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The Snow Queens – A Styled Bridal Shoot In North Yorkshire

February 12th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’ve something extra specially sparkly, snowy and gorgeous for you this afternoon.  After enduring weeks of grizzle, grey and slush, I think it’s time we fell back in love with the white stuff… because brides really should love white, now, shouldn’t they?!  This pretty and impromptu styled shoot comes to you courtesy of friend of the wedding blog, Abi, of Wooden Hill Images, and I’m so excited to share the loveliness with you. 

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Abi says:  Being a natural light photographer, the outdoors fascinate me. In January whist watching the weather forecast and seeing what was forecast to be the last of the snow, inspiration hit!

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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The inspiration behind much of my editing comes from both literary classics and the way a photograph can make you feel.  With more and more brides getting married in winter, I thought about the visions of Narnia and snow filled fields and the beauty of wintry ‘costume’.  I called on my good friend Jane from Wedding and Events Floral Design and we decided to seize the moment. We had 48 hours!

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Jane contacted and arranged the use of Howebridge Wedding Venue in Sowerby, Thirsk, utilizing the gardens and field.  Brides and Belles, Northallerton so generously offered the use of any of their dresses that fitted our brief and local models were found who would brave the elements! Claire Taylor of the Cake Fairy Company expressed interest in joining us and so we began to draw up a vision of different Snow Queens.

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On the morning of the shoot, it had snowed harder than anticipated so we had to swap venues as Howebridge was unreachable. Wedding Events and Floral Design offered the use of their gardens and field. With only two models able to get to the shoot, we called on their ability to become all the different Snow Queens that we had envisioned.

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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With oceans of humour and huge dollop of giddy excitement, our first Snow Queen, Georgia was born. Her world is outdoors, the juxtaposition of interior living, outside. She reads romance, wrapped in luxurious fur, in quiet simplicity.  In contrast Olivia, is a Queen with stylish authority, a billowing bridal gown and a superior air about her.  Bo, a pretty, playful bride with a love of Nordic worlds and with a bejewelled bouquet of brooches and trinkets has an inner smile.  Cordelia (my personal favourite) has an ethereal, frosted quality, from a medieval land her Bridal coat and natural circlet in her hair, encapsulating all things rustic.

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Unfortunately, as we progressed through the shoot the snow was thawing incredibly fast so we were working to huge time restraints. The cake had to retire inside for fear of being ruined and Snow Queen ‘Katarina’ hasn’t even made the final cut because the snow thawed all over her dress and hair!

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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Winter Wedding Inspiration by Wooden Hill Images

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We wanted to use these photographs to inspire other brides. When planning your wedding, think who you would like to draw inspiration from – a book, a character, a season, nature. Play, think of individual ideas to make your wedding your own and unique.

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Photography – Abi Whitmarsh for Wooden Hill images

Flowers and Props – Wedding and Events Floral Design

Dresses and Tiaras – Brides and Belles, Northallerton

Cake – Cake Fairy Company (Claire Taylor)

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With thanks and apologies to Howebridge Wedding Venue, Sowerby, Thirsk.

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  – Images © 2013 Wooden Hill Images

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Ice, Ice, Baby! A Frosty Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

February 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Joanne Spencer Photography

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I’ll let you into a little secret.  I did what seemed unthinkable given how busy this has become, and actually took a holiday last week!  I was in Mayerhofen, Austria to celebrate/ commiserate (whisper it) my thirtieth birthday last Wednesday.  When did I get so old?  However, I’m loving the big three oh so far though, as I had the best time catching up with friends, hitting the slopes and yes – partying hard – but I’m back refreshed and even more raring to go than ever, and man, do I have some fab stuff to share this week.

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Since I’ve been enjoying a winter wonderland and have returned to a blanket of the white stuff here too, I thought we’d kick off the week in style, with a conceptual bridal shoot that’s been touched by Jack Frost himself, sent to me by friend of the wedding blog, Laura from Perfect Choice Planning.  Laura worked with a collective of brilliant North West wedding industry suppliers to bring this beautiful shoot together, with images by Joanne Spencer Photography and Neil Redfern Photography – two very talented photographers showing off two very different styles.   

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Joanne Spencer Photography

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Joanne Spencer Photography

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Neil Redfern

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Laura of Perfect Choice Planning says: I am so pleased with the results from the “Ice Maiden” photo shoot. It all stemmed from ideas in my head so it was amazing to watch my visualisation become a realisation right in front of my eyes!

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Joanne Spencer Photography

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Joanne Spencer Photography

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Neil Redfern

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Joanne Spencer Photography

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It was a big, involved shoot, which is exactly what I wanted it to be and it came together beautifully. As winter is my favourite season (you can read my dreamy ramblings about the seasons on my blog) I wanted to create a shoot that captured the icy, sharp and freshness of winter without being “just another winter shoot” – it had to have the edge, that something different and innovative.

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Joanne Spencer Photography

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Neil Redfern

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Joanne Spencer Photography

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The aim of the shoot was to give it a “haute couture” feel in the styling and posing whilst not straying from the bridal inspiration. I spent hours on the phone to our hair and make-up artist, constantly bouncing ideas around about how inspirational and different we could go. The brief I gave each of the models was that I wanted them to be fierce, icy, cool and powerful – I think it was a complete success!

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Joanne Spencer Photography

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Joanne Spencer Photography

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Let me introduce the wonderful North West suppliers who made this shoot possible:

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The Monastery Manchester was the perfect venue, its gothic architecture and grand size of it was a great compliment to the icy theme. Tom, one of the coordinators at the venue, was so helpful and always great to talk to whilst I was planning the shoot – we had the whole venue to use for the day, which meant we could change locations, styles and be as flexible as necessary, resulting in these outstanding images. When you walk into the main hall it takes your breath away.

