I have been in love with the stunning wedding dresses designed and beautifully handmade by Derbyshire Couture designer Haarlem Bridal for quite a while. So I was over the moon when they asked me to travel to the East Midlands and to photograph their glamorous new range of wedding dresses in a 1920s wedding inspiration styled shoot.

As a wedding photographer, I love the open hills and views of the Derbyshire Peak District. Winding roads take you to the market town of Wirksworth and this is where you’ll find Haarlem Bridal. And the warmth and friendliness of the people that you meet there will immediately capture your heart.

The lovely ladies at Haarlem Bridal are no exception. With lots of jokes, two gorgeous little babies to squeeze, and an endless supply of tea we were giggling and comfortably shooting within minutes.

A shoot like this is every wedding photographer’s dream. For over a month everyone involved pinned 20s style photographs to a secret board on Pinterest and we all agreed that we wanted to stay true to the 1920s in our shoot.

We also agreed to all meet at Haarlem Bridal’s boutique in Wirksworth, where the 1920s styled shoot would take place.

The 1920s Wedding Inspiration Styled Shoot

When the month was finally over and the day of the 1920s wedding inspiration styled shoot arrived, the boutique was beautifully dressed with sweet-smelling cakes, 1920s style flowers and period accessories, including English vintage china, glassware, table linens and vintage props. I can hardly describe how delicious those cakes were! And yes, we did get to try lots of them at the end of the day, which made me very very happy. I mean, seriously, who could resist?

The accessories and flowers brought the 1920s look and atmosphere to life, and once David was finished with our model Laura’s 1920s makeup and hair we were ready to go. Laura is very talented and a great pleasure to work with and so the time simply flew by with lots of jokes and laughs.

If you’re a bride looking for a really unique period style dress from either the 1920s or 1950s that is made to measure with lots of love and attention to detail, then definitely consider Haarlem Bridal. And once you see their dresses, I promise you will fall in love just as I have.

A few of the photographs from this 1920s wedding inspiration styled shoot will feature in the upcoming issue of Save the Date Magazine, so keep an eye out for that too. I am so chuffed with the way everything came together and with how stunning these photographs turned out.

Thank you to everyone for making it such a great experience.

Here are the fabulous people that made this 1920s wedding inspiration styled shoot possible:

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Great post Maria! Well done! x

Beautifully shot, beautifully written and the photos look stunning.

Wow what a write up….such a pleasure working with Maria too! Don’t look anywhere else for your photographer as you have found her! Very talented and very lovely too…thank you for the amazing photographs and a very hectic and exciting day xx.

An absolutely gorgeous shoot with so many beautiful detail. Love the bouquet, the fabulous dresses and all the ‘yummy’ cakes! Congratulations to everyone involved. x

WOW! What an amazing bride and awesome photos!!!

If you love what you do and treat your job as a hobby, one day it will proove that you haven’t worked a single day in your life – somebody said once.
Maria seems never to go to work.

Beautiful photos Maria! The dresses are stunning and the bride is gorgeous! I particularly love the image of her leaning over the cake.

Maria Assia Photography

Thanks so much Rachel and thanks for the kind recommendation xx

Beautiful x

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