November 22nd, 2017 | Aislinn Thompson
Downton Abbey may no longer keep us warm on a Sunday night, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped daydreaming about slipping into one of Lady Mary’s elegant gowns and gliding down the wide staircase to be greeted at the bottom by an eligible suitor and served an endless feast of delectable delights from silver platters. So, when we read the brief for a ‘High Society & Countryside Pursuits’ styled shoot, we had no trouble at all finding ourselves right there in the moment
Coordinated by accessory designer Heidi Reid of Glorious Tiaras, who won The Wedding Industry Awards Best Bridal Accessory Designer in the North West award in 2016 and 2017, and who supplied the hair accessories for the shoot, enjoy a little escapism as we take you back to the turn of the 20th century and to one of the most beautiful, privately owned country homes in Cheshire.
With images by Zapimage.
heidi says: Our working title for this shoot was ‘High Society & Countryside Pursuits’ luxe bridal inspiration. The history of the shoot’s venue, Adlington Hall, as a hunting lodge frequented by the region’s landed gentry inspired us to plan a shoot that had all the luxe elements you would imagine finding at a society dinner at Adlington Hall at the turn of the 20th century. I wanted the styling to reflect the historic location and picked suppliers I felt had the vision and creativity to understand the brief and the skill to bring that vision to life.
I’ve lived just ten minutes away from Adlington Hall for 20 years and, until recently, had never visited. My first trip to the country house and its gardens blew me away! I couldn’t believe that this hidden gem wasn’t as well-known as other Cheshire stately homes, with its intriguing history (Handel is rumoured to have stayed here and played the 17th century organ in the main hall), its beautiful formal and wild gardens, unique features such as an imposing mythological mural that takes up a full wall, huge marble fireplaces and a panelled ceiling featuring the Coats of Arms of other prominent Cheshire families. I knew that Adlington Hall was licensed for weddings and started to speak to other local wedding suppliers who I knew could use their talents and enthusiasm to develop a styled wedding shoot with me.
Our aim for this shoot was to showcase Adlington Hall and Hunting Lodge as a unique venue with a rich heritage, whilst offering inspiration to couples wanting to embrace their love of the countryside and the outdoors in a more luxurious, less bohemian way. The rich décor of the interior of Adlington Hall inspired our colour palette of coppers, berries and deep fern-like greens, and featured in everything from the bespoke wedding stationery by Nina Thomas Studio and the Kaye Hannabuss-designed Harris Tweed waistcoat and bow tie, to the bridal make-up by Gemma of Dollface Makeup Studio, the floral arrangements by The Flower House, and our elegant three-tiered wedding cake from For Goodness Cake. Love Lights the Way supplied the beautiful blossom lights.
We wanted to use elements that gave a nod to a turn of the 20th century, Agatha Christie-esque gathering of Cheshire’s landed gentry. To achieve this, we used coloured Edwardian glassware and vintage gold-plated cutlery supplied and styled by Maud and Mabel’s, a show-stopping copper candelabra festooned with a floral arrangement of pheasant feathers, fragrant roses, berry-toned hellebores and plum-coloured peonies to create the feel of a society gathering designed to impress. The feathers, the tweed, gundogs Fern and Elisa, and Secret, the beautiful Welsh Cob, were a must for our high society & countryside pursuits theme, and we absolutely loved involving these adorable animals in our shoot. We couldn’t quite believe what patient, willing models they were! Special thanks must go to Kim Wardle-Payler for bringing her horse and Labrador along for the day.
Working with Helen of 7th Heaven Bridal we chose a luxe Charmeuse silk Justin Alexander gown, with flutter sleeves and a low back that we felt epitomised understated period glamour. Makeup artist Gemma worked to our palette of berries and coppers, opting for a strong lip colour to complement warm copper tones on the bride’s eyes. The hair was styled by Amy at Hushlounge with a deep side parting and elegant waves to give the look of understated glamour a lá 1940’s movie stars, like Ava Gardner.
October 31st, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Adding some wedding styling with pizzazz to your Tuesday afternoon, we’re delighted to be sharing this incredibly beautiful styled shoot on our pages today.
Taking place at stunning new Nottinghamshire wedding venue, Hazel Gap Barn, located on the picturesque Welbeck Estate, we fell for this gorgeous set of images as soon as they landed in our inbox (and we think you will adore them too!)
Masterminded by super stylist What Katy Does, and captured by talented photographer Andrew Acford of A Big Neon Glitter Photography, this shoot provides first class inspiration for those of you planning rustic big days with boho edge.