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The two photographers on the day were Joanne Spencer Photography and Neil Redfern Photography. Their styles are a beautiful contrast to each other; Neil has a talent for lights, vivid colours and sharp clean images whereas Jo creates the most magical, ethereal shots. They were both such a pleasure to work with and brought exactly what I had in my head to print. If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out both of their websites and blogs as I couldn’t recommend them enough!

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Neil Redfern

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Neil Redfern   Neil Redfern

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Neil Redfern

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The dresses, shoes and veils were all supplied by the lovely Nicole of Pearl Bridal Boutique. We spent three Sunday mornings choosing the best and most perfect-for-the-theme dresses from her fabulous collections and fitting the models. Nicole was also a great help both on the day, fitting the models into their dresses and helping me decide the final ones to take to the shoot.

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Groom Hire Manchester provided three beautiful complete suits for the shoot, including a silver tails with blue paisley waistcoat and cravat, a navy blue lounge suit with ivory waistcoat and cravat, and a black lounge suit with ice white waistcoat and cravat. They house a vast range of colours and styles to suit all, available to hire or buy, including shoes, cravat pins and cufflinks.

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Wrapor kindly supplied the stunning range of shrugs and wraps that looked worked perfectly with the dress. After working with Kay, the lady behind it all, on my first photo shoot, I knew that her products would fit in perfectly and really give the feel of the icy weather. My personal favourite was the cream short fur shrug, very reminiscent of the 50’s, and they are all handmade to fit. Her shrugs are perfect for all year round, not just in the winter season so you should definitely look at her website for that special something to finish your outfit off, no matter what the occasion.

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Neil Redfern

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The incredible hair and make-up creativity was done by the mega talented Clare from Harry Jon MUA. With both models, we started with out of the box ideas. One had a birdcage hairstyle in place of a birdcage veil with feather eyebrows and the other was styled in a Marie Antoinette-esque way. Our male model was even transformed into Jack Frost for the day – and he was ice-cool! The second styling was more traditional but still with some edginess. Clare is such a lovely and creative person with amazing styling talent, and worked really hard on the day to create the perfect look.

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Laura from Laurel Weddings, more famously known for her creative floristry skills, provided the perfectly suited hair accessories as well as the icy choker on the first model. Not many people know that she does accessories as well so it was great to give her the opportunity to showcase this side of her business.

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Laura Coleman Flowers created the most amazing bouquets for the shoot, which lasted for two weeks afterwards! She also provided three buttonholes for the suits and a gorgeous corsage that worked perfectly with a number of dresses.

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And of course, I can’t forget to mention the three fabulous models, Mark, Leanne and Nikki, who pouted, glared and posed to perfection throughout the day. They all followed direction beautifully and worked really hard; poor Nikki was a star when it came to wearing her heavy and uncomfortable large white headpiece for hours – she couldn’t wait for us to get it off her!  Mark held his own and loved wearing the great suits we had – he was an absolute star before during and after the shoot. Leanne brought her inner-most diva out to play and also did an excellent job on the day. I appreciate all the effort they all put in and will definitely be asking them to model again.

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Neil Redfern

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The photographers created over 400 images in total, telling a story through the day. Girl meets boy, boy meets other girl, girls find out, cue cat fight! What I wanted to get out of the day was a full, fun-filled session that created some intense images that everyone could be proud to be a part of. I wasn’t expecting that a bride-to-be would see the images of the first outrageous styling and want that for her winter day, but to look at them, enjoy them and gain inspiration for decoration and styling from them, which is what inspiration shoots are all about.

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  – Images © 2012 Joanne Spencer Photography and Neil Redfern Photography as tagged

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A Wedding Blog Styled Shoot – Winter Bridal Style by Brides Up North

October 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I was recently invited along by the Sunday Sun to act as stylist on a winter bridal fashion shoot at Rockliffe Hall in Darlington.  The edit, plus some advice on winter bridal style courtesy of this was published in the paper yesterday – did you pick up a copy?

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The team, consisting of Stan and Jane from Stan Seaton PhotographyHooker and Young Darlington, The Rockliffe Hall Spa, Hart Company, Poppy Bridal, Leigh Hetherington and myself worked all day to produce some stunning images.  I share my personal favourites here.  Be inspired!.

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If you would like to work with me on a styled shoot, please get in touch!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown available at Poppy Bridal

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The nights may be longer and the wind may be sharper, but tying the knot during the winter is a great fashion choice. The fabrics can be richer and more sumptuous; the colour palette more flattering; there can never be too much sparkle and you can go overboard on fabulous accessories.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Leigh Hetherington

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Leigh Hetherington

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For a true snow princess look, think layers of crisp white tulle, big skirts and lace detailing. The gorgeous gowns by Leigh Hetherington are straight out of a fairy tale. You won’t need a lot of colour, but to keep it pretty, add colour contrasts of pale blue and green. This look is all about the drama, so add a full length veil and touches of diamante sparkle to a pale hydrangea bouquet.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal

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If you prefer a sleeker silhouette, chose fluid fabrics like silk and chiffon and go to town on the accessories and detailing. Feathers, pearls and crystals all work well to create a stylish look with a nod to the season. When it comes to winter bridal accessories, more is more. Jenny Packham has created a complimentary line of feathered shrugs , bejewelled hair vines and crystal cuffs that set off her dresses gorgeously (Jenny Packham is available at Poppy Bridal, Darlington).

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Leigh Hetherington

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Leigh Hetherington

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Leigh Hetherington

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gown by Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Stan Seaton Photography

Gowns by Jenny Packham at Poppy Bridal

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Keep reading to see the rest… and let me know what you make of my styling skills!

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