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get the look: pippa middleton

June 6th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Though not technically royal family herself, Pippa Middleton’s recent wedding to her millionaire beau James Mathews caused media waves across the globe, with newsrooms worldwide on high alert ready for the first reveal of the blushing bride.

Dubbed the “society wedding of the year” many were intrigued to see which high profile individuals and celebs had, or even more so, hadn’t made the guest list. For us though the intrigue was all about the dress – questions that had been lingering for months would finally be answered; who designed the gown? Slinky or princess? Lace, satin or silk?

Contrary to what some people had predicted, Pippa covered up the curves that made her a household name at her sister Kate’s royal wedding back in 2011, instead opting for a stunning lace princess gown with beautiful A-line skirt for a demure look with a stylish twist.

We would certainly love to wear such a gorgeous gown for our nuptials – and if you too are crushing on Pippa’s big day look, we’re going to discuss how to mirror her impeccable style in today’s celebrity spy post. Prepare to take notes ladies!

the dress

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Giles Deacon was the designer who put Miss Middleton’s breath-takingly beautiful gown together – and we loved e-v-er-ything about it. However, if the rumours are anything to go by, such a gown would take a £40,000 chunk out of the wedding budget, placing it out of most bride’s reach.

Though all is not lost, for Pippa wore a classic shaped gown and some of the key detailing on her dress features in many other designers’ collections, meaning you can steal this style without blowing the entire wedding budget!

Though stunning, full lace gowns usually come with quite a hefty price tag and so savvy brides may prefer to look for gowns similar to Pippa’s but that just feature lace on just the top half of the dress. Then there’s the sleeves to consider – whether to go for a cute capped sleeve like Pippa or throw in some inspiration from sister Kate with full length lace sleeves instead.

The super elegant high-neck though not a hugely popular trend (yet!) could be spotted in some designs on the recent White Gallery catwalk and is a look worn by one of our other fav celebrity brides, Nicky Hilton.

Perhaps a little unexpected was the heart-shaped key-hole back to Pippa’s dress that revealed a hint of skin. For those wanting to follow in Pippa’s style steps, there are plenty of gowns with such detailing, from princess designs similar to Pippa’s as well as more fitted gowns. If feeling brave then you could go for more of a cut away design that would show off a larger proportion of skin.

the hair

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In classic bride style, Pippa chose to wear her hair up in a chignon inspired do with all locks pulled clear of her face to show-off that beautiful high-neck detail.
Pippa’s do was loose but still had an element of structure. Chignons come in all varieties, from sleek and polished to almost messy and undone, so ladies can pick a style to suit their overall bridal look.

Pippa finished off her look with just a touch of sparkle in the form of a delicate tiara and drop earrings.

the makeup

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Pretty Pippa chose to keep things real on the makeup front with a natural English rose look.

Her slightly tanned skin has a luminous glow though and there are no signs of heavy liquids, powders or contouring. Instead just a flush of pink blush is swept across the cheeks, eyes are delicately lined and brows defined. A coat of mascara and pretty pink lippy finishes off the look perfectly.

Royal, or not, this lady has certainly earned herself a spot in our celebrity bride hall of fame!

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her royal hotness. expert predictions on pippa middleton’s wedding dress

April 7th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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She almost managed to steal the limelight from sister, The Duchess of Cambridge, at the Royal Wedding back in April 2011, but soon Pippa Middleton will be firmly in the bridal spotlight as she prepares to marry her millionaire finance next month.

Pretty Pippa and beau James Matthews are due to take their vows on Saturday 20th May, and so speculation is rife as to what type of wedding they will be having, who will have made the guest list and which designer Pippa will have picked to provide her all-important gown.

Details we’re just dying to know ourselves! And so, to speculate further on what style of wedding dress Miss Middleton may have picked to show-off that famous figure of hers, we’ve called upon two of our Sponsors who are experts in the industry, mother and daughter British bridal designers, Amanda Wyatt and Charlotte Balbier.

charlotte says: I’m super excited for what is likely to be another major wedding day following Will and Kate, and I’m am sure the whole world is going to be watching.

