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eye candy: the separates collection by charlotte balbier

February 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

Tempest Lace

Our lead Sponsor here at Brides Up North, Charlotte Balbier is famous for celebrating a bride’s individuality and style and sometimes, just sometimes, breaking all the bridal rules (kinda why we love her)!

With great delight we are proud to debut the new Balbier separates collection on our pretty pages.  Charlotte has created 11 inter-changeable separates all designed for the bride to build and create her own individual look.

Tempest & 1252 Sash

Maybe a satin slip with a lace topper and satin sash, or a ball gown skirt, crop top and lace reverse bolero? Whatever your personality and look the new separates collection offers a diverse way of creating your very own bridal syle.

charlotte says: Now, more than ever before, 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.

Girls, get ready for some serious dress crushing…


Harper:  A slipper satin dress with shoestring straps and low back. Fabulous with one of the lace overlay gowns, lace toppers or worn simply as it is.

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bespoke beauties: blossom & belle plus discount for wedding blog readers

January 27th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Blossom & Belle (c) Olivia Brabbs Photography (5)

It’s all about the #dresslust this afternoon on Brides Up North, as we introduce you to the lovely Antonia of bespoke bridal label blossom & belle, based in the beautiful city of York.

Originally a ready to wear designer, Antonia’s team at Blossom and Belle now aims to provide their brides to be with the ultimate unique bridal service creating the ‘dress of your dreams’ and making you feel and look wonderful. Better still, Antonia is offering Brides Up North Readers 15% off a couture gown from now until April 2016.  Quote Brides Up North when making your appointment.

Let’s meet the lady behind the lace…

Images by Olivia Brabbs Photography.

Blossom & Belle (c) Olivia Brabbs Photography (27)

Why did you decide to launch Blossom & Belle?

antonia says: From the age of 12 I wanted to be a fashion designer. I loved to sew and draw.  My teachers used to call me a dreamer! I loved seeing old movies to look at the clothes and particularly loved Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday and Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. I did a two year Btec and a one year of an HND in Fashion before going on to do a three year BA Hons degree in Fashion and Textiles.The six years of training gave me the technical and creative skills to pursue my design career.

I decided to launch Blossom and Belle after taking time out from being a Couture Bridal wear designer to have a family.  Blossom and Belle started as a ready to wear collection with my sister in law Sarah who after having her first baby felt deflated when she couldn’t find anything that made her feel and look good.  This is when the signature Blossom and Belle signature wrap dress was created. I worked with a print designer to create the Blossom and Belle blossom and butterfly print in organic cotton and silk and set about making a collection of ready to wear which is still available on my website.

Even though I love making ready to wear I still yearned to go back into bridal wear and after losing my mother last year it gave me the push to go for it.  I decided to buy a studio in a convenient location where brides can come in a relaxed atmosphere to see me and view my sample gowns. I now have the room to create and have fittings and spend one on one time with each client.

Blossom & Belle (c) Olivia Brabbs Photography (15)

What attracted you to the wedding industry specifically?

When I graduated from university I was asked by a friend if I could make her wedding dress.  The feeling of creating a truly unique gown for someone’s special day is priceless. It is wonderful knowing you are making a bride a dress that will fit them perfectly, that is unique and just for them. I like to work one on one rather than mass production and working with the most luxurious fabrics like silks and lace is heaven.

What is your favourite thing about being a dressmaker?

It is wonderful knowing you are making a bride a dress that will fit them perfectly. I love the ability to make a three dimensional work of art whether it is flouncy and slightly over the top or elegant and classical. Being able to work with beautiful fabrics and trimmings and creating my own embroideries for a dress. The buzz of going through the process of design through to finished product.

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eye candy: andrea hawkes

December 18th, 2015 | Julia Braime


This morning on the wedding blog, it’s time for a bit of eye candy from one of our favourite new British luxury bridal design finds, andrea hawkes.

With a first class degree in Fashion Design, Andrea Hawkes set up her studio back in 2013 having worked for some of the most established British Bridal Designers in London.

Andrea Hawkes (6)Amber

Andrea Hawkes (3)Auden

Andrea Hawkes (4)Luna

From designing one off commissions she started to see a demand for a more simplistic approach to bridal design and the experience of searching for a wedding dress. This inspired her to design a collection of classic dress shapes using luxurious European fabrics such as Italian silks and French laces.

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shape shifters. an alternative bridal wear styled shoot in sheffield

December 9th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (92)

Although the dress reigns supreme in the world of weddings, brides now do have choices beyond a gown with dreamy separates and even jumpsuits making an appearance on the bridal catwalks.

Keen to encourage brides-to-be to think outside the box, Sheffield wedding dress and accessories designer Kelly Marie Redhead of KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer, collaborated with some of Sheffield’s top wedding suppliers to create a fashion forward styled shoot.

