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Boho & Country: A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West

July 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s often the way in the World of weddings, that a small idea snowballs into something huge.  The Brides Up North Wedding Exhibitions, anyone?  Exhibit A.  A good thing.  Those 200 hand knitted favours that you are currently spending every evening crafting?  Exhibit B.  Not so much.  

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Knitting cramps aside, I love this industry for it’s all inclusive, positive, lets create something beautiful together attitude.  That’s why when Laura of Perfect Choice Planning asked me if I would like to feature this beautiful styled shoot by a really rather talented collective of North West Suppliers and photographers, that had started small and become something rather special, I was right behind it!

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And before I hand you over to Laura, let’s address those favours. Ladies only.  The guys don’t care and it’ll cut your knitting time in half, leaving you free to browse today’s blog features at your leisure.  See?  Problem solved. 

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Laura of Perfect Choice Planning says:  Our Boho & Country feature was born from an enquiry from Boho Brides – Classic VW Hire about styling a photo-shoot to promote their new business. Being a huge VW fan, I jumped at the chance and set about the organisation.

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Not long after, I was at a supplier network where I met Sam from Sam Clayton Photography, and Adele and Roger, who own The Great Hall at Mains. Along with Emma from Emma B Photography we talked about creating a styled shoot to work together, as not many of us had worked together before. Knowing what a stunning country venue The Great Hall at Mains is, I mentioned Boho Brides, and the shoot was born!

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It was then I set about thinking of what styling to use and other suppliers to bring on board. Choosing the right suppliers and venue for the shoot is just as important as if choosing it for your own wedding or special event – you have to be sure that you have suppliers you can trust to deliver what you want, that the venue emulates the feel of the shoot that you’re aiming for and that everything works perfectly together to create amazing final images.

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This shoot shows exactly what happens when you get this right: the images speak volumes for themselves and, even with a four month postponement of the shoot and slight change of original suppliers due to the date change and unpredictable weather, everyone was a pleasure to work with.

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I wanted the shoot to have a relaxed and care-free feel but I wanted to bring an additional style of country to it that would both compliment and contrast the bohemian vibe. With this, I introduced styling like tweed and wellies to provide an understated and subtle hint at this.

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Our photographers on the day were Emma B Photography, Sam Clayton Photography and Shutterleaf Photography. Following our initial meeting, Sam, Emma and I decided it would be beneficial and fun to have an additional photographer on board, especially with three models, plenty of gorgeous props and a wealth of areas at the venue to use.

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I’d met Anurag of Shutterleaf Photography at another wedding supplier social occasion and loved his energy and personality. Looking at his work, his style is distinctive and different to both Emma’s and Sam’s so I thought it would be a perfect complimentary contrast to the other images. On the day, his boundless energy was ever-more obvious and also infectious, contorting himself as all photographers do it the most uncomfortable positions. He was wonderful to work with and I have to say I was so tired by the end of the day from just watching him work!

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Emma from Emma B Photography is a lovely friend of mine, both in and outside of the wedding industry. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her on a few shoots now, as well as having known her for over 20 years, and she never fails to deliver beautiful images, time after time. She is a lovely person and very talented photographer; anyone booking her for their wedding will definitely not be disappointed.

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Even though I had met Sam previously, I hadn’t had the chance of actually working with her so I was really excited to have the opportunity. I was not disappointed! Her images took my breath away, she had captured so much detail and natural looks that it’s so difficult to choose my favourites. I was so pleased and look forward to working with her again, and would definitely recommend her to any prospective bride.

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What can I say about the venue except gorgeous! It was everything that we needed for the shoot and just the perfect setting for any wedding or event. The hosts, Adele and Roger are so accommodating and even let us traipse around the house they live in to get some gorgeous shots. The house will be available as part of the 2014 packages for the bridal party to use on the night of the weddings, and with corridors and stairs here, there and everywhere, this quirky accommodation and venue will not leave you disappointed.

