November 19th, 2015 | Julia Braime
The majority of styled shoots that we share on our pretty pages are to showcase bridal looks that our readers can replicate for their own big day. However, every now and then a set of styled images come along that aren’t obviously bridal, though by pushing the creative boundaries they have more depth and meaning behind them.
Today that is certainly the case, as we share this adorable Lancashire styled bridal shoot with you that switches veils and headpieces for hair nets & rollers.
To explain how the unusual concept came about we’ll hand you over to Charlotte of Legend Bridal Design, who supplied the dreamy dresses for the shoot.
With images by Zoie Carter-Ingham Photography.
charlotte says: We’ve known Zoie, of Zoie Carter-Ingham Photography, for a while and whenever we’re together we always talk about organising a shoot. We’ve had several ideas, all very creative, yet time and availability have always kept our plans on the back burner. This summer however, when Zoie mentioned her idea for a very Lancashire shoot with a nod to the textile industry our towns are built on, we knew we had to run with it.
Being a bespoke dressmaking service, our business is built on a wealth of history and tradition. Our craftsmanship is based on time honoured techniques. Each dress is drafted from our own sketches, hand cut, created and finished by hand. Sewing has always been in our family. In fact, certain tools we still use have been passed down through the generations, so Zoie’s idea of acknowledging our history in this way through the shoot made it a total no-brainer.
The shoot was set in a back street in Rishton; a row of terraces on one side and the empty shell of an old mill on the other. Zoie chose this street as it is reminiscent of so many mill towns in the area. The idea was to create a vintage feel. Not the manicured, glossy and pretty vintage we’re all so familiar with, but a more down to earth, almost gritty vintage. One without airs and graces and more of a focus on the history our lives are built on.
November 13th, 2015 | Julia Braime
If in doubt, add sequins.
November 11th, 2015 | Julia Braime
One otherwise unremarkable Wednesday evening last month, I was invited along to a rather sensational little soiree at the atmospheric Barley Hall in York to celebrate the launch of blossom & belle, and preview their inaugural bridal offering. The creative brainchild of two sisters in law, Antonia Aitken and Sarah Cartwright, Blossom and Belle is the inspiration of two women whose ultimate aim is to make a woman to simply feel beautiful when she puts on one of their unique dresses.
With images by Oliva Brabbs Photography.
Originating from a particularly ‘bad wardrobe day’ by Sarah when feeding her first child, and knowing Antonia’s original background in fashion design, Sarah asked Antonia if she could make her something just for her to wear to make her feel special again.
Antonia, with a BA in Fashion and Textiles, and Sarah, with a Marketing degree, got their heads together, and after many a long night over cups of tea, texts and phone calls, the first Blossom & Belle wrap dress was born.
With Antonia’s creative juices flowing, she started to think about the wedding dress designs she had previously enjoyed creating before she had started her family. Sarah, in the meantime, was using her marketing and business experience to get the Blossom and Belle word out there. In fact, their very first web order came from a twitter follower!
Sourcing beautiful fabrics and unique vintage additions, the collection now composes of Ready to Wear, Prom and Bridal Couture. Every garment is created lovingly by hand by Antonia to the client’s specification. Sarah now works hard behind the scenes helping to drive the business forward as part of her own Sales & Marketing agency, Searson Fox.
From a custom butterfly print in organic cotton which was commissioned specifically for Blossom and Belle, silks, Irish linen and swarovski beads, each Blossom and Belle dress is completely unique. Wedding dresses comprise of a mix of french lace, duchess and crepe silks, organza and dupion silks. All the bridal dresses are lined in silk for the ultimate in luxury
If you choose a Blossom and Belle gown, Antonia will go through designs, fabric samples and your own ideas on the first consultation. There will be several fittings of both the toile in calico to ensure the fit and look is perfect and of the gown itself. You go away in plenty of time before your wedding with a gown created just for you and Blossom and Belle can also be there on the day of your wedding to help you dress.
What stood out to me was the very personal nature of every gown, along with the collection’s ethereal influence. It might have been the flickering candlelight or the baby ballerinas who took to the catwalk between scenes, but the vibe was almost medieval, with laced ribbon sleeves and long, trailing veils.
If you’re a free spirited lady who is looking for bespoke service and design for a unique and stunning wedding day look, you might just like to give Blossom and Belle a call.
Diary Date: On the 21st February 2016 Blossom and Belle are having a Bridal Tea Party at the historic Tithe Barn, Nether Poppleton from 1pm to 4pm. There will be a vintage tea room and luxury bridal exhibitors from flowers and cakes to photography. Blossom and Belle will be available to discuss and showcase their beautiful couture bridal wear range and any ideas you have for your dream dress.
November 3rd, 2015 | Rachel Parry
This afternoon we’re bringing you this extra (exciting) blog post to let you know about a rather fabulous event, featuring two of our favourite ladies in the industry!
