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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: Starlets! A Styled Bridal Shoot In Yorkshire By The Little Bridal Company

January 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I am proud to introduce lovely Brides Up North Featured Supplier Becky of Bradford based The Little Bridal Company as she debuts her first complete collection here on the blog.  Becky is fiercely proud to be a Northern bridal designer and draws heavily on design influences from bygone eras to create beautiful and distinctive designs.  And we are all for that around here!

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Get ready to twirl, girls!

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Becky says:  The photo shoot took place in the simply stunning The Midland Hotel in the centre of Bradford.  The idea behind the shoot was to bring together up and coming bright stars of the bridal business based in and around Bradford. Bradford has had a bad press over the last few years, resulting in a lack of jobs and opportunity. I wanted to show that there really is something good happening in our city so watch out!

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My first complete off the peg collection is named ‘Starlets’  and my muse a young actress, especially one working her way up through the star system. This rings so true in so many ways. The Little Bridal Company with myself at the helm is at the beginning of its own journey through the star system. So too is a bride.

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company.

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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The inspiration behind The Little Bridal Company has many origins.

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Thanks to my grandparents the love of musicals is deep-set: ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’, ‘Wizard Of Oz’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’ (to name but a few). Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Sofia Lauren graced the screens with their true beauty – no air brushing needed – and they had womanly, hour glass figures. No wonder we are seeing a vintage revival with so many smoke screens in the world today! These films take you away to a fantasy world where the good prevail, the bad lose and everybody lives happily ever after.  Isn’t that what we need to pick us up in this time of austerity?

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It isn’t reality but who wants reality 24/7 and what better time to embrace this feeling than on your wedding day were you do get your happily ever after and your knight in shining armour?! You are the star in your own show for that one day and just maybe if you work at it that feeling will stay with you for your entire marriage just like in the good old days.

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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The Little Bridal Company harps back to the days of elegance and sultriness of the 1940′s and 50′s glory days, with echoes of the war time ethos ‘make do and mend’ when dresses were made from old bed sheets and curtaining during the war and grow your own and self sustainability were encouraged.

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In this current age we are encouraged to spend, spend, spend and told that new is best, but in the world of weddings this is not always the best way to go. Embracing the old and fashionably labelling it ‘vintage’ has helped the modern day bride personalise every element of her special day.  ‘Something old’ and ‘something borrowed’ has now taken on a whole new role and I applaud this.

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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‘Starlets’ is a soft, feminine collection created for my 2013 brides to be.  The collection is heavily influenced by ‘The New Look’ collection of 1947 by Dior:  this post war collection brought back the femininity, soft rounded shapes and full flowing shapes which had been lost during the war when women went to work to aid the war effort and fabric was in short supply.

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The term fit or flounce was first penned around this time describing the quintessential silhouettes of the era. The dresses placed great emphasis on the narrowing of the waist, creating a feminine and curvaceous silhouette.

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Karen Spencer for The Little Bridal Company

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Little Black Book

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Dresses – The Little Bridal Company

Suits – Pins Bespoke Tailors

Photographer – Karen Spencer

Location – The Midland Hotel

Make up – Holly Hutchinson

Florist and props – Greenhouse

Bouquets and headpieces – Urban Bride

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  – Images © 2013 Karen Spencer

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Urban Rockabilly! A Styled Bridal Shoot To Celebrate The Launch Of Legend By Fable & Promise

October 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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As they say in the movies, that’s a wrap! 

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I am so happy to close a thoroughly successful Brides Up North Wedding Exhibition Autumn season (five huge shows no less!) packed with record attendances, stunning venues, the very best exhibitors and so many lovely, lovely brides and grooms.  As I commented on Twitter last night on the way home from our amazing closing show at Rise Hall – it’s been absolutely epic!

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Thank you so, so much for all your support.  If you missed our Autumn shows (or would like to visit us for even more wedding inspiration next time) then watch out for a full calendar of 2013 events coming up soon – with some exciting changes to the schedule and some brand new venues in the mix too!  I can’t wait!

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In the meantime, interested exhibitors can email me on julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for a list of current dates and information – be quick – we are already filling fast for both Spring and Autumn 2013.

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Now, season completed and slight celebratory lie in allowed (you noticed this post was an hour late, right?), it’s on with the show on these swirly silver pages!  Today, I am thrilled to welcome back Brides Up North Featured Supplier Fable & Promise with another stunning (and so refreshingly different) bridal shoot to share with you today.  If you saw their last styled shoot (click here) then you’ll know that you are in for a treat!

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How much are you loving the pin curls and swallow motifs?

