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Eye Candy: Suzanne Neville’s Vintage Rose Collection At The Tower Of London

June 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s been one of those mornings here at  Brides Up North HQ.  An absolute catalogue of (both domestic and blog related – that’s what you sometimes get for running a busy business alongside welcoming a new baby) errors has ensued meaning that this fab feature comes to you a little a lot later than planned.  Still, we made it – for a while it was doubtful – and aren’t things looking pretty around here?!

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If you follow me over on Twitter and Facebook (go get involved if not) then you’ll know that as well as playing the role of harassed mummy, running my own wedding blog and bridal events business also means that I sometimes get to dress up and swan around swanky venues, soaking up all the wedding pretty and new trends.  And that’s almost as good as being a harassed mummy. 

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A few weeks ago I was in London for White Gallery, a huge deal in the wedding industry, and basically a massive event where all the top bridal design names (and some exciting newcomers too) present their newest collections to the trade and press.  Its a first look at the gorgeous gowns that will be arriving in a boutique near you soon.

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Off with her head! The Tower Of London

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It was such a mad day (I was up at 5:00am to catch the early train and home by midnight) filled with taxi cabs, catwalks, catch ups and crazily beautiful wedding gowns and accessories.  I’ll be featuring lots of what I saw and did on these pages over the coming weeks (it’s far too much for just one blog post, and since my job is to bring the pretty direct to your computer screen, I’d be doing you a disservice with just a quick recap of my favourites), but today I’d like to introduce the absolutely drop dead gorgeous new Vintage Rose collection by designer Suzanne Neville.

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Totally spoilt – treats from the team

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If you think these gowns look good in the pictures here, just you wait till you see them in real life!

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I was one of only two blogs invited to see the preview – a real honour, and lovely to finally to meet the lovely team behind Rock My Wedding – hello guys! – held in the historic HM Tower Of London.  After meeting the team at Suzanne Neville and the lovely, lovely lady herself (an iconic British designer but so wonderfully welcoming, humble and excited about her new collection), I settled down in the primest of seats (dead at the end of the catwalk, thank you very much) for a showcase of scrumptious wedding gowns that completely took my breath away.

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What a view

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Girls.  I urge you.  Seek out a stockist near you (there are loads up here in the North) before making any rash wedding dress decisions.  These you have to see.

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Always at the forefront of design, this collection is an inspirational collaboration of eccentric art, decadent fabrics, jewels and opulent lavish panache. The collection is an amalgamation of fashion trends, classic tailoring and flowing fancy that combines contemporary edgy chic  with truly wonderful historic masterpieces. Joyous fabrics in laces and prints, embroidery and sparkle, brocades and dazzle.

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Keeping the foundation of fine quality, workmanship and cut and made in Suzanne’s London studios with care and excitement, the collection is a thoroughly modern approach to dressing brides on that special romantic life changing day.

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Click here to find a stockist in your locality.  Happy days.

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Little Black Book

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Gowns: Suzanne Neville

Accessories: Hermoine Harbutt, Halo and Co, Flo & Percy, Aruna Seth

Flowers: Bloomingayles

Photography: Mike Daines

Videography: Dominic Jamesson McClean

Hair: Eastern Regal

Make up: Jamie-Lee O’Sullivan

Production: Svend and the team at DSA Production Services Ltd

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Suzanne Neville

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Marquee In The Meadow: A Real Wedding In Derbyshire – Francesca & Ivan

November 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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After a weekend off celebrating two years in business (lets wait till The Brides Up North Christmas Party for that!) indulging in a bit of shopping with the girls, catching up on emails and invoicing and a really rather good pub lunch at our soon to be local, I’m diving back into the Real Wedding pretty headfirst.

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Monday is off to a fabulous start with this beautiful big day in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, sent to me by real bride and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Francesca of the gorgeous bridal boutique Choola in Sheffield and talented Andy Hook Photography

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I always love to see how industry colleagues style their own celebrations, and Francesca and Ivan’s perfectly pastel country meadow wedding certainly doesn’t disappoint on ooh factor (not least because of their cute ring bearers – watch out for them).  Let’s hear from the lady herself. 

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Francesca says:  We got engaged (unofficially) at The British Bridal Exhibition in March 2011! I guess there couldn’t be a more perfect place with us owning a bridal boutique!   Ivan took me completely by surprise but as he wanted my parent’s permission first we had to keep it secret until a few days later when he had been to see my parents. He then officially proposed in May with a beautiful ring made especially from my black pearl given to me for my 18th birthday set with two stunning diamonds!

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We tied the knot on 16th June 2012 at St James Church, Norton, Sheffield followed by a “Marquee in the Meadow” reception behind my in-laws’ home in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

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The church holds many memories for me so there was no where else we could have married! It is a beautiful church and having attended since being a little girl, I knew I would feel totally at ease walking down aisle there.

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We wanted to have a marquee reception as we didn’t want anything too formal and wanted a setting completely unique to us where no one had been before. It meant we could put our own stamp on it and there wouldn’t be any restrictions.  Our family is very relaxed and often quite spontaneous so having the marquee gave us the freedom to just let the day evolve, without any time restrictions or rules!

