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A Heads Up: New Designer Parlour Millinery

September 19th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Melissa Dawson of Parlour Millinery is delighted to have been shortlisted in the Best Local Designer Category in the Leeds Retail Awards this year.  Today, she showcases her fashion forward Autumn/Winter 2011 collection on the wedding blog.

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Melissa says:  I have been passionate about textiles since I was a child and have always enjoyed designing and creating. Whilst doing my A Levels in textiles after having my family, I discovered millinery. My final exam piece was to make a celebratory headpiece and I chose to reproduce the cloche that my great grandmother wore for her wedding in 1926.  I studied at the Leeds College of Art and Design and gained an HNC in millinery.

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My designs are a fusion of vintage and offbeat styling. I put my heart and soul in to each piece that I create.  I only use luxurious materials and make every piece by hand.

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These designs are from my A/W collection, and can be ordered in different colour ways to suit the client. The prices for this collection range from £50 to £250.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Parlour Millinery.

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You can find Parlour Millinery designs exclusively on Damselle Tiaras website, or alternatively at Birds Yard in Leeds.

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To vote for Parlour Millinery visit Leeds Retail Awards.  Voting closes on 26th September and the award ceremony will be held on 2nd October 2011. 

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Melissa will be debuting her Autumn/ Winter collection at the Leeds Fashion Show this year.  For more information click here

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  – Images © 2011 Damselle Tiaras/ Parlour Millinery

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Online Treasure Trove: Supplier Showcase – Euphoria Boutique

July 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Euphoria’s online boutique is like Cinderella’s dressing up box, full of twinkly things, bejewelled shoes and pretty bridal accessories.  This wedding blogger could get lost for hours.  Before I dive in, lets chat to the founder of Euphoria Boutique, Teneale, about her online treasure trove. 

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How did Euphoria Boutique begin? What is your story?

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My previous background in business administration and quality/contracts management in the public sector has given me a whole host of skills to utilise in my business today, from business planning to money and service management. Being a creative and busy mum of three young children, my priorities changed and my children needed me at home more. I left after 10 years of service to set up Euphoria, working around nursery, nap time and school. It hasn’t been easy but I have enjoyed every minute of building Euphoria Boutique to what it has become today. “Euphoria” symbolised the happy transition in my life.

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What jewellery products and bridal accessories are available from Euphoria Boutique?

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A wide range of bridal headwear, dyeable wedding shoes, jewellery and bridal party accessories. We are accessory specialists, so we leave the gown to the bridal shops! Along with our own Euphoria brand we are also stockist to many major designers and brands. We offer our customers a wide choice of products with a good range of prices. We will help brides stay within their budget and offer any advice necessary. We want all our customers to have a positive and memorable experience with us.

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Do you design and make any of the jewellery or bridal accessories on your site?

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We have our own Euphoria brand, in which I create many of the designs and have two designers working with us for our bespoke service. We also have the facility to crystalize and customise shoes and can even put your wedding date on the sole of your shoes! We also sell some manufactured pieces to enable us to cover all budgets but the majority of wedding accessories are handmade.

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Which Euphoria product is your favourite and why?

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I am in love with the Fable dreams handmade wedding hair accessories – Hollywood meets fairytale. She is a very talented designer and a pleasure to work with. Also new to Euphoria Boutique we have launched “Weddington” boots, perfect for good old british weather, winter weddings and outdoor weddings. They are brilliant for the whole wedding party and make fantastic quirky photos.

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Can you create bespoke bridal accessories?

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Yes we can. We offer free consultations and advise our brides on the best way to make their dream a reality. We work with all materials, crystals and fabrics and have no boundaries when it comes to design. We are currently in the process of designing some green polka dot wedding shoes for a bride having a vintage wedding tea party.

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What celebrity would you like to see in a Euphoria product and why?

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I would loved to have seen Kate Moss wearing the Weddington Boots for her three day festival wedding in July! I also think she would look fabulous in some of our bohemian floral wedding headwear with birdcage veil.

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Which products are your best sellers?

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With the current wedding hair updo, our bun wrap is extremely popular. Adorned with crystals and pearls, this wedding hair accessory is so versatile and flexible as it can be worn as either as a tiara or bun wrap. It’s beautiful and only £75. We have also seen an increase in demand for gold wedding jewellery and accessories this season. Our vintage wedding jewellery set is very popular at the minute. It also has a matching tiara. The whole set including tiara can be purchased for £150 and is also available on a silver finish. Our wedding dress sashes have had quite a lot of publicity this last month and have also featured in bridal magazines. There are many designs available and brides may customise their own design. From Grecian, vintage to art deco designs.

