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rural romance: a styled shoot in sheffield

July 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Rural Wedding Photography Styled Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (24)

We’re feeling all loved-up this morning and it’s down to this gorgeous styled shoot that we are sharing on the blog.

These super-romantic images were captured by Yorkshire based photographer Nicola Dixon whilst attending a wedding photography workshop hosted by Sheffield wedding photographer Shelley Richmond, of Kindred Photography.

Set against a rural backdrop in the city, Nicola and fellow photographers on the workshop, were tasked with capturing the love and emotion between two models, who were a real life couple. Looking at these images we’d say Nicola earned herself a gold stay during the workshop as we think these images are both stunning and honest.

To explain more about the shoot we’ll hand over to the lady who was behind the lens…

With images by Nicola Dixon Photography.

A Rural Wedding Photography Styled Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (64)

nicola says: This lovely styled shoot was part of a workshop I attended in rural Sheffield, which was hosted by professional photographer Shelley Richmond.

The setting for the shoot was gorgeous woodland and fields with far fetching views, which made it perfect for couple’s portraits. We went out at sunset to capture our lovely models and real couple, Billie Mo and Oliver. The light was fading and it started to rain, but you can’t really tell from the images as the couple kept in high spirits and laughed all the way through the bad weather.

A Rural Wedding Photography Styled Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (42)

They styling of the models was taken care of by an amazing team of Sheffield suppliers, who were busily working away in the background while Shelley was inspiring us with her advice and tips. Jenn Edwards Wedding Hair & Make-up took care of the relaxed and romantic hair and makeup while the stunning bridal separates were provided by KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer. The lovely blooms were supplied by Campbell’s Flowers, including the incredible bouquet.

A Rural Wedding Photography Styled Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (26)

For me I love attending workshops and having the opportunity to hone my craft. I enjoyed this workshop and shoot in particular because it featured a real couple which I find is always so much better than doing a styled shoot with regular models as there is a real connection between the ‘bride’ and ‘groom’. I love story-telling and when it’s a real couple like this, there is more of a story to try to capture and reflect.

A Rural Wedding Photography Styled Shoot (c) Nicola Dixon Photography (36)

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rose gold: a wedding anniversary shoot in manchester

July 7th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Styled Wedding Anniversary Shoot (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (4)

Today we’re excited to be bringing you a styled shoot with a difference. Instead of the usual collaboration between local wedding suppliers to create an inspirational wedding day set using professional models and props, this morning’s styled shoot sees a real wedding couple taking centre stage, with little need for details.

The stars of the shoot, Amy and Adam, tied the knot two years ago but back then were unable to afford a quality photographer to capture their day as they would have liked. Keen to do something about it, they approached photographer Kate McCarthy with the idea of doing an ‘anniversary shoot’ to give them those special portraits that they longed for.

The result is a glam outdoor shoot with true emotions and laughter that will be treasured by the ‘models’ for many years to come.

To explain more about the concept we’ll hand over to the lady that captured the magic…

With images by Kate McCarthy Photography.

A Styled Wedding Anniversary Shoot (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (14)

kate says: Amy is a fellow photographer whom I’ve become friends with recently and the anniversary shoot was something she was eager to do. Having had a discussion about our own wedding photos Amy had said that two years ago when she and Adam got married, they were (like so many of us) in the unfortunate position of not being able to pay for quality photos of their largely DIY wedding day.  With their anniversary looming, Amy approached me with the idea of essentially ‘re-staging’ their wedding photos but with the freedom to have a bit more fun with them; to wear a totally different dress that showed off her own personal style and to capture her and her lovely husband Adam’s natural chemistry and laid-back comfort with each other.

A Styled Wedding Anniversary Shoot (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (28)

We both loved the idea of a springtime woodland-style shoot and I suggested the not-so-secret Walkden Gardens, just down the road from me in Sale. I chose the location because I knew it was still quiet in the mornings.  Not many people seem to know it exists! I wanted the ability to shoot without the couple feeling like they were on show.  This way they were able to relax and be themselves with each other.  After shooting in the gardens, I wanted to show contrast to the organic shapes and colours by shooting against brick or steel as well.

