Hardwick Hall Grand Wedding Exhibition
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friday fabulous!

December 12th, 2015 | Julia Braime

AW1163 Comb

If in doubt, add extra sparkle!

AW1163 Comb, part of Amanda Wyatt‘s new accessories collection.

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diary date: bridal accessories styling evenings in harrogate

November 27th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Bridal Collection Harrogate (c) Cat Hepple Photography (6)

It’s not just Santa that is bringing us treats in the next month as Harrogate bridal boutiques, The Bridal Collection and The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, have some extra special events lined up for brides-to-be in December featuring lots of gorgeous goodies!

The two events will focus on helping brides-to-be find those all-important finishing touches to achieve their dream wedding day look with bridal stylists on hand to offer expert advice and fizz flowing to set the festive mood.

From hair accessories and jewellery to fancy footwear, the glitzy events will showcase beautiful creations from the likes of Jenny Packham, Emmy Shoes London and Ivory & Co, making them must dates for your diary.

To tell us a little more about what’s instore, we’re welcoming the owner of The Bridal Collection and The Harrogate Wedding Lounge to the blog, take it away Hayley…

Bridal Collection Harrogate (c) Cat Hepple Photography (25)

You are holding a Christmas Styling and Accessories evening at The Bridal Collection on 3rd December, what will the event include and who will it appeal to?

hayley says: Our Christmas Styling and Accessories Evening is an in-store event taking place 5pm – 9pm on Thursday 3rd December. This year we have teamed up with Jenny Packham accessories and the launch of our stunning collection of Emmy London Bridal shoes. We have an extensive selection of Jenny Packham accessories for brides to admire.

Our bridal stylists will also be on hand along with local makeup artist Victoria Farr, to help inspire brides with key bridal looks and trends.

The evening is aimed at brides-to-be who are looking for some finishing touches to their bridal look. It’s a great opportunity for brides-to-be to view a wide range of accessories while enjoying some festive celebrations.

What style of accessories will be available at the event?

Jenny Packman’s accessories cover a wide range of styles and designs to suit lots of bridal looks. There is an extensive selection of beautiful hair pins, tiaras and clips. As well as the elegant classics, Jenny Packham’s collection features on trend pieces such as hair vines, cuffs and sparkly pins and beautiful jewellery, such as earrings and statement necklaces, for those looking to spice up their evening look.

Bridal Collection Harrogate (c) Cat Hepple Photography (1)

Why did you choose to introduce Emmy London Shoes to The Bridal Collection and what types of brides will the shoe line appeal to?

We fell in love with Emmy shoes when we first saw them and we feel the collection sits beautifully in our boutique alongside our British dress designers. The attention to detail is amazing and we are sure our brides will really love the addition of this luxury brand. The designs range from classic and simple, to vintage and full on glitz and glamour, so there is a piece for every bride. Prices range from £350 – £725.

Do you have a favourite piece from the Jenny Packham accessories collection and Emmy London Shoes?

All of the Emmy shoes are stunning but I have to say the Leila shoes are my favourite from the collection. They have real vintage feel and they are super soft suede so brides can dance the night away. From the Jenny Packham collection I really like the Loren hair vine as it’s sparkly yet understated and with lots of co-ordinated pieces such as the earnings and the bracelet it’s easy to co-ordinate your look. I love to Monroe hair pins too, they’re so sweet and match almost any dress.

Bridal Collection Harrogate (c) Cat Hepple Photography (13)

You are also holding an Accessories Evening at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge on 10th December, what can brides-to-be expect from this event?

The Accessories Evening at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge will be a fantastic opportunity for brides-to-be to view an extensive selection of accessories from a wide range of designers to complement every bridal style.

The event will run from 5pm to 9pm and we have lots of special treats in-store throughout the evening to make it a very special night with an array of beautiful accessories to choose from and lots of festive celebrations.

The event is aimed at brides who are looking for some luxury finishing touches to their bridal style, whether it’s a pair of beautiful Rainbow Club shoes or some sparkly hair pins, we are sure we have it all covered.

