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friday fabulous!

September 26th, 2014 | Julia Braime

J'adore Clutch by Miss Selfridge

J’adore you too!

Clutch bag, £16 by Miss Selfridge

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Friday Fabulous!

June 13th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Coast

Punchy and pretty.  If you prefer a clutch to a bouquet, I think we’ve found your gal.

Floral Pizazz Clutch, £55 by Coast 

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Friday Fabulous!

March 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Coast Georgie Clutch

Is it just me or did the countdown to the weekend suddenly get glitzier?!

Georgie gold glitter bag by Coast, £50

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Delicate Treasures. Supplier Showcase: Ophelia May PLUS Exclusive Discount For Wedding Blog Readers!

February 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Madeline

I’m starting the week with something simply gorgeous (hey, isn’t that how we always start the week here at Brides Up North) and introducing another of my super creative Featured Suppliers – Jenny of bespoke accessories brand Ophelia May.  I’ve had the privilege of seeing and trying Jenny’s beautiful collection at one of our Brides Up North luxury events and let me tell you, these pieces are even more delicate and delectable in real life than on these pretty pages. 

And the cherry on top?  Ophelia May is also offering Brides Up North readers an exclusive 15% discount on all orders placed by midnight on 16th March 2014 using the code BUNweb15.  If I were you, I’d hightailing it over to Jenny’s online shop right now, before the rest get there first.

In the meantime, let’s say hello…

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May 

Roselyn

Tell us about Ophelia May and how it all began? 

Ophelia May offers beautiful vintage inspired bridal accessories and hair adornments. Each piece is individually handcrafted, with delicate embroidery and embellished with scatterings of Swarovski crystals, tiny pearls and seed beads. The collections are designed using beautiful silks, Scottish lace and vintage bits, to produce a unique selection of intricate head pieces and bridal sashes.

I have always had a particular interest in bygone eras and find that this often translates into my work sometimes even unintentionally. I am forever collecting vintage fabrics, jewellery, beads and pearls as well as fragments of antique lace. Not only do these inspire me to create beautiful pieces but they can also be incorporated into the designs, ensuring no two pieces will ever be quite the same.

Following my degree in Textile Crafts, where I specialised in Embroidery, I did a placement with a bridal designer in London. I then went on to work in the fashion industry as a designer but I always missed the creativity of designing for the bridal market so I jumped at the chance to set up my own company. I hope brides will get as much pleasure wearing my pieces as I get from creating them!

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Adelaide

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Alice

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Annalise

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

What bridal accessories are available to buy at Ophelia May? 

Beautiful hair adornments, wrist corsages and stunning bridal sashes are available in the current collection. I am also currently designing a range of bridal veils and garters, which will be introduced in future collections.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Christina

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I find inspiration in so many things – film, nature, vintage magazines and fashion, both modern and historical. I love seeing the latest collections from bridal gown designers and making pieces that compliment their designs.

Also, my inspiration often comes from the materials I use, whether it’s a vintage brooch or a delicate fragment of lace from a vintage dress. I love to look around charity shops, vintage fairs and antique markets. London’s Portobello Road is a great place to delve into, as it is full of bric-a-brac, antiques and beautiful vintage finds, perfect for sparking ideas.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Clementine

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

What bridal accessory trends have been popular in 2013 and what trends do you see emerging in 2014 and beyond?

The vintage trend remained popular throughout 2013, particularly the Twenties and Thirties, with the release of period dramas in film and television such as The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey and I think this will continue into 2014. Headbands and smaller hair adornments will continue to emerge, with intricate embellishments, lace and plenty of sparkle to reflect the decadence of the Jazz Age.

There is also an emphasis on Nature in the 2014 trends, with floral details and embroidery appearing on headpieces and bridal sashes. Oversized silk flowers and hints of colour will add a dramatic statement for any bride wanting to create the perfect boho look.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Daisy

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

I am very passionate about every piece I make. All the designs are individually and completely handmade in the studio. Each petal is hand cut and shaped, all embellishments and embroidery are delicately done by hand and all elements are carefully hand-sewn together to produce a truly unique product of the highest quality for every bride.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Elizabeth

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Erin

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Evelyn

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

What is your current favourite piece and why?

I love all the pieces in the collection, but the Annalise lace bridal halo is a personal favourite as it’s so versatile. It can be worn across the forehead, as a normal headband and it looks stunning worn at the back to compliment a gorgeous up-do. With its intricate array of crystals and beading, it will add a touch of sparkly vintage glamour to your special day!

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Annalise

Tell us about your bespoke service?

