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diary date: charlotte balbier trunk show at the little pearl bridal boutique

August 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon on the blog we’re thrilled to bring you details of an upcoming event that features not one, but two, of our fabulous Sponsors.

Between Thursday 1st and Sunday 4th September, the gorgeous Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, Yorkshire, will be hosting a Charlotte Balbier trunk show, so you ladies on the dress hunt book out a day in your diary asap!

The event will give brides-to-be the amazing opportunity to be among the first lucky ladies in Yorkshire to exclusively view and try on Charlotte Balbier’s brand new collection, ‘Untamed Love’ – which us girls here at Brides Up North HQ are totally head over heels for!

From exquisite back detail and fine fabrics to edgy separates and dreamy floral prints, this collection really does have an oh-so-pretty design for everyone, so our advice to you is to book an appointment for the trunk show, pronto!

Here to explain how to do just that, whilst telling us a little more about the Charlotte Balbier event and collection, is Little Pearl owner, the lovely Diana.

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Tell us what brides-to-be can expect from the Charlotte Balbier trunk show…

diana says: As the exclusive North Yorkshire stockist of Charlotte Balbier, we are very proud to be hosting this event. The boutique will be transformed into a haven of bridal beauty with statement florals and soft flowing ethereal gowns, there really is a style for everyone within Charlotte’s new collection. I’m so excited to see brides-to-be trying on the dresses and hearing their thoughts on the collection too.

No Little Pearl event is complete without a gorgeous goody bag for our visiting brides, plus pink fizz, cakes and £100 accessory voucher for brides that find their gown during the trunk show!

What type of bride would you say the new Charlotte Balbier collection appeals to?

Charlotte’s new collection is perfect for brides who love fashion and style, and who really want to express their personality through their gown. This collection brings some stunning fresh designs and styles to the bridal world that we just know our #pearlsgirls are going to fall totally in love with!

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Do you have any personal favourite designs from within the collection?

Luna is the ultimate in boho chic! Such a soft, romantic lace fabric and plunging neckline, she brings something unique to the boutique. It’s all about the florals for me too, so I cannot wait to see Untamed Love and Bloom gliding around the boutique at the event! We’ve had lots of requests about these gowns and I love that brides are wanting to push boundaries and go for a statement florals on their big day.

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Is there anything brides can do in advance to prepare for the trunk show?  

It will really help a bride if she has already tried on some different styles, and therefore has an idea of what she likes. Not to worry if they haven’t though as Charlotte’s collection has a range of styles, from fishtails to full skirted A-lines and more boho inspired designs – there’s something for everyone!

What are you looking forward to most about the event?

I love hosting events in the boutique and making appointments extra special for all of our visiting brides. It’s just the best feeling seeing lots of happy and excited ladies on their journey to finding their dream gown!

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How do brides-to-be make an appointment to attend the trunk show?

The trunk show will run from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th September, so ladies should get in touch quickly to book their exclusive appointment. Due to popular demand for these appointments, we request a £20 deposit, which is refunded to ladies as soon as they arrive for their appointment. Email diana@thelittlepearlbridalboutique.co.uk, or call the boutique on 01751 798080. Hope to see you there!

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an exclusive experience: felicity cooper flagship boutique

August 12th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This morning on the blog we’re thrilled to be giving you an exclusive look at the fabulous flagship boutique of our talented Sponsor, Felicity Cooper Bridal.

The stunning label was launched by designer Fiona Cooper back in 2010 and was initially stocked among other designers at The Wedding Boutique in Cheshire, owned by Fiona. Following an amazing response from brides, the Felicity Cooper name went from strength to strength and officially launched onto the international bridal buying platform at London Bridal Fashion Week in 2015.

In line with its popularity and success, Fiona has now relaunched, rebranded and refurbished her Cheshire boutique in the chic town of Knutsford, transforming it into the Felicity Cooper Flagship Boutique, stocking the label’s full collections and offering a bespoke designer service for those that desire a one-of-a-kind dream dress for their big day.

Here to give us a tour of the stunning flagship boutique is the leading lady herself…

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Tell us about the location of Felicity Cooper Flagship Boutique and how you first came to set it up?

fiona says: The flagship boutique is on King Street in the historic town of Knutsford. Having opened The Wedding Boutique in 2008 and stocking my own collections from early on, relaunching as the flagship boutique for Felicity Cooper seamed the natural progression.

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Why did you decide to solely stock Felicity Cooper dress designs at the boutique and how has the store changed since the relaunch?

Felicity Cooper had become the biggest selling brand in the boutique, largely because we could offer the bespoke service, our designs always stood out and brides just loved them. The relaunch has meant a rebrand and refurbishment of the boutique. The feedback so far from brides and their guests has been fantastic.

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Tell us about the look and the feel of the boutique?

The interior design of the flagship boutique remains true to our vintage styling and design but has a modern geometric twist. It’s sleek, clean and a little bit quirky.

Does the boutique stock both the 2016 and 2017 Felicity Cooper collections?

