Brides Up North

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

March 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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

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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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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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Head For The Hills! A Styled Bridal Shoot In Lancashire

December 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Morning all!  Whilst I layer on another jumper here at Brides Up North HQ and avoid leaving the building at all costs (it’s cold out there!) I’ll be kicking off a bracing Thursday morning with a little styled shoot in the great outdoors sent to me by Lizz of DJ Archer Photography and a collective of North West wedding industry suppliers.  Make sure that you are wrapped up warm, and enjoy!

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Lizz says:  This was a styled bridal shoot on George’s Lane, Lancashire. It’s just near the iconic Winter Hill and overlooks Bolton. The general theme drew from the area’s iconography: wellies, umbrellas, flat caps, rugged countryside and a strong focus on making the most of what you’ve got.

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There is a big emphasis on helping each other out ‘Up North’ and that certainly came into fruition when everyone came together for the shoot, we also had a couple of walkers help us as they stopped to admire the shoot and even the mountain rescue van pulled up to see if we needed anything, definitely a big community spirit around the area! 

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Our models Lesia and Adam got engaged about two weeks before the shoot (a complete surprise!) so it was beautiful to see them all lit up and posing for their pictures.

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Images: DJ Archer Photography

Bouquets, Invitations & General Styling/ Props: Jamball

Cars: Dan Waller Cars

Wedding Cakes: Cheshire Cat Cake Company

Wedding Gown: Claire Louise Brides

Umbrellas: Hello Brolly

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  – Images © 2012 DJ Archer Photography

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