October 17th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Can you think of anything better than a personal wedding dress appointment with not only a team of expert bridal stylists but also a top British designer? Us neither! Which is why we are so excited to be bringing you news of an a-maz-ing event set to take place at our wonderful Sponsor boutique, the gorgeous LOVE Bridal, located in Altrincham, Cheshire.
Diaries at the ready then ladies (and if you already have plans, cancel them!) – on Saturday 27th October, LOVE Bridal owner Emma Draper and her team will be welcoming Sassi Holford to the boutique along with a truly stunning selection of gowns from her new 2019 Enchanted collection, which are sure to steal your heart!
From beautifully simple silhouettes to detailed showstoppers, there is a dreamy dress design for all that will take your big day limelight moment to the next level.
So, keen to find out more about what this fabulous Designer Day event will hold and get the all-important details on how to secure one of those precious one-hour appointments (which must be booked quick as only a few spaces remain!), we’re hearing from the lovely Emma while showcasing some of the utterly sensational gowns that will be present on the day.
What can brides-to-be expect from the Sassi Holford Designer Day?
emma says: Sassi will be bringing gowns from her brand new 2019 Enchanted collection, giving brides the rare opportunity to view and try on many of her gorgeous designs, including gowns such as Jodene, Naomi, Giselle, Millie and more.
This will be the epitome of the LOVE Bridal experience. Brides will get a personal appointment lasting one hour with Sassi Holford herself on hand to help style and advise brides on their perfect dress and fit. There will also be a 10% discount on all gowns purchased on the day of the event.
What are the benefits of the event to brides-to-be?
Many of the gowns from her brand new 2019 collection will only be available during Sassi’s visit, as we will not hold every single gown in our continuing LOVE collection. This is a rare opportunity to find the dress, especially for Sassi Holford fans. Brides will not only get an exclusive look at her whole collection but also get to meet and be styled by Sassi Holford herself!
Tell us a little about Sassi Holford’s designs, what kind of fabrics and detailing are used?
Sassi Holford’s designs celebrate the female form with classic silhouettes and corsetry, using the most luxurious of fabrics. Her 2019 collection taps into some of the new season’s key trends including fabulous textures, layering, stunning detachable accessories like capes, bows, skirts and trains, with a hint of contemporary cool, pairing elegant gowns with leather jackets.
Any particular favourites or stand out pieces within her collections for you personally?
We have been totally blown away by yet another outstanding collection from Sassi Holford, so much so that we are a little bit spoilt for choice to pick only one favourite… but two of our team favourites include the Millie gown with her silk crepe bodice and full organza skirt and a showstopping (optional) organza bow at the nape of the neck. Here at LOVE we’re huge fans of simple gowns which can then be accessorised to suit the individual bride and so we have a particular soft spot for the Naomi gown too. This is a strapless version of the popular Sienna gown, that has been created in a super soft manmade crepe with an integrated stretch corset and looks incredible accessorised with the back fastening, delicate lace Yvette jacket or kept simple with a statement belt or the large satin Faye bow belt.
What sizes are Sassi Holford’s designs available in?
Sassi Holford offers a range of sizes from size 8 upwards with bespoke made-to-measure and split size options available too.
What is the price range of the dresses?
Dress prices start from £1,800 up to around £3,000 with some options slightly above and below depending on fabrics etc.
What are you looking forward to most about the designer event?
We previewed the collection during London Bridal Week and Sassi never disappoints. We have confidently selected six gowns to stock at LOVE so now can’t wait for our new brides to clap eyes on them. Plus being styled by the designer herself will be an incredible experience!
Do you have any advice for brides-to-be attending the event?
Many of the gowns will only be available to try at LOVE during Sassi’s one-day visit, so make sure you have anyone with you that you need there to make a decision and be prepared to take the leap on the day. If there are any particular gowns that you have already seen and loved from this collection, then do let us know in advance of your appointment. These dresses are fabulous so choosing only one dress will be hard!