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Charlotte of Fable & Promise says: I don’t know how much you know about Fable & Promise so I’ll start with a very brief overview. We are a (relatively) new bridal boutique in the heart of Lancashire. Our collections include some of the most sought after designers. We seek out the most exquisite and unusual bridal accessories, we can cater for bridesmaids and all your men folk and our services are second to none. Our roots are in bespoke bridal design with over 10 years of creative experience and we just love helping brides achieve the perfect look. We are serious magpies; we are drawn to sumptuous fabrics and lavish embellishments. We love delicate lace and glistening silks. We are suckers for a fantastic collection… but there is another side to us. A side where Legends are created…

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Welcome to Legend by Fable & Promise

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We are extremely proud to announce that we have launched our own alternative bridal collection.

Whether your dream day is steeped in mythology, reminiscent of a bygone era or you simply want to rock your day your own way, Fable & Promise are here to bring the Legend to life. With our feet firmly planted in the alternative community it’s only natural that we unleash our imagination and flex our creative fingers to bring you something different for your wedding day.

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How has Legend evolved?
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We have always had the more theatrical and dramatic string to our bow. Before Fable & Promise began we were known within the Gothic community as Bride & Gloom and have had brides travel from all over the UK to enlist Rachel’s services. With embarking on Fable & Promise our attention was focused solely on our brides and their needs… and on settling in to a new business. As we’ve grown and matured we have become more and more able to turn our attention to our own dreams of creating our own bridal collection. Legend by Fable & Promise is the culmination of all those ideas that have been germinating quietly behind the scenes and have finally be let out into the daylight.

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We also have Brides Up North to thank…

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It was at the Brides Up North Tweet Up North West back in June that we met Bobby and Suzanna from Celebration Village. Tracy and I were both there but found ourselves circulating and talking to different people. When I caught up with Tracy, her and Suzanna were plotting… seriously plotting. That first meeting led us to a series of visits, where a meeting of minds and creative forces came together and resulted in us having our own alternative department at Celebration Village; THE wedding department store in Manchester city centre.

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We now have a small collection of one-off, never to be repeated designs alongside a capsule collection of timeless classics which can be made-to-measure to your requirements. The range is quite small at the moment but will be a proper department by the time of our official launch in January. 

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All our designs are original to Fable and Promise; a collection of designs that we have personally designed and created in their entirety. From concept and pattern development to hand embellishment… every part is hand made by us.

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The Preview

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Last weekend Celebration Village hosted their own wedding fair, where all the wedding professionals housed under CV’s roof came together  to produce a dazzling array of choice and inspiration for those who are in the process of planning their special day. Legend by Fable & Promise was launched at this weekend event. It was with this in mind that we just knew we needed to do a photo shoot to celebrate and show you one snapshot of what we can do. It was so difficult to decide whether to bring you Rock Rebel, Gothic Romance or 20’s Decadence (all collections within the Legend range). But in the end it was Rachel’s imagination and current experiment with embroidery and poetry that decided we would go with a rockabilly themed wedding, the results of which you see here.

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Sam is wearing Perry-Su, our Rockabilly inspired wedding dress in ivory duchess satin with Kingfisher blue pleated sash; swallow and poetic heart embroidery in shades of peacock, teamed up with kingfisher petticoats. Tracy also created the stunning bouquet with hearts and swallows in the centre of the flowers.

Emma is wearing Mary-Lou, our matching bridesmaid in Kingfisher blue with deep purple sash and is accompanied by her adorable daughter Indy.

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We kept Jack quite relaxed, opting not to go for the formal morning suit. Instead we teamed up black waistcoat and shirt with one of our favourite hand silk screened ties of Dia de los Muertos sugar skulls.

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The Team

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Of course we couldn’t have created this shoot without the help of some of our favourite professionals:  Zoe of ZT Photography who managed to squeeze us in to her burgeoning workload without much notice; Kerry Baker MUA who created gorgeous 50’s inspired looks with a Legend twist; Rachel Mason of D4re to be Different who styled and coloured our models hair and Barber B of Piranha Hair Studio Leeds who created awesome hair tattoos.

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Little Black Book

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Dresses: Fable & Promise

Images: ZT Photography

Make Up: Kerry Baker MUA

Hair: D4re to be Different and Piranha Hair Studio

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  – Images © 2012 ZT Photography

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Lady Of The Lake: A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West By Fable & Promise

September 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I love it when a styled bridal shoot lands in my inbox that completely knocks my socks off.  Today’s entrancing submission sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Charlotte of Fable & Promise did just that, and then some.

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This striking collection is so different, and has been beautifully and tastefully executed by the team.  The set of images stays true to theme throughout and the story really comes through.  The result makes for uncomfortable – yet stunning – viewing, as I really feared for our tragic heroine in white.  Be sure to give the film a spin too for an alternative look.  

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Haunting perfection. 

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Lady of the Lake from Motion Films on Vimeo.