Yes the flagship boutique stocks all the Felicity Cooper designs from all collections. The 2016 First Love collection has a slightly more traditional feel to it whereas the 2017 Natural Soul collection pushes the boundaries a little, with stunning embroidery and cotton laces. We tried to make sure that over all the collections there is something for every style of bride.

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For brides wanting a totally unique dress you also offer a bespoke designer service at Felicity Cooper Flagship Boutique. Can you tell us about the process of having a dress specially made?

At a bespoke appointment the bride will come in and initially have an appointment similar to any other bride. We will discuss the wedding, find out the bride’s like and dislikes. Look at the different shapes and fabrics. It’s once the bride has confirmed the shape that we start to get into more detail, researching the right fabric. We then build the dress gradually to ensure the bride is happy along the way. This does mean the bride would have to have two to three more fittings than a bride choosing a dress from the current collection. But it is a great way to create a totally original dress just for the individual.

What is it you love about designing a bespoke gown?

Every bride is totally different and I love bringing their thoughts and ideas to reality. Getting to know them more with the number of visits and all the bespoke brides leave genuine friends.

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diary date: limor rosen 2017 wedding dress preview event at luella’s bridal

August 11th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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It’s time to get those diaries out again ladies as we’ve got details of an exclusive preview event that you won’t want to miss out on.

A must for those of you currently on the dress hunt, our fabulous Sponsor Luella’s Bridal, will be taking delivery of the latest gowns from amazing designer Limor Rosen for a unique preview of the entire Birds of Paradise Collection, which is guaranteed to send you weak at the knees.

Based in the heart of Wimbledon Village, London, those making the trip to the gorgeous boutique for the event, which takes place between 27th and 28th August, can expect champagne, discounts and expert advice in the search for that one special dress.

The Birds of Paradise collection incorporates soft, slender silk tulles with polished and fine beaded lace to create feminine, romantic silhouettes, providing plenty of swoon-worthy options for brides-to-be to pick from.

To tell us more about the exciting event and how to make an appointment to attend, we’re welcoming Luella’s Bridal founder Rachel Attwell to the blog…

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Can you tell us a little about the upcoming Limor Rosen Wedding Dress Preview Event?

rachel says: The three-day event will be the only time that the entire Limor Rosen Birds of Paradise Collection is going to be available to view in the UK. Girls will be invited to the store to enjoy a glass of champagne with their friends or family, whilst trying on this amazing selection of dresses.

What are the main benefits of such an event for brides?

Following the event we will select a few designs to have in the store but we definitely won’t be stocking all of them and our samples won’t be arriving in store until later on in the autumn. This means that if brides are planning a wedding next spring they would need to order at the event to be able to get a dress in time. Without the preview event they simply wouldn’t have the option of ordering the dresses in time or trying on such a selection.

Will there be any special treats at the event?

Absolutely. There will be champagne and a 10% discount off any of the new collection dresses as long as the order is placed during the event.

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What type of bride is a Limor Rosen bride?

Limor’s designs appeal to all sorts of brides because of the really flattering fit and the variety of designs in her collections. There is a trend for brides to choose an Israeli style dress at the moment but some of these designs can be quite revealing. Limor seems to have got the perfect balance between creating designs that show off a bride’s silhouette whilst remaining modest, which can be very important for those getting married in a church. Her designs are also the perfect mix of modern and traditional, which is another reason that they appeal to so many brides.

What sizes are the Birds of Paradise designs available in and what is the price range of the collection?

The dresses available in sizes 6 to 18, however ladies will only be able to try on in the sample size at the event. All of the dresses are made to order so we take each brides measurements and then work out the closest possible size. The price range of these dresses is from £3,900 – £5,400 with 10% off if you place your order at the event.

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Do you have any advice for brides-to-be on any preparation that they can do prior to attending the event?

I think it’s really important that girls have a good look at all of the designs before they book their appointment to see if they are the sort of styles that they are looking for. Having said that you never really know what a dress is going to look like until you try it on, so it might still be worth coming for a look even if you are a bit unsure whether the designs will suit you or not. As we have previously mentioned, we anticipate that most brides will be making a decision on the day due to time restrictions so we would definitely suggest trying on other styles in other shops first just so that you can feel confident and happy with the choice you are making.

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

They can call us on 020 88797744 or email us at appointments@luellas.co.uk but they will have to be quick because the appointments are filling up fast!

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walk this way: introducing charlotte mills bridal shoes

June 15th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Prepare to fall head over heels in love (and reach for your credit card) ladies, as we welcome Brides Up North Sponsor, and true Northern gal, Charlotte Mills, to the blog.

For those of you who’ve not come across Charlotte before, this uber-talented lady creates to-die-for bridal shoes that are fashionable, girly and fun. From first setting eyes on her swoon-worthy designs we knew Charlotte would go far with brides unable to resist her super gorgeous heels.

