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eye candy. pronovias ‘once upon a time’ collection 2016

May 29th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

I absolutely adore my job, but I’ll admit it: after this short bank holiday week, I’m ready for another weekend.  Pronto.

We’re working hard behind the scenes on lots of new projects (all of which I know our readers will just love and some of which I hope to share with you very, very shortly) – and are about to press publish on my first issue as Editor of the luxury wedding magazine for the North, Unveiled (eek!) – but whilst it’s all super exciting at the moment, it also means long working hours at the computer, too much screen time, not nearly enough downtime and lots and lots and lots [...] of travel.

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

As I unpack and repack my suitcase for the third time this week, I don’t know if any of you are – like me – feeling in need of a little pick me up as we plough on into Friday afternoon, but I thought it might be the perfect opportunity for a cuppa, a Kit Kat and a bit of dress porn.

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Girls, it’s time for some eye candy of the most serious sort – hot off the catwalk at Barcelona Bridal Week (yep, we clocked up those air miles too!), I give you Pronoviasonce upon a time 2016 Collection.

Time to play spot the supermodel…

Knockout.

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Barcelona Bridal Week 2016

Visit our Gallery to see more…

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eye candy: amanda wyatt’s blue iris collection

January 8th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Adam Cowie - Client Magazine editorial

Alicia

First week back at work, neeeeeeeearly the weekend… I think we need a little eye candy, don’t you girls? Today, it’s time to twirl.  Let’s take a look at the pretty, classic designs of Brides Up North Sponsor, Amanda Wyatt, and her beautiful blue iris collection.

Shall we play a little dress up?

Adam Cowie - Client Magazine editorial

Celestine

amanda says: Iris was a Greek goddess and her name means the rainbow. In Greek legends and mythology she was the messenger of the gods, travelling to earth on a rainbow to deliver message of promise and hope.

Adam Cowie - Client Magazine editorial

Francesca

The Blue Iris collection from Amanda Wyatt comprises 30 enchanting gowns that bring ‘love to life’. Soft chiffons, French and Italian laces, fine tulle and rich satins are adorned with frosted pearly beading and embellished details in a soft colour palette of ivory, buttermilk and a hint of blush.

Adam Cowie - Client Magazine editorial

Blue Iris

Amanda Wyatt Collection

Adrianne

Visit this feature’s gallery to view the full collection, or find out more at Amanda Wyatt’s website.

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eye candy. So Sassi 2015

December 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime

So Sassi 2015 - Gabrielle Back CU

It’s Friday.  Got your cuppa in one hand, bacon buttie in the other?

Excellent.  Time for a bit of dress gazing

So Sassi 2015 - Paige & Jacket 1

This morning, we debut multi award-winning wedding gown designer Sassi Holford’s 2015 Collection of her esprit label, So Sassi. Perfect for the young, modern bride with a sense of fashion and her own style, So Sassi is the creation of a young design team working in a highly creative environment under Sassi’s expert tutelage.

So Sassi 2015 - Petula CU 1

So Sassi 2015 - Paige CU 1

So Sassi 2015 - Colette

sassi says: The collection features fresh, spirited dresses that combine exquisite silks and laces with contemporary twists – key hole backs, cut outs, sheer cap sleeves and ballerina length tulle. The dresses are handmade in our workrooms in Somerset and the collection retails from £1,100.

So Sassi 2015 - Kitty

Our young designers understand the exuberance and style of contemporary brides and that really comes across in the collection.  It’s attracted a great deal of interest from brides looking for dresses that express that sense of joie de vivre that makes a wedding day so special – and being ‘made in England’ has become a key element.

So Sassi 2015 - Arabella back CU

So Sassi 2015 - Willow 1

So Sassi 2015 - Maisie CU 1

For more, visit www.sosassi.so

For more gowns and dress details, see our gallery below.

