August 21st, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Naeem Khan – Chrysler
Today’s look book is all about those subtle details and gorgeous embellishments that can transform an otherwise ordinary wedding dress into something extra special and utterly Instagram-worthy.
Usually – and quite rightly so – we focus on the overall style and fit of a gown, not to mention the sumptuous lace, tulle or silk fabrics and such like. But, for us, the delicate embroidery and finer detailing are where it’s at when it comes to choosing your dream dress.
Whether it’s flapper-esque fringes (we’ll never ever tire of a Gatsby throwback), intricate beading or dazzling diamantes, there’s lots to capture the imagination of the discerning bride-to-be – and add a touch of sparkle too, of course. Vintage, glamorous, kitsch, contemporary – whatever the style or theme, there’s an embellishment out there to make your gown quite literally the perfect fit for your special day.
As always, here at Brides Up North, we’re looking to some of our favourite designers as well as the runways for top bridal fashion inspo and have rounded up a few of the most coveted looks you’ll find on the rails this season.
Jenny Packham – Harmonica
Jenny Packham’s demure styles ooze a feminine aesthetic and timeless elegance; and we can see why her designs are so popular among the celebrity elite, thanks to their floaty, slinky silhouettes. Treasure is one of our favourites from the new 2018 collection – a beautifully embellished ivory gown, brimming in sparkle but by no means OTT. Combining plush silk chiffon with a fringe studded lace panel – Harmony is another gorgeous creation guaranteed to make a statement. By contrast, the barley-hued Dare gown is all about the shimmer, with a heady dose of sequins for a full-on spectacle, and the ever so pretty Verity & Bloom halter neck dress is altogether more understated, with a pretty pearl and crystal-adorned bodice.
Fringing, feathers and floral appliques feature heavily in the new collection from designer Naeem Khan. Be warned though, these designs aren’t for the fainthearted bride! The Chrysler gown is embellishment at its best, with swathes of fringes and flashes of silver tumbling from the fabric, head to toe. We just love the flapper look embodied by the Argentina dress; skimming the knee with frivolous fringing and plenty of sparkle. Then there’s the Sedona from the Fall 2017 collection – an ultra-chic and glam gown – we’re talking silk fringes (perfect for swishing around on the dance floor!) and a jewel-embroidered neck. If you’re daring to be different on your big day and fancy a couture-inspired moment while walking down the aisle, then this is the designer for you.
Eliza Jane Howell – Luna
Sabrina Dahan’s ethereal styled gowns are dreamy creations, pairing lavish fabrics with dainty beading and subtle hints of shimmer. The Isabelle gown brings the pretty by the bucket load and is, we think, the epitome of bridal elegance. As for the stylish Liliane – who could resist that beautiful tulle wrap and pretty floral detailing? The Sylvie, meanwhile, is a gorgeous backless number from the new spring 2018 collection, boasting that sought-after fuller skirt and a sprinkling of twinkly sequins.
For supreme vintage glamour, look no further than Eliza Jane Howell, another favourite of ours whose designs look to the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 30s for bridal inspiration. The new Stardust Collection is brimming with decadent, unstructured gowns, adorned with exquisite embroidery – perfect for the modern-day bride after a retro twist. The Tucana with its fabulous billowing sleeves and the Aerial with its floral detailing are just two of this season’s stunning highlights.
With so many options (and let’s be honest, we’ve only featured a mere snapshot of what’s out there!), any sparkle-loving brides-to-be will certainly be spoilt for choice.
August 21st, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
After getting engaged at a Courteeners gig, today’s featured couple, Katie and Liam were married in Gibside Chapel and moved onto Eslington Villa to get the celebrations underway. Katie loved visiting Gibside as a little girl and instinctively knew it would be the ideal place to say “I do”. We’ve got to say that we wholeheartedly agree: the stately polished wood and colonnaded interior is breath-taking, and perfect for their formal religious ceremony.
But this Real Wedding has so much more going for it than just the pretty setting, believe us. Kate’s Martina Liana gown is just exquisite – an absolute showstopper of lace and embellishment topped off with the ultimate cathedral-length, heavy lace-edged statement veil. If you’re looking for classic Grace Kelly vibes with a V-neck, look no further.
Add in some sequinned table-runners, all-white bouquets and the proudest, smiliest little pageboy we ever did see and what do you get? A whole lotta heart-eyes.
With photography by Danny Birrell Photography.
kate says: Lima and I got engaged on 5th June 2015 at a Courteeners gig – they’re my favourite band! It was at Heaton Park in Manchester.
We got to into the venue, headed straight to the bar and, as we were waiting for everything to start, Liam said, “Can you hold my pint in your right hand?” The next thing I knew he was down on one knee! It was a huge shock: our friends were standing not too far away from us and all I could hear was my sister Charlotte screaming, crying and shouting, “Oh my God!” It was amazing – I couldn’t think of anywhere better for it to have happened. We were also mentioned in the NME magazine after the gig!
