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Enter The Huldra. An Exclusive First Look At The Brand New Legend Bridal Collection By Fable & Promise

October 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

Of all the posts I put together for these pages, the fashion features have to be my favourite.  I don’t know if it’s the result of a misspent youth pouring over the pages of Vogue or my early career days as a fashion gal in London, but I just can’t get enough of the dresses.  Especially when they are part of a brand spanking new collection by my very own long time Featured Supplier Charlotte (and her team) of Fable & Promise

I’ll let the talented lady explain for herself, as I sit here in a puddle of drool.  Major dress lust at Brides Up North HQ right now.  Major. 

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Charlotte says:  It has always been our ambition to design and create a full bridal collection and after an invitation to design a collection for Manchester Fashion Week we decided now was the time to take our dream and make it real.

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

We love creating one off designs for our bespoke customers. We adore the varied inspirations and eclectic design ideas, but bringing out our own collection has been one of the most exciting, rewarding and slightly indulgent processes we have ever had the pleasure of immersing ourselves in. To take all our ideas and influences, create embellishments and choose fabrics, colours and textures simply because we love them has just been amazing. 

The result is our Legend Collection; a series of three mini collections inspired by myth and folklore.

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

The Huldra are said to be the beautiful daughters of ‘the hidden people’ or forest sprits from Norse folklore. They are stunningly beautiful women with long blonde hair and flower crowns. The Huldra often try to disguise themselves but can never hide the fact that they are more dazzling than other women. The Huldra love music and their music is heard by hunters and sons of farmers who are drawn by their lovely singing. It is said that when a Huldra marries she becomes human and lives out her life with her human husband.

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

We wanted to capture the wild nature of the Huldra. We chose warm tones and very tactile textures. The seven Huldra; Aurelie, Fiylinn, Elysia, Rosalka, Orla, Lilith and Taiah, are untamed and natural; asymmetrical or jagged layers of tulle and chiffon over heavy lace and satin with copious amounts of handmade flowers and matching accessories.

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

There are two other mini collection in the series. Keep an eye on our Facebook and website to learn more about The Asrai and The Sidhe.

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ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

We are really proud of the team we worked with on this shoot and absolutely love how everyone worked together to turn our ideas into reality.

Browsholme Hall was the perfect choice of venue. We had used the Tithe barn for our Birds of Prey shoot but we knew the stunning grounds with its old gardens and woodland would be perfect.

We worked closely with Kerry, Duncan and Rachel to create looks perfect for our collection; alluring eyes in aubergines, olives and golds with wild and loose tresses completed the looks brilliantly.

We absolutely love how Zoe of ZT Photography managed to capture perfectly the feel we wanted for the Huldra. 

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Venue: Browsholme Hall and Tithe Barn

Make up: Kerry Baker Makeup Artist

Hair: L’Hairport by Duncan Fisher and Rachel Mason Hair

Photography: ZT Photography

Flowers: Ruth Mariner

 

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Delicate Threads. The Designer Series: Naomi Neoh Secret Garden 2014 Collection

September 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m thrilled to welcome one of my very favourite wedding dress designers to the pages of the wedding blog this evening – I’ve been swooning ever since discovering the Naomi Neoh bridal label, and can’t wait to share her latest collection with you all. 

As well as being super duper stunning, these dresses are clever too – and we all know that’s a winning combination.  Ex-physicist Naomi designs with the real bride in mind and nearly all her designs have lightweight but effective corsetry inside to give every size and shape of bride the perfect silhouette in her wedding dress.  A beautiful science, if you ask me.  Let’s meet her…

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What is your style philosophy?

Style and elegance with romance and joy.  Body friendly dresses – corsetry is key.

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Tell us about the new collection by Naomi Neoh? What were your inspirations? 

This collection is esoteric, dreamy and ethereal with the romance of pre-Raphaelites.  The gowns are gentle, detailed and have slim lines with super light lace interwoven into the design and look amazing against the skin.  Layering of sheer fabrics and subtle antique tones creates a movement of colour for elegant dancing dresses. 

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Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Dahlia

Where do you look for inspiration?

