August 10th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Image via Hello Magazine
As peak wedding season continues more high-profile brides are making their way down the aisle providing some fabulous A-lister style inspiration for us all. This includes one of biggest girl crushes – Miranda Kerr, who we totally and utterly adore – not only for her looks, but her sweet personality too!
Though a huge name in the modelling world, the 34-year-old shunned a large, lavish affair in favour of an intimate ceremony, marrying her beau Evan in the backyard of their Californian home, with just 45 guests making the “invite” list.
Perhaps even more surprisingly, modest Miranda chose to cover-up that killer bod that gained her Victoria Secret’s Angel status, and wore a long-sleeved, high-neck Dior Haute Couture gown inspired by the wedding dress of 50s fashion icon, Grace Kelly.
So, for those of you that are looking to go more demure than daring on your big day, we’re taking a closer look at classy Kerr’s winning wedding day style in today’s celebrity spy post…
Understated glamour was definitely the key to Miranda’s luxurious wedding day attire. Her A-line satin gown with flowing train and delicate lily appliques is the very epitome of elegance. Though this is a one-of-a-kind creation, brides can look to reflect elements of Miss Kerr’s gown in their own dress choices.
Pared back, plainer gowns in simple fabrics have been making a comeback on recent bridal catwalks, meaning there is the option to mirror Miranda’s effortlessly chic appearance. Look to the likes of Pronovias, Jesus Peiro and Caroline Castigliano for these sleek yet structured silhouettes. Long-sleeves are also easy to find in designer’s collections, though often these are lace, which is perhaps good news for those wanting to add a little more detail to their look.
Though subtle, Miranda does make a style statement with the 3D florals scattered across her gown. Again, this has been a rising look on the runways with beautifully appliqued designs from the likes of Osacar de la Renta and Katya Katya Shehurina, catching our eye.
Totally effortless once again, Miranda’s super sleek bridal hair reportedly took just 15 minutes to style and is easy enough to recreate at home.
A simple centre parting sees Miranda’s locks swept clear of her gorgeous face and secured into a low ponytail that is then twisted into a neat chignon. This is a such a timeless look, and one that us Brides Up North girls love!
While Miranda chose to top her look with a rather incredible pearl-encrusted veil, we think a pair of statement earrings would be a fabulous finishing touch for brides opting to rock the centre parting.
Perhaps saving the best bit until last, Miranda has actually shared her big day beauty regime online via a special step-by-step tutorial video for Vouge – see, we said she was sweet!
Keeping with her classic approach, the famous model opted for a fresh, glowy look. After creating a flawless base (on her already flawless skin), she applies a rose glow blush to her cheeks and a little gold shadow to her lids before enhancing her lashes with mascara and using a combination of lipsticks to achieve a perfect pink pout.
June 6th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Though not technically royal family herself, Pippa Middleton’s recent wedding to her millionaire beau James Mathews caused media waves across the globe, with newsrooms worldwide on high alert ready for the first reveal of the blushing bride.
Dubbed the “society wedding of the year” many were intrigued to see which high profile individuals and celebs had, or even more so, hadn’t made the guest list. For us though the intrigue was all about the dress – questions that had been lingering for months would finally be answered; who designed the gown? Slinky or princess? Lace, satin or silk?
Contrary to what some people had predicted, Pippa covered up the curves that made her a household name at her sister Kate’s royal wedding back in 2011, instead opting for a stunning lace princess gown with beautiful A-line skirt for a demure look with a stylish twist.
We would certainly love to wear such a gorgeous gown for our nuptials – and if you too are crushing on Pippa’s big day look, we’re going to discuss how to mirror her impeccable style in today’s celebrity spy post. Prepare to take notes ladies!
Giles Deacon was the designer who put Miss Middleton’s breath-takingly beautiful gown together – and we loved e-v-er-ything about it. However, if the rumours are anything to go by, such a gown would take a £40,000 chunk out of the wedding budget, placing it out of most bride’s reach.
Though all is not lost, for Pippa wore a classic shaped gown and some of the key detailing on her dress features in many other designers’ collections, meaning you can steal this style without blowing the entire wedding budget!
Though stunning, full lace gowns usually come with quite a hefty price tag and so savvy brides may prefer to look for gowns similar to Pippa’s but that just feature lace on just the top half of the dress. Then there’s the sleeves to consider – whether to go for a cute capped sleeve like Pippa or throw in some inspiration from sister Kate with full length lace sleeves instead.