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Charlotte of Fable & Promise says: I’m not entirely sure how the idea evolved but somehow the Lady of the Lake idea grabbed hold of our imagination and took on a life of its own. The initial idea and location were Kerry (Kerry Baker MUA) and Andy’s brainchild, but what it turned into perhaps wasn’t envisaged by any of us at the outset. After showing me a couple of photos of a recent trip to Buttermere Lake, that first grain of an idea turned into something we can all be proud of.

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Kerry and I had worked on a couple of projects together and very quickly discovered that we shared the same enthusiasm and creative direction. A harmless conversation turned into a plan, a simple idea into a mighty project and what started out as a very romantic, possible risk the dress shoot, very quickly turned into a much more creative, sod the dresses photo shoot.

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Well, if you’re going to do something, do it properly!

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The whole idea behind the photo shoot was to explore both the light and dark sides of the Arthurian Legend of the Lady of the Lake… was she the romantic heroine that aids King Arthur and his knights in his endeavours or the dark temptress that seduces Merlin and traps him by using his own magic against him?

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This gave Fable & Promise the opportunity to really unleash the creativity. We instantly knew that our favourite San Patrick dress was perfect for our heroine played by Sadie; the dress is called Calais, with layers of the softest tulle and feather detail. It was ideal for our innocent Lady of the Lake. We knew it would catch the breeze and float on the water and really create that ethereal beauty.

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We then needed something completely new for our darker Lady of the Lake played by Rosie. Fable & Promise not only showcases stunning contemporary bridal designers but we also create bespoke garments and couldn’t resist letting our alternative influences take over. We decided to make our temptress a dress in the richest aubergine satin and tulle; similar in silhouette to Calais but wilder.

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Kerry and I seem to spark off each other and I think Kerry’s imagination really took off with this photo shoot. The looks she created for both Sadie and Rosie were simply stunning and perfectly contrasting. I’ll let Kerry explain how she got there:

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“Sadie’s look was of one of purity and innocence with an effervescent quality to add a touch of magic. I used a combination of reflective pigments and soft sheer colours to create a light, dewy finish. Real human hair false lashes were used top and bottom to add a whimsical, romantic touch.

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Rosie’s look, by contrast, was dark, seductive with a earthy quality. Her eyes were laced with purples and green pigments to compliment the tones in the dress. Our temptress was also given dramatic lashes and glossy, wine coloured lips to complete the look.

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The products I used on the shoot are almost entirely by an amazing brand called Illamasqua…and it is thanks to their amazing skin base foundation that the models skin looks as flawless both before and after their dunkings! “

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We called on a handful of amazing individuals to help us bring this idea together:

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Duncan Fisher interpreted our vision perfectly, creating soft romantic curls for Sadie and tempestuous tresses for Rosie. The weather was quite mean to us so Duncan had to work particularly hard to keep the girls locks in order through the wind and rain… and repeated dunkings in the water!

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We were also delighted to have Chic Flowers of Leyland on board too. Chic Flowers is a new venture but they are not new to floristry and the bouquets and hair pieces they created for our theme were amazing. They knew exactly what we were looking for and really pulled out all the stops.

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We approached ZT Photography absolutely certain that Zoe was the right person for the job. I’d worked with Zoe and Liam on a previous shoot and knew the idea would spark her interest. She also captured the contrast between the purity and the untamed perfectly. I caught my breath the first time I saw some of the images and I’m still in awe of the levitation shots! Our lips are definitely sealed on that one.

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We also had Chris and Mike of CMY Productions on hand throughout the day creating the brilliant ‘behind the scenes’ video. I think they’ve really captured the feel of the day – and I don’t even mind that they caught me on film!

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Our models Sadie and Rosie were both completely amazing and perfect for this theme. It was a cold and windy day and neither of them even blinked an eyelid to us wanting them to get in the freezing cold water, repeatedly and completely! I certainly wouldn’t relish lying in cold stony water as the sun dips behind the hills and the wind whips wet hair against my face, but they were completely committed to what we were trying to achieve and I love them for it. You can see in the behind the scenes video that even completely soaked to the skin they are both big grins the entire day.

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And the day wouldn’t have worked without our good friend Andy; tour guide come extremely good natured dogsbody. He was an absolute star running about for everyone and generally helping the day run smoothly.

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I can’t tell you the excitement we’ve had over this photo shoot. Right from the very beginning we’ve know it was going to be pretty special but the results just blow us away. The anticipation to see the images has just been insane… I was literally on the edge of my seat as I downloaded the folder and waited as each image loaded and Kerry and I passed frantic messages between ourselves as we saw what had come out of everyone’s hard work.

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Little Black Book

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Concept, organization and styling -Kerry (Kerry Baker MUA) and Charlotte

Dresses- Fable & Promise Wedding Co. Ltd

Make up – Kerry Baker MUA

Hair – Duncan Fisher

Flowers – Chic Flowers

Photography – ZT Photography

Videography – CMY Productions

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  – Images © 2012 ZT Photography 

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