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handcrafted with love: say hello to the bobby pin

October 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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To finish off your week in style we’re bringing you a whole lot of pretty as we introduce our wonderful new Sponsor, The Bobby Pin.

With a clear love for all things bridal, accessory designer and owner of The Bobby Pin, Lisa Steane, creates beautiful finishing touches for brides in the form of elegant headpieces, hair vines, sashes, cuffs and jewellery, plus much more.

In addition to her stunning ready-to-wear collection, which is available to buy online, talented Lisa also offers bespoke designs, perfect brides in search of a special one-of-a-kind piece for their big day.

So without further ado we’ll hand you over to the lovely lady herself to explain more about her dreamy designs…

With images by Fkb Photography.

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Tell us a little about your background and how you came to set up The Bobby Pin?

lisa says: I lived in Canada for three years and I needed a head piece making for a special wedding I was going to. I knew a girl I worked with did millinery on the side so she made me a piece. I absolutely loved it and thought how amazing would it to be to have a business making these beautiful things. So when I moved back to the UK I decided to enroll on the millinery course at Leeds College of Art. I loved it from the word go and just started doing my own designs and making pieces for family and friends when the occasion arose. The big push was in spring this year when I decided to leave my head buying role in toys and set up The Bobby Pin. I always wanted to be my own boss and I was finding the commute and the travelling a bit too hard to juggle with a one-year-old. So I trademarked my brand, made my stock and launched my website in August.

What types of accessories do you offer?

I make and sell bridal headpieces, halos, vines, pins, bridal sashes, bridal cuffs and jewellery. I am also going to do more flower girl and bridesmaid designs.

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How would you describe the style of accessories that you design and what types of brides do you think that your products appeal to?

I would describe my style as delicate and pretty. I think my designs will appeal to most brides as I do a range of different styles and designs and also experiment with different colour pallets. Above all I think I will appeal to brides who want something beautiful and different, but also that’s affordable.

What are the main materials and detailing that you use in your designs?

Most of my pieces are made from gold and silver plated wire with Swarovski crystals, pearls and beads. I also work with beautiful feathers, tulle, lace and silk. I want my pieces to look the very best quality so that’s why I always use the finest materials.

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Why do you think accessories are such an important part of a bride’s attire?

I think bridal accessories complete the overall look for a bride. Some brides chose to have a fairly plain dress then really go crazy with their accessories. I love these brides! I also love that brides are choosing to wear bridal sashes to give their dress a lift. I think sparkle brings opulence to a bride and makes her feel special on the biggest day of her life. I’m finding that brides today are not afraid to experiment with their look and I love creating bespoke pieces for these kind of brides.

How does your bespoke service for brides wanting one-of-a-kind accessories for their big day?

The process for my bespoke commissions is that I start with a consultation which can be on email, skype, or even at my studio in Yorkshire. Once I get an idea of what the bride requires I draw up some designs to show the bride to see if this is on the right lines. If all is good, I go into making the piece. When the piece is made I send though images of the design to the bride to see if she is happy. This is the time we can tweak anything. Once that is done the piece is shipped to the customer or they can come back for the piece to be fitted.

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heavenly housewife: tanya bardo bridal jewellery collection

August 12th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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When we’re not busy working, us Brides Up North girls are happy to admit that we love nothing more than a good reality TV binge; whether it be Keeping Up with the Kardashians, or checking up on the latest scandals in Chelsea and Essex.

A little closer to home, we’ve also become totally hooked on The Real Housewives of Cheshire – not only for the amazing hit of gossip and glamour– but also because the North West has become a real Brides Up North hotspot, with our Luxury Wedding Exhibitions taking place at some of the finest venues in the county.

And so when an invite landed in our inbox to the launch event of Real Housewife Tanya Bardo’s new bridal jewellery collection, there was no hesitation as we RSVP’d. Taking place at none other than co-star Dawn Ward’s house, we were given the opportunity to view the gorgeous jewellery collection for ourselves and even got to model and few pieces for a little shoot too, with hair by Alison Pearson Salon, makeup by Second Glance and dresses provided our friends at Dotty Taylor Bridal.

Having struggled to find jewellery for her own wedding to professional footballer Phil Bardsley two years ago, Tanya was keen to create a luxurious yet affordable bridal jewellery range that could be worn by brides, with options for bridesmaids and flower girls as well.

