Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

Coming In From The Cold. A Styled Bridal Shoot At Styal Lodge, Cheshire

February 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lucy Greenhill Photography

After the excitement of my big announcement this morning (miss it? click here to catch up) we’re staying in the North West for the whole day on the wedding blog, and this afternoon we join a bevy of Cheshire lovelies as they collaborate on this warming styled bridal shoot at Styal Lodge.

Styal Lodge Shoot from Love Gets Sweeter on Vimeo.

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

To introduce the shoot, Laura of Laurel Weddings says:  We decided that one of my favourite venues; Styal Lodge in Cheshire, with its warn interior tones, contrasting against the chilly day, would be ideal to give everyone involved the opportunity to show their creativity and bring their own individual style to the shoot. With such a blank canvas to work with and in consultation with my good friend Francesca from Cheshire Cat Cake Company, we agreed that metallic silver and gold would work really well.

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

Lucy Greenhill Photography

We were fortunate to have three beautiful models, each with their individual look, showcasing a variety of products and styles within the overall theme.  Despite the best efforts of the Cheshire weather, we managed to fit in a few shots in the wintery gardens, with the balance taken in the warmth of the barn itself.
Our photographer for the shoot Lucy Greenhill of Lucy Greenhill Photography, did a fantastic job and
using her photographer’s eye, pulled together an cohesive collection of images.

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Boho & Country: A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West

July 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s often the way in the World of weddings, that a small idea snowballs into something huge.  The Brides Up North Wedding Exhibitions, anyone?  Exhibit A.  A good thing.  Those 200 hand knitted favours that you are currently spending every evening crafting?  Exhibit B.  Not so much.  

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Knitting cramps aside, I love this industry for it’s all inclusive, positive, lets create something beautiful together attitude.  That’s why when Laura of Perfect Choice Planning asked me if I would like to feature this beautiful styled shoot by a really rather talented collective of North West Suppliers and photographers, that had started small and become something rather special, I was right behind it!

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And before I hand you over to Laura, let’s address those favours. Ladies only.  The guys don’t care and it’ll cut your knitting time in half, leaving you free to browse today’s blog features at your leisure.  See?  Problem solved. 

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Enjoy this…

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Laura of Perfect Choice Planning says:  Our Boho & Country feature was born from an enquiry from Boho Brides – Classic VW Hire about styling a photo-shoot to promote their new business. Being a huge VW fan, I jumped at the chance and set about the organisation.

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Not long after, I was at a supplier network where I met Sam from Sam Clayton Photography, and Adele and Roger, who own The Great Hall at Mains. Along with Emma from Emma B Photography we talked about creating a styled shoot to work together, as not many of us had worked together before. Knowing what a stunning country venue The Great Hall at Mains is, I mentioned Boho Brides, and the shoot was born!

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Shutterleaf Photography

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It was then I set about thinking of what styling to use and other suppliers to bring on board. Choosing the right suppliers and venue for the shoot is just as important as if choosing it for your own wedding or special event – you have to be sure that you have suppliers you can trust to deliver what you want, that the venue emulates the feel of the shoot that you’re aiming for and that everything works perfectly together to create amazing final images.

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This shoot shows exactly what happens when you get this right: the images speak volumes for themselves and, even with a four month postponement of the shoot and slight change of original suppliers due to the date change and unpredictable weather, everyone was a pleasure to work with.

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I wanted the shoot to have a relaxed and care-free feel but I wanted to bring an additional style of country to it that would both compliment and contrast the bohemian vibe. With this, I introduced styling like tweed and wellies to provide an understated and subtle hint at this.

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Sam Clayton Photography

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Our photographers on the day were Emma B Photography, Sam Clayton Photography and Shutterleaf Photography. Following our initial meeting, Sam, Emma and I decided it would be beneficial and fun to have an additional photographer on board, especially with three models, plenty of gorgeous props and a wealth of areas at the venue to use.

