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friday fabulous!

September 5th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Alex Monroe

Looking for pretty alternative to traditional?

Get excited… I’ve got your hardware sorted.

Fine Twig Ring with diamond, £108, Alex Monroe

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Friday Fabulous!

March 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous River Island

Lovin’ it. Literally.

Cream heart drop earrings, £4 at River Island

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Friday Fabulous!

February 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Carat

Well, it is Valentine’s Day after all.

I love you too.

Heart Borderset Ring in Fancy Pink, £178 by Carat London

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Great Gatsby! Supplier Showcase: 1920’s Inspired Bridal Headpieces From Irene & Ozzie

January 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

My philosophy is very simple.  I want each bride to be excited about wearing their Irene and Ozzie piece on their wedding day. 

Today I’m very proud to introduce you to super talented Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma, the exquisite bridal jewellery designer behind the beautiful brand Irene & Ozzie, as she showcases her latest pieces in this stunning Great Gatsy inspired shoot. 

I have a feeling that hits to Emma’s website might be just a little up today!  And over you go

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us a little bit about yourself – the designer behind Irene & Ozzie?

My Name is Emma Gore,  I live in Chester with my husband Karl.  I’ve been a wedding jewellery designer for eight years.  Being a part of someone’s wedding day, however small, is to me a huge privilege. It adds meaning to my work. It’s the thought that ‘this piece is going to be treasured’. It will probably be folded carefully into the tissue paper and put away in the back of the wardrobe for safe keeping. Brought out, every year on an anniversary or maybe just the odd occasion when the bride is feeling nostalgic. What really makes me smile though, is the thought of a little girl trying on a headband I’ve designed, and saying ‘I love this mummy can I wear this on my wedding day?’.

Call me a hopeless romantic, go on its OK; I’ll admit it I am but this is why I design. People often say ‘wow, I just wouldn’t have the patience to do that’. Well, this is what motivates me and why I have the patience to make each piece perfect. Cheesy, yep absolutely, totally true, definitely (ask anyone I know).

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Tell us about Irene & Ozzie and how it all began?  Who are Irene & Ozzie?

Irene and Ozzie was previously called Frill.  I embarked on a full rebrand at the end of last year.  For me, one of my biggest inspirations were my grandparents Irene and Ozzie. They were two people who really lived up to their marriage vows. They were together through thick and thin, raised four children and only separated when death parted them. This is extremely inspirational to me. I hope my marriage is as successful.

They also separately helped spark my imagination and sowed the seeds for my career. My grandma would let me root through her jewellery box full of wondrously sparkly things and I would spend hours dressing up in all her finery. She also showed me how to sew. Having lived through the war, she was fantastic at anything like that.

Granddad would teach me how to make things in his shed. It didn’t really matter that I wasn’t a boy, he didn’t discriminate. Working with his hands was granddad’s passion. He loved his garden and I’m pretty sure he could make anything.

Between the two, they had a lot to do with my chosen career path and I wish they were alive, so I could tell them how much they inspired me. I will have to settle for naming my company after them. Here’s to you Irene and Ozzie.

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What bridal accessories are available to buy at Irene & Ozzie? 

We sell handmade, one of a kind headdresses and jewellery.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from so many different places, old movies, vintage stores, magazines.  Recently though I have to admit I have become mildly addicted to Pinterest. An online moodboard, why didn’t I think of that? I am a very visual person and I think this why it’s worked its way firmly into my life and business.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

What bridal accessory trends have been popular in 2013 and what trends do you see emerging in 2014 and beyond?

I think the 1920’s trend was starting to emerge towards the end of 2013 sparked by the film The Great Gatsby.  This trend will be around for 2014 with big dress designers bringing out their 20’s inspired dresses. I also think lace headbands, hair vines and blush colours are going to be popular in 2014.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

Original, unique designs made by someone who is passionate about each piece.

What is your current favourite piece and why? 

