Charlotte Balbier

little flower. a bridesmaid launch by damigella d’onore

June 5th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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This Friday on the blog, its all about the little people. Brides Up North Exhibitor Elena of Damigella D’onore has relaunched her flower girl range for 2015 and shares it with us today in this special shoot by Joanne B Photography, starring their daughters Sienna and Grace.

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Elena has over 18 years of professional sewing experience behind her and now specialises in designing and making couture bridal wear. Mainly based in Yorkshire, she also covers the UK and has made dresses for clients from all over the world, including celebrities. Elena works closely with each individual client to create beautiful unique dresses using the flattering classic techniques of couture tailoring; which suit their individual style and perfectly complements each bride and their wedding day.

For her new flower girl range, Elena’s aim was to create a classic collection which would stand the test of time. All the dresses are handmade from the highest quality silk, using couture tailoring techniques; ensuring that the dresses are beautifully crafted and finished to a very high standard. Each dress can be enhanced to suit each individual girls taste, by the use of handmade silk or lace roses, bows, sashes or belts.

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elena says: Joanne’s daughter, Grace, modelled the dresses alongside my daughter Sienna. As soon as the girls met they got on so well, which made the day 100 times more fun. They couldn’t wait to try the dresses on and I think that you’d agree that they just made the cutest models that you’d ever seen.

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As a location for the shoot, we were hosted by the very lovely Nikki Nelson, who owns the stylish vintage Cakes d’ licious, a 1940’s themed, family run tearoom and cakery in York. Not only is it a fantastic tearoom, with a trendy retro décor, Nikki makes the most divine wedding cakes and afternoon teas, and boy they were yummy!

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Sienna & Grace’s hair was styled by Amy Jackson, a freelance hairstylist based in Leeds, who jumped at the chance to come and do the girls’ hair for us. Amy was fantastic with the girls, making them feel very comfortable whilst making their hair look gorgeous. I have never seen my daughter sit so still whilst having her hair done!

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There was no set theme for the day as the tearoom had a vintage feel to it, so we chose to the let the venue influence the shoot. Nikki set up a sweet little tea party for the girls, with sandwiches, cakes and orange juice served in a vintage teapot and tea set. The girls loved it! They were so happy having their lunch together.

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The shoot was enhanced by the beautiful flowers which were made by Allison from Wild Floral Couture. I have known Allison for a few years now and have worked together previously so when we thought of flowers I knew Allison would be the perfect person. She surpassed herself by making up the cutest prettiest little bouquets for the girls to hold. The colours of the flowers perfectly complimented the vintage cakes that Nikki made, and highlighted the dresses, bringing the shoot together beautifully.

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The girls had a fantastic day and loved posing in front of the camera. Joanne was amazing at directing the girls with such ease and confidence, which shows, through the fabulous images that we have. I am so pleased with the how the day went, everyone was happy and worked so well together. The dresses looked amazing on the girls, and the details really shone through. It was fantastic to see the girls looking so pretty, twirling round enjoying the moment, which is why I loved the day!

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high street honey: mini maids

August 19th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Jasmine - BHS

Jasmine at BHS

I’m 27 and I’ve never been a bridesmaid. I suppose this means I don’t have to worry about the ‘always a bridesmaid, never a bride’ saying, but when I was young (and now too really) I would have given anything to be one.

I remember visiting friends’ houses where their numerous redundant bridesmaid dresses had been demoted to the dressing-up box – which was as close as I got to actually fulfilling the role. I suppose it was similar to a scene from Muriel’s Wedding, but instead of trying on endless wedding gowns, I was diving into ex-bridesmaid dresses at any given opportunity.

Bailey Dress - Monsoon

Bailey at Monsoon

Veroniquea Dress - Monsoon

Veronique at Monsoon

Anyway, while I never got to be a miniature maid there are plenty of lucky tots that do get to don a pretty frock and follow a real bride down the aisle.

If you’re having young bridesmaids on your wedding day there are numerous adorable options to dress them in. Both designers and the high-street offer some truly ahh-worthy options, with Monsoon and BHS coming tops as our High Street Honeys for little fashionistas.

Pom Pom Dress - Monsoon

Pom Pom at Monsoon

Lydia Ballet - BHS

Lydia Ballet at BHSLilly Lace Dress - Monsoon

Lily by Monsoon

If you’re having a mix of different aged bridesmaids it’s worth remembering your adult bridesmaids don’t want to be wearing the same outfit as a knee-high maid, equally teens will want to feel grown-up and gorgeous, rather than wearing the same attire as their younger sibling or cousin. Therefore it’s often best for brides to pick contrasting outfits for their grown-up and toddler bridesmaids. For those who do prefer to match things up, there is always the option of selecting a child’s dress with a coordinating sash in the colour that your adult maids will be wearing.

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Friday Fabulous!

November 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Emmy

With Emmy Shoes’ new baby booties (with her trademark diamante on the sole!) even your flower girls can be well heeled. 

Start ‘em young!  Baby booties by Emmy Shoes, £60

Click here to read an interview with Emmy.  

 

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Flower Power!

