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July 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Harriet Wilde Marina English Rose

Just because you’re an English Rose, you ain’t gotta be a wallflower…

Marina English Rose by Harriet Wilde, £449

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Friday Fabulous!

July 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Verity by Emmy Shoes

You’ll be seriously well-heeled in these stunners.

Verity by Emmy Shoes, £630

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Friday Fabulous!

June 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Kurt Geiger

Oh god YES (yes, yes!).

Bond by Kurt Geiger London, £270

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All About The Shoes. Supplier Showcase: Paradox London

June 2nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Pink Paradox London

We’ll make no apologies.  Here at Brides Up North, we’re proper girly girls.  We love romcoms, hen parties, classic Friends, the tall, dark, handsome ones, manicures (Shellac changed our lives), spa days, forages in Topshop, a family sized bar of Dairy Milk… and most of all, we’re all about the shoes

Oh come on girls, isn’t everything all about the shoes?

Lucky for us, we’ve got some pretty epic Featured Suppliers who care about the shoes just as much as we do, and it’s with pride that I introduce one of our best heeled sponsors to the pages of the wedding blog this afternoon.

Ladies, get ready for some serious shopping, as we meet the beautiful Sophia of Paradox London (who’s just about to add a darling baby to her brood any day now… congratulations mama!) and talk fancy footwear.

Benjamin Adams London

What’s the story behind Paradox London?

With 30 years of shoe manufacturing heritage manufacturing footwear for bridal companies and the high street, Paradox felt that the bridal market needed some fashionable inspiration as styles as that time were very plain and boring. Therefore in 2002 Paradox developed its own bridal collection specifically targeted at the more fashion conscious bride. 

Why should a Bride choose Paradox London? 

Paradox London incorporates both the Pink Paradox London and Benjamin Adams London collections. With decades of footwear manufacturing heritage we understand the needs of the bride and bridal party. Both the Paradox London collections incorporate unique on-trend styling that do not sacrifice comfort. Combining comfort, quality, a budget suit all types of brides and most importantly design, this is what sets us apart from the competition.  

Benjamin Adams London

Tell us about the Pink range of wedding shoes that you design and create? 

Pink Paradox London is a collection that is designed for the entire bridal party; Bride, Mother of Bride and Bridesmaids. The collection has a strong on-trend fashion influence which is translated into the needs of the bridal party. The collection features 4” inch crystal encrusted heels to mid-heel vintage t-bars. Styling is paramount with Pink however we never compromise with comfort as the entire collection features memory foam padding and soft lining. The collection is made with luxurious dyeable satin which can be hand coloured to match any gown which is great for bridesmaids and mother of bride, or even for the bride if she wants to wear the shoes after the wedding. 

Which designs from the collection are your favourite and why?

Our current favourites are styles Dahlia and Cupcake. Dahlia is an elegantly simple round toe court with a cute bow detailing. Stylish and comfortable, sometimes less is more. Cupcake is our vintage lace pump, on-trend and comfortable – a truly unique style from Pink.

Pink Paradox London

Tell us about your range of accessories?

We offer matching handbags with all of our footwear styles.

Tell us about your Little Miss Pink collection?

We have fantastic kids collection called Little Miss Pink that’s perfect for flower girls. The shoes are made with ivory dyeable satin that can coloured to match any flower girl gown.

Pink Paradox London

Tell us about your Benjamin Adams 2014 bridal collection?

The 2014 Benjamin Adams collection takes inspiration from 1950’s Hollywood film star styling such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. The collection combines both vintage themes and the alluring glamour of the red carpet and is designed specifically for the fashion conscious bride that wants to add some drama and interest with footwear to complete their bridal look.

Benjamin Adams London

Pick out a few favourite designs from the collection and tell us why?

Mia is the perfect style for short wedding dresses, a classic t-bar set off with elegant pear crystals, whilst Minnie is a great shoe to team with a vintage dress. The round toe Mary Jane optimises the vintage era.

Benjamin Adams London

What are your prices like? 

Our prices are really competitive.  The Pink range starts from £49.95 to £99.95 and our Benjamin Adams collection is a little more expensive between £139 and £450. 

What sizes can you offer?

Dependent on style, generally we offer sizes from size 2 – 8. 

Pink Paradox London

You’re based in London, but are Brides Up North able to order your designs online too?

Brides Up North can order any of our collection from our recommended on-line retailers such as www.elegantsteps.co.uk or www.crystalbridalaccessories.co.uk

Benjamin Adams London

What would be your top tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding shoes?