With a little help from fellow skilful suppliers, Kate and Andrew pieced together their ‘bohemian wilderness’ vision perfectly, covering all elements; from décor to dress, setting to stems.
So, join us in this sublime location as we find out more about the team that made the magic happen…
With images by A Big Neon Glitter Photography.
andrew says: The inspiration behind the shoot was the beauty and wilderness found in the Welbeck Estate itself since Kate of What Katy Does, took her studio there earlier this year, she has been captured by its history and the enigmatic stories that it holds, its natural beauty and its amazing landscape.
Combining her love for organic, handmade and natural styling with my energy and artistic flare, we decided on a theme of ‘bohemian wilderness’ for this styled shoot, which showcases our work. The aim was to create images that captured the Proustian-like memories of the Estate, in all its splendour and wild beauty, with modern styling and clean lines. We were assisted in achieving our vision with the help of some lovely local suppliers and crafts people.
Kate loves working with seasonal, available and abundant hedgerow flowers and foliage, creating willow work and using natural materials to create her work. The newly constructed Hazel Gap Barn on the Welbeck Estate, provided the perfect backdrop to showcase her talents.
Hazel Gap is the latest high-profile wedding venue to open its doors in Nottinghamshire, and fitted all our needs perfectly with a never-ending choice of shooting locations all with a different feel; from the stunning ceremony room to the black barns, the gardens and woods beyond.
In terms of my shooting style, I love to take a less traditional approach, whether it’s a styled shoot or real weddings. Opting for natural light and a narrow depth of field wherever possible, I embrace the cinematic, the quirky and the unusual and think nothing of using props, such as the gold deer skull featured in the shoot.
The inspiration behind the styling was the abundance of nature, wilderness and the inspiring woodland that surrounds the Welbeck Estate. As always Kate used home grown, and seasonal foliage and flowers, coupled with handmade willow and bespoke stationery, and textiles to create a relaxed, natural and unique settings.
In true bohemian style, our model was bare foot. The dress she wore was by Raimon Bundo, from the 2017 Collection, which was kindly supplied by Frances Day Bridal. A long, sleeveless, floor-length gown with a high neckline. The dress looked sensational on our model, who is actually one of my brides for 2018. A simple A-line look but with tonnes of movement in the material coupled with a beautiful lace vest made it the perfect choice for the shoot.
October 27th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
For the wannabe modern brides out there, we think you’ll be a little smitten with today’s fantastically stylish and contemporary wedding shoot, which takes place in a 1970s warehouse in the heart of Manchester.
Led by wedding and fashion photographer, Kellianne Newiss, the shoot is quite literally beaming with a beautiful crisp white palette, illuminated by pops of copper, striking neon lighting and tropical flowers.
As for the fashion – there’s a variation of minimal styles to pore over, with sheer fabrics, princess-perfect tulle and slinky thigh-high splits all on show. This is paired with an understated makeup look and chic, undone hairstyling.
Bringing together a team of talented suppliers, Kellianne was not only keen to show off this quirky venue’s key features – we’re talking skylights, concrete floors and glass brick walls – but also give the modern-day bride some fresh, original ideas on how to inject creativity into their special day. Our verdict? We think you’re going to be inspired as Kellianne explains all…
kellianne says: I have recently had two children (who are aged three and one) and have not really had too much time to be creative and get together with likeminded people, so when the opportunity came up to put this shoot together – I jumped at the chance.
I wanted the photos to reflect the modern bride. Someone who might want to get married in a quirky and different venue, so when I was approached by Five Four Studios, I thought it was the ideal location for the shoot.
Five Four Studios has just started holding wedding ceremonies so they were interested in having some wedding photos taken there. I love the clean, white, bright space and lines and couldn’t wait to get a team on-board to shoot there.
Beautiful loft rooms, white walls and reflective concrete floors were the setting for the shoot. We wanted to create a look for the modern bride, nothing too traditional, with beautiful flowers, stunning dresses and creative backdrops.
Ollie from The Word is Love brought some of his signature lighting pieces to go with the industrial feel of the space and the shoot. He had just made a copper frame, which we all loved, that he used with both neon lettering and festoon lighting.
We broke all the rules, with Sasha from Sass Flower using traditional blooms, tropical flowers, leaves and dried preserved grasses featuring anthuriums, quicksand roses, calla lilies, platinum sprayed palm leaves and black stepgrass in the form of a bouquet and floral backdrop decor for that perfect ceremony moment.
