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dream designer event: perfect daze bridal boutique welcomes suzanne neville

November 6th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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It’s time to get those diaries out again ladies as we have news of an exciting event that’s happening in Yorkshire this week, at which you could find the dress of your dreams.

Our brand new Sponsor, the gorgeous Perfect Daze bridal boutique located in the picturesque village of Scissett, is now stocking top British designer Suzanne Neville, and will be celebrating with a special launch event on Thursday 9th November.

Taking place between 3pm and 9pm at local venue, Holmfirth Vineyard, within its new function room, Perfect Daze owner Emma Roberts is inviting you lucky brides-to-be to view stunning gowns from the sensational Suzanne Neville Belle Époque collection, while meeting fellow suppliers, viewing the gorgeous setting and sipping on a glass of bubbly, of course!

We’ll hand over the blog to Emma now to fill us in on all the fabulous details, including how to get your hands on tickets to the event (did we mention entry is free?!) – and if the above wasn’t enough to tempt you, we’re pretty sure the images of the collection accompanying this post will seal the deal…

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Can you tell us what brides-to-be can expect from the event?

emma says: Brides-to-be will be able to see the Suzanne Neville dresses up close as all eight will be displayed on mannequins. There will also be a harpist, photographer, florist and Neil Geddes, who designs and creates individual jewellery pieces.

There will be fizz and a prize draw to win a bottle of Suzanne Neville perfume for all those who register and attend the event. Brides in attendance will also have the first opportunity to book in and try on the new dresses.

Can you tell us a little about the Suzanne Neville dresses that you will be stocking?

The eight pieces are from the Belle Époque collection and we’re among the first in the UK to get the dresses in. The designs are magnificent and varied, made from the most beautiful fabrics, exquisite laces, embroidered tulles, piqué, cloqué silks, clean crepes and satins.

Why did you want to stock Suzanne Neville at your boutique?

I have always loved Suzanne Neville and thought it would be a dream to stock her dresses, so I feel very honoured that they said yes to us. We have increased the price point of our full collection by introducing Enzoani Beautiful, Enzoani Blue and Badgley Mischka and I felt we needed a jewel in our crown. Suzanne Neville is the perfect complement to the Enzoani dresses – we love chic, tailored designs with a little twist. The corsetry and workmanship is exquisite and I can’t tell you how excited we are to introduce them into the shop!

Do you have a personal favourite from the collection?

I love Swanson, Rosa and if I was to get married again, without doubt, it would be in Coco.

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What type of bride will the collection appeal to?

The collection will appeal to the savvy bride, the lady who really knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go and get it. Our Suzanne Neville brides will appreciate simple design and quality and know that less is definitely more!

What is the price range of the collection?

Price range from £2,500 to £4,000.

What are you looking forward to most about the event?

I am so proud of what we have achieved and excited about the future of the industry that I want to share it with people. I love the fact it will be a gallery type of setting, without the stands that are usual at such events. I am hoping my old customers will also come along and I will be able to catch up with them too.

How do brides get hold of tickets for the event?

Tickets are available here on Eventbrite. They are free and will enter ladies into the perfume draw if they attend the event. Anyone can come and have a look, it’s not just open to brides-to-be, it’s a celebration of very beautiful dresses.

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new designer announcement: the little pearl bridal boutique welcomes noya by riki dalal

October 25th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Dedicated to bringing you all the latest bridal news hot of the press, we’ve got details of another new designer landing at one of our Sponsor boutiques – this time it’s one for all you Yorkshire brides-to-be.

As of December, the lovely Diana McMann, owner of The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, will welcome the beautiful ‘Shakespeare’ collection from Noya by Riki Dalal – making them the only stockist of this designer the county.

Perfect for brides keen to make a statement, the stunning collection features stand-out detailing, fabulous fabrics and figure-hugging silhouettes.

In-the-know Diana is here now to tell us more, including how to snap up an appointment at a special Designer Weekend, between Friday 10th and Sunday 12th November, where you lucky brides-to-be will be able to view and try on these truly lust-worthy creations…

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How would you describe the style of the Noya by Riki Dalal designs and why are they a good fit for The Little Pearl?

diana says: Riki Dalal is world renowned for her exquisite, extravagant haute couture bridal gowns. Riki launched Noya, a luxury ready-to-wear collection, to enable brides to have that modern, fresh bridal look without the couture price tag.

Sexy and modern silhouettes with statement detailing are huge bridal trends at the moment, and something that was missing from my collections in the boutique. As soon as I saw the Noya collections I just knew it would be the perfect addition to the boutique.

