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Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

forget black friday, its a white sunday: LOVE bridal boutique sample sale!

November 17th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Is there anything more perfect than bagging your dream dress at a fabulously discounted price? We think not!! And so we’re delighted to be brining you news of an exclusive autumn sample sale set to take place at Brides Up North Sponsor, LOVE Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, Cheshire, later this month.

Owner Emma Draper and her team will be hosting the event on Sunday 26th November 2017, that will see a selection of the gorgeous boutique’s designer gowns available at unbelievable prices – we’re talking dresses from as little as £200 ladies, meaning you’ll be able to afford those dream designer heels after all!

But this is a one-day, appointment-only event, so you’ve got to be quick off the mark to secure yourself an appointment, which could result in you being the proud owner of one of the stunning gowns featured in this post!

So, prepare to take note, as the lovely Emma is here with the all-important deets!

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emma says: The sample sale will take place between 9.30am and 5pm on Sunday 26th November, with 45-minute appointments available.

The event will be an exciting opportunity to get your hands on the last few dresses I have from previous collections (including 2017 styles) to make way in the boutique for brand new arrivals.

There will be gorgeous gowns from Stewart Parvin, Sarah Seven, Raimon Bundo, Alan Hannah, Enzoani, Terry Fox and Heritage Bridal – at prices starting from just £200!

Because we only have one of each of these samples available to buy, we are selling these beautiful gowns at a reduced price and, for those brides who have done their research, we can promise these are deals you won’t want to miss.

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Sample sales are ideal for brides who yearn for a designer dress, but whose budget won’t quite stretch, for brides with less than six-months to go before their big day (so no time to order new) or for brides who know exactly what style and fit of dress suits them.

All the dresses on display are for sale ‘off the peg,’ available to take home with you on the day, and must be paid for in full, so we encourage bringing someone with you who is both honest and decisive!

The gowns included in this event generally range from a bridal size 10 to a size 12, but most can be taken in by up a couple of dress sizes too.

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Don’t miss your chance to snap up your dream gown at a phenomenally lower price – when they’re gone, they’re gone!

To secure an appointment, email hello@lovebridalboutique.co.uk, or call 0161 941 6446, but be quick! First come, first served!

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winter wishes. alan hannah for a black & white themed wedding in manchester – laura & david

March 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Monochrome Wedding in Manchester (c) Ally M Photography (29)

There’s something super elegant about a monochrome wedding palette, don’t you think? Especially for those choosing to tie the knot around Christmas and New Year.

Today’s wedding couple Laura and David, pulled the look off just perfectly for their big day in late December, which took place in Manchester’s city centre.

Small pops of colour and sparkle featured in seasonal blooms and décor, while all other elements, including attire, stationery and the cake, were simply black or white. The result is an incredibly chic wedding day, which we just adore!

With images by Ally M Photography.

A Monochrome Wedding in Manchester (c) Ally M Photography (37)

A Monochrome Wedding in Manchester (c) Ally M Photography (32)

laura says: We got engaged in 2003. We had talked about getting engaged and married for ages and then one day I walked into the bedroom and David had left a ring on my pillow

We set the date for 29th December 2015. I work at school so it always had to be in a school holiday. I liked the idea of a winter wedding, it seemed different, and also it meant that there was no weather expectation, as there would be in summer.

A Monochrome Wedding in Manchester (c) Ally M Photography (24)

Our venue was in Manchester City Centre. The Radisson Blu Edwardian, we chose this venue because it is a beautiful hotel and the staff there were amazing. Also we love Manchester and have our own individual affinity with the city so it just seemed perfect to have our wedding there.

A city hotel also matched the theme I had in mind for the wedding. I wanted it to be quite modern, but still classic, and I think the use of candles, the flower choices and the venue helped to achieved this.

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the big north sample sale.

February 19th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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One of my favourite ever scenes in Friends (hey, I’m a big fan!) is the one where Monica, Rachel and Phoebe head to the NYC dress sale to search for Monica’s dream wedding dress.  Issued with whistles by the ever competitive Monica to attract attention if they locate the gown, the girls split up.  A frenzied scene results in a tussle over tulle and Jennifer Aniston cowering under a rail of frocks, using her whistle to sound the search alarm.

Girls, now’s your chance to unleash your inner Monica.

Our North East readers are sorted for this weekend’s plans, but Cheshire ladies… clear your calendar.

Big North Sample Sale

The big north sample sale is brought to you by three leading bridal boutiques in the North-West – Agapé Bridal Boutique, Love Bridal Boutique and The White Closet, and will be held at one of Cheshire’s most popular and one of Brides Up North’s own favourite wedding venues (we’ll be here a month later for our fabulous Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition), The Bowdon Rooms this Sunday 22nd February 2015.

This is the first collaboration of its kind in the North West, developed by three innovative boutiques who had the idea of bringing a host of leading bridal designers together all under one roof for Northern brides-to-be, offering a broad selection of bridal gown styles at amazing discounted prices.

