A Yorkshire wedding shoot inspired by Wuthering Heights

12 Mar 2018

The West Yorkshire moors set the stage for this wedding shoot inspired by a timeless love story 

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same”

A wind-swept country scattered with heather and wild moors, this beautiful yet harrowing land is Haworth, the setting of Wuthering Heights and the home of Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne.

The story

The inspiration behind the shoot are these moors. The rolling landscape is stunning and peaceful, the colour palette is pure and natural which fits perfectly with the style of the two photographers - Freya Raby and Lily Hartley. Such quiet and serene surroundings made focus of the details throughout the styling.

The focus of this shoot is the story of the moors, the relaxed nature of an elopement or an outdoor wedding. The team wanted to design a wedding that could be translated into anyone’s day but also capture the beauty and tragedy of everyone’s favourite characters, Kathy and Heathcliffe. The charming chapel in the village of Haworth is also the perfect setting for a quiet humanist wedding, the type of wedding that more and more couples prefer to emulate, lovers meeting up to say their written vows to one another.

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The flowers

The flowers were spectacular. Vanessa Wellock of Wild Flowers UK mixed rich burgundy hellebores with muted pinks and hand-tied the bouquets. The assorted greenery of eucalyptus and ruscus gave an opulent organic texture, matching the tones of the ground and the remote setting of the shoot.

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The bridal looks

To mirror the natural feel of the shoot the two models did their own make-up, keeping it relaxed and sophisticated with subtle drama around the eyes. Sally Padgett created two very different hairstyles on the girls - one a traditional, plaited low bun and the other curled and left loose to billow in the winds. 

The dresses were from Unique Bridal Boutique. The team wanted to go for a classic look, something wearable by all shapes and sizes. With that in mind, they chose an A-line waisted style with a sweetheart neckline and a simple layered beaded lace dress with beautiful loose capped sleeves by Veromia. The A-line style emulated the full skirts of the 1800s and added the desired drama that can be found in most of the Brontë sister novels - where the layered style adds opulence and embraces the tranquil surroundings of the chapel.

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The groom

The team mixed and matched Luke’s suit to give it a quirky edge, finished with black Chelsea boots and a gorgeous green, textured buttonhole.

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The cake

Gayle from Where The Ribbon Ends created a stunning three-tier cake which was designed to echo the colours and the shapes within the flowers. The additional gold leaf added a bit of glam to the occasion.

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The stationery

The stationery from Gray Starling Designs was designed with pages of a book in mind. The style is romantic which is the essence of a love story. The layout and text sits similarly to how a chapter would begin in any novel and the colours are rich and timeless on the textured handmade paper.

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Accessories

Justine from Starbox Wedding Jewellery and Accessories chose the hair accessories to match the dresses and hairstyles. The delicate hair vines and headpieces were made with pearls and crystals and paired with drop pearl necklaces and earrings - adding a glamorous element to the overall looks. The feather stole added that touch of sophistication.

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Get the look: 

Photography: Freya Raby, www.freyarabydesigns.co.uk
Second photographer: Lily Hartley, www.lilyhartley.com 
Dresses & veil: Unique Bridal Boutique, https://uniquebridalboutique.co.uk/
Accessorises: Starbox Jewellery, https://starboxjewellery.com/
Cake: Where The Ribbon Ends, https://www.wheretheribbonends.com/
Stationery: Gray Starling Designs, https://www.graystarling.com/
Floristry: Vanessa Wellock, https://wildflowersuk.co.uk/
Hair: Sally Padgett
Male model: Luke Derbyshire, www.lookitsluke.co.uk
Female models: Lily Hartley and Freya Raby

For more Yorkshire wedding inspiration, order your copy of Yorkshire Bride magazine or read it online. 

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