We wanted something a little different; I’m personally not keen on big stately home weddings and wanted to create something that was relevant to me and Liam. I used to go to Gibside as a child and we liked how Eslington Villa was just a quirky little restaurant and that we had exclusive use of it.
Our décor theme was ‘a little bit of everything’ – candles in geo votives, succulents and sequinned table runners. I loved how everything wasn’t too streamlined.
I saw my dress at a wedding fair; it was a Martina Liana gown from Mia Sposa bridal at Newcastle. I just fell completely in love as soon as I saw it. I loved the long train, the sleeves, the lace – just everything!
For my shoes I went for a pair of Christian Louboutins – I’d wanted a pair for years! They were nude patent Pigalles.
August 18th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, then we think you’re going to fall head over heels for today’s styled shoot, which bundles together all those whimsical rustic vibes with an inspired boho bridal look and the natural setting of the classic (and increasingly popular) tipi.
Located within the grounds of an organic farm and set in ancient woodlands, This Green Moon is a relatively new wedding venue on the outskirts of Leeds and, we think, an eco-bride and groom’s dream. And this editorial shoot, led by Claire Amelia of Leeds-based boutique The Bridal Emporium, delightfully captures the beauty of this magical setting. We’re talking secret hideaways, twinkling fairy lights and a stunning floral chandelier.
There are all sorts of gorgeousness to pore over – where to begin? The cake is pared back yet so elegant and eye catching; the perfect fit for the all-natural styling of the shoot. Then there’s the table settings – again, very understated but this time, with pops of blazing orange that work beautifully with the amber tones of the tipi itself.
We’re also especially taken by the fabulous bouquets, which look like they’ve just been freshly picked from the surrounding woodland, offering up a wild and carefree vibe in keeping with the shoot’s bohemian theme.
As for the bridal looks showcased by the three models – all are effortlessly chic and stylish, with long flowing unstructured gowns adorned with pretty detailing, paired beautifully with undone hairstyles and a natural makeup palette.
We’ll now pass the blog over to Claire Amelia to share with us all the lovely details about this woodland shoot and this stunning new venue.
With images by PJ Phillips Photography
claire amelia says: The idea behind our rustic styled shoot was to express lots of bohemian, relaxed vibes and to showcase the indoor and outdoor backdrop of the tipi, which is surrounded by woodlands. The decor, flowers and styling injected a pop of colour that contrasted beautifully with our models’ soft pastel dresses.
This Green Moon, set in the grounds of Swillington Organic Farm, only recently set itself up as a wedding venue, and it’s not to be missed for those in the vicinity of Leeds who are seeking an outdoor wedding, with bohemian vibes. They work alongside Yorkshire-based Totally Tipi to create the easiest wedding set-up for brides and grooms-to-be. We wanted to really show off this new venue with our editorial-style photo shoot.
We used a mix of relaxed, on-trend and fashionable flowers, decorations and styling. All the flowers, supplied by The Flower Shop Ossett, were specially designed to suit the colouring of the tipi, with rustic tables and chairs also complementing the shots we took outside.
As for the hair and makeup, crafted by Catherine Elizabeth Hair and Makeup Artistry, we decided on free-flowing locks with a natural beauty palette.
August 18th, 2017 | Julia Braime
Did someone say carrie bradshaw?
August 17th, 2017 | Julia Braime
Gals, it’s time to get those diaries out once again, as this afternoon we’re bringing you details of a very exciting and exclusive event set to be hosted by our wonderful Sponsor Emma Draper, owner of LOVE Bridal Boutique.
On Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September, Emma will welcome top bridal designer Sarah Seven to her Altrincham boutique for a special designer day event. This will be a rare opportunity for brides to meet the creator of the stylish gowns, enjoy a personal styling session with both Emma and Sarah, and pick from an extended selection of Sarah Seven dresses. Oh, and those purchasing will get an incredible 10% discount too.
Sounds amazing, right?! To ensure you’ve got all the lowdown ahead of this fabulous event we’ve invited Emma to fill us in on all the details, including how to bag yourself one of the limited appointment slots…
Can you tell us what brides-to-be can expect from the Sarah Seven event?
emma says: Sarah Seven will be bringing her full ‘The Romantics Collection Part II’, so you can snag your favourite dress long before it “officially” hits retailers. This will be the epitome of the LOVE experience. Brides will enjoy an hour-long personal appointment with myself, and Sarah Seven herself will be on hand to help style and advise brides on the perfect dress and fit. There will be a fab 10% discount on all purchases on the day too!
And what are the benefits to attending this exclusive event?