Usually, a bridal boutique would host their own individual sample sale event meaning only a limited amount of brides are able to attend, with a smaller selection of dresses to choose from. The three boutiques involved pride themselves on being in tune with their brides, and knowing that the average bride likes to view a number of designers before making their final dress decision, what better way to present a sample sale than to bring the crème de la crème of bridal designers together for one exclusive event! The Big North Sample Sale allows a larger number of brides to attend and choose from a wide variety of fabulous gowns and designers.

With a collection of much sought after designers including Jenny Packham, Alan Hannah, Temperley London, Charlotte Balbier, Stephanie Allin, Stewart Parvin, Claire Pettibone, Amanda Wakeley, Terry Fox, Raimon Bundo, Ian Stuart and many many more, and with dresses available from £100 to £1700, this event is going to be seriously popular. There will also be a selection of accessories on offer too and some bridesmaid gowns. Savvy brides who know their designers, and appreciate great quality gowns will be in their element with dresses for sale at a fraction of the price. This event will also suit brides who have a shorter timescale to find their dress and whose only option may be to buy ‘off the rail’. Sample dress sizes range from 8-14.

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all gowns featured are available to buy at the event

Brides will have the opportunity to try on gowns at the event, choosing a maximum of 2 at a time. There will be dedicated changing areas (predominantly communal changing areas with some private changing areas available too) and lots of mirrors around the venue. Brides are encouraged to wear nude underwear and also bring a pair of heels of the height they are thinking of wearing on their wedding day. Bridal experts from each boutique will also be on hand to offer any advice on any alterations required, recommended seamstress contacts, dry cleaning etc (alterations and dry cleaning are not included in the dress price) There is a strict girls only policy at the event too!

Payment for dresses will be by cash or card (Visa, Mastercard or Maestro).

Whistles at the ready!

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girls only. this weekend: the wedding edit

October 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Sponsor Emma of Love Bridal Boutique would like me to extend a fabulous invitation to my readers (because she knows you’re pretty fabulous too) to the wedding edit.

The Wedding Edit

Happening this weekend – clear your diaries – on Sunday 26th October 2014, from 12pm at Styal Lodge, Cheshire, this event is your chance to see Love Bridal Boutique’s stunning new gowns in their catwalk show from some of Brides Up North’s favourite designers including Stewart Parvin, Raimon Bundo, Alan Hannah, Enzoani, Terry Fox, Mia Mia and Maids To Measure.

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Emma says: It’s going to be an amazing catwalk show, showcasing all our designers’ new collections (including bridesmaids) and then there’s a unique opportunity to chat with all of our wedding friends who are there to offer their advice about all things wedding planning. There will also be a lot of prosecco and canapés!

Strictly no boys allowed. 

This event is guest list only.  To reserve your place, please email hello@lovebridalboutique.co.uk.

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Images by Jonny Draper Photography 

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cupcake love. an intimate wedding at carlton towers – catherine & jonathan

July 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Kudos to Brides Up North reader Catherine for taking matters into her own hands and asking for her man’s hand in marriage!  One very sweet proposal and a lot of planning later, this small but perfectly formed celebration was the result.

With images by Rebecca Jones Photography.

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Catherine says:  We got engaged in our living room on Friday the 13th January 2012! And I asked Jonathan to marry me! It was all such a secret! I nearly popped! I initially wanted to propose on his birthday at our favourite local cupcake shop and have the big question iced on the cupcakes,but the shop was closed for the week! Aaaahh! However the shop re-opened and I nervously ordered the cakes for Friday the 13th of all days! I was a nervous wreck all day!

I wanted that night to be just a “normal Friday night” so I sat watching a film waiting for Jonathan to finish work. We chilled out, listened to music and ordered our take away.Later I lit the birthday cupcakes and sang a wobbly and very nervous Happy Birthday! to which I presented the “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” cupcakes!

We have been together 15 years it sure was time!

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

We fell in love with Carlton Towers in Yorkshire. We visited their wedding fair and booked the day after for the following April! It is absolutely breath-taking venue, the rooms and surroundings are stunning. It was perfect for our small intimate wedding.

A themed wedding didn’t appeal to us and we felt the venue spoke for itself. From day one we only wanted to focus on our happiness and our guests.

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

I fell in love with my dress in a magazine and just had to find it! I chose and bought my dress 18 months before the wedding from the amazing Kellie at Wedding Belles of Otley in Yorkshire. I cannot thank her enough. My Wedding gown was Sorrento by Alan Hannah, it was perfectly me!

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

My beautiful bouquet was of David Austin Juliet roses. Emma at Beau Ideal Weddings close to Carlton Towers lovingly prepared all bouquets, buttonholes and table arrangements. I was overwhelmed with her talent and expertise she delivered for our understated wedding. Everyone was thrilled with her work. She made my dreams come true!

We chose the bridesmaids’ dresses to compliment the flowers. The navy and gold looked classy against the subtle but striking peach.

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography]

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

We had our wish of a small wedding but we involved all our special people as much as we could. My sister and niece were bridesmaids and Jonathan’s niece was a flower girl. There was no one else for such an important job as Jonathan’s nephew who handed us the rings! He looked so grown up and proud at his job and brought a tear to our eyes.