Can you tell us a little about the Shakespeare collection?  

The Shakespeare collection is inspired by the writers most powerful female characters. The collection is full of romance but with a bit of an edge!  There’s shimmering tulles, 3D florals, luxurious laces and stunning embellishments. The collection has a real mix of unique styles too, from illusion beaded separate toppers paired with tiered tulle skirts, to sexy fitted gowns with dramatic lace over skirts.

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Which design catches your eye most from the collection?  

I am totally in love with Olivia from the Shakespeare collection. I love the separates look, even though you wouldn’t think this was a topper and skirt. The floral detailing and lace is out of this world, nothing like I’ve seen before!

What type of bride would the dresses appeal to?

The bride that wants to have that haute couture look, standing out from the crowd and highlighting their individuality.

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What is the size range and price range of the collection?

The gowns range in price from £2,000 to £3,000, with sizes available to order up to an 18.

Do you have any events coming up that would be of interest to our readers?

To launch the collection into the boutique, we are hosting a Designer Weekend, on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November, at the boutique. The whole collection, plus gowns from the ‘Casablanca’ collection, will be here for brides to try on for the first time in Yorkshire!  Every bride that finds their dream Noya gown will also receive a complimentary veil, plus lots of other treats too! Just contact us to book your exclusive appointment for this event!

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What can brides expect from an appointment at The Little Pearl?

Every bride who comes to the boutique has the place completely to themselves. I love to get to know my brides, hear about their wedding plans and just have a really fun bridal experience. We chat through their bridal style, whilst I offer advice on different looks and how to accessorise too. The boutique is a really warm and relaxing environment for the bride and their guests, plus we always have lots of delicious treats too!

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new designer alert: the bo & luca temple collection arrives at luella’s bridal

October 23rd, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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As out and out wedding dress obsessives, we’re always keen to hear of a new collection of dresses to develop a serious crush on. So, when our Sponsor, the fabulous Luella’s Bridal, got in touch to say they we’re welcoming a new designer to their boutique this month, we just had to find out more (and share all the details with you, of course!)

As of October, Luella’s will be stocking the Bo & Luca TEMPLE collection. Dreamily delicate and beautifully boho, these dresses are slinky, stylish and edgy – putting them perfectly in-line with Luella’s ethos of offering brides originality and beauty through their choice of carefully selected designers.

Located in the Wimbledon Village area of London, the boutique offers a relaxing and enjoyable shopping experience with knowledgeable stylists to assist and advise brides on finding the perfect dress for an individual big day look.

Here to tell us more about the arrival of the Bow & Luca and whom the label will appeal to, is the lovely Rachel Attwell, owner of Luella’s…

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How would you describe the style of Bo & Luca designs and why did you pick this designer for Luella’s?

rachel says: Boho luxe. They are definitely the coolest bohemian brand around. They really fit in with our style of wedding dresses and this year’s bridal trends and we just know our brides are going to love them.

Can you tell us a little about the TEMPLE collection?

With beautiful flowing skirts, silk tiers and loose silhouettes, the TEMPLE collection has all the boho style of the original Bo & Luca collection but they are just a little bit more understated and effortless. They’re also slightly less expensive, with dresses starting from £2,650, which is perfect for brides with a budget.

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Do you have a particular favourite design from the collection?

We honestly like so many of them, but a particular favourite of mine is the Primrose dress. It has really beautiful detailing on the sleeves and a beautiful layered skirt. Our store manager Philippa’s preferred gown is Elsa, with the delicate beading around the neckline and soft figure-hugging shape.

What type of bride would be a Luella’s bride?

Luella’s brides are those looking for a vintage or bohemian inspired bridal gown with a difference, whether it is one with lots of detailing or a minimalistic, extremely simple style dress.

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girls only: the wedding edit.

October 9th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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As bloggers, we’re the first to rave about how useful the internet is in sourcing wedding suppliers and gaining glorious big day ideas. However, we also value the importance of meeting suppliers face to face, hence our epic season of Brides Up North wedding fairs held at some of the finest venues across the North (if you haven’t already, be sure to check out our upcoming events here.)

While we’ll be taking a one-weekend break from the wedding fair scene on Sunday 29th October, we have details of a massively swoon-worthy event staged by our fabulous Sponsor, LOVE Bridal Boutique, at gorgeous Cheshire wedding venue, Styal Lodge – well we wouldn’t leave your diaries with a gap in now, would we?!

