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A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

August 13th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I featured Kate Moss’ wedding to Jamie Hince a little while ago on the bridal blog (to see the feature and all the images click here) however, it’s time for an update, as the official photographs are out!  I think I was excited to see these as my own wedding photographs (which, if you are interested, you can see here – but I’m no supermodel!).

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Kate and Jamie’s official photographs were taken by Mario Testino and feature in the latest issue of American Vogue.

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How gorgeous are Kate’s little flower girls and pages?! She looks like queen of the fairies. 

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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Kate Moss Wedding Photographs, By Mario Testino for American Vogue

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All these gorgeous images, and more, are in the latest issue of American Vogue.  Don’t know about you, but I think this wedding blogger will be having a flick through!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © Mario Testino/ American Vogue

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Friday Fabulous!

August 12th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Friday Fabulous Marchesa

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Better than a bouquet, any day.

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‘Large Bag’ Rose Detail by Marchesa at Browns Bride

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Image © 2011 Marchesa at Browns Bride

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Brides Up North On Tour: A Complimentary Ticket for Brides To Be At The UK Wedding Show Harrogate

August 9th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North is thrilled to be working with The UK Wedding Shows this Autumn, and the wedding blog will be officially on tour at the UK Wedding Show Harrogate on 24th and 25th September 2011

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.Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The UK Wedding Show Harrogate 2011

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I can’t wait to meet all you gorgeous Brides to Be!  Stop by the Brides Up North area to chat about all things wedding, find out who my favourite industry suppliers are, be inspired and pick up some great hints and money saving tips.  I also have a very special competition to launch at the show, which you seriously do not want to miss

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To save you a few pennies before you even get to the show, here is a print out and keep complimentary ticket for the Bride.  That’s YOU!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: The UK Wedding Show Harrogate Complimentary Ticket 2011

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See you there ladies!

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Click here to collect the complimentary ticket for the UK Wedding Show at St George’s Hall, Liverpool on 17th and 18th September.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2011 The UK Wedding Shows 

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Wedding Blog WINNER – Wrapor Bridal Bolero

August 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Continuing with the fun announcements today, wanna know who is taking home a gorgeous bespoke Wrapor bridal shrug?

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I do!  You all left such lovely comments on the competition post, so I have a feeling you might too…

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Wrapor

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Well done to…

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  • Eve Jenkins

    July 14, 2011 | Would love to win one of these for my lovely big sister! I know she loves the idea already and this would be a great surprise! Not going to bring out any sob stories x factor style but all I will say is she really deserves the best! Good luck to all the brides to be! x

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    Congratulations Eve, I have a feeling you are going to be very popular with your big sis!  You have won any Wrapor shrug or bolero listed on the website for her, made to match or compliment your dress up to the value of £105.

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    Contact me as soon as possible to claim your prize!

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    Winner chosen at random. 

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    Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Image © 2011 Wrapor

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    A Very Special Super Sunday Bridal Blog Announcement!

    August 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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    Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Join The Northern Revolution

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    Happy Sunday Brides Up North!  Today, I am taking a bit of a detour from the usual Super Sunday format, because it’s quite a special day for me. 

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    Firstly, I am hard at work preparing for the first ever Brides Up North Tweet Up wedding industry networking event with Wedding Ideas Magazine at Didsbury House this evening.  The event is completely full, so apologies if you didn’t get a ticket.  You will be on the list for next time! 

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    The gorgeous host venue doesn’t need much “prettifying”, but I’m still going to have a go!  Huge thanks to my team of helpers including All Wrapped Up Events, The Didsbury Flower Lounge, Gorgeous Cakes, The English Rose Bakery, Love Gets Sweeter Wedding Films, McAvoy Weddings, What A Do Weddings (who created the amazing image above using one of Assassynation’s gorgeous photographs) and (not forgetting) my lovely Mum!

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    If you are coming along, see you later for a chilled out evening of chatter, cupcakes and canapés.  The fizz is on ice. 

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    Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Tweet Ups 2011

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    But that’s not all folks!

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    If you follow me on Twitter @bridesupnorth or you LIKE my Facebook page, you will know – because it seems that I can’t keep a secret! – that this week I took the plunge and handed in my notice at work to become a full time wedding blogger and writer! 

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    *Squeal*

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    I have to thank each and every one of my amazing readers (that’s YOU!) and wonderful sponsors for making it possible for me to follow my dreams.  I couldn’t do it without you and I want to say a million thank yous for all the support that you have given me.  Keep reading!

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    Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Blue Lights Photography

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    So what’s next for the wedding blog?  Well, I aim to use this opportunity to bring you magazine quality features, more inspirational styled shoots and bridal fashion showcases, lots more gorgeous real weddings, bigger and better competitions, some very special Brides Up North events and a directory packed with the very best bridal talent that the North of the UK has to offer…

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    …as well as a few surprises along the way.  A blog isn’t great without a few curve balls, after all. 

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    Please contact me to let me know what YOU want to see on the wedding blog. 

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    The Northern Revolution rumbles on…

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    Eye Candy: Ily Bridal

    April 8th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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    I met Ily of Ily Bridal at the British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate this Spring.  I was admiring her fabulous yet fashion forward bridal designs and we hit it off.  In this exclusive interview, Brides Up North finds out a bit more about the lady behind the lace…

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    Ily Bridal

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    What sort of bride do you design for?

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    Ily Bridal caters for women with an appreciation for a high sense of style, couture details and with desire to be different. Our dresses appeal to brides that want to look elegant but have their sensual ego highlighted by the way the gown dresses their body.

