April 3rd, 2018 | Julia Braime
While most brides will opt an ivory coloured wedding gown, few stick to tradition when it comes to their bridal shoes, with the footwear an ideal element through which to express their individual style and personality.
Better still, this part of the attire can be worn time again after the big day and so it’s wise to choose a style that you could wear on an evening out rather than just down the aisle, right?!
We’re therefore delighted to see one of our very favourite bridal shoe designers and Brides Up North Sponsor, Charlotte Mills, helping to broaden the style-led choices for brides through her insanely-gorgeous new fashion collection.
Ranging from glittery metallic stilettos to cool platforms and bejewelled boots in the most fabulous colourways, we’re totally in love – and expect you’ll fall head over heels for the range too. As such we’ve invited the lovely Charlotte to the blog today to talk us through the varying designs, which are already proving popular with celeb fashionistas, including Fearne Cotton and Pixie Lott.
So, if you fancy treating your feet to some fierce footwear for your big day (and beyond!), step this way…
Why did you decide to do a fashion collection in addition to your bridal line?
charlotte says: I wanted to do a fashion collection because there’s more freedom in terms of colours and fabrics when designing for fashion rather than bridal. Less limitations.
Can you give us an overview of the collection, does it have an underlaying theme?
The collection was inspired by the 70’s, Studio 54 and the Disco Era. Metallics and glitter are always something key in Charlotte Mills shoes, but I decided to go for a more fun and vibrant colour palette to our bridal collection.
Your heels have been worn by a number of celebrities, can you tell us which celebs are Charlotte Mills fans?
Fearne Cotton loves our platforms! She’s been seen in a few pairs, but other celebs such as Pixie Lott, Ella Eyre, Lucy Meck, Stacey Martin and Lousia Johnson have all been seen in our shoes!
Can you tell us about the colourways, details and fabrics used within the collection?
We have a couple of different colour ways in the collection, Pinks, metallics and petrols would be the first; looking at shoes like Elda Barbie, Eve Petrol and the Charlotte shoes. Then we have our Velvet story, which is a selection of different jewel tones, such as black, navy, raspberry and ruby. We have the Eleanor boot and the Ellie shoe, which are velvet with rose gold and jewelled studs. Then we have the Leopard Print collection, a boot and a low block heel in a pink and petrol leopard print.
Do you have a favourite design from the collection, and if so which is it and why?
It’s hard to choose because I love them all – but if I had too, I’d probably say Charlotte! That’s why we decided to do it in so many colours – they look so lovely and flattering on. But I also have a soft spot for the Eleanor boots!
Have some of your bride clients picked a pair of heels from your fashion line for their big day?
Yes, indeed they have! We’ve had a couple of brides pick up Eve Barbie and Charlotte Barbie. Also our black velvet platform, which we think will look amazing with a bridal gown, we can’t wait to see all the pictures!
What type of girls do you see your fashion line appealing too?
Fashion forward girls, that love pink and all things girly! Lots of these shoes are the perfect party shoe, so a girl that likes having fun!
How has the collection been received so far? What do people love about it?
The collection has been received well so far, I think people love how fun and exciting the shoes are, nothing to plain and simple here. I also think the fact we kept our sixpence in the fashion shoes (but we have dipped it in Rose Gold to add a touch of luxury) is a nice feature, that still keeps the fashion shoes tied to the bridal shoes and what we’re known for.
March 13th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
As quite possibly the most exciting aspect of the wedding planning, we here at Brides Up North are firm believers that brides should remember their boutique visits for all the right reasons and have an experience that is professional, yet personal and fun, as they search for that one special dress.
And we’re not alone in our mantra, for the new Sponsor that we’re introducing on the blog today was built upon these very beliefs – the fabulous Perfect Daze Bridal.
In opening her gorgeous Yorkshire boutique, Perfect Daze owner Emma Roberts, wanted to offer ladies the full bridal shopping package; from a chic and relaxing setting to stunning designers, excellent customer service and faultless attention to detail – and she continuously strives to give her brides the very best experience.
Whether buying a designer gown or investing in a bespoke dress, all brides are seen by Emma as she gets to know them over a cuppa or glass of fizz, and she sees them through to their big day with assistance from her highly-experienced team in ensuring absolute perfection.
Here to tell us more about the boutique’s ethos and offering is the leading lady herself. Take it away Emma…
Images by Glix Photography.