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Can you buy all your products online?

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Yes, but as well as purchasing online, our clients may also visit us by appointment, in our boutique in Silver Street, Stockton on Tees. Quite often local brides pick their wedding accessories online then come into the boutique to see if they look right with their dress and colour scheme. We will also do home appointments and bridal evenings upon request.

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Are you married? What Euphoria Boutique products would you choose for your own wedding day?

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I would love to have got married overseas on a Caribbean island. I would have loved a beach wedding, Grecian style chiffon dress, sun-kissed tan and floral accessories. Possibly wedding flip flops and one of our handmade wedding dress sashes.  In the evening I would wear the Benjamin Adams Swarovski crystal Electra shoes as they are so glamorous and lots of sparkle.

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What Euphoria Boutique products would you recommend for a Bride on a budget?

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I would recommend one of our wedding combs. They start at £35 and are beautiful. I particularly love the ivory pearl and crystal comb for £35. It is very light therefore versatile for different hair types and hairstyles. They are also popular for bridesmaids.

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What pieces would you recommend as bridesmaid’s gifts?

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I think the wedding wellies are a brilliant idea. Especially as they can be worn after the wedding (especially in this typical British Weather). Our Swarovski crystal teardrop wedding jewellery set is priced at £38. This set comes beautifully wrapped with a personalised message card. It is also available in a range of different colours, chain lengths and clip or pierced ears.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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We cover all budgets and price ranges and work closely with our brides to ensure we are offering them products within their set budget. We do discounts for multiple purchases and have exclusive discount offers on our Facebook page (search for Euphoria).

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How about a discount for wedding blog readers?

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We will offer a 15% discount to Brides Up North readers.  Quote BUN15 at checkout.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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You can email us at enquiries@euphoriashop.co.uk. Or arrange an appointment to see us in our showroom on Silver Street, Stockton on Tees. Contact us on 01642 607194. We have secure online shopping with all major cards and Paypal accepted.

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We would love you to follow us on twitter – @euphoriashop

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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We also offer prom dresses for hire or purchase and include accessories in our packages. We stock Scarlett Evenings prom wear and Alyce Designs and a beautiful collection of prom footwear. We offer an ‘everything but the gown’ service and will do our best to source all brides requests. We are a very approachable and friendly team and love working with our brides. All budgets welcome. We will always give best advice and have a professional approach to our work.

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Something Old, Something New… And a Silver Sixpence For Her Shoe: Supplier Showcase

June 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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STOP PRESS!  Today’s fabulous Featured Supplier, Nicola from Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe, is running a Vintage Fascinator making course at The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon on Burton Road, West Didsbury next Tuesday.

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The gorgeous course costs just £40 for two sessions starting 9.30 -11.30am on Tuesday 5th July and concluding Tuesday 12th July at the same time.  Tea and cake and all Nicola’s stunning vintage materials that make up your finished piece are included in the price.

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Contact Nicola: nicolacarroll@hotmail.co.uk  for more details.

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Today, Brides Up North chats to the lady herself about her beautiful wedding accessories business, Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe.  These bespoke bridal bits are simply to die for amazing.  I think this wedding blogger has a bit of a style crush…

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How did Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe begin? 

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I started the brand when I couldn’t find what I wanted for my own wedding in terms of accessories – everything seemed so blingy and jewellery based.  I wanted a soft vintage floral look that had a modern edge.  The Nicola headpiece was where it all began.  I then made my garter as I could only seem to find tacky novelty garters… and a ring pillow and so it just snowballed from there.  I had been working as fashion buyer for 10 years and wanted a new career path so it all felt very serendipitous!  Friends started asking me to make things for them and as gifts for their family members, telling me I should do it full time.  I started thinking, hey I could do this… I really love doing this!  It is such a nice industry to work in.  After a few months I decided to really go for it and quit my job.  You could say I jumped in with both feet but I have never looked back.  Wedding fairs and collaborative photo shoots started happening and having a positive effect on my orders so it seems I made the right decision!

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What bridal accessories are available to buy from Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe?

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The core of my business are headpieces and garters for brides.  I also do very well with shoe clips as I think so many people want to buy plainer high street shoes these days and personalise them a little.  Ring pillows and heart charms that hang from brides’ bouquets are a great way to incorporate your colour themes.  I have also just added vintage style decorated lucky horseshoes to the collection.  I also do bridesmaid hair accessories and mother of the bride too – I can source to match outfits.  Guests sometimes come to me for a one off piece to match an outfit.

