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diary date: luella’s bridal pops up for the ultimate shopping experience

April 29th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Odile front bouquet detail


If you’re on the dress hunt gals (lets be honest, when are we ever NOT on the dress hunt?)… clear your diaries!

Luella’s Bridal, a unique bridal boutique based in the heart of Wimbledon Village, London, will be taking their entire collection of bridal dresses and accessories on tour and heading Up North to Nottingham from 19th to 22nd May 2016.

Luella's Pop Up

Luella’s is recognised for its mix of premium brands including Vicky Rowe, Rose & Delilah, Limor Rosen, Inbal Raviv and Kite & Butterfly.  Most of the dresses are exclusively available in the UK, enabling Luella’s to offer something truly different.

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Sales manager Philippa whose home town is Nottingham and owner and founder Rachel will be inviting brides-to-be to try on their favourites from the collection including their own newly launched Luella’s Bridal collection.

phillipa says: I have been working with Rachel to take Luella’s on tour for some time now and we are excited to bring the Luella’s brand to Nottingham. We think that the brides will really love the uniqueness of the dresses we have to offer and our newly launched Luella’s Bridal collection will be a real hit with local Nottingham ladies.  If you quote Brides Up North when booking your appointment you will receive a free goodie bag and complementary glass of champagne!

Nuria Gold front top


To book an appointment with the team (£20 booking fee), please email or call 020 8879 7744.

For further information head to the website at

Don’t forget if you mention Brides Up North you’ll receive a free goodie bag and glass of champagne! Cheers to that!

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catwalk crush: amanda wyatt, 2017 collection, she walks with beauty

April 21st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Amanda Wyatt She Walks With Beauty (c) Craig Fleming (33)

There are certain dates in the Brides Up North calendar that we look forward to every year and the annual launch of Amanda Wyatt’s latest bridal collection is most certainly one of them.

As well as knowing all about designing beautiful and wearable wedding gowns, Miss Wyatt (and her daughter, fellow bridal designer Charlotte Balbier) certainly know all there is to know about putting on a glittering event, as we were treated to a fabulous catwalk show, informative talk and delicious lunch!

Amanda Wyatt She Walks With Beauty (c) Craig Fleming (43)

Now into her 23rd year as a leading name in British bridal fashion, boutique owners and press invited to the launch of Amanda’s 2017 she walks with beauty collection show were exceptionally eager to see what pretty creations the talented lady would be pulling out of the bag next.

The answer? More than 35 gorgeous gowns inspired by old Hollywood glamour that prompted a fair few gasps, “ahhs” and “ooos” from us onlookers as the dreamy designs were showcased on the catwalk for the first time.

Amanda Wyatt She Walks With Beauty (c) Craig Fleming (77)

Earlier this year we were fortunate enough to give you a sneak peek of the collection on the blog, but in today’s post you can see it in its entirety, complete with fabulous finishing touches in veils and accessories, and even bridesmaid designs for your leading ladies. Talking of which, with the exception of Amanda herself, there was a certain someone who stole the limelight of the show (despite only being hip-high) by modelling the adorable Wyatt flower girl dresses whilst blowing kisses to those in the front row #toosweet!

Amanda Wyatt She Walks With Beauty (c) Craig Fleming (144)

But back to those stunning wedding gowns! The runway was awash with glamorous and graceful gowns featuring fabulous attention to detail, illusion backs, elegant sleeves, jewelled accents and beautiful buttons, making She Walks With Beauty Amanda’s most intricate and opulent collection to date.

As we’ve come to expect from Amanda, the collection also featured a varied and inspirational colour palette, from rich shades of ivory and champagne, to dove grey and blush pinks.

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la boheme: a free-spirited styled bridal shoot in manchester

April 12th, 2016 | Julia Braime

La Boheme - A Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Kellianne Photographer (14)

We’ve got a real treat for you brides-to-be out there who love to bend the rules and challenge the norm!

This stunning free-spirited styled shoot, put together by a group of talented North West wedding suppliers, shows how ladies can stand out from the crowd with their big day look while remaining bridal and bang on trend.

Shot at Hope Mill Theatre – a listed warehouse in Manchester that’s been lovingly renovated into a theatre, wedding and event space – this captivating shoot has style, edge and class!

There are so many highlights for us; from the gorgeous gowns and separates, to the oversized floral crowns and the cool industrial setting – we love it all!

To fill you in on all the details we’re handing over the blog to the lovely Kellianne, who caught all the action on camera…

With images by Kellianne Photographer. Model Beth Rothwell at Industry Models Manchester.

La Boheme - A Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Kellianne Photographer (29)

kellianne says: This fantastic collaboration came about as we all wanted to create some great, fresh bridal photos that were beautiful, but not traditional. We were inspired by natural, bohemian photography with a bit of an edge and we felt that all the elements came together to create this.

