Charlotte Balbier
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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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prohibited love: vintage & rock ‘n’ roll vibes for a styled shoot at the west mill

April 28th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Vintage Bridal Shoot at The West Mill (c) HBA Photography (14)

The stunning styled shoot that we’re sharing with you today offers inspiration for all with urban, vintage, rock ‘n’ roll and contemporary influences playing a part,.

Shot at a cool, new venue to the wedding scene, The West Mill in Derby, the talented suppliers behind this striking shoot picked styling and decorative elements that would contrast beautifully with the converted cotton mill’s raw and stripped back interiors.

The result is a highly stylish and fresh set of images which provide fabulous ideas for everything from table settings and décor to beauty and attire. To explain more about the creative thought behind the shoot, we’ll hand over the blog to florist Nadia, who planned all the magic along with her business partner Penny and photographer Ben from HBA Photography.

With images by HBA Photography. Models Hannah Bartter-Clamp, Sophie Brentnall and Martyna Morkuniene.

A Vintage Bridal Shoot at The West Mill (c) HBA Photography (19)

A Vintage Bridal Shoot at The West Mill (c) HBA Photography (18)

nadia says: Several members of the team on this shoot had worked together previously, and created some really beautiful images in the past that were soft, romantic and very feminine. This time however, they were really keen to style a shoot loosely based on the prohibition era of the 1920’s, adding in a modern, slightly darker twist. Sultry brides and rock and roll grooms was what we were looking for!

A Vintage Bridal Shoot at The West Mill (c) HBA Photography (26)

The West Mill venue has so many quirky, intrinsically unique features that they were keen to highlight the style of the venue as well as playing with a more edgy, masculine vibe. Most shoots are very much geared towards the bride so they wanted to create something that grooms could connect with too.

When it came to the styling, the team wanted to work with the raw, urban nature of The West Mill, with its exposed brick work, rusted ceilings and slate floors, so used accessories such as copper lanterns and handmade cement table numbers to really tie in with this.

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la boheme: a free-spirited styled bridal shoot in manchester

April 12th, 2016 | Julia Braime

La Boheme - A Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Kellianne Photographer (14)

We’ve got a real treat for you brides-to-be out there who love to bend the rules and challenge the norm!

This stunning free-spirited styled shoot, put together by a group of talented North West wedding suppliers, shows how ladies can stand out from the crowd with their big day look while remaining bridal and bang on trend.

Shot at Hope Mill Theatre – a listed warehouse in Manchester that’s been lovingly renovated into a theatre, wedding and event space – this captivating shoot has style, edge and class!

There are so many highlights for us; from the gorgeous gowns and separates, to the oversized floral crowns and the cool industrial setting – we love it all!

To fill you in on all the details we’re handing over the blog to the lovely Kellianne, who caught all the action on camera…

With images by Kellianne Photographer. Model Beth Rothwell at Industry Models Manchester.

La Boheme - A Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Kellianne Photographer (29)

kellianne says: This fantastic collaboration came about as we all wanted to create some great, fresh bridal photos that were beautiful, but not traditional. We were inspired by natural, bohemian photography with a bit of an edge and we felt that all the elements came together to create this.

La Boheme - A Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Kellianne Photographer (7)

Hope Mill Theatre was the fantastic location for the photo shoot. I loved the rustic feel of the mill with its exposed brick, wooden beams and natural light spilling through the windows, combined with its urban, industrial feel. Where possible I photographed our model Beth with natural light and wanted the photos to have a dreamy, natural feel but with a modern twist.

La Boheme - A Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Kellianne Photographer (36)

In terms of styling, the dresses used in the shoot were by Anna Campbell, Daughters of Simone and Houghton, exclusively available from and supplied by Jean Jackson Couture. The inspiration for the choice of dresses was gowns for the fashion forward bride with a love of 70’s vintage – free spirited brides not afraid of breaking rules. The amazing flowers that complemented the look were supplied by Frog Floral Artistry.

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spring blossoms: an oh-so-pretty seasonal shoot at sheffield’s botanical gardens

April 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Spring Blossom Shoot in Sheffield (c) Shelly Richmond Photography (27)

We’re getting your Monday off to an incredibly beautiful start here on the blog by sharing this stunning seasonal shoot, captured in one of Sheffield’s beautiful green spaces.

Timed perfectly to coincide with the city’s blossom trees flowering, we love the effortless beauty of this shoot, from the natural backdrop to the simple styling.

Those of you planning a spring-time celebration might want to take note as we hand over the blog to photographer Shelley Richmond, who captured the pretty, to give us all the details on how the look was achieved.

With images by Shelley Richmond. Models Rebecca Holly Parkin at Boss and Gemma Sadler at Mentor.

Spring Blossom Shoot in Sheffield (c) Shelly Richmond Photography (25)

shelley says: This shoot came about as part of a little photography project that I worked on with bespoke wedding dress designer Kate Beaumont. We worked on a whole years’ worth of seasonal shoots, embracing nature and the gardens of our home city of Sheffield as a location. This was our spring shoot, timed to coincide with the blossom flowering and the first buds of spring appearing at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens.

We wanted to keep the styling simple and so we carefully selected two of Kate’s bespoke dress designs as well as two of her original vintage collection, which fit the season.

