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diary date: luella’s bridal pops up for the ultimate shopping experience

April 29th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Odile front bouquet detail

Odile

If you’re on the dress hunt gals (lets be honest, when are we ever NOT on the dress hunt?)… clear your diaries!

Luella’s Bridal, a unique bridal boutique based in the heart of Wimbledon Village, London, will be taking their entire collection of bridal dresses and accessories on tour and heading Up North to Nottingham from 19th to 22nd May 2016.

Luella's Pop Up

Luella’s is recognised for its mix of premium brands including Vicky Rowe, Rose & Delilah, Limor Rosen, Inbal Raviv and Kite & Butterfly.  Most of the dresses are exclusively available in the UK, enabling Luella’s to offer something truly different.

Lilliana front

Liliana

Sales manager Philippa whose home town is Nottingham and owner and founder Rachel will be inviting brides-to-be to try on their favourites from the collection including their own newly launched Luella’s Bridal collection.

phillipa says: I have been working with Rachel to take Luella’s on tour for some time now and we are excited to bring the Luella’s brand to Nottingham. We think that the brides will really love the uniqueness of the dresses we have to offer and our newly launched Luella’s Bridal collection will be a real hit with local Nottingham ladies.  If you quote Brides Up North when booking your appointment you will receive a free goodie bag and complementary glass of champagne!

Nuria Gold front top

Nuria

To book an appointment with the team (£20 booking fee), please email boutique@luellas.co.uk or call 020 8879 7744.

For further information head to the website at www.luellas.co.uk

Don’t forget if you mention Brides Up North you’ll receive a free goodie bag and glass of champagne! Cheers to that!

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diary dates: charlie brear & jesus peiro designer days at lovebird brides

February 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Lovebird Brides (c) Photography By Kathryn (12)

We adore Lovebird Brides and their perfectly curated selection of designer gowns.  If you haven’t been to visit this beautifully bijou bridal boutique in Addingham yet, we’ve the perfect opportunity to pop an appointment in your diaries.  As well finding a wonderful wedding dress from some seriously luxe labels, you’ll feel so wonderfully girly after a trip to this little jewel of a boutique that you’ll be smiling all the way to the aisle.

Our friend and Brides Up North Sponsor Laura at Lovebird Brides will be hosting two designer days from some of our favourites over the next month, with a Jesus Peiro designer event on Saturday 27th February 2016 and a Charlie Brear designer event on Saturday 12th March 2016.

For one day only brides will have the opportunity to view and try a much bigger selection of gowns and bridal separates from each designer that Laura wouldn’t usually have in the boutique alongside Lovebird Brides’ own samples. There is also a 10% discount off all dress orders on the day.

Appointments are between 9am and 6pm with places being limited to one hour due to the popularity of these events. Brides will have exclusive use of the Boutique. Contact the boutique on 01943 839720 or email appointments@lovebirdbrides.com

Interested? Us too.  We found out more…

Lovebird Brides (c) Photography By Kathryn (3)

Tell us a little about the Jesus Peiro and Charlie Brear collections?

laura says: Designed and handmade in Barcelona, Jesus Peiro’s creations are a step in front in terms of bridal fashion. The cut of these gowns creates a statement silhouette for a bride who is looking for a dress of exceptional quality made from the most luxurious fabrics.

Charlie Brear’s collection features the most exquisite gowns and additions perfect for the bride who is trying to steer away from the more traditional styles and create a bespoke bridal look.Handmade in London, this designer uses the most amazing fabrics to create a truly beautiful bridal collection.

Designer Days at Lovebird Bridal Boutique

Any particular favourites or stand out pieces within the collections for you personally?

From the Jesus Peiro collection my favourite has to be the 6000 or ‘the bow dress’, as I like to call it. The unique cut of this dress, the halter neck, higher neckline and the full skirt make it a real showstopper – and the pockets just make it super cool! I adore Charlie Brear’s Aubrey top and Augustine skirt with a washed satin sash, the lace sleeves, buttons and the tulle attachment on the top make this piece so unique.

