Charlotte Balbier

you are invited to the bridal party!

August 12th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Bridal Party

As regular readers of these pages will know, Brides Up North are renowned for hosting the very best wedding exhibitions and bridal events that the regions have to offer.  We’re the absolute experts at getting all the pretty in one place – the most fabulous suppliers at the very best venues to inspire, delight (and organise!) our bride to be visitors.

Our shows are stunning, spacious and sophisticated. But this season, it’s set to get even more special.

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We’re celebrating five happy years of Brides Up North here at the HQ this autumn and to celebrate, we are hosting two huge parties (cunningly disguised as Grand Wedding Exhibitions)!

We are shaking things up, with all new “Brides Up North Edit” designer catwalk shows, swanky champagne bars, bespoke afternoon teas, beauty zones, wedding planning advice sessions & demos, glossy media packs for each visiting bride and special installations.  The team from the brand new (sensational!) Spa at Ramside will also be on hand with tips and treats for every visitor.

As ever, we don’t do things by halves here at Brides Up North. For both events, we are filling the whole of each hotel – and it’s going to be spectacular!  We don’t just squash in any old exhibitors either! Whether you are shopping for the final details or have no idea where to start, we can promise you the very best choice of the best bridal experts in the region.  Everything you can think of for planning your big day will be represented.

The fun doesn’t stop there either. We’ll be following up the day to each registered bride with an interactive show newsletter packed full of exhibitor discounts and links, meaning that the inspiration – and savings – continue after the main event.

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So, let us cordially extend the most lovely of invitations to;

the bridal party

Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf Club & Spa, Durham

Sunday 20th September 2015

11am till 3pm

Free Entry

a bridal ballroom

Hardwick Hall Hotel, Durham 

Sunday 4th October 2015

11am till 3pm 

Free Entry

Each event is different, so make sure to get both of them in your wedding planning diaries today!

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bride to be? you’re in the right place!

We’re giving away up to 250 free Bride To Be media packs at each event, filled with glossy magazines, treats from Brides Up North and exclusive offers.  As a VIP you’ll also get speedy entry to the event. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

Your Name (required)

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Select the event that you wish to attend (required)

Number of people attending the event (including yourself) (required)

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wedding industry supplier? join the party!

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2015/16. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Since their inception in spring 2012, all exhibitions have been sell outs on exhibitor space with a record attendance for every venue. Consequently, we expect demand to be very high.

Get in touch for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place.

Your Name (required)

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Your Telephone No

Your Website (begin web address with http://www.)

What sort of wedding business are you enquiring on behalf of? e.g. Bridal Boutique/ Photographer etc

Select the event that you are interested in (required)

If you wish to attend more than one event, please list all here - discounts are available for block bookings

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Images by Cat Hepple Photography.

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willa rose. a charlotte balbier launch at jean jackson couture

July 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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My job isn’t always as glamorous as it might seem.  Editing Brides Up North and Unveiled Magazine as well as managing and producing over 20 Luxury Wedding Exhibition events and all the copy writing, art direction, event management and business development that comes with is a more than full time job (for a team of people).  For every swanky industry event requiring sequins and Champagne, there’s a lot of long, lonely screen hours juggling emails, contracts, floor plans and all the admin that comes with being the #girlboss of a busy business.

Luckily for me though, one of those swanky industry events always seems to come along just as you need it!

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I was thrilled to be invited along as a special guest as Brides Up North Sponsor bridal boutique Jean Jackson Couture in Manchester’s Northern Quarter was transformed into a secret rose garden to mark the official launch of Charlotte Balbier’s WILLA ROSE collection and brand at Jean Jackson Couture’s two boutiques, earlier this month.

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Charlotte Balbier is our headline Sponsor for 2015 and now a dear friend of mine, so it was lovely to join the Jean Jackson Couture girls – they are a very stylish bunch – in toasting our talented designer friend and debuting Charlotte’s new 2016 Willa Rose collection (which you can see featured on Brides Up North here).

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Brides Up North was joined by Manchester brides-to-be, other industry professionals and national press to celebrate this beautiful new partnership.  The boutique was transformed into a magical space filled with beautiful blooms and a gorgeous swing by The Vintage Swing Company to re-create the Charlotte Balbier ‘Willa Rose’ campaign images.  We were also treated to rose pink lemonade, pink champagne and delicious cakes.  I told you it was a hard job being me, didn’t I?!

