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Less Is More

How utterly gorgeous is this shoot? The less is more approach always appeals to me – I’d much rather see a beautifully curated small edit of items than a flamboyant display of mediocrity and I think it’s safe to say The Inner City Weddings girls agree. This shoot is so striking and stylish but also, SO simple. Just a stunning venue, gorgeous blooms and some lovely outfits.

The shoot was captured by the wonderful Agnes Black, whose bohemian eye was just perfect for this styling. Ready to lose yourself in a palette of marsala, cerise and burnt orange? I thought so!

The Inspiration

Agnes the Photographer: This was one of those shoots that I knew would be good, but didn’t realise just how frigging good!!! Ellie from Inner City Weddings got in touch with me about putting together a fresh shoot at this totally cool, new studio venue in Salford, near Manchester…I was so down for it, as I am with anything Ellie asks me to do! The vibe was totally inner city indie bride! It was super stylish and we all loved the space. Who knew a pommel horse could look so rad?

The Venue

We did a full set up to really show the potential of the venue being used for a wedding. Huge white studio rooms, gorgeous light, a chic bar and laid back chill out areas, 54 Studios has it all! Ellie and Flick were totally on point with everything, and their industrial furniture, props and styling really worked in the space, which I totally think you can see from the images. They did a ceremony set up with mismatched chairs, and pillar candles lining the aisle, a registrar table (yes the venue has a wedding licence!) with tea lights and mismatched bottles finished off with floral pieces. Finally an arch, adorned with blooms by Sassflower set the scene for a super stylish vow exchange.

The Flowers

The flowers by Sasha, of SassFlower, were a triumph. A bouquet, industrial arch corner pieces and low table centres were made up of an eclectic mix of textured rich jewel tones in Marsala, Cerise, Violet, Burnt Orange and pops of crisp white. Ingredients include Burgundy and Black Fox Dahlias, lashings of Peppertree Foliage, accents of white lysianthus, million star astrantia, pampas grass and features the Nude Sahara Rose finished off with trailing amaranths. The bouquet was flowing and full of rich tones, and was hand tied with hand dyed ribbons from Silk & Purl.

The Fashion & Beauty

The ceremony look was accompanied by the gorgeous Millie wearing a bohemian unstructured Felicity Cooper gown from The White Yard, as well as some super cute and quirky I Am Florence shoes from the same boutique. The Hair and Make up Artist was the hugely talented Amba Logan and she worked her magic giving the model a subtle soft and dewy look with a messy overflowing braid, which was perfect against the stunning stark white backdrop, surrounded by the flower arch. The stationery from Wildwood Paper tied in effortlessly with the hues of the furniture, illustrating how you can soften the urban look with a botanical vibe.

The cake was grey slate urban inspired little number from Marie Antoinette cakes. It was understated, elegant and chic, much like the venue and feel of the shoot. Sometimes, less is more. We changed the model into look number two; the city chic bride, with a bolder lip colour, and hair swept up into a gorgeous little messy bun, wearing a calf length dress from ASOS with blush slip, covered in floral lace and sparkle. This dress looked totally AMAZING paired with the blush ASOS shoes. We hung out with this look in the cool bar, with its rich bold colours and slick inviting charm. That mustard chair, though? Real nice. Wish we’d have stuck that on the van 😉 The final look was as ASOS special; high waisted ivory trousers, a plunging glittery V neck number and a makeup look rocking the party vibes. Because a party in that space? HELL TO THE YES!

Photography by Agnes Black
Author: Fern Godfrey
Fern spends most of her time dreaming about weddings and trying to convince her long-suffering boyfriend to propose. Lucky enough to live in sunny Cornwall, if you need her – you’ll find her at beach.

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