Pippa has already worn plenty of amazing outfits and her style has to be praised as one to watch. She is quite adventurous in the fashion stakes compared to her sister Kate, who plays it safe.

I can picture the ambience of Pippa’s wedding day being fairy-tale like, with a mix of classic and romantic themes. Pippa will be united by Royal traditions and I believe she will choose a modern gown with a hint of regal flair.

So, join us ladies as we place our bets – will it be long, short; lace, silk; sleeveless, backless? Oh the suspense!!

Charlotte’s Pippa predictions from her Untamed Love Collection…

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Milena – The Melina gown is a beautiful fishtail design to flatter Pippa’s figure. She loves lace sleeves and this gown features lovely vintage lace capped sleeves with beautiful lace back detail too.

Aphrodite

Aphrodite – This is a beautiful chiffon gown with high-neck lace details. The perfect lightweight dress if the couple opt for an overseas wedding at her finance’s family hotel, Eden Rock in St Barths.

Paige

Paige – Pippa Middleton is well-known for her love of good accessories and shoes. The Paige gown is the perfect gown from the Untamed Love Collection to dress up and accessorize for a personal touch.

Rosalie

Rosalie – The Rosalie gown is an amazing silk empire line dress and has intricate beading silver details. This should be spot on for Pippa as we know she’s a fan of wearing gowns with a touch of that little bit extra.

Amanda’s Pippa predictions from her She Walks With Beauty Collection…

Elenor

Eleanor – Pippa earned the title “her Royal hotness” following her wonderful bridesmaid performance at the Royal Wedding. The Eleanor gown is made of beautiful organza material that would perfectly complement Pippa’s shape. I think she will embrace plenty of detail in her gown to differentiate herself from the plain bridesmaid dress she wore on for Kate and Will’s day, making the Eleanor gown, which has so many lovely intricate details, a beautiful choice.

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Fly The Flag! A Diamond Jubilee Themed Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

May 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This fabulous Diamond Jubilee themed bridal inspiration shoot sent to me by Helen of Bespoken Dreams and Vicky of Victoria Rose Vintage Crockery Hire has left me feeling all patriotic this morning, and thinking back to Royal Wedding fever almost exactly a year ago. 

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This is a shoot organised as a joint collaboration by all the suppliers at The Wedding House in Liverpool – and don’t they pull together well? I think we British are ready for another party, aren’t we?  I’d perhaps advise holding back on a full on Rule Britannia theme (complete with red, white and blue ruffles) for your big day, but go on… it’s a bit of fun!  Be inspired…

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Vicky says: The idea for a collaborative photo shoot came about after myself, Jan (Calidad Creations), Debbie (Miss Bouquets) and Natalie (Half Dozen Designs) were chatting about how nice it would be to work together. I had recently worked on a 1940’s “Grow your Own Wedding” themed photo shoot with Lucy of Lucy G Photography, so I suggested contacting Lucy to see if she was interested in collaborating.

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Following on from the "Stay Calm" Iconic poster we’d used in the 1940’s shoot, I thought that the upcoming Diamond Jubilee would be a great topical theme. It was also a perfect excuse to use my gorgeous blue and white china tea set that I had been given by my Grandma.

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Of course because the Jubilee celebrations were coming up in June I had to move fast and get everyone organised if we were hoping to get published before then! It took six weeks from the initial idea to the shoot!  It was just like organising an actual wedding as all the same suppliers were needed including a bride and groom! I was like "Challenge Annika" minus the helicopter!