The Bridal Collection & The Harrogate Wedding Lounge (c) Cat Hepple Photography (1)

Accessories from Tantrums and Tiaras, Ivory and Co. and Rainbow Club will be featured at the event. Can you tell us a little about what each of these designers?

Rainbow Club are a bridal shoe company with an extensive range of beautiful shoes ranging from contemporary styles to elegant vintage designs. They specialise in bridal design so the comfort of the shoes is amazing.

Tantrums and Tiaras are a fabulous British company who specialise in beautiful handmade designs. The collection ranges from gorgeous hair vines and tiaras to handmade earrings and bracelets. Perfect for brides-to-be looking for an added hint of sparkle.

The Ivory and Co. collection offers brides a wide selection of pieces to give an added hint of glamour to their bridal style. Crystal side pieces, slides and tiaras are mixed perfectly with pearls to allow brides to complement their gown.

Are there any stand out pieces for you from within the collections?

We have some new style Rainbow Club shoes in the boutique which are gorgeous!

Bridal Collection Harrogate (c) Cat Hepple Photography (23)

How important are accessories to finishing off a bride’s wedding day look?

Accessories are a great way for brides to individualise their look for the big day. Our bridal stylists are fabulous at helping brides create and personalise their style by experimenting with a range of accessories.

Bridal Collection Harrogate (c) Cat Hepple Photography (18)

Is there any preparation brides can do before attending either of the events?

There are so many beautiful ways to personalise your wedding look so we advise brides-to-be to think about the wedding look they would like to achieve for their big day, whether they are aiming for a vintage or contemporary look, we have designs to suit both.

The Bridal Collection & The Harrogate Wedding Lounge (c) Cat Hepple Photography (2)

How do brides book a place at the events?

If brides-to-be would like to visit either of our accessories events we ask them to contact the relevant boutique on the contact details below. We look forward to seeing them there!

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, call 01423 888242, or email info@theharrogateweddinglounge.com

The Bridal Collection Harrogate, call 01423 202029, or email info@thebridalcollectionharrogate.com

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cobbles & rollers. a ‘very lancashire’ inspired bridal shoot

November 19th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Legend Bridal Designs Zoie CarterIngham 78

The majority of styled shoots that we share on our pretty pages are to showcase bridal looks that our readers can replicate for their own big day. However, every now and then a set of styled images come along that aren’t obviously bridal, though by pushing the creative boundaries they have more depth and meaning behind them.

Today that is certainly the case, as we share this adorable Lancashire styled bridal shoot with you that switches veils and headpieces for hair nets & rollers.

To explain how the unusual concept came about we’ll hand you over to Charlotte of Legend Bridal Design, who supplied the dreamy dresses for the shoot.

With images by Zoie Carter-Ingham Photography.

LEGEND BRIDAL 50s Wedding Shoot from Moviart Films on Vimeo.

charlotte says: We’ve known Zoie, of Zoie Carter-Ingham Photography, for a while and whenever we’re together we always talk about organising a shoot. We’ve had several ideas, all very creative, yet time and availability have always kept our plans on the back burner. This summer however, when Zoie mentioned her idea for a very Lancashire shoot with a nod to the textile industry our towns are built on, we knew we had to run with it.

Legend Bridal Designs Zoie CarterIngham 7

Being a bespoke dressmaking service, our business is built on a wealth of history and tradition. Our craftsmanship is based on time honoured techniques. Each dress is drafted from our own sketches, hand cut, created and finished by hand. Sewing has always been in our family. In fact, certain tools we still use have been passed down through the generations, so Zoie’s idea of acknowledging our history in this way through the shoot made it a total no-brainer.

Legend Bridal Designs Zoie CarterIngham 58

The shoot was set in a back street in Rishton; a row of terraces on one side and the empty shell of an old mill on the other. Zoie chose this street as it is reminiscent of so many mill towns in the area. The idea was to create a vintage feel. Not the manicured, glossy and pretty vintage we’re all so familiar with, but a more down to earth, almost gritty vintage. One without airs and graces and more of a focus on the history our lives are built on.

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friday fabulous!

