Brides Up North

friday fabulous!

January 30th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Pearl Felicia Clutch by Coast

One for the pearly girlies.

Pearl Felicia Clutch by Coast, £55

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a wedding alphabet. j is for jewellery

January 30th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Precious Heiress Necklace

Precious Heiress Necklace

Girls, it’s time to dazzle ‘em.

While us ladies love jewellery it’s surprising just how many brides-to-be are guilty of leaving their accessories to the last minute. These are the items that will complete the dream look and help to enhance elements of the dress so it’s certainly worth investing some time in. For those that don’t have a sentimental ‘something borrowed’ to wear, costume jewellery can work equally well.

Pearls of Treasure Bracelet

Pearls Of Treasure Bracelet

Glitzy Secrets is one supplier that offers incredibly pretty and reasonably priced pieces that are sure to turn heads.

I own a pair of GS earrings myself which I’m always receiving compliments on – a lovely pair of sparkling studs that were buried in the bottom of the bursting goody bags we received when we were recently Highly Commended in the Wedding Blog Awards 2014′s “Best City Wedding Blog” category.

Precious Heiress Earrings

Precious Heiress Earrings

The Vintage Heirloom and Hollywood Starlet collections include 1940s inspired necklaces, twinkling bracelets and antique-looking chandelier earrings that won’t break the bank. The majority of the opulent accessories remain well below the £50 mark, freeing up more money for brides to splurge on the all important dress and heels!

When deciding on the right pieces of jewellery to accompany their dream dress, brides should remember that less is more. So although it’s tempting to become somewhat of a magpie when faced with things that glisten and sparkle, decide which accessories you want to do the talking. Pick just one or two pieces, whether it be a statement necklace or decorative dropped earrings and matching bracelet and think about which accessories will work best with your chosen hairstyle and the neckline of your dress.

Divine Deco Earrings

Divine Deco Earrings

Pearls of Deco EarringsFor those not keen on necklaces, a piece of arm candy can be an effective way to add a little extra sparkle to your attire. Glitzy Secrets’ Bejewelled Vintage Cuff is one of my favourites and could easily be worn for another occasion beyond the big day.

If it’s lavish earrings you desire, the 1940s inspired Precious Heiress Earrings and the oh elegant Pearls of Deco Earrings are sure to tick boxes.

Meanwhile for those wanting studs, there are stunning designs, such as the Eternally Timeless Earrings and the Vintage Bow Earrings, which can be matched with accompanying necklaces if a bride’s chosen dress style allows for jewellery along the neckline and the dazzling duo won’t look too OTT.

For a standalone necklace, the Precious Heiress design with regal drop detailing will take some beating – pure glitzy perfection.

Delicate Pearl Necklace

Delicate Pearl Necklace

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friday fabulous!

January 16th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Mrs Studs by Kate Spade

status update ears!

Mrs Studs by Kate Spade New York, £40

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friday fabulous!

January 9th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Mara Clutch

Its bling, but with edge.

Aren’t all the best things in life?

Mara Clutch, by Coast, £85

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friday fabulous!

December 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Delia Sky Blossom

Hey, if you can’t wow on your wedding day, when can you?

Kick up those heels!

Della Sky Blossom by Freya Rose, £425

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friday fabulous!

December 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Fayme

that Christmas list ain’t going to write itself gals.

santa baby

Fayme by Jimmy Choo, £595

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high street honey: Dune

December 1st, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Breanna hot pink

Along with the festive party season comes killer footwear making now the ideal time for brides-to-be to find their dream shoes.

While some ladies like to stick to specific bridal collections in search of a plain but pretty shoe, others use their footwear as a way of expressing their personal style, opting for a pair with a bit of pizzazz.

If you fall into the latter category the current high street offerings won’t let you down. Christmas and New Year is a period when people want to stand out from the crowd with shoes that sparkle, pop, or quite literally put them head and shoulders above the rest (we’re talking skyscrapers).

Aonda

Dune’s store window to many women can easily be compared to that of a sweet shop. It’s neat and shiny with delicious treats carefully positioned to lure you closer and closer, until before you know it you’re excitedly saying the words: “I’ll take them in the pink”.