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We wanted the wedding to have that thrown together kind of look. I love anything classic but quirky so that’s what we went for: relaxed country glamour.   We chose several colours to work with:  lemon, pale pink, mint green, lavender and powder blue. This was reflected in the bridesmaids’ dresses and flowers.

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I was very spoiled and had a beautiful couture gown made for me by the very talented Sharon Bowen Haute Couture. I have always loved Sharon’s collections and knew that she would be the only person to make my dress. Having previously designed for Dior and Chloe I knew I was in safe hands!

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Sharon and I designed the dress together and it was perfect. It was made from duchesse satin, tulle, beaded lace and hand stitched silk flowers. The jacket was made from matching hand beaded lace.

I wanted a dress that was very “me”. It had to be quirky but still classic enough to stand the test of time.

I have to admit that I did feel a bit of pressure to wear something spectacular! As the owner of a bridal boutique, I was constantly being asked what I was going to wear so I was a little worried that it wouldn’t live up to expectations!

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My something old was my sister’s veil. We re-made it to create a “frouf” as we affectionately called it! This created volume before the train of the veil.  My something new was my dress and my fabulous Aruna Seth shoes!  My something borrowed was my best friends gorgeous Chanel earrings and my something blue was a ribbon stitched into my gown.  As well as my veil, I also wore a diamante seahorse hairclip in my hair. I absolutely love seahorses and knew I would have to involve them somewhere!

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I carried the most stunning bouquet made mostly from peonies – my favourite flower – along with roses, lavender, rosemary and a whole host of other beautiful flowers by Petalis, Sheffield. 

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The bridesmaids dresses were by Alvina Valenta and Jim Hjelm.  I wanted each of the girls to wear a different dress in a different colour and it was one of the easiest shopping trips ever! They all loved their gowns and I think it took less than an hour for all five of them to try on, decide and order.  They then all wore fabulous heels by Paradox London all dyed to match their dresses individually. I gave them each a silver bracelet to wear on the day as well as a candle in the scent used for the wedding to remind them of the day!

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The groomsmen all wore morning suits from Dapper Suits in charcoal and black with double breasted waistcoats. They wore soft dove grey and ivory and each chose their own tie. It was great to see a mixture of spots, stripes and colour.  Ivan and the best man Alisdaire wore sand coloured linen double breasted waistcoats. They all looked very handsome!

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Ivan arrived at the church in a vintage Austin Healey that belongs to his father. His dad spent months restoring the car so we could use it for the wedding! Ivan’s mum tied coloured ribbons to the handles and made a “Just Married” sign complete with shining tin cans. 

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During the service, Ivan surprised me by having our dogs as ring bearers! He pretended to have forgotten the rings and then whistled and our Jack Russell came scampering down the ails with the ring tied to a bow! A second whistle and our Springer spaniel came running down the aisle with the other ring! Fabulous!

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Saying my vows and marrying my best friend was so overwhelming I could have burst with happiness. 

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When we came out of the church, the ushers made a shotgun arch and as Ivan and I walked through, they all fired confetti from their shotguns!  Ivan runs a shoot and we were keen for our day to really reflect us and what is special to us, so having our dogs involved in our ceremony and shotguns firing confetti was just perfect for us. 

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After the rain had stopped, the best man surprised us by having access to some private land behind Hassop Hall. This meant we could get some spectacular photos overlooking the valley sitting on the back of the Austin Healy. Just magical! Ivan and I then sped off in the car around Bakewell with the “just married” sign flapping in the wind and tin cans rattling along the road! It was a wonderful moment that will never leave me. 

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Once we arrived at the marquee (now back in the Mercedes to save the Austin Healey from being wrecked!) we were greeted by a red tractor to tow us onto the field! The heavy rain has made the lane and field impassable so cue tractor and toe rope and bride and groom arrived safely at the marquee much to the amusement and delight of our guests. I don’t think many brides arrive being dragged by a tractor but yet again it just added to the fun of the day!

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We only used little decoration in the marquee (Ascot Marquees) as we wanted the gorgeous flowers to really stand out. Some bunting, lanterns, candles and some hanging hearts and birds completed the look. We also had a Bride and Groom Scarecrow to greet our guests in the entrance to the marquee that Ivan had spent hours making the night before the wedding in the pouring rain. They were fantastic though and added to the country feel of the day. 

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We had a gorgeous cake made for us by Anna of HunkyDory Cakes in Sheffield. We gave her a rough brief but then left her to her own devices and the result was amazing. We were very laid back about all aspects of our wedding and I loved walking into the marquee and having the cake and flowers as a surprise. The cake was four tiers made of fruit, chocolate, lemon and mocha. Delicious!

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The rest of the catering was done by Big On Taste near Derby.

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We had a jazz band (The Bungalow Band) to play for the guests on arrival at the marquee. They were so good that the guests were dancing straight away! We sadly only caught the end of them as we were away having our photographs taken (and having a drink in the pub).  We then had a live band for the evening called Twice Around and Mick, the drummer and family friend also DJ’d for us.  The dance floor was packed all night!

