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personal & unique: introducing one fine day bridal

August 15th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Our online ‘Suppliers We Love’ directory is a go-to for our readers looking for professional and trusted local businesses that can help to bring their wedding visions to life. From photographers and florists, to entertainment and accessories, there is a category for every requirement.

And this afternoon, we’re delighted to be introducing another gorgeous boutique to our ‘bride’ category, a useful source for those of you on the dream dress hunt. Our new Sponsor, One Fine Day Bridal, based in Hoole, Lancashire, was set up by owner Claire Bland after feeling underwhelmed by her own wedding dress shopping experience.

Running the boutique with her mum Pam, the duo have created a warm and welcoming atmosphere and have filled the shop’s rails with beautiful and unique dress designs to offer brides and memorable and exclusive experience.

Here to tell us more is the lady herself. Take it away Claire….

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Where is One Fine Day Bridal located and can you describe the style and feel of the boutique?

claire says: One Fine Day Bridal is in a small village called Little Hoole, Lancashire – we are located just of the A59 so you can’t miss us! Our boutique has a warm, friendly, homely feel. We want all of our brides to feel relaxed and at ease when finding their dream dress.

Can you tell us about the designers that you stock at the boutique and what type of brides they would appeal to?

We stock the Spanish designer Rosa Clara & Rosa Clara Soft, perfect for the bride who loves something a little different, using luxurious fabrics, such as silk Mikado, ottoman and brocade. Also in our boutique is the fabulous Watters Bride & Bridesmaid collections, both absolutely dreamy ideal for the modern bride. Nicole Spose is our last collection, gorgeous crepe fabrics and masters of ‘slinky’ gowns, perfect for the bride looking for a figure-hugging dress.

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How do you select the designers that you stock?

We like our designers to be unique, so we don’t stock designers that you will find in every other boutique. We make sure the gowns are well made and are of a great quality, but we also like to ensure that nobody else with our area stocks that particular designer. We like to be individual and make sure are brides are choosing something exclusive.

Can you tell us about the accessories that you stock at the boutique?

We stock Linzi Jay and Ariana Tiara for our head pieces, jewellery and veils, we also use Elizabeth Dickens for our veils ensuring we have a wide variety of choice to suit all dresses.

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How do you help brides to find their dream dress and to complete their look with accessories?

We like to make sure our brides try one of every style, even if they have an idea in their head, this some of the time doesn’t always look how they expected. Once they think they have found ‘the one’ we like to add in veils and accessories so the look is complete. Even once they have found their dress with us, we encourage them to come back for a styling appointment after their hair and makeup trial so the full vision can be seen.

What are your top tips for brides when dress shopping?

Be open minded and try something you never imaged you would go for – you could be surprised.

Even though it is nice to bring family and friends to enjoy the experience with, don’t be swayed by too many opinions – it’s the bride’s day! It is good to get a feel for style but when you think you’ve found the one, stop trying and stop looking, it is very easy to become overwhelmed and it can get very confusing.

What sets One Fine Day Bridal apart from other boutiques and what can brides expect from an appointment at the boutique?

We are a mother and daughter team here at the boutique. We decided to do this because of my own experience which I didn’t enjoy so we try to make sure our brides don’t feel deflated or under whelmed by their experience, like I did. We offer a relaxed and luxurious experience, we let the bride lead the appointment and offer our advice when we feel appropriate. We always offer to dress our bride the morning of the wedding, we know how stressful it can be so we like to ease the pressure wherever possible.

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What trends are you seeing coming through in bridalwear and accessories?

A flutter sleeve or capelet – we think these could be a huge trend for 2018, along with a statement bow which is a theme that runs through our Rosa Clara gowns.

What is the size and price range of the dresses that you stock?

We stock sample sizes from 6 to 16, and price range between £950 and £3,500.

What is the feedback like from brides who found their dress and One Fine Day?

Our brides always comment on what a lovely personal service we offer from beginning to end. We get a lot of comments about how welcoming and professional we are and how beautiful our boutique is. Our brides love that we are not pushy, in some cases we encourage the bride to go away and have a think, then come back.