Our bespoke service is for those brides looking for the perfect accessory to complete their bridal outfit but who can’t find seem to find it. Every piece can be fully customised to suit each bride. If you love an existing design and would like something similar, then fabric, accents and colours can be altered. Or maybe you would like a combination of two designs?

I can also create something completely new and unique, handmade just for you to match your theme or your dress. Any cut offs or spare lace from your wedding dress can be used for a bridal sash or even incorporated into a hair accessory.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Isabella

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Isla

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Madeleine

Do you make pieces that would be appropriate for Bridesmaids? 

Several of the smaller pieces would be perfect for bridesmaids, such as the Rose hair clip or the Nellie hair pins. These can be made in a variety of colours to match the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Melody

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Can brides incorporate their sentimental jewellery into a piece? 

Yes, absolutely. Family heirlooms or treasured jewellery can be incorporated into your design, creating a unique keepsake for future generations. I love to create pieces this way, as these special objects have a history of their own and have the ability to evoke strong emotional sentiments, making them truly personal to the bride.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Nellie

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Tell us about your personalised embroidery?

Items can be delicately hand embroidered with names, dates or a significant quote, for that extra special touch. This can be applied to anything from a bridal sash to a cherished handkerchief.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Rose

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Willow

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

 How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

Brides Up North readers can contact me via my website or email me at info@opheliamay.com. They can also join me on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news!

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

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The Silk Garden. A Styled Shoot By Rebecca Jagger: Plus An Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

January 29th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

This morning I’m thrilled to share this stunning styled shoot in Halifax showing off the creations of one very talented local lady, Rebecca of Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories.  And because she’s kind as well as creative, if you like what you see here (and my bet is you will) Rebecca is offering Brides Up North readers an exclusive discount.  Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories would like to offer Brides Up North readers an exclusive 10% discount until 28th February 2014.  Please quote Brides Up North when contacting Rebecca.  Bonus!  Read on, read on…

With images by Nicola Mackrill

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Rebecca says:  When planning my wedding, I found it very difficult to find the right head piece to compliment my 1930′s style dress. I knew I didn’t want a veil, but couldn’t afford the bespoke prices of a milliner. As a tailor by trade I thought I would have a go at making my own. From this Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories was born. 

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

My designs are completely hand made by me, all hand sewn, meaning each piece is bespoke. I use the most luxurious silks and soft feminine veiling, which give a lovely vintage feel to my pieces.

For my first photo shoot we used the beautiful venue Holdsworth House in Halifax, where we made the most of the gorgeous surroundings. I got to work with some very talented ladies, and we got fabulous photographs.

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola says:  Our inspiration for the shoot was a vintage 1920′s glamour, the setting was beautiful and the model was amazing, even through the cold and the rain! As a team, we have another shoot planned for the spring, just waiting for the weather to cheer up first… 

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

I have been a photographer for many years, but it is only within the last two years that I decided to take the leap to set up my own business.  I love covering weddings that are a little bit different, quirky or unusual and my style is quite informal and relaxed.   I like to capture the essence of the day in a way that complements the Bride and Groom. Alongside weddings, I still work on personal projects and have an exhibition in the pipeline due for April.

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories would like to offer Brides Up North readers an exclusive 10% discount until 28th February 2014.  Please quote Brides Up North when contacting Rebecca.

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

Little Black Book

Images:  Nicola Mackrill

Headpieces:  Rebecca Jagger Millinery & Accessories

Styling accessories:  Rosy Apple Creations

Hair:  Gemma Peers

Make Up:  Carys Farrow

Wedding Dresses:  Lush Bridal

Model:  Katie Burnside

Nicola Mackrill for Rebecca Jagger Milinery & Accessories

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Friday Fabulous!

January 24th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Nine West at Kurt Geiger

Anyone feeling sporty? 

Just do it.  

Kristilee in white, £125 by Nine West at Kurt Geiger

 

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Friday Fabulous!

January 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Naomi Clutch By Coast

Ooh.  Now there’s a little something blue  (and after today’s High Street Honey feature how could it not be Coast?!)

Naomi Clutch – also available in pale pink – by Coast, £75

 

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Friday Fabulous!

January 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Pavletta by Charlotte Olympia

It’s always, always about the shoes, isn’t it?

Pavletta in satin by Charlotte Olympia, £570

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Great Gatsby! Supplier Showcase: 1920’s Inspired Bridal Headpieces From Irene & Ozzie

January 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

My philosophy is very simple.  I want each bride to be excited about wearing their Irene and Ozzie piece on their wedding day. 

