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the only way is up: wedding hair inspiration

May 25th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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When it comes to bridal beauty – the hairstyle you choose for your special day is one of the most important decisions you’ll make.

If your hair is mid-length or longer, then chances are, you’ll be considering a pretty up do to complete your bridal look, whether you’re going for something vintage, modern, ethereal or boho.

What we love about the up do is that it helps to frame the face whilst also accentuating the neckline of a bride’s chosen dress wedding dress. Best of all, the up do should put all day and look just as glam when the clock strikes midnight as when you swished down the aisle 12 hours before.

Your hair should always complement your bridal look, so when choosing a style think about your makeup and jewellery – and how all these aspects will work alongside your gown, bouquet and overall theme.

Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite bridal up dos of the moment to get you started – Pinterest boards at the ready!

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Chic and timeless, the French twist is one of our favourite up dos, perfect for channeling your inner Bardot. Mix things up a little by pairing your sophisticated twist with an unruly, messy bun or side swept fringe – and don’t be afraid to add some sparkle with a cute diamanté clip, flower pin or embellished hair comb.

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A grown-up ponytail can look super stylish, especially if you have long glossy locks. For an A-list worthy look, we love extra height at the crown with the hair wrapped around the bobble for a flawless, polished finish. If you’re after something a little softer, ask your stylist to tease out hair strands from around your face to create more of a textured, undone look. And for an extra dose of wedding day glam, combine your high – or low – pony with tumultuous curls or loose waves.

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There are lots of stylish ways to incorporate braids into your up do without looking like you’re ready to swap your wedding vows for an escapade at Coachella. From chunky braided crowns and dainty bands to ruffled fishtails and tangled twists – braids are a fun and oh-so-pretty addition to your bridal beauty look.

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The top knot might be your go-to hairdo when your tresses are in need of a wash (or is that just us?), but have you thought about sporting this look on your special day? The bun is a bridal staple that’s versatile and flattering for all face shapes. Whether you’re after a sleek and elegant look, or a more tousled and wispy finish – the fashionable top knot is a gorgeous style perfect for the more contemporary bride.

beehive

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The definitive retro hairdo – the beehive – is the hairstyle du jour if you’re after some voluminous back-combed action. This up do is bold and classy – think about combining it with loose bangs or soft curls for an indulgent vintage look. For a real princess moment – a decorative hairband will emphasise the volume of your hairstyle and work beautifully with your veil discreetly pinned underneath.

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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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Friday Fabulous!

October 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Fearne Comb by Coast

 

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do

I’m half crazy, oh for the love of you. 

It won’t be a stylish marriage,

I can’t afford a carriage,

But you’ll look sweet, on the seat

Of a bicycle made for two. 

 

Fearne Comb by Coast £28

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Image © 2013 Coast

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CLOSED: Wedding Blog GIVEAWAY! Win A Bridal Headpiece Worth £200 From HT Headwear’s 2013 Collection

October 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Happy Thursday Brides Up North!  I’ve got a treat for you!

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This morning on the wedding blog we are celebrating the launch of Featured Supplier and creator of bespoke bridal headwear Helena of HT Headwear’s brand new 2013 collection.  So not only am I spoiling you with wedding hair pretty, but I am offering one lucky reader the chance to win a headpiece of their choice worth up to £200.

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I told you it was a happy Thursday.  Read on to find out how you can win…

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Helena says: The new collection consists of hand blocked floral headpieces along with some beautiful handmade delicate silk floral combs and dainty headbands with clusters of diamantes and pearls with our signature detachable birdcage veils, all inspired by the grace and elegance of the 1940’s.

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I really listened to our brides for this collection and wanted to offer pieces that would work with a range of different style dresses, from rustic vintage to modern city chic, and all that’s in the middle! We have become well known for our high quality affordable craftsmanship and the flexibility our pieces offer brides and I hope this collection has a little something for everyone.

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I was lucky to work on this shoot with the delightful Heline Bekker who captured the elegance of the pieces beautifully!

