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lookbook: charlotte mills ss16/17 collection

August 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


You’re in for a treat this afternoon as we take a look at the stunning new wedding shoe collection from our super-talented Sponsor Charlotte Mills Bridal. The master of all things sparkling, girly and pretty, Charlotte’s creations instantly send us weak at the knees and are an absolute must for brides wanting standout footwear that’s fashionable and fun.

Expanding on her already impressive range, the new collection includes several new shoe and handbag designs for SS16/17, which are available to buy online, at selected bridal boutiques and directly from Miss Mill’s sweet boutique, located in the gorgeous village of Saddleworth, Oldham.

So without further ado we’ll leave you to swoon over the new collection with the leading lady herself on hand to explain a little more about the dazzling designs…

Amore handbag

Amore handbag

Tell us where the inspiration for the new collection came from…

charlotte says: For the SS16/17 season, my designs take inspiration from Havana nights with a bridal twist. Metallics, including rose gold, and soft nude nappa leathers make the styles perfect to wear again beyond the big day.

To put the collection together I studied Vintage Havana, its fashion and designs from the art deco and art nouveau eras. I love the architecture and style of this time and the fact it’s still relevant today.

Overall I’d say my collections are always a romantic, yet fun mix of something old and something new.

Ana Rose

Ana Rose

Do you have a personal favourite design within the new collection?

I love Calle – it’s so on trend and looks amazing on the foot. It’s a timeless style which could easily be worn again after the wedding day has been and gone.



What are the main colours, fabrics and details used within the new collection?

Metallics in pale gold and rose gold with ivory and nude leathers. We have also added a gorgeous new glitter which looks like crushed pearls.



Which design from the new collection would you suggest for brides wanting to make a real style statement with their footwear?

Cindy really makes a statement with the block heel and oversized bow. The glitter is amazing when it catches the light and the leather has a pearlized finish too.

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walk this way: introducing charlotte mills bridal shoes

June 15th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Prepare to fall head over heels in love (and reach for your credit card) ladies, as we welcome Brides Up North Sponsor, and true Northern gal, Charlotte Mills, to the blog.

For those of you who’ve not come across Charlotte before, this uber-talented lady creates to-die-for bridal shoes that are fashionable, girly and fun. From first setting eyes on her swoon-worthy designs we knew Charlotte would go far with brides unable to resist her super gorgeous heels.

What we love most about Charlotte’s collections is the versatility within; from high stilettoes that wrap around the leg, to cute flats detailed with hearts and stunning block glitter heels, there really is something for all – better still these shoes can easily be worn well beyond he wedding day.

We could go on all day, but instead we thought best to let Charlotte tell you all about her fancy footwear, oh and her lovely new North West boutique too!

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Tell us a little about your background and how you came to be in the wedding industry?

charlotte says: For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to design shoes. I attended Cordwainers at London College of Fashion where I gained my BA in footwear design. I knew I wanted to create my own brand after designing a bridal footwear range for my final year show. This is where the dream began. After university I worked as a footwear design manager for a variety of UK brands until I felt the time was right to launch the Charlotte Mills brand in April 2014.

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What is it about bridal shoes that you love?

It amazing to be able to design something which someone will love and want to wear on their wedding day to show a little bit of their personality. I find this really inspiring.

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How would you describe the style of your collections and designs?

Fun yet stylish shoes, which stand out from the crowd.

What would you say is important in the design of bridal footwear?

I want to create something different to what is already on the market, brides should fall in love with their wedding shoes and not just settle. I find that creating styles which are fashion forward is important. I want brides to be able to wear their shoes again after their wedding day.

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fancy footwear: introducing pink paradox

May 19th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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If there’s one type of shopping us Brides Up North girls love, it’s shoe shopping! That’s why we’re super excited to be introducing our new blog sponsor Pink Paradox, to you lovely brides-to-be today.

Though it’s tempting to take a magpie approach to buying your bridal footwear; snapping up the first pair of sparkling skyscrapers you find could leave you hobbling around midway through your big day if they’re not built for all-day wear.

Thankfully the experts at Pink Paradox provide fancy footwear that scores equally high in the comfort and style stakes – plus there’s an option for all tastes. From sophisticated sling backs and pretty peep-toe platforms, to elegant kitten heels and fashionable flats – ladies, you will literally be spoilt for choice!

And if that weren’t enough, Pink Paradox also offer a fabulous range of dyeable shoes, meaning you can have your footwear matched to your exact colour specifications (perhaps to provide that something blue?). Here to fill you in on all the details are the creators themselves…

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Can you give us an overview of Pink Paradox and what it offers to brides?

Pink Paradox say: We started out in 2002 after identifying a gap in the market for bridal shoes that are stylish yet comfortable so Pink Paradox was born. What we offer brides is affordable and comfortable heels whilst not sacrificing any of the style!

How important do you feel shoes are to a bride’s wedding day attire?

We could be slightly bias here but incredibly important! Not necessarily from just a style point of view, but this is one of the biggest days of your life you’re going to be on your feet for most of the day, from walking down the aisle to your first dance, and then finding and talking to all your guests. You’ve got to make sure you have shoes you can actually walk in; and luckily that’s what we specialise in!