Ginger Rogers – I watched a lot of the Ginger Rogers old movies to get the inspiration for this collection!

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What fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the new collection and why?

We’re using more texture in these gowns – we have a plisse chiffon which is delicately pleated and adds a different dimension to the gowns.  There are more colours: peach, apricot, powder pink, and antique ivory.  I still love to use flowers but these are smaller and more delicate.  You’ll be seeing lots of lace – small patterns, light weight weaves and delicate threads.

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Do you have a personal favourite from the new collection? 

Oh it’s really hard – its all about getting the right dress on the right person – that’s when the magic happens.  But I do love Peony right now – it will probably change next week – because she has subtle colour, delicate lace on the back and arms, flattering pleating and an elegant silhouette.

How do you decide on the “names” for your gowns?

This collection were all named after flowers.

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What sizes are available in your gowns? 

6 to 16 and then made to measure if you want it or need it up to any size. 

What is the retail price range for your designs?

£2000 to £3000 but there are a few special ones which are more. 

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What sets Naomi Neoh apart from other bridal wear brands?

Commitment, passion, dedication to making distinctive, beautifully balanced, elegant gowns which we love to try on and we hope you will delight in wearing.  An absolute obsession with fabrics, sourcing the best and most distinctive silks and laces. 

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

I took a curious path to my career as a dress designer.  I read physics at Durham and worked as an IT consultant and merchandiser before finding my true calling. Fabric has always been my first love – and bridal wear allows an indulgence into the most luxurious silks, laces and embellishments. I create dresses which feel fabulous to wear as well as making you look amazing.

Since the launch of my first bridal collection in 2008, the brand has grown into a dedicated team working from the West Dulwich studio where all the gowns are created.

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Naomi Neoh Secret Garden Collection Penelope

Was there a defining point in your career that made your business the success that it is today?

When I decided to make a super light pink wedding dress – ‘Dita’. 

What are your plans for the future?

Well I don’t really know but I love to explore and try new things, so we’ll see, at the moment I’m thinking about creating a super high end range to indulge all our fabric fantasies. 

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Is this your dream career? 

Running your own business is a lifestyle more than a career – it is definitely for me.  I have a genetic condition which flares up every few years and leaves me bedridden for months and sometimes years, running my own business allows me the flexibility to work when I can, and keeps me going on the tough days.

What would “a day in the life” at Naomi Neoh HQ be like?

I think it’s creative, fun, hard work, inspiring, challenging and constantly changing.

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Where do you go and what do you do to relax?

I find it very hard to relax – I have to be forced into it!  I like yoga, walking in the countryside, cooking, gardening, reading, seeing my friends, and I keep promising myself to practice the piano – a good Beethoven sonata is a great stress reliever.  I’m a recent member of the National Trust and I’m loving the palaces and great houses in the beautiful rolling hills of the British countryside – very inspiring.

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What are your “best things” in life?

Love, friendship and happiness, and the simple things: a freshly made bed, ripe summer fruits, seeing your plants grow.

How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you/ see more of your designs? 

Visit our website at www.naomineoh.com or contact us through our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Naomineoh

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 as supplied by Naomi Neoh

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: Starlets! A Styled Bridal Shoot In Yorkshire By The Little Bridal Company

January 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I am proud to introduce lovely Brides Up North Featured Supplier Becky of Bradford based The Little Bridal Company as she debuts her first complete collection here on the blog.  Becky is fiercely proud to be a Northern bridal designer and draws heavily on design influences from bygone eras to create beautiful and distinctive designs.  And we are all for that around here!

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Becky says:  The photo shoot took place in the simply stunning The Midland Hotel in the centre of Bradford.  The idea behind the shoot was to bring together up and coming bright stars of the bridal business based in and around Bradford. Bradford has had a bad press over the last few years, resulting in a lack of jobs and opportunity. I wanted to show that there really is something good happening in our city so watch out!

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My first complete off the peg collection is named ‘Starlets’  and my muse a young actress, especially one working her way up through the star system. This rings so true in so many ways. The Little Bridal Company with myself at the helm is at the beginning of its own journey through the star system. So too is a bride.

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The inspiration behind The Little Bridal Company has many origins.

