Charlotte Balbier

eye candy: charlotte balbier untamed love collection 2017

May 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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If you follow our social media feeds you’ll know that Team Brides Up North have been down in the smoke this week, checking out the latest collections from the British and International leading labels at White Gallery London, a trade and press event where all the big names in bridal reveal what your local bridal boutique is likely to be stocking and what you’ll be wearing down the aisle in the season to come.

More on that later, but meanwhile, one lady we were keen to catch up with this week was one of our very favourite dress designers and Brides Up North Headline Sponsor (and now personal friend), the fabulous Charlotte Balbier. This afternoon we’re fortunate once again to be bringing you a first look at her stunning new collection, Untamed Love.

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Known in the industry for her pretty princess like dresses, Charlotte both surprises and delights us year on year with her girly, fun and fashionable designs that enable a bride to really reflect her individual style and personality.

Following on from her gorgeous Willa Rose collection and the incredibly stylish Balbier Separates range, we sensed we were in for a real treat with Charlotte’s 2017 designs – and ladies, we weren’t wrong! From the moment we set eyes on the first images of her totally dreamy Untamed Love collection, we were sold!

In true Balbier style, the new collection features exquisite back detail, fine fabrics and edgy separates, meaning there is an oh-so-pretty design in there for everyone!

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Untamed Love

The signature gown ‘Untamed Love’ is perhaps the biggest show stopper of them all as one of two floral print designs within the collection. Enough to make any bride fall head over heels, the delicate pattern is made up of soft, sugary sorbet tones of lilac, apricot, plum, pink and muted greens.

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Untamed Love

Charlotte’s love of playing with colour palettes is evident in the collection; as sitting alongside the traditional ivory hues are antique golds, silver pewters, apricot and, of course, Charlotte’s favourite blush and rose pinks shades.

And there’s no shortage of fabrics for brides to pick from either, with diverse designs in the finest quality tulle, silks, French laces, and rich Mikado. In addition, exclusive to Charlotte Balbier is the specially designed chiffon that is made in house.

Drawing on inspiration from Charlotte’s playful nature and free spirited style, Untamed Love is the creative vision of over 12 months of love and attention, making it the strongest collection to date.

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charlotte says: A Charlotte Balbier bride is a free spirited feminine woman who is confident in both her fashion and bridal style. Expressing her unique individuality, personality and style through her Balbier gown.

The new Untamed Love collection celebrates all that encompasses a Balbier bride as well as who I am as a designer and as a woman. I think I dare to say I am the most excited about this new collection than I have ever have been over my 13 year career, I am in love.

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a truly personal touch: louise perry bridal

May 12th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Providing even more fabulous inspiration for you brides-to-be currently on the dream dress hunt, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Brides Up North sponsor Louise Perry Bridal to the blog today.

Located in the pretty West Yorkshire village of Saltaire, this warm and welcoming boutique has a stunning range of dresses, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.

With customer service at the very forefront of everything she does, owner Louise takes a personal approach to ensure brides and their guests have both a memorable and enjoyable experience during their time to the boutique.

To tell us more about what ladies can expect from an appointment at Louise Perry Bridal, we’ll hand over to the leading lady herself…

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How did Louise Perry Bridal begin?

louise says: It was my lifelong dream to own my own business and give customers a wonderful experience when they came into my shop. It was only when I got married myself that I realised a bridal shop would be the ideal business for me. Having studied dressmaking and costume history, and with many years’ experience of sewing my own clothes, I had an understanding of how dresses are made and the intricacies of fabrics and trims. My degree and experience as a manager in a large organisation had also developed my skills in customer service and administration.

I love making people happy and matching a bride to her perfect dress is a dream come true!

How would you describe the feel and look of your boutique?

I get a lot of compliments about my boutique. When I designed it, I wanted the experience to appeal to all the senses, from the soft classical music in the background, to the specially selected pure origin coffee that I serve to my customers. I’d like to think it allows a bride to take time out in a beautiful, spacious environment where she is able to make her important decision, without pressure.

