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.
February 10th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s styled wedding shoot spotlights two stunning bridal collections from a boutique in North Lincolnshire.
One look boasts a retro rock-chick vibe while the other delivers a pared back dose of vintage glam, but they do have one thing in common – they focus on the stacks of fun that’s to be had on your special day.
A collaboration between Richard and Christine of Kazooieloki Photography and Osh Gosh Gowns – the photo shoot took place in the spectacular setting of Rise Hall in Yorkshire.
It has to be said, sometimes such a majestic and polished backdrop can be overwhelming, but as this shoot perfectly showcases – with a little imagination (and a few props!) – you really can make your wedding venue whatever you want it to be.
With images by Kazooieloki Photography
christine says: We initially met with Wendy Ashton, owner of Osh Gosh Gowns in Scunthorpe (one of North Lincolnshire’s leading bridal suppliers) in early October where we discussed the idea of a joint collaboration, and we soon realised something quite exciting could happen.
Wendy’s vision from the very beginning was to create a shoot in the image of her belief that a wedding day should be fun and full of smiles. This was something we quickly jumped on board with, because although we love our art, our documentary style of photography captures so many natural, happy, real moments. Wendy was looking at expanding her business in to Yorkshire and with us being from Hull – we teamed up to work our magic.
These two very different styles gave us two distinct styling ideas. For the Brighton Belle dress, we instantly thought of the Brighton seafront Mods and Rockers theme, which perfectly suited the vintage dress design, so we decided on shooting the brides on classic Lambrettas.
As for the Morilee range – what else could we do but something stylish, simple and elegant?
The photo shoot took place at the beautiful Rise Hall, which needs no introduction. Rise Hall was made famous by Sarah Beeny, who restored this magnificent building to its former glory as part of a Channel 4 series in 2010 called Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare. It is now a premier wedding venue in East Yorkshire.
Our hard working collective excelled on creating a look that was superb and exactly what we were looking for.
Make-up artist Natalie Kate created quite a natural, understated beauty look for our brides that worked beautifully with their more extravagant accessories and hairstyles.
Xandria’s Hair, meanwhile, done a fantastic job creating classic dos with a retro twist – the gorgeous blonde beehive was one of our favourites on the day.
January 20th, 2017 | Julia Braime
If the last day of the working week feels a little unbearable, we have something super-gorgeous to distract you from your ‘to-do’ list and help transport you to a world a beautiful bridal inspiration!
This stunning styled shoot, captured by West Yorkshire based photographer Mya of Silvery Moon Photography, is winter hygge to a tee, with beautifully relaxed florals, rustic styling and soft, cosy knits.
And if you like what you see, you’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a second installment of this shoot coming up on the blog next month, which features dreamy berry tones, so be sure to look out for that.
Now though we’ll hand over the blog to the lovely Mya to explain where the inspiration from the shoot came from and who she worked with to achieve these gorgeous shots.
With images by Silvery Moon Photography.
mya says: The instigator of the shoot was Susan Dobson of The Yorkshire Dales Flower Company, who I have worked with previously on styled shoots and weddings. Susan works from her beautiful home in Bradley near Skipton, and we decided that it would make the perfect location for the styled shoot that we had planned.
Her inspiration for the flowers was to have a silvery winter look using roses, ranunculus and anemones. She also used lots of silvery foliage and pinecones.
We were hoping for sparkling frosty weather to show off Susan’s creations, but what we actually got was a constant heavy downpour of freezing rain and grey skies! Nevertheless, I approached the shoot as I would a real wedding in so much as you can never guarantee the weather in the UK so you make the most of what you have.
I’m always keen to get hands on with styled shoots, having started my career in photography as a commercial set stylist in Leeds several years ago. I absolutely loved styling this shoot and amazingly all the additional props we needed were found in Susan’s garden and home. It’s literally a stylist’s dream, with silver milk churns, terracotta pots, fir cones and windfall apples that I used on day one, all right there! The green wellies that our model wore were even Susan’s own!
Our beautiful model, who braved the cold, was local girl, Francesca. As a budding makeup artist, Francesca did her own hair and makeup for the shoot and looked flawless.
October 3rd, 2016 | Julia Braime
This afternoon on the blog we’re heading to the beautiful north east coastline for styled shoot that is both bold and beautiful.
Styled and shot by fine art photographer Kimberley Waterson, the concept of the shoot was to steer clear of obvious nautical themes and instead inject some warm colour to contrast with the cool and stark surroundings.
To help bring her vision to life Kimberley teamed up with a talented group of north east suppliers who took care of everything from the attire and décor to the cakes and flowers.
Here to give us more details of the day is the lady that captured the team’s wonderful efforts. Over to you Kimberley…
kimberley says: Living in the beautiful north of England we sometimes overlook the beauty spots so very accessible to us and it was having this in mind that inspired this styled shoot.
Surrounded by miles of breath-taking coastline I started my journey scouting locations. I knew I wanted to view Marsden Rock first as this iconic location brings in people from all around the world and is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the north east.
Owned by the National Trust and overlooked by the Marsden Grotto (a pub/restaurant and soon to be wedding venue) we knew Marsden Rock would be a busy place to shoot and so decided to do the shoot on a Monday, though the unpredictable British weather certainly kept us on our toes.
May 4th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
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.
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.
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.
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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November 5th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Do we have a treat for you on the blog this morning – a super opulent yet dreamily undone wedding shoot complete with stunning styling and models, all captured in the steel city of Sheffield.
Organised by Yorkshire-based jewellery and accessories designer, Gemma Trebble of Lovely Pretty Things, this captivating shoot takes inspiration from the glamorous 1920s but pares things back a little for a breezy bohemian twist, which we love!
As well as featuring Gemma’s splendid designs, the shoot also showcases the talents of some of Sheffield’s finest suppliers, and those from further afield have joined in too.
So here’s Gemma with all the details of the shoot and also an exclusive Brides Up North reader discount off her lovely collection:
Gemma is offering Brides Up North readers an exclusive discount of £5 off any purchase over £25 on her Etsy shop, using the code BRIDESUPNORTH. The online shop can be reached via Gemma’s website www.lovelyprettythings.co.uk, or directly by clicking here.
With images by RJH Photography.
gemma says: I’ve wanted to plan a styled shoot for years, but didn’t really know where to start. They’re a fantastic way to network, meet other suppliers and get creative! The theme for the shoot was glamorous 1920s mixed with bohemian luxe. We wanted to avoid the Gatsby look that has been done so much in recent years, and wanted to go for something a little different. The plan was to really strip that style back and make it much more muted down, creating a timeless and edgy look.
Having decided on the style of the shoot, we knew we wanted a really grand venue for our backdrop and Cutlers Hall was top of the list to contact. I sent a tentative email asking if we could use the building, thinking it might be a long shot, but was pleasantly surprised when Chloe got straight back to me with a definite yes!
The venue is right in the middle of Sheffield city centre and even though I’d walked past it every day for years, I’d never actually been in. I was amazed by the scale and the grandeur of it when I went inside for the first time. I felt like I’d stumbled upon some sort of secret, and straight away knew it was the right venue for our vision for the shoot.
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