Where is your boutique located and how would you describe the look and feel of it?
emma says: Perfect Daze is nestled in the rural village of Scissett in the heart of Yorkshire. A stone’s throw from Holmfirth, we are sat right on the boundaries of Wakefield, Huddersfield and Barnsley and only ten minutes from the M1 making Leeds and Sheffield quite close by.
The emphasis is on the whole experience and the boutique is spacious and luxurious. Large changing rooms and comfortable seating, plush fabrics and an industrial edge. Copper, steel and woods are the perfect backdrop to the chic gowns.
We stock the best of British bridal with our signature look being couture.
What designers do you stock and can you tell us a little about each one?
Enzoani Blue is at the cutting edge of bridal fashion. Designed by Kang Chun “KC” Lin, the gowns incorporate intricate lace, beautiful fabrics and the Enzoani signature cut out trains. Enzoani Blue is perfect for the style savvy bride, their gowns are anything but ordinary.
Enzoani Beautiful sits alongside Enzoani Blue with the same attention to detail, but with a slightly more traditional look. If Blue is a little too edgy for your bridal style, but you still appreciate the signature cut out trains and attention to detail then Enzoani Beautiful is perfect for you.
As for Badgley Mischka – think red carpet, think glamour, think the Oscars. This designer supplies high-octane styling for a bride who desires the wow factor. Their designs are a little more couture, sometimes quite edgy, but always focusing on fit and shape.
Suzanne Neville is a designer adored by celebrities such as Holly Willoughby, Tess Daly and Katherine Jenkins. Her gowns exude class, sophistication and elegance. Using the most opulent fabrics, every single dress is handmade in the UK and as beautiful on the inside as the outside.
Her ‘less is more’ approach to bridal is breath-taking and her famous corset shape creates the most fantastic curves.
How do you pick the right designers for the boutique and what do you think makes a good bridal collection?
I believe our designers have to work well together and their collections must complement each other.
We have a wide range of styles which are all focussed on fit, quality and elegance. When I invest in a label, I am looking for design which works well within the ethos of Perfect Daze Bridal. I firmly believe that shape and good fabrics are key, and when it comes to detail, just the right amount.
Furthermore, fantastic customer care, is essential. I need to know my designers can deliver 100% every time, I can then pass this onto my brides.
What current trends are you seeing in bridal wear and can you forecast any future trends that will be coming through?
It is all about the back in bridal at the moment. We are seeing some stunning designs and Enzoani are right at the forefront of this. We love it when a dress looks demure from the front but has a wonderful surprise in the back. Vision backs with floating lace and cut out trains give the wow factor.
I don’t think this current trend will be going anywhere for some time.
I think we might start to see a return to more structured fabrics like satin and Mikado. A sophisticated look which focuses on curves and structure. Seams and panels will replace lace, and sparkle will be there, but as a statement rather than all over. Badgley Mischka introduced these types of dresses in 2017, and my brides are loving the opulence.
What research/preparation would you advise brides to do before visiting the boutique?
It doesn’t matter whether you bring a full board on Pinterest to show me or arrive with nothing but your wedding date – every bride is individual and the fun is to find what works for each person.
If you have firm ideas about the type of look we are going for, then I need to know so I can work with your wedding day ideas. If your wedding has a rustic theme, you would probably not want to go for a sexy, glamourous gown. Likewise, you wouldn’t want to turn up to a black tie themed wedding in a crochet dress. Brides often allow their choice of dress to determine the theme of the wedding.
Prepare to be honest – this is what I ask of all my brides. I always start by saying “Be honest with me, you will not offend me, if one gown was right for everybody then I would need just one in every size. The more feedback you give me, the more chance I have of finding you ‘the one’.”
March 13th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Keen to see ladies making the most out of their bride-to-be-limelight, we highly encourage enjoying all elements of the planning, especially those that relate to piecing together the big day look.
Thankfully the shopping doesn’t end at picking a dress; for there are the all-important finishing touches to consider too, which ultimately complete the attire and help to reflect a bride’s individual style.
This includes everything from the veil, hair accessories and jewellery through to the shoes, giving ladies quite a lot to think about. Though the task may seem a little overwhelming there are experts on hand to assist, with many boutiques offering dedicated styling appointments to help bring a bride’s final look together. One such boutique, is our fabulous Sponsor, LOVE Bridal, located in the gorgeous market town of Altrincham.
