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studio 54. a flamboyant 70s styled wedding shoot in the north west

June 12th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Disco Inspired Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (35)

We’ve got disco fever on the blog today thanks to this bold and beautiful styled shoot, which looks back to the glory days of celebrity hotspot Studio 54 for a dose of glamorous wedding inspiration.

With shiny disco balls, flamingos, a gorgeous peacock palette, faux-fro hairstyling and a black satin wedding gown thrown into the mix – this shoot isn’t for the fainthearted bride.

It’s not an all-out extravagant affair though; the captivating backdrop of Kirklinton Hall – a 17th century ruin – adds a softer, romantic edge to the photography, too, as Megan from lighting and backdrop specialist Typical Type explains…

With photography by Tiree Dawson.

A Disco Inspired Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (37)

megan says: Like all wedding suppliers, when the quieter winter months come, we dream; we plan our marketing and part of that is collating amazing images. One of the best ways of doing this is to work with a trusted group of suppliers to showcase what we have learnt over the summer and what we would like to share with our couples.

I have been keen on doing a 70s style, Studio 54 shoot for a very long time. Then, we received some disco balls and, as they say, the rest is history! Luckily for me, the others in the team didn’t take too much persuasion.

A Disco Inspired Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (10)

Lake District-based 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 in Carlisle, presented itself, with its tumbled down walls and less than formal gardens, we knew it was perfect. We then broke all the rules with the Studio 54 theme.

Makeup artist Aimee Chorley and hair stylist Gareth both wanted to share a more modern take on the 70s, and they looked to people like Grace Jones and Bianca Jagger and reworked their iconic looks. Drawing inspiration from the AW17/18 catwalks, the hair was big and the makeup bright. With a peacock palette – there was plenty for Aimee to choose from.

A Disco Inspired Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (27)

For model Crystal, Gareth from Aqua Hair created a faux-fro, and her hair got bigger and bigger as the day went on. We even had a hair dryer blowing at one point to create movement – it all got a bit 70s power ballad! Model Erin had a sophisticated swept over style, inspired by Farrah Fawcett. Her eyes were strong turquoise, with a shimmer lip and – to add to the theme – no blusher!

A Disco Inspired Shoot at Kirklinton Hall (c) Tiree Dawson (28)

The dresses Pandora and Nyx were specially made for the shoot by the talented team at Legend Bridal. Pandora harks back to the 70s with its boho vibe that brings to mind the disco beat of flares, soft lace and high waist dreamy maxi dresses. This dress is truly individual and so romantic with its oversized hood and flowing sleeves cut from lace, which has the deepest of deep borders. It has a sense of light-heartedness but just shouts of unadulterated luxury, too.

Nyx makes no apologies for being right out there; aiming to make a statement. This version was cut in a heavyweight black satin to create a figure hugging inner dress that shows all the right curves. The designers then took a gorgeous beaded corded lace with deep scallop and beautiful design to create a maxi dress showing plenty of leg from the front, while sporting the neatest of trains at the back. Not one for the shy at heart.

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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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