This afternoon i have some delicious inspiration to share with you, sent in by photographer Katie Byram, who organised and shot the most gorgeous bridal shoot.
The idea centred around ice cream, with pale mint, pink and blue tones, quirky touches and the most amazing airstream powder room. I so love the vintage dresses, the incredible bouquet and that cake!
Thanks so much to Katie Byram Photography for sharing her images with us today, here is what she had to say about the shoot;
“Vallum Farm is a fab venue near Matfen in Northumberland. They have recently expanded their business with the arrival of the David Kennedy restaurant, and have started to offer wedding receptions on site. They also have a florist (Wildflower Florist), and other businesses on site as well. I have visited many times over the past couple of years for lunch and their homemade ice cream, and came up with the idea to get together with a bunch of amazing talented North-East wedding suppliers to create a photoshoot.
The theme was based around the ice cream colours mint green and pink, and everyone came together to create this rustic, relaxed, ice cream themed photoshoot.
I wanted to keep it extremely relaxed so chose a real-life couple after putting some shout outs on social media. I had an overwhelming response with about 25 couples all willing to be part of the shoot, I ended up choosing Anna & Chris as they seemed friendly, happy, smiley, and in love! I wanted to use a genuine couple unlike many other photoshoots as it reflected my relaxed style of photography, rather than serious, dramatic fashion posing. Some of the other suppliers were taken aback initially by my decision to not use professional models for my shoot. But on the day they realised exactly why I’d done that and saw it all come together. I didn’t care if the couple turned up a nervous wreck in the morning. I’m used to nervousness and i’m used to putting people at ease! I shoot real life couples all the time! Thankfully the couple were extremely laid back and relaxed from the get-go anyway.
We wanted to keep the theme fresh and interesting.
We styled 3 main areas, the barn, restaurant and corridor, (breeze blocks!) We also used the field for the airstream and car.”
“Styling: Karen from Sweet Pea events asked to be involved in the shoot in the initial planning stages. She was fantastic with ideas to style the corridor, restaurant and barn area. We used Pinterest for a bit of inspiration, and came up with a twist on the haybale seating areas we’d seen there. She also helped to source some of the suppliers and was fantastic overseeing the running of everything.
Table plan and stationery: Wendy from By Wendy (Based at Just Perfect in Cramlington http://www.just-perfect-uk.co.uk/ as am I) She is amazing at coming up with creative ideas. She decided to name the tables after ice cream flavours to suit the theme, and made them in soft pinks and mint green. She also made a bespoke ‘newlyweds’ sign which is a twist on the ‘Just Married’ signs we’ve seen before. Wendy also made the fab paper decorations that were hanging from the cake cabinet.
Flowers: Hannah from Wildflower Florist, which is based on site at Vallum is an expert with unstructured, wild flower bouquets and centrepieces. She created the amazing bouquets and table decor, with lots of hydrangeas. Based on the colour and ice cream theme, the sundae-like glass vases looked stunning with the layers of different coloured flowers.
Cake: Leoni from Great British Cupcakery took on the theme of mint green and went from there, her cake is just stunning! She is opening her new cake parlour in Newcastle this weekend, which will have space for workshops, vintage tea parties, wedding consultations and other things. She is a recent (2011) bride herself and loves all things weddings.”
“Car and airstream powder room: The American Buick & Airsteam powder room is the new business of Anne-Marie and Chris ( not the couple in the images) who very recently got married. They couldn’t find the right car for their wedding and ended up buying one on a business loan and starting their own hire business. Very inspiring & spontaneous!
The airstream has been restored by them, for the purpose of a bride/bridal party to get ready/make adjustments throughout the day for brides getting married somewhere without accommodation (think farms, campsites… etc)…. I think it’s an amazing idea! Also great for photographs on the wedding day. During the shoot we used it for preparations and also for couple shots, which is what it can also be used for for weddings.”
“Hair: Becci was given a very lose them idea – 1950s/1960s to match the car/airstream and dresses. It was extremely windy on the day of the shoot so it was a real challenge for Becci to create something fab but that would stay in place, but she did amazingly well, with both the bob style and the bun, she also styled and straightened Chris’ hair to create something to suit the theme as well.
Head pieces: What Katy Did Next sent over some fabulous headpieces from her collection to suit the theme. She can also create bespoke pieces for weddings etc.
Make Up: Karen was in touch with Dani to discuss the shoot and she was full of ideas. We kept the first part quite natural looking with soft colours, and then added in more dramatic green colours for the parts with the seating area and lots of colour.
Dresses: The dresses came from Vintage Number 18 which is in Newcastle, Lynne the owner is now focusing specifically on original vintage wedding dresses from the 1920’s onwards. She let me run a bit wild in her boutique and I very kindly allowed me to take 5 dresses to the shoot, we chose two on the day to use.”
“Menswear: Suzanne from Blades Formal Menswear kindly allowed me to borrow a suit and shoes for Chris to wear. As we were looking for something laid back and informal, we customised it by shooting some images without the jacket, and used a mint-green bowtie and handkerchief sourced from elsewhere.”
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Venue & Ice Cream: http://www.vallumfarm.
Stationery & newly weds sign: http://by-wendy.com/
Car & Airstream Powder Room: http://www.valleyretro.
Make Up: http://www.danimua.com/
Forks (I bought them myself before and decided to use for shoot) http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFadedNest
Real life couple: Anna & Chris
Such fun, and so many lovely ideas. Thanks so much to everyone involved for letting me share this gorgeous shoot with you all today XOXO Lou