Styled Shoot

Fairytale Feels. A Bridal Fashion Shoot at Low Friarside Farm

24th March 2021 | Rachel Hirst

Delivering all the ‘once-upon-a-time’ vibes to the blog today, this wonderfully enchanting bridal fashion shoot – a vision brought to life by North-East-based photographer Amelia Jacob Photography.

Gill, the talent behind the lens, instantly fell in love with the idea of capturing beautiful dresses against 14th Century chapel ruins at Low Friarside Farm, in rural Gateshead, after shooting a couple’s big day at the unique venue.

As such, we have bountiful bridal attire inspiration for you ladies to swoon over. Prepare for beautiful illusion lace designs, elegant fishtails as well as satin and sweetheart-neckline classics. The standout for us though has to be the captivating pale pink ballgown, complete with bows, ruffles and endless layers of tulle. Dress. Of. Dreams!

And as if all that pretty wasn’t enough, there are some gorgeous details to absorb too. All centred around a gorgeous mossy green and soft dusky pink colour scheme, these include watercolour style stationery, delicate confectionery, unusual blooms and luscious foliage aplenty!

With images by Amelia Jacob Photography

CONCEPT

Gill says: I photographed a Low Friarside Farm wedding in September 2019 and fell in love with the imposing, ruined chapel. I was simply desperate to return to dress the ruin and photograph it in all its beauty, complete with some gorgeous bridal gown designs.

The surroundings of the venue inspired the theme for the shoot; rustic and earthy. I used colours that reflected the surrounding woodland – a beautiful mossy, fern green and a dusty pink to complement. The furniture used had stunning dark wood tones, which worked with the theme wonderfully. Our florist, Bees and Butterflies, had used the most amazing pink pineapples in the flower arrangements, which amazed all of the suppliers as they were so beautiful and unique looking.

LOCATION

The venue was the starting point and inspiration for the entire shoot. To get to the venue, you drive down a rough farm track through imposing woodlands, around twists and turns and under a railway bridge. After a couple of miles, a large open field comes into view with a solitary small ruined chapel in its centre. The chapel brims with history, beauty and romance.

Low Friarside Farm had never been the setting of a styled shoot before and only holds a handful of weddings each year, so it was also a great opportunity to photograph a largely unknown gem.

STYLING

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we did have to scale down our plans for the shoot. I wanted to use the chapel as much as I could as a backdrop and frame to the photographs. As such, key pieces of furniture were used within this area to create a set, and a table scene was dressed just outside. The large window at the end of the chapel created a perfect frame for photographing the dresses.

Mossy green and dusty pink colours were used throughout the details and decor, including the design of the cake by Jacqueline Cakes, the flowers by Bees and Butterflies, stationery by UNVEILED Network Member Ivy Alice Stationery and the venue styling by  UNVEILED Network Member Birdcages and Dragonflies. The cake and flowers were used in several different places to dress the venue and enhance the scene I was capturing. We also had an exquisite chandelier hanging from the arched entrance of the chapel.

For added scene-setting, we also brought in the gorgeous Maggie’s Drinks Company mobile horsebox bar for some of the shots.

ATTIRE

The shoot featured a number of stunning dresses, providing inspiration for varying bridal looks.

Suzanne at Rosa Bridal Boutique has a beautiful range of dresses to purchase off-the-peg, and so we asked her to select designs that would work well with the venue. My favourite dresses from the shoot were the stunning Art Couture gown that our model Laura wore in the chapel window and the beautiful fairytale pink dream, Cedar by La Sposa, that Jasmine wore.

BEAUTY

With hair and makeup, I asked the artists to go for quite a natural look that would suit the models and not be overly glamourous for the venue. Kirsten B Makeup used beautiful muted natural tones to create the beauty looks, and Very You Hair gave both models soft up-dos, which enabled us to change headpieces to suit the gowns throughout the shoot.

RESULTS

I’d say we definitely achieved the shoot’s aim, which was to capture a stunning, little known venue that is both unique and packed with romance, whilst providing an abundance of bridal inspo too.

It was also fabulous to be able to bring together a group of North East suppliers who supported and encouraged each other throughout. They were all absolutely amazing and a pleasure to work alongside. As with any outdoor venue, we were at the mercy of the weather, but we could not have asked for a better day in the end.

My particular favourite highlight of the shoot was photographing Laura in the chapel window. From the first time I saw the chapel last year, I knew I wanted to take that photograph, so it was an amazing feeling to pull it together.

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