The princess of pretty and bridal wear designer extraordinaire, Charlotte Balbier, will be personally hosting a meet the designer day on Saturday 7th November 2015, alongside owner of The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique, Diana McMann, at her gorgeous emporium in Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
This exclusive event gives brides-to-be the rare opportunity to meet the creator behind the collection while trying on lots of pretty gowns and having a glass of pink fizz (or two), plus many more treats. Sounds like our kind of event!
So here’s Diana with all the details of the event, including how to book your place. Spaces are limited ladies so don’t delay!
diana says: As exclusive North Yorkshire stockists of the fabulous Charlotte Balbier, we are absolutely thrilled about our upcoming designer day this weekend.
This is an amazing opportunity for brides-to-be to meet the very lovely Charlotte herself, chat to her about their big day and enjoy some personal styling to help them find their dream Charlotte Balbier gown! There will be so many gorgeous gowns to try on, we can’t wait!
We do love to host the best get-togethers so there will be lots of pink fizz on hand, yummy treats, VIP goodie bags for all our lucky brides-to-be, plus a £100 accessory voucher with any gown order placed on the day.
The event is by appointment only, with places being £20, which will be refunded to you as soon as you arrive for your appointment. Appointments are limited, so to book your exclusive styling session with Charlotte get in touch very soon!
You can either call the boutique on 01751 798080 or email email@example.com. We are so excited, can’t wait to see you there!
November 2nd, 2015 | Julia Braime
Earlier this year, we were proud to bring you a first look at designer Amanda Wyatt’s beautiful 2016 collection promises of love and now, we are excited to share the full range of gowns available for our readers to choose from Amanda’s fabulous stockist boutiques.
Girls, it’s like Christmas has come early at Brides Up North HQ! Let’s stop with the talking and play dress up already…
Promise – The beautiful signature gown of the Promises of Love collection. A delicate lace bodice decorated with seed pearls and beading enhances the beautiful 14 yards of chiffon trailing luxuriously down to the floor.
Aisla – The princess gown of the new collection is simply stunning in the colours silver blue with an ivory lace and tulle overlay. It’s a statement gown with the all out there bridal skirt.
Love – We’re in love with the Love dress! A gorgeous defined gown of matt pleated satin creates a beautiful silhouette for the bride and can be styled with beaded belts and jewels.
Audrey – A sweeping silk neck-line with fine beading falls into a beautiful v-neck back.
Ophelia – Accentuated with over 5,000 diamante and sequin beads to create some sparkle and detachable wide shoulders to become strapless gown, the Ophelia offers two different looks.
October 22nd, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Today we are thrilled to be wishing Brides Up North Sponsor and beautiful Lancashire boutique, one fine day bridal, a very happy birthday as it celebrates its first year in business! (*fires party poppers into the air whilst wearing party hat*)
After starting out stocking pre-loved wedding dresses to give beautiful gowns a life beyond their first wear, owner Lindsey Johnson, is now preparing to move onto a new chapter at One Fine Day Bridal by replacing pre-owned gowns with gorgeous new creations by talented designers Rosa Clara Two and Louise Bentley.
Keen to share her exciting news with others and to mark the boutique’s milestone anniversary, Lindsey has planned a very special relaunch evening event on Thursday 19th November 2015, featuring stunning catwalk shows and fabulous wedding industry suppliers – and you could be there!
Limited to just 60 places, tickets are priced at £10 each and can be booked directly by contacting Lindsey on 01772 816512, or alternatively online, with a small fee, via Eventbrite by clicking here.
Looking back on the past 12 months, we asked Lindsey how her business has grown, what’s next for the boutique and how (pretty please) do we get our hands on tickets for this fabulous sounding event…
Congratulations on your first year (and happy birthday), how have the past 12 months been?
lindsey says: Thank you, it has been a thrilling, but challenging 12 months and I can honestly say I have loved every minute. I chose to build my business slowly giving me the chance to get to know my brides well and allowing me time to meet like-minded and talented local wedding suppliers. It is extremely important to me that I provide the best service possible, as purchasing a wedding dress is one of the most memorable occasions in a girl’s life. It’s an absolute honour to be part of it.
We originally opened with high-quality pre-owned dresses for brides and bridesmaids. Over the past 12 months I have listened to our brides and introduced new collections, starting with bridesmaids, accessories and veils. Now we have exclusive, new made-to-order bridal gowns.
You are having a relaunch event to celebrate your first birthday, tell us about it.
In my first year I had the pleasure of helping brides sell-on their gowns to future brides with a stock of pre-owned dresses, offering an alternative to sites such as eBay. Although I found this rewarding it has also been extremely frustrating as too often a bride fell in love with her dress and the size available was not correct.
