Styled Shoot

In bloom. An urban styled bridal shoot at The Biscuit Factory

06th August 2019 | Sarah Symonds

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Creatives, listen up! As today’s edgy shoot puts one of Newcastle’s most eclectic and inspiring venues, The Biscuit Factory, under the spotlight.

To celebrate broadening their offering to provide even more super cool spaces in which to tie the knot, the Ouseburn venue transformed its Artisan, Glass House and the main gallery into a contemporary wedding wonderland with the use of the most beautiful blooms, modern gowns and an abundance of candlelight, showcasing the quirky, industrial venue at its best. The rooms brim with creativity and it certainly seems like the suppliers were inspired – how could they not be, surrounded by so many works of art?!

We’re seeing rich tones and deep colours juxtaposed with neon lights, plenty of ruscus and other foliage adding texture to the pretty, and florals that really pop against the venue’s exposed brick and wide-open spaces.

Let’s chat to the venue’s team to find out more about the varied big day backdrops which offer a vibe to suit all.

With images by Dan McCourt

Inspiration

The team says: Earlier this year, our in-house restaurant, Artisan, shifted its focus to exclusive hire and private dining, catering for celebrations of between 40 and 80 guests. We also launched an Intimate Wedding Experience, offering couples the chance to host their ceremony in the Glass House – a stylish room on the first floor of our gallery.

With these new additions to our services, it was the perfect opportunity to bring some fab local suppliers on board to showcase our unique spaces and get creative – we are an art gallery after all!

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Location

The Biscuit Factory is the UK’s largest independent art, craft and design gallery. Combined with its unrivalled location in the Ouseburn Valley – dubbed the city’s cool cultural quarter – it’s perfect for couples seeking a wedding with an urban twist.

Our gallery ceremony space – with its wooden beams and original exposed brickwork – naturally lends itself to an industrial theme. Meanwhile, our design-led space, Artisan, has a similar feel to that of the gallery. The Glass House, our more intimate space, is a lot brighter and has a subtle garden room feel to it.

We’re super excited to announce that Artisan has now been added to our wedding licence which means ceremonies can now take place in this beautiful space too, as well as our first-floor gallery and versatile, purpose-built function space, The Biscuit Room which can seat up to 120 guests for a ceremony.

Styling

We wanted styling that was in keeping with our cultural venue that would also enhance the aesthetics of our different spaces; something that would allow our couples to envisage their dream wedding with us. Neither space needs a lot of styling to make it look beautiful, but we also wanted a theme that was stylish, contemporary and on trend.

Jess from Sprig & Thistle worked her magic on so many levels for each of our spaces. For the gallery, we went for an industrial style mesh backdrop, neon sign from Coco Luminaire, an abundance of greenery with pops of gorgeous deep pink florals and candles to line the aisle.

Artisan has such a warm and welcoming feel to it, so we wanted to enhance this, and Jess did just that by adding navy runners, greenery, gold accessories and a mixture of hand dipped candles. The grey/blue crockery on the tables was provided by Crosby Hire.

The styling of the Glass House with its white walls and large windows was much more colourful and playful. Jess created an amazing ‘garden’ display at the front of the aisle, added white chiffon drapes to our chairs tied with simple coloured ribbon, hand-dipped coloured candlesticks and added foliage to our rustic hanging ladder display.

Jaqueline from Jaqueline’s Cake Company created two different style cakes which fitted perfectly with the theme and space. One of which was navy and gold, the other quite simple with some perfectly formed flowers and greenery.

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Attire

Our models both had different looks which made it easier for us to decide on their gowns, hair and makeup. Tara wore two stunning Pronovias gowns supplied by Bridal Wish at Blagdon. One dress is a very simple long-sleeved low back gown and the other, a beautiful V neck fitted gown with an art deco detailed fabric.

Natasha had a much quirkier look which worked fab for a more vintage style dress. Supplied by The Twins Pieces, who offer curated, beautiful pieces for the original bride, Natasha’s gown was a long sleeved, high neck, silk gown with a slight floral paisley pattern embossed in the fabric.

Beauty

Holly Shek MUA took care of the makeup while Emma Hill styled our model’s hair.

Tara’s first look saw her in the low back dress with her hair softly pinned up, and soft makeup with red lip, and the second V neck gown paired with soft curls, natural pink makeup tones and a fabulous flower crown.

Natasha’s makeup was very simple with winged liner and a red lip to complement her pale skin and dark hair which was styled with a soft wave.

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Results

We were extremely happy with the images! We love Dan’s photography style which we thought was well suited for the spaces we were shooting with an atmospheric feel, playing on light and shade to capture the ambience and highlight contrasts in the different spaces.

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