How do ladies go about booking an appointment for the event?
To book an appointment simply email us at email@example.com for more information.
Any other exciting news to share?
We have already received some of our beautiful 2019 Sassi Holford gowns which will be part of our ongoing collection including the stunning Jodene, Naomi, Millie, Alana with more to arrive over the coming days!
October 4th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Miraz Willinger – Laurel
There’s nothing like a bit of sparkle to add that something special to your wedding day attire. And the best way to nail this breathtaking look? Beautiful beads and embellishments, of course!
Whether you’re after something shimmering and delicate or with full-on amplified sparkle, there are plenty of options for the bride seeking a dose of sophisticated detailing.
A subtle dazzle to the bodice is always an elegant touch, but for a true princess moment, don’t rule out a gown with an embellished skirt too – we promise it’s never OTT when it comes to your wedding day!
Here, we’ve spotlighted a few of our favourite designers who know a thing or two about beaded glamour, providing you with all the glitz you could desire for your dreamy Pinterest boards – and then some!
Main images by Miraz Willinger
Miraz Willinger – Celine
First up, Jenny Packham. This is our go-to designer for the most elegant and demure of wedding gowns with a lavish edge. We’re talking figure-flattering silhouettes and sumptuous fabrics like silk and tulle that gracefully glide over your curves, paired with twinkling embellishments to the corset and skirt. The Verity gown is one of our favourites from the 2018 collection, with its plunge neckline and fuller skirt, and who could resist the vintage-inspired Spirit dress – a truly classic Jenny Packham look.
Miraz Willinger – Jasmine
Dana Harel’s collection offers up a more original look that you won’t find on just any bridal rack. The dresses teeter on the boho side, but are ultra luxe in their use of fabric, embroidery and design. Just look at the elaborate beaded patterns, layers and ruffles – not forgetting peekaboo bralet corsets and bleached out colour palettes. These are dresses to fall in love with, and just perfect for the bride craving a wedding day look that’s ethereal yet bold, and wholly unique.
Miraz Willinger – Violeta
We always like to introduce our readers to bridal day looks that are out of the ordinary and today, Miraz Willinger’s couture collection is the very thing. We just love everything about these dresses. The delicate, sheer gowns are fabulous works of art encrusted with intricate beading and dainty embellishments from top to toe, with the Jasmine gown being a particular highlight of ours. The epitome of the statement gown that will most certainly turn heads on your big day.
If a classic wedding dress gives you all those butterfly feels, then Aussie designer Anna Campbell ought to be on your radar (just saying). The attention to detail – especially to the back of her silk and lace gowns – is immense. The demure Paige gown is a perfect example, with its abundance of exquisite beads and crystals draped from the shoulders for an utterly beautiful bridal day look.
Miraz Willinger – Lily
August 2nd, 2018 | Rachel Parry
While the main focus of a bride’s big day look is on her dress, there are numerous other elements that contribute to the finely tuned finished look. From hair accessories, shoes and underwear to polished hair and makeup, time and consideration is most certainly needed to ensure these all come together in harmony.
As such, we’re looking to our wonderfully-talented Sponsor, top British bridal designer Caroline Castigliano, for her dos and don’ts when it comes to accessorising your dress. So, ladies, be sure to take note as there are lots of gems of advice below that will help in your pursuit to avoid visible bra lines, awkward shoes and dreaded hair and makeup faux pas.
In your opinion, how can the right finishing touches enhance and complete a bride’s big day look?
caroline says: Accessories are very important to finishing off a ‘look’ for your big day and can make the simplest gown look glamorous. A favourite of mine is a silk crepe fishtail gown with a long two tier veil a beaded belt, complete with drop earrings and a matching bracelet – timeless, stunning and glamorous. Similarly, if you want a traditional look you could use crown as a headpiece with a cathedral length veil.