July 9th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Add a dose of sunshine to your celebrations by rocking a fashion forward flower garland.  Perfect for the leading lady, guests, bridesmaids or even as funky favours.  Lucky for you, the high street is in full bloom!

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1  Accessorise Florence Flower Bando £8

2  Topshop Solid Flower Garland £14

3  Topshop Spike Flower Garland £14

4  Miss Selfridge Pastels Garland Headband £5

5  River Island Yellow Sunflower and Feather Headdress £18

6  Lou Lou Loves You White, Blue, Ivory Roses On Ribbon £23

7  ASOS Carnation Flower Headband £5.43

8  ASOS Pieces Nigella Flower Garland Wrap £4.75

9  ASOS Flower Hessian Headband £5.43

10 Johnny Loves Rosie Large Double Rose Headband £35

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Bloomin’ Gorgeous! A Real Wedding In The North East – Kelly & Anthony

May 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s beautiful Real Wedding, sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen Russell Photography and real bride Kelly is one of my favourite yet – the beautiful blooms, the cute bridesmaids with their flower garlands and ballet slippers and the bride’s beaming smile – but not least because it took place at one of my very favourite North East venues: the cool and quirky As You Like It in Jesmond.

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As You Like it was also the venue for the latest (and super fun!) Brides Up North Tweet Up networking event for the wedding industry, and you can see all those images here, but for today, it’s the setting for Kelly and Anthony’s really very special big day. 

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Kelly says: We got engaged after 10 years together on April Fools Day 2011, and it was after noon so it wasn’t an April Fools! We were married on 5th April 2012 at As You Like It, Jesmond. 

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We wanted somewhere informal, beautiful, with great food and service and as soon as we visited As You Like It we knew it was the place for us. It really exceeded our expectations

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We chose a vintage style country garden-ish theme! I didn’t want it to be too matchy matchy, I wanted mixed florals and a modern vintage style. 

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I got my dress from the last bridal shop I visited after I was nearly giving up all hope, I found it in Confetti in the Metro Centre. I loved it because of the lace overlay and the scalloped edge train.  .

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I was in love with my bouquet, we used Helen from Bels Flowers and we were just on the same wavelength, she totally got what was in my head and I was so happy with my bouquet, a massive bunch of peony roses with loads of other flowers mixed in. I’ve never seen a more amazing bouquet (but I admit I am biased!)

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My bridesmaids’ dresses were from Monsoon and they looked so perfect on the day, finished off by the beautiful fresh flower head garlands. I had two baby girls attend the wedding and got them the same dress so they were also part of the day.

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I loved saying our vows, when we picked them at home we didn’t say them out loud and then when we were there during the service saying out load in front of our family and friends they felt so special. There is nothing like that feeling of marrying your best friend and we were just overwhelmed with everyone making it such a good day with a happy joyful atmosphere, they are the things you can’t plan.

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I used Simply Bows and Chair Covers for the beautiful ivory chair bows and I got some lovely items from e-bay like Romeo and Juliet thank you gifts and an engraved pocket watch for our hard working best man. I visited second hand shops to get some beautiful crockery for Helen to fill with flowers to decorate the tables.

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My cake was a wedding present from my beautiful friend Andrea, it was stunning and tasted delicious, it had two fruit layers and a lemon layer and was finished off with a beautiful fresh flower posy from Helen.

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We used the As You Like It DJ Paul and I asked him to play a mix of soul, sixties, indie and Britpop. It was a huge success with the dance floor filled all night after our first dance, At Last by Etta James (because we love that song and it only took us 11 years to tie the knot).

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Honeymoon wise, we’ve got Bali to look forward to in July, which feels like forever away! We cant wait to escape and have some special time just the two of us in a magical place.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to underestimate how important good photography is, we were most nervous about this as we don’t enjoy having our photo taken, but Helen put us at ease and had fun with us and when we saw the photos we were both taken back to the special parts of your day that you can forget about as it really does go as fast as people say it does. Now we have those moments to treasure forever.

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Congratulations Kelly & Anthony!

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If you would like to share your Real Wedding on the wedding blog, contact me today. 

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Focus on Flower Girls: Monsoon

February 5th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Choosing the dresses for your tiny attendants can often be the most fun.  They want something huge, OTT, and aren’t bothered about whether their bum might look big.  The more sequins, the better.

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Indulge your little princesses and get down to Monsoon

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GiselleMonsoon Estella 

Flower Girl Giselle £46                                                            Flower Girl Estella £46

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Monsoon Bella Corsage Monsoon Bow Tie Marabou Ivory Cape

           Flower Girl Bella Corsage £48                                        Flower Girl Bow Tie Marabou Cape £22

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Monsoon Baby Gril Bella Ra Ra Monsoon Baby Girl Monaco Ivory

Baby Girl Bella Ra Ra £40                                                  Baby Girl Monaco £38

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Please buy the pink one – if only for the name!

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Monsoon Baby Girl Roses Monsoon Baby Girl Willow Dupion

    Baby Girl Roses £35                                                Baby Girl Willow Dupion £55

 

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Find more flower girl dresses, accessories, shoes and something for your page boys on the Monsoon website…

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