November 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime
We’re dropping by this lunchtime to share the results of a gorgeously gothic styled bridal shoot courtesy of photographer Ania Pankiewicz. Well, we did all survive Halloween after all. Didn’t we?
ania says: This was a creative bridal photo shoot I organised at The Last Drop Village with other wedding suppliers local to the Bolton area. The shoot has been inspired by the spirit and magic of Halloween and we went for vintage vanguard look, with strong vampish make up for the bride and ghostly looks for the grooms.
Vintage Lane Bridal Boutique provided our beautiful gowns (nothing scary about those!) whilst Julie Carr from John Francis Suit Hire made sure that our dashing ghouls were suited and booted.
Hair was by the talented Danielle Conway McStravick from Masquerade Hair and Beauty.
With special thanks to our models: Frank Pendlebury, Megan Shott and Artur Biernat and Kirsty Warburton for her assistance.
September 6th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Romelie Neoprene Dress with Guipure Braid, £225, from Maje
While we can’t rely on the British summer to be wall to wall sunshine, we can most definitely rely on the temperatures starting to drop as we head into autumn – a sure sign that it’s high time for a new season shopping spree.
Just the thought of cute ankle boots, soft knitwear and a staple autumnal mac gets us excited as the cooler weather means layering up and making a statement in the season’s top trends.
So to give you a little break from the wedding planning this afternoon we’re sharing our top early autumn picks that are landing in store and online as we speak. This should also help to ease the pain of packing away your summer wardrobe for another year (if it made it out of storage in the first place, that is!)
Wool Slouch Coat, £95, from Topshop – Each year us Brides Up North girls look forward to a new autumn/winter coat (or two) and this classy camel number is top of our list! Simple yet incredibly stylish, the colour and shape of this swoon-worthy outerwear easily makes it a cult buy.
Wrap Leather Midi Skirt, £280, from Whistles – When it comes to getting glammed up we’re finding ourselves drawn to skirts rather than dresses and love that an easy switch of top can lead to a whole different look. For us a leather skirt is an autumn/winter must-have and they don’t come much better than this super-soft wrap design.
Chay Lace Blouse, £145, from Whistles – The ideal accompaniment to a new leather skirt is this gorgeous white lace blouse. A staple that should be owned by all females, this stunning top makes a subtle statement and fits in perfectly with the season’s Victorian trend.
Black washed embroidered T-shirt denim dress, £55, from River Island – another hot trend for the upcoming season is bold embroidery detail. Expect to see it appearing on everything from boots and bags to bomber jackets. This cute mini dress provides a relaxed way of rocking the look, which we love!
MOTO Bleach Rip Mom Jeans, £42, from Topshop – keeping with the casual we like to invest in a new pair of jeans each season too, and we’re currently all about the Mom cut. Move aside skinnies, we need these loose, high-waisted jeans ready for those hearty comfort meals that come in hand with the dark nights and cool weather.
Vintage Washed City Tee, £36, from Olive Clothing – statement and slogan tees are showing no sign of disappearing anytime soon and so it’s another cert buy for autumn. We’re obsessed with the colour grey and this cute design also happens to feature the names of our favourite cities.
Hitch Knot Sweatshirt, £55, from French Connection – did we mention that we like the colour grey? A dip in temperatures means an increase in fabric thickness and this gorgeous knotted number says sleek chic to us, giving a little nod to the athleisure trend too.
Linen Sleeveless Top, £19, from & Other Stories – while we could quite happily live with an entirely monochrome wardrobe we know that a pop of colour can help put a spring in your step on those dark mornings and so this bold basic gets the nod of approval from us.
Floral Print Bomber, £29.99, from Zara – we have been totally in love with the return of the bomber and will definitely be adding to our collection with this botanical beauty.
Pleated silk-blend lamé skirt, £595, by Christopher Kane at Net- A-Porter – Because Christmas isn’t that far away (under 16 weeks to go and counting!). The effortlessly gorgeous pleated skirt has taken us through spring and summer, and now it’s continuing into the autumn/winter season too with chic metallic designs such as this sparkling silver number on the up!
the finishing touches
Jagger Multi Buckle Boots, £85, from Office – possibly our favourite style of footwear, we just love boots! For the autumn season prepare to see buckles galore which is why we are most definitely adding this pair straight to our shopping basket!
Multi Tassel Pu Brea Saddle Bag, £65, from French Connection – a change of season always calls from some new arm candy too. As we’ve finally got used to condensing all our ‘necessities’ into a more compact bag, we’re eyeing-up this cute saddle design from French Connection, which features on-trend tassel detail too.
Pu Studded Belt, £25, from Topshop – following the heavy buckled look and fitting in perfectly with the edgy Victorian trend that we’ve seen flooding the A/W catwalks, we think this studded belt is a great seasonal staple.
