Boho styled shoot - The Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth, Lancashire.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 

I totally love being a Lancashire based wedding photographer. I have met so many lovely couples during consultations and shooting weddings. I have also met so many fantastic wedding suppliers along the way. Some that I have ended up becoming good friends with.

Around Easter last year, I organised a styled shoot with my friend, Jo from A Cake Occasion. A styled shoot is where a group of wedding suppliers come together, pick a theme and make a mock up wedding. We use models for this. Sometimes they are actually a couple, sometimes not. In fact, we have used lone models too. Anyway, the shoot went really well and we started arranging another one straight away! We were so excited!

In that first shoot, we got Nikki for Nikki Webb MUA, Rachael from The Wedding Workshop and Liz from Orchid Designs, Clitheroe on board.

In November, we brought in two new suppliers; Danielle from Oh So Pretty and Laura from The Flower Girls, Whalley. We did a winter wonderland shoot and it was amazing!

 
Alternative wedding cake ideas
 

So, that is how we all came together to make the dream team! As soon as we had finished the last shoot, we began planning again! We knew we wanted a wedding venue with a difference. We wanted something a bit quirky, fun with great outdoor space. I knew I wanted a pair of funky wellies involved! So, we decided on boho for our theme. That is when we knew that The Wellbeing Farm, Edgworth was perfect! Jo and I nipped across the month before to get some ideas of what we were going to do. When we went last month, it was a beautiful day. The sun was out and we were there without our coats on. Roll forward to the day of our shoot….. Storm Gareth was here! It was dark, raining and so windy! But it didn’t put us off. We just cracked on with it.

 
boho table plan
 

Nikki and Danielle made a start on Rachel and Megan’s hair and makeup. Jo, Rachael and Laura set up the wedding cake table and another table with a hooped table plan, flowers and candles. Wow, it looked amazing!

Soon, both of our model brides were ready and they looked out of this world! Chester, the Old English Sheepdog had also arrived. He was super excited to be in on the action. But not before lots of cuddles and kisses from all of us!

 
dogs at weddings - old english sheepdog
 

Jo and I had taken along food and drinks for us all to share. Jo had even made us a chocolate fudge cake for after our lunch. I couldn’t wait to sample a slice of that. It was incredible!

After a quick pit stop, we were ready to go again. Rachel and Megan were great together. They had literally only met each other that morning. If you didn’t know that though, you would have thought that they had been best friends forever. I love natural images and these two nailed it. Rachel kept apologising for laughing. She needn’t. I love laughing images. They are so much fun.

 
same sex wedding
 

Rachel knew that I’d booked to come to The Wellbeing Farm due to the donkeys, llamas and alpacas. Once the rain had stopped, she was more than happy to go out. It was literally blowing a gale! We walked up one of the tracks to get a shot that I wanted by a fence. It was far too windy and was never going to work. Rachel wanted to wait for a dip in the wind, but I wouldn’t let her as she was getting blown to bits. Brave lady! So we went back down to shelter with the animals in the barn. Augustus took a bit of a liking to Rachel’s flower crown at one point!

 
Boho wedding - Llama
 

It was now time to go back inside. Thank goodness! We just had to make use of the funky sofas, milk churn bar stools and straw bales whilst there. Both ladies were total legends and I can’t thank them enough for their time yesterday.

I totally love our little team and I can’t wait for our next styled shoot. You know how I said that once we finish one shoot, we start planning our next? Well this time, we are planning our next two!!

 
gorgeous boho bridal makeup
 

Massive shout out to all of our team. You are an incredible bunch of ladies and I can’t wait to work with you all again!

Jane x

Venue - The Wellbeing Farm

Cake - A Cake Occasion

Hair - Oh So Pretty

Makeup - Nikki Webb MUA

Flowers - The Flower Girls, Whalley

Stationery & dressing - The Wedding Workshop

Dresses - Orchid Designs

A Winter Wonderland Styled Shoot At Bashall Barn, Clitheroe.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Family Photographer.

