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eye candy. sabina motasem 2016 collection

July 28th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon, it’s time for some eye candy of the most lovely, as we welcome bridalwear designer Sabina Motasem, and her gorgeous new en pointe collection to these pretty pages, with styling and design inspiration taken from the world of ballet. If you are looking for luxurious, understated elegance on your wedding day, look no further.

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sabina says: I have taken inspiration from ballet for my latest collection of dresses. A ballerina, just like a bride, encapsulates elegance, grace and beauty through refined movement and flow. The dresses emphasize my brides’ gracefulness, as if floating weightlessly on air throughout her special day with the special man in her life.

I love the romance that comes from vintage Hollywood and the passion that comes from ballet.  I love to sprinkle a bit of that magic glamour and sophistication into everything I do.

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Each dress is handcrafted in London and made from the finest Italian silk crepes, chiffons and satins and French lace to achieve the highest quality finish. There are also beautiful separates, which slip on over many of the dresses, transforming them into completely new looks for day and night.

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Emillienne

Our favorite?  It has to be Emillienne, a luxe dress with a choice of art nouveau beaded neck detail in either silver metal or rose gold, crystals or pearls.  Just delightful.

Get ready for your curtain call…

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Genevieve

Prices start from £1,400 and gowns are available throughout the UK and internationally.

Visit www.motasem.co.uk

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Wednesday Wed-spiration! Prima Ballerina

July 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon’s wedding blog instalment comes to you a little later than planned – at least this globetrotter is back home at last (!) – but it is no less beautiful for the delay. 

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Brides Up North reader Francesca writes: “I used to dance a lot and I would like to incorporate this into my wedding somehow.  I am thinking ballerina styling, soft pinks… but I don’t know how to do this without it looking overly girly and kitsh? Can you help me with some inspiration?”

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Francesca, your wish is our command, with a Wednesday Wed-spiration mood board by Brides Up North guest blogger Katy of What Katy Did Next.  We hope that you love it as much as we do.  Pink doesn’t have to mean sickly sweet. 

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Prima Ballerina Wedding Inspiration

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1. Ballerina Bun 2. Lusan Mandongus Gown 3. Ballerina Louboutins 4. Hydrangea Bouquet 5. Peonies Table Decor 6. Lingerie by Annette / Headwear by What Katy Did Next 7. Ruched Dress 8. Music Sheet Button Hole 9. Ruffle Cake

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Katy says: As requested by Brides Up North reader Francesca, I have incorporated ‘dance’ into this week’s moodboard. Hints of ballerina styling and soft pinks were a must, but our reader wanted the theme to stay away from kitsch and overly girly decor. I avoided the obvious tutu style wedding dress and went for a classic and elegant wedding gown that still resembled ballerina attire, I love the draping chiffon. Slightly pricey but very fun heeled ballet shoe Louboutins would look amazing with the dress and a beautiful swept up bun, which could be styled very neatly or with loose tendrils depending on your wedding mood.

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I do think little flower girls in tutus would be very cute – keep them stylish by adding a wrap around cardigan in true ballet style. A beautiful soft pink bridesmaid dress like the ruched beauty pictured. There are lots of beautiful ballerina style dresses out at the moment that are maybe a little too short for bridesmaids. If there is a style you like why not take images to a local dress designer and talk about altering or designing your own dresses?

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I picked gorgeous tutu-like flowers such as hydrangeas and peonies for your bouquet and centrepieces, and tissue pom pom flowers would also make a great alternative centrepiece. You could make some yourself out of sheet music like that fabulous Groom’s button hole. To keep the pink from being too girly, mix it with grey shades or a contrasting black – it will break up the candy coloured pink and white and look stylish too. Over all when I think ballerina, I picture ruffles, floaty fabric, ribbons and pearls. All perfect for creating a beautiful and ethereal theme.

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Remember: the plan is to share a new inspiration board in this time slot every week, either compiled by myself, regular guest blogger Katy or YOU: get in touch with your own ideas and inspiration boards! We’ll be discussing our inspirations behind the images too so it’s simply going to be a whole load of lovely.

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If you are a little less arty but in need of inspiration and still want to play along, we will also be taking requests for colour schemes and themes and making bespoke boards for my readers. Please contact me to suggest a theme or colour scheme.

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Click here to see previous Wednesday Wed-spiration Mood Boards

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Friday Fabulous! Brides Up North’s Northern Talent Guest Edit For Wedding Magazine

August 19th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I have a very special Friday Fabulous for you this week, as was featured on Wednesday (the day of the big server crash no less!) as a Guest Editor on Wedding Magazine’s website.

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was my bible when I was getting hitched, so just to be asked was a huge honour for this and reflects how far Brides Up North has come in the last nine months. 

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It was also an absolutely brilliant opportunity for me to show off some amazing Northern talent.  I hope that you enjoy it.  Be inspired by my muted pink palette of perfection!

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Click the image to visit the supplier’s website. 

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After a horrific week of computer troubles, car troubles, the lot… things are looking up for this wedding blogger.  I’m off out to celebrate making it through alive. 

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Super Sunday!

March 13th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Today I am heading for the British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate to see what thee region’s best suppliers have got up their sleeves for you lucky Brides Up North next season.  I’m going to be like a kid in a sweet shop! 

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I though I would leave you with some sugar of your own.  The best of the blogosphere this week…its quite a colourful offering this time around…

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Style Me PrettyBallet inspired photo shoot via Style Me Pretty

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Oh my goodness gracious me!  This has to be one of the most gorgeous bridal style shoots I have ever seen in my entire life.  I just want to look at this loveliness over and over again forever and ever. The hair, the dresses, the grace.  KNOCKOUT.

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p.s. Do you get the impression I liked it?

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Madame TartineColourful Mexican themed wedding via Madame Tartine

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This vibrant rainbow fiesta adds a bit of sunshine to my Sunday morning! Love it.

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Green Wedding ShoesBeautiful and fun strawberry farm wedding via Green Wedding Shoes

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This looks like my kind of wedding party.  Bursting with juicy personality!

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Brooklyn Bride

A lovely engagement shoot via Brooklyn Bride

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As you all have probably realised by now, I am such a sucker for balloons. This is pretty.

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Merci New YorkAn NYC engagement shoot via Merci New York

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Man, how I heart NYC. My hubby and I spent the first 4 days of our honeymoon in the city that never sleeps and I adore that place.  This great engagement shoot brought back some wonderful memories. 

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And with that, I’m off to Harrogate!  Watch the blog this week – I have some fab posts planned! Over and out.

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