Charlotte Balbier
Luxury Wedding Fairs

dress date: caroline castigliano 2017 collection trunk show at the bridal collection

October 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime


As huge fans of bridal designer Caroline Castigliano, us Brides Up North girls would most definitely be making an appointment for the event that we’re sharing with you this afternoon – if only we had an occasion that required a wedding dress, that is!

But while we don’t have an excuse to attend the Caroline Castigliano 2017 Collection Trunk Show at our fabulous Sponsor boutique, The Bridal Collection, you lucky brides-to-be most certainly do.

Taking place on Saturday 29th October, the stunning Harrogate boutique will be showcasing Caroline’s exquisite 2017 Love is in the Air Collection, providing a unique opportunity for you to be among the very first to see, and try on, the latest designs from this incredible designer.

Here to give us all the details is owner of The Bridal Collection, the lovely Hayley Hoyle…


What can brides expect from the Trunk Show event?

hayley says: For this day only we will have an extended selection of gowns from the 2017 Collection along with some of Caroline’s Signature Classics so it’s a perfect time to come and find your dream Castigliano creation.

The Love is in the Air Collection features exquisite back details, clean lines and flattering silhouettes. A variety of fabrics include luxury Mikado, silk organza, beautiful stretch crepe new for this season and Caroline’s signature beaded Chantilly lace.

Tell us about a little about Caroline Castigliano designs/collections, what type of brides do they appeal to?

Celebrating 25 years as a leading bridal wear designer this year, Caroline’s gowns are renowned for their classic and timeless style mixed perfectly with contemporary trends for the modern bride. The emphasis of each dress is to enhance the female form, which is achieved through incredible corsetry and luxury fabrics – and the latest collection is no exception.

For you personally are there any standout/favourite designs that will be featured at the event?

Mirabeau from the collection features a show stopping sheer back with incredible metallic embroidery. It’s a real standout design for us and was a must when we chose our selection.

For something with a fuller skirt we fell in love with the Eternal Love gown, which has a tiered skirt with a fitted bodice and a gorgeous sweetheart neckline.

The collection also showcases many timeless shapes with impeccable fit and fabric, with the addition of jackets, shrugs and belts allowing brides to customise their look.


What is the price range of the Caroline Castigliano gowns that will be featured at the event?

Prices for the collection range from £2,200 to £5,000.

Is there any preparation that brides can do prior to attending the event?

Take a look at our website and social media pages to gain a good insight into the collection and Caroline’s designs.

How long will appointments be during the event and what can brides expect during their appointments?

Saturdays at The Bridal Collection work a little differently. Personal appointments and a tailored experience are at the forefront of everything we do and so when many bridal boutiques pack their most popular shopping day full to the rafters with brides, we have taken a unique approach. With extra special treats and a longer more relaxed appointment this really is an experience to enjoy.


What are you most looking forward to about the event?

As the collection is yet to land in boutiques around the country, we feel very privileged to have the full collection here for the weekend and we are looking forward to seeing all of the collection again and showcasing the beautiful designs to our brides.

How do brides go about making an appointment for the event?

Appointments are very limited and demand is expected to be high so appointments carry £30 consultation fee to secure your slot, this is fully redeemable against any dress purchased.

If you would like to be part of this amazing trunk show call us on 01423 202029 to reserve your spot, alternatively you can email us at

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handcrafted with love: say hello to the bobby pin

October 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


To finish off your week in style we’re bringing you a whole lot of pretty as we introduce our wonderful new Sponsor, The Bobby Pin.

With a clear love for all things bridal, accessory designer and owner of The Bobby Pin, Lisa Steane, creates beautiful finishing touches for brides in the form of elegant headpieces, hair vines, sashes, cuffs and jewellery, plus much more.

In addition to her stunning ready-to-wear collection, which is available to buy online, talented Lisa also offers bespoke designs, perfect brides in search of a special one-of-a-kind piece for their big day.

So without further ado we’ll hand you over to the lovely lady herself to explain more about her dreamy designs…

With images by Fkb Photography.


Tell us a little about your background and how you came to set up The Bobby Pin?

lisa says: I lived in Canada for three years and I needed a head piece making for a special wedding I was going to. I knew a girl I worked with did millinery on the side so she made me a piece. I absolutely loved it and thought how amazing would it to be to have a business making these beautiful things. So when I moved back to the UK I decided to enroll on the millinery course at Leeds College of Art. I loved it from the word go and just started doing my own designs and making pieces for family and friends when the occasion arose. The big push was in spring this year when I decided to leave my head buying role in toys and set up The Bobby Pin. I always wanted to be my own boss and I was finding the commute and the travelling a bit too hard to juggle with a one-year-old. So I trademarked my brand, made my stock and launched my website in August.

What types of accessories do you offer?