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Do you design and make all of the bridal accessories on your site?  What materials do you use?

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Yes I do.  The ethos of the brand is that it is all self designed and handmade.  I would never want to have my pieces made in a factory overseas, I love that they are made in the UK.  I use a lot of one off pieces of vintage lace and trimmings that I find at fairs and markets and naturally most pieces are in silk.  Often brides come to me asking how to match their dress fabric and I ask them to keep any fabric they have from their alterations and we might use it to craft something wonderful for their hair.  They may want me to use an heirloom piece of jewellery that is important to them.  That is the beauty of the bespoke service, it is so personal.

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Which product is your favourite and why?

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I guess my heart lies with the Nicola headpiece as it is where it all started for me. It was recently chosen by the Secret Wedding Bride in Didsbury too – gaining lots of coverage in the press – and is still my most popular piece in terms of headwear.  I do love the Coco garter too as it is so 1920s and decadent.

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Secret Wedding Bride – Didsbury

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Where do you find your inspiration?

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If I am doing a bespoke piece my inspiration comes mainly from the bride’s dress and themes.  Listening to her is very important to get a feeling of her vision of the day.

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Materials play a huge part in inspiring me too – especially when it comes to developing my collection.  I am such a magpie – always finding interesting trims and buttons to use and these are what really inspire me day to day.  Different eras are so important too.  I am a big fan of the 40s and 50s birdcage veil look.  I have just done a great 60s photo shoot (soon to feature as an exclusive on this very wedding blog!) that was really fun as I just got so inspired by the look book sent over to me and went mad with it!

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What celebrity would you like to see in a Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe product and why? 

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Oooh is so hard to choose. I really would love to say Audrey Hepburn but I guess she won’t get married again!  In terms of celebrities alive and available now….probably Alexa Chung – I think she is super super stylish and I would love to look like her.

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Which product is your best seller?

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Headpiece wise it is a close call between the Nicola headdress and the Daisy flower comb. The Helena headdress – a lovely 40s style teardrop shaped piece is popular too.  The style of the Coco garter- a flat band with a large embellishment on it is very popular at the moment.  Bespoke is still my most popular option for brides though.

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Can you buy all your products online or do you do appointments?

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You can buy online – it is made to order and laces and vintage trimmings can vary if they are one offs.  I also work on a bespoke consultation basis.  My garters are stocked in West Didsbury’s White Closet and I am currently having meetings with a few online retailers and other gorgeous vintage style wedding boutiques about stocking some pieces too.  It’s exciting times!

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The Helena Headdress – hand sewn pearls on vintage lace

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We hear you organise hen party events too?  Can you tell us a bit about them?

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Yes I do.  I started by running a class locally on how to make vintage style headdresses (see top of this post).  I got asked to do a private event and it went from there.  I set up all the materials in vintage style crystal dishes and tea cups to suit the mood of the party.  We get inspired by my samples, mood boards I put together and have a good old rummage through all the jars, bowls and piles of fabrics, lace and trimmings to come up with a design and I guide the guests through it.  It is all hand sewing so everyone can do it.  Normally the class is accompanied by a few glasses of bubbly if it is a hen party!  My open classes in Didsbury are at two lovely cupcake shops and we get to eat cake and drink tea. There is such a trend for crafting and hand making your own unique pieces now. The girls love to be able to wear their pieces to the wedding for a great photo!  I can provide an afternoon tea service to go with the craft event too though a local cupcake shop I work with – it makes a lovely afternoon activity.

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What pieces would you recommend as bridesmaid’s gifts?

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The heart bouquet charms are lovely as gifts.  I have had people bring their bridesmaids to my classes too so that they can make their own hair accessories for the big day..

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?     

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My opening price on headdresses is £50 for something like a small comb going up to £150. Bespoke headdresses start at £100.  My horseshoes are £25 and the bouquet charms and ring pillows £15.  Shoe clips are around £25. 

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I don’t like to inflate prices just because it is bridal – it is too easy these days to do this and I hated it when I was getting married. However it is all handmade and that is really where the cost is.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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Via my website

By email: nicolacarroll@hotmail.co.uk

On Twitter @Silversixpence1

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe will be at a few wedding fairs this Autumn. The Vintage Wedding Fair in Harrogate on September 18th 2011 and Chester on October 16th 2011.  I am also part of the West Didsbury wedding event run locally and it will be on Saturday 15th October this year.

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Why do you read and like Brides Up North?

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I moved from London to Manchester just over a year ago and I feel that a lot of the wedding industry is perceived to be concentrated in the South so it is great to see a useful and easy to use website concentrating on the North.