Spring Blossom Shoot in Sheffield (c) Shelly Richmond Photography (10)

The spring blossom was echoed by the details in delicate headpieces by Debbie Carlisle as well as the soft, dewy makeup created by Amanda Humphreys and the undone hairstyles by Kirsty Glasby. The stunning flower arrangements meanwhile were created by Emma Venn at Moss & Clover, again to reflect the season.

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blushing romance: a rose quartz inspired styled shoot at the arches

March 30th, 2016 | Julia Braime

A Rose Quartz Styled Bridal Shoot (16)

We’ve made no secret of the fact that us girls here at Brides Up North HQ are totally crushing on Pantone’s colours for 2016, serenity and rose quartz. We were so taken with the dreamy colours in fact that we put together a style sheet to help inspire brides wanting to incorporate the hot hues into their weddings.

And today we bring you further pretty Pantone inspiration in the form of this stunning styled shoot put together by a talented bunch of Northern suppliers and captured at The Arches @ Dean Clough, a fairly new venue to the Yorkshire wedding scene that’s attracting great attention.

So grab your notebooks and fire up your Pinterest boards as we hand over the blog to Tabby Clegg, Director of Mode for…Events, who was involved in the shoot, to give us the all-important deets!

With images by Georgia Nolan of Happily Ever Captured and videography by Charlotte Brownridge of Charlotte Emily Videography.

A Rose Quartz Styled Bridal Shoot (9)

tabby says: The concept for this shoot came from the fabulous Claire at Sweet Sugar Sixpence, and together with Natasha, from Natasha Jane Events, they developed this dreamy image which I recommended they shoot at one the fantastic venues I work with, The Arches @ Dean Clough in Halifax.

The venue is a beautiful converted Victorian Mill with stone floors, arched brick vaulted ceilings and steel columns. It’s a truly inspiring space which I love working with and it’s proving to be a new hot choice with brides and grooms in the North since it launched as a wedding venue in October 2015.

A Rose Quartz Styled Bridal Shoot (11)

For the concept, Claire was inspired by one of the Pantone colours for 2016, rose quartz, and the trend she had seen creeping through for geodes and crystals (particularly on cakes).

claire says: “I wanted to put together a shoot using real rose quartz. The obvious way to go would have been a hippy/boho look but Natasha and I felt that didn’t really fit the typical ‘Arches couple’ so we looked at how to make it more chic and romantic. I pulled together a colour scheme of pinks, greys and silvers and sourced a heap of rose quartz from the wonderful Natalie at Gallery 339 in Halifax. We asked some amazing suppliers to come on board with us and rather than dictating what we wanted, described our imaginary couple and scheme and asked them to ‘do their thing.’ This meant we had a really natural, un-contrived end result. Each element reflects not only the theme of the shoot but also who we are as individual suppliers. We didn’t name the shoot until afterwards when we saw the amazing video by Charlotte, which is so romantic and dreamy; the name ‘Blushing Romance’ was thrown in the pot by Tabby and we all loved it!”

The Arches @ Dean Clough Stylised Shoot from Charlotte Brownridge on Vimeo.

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ethereal vintage: an effortless botanical bridal styled shoot in sheffield

March 23rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

An Ethereal Styled Shoot in Sheffield (c) Chloe Grayson at Fox and Owl (23)

This afternoon we’re transporting you to a world of dreamy botanical romance as we share this gorgeous styled shoot captured in my home city of Sheffield.

Lady behind the lens Chloe Grayson makes up one half of Leeds-based wedding photography and design brand Fox & Owl, which she runs with her business and life partner Martyn Roper. Keen to provide inspiration for those planning an elegant, natural and folksy wedding, creative Chloe came up with the concept for an ethereal, vintage and botanical shoot captured at none other than Sheffield’s leafy Botanical Gardens.

We just love the soft muted tones, elegant styling and stunning surroundings! To fill you in on all the little details, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to Chloe…

Images by Chloe Grayson of Fox & Owl. Models Gemma Sadler and Christopher McElroy.

An Ethereal Styled Shoot in Sheffield (c) Chloe Grayson at Fox and Owl (3)

chloe says: The shoot was a collection of styled bridal portraits and detail shots portraying simple, elegant, natural and folky wedding inspiration.

Ever since my childhood, nature has played a prodigious part in my work and has forever influenced my style. It was therefore only a matter of time before a styled wedding shoot should be exposed to that same treatment.

The intention was to create a collection of photographs with a sense of timelessness and a feeling of otherworldliness. Inspired by the universal theme of romance and looking to decades past, this series was curated to bring out the reminiscer and the dreamer in us all.

An Ethereal Styled Shoot in Sheffield (c) Chloe Grayson at Fox and Owl (24)

The shoot took place at the charming Botanical Gardens in the handsome Steel City of Sheffield. Both the glass pavilions and the Victorian lawns were used. Dense greenery and botanicals are set to be very popular in styling this year and there seems to be a distinctive increase in outdoorsy, travel-themed locations for weddings.

Perfectly imperfect, loose organic florals made up the bouquet. The wildly romantic, less structured floral design allowed elegance to be juxtaposed with unfussiness. Both the bouquet and buttonholes were arranged and handmade by myself, using a mixture of locally sourced flowers.

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