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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: What Katy Did Next? She Named Couture After Meeee!

February 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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OMG OMG OMG I am all of a flutter!  Not only to I have a wedding blog fashion exclusive to share with you this morning that is possibly one of the most well executed bridal inspiration shoots that I have seen yet (and trust me, I see A LOT!), but one of the fabulous stars of the show is actually named after me!

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And it isn’t a coincidence!

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When the lovely Katy of What Katy Did Next got in touch to tell me that she had named a piece in her new collection after me, I was super excited.  Then I saw the “Julia” (above – far too beautiful and refined to have my name attached to it – I’m writing this in joggers and a hoody at 1am!) and was out of this world excited.  And then I saw these images.

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If you are planning a vintage/ Alice themed/ onehelluvagorgeous wedding… take note.  Oh, and p.s: who doesn’t have a total girl crush on Alice right now?! 

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Lets hear from the lady herself: After itching to get creative with styling another photo shoot, one of my Real Brides from the Summer got in touch to tell me about her vintage china & prop hire venture.  My fiancé and I designed and built Lynsey’s website for her and thought it only right to celebrate with a photo shoot.  It may sound clichéd but with the Vintage china and tea party vibe, it felt only right to have a go at the Alice in Wonderland theme.  Our idea was to keep it timeless, pastel and vintage themed without sinking in to the overdone slightly cheesy style.
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With the theme in mind I was able to work on something a little more extravagant and flouncy in my collection. I had had a few Mother of the Bride’s approach me at wedding fairs enquiring about fascinators, so I used this opportunity to showcase some of my ideas. I wanted the collection to be primarily influenced by a demure, Victorian style ‘Alice’ whilst reflecting the fun of the book with a little twist, which is where the idea to use another model and flip the idea of a male white rabbit to make it glamorous, flirty and fun.

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The collection consists of 7 pieces –

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Julia (eeep!) – Beautiful blush peony with pearl centre, pewter sinamay loops, hand beaded silver leaves, a flourish of pale feathers and vintage velvet millinery leaves.

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Queenie – A regal curved Ivory base holding a pale peony with crystal beaded centre, vintage velvet millinery leaves, heather coq feathers, hand beaded silver leaves and a nest of Russian veiling.

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Olive – A steam punk teardrop base hair comb featuring hand cut leather flowers with vintage watch face centres, beaded floral areas, spots of beautiful lace and hand cut vintage paper leaves.

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Florence – A flouncy ostrich feather covered bow with delicate Lace applique, transparent baby blue leaves and hand beaded flower centre.

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Amelia – A wired string of sparkling silver beads, twisted into a foliage vine shape to be worn any way you wish.

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Lena – A petite piece featuring two hand beaded silver leaves and a beautiful vintage brooch.

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Ivy – Jewelled head piece featuring vintage velvet millinery leaves, grey pearl accents and sparkling hand beaded silver leaves.

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Photographer Sally Thurrell was only too happy to help as she had previously shot one of my collections and also photographed Lynsey’s Wedding.

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Hair and Make up was done by Tracey from Beautiful Bride Makeovers and she was an absolute dream to work with, full of inspiration and knew exactly what was going on in my head without me having to attempt to explain!

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After getting a few other amazing suppliers involved I managed to find a little gem of a venue in Riding Farm Cottages. The cottages were in a little cluster not too far from Beamish and surrounded by peaceful countryside. The early January weather was slightly windy and wild for our shoot so we made the most of the beautiful country style that the cottages had.

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The shoot was amazing fun, despite the Wintery weather and the fact that our photographer’s car broke down, conked out and died on the way there! It was great to work with so many talented suppliers from up and down the UK, including our two gorgeous models Nathalie and Katie. I would thoroughly recommend each and every one of them.

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Little Black Book:

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Head Pieces: What Katy Did Next
Vintage China Hire: The Whistling Bunting Travelling Tea Party
Photography: Sally Thurrell Photography
Hair & MUA: Beautiful Bride Makeovers
Venue: Riding Farm Cottages
Clothing: Alexandra King – Make Me a Dress
Petticoats: Doris Designs
Cupcakes: Daisy Cupcakes
Reception Stationary: Vicky Trainor
Lace Rabbit Ears: Talulah Blue
‘Eat Me/Drink Me’ Tags: Through the Cottage Door
Steampunk Brooches: Christopher Ainsley

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  – Images © 2012 Sally Thurrell Photography

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A Brides Up North Winner Wears It Well! Sophie Rocks Rosie Willett Designs

November 7th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I do love to see my wedding blog competition winners enjoying their treasure! Sophie Dias recently won a gorgeous Eleanor headpiece from Rosie Willett Designs in a Brides Up North wedding blog giveaway, the lucky thing!  Doesn’t she look amazing!? 

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Rosie says:  Sophie chose the Georgina headpiece as the French lace flower and silk organza complemented the lace on her Augusta Jones gown so well.  Sophie didn’t want a traditional tiara, so the stylish Georgina was perfect for her.  Sophie told me that she fell in love with so many of my designs when she tried them on with one of my stockists.  When she saw the competition to win a Rosie Willett Designs headpiece on Brides Up North, she decided to try her luck at winning a second one… and she won!  Sophie chose the fashionable polka dot Eleanor headpiece to wear for her evening reception.

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Sophie says:  I didn’t know what I wanted as a wedding headpiece at first as I was adamant I didn’t want a traditional tiara.  When I first saw Rosie’s work I was in love and really didn’t want to have to take the sample headpiece off to leave the shop!  I would still wear my lovely Georgina to work everyday if I could!

