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Glittering Glamour: Supplier Showcase – Sweetheart Vintage PLUS Exclusive 10% Off For Wedding Blog Readers!

November 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning I’m diving headfirst into yet more planning for our fabulous Brides Up North Christmas Party – today it’s all about fine tuning the details with some amazing suppliers who are helping out to make the soiree extra special.

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If you missed the original announcement, our Christmas Party (Sparkle & Sequins on Tuesday 11th December 2012 at the stunning Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire) is open to wedding industry friends and readers alike but is now completely full up. Entry is strictly by invitation only but if you had issues getting on our guest list – it filled within 48 hours! – please drop me a line julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk and I will see what this Christmas fairy can do for you.

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It’s not long now – have your sparkle and sequins at the ready!

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Speaking of sparkle and sequins, whilst I get on with the planning, I’ll leave you to meet the lovely Anna of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sweetheart Vintage Designs.  If you are in the market for some wedding day accessories, then Anna’s gorgeous jewellery box of an online shop should be the first stop.  Twinkle!

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Sweetheart Vintage Treasured Comb

Treasured Comb

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“My ethos is to provide good value, choice, high-quality and affordable products in beautiful packaging. I handpick and hand make the items I sell and you can be assured of a personal and flexible service.”

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Why did you decide to launch Sweetheart Vintage and what is your background?

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Before I launched Sweetheart Vintage I was a make-up artist, mainly focussing on weddings. I really enjoyed the build-up and excitement of each wedding day and being involved with the bride’s appearance, which for many brides is a key aspect of the day. After starting a family, the working hours became more difficult as it was heavily based around evenings and weekends so I decided to launch my business in bridal hair accessories and jewellery. I have always had a love of vintage jewellery and this allows me to stay in the industry I love, use my creativity and be still involved with each bride’s look whilst having more flexible working hours. I also have a strong commercial background as I have worked in marketing and business for the past 12 years for a global organisation which is really useful experience in the everyday running of my business.

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Sweetheart Vintage

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Are all your products designed and handmade by you? 

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Many of my items are handmade but I try to retain a mixture of products so that there is a range of price points for customers – for example my  Treasured hair comb is £22. I am very particular about the quality of products I stock. For all my handmade items, I spend a lot of time researching components for designs and putting new designs together before I launch them. My items are a mixture of original vintage and vintage-inspired, again to give brides choice and to fit a range of budgets, and tastes.

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Can you do bespoke or special designs for individual brides?

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Yes, my customisation service is extremely popular with brides. It allows customers to adapt products that they see on my website or create something completely new. My customisation service is low-cost and I still allows brides to return custom products as I feel it is only fair to allow return of products that have not been seen or tried on in person. I do charge a small cancellation fee for return of some custom products that are very time consuming to make but for most items there isn’t any charge.

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“I just wanted to say thank you for all your help with the bracelet, and also how absolutely lovely the products are that I ordered. The simple pearl necklace will look lovely with my vintage lace wedding dress, and the bracelet will complement it perfectly. I’m amazed at the workmanship that has gone into the hair comb and can’t wait to wear it as an alternative to the usual tiara on my wedding day. “

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Sweetheart Vintage Bespoke Headpiece

Bespoke headpiece

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What are the benefits of buying online?

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Buying online from Sweetheart Vintage enables brides to have a lot more choice and also to find much more competitively priced products whilst still having a flexible and personal service.

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Sweetheart Vintage by Foley Photography

Image courtesy of Foley Photography

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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I aim to keep my prices as competitive as possible. My combs start from £22 and my headbands start from £55. My customisation service is very competitive and I have customised my products from as little as £5. Depending on the type of customisation, sometimes there is no charge.

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Sweetheart Vintage: Crystal Rose Comb and Anita Earrings

Crystal Rose Comb £42, Anita Earrings £29

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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The 10% discount code for Brides Up North readers is BUN12 and is valid until 31st December 2012. There is no minimum order and the code can only be used in our online store.

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What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

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Brides can expect a personal, friendly and flexible service. I pride myself of providing high-quality products at affordable prices with plenty of choice. Wherever possible I try my best to meet any tight timescales.

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What is your current favourite piece that you have designed and why?

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My Vintage Glamour Headband is one of my favourite pieces. It is popular with brides and recently I customised this one for a bride by dotting it with Swarovski pearls at no extra charge. Many brides are put off purchasing headbands after trying on uncomfortable ones but I am always reassuring brides that all my headbands are really comfortable and do not pinch at all.

