brinkburn priory tulle wedding dress

Brinkburn Bridal Shoot

The inspiration

Nestled in the Coquet Valley, Brinkburn Northumberland is a magical place and a wonderful venue for your wedding.  It has that perfect combination of grandeur and intimacy, the countryside surrounding it is stunning and it’s an elegant yet neutral space.  It was therefore the natural choice for our ethereal inspired bridal shoot.

Both Helen and I have very similar styles in the love of soft, romantic, effortless, prettiness. We’ve been lucky enough to work together on some beautiful weddings over the years and both worked on each other’s weddings. Our styles work beautifully together and we wanted to make the time to create a photoshoot which we could show all the creativity in our minds which we don’t always get to dictate when working on clients weddings.  Our story for this bridal shoot is loosely based around the morning of Catriona’s wedding. The anticipation of her groom arriving after receiving a love poem from him. Her longing to see him, the preparations for a candlelit dinner and her thoughtful walk to her wedding ceremony.

ethereal bride and flower crown

ethereal bride

fairytale wedding dress

ethereal bride and love letter

wedding love letters

ethereal bride and flower crown

whimsical bride at brinkburn priory

ethereal bride and flower crown

pastel hue loose bridal bouquet

ethereal bride

beautifully rustic wedding table setting

rustic wedding table setting

rustic wedding table setting with beautiful calligraphy menu and table numbers

wedding calligraphy place name

rustic calligraphy wedding menu with copper cutlery

rustic wedding calligraphy suite

rustic flower chair dressing

rose quartz ring

romantic trio of wedding cakes and beautiful florals

soft, elegant tulle and bead wedding gown, soft tone english rose bridal bouquet

whimsical tulle bridal gown and soft hand tie

soft hues romatic bridal bouquet

Brinkburn Wedding Styled Shoot


The backdrop of Brinkburn was the start of the journey of this shoot, the owner Emma contacted us after we released an annual collection of seasonal bouquets ‘a collection of prettiness’ and the start of this beautiful photoshoot began. Brinkburn is a stunning wedding venue connected to a medieval priory and Manor House which has aged timelessly as a quintessentially English landmark. The beautiful stone, aged oak and streaming light lends it’s self perfectly to the colours and hues which we both love. The soft golds, creams, and taupes in the building built the colour palette for our flowers and accessories, and perfect for Katy’s amazingly soft, light filled photographs. The adjoining house to the priory buildings is called The Stables. Within The Stables is an elegant blank, light space called The White Room where wedding ceremonies can take place. Our mood and Pinterest boards reflected our style combined with the old English charm of the buildings and the natural surroundings of the gardens and grounds around the perimeter of our location.

The Details

We built on soft hues of the rose golds, natural stone tones, whites, creams and greens with beautiful, seasonal blooms, English country garden roses, hydrangea, ranunculus, trailing foliages of eucalyptus and jasmine which were not only beautiful to work with but also incredibly romantically scented. The stunning model and dress also reflected the beautiful English rose vision we had, and the extremely talented hair and make up ladies who worked with us were perfect in terms of the natural, barely there look which our stunning model April exuberated. Our stationery, table scape and accessories also flowed with the effortless style of floaty silks, pretty jewels, candles and beautifully written calligraphy. We were so lucky to be able to create this vision and produce such stunning imagery with such a talented, and adorable, group of ladies. The day was a joy to create and the photographs will be part of our portfolios for a lifetime, we hope you enjoy them as much as us.

We are thrilled to have had this shoot featured on both leading wedding blog Rock My Wedding and Kate Cullen’s Fine Art Wedding Boutique.


Wedding Suppliers

Photography – Katy Melling 

Florals – Bels Flowers

Venue – Brinkburn Northumberland

Bridal Gown –Dolores by Badgley Mischka at Kathryn S Truman

Make up – Make-up by Jo

Hair Styling – Tina Elliott Styling

Calligraphy – The Brahmin Lettering Co.

Wedding Cakes/Macaroons – The Master Cakesmith

Silk Ribbon and Table Runner – Kate Cullen

Tableware and Glassware –Pettigrove Lane

Rose Quartz Ring – Thomas Sabo

The Norah Mae Ring Box –The Mrs Box

Photographers Assistant – Christine Harding

Model – April Bowden