The boutique itself is quite large, light and airy with beautiful wooden floorboards and plenty of space for a bride to walk around in her chosen dresses. I only see one bride at a time, which allows the bride and her guests all the privacy needed to make a decision.

In terms of the feel, a customer recently said that the moment they walked into the shop, they breathed a sigh of relief and all their troubles drifted away! That is exactly the feeling I was going for – relaxed and welcoming!

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What designers do you stock, can you tell us a little about each one?

I currently stock three collections by Demetrios, Cosmobella and Oreasposa. All three are Italian designers and based in Milan. Cosmobella is my mid-range and largest collection. It combines beautiful detailing with affordability. Demetrios dresses are slightly more expensive, but with an exquisite finish. My OreaSposa collection meanwhile is very affordable, without compromising on quality.

In September I will also be introducing Ronald Joyce to my collections and will hold a special launch event for interested brides.

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exclusive & exquisite: introducing luella’s bridal

May 11th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Ladies on the dream dress hunt are going to want to listen up this morning as we introduce Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Luella’s Bridal, to the blog.

Aiming to offer brides a choice of stunning gowns that can’t be found elsewhere, the team behind the pretty boutique source their collections from around the world, working with an impressive portfolio of designers to find dresses that are both beautiful and original.

Though located in Wimbledon Village, London, brides-to-be don’t have to make the journey down south to view the boutique’s wonderful designs first hand, as the ladies at Luella’s are taking their entire collection of bridal dresses and accessories on tour, starting with a visit to Nottingham from 19th to 22nd May.

During the fabulous pop-up event ladies will be able to try on a selection of wonderful gowns, whilst getting expert advice and enjoying a lovely glass of fizz. To fill you in on all the details of the boutique and the upcoming event we’ll hand over the blog to Rachel Attwell, owner and creative director at Luella’s Bridal.

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Where is Luella’s located and how would you describe the look and feel of the boutique?

rachel says: Luella’s is a unique bridal boutique located in Wimbledon Village, London. Decorated with soft and beautiful wallpapers, vintage suitcases and chandeliers and furnished with antique cabinets and a day bed; it’s the perfect girly boutique for every bride

What designers do you stock; can you tell us a little about each one?

We work with a great selection of both UK and international designers, stocking pieces from collections designed in New Zealand, Australia, USA and Israel. We also launched our first own brand collection at the beginning of the year. The Luella Collection can be described as ‘Modern Bohemian’ with a ‘British Victoriana’ influence and has been inspired by the feminine and floaty shapes of bohemianism mixed with the glamorous Biba style of the late 70’s. The collection consists of seven unique styles in a mixture of warm Mediterranean colours.

For true British style we have Emma Tindley and Rasha London who offer a mix of contemporary styles and a range of more traditional style lace dresses. We are also the exclusive London stockist for Vicky Rowe’s gorgeous collection of beaded bridal wear that has been inspired by the 1970’s and we are the exclusive stockist of her new range of bridesmaid dresses.

Most recently we welcomed Israeli designer Inbal Raviv, whose designs beautifully combine romantic and modern elements to create sophisticated boho style dresses. We also stock dresses by Limor Rosen and Vered Giladi who are also from Israel. Vered offers a beautiful selection of tops and skirts and Limor’s collection includes everything from stunning lace to intricately beaded designs.

For more feminine and floaty styles we have Rose & Delilah and Sally Eagle’s collection of elegant and romantic wedding gowns, while for something really unique we have Australian designer Gwendolynne’s stunning dresses, which are a mixture of intricate hand beading on a combination of floaty silk chiffon and tulle.

In addition to dresses, we have an amazing selection of accessories, ranging from modern diamante style pieces to relaxed boho style and original vintage items.

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How do you pick the right designers for Luella’s and what do you think makes a good bridal collection?