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Thanks to my grandparents the love of musicals is deep-set: ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’, ‘Wizard Of Oz’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’ (to name but a few). Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Sofia Lauren graced the screens with their true beauty – no air brushing needed – and they had womanly, hour glass figures. No wonder we are seeing a vintage revival with so many smoke screens in the world today! These films take you away to a fantasy world where the good prevail, the bad lose and everybody lives happily ever after.  Isn’t that what we need to pick us up in this time of austerity?

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It isn’t reality but who wants reality 24/7 and what better time to embrace this feeling than on your wedding day were you do get your happily ever after and your knight in shining armour?! You are the star in your own show for that one day and just maybe if you work at it that feeling will stay with you for your entire marriage just like in the good old days.

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The Little Bridal Company harps back to the days of elegance and sultriness of the 1940′s and 50′s glory days, with echoes of the war time ethos ‘make do and mend’ when dresses were made from old bed sheets and curtaining during the war and grow your own and self sustainability were encouraged.

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In this current age we are encouraged to spend, spend, spend and told that new is best, but in the world of weddings this is not always the best way to go. Embracing the old and fashionably labelling it ‘vintage’ has helped the modern day bride personalise every element of her special day.  ‘Something old’ and ‘something borrowed’ has now taken on a whole new role and I applaud this.

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‘Starlets’ is a soft, feminine collection created for my 2013 brides to be.  The collection is heavily influenced by ‘The New Look’ collection of 1947 by Dior:  this post war collection brought back the femininity, soft rounded shapes and full flowing shapes which had been lost during the war when women went to work to aid the war effort and fabric was in short supply.

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The term fit or flounce was first penned around this time describing the quintessential silhouettes of the era. The dresses placed great emphasis on the narrowing of the waist, creating a feminine and curvaceous silhouette.

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Dresses – The Little Bridal Company

Suits – Pins Bespoke Tailors

Photographer – Karen Spencer

Location – The Midland Hotel

Make up – Holly Hutchinson

Florist and props – Greenhouse

Bouquets and headpieces – Urban Bride

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  – Images © 2013 Karen Spencer

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Lady Britannia! A Fun Olympics Bridal Fashion Shoot

July 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So we crashed out of the footy, but Andy Murray is doing pretty well at Wimbledon, right?  Now I like a bit of national pride, but my husband has pretty much been glued to the box for weeks on end.  Are your partners the same, or are you right there with them?

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Sneaky strawberry and cream opportunities aside, the peace and quiet is rather nice, but I was looking forward to seeing some more of him shortly.  But, alas, it’s not to be.  I’d forgotten about the big one

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Because Euro 2012 is small fry compared to what’s right around the corner: the Olympics! 

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It’s been a big year for Britain already what with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations (you can catch up on some of the fabulous styled shoots I featured that weekend here, here, here, here, here, here and here), and I’ve decided that if I can’t beat him, I may as well join him!

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We don’t have tickets for any events, so I’ll be grabbing the popcorn, breaking out the bunting and singing for Team GB.  You know what?  I can’t wait. 

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Today, in this fun shoot sent to me by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Fable & Promise and Kerry Baker Make Up Artist, the wedding industry get in on the action too.  What do you think girls?  Should brides stick to dashing up the aisle? Would you rock a patriotic wedding look?  Or is that best left to Sporty Spice?  

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Let’s fly the flag!

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Kerry Baker, the make up artist on the shoot and coordinator says: I wanted to do a red, white and blue themed shoot but wanted to steer away from the sugar coated Jubilee style. So, with the Olympics and Team GB in mind, I decided on a very strong, gritty Lady Britannia style sports shoot and set about putting together my own elite team of professionals to help me do it. As a make-up artist specialising in weddings, I love to experiment and do something outside of the box occasionally so have started styling shoots to allow me to indulge in my creativity! I started with Union Jack lip tattoos and it grew from there. I kept the make up minimal using, just simple strokes of eye-liner and false lashes completed the look to keep the focus on the dramatic lips.