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eye candy. a first look at BHDLN’s spring 2015 collection

December 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

BHLDN Preview

The lookbook has just landed, and I’ve shifted a few features around today to bring Brides Up North the first look at the highly anticipated spring 2015 collection from BHDLN. Those clever people behind Anthropologie really do know how to do pretty, pretty perfectly.

Here at Brides Up North, we’re desperate to play dress up. Anyone got a spare ticket to NYC?

Maelin Corset and Priya Skirt

bhldn say: The collection, launching January 6th, features 18 new gowns and a multitude of accessories that draw upon two distinct inspirational concepts: The Painted Garden and Bon Vivant.

Zaden Gown

Raquel Dress

Winnie Gown

Gowns inspired by The Painted Garden feature sheer elements like illusion necks and backs along with intricate back details, extra fine lace and voluminous trains while those of the Bon Vivant feature delicate beading, strategic draping, soft tailoring and eye-catching embroidery.

Marlowe Gown

Aria Gown

Angel Gown

When it comes to accessories, we see a focus on sheer fabric trims, mixed elements on sashes, freshwater pearl accents and dramatic moments created by long draping tulle on both sashes and halos. Other refined “drippy” pieces feature mixed metallics with fine embellishments along with both champagne and metallic pearls. Headpieces with carefully placed crystals have a structured and polished feel while luxurious fabrics like silk charmeuse bring an element of luminosity to sashes and clutches.

Tiered Petal Maxi

Wisteria Gown

Alhambra Gown

Amelie Gown

Beloved designers like Catherine Deane, Watters and Nicole Miller return with new styles that mirror the stars of previous collections while designers that are new to BHLDN like Rosa Clara, Something Blue Vancouver and Johanna Johnson bring a fresh take to the assortment.

For more details visit the BHLDN website, and if a quick hop over to New York City isn’t covered in the wedding budget, details of international shipping can be found here.

For individual gown names and more gorgeous frocks, check out our gallery. 

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eye candy. Suzanne Neville’s ‘Novello’ Collection 2015

October 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Suzanne Neville - Novello

Novello

Now, I’m a girl who loves her fashion.  And bridal fashion?  The best type there is.

As a result, one of the highlights of my year is always my annual pilgrimage to the capital every spring, to check out the newest collections from the big name bridal design houses as they debut their latest offerings to assembled trade and press visitors.

FROW.  It’s the only way to go (dahlings).

One of the most anticipated openings in my schedule is always the suzanne neville show at the historic Tower of London.  What this talented lady delivers with shape, structure and fabric is always delectable, and this season’s ‘Novello’ Collection for 2015 didn’t disappoint.

Suzanne Neville is known for creating elegant fashion forward gowns with a real wow factor. Every couture gown is beautifully hand cut and individually made in London, overseen by Suzanne herself. Frequently requested for red carpet events and television shows, the incredibly flattering dresses are always in demand.

I’m proud to share this beautiful selection of dresses with you today.  The images are a selection of official shots and my iPhone candids from my catwalk-side seat back in April.

Swishy gorgeous.

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Suzanne Neville say: Modern clean lines work in harmony with clever construction, in ultimate luxury fabrics with gowns such as the satin bias cut ‘Chelsea’ and the effortlessly chic ‘Brompton’.The detail is in the cut and the design, with fabrics sourced to compliment the fall of the gown in true Suzanne Neville style. Other highlights include gowns such as ‘Grosvenor’ with its classic silk organza skirt and contrasting French lace long sleeved bodice.

Suzanne Neville - Clarendon Suzanne Neville - Savoy

Savoy

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Suzanne Neville - Phoenix

Phoenix

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Suzanne Neville - Lexington

Lexington

Suzanne Neville - Grosvenor

Grosvenor

Suzanne Neville - Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia

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Suzanne Neville - Dominion

Dominion

Suzanne Neville - Clarendon photo 3

photo 2

Suzanne Neville - Chelsea

Chelsea

Suzanne Neville - Ballet

Ballet

Suzanne Neville - Apollo

Apollo

For more, and details of Suzanne Neville’s stockists, click here to visit the official site.  

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