It’s very difficult to choose one but I do love my side headband called Holly in my new Gatsby range.  I love it because it’s a beautiful, sparkly, elegant nod to the 1920’s.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us about your bespoke service?

Our bespoke service allows brides to have a piece made specifically for them.  It can be an amendment to one of my designs, combining aspects of different designs that you like or having something made completely from scratch for you.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Can brides incorporate their sentimental jewellery into a piece? 

Absolutely. It’s actually one of the most rewarding parts of designing.  A bride will send me a piece of jewellery that means something to her and I will use the components in her unique piece.  This can be pretty much anything but I find strings of pearls or brooches are the most common items I am asked to use.  For me it’s very moving to think that the bride is going to be walking down the aisle wearing something that belonged to their loved one.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us about your tattoo covering designs?

I find that more and more women are looking for a pretty, unique way to cover up tattoos for their wedding day. Makeup can smudge and come off and doesn’t always look natural.   I work with the bride to produce a piece that will cover the tattoo and match the dress perfectly. My most common piece is an armband to cover the upper arm tattoo. 

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or find out more?

Visit my website at www.ireneandozzie.co.uk or find me on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter.  I can’t wait to hear from you.  

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

The photographer in this shoot is Holly Edwards.  She is extremely talented and would be a great choice for your wedding day. 

 

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Friday Fabulous!

November 22nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Coast

Chunky enough to be cool, pearly enough to be pretty.  Utter arm candy.

Pacha Peal Cuff by Coast £35

 

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Love In Technicolor: Vintage Lace & Sparkles For A Rainbow Real Wedding At Woodhill Hall, Northumberland – Lina & Andrew

August 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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We’re celebrating Sunday on Brides Up North today with this gorgeous rainbow wedding sent to me by real bride Lina and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jamie Penfold Photography.  It’s at Brides Up North dream venue Woodhill Hall in Northumberland, and Lina and husband Andrew certainly made the most of this stunning boutique venue’s colourful and quirky charm.

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Lina says:  Andrew asked me to marry him at  The Alnwick Garden in July 2011, and we were married on 25th May 2013 at Woodhill Hall, Otterburn, Northumberland. 

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We chose Woodhill Hall because it was so beautiful. The fact we could have a lot of people staying at the venue for the Saturday was great and Corinne who owns the venue is amazing. We love everything about it!

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We wanted a vintage inspired, very relaxed day.  The main colour at first was yellow but then we started adding more and more colour. It got a little out of control!

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At first for my wedding dress I wanted something very plain… but then when I met the Y.A.P Bridal team they found me something perfect. It was a fitted vintage style lace wedding dress with little sparkles. 

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My pretty bridal jewellery was by Sareli, another local North East company (and a Brides Up North Featured Supplier). 

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We always knew what we wanted suits-wise (ours were from Slaters) but we couldn’t find any ties we liked. We came across a new company; Pangaea, who made us some custom ties which had stripes on the back: ‘business up front…party at the back’. 

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I carried sunflowers, ranunculus, peonies, feverfew daisies, craspedia, gelder rose, stocks and veronica supplied by Hannah at Wildflower Florist in Northumberland. 

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We stayed at the venue over the weekend from the Friday so we didn’t need transportation.

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The ceremony was both our favourite part of the wedding. It was very informal and everyone really enjoyed it.

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Our wedding cake had Lemon sponge on the bottom, victoria sponge in the middle and cookies and crème on the top. Yum!  It was made for us by Isabelle & Richard at The Designer Cake Company. 

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We made a donation to a charity called ‘Josies Dragonfly’ The aim of Josie’s Dragonfly Trust is to brighten the lives of children & young people living with cancer. We had dragonfly pin badges for everyone (supplied by the charity) with lollypops and vintage disposable cameras.

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Our rainbow chair covers and bows were supplied by Janine at Simply Bows & Chair Covers. 