 
Bashall Barn Styled Shoot
 

After our last styled shoot, Jo (from A Cake Occasion) and I were keen to organise another! We wanted to do something totally different from the last one at Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green. We decided that a ‘Winter Wonderlandstyled shoot would be loads of fun.

Back in June, my husband and I went for lunch at Bashall Barn, near Clitheroe with our kids. I’ve always loved going there; especially for a hot chocolate and a cake! Whilst there, I spoke to Robyn who is a wedding coordinater there and got us booked in. I couldn’t wait to let Jo know that I had yet again, sorted us another awesome Ribble Valley wedding venue. She was just as excited as me.

 
Bashall Barn Styled Shoot
 

Jo organised us a board on Pinterest (she is far better with Pinterest than me). She uploaded an image of an incredible wedding cake. Our styling went from there.

Whilst speaking to one of my Mummy friends (Danielle), she mentioned she was building her business in doing bridal hair. She was keen to get involved and set up her Facebook page - Oh So Pretty.

Orchid Designs, Nikki Webb MUA & Rachael from The Wedding Workshop were involved in our last styled shoot. They were also excited about our plans for the shoot and wanted to get involved again. Our plans were coming together quickly.

It was suggested to me to speak to Laura from The Flower Girls, Whalley about making us a wedding bouquet. (I am so glad I did. Everything we suggested floral wise, she was all over. We were looking at getting a real Christmas tree, but decided it would be awkward to transport, just for one day. So she made a feature arch out of winter greenery instead!).

Jo spoke to Jenny from Jen’s Rustic Wood about supplying us with a cake stand. Just wait until you see the final result. It looked amazing!

I then spoke to Paul from Cosgrove’s about supplying a suit. They were in too! Yippee!

We had now found our models too. I knew they were going to look fantastic.

 
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Anyway, that’s enough about how we all came together and behind the scenes.

The day of the shoot came. I had high expectations of this day as we had all put so much effort in. We met at Bashall Barn at 9:30. Nikki and Danielle got started on hair and makeup. I took some action shots of that, as if it was real bridal preparation and also got some lovely images of the details as they were being put together by Jo, Rachel and Laura. The Bashall Barn team were straight out to look after us. Tea and coffee was just what we needed!

Everyone was now ready. We had Hayley as a lone bride and Amelia and Brad as a bride and groom. They all looked incredible!

 
Bashall Barn Styled Shoot
 

It was the perfect day for this kind of shoot; dry with a dull sky. It was freezing out though. Amelia pointed this out once or twice. She was a good sport though.

I made use of all the beautiful backdrops and I even got them to go in the cow shed. How could I not?

The staff brought us more tea and coffee to warm up. They even gave us all our lunch! How good is that?

 
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Here is what some of the team had to say……..

I am a wedding and event florist. I work from home at my family farm in the centre of Whalley. I loved being part of the winter wonderland styled shoot. I provided the bridal bouquet, dressed the archway, cake stand and cake wreath. I also brought along some other decorative bits and bobs.
— Laura from The Flower Girls, Whalley
I design and create luxury and bespoke wedding cakes, including cup cakes and macarons. Each cake is hand crafted with great attention to detail. Their fabulous and flawless clean finish ensure that not only do they look amazing, they taste amazing too!
For the styled shoot, I provided the cake and the macaron wedding favours.
— Jo from A Cake Occasion
Hi. For this shoot, I provided the stationery, table plan and venue dressing. I like to create bespoke stationery for each bride and groom so that it is personal to them and complements throughout. I have a wide range of table plans and personalised plans available, as well as various centre pieces to suit your theme.
I love working on new ideas and styles with my couples!
— Rachael from The Wedding Workshop
I specialise in bridal and occasional hair styling. I love my job and believe that bridal hair shouldn’t have to break the bank to get a quality service. It is such a privilege to be involved in someone’s special day. I just love to make people feel extra special.
— Danielle from Oh So Pretty
I am really big on local community. The fact we had so many local suppliers in one shoot is amazing! I was over the moon to provide the wood for the cake stand. Along with Jo’s amazing cake and the wreath by The Flower Girls, it really came to life.
Anything to do with wood and rustic, I am here for. We already own all of the wood as we have a tree surgeon business too. So there’s no third party high prices to sting your wedding budget. Please get in touch if you’d like your rustic ideas brought to life.
— Jenny from Jen's Rustic Wood
 