Lovebird Brides (c) Photography By Kathryn (1)

What is the price range of the Jesus Peiro and the Charlie Brear dresses that you stock?

Jesus Peiro start at around £1500 up to £3000 and Charlie Brear start at around £1300 up to £3000.

What are you looking forward to most about the designer day events?

The boutique will be full of the most amazing gowns by our designers. We are looking forward to meeting lots of brides to be and helping them find their dream dress.

Lovebird Brides (c) Photography By Kathryn (38)

Do you have any advice for brides-to-be attending the designer days? Is there any research they should do in advance?

Brides who book an appointment at a designer event are there because they know that they particularly love that designer. Dresses that are loaned for the designer day cannot be ordered after the event and the 10% off applies to the event only.

How do ladies go about booking an appointment for the events?

Contact the boutique on 01943 839720 or email appointments@lovebirdbrides.com

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friday fabulous!

January 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Needle & Thread

Gowns and separates so lovely (and easy on the budget) that we were tempted to keep them as our little secret.

Voluminous Tulle Skirt, Needle & Thread (Debut Bridal Collection) £150

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autumnal allure: a boho wedding shoot in sheffield’s botanical gardens

November 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime

An Autumnal Boho Styled Shoot by Key Reflections for KMR Bespoke Bridal(11)

We’ve spoken before on the blog about our love for autumn, and so when this dreamy styled shoot inspired by the season fell into our inbox, we just knew we had to share it you, our lovely readers.

Put together by a very talented bunch of Sheffield wedding suppliers at the city’s Botanical Gardens, the theme and concept behind the images was simply to inspire brides who would like a rustic bohemian themed wedding. Having been totally captivated by the images below we’d say they’ve easily achieved their goal.

To tell you more about the team work and styling that went into creating the shoot, we’ll hand over to Kelly Marie Redhead, of KMR Bespoke Bridal, who supplied the stunning dresses and accessories seen in the images. Over to you Kelly…

With images by Key Reflections.

An Autumnal Boho Styled Shoot by Key Reflections for KMR Bespoke Bridal(57)

kelly says: Inspiration for the bohemian themed shoot came from the warm autumnal colours within the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Sheffield. We created two looks to provide inspiration for brides who desire a rustic bohemian themed wedding by shooting within the woods to create a ‘rustic picnic’ and shooting within the beautiful conservatories and gardens to give a true ‘bohemian’ feel.

For the picnic setting, set stylist Julia Jeckell, created a rustic feel using old wooden crates for the picnic table and old canvas sacks and cushions for seating. The picnic table was styled with a delicious selection of outdoor picnic food – fresh French bread and cheese, red wine and autumnal fruits in shades of burnt oranges and reds. The finishing touches were made with candles in old jam jars, pine cones, rustic hearts, and props in reclaimed materials all sourced in Sheffield.

An Autumnal Boho Styled Shoot by Key Reflections for KMR Bespoke Bridal(7)

Hair and makeup inspiration for our shoot came from the rustic bohemian theme and autumnal colours. The makeup look was created by Sheffield based professional hair and makeup artist Julia Jeckell for our model, Hannah, with this in mind.

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eye candy: ian stuart runway rebel 2016

October 8th, 2015 | Julia Braime

CHIQUITA-BLUE-

Chiquita

While we love elegant and classic wedding gowns we also lust after designers that dare to push the boundaries by offering ladies something a little different to the norm with their imaginative bridal creations.

Perhaps one of the most daring (and talented) is British designer Ian Stuart, who never fails to impress with his theatrical and head-turning collections. As such, this morning on the blog we‘re sharing with you Mr Stuart’s latest collection, runway rebel, in all its beauty.

LUMIERE-ALINE

Lumiere

The most highly anticipated collection of the White Gallery 2016 catwalk, buyers and brides alike are always eager to see what the fearless designer has come up with next.

For the Runway Rebel collection, Ian focused his energy on designing for different body shapes, ages and personalities. In doing so, he created a collection that is diverse and versatile, giving every bride the opportunity to find her own style within the Ian Stuart label.