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Hear hear Nicola!

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Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza: Tiararama (CLOSED)

April 8th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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You know what? It’s Fridaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

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To celebrate, I have got one sparkler of a giveaway for you spoilt Brides Up North readers today!

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Fancy being a proper princess bride? You need Tiararama.  Tiararama design and create beautiful, show-stopping bespoke hair accessories for your wedding day.

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Tiararama is offering one very very lucky Brides Up North reader the chance to win a bespoke hair accessory or tiara to the value of £250!

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Yes, £250! Your own Crown Jewels!

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Just leave a comment below for the chance to win!*

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Competition closes on 7 May 2011

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Are you in ‘em to win ‘em?

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right royal giveaway bonanza

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Click here for the chance to win your WEDDING DRESS (worth up to £1,200!) with Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear.

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Click here for the chance to win gorgeous Royal Wedding inspired stationery by Cards By Sophie.

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Click here for the chance to win a bed and breakfast break at Hardwick Hall Hotel, County Durham with a bottle of champagne!

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Click here for the chance to win an  free engagement shoot, a free 14 x11 mounted image for signing and a free storybook album worth £350 with Lee Brown Photography.

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Click here for the chance to win one of 10 personalised magazine covers from Blue Friesian.

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Click here for the chance to win a Royal Wedding Party Pack from And All Things Nice, including  plates, cups, napkins, cupcake cases, canape flags, confetti & a British trivia game!

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Click here for the chance to win a portrait session and free 10×8 print from Karen McGowran Photography worth up to £150.

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*Winners will be drawn at random.  Entrants will be automatically be subscribed to the Brides Up North monthly newsletter.  No cash alternative.

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WINNERS! Really Really Gorgeous Giveaway: Rosie Willett Designs

February 19th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Thank you to all you lovely Brides Up North readers who took part in the Really Really Gorgeous Giveaway from Rosie Willett Designs.

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To see more of Rosie’s work, click here to read her Eye Candy interview.  Beautiful!

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And now the moment you have all been waiting for, drawn at random, the winners!

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1ST PRIZE: One headpiece from any of the six collections on the Rosie Willett Designs website

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    February 14, 2011 | I first saw these in my dress shop and fell in love with them there and then, I always attempt to “accidently” walk out the shop wearing one but unfortunately they always notice the rather large flower on my head :(

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    5 RUNNER UP PRIZES: A Swarovski Crystal AB & Ivory Pearl bracelet

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    February 12, 2011 | I would like to win one of these beautiful pieces as my boyfriend doesn’t buy me jewellery because he doesn’t “understand” it. I’m not sure what there is to understand. (I’m also not a bride to be but surely still deserve a treat?!)Xx

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    February 18, 2011 | I would absolutely love to win something beautiful for my best friend Gemma to wear as her “something new” on her wedding day (and then I would be the best bridesmaid ever!) x

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    February 18, 2011 | I would LOVE to win because I need to start planning my wedding but have no idea where to start – these gorgeous pieces would certainly help me get inspired!

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  • deborah

    February 18, 2011 | i think these designs will definatley (sic) compliment my wedding and look lush!!!!!

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    February 16, 2011 | Oh my god I love the Clara! I would love to win a headdress or a bracelet to wear on my wedding day.

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    Sophie, Charlotte, Joelle, Kat, Deborah and Jane please contact Brides Up North to claim your fabulous prizes!  Good on you girls!

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    Didn’t win but still WANT?  Check out the Rosie Willett Designs website to place your order with Rosie.

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    Really Really Gorgeous Giveaway: Rosie Willett Designs

    February 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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    !! COMPETITION CLOSES TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT !!

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    Sometimes I do a giveaway on the blog that makes me wish I wasn’t writing the blog, just reading it.  This is one of those times.

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    Brides Up North Featured Supplier and uber talented bridal headwear designer, Rosie Willett Designs, has offered to give away, not one, not two, but six fabulous prizes.

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    Scroll down or click here to see today’s earlier post showcasing some of this lovely lady’s amazing designer pieces.

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    1ST PRIZE: One headpiece from any of the six collections on the Rosie Willett Designs website

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    5 RUNNER UP PRIZES: A Swarovski Crystal AB & Ivory Pearl bracelet

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    All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is comment on this post telling Brides Up North why you would like to win using the big pink button below, and sign up for my free newsletter* in the box at top right.

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    That’s it.  Tres simple.  And one of Rosie’s amazing designs could be winging its way to you!

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    The competition will close at midnight on Friday 18 February 2011.  Winners will be drawn at random.

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