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fine romance. a luxurious styled wedding inspiration shoot in the peak district

April 27th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A Romantic Styled Shoot in the Peak District (c) Shelley Richmond (33)

Thursday evening’s don’t come much better than this! It’s very nearly the beginning of a bank holiday weekend and to top that, we’ve got an uber-gorgeous styled shoot packed with wedding inspiration to share with you. Ladies, it’s time to let down your hair, fill up your glass (with bubbles, we hope) and feast your eyes on this bridal beauty.

Lead by award-winning Sheffield florist Tracey Campbell, of Campbell’s Flowers, this shoot is the work of a talented team of South Yorkshire suppliers who relished in the opulent ‘fine romance’ brief.

True to form, Tracey created some truly breath-taking designs, which were complemented by the stunning choice of bridal attire, hair, makeup and details.

The backdrop of the misty Peak District hills adds to the romantic tale, and we are thrilled to see a little cameo appearance from some rather gorgeous greyhounds.

With images by Shelley Richmond Photography. Models: Jessica Fletcher and Jessica Leatherday.

A Romantic Styled Shoot in the Peak District (c) Shelley Richmond (22)

tracey says: The big idea behind the shoot was to really visually explore the growing trend of floral wedding designs moving away from the meadowy, just-picked look so dominant in recent years, and towards a very opulent, luxe look. It’s an incredibly romantic look, so we worked with the shoot title ‘A Fine Romance’.

To create that style, I used lots of textures when crafting the floral designs, and maximised contrasts, by juxtaposing more traditional blooms, like amaryllis with exotic flora, such as King Protea.

A Romantic Styled Shoot in the Peak District (c) Shelley Richmond (19)

Much of the inspiration came from the wonderful Marilyn gown by Sassi Holford, particularly in terms of the colour palette, which featured silvery grey eucalyptus and pinks in a range of hues from soft, baby blushes through to some magnificently vivid magenta. The stunning gowns for the shoot, including Marilyn, were provided by Sheffield-based bridal boutique, The White Room.

A Romantic Styled Shoot in the Peak District (c) Shelley Richmond (16)

When it came to the shoot location, we decided on Losehill House Hotel and Spa. We’ve long been fans of this superb venue, and as preferred suppliers we adore working with them. For us, its incredible location is hard to beat as the rolling hills of the beautiful Peak District will always hold a very special place in our hearts; constantly inspiring us and drawing us back.

Losehill also perfectly matched our theme, as the whole place is brimming with luxury details and feels very special. We also love to collaborate with other businesses who share our ethos, and Losehill really does, particularly when it comes to insisting on quality and supporting local artisans and suppliers, for example, the lounge and restaurant furniture was all hand crafted to their design by a nearby company.

A Romantic Styled Shoot in the Peak District (c) Shelley Richmond (34)

To create our romantic, high-end look with our flowers for the shoot, we focused on a contemporary classic look that was all refined elegance with a muted, soft and incredibly feminine colour palette, which we then contrasted with vivid colour pops like cerise. We also incorporated rich colours that were reminiscent of oil paintings, such as a deep emerald green as seen in the simple ivy crowns.

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Daisy Chains. A Summer Of Love Styled Bridal Shoot In Sheffield

May 21st, 2014 | Rachel Parry

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I tend to obsess over one particular wedding element at a time, so for a while I couldn’t stop looking at cakes, particularly naked designs with bare sponge and exposed filling. Then I’d swoon over images and shoots featuring stunning bridal hair and make-up before becoming totally enthralled with wedding videos – often needing the same amount of tissues and comfort food to work my way through them as when watching Marley and Me.

Just recently however, it’s been wedding flowers capturing my attention. I literally can’t stop looking at them. From cute button holes and oh-so-pretty bouquets right through to imaginative table decorations and, better still, ethereal style wedding crowns.

I’m particularly taken by natural, gathered arrangements made up of beautiful blooms fitted to the season. So when I came across this stunning shoot organised by the incredibly talented Tracey Campbell of Campbell’s Flowers, I just had to share.

The Sheffield florist is known for vintage inspired, romantic, pretty flowers with that ‘just picked’ look I’m head over heels for. Following a glorious spate of sunshine, this couldn’t come at a better time as it’s a vintage inspired shoot featuring pretty white summer flowers including a personal childhood favourite of mine – daisies!

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I’ll hand over to Tracey to explain the thinking behind the pretty…

Tracey says: I gathered together a host of my favourite wedding peeps from the North for this shoot, which took place at the exquisite Losehill House Hotel & Spa, in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District.

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I really wanted to do a shoot during the better weather featuring real vintage dresses from the 70’s with a slightly hippy, soft relaxed vibe and use lots and lots of daisies and simple white flowers. Styling needed to be natural to echo our very ‘just picked’ vintage look flowers, but brought up to date – no pastiche or fancy dress for us, so we kept it really simple letting the gowns and the flowers doing the talking.

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I’ve worked with photographer Jess Petrie and hair and make-up artist Jenn Edwards quite a few times on ‘real’ weddings and shoots so it was natural they would be our first port of call.  I love the really soft, ethereal quality to Jess’s photography.

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Relaxed, soft and pretty but just a bit edgy were the requirements for hair and make-up which Jenn delivered perfectly. I particularly loved the models’ amazing lower lashes, messy fishtail plaits and soft romantic up-dos.

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Hayley Neil at Glory Days Vintage supplied the stunning dresses for the shoot – I had a very hard time only choosing two gowns per model! Talented fashion designer Lauren Armstrong also created three incredible dress designs for our models which drew on 70’s influences whilst remaining bang up-to-date. She styled our lovely male model too.

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To complete the look, crochet whizz Amy Worthington of Minniecrafts created some beautifully intricate stockings as the prettiest ‘something blue’ you ever did see.

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The styling for the shoot was a combination of myself and Julia Harrison from Go Glorious, who hires great props and provides a host of lovely styling. Accessories were provided by Karen Kench from Kettle of Fish, whose hand-crafted creations included bouquet brooches, chair backs, ring boxes and place settings.

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Finally, we just needed a cake. Claire Kemp worked her magic here to produce a soft and pretty, yet architectural and graphic design, incorporating the main theme of daises into both the motifs and colours – beautiful!

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Photographer: Jess Petrie

Floral Design and Concept: Campbell’s Flowers

Venue: Losehill House Hotel & Spa

Hair and Make Up: Jenn Edwards

Accessories: Karen Kench, Kettle of Fish

Styling: Julia Harrison, Go Glorious

Vintage Dresses: Hayley Neil, Glory Days Vintage

Dress Designer & Male Model Stylist: Lauren Armstrong

Blue Stockings: Amy Worthington of Minniecrafts

Cake: Claire Kemp Studio

Models: Izzy Lindley, Kate Waters, Georgia Symonds & Alex Davies

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