The super elegant high-neck though not a hugely popular trend (yet!) could be spotted in some designs on the recent White Gallery catwalk and is a look worn by one of our other fav celebrity brides, Nicky Hilton.
Perhaps a little unexpected was the heart-shaped key-hole back to Pippa’s dress that revealed a hint of skin. For those wanting to follow in Pippa’s style steps, there are plenty of gowns with such detailing, from princess designs similar to Pippa’s as well as more fitted gowns. If feeling brave then you could go for more of a cut away design that would show off a larger proportion of skin.
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In classic bride style, Pippa chose to wear her hair up in a chignon inspired do with all locks pulled clear of her face to show-off that beautiful high-neck detail.
Pippa’s do was loose but still had an element of structure. Chignons come in all varieties, from sleek and polished to almost messy and undone, so ladies can pick a style to suit their overall bridal look.
Pippa finished off her look with just a touch of sparkle in the form of a delicate tiara and drop earrings.
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Pretty Pippa chose to keep things real on the makeup front with a natural English rose look.
Her slightly tanned skin has a luminous glow though and there are no signs of heavy liquids, powders or contouring. Instead just a flush of pink blush is swept across the cheeks, eyes are delicately lined and brows defined. A coat of mascara and pretty pink lippy finishes off the look perfectly.
Royal, or not, this lady has certainly earned herself a spot in our celebrity bride hall of fame!
November 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
image source: Daily Mail
This afternoon we’re sweetening up the blog with a little celebrity wedding inspiration as we take a look at the beautiful big day style of recent bride and former Sugar Babe, Heidi Range.
Marrying her rather handsome beau Alex Partakis in a stunning Tuscan ceremony a little earlier this year, super-pretty Heidi looked every inch a princess in her floor-length, lace-sleeved wedding dress, created by none other than bridal designer to the stars, Suzanne Neville.
In addition to Heidi’s incredibly swoon-worthy gown, the singer had flawless hair and makeup to match, complete with a gorgeous sun-kissed tan.
Whether marrying in overseas sunshine or not, we think that we can all take a little something from Heidi’s fairy-tale look, and so today we’re giving tips and inspiration on how to mirror the star’s style for your own wedding day.
Heidi’s gorgeous Suzanne Neville gown is the perfect choice for those who seek timeless elegance, with its traditional A-line shape and classic lace detailing.
The sweetheart bodice adds another element of romance to the design while the off-the-shoulder lace neckline gives it a slightly modern and flirty twist.
For those wanting to steal Heidi’s style there are plenty of similar stunning lace designs within designer’s current collections, including creations by Rosa Clara, Pronovias, Caroline Castigliano and, of course, Suzanne Neville.
If however the full-length princess gown is a little too traditional, brides can opt for identical sleeved-designs that are either shorter in length or slimmed-down in structure. Alternatively, brides could opt for a capped-sleeved dress or one with a lower neckline.
It’s also worth brides bearing in mind that the look can be created with a plain gown worn with a lace topper, so bridal separates from designers such as Charlotte Balbier, should not be ruled out. Such collections can also offer a bride two differing looks for her wedding day, as a topper could be removed for the evening reception and replaced with a sparkling belt accessory for a more glammed-up look.
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Again Heidi has gone down the classic root in terms of her hair, with her long golden locks swept into a super-neat, up do.
A sensible choice in the Italian heat, Heidi’s hair is pulled back away from her face and secured in a sophisticated chignon style, topped with a detailed hair accessory for just a touch of sparkle. The singer also opted for a cathedral-length veil, which sat at the top of her head and framed the dress beautifully.
Those who would prefer a slightly less-stayed style could go for a loose and more ‘messy’ up do and forgo the veil resulting in a less formal look.
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Sporting a beautiful holiday tan, Heidi doesn’t require too much makeup to achieve her radiant appearance.
Keeping things simple and girly, Heidi’s glowing skin is topped with a little blush to the cheeks, a glossy natural pink lip, defined brows, brown eyeshadow and lashings of mascara. Just like the rest of Heidi’s look the result is highly effective and highly elegant!
