July 01, 2011

An Itsy Bitsy Vintage Morecambe Photo Shoot

Last month I had the enormous pleasure of shooting for a day in the fabulous Midland Hotel in Morecambe. I've been sneaking pictures from the Itsy Bitsy Vintage photo shoot out on my Facebook and Flickr pages in recent weeks, so you may well have seen one or two already, but here is the full story of my fab day!

Plans for the shoot began several months back when my wife (aka Mrs Beanphoto) was thinking how best to launch her new vintage china hire business "Itsy Bitsy Vintage". 'Vintage' is becoming an increasingly popular theme for weddings right now, and Carol has been a collector of vintage china for years now and had some gorgeous pieces, which she knew would be perfect for Lancashire bride's looking to plan for small, but stylish weddings on a budget. Together with her business partner Carole Hunt who creates fabulous personalised vintage-influenced artworks (bricolages) on commission, they formed Itsy Bitsy Vintage.

Carol and Carole quickly put together a network of local businesses all interested in and happy to support their photo-shoot plans which finally came together when the Midland Hotel's wedding co-ordinator Vicky Cruse kindly offered their fabulous Sun Terrace room to decorate for a vintage wedding party on what turned out to be one the sunniest and hottest days of the year!

If you don't know The Midland, I shall attempt to enlighten you. This amazing Art Deco building was built in 1933 on Morecambe sea front with stunning views across Morecambe Bay where the sunsets are to die for! But I'll stop there with the history lesson because the very wonderful Friends of the Midland website will tell you far more and more reliably than I ever can. So if you'd like to learn more about the designer Oliver Hill, or the artist Eric Gill, whom Hill commissioned for a number of iconic art works in the building, or Eric Ravilious, another well known contemporary artist, who did the original wall murals in the rotunda bar, then take a look here. The hotel fell into a long spell of disrepair but has now been fully and splendidly refurbished by Urban Splash and is now run by English Lakes Hotels.

To compliment the gorgeous vintage china table settings, Carol roped in Catherine, my absolute favourite florist, who has been mentioned on this blog many times, and whose wedding I photographed back in 2009.  Catherine runs the very successful Flowers by Catherine business in Lancaster, and constantly amazes with her stunning floral displays. Catherine kindly offered to provide flowers for the table places and the teacup posies. Seriously, if you are looking for your wedding florist - look no further!

Tea is synonymous with cake, so to provide some gorgeous fancies for the occasion who better than Morecambe's very own Madam Chocolat?! I'd come across Madam Chocolat's cakes at weddings before, but never actually met her, so I'm pleased to say Kath Jones, who is Madam Chocolat is as nice as her cakes, and that's saying something. Jaws dropped when Kath brought her tray of goodies into the room, asking "are these okay for you?" They look great, they taste great - what else do you need to know!

For the final touch we needed models, and those models needed to be wearing some fabulous vintage outfits, well if you've been down Albert Road in Morecambe recently, you won't have failed to notice the new trendiest clothes shop in town - Dotty's Vintage. If you haven't come across it yet - go there now! Dotty's does a fab line in pre-loved original vintage and retro clothing and accessories from the 30s to the 80s, and Amanda there was happy to oblige and provide some cracking clothes for our 3 girls Lauren, Alanna and Elle.

Oh, and more exciting news! Look out this weekend for new website Lancashire Bride who will be featuring the shoot on Saturday - how exciting!

Okay, now enjoy the pics! Click a pic to see it bigger!







And you can see the full gallery on my flickr page here.
Thanks again to the Itsy Bitsy girls for asking me to do the shoot, and to all the great people involved - hope we can do it all again sometime!!


Laura Anne Renée Kureczko said...

Ahhhh, this is so fabulous :)

Dewebstar said...

wonderful and joyous set of photos! Beautiful X