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I’d met Anurag of Shutterleaf Photography at another wedding supplier social occasion and loved his energy and personality. Looking at his work, his style is distinctive and different to both Emma’s and Sam’s so I thought it would be a perfect complimentary contrast to the other images. On the day, his boundless energy was ever-more obvious and also infectious, contorting himself as all photographers do it the most uncomfortable positions. He was wonderful to work with and I have to say I was so tired by the end of the day from just watching him work!

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Emma from Emma B Photography is a lovely friend of mine, both in and outside of the wedding industry. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her on a few shoots now, as well as having known her for over 20 years, and she never fails to deliver beautiful images, time after time. She is a lovely person and very talented photographer; anyone booking her for their wedding will definitely not be disappointed.

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Even though I had met Sam previously, I hadn’t had the chance of actually working with her so I was really excited to have the opportunity. I was not disappointed! Her images took my breath away, she had captured so much detail and natural looks that it’s so difficult to choose my favourites. I was so pleased and look forward to working with her again, and would definitely recommend her to any prospective bride.

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What can I say about the venue except gorgeous! It was everything that we needed for the shoot and just the perfect setting for any wedding or event. The hosts, Adele and Roger are so accommodating and even let us traipse around the house they live in to get some gorgeous shots. The house will be available as part of the 2014 packages for the bridal party to use on the night of the weddings, and with corridors and stairs here, there and everywhere, this quirky accommodation and venue will not leave you disappointed.

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Planning a photo-shoot is just like planning a wedding or any other event; there is a time limit to contact and confirm all your suppliers, there is the main theme (or not) to think about and style, relationships to build, emails to send, and the result that takes place on the day is just as exciting. Photo-shoots are a great way for industry suppliers to network, gain new contacts and work together to create amazing images for promotion, and I’m always on the look-out for exciting shoot ideas to bring to life and inspire suppliers and brides-to-be alike!

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The hair & make up was done by the lovely Sarah Green MUA. I met Sarah when I was modelling for another photo-shoot (as I always say, never ask someone to do something you wouldn’t!) and was so impressed with her styling and personality that I knew she would be perfect for the Boho & Country shoot. I wanted the styling to reflect the relaxed, care-free styling of the shoot but also needed to work with the dresses and accessories, which Sarah totally delivered. It was great to have her on board and it was brilliant to work with her again.

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Shutterleaf Photography

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The dresses and accessories were provided by the lovely Nicole from Pearl Bridal Boutique, who I have worked with on several occasions. Her dresses suited the country and relaxed style we were aiming for, lifted by gorgeous headpieces, belts and my favourite accessory of the day, the backwards jacket (styled with Luna dress in the croquet shots). If you haven’t yet chosen your perfect dress for your special day, head over to Nicole’s shop for stunning dresses from top bridal designers at reasonable and affordable prices.

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Sam Clayton Photography

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The brilliant VW transport was provided by John from Boho Brides – Classic VW Hire, based in Southport and lovingly restored by John himself. As I said, I am a huge VW fan and was particularly excited by the blue VW Beetle when it arrived, as I vow to own one just like that at some point! When John first got in contact, I was super excited to feature these in a shoot and was so pleased to be able to style around them. The cute cushions inside the camper vans were even made by his talented future daughter-in-law, Zara. I think you’ll agree that they made a perfect edition to the shoot, and John, Zara, Mark and Chris were brilliant to work with. If VW’s are what you love, get booking them now!

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With the venue being surrounded by gorgeous countryside and having the VW transport, I thought it would be a lovely idea to have an almost storyline to the day, married couple going for a picnic after the wedding, just the two of them enjoying the tranquillity of each other’s company. We had two female models, Michelle and Lauren who had contrasting looks; Michelle has a fair complexion with blonde hair and gorgeous structured features, and Lauren has the English Rose look, again with a fair complexion, brunette hair and naturally at ease in front of the camera.