August 23rd, 2016 | Julia Braime
We thought it was high-time we got a little big day inspiration from an A-lister who has recently hotfooted it down the aisle, and so today we’re shining our celebrity spy spotlight on stunning Desperate Housewives star, Eva Longoria.
Tying the knot to her beau Jose ‘Pepe’ Antonio Baston during a romantic lakeside ceremony in Mexico back in May, the dress was one element of the wedding that pretty pint-size Eva need not worry too much about. As a lady with friends in high places, she called upon the services of her talented bestie and top fashion designer Victoria Beckham, to create her not one, but a whole trio of dream dresses for the lavish celebrations that spread across three days.
In this post we’ll be focusing our attention on the main silk crepe gown worn by Eva for the dreamy ceremony, whilst also providing inspiration for similar hair and makeup styles to those chosen by the gorgeous actress for her big day.
Opting for a flawless yet fuss-free look, Eva’s stunning ceremony gown was revealed as a fitted slim-line design with elegant straps and sweetheart neckline.
Perhaps plainer than what a lot of people would expect from fashionable Eva, the delicate design clung to her incredible figure in all the right places, before flowing elegantly to the floor and also fitted in perfectly with the paradise-like overseas setting.
This season’s bridal catwalks have seen a real return to simplistic designs, free from beading, pearls and crystals, and so brides wanting to mirror Eva’s dress shouldn’t be short of choice.
For the less is more look there are ultra-uncomplicated designs that leave the talking to elegant silhouettes and luxurious fabrics. Meanwhile for those wanting a little more detailing to their dress, interest can easily be added with a sparking belt, decorative straps or feminine lace trim.
Given the clean appearance of the dress, it’s key that brides don’t detract from the main spectacle by overdoing it with their accessories. Eva hits the nail on the head with a delicate Calla Lily bouquet and dainty necklace to complete her look.
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Though she has many assets, Eva’s thick glossy hair has to be one that we envy most.
Again, keen not to withdraw attention from her gorgeous VB gown, Eva opted for effortless barrel type waves with her long, dark locks swept gracefully to one side. On the opposite side she added just a touch of detail with a small hair accessory, pinning the divine do in place.
A look best copied by brides with long trestles, the intensity of the waves will tend to drop slightly throughout the day resulting in a neater look for the ceremony and a more undone appearance for the evening celebrations.
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Eva’s dark olive skin tone sets off her white dress off wonderfully, and we’re pretty sure that even without a scrap of makeup that her flawless complexion would be glowing on her wedding day.
Going for a popular bridal look of the moment, Eva’s makeup centred around a gorgeous dark smoky eye and pale pretty pink lip to frame that sublime Hollywood smile.
A touch of bronzer and sweep of highlighter later, and this hot wife is looking far from desperate.
February 11th, 2016 | Julia Braime
For us at Brides Up North HQ there’s nothing quite like a celebrity wedding, so we were super excited when the preparations for popstar Kimberley Walsh’s overseas wedding popped up on The Daily Mail. We knew it wouldn’t be long before we got a glimpse of what the hot singer-turned-actress had chosen to wear for her big day (along with celeb pal bridesmaids, Cheryl Fernandez–Versini and Nicola Roberts, no less!)
Cue the cover of this week’s Hello magazine and all was revealed (quite literally) as the Girls Aloud singer posed in a sexy illusion lace and silk gown, complete with high leg split.
We thought it was a stunning fashion-forward choice from Kim, who has a fabulous figure that deserves to be flaunted, plus given the wedding was on the Caribbean island of Barbados, it’s no wonder she didn’t want to be layered top to toes in chiffon, lace and tulle. Instead her light and floaty gown fitted the paradise-like setting perfectly and we loved its delicate detailing; especially the elegant see-through sleeves and decorative inserts at the bottom of the dress.
Whether marrying overseas or not, we can all take something from Kimberley’s gorgeous big day look and so today we’re giving tips and inspiration on how to steal the love machine’s style for your own wedding.
The Girls Aloud hit, Something Kinda Ooooh springs to mind when first setting eyes on Kimberley’s revealing dress – and were sure it made her now-husband’s heat go ‘boom boom’ as she walked up the aisle.
Daring to bare, Kimberley’s white Berta Bridal dress goes against the unwritten rule that only the top or bottom half of the female body should be on show at any one time. We get a glimpse of the singer’s toned legs thanks to a racy thigh-high split in the skirt of the dress, while delicate lace cut out detailing in the top half of the dress reveals Kimberley’s chest area too.