Captured in the city’s Botanical Gardens the group’s aim was to inspire brides to consider alternative bridal attire whilst showcasing all the suppliers’ talents in creating a contemporary bohemian look.

To give more details on the concept of the shoot and the styling within, we’ll hand over to Kelly…

With images by Folega Photography.

Models: Charlotte Helena Rowlett and Sophie Temple.

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (64)

kelly says: The shoot took place in the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Sheffield, and we used both the gardens and conservatories to show off the talents of all the suppliers involved.

We wanted to create a shoot with a fashion forward edge to inspire modern brides and show how they can emulate a contemporary style on their wedding day.

A Bridal Separates Shoot (c) Folega Photography for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer (108)

I designed and made the two outfits especially for the shoot – a jumpsuit and a two-piece – which will feature in my latest collection. These were styled beautifully with stunning bouquets and flower jewellery, along with stationery and cakes.continue reading

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diary date: anna campbell trunk show at jean jackson couture nq plus 10% off all orders

December 1st, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Christmas is coming early to brides-to-be who dream of saying ‘I do’ in a stunning Anna Campbell gown thanks to Jean Jackson Couture NQ who will be hosting a special trunk show event with a fabulous 10% off all orders!

Not only is there a saving to be made, but ladies attending the event will also be able to try on anna campbell designs exclusive to the Manchester boutique, providing the opportunity to create a gorgeous and individual wedding day look.

For the all-important details we’ll hand you over to Felicity at Jean Jackson Couture NQ. Diaries at the ready ladies…

Images courtesy of Anna Campbell.

Anna Campbell at Jean Jackson Couture HQ (15)

felicity says: The Anna Campbell trunk show will be held from Friday 18th December 2015 to Sunday 3rd January 2016, to celebrate the release of the Anna Campbell Gossamer collection!

There will be more than 40 combinations of Anna Campbell dresses available to try on from the Gossamer, Spirit and Forever Entwined collections, exclusively at Jean Jackson Couture NQ. Better still, there will be 10% off all Anna Campbell orders, as well as goody bags and festive treats!

Anna Campbell at Jean Jackson Couture HQ (5)

This will be the first Gossamer collection trunk show in the whole of Europe and so we are absolutely thrilled to be hosting it! Until now the Gossamer collection was a made-to-measure service and has only been available in Melbourne. However, due to the demand for the collection, Anna made the Gossamer range made-to-order, and it will still feature her iconic dresses, such as Ashlyn, Tash and Carolina.

The Gossamer collection is inspired by French romance, with its intricate detailing and delicate hand-craftsmanship it epitomises grace and glamour. There really is a dress for every bride within Anna’s collections, with a range of customisable options, including unique colours and an assortment of skirts in varying fabrics and fit! All Anna’s dresses are lined in silk too, so they look and feel amazing to wear!

I recently saw the collection when I was in New York for bridal week and it blew me away! Ashlyn is such a special dress and Annabella is another favourite of mine.

Anna Campbell at Jean Jackson Couture HQ (4)

The Anna Campbell gowns are available from a XXS – XXL, which is the UK equivalent of a size 4 to a size 18. In the studio, we have samples from a size 6 to 14. There are certain styles of Anna’s dresses that are unavailable above a size 14, however the majority of them are available in her full size range.

The Anna Campbell dresses range in price, dependant on the amount of beading and skirt choice. The UK RRP for the range is from £1,659 to £4,499, which includes shipping costs from Australia, import duty and VAT. We also offer alteration packages from £100.

Anna Campbell at Jean Jackson Couture HQ (8)

Ordinarily we are closed on Sundays, however during the trunk show we will be open on Sunday the 20th and 27th December 2015, and the 3rd January 2016, we will also be open on Monday 28th December 2015.

The trunk show will be appointment only, and all appointments will last up to an hour and a half. To book an appointment, please email info@jeanjacksoncouture.com or call 07436 535 587. There is no charge for appointments.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

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diary date: bridal accessories styling evenings in harrogate

November 27th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Bridal Collection Harrogate (c) Cat Hepple Photography (6)

It’s not just Santa that is bringing us treats in the next month as Harrogate bridal boutiques, The Bridal Collection and The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, have some extra special events lined up for brides-to-be in December featuring lots of gorgeous goodies!

The two events will focus on helping brides-to-be find those all-important finishing touches to achieve their dream wedding day look with bridal stylists on hand to offer expert advice and fizz flowing to set the festive mood.

From hair accessories and jewellery to fancy footwear, the glitzy events will showcase beautiful creations from the likes of Jenny Packham, Emmy Shoes London and Ivory & Co, making them must dates for your diary.