We were honoured to have Jonathan’s sister and brother for our witnesses and of course the cherry on the cake… my dad giving me away!

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Saying our vows was so special! Looking into each others eyes and making those promises to one another its truly magical moment you will never forget.

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

Alan Hannah for a Wedding at Carlton Towers (c) Rebecca Jones Photography

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Deco Does It. A Modern Art Deco Wedding Inspiration Shoot In Morecambe.

April 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Julie Lomax Photography

Earlier this spring a group of North West wedding suppliers got together to collaborate on a contemporary art deco styled wedding photo-shoot at The Midland Hotel in Morecambe on the North West coast.

Brides Up North exhibitors (you can meet them both at our Hilltop Country House event in just under two weeks – click here for details) photographer Julie Lomax and cake specialist Rachel Hanna of Marie Antoinette Cakes teamed up with Vicky Cruse at The Midland Hotel to create something really special. The Midland was originally built in 1933 and is the epitome of art deco elegance and glamour. In 2013 it was lovingly restored and transformed to perfectly blend the original grandeur with a luxurious modernist style.

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Julie says: As the hotel sits right along the Lancashire coastline, it provides the perfect setting for a wedding filled with seaside chic with incredible views, particularly from the fantastic bridal suite with its huge secluded balcony featuring a private hot tub!

Inside the hotel you can make use of several different spaces for your wedding but it’s the huge Art Deco staircase that we really love with elegant sweeping lines that just seem to go on forever, a chance to get some truly unique and timeless photographs.

The team spent a long time searching for the perfect suppliers to collaborate with and certainly struck gold with a beautiful selection of headpieces, statement jewellery, flowers, dresses and a classic black tuxedo.

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

I was keen to keep the shoot as in-keeping with my natural-light style as possible, something that was relatively easy at The Midland given it’s huge windows. Capturing all of the different details whilst strongly featuring the character of the hotel was something really important to me and I spent time assessing the location prior to the shoot to ensure that I got the best photos possible on the day.

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

The beautiful dresses were a selection of beaded Jenny Packham gowns – Rose, Eden and Esme from Mears Ghyll Bridal in Lancaster who also stock a wonderful selection of gowns from designers Alan Hannah, Charlotte Balbier and Suzanne Neville. The stunningly simple Maggie Sottero Oriana dress is from Butterfly Bridal in Lancaster who are also stockists of gowns by Justin Alexander and Essense Australia.

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Samantha from Isobel Hind Couture is a very talented jewellery designer and her collection of jewellery and headpieces is really something special. Her unique style translates wonderfully to this collection which caught the eye of celebrity stylist and designer Kate Halfpenny who now stocks pieces from the range in her London showroom.

Jane from HF Couture in North Yorkshire has been designing bespoke and unique headdresses, tiaras and bouquets for over five years and they really are beautiful. If you’re looking for a one off piece that will fit perfectly with your dress then look no further. Jane has recently been commissioned by British bridal designer Madeline Isaac-James to create a range of accessories to match her 2015 bridal collection.

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

A wedding isn’t complete without flowers and Bolton-based florist Victoria from Lancashire Floristry didn’t disappoint when she created two stunning bridal arrangements with matching buttonholes for the groom. The first was a collection of black call lillies, ivory roses, brunia, black eyed chins and gorgeous succulents. Victoria also made an amazing art deco style fan of flowers using pipped hyacinth heads, tulips and beautiful white orchids, all wired together with a jewel beads.

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Rachel, my fellow organiser, from Marie Antoinette Cakes created a black, white and silver art deco themed cake for the shoot with clean lines, sharp edges, geometric shapes and patterns. Her award winning cakes are renowned for their eye catching design and deliciously moreish recipes. Rachel uses the best quality ingredients and takes the time to really understand your cake requirements in a free, no obligation consultation. Her designs include the increasingly popular Simply Antoinette range which was launched in 2012 but bespoke designs are equally as in demand. Not only does she create tiered cakes but also makes cupcakes, cake tables, dessert tables and wedding favours.

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Debra from Ruby Red Lips Makeup is based at her studio at the beautiful Last Drop Village in Bolton and has a real passion for makeup and really making you and your bridal party feel extra special. Debra takes the time to really understood your skin and the look you want to create in a pre-wedding trial so that everything on the day runs smoothly and you and your bridal party can really enjoy the experience and feel pampered. For this shoot so created really strong eyes and lips and took inspiration from the flowers with deep purple on the eye lids and on the lips.

Alex Lee from Sarah’s Hair in Bolton was the hair stylist on the day and spent time beforehand understanding the models hair, researching art deco hair styles and understanding the headpieces before deciding upon a style. She used thin tongs to create curls which were then softened to create a modern, softer version of the classic finger wave. Alex was then on hand throughout the course of the day to fix various headpieces into place which she made look a lot easier than it actually is!

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Julie Lomax Photography

Julie Lomax Photography

Chelsea Leigh Edgar – Miss Bury 2014 – was the stunning bride for this wonderful shoot and looked amazing next to our groom, Peter Smithson. Chelsea is studying for a degree in Fine Art but enjoys modelling in her spare time having worked with me on previous shoots. 

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