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the designer series: Charlotte Balbier

August 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Charlotte Balbier

We recently featured Ms Balbier’s new Iscoyd Park bridal collection for 2015 on these very pages, and today I’m proud to hear all about the inspirations behind my wonderful friend’s beautiful designs.  So Brides Up North, will you be a Balbier bride?  You lucky, lucky things.

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Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

Charlotte says: A Charlotte Balbier bride is confident and daring in both her wedding dress style and every day fashion choices. My brides certainly have their own sense of individuality. Whether you’re a relaxed boho bride whose bouquet choice is wild hand picked rural flowers or a city fashion forward bride who keeps it minimalist and chic. Some brides like a theme and some like to keep it eclectic, it’s a personal style and choice and both are gorgeous.

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

What were your inspirations for this collection?

The Iscoyd Park Collection is very close to my heart as I designed the collection based on my wedding day to Teddy. My wedding day took place at a venue called Iscoyd Park in North Wales last December. ‘The Iscoyd Park’ collection is made up of over twenty new gorgeous gowns in an array of styles to suit the modern day bride, their wedding and style. The new collection includes two dresses I actually wore on the big day called ‘The Charlotte’ and ‘Iscoyd Park.’ I am flattered we’ve had such a positive response to brides wearing the same dress as I did on my big day! The ‘Iscoyd Park’ collection was designed with love, close to my dear heart.

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

What shapes, fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the collection and why?

The Charlotte Balbier collection has always been fashion inspired.  Gowns that are forward thinking for the new generation bride. My signature style and look is using soft French laces. Charlotte Balbier is utterly feminine in charm and grace. My gowns are inherently traditional but with that added extra twist of fashion for a modern gown, bride and wedding day. The collection presents classical elegance and timeless gowns that never go out of fashion in array of styles, silhouettes, fabrics and a soft gold, pink and ivory colour pallette.

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

What sizes are your gowns available in? 

Our sizing is from 0 to any size. Brides can choose the sizing they need and our stockist’s usually amend the dresses to fit the bride to perfection.

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

What does 2014/ 2015 hold for your label? What are you excited about?

Charlotte Balbier has been around for more than 10 years now and we’ve built a great brand. I am now embarking on a new chapter and looking forward to another 10 years, staying at the forefront of British bridal and looking to also take the Balbier brand International. Last year I won the Wedding Ideas Magazine’s Bridal Designer Awards and I’ve just been nominated for Perfect Wedding’s Best Bridal Designer. Winning Awards is a great achievement and honour to be recognized in the industry. Brides who’d love Charlotte Balbier to win can vote here.

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

What are your “best things” in life?

I am a very lucky lady because the best things in life surround me all the time! I’m constantly surrounded by lovely Charlotte Balbier bridal dresses and of course everything else in the bridal industry. I love shoes especially Jimmy Choo’s, Aruna Seth and Freya Rose. I love Clarins facials and enjoy one once a month religiously! I love my dog Buster and my dear husband Teddy!

Where can Brides Up North find out more about your label?

Visit our website, or find us on Twitter or Facebook.  A list of stockists can be found here.

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A Time To Sparkle!

December 18th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Time To Sparkle

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There’s still time for some online shopping before things close down… and with that sparkler on your finger glittering away, there’s never been a better time to twinkle!

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Ozlem Sequin Column Dress £230 at French Connection

Karmen Beaded Back Detail Dress £195 at Reiss 

Chrystle Sparkle Dress £220 at Coast 

Alexis Sequins Dress £160 at French Connection

Sequin Skater Dress £65 Topshop 

Embellished Fishtail Dress £95 at Miss Selfridge

Penrose Asymmetric Hem Dress £265 at Reiss 

Tina Maxi Dress £450 at Coast

Hestia priced by stockists by Project D

10 Catherine Tunic £199 at Monsoon 

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Its The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! A Vintage Glam Bridal Fashion Shoot With A Festive Twist

December 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Advent calendars at the ready Brides Up North!  It’s only ruddy December!  How the bejeezus did that happen?

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I personally love the festive season, twinkly winter weddings, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and all that, and will be bringing you some seasonal treats on these wedding blog pages over the next month.

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So, lets start as we mean to go on with a festively gorgeous vintage glam bridal fashion shoot at gorgeous Yorkshire wedding venue The Mansion at Roundhay Park.  I can personally vouch for this venue and the amazing team from Dine Services as it was the setting for the inaugural Brides Up North Yorkshire Tweet Up back in September.  It is also the venue for one of the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive Wedding Fairs next February.  Do you have these dates in your diary ladies?

