A 'less is more' luxury bridal shoot

05 Jul 2017

Dianna Speedy, stylist and event planner, takes us behind the scenes of this luxury shoot in Lancashire which showcases how less is more

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

We wanted the look to be luxurious, classic and timeless. We offered our take on the Pantone Colour of the Year – greenery, with lots of foliage. This works well with all the white and the fresh florals that the tables and ceiling chandeliers were drenched with.

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Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen.

A lovingly-restored barn situated in the semi-rural outskirts of Chorley, in Lancashire, was the setting for this romantic, timeless bridal shoot. The barn gave us a blank canvas in order for our vision to become reality.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

Inspired by greenery, the table centrepieces, floral installation and bouquet contained a selection of foliages such as: asparagus fern, eucalyptus, ruscus, umberella fern and leather leaf.

  • The florals for centrepieces contained hydrangea, thistle, avalanche roses, carnations, lisianthus, matthiola, antinov chrysanthamums, trailing amaranthus, and contorted hazel.
  • Our amazing floral installation used flowers following their natural flow to create maximum impact. Hydrangea, avalanche roses, lisianthus, antinov chrysanthemums, matthiola, training amaranthus, astilbe, delphiniums, tulips and hanging carnations.
  • The bouquet contained ranunculus, tulips, roses and matthiola, and amanthus and foliages detailed above.

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What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride?

Our bride’s looks were intentionally kept natural, soft and flawless. We added hint of red on the lips of Bethany to really make her face ‘pop’. We love the eclectic range of dresses at Brides At Charnock Farm, featuring Zavana, Cizzy and White April.

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What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?

There are so many colour palettes used by brides now, but we wanted to show brides-to-be how less is more. We wanted the candlelight and florals to be the main statements.

As a group of female business owners we wanted to showcase our enthusiasm and dedication to our professions. Flying the flag for local Lancashire businesses, we come together to promote and encourage current and future engaged couples to search locally for their wedding needs and to provide inspiration.

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What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?

For the shoot we used minimal accessories, although we used a huge range of flowers, muslin material, and assorted candles and holders to create different looks. We love minimal fuss, while achieving luxurious and timeless finishes. 

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Get the look:

Stylist & planner: Events by Dianna, www.eventsbydianna.com
Venue: Charnock Farm, Lancashire, www.charnockfarm.co.uk
Photography: Bobtale Photography, www.facebook.com/pg/Bobtalephotography/
Floristry: The Blossom Room, www.theblossomroom.co.uk
Make-up: BLUSH Makeup, www.blushmakeupuk.com
Bridal styling: Brides at Charnock Farm, www.facebook.com/pg/BridesatCharnockFarm
Stationery: Hattie Boo Designs, www.hattieboodesigns.co.uk
Cake: Sweet Sugar Dimples, www.facebook.com/sweetsugardimples
Chair covers: Arrangements By Alex, www.facebook.com/pg/arrangementsbyalex
Model: Bethany Cammack, www.instagram.com/bethanycammack

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