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After the wedding we had a couple of days in the Lake District staying at Candlewyck Barn arranged for us by the best man. We could only take a couple of days off though as we had so many brides marrying this summer that we had to get back to the shop! We are planning to take our “honeymoon proper” this Christmas though. 

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I have two tips for other Brides Up North, one practical and the other profound!

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The first, is if you can, have a wedding planner. Lisa Hilliard was fantastic and as it was a marquee reception, having someone there to oversee all the logistics was very reassuring. She was fantastic on the day and really enabled everyone to relax and enjoy the day. 

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The second tip is don’t over-think things and don’t worry!  All that matters is that you get to marry your soul mate! It’s very easy to get wrapped up in small details or worrying about what may or may not be. Ultimately it’s the marriage that matters with the day simply being the start of a fantastic journey so don’t sweat the small things.  With my husband and I having had our fair share of tragedy, we have learnt that life is short and very precious. Put things into perspective and make the most of what really matters.  The day comes and goes so quickly that my advice is to enjoy every minute of the planning and the day, whilst it may be a cliché it really is the best day of your life, so relax, don’t stress, and enjoy!

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Congratulations Francesca & Ivan!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North.  Here’s how. 

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  – Images © 2012 Andy Hook Photography

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Prima Ballerina!

February 21st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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If you can’t remember the last time you wore heels, or if you just want to dance all night on your big day -consider a cute pair of bridal ballerinas.  Far from being the boring, the comfy option can be the prettiest too! From glam to sporty, there is a ballet pump for every bride.  Brides Up North showcase a few current favourites. 

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Like ‘em?  Click on the image and go straight to the website!

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Pretty Ballerinas Champagne Leather

Pretty Ballerinas, Kristen €159

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Gina Jean

Gina Jean £605

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Jimmy Choo Whirl £195

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Aruna Seth Aliah

Aruna Seth Aliah £395

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Moda in Pelle Frosting

Moda in Pelle Frosting £59.95

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Dune Blitz

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Dune Blitz £65

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Redfoot

Redfoot Zara White Lace £35.99

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.Topshop Voice Topshop Voice £18

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Anglomania Ultragirl

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Ultragirl VI Pink £85

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River IslandRiver Island Light Pink Ballerina Shoes £24.99

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20 Years of Caroline Castigliano

January 8th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I adore the delightful designs of Caroline Castigliano.  In fact, I featured the designer as Eye Candy here

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Its a special year for Caroline Castigliano, as the renowned luxury bridal brand celebrates it’s 20th year in the UK.  Caroline Castigliano got in touch to tell Brides Up North all about their plans…

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Caroline says, “The past 20 years have been such a pleasure and such a success. 2011 is not only a significant milestone for our 20th anniversary, but will also become one of the most memorable years in the bridal industry.”

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Celebrations will begin with a spectacular evening of bridal fashion as Caroline unveils her exquisite new 2011/12 collection at a luxurious catwalk event at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, on 20th January 2011.

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In conjunction with Brides Magazine, guests will be treated to a champagne reception in the magnificent Ballroom as they enjoy bridal beauty advice and makeovers from Christian Dior and Paul Edmonds, view stunning accessories from De Beers and Aruna Seth; bridal stationary from Smythson and beautiful bridal flowers from Moyses Stevens.

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The event will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London from 7pm – 9.30pm.

Tickets to the event are £25 and are strictly limited.

Tickets can be booked by calling 020 8545 2665 or online at www.carolinecastigliano.co.uk

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Oh la la!  Sounds POSH! A peep at what is in store…

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Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the smoke. Caroline Castigliano has a strong presence in the North, with boutiques in Leeds, Wilmslow and Edinburgh.  Give them a call to arrange an appointment, and join the birthday party!

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Caroline Castigliano, Leeds, 12 The Headrow

Caroline Castigliano, Wilmslow, 40 Water Lane

Caroline Castigliano, Edinburgh, 6 Waterloo Place

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Eye Candy: Aruna Seth

December 16th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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Think gorgeous bridal shoes, think Aruna Seth.  In the finest ivory silks and leathers, adorned with twinkling Swarovski crystals, these shoes are every princess bride’s dream.

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I want them all… particularly a certain pair…

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I defy you to see any you won’t want, but if you are particularly taken with a pair, click the image to go straight to the Aruna Seth website

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AS Cerise

Cerise £675

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AS Aliah

Aliah £395

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AS Bryony

Bryony £495

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AS Sherri

Sherri £499

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AS Anais

Anais £345

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AS Elisabeth

Elisabeth £499

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AS Cerise Wedge

Cerise Wedge £625

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AS Farfalla

Farfalla £455

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And, being a bit of a ski bunny at heart, my absolute personal favourite bridal shoe ever (!!!), perfect for a winter wedding in the snow…OMG…

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AS Evi

Evi £1,750

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Have you been lucky enough to wear Aruna Seth to your Real WeddingContact me!

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