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We had birds of prey displays from Falconry Days and a photo booth from Snaparazzi on the night. We also had two bands; one for the daytime and one for the night which both were amazing – they were the Zoe Gilby Trio and The Dean Solomon Band

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After the wedding we honeymooned in New York. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that it’s one day – so no matter what goes wrong, just shrug it off and enjoy yourselves

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Congratulations Lina & Andrew!

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Would you like to see your own Real Wedding on Brides Up North?  Here’s how

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Heaven Sent. The Designer Series: Nymphi Bridal

August 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Rchive Photography for Nymphi Bridal

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A recent discovery of mine this year at White Gallery London (and a very lovely one at that), Nymphi produce and hand make bridal accessories including veils, intricate lace caps, floral and flapper inspired head pieces, detailed sparkly sashes, cuffs, collars, head and shoulder pieces.  Their latest collection is designed for a woman who knows what she wants, who is fashion aware but not bound to follow it; she knows her own personal style.

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Sound like anyone you know, Brides Up North?

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Images by Rchive Photography

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Rchive Photography for Nymphi Bridal

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Nymphi say:  You never really need to search for inspiration, inspiration finds you. This may have something to do with where the company is based. With rugged mountains cascading down to crystal seas and the traditions and mythology of the ancient Greeks, a simple glimpse out of the window or a historic tale from an old friend can and does bring inspiration every day.

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Rchive Photography for Nymphi Bridal

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Rchive Photography for Nymphi Bridal

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The 2014 collection, which pays homage to women of the 1920’s and 1930’s and their daring style choices, as well as the romantic, bohemian spirit of the hippies, uses a lot of French cotton lace which is a favourite of ours at the moment and we love to use it in unusual ways.

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Rchive Photography for Nymphi Bridal

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The Nymphi 2014 collection has such a variety of styles there is something to go with almost any gown. Many pieces compliment a more classic look whilst others are for those who prefer a vintage style and of course there are a few pieces for those who would like to be a little more ‘edgy’.  With the feel of the 1920’s and 1960’s the loose-haired bohemian, natural makeup and vintage 1920’s hair and makeup styles will look fabulous with many of our pieces and whilst many others would suit the classic bridal bun.

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Rchive Photography for Nymphi Bridal

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Our main signature pieces are our Juliet and veil caps as they have a very distinctive Nymphi style and we love creating them. Our new range of shoulder pieces are also fast becoming something that Nymphi is well known for, as they allow brides to turn a dress into the one they dreamt of by adding the desired feel to the neckline.

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Naming our pieces is easy, we look at the piece and what it says to us and then we look to the past and the legends of the ancient Greeks and the name just speaks to us.

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Rchive Photography for Nymphi Bridal

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Rchive Photography for Nymphi Bridal

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Nymphi is mainly a wholesale company, but we really enjoy creating that special piece for someone who is specifically looking for something different and therefore we are happy to offer a bespoke service.  Nymphi retails from around £30 for one of our cuffs, for example, but can go up to more than £1,000 if you wish to have a cathedral length silk veil; the collection is very diverse.

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Rchive Photography for Nymphi Bridal

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Nymphi pieces are quite different from other accessories because designer, Varvara Dimitrea, likes to create things that have never been seen before, using material in ways that are unpredictable and this gives a distinctive style to all Nymphi pieces.

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Rchive Photography for Nymphi Bridal

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Varvara’s journey to her love of design was not the conventional route. Born into an artistic Greek family and raised in Chicago in a culturally and socially infused environment, her life has been heavily influenced by both the multicultural urban setting of the city she grew up in and the rugged Mani Region of Southern Greece where her family originated from and where she eventually settled.

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Varvara, like all members of her family, has a very artistic soul and found freedom in creating semi-precious jewellery. After creating a custom piece for a close friend that was getting married, a friend suggested to her that she should make bridal accessories. She quickly realised that this was her calling and Nymphi Bridal was created.