While this style of dress won’t be for all brides in its entirety, elements can certainly be adopted. So for those who consider their legs to be one of their best assets and would quite like to show them off, the leg split would work. Meanwhile for ladies who aren’t the biggest lovers of their arms, the delicate lace detailing of the illusion sleeves on Kimberley’s dress offers a stunning solution.
Also brides planning to marry in hot countries, take note – Kimberley’s dress is light and airy and therefore both pretty and practical for the humid destination.
Leaving the dress to do the talking (which it most certainly does) Kimberley finished off her attire with a simple pair of high strappy heels in gold to complement her metallic mismatched maids, with Cheryl in bronze and Nicola in silver.
November 4th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
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It’s no secret that the Kardashian ladies like to flaunt their figures, particularly leader of the pack, Kim – after all this is the lady who attempted to ‘break’ the internet with explicit pictures of her famous booty.
But Kimmy both surprised and impressed critics on her wedding day (mark two) to rapper Kayne West when she covered up the majority of her svelte figure with a custom haute couture Givenchy gown by Riccardo Tisci, featuring full-length sleeves and a long train.
A far cry from the strapless Vera Wang ball gown she wore when getting hitched to first hubby Kris Humphries back in 2011, which showed ample cleavage, Kim chose to keep her ‘assets’ under wraps second time round for her and Kayne’s Italian ceremony in May 2014.
Keeping true to her signature style the dress still had alluring elements to it, but classy Kim hit the nail on the head when it came to striking the right balance between sexy and sophisticated.
Keen to demonstrate how you can do the same on your wedding day, we’re putting Mrs West under our celebrity spy spotlight to study her big day look in a little more detail.
Presenting a totally different look to her first trip up the aisle, Kim’s elegant Givenchy gown covered up her chest and arms with a delicate round neckline and beautiful lace sleeves. Rather than another voluminous design, Kim also chose a slimmed down mermaid silhouette, which clung to her trademark figure in all the right places.
Keeping with the sexy, Kim’s dress featured sheer lace panels around her midriff and a full sheer back exposing just the right amount of flesh to retain a ‘pure’ bridal look overall.
Though brides might find it challenging to find an exact carbon copy of Kim’s unique dress, there are certainly elements of her look that can be found in many current collections.
Backless gowns, for one, are a popular trend; from cute keyhole detail, to full on cutaway designs that expose the whole of the back.
In a nod to Princess Kate (not that we thought this is someone Kim would take style tips from), Kim’s long lace sleeves can also be easily replicated and offer an effective way to show off a little skin without it being inappropriate.
Daring brides meanwhile might like to copy Kim’s cutaway side panels, which we’re seeing in collections by the likes of Alfred Angelo and Badgley Mishka. Braver still, ladies could take things a step further by doing away with the panels and wearing bridal separates that full on flash the flesh.
Another key element to Kim’s striking look was the gown’s long train, which we just loved! This was further amplified by a matching, long, lace-trimmed silk veil, which created the ultimate wow-factor!
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As well as her distinctive derriere, Kim is also known for her long, glossy locks, which she chose to wear down and simple when marrying Kanye. The soft natural style with a slight wave, was elegantly parted in the middle and tucked behind her ears, making this an easy look for brides with long hair to mirror.
Though modern and chic, the style also had a slight retro feel to it with extra volume at the root of the hair making it appealing to both fashion-forward and vintage brides.
The simple styling meant that no attention was taken away from Kim’s stunning dress and it was also easy to secure her stunning veil in place.
Kim’s wedding day makeup was flawless, feminine and fabulous without being at all OTT. Although a queen of contouring, Miss Kardashian’s skin had a silky smooth, almost creamy appearance, rather than sculptured, with just a little added warmth on the apples of her cheeks.
Making a statement of just one area – her eyes – Kim’s brows are defined and her lashes full and luscious with the help of some individual falsies, giving maximum impact. Bronze and brown tones have been blended on the eyelid and below the eye for an opulent look, which is further enhanced by lining the eyes with a black liner.
A fan of a nude lip, Kim opted for a timeless, subtle lip colour and a coat of gloss to complete her Hollywood smile!
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