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bijou bride. a styled bridal shoot at kirklinton hall

June 7th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Chic Elopement Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (28)

Unbridled romance laced with Parisian charm lies at the heart of today’s beautiful styled shoot at the enchanting Kirklinton Hall. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the venue is nestled somewhere in the picturesque French countryside but it is, in fact, much closer to home, near Carlisle (yes, we gasped when we first read this, too).

The 17th century ruin provides the most splendid of backdrops – the kind we’ve often daydreamed about while poring over our favourite period novel. We’re talking 14 acres of leafy grounds and a meandering river nearby, not to mention spiralling turrets and a gypsy caravan for something altogether fantastical.

This serene shoot is about intimacy and those finer details, wrapped up in all things tres chic – from the gorgeous vintage style stationery and dainty crockery, to the most elegant of wedding dresses and frivolous florals. Quite simply: j’adore.

Megan Hawkins from lighting and backdrop specialist Typical Type, who headed up the shoot, tells us more…

With photography from Tiree Dawson.

A Chic Elopement Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (26)

megan says: The idea for this shoot was to demonstrate how a small, intimate wedding could be styled. The theme came to me after I looked around the venue. There was something about the plants climbing up the soft ochre walls and the gentle sun pouring in which spoke of long summer days in France.

Photographer Tiree Dawson and I have done a number of shoots together and we always like to look for somewhere a little different. We searched for a long time, and when Kirklinton Hall, near Carlisle, presented itself – with its tumbled down walls and less than formal gardens – we just knew it was perfect. It is a very romantic place, with a gypsy caravan, turrets and a river running around its perimeter. It’s the kind of place you could go to as a couple and lose yourselves. It is a new venue, too, so we knew that we were bringing something fresh to the table. We then crafted the French elopement scene around it.

A Chic Elopement Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (34)

Our models, Lau and Grant are naturally gorgeous, so we didn’t want to do too much to them. The idea was never to make them overtly ‘French’, but to hint at it. So a gentle chignon with soft finger waves, created by Gareth from Aqua The Salon, and emphasis on Lau’s stunning English-Rose look from MUA Aimee Chroley was all that was required.

A Chic Elopement Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (22)

The dresses were made for the shoot by the talented team at Legend Bridal. For the Parisian theme, we selected the Elana gown. This dress does it all, with its full back illusion panel which shows the back and shoulders whilst remaining softly demure, but enticing. The high low hem allows a glimpse of those incredible shoes while owning a glorious train, which fans out like a peacock when walking. Made from soft glittering tulle, this dress is deliciously light and easy to wear while having all the Parisian glamour from the sumptuous lace and stunning row of tiny satin covered buttons down the back.

A Chic Elopement Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (14)

For the décor, we brought Janet from Wilde and Romantic on board. It was only her second ever shoot, and she came armed with a wonderful array of props, adding a little ‘joie de vivre’ to the shoot. We added to this with our new crystal chandelier, and the talented Lau not only modelled, but created the stationery and painted backdrop, as part of her venture Neat Creative. The colour palette for this scene was soft – think lilacs, lavenders, olives, and pale pinks – all picked out by the talented Kevin from Brackens of Bowness. In addition, the breads and croissants that featured in the photo shoot were supplied by More Bakery.

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mrs & mrs #TN – a newlywed shoot – kirstin & ash

January 15th, 2015 | Julia Braime

a newlywed shoot in Yorkshire (c) Stephanie Reeder (16)

This morning it’s my pleasure to welcome my industry friend Kirsty of Kirstin Halstead Wedding Planning and her lovely new hubby Ash to the pages of the wedding blog.

Kirstin and Ash hot-footed it to Nashville, Tennessee when they eloped earlier this year to tie the knot in style, but couldn’t resist a special newlywed shoot (in red sequins and cowboy boots no less!) back on Yorkshire soil.

I’m thrilled that they chose to share their celebrations with Brides Up North.

#TN forever.

Images by Stephanie Reeder.

a newlywed shoot in Yorkshire (c) Stephanie Reeder (31)

kirstin says: One day Ash just turned to me and asked me to marry him. It was so unexpected, my heart fluttered and I immediately said yes.

a newlywed shoot in Yorkshire (c) Stephanie Reeder (3)

We eloped to Tennessee a few months later. We wanted an adventure together. We both love the United States so it seemed the perfect place to get married. Even though our friends and family weren’t with us they sent celebratory video messages on our wedding day it was really sweet.

a newlywed shoot in Yorkshire (c) Stephanie Reeder (2)

We have known each other a while, but never really took notice of each other until early last year! You just cant see what is right in front of you sometimes.

a newlywed shoot in Yorkshire (c) Stephanie Reeder (3)

a newlywed shoot in Yorkshire (c) Stephanie Reeder (10)

We went to a restaurant on our first date. Even though we worked at the same place we never really spoke but during dinner it was like we had known each other for years. We didn’t stop laughing.

a newlywed shoot in Yorkshire (c) Stephanie Reeder (12)

I knew he was the one right from our first date.

a newlywed shoot in Yorkshire (c) Stephanie Reeder (14)

I love that we have the same likes and dislikes. I love Ash’s smile, jokes and sense of humor, he makes me laugh a lot. He is really clever, I learn from him all the time.  He says he loves that I am a go getter and knows what I want in life!

a newlywed shoot in Yorkshire (c) Stephanie Reeder (29)

a newlywed shoot in Yorkshire (c) Stephanie Reeder (23)

We chose to have a newlywed shoot to capture memories of our time together in Nashville and also because we loved our photographer Stephanie Reeder’s style.