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Emma B Photography

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Mark was our male model for the day, having to split himself between our two stunning brides. As there are not many places you can get this style of suit or wedding clothes that isn’t off the high street, I styled Mark in his own clothes, adding a few extra details such as cap, tie and neckerchief. The shoot graduated slowly from relaxed country styling to wedding in a country setting, showing the numerous ways to use the accessories, props, venue and products in any type of country or outdoor wedding.

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All our models on the day are just real people like me and you, not professional models, just normal people who at times felt as uncomfortable in front of the camera as you might feel thinking about having your wedding pictures taken. Both of the girls are engaged so it was lovely for them to be able to explore the wedding industry in an unconventional way but gave them a bit of practice ready for their big days. My advice to anyone out there is to definitely try and book an engagement or portrait shoot with your chosen photographers, not just to ease you into being in front of the camera but to also get to know your photographer too. It also helps the photographer get to know you better too!

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Shutterleaf Photography

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The final pieces of the styling, including the cakes and crockery were provided by some wonderful companies, most who I have worked with before.  The perfect bouquets and buttonholes were provided by Flower Design. You can’t fault these products in any way – the quality and beauty captures your attention from the moment you see them. Jane and Jason are based not far from the venue so another local supplier for the shoot. As I had only met Jane briefly at the same network I met Adele and Roger at, it was a great opportunity to work with them and definitely look forward to doing so again in the future.

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The cakes were provided were a very good friend of mine, Sarah from Rocky Road Cakes. As most wedding suppliers start out, Sarah bakes in her own time outside of her full time career and specialises (but is not limited to) delectable cupcakes in many flavours. She has been making my birthday cakes for years so I can personally vouch that they are delicious – but so can the other suppliers from the shoot as they very much enjoyed tucking into them after the shoot was over!

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The umbrellas were provided by Klair from Love Umbrellas, another company I have had the pleasure of working with several times. Her products just fit in so well with so many different styles and themes, they can be made bespoke to order and are also super versatile – waterproof so perfect for the unpredictable British weather!

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Last but most definitely not least, the fabulous vintage crockery, croquet set, basket, books, suitcases and pretty much most of the additional props were provided by the wonderful Rebecca at Pretty Little Trio. I was very excited to be working with Rebecca, and having a love of anything vintage or tea-related, I couldn’t wait to style the products into the shoot. When she arrived and told me about all the other lovely props and items that she had brought with her, I was even more excited – we didn’t even use half of what Rebecca brought with her, and what was there on the day wasn’t even all of the items she has – her house must look like a vintage treasure trove! It was wonderful to work with her and she was great help on the day, getting stuck in helping with styling, carrying and ideas from start to finish.

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I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part on the day – it was so much fun and everyone worked really hard and brilliantly together to help create the fantastic final images that you can see here. I hope you all love them as much as I do, and please feel free to leave any comments for myself and the suppliers involved.

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Styling & Organisation: Perfect Choice Planning

Venue: The Great Hall at Mains

Dresses & Accessories: Pearl Bridal Boutique

VW Transport: Boho Brides – Classic VW Hire

Hair & Make-Up: Sarah Green MUA

Bouquets & Buttonholes: Flower Design

Crockery & Props: Pretty Little Trio

Cupcakes: Rocky Road Cakes

Umbrellas: Love Umbrellas

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Sam Clayton Photography

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Models: Lauren, Mark & Michelle (male attire – models own)

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © Emma B Photography, Sam Clayton Photography and Shutterleaf Photography as tagged

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Rose Gold: A Vintage Inspired Dusky Pink Styled Shoot In The North West

May 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today we join a very talented collective of North West wedding suppliers for a dreamy vintage inspired bridal shoot sent to me by Emilie of Dotmoxee Photography.  Be inspired, and let this loveliness get you excited about something very special coming up your way soon North West…

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Dotmoxee Photography say:  As wedding photographers we’ve always found ourselves flicking through a good home and fashion magazine, reading about the latest wedding trends, and thinking about our next inspiration shoot.  We always aim to keep our work up to date, as well as working with like minded suppliers in the North West.