The calligraphy fabric and “and so the adventure begins” backdrop was created by The Soiree Stylists.
With the natural daylight spilling through glass brick walls and streaming through huge skylights, we wanted to keep styling to a minimum and let the gowns speak for themselves.
The gowns we used for this shoot – created by Jessica Bennett – were a perfect pairing with the modern, clean and minimal aesthetic of Five Four Studios. They also provided the ideal bridal look to offset against the dark and moody blooms by Sass Flower.
October 13th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
It’s so close to the weekend we can literally smell the prosecco, but before we down tools for the week, we’re sharing this super gorgeous styled shoot. Set in a fabulous mill conversion in the heart of West Yorkshire, the styling brings to life the most elegant and rustic of wedding day themes.
Led by Something New Wedding Planner and Stylist, Amy Scott, the shoot showcases a pared back bridal look with an industrial edge, complete with an understated green and coral palette. Bronze lanterns and dainty tea light holders combine with some rather fetching stationery to create all kinds of pretty. And then there’s the Insta-worthy four-tiered cake, adorned with flowers and foliage, and scrumptious cake pops. The shoot is simply bursting with exquisite ideas for brides and grooms-to-be.
The bridal fashion that’s showcased is relaxed and demure, with an elegant off-white gown, loose curls and a flower crown conjuring up a distinct boho vibe. As for the groom – think dapper but without the fuss. We have to admit though; it’s the flower girl who steals the shoot for us!
Bringing together a host of local suppliers who she had admired for some time on social media, Amy had her heart set on The Arches from the outset, with her vision for the shoot – relaxed and natural – falling perfectly into place.
We’ll hand the blog over to Amy now, as she talks us through the finer details of the shoot and the amazing team supplying us with today’s dose of much-coveted bridal inspo.
amy says: I wanted to organise the shoot so that I could work with some amazing suppliers who I had been following on social media for ages but never had the pleasure of working with. It was also an opportunity to test all our creativity. The shoot was definitely a collaborative effort, allowing everyone involved to do what they do best whilst showcasing their amazing talents and providing lots of inspiration for upcoming brides and grooms.
The inspiration behind the theme came into its own once we had secured The Arches at Dean Clough, which is just an amazing venue. I fell in love with the steel beams and the industrial look of the venue and I wanted to showcase this whilst also incorporating a softer romantic side with the colours and props. We also wanted to show a different dynamic in relationships by incorporating a flower girl and I think Stewart Barker, our photographer, captured this relationship amazingly well.
I had my heart set on this venue as soon as the idea of a styled shoot first came to my mind. I love that it is such a unique space and that it allows couples to really put their own stamp on their wedding day, as the room is so flexible. Once we had the go ahead, the theme came together. I love the industrial vibe of The Arches, but I wanted to incorporate an urban rustic elegance – think Banksy meets chic!
The Mindful Florist is renowned for her love of texture, which is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to focus mainly on greens (to pay tribute to Pantone’s colour of the year) with a pop colour and I absolutely love the coral against the bronze lanterns, tea light holders and the gorgeous exposed wood table, provided by All Things Borrowed. The table runner and the scroll on the archway were provided by the super talented Gray Starling Designs and it can be personalised to the clients’ exact preferences. I think it just adds a detail that a lot of couples won’t have seen before. White Rose Cake Designs supplied our beautiful cake, meanwhile The Mindful Kitchen provided our delectable cake pops and Alexia Claire created our stunning stationery.
September 26th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
For the boho wedding styled shoot that’s gracing our pretty pages this morning, we’re unravelling the art of macramé. Conceived by Lucy White from Little White Attic – who specialises in providing a modern twist on a traditional macramé technique – the shoot features an ice cool palette with a laid-back boho feel.
We never knew macramé could look so beautiful – and be so versatile too, with the skilfully tied knots intertwined into everything from the chair covers to the bouquets. Vintage books, candlesticks and quaint ink pots complement the macramé on show, injecting a whole lot of originality and creativity in to the set up.
Bringing on board a host of local suppliers, Lucy managed to bring her vision – of inspiring brides to channel their inner bohemian vibe – to life, and we simply adore the finished look. We’ll now hand the blog over to Lucy, as she talks us through the shoot and the evolution of this gorgeous bridal trend.