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Planning a photo-shoot is just like planning a wedding or any other event; there is a time limit to contact and confirm all your suppliers, there is the main theme (or not) to think about and style, relationships to build, emails to send, and the result that takes place on the day is just as exciting. Photo-shoots are a great way for industry suppliers to network, gain new contacts and work together to create amazing images for promotion, and I’m always on the look-out for exciting shoot ideas to bring to life and inspire suppliers and brides-to-be alike!

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The hair & make up was done by the lovely Sarah Green MUA. I met Sarah when I was modelling for another photo-shoot (as I always say, never ask someone to do something you wouldn’t!) and was so impressed with her styling and personality that I knew she would be perfect for the Boho & Country shoot. I wanted the styling to reflect the relaxed, care-free styling of the shoot but also needed to work with the dresses and accessories, which Sarah totally delivered. It was great to have her on board and it was brilliant to work with her again.

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The dresses and accessories were provided by the lovely Nicole from Pearl Bridal Boutique, who I have worked with on several occasions. Her dresses suited the country and relaxed style we were aiming for, lifted by gorgeous headpieces, belts and my favourite accessory of the day, the backwards jacket (styled with Luna dress in the croquet shots). If you haven’t yet chosen your perfect dress for your special day, head over to Nicole’s shop for stunning dresses from top bridal designers at reasonable and affordable prices.

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The brilliant VW transport was provided by John from Boho Brides – Classic VW Hire, based in Southport and lovingly restored by John himself. As I said, I am a huge VW fan and was particularly excited by the blue VW Beetle when it arrived, as I vow to own one just like that at some point! When John first got in contact, I was super excited to feature these in a shoot and was so pleased to be able to style around them. The cute cushions inside the camper vans were even made by his talented future daughter-in-law, Zara. I think you’ll agree that they made a perfect edition to the shoot, and John, Zara, Mark and Chris were brilliant to work with. If VW’s are what you love, get booking them now!

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With the venue being surrounded by gorgeous countryside and having the VW transport, I thought it would be a lovely idea to have an almost storyline to the day, married couple going for a picnic after the wedding, just the two of them enjoying the tranquillity of each other’s company. We had two female models, Michelle and Lauren who had contrasting looks; Michelle has a fair complexion with blonde hair and gorgeous structured features, and Lauren has the English Rose look, again with a fair complexion, brunette hair and naturally at ease in front of the camera.

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Mark was our male model for the day, having to split himself between our two stunning brides. As there are not many places you can get this style of suit or wedding clothes that isn’t off the high street, I styled Mark in his own clothes, adding a few extra details such as cap, tie and neckerchief. The shoot graduated slowly from relaxed country styling to wedding in a country setting, showing the numerous ways to use the accessories, props, venue and products in any type of country or outdoor wedding.

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All our models on the day are just real people like me and you, not professional models, just normal people who at times felt as uncomfortable in front of the camera as you might feel thinking about having your wedding pictures taken. Both of the girls are engaged so it was lovely for them to be able to explore the wedding industry in an unconventional way but gave them a bit of practice ready for their big days. My advice to anyone out there is to definitely try and book an engagement or portrait shoot with your chosen photographers, not just to ease you into being in front of the camera but to also get to know your photographer too. It also helps the photographer get to know you better too!

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The final pieces of the styling, including the cakes and crockery were provided by some wonderful companies, most who I have worked with before.  The perfect bouquets and buttonholes were provided by Flower Design. You can’t fault these products in any way – the quality and beauty captures your attention from the moment you see them. Jane and Jason are based not far from the venue so another local supplier for the shoot. As I had only met Jane briefly at the same network I met Adele and Roger at, it was a great opportunity to work with them and definitely look forward to doing so again in the future.