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We met Francesca (Cheshire Cat Cake Company) back in November at a wedding fair and where amazed by her talent. Naturally we both liked the idea of collaborating and decided to extend the invitation. 

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Francesca from The Cheshire Cat Cake Company says: When Emilie (Dotmoxee Photography) approached me to join her in a vintage shoot in Sale, Cheshire, I jumped at the chance. Having great photographs of my work is essential to capture intricate elements of my bespoke designs and also appeal to the modern sophisticated bride.

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We agreed to use the gorgeous palette of dusky peach and rich gold colours as our theme and after showing off our mood board we soon had our bridal shop, florist, venue stylist & head pieces on board. Now we just required our model for the day and a make up artist to complete the team. 

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The biggest challenge was finding a date when everyone was available, but once it was set we were all committed to the shoot. The day itself was gloomy at best (chance of snow, light showers) but with a glimmer of sunshine we took our chances.

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As the rain came down Chris Gratin (Beautifully Vintage) worked her magic and styled an area in Pearl Bridal Boutique (Sale). Chris is a real treat to have on a shoot – her enthusiasm counter balanced the poor weather with charm and stunning vintage props. 

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All the while Make Up Artist Jenny Reddiough was giving our model Bernadette a bridal makeover, the lovely Nicole (Pearl Bridal Boutique) had selected the dress ‘Dulcie’ (by White Rose) from her 2013 collection and with Rachel of Penny Brown providing her wonderful hand made head pieces, Bernadette’s look was complete.

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The stunning bouquets were provided by Sale based Laurel Weddings, the colours and button details worked perfectly and complemented the rest of the styling; shoes by Rainbow Club (as part of their lace collection). Francesca took the opportunity to experiment with different techniques. Her use of a tinted, copper leaf gilt with the addition of large ruffle rosettes looked adorable.

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For the companion design, she created a double tiered cake swathed in ripples of buttercream, with wired pearl detail , emulating folds of cascading fabric. Finally topping this with an additional tier, again using the copper gilt, and punctuating with a giant, copper edged, single rosette to complete the design.

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With one eye on the weather our chance finally came to venture outdoors. Walkden Gardens is one of Sale’s hidden gems and this was our opportunity to make the most of it. Nicole provided Bernadette with a second dress (‘Payton’ by Sweetheart Gowns) and after a quick touch up from Jenny we were on our way.

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We all worked together to create an inspiring set of images and hopefully provided you with some insight into each suppliers work. 

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Bridal Dresses – Pearl Bridal Boutique

Cake – Cheshire Cat Cake Company

Styling – Beautifully Vintage China Hire & Vintage Accessories

Makeup & Hair – Make Up By Jenny Reddiough

Headpieces – Penny Brown

Flowers – Laurel Weddings

Photography – Dotmoxee Photography

Model – Bernadette

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Fancy more beautiful luxury and vintage inspiration?  Mark your diaries with the first Brides Up North North West Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham on Sunday 19th May 2013!  VIP Pre-Registration is open now, click here, don’t miss out!

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The Bowdon Rooms Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Dotmoxee Photography

Laurel Weddings is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier but this is not a sponsored post

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Ice, Ice, Baby! A Frosty Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

February 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’ll let you into a little secret.  I did what seemed unthinkable given how busy this has become, and actually took a holiday last week!  I was in Mayerhofen, Austria to celebrate/ commiserate (whisper it) my thirtieth birthday last Wednesday.  When did I get so old?  However, I’m loving the big three oh so far though, as I had the best time catching up with friends, hitting the slopes and yes – partying hard – but I’m back refreshed and even more raring to go than ever, and man, do I have some fab stuff to share this week.