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lookbook: so sassi 2018 collection

August 3rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Ladies, we think it’s high time for a little dress candy – and the treats we have in store today are nothing short of delicious!

Courtesy of our fabulous Sponsor So Sassi, we invite you to swoon over the new 2018 Collection from this fabulous set of designers.

Made up of a bright collective of fashion graduates, the So Sassi design team works hard to develop unique, individual and fashion forward styles, giving their brides a collection, which is not only all those things, but one that is created with love and passion.

According to its creators, the 2018 collection celebrates brides who want to embrace their own style, brides who are not afraid to make a statement and brides that want a twist on tradition. Tick, tick, tick!

There is a gorgeous blend of styles, silhouettes and fabrics, with new design elements including cold shoulders, fringed back details, feature sleeves and ballerina-length tulle skirts.

Having already poured over the collection numerous times, highlights for us include Charlie, Rosie and Scarlett, but we’d love to know which of these beauties melt your heart most, as we take you through the designs, one by one!

Annalise

Annalise: Beautiful soft fishtail gown with gathered tulle bust and diamante detail.

Aria

Aria: A wow gown with lace side and back cut-out detail gives this gown a real edge. Style with Aria shrugette for an alternative look.

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Anya: A striking fishtail gown with soft sweetheart neckline – perfect for accessorising!

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Bianca: All about the bohemian vibes with this stunning lace column gown and v neckline detail.

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style & elegance: say hello to chloe jane bridalwear

July 27th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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If swishing around in a beautiful ballgown is something you consider to be an imperative part of your wedding dress shopping experience, then prepare to take a note of the boutique that we’re introducing as one of our new Sponsors on the blog today.

Chloë Jane Bridalwear is a super-friendly and super-stylish, family-run boutique, located in East Yorkshire, whose team loves nothing more than inviting brides for a good game of dress up to help narrow down their search to that one special dress, whilst having lots of fun along the way!

With a firm focus on fashion, the boutique houses a stunning array of designers and dress styles with something to suit all types of brides, plus helpful and honest advice at hand from owner Chloë Lindley, along with her sister and mum. Here to tell us more about their passion for all things wedding is the lovely Chloë herself.

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Where is Chloë Jane Bridalwear located and how would you describe the look and feel of the boutique?

chloe says: Our boutique is located in the small town of Howden, East Riding of Yorkshire, nestled in the market square just a stone’s throw from the Minster. Our chocolate-box style boutique has a warm welcoming appearance with a neutral colour pallet, chic hotel-style décor and modern furnishings to reflect our luxurious and stylish approach to weddings.

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

We are an exclusive stockist of Hayley Paige and Blush by Hayley Paige, a collection of unconventional gowns for the quirky bride. Ball gown silhouettes are Hayley’s thing, with waterfall tulle and delicate details, a fun and fresh collection that is sure to make any bride feel like a princess for the day, and we love her girly-girl style!

Alessandra Rinaudo is the queen of Italian couture; her gowns are exquisitely made with the finest quality fabrics and show stopping designs. The collection portrays timeless elegance within each style with sophisticated details, creating unforgettable brides.

We also stock Nicole Spose – a collection designed by Alessandra Rinaudo, which, of course, is inspired by Italian glamour. In my opinion Nicole Spose has the highest quality lace and that’s what the Italians do best, the figure hugging designs create sexy brides with traditional detailing. Think Dolce & Gabanna bride!

Chloe Bridals is a classic collection made up of beautiful designs, the built-in support and structure found in each gown create super flattering silhouettes and show off every curve to the max. Sparkles, lace, blush tones, pearls, lace applique, beading Chloe bridals have the prettiest designs to ensure a beautiful bride.

We also stock Sofia Bianca; the delicate feminine collection mixes silk Mikado fabrics with encrusted crystals and silk organza for the brides who love bling! Expect full skirts and fitted bodices with silk covered buttons flowing all the way to the train, who doesn’t love that?

Finally, we are excited to announce our newest arrival – SAVIN London, a beautiful couture collection of sharp cut gowns handmade in London. The craftsmanship and stunning details within the collection create show-stopping pieces. Alternative brides will also love SAVIN’s accessories, who wants a fur shrug when you can have a quirky lace biker jacket!?