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The cakes were provided were a very good friend of mine, Sarah from Rocky Road Cakes. As most wedding suppliers start out, Sarah bakes in her own time outside of her full time career and specialises (but is not limited to) delectable cupcakes in many flavours. She has been making my birthday cakes for years so I can personally vouch that they are delicious – but so can the other suppliers from the shoot as they very much enjoyed tucking into them after the shoot was over!

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The umbrellas were provided by Klair from Love Umbrellas, another company I have had the pleasure of working with several times. Her products just fit in so well with so many different styles and themes, they can be made bespoke to order and are also super versatile – waterproof so perfect for the unpredictable British weather!

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Last but most definitely not least, the fabulous vintage crockery, croquet set, basket, books, suitcases and pretty much most of the additional props were provided by the wonderful Rebecca at Pretty Little Trio. I was very excited to be working with Rebecca, and having a love of anything vintage or tea-related, I couldn’t wait to style the products into the shoot. When she arrived and told me about all the other lovely props and items that she had brought with her, I was even more excited – we didn’t even use half of what Rebecca brought with her, and what was there on the day wasn’t even all of the items she has – her house must look like a vintage treasure trove! It was wonderful to work with her and she was great help on the day, getting stuck in helping with styling, carrying and ideas from start to finish.

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I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part on the day – it was so much fun and everyone worked really hard and brilliantly together to help create the fantastic final images that you can see here. I hope you all love them as much as I do, and please feel free to leave any comments for myself and the suppliers involved.

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Styling & Organisation: Perfect Choice Planning

Venue: The Great Hall at Mains

Dresses & Accessories: Pearl Bridal Boutique

VW Transport: Boho Brides – Classic VW Hire

Hair & Make-Up: Sarah Green MUA

Bouquets & Buttonholes: Flower Design

Crockery & Props: Pretty Little Trio

Cupcakes: Rocky Road Cakes

Umbrellas: Love Umbrellas

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Models: Lauren, Mark & Michelle (male attire – models own)

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © Emma B Photography, Sam Clayton Photography and Shutterleaf Photography as tagged

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THIS SUNDAY! The Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition At Beautiful Thorp Perrow!

May 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And it’s here (!!) – our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire on Sunday 12th May 2013 – FREE ENTRY – 12pm till 4pm.

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This is a brand new exclusive use wedding venue and private stately home that we are opening to the viewing public for just one day only – and this you have to see!  Even if you already have your venue booked, this is still for you.  Come and make a day of it, visit our marquee full of absolutely outstanding wedding vendors (the very best in the business, I promise you), enjoy the beautiful gardens, ornamental lakes and the stunning arboretum, and explore the never before open stately pile. 

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Think Atonement, think Gatsby… and you are halfway there…

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“At Thorp Perrow you’ll find trees covered in blossom, carpets of bluebells and bold drifts of wild flowers.”

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This wonderful house has only very recently been opened to the public for weddings (having previously only been used as a private home) can hold up to sixty people for smaller events such as lunches and dinner parties. For larger occasions a marquee can be attached to the house or erected at the front of the house close to the lake.

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Come and visit the team behind these images as well as a collective of the region’s very finest suppliers this Sunday. 

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On site this Sunday you’ll be able to sample the talents of Buttercream Cupcakes, Make Up By Jo, Amy Sunley Photography, Glen Roughead Swing, Cat Hepple Photography, Cordelia & Co, Curvy Bridal, Peter Boyd Photography, It’s A Wind Up!, Limelight Photobooth Hire, Perfectly Practical Parties, Victoria Farr Hair & Make Up Specialist, White Petal Design, Gray Events Ltd, Kelly’s Event Boutique, DJB Photography, Firenza Floral Design, Twisted Willow Floristry, Joe Dodsworth Photography, Love on Location, Lissa Alexandra Photography, Elise Flowers, Kiss The Bride Magazine, The Wedding Guide, Simply Bows & Chair Covers, Travel In Style (Wedding Cars), Noble Fine Art, Swing Thing Duo, C & J Rentals, White Wedding Company, Ruby Shoes, Brides & Belles and more…

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If you would like to beat the queues, gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack packed with little treats from Brides Up North, the regions’ best bridal glossy mags well as some fab on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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To register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag fill in your details below, marking YOUR EVENT VENUE OF CHOICE e.g. “THORP PERROW” in the subject line and quoting “VIP”. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibitions.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Goody bags are limited and subject to availability. We operate a first come, first served policy.