First and foremost any bridal shoe must look amazing as it completes your bridal attire, however you cannot sacrifice comfort as you will be on your feet for a number of hours. Benjamin Adams shoes all include soft kid leather lining and special memory foam padding. With Benjamin Adams you can have the best of both worlds. 

What would be your no nos for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding shoes? 

The bridal shoe completes your bridal outfit, therefore it should be purchased in conjunction with your dress. Having your shoes at your dress fitting is essential in ensuring you have the correct gown length.

Benjamin Adams London

How can Brides Up North get in touch to see your designs and find out more?

Your readers can visit our website at www.paradoxlondon.com, follow us on Twitter @paradoxlondon or @benjaminadamsln or like us on Facebook.

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Well Heeled. High Street Honey: Debenhams

May 29th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

No 1 Jenny Packham - Grey high heel cut-out court shoes with pleated trim

The dismal and depressing weather over the Bank Holiday forced me to take shelter indoors, and by indoors I mean within a shopping centre. Here I came to spend a good proportion of my Saturday, and in turn, my wages (for which I whole heartedly blame the British weather).

Although on a mission to purchase a new work wardrobe, I found myself distracted by the shoe department in Debenhams (I’m only female, after all). Whilst eyeing up fancy footwear that was totally inappropriate for the office, I was pleasantly surprised to find Debs’ collection included a wide range of beautiful bridal footwear at write-home-and-tell-your-mum-about-it kind of prices.

From pretty platforms to cute kitten heels and feminine flats – they had it all!

Debenhams Bridal Collection

 

Top Image: No 1 Jenny Packham – Grey high heel cut-out court shoes with pleated trim, £48 (20% off)

1  Debut – Gold metallic beaded peep toe court shoes, £39.60 (20% off)

2  Debut – Ivory glitter trim mid court shoes, £36 (20% off)

3  Faith – Ivory embellished bow high court shoes, £65

4  Faith – Ivory pearlised leather mid heel stiletto shoes, £75

5  Faith – Ivory rhinestone studded pumps, £32.50

6  No 1 Jenny Packham – Designer ivory lace and jewel trim ballet pumps, £47.20 (20% off)

7  J by Jasper Conran – Designer ivory embroidered toe high court shoes, £55.20 (20% off)

8  No 1 Jenny Packham – Designer ivory lace detailed heeled sandals, £68 (20% off)

Bottom Image: Faith – Natural glitter lace court shoes, £56 (20% off)

All prices correct at the time of going to press

Shopping in a department store is a good idea, of course, for those wanting a wide choice. The main designers stocked in bridal shoes include reliable Faith, classy Jasper Conran and an exclusive collection designed by the princess of bridal wear herself, Jenny Packham.

Each offers brides something a little different. For those that like a bit of bling, Faith features some rather dazzling designs with sequin, glitter or rhinestone detail, though their plainer options are equally attractive: the ivory pearlised leather stiletto with sophisticated scalloped edges being a particular favourite of mine.

Jenny’s cut-price collection meanwhile offers more elegant options including classic courts with neat pleats as well as pretty pumps and platforms, complete with jewel trim.

Debenhams’ Debut collection is also worth a mention, not only for its reasonable price tag, but also for its simple yet stunning designs – the ivory glitter trim court being a wonderful example.

With affordable bridal footwear like this on the high street it made me wonder how so many cash-strapped grooms on Don’t Tell the Bride get it so wrong.  And as if you needed anymore persuasion to check out the collection, there’s currently up to 20% off selected styles meaning you could get change from a fifty pound note! Faith Natural Glitter Lace Court Shoe

View the full collection here.

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Friday Fabulous!

May 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Aruna Seth

Straight in at number one on the wish list.

It’s got to be Aruna Seth.

Coming soon, watch their website for more details.

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Friday Fabulous!

April 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Christian Louboutin

After such a fashion-tastic week, we weren’t about to let our standards slip, were we?

N’Prive Glitter by Christian Louboutin, £545

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Friday Fabulous!

April 4th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Kurt Geiger

What’s not to utterly adore about these?  Get ready to gleam!

Leila in gold glitter by Carvela Kurt Geiger, now just £59!

Price was correct at the time of going to press.

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Friday Fabulous!

March 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Harriet Wilde

Oh go on.  You know you want to. 

Bebe Silver by Harriet Wilde £299

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Friday Fabulous!

February 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Zara

These look like dancing shoes to me…

Pale pink sandals by Zara £39.99

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