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Nymphi’s philosophy is to enjoy everything that we do and love everything that we create, and as such every day at Nymphi is a joy. Our work is our passion, our love and our life – everything we ever dreamt of.

We don’t consider Nymphi as work, for us it’s life and we love it! Our plan for the future is to grow the company and spread our Nymphi wings worldwide.

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The best things in life for us are our family and friends who support and guide us every day and for who we are grateful and thankful. Secondly, we get to wake up every morning and do something that we love to do with people we love to work with – and when you really can’t ask for much more – we get to do all this in a place that is so beautiful it’s a daily inspiration.

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Rchive Photography for Nymphi Bridal

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Brides up North readers can find many of Nymphi’s pieces on their website www.nymphidesign.com and can follow them for daily fun on both facebook and twitter

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You can find a full list of Nymphi stockists here, including with my good friend Hayley at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

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Supplier Showcase: By Gina Jewellery In A Styled Bridal Shoot At Woodhill Hall, Northumberland

May 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Wahey!  Friday’s only gone and bloomin’ landed!  Why is it that the week following a Bank Holiday always seems longer (and busier!) than ever?

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I’ll be collapsing in an event planning induced stupor – did you know it’s our last luxury wedding exhibition of the season next Sunday at Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall (finishing with flair – click here for all the details!) – but whatever your plans for the weekend (anyone getting wed? hands up!) I hope it’s filled with glamour and glitter, just like this cute and colourful little styled shoot by Brides Up North Featured Supplier By Gina Jewellery to show off her handmade twinkly things. 

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With some help from some of my very favourite Featured Suppliers and North East wedding industry friends, the result is a little pop of sparkle to start your Friday off beautifully!

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Gina says:  I organised the shoot to showcase my jewellery but also the amazing venue Woodhill Hall, which hadn’t been used in a photo shoot before. I wanted to do something a little different from the usual head and shoulder shots of jewellery so hunted all over Pinterest for some inspiration and to show Phil Smith Photography the sort of style I was looking for. Luckily, Phil and I have very similar ideas of what works and he came up with some more excellent ideas. I loved the quirkiness of Woodhill and wanted to use their wallpaper and scenic views in the shoot. I have seen so many ‘vintage’ shoots about that I wanted to use the jewellery as a focus rather than a specific style.

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The day was excellent.!  We had been forecast for rain all day but when we got up to Otterburn the sun was shining but it was blowing a gale! Phil and I had a walk around the venue and discussed shots and locations and a few extra ideas we had for getting some excellent shots. There aren’t a lot of stairs at Woodhill, but when  you run up and down them at least 50 times an hour it seems likes there are a lot more!

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Phil and I were both very keen to get some shots on a sofa outside… the only problem being the sofa was brand new, the walls had just been painted and papered and the doorframe didn’t have an inch spare! After a lot of debate the sofa went outdoors and we prayed that the heavens didn’t open we were lucky and the shots were so worth it!

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Since the photo shoot, we have had a bit of news. My other half accepted a promotion meaning we will be moving to Colchester in August. I will still be making and selling jewellery and the great news is that AJ Bridalwear in Newburn is now a stockist of my jewellery, so I will still have jewellery in the North East! I’m going to miss it up here, but I will be up every month or so and so will be able to keep up with what is happening in the region. 

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Phil Smith Photography has a reputation for creating stunning yet personal images, he undoubtedly tells the story of every wedding. With eight years experience as a head photographer for the UK’s biggest portrait brand, Phil has the ability to engage and create genuine expressions within seconds. It’s with this experience, whether you’re someone who hates their photograph been taken or enjoys the limelight, Phil will help create memorable moments with friendly and positive direction. This gives your images great expressions, comfortable body language and makes you look great and feel great.

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By Gina Jewellery offers a stunning range of handmade Swarovski crystal and pearl wedding jewellery. All the designs are priced to ensure that all budgets can afford to have quality design without compromise. They also offer a bespoke service to create the perfect piece of handmade wedding jewellery unique to you.

