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tweed & country. a dramatic bridal shoot in Cheshire

November 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (2)

Designed and shot by husband and wife team Kristin & Mark (collectively Mr & Mrs W), I’ve a styled bridal treat lined up for you today!  With rich colours, dramatically dark styling and texture galore, this is a decadent close to an autumnal Thursday afternoon.  

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With styling and images by Mr & Mrs W.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (11)

Kristin says: Our inspiration for the shoot was in essence ‘Tweed and Country’. With tweed being seen more and more in wedding fashion, I wanted to incorporate it with the Bride as well as the Bridegroom and nothing encompasses tweed and country than a Cheshire farm shoot, in both senses of the word.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (14)

I wanted to start with outdoor pursuits and end with a debauched party and feast with a dark undertone, using antlers, feathers and the odd skull here and there.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (4)

The team we used for the shoot are local to the area.  We worked together before and I knew that each supplier would provide exactly what I envisaged, which sometimes even I can’t do!

To realise my concept, the venue was always going to be Owen House as its so rustic, quirky and rural and there is nowhere quite like it in the North West.

For menswear it was no contest with the tweed experts at Whitfield and Ward being close at hand, and the beautiful wedding dresses came from The Wedding Boutique Cheshire. Fiona actually hand designs and makes her own styles so was able to make all the little extras I needed.

The outstanding hair and make up was by Nicholas Austen, the flowers were by Living Colour Floral Design and our props came from The Authentic Hire Company and Pretty Little Trio.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (9)

The shoot was such good fun.  Everyone got so involved and really understood the brief. We hope that you like the results! Going forward I have another couple of shoots in mind and I might even go a bit darker next time, but in the meantime I am looking forward to creating some enchanted woodlands and a sequin extravaganza in a Tipi for some real life brides.

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (7)

tweed & country styled bridal shoot at Owen House Wedding Barn (c)  Mr & Mrs W (10)

All the suppliers, props and styling are all available in and around the Knutsford area.

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Golden Admiral. A Beautiful Butterfly Inspired Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West

May 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Celynnen Photography

It’s nearly home time and I’m finishing off your Tuesday with a burst of lovely from a very talented collection of wedding industry suppliers over North West way. 

Showcasing the butterfly inspired rare but beautiful colour combination of pale blues and rose gold and with gorgeously understated yet frightfully glam styling from friend of the wedding blog Boris & Betty, in these stunning shots from North Wales Wedding Photographer of the Year, Celynnen Photography, we’re going for gold!

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Planning & Styling: Boris & Betty

Images: Celynnen Photography

Venue: The Isla Gladstone Conservatory

Wedding Dresses: Charlotte Balbier 

Wedding Dresses: Amanda Wyatt 

Bridal Accessories: Vintage Styler

Shoes: Aruna Seth

Hair & Makeup: Artiste Creative

“Big Heart” Prop: Typical Type

Wedding Cakes: Cakes by Andrea Lee

Butterfly Garland: Flutter Designs

Sequin Backdrop & Cloth: Pudding Bridge

Art Deco China: Pretty Little Trio

Model – Abigail Tara-Lilly, CAST Models, Liverpool

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Memoirs Of A Ballerina. A Styled Shoot By White Memoirs

January 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Tim Simpson Photography

Yesterday, I shared a beautiful shoot to share the designs of milliner Rebecca Jagger, and it just so happens that Rebecca’s work (which she is offering at a 10% discount to Brides Up North readers until the end of February – click here) is shown off in this styled shoot too, sent to me by Rachael, Brides Up North Featured Supplier and owner of The Social Butterfly

As well as telling you all about out own amazing events we also like to share carefully selected diary dates from our sponsors and friends that we think might interest our discerning readers.  I’ve already told you about The Social Butterfly’s forthcoming event on 16th February 2014, and this is a styled shoot devised by the exhibitors at that event to show you a little of what they are all about. For full details of the event, see my original post here. 

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Meanwhile, I’ll allow Rachael to set the mood:  Alone in her dressing room, a ballerina waits for her beau. Gazing at her perfect porcelain reflection in a handheld vintage mirror, she anticipates his arrival.  She lights the room with candles and puts her favourite record, 1920’s French jazz. Gently parting her lips, smiling with her eyes, she remembers their last romantic rendezvous in Paris.