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Since I’ve been enjoying a winter wonderland and have returned to a blanket of the white stuff here too, I thought we’d kick off the week in style, with a conceptual bridal shoot that’s been touched by Jack Frost himself, sent to me by friend of the wedding blog, Laura from Perfect Choice Planning.  Laura worked with a collective of brilliant North West wedding industry suppliers to bring this beautiful shoot together, with images by Joanne Spencer Photography and Neil Redfern Photography – two very talented photographers showing off two very different styles.   

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Laura of Perfect Choice Planning says: I am so pleased with the results from the “Ice Maiden” photo shoot. It all stemmed from ideas in my head so it was amazing to watch my visualisation become a realisation right in front of my eyes!

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It was a big, involved shoot, which is exactly what I wanted it to be and it came together beautifully. As winter is my favourite season (you can read my dreamy ramblings about the seasons on my blog) I wanted to create a shoot that captured the icy, sharp and freshness of winter without being “just another winter shoot” – it had to have the edge, that something different and innovative.

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The aim of the shoot was to give it a “haute couture” feel in the styling and posing whilst not straying from the bridal inspiration. I spent hours on the phone to our hair and make-up artist, constantly bouncing ideas around about how inspirational and different we could go. The brief I gave each of the models was that I wanted them to be fierce, icy, cool and powerful – I think it was a complete success!

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Let me introduce the wonderful North West suppliers who made this shoot possible:

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The Monastery Manchester was the perfect venue, its gothic architecture and grand size of it was a great compliment to the icy theme. Tom, one of the coordinators at the venue, was so helpful and always great to talk to whilst I was planning the shoot – we had the whole venue to use for the day, which meant we could change locations, styles and be as flexible as necessary, resulting in these outstanding images. When you walk into the main hall it takes your breath away.

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The two photographers on the day were Joanne Spencer Photography and Neil Redfern Photography. Their styles are a beautiful contrast to each other; Neil has a talent for lights, vivid colours and sharp clean images whereas Jo creates the most magical, ethereal shots. They were both such a pleasure to work with and brought exactly what I had in my head to print. If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out both of their websites and blogs as I couldn’t recommend them enough!

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The dresses, shoes and veils were all supplied by the lovely Nicole of Pearl Bridal Boutique. We spent three Sunday mornings choosing the best and most perfect-for-the-theme dresses from her fabulous collections and fitting the models. Nicole was also a great help both on the day, fitting the models into their dresses and helping me decide the final ones to take to the shoot.

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Groom Hire Manchester provided three beautiful complete suits for the shoot, including a silver tails with blue paisley waistcoat and cravat, a navy blue lounge suit with ivory waistcoat and cravat, and a black lounge suit with ice white waistcoat and cravat. They house a vast range of colours and styles to suit all, available to hire or buy, including shoes, cravat pins and cufflinks.

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Wrapor kindly supplied the stunning range of shrugs and wraps that looked worked perfectly with the dress. After working with Kay, the lady behind it all, on my first photo shoot, I knew that her products would fit in perfectly and really give the feel of the icy weather. My personal favourite was the cream short fur shrug, very reminiscent of the 50’s, and they are all handmade to fit. Her shrugs are perfect for all year round, not just in the winter season so you should definitely look at her website for that special something to finish your outfit off, no matter what the occasion.

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The incredible hair and make-up creativity was done by the mega talented Clare from Harry Jon MUA. With both models, we started with out of the box ideas. One had a birdcage hairstyle in place of a birdcage veil with feather eyebrows and the other was styled in a Marie Antoinette-esque way. Our male model was even transformed into Jack Frost for the day – and he was ice-cool! The second styling was more traditional but still with some edginess. Clare is such a lovely and creative person with amazing styling talent, and worked really hard on the day to create the perfect look.