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I’m glad we moved so quickly as it seems that the week after we had finished the shoot the country has gone Jubilee crazy. Even Marks and Spencer used some of our ideas in their TV ad. There are so many shops stocking all kinds of merchandise in red, white and blue and this of course follows onto the Olympics. We really seemed to hit on an upcoming trend and the sense of patriotism in the country is starting to build just like it did for the Royal Wedding in 2011. As we are all Great British businesses the theme was also very personal and hit a note with all involved.

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I wanted to do something different to the usual sit down around a table but it had to be something that readers could imagine themselves doing at their own wedding. So many photo shoots concentrate on what looks good on camera: I’ve seen a wedding breakfast set up on an old large wooden swing which looks arty and whimsical but isn’t really possible to transfer into most weddings. We had three options on the day that could all be used practically in any wedding venue, date or theme.

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The first was a street party. Using our colour scheme of red, white and blue with lashings of ginger beer, punch, British puddings and bunting. The second idea was an old fashioned picnic using a 1950’s picnic hamper of mine and some great deck chairs from Lucy: a nice informal way to celebrate your day perfect for a summer garden party wedding. The venue was amazing and had a bandstand with a view of the Mersey and Liverpool skyline. We used this to host an elegant afternoon tea perfect in any setting or venue. Afternoon tea can be served in place of a traditional three course meal or canapés. It can take a wedding into a different era of elegance and is certainly becoming the next big thing.

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As any bride will know you just can’t control the weather. It affects the date we pick, dress we wear, venue and of course photographs! We picked the Isla Gladstone for its beautiful Glass House and grounds mindful of all the lovely light we would still get on a rainy Tuesday in March. Oh, how we were wrong! The day of the shoot was a sunny record breaker with burnt noses aplenty. Everyone said how wonderful it was to have such glorious weather but Lucy nearly shed a tear at the blinding sunlight, I’m sure every photographer, amateur or professional will understand just how hard it is to work in dazzling sunlight but Lucy overcame the problems and produced some amazing photographs.

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We all enjoyed the photo shoot immensely and using a shared concept and pooling our designs and expertise certainly proved you can plan an amazing wedding in six weeks using suppliers all under one roof especially if that roof is on The Wedding House.

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Photographer Lucy Greenhill www.lucygphotography.co.uk

Vintage Crockery Hire and styling Victoria Rose Vintage Crockery Hire www.victoriarose.org.uk

Glass jar centrepieces www.bobsbuttonboutique.com

Bunting www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Something-Unique/152289654862442?sk=info

Venue Sourcing www.absolutelightingandevents.co.uk

Venue www.theislagladstone.co.uk

Ian Stuart and Lou Lou gowns supplied by www.cloud9brides.co.uk

Grooms wear www.groomhire.co.uk

Bridesmaids outfits www.facebook.com/BeauBowsBoutique

Head wear www.rocksforfrocks.co.uk

Jewellery www.calidadcreations.co.uk

Hair and make up www.beautyboxlounge.co.uk

Fresh flowers www.maia-flowers.co.uk/

Silk flowers www.missbouquets.co.uk

Bentley www.ptpuk.biz

Chair styling www.chairstyle.co.uk

Stationery www.tattylashes.co.uk

Dessert Tables www.halfdozendesign.com

Sweets www.flutterbys.org.uk

Handdrawn canvas www.calidadcanvas.com

Wedding cake www.allsweettreats.co.uk

Models Emily Clark and Stuart Thomas Wolstanholme

 

 

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A Proper Princess! A Real Wedding, Laura & Gareth

September 19th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Wedding blog Featured Supplier Lee Brown Photography recently sent me this fabulous Real Wedding to share, and I once I saw the pictures I have been dying to post it here.  I love all the Real Weddings that I feature on the bridal blog, but it’s quite rare that images make me giggle out loud.  Laura and Gareth’s images are beautiful and filled with love and joy, but also some clever nods to the very famous couple that they were sharing their big day with.  Watch out for the iconic horse and carriage shot, and a couple of famous faces…

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Over to Lee:  This was a very special wedding to me, I have known Laura since before I was born as our mums went to the same anti-natal classes together!  We grew up in the same part of Reddish until my parents moved to Hazel Grove but we’ve always kind of stayed in touch and our mums work together. So I was thrilled to learn that she was getting married and even more so when she asked me if I could photograph her wedding to Gareth.