Today I’m very proud to introduce you to super talented Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma, the exquisite bridal jewellery designer behind the beautiful brand Irene & Ozzie, as she showcases her latest pieces in this stunning Great Gatsy inspired shoot. 

I have a feeling that hits to Emma’s website might be just a little up today!  And over you go

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us a little bit about yourself – the designer behind Irene & Ozzie?

My Name is Emma Gore,  I live in Chester with my husband Karl.  I’ve been a wedding jewellery designer for eight years.  Being a part of someone’s wedding day, however small, is to me a huge privilege. It adds meaning to my work. It’s the thought that ‘this piece is going to be treasured’. It will probably be folded carefully into the tissue paper and put away in the back of the wardrobe for safe keeping. Brought out, every year on an anniversary or maybe just the odd occasion when the bride is feeling nostalgic. What really makes me smile though, is the thought of a little girl trying on a headband I’ve designed, and saying ‘I love this mummy can I wear this on my wedding day?’.

Call me a hopeless romantic, go on its OK; I’ll admit it I am but this is why I design. People often say ‘wow, I just wouldn’t have the patience to do that’. Well, this is what motivates me and why I have the patience to make each piece perfect. Cheesy, yep absolutely, totally true, definitely (ask anyone I know).

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us about Irene & Ozzie and how it all began?  Who are Irene & Ozzie?

Irene and Ozzie was previously called Frill.  I embarked on a full rebrand at the end of last year.  For me, one of my biggest inspirations were my grandparents Irene and Ozzie. They were two people who really lived up to their marriage vows. They were together through thick and thin, raised four children and only separated when death parted them. This is extremely inspirational to me. I hope my marriage is as successful.

They also separately helped spark my imagination and sowed the seeds for my career. My grandma would let me root through her jewellery box full of wondrously sparkly things and I would spend hours dressing up in all her finery. She also showed me how to sew. Having lived through the war, she was fantastic at anything like that.

Granddad would teach me how to make things in his shed. It didn’t really matter that I wasn’t a boy, he didn’t discriminate. Working with his hands was granddad’s passion. He loved his garden and I’m pretty sure he could make anything.

Between the two, they had a lot to do with my chosen career path and I wish they were alive, so I could tell them how much they inspired me. I will have to settle for naming my company after them. Here’s to you Irene and Ozzie.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

What bridal accessories are available to buy at Irene & Ozzie? 

We sell handmade, one of a kind headdresses and jewellery.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from so many different places, old movies, vintage stores, magazines.  Recently though I have to admit I have become mildly addicted to Pinterest. An online moodboard, why didn’t I think of that? I am a very visual person and I think this why it’s worked its way firmly into my life and business.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

What bridal accessory trends have been popular in 2013 and what trends do you see emerging in 2014 and beyond?

I think the 1920’s trend was starting to emerge towards the end of 2013 sparked by the film The Great Gatsby.  This trend will be around for 2014 with big dress designers bringing out their 20’s inspired dresses. I also think lace headbands, hair vines and blush colours are going to be popular in 2014.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

Original, unique designs made by someone who is passionate about each piece.

What is your current favourite piece and why? 

It’s very difficult to choose one but I do love my side headband called Holly in my new Gatsby range.  I love it because it’s a beautiful, sparkly, elegant nod to the 1920’s.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us about your bespoke service?

Our bespoke service allows brides to have a piece made specifically for them.  It can be an amendment to one of my designs, combining aspects of different designs that you like or having something made completely from scratch for you.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Can brides incorporate their sentimental jewellery into a piece? 

Absolutely. It’s actually one of the most rewarding parts of designing.  A bride will send me a piece of jewellery that means something to her and I will use the components in her unique piece.  This can be pretty much anything but I find strings of pearls or brooches are the most common items I am asked to use.  For me it’s very moving to think that the bride is going to be walking down the aisle wearing something that belonged to their loved one.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us about your tattoo covering designs?

I find that more and more women are looking for a pretty, unique way to cover up tattoos for their wedding day. Makeup can smudge and come off and doesn’t always look natural.   I work with the bride to produce a piece that will cover the tattoo and match the dress perfectly. My most common piece is an armband to cover the upper arm tattoo. 

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or find out more?

Visit my website at www.ireneandozzie.co.uk or find me on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter.  I can’t wait to hear from you.  

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

The photographer in this shoot is Holly Edwards.  She is extremely talented and would be a great choice for your wedding day. 

 

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Friday Fabulous!

December 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Coast Perla Clutch

The perfect arm candy for pearly girlies. 

Perla Clutch, £60 by Coast

 

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