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especially for you: bespoke bridal designs by the limegate

January 21st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Though there are thousands of off-the-peg wedding dress designs out there for brides-to-be to choose from, some ladies still struggle to find that ‘one’ perfect gown for their big day.

As such, many brides often look to an independent dress maker to create them a completely bespoke design, tailored to their exact shape, fabric and detail specifications.

Sound appealing? Well today we’re introducing bridal wear designer Sue Laverick of The Limegate, to the blog who can help to make brides’ dream dresses a reality. Better still she can also cater for bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride/groom, giving you the opportunity to dress your entire bridal party all in one place! Take it away Sue…

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How did you first get dressmaking?

Sue says: I have been dressmaking for myself, and my family, since my mother taught me to sew as a child. In fact, I come from a sewing family, my great-grandmother was a tailor and brought up her family on that income! I also learnt to sew at school and, of course, have done many advanced / specialist sewing courses since.

Why were you specifically drawn to making wedding dresses?

I started making bridal wear in the mid-1990s when I was asked to make some dresses for a friend and that led to evening dresses and bridesmaids’ dresses. About the same time I also made my sister-in-law’s wedding dress and two of the bridesmaids’ dresses.

The first bridal party I made dresses for was for my own wedding, my mother and I made my dress and the bridesmaid’s dresses, quite a while ago!

Although I specialise in wedding dresses, I also make evening dresses and other couture style garments too.

What is your favourite part of being a dressmaker?

It’s a little geeky but I love how a ‘flat’ piece of fabric can be cut, moulded and sewn into a beautiful item to wear.

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What are the main benefits of having a bespoke wedding dress?

The main benefit is that a bride gets a beautiful dress in a style, colour, detail and fabric they chose and represents their individuality.

Contrary to what some people may think, a bespoke dress is not necessarily a very expensive service, because the bride is in control of the design, in control of the fabric, the time and their budget.

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diary dates: designer events for brides & bridesmaids the little pearl bridal boutique

January 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Ladies it’s time to start filling the pages of your 2016 diary with some rather special events that are set to take place at The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in North Yorkshire, this month.

If you’re yet to find your dream dress or are still on the hunt for the perfect bridesmaid gowns, then these events are most certainly for you!

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First up on Saturday 23rd January, the lovely owner of Little Pearl, Diana, will be hosting the boutique’s very first bridesmaid pop up event with leading gown designer Amanda Wyatt. Perfect for maids that will be walking down the aisle in 2016 and 2017, Amanda’s gorgeous gowns offer something to please all, with lots of different styles, colours and fabrics to choose from. There are also options for teenager bridesmaids and flower girls too, so brides can dress all their maids in just one shopping trip!

As well as browsing the beautiful collections and getting expert advice from both Diana and Amanda, ladies attending the event will also enjoy fizz and treats and bridesmaids will receive a lovely little gift to take away with them.

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The following weekend on Saturday 30th January, it will the turn of brides to take centre stage as top wedding dress designer Charlotte Balbier will be visiting Little Peal to showcase her brand new separates collection while helping to style brides for their big day.

The stunning collection features ten inter-changeable separates, designed for brides to build and create their own individual look. From elegant satin gowns and delicate lace jackets, to voluminous ball gown skirts and little lace boleros, there are numerous looks to choose from with the assistance of Charlotte to help find that match made in heaven.

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charlotte says: Meeting my Balbier brides is most definitely the best part of my job, I adore them. I am super excited to be spending the day with Diana at The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique, it’s the most gorgeous boutique and we have planned a really lovely day.

It makes it even more exciting that not only will the brides be able to view and choose ‘the one’ from my bridal gown collection, but also the new separates collection. The new collection gives brides the opportunity to choose from pieces that are interchangeable enabling them to bring out their personal style and personality through their individual look.

The Charlotte Balbier designer day will be made complete with pink fizz, cupcakes and VIP goody bags. Plus every bride who orders their unique bridal look, will get a free sash/belt or hair accessory. So what are you waiting for?

Appointments for the Amanda Wyatt bridesmaid pop up event and Charlotte Balbier designer day are limited and can be booked by emailing diana@thelittlepearlbridalboutique.co.uk, or calling the boutique on 01751 798080.

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#squadgoals. introducing bridesmaids by amanda wyatt

November 16th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Bridesmaids. As much as you love your best girls and they love you, let’s face it – the dress shopping bit can end up being a bit of a nightmare.  Different styles, tastes and body shapes can make for some uncomfortable changing room situations. Luckily, Brides Up North favourite amanda wyatt is here to help with her new line of bridesmaid dresses, in enough colour, fabric and style combinations to keep even the fussiest of friends happy!