Daria Round Sunglasses, £75, from Whistles – though we will undoubtedly see less of the sun over the coming months, it’s always handy to have a pair of classy shades for those blue skied autumnal days (as well as those when you are simply a little hungover).
Kylie Backless Buckle Loafer, £49, from Topshop – as seen all over this season’s fashion runways, loafers are big news (trust us, Gucci said so). We feel that this gorgeous metallic pair put a little geek chic edge on the somewhat granny slipper shaped shoe.
Red drop tassel earrings, £8, from River Island – more tassels in the form of statement earrings. Check!
All Black Watch, £129, from Kapten & Son – we’ve become a little addicted to timepieces of late and this black and gold beauty is totally on our radar as the perfect autumn accessory.
Star Print Scarf, £15.99, from Zara – if there’s one store that knows how to design a killer scarf it has to be Zara. Whether you’re after a chunky winter knit or a lighter statement cover-up, this is where you’ll find it ladies. Style reports suggest that star prints are a big news for season ahead and so we plan to bag ourselves this bold monochrome delight.
Polar Star gold-plated Swarovski crystal ring, £190, by IAM By Ileana Makri at Net-A-Porter – another shining example of the cosmic star trend! While this super lovely ring might be too much of a splurge to pass off as a seasonal staple, you could always put on your Christmas list (which is exactly what we’ll be doing – it’s never too early to start!)
August 12th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
When we’re not busy working, us Brides Up North girls are happy to admit that we love nothing more than a good reality TV binge; whether it be Keeping Up with the Kardashians, or checking up on the latest scandals in Chelsea and Essex.
A little closer to home, we’ve also become totally hooked on The Real Housewives of Cheshire – not only for the amazing hit of gossip and glamour– but also because the North West has become a real Brides Up North hotspot, with our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions taking place at some of the finest venues in the county.
And so when an invite landed in our inbox to the launch event of Real Housewife Tanya Bardo’s new bridal jewellery collection, there was no hesitation as we RSVP’d. Taking place at none other than co-star Dawn Ward’s house, we were given the opportunity to view the gorgeous jewellery collection for ourselves and even got to model and few pieces for a little shoot too, with hair by Alison Pearson Salon, makeup by Second Glance and dresses provided our friends at Dotty Taylor Bridal.
Having struggled to find jewellery for her own wedding to professional footballer Phil Bardsley two years ago, Tanya was keen to create a luxurious yet affordable bridal jewellery range that could be worn by brides, with options for bridesmaids and flower girls as well.
Following the same theme as her already popular Dreams to Reality jewellery collection, the handmade bridal designs feature a dainty angel wings charm and also incorporate pretty Swarovski pearls and sparkling crystals, making them a perfect addition for a bride and her wedding party.
To chat more about the designs (whilst trying to get the latest RHWC gossip), we caught up with the beautiful and straight-talking Tanya, who is expecting a baby anytime around now – so if he’s arrived, congratulations Tanya and Phil!
What first made you want to launch a jewellery range?
tanya says: I’d been working as a life coach and had also written a self-help coaching book, one of the areas which you focus on is looking at what your dreams/goals are. It’s important to write these down, but then it is also easy to forget about them when getting caught up in your daily living. When I was a single mum with no money I used to keep a little pebble in my pocket, every time I put my hand in my pocket and felt it there it’d prompt me to visualise my dreams.
So with the jewellery range I wanted to create something beautiful which acts as a daily reminder, so every time you see your piece of jewellery it triggers a little thought in your mind to make sure you’re doing something towards making your dream become reality.
May 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Planning a hen party should be fun, but sometimes you find you’re just drowning in the admin of it all. Where to go, what to do, whether to choose a wild night or a chilled celebration… it can be a mind boggling and spreadsheet heavy task. Add to that making sure that everyone is invited and has RSVP’d in a way that comes across as more bubbly than bossy, whilst setting the tone for the fun ahead and even the keenest of hens might want to hang up their high heels. It’s an L plate strewn minefield.
Here at Brides Up North we’ve found the answer, courtesy of a cool new service that launches today. The online invite has been long overdue a 21st Century makeover. And it looks like the guys at Brides Up North Sponsor Mini-Epic have done just that!
Super cute, very tongue in cheek and loads of fun… whilst being very practical too. Hey, do Mini-Epic want to be a bridesmaid too?
mini-epic say: Our online hen party invites are fun, totally personalised and add a little bit of excitement to the planning process. It’s a perfect way to get everyone excited for all the amazing things you have planned! As well as setting the perfect tone for your hen party, our range of invitations also collect your guest’s RSVPs, in a simple back-end system that is totally easy to manage and organise. No chasing of emails, or messaging group threads necessary…. it’s all taken care of.