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Everyone on the day said how unusual and beautiful it was and lots of people commented on how perfectly it matched the lace on my dress.  I was also lucky enough to win a second headpiece from Rosie through a competition with Brides Up North wedding blog.  I have enjoyed wearing Georgina and Eleanor to a number of parties and outings since, as they are both so fashionable.  I hope one day to add some coloured pieces to my collection!

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Thank you so much for providing the perfect finishing touch on my wedding day.

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Rosie runs an ‘In The Spotlight’ feature on her website showcasing one of her lovely brides every month.  She explains: I receive many photographs from happy brides who want to show me how gorgeous they look in their headpieces.  It’s always a pleasure for me to see my designs on new brides and it’s really interesting to see how they can look with different styling.  The same design might look romantic and whimsical on a bride with loose tumbling curls, or classic and elegant on a bride with a sleek up do.  My designs have been worn with the most beautiful wedding dresses, including designs by Sassi Holford, Suzanne Neville, Lyn Ashworth, Lusan Mandongus and Charlotte Balbier.

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You could be a winner with Brides Up North too!  All it takes is a comment!

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What Katy Did Next! Only Went & Offered A Gorgeous Giveaway & Exclusive Discount – win a beautiful bridal headpiece worth £65

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WIN Your WEDDING DRESS & ACCESSORIES Worth Up To £1,500 with The Harrogate Wedding Lounge!

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  – Images © 2011 Rosie Willett Designs

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Hitting the Headlines: Rosie Willett Designs

March 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North was extremely proud to see one of my Featured Supplier’s designs on the cover of Brides Magazine this month.  Hats off to you Rosie Willett Designs!

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Darcy by Rosie Willett Designs

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Rosie explains on her blog: Darcy, worn (on the cover) with a Monique Lhuillier gown, is a delicate flower combining layers of French lace, silk organza and gathered tulle for a perfect ballerina bride look.  The triple Swarovski crystal and pearl band is classic and elegant, while hinting at 1920s vintage style.

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Keep flying the flag for Northern talent Rosie!

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To read an interview with Rosie and see her fabulous designer headpieces showcased in all their glory, click here.

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You Wear it Well! A peek at the Exclusive Joel Alexander Launch Show

March 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier Joel Alexander of Quills Millinery only went and launched his debut collection this weekend at Auckland Castle.  Brides Up North was blown away. 

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Here is a peek at the beautiful millinery on show from a FROW seat…

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Joel Alexander

Japp by Joel Alexander

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By Vivien Sheriff

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Lemon & Lime by Joel Alexander

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Alice by Joel Alexander

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and, but of course, Kate by Joel Alexander!

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OMG!  Has Ms Middleton seen that?!!  How fabulous can you get!

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(As a side note, my mother is also called Kate and I am kind of glad she didn’t get her hands on this up-stager for my wedding day!)

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Got a special event coming up? (Of course you do!) Get yourself to Joel’s showroom near Darlington and top off your outfit perfectly.  Get him while you can – this man is going to be in BIG demand very soon!

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Joel also stocks divine bridal headwear by Vivien Sheriff and Polly Alexander.

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WINNERS! Really Really Gorgeous Giveaway: Rosie Willett Designs

February 19th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Thank you to all you lovely Brides Up North readers who took part in the Really Really Gorgeous Giveaway from Rosie Willett Designs.

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To see more of Rosie’s work, click here to read her Eye Candy interview.  Beautiful!

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Rosie Willett Designs Arabella

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And now the moment you have all been waiting for, drawn at random, the winners!

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1ST PRIZE: One headpiece from any of the six collections on the Rosie Willett Designs website

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  • Sophie

    February 14, 2011 | I first saw these in my dress shop and fell in love with them there and then, I always attempt to “accidently” walk out the shop wearing one but unfortunately they always notice the rather large flower on my head :(

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    5 RUNNER UP PRIZES: A Swarovski Crystal AB & Ivory Pearl bracelet

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  • Charlotte

    February 12, 2011 | I would like to win one of these beautiful pieces as my boyfriend doesn’t buy me jewellery because he doesn’t “understand” it. I’m not sure what there is to understand. (I’m also not a bride to be but surely still deserve a treat?!)Xx

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  • Joelle

    February 18, 2011 | I would absolutely love to win something beautiful for my best friend Gemma to wear as her “something new” on her wedding day (and then I would be the best bridesmaid ever!) x

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  • Kat Dray

    February 18, 2011 | I would LOVE to win because I need to start planning my wedding but have no idea where to start – these gorgeous pieces would certainly help me get inspired!

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  • deborah

    February 18, 2011 | i think these designs will definatley (sic) compliment my wedding and look lush!!!!!

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  • Jane

    February 16, 2011 | Oh my god I love the Clara! I would love to win a headdress or a bracelet to wear on my wedding day.

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    Sophie, Charlotte, Joelle, Kat, Deborah and Jane please contact Brides Up North to claim your fabulous prizes!  Good on you girls!

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    Didn’t win but still WANT?  Check out the Rosie Willett Designs website to place your order with Rosie.

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    Heads Up! Polly Edwards at Quills Millinery

    February 16th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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    Joel Alexander of Quills Millinery, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, got in touch to tell me that his showroom now stocks the lovely designs of Polly Edwards.  I think you will all agree that these headpieces are to die forFor more information, or to book an appointment with the fabulous Joel, visit the Quills Millinery website.

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    I don’t know about you but I am blown away!  I am going to be very very nice to Mr Alexander in the hope that he will loan me one of these beauties for the upcoming wedding season!

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