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    Ily Bridal

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    Tell Brides Up North a bit about your collection…

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    The collection is an expression of sophistication, style and elegance combined with haute couture details that make every piece a unique work of art. The dresses I create reflect sophistication and glamorous luxury by enhancing the bride’s silhouette and giving her a seductive aura.

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    Creative designs, a great sense of style and true passion, combined with years of experience and expertise are offered for each gown created by Ily Bridal.

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    Incorporating only high quality fabrics such as silk duchess satin, taffeta, silk chiffon, fine tulles, French lace and embroidery, each dress is the result of meticulous workmanship and expertly adorned with couture elements that gives it that special look.

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    Which is your favourite design in your collection and why?

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    I have always loved the Josephine dress since the moment I designed it on paper until it was made. It is one of our bestselling dresses from the collection. “Josephine” reflects the concept behind Ily Bridal: it is sensual and has couture details.

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    The design has Grecian style influences, a low cut back to give it that sexy aura, an intricate leather flowers garland going all over the empty back, the shoulder and the front that gives it that couture look and it is adorned with pearls and Swarovski crystals for enhanced glamour.

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    Are you married yourself?  If not, what would your dream day be like – and what sort of gown would
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    I am not married yet but I have always dreamt about my wedding day as I suppose any girl does. I love creativity and glamour so probably my wedding would be a feast for the eyes.

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    Being a bridal designer I would wear more dresses than one for sure as I could never decide upon only one. I will be wearing at least 3 different dresses for each part of the ceremony: the church, the reception and the evening cocktails and dance.

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    I think the wedding dress is one of the most important pieces in a wedding as it describes you as a person, reflects your style and it will be featured in all the wedding pictures.

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    Ily Bridal

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    Which celebrity would you most like to dress and why? 

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    I would love to dress Kim Kardashian from the States and Cheryl Cole from Britain.

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    They are both sensual, very feminine and have a great sense of style.

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    For Kim I would design a more simple but sexy dress in mermaid shape with a few particularities like: low cut back, fitted on the body and made out of shinny luxurious fabric.

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    For Cheryl I would choose a more intricate dress with a few couture details and a romantic feel. As she has amazing legs I would go for a dress made out of pure silk fabric short in front and with a long train at the back. Like our Doria dress.

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    Which of your designs would you choose for Kate Middleton?  Or alternatively, what sort of dress would you design for her?

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    I would choose the Fairy dress from Ily Bridal collection if I was to dress Kate Middleton on her wedding day. It is more traditional, has a lot of romance in it and softness and I think it characterizes Kate’s style.

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    How did you get into wedding dress design – what is your "story"?

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    I think I have always had a very creative mind. I must have inherited it my father who used to be an artist in his early twenties. He wanted me to develop my talent and creativity so I enrolled in the School of Arts when I was only 9 years old. At school I had the chance to experiment with different areas in art and the most appealing to me was drawing and painting.

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    I was only 19 years old when I first thought of becoming a bridal wear designer and create beautiful and exquisite wedding dresses for brides. I paired with my best friend at that time and we both plunged into the amazing world of evening wear and bridal wear. We collaborated with a local seamstress and designed dresses for her clients and later on by word of mouth we had our own clients.

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    After a couple of years my friend wanted to go on and study science and I wanted to continue and study more into the fashion field. We basically split up and lost all our contacts and shut down our small dress making business. I had big goals so I applied at the prestigious London School of fashion to study Fashion and Garment Technology in order to gather more information about clothes and to have access into the real fashion world. During my college years I used to intern for a few designers and always found it quite difficult and not very enjoyable as I was never given serious tasks. I believe that I always wanted to be taken seriously and I felt I could do better than them. It’s my entrepreneurial instinct that never allows me to be controlled but to control.

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    By the end of 2009 the first Ily Bridal collection was finished and ready for the world to see. I was so proud I could do that even if it was hard work. I can’t deny there was a lot of pressure and stress but eventually I overcame it all and launched my first bridal collection in February 2010 at the National Wedding Show in London.

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    The incredibly positive feedback at the show gave me more confidence in myself as a designer and gave me a tremendous impulse to persevere and go further in developing a true business out of this. For a whole year after the show I had individual customers that adored my designs and the way the dresses fitted them. This was something I really needed and gave me so much satisfaction that made me truly enjoy my work.

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    Is this your dream job?  If you weren’t a wedding dress designer, what would be your alternative career?

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    Being a bridal designer is my dream job. I have always dream of expressing my creative ideas and making a living out of that. I adore dresses, whenever I walk into a bridal boutique I feel like I am in paradise.

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    My alternative career would have to do with television… maybe as I would like to have my own reality show as I am very confident in front of the camera. But you never know, bridal design and TV could always be paired…

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    Ily Bridal

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    Describe a typical working day in the life of Ily…

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    My working days vary a lot. Sometimes I have to concentrate on office work more or sometimes I have to do fittings, research for fabrics around London, deal with customers and taking dress samples to shops. I love my job and my brides and it is so fulfilling to see my clients happy and adoring their dress.

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    Ily Bridal

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    How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you?

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    Brides Up North readers can reach me very easily by email to: ilybridal@gmail.com. Or by phone: 07948343397

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    I am based in London but I would always be happy to travel to the North for a meeting or have a telephone conversation. Email is always easy and fast. So you have plenty of options to choose from!

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    Ily Bridal

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    Are you at any upcoming wedding fairs or events/ anything my readers should know about?

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    I will be organizing a few Trunk shows and be attending Designer days around the country.  I am planning to attend the The British Bridal Exhibition Harrogate- Designer Lounge on 11-13 September 2011 . 

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