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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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Alter Ego Portraits/ Martin Plant Photography

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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/ Martin Plant Photography

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Alter Ego Portraits/ Martin Plant Photography

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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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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Buttons and Bows! A Real DIY Wedding In Yorkshire, Claire & Gareth

December 27th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This DIY wedding from Brides Up North fan Claire is packed to the rafters with clever details.  This wedding has a button theme, but certainly isn’t a make-do-and-mend affair, which is why it is one of the wedding blog’s favourites of 2011.  Merry Christmas Claire and Gareth!   

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Chris Milner Photography

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This Real Wedding comes from a regular Brides Up North reader, Claire.  I was over the moon when Claire emailed me to let me know that she had used the wedding blog to plan her gorgeous wedding day, and even found her photographer, Chris Milner Photography, and venue, The Old Lodge at Malton, on these pages.  She wasn’t disappointed, and you won’t be either!  Be inspired!

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Over to Claire: We got engaged September 2009, Gareth proposed whilst we were sea kayaking off a beach in Bali and we married on 22nd October 2010 at The Old Lodge, Malton, North Yorkshire. 

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After looking high and low this venue just had the right feeling about it. We wanted a relaxed venue that still felt special. The Old Lodge is rustic and cosy.  Our whole aim was an autumnal wedding with the colour of the leaves and a warm feeling. We didn’t focus too heavily on just one thing but there were a few ideas that tied it all together, like the buttons and woodwork.  Colour wise, we based a lot of things around the taupe colour of the bridesmaid’s dress.

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When choosing my dress, I wanted something timeless and elegant – I’m also quite petite so I wanted something that would compliment my size.  I looked at lots of ideas including shorter ‘tea dresses’ but this one was just right – I didn’t want lots of embellishment or jewels. The dress was called Sex And The City and I got it from Perfect Daze in Denby Dale.

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My sister wore a taupe dress from Dessy via To Have and To Hold in Mirfield where she lives. We got my little niece a girl’s dress from Next but added to it with a bow to match her mum’s dress. 

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We made all our own bouquets/buttonholes using buttons that I got from my late Grandma’s sewing box (and it also had her Grandad’s Royal Mail badges in it which was really sentimental as he couldn’t be there on the day) – this really made it feel like our day as we’d done it all ourselves. Gareth and his friend made the wooden table centres and we had lots of jam jars donated by friends and family which I embellished to match everything else.

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We chose a classic homemade fruit cake with loads of booze in it by Gareth’s mum, which was iced to match the other items on the day with buttons all around it. The cake topper was made by Gareth to match our original invitation idea with two little lovebirds.

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We went to a friend’s wedding earlier in the year and decided afterwards that a band was really what we wanted for our evening entertainment. Reservoir Rocks from Sheffield were recommended by a friend and I cannot thank them enough, they were awesome, thoroughly entertaining, played loads of good songs and even learnt two special tracks just for us. We also arranged some fireworks as a special surprise seeing as it was so close to bonfire night.

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My favourite thing about the day was having fireworks after the first dance!  It was a really great way of going out with a bang! Also – we served tea and biscuits after the ceremony – it was quirky, but people enjoyed the warm drink and everyone loves a brew.

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For our honeymoon we spent a few quiet days at Wrigglesbrook B&B in Herefordshire – they have two original Varda’s (gypsy caravans) for guests to sleep in by the river – such a charming and peaceful place with some great food on offer. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to have fun with your planning – making stuff really keeps costs down and it’s the personal touches that people will really remember. It can be stressful but once the day begins, just let people get on with it and have fun.

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HEART

Congratulations Claire & Gareth! HEART

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  – Images © 2011 Chris Milner Photography

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Fisherman’s Friend – A Styled Bridal Fashion Shoot By Lissa Alexandra

November 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Lissa Alexandra Photography

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Something fishy’s going on today on the wedding blog.  But don’t get your tackle in a twist, it’s only the gorgeous Lissa Alexandra Photography with her fabulous seaside bridal fashion shoot.  Man the lifeboats!

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Let’s hear from Lissa, who explains the concept behind the shoot.  She says: For ages I’ve wanted to do a bridal shoot, but with a twist. It’s very popular for photographers just to plonk a model in a field and shoot but I wanted more depth to mine. As a Yorkshire lass with a love of the sea, the North East coast seemed a perfect location. My style of photography is slightly vintage and I love rural/ traditional locations, so Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay fitted this perfectly. Rather than just have the girls walking round the villages I wanted to quirk it up a bit. For some reason the idea of a bride dressed as a fisherman made me smile and I hoped it would make the viewer smile too! So the theme for the shoot was born: vintage coastal life with a dash of kitsch.

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My first task was to find the models. My fellow photographer buddy Ella jumped at the chance and her best friend Pam joined the fun too. Once I’d had their dress sizes I was lucky enough to borrow some stunning dresses from Sharon at Eternity Bride.  I wanted one with a really long train as I had visions of it bellowing in the wind on the beach. This was the champagne coloured strapless dress. The other dress was white and stunningly simple with just two string of pearls across the back. The final dress used in the shoot is from one of my client’s businesses Heirloom CoutureIt was a genuine vintage dress in champagne with a sage green coral style embroidery pattern. It was perfect for the shoot! All dresses are available for purchase, contact Lissa Alexandra Photography.

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With my shots in mind, my next mission was to source the props. The lovely Rachel, from Simply Vintage Events was fantastic! After a random list of weird and wonderful things from me she came up with everything I wanted including anchors, fishermen’s hats, starfish, parasols, horseshoes, smoking pipes, bucket of flowers and much more!

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Whilst at a wedding fair I met the very talented Katy from What Katy Did Next I was in awe of her stunning headpieces. I knew I definitely wanted to use her pieces for my shoot, and I think you’ll agree, they look amazing plus the models wanted to keep them all!

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{Note: A What Katy Did Next headpiece is currently up for grabs on the wedding blog – click here to enter}

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Katy then suggested I take a look at the button bouquets made by Emma at Beau Buttons
Again, wow, I fell in love! What fabulous bouquets and such a great alternative to flowers. I love the fact that they can be kept for life for passed down through generations.

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One of the models had worked with the make up artist Natalie Greenwell. 
Nat was a complete godsend. Not only was she brilliant at makeup and did exactly what I asked for but she was so jolly and upbeat. She even stayed the whole day and helped out as my assistant, superstar!

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Finally the last piece of the puzzle was to find somewhere to stay. After doing a reccy of the villages I came across Staithes Cottages. Maureen sorted me out the perfect cottage dead in the centre of Staithes so we could walk about easily, which to the local and tourists caused much humour and intrigue!

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The shots in all are a mixture of quirky, romantic and creative photographs which is generally how I cover my weddings. I like to capture natural moments sharing the subject’s personality. I also love to use props which I carry to all shoots with me. They’re a great way of helping people relax in front of the camera. By giving them something to do it really helps them with their confidence and they have a laugh with things, leading to more natural results, which I love!

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