How do brides go about selecting the right underwear for their dress? Do you have any bridal lingerie shopping tips?
First of all, make sure you are professionally measured before you purchase your bra to make sure that you get a perfect shape and fit. Choose something simple and comfortable on your wedding day in ivory or nude. Bows and lace look pretty but can create uneven, visible lines.
The bra shape all depends on the gown you have selected – a good supportive strapless bra with soft, moulded, seam-free cups will give you smooth lines underneath a strapless dress.
And what about the shoes?
It’s advisable to have bridal shoes when you are measured for your dress. When choosing your shoes consider first and foremost your comfort for the day – you want to have the best day of your life, so comfort is essential.
Also, make sure you do not have brooches or bead work that will snag the bottom of your dress or a flap that the bottom of the dress will catch behind – you won’t notice until you see the pictures but then it will be to late!
What advice do you have for brides when picking their bridal jewellery – what would you suggest for a timeless look and for a statement look?
A lot of the decisions regarding jewellery come from the actual design of the dress. Timeless conjures up the idea of a simple chain necklace (platinum or gold) with either a diamond solitaire or a pearl with matching stud earrings. A statement would be more chunky big earrings and bracelet – again this all depends on the design of the gown and the total vision you are creating – modern chic will be different to understated and romantic.
If a bride is looking to switch up her look from day to night but doesn’t have the budget for two dresses what accessories could she use to style her dress in different ways?
I would look at having a shrug that could maybe be removed in the evening, there is also the possibility of wearing a straight or fishtailed gown and adding a large overskirt that is detachable. This means during the day you can appear to have a large full traditional dress and then take off the over skirt in the evening to reveal a body skimming fishtail. If you then also removed the shrug you could spend the evening in a strapless, skimming fishtail perhaps also adding a jewelled belt – two great looks!
Are you a fan of a veil?
Most definitely! I am passionate about veils – the wedding is the only day in your life you can wear one and they add such a wonderful touch of romance to the whole occasion.
My opinion on veils is they should always be cathedral length, to the floor so there are no break lines down the dress – it should be a simple sheer vision – of course the choice is broad when it comes to veil selection – any length is possible and then you have trims; beautiful laces, satin edges – the choice is endless.
And what about their hairstyle? Why would you encourage a bride to hire a professional stylist and what should they take into consideration when picking the right hair style for their wedding day?
I always say go to your wedding looking like the woman your fiancée has fallen in love with. I do not understand why a woman would want to wear her hair entirely differently on her wedding day.
It is best if you can afford it to have a professional hairdresser on hand to do your hair – they will ensure your headpiece is in place and set the veil, so it does not move and overall ensure you look perfect. It is advisable to have a few run throughs before the day, so you are confident with the style and that will help you relax on the day.
July 31st, 2018 | Julia Braime
Many bridal boutiques recommend you begin your dream dress hunt between 12 and 18 months in advance of your big day, which means ladies getting wed in the latter half of 2019, it’s time to get your search on!
Picking which gorgeous bridal boutiques to visit can be tricky as you want to give yourself enough choice but without becoming too overwhelmed. As such, it’s a good idea to look for those that stock a fabulous line up of differing designers to help present initial options of varying shapes and styles.
It’s perhaps very timely then that we introduce one of our most recent Sponsors to the blog today, fabulous mother and daughter team Kendal and Moira of Along Came Eve Bridal Boutique. Located in the gorgeous historic city of Chester, the rails of this welcoming boutique boast an incredible selection of designers that each offer brides a different look; from elegant lace numbers, to heavily detailed designs, sexy silhouettes and boho beauties.
With backgrounds in bridal and fashion, Kendal and Moira are well equipped to help ladies find that one special dress and are proud of their personal approach and exciting range of dress designers that provide stunning gowns that are a little “out of the ordinary”.
