We’ve made no secret of the fact that us girls here at Brides Up North HQ are totally crushing on Pantone’s colours for 2016, serenity and rose quartz. We were so taken with the dreamy colours in fact that we put together a style sheet to help inspire brides wanting to incorporate the hot hues into their weddings.
And today we bring you further pretty Pantone inspiration in the form of this stunning styled shoot put together by a talented bunch of Northern suppliers and captured at The Arches @ Dean Clough, a fairly new venue to the Yorkshire wedding scene that’s attracting great attention.
So grab your notebooks and fire up your Pinterest boards as we hand over the blog to Tabby Clegg, Director of Mode for…Events, who was involved in the shoot, to give us the all-important deets!
tabby says: The concept for this shoot came from the fabulous Claire at Sweet Sugar Sixpence, and together with Natasha, from Natasha Jane Events, they developed this dreamy image which I recommended they shoot at one the fantastic venues I work with, The Arches @ Dean Clough in Halifax.
The venue is a beautiful converted Victorian Mill with stone floors, arched brick vaulted ceilings and steel columns. It’s a truly inspiring space which I love working with and it’s proving to be a new hot choice with brides and grooms in the North since it launched as a wedding venue in October 2015.
For the concept, Claire was inspired by one of the Pantone colours for 2016, rose quartz, and the trend she had seen creeping through for geodes and crystals (particularly on cakes).
claire says: “I wanted to put together a shoot using real rose quartz. The obvious way to go would have been a hippy/boho look but Natasha and I felt that didn’t really fit the typical ‘Arches couple’ so we looked at how to make it more chic and romantic. I pulled together a colour scheme of pinks, greys and silvers and sourced a heap of rose quartz from the wonderful Natalie at Gallery 339 in Halifax. We asked some amazing suppliers to come on board with us and rather than dictating what we wanted, described our imaginary couple and scheme and asked them to ‘do their thing.’ This meant we had a really natural, un-contrived end result. Each element reflects not only the theme of the shoot but also who we are as individual suppliers. We didn’t name the shoot until afterwards when we saw the amazing video by Charlotte, which is so romantic and dreamy; the name ‘Blushing Romance’ was thrown in the pot by Tabby and we all loved it!”
tabby says:When it came to styling the models the dresses that were supplied by Dotty Taylor Bridal, were perfect – dreamy dresses that fitted both with the style concept, but also worked as two dresses for a same sex couple. One picked up on the lace and blush pink trends we are seeing and the other a sleek statuesque dress. This shoot was never focussed on the fact it was a same sex couple, but that element complemented it well. The dresses were both from Pronovias; the pink one is Tasiel and the other is Talos.
The hair accessory with the Talos dress is a Lily Bella design and the one with the Tasiel dress is by Ophelia May. The long hair of one model was curled and pinned in a romantic style by Cheryl Walker-Askew, whilst the short hair of the other model gave a fabulous romantic yet sculpted look.
Makeup wise Louisa of Makeup Elegance, went for a soft romantic look that she felt would fit with the concept and the gorgeous rose quartz and blush dress that were used. Dreamy, glowing skin, warm colours and soft highlighter created this effect.
The stunning cakes were created by Claire from Sweet Sugar Sixpence. She chose to make three small cakes which were inspired by emerging trends of geode/crystal cakes, rose quartz and marble.
The styling was fabulous with blush pink roses, candles and rose quartz which were all cleverly put together in a subtle way by Natasha of Natasha Jane Events. This worked so well with the dresses and cakes and an extra dimension of artistry was added with the hand designed and produced stationery from artist Harriet Lawton.
The day of the shoot went so well and it was fantastic to work with such a great team of suppliers who were great fun, relaxed and professional and our two models Dee Delahunty and Heidi Marney, were truly fabulous as well.
There were two aims for the shoot, both of which we feel we achieved. The first to show prospective couples what can be achieved when you employ a team of creative suppliers that not only get along, but work well together and have a shared vision. Also to produce a set of images that can be used at a wedding fair at The Arches on 10th April, when the whole venue will be brought to life in the style of a real wedding and the contributors from this shoot will have the set-ups and style from this ‘Blushing Romance’ shoot on display.