June 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime
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…
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.
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.
March 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
One of our very favourite parts of our job is getting to see designer’s new wedding collections before they’re launched to the masses – and it’s even better when we get to share a sneaky first look with our lovely readers too!
Today is one such occasion when we’re giving you a fabulous first glimpse of hot-off-the-sketch-pad designs as we introduce the brand new she walks with beautycollection by Amanda Wyatt.
A leading name in British bridal for more than 20 years, this forward thinking, design-led fashion house year on year delivers beautiful wedding gowns that we know our readers love. And Amanda’s 2017 collection, we think you will all agree, is no different with beautiful dresses to suit differing figures, tastes and styles.
Drawing on inspiration from old Hollywood glamour, the She Walks with Beauty collection celebrates the Golden age of fashion, featuring an array of breath taking gowns that oozes glamour and grace, which demand to be adored.
Daring cut-away back detail with bejewelled accents for the red carpet styled bride sit alongside graceful and alluring romantic gowns in Amanda’s signature chiffon.
The 2017 colour palette includes dove grey, blush pinks, champagne and rich ivory shades, giving ladies the option to push traditional boundaries if they so wish.
Over 35 new gowns, all with attention to detail in illusion backs, sleeves, jewelled accents and beautiful buttons, make this Amanda’s most intricate and opulent collection to date.
The She Walks with Beauty collection is priced from £950 to £1,700 and will be available in boutiques from early spring onwards.
For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 18th, 2015 | Julia Braime
This morning on the wedding blog, it’s time for a bit of eye candy from one of our favourite new British luxury bridal design finds, andrea hawkes.
With a first class degree in Fashion Design, Andrea Hawkes set up her studio back in 2013 having worked for some of the most established British Bridal Designers in London.
From designing one off commissions she started to see a demand for a more simplistic approach to bridal design and the experience of searching for a wedding dress. This inspired her to design a collection of classic dress shapes using luxurious European fabrics such as Italian silks and French laces.
November 2nd, 2015 | Julia Braime
Earlier this year, we were proud to bring you a first look at designer Amanda Wyatt’s beautiful 2016 collection promises of love and now, we are excited to share the full range of gowns available for our readers to choose from Amanda’s fabulous stockist boutiques.
Girls, it’s like Christmas has come early at Brides Up North HQ! Let’s stop with the talking and play dress up already…
Promise – The beautiful signature gown of the Promises of Love collection. A delicate lace bodice decorated with seed pearls and beading enhances the beautiful 14 yards of chiffon trailing luxuriously down to the floor.
Aisla – The princess gown of the new collection is simply stunning in the colours silver blue with an ivory lace and tulle overlay. It’s a statement gown with the all out there bridal skirt.
Love – We’re in love with the Love dress! A gorgeous defined gown of matt pleated satin creates a beautiful silhouette for the bride and can be styled with beaded belts and jewels.
Audrey – A sweeping silk neck-line with fine beading falls into a beautiful v-neck back.
Ophelia – Accentuated with over 5,000 diamante and sequin beads to create some sparkle and detachable wide shoulders to become strapless gown, the Ophelia offers two different looks.
October 8th, 2015 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“Runway Rebel is an uplifting celebration, an ode to life and the freedom to be expressive, creative and rebellious in it.”
August 26th, 2015 | Julia Braime
You know we love charlotte balbier’s beautiful gowns, right? ^^^ Could we be more obvious?!
Well, if you hadn’t already guessed that we’re gaga for our friend and colleague Ms. Balbier’s beautiful work, look no further. After sharing some sneak peeks from Charlotte’s stunning Willa Rose collection for 2016, we’re back… and this time with the full – and extremely lovely – look book. Here, the designer talks us through each look in the collection.
Eyes down ladies, Wednesday afternoon just got interesting.
(…and very pretty).
charlotte says: The 2016 Charlotte Balbier, ‘Willa Rose’ collection captivates a bride’s imagination with bohemian free spirited designs to take my brides on a magical journey.
Willa Rose is the signature gown from the new collection. This dress features a soft flowing chiffon skirt with a delicate floral cotton lace bodice. This gown is the ultimate boho gown for the free spirited brides.
Alexandria is a beautiful lace off the shoulder gown with button detailing down the back. The lace top-half opens into beautiful A-line layers of chiffon giving the Alexandra a fabulous shape.
Aliona has been cut into a lovely deep-plunge neckline. The back of the gown is sheer with lace detailing flowing downwards into the main body of the skirt.
Amba is one of the collection’s super playful gowns. Layers of tulle plunge into a v-neckline at the front and the back. We love the sequin detailing around the waistline.
Beth embraces the boho free-spirited bride with gorgeous floral straps embellished with hand-cut flowers. The hand-cut flowers run through the whole gown, decorating a sheer lace back and around the lower back of the gown.
Camille is all about accentuating a bride’s decolletage with a striking Queen-Ann neckline. The diamond cut adds a further wow factor to the back of the gown with delicate buttons embellishing the silk full skirt.
Cara comprises stunning sequin patterns decorating a beautiful V-neck and short-sleeved dress. Silver and ivory sequin detailing runs right down the mermaid shaped skirt.
Erin is the figure-hugging gown halter-neck gown of the Willa Rose collection. The back is finished with a lovely art deco silver embellishment.
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