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Taking the time to re-read his anecdotes of affection and to appreciate his lavish yet so thoughtful gestures a single dipped rose, an elegant pair of pearl droplet earrings and a jewel encrusted neck collar, her heart beats faster as his approach becomes nearer.

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The Secret Garden. A Styled Bridal Shoot At Combermere Abbey

August 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Feeling quintessentially English here on the wedding blog this morning (might break for a scone and clotted cream soon) with a beautiful styled shoot sent to me by a team of North West wedding industry suppliers.  They congregated at Combermere Abbey on a lovely Summer’s day to put together this stunning set of images to inspire you to add some floral loveliness to your own big day.  I can almost hear your Pinterest fingers twitching already, so without further ado, lets enter the Secret Garden…

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The team say:  Unique and beautiful, the Victorian walled gardens at Combermere Abbey, with their botanical riches and stunning architecture, make for one of the UK’s most spectacular wedding venues.  This combined with the current floral design trend, was the inspiration behind our enchanting ‘Secret Garden’ themed shoot.

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The aim of the creative team was to capture the ethereal and timeless sensation that pervades at Combermere, a venue which constantly delights, transforms with each season and where each wedding enjoys its own uniqueness.

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Award-winning wedding and fashion photographer, Adam Capper, captured some truly inspirational shots. Adam’s passion, detailed eye, raw talent and individual spirit, make him one of the best in his profession.

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The shoot was styled by Rebecca Jenkinson of Pretty Little Trio whose vintage crockery, silverware and artifacts add elegance and timeless style to the images. Rebecca’s passion for all things vintage and eclectic collection of pretty china, cutlery, props and glassware is available to hire to create the sweetest of weddings. 

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The wild floral bouquet was the creation of Heather Ryder of Living Colour at Stockton Heath, inspired by the secret garden theme, seasonal blooms included roses, peonies, passion flowers and Sweet William, in vibrant pinks and deep magenta shades and incorporated crochet cotton lace detail and tiny keys to represent ‘The Key to my Heart’ with complementary floral table arrangements.

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This theme also was enhanced by hand-made stationery, courtesy of Hattie Boo Designs.  Emma Bryan of Hattie Boo celebrates the written word and tactile creations, with imaginative and beautiful stationery for all of life’s events including weddings.

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Tempting desserts were presented to the table by specialist event caterers, Pickled Walnut, whose combination of fine foods and sense-of-theatre have won them a place as one of the Abbey’s preferred suppliers.

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Lace chair covers, complementing the table setting, were provided by wedding gown designer, Claire Mischevani of Shrewbury, and are available for hire.

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The bride was dressed by Kirsten Lindsay, of Amy Louise Bridal Gowns, Nantwich. This family-managed designer bridal boutique is one of the premier retailers in the North West, with a stunning array of designer gowns and accessories. Those showcased are the exquisitely beaded, vintage-style Jenny Packham ‘Azalea’ and also the purely beautiful, simple ‘Scarletta’.

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Make-up and hair styling was by cute Rockabilly sister-duo, Pouting in Peep Toes. Sal and Eve Yarwood worked their retro-magic on our bride, Lauren, giving her a dreamy ‘English rose’ appearance.

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The shoot showcases the natural beauty of Combermere Estate. The venue comprises The Glasshouse in the centre of the Walled Gardens, with 180˚view over the Fruit Tree Maze, the Walled Garden Pavilion and the new Maze Pavilion.

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Combermere Abbey is located between Nantwich and Whitchurch, on the Cheshire/Shropshire border. Weddings and events are held all year round. Award-winning self-catering accommodation sleeps up to 49 guests and includes Gothick gatehouse ‘Stone Lodge’, perfect for the bride and groom.

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Venue – Combermere Abbey – for enquiries please contact weddings@combermereabbey.co.uk

Photographer – Adam Capper

Styling & Vintage Accessories– Pretty Little Trio

Gowns – Jenny Packham at Amy Louise Bridal Gowns

Hair & Make Up – Pouting In Peep Toes

Catering – Pickled Walnut

Flowers – Living Colour

Stationery – Hattie Boo Designs

Chair Covers – Claire Mischevani

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Emma B Photography

Sam Clayton Photography

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

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