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This day was totally amazing! I loved it from start to finish. A massive thank you to everyone involved and a special mention to our gorgeous models; Hayley, Amelia and Brad. Top job, guys!

Jane x

P.S. We are already planning our spring styled shoot. Watch this space!

Venue - Bashall Barn

Cake - A Cake Occasion

Flowers - The Flower Girls, Whalley

Hair - Oh So Pretty

Makeup - Nikki Webb MUA

Stationery - The Wedding Workshop

Cake stand and logs - Jen’s Rustic Wood

Dresses - Orchid Designs

Suit - Cosgroves

Fabulous styled shoot at The Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Shireburn Styled Shoot
 

A couple of months ago, I was chatting with a good friend of mine, Jo from a cake occasion. She thought it would be fun for us to work together on a styled shoot. I automatically thought that it would be super fun!

So we got our heads together to decide on a theme and fabulous venue to do the shoot. We both agreed that boho theme was perfect and that we both loved The Shireburn Arms at Hurst Green. So I emailed Robyn, the events manager at The Shireburn Arms. She was keen to get involved. We were now ecstatic! From there, I spoke to Natalie from Victoria & Natalie Flowers, they were also keen to get involved. Get in! We were on a roll! I have worked with them in the past and love their floral designs, so I knew they'd do a good job. 

A week or so later, I was at another wedding shoot and bumped into Nikki from Nikki Web hair and makeup. We got chatting, as you do. Turned out that she wanted in too. It was great as I had seen her in action and she was awesome. Later that week, I posted a few photos from that wedding. Another local supplier (Rachael from The Wedding Workshop) got in touch with me about them as she had liked how I worked. Turns out that she does wedding stationery and offered her help too. How amazing?

 
Shireburn Styled Shoot
 

I had also been in chat with Liz from Orchid Designs in Clitheroe. I met Jo and her daughter Hannah (aka our bride model) at the shop. Liz had selected some beautiful wedding dresses out for Hannah to try. That lady seriously knows her job! They were all perfect! The first one Hannah tried on was the winner. So wedding dress, shoes and veil were now ticked off.  Now we just needed a groom!

Liz suggested we went to see Deane at Attire of Clitheroe. He was so helpful and even suggested a friend of his to be the groom. Deane gave me his friends number and said to get in touch. So I messaged this friend, Alan and arranged to meet him at the shop the following week.

The week went and back to Attire I went. I felt a bit nervous. It was almost like going on a blind date, but for a groom model! In walked Alan. Boom, he was perfect! Deane sorted out a suit, waistcoat and matching bow tie. Perfect.

 
Shireburn Styled Shoot
 

It was now that day of the shoot. I dropped my daughter off at preschool before heading up to The Shireburn Arms. I got there first (just the way I like it). The staff there couldn't have been more helpful. As I was getting all my stuff inside (yes, that is the technical term), they made me a lovely latte. If you know me, you'll know by know how much I love a coffee. The rest of the team arrived whilst I was setting up. Jo, Rachael and I got everything set up whilst Nikki worked her magic on Hannah. Hannah was feeling a little nervous as she had never done anything like this and she hadn't met Alan at this point. In fact, no one had. They had put their trust in me.... Alan walked in at this point. All the ladies agreed he was perfect for our job.