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Having met the lovely Charlotte from Fable & Promise, I knew with her talent for designing unique creations she would be the perfect partner on the project. Together we chose the dresses to feature in the shoot, and after chatting over ideas Charlotte "picked up the baton" (sorry, couldn’t resist) and came up with some wonderful designs which were matched exactly with the look I was going for. In fact, when she unveiled them on the day of the shoot I think I may have squealed I was so happy with them! Oh and the clever lady also made the headpieces too!

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So after sorting out the dresses and venue (UCLAN Sports arena, Preston) I asked a friend and fantastic hair stylist Carly Ryan to do the models hair. I asked Carly for a sporty but edgy fashion look, and she did a really fantastic job.

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Lastly I invited K&I Imaging duo Karen and Ian to take the photographs for the shoot. I had a lot of ideas on poses for the models (including replication of the infamous tennis girl black and white image from the 80s) which they took on board and really made the whole project come alive, despite the rain and the cold conditions!

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And of course I have to mention the models, Stacey, Su, Lynn and Lauren. All friends of mine who have modelling experience who, along with Carly, Charlotte Karen and Ian all gave up their time to be involved in the project.

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Don’t miss Fable & Promise’s one day sample sale this coming weekend!  Charlotte says: Starting with a catwalk show to see the dresses in all their glory, brides are then able to try the dresses on and meet other wedding industry specialists to help plan other aspects of their day. 

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Appointments are advised – just click the image below to go to the website.

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Custom dresses: Charlotte Yates of Fable & Promise

Photographer: K&I Imaging

Make-up artist and stylist: Kerry Baker

Hair: Carly’s Creations

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  – Images © 2012 K&I Imaging

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A Bittersweet Goodbye… A Styled Bridal Fashion Shoot

February 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Did you see this first part of this gorgeous styled bridal fashion shoot this morning on the wedding blog?  If not, be sure to scroll down, you are in for a treat.

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For now, let’s head back to Masham, North Yorkshire, where I spent the day with Cat Hepple Photography, The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, Forever Film, Victoria Farr Hair & Makeup Artist and two rather gorgeous models, creating these beautiful images.

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And just when you thought it was going so well for our couple…

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(Told you I’d saved the best for last!)

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And a quick reminder that our gorgeous groom NICHOLAS SHAW is a finalist in the TOP MODEL UK competition, being judged at the London Hilton on 17th March 2012.  We think he’s going to go all the way, but you can help to make it a certainty by taking a moment to vote for him by clicking here.  Go on!  He’ll love you forever! 

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Photography: Cat Hepple Photography

Videography: Forever Film

Wedding Dresses:  The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

Hair & Make Up:  Victoria Farr

Nicholas’ clothing:  Model’s own

Accessories: Tantrums and Tiaras/ Accessorize

Shoes: Harriet Wilde

Styling: Brides Up North/ Cat Hepple/ Hayley Hoyle

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Dresses and accessories available to try and buy at The Harrogate Wedding Lounge:

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Alana – Mia Mia by Alan Hannah

Paloa by Ronald Joyce

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With HUGE thanks to Masham’s fabulous independent retailers:  Bah Humbugs Sweet Shop, The Cutting Room, W.S Rogers & Sons Butchers, Fancy That Tea Rooms, Garners Greengrocers & Corks & Cases

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Cast that vote yet?  Here’s the link again – TOP MODEL UK

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2012 Cat Hepple Photography

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A Sneaky Sneak Peek…

January 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Something’s been going on deep in the North York Moors…

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This Friday the wedding blog spent a day on location in Masham, North Yorkshire, with five extremely gorgeous wedding gowns, four fabulous wedding industry bods, three sparkly clutch bags, two stunning models and one very talented photographer. 

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What did we get up to?

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Well, you’ll have to wait and see…

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In The News: Recent UK Press For Brides Up North Wedding Blog

January 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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As well as organising the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives with Dine Venues in Yorkshire, the Brides Up North Super Showcase in the North East, three more Brides Up North Tweet Ups, blogging here twice a day and that thing called Christmas… this has also been busy doing a bit of freelancing too.  Here’s what I’ve been up to away from these swirly silver pages…

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A double page spread fashion feature for Pure Weddings Spring 2012 (the same feature appeared in North East Life).