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Woodhill Hall is a 300 year old detached Georgian country manor, situated near the village of Otterburn in the heart of Northumberland. The Hall has been lovingly restored to offer luxury accommodation for up to 26 guests to enjoy the house and its grounds. Set on a private estate of 100 acres of woodland and meadow, Woodhill Hall provides exclusive use for you and your guests to unwind in elegant surroundings with family and friends, free from distractions of other parties.

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Images by Phil Smith Photography

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Favour-it-ism can make your special day as unique as you are. By hiring their products you can tailor the design and colours to match your theme. Their bespoke favours and alternatives to traditional names cards provide novel gifts for your guests and their lollipop trees add an element of fun to any buffet table.

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At The Design Studio they offer a fantastic personal service to help you create perfect floral designs for your special day. Whether your wedding will be a small intimate affair, or a much larger event, we will be able to cater for your individual plans

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Award winning Y.A.P Bridal based in Newcastle has come to life from the beliefs of a family who know the importance of love, friendship and marriage. Their bridal boutique is treasured and is about ‘You’ being precious to your family, friends and most importantly your groom on ‘Your Day’.

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Their bridal boutique houses exquisite wedding dresses and wedding gowns offering a wonderful collection of elegance, sophistication and uniqueness from local designers in and around Newcastle to couture designers from home and from across the seas.

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Images by Phil Smith Photography

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At Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear, they understand that shopping for your wedding dress or outfit should be the experience of a lifetime! Their staff are all naturally warm, friendly and attentive – they want you to feel at ease from the moment you enter their bright and airy store. Their bridal dress department has spacious fitting rooms with large mirrors and also seating areas for your family and friends. It is their aim at Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear to make your search for your dream wedding dress as enjoyable, relaxed and comfortable as possible.

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Lauren E Summers is a north east based makeup artist, who has trained in all aspects of cosmetic, fashion, photographic, media and airbrush makeup. She is also a fully trained beauty therapist, and owns a successful salon is Washington, Tyne and Wear, which offers a full range of hair and beauty treatments.

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The Big Event is a professional freelance make up artist, hairstylist & beautician based in the North East of England, creating hairstyles to suit each individual, from elegant, classic, vintage & modern for any event or occasion.

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Images by Phil Smith Photography

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Little Black Book:

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Venue – Woodhill Hall 

Photographer – Phil Smith Photography

Jewellery – By Gina Jewellery

Wedding Dresses – Y.A.P Bridal 

Suit – Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear

Makeup – Lauren E Summers

Hair – The Big Event

Chair Covers – Favour-it-ism

Venue Decor – The Design Studio

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Due to her relocation Gina is having a sample sale. She has lots of Rainbow shoes, umbrellas and handmade jewellery & tiaras looking for happy homes. You can see the items online www.bygina.co.uk or pop into Gina’s Washington boutique before it closes at the end of June.

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Friday Fabulous!

January 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Friday Fabulous Carat

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She will be mine.  Oh yes, she will be mine.

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(and it’s our little secret that she’s man made, right?)

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Get your rocks on, honey!

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3.5ct Heart Solitaire Baguette by Carat London £261.10

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Treasure Trove! Supplier Showcase: The Berry Boutique

May 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon on the wedding blog it’s all about making a statement, as we chat to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Judith of The Berry Boutique about her fabulous range of costume and semi precious jewellery.  Whether you want to raise the fashion stakes on your big day, look hot on honeymoon or point your mum in the right direction for her Mother Of The Bride accessories, a visit to The Berry Boutique is in order. 

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The Berry Boutique   The Berry Boutique

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When did The Berry Boutique open and what is your background?

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The Berry Boutique officially opened 10th January 2012. That was the date my website was completed.