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Photography – Joe Dodsworth Photography

Venue – Thorp Perrow & CWC Malings Catering

Wedding Gowns – Curvy Bridal

Hair & Makeup – Debonnesse & Love Hair & Beauty, Ripon

Hats & Ribbons – Quaintrelle: Millinery by Claire Spooner

Flowers including hair pieces – Twisted Willow Floristry

Models – Ruth Sturdy & Katie Dewar

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Exhibitor enquiries for all Brides Up North events in 2013 – please email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk – and brides to be, you can also pre-register for all of these events NOW! Click here

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Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire – Sunday 12th May 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition)

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The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham – Sunday 19th May 2013

(Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Rise Hall, East Yorkshire – Sunday 9th June 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 8th September 2013

(Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition – 100 exhibitors)

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Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Sunday 15th September 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, Co Durham – Sunday 29th September 2013

(Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition – 80 exhibitors)

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The Mansion, Leeds – Sunday 6th October 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 13th October 2013

(Luxury Wedding Exhibition – 40 exhibitors)

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  – Images © 2013 Joe Dodsworth Photography

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Frosted Romance At Thorp Perrow: A Beautiful Brides Up North Wedding Inspiration Shoot

April 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now, you now I’m not really a fan of a repost (and I shared this winter glamour bridal inspiration shoot with you following the Brides Up North Christmas party) but I’ve got a really rather lovely Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition coming up at this absolutely stunning stately home and gardens – Thorp Perrow, a new, authentic and exclusive private wedding venue in the heart of Bedale –  and wanted to remind you why you need to be there on Sunday 12th May!

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The venue was the stunning house at Thorp Perrow, where I was lucky enough to host the Brides Up North Christmas Party just a day later (click here for a full catch up and photographs from that sparkling event).

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On May 12th, you’ll get to see this venue in all it’s blooming Summer glory (more on that soon), but to illustrate it’s beauty in Winter too we chose an almost frozen look, working with natural winter light, the pale pastel decor of the venue and the almost ethereal beauty of our two models, Ruth Sturdy and Alexandra Ellis.

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I was thinking Russian princesses, a wintery Marie Antoinette, the Snow Queen’s court, Faberge egg colours and gilding and er, Kylie Minogue in January’s Elle Magazine. One thing’s for sure – it worked!

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We were also joined on site by the talent of Deborah of Love On Location, who was responsible for the amazing hair styling, the fabulous team at Curvy Bridal who provided all the breath taking gowns, accessories, shoes and head pieces (as well as working like troopers all day) and the supremely talented Jo of Twisted Willow Floristry, who dressed the venue with her floral creations ready for the following evening’s party while we styled things up.

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Huge thanks to the brilliant Joe Dodsworth Photography whose understanding of our inspiration and ability to create the perfect shot blows me away.  This man has talent (book him to shoot your wedding immediately)!

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So first, a peep behind the scenes (and yes, we DID keep our coats on…to keep the venue cool for those lovely flowers) and then to some rather fine art photography.  I’m thinking that Vogue is calling…

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We hope that you will be inspired.

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Styling & Co-ordination:  Julia at Brides Up North

Venue:  Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire

Images: Joe Dodsworth Photography

Gowns & Accessories:  Curvy Bridal

Flowers:  Twisted Willow Floristry

Make Up:  Make Up By Jo

Hair:  Love On Location

Models:  Ruth Sturdy and Alexandra Ellis

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If you would like to see this amazing wedding venue for yourself, and it’s even better in the summer, then make sure to diarise our first ever Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow on Sunday 12th May 2013. Over 40 of the region’s finest luxury suppliers will be in attendance in our marquee (including all the suppliers who worked on this bridal shoot!), and the house will be open for viewing too.