Owner Emma Draper and her team love nothing more than assisting brides in finding their dream dress and then adding the perfect accessories to complete a bride’s big day vision. As such, they’re holding a fabulous accessories styling event alongside a Harriet Wilde Designer Day that will see brides professionally styled by the LOVE team, as well as designer behind the gorgeous Harriet Wilde brand, Ruth Shaw.
Taking place on Sunday 18th March, 11.30am to 3pm, those who attend can view and try on an extended range of beautiful Harriet Wilde shoes and accessories, as well as veils, jewellery, garters and more from LOVE’s other accessory designers. Spots are expected to be snapped up fast ladies, so if this sounds like a dream day to you, be sure to email email@example.com to reserve your place on the guest list.
In the meantime, we’ve invited the lovely Emma to the blog today to tell us more about this wonderful event and to swoon some more over those stunning Harriet Wilde designs!
What can brides-to-be expect from the Harriet Wilde Designer Day and Accessory Styling Event?
emma says: Shoes, shoes, oh and some added bubbly and treats! We will be presenting the full range of beautiful Harriet Wilde shoes, plus a selection of hair accessories, veils, jewellery, garters and more from designers including Hermione Harbutt, Donna Crain, Halo & Co, Pompadour Lingerie, White Willow Bridal, Sassi Holford and Stewart Parvin. Alongside Harriet Wilde designer Ruth Shaw, LOVE’s very own stylists will be on hand to offer expert guidance and advice. And, if you purchase anything at the event, you’ll receive 10% off!
What do you love about Harriet Wilde designs and what type of bride do they appeal to?
Harriet Wilde is synonymous with unique design, luxurious embellishments, comfort and a high level of craftsmanship. Perfect for the bride who is looking to stand out from the crowd, with styles ranging from classic Italian ivory silk satin shoes to statement embellished heels and intricate gold floral laser cut peep toe lace up sandals!
The range includes the luxurious ready to wear bridal shoe collection with personal customisation, bespoke shoe atelier and coordinating hair accessories and handbags.
They’re not just shoes for brides either! If a mother-of-the-bride or -groom are looking for that special pair of shoes there are plenty of options. Harriet Wilde’s shoes are so versatile they can even be dyed to match a specific outfit.
Do you have a personal favourite from the Harriet Wilde collection and is there a particular design that proves poplar with your brides?
There are so many refreshing, stunning shoe options to choose from in Harriet Wilde’s collection. Of course, we love the embellished heels, which are available on a number of her shoe styles. The gold Peony low is certainly one of our favourites with her laser cut floral leather detailing and pretty bow ties, but an absolute classic favourite with us and our brides has to be the Joanie style, with her clever added platform. Such an elegant shoe, which moulds the foot beautifully with a delicate pointed toe, and is now available in two heel heights, depending on a bride’s preference. You can also add an embellished heel to this shoe style too! This shoe looks amazing with all sorts of dress skirt shapes, but a personal favourite is when they’re worn with a slinky silk crepe gown, such as the Sarah Seven ‘Belmont’ style, and you can just see a peek of shoe when the bride walks.
What advice would you give to brides when picking their accessories and in particular their shoes?
I would usually recommend choosing your accessories once you have chosen your dress, so you can then try different options, and make sure that they complement your dress style perfectly. For example, if you have chosen a heavily beaded gown then you may want to let the dress do the talking and opt for very delicate hair accessories rather than anything too elaborate – perhaps a diamanté comb or hair pins at the back of the head, or just a simple earring. For a more romantic, relaxed style gown or an elegant plain fitted gown with simpler fabrics and less detailing on the dress, then you might want to make more of a statement with your accessories, such as the Hermione Harbutt Floriana or Violette hair vines.
You might have thought that a veil isn’t quite ‘you’ or is ’too much’ but don’t rule it out straight away until you’ve tried one. There’s so many beautiful, simple veil options including soft silk tulle veils, draped back veils and more which complement softer dress styles and shapes. Alternatively, you may know you definitely want a veil and you want to tie it in closely with your dress style and fabric so there are many options for bespoke veils to complement your dress. Veils can come in any length you like too.
When considering shoe styles, consider the movement of your dress and how much of your shoe will be seen as you walk. A lot of our brides opt for a closed toe with a more fitted dress style rather than peep toe, so that the shoe will be seen instead of your toes (obviously when fitted correctly your dress should just tickle the floor and you shouldn’t see any shoe as you stand still, but it can then glide slightly over your shoe as you walk). Perhaps you’ve got a front or back slit on your dress, or a high-low hem so shoe choice will be even more important to you – those Harriet Wilde embellished heels would certainly be the perfect shoe choice for this!