A Styled Wedding Anniversary Shoot (c) Kate McCarthy Photography (9)

We kept styling to a minimum and chose to just let the flowers take centre stage in the locations.  Amy originally planned to use her own wedding dress but changed her mind in favour of something totally different. The shape of her chosen dress (which was from ASOS) was very retro and so makeup artist Charlotte Sprosten of Beauty in Elysium, took her cues from the rose gold hue and the flowers and created a very soft bridal look with a bold berry lip.

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fairytales & flowers: a secret garden styled shoot at alnwick garden

June 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Pretty Styled Bridal Shoot at The Alnwick Garden (c) Kimberley Waterson (13)

If you’ve been dreaming of planning a pretty outdoor wedding, complete with vintage décor and vibrant blooms, then prepared to be inspired! As this afternoon on the blog we’re sharing this secret garden themed styled shoot, captured in the beautiful Alnwick Garden.

Arranged by photographer Kimberley Waterson, the aim of the shoot was to show off her beautiful style of photography whilst also showcasing the wonderful talents of fellow North East wedding suppliers, covering everything from the dress to the stationery.

We adore the location for this shoot, being one of our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition venues and having just shot some fabulous editorial there back in April for Unveiled Issue #06 ourselves (watch this space)!

Meanwhile, to fill us in on all the fabulous styling for this piece, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to the lady behind the lens…

With images by Kimberley Waterson Fine Art Photography and video by Special Memories Vintage Wedding Films. Model, Cara Scott.

Pretty Styled Bridal Shoot at The Alnwick Garden (c) Kimberley Waterson (4)

kimberley says: I planned this shoot as I wanted to showcase my fine art photography while working with some of the best North East wedding suppliers. My background is in analogue from when I was a combat photographer in the Royal Air Force. I then studied fine art photography at Derby University and my love for film photography grew.

Pretty Styled Bridal Shoot at The Alnwick Garden (c) Kimberley Waterson (7)

The theme of the shoot was ‘secret garden’ with a slight vintage influence. I chose Alnwick Garden in Northumberland as the location for two simple reasons: it’s truly beautiful at any time of year and it has an enchanting tree house built up into the tree tops, with a rope swing bridge. The location fitted perfectly with our theme.

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midsummer night’s dream: an ethereal styled shoot in the north west

June 6th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Midsummer Night's Dream Styled Shoot (c) Boho Lane Photography (44)

This afternoon on the blog we have some dreamy eye candy in the form of a stunning styled shoot to ease away those Monday blues.

Put together by a talented group of Cheshire wedding suppliers, this shoot centres round A Midsummer Night’s Dream theme with relaxed, ethereal styling and beautiful boho dresses and accessories.

Here to fill us in on all the pretty details is Rebecca from Gypsy Rose Vintage, who provided the beautiful hair accessories featured in the shoot. We need to get us one of those rose flower crowns #lush.

With images by Boho Lane Photography.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Styled Shoot (c) Boho Lane Photography (19)

rebecca says: The purpose of the shoot was to bring together a group of like-minded bohemian and vintage inspired creatives to create a Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired shoot.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Styled Shoot (c) Boho Lane Photography (7)

The chosen location was a local hidden gem, Maggoty Wood in Gawsworth, Cheshire, which fit perfectly with the theme of the shoot. The open space woodland was perfectly quiet and tranquil on the day we shot, allowing us to have free reign to create a series of different backdrops, capturing the natural beauty of the area.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Styled Shoot (c) Boho Lane Photography (40)

The styling, which Pretty Creative assisted on, revolved around the Midsummer Night’s Dream/floral theme. We specifically wanted to include lots of feathers/dreamcatchers, colourful fresh fruits, such as figs and grapefruits, and, of course, lots of lovely flowers, which were supplied by Verity & Thyme. The stationery was created by Hattie Boo Designs and added a romantic pop of colour.

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chasing waterfalls: a dreamy styled shoot at puck’s glen, scotland

May 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime

An Ethereal Styled Shoot in Scotland (c) Roma Elizabeth Photography (41)

Following on from our ethereal style sheet feature yesterday, we have more captivating woodland wedding inspiration for you, courtesy of Roma Elizabeth Photography.

Joining forces with talented supplier friends from across the UK, Roma, and her team, headed north to the enchanting Puck’s Glen in Scotland, to capture pretty bridal dresses and styling set against fit-for-a-fairy-tale surroundings.