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Sunday 12th February 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

Allerton Castle, Knaresborough

Time 12pm – 4pm

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Sunday 26th February 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

The Mansion, Roundhay

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Sunday 15th April 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

Nostell Priory, Wakefield

Time: 12pm – 4pm

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Your exclusive invitation to three days of bridal brilliance at Yorkshire’s most desirable wedding venues.   A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise.  With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too,  only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine.   Details of how to register as a Brides Up North VIP Bride To Be coming soon. 

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EXHIBITOR BOOKINGS: email me at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details. 

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This shoot, sent to me by Shelly of Toast, is a mash up of bauble bling, giant windmills, twinkles, vintage bunting and stunning dresses.  By ‘eck it works. 

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The shoot was organised by Vicky at Sugarplum Creations to showcase her new 2012 collection ‘Vintage Glamour’. 

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Vicky says: Last year was all about the Sparkly Crystal Bride but this year is all about the chunky Vintage Glamour look.  Each piece is handmade from vintage brooches and jewellery broken down into new and exciting things; such as tiaras, necklaces and bracelets. I knew this would work with Ian Stuart’s Killer Queen Collection so I quickly got in touch with the girls to organise the shoot!

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I really wanted to convey the elegance and creativity of everyone involved. Being able to work with Ian Stuart, Cymbeline Paris and Jenny Packham all in one day was an honour and I wanted to make pieces to compliment every aspect of the different designers.

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Shelly says:  Vicky got in touch with me to shoot her new collection along with a selection of beautiful dresses from Hayley at The Bridal Collection in Harrogate. I don’t normally do straight up shoots – I usually like to do something a little bit more rock n roll, but the chance to shoot Ian Stuart frocks was too good to miss. I invited Rachel at Simply Vintage Events to provide us with a beautiful eclectic vintage backdrop to go with our Jenny Packham and Cymbeline Paris dresses, whilst I created the giant pinwheels which were real talking points and the paper flower backdrop. Rachel also provided the enormous Christmas baubles. 

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The amazing flowers including the frilly tulips in the birdcages and the set with the candles and orchids, were created by the genius Fiona at Firenza Floral Design – her talent knows no end.

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Hair and make-up was by the lovely Emma at Make Me Up by Mac and of course the backdrop was the stunningly beautiful The Mansion in Leeds – we all love that staircase (although I must have gone up and down it a million times on the day!).

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Since there were so many beautiful dresses to shoot, I invited my good pal Paul Joseph Photography over to help me shoot it all. And even our styles are slightly different, we still ended up getting the odd shot which are very similar! Thanks go to everyone who helped the shoot run smoothly.

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Little Black Book:

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Photography: Toast and Paul Joseph Photography

Venue: Mansion, Leeds

Dresses loaned by: The Bridal Collection 

Accessories: Sugarplum Creations

Make-up & Hair: Make Me Up by Mac – emmamilner@live.com

Vintage china and accessories: Simply Vintage Events

Flowers: Firenza Floral Design

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Eye Candy: Lyn Ashworth

November 6th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It’s Sunday night.  It’s cold.  It’s dark.  You’ve got work tomorrow. 

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When Downton Abbey is the only thing that seems worth living for, I think we need a good old dose of gorgeousness, don’t you agree?

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I almost feel that it has become my duty to report back whenever I happen to perchance upon such visions of loveliness as these beautiful bridal gowns by wedding dress designer Lyn Ashworth.  My newest addition to the Brides Up North Eye Candy Hall of Fame does English Rose bridal to perfection.

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Form an orderly queue people.  I think you might just like what you are about to see.  No pushing and shoving, and absolutely no hair pulling!  That’s just not ladylike…

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But these are… and I think Lady Grantham and the Dowager would absolutely approve. 

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Veronica / Paola

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Mitzi / Jacqueline

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Angelique / Bella

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Constanza Long / Constanza Short

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Scarlett / Stardust

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Rebecca / Samantha

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Sarah / Gwendoline

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Daphne Long / Daphne Short

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Fiona / Helena

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To find your nearest Lyn Ashworth stockist in the North and to find out more about the collection, click here

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Up For Discussion: Eye Candy – Blushing Bride or Back To Black?

October 22nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It’s no secret that colour is a big trend in bridal fashion for 2012.  As I recently reported to Pure Weddings Magazine (for their next issue, out soon), at the couture shows this season the catwalks were awash with a palette of blush pinks, champagnes, crème de menthe and dove greys and we can expect to see more real brides incorporating a taste of the rainbow into their bridal attire. 

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I wore a blush gown in duchess satin by Alan Hannah on my wedding day.  It flattered my skin tone better than the diamond white or ivory options and just felt special.  Colour isn’t for everyone, but this is one trend that I just love.  I can even remember when Gwen Stefani did it first and rocked the pink dip dye.  Classic couture.

