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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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friday fabulous!

October 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime

shella headband black

gorgeously gothic to celebrate the season.

As far from ghoulish as you can get.

Shella Headband in black by Rock N Roll Bride for Crown & Glory, £30.

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friday fabulous!

October 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Twinkle Twinkle by Kate Spade

A literary choice for a truly original wedding day clutch.

Twinkle Twinkle Emmanuelle clutch bag, $328, by Kate Spade New York 

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friday fabulous!

September 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

J'adore Clutch by Miss Selfridge

J’adore you too!

Clutch bag, £16 by Miss Selfridge

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a wedding alphabet: A is for accessories

September 9th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

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Image via burnettsboards.com, photography by Kristen Weaver Photography

With a sparkling new-look blog comes sparkling new content. So while we will be keeping faithful posts such as glam real weddings, stunning styled shoots and lookbook loveliness on our pretty floral pages, we will also be bringing you a host of brand spanking new posts to provide you with bucket loads of pretty wedding inspiration.

One of those new posts will be an A to Z of weddings; giving you a whole alphabet of advice, options and suggestions to help you along your big day planning journey.

So let’s begin. ‘A’ is for accessories – and in this case we’re talking hair accessories.

For individual image credits/designers please see ‘the big picture’ at the foot of the feature.

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I recently shared a post on veils, exploring the various headdress options for brides keen on sticking with tradition. So now I’m identifying some alternatives – and boy are there plenty to choose from.

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image via stylemepretty.com, photography by Tamara Lockwood Photography

There’s a different offering to suit almost every imaginable style and theme, from glam Hollywood style accessories, to sweet vintage pieces and beautiful bejewelled creations. Brides can choose to make a bold statement with their hair accessories by selecting a striking headdress or by contrast they can just add a few subtle hints of detail, using delicate slides and pins.

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Image via theperfectpalette.com, headpiece by www.victoriamillesime.co.uk

For those wanting pretty, natural looking hair accessories beautiful floral corsages on pins, slides or headbands are a fabulous option. The soft layers of fabric that make up the flowers’ petals create an air of romance perfect for a wedding day. While some are simply plain, others include different fabrics such as tulle, chiffon and lace, plus extra detailing in beads or jewels. Depending on their chosen hairstyle, brides can go as large or small as they wish with their blooms. So for ladies wearing their locks loose, a headband with large, blowsy corsages can be an effective way to top off their attire. Meanwhile tiny flower pins look super cute in more structured dos, such as boho style fishtail plaits. Delicately detailed organza headbands worn in the hair or across the forehead offer further options for ethereal style brides.

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The release of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the Great Gatsby last year brought with it a surge of 1920s inspiration that many accessory designers incorporated into their collections. These show-stopping, high-glam pieces are perfect for brides wanting to reflect the elegant era. Heavily detailed, Art Deco style pieces offer an incredibly glamorous look and can make the perfect statement for those donning a simple style dress, or alternatively, add the missing piece for brides looking to sparkle from head to toe. Ladies can choose from large, lavish diamante headpieces and hair combs to more delicate creations such as diamante detailed organza headbands or droplet forehead circlets.

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Traditional tiaras remain popular with princess style brides, keen to top off their attire with a sparkling crown all of their own. Though often worn with a veil the glistening accessory can be worn alone. Designs feature all things sweet and shiny from pretty pearls to Swarovski crystals.

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image via theberry.com

Meanwhile for brides that have picked a vintage themed big day there are lots of fitting hair accessories worth crushing on. The 50s and 60s inspired pieces vary from pearl encrusted creations and shimmering glass beaded combs to fine feather headbands and antique broach adorned slides. To create the ultimate vintage vision, many of the hair accessories can be combined with statement bird cage veils, giving brides the best of both worlds.

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