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Made famous for her perfect fit, attention to detail and innovative designs Amanda Wyatt has celebrated over 20 years at the forefront of British bridal design and draws on inspiration from her love of fashion, keeping a firm eye on all the latest emerging trends from the fashion catwalks.

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The new collection of bridesmaid gowns are available in over 40 colour shades and 25 varying styles from short to long, strapless, one-shoulder and more. The fabrics in the collection span from chiffon and satin to lace and the gowns can be ordered in any style, colour and fabric, covering all ages from baby to teen and adult.

Found in over 80 boutiques nationwide, Amanda’s collection is a great way to make sure that your girls feel truly comfortable, in a gown that compliments their unique body shape and colouring, leaving you plenty of time to get on with the important stuff… bubbly anyone?

For more, visit www.amandawyatt.com

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introducing: blossom & belle

November 11th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Blossom and Belle Launch (c) Olivia Brabbs Photography (13)

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.

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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.

Blossom and Belle Launch (c) Olivia Brabbs Photography (17)

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.

Blossom and Belle Launch (c) Olivia Brabbs Photography (14)

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.

Blossom and Belle Launch (c) Olivia Brabbs Photography (54)

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.

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friday fabulous!

August 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Pandora

The prettiest treat for the best bridesmaids ever.

Are your girls worth it?

Delicate Bow Ring by Pandora, prices start at £40.

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little flower. a bridesmaid launch by damigella d’onore

June 5th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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This Friday on the blog, its all about the little people. Brides Up North Exhibitor Elena of Damigella D’onore has relaunched her flower girl range for 2015 and shares it with us today in this special shoot by Joanne B Photography, starring their daughters Sienna and Grace.

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Elena has over 18 years of professional sewing experience behind her and now specialises in designing and making couture bridal wear. Mainly based in Yorkshire, she also covers the UK and has made dresses for clients from all over the world, including celebrities. Elena works closely with each individual client to create beautiful unique dresses using the flattering classic techniques of couture tailoring; which suit their individual style and perfectly complements each bride and their wedding day.

For her new flower girl range, Elena’s aim was to create a classic collection which would stand the test of time. All the dresses are handmade from the highest quality silk, using couture tailoring techniques; ensuring that the dresses are beautifully crafted and finished to a very high standard. Each dress can be enhanced to suit each individual girls taste, by the use of handmade silk or lace roses, bows, sashes or belts.

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elena says: Joanne’s daughter, Grace, modelled the dresses alongside my daughter Sienna. As soon as the girls met they got on so well, which made the day 100 times more fun. They couldn’t wait to try the dresses on and I think that you’d agree that they just made the cutest models that you’d ever seen.

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As a location for the shoot, we were hosted by the very lovely Nikki Nelson, who owns the stylish vintage Cakes d’ licious, a 1940’s themed, family run tearoom and cakery in York. Not only is it a fantastic tearoom, with a trendy retro décor, Nikki makes the most divine wedding cakes and afternoon teas, and boy they were yummy!

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Sienna & Grace’s hair was styled by Amy Jackson, a freelance hairstylist based in Leeds, who jumped at the chance to come and do the girls’ hair for us. Amy was fantastic with the girls, making them feel very comfortable whilst making their hair look gorgeous. I have never seen my daughter sit so still whilst having her hair done!

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There was no set theme for the day as the tearoom had a vintage feel to it, so we chose to the let the venue influence the shoot. Nikki set up a sweet little tea party for the girls, with sandwiches, cakes and orange juice served in a vintage teapot and tea set. The girls loved it! They were so happy having their lunch together.

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The shoot was enhanced by the beautiful flowers which were made by Allison from Wild Floral Couture. I have known Allison for a few years now and have worked together previously so when we thought of flowers I knew Allison would be the perfect person. She surpassed herself by making up the cutest prettiest little bouquets for the girls to hold. The colours of the flowers perfectly complimented the vintage cakes that Nikki made, and highlighted the dresses, bringing the shoot together beautifully.

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The girls had a fantastic day and loved posing in front of the camera. Joanne was amazing at directing the girls with such ease and confidence, which shows, through the fabulous images that we have. I am so pleased with the how the day went, everyone was happy and worked so well together. The dresses looked amazing on the girls, and the details really shone through. It was fantastic to see the girls looking so pretty, twirling round enjoying the moment, which is why I loved the day!

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