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However, always one to lead the way, Vera Wang has gone one step further and unveiled a completely black bridal collection at New York Bridal Fashion Week.  Whilst The Daily Mail (who shared the story) explains that “Until Queen Victoria popularised the trend for white when she wore the shade for her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840, many brides – including royals – had worn gowns in a variety of hues [including black]”, I’m not sure what to think!  My first thoughts were that she was just in time for Halloween, but when I looked a little closer, I kinda fell in love. 

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To do black bridal with aplomb, I think it will always need to be couture.  The beauty in these dresses is all in the layering of black on a peep of nude, the precise structures and the gorgeous fabrics.  Where a pale colour way might have meant that intricacies in the design were bleached out, the flat black colour means that the stunning workmanship can really be seen.  Very, very, clever and very, very couture. 

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Ms Wang knows exactly what she is doing, but if you love this look – I urge caution, as I worry that a cheaper imitation might not cut it and you might end up looking more Scottish Widow than Blushing Bride.

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What do you think?

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Let me know where you stand on the trend for colour and especially these black gowns?  Leave a comment with your thoughts.

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One Stylish Mother…In Ivory!

October 16th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It was my Mum’s birthday yesterday!  Happy Birthday Mum!  This very special occasion got me to thinking that it’s high time I give a little air time to the lady whose big day this really is… your Mum.  If you have been planning your wedding since you were five, you can bet she’s been planning it since the day dot. 

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Today, it’s all about style in the front row of the aisle, with a selection of high street and designer pieces in ivory to make your mummy feel very very yummy.  All she will need is a huge hat and she’s rocking. 

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As always, I’ve made the shopping part easy.  Click the links below to go straight to the online stores.  Just don’t let your Dad see the credit card bill.

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Have a lovely Sunday evening Brides Up North !

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Tori Lace Dress by Coast £145

Jocasta Dress by Coast £175

Botany Dress by Hobbs £129

Bloom Jacket by Hobbs £134

Spot Sequin Dress by Jaeger £199

Sheer Floral Cinderella Dress by Chesca via John Lewis £195

Blonde Fringed Dress by Phase Eight via John Lewis £98

Illusion Cut Out Shoulders Dress by Michael Kors via Harvey Nichols £855

Colour Block Pencil Dress by Karen Millen £175

10 Python Printed Dress by Chloe via Harrods £3,250

11 Belted Dress by Milly via Selfridges £390

12 Solenn Dress by Diane Von Furstenberg via Selfridges £540

13 Leticia Dress by Malene Birger via Selfridges £510

14 Eliana Faux Fur Cover Up by Coast £75

15 Ida Long Tassel Necklace by Reiss £79

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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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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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What To Wear To A Wedding: Black Tie

May 28th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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As a wedding blogger, I was expecting to chat to lots of brides to be, but I have also had a number of emails recently from wedding guests.  The topic could be anything from wedding gift ideas to bringing your baby protocol to plus one panics, but one theme that comes up time and time again is that age old what to wear conundrum.

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I thought that I would help out the sartorially challenged amongst us by creating a series of posts to guide you through the fashion minefield that attending a wedding can be.  First up, a swanky black tie wedding. 

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The first rule of dressing for a wedding is always do what it says on the tin – adhere to the dress code.  If you don’t, you will just annoy the bride and end up feeling silly.  This is a time to blend in, but with panache!

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If the invitation says black tie that means dinner jackets and dickie bows for the guys, long gowns for the girls.  Most importantly, your long gown should be any colour other than white, ivory, champagne or very pale pink. Show some sense woman!

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Here are two similar looks at two different budgets.  Sexy senorita!

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Biba Asymmetric One Shoulder Maxi Dress £171.00

Accessorise Large Red Rose Flower Clip £8

Dune Droplet £88

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Prabal Gurung Asymmetric silk-crepe gown £2,975

Gina heels £580

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Watch this blog space for more style hurdles neatly hopped, but feel free to contact me with specific queries in the meantime.  I love to chat!

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All prices were correct at the time of going to press. 

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High Street Honey: Karen Millen

May 22nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Perfect for if you are a wedding guest or as a choice for your bridesmaids or for your rehearsal dinner, Karen Millen hits a home run once again with it’s failsafe range of occasion dresses.  With a particularly strong collection of taupe, ivory and blue styles, Karen Millen is one to note.

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If in doubt, head for the high street.

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Like what you see?  Here’s the links to the online shop.  Yes, I’m not only a wedding blogger, but a total shopping facilitator.  I make no apologies.

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1  Draped and Ruched Dress £190

2  Fun Satin Bow Dress £140

3  Layered Hem Dress £140

4  Soft Frill Dress £190

5  Draped Satin Maxi Dress £295

6  Signature Stretch Satin Dress Blue £175

7  Signature Stretch Satin Dress Taupe £190

8  Tailored Lace Dress £210

9  Signature Stretch Satin Dress Red £175

10 One Shoulder Draped Dress £175

11  Satin Long Dress £295

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