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Sweetheart Vintage Vintage Glamour Headband

Vintage Glamour Headband £82

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Is there a particular style of jewellery or bridal accessory that has been immediately popular with your bridal customers? 

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My combs are always very popular and the Enchanted Comb has proven to be a hit. At the price of £40 its very reasonable for a handmade comb. It is very simple yet elegant with a vintage feel.

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Sweetheart Vintage Enchanted Comb

Enchanted Comb

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Do you design and stock pieces that would be appropriate for Bridesmaids? 

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Many of my customers purchase combs as gifts for their bridesmaids and all my items come gift boxed. I also provide free gift notes at the customer’s request. Many brides purchase different styles of combs for each bridesmaid and I really love the fact that people don’t feel restricted to make all their bridesmaids look the same. Giving each bridesmaid a different piece allows you to give them something personal to them and also to suit their hair type and style.

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Gift boxed product with a gift note

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What about the Mother of The Bride?

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My handmade bracelets and earrings have been very popular for the Mother of the Bride as well as bridesmaids. Original vintage bracelets and earrings have also been popular for Mother of the Bride gifts.

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Handmade Swarovski Bracelet £35

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How are your products packaged?  Do they make good gifts?

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My products make perfect gifts as they all come individually boxed and free gift notes can be requested. Recently I have sold a bracelet that was used as part of a proposal, Valentine’s gifts and gifts for Mother’s Day. I provide luxury gift wrap at £3.00 per item and recently received this feedback from a happy bride

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Just a wee note to express my sincere thank you for the beautiful package I received. First of all the pins are stunning, so elegant and superb quality, but second of all, I am absolutely stunned at how beautifully the two gift wrapped ones came. They are amazing and will be so special to give to the girls on the morning of the wedding! I will be recommending you to everyone I know from now on!

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Sweetheart Vintage

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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To view all my products and buy online visit www.sweetheartvintage.co.uk or to contact me please email anna@sweetheartvintage.co.uk or call 07806 946534

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  – Images © 2012 provided by Sweetheart Vintage

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Wedding Blog WINNER! Couture Bridal Headpiece Worth £200 From HT Headwear

October 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I just love to spread a little happiness on a dank, grey Tuesday afternoon!  And what better way to do that than to let you guys win stuff.  That’s right!  Rather beautiful stuff at that!

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Erin Diamante

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This afternoon I am excited to announce the winner of our competition to win a headpiece of your choice worth up to £200 (!)  from the 2013 collection by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, and creator of the most glamorous and lovely bridal headpieces going – the fabulous HT Headwear

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You can click here if you missed the preview of the stunning 2013 collection from HT Headwear, but for now, it’s my moment to make someone’s day!

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Lilly Pearl

Lilly Pearl

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And the winner* is…

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Michaela Britton

October 8, 2012 | My fave is Lilly Pearl – sweet and simple x

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Congratulations Michaela!  Please contact me as soon as possible to claim your prize! 

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As for the rest of you, all is not lost: watch this space for some brilliant new wedding blog giveaways and competitions coming up verrrry shortly!

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Rosa

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*Winner drawn at random

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  – Images © 2012 Heline Bekker

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Wedding Blog Fashion EXCLUSIVE! LoveBySusie Launches Vintage Bridal Headwear Collection

March 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Goodness, we are getting gorgeous this afternoon on the wedding blog!  One of my very favourite independent Northern bridal designers (I love a wisp of silk and lace, and this lady is a specialist) LovebySusie Bridal has launched a new bridal headwear collection.

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The collection, which includes silk tulle full length and waist length veils beautifully finished with delicate seed beads and lace trims, Juliet cap styles in vintage design lace and truly lovely lace hairbands, hand beaded with pearls and Swarovski crystals, is dreamy.  See for yourselves, and just try to resist. 

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Make up by Hazel Wilson at Expert Touch

Images by Dawn Marie Jones 

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Susie says: I’m very excited about the new LovebySusie veils and headwear.  The collection offers a gorgeous variety of truly unique, vintage styles for brides.  I believe wedding veils are a quintessential element of the bridal ensemble. There’s nothing quite like a whisper of silk tulle to evoke a breath taking air of romance. 