We are so lucky to be in the position where we are approached by designers rather than the other way round. All our dresses have been sourced from all over the world and have been carefully selected because of their exquisite detailing and originality. We try to ensure that they blend seamlessly together like one large beautiful collection; making sure at the same time that they are not too similar. We look for designs that are elegant, unique and effortlessly sophisticated. The majority of our designs have straps or sleeves and are extremely comfortable to wear. We also cater for a wide range of budgets.

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celebrity spy: met gala 2016: poppy delevingne

May 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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As one of our very favourite red carpet events of the year, we were thrilled to see celebs making a stylish return to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute last week for the annual Met Gala.

With opulent and outlandish outfits galore, garments are picked to wow, shock and stun, as stars vie for the paparazzi limelight. Their choice of threads do all have something in common though, as each year’s gala celebrates the theme of the current Costume Institute exhibition, making the dress code for 2016 – ‘Fashion in an Age of Technology’.

Cue a whole host of beautiful metallic maidens in shimmering and reflective garments with tech themed embellishment, artistic cut-outs and robotic style finishes.

As is always the case at such events there some sensational faux pars (errrrr, Madonna what were you thinking?!), but thankfully the fashion hits outweighed the skips with the likes of Sienna Miller, Kylie Jenner, Blake Lively and Jourdan Dunn setting our hearts racing.

There was one lady in particular though who caught our eye (alright, we literally couldn’t stop looking at her) and that was the fabulous Poppy Delevingne. Reminding us that there is more than one hot Delevingne on the celeb circuit, model Poppy rocked a striking sheer and beaded gown whilst dripping in lavish jewels.

While not an obvious bridal look, we feel that ladies soon to be making their way down the aisle can certainly take a style tip or two out of Poppy’s on-trend book, and so today we’re making her the subject of our celebrity spy post…

the dress

POPPY @ THE MET - GOWN

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Ok, so as we said, while perhaps not wholly suitable for a wedding there are certainly elements of Poppy’s stunning Marchesa dress that translate to current bridal trends. Embellishing: check, tassels: check, metallics: check, sheer panels: check. You get the idea!

So while you brides-to-be might not be able to steal Poppy’s look from top-to-toe, you can definitely give a nod to it on your big day.

For fabulous embellishment and beaded detail we would say to look to designers such as Jenny Packham, Anna Campbell, Ellie Saab and Eliza Jane Howell. Whether it’s a boho, vintage or a super glam look you are after, a creation from one of these talented designers is sure to tick the box.

The high street also have plenty of plush designs that would get Poppy’s approval, with stores including Monsoon, Phase Eight and Asos, encouraging brides to get their glam on!

The level of detail varies from one design to the next, giving brides the opportunity to follow in Poppy’s footsteps with full on razzle dazzle appearance, or pare things back a little with lighter scattering of beads and gems.

And while most brides might want to stick close to tradition with a white or ivory design, there are also metallic creations hitting the bridal runways, broadening the choices available to gold, bronze, silver and copper.

the hair & makeup

POPPY @ THE MET - HAIR & MAKEUP

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Poppy kept her hair poker straight and vamped up her look with a dark lip colour, but although alternative, neither of these are out of bounds for a wedding.

Just as Poppy did, keeping hair sleek and simple is a good way to let the dress take centre stage and a wise move for brides opting for heavily detailed dresses. For a slightly different take on the look, brides could wear their hair to the side with a coordinating beaded hair comb to hold locks in place, or sweep the hair up into a sleek ponytail.

While Poppy’s choice of dark plum lipstick might be a shade too far for brides, a colourful lippy can be a fun and fashionable way of adding individual personality and style to a big day look. Similar to Poppy, those choosing to go down this route should keep other elements of the makeup simple – so neutral colours on the eyes, a slick of eyeliner and mascara and just a touch of blush or bronze.

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bohemian beauties: rebeca juliet bridal launch event

May 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Back in March our wonderful sponsor and new talent to the wedding industry Rebecca Juliet Bridal, held a rather special launch event in the North West to showcase a range of beautiful bespoke wedding dresses, all handmade by designer Rebecca at her studio in the picturesque village of Chipping.

