love shoot #52: modern vintage ivory & blush {jess & martin}

I’m thrilled to share the work of beautiful and talented photographer Cat Hepple on Bijoux Bride today.  I met Cat back in August at the Love My Dress Soiree, and have been desperate to share her gorgeous work ever since.  Having followed her work for a while I know that she has the talent, and from chatting to her I found she is the most lovely person.  Cat makes everyone in her company feel relaxed with her friendly manner, and would make any couple feel instantly at ease with her at their wedding.

Today’s wedding is full of beautiful modern vintage touches, a beautiful ivory and pale blush pink colour palette, the absolute perfect partners for the bride’s gorgeous Lucetta dress from Jenny Packham, exquisite and timeless with a modern edge.

I really urge you to read gorgeous bride Jess’s description of their day, she has some wonderful advice!

We met on a night out in Leeds 7 years ago, with our individual group of friends. As soon as I saw Martin walk into the bar I knew I had to introduce myself, which was very unusual for me. Maybe it had something to do with the cocktails me and my group of girlfriends had been drinking or maybe it was the fact my tummy had butterflies the first time I saw him!

Five years into our relationship, in 2009, Martin’s parents took us and his family on a trip to Las Vegas,  during which Martin suggested the two of us have a night out to the world famous Stratosphere.  Set in the tallest building in Vegas, the views are spectacular and it’s a very romantic setting, just perfect for Martin’s surprise proposal!  I said yes straight away through giggles of delight, happiness and relief, after years of patiently waiting for this very moment!!

After 6 months of searching for the ‘perfect’ venue, we finally discovered Rockliffe Hall. By this point we had a long list of must haves for the venue; as we choose a civil ceremony; a separate ceremony room to where we would be having the wedding breakfast & evening party was preferable as to create a point of difference. Somewhere for our guests to stay overnight. Private grounds with greenery as a backdrop for photographs. The venue to be decorated in a classy, luxurious yet subtle manner as to blend in with our wedding theme and not to clash against it. As soon as we first visited Rockliffe Hall, we knew we had to have our wedding there, it had all of the fore mentioned points and more; it was a 5* hotel which was finished with immaculate attention to detail. Part of the venue was a listed grade II old Hall, which had been restored to its former glory, featuring historical old feature stones and a fantastic stained glass window, which was a back drop to where the bride first enters the ceremony room. The staff and the wedding events manager were fantastic.  Choosing the right venue, photographer, florist and cake supplier really brings everything together for the theme of the day.

I took most inspiration from wedding magazines, specialised wedding websites and wedding fayres, and wanted a ‘modern vintage’ theme.  I have an art background and the fine details were always going to be important to me. Martin insisted I hand made all the wedding invitations (I was worried they wouldn’t be good enough, but everyone commented on how beautiful they were) and we even purchased a personalised monogram to wax seal each envelope. Even though the venue could provide the table plan and table name settings, I wanted to create them myself, inspired by what I’d seen in magazines; table plan was set against a bird cage theme dotted with butterflies and name place cards were hand written and tied with ribbon around each napkin; spot ribbon for the ladies and plain grey ribbon for the men.  I loved the little details which added to our wedding.

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Music is a special passion which Martin and I share, we finally agreed on a song by Elbow ‘One Day Like This’.   Martin arranged some dance lessons to improve our confidence and fully entertain our guests!  The song which I walked down the aisle to was also very important, I had decided two years ago as soon as we were engaged it would be Adele ‘Make You Feel My Love’.

Any advice for future brides?

Ensure the local wedding registrar is available on your preferred date and time before you book anything. Once you choose your venue, then you can decide on the theme from there and what kind of wedding dress etc. Choose your bridesmaid colour/dress before you choose your flowers. Also, if you’re having a summer wedding, you’ll need to choose your shoes long before this time, for dress alterations etc. I was looking during the winter months which proved almost impossible to find on the high street, ( I found wedding dress shops had very limited or boring collections) I eventually found mine on the internet, there are some great sites out there, I ordered three pairs I liked, then sent the two pairs back once I’d chosen.

I created an ideas scrap book, which included wedding dresses, themes, flower colours, table decorations, shoes, hair styles, wedding photo styles etc. This came in really handy to show suppliers the ideas I had and they could fully understand what we wanted for our special day. It is also a nice keepsake we can now look back on.


Dress ~ ‘Lucetta’ by Jenny Packham at Andrea Bambridge, York

Shoes ~ ‘Claudia’ Benjamin Adams from Girls of Elegance

Veil & Accessories ~Matching Jenny Packham cuff and others all from Andrea Bambridge

Stationery ~ Handmade & designed by the bride

Venue ~ Rockliffe Hall, Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington

Flowers/Décor ~ Blush Flowers, Harrogate

Hair ~ Amanda Williamson

Makeup ~ Rockliffe Hall in house make- up artist

Groom’s Suit ~ Peter Posh from Limelight Occasions, Huddersfield

Catering ~ Rockliffe Hall

Cake ~ Just Darling, Huddersfield

Music ~ Alan Rees

Bridesmaids dresses ~ Monsoon


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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