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Two double page spreads for the wonderful Wedding Ideas Magazine (sponsor of the Brides Up North Tweet Ups for 2011 and 2012 and all round set of good eggs), in their “Best Ideas Blogged” series, December 2011 and January 2012. 

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January 2012: Focus on Accessory Ideas

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By the way, if you are wondering, that gorgeous headpiece in the main image above is by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, HT Headwear, and was taken by super snapper Elizabeth Lois.  “Belinda” is available to buy priced £85 from the HT Headwear website.  Watch out for the full range of gorgeous headpieces by HT Headwear and shot by Elizabeth Lois coming soon on Brides Up North. 

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Curtain Call: Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive! Bridesmaid Heaven With The White Room Maid Collection

January 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Well hello there!  I’ve a little couture treat for you this morning on the wedding blog to ward away those post Christmas blues.  Call it a BRIDAL FASHION EXCLUSIVE!

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Just before the festive break, I blogged about the forthcoming launch of The White Room Maid by Kate Harrod, a bespoke bridesmaid collection especially for The White Room Sheffield

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Offering a capsule collection of bridesmaid gowns and a couture service for Mother of the Bride to compliment the boutique’s range of gowns by Jenny Packham, Cymbeline, Claire Pettibone and Stephanie Allin, Kate, the winner of the “Bridal Buyer 2011 Student Bridal Designer Of The Year Award", will operate under the “White Room Maid by Kate Harrod” label.

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Today, in this Brides Up North bridal fashion exclusive, The White Room Sheffield and Kate Harrod unveil the Spring/ Summer 2012 collection with a special curtain call shoot at The Lyceum in Sheffield, a beautiful theatre which has been an iconic Sheffield space for many years.

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Chloe Curry of The White Room Sheffield says:  Great design, intelligence and thought went into The White Room Maid’s initial creations. We took inspiration from real women: those who embody femininity, timeless elegance and rock and roll glamour and created four capsule gowns in chiffon and silk with leather belts and tulle skirts to create a modern and memorable bridesmaid look.

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We wanted to create a sense of “getting ready for the show”, so used the models to create a sense that they together were helping each other perfect their own look to support the leading lady – the bride – even though she wasn’t there on set. 

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Introducing Gwen, Evangeline, Marilyn and Lottie for The White Room Maid by Kate Harrod Spring/Summer 2012 bridesmaid collection.

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GwenA bold and eclectic gown combining soft charcoal chiffon with ash grey leather, we took inspiration from Gwen Stefani, one of the celebrity world’s recognized fashion trend-setters. With a rock and roll feel and a Hollywood glamour undertone,  Gwen encapsulates the heart of our collection, where we seek to play with new and interesting style influences, fabrics and textures to make bridesmaid wear feel very 2012.

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“Gwen” paired with DC Bouquets forehead chain and flowers from Swallows and Damsons

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Evangeline – Drawn from a vintage influence, we wanted to embody retro looks without looking dated. Evangeline is constructed in a platinum pink chiffon and silk, with a 1920′s inspired bat wing sleeve that can be worn draped over the arm or pinned with a dress brooch to create a one shoulder effect. Debbie Carlisle of DC Bouquets has made some beautiful pieces to wear on the sleeve including a soft metal clip with a striking vintage brooch. We suggest pairing this with a ’40s pin-up, swept-up hairstyle or ’20s-style hairpieces for a striking look that embodies looks of old but looks very now.

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Marilyn - Named after the icon herself, Marilyn is a full skirted tulle and silk chiffon gown which was influenced by Monroe as her sole purpose for dressing was to show off her body in a fun, flirty and sexy way. This is exactly what Marilyn does whilst resonating with 50′s femininity and 2012 modern, clean lines and colour. Pair with a soft platinum leather belt for a kooky, rock and roll edge to a soft and flirty gown.

