Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis in local wedding businesses, shops and suppliers in the West Midlands.
Brains behind this shoot, Ashley King of Adorn by Ashley, wanted to create something as eco-friendly as possible whilst still looking colourful and fun. “I created a new range of veils, capes and hair accessories that were made using upcycled bottle plastic, organic silk and beads made from old glass bottles – I know it sounds rather crafty but I was thrilled with the outcome!”
The rest of the collaborators also had eco-touches to their products, “The gorgeous table runners are made using organic fabrics and hand-dyed using natural colourings. The dress was from the fabulous Bridal Reloved in Shrewsbury and even the make-up was vegan-friendly!” adds Ashley.
Images courtesy of Birgitta Zoutman Photography
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Nellie Photography, Chloe McCall MUA and The Couture Cake Company all got together to showcase the incredible work of local suppliers. “The inspiration behind the shoot really was to gather incredible suppliers whose work complements each others perfectly and to create a fabulous shoot with the main look of florals,” says shoot photographer Sarah Goodwin of Nellie Photography. “We wanted to show how florals can be romantic, pretty but fun too. Blakelands Country House provided the perfect backdrop throughout the shoot – there's some stunning walls within the courtyard!
“The images, styling, stationery and flowers really did marry together just beautifully, it was a wonderful team.”
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This inspirational shoot, with a deep and rich colour palette was the brainchild of Katie Whitborne of Still Light Photography.
“Kinlet Hall was once known as Moffats School, a boarding school in the small village of Kinlet, Worcestershire. Recently it has reopened as a wedding venue, so I was excited to organise a styled shoot there,” shares shoot coordinator Katie. “Working with Clemmie the venue's owner, and a fantastic group of local suppliers, I wanted to create images that showed off the key features of the venue the detail in the architecture, the beautiful grounds, the antique furniture and features."
Images courtesy of Still Light Photography
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A black and white colour palette set the tone for this styled shoot which was organised by Martina Paul of Wonderful Events, a wedding planner and coordinator based in Warwickshire offering various wedding planning services across the Cotswolds and West Midlands.
For this inspired shoot, Martina chose Ashton Lodge Country House. “The idea behind the shoot was to bring local suppliers together and create a modern, but still rustic look for the brides who love a stylish wedding. The black and white theme first stemmed from stunning Danby plates; I thought to replicate this look shouldn't be too difficult as lots of kitchens and chefs use modern crockery."
Images courtesy of Dave Perry Photography
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Emma and Suraj romance started when the couple first met at work after Emma received her nursing qualification and started working at a new hospital. Little did she know one doctor called Suraj would make a huge impact on her life and become her future. The pair instantly clicked and from that moment their love grew and blossomed into a beautiful relationship.
Their wedding reception took place at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens where the couple would often visit whilst dating. Being a summer wedding, they wanted the wedding theme to reflect the bright, loud and energetic vibes of a new start together.
Find out more about Emma and Suraj's wedding day in the latest issue of Your West Midlands Wedding on sale now!
Venue, www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk | Photographer, www.natashameekphotography.co.uk
Organised by renowned local photographer, Timothy James Photography, these pictures are the epitome of romance. Timothy says, “This photo shoot is inspired by the rawness and innate beauty of wilderness weddings, in this case celebrating the vast rolling countryside of our region. It touches upon the trend of abandoning typical wedding venues to find locations that are off the beaten track: personal yet intense and wild. With this being a double bride shoot I wanted to approach it in such a way that it would feel bold and impressive whilst capturing the intimacy and fragility of the couple at the heart of the scene."
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Photographer, www.tjpphotography.co.uk | Dresses, www.indiebridelondon.co.uk | Make-up, www.helenashakespearemua.co.uk | Hair, www.facebook.com/staceybridalhair/ | Cake, www.emiliascakes.co.uk | Flowers, www.pollenfloraljoy.co.uk | Catering/chocolates, www.lefevrechocolate.wordpress.com | Owls, www.wedding-birds-of-prey.co.uk | Archway and décor, www.littleweddingtreasures.co.uk | Fabrics, www.etsy.com/shop/LittleAcornSilks
“We wanted to bring back gingham!” shares shoot coordinators Jo and Ellis of Couture Events. “We love it and it isn't used much in wedding décor, we wanted to bring it back in a modern way so we started with black gingham – black is definitely making an appearance this season – combing it with the new botanical trend. When we started to put these two ideas together we got a Victorian garden-feel which worked; we created a fresh modern look by just using these two elements together ,black, white and greenery."