And as if that wasn’t enough to tempt you through the boutique’s doors, Along Came Eve will be holding its Summer Sample Sale on Sunday 19th August, when brides-to-be can bag an ex-sample gown at a bargain price, with some dresses reduced by more than £1,000 – just think of the bridal shoes you could buy with that saving!
So, let us leave you in Kendal’s capable hands as she talks us through her lovely family-run boutique…
Boutique images by Orphic Photography, gown images by Willowby, supplied by Along Came Eve.
How did you become involved in the wedding industry and what led you to set up your own boutique?
kendal says: We are a mother and daughter team. My mum Moira had her own couture bridal studio when I was growing up and that kick-started the passion for bridal. Moira’s career took her into the clothing industry where she still works as a Technical Director for a leading clothing production company. After following different career paths, we came together to start Along Came Eve and combined our passion for all things bridal. We have always wanted to have our own business together and our strengths make us work really well as a team.
Where is your boutique located and how would you describe the look and feel of it?
We are based in a gorgeous Grade II listed building on the historical rows of Chester city centre. Our boutique is light and airy with pops of colour throughout and an atmosphere that provides privacy and comfort for all of our brides.
What designers do you stock at Along Came Eve?
We stock eight fabulous brands at the boutique. Enzoani, a flagship collection that oozes detail and sophistication with sexy silhouettes and delicate beading. Blue By Enzoani, which is a sought after collection that brings a modern twist on classic looks with plenty of detailed fabrics and textures. Rosa Clara Couture will be landing in the boutique in autumn 2018 and offers a fashion forward and super elegant collection with dramatic details. We also stock mainline Rosa Clara, which features beautiful fabrics, amazing details and classic design. Martin Thornburg for Mon Cheri, is a collection where pretty meets sexy, with modern necklines and incredible detail! Then we have the Watters flagship collection, which combines exclusive laces and exquisite silks with fashion forward design. Willowby By Watters, is their super soft, boho inspired collection that is not only stunning, but also so incredibly comfortable to wear. Finally, Agnes provides a truly special collection with each piece handmade to order in Poland, using unique laces, stunning design and fantastic attention to detail.
How do you select the right designers for your boutique and what do you look for in a collection?
Our main objective is to have a point of difference between each of the brands that we stock. We chose from collections that we adore and look for something out of the ordinary. We did our research and didn’t want to be one of those stores that has the same lace dress ten times over. The quality of our gowns is so important to us, we look for brands with super high standards and real identity for their brand as these designers produce fabulous collections season after season.
What trends are proving popular with your brides at the moment?
For us, classic silhouettes and fabrics are certainly on the rise! Our brides are loving crepes georgettes and Mikados at the moment with classic boat necklines and super detailed backs. We think there will be more of this in future collections with embellished details coming forward ahead of lace.
What preparation would you advise brides to do before visiting the boutique?
We advise ladies to take a look at the websites of the designers that our boutique stocks and screen shot or pin dresses that they love, we will then take a look at these with the bride when they arrive at our boutique and help them pick out the dresses in store. We also give our brides some advice around what to expect from their appointment with us i.e. how long it lasts, who to bring along, what underwear to wear. We find our brides really appreciate this bit of advice as it makes them feel more comfortable with the process before they get to us. Most brides find dress shopping a really daunting experience so being prepared really helps to calm the nerves!
What can brides expect from an appointment at Along Came Eve?
Firstly, all of our bridal appointments are completely private. When a bride arrives for her appointment she is welcomed to our boutique and then taken upstairs to our bridal showroom along with her friends and family. We will then talk the bride through the dresses and take a look at her inspiration photos pulling out any dresses she has highlighted (they can look very different on hanger in comparison to press shots). We make sure the bride is totally comfortable and knows how many dresses she will have time to try on during her appointment. We then leave the bride and her entourage to look through the dresses and make her choices returning within five minutes to take them through to our separate fitting room, where we fit the dresses in private and then the bride gets to make a grand entrance to her waiting party.
What size and price range of dresses do you stock?