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NORTH YORKSHIRE: Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire– Sunday 12th May 2013 (12pm – 4pm, Free Entry) The one everyone is dying to see, this newly-open-to-the-public venue throws open it’s doors with it’s first ever bridal event this Summer. Bring a picnic, you won’t want to leave!

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If you would like to gain speedy entry and grab yourself a FREE Brides Up North Welcome Pack packed with a few little treats from Brides Up North, glossy mags and some on-the-day-only exhibitor discounts – while stocks last only – you can pre-register for VIP Bride to Be access now. What are you waiting for?

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Simply use the contact form below, stating “THORP PERROW” in the subject box and “VIP Bride To Be” in the body section. Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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EXHIBITOR ENQUIRIES ALL EVENTS: Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All Brides Up North events in 2012 and earlier this year were sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand for these shows to be very high. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

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Please email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for exhibitor booking and pricing information for all of our events.

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The Snow Queens – A Styled Bridal Shoot In North Yorkshire

February 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’ve something extra specially sparkly, snowy and gorgeous for you this afternoon.  After enduring weeks of grizzle, grey and slush, I think it’s time we fell back in love with the white stuff… because brides really should love white, now, shouldn’t they?!  This pretty and impromptu styled shoot comes to you courtesy of friend of the wedding blog, Abi, of Wooden Hill Images, and I’m so excited to share the loveliness with you. 

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Abi says:  Being a natural light photographer, the outdoors fascinate me. In January whist watching the weather forecast and seeing what was forecast to be the last of the snow, inspiration hit!

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The inspiration behind much of my editing comes from both literary classics and the way a photograph can make you feel.  With more and more brides getting married in winter, I thought about the visions of Narnia and snow filled fields and the beauty of wintry ‘costume’.  I called on my good friend Jane from Wedding and Events Floral Design and we decided to seize the moment. We had 48 hours!

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Jane contacted and arranged the use of Howebridge Wedding Venue in Sowerby, Thirsk, utilizing the gardens and field.  Brides and Belles, Northallerton so generously offered the use of any of their dresses that fitted our brief and local models were found who would brave the elements! Claire Taylor of the Cake Fairy Company expressed interest in joining us and so we began to draw up a vision of different Snow Queens.

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On the morning of the shoot, it had snowed harder than anticipated so we had to swap venues as Howebridge was unreachable. Wedding Events and Floral Design offered the use of their gardens and field. With only two models able to get to the shoot, we called on their ability to become all the different Snow Queens that we had envisioned.

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With oceans of humour and huge dollop of giddy excitement, our first Snow Queen, Georgia was born. Her world is outdoors, the juxtaposition of interior living, outside. She reads romance, wrapped in luxurious fur, in quiet simplicity.  In contrast Olivia, is a Queen with stylish authority, a billowing bridal gown and a superior air about her.  Bo, a pretty, playful bride with a love of Nordic worlds and with a bejewelled bouquet of brooches and trinkets has an inner smile.  Cordelia (my personal favourite) has an ethereal, frosted quality, from a medieval land her Bridal coat and natural circlet in her hair, encapsulating all things rustic.

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Unfortunately, as we progressed through the shoot the snow was thawing incredibly fast so we were working to huge time restraints. The cake had to retire inside for fear of being ruined and Snow Queen ‘Katarina’ hasn’t even made the final cut because the snow thawed all over her dress and hair!

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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We wanted to use these photographs to inspire other brides. When planning your wedding, think who you would like to draw inspiration from – a book, a character, a season, nature. Play, think of individual ideas to make your wedding your own and unique.