To tell us a little more about what’s instore, we’re welcoming the owner of The Bridal Collection and The Harrogate Wedding Lounge to the blog, take it away Hayley…

Bridal Collection Harrogate (c) Cat Hepple Photography (25)

You are holding a Christmas Styling and Accessories evening at The Bridal Collection on 3rd December, what will the event include and who will it appeal to?

hayley says: Our Christmas Styling and Accessories Evening is an in-store event taking place 5pm – 9pm on Thursday 3rd December. This year we have teamed up with Jenny Packham accessories and the launch of our stunning collection of Emmy London Bridal shoes. We have an extensive selection of Jenny Packham accessories for brides to admire.

Our bridal stylists will also be on hand along with local makeup artist Victoria Farr, to help inspire brides with key bridal looks and trends.

The evening is aimed at brides-to-be who are looking for some finishing touches to their bridal look. It’s a great opportunity for brides-to-be to view a wide range of accessories while enjoying some festive celebrations.

What style of accessories will be available at the event?

Jenny Packman’s accessories cover a wide range of styles and designs to suit lots of bridal looks. There is an extensive selection of beautiful hair pins, tiaras and clips. As well as the elegant classics, Jenny Packham’s collection features on trend pieces such as hair vines, cuffs and sparkly pins and beautiful jewellery, such as earrings and statement necklaces, for those looking to spice up their evening look.

Bridal Collection Harrogate (c) Cat Hepple Photography (1)

Why did you choose to introduce Emmy London Shoes to The Bridal Collection and what types of brides will the shoe line appeal to?

We fell in love with Emmy shoes when we first saw them and we feel the collection sits beautifully in our boutique alongside our British dress designers. The attention to detail is amazing and we are sure our brides will really love the addition of this luxury brand. The designs range from classic and simple, to vintage and full on glitz and glamour, so there is a piece for every bride. Prices range from £350 – £725.

Do you have a favourite piece from the Jenny Packham accessories collection and Emmy London Shoes?

All of the Emmy shoes are stunning but I have to say the Leila shoes are my favourite from the collection. They have real vintage feel and they are super soft suede so brides can dance the night away. From the Jenny Packham collection I really like the Loren hair vine as it’s sparkly yet understated and with lots of co-ordinated pieces such as the earnings and the bracelet it’s easy to co-ordinate your look. I love to Monroe hair pins too, they’re so sweet and match almost any dress.

Bridal Collection Harrogate (c) Cat Hepple Photography (13)

You are also holding an Accessories Evening at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge on 10th December, what can brides-to-be expect from this event?

The Accessories Evening at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge will be a fantastic opportunity for brides-to-be to view an extensive selection of accessories from a wide range of designers to complement every bridal style.

The event will run from 5pm to 9pm and we have lots of special treats in-store throughout the evening to make it a very special night with an array of beautiful accessories to choose from and lots of festive celebrations.

The event is aimed at brides who are looking for some luxury finishing touches to their bridal style, whether it’s a pair of beautiful Rainbow Club shoes or some sparkly hair pins, we are sure we have it all covered.

The Bridal Collection & The Harrogate Wedding Lounge (c) Cat Hepple Photography (1)

Accessories from Tantrums and Tiaras, Ivory and Co. and Rainbow Club will be featured at the event. Can you tell us a little about what each of these designers?

Rainbow Club are a bridal shoe company with an extensive range of beautiful shoes ranging from contemporary styles to elegant vintage designs. They specialise in bridal design so the comfort of the shoes is amazing.

Tantrums and Tiaras are a fabulous British company who specialise in beautiful handmade designs. The collection ranges from gorgeous hair vines and tiaras to handmade earrings and bracelets. Perfect for brides-to-be looking for an added hint of sparkle.

The Ivory and Co. collection offers brides a wide selection of pieces to give an added hint of glamour to their bridal style. Crystal side pieces, slides and tiaras are mixed perfectly with pearls to allow brides to complement their gown.

Are there any stand out pieces for you from within the collections?

We have some new style Rainbow Club shoes in the boutique which are gorgeous!

Bridal Collection Harrogate (c) Cat Hepple Photography (23)

How important are accessories to finishing off a bride’s wedding day look?

Accessories are a great way for brides to individualise their look for the big day. Our bridal stylists are fabulous at helping brides create and personalise their style by experimenting with a range of accessories.

Bridal Collection Harrogate (c) Cat Hepple Photography (18)

Is there any preparation brides can do before attending either of the events?

There are so many beautiful ways to personalise your wedding look so we advise brides-to-be to think about the wedding look they would like to achieve for their big day, whether they are aiming for a vintage or contemporary look, we have designs to suit both.

The Bridal Collection & The Harrogate Wedding Lounge (c) Cat Hepple Photography (2)

How do brides book a place at the events?

If brides-to-be would like to visit either of our accessories events we ask them to contact the relevant boutique on the contact details below. We look forward to seeing them there!

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, call 01423 888242, or email info@theharrogateweddinglounge.com

The Bridal Collection Harrogate, call 01423 202029, or email info@thebridalcollectionharrogate.com

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