August 12th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
When we’re not busy working, us Brides Up North girls are happy to admit that we love nothing more than a good reality TV binge; whether it be Keeping Up with the Kardashians, or checking up on the latest scandals in Chelsea and Essex.
A little closer to home, we’ve also become totally hooked on The Real Housewives of Cheshire – not only for the amazing hit of gossip and glamour– but also because the North West has become a real Brides Up North hotspot, with our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions taking place at some of the finest venues in the county.
And so when an invite landed in our inbox to the launch event of Real Housewife Tanya Bardo’s new bridal jewellery collection, there was no hesitation as we RSVP’d. Taking place at none other than co-star Dawn Ward’s house, we were given the opportunity to view the gorgeous jewellery collection for ourselves and even got to model and few pieces for a little shoot too, with hair by Alison Pearson Salon, makeup by Second Glance and dresses provided our friends at Dotty Taylor Bridal.
Having struggled to find jewellery for her own wedding to professional footballer Phil Bardsley two years ago, Tanya was keen to create a luxurious yet affordable bridal jewellery range that could be worn by brides, with options for bridesmaids and flower girls as well.
Following the same theme as her already popular Dreams to Reality jewellery collection, the handmade bridal designs feature a dainty angel wings charm and also incorporate pretty Swarovski pearls and sparkling crystals, making them a perfect addition for a bride and her wedding party.
To chat more about the designs (whilst trying to get the latest RHWC gossip), we caught up with the beautiful and straight-talking Tanya, who is expecting a baby anytime around now – so if he’s arrived, congratulations Tanya and Phil!
What first made you want to launch a jewellery range?
tanya says: I’d been working as a life coach and had also written a self-help coaching book, one of the areas which you focus on is looking at what your dreams/goals are. It’s important to write these down, but then it is also easy to forget about them when getting caught up in your daily living. When I was a single mum with no money I used to keep a little pebble in my pocket, every time I put my hand in my pocket and felt it there it’d prompt me to visualise my dreams.
So with the jewellery range I wanted to create something beautiful which acts as a daily reminder, so every time you see your piece of jewellery it triggers a little thought in your mind to make sure you’re doing something towards making your dream become reality.
August 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
You’re in for a treat this afternoon as we take a look at the stunning new wedding shoe collection from our super-talented Sponsor Charlotte Mills Bridal. The master of all things sparkling, girly and pretty, Charlotte’s creations instantly send us weak at the knees and are an absolute must for brides wanting standout footwear that’s fashionable and fun.
Expanding on her already impressive range, the new collection includes several new shoe and handbag designs for SS16/17, which are available to buy online, at selected bridal boutiques and directly from Miss Mill’s sweet boutique, located in the gorgeous village of Saddleworth, Oldham.
So without further ado we’ll leave you to swoon over the new collection with the leading lady herself on hand to explain a little more about the dazzling designs…
Tell us where the inspiration for the new collection came from…
charlotte says: For the SS16/17 season, my designs take inspiration from Havana nights with a bridal twist. Metallics, including rose gold, and soft nude nappa leathers make the styles perfect to wear again beyond the big day.
To put the collection together I studied Vintage Havana, its fashion and designs from the art deco and art nouveau eras. I love the architecture and style of this time and the fact it’s still relevant today.
Overall I’d say my collections are always a romantic, yet fun mix of something old and something new.
Do you have a personal favourite design within the new collection?
I love Calle – it’s so on trend and looks amazing on the foot. It’s a timeless style which could easily be worn again after the wedding day has been and gone.
What are the main colours, fabrics and details used within the new collection?
Metallics in pale gold and rose gold with ivory and nude leathers. We have also added a gorgeous new glitter which looks like crushed pearls.
Which design from the new collection would you suggest for brides wanting to make a real style statement with their footwear?
Cindy really makes a statement with the block heel and oversized bow. The glitter is amazing when it catches the light and the leather has a pearlized finish too.
August 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
All wedding journeys tend to start with a ring that will remain on the bride’s hand from the engagement to the ‘I dos’ and throughout married life that follows. As such it’s important that the chosen ring will last a lifetime and offers the most sparkle for your buck.