Our samples range in size from an 8 to an 18 with the majority being a 12 or 14. Our prices range from £1,200 to £4,000.
Do you stock accessory ranges at the boutique?
We do, we have beautiful handmade tiaras and hair pieces from UK based Miranda Templeton and stunning veils from Nieve Couture with a bespoke veil service from Joyce Jackson. We also stock stunning silk flower crowns from UK based Frida Flower Crowns, faux fur accessories from Helen Moore and stunning hand painted, vegan-friendly biker jackets from Lucky Sew and Sew.
July 27th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Groom Tom from today’s real wedding feature scored ultimate points for his proposal – going far beyond just getting down on bended knee, he decorated the house and filmed a proposal video to surprise Natalie when she returned home from work, before whisking her off to Belgium for a minibreak. No wonder she thought he was a keeper!
And Tom continued to earn those brownie points by getting fully involved in the wedding planning too, whipping up a clever easel, cake stand, and confetti stand for the big day; the perfect accessories for the beautifully illustrated table plan, naked cake and cute confetti cones, complete with the couple’s initials and wedding date.
A delicate colour scheme of dusky pinks carried through the flowers and décor creating a pretty and romantic setting for the celebrations. We particularly love the effect of the paper spheres and fairy lights hanging from the marquee ceiling, and the elegant table centres.
Stolen kisses under the blossom trees make for a romantic collection of photographs on what, we’re sure, was a wonderful day to remember.
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Helen Russell Photography.
natalie says: We got engaged in our first home together. Tom surprised me on my arrival home from work with a decorated house and a proposal video. It was two days before my birthday and he whisked me off to Bruges for the weekend.
We got married on Saturday 21st April 2018. It was exactly six years that we had been together. Our venue was Middleton Lodge in Richmond, which ticked all of our boxes. We were overwhelmed on our first visit and fell in love with the house and surroundings. It’s a lovely Georgian house that we could have exclusive use of for the weekend and it gave a really relaxed feel to our wedding.
We would absolutely recommend Middleton Lodge as it was a fantastic venue for a weekend of wedding celebrations. From initially visiting on an open day, we were instantly wowed and knew that Middleton Lodge was where we wanted to get married. The wedding team was excellent and no job was too big or too small. On the wedding day, Anna the wedding coordinator put my mind at rest that everything was coming together and asked final questions just to make sure everything was how I would expect it.
We didn’t have a particular theme for our wedding. I wanted to have dusky pink elements and Tom wanted to have an input into the overall look and feel of the wedding. He produced wooden boxes for country flowers, which were located at the front of our venue. He also made an easel, cake stand and our confetti stand.
Tom hired his and his groomsmen’s suits from Antich and Sons.
My bridesmaids wore dresses from Elenor Rose, Huddersfield.
July 24th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Halfpenny London – Cheryl
We just love to work with suppliers who are evidently passionate about the world of weddings and the job they do within it – hence our excitement to introduce you to one of our newest Sponsors on the blog today, the wonderful Zoey Amitage, proud owner of White Closet Studios.
Located in a chic spot in Liverpool’s city centre, this friendly bridal boutique is beautiful both inside and out. Set within a beautiful Georgian house and stocking gowns by some of our very favourite designers, we can easily see why Zoey fell head over heels in love with it – just as you might well do.
Keen to help brides narrow down their search and find that one special dress, Zoey prides the boutique on its appointment-only approach, and its amazing collection of gowns, each chosen to offer something unique to the contemporary bride who craves a romantic yet individual look.
Designer images provided by White Closet Studios.
How did you become involved in the wedding industry and what led you to own a bridal boutique?
zoey says: It may sound clichéd but it has been a dream since I was little. Life has taken me along quite a different path, but the dream was always to work in bridal and now I am finally doing what I love. For months I had been looking for the perfect boutique to come along as I know that setting up from scratch can be extremely difficult and White Closet Studios was the second boutique I visited. After sitting there for five minutes I just fell in love with it and knew it was the right one for me (a little like finding the right husband!).