With images by Bobtale Photography.
lucy says: It is hard to pinpoint exactly when my macramé crush first started to develop, but I do have fond childhood memories of making thousands of friendship bracelets so I guess I could start there. Fast-forward to the age of social media, and together with my obsession with all things handmade, I started to rediscover the art of macramé online and soon got the sense that a huge revival was on its way.
You only have to throw the words “macramé wedding” into any search engine and the web is full of amazing makes and inspiration. The macramé wedding trend hit Australia in a big way in 2016 and the rustic boho vibe was fast appearing everywhere. I took my inspiration from their rustic outdoor woodland settings, vivid oversized flowers and the minimalist boho beach weddings all framed with some amazingly detailed backdrops and accessories – and used this as the basis for this shoot.
Hours and hours were spent knotting and unknotting until the backdrop and accessories for this styled shoot were complete, and so the next step for me was to team up with some extremely talented ladies who were already carving out fantastic careers in the wedding industry, to pull everything together.
I was lucky enough to be surrounded by some supportive and inspiring ladies, who after only one conversation, were as excited about the shoot as I was and immediately the beginnings of a styled photo shoot were born.
The talented Robyn at Bobtale Photography captured the shoot. She is a reportage style photographer who loves nothing more than sharing a wedding day ‘tale’ through the moments she captures. With a keen eye for even the smallest elements of the setup, she immediately sprang into action capturing the most exquisitely, beautiful detailed shots.
Love & Lace is a bespoke wedding styling company that also has an extensive range of vintage china and prop hire collection. Following my ‘woodland boho’ brief, Emma from Love & Lace, provided a variety of props and decorations to complement the overall style of the shoot and for more detailed focus shots. Vintage suitcases were used to create height for a focal floral display alongside some vintage books and brass candlesticks. She opted for grey tapered candlesticks to complement the deepness of the flowers in the brass vase. Rustic ladders were used for more detailed shots of single stems in vintage bottles and stone ink pots. A small styled display with the ladders, an apple crate and a vintage suitcase was also created and allowed Emma to add in more details to shots. One of Emma’s chairs from her collection was accessorised with Lucy’s beautiful macramé chair back and White & Wood’s wooden bride sign.
September 4th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s styled bridal shoot is sure to appeal to the outdoorsy brides out there, thanks to its fiery autumnal colour palette, captivating moorland backdrop and felled logs aplenty. There’s even a horse; the perfect four-legged wedding guest if ever we saw one!
Set in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, this spellbinding shoot was captured by the talented Jenny Madden and brings together a host of local suppliers and businesses. Going all-out with the country chic theme – the team peppered the shoot with pretty details, from pheasant feathers and a hunting horn to a bronze fox and even a hunting jacket (who knew this would make the ultimate fashion accessory to a wedding dress?).
The orange smoke bomb adds a dynamic burst of colour to the all-natural setting, beautifully offset against the bride’s flamboyantly rustic bouquet. The model’s berry lip, copper eyes and textured up-do complete the rural, seasonal vibe perfectly.
Tempted to incorporate the great outdoors in your special day? We think this rustic wedding styled shoot might just win you over…
jenny says:Styled shoots are just a great excuse to get creative, with fewer time constraints than an actual wedding day. I also get to work with some awesome suppliers across the industry, who love what they do – and do it brilliantly.
We called this shoot Lady of the Manor – a nod to country chic styling. The colour palette was very earthy, with oranges, reds, coppers and greens featuring heavily. All these tones came together in the floral pieces, supplied by Floral Dance, with the colour accents picked up in other elements of the styling too; coppers in the table display and eye make-up, the khaki green hunting jacket, the chestnut horse, red lips and an orange smoke bomb adding a bit of fun to the final few frames.
As with other styled shoots we’ve worked on, we wanted to keep the look both pretty and rustic and incorporate the beauty of the great outdoors as much as possible. We chanced upon a really nicely lit woodland area with a huge pile of felled logs. With a bit of persuasion, we were allowed in! We then moved on to a nearby country path and then on to the moors where we met Snip the horse from Langbar Livery for a few frames, before trying out the smoke bombs.
Rustic shades and texture were key to capturing the country feel. The bouquet and button holes incorporated coppers, browns, oranges, dark burgundies and a touch of cream – all colours that perfectly complimented the pheasant feathers, which were an integral part of the floral arrangements. The fiery colours of the kniphofia (red hot pokers), viburnum berry and rosa esplanade set against the continuous (burgundy foliage) added depth and drama. Dried weeds from the hedgerow added a rustic feel, while the cream astilbe and miscanthus softened the look slightly and added a touch of femininity.
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