To help you and your partner pick a winning rock, we’re handing the blog over this morning to GIA Diamonds Graduate Paul Gian. Keen to ensure that couples are clued up on the clarity, cut, color and carat of diamonds before making their ring purchase, expert Paul has set up handy website Beyond4cs.com and is here to share some of his gems of advice with you today…
Images from real weddings featured on these pages and not provided by Sponsor. Please see image credits for photographer details – we love these talented folk!
Can you tell us a little about your background in the diamond & jewellery market?
paul says: My story began back in 2012 when I needed to buy a proposal ring for my fiancée. It started months of frustrating online research as there was a lack of reliable information. As I started reading up, my interest in gemstones and diamonds grew. Since then, I’ve completed the GIA Diamonds Graduate program and built up my own gemstone collection.
When and why did you set up Beyond4cs.com and who is it aimed at?
A diamond engagement ring is possibly one of the most expensive purchases someone would make in their lifetime (besides a car and home). Beyond4cs.com was started in 2014 and it is targeted at fellow consumers to shed light on the engagement ring buying process.
What are the most important elements that should be taken into consideration when shopping for a diamond engagement ring to get the best quality diamond for the budget?
The cut quality of a diamond matters the most because it directly affects how much sparkle the diamond will have.
What would you say to those who have quite a modest budget, what types of diamonds should they be looking at?
It really boils down to personal preferences and needs. There isn’t a particular shape, color or clarity that’s going to appeal to everyone on the same level. In the current market, the most popular diamond shapes are round, princess and cushion.
July 29th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Just the ticker to get you to the church on time!
July 15th, 2016 | Julia Braime
We’ve long been fans of Glitzy Secrets‘ range of beautiful yet affordable bridal jewellery here at Brides Up North HQ, and have been known to rock a little of the magic sparkle ourselves when the occasion demands.
How excited we were to hear then, that the award winning label have launched a new collection of precious pieces (without the price tag!) in our fave metal du jour, romantic rose gold?! Glitzy Secrets‘ Rose Gold Collection does what it says on the tin – presents a capsule jewellery range of earrings, pedants, bracelets, necklace and hair accessories all blushing with the delicate and feminine hue of rose gold.
glitzy secrets say:Our silver and pearl classic collection has been the choice of thousands of brides and bridesmaids with its elegant and timeless style. We planned to introduce some of the designs in gold and rose gold tone early next year but, after receiving so many requests, we knew we had to bring the launch forward. It’s clear that with more brides opting for nude and blush gowns, they are looking for warmer hued accessories for a beautiful romantic feel and our classic collection offers just that.
April 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
It’s not just the dress that should make a bride feel special on her wedding day, but also the attire she chooses to wear for her first night of married life. Surely no girl wants to slip out of her amazing gown and into a pair of her old PJs, right?!
Fortunately we know just the place to go for super-special nightwear. Whether it’s a sexy slip, traditional silk trouser and shirt set, or a cute short and cami combination that’s your preference when between the sheets, this company can cater for all.
Though it’s not just the night of the wedding that you need to think about. Wouldn’t you love a pretty silk robe to wear for the bridal preparations on the morning of the wedding as well as some elegant loungewear for the all-important honeymoon? Well these guys have that covered too!
If you don’t already know of them, let us introduce you to our wonderful Brides Up North sponsor PJ’sLONDON. Owned and run by luxury nightwear designer, Luz Karina Huertas, this lovely little company produces the poshest PJs handcrafted here in Britain using 100% silk.
To talk us through the irresistible collection, with her top bridal prep and honeymoon picks, we’re handing over the blog to the lady who designed it all, Luz…
Silk nightshirt (shown in style Rubi and colour Duck Egg)
luz says: This is a lustrous silk nightshirt with a straight silhouette cut for a loose and very comfortable fit. It comes in a wide selection of colours and has a range of different sleeve, trims and neckline finishes.
Silk nightdress (shown in style Eva and colour Crushed Pink)
A delicate and feminine silk nightdress with lace trim details and an elasticated waist. This lovely pyjama is designed in a very flattering style that gives you comfort and makes you look very stylish!
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