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What advice would you give to brides when picking their wedding shoes?

Have a selection ready and try them all on; which ones are comfortable, which can you walk in? Our best tip is to make sure brides go for something they would usually wear, do not be tempted to go for extremes as you don’t want to end up regretting it on the day!

Can you give us an overview of the different styles of wedding shoes that Pink Paradox offer?

We have quite a range on offer so we can cater to most wedding parties! We have high heels for the daring bride, mid-heels for the confident bride, flats, laced, sparkling, pleated – we can go on! With a range available we can provide heels for the bride for during the day, for the reception, for the mother of the bride and even for the bridesmaids!

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friday fabulous!

January 15th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Marla Metallic Mary Jane Block Heels

These metallic Mary Janes just raised the t bar. Geddit?

Marla Metallic Mary Jane Block Heels by L.K.Bennett £275

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friday fabulous!

August 14th, 2015 | Julia Braime

Tyra Heart by Sophia Webster

Wear your heart on your heel.

Tyra Heart, £395 by Sophia Webster.

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style profile: charlotte mills

July 21st, 2015 | Rachel Parry


Image by Jonny Draper

To brighten up your Tuesday afternoon we’re putting another wedding industry superstar under our Style Profile spotlight to find out what makes them go week at the knees in the world of fashion.

Today it’s the turn of charlotte mills, the fabulous owner and creative genius behind Charlotte Mills Shoes.

You only need to take one look at Charlotte’s stunning collection of bridal footwear to know this lady has bucket loads of style and a real eye for design. From fancy flats, to cute peep-toes and show stopping heels, Charlotte really does offer something for every bride.

As a self-confessed pink addict we find ourselves instantly connected to Charlotte and love her passion for all things cool and colourful. So let’s find out what treasures are to be found in Ms Mills’ wardrobe while getting the lowdown on her top wedding picks too! The floor is all yours Charlotte…

Charlotte Mills 9to5

Clockwise from left: Necklace from Zara| Top from Zara| Shoes from Charlotte Mills| Victoria Beckham tote from Harrods| Jeans from Topshop.

How would you describe your nine ‘til five style and what are your key work wardrobe pieces? 

For work it’s normally a nice top and skinny jeans, I keep the clothing quite simple as I love to accessorise, often with a statement necklace and a fab pair of shoes. I don’t have a lot of handbags, unsurprisingly I’m more of a shoe person! I do like big totes though, so I can fit everything in.

What would you wear for a night out drinking cocktails with the girls?

I love getting all glammed up for a girls’ night out! When travelling to the factory in Spain I came across an amazing brand called Bimba Y Lola, I just love their playful use of prints and colour.  As soon and I walked into the store their Crocodile Print Dress said ‘buy me’. I always wear dresses when I go out as I’m normally in jeans all week.  And usually team with killer heels and my fav Lush lipstick which stays on for hours!

Charlotte Mills Cocktails

Clockwise from left: Dress from Bimba Y Lola| Shoes from Sophia Webster| Bag from Zara.

If you were currently planning your wedding what would be your top picks?

I’m already married but would do it all again in a heartbeat! After seeing images of this Monique Lhuillier dress on the catwalk at NYBW I have fallen totally in love! I would have to go for peonies which are my favourite flowers and I had these at my own wedding. Betty from our collection would go really well with the gown and tie in with the sparkle.

Which celebrities’ style do you admire?

Olivia Palermo – she is all about the accessories and looks effortlessly chic every time.

What is your favourite high street store and online shopping site?

Zara is my favourite high street store, I get the majority of my wardrobe from there. If I’m shopping online I like ASOS.

Charlotte Mills Wedding

Clockwise from left: Outfits from Coast| Shoes from Charlotte Mills| Dress by Monique Lhuillier| Ring by Heidi Gibson| Flower image found on

What current wedding trends are you a fan of?

I love bridal separates and the floral gowns coming through.  They are both really fresh and different.

Do you consider yourself a trend setter or follower?

I would say a bit of both, after working in fashion I can identify trends. When I design a product I want it to fit with current trends but then give my own twist, which makes it different.

What colour features most in your wardrobe?

Pink for sure, I’m a pink addict! At least 70% of my wardrobe is pink. It makes me happy and brightens up any dreary day.

Charlotte Mills Honeymoon

Clockwise from top left: Pink bikini from River Island| Patterned bikini from Ted Baker| Shoes from Charlotte Mills| Bag from Accessorize.

What areas of a wedding would you splurge on the most?

The dress and the shoes and the groom’s attire. You will be looking back at your pictures forever so you want to remember feeling your best. It really is once in a lifetime. The other thing which is so important is to choose an amazing photographer. You cannot get those moments back and you want to remember them as if you are reliving the day every time you look at them.

Where would be your dream honeymoon destination and what top items would you pack in your case?

If I went on honeymoon now my dream destination would have to be somewhere I haven’t been before. I would love to charter a small sailing boat and sail around the Greek islands like Santorini and Mykonos.

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