Charlotte Balbier

friday fabulous: glitzy secrets present the rose gold collection

July 15th, 2016 | Julia Braime - Rose Gold Collection

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. - Rose Gold Starlet Necklace

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. - Rose Gold Blooms Hair Comb

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lookbook: luxury nightwear by pj’slondon

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

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

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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wrapped in luxury: introducing pj’slondon silk nightwear

February 15th, 2016 | Julia Braime


Is there anything better in the world than a new pair of pyjamas? We think not. Particularly when it comes to a special occasion, such as a romantic night away, a holiday or Christmas.

For brides, the wedding night and honeymoon will also be key events when new nightwear is required, in order to both look and feel fabulous (and, of course, knock the groom’s socks off in the process).

So to help ladies find such fitting attire, today on the blog we’re introducing new Brides Up North sponsor and luxury nightwear designer Luz Karina Huertas, who owns and runs PJ’sLONDON.

Handcrafted in Britain using 100% silk, these posh PJs take loungewear to a whole new level of luxury with robes, slips and top and bottom sets all made-to-order and finished to customers’ requirements.

To tell us more about what’s available to make your first night as a ‘Mrs’ all the more memorable, we’ll hand over to the lovely Luz…


How did you get involved in design and the fashion industry? 

luz says: Choosing to pursue a degree in fashion design was an easy choice for me as I love the process of making a garment, from design to completion. I apply all of the skills I learnt in my degree, such as sketching, pattern cutting, sewing and graphic design, and have been able to build PJ’sLONDON whilst retaining my creative vision.

Being very persistent in doing what I believe in and getting advice from the right people and taking their opinions on-board has helped me to shape my business.

Tell us about PJ’sLONDON and the products it offers to brides? 

We produce luxurious, customised pyjamas using 100% silk and a gorgeous palette of 43 colour options! In a small studio based in London, we make every garment by hand with great attention to detail and lots of love. Every pyjama is made-to-order to ensure we avoid any unnecessary waste. Each garment is finished with the specifications required by the client, allowing the client to become the designer and select every detail of their design, from colour and fabric, to finishing touches such as the details on the neckline, waistband and sleeves. You can even add your own monogram for a completely unique finish.


What is your favourite thing about your job? 

In my studio, I love it when a garment is taking shape and you are almost there! Seeing the end result and the client’s reaction is always the best bit. I give 100% to ensure my clients are totally happy with the finished product, and they appreciate that.

How can luxury nightwear help a bride feel special on her wedding night and honeymoon? 

Everything is in the detail and every bride wants only the best and to feel truly stunning and unique before, during and after their ceremony. Adding those extra touches of glamour with lustrous silk nightwear and robes are a great addition for the perfect wedding night. They’re a honeymoon essential, too!

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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

The Bridal Collection Harrogate, call 01423 202029, or email

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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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