It’s holiday season on the blog, and as our editorial team take a break to rest, recover and enjoy an Aperol spritz or two ahead of our super busy autumn season, we’ll be recapping our favourite weddings and styled shoots from the year that shall not be named on our pretty pages.
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We’re so into this pretty, peachy pink styled shoot that it’s frankly ridiculous. Steady yourselves for heaps of real-life-couple love and colourful, styled wedding dreaminess as we head over to Thicket Priory for a celebration of diversity and creativity.
Today we’ve got a shoot featuring photography, concept and planning all by the talented Hannah of Hannah Brooke Photography and additional skills provided by a group of wonderful fellow suppliers. When our UNVEILED Network brought Hannah and Chris of I Do Hire together, they decided they wanted to make the most of the community and pull off a styled shoot using as many other members as possible. We love this idea (obvs!) and especially love the finished result!
Set at the perfect Thicket Priory, this shoot has all the makings of an incredible wedding, with touches of vintage cool and modern personality. With a palette of bold colours and predominantly pink tones, a classic venue and pops of neon, this is romantic in the extreme – and using an actual couple to play the brides means the finished images really sing with a genuine connection.
With images by Hannah Brooke Photography
Hannah says: Celebrating bold colour, elegance, diversity and love, combined with the tenacity and creativity of the wedding industry through difficult times. Chris (I Do Hire) and I met through the UNVEILED Network and we wanted to use as many other suppliers from the Network as possible. What a team!
Lorna and Tash are a real life engaged couple. We chose them for the wonderful connection and sense of fun they seem to share. The ceremony was crafted to truly celebrate the meaning of giving and receiving personalized vows. Tash and Lorna had a playful, sensitive, and heartfelt story to tell. We took inspiration from the history of Thicket Priory and the beauty of nature’s blooms to powerfully and emotively symbolise the beauty of their love.
We chose Thicket Priory, a beautiful exclusive hire venue in North Yorkshire. We love it because it’s stylish, luxurious, full of character and a dream to photograph due to all the unusual features and quirks!
Styling was done by Hannah Rachael Weddings. We chose a bold palette of pinks, blues, and peaches to complement the vibrancy of the neons from I Do Hire. Thicket Priory provided the perfect backdrop to showcase how you can have fun with colour while creating a cohesive, elegant design. For the table we opted for blush chargers, romantic twisted glassware and soft candlelight positioned at varying heights to add to the grandeur of the ballroom.
Wonderland Blooms (assisted by Simply Foliage) created an elegant collective of bright florals resting in tall glass vases, giving height and impact. A proportion of the blooms were lovingly grown on Wonderland’s own picking patch, supporting our role in sustainability.
The fashion of the shoot (from Dotty Bridal) was inspired by the beauty of the real life couple and contemporary elegance of the 1940’s priory. We wanted to infuse the elegance of the venue within both brides’ outfits to complement colour and the diverse couple in the modern era.
The Adalyn dress offered the perfect combination of desirable beauty, with the exposed bone structure bodice with the vine-like lace creating a stunning illusion effect, set with the bespoke veil by Rebecca Anne Designs. This was paired with the minimalistic beautiful jewellery from Sarah Vuong Bridal Jewellery to emphasise the elegant collective of colour styled throughout the day.
Makeup was done by Chrys Chapman MUA. Natural and pretty for Lorna – we wanted a bit of colour on her eye but for her skin to look natural and dewy. To show off her long hair we went for a half up, half down day look, which was then turned into a sleek low ponytail for the evening look. For Tash we wanted to create an elegant and simple hair style.
It was such a fun day! We’d originally planned it for January but Covid put the brakes on that! The new date in May meant that we had warmer weather and more daylight to play with though. All the suppliers involved gave it their all and it was a joyful celebration!
2021 continues to be the craziest wedding season ever, and I’m taking lots of very short notice bookings. I’ve made the decision that I will be as flexible as possible with my diary this year, because I want to help as many couples as I can to have wonderful, memorable wedding days! 2022 and 2023 are booking up fast but we hope there will be a bit more stability by then.