Contrary to what a lot of people think, shoes certainly don’t go unnoticed – your photographer will be keen to capture them, you also might be required to lift your dress to walk up steps or get out of a car or lift your dress hem in case of inclement weather – so those shoes will definitely grab attention!
Overall with hair and accessory styling our one piece of advice would be to stay true to your style. Don’t go for something because somebody else thinks it goes with your dress – after all we firmly believe accessories usually divide people more than the actual dress choice; in one bridal party there’s usually more than a couple of magpies, and that might not be you! Tell your stylist exactly what you are looking for and they will go above and beyond to tailor your accessories to your dress and most of all your style.
February 27th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
After a wedding has been and gone the bride’s dress is often cleaned, boxed and stored, if not sold. But there are certain elements of the attire that can be worn again, including the shoes and jewellery, and so as we see it, these are areas worth spending a little extra time on.
In terms of footwear, obviously style is key, but then so is comfort – of all days, your wedding day is not one that you want to be hobbling around on. We therefore advise looking to the experts in bridal footwear who take into consideration a bride’s needs when putting together their collections. One such designer that you ladies can rely on for style and wear-ability is our wonderful Sponsor Paradox London Pink.
Boasting a broad choice of shoe styles for both the bride and her maids, there are various fabrics, colourways and details to pick from, and even the option of dying certain satin designs to complement your exact colour scheme. Furthermore, comfort technology is paramount to the designs and so all include comfort pads, memory foam cushioning and breathable lining, to keep you dancing all night long.
To fuel your inspiration, we’re taking a look at the latest collection from Paradox London Pink today and hearing more from the team on their fine footwear options…
Can you give us a brief overview of the new collection?
paradox london pink say: The new collection encompasses a style for every occasion. Shoes that you can wear for your big day, or any day after that.
What are the main colours, fabrics and details used in the collection?
The collection sees the use of traditional bridal ivory satin with new shades of pale blues and blush. Our occasion styles come in various glitter textures and metallic hues.
What type of brides would you say the new collection will appeal to?
The collection appeals to the fashionable bride that does not want to compromise on comfort. All our styles feature comfort padding.
Which shoe out of the collection would you suggest for a bride wanting to make a real statement?
A real statement shoe this season is Alandra, and if you really want to make a statement go for it in the red satin. It is simply divine.
And which shoe would you suggest for a bride wanting to keep their look traditional?
Radiance is a classic Mary-Jane style with a slim block heel for stability and a gentle almond toe, perfect for those wanting an elegant look. It matches vintage and modern dresses, making it a real style staple.
What are the key considerations for Paradox London when putting a new collection together?
We always look to the upcoming fashion trends and translate them into wearable styles. We aim to make shoes that can be worn again and again, not just once on your wedding day. We are constantly sourcing new fabrics and trims to keep the collections looking fresh and on trend.
What sizes are Paradox London shoes available in and what is the price range of the new collection?
All our shoes are available in a 36-41 (3-8) and a large selection are available in a 35(2) 42(9) and 43 (10).
What would be your top tip to brides when choosing their shoes for their big day?
Our top tip would be to choose a style similar to what you are used to wearing. Once you have chosen your dream shoes wear them around the house so that you are used to them on your feet. We do plenty of flats or sandals if you fancied changing into some dancing shoes later on in the day, though our high heels do have comfort padding, so you won’t need to kick them off at the end of the night!
What are the key trends in bridal footwear currently and what is your most popular shoe for brides?
Gorgeous trims and beautiful lace have been the biggest trend in bridal footwear and the addition of a block heel. Our current most popular bridal shoe is Indulgence, the super high platform that has the most beautiful pearl and diamond applique detail. It’s a real show stopper.
Where are Paradox London shoes available from?
Our website, which you can visit here.
November 3rd, 2017 | Julia Braime
These powder puff pink pom pom
earrings ear artworks (!) are almost to cute to bear.
We said almost.
Long Pom Pom Earrings, £12.99, Zara
September 8th, 2017 | Julia Braime
Could these be the ultimate bridal earring for 2017? We think so.
Pearl Tassel Earrings, £54 at Anthropologie.
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