I make and sell bridal headpieces, halos, vines, pins, bridal sashes, bridal cuffs and jewellery. I am also going to do more flower girl and bridesmaid designs.


How would you describe the style of accessories that you design and what types of brides do you think that your products appeal to?

I would describe my style as delicate and pretty. I think my designs will appeal to most brides as I do a range of different styles and designs and also experiment with different colour pallets. Above all I think I will appeal to brides who want something beautiful and different, but also that’s affordable.

What are the main materials and detailing that you use in your designs?

Most of my pieces are made from gold and silver plated wire with Swarovski crystals, pearls and beads. I also work with beautiful feathers, tulle, lace and silk. I want my pieces to look the very best quality so that’s why I always use the finest materials.


Why do you think accessories are such an important part of a bride’s attire?

I think bridal accessories complete the overall look for a bride. Some brides chose to have a fairly plain dress then really go crazy with their accessories. I love these brides! I also love that brides are choosing to wear bridal sashes to give their dress a lift. I think sparkle brings opulence to a bride and makes her feel special on the biggest day of her life. I’m finding that brides today are not afraid to experiment with their look and I love creating bespoke pieces for these kind of brides.

How does your bespoke service for brides wanting one-of-a-kind accessories for their big day?

The process for my bespoke commissions is that I start with a consultation which can be on email, skype, or even at my studio in Yorkshire. Once I get an idea of what the bride requires I draw up some designs to show the bride to see if this is on the right lines. If all is good, I go into making the piece. When the piece is made I send though images of the design to the bride to see if she is happy. This is the time we can tweak anything. Once that is done the piece is shipped to the customer or they can come back for the piece to be fitted.

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diary date: sassi holford & so sassi collection preview at the little pearl bridal boutique

October 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime


Ladies, if you’re on the dream dress hunt then grab a pen and prepare to take note, for we have news of an exciting event that features two of our fabulous Sponsors.

On Friday 21st October and Saturday 22nd October, the gorgeous Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, Yorkshire, will be hosting a Sassi Holford and So Sassi collection preview, to which you are invited to attend. The exclusive event will feature the full range of dresses from Sassi’s new Twenty Seventeen collection, as well as stunning dresses from the So Sassi diffusion line.

Unsurprisingly appointments for this event are in high demand, so let’s not delay in handing over the blog to Little Pearl owner Diana, who can give us full details, including how to secure a place…


What can brides-to-be expect from the collection preview event include?

diana says: All of the gowns from Sassi’s new Twenty Seventeen collection, plus a selection of certain styles from her previous collections, will be in the boutique. We are also very excited to be hosting a So Sassi collection preview on the same day too. So Sassi is the diffusion line to Sassi Holford. This collection mixes Sassi’s signature elegant silhouettes with super-cute, fashion-focused styles.

Will there be any special treats in store?

Every Little Pearl event comes with lots of special treats, including fizz, cakes, luxury goody bags, and a £100 accessory voucher with any order placed on the day.

What would you say are the main benefits of the preview event for brides-to-be?

Not all of Sassi’s new collection has hit boutiques yet so this event allows brides exclusive access to Sassi’s whole collection in one place! Plus it’s a chance to enjoy lots of extra special treats too

How many appointments will be available on the day and how long will the appointments last?

Our collection preview will run across two days – Friday 21st October and Saturday 22nd October – to give more brides the chance to come and view and try on this stunning collection. Each appointment will last one hour and 15 minutes, with brides given exclusive use of the boutique during that time.


Tell us a little about the Sassi Holford collection…

The Twenty Seventeen collection encompasses beautifully fitted fishtails, subtle hints of colour, full skirted gowns, soft crepe skirts, rose satin belts and unique wrap coat gowns – perfect for the classically modern bride. Sassi has really pushed boundaries with her new collection, bringing more of a stylish yet tailored twist to the separates trend and, of course, I’m loving the increased introduction of colour into the collection.

And what about the So Sassi collection?

The So Sassi collection introduces details like high-lo hemlines and tops and full tulle skirts, just perfect for modern brides who like their bridal traditions with a creative twist.  I love the fun element of the So Sassi collection and it still gives brides that amazing couture fit.

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love on the lake. enzoani for a stylish wedding at storrs hall – sam & aron

October 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry


Let us help you push those Monday blues to one side with this gorgeous hit of real wedding inspiration.

Keen to keep things simple, bride Sam chose an elegant colour palette of white, navy and silver, which complemented the stylish setting of Storrs Hall perfectly.

The attire of the wedding party also kept the style bar high with the groomsmen ditching jackets in favour of relaxed shirts and waistcoats and Sam looking a million dollars in her stunning mermaid style gown.

We are thrilled to see that several of our talented Sponsors featured in this wedding, including Kelly’s Event Boutique, LOVE Bridal and also photographer Jonny Draper, whose birthday it happens to be today. There’s a Jägerbomb waiting at Brides Up North HQ with your name on it JD!