Where is your boutique located and how would you describe the look and feel of it?
Based on the iconic Rodney Street in Liverpool City Centre, we are a small but elegant studio, which seeks to create a calming and creative atmosphere for our brides. Being bijou certainly has its benefits, in that we are able to operate on an individual appointment only basis which means we devote our full attention to each bride who visits us.
Watters – Galatea
What designers do you stock and can you tell us a little about each one?
We are extremely fortunate to work with some of the most sought-after designers who all create unusual and romantic dresses for the contemporary bride.
Renowned for her relaxed bohemian styles and pioneering additions, we are extremely proud to stock London based designer Charlie Brear. Charlie’s dresses are beautiful enough to be worn on their own but by including additions a bride is given the freedom to celebrate her individual style by creating her own unique wedding dress.
We are equally as thrilled to work with British luxury bridal wear designer Halfpenny London, who offer the most beautiful elegant detailed designs which ooze glamour with a nod to a bygone era. With a distinctive couture look utilising the most exquisite fabrics and textures, Halfpenny London continue to push bridal wear boundaries.
Widely known for their elegant, refined and sophisticated lines the acclaimed Spanish designer Jesús Peiró provides our third collection. It is their philosophy of high quality which has this year seen the designer celebrate their 30th anniversary. Designed and manufactured entirely in Spain, Jesús Peiró gowns offer a twist on the traditional with touches of romanticism.
And for the bridal party we stock Rewritten bridesmaid dresses, which are simple, elegant and pretty damn cool!
How do you pick the right designers for the boutique and what do you think makes a good bridal collection?
We pride ourselves on offering something a little different and we are only able to do this by choosing the best designers who seek to break the mould when it comes to bridal wear. Of course, there will always be traditional styles, and Jesús Peiró are an example of this, but it is how our designers adapt these styles to create something unique that inspires our collection.
A good bridal collection should offer quality and diversity which is something we achieve with our contrasting designers. Moreover, it should be adaptable to allow brides to create something that is unique to them.
Watters – Brighton
What current trends are you seeing in bridal wear and can you forecast any future trends that will be coming through?
Lace remains hugely popular and we are continuing to see a rise in brides asking for mermaid styles.
We are however interested to see if the addition of black nuances, as noted on bridal catwalks recently, will prove popular, alongside the increasing number of bold applique designs.
What research or preparation would you advise brides to do before visiting the boutique?
We would advise brides to look at our website and research our designers before they come to see us. We love seeing everyone, but there is nothing worse than advising a bride that we do not stock the style of dress they have their heart set on and seeing their disappointment. Equally, if you have not tried any dresses on yet come with an open mind and try on something different, if nothing else this will enable you to narrow down your ideal silhouette very quickly.
My other little bit of advice is by all means look on Pinterest, but you cannot feel any genuine emotion until you try on a gown. It is this emotion that make the bridal shopping experience so special and cannot be replaced by online browsing.
Halfpenny London – Daisy
What can brides expect from an appointment at your boutique and how do you and your team help brides to find their dream dress?
As we operate on an individual appointment only basis each bride will have exclusive use of our boutique for the one-and-a-half-hour appointment. We wholeheartedly believe that bridal shopping should be an enjoyable, stress-free experience and our aim is to ensure that the whole bridal party are relaxed and enjoy their visit with us.
We are inspired by our bride’s sense of individuality and endeavour to find a dress that represents who they truly are without compromising on quality. Therefore, during the appointment, we will offer advice on shapes, fabrics, cuts and designers, in addition to offering accessory advice but we love hearing creative suggestions.
What size and price range of dresses do you stock?
The majority of our samples are size UK12, however we are very proud of our Capsule Curve Collection with samples sizes up to UK20. Many of our styles however can be made up to a size UK32.
Our bridal collections ranges from £1,500 to £3,000.
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