NEPTUNE_COAT

Neptune

Experimenting with softer fabrics and fluid silhouettes, Ian used his unique flair and couture construction to reach a different spirit of bride and – as the unprecedented ‘king of colour’ – he also introduced stunning softer shades of silver, pink and taupe.

ROCOCO-IV

Rococo

The result is a gutsy and glamorous collection featuring four stand out themes: Ian Stuart Signature Style – textured, playful and dramatic; Sexy and Statuesque – figure hugging with plunging lines and dynamic silhouettes; Romantic and Regal – fairy tale ball gowns, exquisite laces and glittering touches and Fashionista Glamour – modern, unconventional and daring.

STORM-IVORY

Storm

Commenting on Runway Rebel, the Ian Stuart design house says: “Adversary to ‘plain and commercial’, Ian is as rebellious in his own nature as he is in his approach to designing bridal wear. He dares to break rules and take risks while keeping the traditional essential beauty of a wedding gown. Runway Rebel pays homage to Ian’s intrinsic values of design, as well as the attitude of the daring modern bride who chooses to wear his creations.”

WANDERLUST

Wanderlust

“Runway Rebel is an uplifting celebration, an ode to life and the freedom to be expressive, creative and rebellious in it.”

Amen!

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look book: a cut above

April 17th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Hayley Paige HP6450

Hayley Paige – HP6450

If we said cut-out wedding dress to you there’s a good chance horrifying thoughts of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding would spring to mind. But fear not, the type of dresses we’re referring to in today’s look book post are oh-so-elegant designs that reveal just the right amount of flesh and are set to be one of the biggest bridal trends on the 2015 catwalks.

We’ve witnessed cut-out detailing on in the fashion world over the past year or so, and while some designs brought out the inner-Jordan (cue the revealing bodycon) others demonstrate how baring just a little skin can be both sexy & sophisticated.

Reem Acra (2)

Reem Acra

In bridal wear designers are using cut-out detailing in numerous different ways to create dresses with graceful peek-a-boo charm. This means brides can choose which part of their figure they wish to flaunt – whether it be their chest, shoulders or midriff.

Hayley Paige HP6513

Hayley Paige – HP6513

Dresses with keyhole detailing in the back have been popular for a while now though designers appear to be getting bolder with their creations by cutting away more fabric than before. Some have also chosen to lower the keyhole from the shoulder blade area down to the lower back, which is considered a more flirtatious area of the body to reveal. Braver still, designers such as Hayley Paige offer gowns that border on being completely backless. Pretty detailing in floral corsages and intricate embellishing ensure that such dresses remain tasteful rather than tarty.

Keyhole detailing has also crept around to the front of some dress designs to reveal a little of the chest area, or even a glimpse of cleavage. These designs suit small framed brides beautifully but perhaps larger-busted ladies should give them a swerve so not to shock their vicar.

Claire Pettibone Adagio

Claire Pettibone – Adagio

Elsewhere designers are using cut-out detailing by getting creative with straps for a high fashion look. Again, Hayley Paige offers some head-turning examples within her collections – HP6450 and HP6513 being standout designs.

Hayley Paige HP6463

Hayley Paige – HP6463

For body confident brides there are some incredibly striking gowns with cut out detailing in the bodice of the dress which expose areas of the waist, hips and stomach. Reem Acra and Badgley Mischka are particularly talented at producing such dresses.

The level of exposure varies from small slits or triangles in the side of the dress, which can help accentuate a bride’s curves, to fuller areas of the torso being revealed, which might require a fair few pre-wedding-day planks to pull off.

Claire Pettibone Rachel 9back)

Claire Pettibone – Rachel

If you like the idea of flashing a your midriff but don’t want to strip back to the bare skin, there are designs that use pretty sheer fabrics to create an illusion cut away for that extra bit of coverage. Those that would prefer to keep the cut-out detailing at the top of the dress can also take advantage of effective illusion designs adorned with pretty embellishing for that extra wow factor.

Reem Acra

Reem Acra

Read on for more gowns in our Gallery…

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