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Laura from Laurel Weddings, more famously known for her creative floristry skills, provided the perfectly suited hair accessories as well as the icy choker on the first model. Not many people know that she does accessories as well so it was great to give her the opportunity to showcase this side of her business.

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Laura Coleman Flowers created the most amazing bouquets for the shoot, which lasted for two weeks afterwards! She also provided three buttonholes for the suits and a gorgeous corsage that worked perfectly with a number of dresses.

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And of course, I can’t forget to mention the three fabulous models, Mark, Leanne and Nikki, who pouted, glared and posed to perfection throughout the day. They all followed direction beautifully and worked really hard; poor Nikki was a star when it came to wearing her heavy and uncomfortable large white headpiece for hours – she couldn’t wait for us to get it off her!  Mark held his own and loved wearing the great suits we had – he was an absolute star before during and after the shoot. Leanne brought her inner-most diva out to play and also did an excellent job on the day. I appreciate all the effort they all put in and will definitely be asking them to model again.

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The photographers created over 400 images in total, telling a story through the day. Girl meets boy, boy meets other girl, girls find out, cue cat fight! What I wanted to get out of the day was a full, fun-filled session that created some intense images that everyone could be proud to be a part of. I wasn’t expecting that a bride-to-be would see the images of the first outrageous styling and want that for her winter day, but to look at them, enjoy them and gain inspiration for decoration and styling from them, which is what inspiration shoots are all about.

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  – Images © 2012 Joanne Spencer Photography and Neil Redfern Photography as tagged

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Let Them Eat Cake! A Marie Antoinette Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

January 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Er… WOW!  Lets get this week off to a mighty fine start on the wedding blog, with this fabulous Marie Antoinette styled wedding inspiration shoot by a collective of North West wedding industry suppliers on location at The Belle Époque and sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Laurel Weddings and her photographer friend Alex Davies Photography

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If you like your pearls, ribbons and lace – you, my friend, are in the right place!

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Lets hear from Alex Davies: Laura (of Laurel Weddings) & I met back in October at a social evening and chatted about collaborating on a shoot together. We wanted to do something innovative and involve quite a few different suppliers. We decided on a Marie Antoinette theme, which would have lots of fresh flowers and the pastel colours would be perfect for Spring. It would also allow our make-up artist to be really creative.

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Almost at the same time I got in touch with Collette at The Belle Époque in Knutsford. I had always wanted to shoot there and never had the pleasure. We thought that the French theme and décor would go perfectly with what we had chosen to do. I was totally over the moon when Collette agreed that we could shoot there.

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Laura knew Nicole from Pearl Bridal Boutique and asked if we could borrow some dresses to which she very kindly agreed. I knew the hair and make-up artist I wanted to use as I had met Fatimah Vadia for MakeupBase at a wedding last year. She works for MAC so she really knows her stuff and is very creative. Laura also asked Francesca from the Cheshire Cat Cake Company to get involved, as we couldn’t have a Marie Antoinette without cake!

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I cast for two models on Model Mayhem and we got the lovely Steph and Darcy on board.  Whilst searching for models, Eleanor from Elouise Designs approached me about doing some stationary which I thought would be fantastic.

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Now it was just a case of organizing for the big day and making sure everyone knew what they were doing!

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We shot for most of the day and I was just amazed at all the beautiful flowers, cakes, stationary & dresses. Fatimah did an outstanding job on the models’ hair and make-up. We had an amazing day shooting, everyone worked so hard and it all came together beautifully and worked in so well with the venue. We are looking forward to more collaborations in the future as it really gets our creative juices flowing!

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Photography – Alex Davies Photography

Florist – Laurel Weddings

Cakes – Cheshire Cat Cake Company

Make-up & Hair – Fatimah Vadia for MakeupBase

Stationary – Elouise Designs

Dresses – Pearl Bridal Boutique

Venue – The Belle Époque

Models – Steph Owens and Darcy Jaq

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  – Images © 2012 Alex Davies Photography

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