La Boheme - A Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Kellianne Photographer (7)

Hope Mill Theatre was the fantastic location for the photo shoot. I loved the rustic feel of the mill with its exposed brick, wooden beams and natural light spilling through the windows, combined with its urban, industrial feel. Where possible I photographed our model Beth with natural light and wanted the photos to have a dreamy, natural feel but with a modern twist.

La Boheme - A Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Kellianne Photographer (36)

In terms of styling, the dresses used in the shoot were by Anna Campbell, Daughters of Simone and Houghton, exclusively available from and supplied by Jean Jackson Couture. The inspiration for the choice of dresses was gowns for the fashion forward bride with a love of 70’s vintage – free spirited brides not afraid of breaking rules. The amazing flowers that complemented the look were supplied by Frog Floral Artistry.

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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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eye candy: amanda wyatt ‘she walks with beauty’ collection 2017

March 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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One of our very favourite parts of our job is getting to see designer’s new wedding collections before they’re launched to the masses – and it’s even better when we get to share a sneaky first look with our lovely readers too!

Today is one such occasion when we’re giving you a fabulous first glimpse of hot-off-the-sketch-pad designs as we introduce the brand new she walks with beautycollection by Amanda Wyatt.

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A leading name in British bridal for more than 20 years, this forward thinking, design-led fashion house year on year delivers beautiful wedding gowns that we know our readers love. And Amanda’s 2017 collection, we think you will all agree, is no different with beautiful dresses to suit differing figures, tastes and styles.

Drawing on inspiration from old Hollywood glamour, the She Walks with Beauty collection celebrates the Golden age of fashion, featuring an array of breath taking gowns that oozes glamour and grace, which demand to be adored.

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Daring cut-away back detail with bejewelled accents for the red carpet styled bride sit alongside graceful and alluring romantic gowns in Amanda’s signature chiffon.

The 2017 colour palette includes dove grey, blush pinks, champagne and rich ivory shades, giving ladies the option to push traditional boundaries if they so wish.

Over 35 new gowns, all with attention to detail in illusion backs, sleeves, jewelled accents and beautiful buttons, make this Amanda’s most intricate and opulent collection to date.

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The She Walks with Beauty collection is priced from £950 to £1,700 and will be available in boutiques from early spring onwards.

For more details email

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pure & pretty: introducing rebecca juliet bridal

March 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Happy Fri-yay! To get your weekend off to a beautiful start, we’re bringing you a fabulous dose of dress candy as we introduce new Brides Up North Sponsor, Rebecca Juliet Bridal, to the blog.

Through her north-west based studio, talented designer Rebecca offers brides-to-be a stunning choice of handmade dresses through her capsule collection and also gives ladies the option of a fully bespoke dress, for something totally unique.

A big believer in delivering quality and fabulousness, all of Rebecca’s dresses are created using pure silks and lace, meaning they feel as good as they look.

In addition to taking over the blog this morning to tell us all about her gorgeous designs, Rebecca is also inviting our readers to her fabulous launch event on Thursday 31st March, at the beautiful Eaves Hall near Clitheroe, from 7.30pm to 10pm.

During the evening ladies will be treated to a catwalk show featuring Rebecca’s designs, advice and inspiration from some of the area’s top suppliers as well as sweet treats and a glass of fizz (of course!) Full details, including where to get tickets, below.

For now we will leave you in Rebecca’s skillful hands…

Images by Sarah Valentine Photography

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How and when did Rebecca Juliet Bridal come to fruition?

rebecca says: I have just set the business up although it has been dream of mine for many years since I made my own wedding dress in 2002. I am a designer and seamstress and have been sewing since I was 13 and studied textiles and fashion at university so this is my natural domain and I love it!  Rebecca Juliet are my first and middle names and I wanted my business identity to have a strong emotional connection to me personally and so Rebecca Juliet Bridal was born.

How would you describe the feel and look of your studio?

Our bespoke space is a living, breathing studio. The studio is in Chipping in the breath-taking Forest of Bowland, and is a stunning backdrop to creating wedding dresses – it is a truly inspirational place to work! The studio is modern yet intimate designed in my brand colours of muted greys and pinks with a nod to vintage feel with my French style mirror and furniture; there are rolls of gorgeous silks and laces and a rack of carefully handmade gowns, veils and accessories. I have books and photos to inspire my lovely brides-to-be as I want this to be a fun and creative place for them to come and bring their dream dress to life.

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Tell us a little about your lovely dress designs…

Brides-to-be can chose from one of the dresses in my capsule collection or we can work together to create something completely unique; however I only work with pure silks and lace so I can ensure I create something truly fabulous for them. My sample collection dresses are all currently a size 12, however we can make dresses for any size. Most of my dresses range between £1,000 and £2,000; though some full lace gowns are more.

Do you also offer accessories?

We have a selection of silk tulle veils in a variety of lengths with lace and silk edgings; we also have a number of jackets, capes and belts to complement the dresses.

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