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The new 2016 ‘Willa Rose’ collection was modelled in a salon style throughout the evening along with a special guest appearance by the face of Charlotte Balbier, the beautiful Verity.

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charlotte says: I am so excited and thrilled to be welcoming Jean Jackson Couture as a Charlotte Balbier brand partner.  Working with a well-known and established boutique that has a long heritage in bridal and are also a family business is wonderful and mirrors my family also and business so is the perfect partnership. It’s amazing to have the gowns stocked in both boutiques and can’t wait for our next event!”

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Jean Jackson Couture is now taking appointments for brides to try the Willa Rose collection. See www.jeanjacksoncouture.com for more details and to book your appointment. 

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Images by Hayley Baxter www.hayleybaxterphotography.com

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and a silver sixpence. the little pearl bridal boutique x charlotte mills bridal

June 11th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Hold onto your heels girls, Brides Up North Sponsor Diana of The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique has some exciting news to share.  Today they announce that they are welcoming a new accessory supplier, Brides Up North fave, Charlotte Mills Bridal. At the forefront of bridal trends and bringing a fresh new look to bridal footwear, since Charlotte’s debut collection in 2014 we have totally fallen in love with her signature style of love hearts incorporated in a unique and fun way across every style.

#PearlsGirls will now be able to add that signature Charlotte Mills sixpence to their own bridal shoes.  A match made in fashion heaven.

Diana and Charlotte also have some some special treats exclusively for Brides Up North readers, with 10% off every order, and a #PearlsGirls Celebrate Summer coming up very soon… read on for details of how to claim your discount and for that diary date! 

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diana says: It’s certainly been an exciting few months here at The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique!  We’ve had the pleasure in meeting so many lovely brides-to-be and their families since opening our doors on Valentines Day this year.  We feel like we’ve been open a lot longer than four months!  Our vision for the boutique was to give every bride a special personalised one to one experience, surrounded by a hand picked selection of elegant and stylish designer gowns and accessories.  It’s been just wonderful seeing lots of ladies enjoy their time at the boutique and become one of #PearlsGirls.  Seeing them all preparing for their big day over the coming months is truly an honour!

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We are thrilled to welcome Charlotte Mills Bridal to the family.  At The Little Pearl, it’s all about the detail.  Charlotte has thought of everything when designing her collection, and we just love how personal it is to each bride.  Charlotte incorporates a Silver Sixpence into each pair of shoes and embosses the sole with the phrase “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Silver Sixpence in her shoe”.  We love that each of our brides carries that extra little bit of luck with them down the aisle.

Charlotte’s 2015 collection doesn’t stray too far away from her signature style, complementing it by adding soft glitters, metallics and luxury soft leathers.  We just love Charlotte’s iconic colours too – from cobalt blue to pink, they are such a fun choice and perfect for wearing after your wedding day too!  I may have to purchase a cheeky pair myself!

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Charlotte has also just launched a new selection of personalised hearts that can be added to a few of her styles.  There are over 10 different heart trims to choose from.  Whether it be a design to fit in with your theme, or your personality, the choice is completely yours.  There are fun designs embroidered with ‘Just Married’ and ‘Happily Every After’ or hearts adorned with glitter crystals and fresh water pearls.

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I have to say I love all of Charlotte’s designs, but if I was to pick a few favourites they would have to be Andi from the new collection – such a classic peep toe shape, Betty from the new collection – who doesn’t love a bit of glitter with an elegant heel, and Annabel – perfect for dancing the night away!

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Charlotte’s gorgeous shoes are now in the boutique ready and waiting to be tried on.  As a special treat we are offering all you lucky Brides up North readers a cheeky 10% off launch offer across all of our Charlotte Mills styles for the next month.  Just mention Brides up North when you come to see us.

Talking of treats we have another one coming up for you too, our #PearlsGirls Celebrate Summer Event!  So if you are still looking for your perfect gown, or accessories, come and join us for fizz, pimms and lots of summer treats on Saturday 20th June.  The event is by appointment only, so why not come and have a special girlie day.  We are taking bookings from 9am until 7pm.

To come and see us at The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique just call us on 01751 798080 or email diana@thelittlepearlbridalboutique.co.uk.

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calligraphy for weddings. a workshop.