Perfect for those that love the simple things, the shoot has a relaxed and undone feel, resulting in a romantic rustic look that offers an alternative to polished and glam. Here with all the details of the shoot is the lady that captured it all, Roma…

With images by Roma Elizabeth Photography. Model, Kathryn Halliday.

An Ethereal Styled Shoot in Scotland (c) Roma Elizabeth Photography (5)

roma says: The styled shoot was came together through a collection of creatives. I’d planned to travel to Dunoon, Scotland, to put together a shoot and mentioned the idea to a couple of friends. Two of the girls are based down south but were keen to come up and visit the locations and get involved. We teamed together with another friend from Scotland, between us bringing suppliers and accessories together from all over the UK, and decided to base the look around the dresses, with soft ivories and pinks creating the colour palette.

As the chosen shoot location had a wild and unruly look to it, we wanted to keep everything linked into this style; from the model’s hair being loose and wild, to the dresses in soft tulles with beadwork detailing. The stationery by Claire Gould Calligraphy for Weddings, and the flowers by First Blush Flowers, had a rustic look to them too, as we did not want anything too ‘neat’.

An Ethereal Styled Shoot in Scotland (c) Roma Elizabeth Photography (71)

I usually put together a few styled shoots a year and the details included are always based around the location. Scotland has so many stunning locations that I find inspiring, and after coming across Puck’s Glen I knew that I wanted one of the dresses featured in the shoot to be a beaded design to reflect the waterfalls and it also had to be an elegant shape to contrast with the wild woodland. The second dress we used was a two-piece with soft flowing organza and lace, which made a beautiful contrast to the first. Wendy from Flossy Dossy, provided both dresses. She designs and makes all the gowns herself and was keen to be involved. Her attention to detail and flare for classic gowns is beautiful and fitted in perfectly with the look we wanted. The pretty rings meanwhile, were provided by The London Victorian Ring Company.

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heavenly history: a vintage wedding styled shoot at chetham’s, manchester

May 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Bridal Shoot at Chethams (C) Stephen McGowan Photography (41)

If you’re currently on the venue hunt for a setting that has both beauty and character, this afternoon’s blog post could just signal the end of your search. As the styled shoot that we’re sharing today opens up the doors to one of the oldest buildings in Manchester’s centre, which also happens to be one of the newest venues to join the city’s splendid wedding offering.

Dating back to 1421, Chetham’s is a unique setting that boasts beautiful old sandstone walls and magical medieval features. Keen to show off its potential to brides and grooms-to-be, wedding photographer Stephen McGowan got together with a group of fellow North West suppliers to help inspire couples who are currently on the venue search.

The result is a wonderful set of images with gorgeous blooms, styling and lighting, which showcases both the building and the team’s skills beautifully. To tell us how it all came together, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to photographer Stephen…

With images by our lovely Brides Up North Sponsor Stephen McGowan Photography.

A Bridal Shoot at Chethams (C) Stephen McGowan Photography (25)

stephen says: Chetham’s is a new and exciting venue available to brides and grooms looking to get married in a gorgeous medieval Manchester city centre setting.

Our overall aim was to complement the medieval ambiance and architecture of this unique wedding venue and so I chose to photograph using natural light inside the main hall as I absolutely loved how the light fell on the models’ faces through the large gothic windows in the Baronial Hall.

A Bridal Shoot at Chethams (C) Stephen McGowan Photography (48)

In terms of styling we wanted to keep things simple and fresh with undertones of 1920s and 30s bridal styling. The models were therefore dressed in stunning Charlotte Balbier gowns supplied by 7th Heaven Bridalwear. We picked designs that we felt worked well with the historic setting and stuck to fresh, natural makeup looks created by makeup artist Emma Culbert, that didn’t detract from the dresses or surroundings. Hairdresser Jessica Shelley then styled the models’ hair to complement our 1920s theme.

A Bridal Shoot at Chethams (C) Stephen McGowan Photography (46)

Verdure Floral Design were brilliant and let us have a choice of three bouquets, along with floral headpiece and table centrepiece, to use in the shoot. We wanted the floral colours to subtly complement our look but not to overpower and Verdure Floral Design fully understood the brief and pulled this off perfectly.

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