We loved the newlywed shoot – it made us so excited for our married life together and was lots of fun.

a newlywed shoot in Yorkshire (c) Stephanie Reeder (32)

Our biggest wish for married life is health and happiness. Simple, really.

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Rough Love: A 1950’s Rockabilly Elopement – A Styled Bridal Shoot In Northumberland

November 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A bit of fun on a Thursday morning, with this casual and cool American style elopement shoot in the heart of Northumberland sent to me by Sami of Tinsel Tiara.  Showcasing the work of some of my favourite North East suppliers, Make Up By Jo and What Katy Did Next, this shoot makes me want to pack up the laptop and hit the road.  Next stop, Las Vegas.   

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Sami says: I wanted this shoot to have a story line and to be set in the 50’s with a touch roughness and a hint of delicate love.  I met David Hill, the photographer on our Lickety Split shoot and knew he was the person the to take the pictures: his attention to detail was perfect.  Along with my double act Make Up By Jo and What Katy Did Next we worked out the look we were looking for and then I started the search for other suppliers and models.

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The venue, The Hearth Cafe, is managed by my sister and set in the lovely village of Horsley in Northumberland.  With its amazing views and quirky interior it was the ideal venue.  My dad is a big American car fan and is a member of Tyneside American Cars.  It didn’t take long to convince them to let us use their precious cars for the shoot, any thing to show off!

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With the suppliers all lined up and two stunning models I set about creating the story:  Set in the Deep South of America a young New York girl falls in love with a rough tattooed rockabilly.  We had an amazing afternoon: the sun shone, the sky was a brilliant blue and everything went according to plan and more. I owe these amazing people a huge thank you for making this shoot a success.

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  – Images © 2012 David Hill Photography

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Happy Holidays, a Real Greek Elopement – Maria & Brandon

November 25th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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Maria and Brandon’s Real Wedding photographs literally take my breath away.  If this is what eloping looks like, I would have booked my plane ticket as soon as he proposed!  These stunning destination Real Wedding shots warm my heart on this cold winter morning ‘up North.  Bask in it…

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Let’s hear from the beautiful bride: Our story is not one for the faint of heart!  We met, were engaged and married all within 6 months.  I was a meteorologist and news reporter for a local CBS & FOX affiliate and Brandon is in Special Ops for the US Air Force.  While planning our wedding, we decided that we wanted it to be just the two of us at a location that I have always wanted to go to- Santorini, Greece!  The sapphire blue Aegean Sea & charming white and blue-topped buildings have always held a special place in my heart, and I never thought I’d get to visit, but Brandon made it possible.

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The trip over was quite an adventure in itself.  We had a connecting flight in Paris, then Athens, then finally a short plane ride to Santorini.  Our first flight was late, and we missed our flight from Paris to Athens, but we arrived safely in Santorini.  However, our luggage, including my wedding dress and Brandon’s suit didn’t.  He was frantic and called the airport every other hour while I was calm and said I’d end up buying a white dress from one of the local shops if I had to.  Lucky for us, the luggage arrived just 17 hours prior to our wedding!

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The night prior to our wedding, Brandon gave me a gift that he said he couldn’t wait to give me anymore.  It was a Greek statue of two people embracing.  He had picked it up over 5 years ago in, you guessed it, Greece, while heading back to the US after his very first deployment.  He said that he bought it with the intention to give it to the woman he married because it represented union, love, and togetherness.  He said he had to hold back the tears when I told him that I wanted to get married in Greece.

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Our ceremony was held on May 3, 2010 at the historic St Irini church.  Many locals claim it is the church that the entire island itself was named after.  The weather was beautiful- the sky was almost as blue as the Aegean, but after the ceremony ended, a fine mist came rolling in and provided us with some amazing photos.  Our photographer was Ashley Johnson, an Englishman who moved to Santorini for it’s beauty and alluring atmosphere.  He took us out on an adventure around the island to capture more images at some hidden spots around the island.

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((Note from Brides Up North: I adore this photograph!)

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After a few days in Santorini, we jet-setted off to Paris for the remainder of our honeymoon.  Since Brandon is in the military and will be deploying often, he insisted in hiring a photographer in  Paris to capture more images that he could take with him while he deploys to remember our wedding.  It was rainy, cold and windy, but we made it through the evening with the wonderful photographers from One and Only Paris Photography.

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~ HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my US readers!  Happy Holidays ~

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