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Jonny Draper Photography.


sam says: We got engaged in October 2013 while on holiday in Mexico. It was 18 months exactly from the day we first met. Aron had it all planned, a gorgeous dinner followed by a romantic walk along the beach at sunset. Though, this wasn’t what happened! It had been raining constantly for about five days, so to say Aron was slightly upset that the evening wasn’t going to plan was a little bit of an understatement. Instead of heading out for a walk he invited me onto the balcony of the hotel where he got down on one knee with the most beautiful ring (no small feat as I’m a jewellery designer so I know what I like!) I think he must have asked about three times before words actually came out of my mouth. I was in shock and completely over the moon! It may not have been what he had originally planned, but to me, it was perfect!

We married on 28th August 2015, at Storrs Hall in The Lake District. We had looked at so many venues that when we found Storrs Hall we jumped on the list of available dates – there weren’t many left, but the 28th August suited us even though it only left us six months to plan.


The outside space and the setting were just idyllic and being able to book Storrs Hall exclusively was an added bonus – the idea of lots of people we didn’t know wandering about on our wedding day didn’t appeal to us.

The colour scheme for the wedding was white, navy and silver. I wanted a classic and simple colour palette that reflected our style. As I’m not keen on colourful flowers we chose to have just white flowers throughout the wedding. I love the way it all pulled together on the day.


My chosen dress was an Enzoani mermaid design, which I wore with a long veil – though this only lasted about five minutes before the wind wrapped it around one of our guests! I got my dress from LOVE Bridal Boutique, which I would highly recommend to other brides-to-be. The owner Emma helped me find my dress with just six weeks to go!

On the day of the wedding I had a photo of my mum hanging from my bouquet as we lost her about four years before the wedding. This was my way of having my mum included in our special day.


Aron wore a navy three piece with a silvery grey tie, but as the sun was out he didn’t wear the jacket. Instead we decided on a relaxed look with waistcoats and sleeves rolled up. His chosen footwear was a pair of tan and navy brogues, which completed his look.

My bridesmaids wore navy maxi dresses and the groomsmen wore grey three piece suits (minus the jackets) with navy ties.

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look book: charlotte balbier ‘untamed love’ collection 2017

September 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime


Ever since we first laid eyes on the stunning new Untamed Love collection from our crazily talented Sponsor Charlotte Balbier, we’ve been a little obsessed with it.

We put it down to the fact that the collection not only emits Charlotte’s signature uber-pretty look, but it also pushes bridal boundaries with a number of bold and beautiful boho designs for the fashionistas out there.

Keen to show the collection in all its glory, we’re today sharing a full look at the dreamy designs in this special post.

And for those of you that like what you see (and let’s be honest, how couldn’t you?) we also have an important date for you to put in your dairies. On 29th & 30th October 2016, the gorgeous Lace & Co Bridal Boutique in Horbury, West Yorkshire, will be holding an exclusive Charlotte Balbier trunkshow showcasing both the new 2017 ‘Untamed Love’ collection as well as exquisite designs from Charlotte’s stylish Separates collection too.

Better still, on 29th October Charlotte will be joining boutique owner Heidi at Lace & Co, to meet her brides on person. The event is by appointment only so be sure to book your place by visiting, emailing or ringing 01924 277725.

Now, bring on the dresses…


Milena – A very beautiful fishtail dress with capped lace sleeve and back detail.


Untamed Love – The signature gown from the Untamed Love collection in an exclusive floral bloom fabric exclusive to the house of Charlotte Balbier.


Hepburn – The pretty floral and preppy and organza gown of the collection with stunning back detail and satin bow belt.

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look book: amanda wyatt ‘she walks with beauty’ collection

September 16th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


Claire – A stunning lace classic with thin lace straps and deep glamorous V-back.

Earlier this year we teased you with sneak peaks and catwalks shots of the gorgeous new 2017 collection from our fabulously talented Sponsor Amanda Wyatt, but today we’re treating you to a proper look at some of the stunning designs that it encapsulates.

Particularly fitting for those of you planning a chic country style wedding, the new dresses have been captured in a rustic romance inspired shoot, demonstrating how their beauty and elegance can complement and enhance a whole host of big day themes.

In true Amanda Wyatt style, the glamourous 2017 collection features breath-taking detailing in illusion backs, elegant sleeves, jewelled accents and beautiful buttons. And, for those of you wanting an alternative to traditional bridal hues, there’s also a dreamy palette of colours to choose from, including dove grey, blush pinks and champagne.

Now let’s take a walk through the mesmerising collection, with a selection of our favourites, one dress at a time…


Alena – A beautiful gown with lace V-neck bodice and sheer lace detailing with a soft tulle skirt styled with a light mocha satin belt.


Amberley – A classic strapless bridal gown with rouched bodice and zip back, which can be worn as is, or with a belt or brooch.

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