Following the same theme as her already popular Dreams to Reality jewellery collection, the handmade bridal designs feature a dainty angel wings charm and also incorporate pretty Swarovski pearls and sparkling crystals, making them a perfect addition for a bride and her wedding party.

To chat more about the designs (whilst trying to get the latest RHWC gossip), we caught up with the beautiful and straight-talking Tanya, who is expecting a baby anytime around now – so if he’s arrived, congratulations Tanya and Phil!

What first made you want to launch a jewellery range?

tanya says: I’d been working as a life coach and had also written a self-help coaching book, one of the areas which you focus on is looking at what your dreams/goals are. It’s important to write these down, but then it is also easy to forget about them when getting caught up in your daily living. When I was a single mum with no money I used to keep a little pebble in my pocket, every time I put my hand in my pocket and felt it there it’d prompt me to visualise my dreams.

So with the jewellery range I wanted to create something beautiful which acts as a daily reminder, so every time you see your piece of jewellery it triggers a little thought in your mind to make sure you’re doing something towards making your dream become reality.

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lookbook: charlotte mills ss16/17 collection

August 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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You’re in for a treat this afternoon as we take a look at the stunning new wedding shoe collection from our super-talented Sponsor Charlotte Mills Bridal. The master of all things sparkling, girly and pretty, Charlotte’s creations instantly send us weak at the knees and are an absolute must for brides wanting standout footwear that’s fashionable and fun.

Expanding on her already impressive range, the new collection includes several new shoe and handbag designs for SS16/17, which are available to buy online, at selected bridal boutiques and directly from Miss Mill’s sweet boutique, located in the gorgeous village of Saddleworth, Oldham.

So without further ado we’ll leave you to swoon over the new collection with the leading lady herself on hand to explain a little more about the dazzling designs…

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Tell us where the inspiration for the new collection came from…

charlotte says: For the SS16/17 season, my designs take inspiration from Havana nights with a bridal twist. Metallics, including rose gold, and soft nude nappa leathers make the styles perfect to wear again beyond the big day.

To put the collection together I studied Vintage Havana, its fashion and designs from the art deco and art nouveau eras. I love the architecture and style of this time and the fact it’s still relevant today.

Overall I’d say my collections are always a romantic, yet fun mix of something old and something new.

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Do you have a personal favourite design within the new collection?

I love Calle – it’s so on trend and looks amazing on the foot. It’s a timeless style which could easily be worn again after the wedding day has been and gone.

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What are the main colours, fabrics and details used within the new collection?

Metallics in pale gold and rose gold with ivory and nude leathers. We have also added a gorgeous new glitter which looks like crushed pearls.

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Which design from the new collection would you suggest for brides wanting to make a real style statement with their footwear?

Cindy really makes a statement with the block heel and oversized bow. The glitter is amazing when it catches the light and the leather has a pearlized finish too.

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friday fabulous: glitzy secrets present the rose gold collection

July 15th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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We’ve long been fans of Glitzy Secrets‘ range of beautiful yet affordable bridal jewellery here at Brides Up North HQ, and have been known to rock a little of the magic sparkle ourselves when the occasion demands.

How excited we were to hear then, that the award winning label have launched a new collection of precious pieces (without the price tag!) in our fave metal du jour, romantic rose gold?! Glitzy Secrets‘ Rose Gold Collection does what it says on the tin – presents a capsule jewellery range of earrings, pedants, bracelets, necklace and hair accessories all blushing with the delicate and feminine hue of rose gold.

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glitzy secrets say:Our silver and pearl classic collection has been the choice of thousands of brides and bridesmaids with its elegant and timeless style. We planned to introduce some of the designs in gold and rose gold tone early next year but, after receiving so many requests, we knew we had to bring the launch forward. It’s clear that with more brides opting for nude and blush gowns, they are looking for warmer hued accessories for a beautiful romantic feel and our classic collection offers just that.

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friday fabulous!

February 5th, 2016 | Julia Braime

The perfect pumps for laid back ladies.

White lace espadrilles by River Island £18

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friday fabulous!

December 4th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Pale pink to make the boy wink.

Flirting Slippers in pink chenille £152 by Chiara Ferragni Collection 

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