There are loads of templates to choose from too, with a video and animation to suit everyone and every type of party. Think of this as your own personal ‘movie trailer’ to the most amazing night of your life (so far!).
A few examples you can see below, so let us know what you think and which you would choose. The invites are packed with personality and originality, and put your guests in the mood to party with an invitation they won’t forget.
After all, when you go to all the effort of organising a party, you want it to start in the best possible way right?
March 25th, 2016 | Julia Braime
…often aren’t even egg shaped at all.
Wishing you all the most wonderful long Easter weekend, and we’ll see you on the other side (once the chocolate – or clutch bag – coma subsides).
julia & rachel x
December 18th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Yet again this year us girls at Brides Up North HQ have been awfully good and are hoping to be rewarded with a loot of loveliness from Santa on Christmas Day. So, having taken care of our loved ones’ gifts, we thought we’d use this afternoon’s post to share our Christmas wish lists, which should hopefully reach the North Pole just in time!
Filled with girly and glittery goodness, you might want to send this link to your other half pronto if they’re yet to wrap up all of your gifts.
White Company Pompom Boot Slippers, £40 – I came to realise just this week that the footwear that graces my tootsies most often is my slippers (no matter the time of year) and so a new, luxurious pair is a must for me each year.
Topshop Cashmere Sweater, £120 – continuing with the luxury, a cashmere jumper is a classic Christmas present that never goes unappreciated. This Topshop design shows that cashmere can be both cool and chic, which earns it a place on my list.
River Island Black Leather Pompom Gloves, £25 – I may be coming a little obsessed with pompoms, first the slippers and now these – but who doesn’t love to combine fashion with a little fun?
Abbott Lyon black Gator Kensington Watch, £129 – last year I had an Olivia Burton watch waiting under the tree and this year I hope to add to my arm candy collection with this sleek Abbott Lyon design. Black and gold, black and gold!
Warehouse Metallic Leather Skirt, £65 – every girl needs a party outfit for the festive season, am I right? Perfect for teaming with soft knits for day time gatherings and a sheer shirt or lace top for evening affairs, this little number ticks all the boxes.
Nike Air Pegasus 83 Trainers, £74.99 – much as I love a stunning pair of heels, sometimes you just need a good pair of trainers to get the job done. These kicks from Nike are both practical and girly with a beautiful bronze tick.
Ted Baker Hidie Snake Print Bag, £199 – Having been bought Ted’s Hidie purse for my birthday earlier this month, it seems only right to have a match bag to put it in.
Lancome La Vie Est Belle Perfume, £39 – my favourite scent at the moment and it’s running dangerously low! I’m seriously hoping that the elves have connections to Lancome to top up my supplies.
Ryan Storer Swarovski Crystal Cuff & Stud Earring, £265 – because what is Christmas without some sparkle? Still no sign of a ring for me just yet so I’ll settle for this cool crystal cuff and matching stud earring (for now!)
Oh and I’m still waiting on my Sausage Dog Puppy from last year – Santa I promise you this item won’t be coming off the list until you deliver the cute goods right to my door, well down the chimney!
Topshop Lace Midi Dress, £120 – I’ve fallen in love with this floral number from Topshop which is so wearable in both winter (just add a distressed leather jacket) and once the warmer weather arrives. Sexy senorita!
Cox & Cox Quilt, £250 – I’m all for feathering my nest and I’ve been eyeing this sumptuous quilt for a few seasons. Now that it comes in a beautiful dove grey its shot to the top of my interiors wish list.
Kate Spade Stapler at Quill London, £24 – because when you spend as much time at a desk as I do, it needs a sprinkle of pretty. These rose gold accessories will make all the long, late hours worth it.
Cocolux Candle $45 AUD – after a trip Down Under in 2014 during which I fell head over heels for the Sunshine Coast, any export that reminds me of my time there is a welcome treat. These super luxurious candles smell amazing and look even better.
Mulberry Alexa Satchel– it’s time I had an upgrade and Alexa’s buttery leather ticks all my boxes for the perfect tote.
Mathieu Challieres Lamp at Smallable, £306.99 – meant for (very lucky) children, I’m eyeing up this cool birdy lamp for my own bedside. Perfectly eccentric.
Lunessa Ring – this is bling, with a touch of magic. A forever piece. Hope the hubby is reading.
Sweaty Betty Ski Trail Top, £60– these stylish yet functional ski threads are the perfect winter warmers, both on and off the slopes.
Kurt Geiger Scarlett Boots, £120 – I cover a lot of ground during our Luxury Wedding Exhibition seasons, and these boots look sturdy and stylish.
Ted Baker Loopey Jumper, £139 – a dash of sequins and this knit works as well dressed up or with jeans, Ted Baker is my go-to for the snuggly stuff this year.
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