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bohemian luxe: a 1920s inspired styled shoot in sheffield

05th November 2015 | Rachel Hirst

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Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (32)

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.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (10)

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.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (28)

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.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (22)

The flowers, or more precisely the foliage, was one of the most important elements of the styling for the shoot. I had a clear idea in my mind of the way the tables and the fireplace should look, they needed to be very foliage heavy, almost wild looking, so I knew I needed to work with a florist who could picture my vision in their mind’s eye, and Sandra Picksley, of Sandra’s Flower Studio, did not disappoint. She listened very carefully to my ideas and the designs she brought along on the day were absolutely perfect.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (6)

In terms of the model’s hair and makeup, we wanted to avoid the over made-up look, opting instead for barley there up dos, bohemian waves and bold lips. I put a call out on Twitter for a hair stylist for the shoot and was delighted when Alison Jenner offered her help. She singlehandedly created the eight fabulous hairstyles worn by our female models. Estera Sutton, of Kokoshka Make Up, meanwhile did a fantastic job of the makeup for our troop of models. She completely understood the brief and did a perfect job of making the girls look effortlessly flawless.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (9)

Given the style of the shoot and the pieces in my jewellery and accessorises collection, the dresses we used had to be glamorous, detailed, figure hugging and most of all, sparkly! I’d followed Lulu Mae on Facebook and Instagram for a while and knew they stocked Eliza Jane Howell dresses, which would be perfect. Lauren there helped me to choose a selection of perfect bridal and bridesmaid dresses and was so helpful.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (31)

For the decor and details we used natural colouring as well as gold, copper and bronze tones. The stunning cake in our shoot was designed especially for us by Rachel Edwards of Oh Sugar Sheffield. She came up with the spectacular design that perfectly encapsulated the mixture of stripped back 1920s glamour and bohemian luxe, with the mix of sleek metallic gold and romantic ruffles.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (25)

The beautiful gold rimmed glasses, cutlery and charger plates were supplied by Whitehouse Event Crockery. I wanted to mix up the tableware from Whitehouse with some genuine vintage crockery and found that and Julie Mitchell, from Teatime Vintage, had a fabulous collection of pieces in delicate gold that worked so well. She also provided the vintage cut crystal, vases and silver platters that made up the table centrepieces.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (20)

The stationery was created by Katy, of Creationery, who designed an entire design suite for the shoot, including invitations, save the date cards, menu cards and place cards. They were exactly what we were looking for, mixing old fashioned glam with modern luxe.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (1)

Chair covers were provided by Perfect Finish Events, the linen came from Table to Dine For and Event Hire supplied the Chivari Chairs. Other décor, including the gorgeous votives, candlesticks, vases and decanters, came from Wedding of my Dreams. Finally, the crushed velvet bow tie worn by the handsome Jordan, was handmade by Emma Phipps of Beau Tie.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (24)

I must also thank Bethany Bevis, of Mode 20 Weddings and Events, who helped me to style the shoot. I had an idea of the sort of message I wanted to convey in the images, and the themes I liked, but Bethany really helped me to pull it all together, coming up with the glamourous, bohemian 1920s style.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (26)

Overall the shoot was a great success, as we captured a variety of shots covering all of the aspects and suppliers involved in the shoot. I’m in love with the images, and am so proud of them! Even though the shoot started early and finished late in the day, time was certainly a struggle as there was so much to cover and it took so long to get the venue set up and the models finished in hair and makeup, but the aim of the shoot – to capture beautiful wedding images – was certainly achieved.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (8)

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.

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