In the latest issue of Your West Midlands Wedding we have more of this gorgeous shoot. The December/January issue is on sale now!
Stylist, www.coutureevents15.co.uk | Venue, www.lemoremanor.com | Photographer, www.thenaturalphotographycompany.com | Hair and make-up, www.rebelrock.co.uk | Florist, www.issyandbella.co.uk | Dress and suit ASOS, www.asos.com
Tanya of Tanya Flannagan Photography organised this styled shoot at Worcester Glamping which had a boho-festival-wibe. “You don't just have to pick one idea and roll with it!” shares Tanya. “Create your own day, with a mixture of ideas! I see a lot of brides not knowing what theme to go for, and thought maybe having the ideas and concepts from certain themes would work well together!
“As boho is on-trend right now, and with the ever growing market of 'relaxed' weddings, I wanted a slight twist on the idea creating something that was still classy and elegant. Keeping in theme with pretty pinks, gold candles and organic dyed fabrics, with pops of colour, rustic and pretty stationery and a gorgeous bespoke denim jacket – we know that any fun loving girl at heart would totally love the vibe!"
See more of this gorgeous shoot from the December/January issue of Your West Midlands Wedding magazine on sale now!
Photographer, www.tanyaflannagan.com | Venue, www.worcesterglamping.co.uk | Dresses, www.gatehousebrides.co.uk | Accessories, www.julieannbird.co.uk | Hair, www.bellaamorehair.co.uk | Make-up, www.helenashakespearemua.co.uk | Flowers, www.hannahlaurenfloristry.co.uk | Bespoke denim jacket, www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SammyLeaSigns
Upon hearing of a new wedding venue opening near Malvern in Worcestershire, photographer Katie Whitburn of Still Light Photography was excited to visit. “I contacted them about holding a collaborative wedding styled shoot there and Lisi, one of the owners, was very excited to host what turned out to be an amazing day,” shares Katie. “We decided to go with a bold, contemporary look – something that had never been done there before and something a little different. I researched current trends and liaised with the other suppliers involved to decide on the style and colours for the shoot.
“I wanted to create images that worked with this, using the contrast between dark and light and between rustic and modern. I kept coming back to the black architecture contrasting with the wood and I just felt that this was such an amazing look.
See more from this gorgeous shoot in the December/January issue of Your West Midlands Wedding on sale now!
Venue, www.barnsandyard.co.uk | Photographer, www.stilllightphotography.co.uk | Make-up artist, www.michellegmakeupartist.co.uk | Hair stylist, www.thebighairday.com | Dresses and suit, www.thedressingroomsbridal.co.uk | Bespoke veils, www.adornbyashley.co.uk | Florist, www.floralroundabout.co.uk | Signage, www.timberthings.com | Rings, www.wedstones.co.uk | Horsebox bar, www.chinagrey.co.uk | Cake, www.nuthousebakery.co.uk
Hair and make-up artist Catherine Strong and photographer Timothy James teamed up with bridal house Louise Victoria Couture Bridal to showcase some of the trends set to be making a statement in 2020.
“Get ready for glamorous gowns, with dazzling layers, detailed embroidery and 3D embellishments. It's not just fuller skirts and longer trains that we will be seeing, designers have also turned their attention to sleeves and given them a voluminous makeover. Giving a once traditional look a modern day twist,” shares Catherine. “Statement veils and jewel encrusted hairpieces are set to make a big impact. Whether it's a cathedral-length, pearl-scattered veil or 3D floral embellishments 2020 brides will have a wide variety of choice when it comes to making a lasting impression.
“Loose romantic waves and relaxed up dos will continue to be a requested hairstyle but to balance out those statement headpieces 2020 will see an increase in smoother, chic hairstyles with centre parts and full ponytails. And as for make-up, blush toned lids and defined pouts are a trend we look forward to seeing.” Enjoy the whole shoot this issue in Your West Midlands Wedding magazine on sale now.
Photographer, www.tjpphotography.co.uk | Dresses and accessories, www.louisevictoriabridal.com | Hair and make-up, www.strongbrides.co.uk