We were now ready to rock 'n' roll! Hannah and Alan were like pros. they nailed it and worked really well together. This made my job so much easier as I had never done wedding photography with a non couple. Let alone a couple that had only met each other 30 minutes previously! The weather was just right too. No rain, no bright sun. Although poor Hannah did get a bit cold and had to pinch her Mum's coat in between shots. The team were amazing. We soon got through the shots I wanted.

Perfect, because that meant it was lunchtime. It would have been rude not to stay and eat, so we did. The food was as amazing as always. I can recommend the Beef and Bowland Ale Pie. Yum!

I love shooting weddings and cover Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Manchester and Cheshire (and pretty much anywhere else, if you ask nicely).  Book your 2018 wedding photography for just £850 for a full day!

Thank you so much to everyone involved in making it happen.

Jane x

Venue - The Shireburn Arms

Dress - Orchid Designs

Suit - Attire of Clitheroe

Cake - A Cake Occasion

Hair and Makeup - Nikki Webb Hair and Makeup

Stationary - The Wedding Workshop

Flowers - Victoria & Natalie Flowers

 

 

Trashing Ella's wedding dress - Clitheroe, Lancashire

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Trash the dress
 

You may already know that I am a Ribble Valley and Lancashire wedding photographer and have recently being doing a lot of work with Kate from Kate's Bridal Room. I helped her with her curvy bridal catwalk at Towneley Hall and then at Bashall Barn for a styled shoot for a new range of wedding dresses.

Whilst I was at her lovely little bridal shop in Clitheroe to discuss these shoots (and have a coffee), she asked me if I wanted to do a trash the dress shoot with her. She had a sample dress with a defect, so she couldn't sell it in the shop. I had wanted to do a trash the dress photo shoot for a while, so I was more than happy to put this dress to good use! We were both so excited.

Kate ordered some powder paint and I ordered some smoke grenades straight away. Kate is friends with Ella from Escape Hair Salon by Alison Burns and Ella Burns. She thought that Ella would be the perfect person for the job as our model. She showed me a photograph of her. Do you know what? She was right! I could see straight away how amazing she was going to look. Model sorted, now just to find the perfect location..... I have a friend who is a bit of a property developer. My husband had recently told me that Rob had bought an old MOT garage in Clitheroe and was making it in to flats. So I sent him a quick text to see if he would mind us using it. Luckily for us, he was more than happy with this. Although he was slightly worried that the bottom of the dress would get messed up in all the dust and dirt. When I explained that we would be launching neon paint at Ella, that worry soon went away!

 
Trash the dress
 

The day of the shoot arrived (woohoo)! It was sunny, but freezing! Kate, Rob and I arrived first. Rob let us in and made a quick dart for it. I don't blame him. I'd have roped him into a job. Ella and Alison arrived shortly after. Ella looked amazing! She had done her own hair and makeup (she is a hair and makeup artist). Kate helped her get into the wedding dress and we were ready to go. Kate and Alison were on paint throwing duties. It was amazing. I got so excited with every image I shot. The ladies were throwing the paint into the air so it came down on Ella. Well, that was the idea..... Alison threw a handful straight in Ella's face! Whoops! Good job she is her Mum! We then let the first grenade off in the building. It looked amazing (at first), but it soon filled the room up and none of us could see. At this point, I'll tell you that I am asthmatic and have been struggling with it recently. As you can imagine, dust, paint and smoke grenades are not a good combo for asthma. Again, whoops! I wasn't bothered though as the images looked amazing (if I do say so myself). Anyway, in the interest of us all being able to breathe, we decided to let the next one off outdoors. There was a pile of stone up against a wall, with trees covered in ivy just behind. Perfect! Again, I was behaving like a giddy kipper. At this point, a couple of passersby came to watch what we were doing. It's not everyday you see a beautiful woman in a wedding dress, covered in paint, sat casually on a wall with blue smoke all around them!

 
Trash the dress
 

Trash the dress is so popular nowadays. It's an excuse to wear your wedding dress again and do something fun. If it is something you are interested in, drop me a message and I'd be happy to help.