Calling upon some of her creative industry friends, Rebecca treated brides-to-be to an evening of bridal fashion, complete with fizz, cakes and chocolate, at the stunning Eaves Hall in Clitheroe.

Great fun was had by all as brides were given oodles of inspiration for every element of their wedding day.

For those that couldn’t make the event Rebecca is taking over the blog this afternoon to tell us how it all went whilst filling us in on her gorgeous debut collection and giving details on how brides-to-be can book an appointment at her studio to view the collection, or discuss a fully bespoke dress for something truly unique.

With images by Sarah Valentine Photography.

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After months of planning, how did your launch event go?

rebecca says: It was a fantastic evening to celebrate the launch of my new business. Rebecca Juliet Bridal has been a dream of mine for many years and it was really emotional watching my dresses go down the runway to smiles and applause from our guests.

It was also a great opportunity to work with some other exceptionally talented local wedding experts; I felt honored that they had gathered to support me with my new venture and the Eaves Hall were the perfect hosts.

What did the event involve?

Upon arrival guests were given a lovely ribbon charm bracelet to wear and were welcomed by the mesmerising voice of Hannah Rose, an up and coming local musician, with beautiful mellow acoustic music that is ideal to underpin any wedding day. They were then spoiled with glasses of bubbly and delicious cake mini canapes from the award winning Lisa Marie Cakes as well as exquisite handmade chocolates from Bowland Chocolate Company.

The highlight of the evening was the catwalk where we showcased the debut collection; a blend of bohemian and chic to give a really fabulous and classy look for brides-to-be. The models looked amazing in the gowns, as they weaved through the guest tables having had a full makeover from Baie 16 using Jane Iredale products, a salon only range of beautiful make up.

They loved rocking up the runway to a great music selection from Total Entertainment Solutions, who managed all the sound and lighting for the event. After the show the models stayed in the dresses and mingled with our guests as Hannah continued to impress us with her stunning singing voice.

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What other suppliers took part in the evening?

Eaves Hall hosted the event for me. This exclusive venue, which is part of the fabulous James’s Places group, was beautifully decorated with floral arches and stunning blossom tree table centre pieces by the very talented Felicity Farm Flowers.

The hall was further enhanced with show stopping blossom trees and huge vintage letters from Brides Little Helper, another award winning local supplier to give it a magical feeling akin to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Sarah Valentine Photography, a fine art photographer, mingled effortlessly and captured the memories of the evening beautifully for me.

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diary date: luella’s bridal pops up for the ultimate shopping experience

April 29th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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If you’re on the dress hunt gals (lets be honest, when are we ever NOT on the dress hunt?)… clear your diaries!

Luella’s Bridal, a unique bridal boutique based in the heart of Wimbledon Village, London, will be taking their entire collection of bridal dresses and accessories on tour and heading Up North to Nottingham from 19th to 22nd May 2016.

Luella's Pop Up

Luella’s is recognised for its mix of premium brands including Vicky Rowe, Rose & Delilah, Limor Rosen, Inbal Raviv and Kite & Butterfly.  Most of the dresses are exclusively available in the UK, enabling Luella’s to offer something truly different.

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Liliana

Sales manager Philippa whose home town is Nottingham and owner and founder Rachel will be inviting brides-to-be to try on their favourites from the collection including their own newly launched Luella’s Bridal collection.

phillipa says: I have been working with Rachel to take Luella’s on tour for some time now and we are excited to bring the Luella’s brand to Nottingham. We think that the brides will really love the uniqueness of the dresses we have to offer and our newly launched Luella’s Bridal collection will be a real hit with local Nottingham ladies.  If you quote Brides Up North when booking your appointment you will receive a free goodie bag and complementary glass of champagne!

Nuria Gold front top

Nuria

To book an appointment with the team (£20 booking fee), please email boutique@luellas.co.uk or call 020 8879 7744.

For further information head to the website at www.luellas.co.uk

Don’t forget if you mention Brides Up North you’ll receive a free goodie bag and glass of champagne! Cheers to that!

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