I made the decision this summer to search for new designers to stock at One Fine Day and chose Rosa Clara Two and Louise Bentley at Harrogate’s buyer event in September. My first birthday is the opportunity to showcase my new dresses and I have chosen an intimate location (Whittles Farm Restaurant in Tarleton) close to my boutique to hold an evening of entertainment. This will include a catwalk, live music and inspiration from selected local wedding experts such as stylist, photographer, florist and make-up professional. I can’t wait!
What do you love about the designers you have chosen to stock, what type of brides do their dresses appeal to?
Rosa Clara Two is a magical collection of romantic but glamorous dresses. They use beautiful fabrics combining lace, embroidery and beadwork in a delicate way. I have been given the honour of being the only boutique in Lancashire and Merseyside to stock their collection and currently have 15 dresses on order which I will grow over the next year.
Louise Bentley is the exciting new label from the designers behind the successful LouLou collection. They are passionately committed to quality and design and use beautiful silks and corded lace. Many of my brides are inspired by vintage designs and these dresses offer that with a contemporary edge.
Both collections are available from sizes 6 to 30 and our price range is £1,200 to £2,200. I handpicked shapes to flatter various body shapes and all dresses are made-to-order.
The relaunch catwalk show will also include Huit Lingerie and bridesmaid dresses from Lela Rose and Dessy. Can you tell us a bit about these collections and what they offer?
I am extremely fortunate to have a spacious boutique and love to offer brides and their bridal party solutions to dressing and feeling fabulous. My experience has taught me that a good foundation is important and I offer a modest, carefully selected shape wear range from Wacoal and feminine delicate lace bridal lingerie from Huit.
One Fine Day Bridal is a stockist for all Dessy labels which enables me to find the perfect dress within a bride’s budget and offer a wide choice of styles, fabrics and colours. These include Social, Alfred Sung, Dessy, After Six, Lela Rose and new for spring, Jenny Yoo. I have selected my favourite styles to complement our bridal collection and to give our guests an exciting taster!
Places at the event are limited to 60, how do brides-to-be go about getting tickets?
The event will be held between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Thursday 19th November at Whittles Farm Restaurant, The Courtyard, Tarleton, and will include prosecco and nibbles on arrival.
Tickets are priced at £10 each and can be booked directly by contacting me on 01772 816512, or alternatively online, with a small fee, via Eventbrite by clicking here.
What have you enjoyed most about your first year at One Fine Day Bridal?
My career to date is as a ladies fashion buyer and I have previously worked for large companies. I love meeting each bride personally and hearing about the finer details of her big day. I have a passion for styling and the chance to offer advice in a relaxed way is rewarding. It is this interaction with brides and their families which has shaped my business so far and I welcome feedback. The proud feeling of seeing your bride dressed on her big day and receiving a small thank-you is extremely satisfying!
What has been your biggest achievement or highlight during the first year?
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting amazing, very well respected designers in bridal fashion and the reception I have received has made me very proud. It has also given me the confidence to realise that I have much to offer brides-to-be in terms of dressing to suit their body and personality, plus a welcoming nature to provide high-quality, personal service. But seeing the smile on the face of my first bride when she found her dress has to be my absolute highlight!
What do you have planned for the year ahead for One Fine Day bridal?
Following my relaunch on 19th November I will be planning designer days in 2016 and already have plans for some exciting styled shoots. I am also considering my third bridal label and hope this will be revealed soon!
Oh and, I have teamed up with local businesses to put together a special bridesmaid experience – details will be revealed in February!
What can brides expect from an appointment at One Fine Day Bridal?
All appointments are with me personally and I am able to dedicate time especially to my bride and her family and friends. I am fortunate to have a spacious, welcoming showroom with a large changing room. One Fine Day feels very exclusive and intimate, creating a memorable experience. (Earlier this year one of my brides actually booked an appointment to practise her first dance routine in her dress!)
We exclusively stock Rosa Clara Two which means we are the only boutique in Lancashire and Merseyside to house such designs, offering our local brides individuality.
I believe assisting a bride to make one of the most memorable purchases of her life is an honour.
Do you believe brides do have that ‘this is the one’ moment when searching for their dream dress and if so what is your top tip to help them to find it?
I believe the experience is different for every bride. Some brides are led by the heart, others can be more cautions as it is a huge decision. Some brides try on a gown and immediately fill with emotion; with no doubt in their mind they have found ‘the one’.
Others, like me, try on a dress and feel fabulous but their love for the design comes later. That ‘moment’ can come when they compare other dresses to it, or wake up one day thinking ‘I love it, I wish I had ordered it’.
I definitely recommend keeping an open mind, listen to the advice of family and myself. If a bride comes to an appointment with her mum or best friend I like them to pick a design too. Most brides are pleasantly surprised!
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