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Little Black Book

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Photography – Abi Whitmarsh for Wooden Hill images

Flowers and Props – Wedding and Events Floral Design

Dresses and Tiaras – Brides and Belles, Northallerton

Cake – Cake Fairy Company (Claire Taylor)

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With thanks and apologies to Howebridge Wedding Venue, Sowerby, Thirsk.

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  – Images © 2013 Wooden Hill Images

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Lickety Split Loving! A Modern 1950’s Bridal Shoot In The North East

July 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  Did you have a nice weekend?

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How many of you finally tied the knot over the past two days?  Huge congratulations if you are celebrating becoming a Mrs this morning!  For those of you that are still counting down, I have some fabulous features lined up on the wedding blog this week, including the launch of a second season of Wedding SOS posts.  Watch out for fun, frills and frank advice coming your way.

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Let’s kick things off with a cute bridal shoot put together by a collective of North East wedding industry suppliers sent to me by Kathryn of Opulence Wedding Planning.

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I’m very excited to be working with Grace The Weddings Co on a special outfit for The North of England Wedding Awards later this year (I’m hosting the gala dinner and awards ceremony event – eep!), so it’s lovely to see some of their designs looking absolutely stunning in today’s images.  Check out the Little Black Book at the end of the feature to visit the web pages of the other talented contributors too.

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1950s Bridal Shoot in the North East by David Hill Photography

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Kathryn says:  I decided to plan and organise a 1950’s inspired shoot, but with a modern twist to show that you can take elements of the1950’s era but then bring them into the 21st Century.

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I came across Lickety Split Ice Creamery whilst searching for a 1950’s American diner, and I thought it would be perfect to use as it has the authentic 1950’s American feel, with the vintage sundae’s and floats that they create, but it also felt very modern with the new and innovative flavours that they were using.

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All of the staff and the owner, Cindy, of Lickety Split were very helpful and kind to all who were involved in the shoot, and we managed to get some great shots of the ice creamery and some of the items on their menu!

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1950s Bridal Shoot in the North East by David Hill Photography

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1950s Bridal Shoot in the North East by David Hill Photography

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The photography for this shoot was done by a new photographer called David Hill Photography from Middlesbrough. He has created and edited some amazing vintage style shots of the morning back in June. He really understood the brief for the day, and had some brilliant idea’s of how we could best photograph the dresses, hair, make-up and the location of Lickety Split itself.

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Grace The Weddings Co let me use some of they’re amazing couture dresses, called ‘Grace Couture’. They are all influenced by the 1950’s, but not too much so they still have the modern edge to them, such as with a low cut back, an over sized flower on the waist or an extra piece on the back of the dress to add a ‘bouffant’.

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Jo Leversuch from Make Up By Jo created some amazing make-up for this shoot, using bold block colours on the eyes and lips of the models but with bold eye liner that is associated with icons from the 1950’s such as Marliyn Monroe and Jane Mansfield.

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The hair styling created by Sami Nash at
Vintage Tinsel is very innovative. The brief for the shoot was 1950’s with a modern twist, and the hair styles that she created fitted it perfectly. Using recognisable styles such as the bold curls, but gave it a modern twist by gathering them all on the top of the models head, I think all three of the stylists help bring my visions to life of creating a non-standard 1950’s shoot in 2012!

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1950s Bridal Shoot in the North East by David Hill Photography

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1950s Bridal Shoot in the North East by David Hill Photography

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Little Black Book

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Planning/ styling – Opulence Wedding Planning
Photography – David Hill Photography
Make Up – Make Up By Jo
Dresses/styling – Grace The Weddings Co
Hair Styling – Vintage Tinsel

Accessories – Eden Fancy Dress
Head Pieces – The Headdress Designer
Location – Lickety Split Ice Creamery

Models – Heather Tolputt, Michelle Jones & Morgan Murray

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  – Images © 2012 David Hill Photography

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