November 6th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Charlotte Olympia Paloma

Well, if you’re going to do something blue, you might as well do it properly…

Paloma by Charlotte Olympia, £610

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bohemian luxe: a 1920s inspired styled shoot in sheffield

November 5th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (32)

Do we have a treat for you on the blog this morning – a super opulent yet dreamily undone wedding shoot complete with stunning styling and models, all captured in the steel city of Sheffield.

Organised by Yorkshire-based jewellery and accessories designer, Gemma Trebble of Lovely Pretty Things, this captivating shoot takes inspiration from the glamorous 1920s but pares things back a little for a breezy bohemian twist, which we love!

As well as featuring Gemma’s splendid designs, the shoot also showcases the talents of some of Sheffield’s finest suppliers, and those from further afield have joined in too.

So here’s Gemma with all the details of the shoot and also an exclusive Brides Up North reader discount off her lovely collection:

Gemma is offering Brides Up North readers an exclusive discount of £5 off any purchase over £25 on her Etsy shop, using the code BRIDESUPNORTH. The online shop can be reached via Gemma’s website www.lovelyprettythings.co.uk, or directly by clicking here.

With images by RJH Photography.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (10)

gemma says: I’ve wanted to plan a styled shoot for years, but didn’t really know where to start. They’re a fantastic way to network, meet other suppliers and get creative! The theme for the shoot was glamorous 1920s mixed with bohemian luxe. We wanted to avoid the Gatsby look that has been done so much in recent years, and wanted to go for something a little different. The plan was to really strip that style back and make it much more muted down, creating a timeless and edgy look.

Lovely Pretty Things at Cutlers Hall (c) RJH Photography (28)

Having decided on the style of the shoot, we knew we wanted a really grand venue for our backdrop and Cutlers Hall was top of the list to contact. I sent a tentative email asking if we could use the building, thinking it might be a long shot, but was pleasantly surprised when Chloe got straight back to me with a definite yes!

The venue is right in the middle of Sheffield city centre and even though I’d walked past it every day for years, I’d never actually been in. I was amazed by the scale and the grandeur of it when I went inside for the first time. I felt like I’d stumbled upon some sort of secret, and straight away knew it was the right venue for our vision for the shoot.

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the exclusive: bridal jewellery & accessories by laura rhodes

November 3rd, 2015 | Julia Braime

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (8)

After months of design and hours of tediously hand stitching these beautiful creations, laura rhodes has finally launched her first jewellery and accessory collection, and Brides Up North are thrilled to be the very first to bring this luxury collection of hand-made pieces to your attention.

Never seen before, these beauties are designed and created by Laura herself in her Ilkley studio set within the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. These opulent accessories are crafted to the highest standard using only the finest components with every piece being lovingly hand stitched with stunning attention to detail. The collection doesn’t follow trends – instead Laura designs and creates timeless pieces that will last and be worn over and over again.

After ‘discovering’ Laura’s work at London’s White Gallery trade event earlier this year, we are thrilled to bring these pieces to our pretty pages as an exclusive first look. We know that you’ll love these treasures just as much as we do!  Get ready to twinkle…

Images by Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography.

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (7)
Accessories are an important part of any outfit, as a bride they can completely change or complete your look on the big day, with this in mind the Laura Rhodes collection covers all aspects ranging from headpieces and earrings to statement necklaces and sash belts. Brides can also put their own mark on their accessories by meeting Laura at the studio and having a bespoke piece specially designed.

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (2)

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (3)
To coincide with the launch of her first collection, Laura Rhodes has also launched her website www.laurarhodesbridal.com where brides who are not local to the studio can view and purchase the entire range, allowing the designs to be available both nationally and internationally.

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (6)
laura says: I love what I do and I take a great deal of pride in each and every piece. I am a perfectionist and my own worst critic but that is what makes my work what it is. I like to think my creations are some-thing that can be passed on, timeless and without age. I consider each creation an individual piece of art and continue to take my inspiration from everyday architecture and nature. A lot of thought has gone into each design, each having been sketched many times in my book before I begin creating. I still feel so honored when someone chooses to buy my work; there is nothing more re-warding than when a bride chooses to wear one of my designs on her special day.

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (5)

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (4)

Laura Rhodes Bridal (c) Carolyn Mendelsohn Photography (1)

To see more visit Laura Rhodes’ website

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