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How do you pick the right designers for Chloë Jane Bridalwear and what do you think makes a good bridal collection?

Our collection of gowns took a lot of building; I researched like crazy to find the perfect designers for our boutique. My main intention was to offer exclusive designs, so it was essential that the designers weren’t stocked at every boutique in the area. I obviously had to love the collections and I think it’s also important to have a strong working relationship with each company. I wanted to offer a varied selection of styles and silhouettes in a range of sizes too so that we had a gown for everyone. I believe we have created the grounds of a good bridal collection in which to grow and flourish in the future, and I am excited to see the collection evolve.

What current trends are you seeing in bridal wear and can you forecast any future trends that will be coming through?

Being from a fashion background, I think my heart will always lie with fashion forward bridal gowns. I love to see how designers push the boundaries with bridal trends, this season we’ve seen more and more sheer gowns than we could ever have imagined! Quirky sleeves have made an appearance too in bell styles at Hayley Paige, oversized ruffles at Alessandra Rinaudo and don’t forget those Vera Wang super-long extended sleeves.

I think next season we can expect to see super daring gowns, more sheer fabrics, and barely-there bodices.

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lookbook: power skirts

July 19th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

Morilee Mystique

When it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress, it’s all about the finer details. The neckline, the sleeves, the detailing to the back, the train, the fabric – they all play a special part in creating your bridal look.

But for us, one of the most captivating features of a bridal gown has to be the skirt. This is what, by and large, defines the overall style of the dress – whether it’s vintage, boho, ethereal, all-out flamboyant or something else just as gorgeous, prim or fantastical.

And that’s why today’s look book spotlights some of the most irresistible on-trend styles with wow-factor skirts from some of our very favourite designers. Gals, you’re in for a treat!

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ball gown

We’re opening our look book with the definitive all-time classic – the ball gown. It’s the stuff of fairytales and let’s be honest, we all want to try on a skirt in this style at least once, just to experience our very own Cinderella moment. The ball gown skirt doesn’t need to be an extravagant puffball or meringue, as perfectly showcased by Morilee with their variety of chic, understated styles – all with a magical sprinkling of va-va-voom that’ll be sure to make you feel like a modern-day princess.

ruffles

If the classic A-line skirt seems a bit too conventional for your special day, the ruffle offers up an alluring alternative that will add dimension and movement to your silhouette (we’re already imagining this skirt whooshing its way down the aisle). Wavy, fluted, cascading, spiraling or even frilly – ruffles come in so many gorgeous styles and sizes, all perfect for accentuating your figure and adding a playful twist to your bridal look. For sublime sophistication, look to Justin Alexander for gorgeous skirts designed with layers upon layers of tiered ruffles in sumptuous tulle or organza.

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splits

Skirts with a sassy split are still very much an underrated option, but for the bride who likes something a touch risqué this is the choice du jour for a look that will be unlike anything else your wedding guests will have seen before. There are lots of variations – the split can be to the front or the side, knee-high or (hold your breath) thigh-high. Keep things romantic and sophisticated by teaming this style with luxe fabrics such as lace, organza or silk, and exquisite sweetheart necklines or embellished illusion bodices. One of our current favourites perfecting this style is Pronovias, with their delicately flowing fabrics and flawless, demure designs.

high low

Another style that we simply adore on the runways (yes, we’re looking at you Monique Lhuillier) but which we rarely see worn by real brides is the high low skirt. For the style-savvy bride who wants to make an entrance – the high low skirt is one of the few designs that will put your wedding shoes (and your pins) firmly in the spotlight. Combining the glamour of a mini dress with a classic long train – the high low hemline is bold, beautiful and flagrantly chic. Consider voluminous ruffles for added drama or a slinky lace skirt for a flattering silhouette.

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stop press: see caroline castigliano’s 2018 collection before anyone else

July 3rd, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re just dashing in this lunchtime with news of a very rare opportunity to view the brand new collection by one of our very favourite designers before it’s available anywhere else!

The Caroline Castigliano 2018 Collection celebrating romance will be available in the Knightsbridge flagship store for an exclusive preview ahead of the launch all this week, until 8th July.