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Bridal Accessories by Heline Bekker for HT Headwear

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Prices range between £75 – £225 and can be made with a choice of either comb, headband or clip. All pieces can be made to bespoke requirements.  Click here to check out the full collection on HT Headwear’s website

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Wedding Hair by Heline Bekker for HT Headwear

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From mid October HT Headwear will also be available to buy through the following new Northern stockists:

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Blissful Daze
262 Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2HS Tel: 0114 272 730
Vintage Bridal Couture
Octavia Buildings, Bridge of Weir Road, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, PA13 4AF Tel: 01505 874 221
Perfect Bridal Rooms
265-267 Holborn Street, Aberdeen, AB10 7FL Tel: 01224 574 141

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Heline Bekker for HT Headwear

Lilly Pearl

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Photography: Heline Bekker
Hair & makeup: Aga Pro Makeup
Model: Cristina SM

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And now, the best bit! 

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To celebrate the launch of HT Headwear’s new collection you can win a bespoke bridal accessory worth up to £200!*

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All you need to do is tell us which is your favourite headpiece is from the new collection simply by leaving a comment on this blog post.

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Entries will close on Friday October 19th 2012! 

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What are you waiting for…

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*Winner will be drawn at random.  Judge’s decision is final.  No cash alternative.

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  – Images © 2012 Heline Bekker

HT Headwear is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, and this is a sponsored post

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Eye Candy Inspiration: Boho Wedding Hair

October 14th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I have recently had a couple of brides emailing me (not least one of my best friends Rachel, who gets married this Christmas) and chatting to me at the wedding shows I have been a guest at recently about inspiration for more relaxed bridal hair.  Whether a twisty up-do or loose waves with a plaited twist, boho bridal hair is a pretty and feminine alternative to more structured styles.  Lauren Conrad is the absolute queen of this look, but my faves have to be Blake’s pulled apart fish tail, Kristen’s perfectly tousled plaited up-do and California queen Jen’s blown out waves.

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My advice – practice, practice, practice, or call in the professionals.  Just the right side of perfect is a tricky look to nail.  You’ll still need two hours and a whole can of Elnette, but the whole idea is to not look like you just walked out of a salon. 

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Rach, this one’s for you!

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Boho Hair Inspiration

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Images sourced from: bijouxbride.com, bridalmusings.com, glamourmagazine.com, glamour.com, electricwedding.co.uk, celebrations.com, glamourandlove.com, hair.becomegorgeous.com, kaboodle.com, itimes.com, hairdoupstyles.com, ladyamyweddings.blogspot.com, lifestylo.com, inmoodindigo.blogspot.com, princesshairstyles.com, rusticweddingchic.com, ohairstyles.com, powerroom.com.au, stylebakeryteen.com, sugarscape.com, sumaiqa.com, womenzmag.com, your-hairstyles.com, weddings-invitation.org, thebohemianbride.wordpress.com

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To see my inspiration board for you chic ladies who will be a bride with a bob – click here…

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The North’s Got Talent! Brides Up North featured Suppliers Nominated in the Perfect Wedding Magazine Awards 2011

June 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Perfect Wedding Awards 2011

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Brides Up North is thrilled to announce that not one, not two, but six of this wedding blog’s Featured Suppliers have been nominated for a Perfect Wedding Award 2011!  Hats off to these fabulous wedding industry talents.  You have my vote!

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And All Things Nice    Vicky Trainor   Glitzy Secrets

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Flo and Percy   Tiararama   Chez Bec

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Congratulations to the following Brides Up North Featured Supplier nominees:

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Best Wedding Jewellery

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Glitzy Secrets 

Chez Bec 

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Best Hair Accessories

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Tiararama 

Flo & Percy 

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Best Wedding Stationery

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Vicky Trainor 

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Best Wedding Details

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And All Things Nice

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Brides Up North readers – visit the Perfect Wedding website to cast your votes now – you could end up winning a luxury spa break worth £350 at Titanic Spa in Huddersfield

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Glitzy Secrets, Chez Bec, Tiararama. Flo & Percy, Vicky Trainor and And All Things Nice are Brides Up North Featured Suppliers

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