This is Sarah Seven’s only stop in England on her Trunk Show tour of America and Europe this year. Most of the gowns from her new The Romantics Part II collection will only be available during Sarah’s two-day visit, so this is a rare opportunity to find the dress. Brides will not only get an exclusive look at this new collection but also meet and be styled by Sarah Seven herself!
How many appointments will be available over the two days?
Each appointment will last an hour and there is a limited amount of appointments available over the two days, so those wanting to attend should get in touch ASAP.
Tell us a little about Sarah Seven’s designs…
Sarah Seven’s designs are unashamedly feminine and whimsical; awash with masses of soft tulle, sequins, lace and plunging necklines. Her designs have a young aesthetic, but take inspiration from eras gone by, making her collections appeal to a broad range of brides.
Starting at around £1,800, these gowns are beautifully embellished and heavy on detailing and texture, all whilst retaining simple, clean cut lines and elegance.
Any particular favourites or stand out pieces within her collections for you personally?
The Milo gown has already stolen the hearts of so many brides on Sarah’s Instagram feed with its heavy lace detail, plunging neckline and dramatic cape-like sleeves. It just screams wow! What’s not to love?!
What sizes are Sarah Seven’s designs available in?
Dresses can be ordered from UK size 4 to 18, with plus sizes available too.
And what is the price range of the dresses?
Prices start from around £1,800 up to around £4,000 with the majority sitting around £2,000 to £2,500.
August 17th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
We’ve got a treat lined up for you today on the blog, as we venture to the pretty Ripley Castle estate in Yorkshire, for a wedding that’s brimming in gorgeous details and even a cleverly subtle nod to the groom’s favourite football club.
Melanie and Carl’s exquisite day boasts a rural, country charm thanks to its location – think stone-built cobbled streets, the quaintest of churches and a picture-perfect lake for those all-important wedding shots. We’re in love.
The bride decided to have her wedding dress custom-made, so sorry ladies you won’t be able to find this beautiful gown anywhere else! A rustic bouquet of peach roses, blue delphinium and green foliage complemented this vintage bridal look perfectly. Other highlights from the day include a string quartet, outdoors games and a sweet cart, but we’ll let Melanie share all the finer details!
With images by Kazooieloki Photography.
P.s Have YOU registered yet to join us at Ripley Castle for our awesome CASTLES&CANVAS Wedding Show on Sunday 10th September? Gather your #bridesquad and pop the not to be missed date in your diary. Click here to register now!
melanie says: We had been together just over two years when Carl surprised me with a trip to New York for my 30th birthday in May 2016. He had booked a gorgeous hotel with a window seat overlooking Central Park and, on our first day, asked me to sit in the window seat to watch a slideshow of photographs of us set to Happy Together by The Turtles. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, but with no ring as he’d booked an appointment at Tiffany & Co for me to choose one!
We got married on Saturday 24th June 2017. Carl is a huge football fan and lifelong Leicester City season ticket holder so we wanted to get married in the break between when one season ended and another started. Carl wanted this so that he didn’t miss the football and me so we didn’t miss any future wedding anniversaries!
We tied the knot at All Saints Church in Ripley, near Harrogate, and our reception was held at the beautiful Ripley Castle just across the road. We knew we wanted somewhere in the countryside as we wanted it to be a pretty place for people who had travelled a long way. From the first time we visited Ripley Castle we fell in love with it. The beautiful stone houses in the small village of Ripley made for an incredibly warm welcome before even reaching the castle. The castle grounds are stunning with a picturesque lake, and the castle is built from the same stone as the rest of the village. Inside, large wooden beams gave a really warm and authentic feel to the venue. Nowhere else we saw after this even came close.
We didn’t have a specific theme for the day as we just wanted to include the things we liked. As we got engaged in New York, we tried to have a nod towards this, with our tables named after iconic landmarks, such as Central Park, and our dessert being a specially requested New York cheesecake. In general, we just wanted things that would feel relaxed and enjoyable for everyone.
Our colour scheme was pale blue with peach. Carl wanted blue due to his love of Leicester City FC, so one day when I was browsing Pinterest, I stumbled across a picture of a large pale blue and peach bouquet and instantly loved it. We liked that it was different to anything we’d seen before and how it gave a soft, romantic feel to the images it had been incorporated in.
I had been to quite a few weddings and seen lots of very similar dresses, so after browsing pictures of wedding dresses I decided I really loved sleeves as I felt they were elegant and different. The reality of finding a dress with sleeves was really quite difficult. I went to three shops, all of which only had one or two and all of which were very slim fitting, which did not suit my shape. I made an appointment with a local designer and dressmaker called Joanna Leigh Couture and it was the best decision I made. I told her all of the things I liked and didn’t like, picked the material and lace from her samples and she drew up a design of my perfect wedding dress. I got to see my dress grow and change at our monthly appointments and ended up with a dress that fitted me perfectly and that I absolutely loved.
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