Looking at Dune’s current collection there’s certainly a few show-stoppers for brides-to-be.

Here at Brides Up North we love glitz and glam so for us a wedding shoe glitters is a fabulous choice. The stunning Harlane T-bar platform design offers a wonderful amount of shimmer as does the sleek Hydro.  Meanwhile those wanting shimmer and gems will fall head over heels for Hasim as well as the Hottie platform, that certainly lives up to its name.

But if you’re looking to lower the height but up the sparkle, the dashing glitter-encrusted Blitzen will give you toes that twinkle.

Blitzen

Metallic heels are also hot news at this time of year and can be a more subtle option to the above. The Henrieta peep-toe sandal in gold and the strappy Hilarie in silver would both make fashionable yet elegant bridal footwear. Alternatively Azura and Aonda offer classy courts with a magical metallic shine.

Again for tall brides, or those that just don’t get on with heels, Cameron provides a cute flat option in adorable blush pink with gold snakeskin pointed toe.

But the ultimate show-stopper has to be the Breanna which bears a striking resemblance to Carrie Bradshaw’s something blue Manolos that she wore when she married Mr Big in the Sex and the City movie.  The gorgeous suede design, complete with square broach detailing, is made for the aisle. Better yet, it’s available in a range of colours, including Brides Up North’s favourite – pink!

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friday fabulous!

November 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Nina Glitter Knit Box Clutch

Small, but perfectly formed, with just a dash of bridal sparkle.

super luxe.

Nina Glitter Knit Box Clutch, £195 by LK Bennett

 

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friday fabulous!

November 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Sweetie by Jimmy Choo

Could this be the magic, at last?

Sweetie - Champagne Glitter Acrylic Clutch Bag – £450 by Jimmy Choo

 

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eye candy. So Pretty Bride at Rocks For Frocks

November 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon its all about the finishing touches, as we join Brides Up North exhibitor Rocks For Frocks as the debut their gorgeous new collection on these pages. What will be your crowning glory? With images by Morgan Wiltshire Photography.

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Gail says: Our Rocks For Frocks collection this year is called So Pretty Bride and features pieces with hand made Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearl flowers.  Coming slightly away from the heavy vintage influence, it has plenty of sparkle, beading and subtle shades of colour, including pale golds, chalk white, ivory and white opals.

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The brand new 30 James Street Hotel were delighted to be involved in our collection launch and gave us free reign in the hotel to shoot whereever we wanted.  We made the most of their amazing roof terraces and entrances which have stunning views of the Liverpool skyline and the river. We started the shoot with a “pretty princess” feel and finished with a dark and dramatic look, which so suited the interior of the hotel lobby. A large field next to our boutique at The Wedding House had been planted with poppies and wildflowers for the Remembrance Sunday and it looked so pretty that we stayed outdoors for the first shots, before moving to the hotel.

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Morgan Wiltshire Photography created these beautiful images. Based in Shropshire, Morgan has a serene, relaxed working style, she is so easy to work with and she captures the details and the backgrounds wonderfully. Make Up was by Cathryn Kerwin Rawlinson. The brief given to Cathryn was very much a ‘pretty and romantic bride’.  Cathryn used Airbase airbrush makeup to give our model the perfect flawless base and for the eyes she opted for a lovely pinky/lilac look using a Kiko Cosmetics quad palette in lilacs, pinks and dark burgundy.  For contour Cathryn used her HD Makeup contour palette and on cheeks she used a pinky glow using Illasmasqua shades Lover and Hussy.  Finally for the lips she finished with two different colours starting with Lollitint by Benefit and moving onto a lip gloss by Mac. Hair was by Carol Ellis Thompson.  A stylist with over 21 years experience, Carol is a Rocks For Frocks bride.  With a passion for wedding hair, she creates wonderful curls, up dos and plaits and is not phased at all by the constant need for hair changes on the go in photo shoots. All gowns were  from Cloud 9, and accessories by Rocks For Frocks.

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