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Drop everything.

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This is a fantastic opportunity for brides-to-be to get an exclusive look at the latest bridal collection and to order their Caroline Castigliano bridal gown from this unique collection before anyone else.

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The team here at Brides Up North have been lucky enough to get a peek at the gowns in person and we can vouch that you won’t be disappointed – this multi-faceted collection features timeless designs with ultra-feminine twists, elevated textures and highly luxurious accents. Basically, we fell in love.

There is a light airy feel throughout the collection, with a range of silhouettes from A-line, to circle skirts and fishtails, all creating beautiful movement and a powerful but understated vision. And if these sneak peek images are anything to go by, I think a few of you lovely lot might be about to fall in love too!

Appointments can be booked on 0207 590 9120 or requested online by clicking here.

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love, lights, action. a rose gold plus size bridal styled shoot in the north west

May 25th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Ready for something super, duper pretty? Well surely it doesn’t get much prettier than a styled shoot inspired by every girl’s current favourite colour, rose gold?!

Glamorous, feminine and fun, what’s not to love about this on-trend hue, which is making a stylish statement on the wedding scene right now.

Led by Rebecca Lord-Lyon, a fellow rose-gold lover and owner of Cheshire’s award-winning plus size bridal boutique, Edith & Winston Bridalwear, this shoot demonstrates beautifully how to incorporate this magical metal tone into various elements of your big day.

Offering ideas on everything from the dress to the details, we’ll hand over the blogging reins to Rebecca so that she can explain how she and her talented North West industry friends pulled the whole shoot together…

With images by Teresa C Photography. Model: Georgina Horne.

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rebecca says: The shoot was inspired by a new product created by Stacy from Love Lights The Way – a beautiful rose gold, light-up love heart called ‘Lola’. The unique, light-up prop quickly became a massive hit with brides and after seeing Lola for myself at a wedding fair, I also fell head over heels for her and so spoke to Stacy about collaborating on a special photoshoot.

Rose gold has become a very popular colour – it’s everywhere this spring; interiors, fashion and it’s a growing trend in weddings too. We therefore wanted to create a shoot together that would show our brides how to use this pretty colour for their big day.

Stacy decided that the shoot was the perfect opportunity to introduce some more unique, rose gold pieces to her collection and so we used the shoot to launch these products alongside our brand new bridal accessories by Richard Designs.

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I knew that Teresa, of Teresa C Photography, had to be our photographer. Having worked with her before, we knew she could capture the plus size model beautifully. Teresa is an amazing photographer and has worked at so many of the North West’s wedding venues. For this shoot she suggested Liverpool’s incredible The Venue at the Royal Liver Building, as our location. We trusted her instinct and she wasn’t wrong; the venue has clean lines, pure white walls and perfect lighting.

And so, on the windiest day of the year, our team of fabulous handpicked wedding suppliers, came together to pool their skills – even Storm Doris couldn’t get in the way of this photoshoot!

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Precious Things were simply given the colour scheme brief of rose gold and ivory, and then we let their imaginations run free. As event stylists, they teamed up with Stacy to create the most incredible setting for our shoot, which even included a metallic rose gold tropical flower tree!

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The aim was to create a look that was eye-catching and elegant as well as relaxed. They coupled rose gold sequinned table cloths with bespoke ivory frothed chair covers and handmade the copper-coloured paper flowers that were on each place setting.

For the bouquets, they used Tulips, Roses, Scabiosa Seed Pods, Broom ‘Genista’, Asparagus Fern, Berried Eucalyptus, Sweet Avalanche Roses and Success Hanoi Ranunculous.

The trees were made to be multifunctional: the smaller of the two was the perfect spring centrepiece for the decadent sequinned guest table. The larger was a fabulous backdrop. The bark of each tree was sprayed rose gold to glam up the loose yet pretty arrangement at the top. Additional flowers used in the trees were Snapdragons and Broom.

The backdrop structure was dressed with ivory voile and an abundance of foliage and flowers, which could either be used as an arch to say ‘I do’ or a photo backdrop to rival any photobooth.

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