Now in its fourth year, The Wedding Edit is a strictly girls-only event, that unveils LOVE’s latest dress collections providing heaps of heavenly styling inspiration. Furthermore, a hand-picked selection of North West suppliers will be in attendance to showcase their talents, and we hear there are some tasty culinary treats in store too!

Here to give us the full low-down on the event, including details on how to get your hands on tickets (which are free!), is owner of LOVE Bridal Boutique, our mate, Emma Draper…

Images by Jonny Draper Photography.

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When is the event taking place and what will it include?

emma says: The Wedding Edit will take place from 12 noon until around 3pm on Sunday 29th October. The main event will be the catwalk show where we are proudly showcasing the latest collections from Sarah Seven, Sassi Holford, Enzoani, and our new collection from Savannah Miller will make its debut.

Brides and their guests will be welcomed with drinks and throughout the course of the event will have the opportunity to chat about all things wedding with some of the very best wedding suppliers in the North West, who will be there to offer their advice, guidance and inspiration.

What suppliers will be involved in the day?

We, LOVE Bridal Boutique will be hosting the event at Styal Lodge and will be joined by Jonny Draper Photography; The Flower Lounge and The Soiree Stylists, who will dressing the event; The Switch Entertainment, featuring Ellie Sax, Laserboy Wonder and Sash Sings; Flossy and Leigh, who will be styling our models and will be on hand to talk bridal hair and makeup; Pink Pepper, who will be providing stunning edible treats – and we will have a little surprise for our guests too! Other suppliers include Cakes by Yolk, Whitfield and Ward, Adam Wing Films, Lucy Wright Events, The Word is Love, Hipswing and Eleventh Heaven by Ann McAvney, plus shoes from Harriet Wilde and Charlotte Mills will feature on the catwalk.

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What can brides-to-be planning their wedding get out of the event?

Strictly a girls-only event, brides-to-be and their guest will have the opportunity to see all of the brand-new collections that have only just arrived in store.

They will be able to take inspiration on how dresses can be styled, looking at accessories, hair and makeup as well as get a real sense of how the dresses move and fit, off the hanger.

My team and I will be on hand to chat about the dresses and the process/timescales involved in buying a wedding dress as well as the opportunity to book an exclusive appointment.

Will there be any special treats in store?

Cocktails on tap, goody bags for our brides, treats to sample, heaps of inspiration and plenty of selfie opportunities – a definite Instagrammable event!

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What are you looking forward to most about the event?

Seeing the look on our guests faces when we unveil our new collections! Now in its fourth year, we still can’t get enough of the vibe and eager anticipation as everyone takes their seats for the catwalk show.

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How do brides register for the event?

Email hello@lovebridalboutique.co.uk to reserve a space on our guest list. Limited number of places available so be quick!

For more brides can also visit our website or follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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lookbook: fit n’ flare

October 4th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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You know us, readers: an edgy bride makes our hearts sing, we adore wedding creative cool and Fashion-with-a-Capital-F, but there will always be a special place in our hearts reserved for the classic, the timeless, the elegant. As the formidable Coco Chanel said, “Fashion changes, only style remains the same,” and, for lots of brides-to-be, the temptation of the classic often wins over the contemporary when it comes to their wedding gown. After all, those photographs will adorn mantelpieces and be pored over by future grandchildren in the years to come, and many of us want them to have longevity.

And the dress that sums up Coco’s motto of enduring style best of all? It’s got to be the A-line. Ask a little girl to draw a wedding dress and the A-line is what she’ll invariably produce – a bodice which fits to the waist and flares at the skirt. This design staple is feminine, romantic and almost universally flattering – what’s not to like?

Main images, Charlotte Balbier.

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So, if an A-line ticks the boxes for you, where to start? Well, how about with Brides Up North’s very own Lead Sponsor, Charlotte Balbier. We’ve previewed Bohemian Blush here previously, and the Klara gown from that very collection is a classic A-line beauty, with full chiffon skirt (perfect for twirling and swirling, dancing fans), but this modesty is offset by a sheer bodice and stunning lace applique.

This combination of demure and daring is clearly a Balbier ‘thing’, with the Tuesday gown going for the same feel – a revealing Bardot lace neckline with a fabulously elegant chiffon skirt – just heavenly.

Then there’s the Romy – a boho dream of a dress with a small A-line skirt if you want something a little less princessy. We think the long cape is a stunning detail and destined to set a Balbier bride apart from the rest.

