Charlotte Balbier
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coastal drama. an ethereal styled shoot in seaham

August 1st, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

Coastal Styled Shoot (c) Hannah Joy (8)

The wild and rugged North East coastline provides the dramatic backdrop to today’s stunning styled shoot, crafted by the talented Hannah Picken of Hannah Joy Photography.

After stumbling across Blast Beach in Seaham on Instagram, Hannah knew this was the perfect location for her shoot. Putting her very own wedding dress into the spotlight – Hannah opted for an earthy grey and metallic palette that offsets beautifully against the location’s magnificent rock formations, high cliffs and crashing waves. Add in some driftwood, glass bottles and a smoke bomb or two, and you’ve got an atmospheric shoot that really shows off this captivating beach setting with aplomb.

And then there’s the burnished lagoon of red water that seemingly transports the bride into another celestial setting altogether. We’re mesmerised to say the least!

Hannah’s here now to explain how she and her team of local suppliers, pulled the look together…

With images by Hannah Joy Photography

Coastal Styled Shoot (c) Hannah Joy (30)

hannah says: The styled shoot took place on Blast Beach in Seaham on the Durham coast. I wanted to create an ethereal styled bridal shoot primarily for my own knowledge and experience and because I just love to be creative. This style suits me best and is where my passion lies with my photography.

The location of the shoot came about when I was browsing Instagram. Seaham Hall had posted an image of this beach and as soon as I saw it – I knew it would be a great location for the shoot and just what I was looking for. I had never been to this beach before, so one evening, my family and I headed over to check it out.

Coastal Styled Shoot (c) Hannah Joy (24)

It was exactly what I had imagined! It’s a very unusual place with dramatic rock formations and an iron lake of luminous red coloured water. Upon further reading about the beach, I discovered it was used for the opening scenes of the film Alien 3; this added to the weird and dramatic feel of the location and it was just perfect for my shoot as I wanted something a bit different.

Coastal Styled Shoot (c) Hannah Joy (7)

For the styling of the shoot, my model wore my own personal wedding dress and it fit her just perfectly! My dress came from The Bridal Factory Outlet in Northallerton. It was lovely to re-use my dress rather than have it just sitting in a cupboard never to be seen again (even if it was a little strange seeing someone else wearing it!).

The dress is pretty simple by design and I decided to accessorise it with a rustic fur coat and silver accessories, bangles and rings etc to create a boho vibe and match it up with the pretty waistband detailing. The Irregular Choice shoes were my actual wedding shoes, too, and just so pretty – they were screaming to be photographed again!

Coastal Styled Shoot (c) Hannah Joy (34)

With the help of The Green Florist, a lovely local supplier just on my doorstep, we created a beautiful bouquet and headpiece. The brief was natural rustic and wild and I think they delivered this perfectly. I chose white and green to keep things simple and elegant whilst also working nicely with the dress and the surrounding landscape.

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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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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Lissa Alexandra Photography

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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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Lissa Alexandra Photography

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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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