I knew we had some cool bars in Manchester, but a secret speakeasy, now this blew my creative mind. Cane and Grain, a super cool bar, was the location for our styled shoot with Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bride. That’s the great thing about a being a Manchester wedding blog, you meet some fabulously talented people and work in fab locations.

Let me set the scene….

Filmed by Bridal Chic Supplier – Base Aura Wedding Videographer. A totally awesome and genuinely nice guy, Phil puts you at ease and produced for us this awesome film….. in love

The Theme .

We wanted to create a urban studio 54esque vibe. I was really excited to be working with a female photographer, Kate McCarthy Photography, to see how she would interpret the brief. Totally getting where I was coming from, we agreed how we wanted the images to be shot. It’s always difficult to get something across when you have it all in your head and Pinterest is a great way to do this. If you have an idea of a  look you want for your big day then this is one of the best resources for any bride, as well as checking out my website of course 😉

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As you know we like to use local businesses to collaborate on our shoots. The idea is that to realise a dream. We want you to get some inspiration from our images and take away from it that every look we create is from products you can actually buy either from the high st or from service provided by small independents. We have admired Jessica Bennett’s work from the likes of Instagram on a regular basis. When the opportunity came to work with Jess we jumped at the chance the only proviso was we wanted jumpsuits and dresses with a city chic edge. Boy did she deliver, the outfits were amazing. You will find the outfits from the shoot here on Jess’s website flick through the slide show here…

The looks were accessorised with The Magpies Daughter jewellery. Rachael brought some inspired pieces along from her studio based in NQ. There were a few personal favourites of mine. Rachael says “For this shoot I chose some beautiful modern pieces in golden, raw, brass.  Simple textured hoops and discs for earrings, gold plated D shaped bangles…and a nouveau bee to represent Manchester”.



Make up was by Mimi  Lomax Make Up. There was no room for wall flowers here it was disco all the way baby. Models Molly and Joanna, two beautiful Bridal Chic babes, completely transformed into two disco babes. Mimi says of Molly’s look “This is a Biba (not Bieber) inspired party look using MAC and NYX cosmetics with bright oranges, lime greens and yellows. Even though Molly has lovely brows, we bleached hers to give a softer look which together with the rounder eye shape and high blush it created an ethereal yet modern look. Joanna’s looked  is a disco theme inspired by the likes of Donna Summer and Debbie Harry where garish eye colours and bold lips were definitely a must. To achieve this, I used mostly Illamasqua’s products on Joanna but to me, it was the Primark lip gloss that gave her the decadent and glossy look.”

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We wanted a contrast between the hair styles of both the models. Becky says “with the theme being studio 54 there were so many strong stylish women who came to mind for inspiration, Bianca Jagger, Grace Jones, DVF, the list is endless, but all ladies sported amazing curls and body waves, so of course I had to Base the styles around that, Molly has ‘disco curls’ the bigger the better with added pieces in to make sure it was big and bold. With Joanna we went for the ‘red carpet’ wave keeping it super sophisticated and sleek”.

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We had a bespoke wedding beret made for the day from Satyrion. This lady is truly amazing. I say I want a wedding beret, glam, chic and wearable and she created this. C’mon now, I know you have never seen anything like this because I haven’t, hence why she is super talented and knocked this little number up….yikes, love it.

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To finish off the outfits were the flowers of course. Kate and Lisa produced the most fabulous wedding clutch that personally is my all time fav floral bouquet ever to be photographed. Versatile enough to be used for both bride or bridesmaid, I would 100% have this, should I happen to renew my vows (hint hint Big Nezza!). They say “A 70’s Hollywood glamour inspired clutch purse. Using gold disks to decorate the body of the purse, autumnal hydrangeas and phalaenopsis orchids have been arranged inside the purse giving a great texture to the metallic gold disks. Our more traditional shaped bouquet is made with bronze spayed pine cones, at different heights to give texture, mixing rustic with popular metallics. It gives a really powerful autumn look whilst still being edgy. It is surrounded with foliage, dotted with succulents and scattered with dainty flower heads.

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So that’s the detail, now for the rest of the images.  Kate was totally embracing the environment she was in and produced the most awesome shots. Kate says ” I really loved the idea of a truly unique, more rock and roll approach to a styled shoot. The brief for the day was Studio 54 meets Manchester and I was so excited to embrace the grit of the Northern Quarter, offset by these gorgeous outfits. Using mostly natural light, I posed the models to show off the movement of the jumpsuits and their own natural angles. When I did use flash, I made sure to create a dramatic tableau that hinted at our ‘disco queen’ inspiration. It was amazing to work with so many fabulous pros and I’m so proud of how the images turned out!”

So without further ado let me set the scene and take you on a journey of our city bride and bridesmaid, brides, or however you interpret, having a secret rendezvous at a speakeasy in the middle of the uber cool  Northern Quarter district. Flick through this funky little slideshow….

We have with us today our BC group of creative’s using my tried and trusted team that include:

Paragon Floral Design

Becky Betty Hair

Base Aura


But we also have some newbies on the scene whom we were really excited to work with and would love to  have the opportunity to collaborate with again…..

Mimi Lomax Make Up

The Magpies Daughter

Jessica Bennett Bespoke Bridalwear.

Kate McCarthy Photography