I started with the Berry Boutique as quite a number of years ago I had a ladies fashion shop in Darlington, called Frenchies.  My then husband (who is French) and I would visit the jewellery and fashion wholesale areas of Paris, choose the items we thought were the most unusual and have them sent across to the UK. It was really exciting and I still have a couple of items that are still commented on when I wear them. I loved the regular clients calling into the shop and the buzz of knowing the stock was so different.

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What lines of jewellery do you stock?

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I have five suppliers at the moment. About 80% of my pieces are hand made. They range from £30 to £180 and my customers can be from young ladies going to proms or sophisticated ladies who want something very different, yet not too expensive. Some of my pieces are semi-precious stones in beautiful colours.

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There are some pieces I feel do not show well on photos but that sell out at wedding fairs and other venues, where they can be touched and their unusual colours and weight becomes apparent.

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My newest stock has a great deal of aquamarine and coral stones with matching earrings, lovely for a Caribbean wedding or holiday.

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I like to think that my jewellery is a little different, I have a few pieces of jewellery with fur and leather on the cuffs and fur on part of the necklace itself. All my earrings are for pierced ears, but I have a selection of new earrings, shortly to be delivered, with clips.

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What pieces do you think would work particularly well for brides?

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I have a good selection of diamante necklaces, with taupe coloured stones as well as light stones. These are worn near to the neck and are very effective. I believe that most of my jewellery would be absolutely ideal for a honeymoon in warmer climates, where brightly coloured jewellery looks so dramatic.

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Do you have a shop or are you purely online?

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Whilst I am on-line with most of my jewellery I do many venues and fairs.  I also cater for ladies who have coffee mornings or charity functions. I am totally equipped with jewellery displays and tables and I am more than happy to donate 15% of that day’s takings, to the hostess’ choice of charity.

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What is your current favourite piece that you stock and why?

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Choosing my personal favourite piece is rather difficult. I have recently had some beautiful silver heart lockets with matching silver heart locket bracelets delivered. They are on either black, beige, brown or red leather with silver ring clasps. They have been extremely popular. I am waiting for another delivery within the next few days. Whenever I wear my jewellery people ask where I found it. These pieces are not yet on my website and I have already had to reorder… so watch out for new arrivals soon!

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Is there a particular style of jewellery that is popular with your customers at the moment?

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The most popular jewellery at the moment would have to be the brightly coloured pieces for holidays and honeymoons.

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What can Brides Up North expect when they use your online service?

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Brides Up North can expect a very quick response when they use my online service. I had a young lady living in Central London who ordered a necklace last week. She was astounded that she was able to take delivery of the jewellery the very next day. A signature was required on delivery and she was only able to be at home that day. One very happy customer!

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How does The Berry Boutique provide a superior experience to other online jewellery retailers?

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Our vast range of jewellery covers every possible situation from Mother of the Bride to honeymoon to more casual situations. Everything for the lady who knows what she likes and looks special in and who needs the piece of jewellery as quickly as possible.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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I try to keep my prices as reasonable as I am able to. Well made fashion jewellery can be so effective and I feel that whilst most ladies have ‘the little black dress’ they love, it is important to totally change the look for different occasions. With reasonable priced pieces you can make very different statements and looks without spending a fortune. My prices for a necklace range from £30 to £180 and earrings from £15 to £20.

I would be more than happy to give a discount to Brides Up North readers. Just ask!

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How are your products packaged?

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My pieces are posted in a black 7” x9” jewellery box with a black velvet inlay. The box is then put into a bubble lined envelope, to make absolutely sure that they are received in the same perfect condition as they left me. They are then posted first class Royal Mail. A signature is required before delivery. Should they be purchased as a gift the box would be appropriately wrapped prior being put into the bubble envelope.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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You can visit my website www.theberryboutique.co.uk.  For special enquiries, I always have my mobile phone with me 07811 233 352 (a mobile enquiry can never be too late in the evening).  You can also reach me by email at judith@theberryboutique.co.uk

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