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The date was set as 29th April 2011 long before Kate & Will decided to tie the knot however I think the Royal Wedding added an extra air of excitement to the day. I remember driving down to Laura’s mums house and seeing all the union jacks flying from houses, bunting crisscrossing the lamp posts and the streets eerily calm as people were glued to watching the Royal Wedding footage.

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We got some gorgeous shots of Laura’s preparations, enjoying her breakfast with her family and finally putting on her dress (always with one eye on the royal coverage).  I then raced up to Worsley Park to spend some time with Gareth before Laura arrived in her carriage with her dad John. Gareth was surprisingly calm and collected, sunglasses on and beer in hand and we had a laugh with his best man David 
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Newlywed Style Crush: Kate Middleton

July 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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So.  I am off to London this weekend (in fact I’m just about to jump on the train as you read this).  I’m meeting some people, seeing some friends for a long overdue catch up and queuing up for a very special exhibition.  Yes!  I’m off to see the Royal Wedding dress on display at Bucks House.  I can’t help it.  I can’t stay away.  I can’t wait!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Kate Middleton Wedding Dress

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Alas though, the friends I am visiting happen mainly to be stinky boys.  They will not entertain the idea of coming with me.  I have tried to reason with them that nay, this isn’t a dress, it’s a piece of history!  To no avail. They see through that argument.  After all, I’m not exactly suggesting (nor ever have ever suggested anything even similar to) a trip to the Tower of London, am I?  Nor am I really all that interested in the rest of the exhibition…

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So, my friends, this wedding blogger is going it alone. 

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And you know you what?  I’m rather looking forward to it.  A morning jaunt to the Palace will be topped off by a swift sprint down the King’s Road and a stop off at Topshop Oxford Circus.  When in Rome!

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I shall report back.

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Meanwhile, it has not escaped my attention that the Duchess formerly known as K Middy has been dressing up a storm on her recent trip to the USA.  If this is the new “newlywed” dressing we Brides Up North had better be prepared.  Lucky for you, I’ve done some homework.  Here is how to throw some fashion shapes, Royal style. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Kate Middleton Erdem Blue Lace Dress

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Royal Recap: Brides Up North’s Alternative Lip Reading Theories

May 4th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This is amazing.  This is mad. Gosh!”  Words, according to the lip readers, spoken by the new Duchess of Cambridge to her handsome Prince whilst travelling down the Mall on Friday.  Brides Up North doesn’t think she could have put it better.  What a celebration, what a dress, what a wedding!

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I thoroughly enjoyed all the action, switching on at 8am to see the guests arriving at the Abbey and staying tuned right through until the final kiss and fly by.  I adored rating the outfits, seeing the crowds and marvelling at a moment in history, but (being nosy) what I most enjoyed was a game of “fill in the blanks” whilst sipping my bucks fizz.

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Obviously, the lip readers were out in force to capture the newly weds’ first words to one another.  I love it! Tidbits like Harry’s excited comment to his brother “Just wait till you see her!”, the Prince’s “You look beautiful” declaration to Kate and William’s aside to Mr Middleton that “We were supposed to have just a small family affair” added a new layer of personality to the proceedings. 

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Brides Up North wondered how to report the Royal Wedding here on the blog, as no doubt would have seen countless recollections of the day, the dress, the outfits and the intrigue all over the press by now.  One thing Brides Up North doesn’t like to do is bore and rehash old news.  So I thought I would have some fun instead.

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So without further ado, my lords, ladies and gentlemen, the Brides Up North Alternative Lip Reading Theories.  Good for a giggle with your morning cuppa I hope.

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