Less is more…or just enough, according to Jen from planning, design and styling business My Pretties, who brought today’s minimal and industrial inspired bridal shoot to life. It’s the stuff of wedding day goals for brides after something with a bit of an edge and we think you’re going to love everything about it!
York-based Deighton Lodge provided the perfect backdrop for the brief, with the venue’s original pitched roof, bare brick walls and distinctive spoked beams creating the effortless, design-led setting Jen was after.
Candlelight and chrome accessories are our favourite standout features from the shoot, offset by shepherd’s purse, cotton plant and pampas grass for a muted yet fully on-trend bridal bouquet. A concrete effect cake, acrylic signs and minimalistic stationery accentuate this understated theme even further.
As for the model, the ‘bride’ can be seen sporting a cool and fashionable two-piece design, which works perfectly with her dewy skin, red lips and bold eyebrow. Gorgeous!
And with so many fabulous suppliers on board, we think it’s about time we hand the blog over to Jen so that we can delve into all the finer details…
With images by Littles & Loves Photography.
Models: Grace Beamer and Kristian St Ange.
Jen says: I was approached by the lovely Natalie Ellis to design and plan a shoot at Deighton Lodge. Natalie already had some fantastic suppliers on board and my role was to create a design and help bring it to life.
I had wanted to do something quite minimalistic and industrial for a while and when I saw the barn at Deighton Lodge, I knew this was the perfect place for this theme. It still had to be heavily design-led and on trend whilst retaining an effortless look.
Francesca from Littles & Loves Photography was one of the suppliers that Natalie had already approached to be involved. I hadn’t worked with her before which is always a little daunting, you can never be sure if you will understand each other’s style or vision, or if your personalities will clash. I really needn’t have worried though, Fran was an absolute pleasure to be around. Very relaxed, cheery and collaborative, not to mention that her images are stunning! I now have two further dates in the diary to work with her again this year!
From the styling perspective I wanted it to be eye catching, modern but easy enough for couples to recreate. Lots of candle light, chrome accessories and grey tones were used throughout to give it that industrial edge.
My absolute favourite florist and business partner Francesca of Frenchie Loves Flowers created the coolest bride’s bouquet I’d ever seen. We had been joking that ‘dead’ flowers were going to be big for 2019 but when she incorporated shepherd’s purse, cotton plant and pampas grass into the mix I realised she was absolutely right and the overall effect was seriously cool. Francesca always delivers, I can’t recommend her highly enough.
Where the Ribbon Ends always creates stunning cakes without fail and when I told Gayle I wanted something very understated and industrial I knew I didn’t need to worry. She created a beautifully minimalistic two-tier, concrete effect cake and added cotton and shepherd’s purse to match Francesca’s bouquet. She also created a simple white cake with added dried foliage. Both cakes were beautiful, simple and more than we could have hoped for.
Hair and makeup were important elements for this shoot, not only did I want our bride to look stunning, but very understated too. It would have been impossible to make our model Grace look bad, but Natalie Ellis really enhanced her features with dewy skin, red lips and a bold eyebrow.
I’m a sucker for the details when it comes to weddings and stationery might be my favourite detail. Bianca from Bianco Blanc Papier was another of the suppliers I wasn’t familiar with before this shoot. I loved her designs and was very excited to work with her. I asked for white with black text, minimalistic and simple. As well as producing exactly what I had asked for, Bianca incorporated beautiful layering in her suite using vellum, wax seals and leather. I was blown away and can’t wait to work with her again this year.
Carolyn at Gray Starling Designs added to the design with bespoke acrylic signs and steel arbour. It’s always a pleasure to have Carolyn on my shoots, I have nicknamed her ‘the flat-lay queen’.
Finding the right bridal outfit for Grace was so important to this shoot, I contacted Stephanie Moran to see if she would be interested in collaborating with us. I visited her gorgeous boutique in Tadcaster and perused her rails of beautiful bridal wear. At first, I thought I wanted a jumpsuit but after talking to Stephanie we settled on the most simple and elegant two-piece from her Bespoke Bride Collection. I couldn’t believe it when our model tried them on, it looked as though they had been made for her.
Not to leave out the fellas, Kristian’s Boss suit and simple white t-shirt was supplied by Ashworth & Bird in Wakefield, and he looked really cool and relaxed on the day.
The shoot really couldn’t have gone any smoother, even on a chilly day that didn’t stop us having fun and creating something we are all very proud of.
I hope it has showcased that sometimes less is more; or rather, less is just enough. This simple but striking design could quite easily grace the pages of Vogue Magazine and it’s a design I hope to re-create for my couples over the next few years.
2019 is a big and busy year for us with more couples than ever booked in for weddings and other celebrations. I am looking forward to working with some new venues and forging new relationships. I am also excited to be exhibiting for the first time at a number of Brides Up North’s Luxury Wedding Shows this year, including The Hepworth in Wakefield, and Middleton Lodge in Richmond, North Yorkshire. I hope to see lots of you there!