redcar beach and we went for natural style shots showing off the pinky toned colour palette. 

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Danielle enjoyed the shoot as she said she felt she could express herself and feel like a princess again in her dress.  Afterwards, she told us that she was pleased she had done it.  She loved all of her shots as they are completely different to the ones we captured on her wedding day and are more like a piece of art as opposed to a traditional style wedding photographs. 

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Apart from a few unwanted showers, which just added to the mood of the photographs, we had an awesome day!

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Keep reading to see the rest of Danielle’s shoot. 

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Pony Club! Sophie Rocks Her Dress

October 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Catharine Noble Photography

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Hey, hey!  It’s almost the weekend!  Dip a Crunchie into your morning cuppa whilst perusing the wedding blog and enjoy this atmospheric Rock the Dress shoot submitted by Catharine Noble Photography.  You can almost feel the sunshine coming off the screen. 

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Remember ladies – a rock the dress shoot is your chance to put yourself out there and incorporate parts of your personality that perhaps didn’t get a chance to show through on your big day.  Here, Sophie seizes the opportunity to celebrate her love of the outdoors and show off her brand new pixie cut!  There’ll be only one type of pony tail in this lady’s life for quite a while!

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I can identify with her motives completely.  After months, nay, years of growing the ‘do for the wedding – there’s nothing better than a great new haircut to make you feel like yourself again.

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Catharine explains the thinking behind the shoot:  Sophie had a total restyle since her wedding with a beautiful cropped hairstyle and was excited to rock her dress with her new look!

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Sophie has always has a passion for horses and also horse riding, as a little girl and right through to adulthood. Unfortunately problems with her back during pregnancy meant that she could not ride for quite some time but now she is just getting back into her hobby and she wanted to include it into the shoot. So we based part of the shoot  around Sophie’s love of horses and horse riding and includes Billy the horse, her cousin’s pride and joy!

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Splash! Mermaid Bride: A Trash The Dress Shoot

September 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Talk about visual impact!  Now I am not suggesting that this is what you get up to on your wedding day ladies, but for a trash the dress shoot… what a stunner!  Revel in it. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Jess Petrie Photography

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Friend of the wedding blog Jess Petrie Photography put this vibrant and haunting set of images together.  I asked her about the inspiration behind the day.

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Jess says:  I have had a styled bridal shoot in mind where I would take the most stunning dress and the bride wearing it off to the sea and completely trash it.  I am a big fan of wedding magazines and blogs. I like to look for inspiration through different things. We don’t very often see our brides getting married by the sea, and if they do it’s abroad. But why? Ok we don’t have the best weather but we do have some stunning beaches, and they are free!

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I chose Filey Bay, North Yorkshire, because it’s somewhere I used to visit often with my grandparents as a child and I have a lot of good memories here. The sand is very soft and golden and the beach stretches right out, as far as you can see. There are a lot of stunning views with the cliffs at either end, and of course the North Sea.

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In The News

September 2nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It might be tonight’s fish and chip paper, but I love it when (and my talented wedding industry friends) makes the mags and the rags. 

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Let’s catch up on some recent press exclusives for the wedding blog

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This little was thrilled to be invited to be an associated contributor to Hitched Magazine last month, and given my own recurring feature.  This issue (Autumn 11/12), I invited Brides Up North to Rock The Dress with style.  And that they did…

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ROCK THE DRESS 1

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With images by Assassynation, Mandy Charlton, Blue Lights Photography, Karen McGowran Photography and Kat Timmins Photography…want a closer look?

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ROCK THE DRESS 1a

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ROCK THE DRESS 1b

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If YOU fancy trashing, cherishing, rocking or just all round working your wedding dress one more time, contact Brides Up North and you could see your Rock The Dress shoot on this wedding blog and maybe even on the pages of Hitched Magazine

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You could also WIN a Rock The Dress shoot right here on Brides Up North with Kat Timmins PhotographyClick here to enter. 

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You might have seen the Brides Up North Wedding Belles film noir inspired styled shoot here on Brides Up North, If not, check it out!

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The fashion team at The Evening Chronicle loved my styling and picked up the images for their fashion pages last Friday. 

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Steven from Forever Film also captured the action in an exclusive video blog.  If you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a bridal fashion shoot, click here to find out

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The full credits from the Brides Up North Wedding Belles photo shoot are as follows:

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Photography

Mandy Charlton

Emerson Photography

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Videography

Forever Film

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Beauty

Hair:  Lisa Cameron

Make Up: LAB Makeup Artist – Leeanne Bennett

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Wedding gowns, shoes and accessories

Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear

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Accessories

By Gina Jewellery

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Models

Julia – Brides Up North

Kristy – Simply Bows and Chair Covers

Kerry – Daisy Chain Events

Gina – By Gina Jewellery

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Brides Up North – Images © Hitched Magazine & Evening Chronicle

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