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Veils are so on trend for brides at the moment with inspiration from the likes of 2011 brides Kate Middleton, Lily Allen and Kate Moss who all chose to wear Cathedral length silk tulle veils with exquisite lace embellishments, but with entirely different end looks.

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The new collection of wedding veils and hair accessories is also a natural development for the LovebySusie brand which already includes bridal lingerie, corsetry, garters, loungewear and silk eye masks

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I use some beautiful vintage lace pieces for limited edition designs, but I have also taken traditional Leavers Lace still produced in Nottingham today which uses designs and lace making techniques that go as far back as the 18th Century.  I combine the lace with the highest quality silk tulles and delicate hand beading to produce timeless, elegant wedding veils and hair accessories that are truly unique.

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The entire collection of LovebySusie wedding veils and hair accessories is available exclusively to purchase online at www.lovebysusie.co.uk

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Rosalie Beaded Lace Hairband and Charlotte Beaded Veil

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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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Sally Thurrell Photography/ What Katy Did Next

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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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Floored.

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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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Twinkle Twinkle! Supplier Showcase: Damselle Tiaras (and a 10% DISCOUNT!)

August 15th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Every day feels like Christmas at wedding blog HQ at the moment, with all these sparkly wedding treasures scattered around my laptop!  Today I chat to the lovely Kathryn from online bridal accessories shop Damselle Tiaras about her gorgeous headpieces.  PLUS watch out for a very special giveaway from celebrated Damselle Tiaras’ designer Polly Edwards coming up later on today!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Damselle Tiaras

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How did Damselle Tiaras begin?

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The concept of Damselle Tiaras started at the British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate in 2004.  My husband and I wanted to start a small online business and as both our daughters were getting married we decided upon tiaras and accessories. After attending numerous wedding fairs and exhibitions we thought that this would be easy!  Big joke!  I had a lot of support and advice from Kirstie at Flo and Percy who gave me lots of encouragement.

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What products are available to order on the Damselle Tiaras website?

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The products available are tiaras, belts, sashes, millinery and jewellery.  Our best sellers are Polly Edwards, Ivory and Co and Louis Mariette.

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Both Polly Edwards and Louis Mariette designs are hand made in the UK.

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Tell Brides Up North about your range of hats and fascinators?

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Our daughter Melissa was lucky enough to be able to train in millinery in Leeds, our hometown, at the Leeds College of Art and Design and takes her inspiration mainly from the 1940’s and 1950’s at the moment and uses best quality materials and everything is handmade by herself. Melissa loves to work with her customers to create and capture the style and design that they want.

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Which of your products would you recommend for a bride on a budget?

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For a bride on a budget Ivory and Co have a fabulous range that can look very expensive and prices start at approximately £50.00 whereas if money is not an option and the bride to be wants to splash out then there are pieces like Patchouli by Polly Edwards at £795.

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What sets your website apart from other online bridal retailers?

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I think that there is so much competition these days both in store and online but I believe that giving the best service that you can possibly offer, staying in contact with the bride to be, reassuring and assuring her that everything is going to plan and treating your customer as you would like to be treated yourself and I don’t think that you can go wrong with that. Everyone wants to be treated just that little bit special and lets not forget that we are working with someone who is getting married who is getting stressed out and my job is to ensure that they receive the tiara/headpiece of their dreams in plenty of time for their fittings and their big day.

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Which celebrity would you like to see in a Damselle Tiaras piece and why?

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I think that every bride to be feels like a celebrity on her wedding day but if I had to choose a celebrity today to wear a tiara I think that I would choose Grace Woodward as she has her finger on the pulse of fashion but has a quirky side so think that she would carry off something by Louis Mariette wonderfully well.

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How far in advance should Brides Up North place their order?

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The timescales for ordering would be dependant on the designer. Ivory and Co can be dispatched within 48 hours whereas others can be anything between 4 to 6 weeks although Polly Edwards does offer a fast track service.

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Can you offer a discount to Brides Up North readers?

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I am always happy to help anyone getting married save some money so will offer any reader who quotes BRIDES UP NORTH a 10% discount on anything on the website and even if someone found something from one of my suppliers that is not on the website, the discount would still stand.

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How can Brides Up North contact you/ find out more?

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Brides Up North readers can contact me either by telephone (07876 680425/0113 2697620 or via email enquiries@damselle-tiaras.com. I am always happy to put the kettle on and have a chat with brides to be, mums and bridesmaids who want to call round to try tiaras on but just give me a call first!

