We have shared snippets of this shoot on our Facebook page and were super excited that Brides Up North featured this styled shoot, but we thought it was about time we had it on our own blog.
We just LOVE how playful this shoot is. I don’t think we can call it wedding inspiration… who scrubs cobbles in their wedding dress? But I think it shows how easy our dresses are to wear if nothing else.
Video by MoviArt FIlms
We have known Zoie (Zoie Carter-Ingham) for a while and whenever we are together we always talk about organizing a shoot together. We’ve had several ideas, all very creative, yet time and availability have always kept our plans on the back burner. This summer however, when Zoie mentioned her idea for a very Lancashire shoot with a nod to the textile industry our towns are built on, we knew we had to run with it. The shoot was set in a back street in Rishton; a row of terraces on one side and the empty shell of an old mill on the other. Zoie chose this street as it is reminiscent of so many mill towns in the area. The idea was to create a vintage feel. Not the manicured, glossy vintage or ditzy pretty vintage we are all so familiar with, but a more down to earth, almost gritty vintage. One without airs and graces and more of a focus on the history our lives are built on.
Being a bespoke dressmaking service our business is built on a wealth of history and tradition. Our craftsmanship is based on time honoured techniques. Each dress is drafted from our own sketches, hand cut, created and finished by hand. Sewing has always been in our family. In fact, certain tools we still use have been passed down through the generations. It was a no-brainer for us when Zoie’s mentioned her idea of acknowledging our history in this way.
Chloe is wearing Cordeline;
a very feminine blush pink 50’s style dress with tulle layer and lace edge detail. We also switched out our usual frothy petticoats for full circles of net giving more swing to the dress and created a matching fingertip veil and floral and lace hairpiece.
Hatty is wearing Anise,
our edgier 2 piece design. This off the shoulder full lace crop top is actually layer upon layer of hand placed lace motif to give that 3d texture and heavy detail. The soft A-line skirt is several layers of chiffon with chapel length train and silk hand tied sash. We teamed this up with our crystal and delicate lace forehead tiara.
We wanted this shoot to be fun and light hearted. It isn’t necessarily a theme you might recreate for your own wedding, but we wanted to take the idea a step further than developing bridal looks. We wanted to have fun and couldn’t resist putting Chloe and Hatty’s hair in rollers and having them scrubbing the cobbles. Que scrubbing brushes, bucket and metal dust bins… REALLY NOT something you would do in your wedding dress but these are some of our favourite images.
Photography: Zoie Carter-Ingham
Videography: MoviArt Films
Stationery: Deanamic Designs
Models: Chloe and Hatty