May 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime
If you follow our social media feeds you’ll know that Team Brides Up North have been down in the smoke this week, checking out the latest collections from the British and International leading labels at White Gallery London, a trade and press event where all the big names in bridal reveal what your local bridal boutique is likely to be stocking and what you’ll be wearing down the aisle in the season to come.
More on that later, but meanwhile, one lady we were keen to catch up with this week was one of our very favourite dress designers and Brides Up North Headline Sponsor (and now personal friend), the fabulous Charlotte Balbier. This afternoon we’re fortunate once again to be bringing you a first look at her stunning new collection, Untamed Love.
Known in the industry for her pretty princess like dresses, Charlotte both surprises and delights us year on year with her girly, fun and fashionable designs that enable a bride to really reflect her individual style and personality.
Following on from her gorgeous Willa Rose collection and the incredibly stylish Balbier Separates range, we sensed we were in for a real treat with Charlotte’s 2017 designs – and ladies, we weren’t wrong! From the moment we set eyes on the first images of her totally dreamy Untamed Love collection, we were sold!
In true Balbier style, the new collection features exquisite back detail, fine fabrics and edgy separates, meaning there is an oh-so-pretty design in there for everyone!
The signature gown ‘Untamed Love’ is perhaps the biggest show stopper of them all as one of two floral print designs within the collection. Enough to make any bride fall head over heels, the delicate pattern is made up of soft, sugary sorbet tones of lilac, apricot, plum, pink and muted greens.
Charlotte’s love of playing with colour palettes is evident in the collection; as sitting alongside the traditional ivory hues are antique golds, silver pewters, apricot and, of course, Charlotte’s favourite blush and rose pinks shades.
And there’s no shortage of fabrics for brides to pick from either, with diverse designs in the finest quality tulle, silks, French laces, and rich Mikado. In addition, exclusive to Charlotte Balbier is the specially designed chiffon that is made in house.
Drawing on inspiration from Charlotte’s playful nature and free spirited style, Untamed Love is the creative vision of over 12 months of love and attention, making it the strongest collection to date.
charlotte says: A Charlotte Balbier bride is a free spirited feminine woman who is confident in both her fashion and bridal style. Expressing her unique individuality, personality and style through her Balbier gown.
The new Untamed Love collection celebrates all that encompasses a Balbier bride as well as who I am as a designer and as a woman. I think I dare to say I am the most excited about this new collection than I have ever have been over my 13 year career, I am in love.
May 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Back in March our wonderful sponsor and new talent to the wedding industry Rebecca Juliet Bridal, held a rather special launch event in the North West to showcase a range of beautiful bespoke wedding dresses, all handmade by designer Rebecca at her studio in the picturesque village of Chipping.
Calling upon some of her creative industry friends, Rebecca treated brides-to-be to an evening of bridal fashion, complete with fizz, cakes and chocolate, at the stunning Eaves Hall in Clitheroe.
Great fun was had by all as brides were given oodles of inspiration for every element of their wedding day.
For those that couldn’t make the event Rebecca is taking over the blog this afternoon to tell us how it all went whilst filling us in on her gorgeous debut collection and giving details on how brides-to-be can book an appointment at her studio to view the collection, or discuss a fully bespoke dress for something truly unique.
With images by Sarah Valentine Photography.
After months of planning, how did your launch event go?
rebecca says: It was a fantastic evening to celebrate the launch of my new business. Rebecca Juliet Bridal has been a dream of mine for many years and it was really emotional watching my dresses go down the runway to smiles and applause from our guests.
It was also a great opportunity to work with some other exceptionally talented local wedding experts; I felt honored that they had gathered to support me with my new venture and the Eaves Hall were the perfect hosts.
What did the event involve?
Upon arrival guests were given a lovely ribbon charm bracelet to wear and were welcomed by the mesmerising voice of Hannah Rose, an up and coming local musician, with beautiful mellow acoustic music that is ideal to underpin any wedding day. They were then spoiled with glasses of bubbly and delicious cake mini canapes from the award winning Lisa Marie Cakes as well as exquisite handmade chocolates from Bowland Chocolate Company.
The highlight of the evening was the catwalk where we showcased the debut collection; a blend of bohemian and chic to give a really fabulous and classy look for brides-to-be. The models looked amazing in the gowns, as they weaved through the guest tables having had a full makeover from Baie 16 using Jane Iredale products, a salon only range of beautiful make up.
They loved rocking up the runway to a great music selection from Total Entertainment Solutions, who managed all the sound and lighting for the event. After the show the models stayed in the dresses and mingled with our guests as Hannah continued to impress us with her stunning singing voice.
What other suppliers took part in the evening?
Eaves Hall hosted the event for me. This exclusive venue, which is part of the fabulous James’s Places group, was beautifully decorated with floral arches and stunning blossom tree table centre pieces by the very talented Felicity Farm Flowers.
The hall was further enhanced with show stopping blossom trees and huge vintage letters from Brides Little Helper, another award winning local supplier to give it a magical feeling akin to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Sarah Valentine Photography, a fine art photographer, mingled effortlessly and captured the memories of the evening beautifully for me.
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April 29th, 2016 | Julia Braime
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 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.
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!
To book an appointment with the team (£20 booking fee), please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
February 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime
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 email@example.com
Interested? Us too. We found out more…
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
January 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime
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
November 10th, 2015 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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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