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It’s hard to go wrong with directional bridal brand Pronovias, and a quick peep at their current ranges throws up a bevy of A-line lovelies. The Regina’s tattoo neckline adds fashion interest, whereas the cap sleeves and flowing skirt are classically romantic. In fact, we can’t decide between that and the Reina, with its tattoo-style bodice and satisfyingly swishy chiffon skirt.

The Rumba is a self-confessed adventure in modern bridal design, taking a classic A-line gown and showing how it can be “reinterpreted to create an original, sensual and very modern look”. More tattoo-style bodice and sleeve work with a full skirt and sweetheart neckline; the perfect fusion of classic and contemporary.

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best dressed: tips on wedding dress shopping

September 7th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Following the summer, we’re welcoming a new surge of readers to the blog *waves*, mostly whom accepted a proposal while away on their holidays (you lucky things!). A good way to avoid those post-holiday blues setting in would be to throw yourselves into the wedding planning – and girls, we’re here to help.

Though daunting, it’s also a very exciting time as you begin to piece together your dream day. In the most sensible of terms, we’d advise you to start off by looking for, and securing, your top choice of setting and photographer – however, we know how easy it is to get caught up in the desire to dress shop!

I mean this isn’t just any outfit; as a main focal point of the day this is a moment to shine in front of your family; outdo, we mean, impress your friends, and feel amazing, not ashamed, when you come to show your children, and possibly, your grandchildren, your wedding album in years to come.

So, in preparation of your boutique-visiting expedition, we gift you the following top tips…

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research, research, research

As if you haven’t already been pinning wedding dresses quicker than a Kardashian can contour her face, now is the time to expand the research beyond just the appearance of the dress, to the designers that you like, the price tag of such dresses, and in which boutiques you can expect to find them. Often designers will have a certain signature look – vintage-esque Eliza Jane Howell, girlie Charlotte Balbier, sweet So Sassi and beautiful boho by Rembo. This means by studying their collections you should be able to get a feel for the designer’s overall style, and perhaps even pick out key designs that you’re particularly drawn to. You can then research which boutiques stock such designers and in what proximity they are located to you. Some will share the price range of their dresses on the boutique’s website, so it’s worth having a quick search before booking.

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timing is everything

Though we know you’re itching Muriel-Heslop-style (a 1994 film reference for any babies out there) to get trying on those dresses, you don’t want to begin visiting boutiques too early, or even too late. Most dress shop owners recommend starting around 12 to 18 months in advance of the wedding to allow time for ordering in the dress and making alterations ahead of the big day. While you can start a little in advance, the danger of picking out a dress too early is that you might change your mind before the wedding arrives (numerous of our featured real brides have admitted falling victim to this). A change of heart can be very costly, so regardless of exactly when you pick your gown, we suggest you don’t actively continue your search beyond that point.

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safety in numbers

While it’s natural to want to share your dress shopping experience with you mum, nan, sister and aunt, not to mention your #girlsquad, too many opinions can hinder, rather than help, when it comes to making your decision. Most boutiques suggest picking no more than three shopping companions if possible, and selecting those that you can trust 100%. So before booking appointments, think about whose opinion you will value most, and who you want to share that special moment with.

that loving feeling

You will have heard the expression “I knew it was the one” used by brides on many an occasion, but what they report is real. The intense gut feeling that they know they have found their dream dress for their big day, whether it be the first or 50th gown they try on. If you’re just not getting that loving feeling though, try not to settle or feel pressured. Take time to go away and think about it, is there any dresses that you are being drawn back to, or do you need to expand your search further before making that final decision?

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trust the experts

Trained bridal stylists know their Peiros from their Packhams, the style, detailing, cut and fit of a gown, and so it’s worth taking their suggestions and advice on board. Often, they will begin a consultation with a chat about your personal style and the type of wedding you are planning before helping you to pick out gowns to try on. If they suggest a wild card, give it a try. No end of brides have said the dress they ended up picking is nothing like what they thought they would go for, but a bridal stylist persuaded them to try it on and they’re so glad they did.

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stay true to you

Overall the decision comes down to you and what you feel most confident in. Don’t forget you will be wearing the dress all day; eating, drinking, dancing and (if your groom struggles to get you out of it) possibly sleeping in it, so you need to feel comfortable too. Most of all you want to feel like you; don’t be tempted to play ‘dress-up’ with something too far out of your comfort zone. So, if you’re naturally a fashionista go bold with an on-trend design, but if classic chic is more your thing, an elegant princess-style gown will ensure that you do go to the ball!

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