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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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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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