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The Secret Garden. A Styled Bridal Shoot At Combermere Abbey

August 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Feeling quintessentially English here on the wedding blog this morning (might break for a scone and clotted cream soon) with a beautiful styled shoot sent to me by a team of North West wedding industry suppliers.  They congregated at Combermere Abbey on a lovely Summer’s day to put together this stunning set of images to inspire you to add some floral loveliness to your own big day.  I can almost hear your Pinterest fingers twitching already, so without further ado, lets enter the Secret Garden…

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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The team say:  Unique and beautiful, the Victorian walled gardens at Combermere Abbey, with their botanical riches and stunning architecture, make for one of the UK’s most spectacular wedding venues.  This combined with the current floral design trend, was the inspiration behind our enchanting ‘Secret Garden’ themed shoot.

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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The aim of the creative team was to capture the ethereal and timeless sensation that pervades at Combermere, a venue which constantly delights, transforms with each season and where each wedding enjoys its own uniqueness.

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Award-winning wedding and fashion photographer, Adam Capper, captured some truly inspirational shots. Adam’s passion, detailed eye, raw talent and individual spirit, make him one of the best in his profession.

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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The shoot was styled by Rebecca Jenkinson of Pretty Little Trio whose vintage crockery, silverware and artifacts add elegance and timeless style to the images. Rebecca’s passion for all things vintage and eclectic collection of pretty china, cutlery, props and glassware is available to hire to create the sweetest of weddings. 

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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The wild floral bouquet was the creation of Heather Ryder of Living Colour at Stockton Heath, inspired by the secret garden theme, seasonal blooms included roses, peonies, passion flowers and Sweet William, in vibrant pinks and deep magenta shades and incorporated crochet cotton lace detail and tiny keys to represent ‘The Key to my Heart’ with complementary floral table arrangements.

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This theme also was enhanced by hand-made stationery, courtesy of Hattie Boo Designs.  Emma Bryan of Hattie Boo celebrates the written word and tactile creations, with imaginative and beautiful stationery for all of life’s events including weddings.

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Tempting desserts were presented to the table by specialist event caterers, Pickled Walnut, whose combination of fine foods and sense-of-theatre have won them a place as one of the Abbey’s preferred suppliers.

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Lace chair covers, complementing the table setting, were provided by wedding gown designer, Claire Mischevani of Shrewbury, and are available for hire.

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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The bride was dressed by Kirsten Lindsay, of Amy Louise Bridal Gowns, Nantwich. This family-managed designer bridal boutique is one of the premier retailers in the North West, with a stunning array of designer gowns and accessories. Those showcased are the exquisitely beaded, vintage-style Jenny Packham ‘Azalea’ and also the purely beautiful, simple ‘Scarletta’.

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Make-up and hair styling was by cute Rockabilly sister-duo, Pouting in Peep Toes. Sal and Eve Yarwood worked their retro-magic on our bride, Lauren, giving her a dreamy ‘English rose’ appearance.

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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The shoot showcases the natural beauty of Combermere Estate. The venue comprises The Glasshouse in the centre of the Walled Gardens, with 180˚view over the Fruit Tree Maze, the Walled Garden Pavilion and the new Maze Pavilion.

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Combermere Abbey is located between Nantwich and Whitchurch, on the Cheshire/Shropshire border. Weddings and events are held all year round. Award-winning self-catering accommodation sleeps up to 49 guests and includes Gothick gatehouse ‘Stone Lodge’, perfect for the bride and groom.

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Adam Capper at Combermere Abbey

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Little Black Book

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Venue – Combermere Abbey – for enquiries please contact weddings@combermereabbey.co.uk

Photographer – Adam Capper

Styling & Vintage Accessories– Pretty Little Trio

Gowns – Jenny Packham at Amy Louise Bridal Gowns

Hair & Make Up – Pouting In Peep Toes

Catering – Pickled Walnut

Flowers – Living Colour

Stationery – Hattie Boo Designs

Chair Covers – Claire Mischevani

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Adam Capper

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Great Gatsby! A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

March 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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Now, anyone who knows me well will correctly anticipate that I am very much looking forward to the release of The Great Gatsby later on this year.  Yes, I can’t wait to soak up all that beautiful 1920’s glamour and styling, but I also have the biggest crush on Leonardo Di Caprio. It’s sad but true, and I have been unable to shake it since seeing Baz Lurmann’s Romeo & Juliet at the tender age of 14.  All these years later, whilst everyone else moved on to Depp, Pitt and Pattison, he’s still up there at the top of my list, and I have seen every single one of his films.  So as a total loser an expert on DiCaprio, and a fan of the book itself, I’d say if there’s one film Leo will do well, it’s Gatsby.

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Consequently, excitement levels for The Great Gatsby and anything so related are high here at Brides Up North HQ.   

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So when Alex of Alex Davies Photography got in touch to see if I fancied featuring her latest styled bridal inspiration shoot, a Gatsby themed affair, I was keen to see the results, although I feared it might miss a little Leo shaped magic.  And you know what? The team have put this together so beautifully, that you barely notice the lack of DiCaprio.  I was too busy drooling over those wedding dresses (particularly the chiffon shrug), that hair, those accessories, that eye makeup, those flowers…

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Enjoy!

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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Alex says:  It’s amazing where ideas come from and believe it or not this idea behind this shoot came from a trip to the dentist! While sitting in the waiting room I was captivated by the trailer for The Great Gatsby which has been re-made and is due for release this summer. I adore the 1920’s style and thought that creatively this gave a lot of scope to work with.

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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In the past when I’ve done shoots I always worked with a lot of Manchester suppliers but you know what, we have some great suppliers here in Bolton so I wanted to keep it very local and use the best guys we have here.

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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The gowns were provided by Claire Louise Brides which is very much a family business. Claire’s boutique is beautiful and she stocks some amazing suppliers such as Suzanne Neville and Paloma Blanca. Claire also stocks beautiful headpieces by Miranda Templeton who is another local talent. Mel, the lady behind Miranda Templeton brought along her new collection to be part of the shoot.

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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The gorgeous flowers were provided by Lancashire Floristry. Victoria was full of ideas and provided some beautiful pieces including a vintage rose bouquet and a pomander set with jewels.

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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The hair and make-up were done by formidable talent Fatimah Vadia of MakeupBase. Fatimah trained with MAC and is such a joy to work with. She always gets exactly what I’m after and isn’t afraid to go all out to really create something stunning for the camera.

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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Our beautiful model was Alex Outhwaite who was the ultimate professional and endured the cold in some flimsy gowns.

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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Great Gatsby - Wedding Inspiration - Alex Davies Photography

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And finally the whole shoot was set at the Egerton House Hotel in Bolton. The hotel has some beautiful grounds as well as a purpose built wedding suite and was brilliant to shoot in.

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Little Black Book

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Images:  Alex Davies Photography

Bridal Gowns:  Claire Louise Brides

Make Up:  MakeupBase

Headpieces:  Miranda Templeton

Flowers:  Lancashire Floristry

Model:  Alex Outhwaite

Venue:  Egerton House Hotel

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Alex Davies Photography

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