What we love most about Charlotte’s collections is the versatility within; from high stilettoes that wrap around the leg, to cute flats detailed with hearts and stunning block glitter heels, there really is something for all – better still these shoes can easily be worn well beyond he wedding day.

We could go on all day, but instead we thought best to let Charlotte tell you all about her fancy footwear, oh and her lovely new North West boutique too!

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Tell us a little about your background and how you came to be in the wedding industry?

charlotte says: For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to design shoes. I attended Cordwainers at London College of Fashion where I gained my BA in footwear design. I knew I wanted to create my own brand after designing a bridal footwear range for my final year show. This is where the dream began. After university I worked as a footwear design manager for a variety of UK brands until I felt the time was right to launch the Charlotte Mills brand in April 2014.

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What is it about bridal shoes that you love?

It amazing to be able to design something which someone will love and want to wear on their wedding day to show a little bit of their personality. I find this really inspiring.

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How would you describe the style of your collections and designs?

Fun yet stylish shoes, which stand out from the crowd.

What would you say is important in the design of bridal footwear?

I want to create something different to what is already on the market, brides should fall in love with their wedding shoes and not just settle. I find that creating styles which are fashion forward is important. I want brides to be able to wear their shoes again after their wedding day.

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fashion-forward flair: introducing felicity cooper bridal

June 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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If you’re still on the hunt for that one perfect dress for your wedding day, this afternoon’s post may be of extra interest as we introduce new Brides Up North Sponsor, Felicity Cooper Bridal, to the blog.

Set up by talented designer and boutique owner Fiona Cooper in 2010, the stunning brand has gone from strength-to-strength and is now stocked at select dress shops in the UK and Europe, with Fiona’s own shop, The Wedding Boutique, in Cheshire, being the Flagship store for Felicity Cooper.

Dress designs are created with brides’ requests in mind resulting in fashion forward gowns that are guaranteed to turn heads. From dreamy lace Boho designs to elegant silk chiffon gowns, ladies making a decision on just one could be tricky!

Here to fill us in on all the details of the beautiful brand is the creator herself…

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When and why did you first set up Felicity Cooper Bridal and what is your background in the fashion and bridal industry?

fiona says: I opened The Wedding Boutique Cheshire back in 2008. From listening to brides’ like and dislikes we decided to create a bridal label that would fill the gap we had in the boutique. This went from strength to strength and in early 2016 we made the decision to relaunch The Wedding Boutique as the flagship store for Felicity Cooper.

What type of bride is a Felicity Cooper bride?

A Felicity Cooper bride ultimately wants to have fun; she’s relaxed and fashion forward, she wants to stand out from the crowd through flair not fuss.

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How would you describe the look and feel of Felicity Cooper designs?

Both First Love and the 2017 Natural Soul collections have an emphasis on fabric and cuts, flowing lines and low back detail. The new collection is bringing more embellishment and beading with a hint of colour.

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pastels & paper. charlotte balbier for a stylish wedding in liverpool – zoe & shaun

June 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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If you’re looking for inspiration for a fun city centre celebration then you might want to take note of today’s real wedding, which took place in Liverpool.

Opting for a church ceremony and restaurant reception, Zoë and Shaun’s big day had both traditional and modern influences. There are so many elements to it that we love, including the city bus tour, pastel colour scheme, personal stationery, live entertainment and Zoë’s stunning Charlote Balbier gown!

All in all a very enjoyable and relaxed big day!

With images by Ruth Atkinson Photography.

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zoe says: We got engaged a couple of weeks before Christmas in 2013, when we hosted a party for our friends. Once it was suggested that we did Secret Santa at the party, Shaun’s plan came together. It was engineered so that my present was last and after opening up a notebook with a message leading to a ring in the back, I looked up and Shaun was on one knee!

Our wedding was on Friday 25 March 2016, which was Good Friday. We chose the date as we were looking for a time in spring when everyone could come together so the long weekend seemed like the perfect time. We didn’t want to get married in summer as we were worried the British weather might not be up to scratch.

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We had our ceremony at Ullet Road Unitarian Church in Liverpool, before our reception at Oh Me Oh My, a venue on the waterfront in town.

We chose the church because, aside from being completely beautiful, the Minister was very open-minded about our ceremony and allowed us to have the relaxed service that we wanted, with secular readings and our own choir. The church also had beautiful cloisters and library where we were able to hold a drinks reception after the ceremony. We chose Oh Me Oh My for the reception as it is a stunning former bank serving amazing food and with a roof terrace that has the best view of the Liver Building you can possibly get.

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We didn’t have a theme as such; we tended to pick elements we liked and everything fell into place. We ended up hand-making lots of elements, such as signs, table decorations, favours, all of the stationery and one thousand paper cranes. We didn’t necessarily set out to make so much ourselves but since Shaun is a designer, it made good sense.

We chose a fresh a spring colour palate, mostly pastel yellow and grey with a splash of blue and white. However we weren’t too strict with this so we could incorporate other accent colours where we wanted to.

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