Dress - Kate's Bridal Room

Hair and Makeup - Escape Hair Salon

Here are some of my favourite images from the shoot. It was hard to narrow them down!

Jane x

 

A styled wedding shoot at Bashall Barn, Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Ribble Valley & Lancashire Wedding and Newborn Photographer.

 
Bashall Barn styled shoot
 

When I entered the wedding industry, I didn't realise how quickly I'd make contacts, and more importantly, friends. I quickly made friends with Kate from Kate's Bridal Room in Clitheroe. I actually met her through another wedding photographer. We have worked together a few times now. When she asked me if I'd like to be involved in a styled shoot at Bashall Barn for the launch of some new  wedding dresses, I jumped on the chance. Bashall Barn is a beautiful venue, nestled in the heart of the Ribble Valley. And being a barn, it is my favourite kind of venue. I love farms and barns, being a country born girl.

Anyway, fast forward to this last Monday. We all arrived at Bashall Barn to set up. Everyone did their bit. Hair and makeup was going on. The wedding cake was being put in place. Wedding dresses were being steamed. I was taking detailed shots of the beautiful wedding bouquets and more importantly, the staff from Bashall Barn gave us all a coffee! It was just what we needed.

 
Bashall Barn styled shoot
 

We were now ready to roll. There are loads of quirky details at this venue, so it makes for some gorgeous images. It was a shame it was a rainy day, or I would have taken to ladies outside to get some photographs out by the old barn. We did make friends with a goat that was playing out in a field though. I don't think Kate fancied going through the mud in her gorgeous wedding gown..... Spoilsport....

We had so much fun on this shoot. My face hurt at the end of the day as we had all laughed so much! It was fantastic; several people, all from the same kind of industry pulling together to create some magic.

These wedding dresses are part of the symphony range by Linzi Jay. They are designed for plus size brides and range from size 18 - 36 (some do go up to a size 40). Kate's Bridal Room are the only stockist of these dresses in East Lancashire. If you like what you see, pop in and see her. She is really friendly, relaxed and she knows her stuff. She makes a good brew too. Can you tell that I like a brew?

I should add that Bashall Barn really looked after us that day. Their refreshments were lovely. Lindsey from EBella had also made us some salted caramel cupcakes. Delicious! Food and drink, I am easily pleased.

Thank you to everyone who made the day run so smoothly.

Venue - Bashall Barn Weddings

Dresses - Kate's Bridal Room

Dress designer - Linzi Jay

Hair - Nikki Webb Hair and Makeup Artist

Makeup - Kerry Baker MUA

Florist - Victoria and Natalie Flowers

Cake - EBella

Jane x

Holmes Mill, Clitheroe, Lancashire - Shoot & Hustle wedding photography workshop

Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend a wedding workshop 'Shoot & Hustle'. It was held at the awesome Holmes Mill, Clitheroe, Lancashire. Have you ever been? It is an amazing location. Being a Ribble Valley girl, I like to go there for food and drink (when I get the chance. Having small children makes it very difficult!). So when I got the opportunity to go on this workshop, I jumped on board!

Anyway, the day was hosted by 4 amazing wedding photographers, each of which I admire. They had planned the day to a high standard. They had worked with local businesses to get amazing flowers and fabulous hair and makeup artists. There were 2 sets of models for the photographers to shoot and learn from. My husband and I were the morning couple. The dress that I wore came from a local bridal shop (I've sneaked a photograph in of us. This particular one was taken by Rachel from Rachel Joyce Photography. She was one of the hosts (and is totally amazing!). See if you can spot us).

The day wasn't just about taking gorgeous photographs. It was also about how to run your own business, marketing and much, much more. It was also fabulous as I got to work along side 20 other very talented photographers from all over.

After the workshop had finished, most of us stayed for some amazing food. We had earned it after all!

Jane x

Florist - All Things Nice

My dress - Kate's Bridal Room

Hair & makeup - Sonara Parker

Hosted by - Shoot & Hustle