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Marilyn” paired with DC Bouquets headband and Rachel Simpson “Rosalyn” shoes

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LottieThe girl of the group – soft, short and angelic – Lottie is created from stardust chiffon and silk to create a gown with fluidity, movement and sway. We wanted to make a gown that looked young and fresh, that is perfect for the country wedding with a tea party twist or the cocktail party where the gown is just effortless and sassy yet screams couture. Pair with one of DC Bouquets’ soft leather headbands or platinum embellished cuffs for a rock and roll edge.

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I think that deserves a standing ovation!

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Its The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! A Vintage Glam Bridal Fashion Shoot With A Festive Twist

December 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Advent calendars at the ready Brides Up North!  It’s only ruddy December!  How the bejeezus did that happen?

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I personally love the festive season, twinkly winter weddings, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and all that, and will be bringing you some seasonal treats on these wedding blog pages over the next month.

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So, lets start as we mean to go on with a festively gorgeous vintage glam bridal fashion shoot at gorgeous Yorkshire wedding venue The Mansion at Roundhay Park.  I can personally vouch for this venue and the amazing team from Dine Services as it was the setting for the inaugural Brides Up North Yorkshire Tweet Up back in September.  It is also the venue for one of the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive Wedding Fairs next February.  Do you have these dates in your diary ladies?

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Sunday 12th February 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

Allerton Castle, Knaresborough

Time 12pm – 4pm

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Sunday 26th February 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

The Mansion, Roundhay

Time: 12pm – 4pm

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Sunday 15th April 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

Nostell Priory, Wakefield

Time: 12pm – 4pm

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Your exclusive invitation to three days of bridal brilliance at Yorkshire’s most desirable wedding venues.   A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise.  With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too,  only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine.   Details of how to register as a Brides Up North VIP Bride To Be coming soon. 

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EXHIBITOR BOOKINGS: email me at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details. 

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This shoot, sent to me by Shelly of Toast, is a mash up of bauble bling, giant windmills, twinkles, vintage bunting and stunning dresses.  By ‘eck it works. 

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The shoot was organised by Vicky at Sugarplum Creations to showcase her new 2012 collection ‘Vintage Glamour’. 

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Vicky says: Last year was all about the Sparkly Crystal Bride but this year is all about the chunky Vintage Glamour look.  Each piece is handmade from vintage brooches and jewellery broken down into new and exciting things; such as tiaras, necklaces and bracelets. I knew this would work with Ian Stuart’s Killer Queen Collection so I quickly got in touch with the girls to organise the shoot!

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I really wanted to convey the elegance and creativity of everyone involved. Being able to work with Ian Stuart, Cymbeline Paris and Jenny Packham all in one day was an honour and I wanted to make pieces to compliment every aspect of the different designers.

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Shelly says:  Vicky got in touch with me to shoot her new collection along with a selection of beautiful dresses from Hayley at The Bridal Collection in Harrogate. I don’t normally do straight up shoots – I usually like to do something a little bit more rock n roll, but the chance to shoot Ian Stuart frocks was too good to miss. I invited Rachel at Simply Vintage Events to provide us with a beautiful eclectic vintage backdrop to go with our Jenny Packham and Cymbeline Paris dresses, whilst I created the giant pinwheels which were real talking points and the paper flower backdrop. Rachel also provided the enormous Christmas baubles. 

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The amazing flowers including the frilly tulips in the birdcages and the set with the candles and orchids, were created by the genius Fiona at Firenza Floral Design – her talent knows no end.

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Hair and make-up was by the lovely Emma at Make Me Up by Mac and of course the backdrop was the stunningly beautiful The Mansion in Leeds – we all love that staircase (although I must have gone up and down it a million times on the day!).

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Since there were so many beautiful dresses to shoot, I invited my good pal Paul Joseph Photography over to help me shoot it all. And even our styles are slightly different, we still ended up getting the odd shot which are very similar! Thanks go to everyone who helped the shoot run smoothly.

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Photography: Toast and Paul Joseph Photography

Venue: Mansion, Leeds

Dresses loaned by: The Bridal Collection 

Accessories: Sugarplum Creations

Make-up & Hair: Make Me Up by Mac – emmamilner@live.com

Vintage china and accessories: Simply Vintage Events

Flowers: Firenza Floral Design

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  – Images © 2011 Toast and Paul Joseph Photography as tagged

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