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Why did you choose to Join The Northern Revolution?

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I like Brides Up North as it is a great read, it is good to know what brides to be are looking for, what is shaping fashion and because I love anything sparkly and wedding related!

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Watch out for a very special giveaway from celebrated Damselle Tiaras’ designer Polly Edwards coming up later on today!

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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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Japp by Joel Alexander

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Lemon & Lime 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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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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    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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    Really Really Gorgeous Giveaway: Rosie Willett Designs

    February 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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    !! COMPETITION CLOSES TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT !!

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    Sometimes I do a giveaway on the blog that makes me wish I wasn’t writing the blog, just reading it.  This is one of those times.

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    Brides Up North Featured Supplier and uber talented bridal headwear designer, Rosie Willett Designs, has offered to give away, not one, not two, but six fabulous prizes.

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    Scroll down or click here to see today’s earlier post showcasing some of this lovely lady’s amazing designer pieces.

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    Rosie Willett Designs Clara

    Clara 

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    What’s up for grabs?

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

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

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    All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is comment on this post telling Brides Up North why you would like to win using the big pink button below, and sign up for my free newsletter* in the box at top right.

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    That’s it.  Tres simple.  And one of Rosie’s amazing designs could be winging its way to you!

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    Rosie Willett Designs Olga

    Olga

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    Rosie Willett Designs OdetteOdette 

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    The competition will close at midnight on Friday 18 February 2011.  Winners will be drawn at random.

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    *All you will get is my free newsletter, no nasties.  See my terms and conditions and privacy policy.  I will NEVER sell your email address and Brides Up North HATES spam.

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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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    PE Ava

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    PE Angela

    Angela

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    PE Aphrodite Silver

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    PE Ingrid

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    PE Jean  Jean

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    Money Penny Petunia  

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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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    Eye Candy: Rosie Willett Designs

    February 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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    When Brides Up North signed up Rosie Willett Designs as our newest Featured Supplier, I was blown away by her gorgeous range of bridal headwear.  Feminine, delicate and gorgeous, choose a Rosie Willett Designs headpiece as your crowning glory!

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    Rosie Willett Designs Aurora

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    Yet again, another brilliant Northern supplier that I just wish I had known about in advance of my own Real Wedding. Brides Up North loves home grown talent.

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    Rosie Willett Designs CoppeliaCoppelia

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    Rosie gives us the gossip behind the gorgeousness.

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    What sort of bride do you design for?

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    The brides I design for tend to have a strong sense of style accompanied by a love of fashion and distinctive accessories. They have an eye for detail and appreciate the unique qualities of an individually made product.

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    What is your most popular design and why?

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    Rosie Willett Designs Georgina with birdcage veil

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    The most popular design at the moment is Georgina from my Roses and Lace collection. It’s a
    gorgeous French lace and silk organza flower with Swarovski Crystal AB and ivory pearl. It also has a detachable birdcage veil which adds to the vintage style of the piece. It’s so versatile and many brides who have worn Georgina have removed the veil after the ceremony to create two different looks in one day!

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    Which is your favourite design in your new collection and why?

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    Rosie Willett Designs Anna

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    It’s so difficult to choose a favourite design as I love them all for different reasons. I do feel that Anna is a very special piece as it leans towards the trend for vintage whilst also remaining quite classic and understated. The small lace flower looks so delicate and I love the way that the spray of Swarovski crystal, ivory pearl and diamante sweep across the head.

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    When it comes to your own wedding day, what sort of gown would you choose? Would you wear a
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    I tend to dress around my accessories so I’m sure I would do the same on my wedding day. I think I
    would have to start with the Arabella headpiece from my Roses and Lace collection. It’s the largest
    flower in the range and makes such a statement. I would choose a contemporary, slim-fitting gown
    from one of my favourite designers, Jenny Packham, Alice Temperley or Claire Pettibone.

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    Rosie Willett Designs Arabella

    Arabella

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    Which celebrity would you most like to design a headpiece for and why? What style would you go for? 


    Having recently seen the ballet inspired film Black Swan, I would love to design a headpiece for its
    leading lady, Natalie Portman. She is a classic beauty and I have always admired her elegant style.
    I even have a piece named after her in my Bohemian Romance collection!