May 14th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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You know we like to keep our readers updated with lots of key dates for your diaries including designer weekends, bridal soirees, Luxury Wedding Exhibitions (we do a few of those, had you noticed?!) and workshops, so today we are really happy to share the details of our gorgeous Sponsor, Claire of Calligraphy For Weddings‘ calligraphy class.  If you fancy adding a personal touch to your wedding stationery or simply learning a beautiful new skill, this one is for you. Places are very limited, and Claire tells me that she’ll have to be strict, so make sure to get in touch quickly to reserve your place… happy scribbling!

claire says: I’m really excited to be hosting a calligraphy class in Manchester on the 10th of June 2015 – it’s going to be lots of fun and I’d love for you to come and join me for a day playing with pens and learning gorgeous contemporary scripts. We’ll be in the Northern Quarter from 11am until 4pm and there are 15 spaces available – booking starts today!

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you’ll learn:

How to hold, wiggle and write with a traditional dip pen
The basics of contemporary lettering
It’s a hands-on day so I’ll be demonstrating a little, but most of the time you’ll be writing and I’ll be giving pointers and helping you

i’ll provide:

Calligraphy pens, paper, inks
Practice sheets and examples

you’ll need:

Just your lovely self
Please bring your own lunch

you’ll take home:

Your pen and nib set, paper and practice sheets
Guidelines for practicing at home
The beautifully lettered goodies you’ve written on the day!

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The price is £55 payable on booking – I can accept payments by bank transfer or PayPal.

To book email Claire: hello@Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com

To find out more about Calligraphy For Weddings, read our interview with Claire, here

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Images by Theresa Furey.

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hola! #barcelonabridalweek

May 5th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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If you follow Brides Up North over on Facebook, Twitter or (especially) Instagram, you can’t have failed to notice that I’ve been getting a leetle bit ridiculously excited about being in Barcelona as a guest of Barcelona Bridal Week (hashtag #barcelonabridalweek).  I’m here all week as a VIP blogger partner of XXL Comunication, Barcelona Turisme and Barcelona Bridal Week, bringing you all the news from the front line of the couture catwalks as it lands… and maybe even a little backstage action too.

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I arrived late on Monday night, and since then it’s been a bit of a Barcelona Bridal whirlwind!  I was whisked straight from the airport to the grand opening of designer Miquel Suay‘s brand new flagship boutique, where a very warm welcome from the designer and his team (and their ah-may-zing gowns) awaited me, via late night tapas and a cheeky cerveza and back to my 5* lodgings in the sensational Gothic Quarter, then awoke today for a full on day of soirees and sightseeing.

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I’m here with a hand picked selection of top bloggers and media partners including the Aussie stylistas from The Lane, the lovely Lindsay of Fly Away Bride, famous US bloggers Jen of Green Wedding Shoes and Ally of Inspired By This, gorgeous Elizabeth of Bridal Musings and the fantastic Yolanda of Girls on Film, representing So You’re Getting Married.  Together we make quite a motley (albeit fabulously dressed) crew, and I’m enjoying exchanging tips (I think Jen from Green Wedding Shoes might have changed my life with her advice on email management), gossip and trend spotting with these amazing ladies.

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If today was all about the sights; a whistle-stop tour of the fashionable and quirky Born District, a tour of Casa Batllo (the beautiful Gaudi house), an amazing seafood lunch with Barcelona Turisme at La Gavina at Port Guell, a visit to the Poble Espanyol and more glasses of Cava offered my way than on my own wedding day… then this evening was all about the catwalk.

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At 6pm we headed to the Fira Gran Via for the opening show of Barcelona Bridal Week 2015, the stunning and sensational, Rosa Clara. Official press images and info will follow, but here are a few of my favourite shots. The 2016 Collection by Rosa Clara seeks to ’emphasise the essence of female beauty’. We saw crop tops, blouses (very Olivia Palermo!) knits and beaded embroidered detailing, combined with a mixture of full and slim skirts and gorgeous fabrics like silk brocade, lace, crepe, muslin, silk organza and mikado.

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After a quick scrum backstage to meet with the directors of the show and see those gowns (and the beautiful creatures wearing them) close up, the team was whisked off to the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona for a full VIP tour of the hotel, it’s sumptuous spa and wedding facilities (again, more on this later), and treated to an exquisite evening meal… complete with the requisite three glasses of Cava… hic!

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It seems unbelievable, but we haven’t even really got started yet.  Tomorrow’s event schedule is among the craziest I have ever seen.

I have a feeling that this week is going to be one to remember, and I can’t wait to share it with you here on these pages.  Between diary updates, watch the social media feeds for live coverage and all the catwalk gossip as it happens.

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Ciao for now!

All images via Instagram @bridesupnorth.

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