A Nordic Christmas wedding shoot in York

07 Nov 2018

Get in the festive spirit with this Nordic Christmas shoot which captures the enchantment of a December wedding

Jen Sawdon-Mckay walks us through this festive shoot inspired by Nordic traditions and achieved by a host of Yorkshire-based suppliers. 

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

I like to do four very seasonal shoots a year; I wanted to do a Christmas shoot that was a little paired back and imaginative. The inspiration was for a Nordic Christmas, a bit more rustic and neutral instead of the glitz and glam usually associated with Christmas.

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

I chose to shoot at The Normans in York for one very simple reason, it’s utterly stunning. The barn was a perfect backdrop for what I was trying to create, rustic but beautiful. The fairy light wall makes everything look ethereal and festive. The photographer, Kieran, managed to get some of the best couple shots in the barn that I have ever seen. The venue still has the original cow sheds which they have turned into a lovely seated chill area, this was filled with dream catchers and macramé which created such a dreamy look. The Normans is a premier barn location in Yorkshire, it has been so lovingly renovated; the owners live on site and could not have been more welcoming and accommodating.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

I asked a lot of Fran of Frenchie Loves Flowers on this shoot as I wanted so much foliage, ferns, pines and flowers. She created beautiful foliage garlands for the sweetheart table, car and personalised bride and groom planter. I asked for wintery looking bouquets, a floral crown and buttonholes and they were exquisite. I had never seen grey roses before. She even came up with the best alternative buttonhole I have ever seen, pocket flowers.

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

I wanted grey, blue tones for both the bride and groom. I asked Nicholas at Dandy Threads to look through his arsenal of amazing suits in the shop and piece something together and the look he created was perfect. The bride's dress was made-up of three different elements: a dress, top and overskirt and I couldn’t have been happier with the finished look. We added the feather shawl to give it that extra winter vibe.

I asked for Nordic-inspired hair and make-up for Rebecca, loose curls and a braid, as well as silver and grey tones for the eye make-up and a natural lip. She looked beautiful.

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

The styling of the shoot came together as a true collaboration with each supplier creating things that really fitted the brief. I chose to use quite a mis-match of metallics, wood and greenery for the sweetheart tablescape, rich green chiffon, wooden charger plates, bone effect napkin rings and grey linen napkins. The black and gold cutlery and the hammered copper mugs added a richness to the otherwise quite neutral styling.

Gayle of Where The Ribbon Ends provided cakes that were visually stunning, one with just the right amount of sparkle, fern and pine cones. And the other just using a very simple texture which we attached a small macramé piece to.

Graystarling Designs put together such a perfect stationery suite with a simple font and beautifully contrasting textures from moss green card, craft and vellum.

I love working with Kieran Paul Photography, he really is one of my favourite photographers. I love how he gets these amazing pictures with complete ease and good humour, it is a real pleasure to watch him work.

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

The two cakes were elevated even further using the imaginative props from Bramblesky – a cake swing and a metal hoop display. Bramblesky also provided the triangle backdrop which looked so good as a prop to display some of Vanir Creations' dream catchers.

We used lots of lovely rustic wooden props and macramé pieces to give the shoot lots of texture and a whimsical element. Rebecca made some of the biggest dream catchers I had ever seen, there is so much detail in them, and they really added to the overall style of the shoot.

We used simple jewellery from Starbox wedding, a statement pair of earrings and bracelet completed the outfit perfectly.

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Get the look:

Planning and styling: My Pretties UK, www.myprettiesuk.com
Photography: Kieran Paul Photography, www.kieranpaulphotography.co.uk
Groomswear: Dandy Threads, www.dandythreads.co.uk
Bridalwear: Andrea Bambridge, www.andreabambridge.co.uk
Hair and make-up: Nicola Whitfield MUA, www.instagram.com/nikhmua7187
Cake: Where The Ribbon Ends, www.wheretheribbonends.com
Stationery: Gray Starling Designs, www.instagram.com/graystarlingdesigns
Floristry: Frenchie Loves Flowers, www.frenchielovesflowers.com
Concept, wooden and metal props: BrambleSky, www.brambleskyeventdecor.co.uk
Macramé and dream catchers: Vanir Creations, www.instagram.com/vanircreations
Jewellery: Starbox Jewellery and Wedding Accessories, www.starboxwedding.co.uk
Models: Rebecca Sanders and Nicholas Harvey-James Langley

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