city wedding

city chic. a retro styled bridal shoot in manchester

31st August 2016 | Rachel Hirst

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Today on the blog we have a little something for you urban brides out there.

In response to brides-to-be commenting that while there is plenty of inspiration for couples marrying in the countryside but there isn’t so much for those planning city centre celebrations, Lancaster-based wedding photographer Arusha set about creating a retro styled bridal shoot set against bold Manchester backgrounds.

The result is a strong collection of edgy images that show a wedding in a built-up area can be just as striking as those in rolling countryside, with brick, graffiti and even metal shutters providing standout photo opportunities.

To explain more about the looks created and areas visited, we’ll hand over the blog to the lady who captured all the action…

With images by Arusha’s Images Photography.

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arusha says:

I spent many years living and working in Manchester, and the city was the inspiration for this shoot. I love the old backstreets there, the mix of modern apartments, and old alleyways. I think that the bright statement graffiti of the Northern Quarter brings so much life to the city. By contrast I also wanted to include a more modern background, and Salford Quays and The Lowry are perfect for that, with all the glass, metal and clean lines.

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Working as part of a two-man team with hair stylist and makeup artist Hannah Wells, of Beau Tink Studio, my aim for the shoot was to inspire my urban brides to get creative, and to show some different bridal looks and locations in the city.

I photograph a whole range of weddings, and in that process I have found that city and retro brides-to-be have often commented that they feel there is a stronger focus on more countryside and boho style weddings when they are looking for inspiration for their day. I love a bohemian country wedding, but I also love bold city weddings, with the strong urban backgrounds that cities provide. I also wanted to show that a little bit of retro and grunge can be stunning on a wedding day.

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I coordinated the styling, choosing to buy as brightly coloured flowers as I could for the bouquet, and tied them with a simple ribbon, which we were able to add rainbow streamer ribbons to as the shoot went on.

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In terms of the dresses, we went with a high slit champagne dress from ASOS and also used an older style Jenny Packham wedding dress to show that you can go with any style you like on your wedding day. I think that the high slit dress looked awesome with the long veil and the Jenny Packham dress, teamed with a pair of pumps provided a really fabulous retro look. To accessorise we also had a fluffy jacket. The shoot was all about urban contrast and I think that the styling reflected that.

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We had a range of up hair dos which Hannah created, and we achieved different makeup looks by just changing lipstick; all strong looks, but showing how much you can achieve simply by changing your lippy!

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Above the styling, the city location backdrops, which I had chosen carefully beforehand, were what I really wanted to set off the urban bridal looks.

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I feel that we achieved our overall aim and hope that my future city brides will take inspiration from the images and feel confident in having bold backgrounds, or even alleyways, as settings for some really great photographs!

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