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    My new collection, Tutu, has been heavily influenced by the ballet and I will be releasing a Limited
    Edition piece for this range in March called Titania. It’s a very special design as I will only be making 20 and it would be wonderful to see Natalie Portman wearing the first one!

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    The question on everyone’s lips – which of your designs would you choose for Kate Middleton? Or alternatively, what would you design for her?

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    Kate Middleton has a classic style, but she’s young and also has an eye for fashion. I think Margot
    from my new collection, Tutu, would be the piece I would choose for her. It’s a double band with
    Swarovski ivory pearl and diamante and is the perfect combination of traditional and vintage style.

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    Rosie Willett Designs Margot

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    How did you get into design – what is your “story”?

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    I studied Fashion Marketing at Northumbria University and graduated with a First Class Honours Degree. I actually started designing headpieces whilst studying and ran my business part time.  After graduation I had several job opportunities to work for design companies in London and America, but I loved the idea of running my own company. My heart was in designing bridal accessories, so I went for it and I’m glad I did!

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    Is this your dream job? If you didn’t do this, what would be your alternative career?

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    This is absolutely my dream job and I can’t really imagine doing anything else. However, I did
    enjoy the textiles and graphic design elements within my Fashion Marketing degree and feel that I
    could pursue these skills further through wedding stationery design. I would love to introduce a
    range of stationery to coordinate with my headpieces and jewellery.

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    Describe a typical working day in the life of Rosie…

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    I normally have a look at my emails first thing. I find it quite exciting, as you never know what
    opportunities might arise from an email; sometimes it’s a contact for a new stockist or a product
    request from a magazine. My favourite emails are the ones from brides, saying how delighted they
    are with their wedding accessories. I then have a look at my order book and spend the rest of the
    day sewing, beading and making beautiful things!

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    Can you give us an idea on price?

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    The price of my headpieces varies from £58 up to £319, so I believe there is something within every
    bride’s budget. I also offer coordinating jewellery which ranges from £15 for small earrings to £111
    for a beautiful waist length necklace. Considering every single item is individually hand crafted, I
    feel that my brides receive excellent value for money on such high quality designer products.

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    Can you create bespoke designs?

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    I launch a new collection once a year and spend a long time in the design process. Each collection
    is quite different and I feel that there is something for most brides, including romantic, vintage,
    classic and contemporary styles. For this reason I tend not to make bespoke orders, but I do offer a
    ‘tailor made’ service through my stockists. This enables brides to make small changes to my
    designs, such as adding extra pearl to a piece or perhaps substituting silk satin for French lace. I
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    How long does a headpiece take to make from design to finished article?

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    The length of time it takes to make one of my headpieces can vary greatly. With the smaller pieces
    I may make three or four in a day but I could spend a whole day on just one of my more intricate
    designs. Of course, this is reflected in the price of each piece. When I’m designing a new collection
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    Rosie Willett Designs SylviaSylvia

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    Where do you get your inspiration from?

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    I take inspiration from a wide range of sources, including the arts, fashion and film as well as the shapes and structures in nature. My new collection, Tutu, is inspired by the ballet which is right on trend for 2011. The film Black Swan, which revolves around the world of ballet, has influenced so many designers, from Karl Lagerfeld to Oscar De La Renta, this season. This trend is going to be huge and it lends itself so well to bridal fashion. The luxurious silk satin, French lace, fluffy tulle and organza I have used in my Tutu collection captures the look perfectly.

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    Tell us a bit about your plans for the new website?

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    Rosie Willett Designs JulietJuliet

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    .Rosie Willett Designs Darcy

    Darcy 

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    I’m so excited about my website as I have just launched an online boutique which will enable brides who don’t live near one of my stockists to buy direct from me. There are some fantastic new features, such as a magnifying glass to view all products close up, a coordinating jewellery finder for each headpiece and a link to my Facebook and Twitter pages so that brides can keep up with the latest happenings at Rosie Willett Designs. I’ll also be keeping my favourite page from the current website, In The Spotlight, which showcases one of my designs each month being worn by a happy bride.

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    Rosie Willett Designs CarmenCarmen

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

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    Brides Up North readers can get in touch through the contact form on my website, they can email rosie@rosiewillettdesigns.co.uk or telephone 0845 838 1869. They can also join me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

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    Brides to Be – be SURE to check back here later for an exclusive Rosie Willett Designs giveaway!  With 6 fabulous prizes to be won, this is one that you REALLY don’t want to miss!

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