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big love. a retro styled shoot at The Midland, Morecambe

December 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Unless you just got engaged, like, yesterday (and hey, if you did, congratulations – you are in the right place!) then you might have caught onto the trend for spelling out your love in lights. One supplier who has that service nailed over in the North West is the lovely Megan of Typical Type, who shares this pretty, retro styled shoot with us here on the wedding blog today.

big love people. big love.

With images by Tiree Dawson Photography.

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megan says: The premise behind the shoot was the idea that, as suppliers, we are starting to see women styling their hen do’s along the same lines as their weddings.  We have also noticed that hen do’s are no longer all about wild nights out, women are choosing quality time with their girlfriends and family.  We feel this is really reflected in Tiree’s photographs.

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We decided to use The Midland Hotel, Morecambe, which is an iconic 1930’s hotel as we knew it has lots of amazing areas for us to photograph in. However, instead of sticking with the glamorous 1930’s we decided on more of a fun and flirty 1950’s influenced theme.

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We asked the best suppliers around to come on board and they did.  We invited a stunning mother and daughter combo to model, who along with beautiful Hannah, really made the photos come alive.  And so, one hair dresser, one make up artist, three models, one bridal shop, a florist, an ice-cream tricycle and a macaroon supplier later what had initally started life as a mini shoot had blossomed into something a bit more special!

And the rest, they say, is history.

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We hope Brides Up North love our work – as you will see, we are all proud Northern Birds!

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Hey Soul Sister! A Rocking Red & Monochrome 1950’s Inspired Bridal Shoot

May 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Hey y’all!  I hope the bank holiday is treating you well!  I’m officially “out of office” this weekend as the diary is miraculously clear of bridal events (for once!), but between breaks in cloud cover I couldn’t resist popping in to say hello and share this cute and colourful pop of styling inspiration, sent to me by Rebecca, button bouquet designer and owner of Bride as a Button.  Normal blogging service will resume tomorrow, and in the meantime, have a Pimms for me!

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Sharing a great love of 50’s vintage fashion and style, Rebecca and photographer Martin Plant of Alter Ego Portraits decided to put together an inspirational wedding shoot that reflected a very simple 1950’s style.

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Rebecca says:  We both greatly admire the classical grace of 50‘s fashion icon Audrey Hepburn and took inspiration from her view that “the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul…”.

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We wanted to keep our imagery and photography for this shoot very true to the 50’s style, choosing a classic Lou Lou Tea dress from the fabulous Brides of Wellingborough,  red open toe shoes, victory rolls with loose curls and traditional red roses for our model’s hair.  The bouquet was designed with a mixture of red, white and black buttons and hand made beaded flowers; finished with a red and white polka dot trim to coordinate with the Vivien of Holloway dress of our bridesmaid.  

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We decided on a relaxed style for our groom, keeping to the customary rockabilly colours, with a matching button hole, simply pinned to red braces. 

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We deliberately chose a non conventional wedding setting, using some old outbuildings as the location for our shoot.  We wanted to show that the traditional 50’s style could be rocked up in a classically beautiful way.  

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Bride as a Button create unique and alternative button bouquets, all personally designed and handcrafted from a variety of quality materials.  These include a mixture of up-cycled jewellery, antique brooches, beads, feathers, and buttons.  These treasures are used to create the perfect bridal bouquet, custom made to suit any colour scheme or wedding theme.  Ranging from vintage to gothic and from shabby chic to funky rockabilly.  Rebecca says: I love working with brides and helping to make their day special.  It is of great importance to me to reflect a brides interests, personality and style in a bouquet.   I love the fabulous ideas and challenges I receive from brides both in the UK and worldwide.   The shoot was a fabulous experience, and the beautiful images Martin captured on the day have been a great source of creative inspiration.

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Alter Ego Portraits is a luxury makeover studio specialising in vintage styles of photography. From 1920s film noir for couples to 1950s style pin up, all Alter Ego shoots include professional hair and makeup and access to a fabulous dressing up box including Vivien of Holloway dresses like the one seen here.   Alter Ego has clients visiting from all over the country for vintage hen parties and luxury four hour pampering photo experiences.  Photographer Martin says:  It was great to take the Alter Ego team out on location and create some fashion inspired images with a vintage twist. We loved Rebecca’s styling and had great fun together despite it being a bitterly cold April day. We made our own sunshine!

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Images:  Alter Ego Portraits/ Martin Plant Photography

Wedding Dress:  Brides of Wellingborough

Bridesmaid’s Dress:  Vivien of Holloway

Button Bouquets & Buttonholes/ Styling:  Bride as a Button

Hair & Make Up:  Natalie Daniel

Models:  Evie Isis Smith, Tommy Watkins, Freyda Smith

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Martin Plant Photography 

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