Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

cool yule. a winter wedding at eaves hall – sally & chris

April 19th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Winter Wedding at Eaves Hall (c) Sally Eaves (6)

Spring might have finally sprung (can you feel it?!) but this morning we’re stepping into the romantic backdrop of Eaves Hall in Lancashire, for today’s sublime winter wedding.

Deciding on a timeless white and silver colour scheme complemented by plenty of twinkling fairy lights and a pared back setting, Sally and Chris’s wedding is the epitome of elegance and class. Add in some rather pretty gypsophila flowers, a hint of glitter and some delicious cupcakes and we think you’ll be swept away by Sally’s recount of their special day.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Sally Eaves Weddings.

A Winter Wedding at Eaves Hall (c) Sally Eaves (13)

sally says: We got engaged in 2015, while in New York for Christmas. On the evening of Christmas Day, Chris took me to the Rockefeller tree and proposed there – it was the best trip of our lives.

We got married a year later, on Christmas Eve. Christmas is a special time for us, with it being the time we got together and also when we got engaged, so we thought, why not? We couldn’t think of anything better than being with all of our friends and family for Christmas.

A Winter Wedding at Eaves Hall (c) Sally Eaves (30)

We got married at Eaves Hall, Lancashire. We instantly fell in love with it when we visited. It is so unique and beautiful, and it makes the perfect Christmas venue.

We chose a winter white and silver theme, complemented by lots of Christmassy fairy lights.

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I purchased my dress from Ava Rose Hamilton in Barrowford (now moved to Colne). I instantly fell in love with the gown because of the fabric. I wanted lace and I could have a lace top to go over it. I took this off for the night do, so it looked like two different dresses.

Chris wore a navy blue suit from Next. He decided on braces and bow ties too. The groomsmen wore the same suit as Chris and our bridesmaids wore silver sparkly dresses from Maya at ASOS.

A Winter Wedding at Eaves Hall (c) Sally Eaves (34)

The bridal party stayed at the Eaves Hall lodge the night before the wedding while Chris hired a Range Rover from one of his friends to arrive at the venue in.

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look book: charlotte balbier veil collection

April 12th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Pearl Veil

Pearl Veil – traditional lace with beautiful pearl trim detail

Nothing quite says bride like a gorgeous gown topped off with a veil. In line with fast-paced bridalwear trends it’s not a case of one style suits all, with designers creating a variety of veils to match with and complement gowns in their collections, meaning the options vary in length, layers and detail.

One of the latest designers to turn her talented hands to such accessories, is our wonderful Lead Sponsor and top British bridal designer, Charlotte Balbier. Last week on the blog we shared a special preview of Charlotte’s insanely-beautiful new wedding dress collection for 2018 – Bohemian Blush – and now the princess of bridalwear Miss Balbier, is treating us to full look at her fabulous new collection of veils.

Featuring an option for all styles of weddings, the fanciful designs range from flirty and elegant to dazzling and dramatic, with delicate fine tulles decorated with embellishments, beading, pearls and lace pattern detailing.

So, join us as we swoon over the highly-derisible designs on offer…

Silk Veil

Silk Veil – silk tulle with floral diamante comb detailing

Antique Veil

Antique Veil – silk tulle with antique diamante and pearl comb to complement

French Lace Veil

French Lace Veil – silk tulle with French lace veil detailing

Pearl & Diamante

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serene beauty: a captivating styled bridal fashion shoot in the scottish borders

April 12th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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At this mid-way point in the week we’re helping to give you a little break from the daily grind by transporting you to a place of calm and beauty for a dreamy bridal shoot.

Styled by the team at Darlington-based boutique Poppy Bridal, and captured by Brides Up North Sponsors and North East photographers, Stan and Jane of Stan Seaton Photography, we are totally hooked by these mesmerising images.

Everything in the frame emits ethereal elegance, with the setting, gowns, hair and makeup all hauntingly beautiful. Huge kudos to model Victoria too for managing to look so incredibly graceful while posing loch-side in some rather chilly temperatures.

We’ll now hand over the blog to Jane, to fill us in on how the shoot was executed on the day.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Stan Seaton Photography.

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jane says: The location of this shoot – St Mary’s Loch in Selkirk – was suggested by Paula Whittaker, owner of Poppy Bridal, who supplied the stunning gowns for our model. She had visited the location a few years earlier and had been struck by its sheer natural beauty.

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To get the feel just right for the shoot, we drew our inspiration from the tranquil and untouched surroundings of the Scottish mountains and the dark and mysterious lochs.

We wanted to keep the styling very simple to fit in with the totally raw landscape. Peta Clarke, who is a makeup consultant with Estee Lauder as well as being a Poppy Bridal stylist, did the model’s hair and makeup, ensuring that she got the look and feel that she envisaged to enhance the simple elegance of the Maggie Sottero dresses, which featured in the shoot. Channeling ethereal grace, the captivating gowns featured shimmering embellishments and elegant lightweight fabrics.

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As with many shoots we didn’t get entirely what we expected, we scheduled the shoot for late August anticipating some gorgeous early evening golden light. However, the forecast was dark and dreary with suspected showers. The reality was constant rain and no sign of golden sunshine!

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Our aim was to have a fun and inspirational day and create a gorgeous set of images to show off the stunning set of bridal gowns. Wellies, umbrellas and warm coats are not entirely what you would expect on an August photoshoot, but we had lots of laughs and our stunning model Victoria was an absolute star, despite getting wet and frozen through she still managed to keep smiling and looked amazing!

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time to shine: win a dream evening gown with designer caroline castigliano

April 10th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re interrupting your Monday afternoon with news of an amazing competition from Brides Up North Sponsor and dream dress designer Caroline Castiliano. Sorry, not sorry.

Over the Easter break, all brides who purchase a bridal gown from Caroline Castigliano’s flagship store in Knightsbridge before the 22nd April will automatically be entered into a fantastic competition making them eligible to win an exclusive Caroline Castigliano cocktail or evening dress with a value of £6,000! Er, wowzers!

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This is a unique opportunity for the winner to have a couture gown made-to-measure using only the most luxurious fabrics by one of the country’s most sought after designers. Caroline Castigliano’s signature is unquestionably feminine and effortlessly glamorous. Her unique ability to cut and construct a garment, enables her to create a gown that is confident and sexy, yet exudes a deep sense of style. Read our interview with Caroline here.

To book an appointment in the flagship store please call 0207 590 9120 or request an appointment online by clicking here

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first look: bohemian blush by charlotte balbier

April 6th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Tabby

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (well, almost), as the countdown is on to British and International bridal designers unveiling their hotly-anticipated new collections at The White Gallery in London, next month.

We make no secret that this is one of our absolute highlights of the year, and we’re sure you’ll all agree with us, for what girl doesn’t love pouring over stunning wedding dresses and admiring designers’ talents in pushing creative boundaries to produce gowns that are heart-stoppingly beautiful!?

Though we can’t take you all to the FROW with us, we have a huge treat in store for you today as we’re sharing a super special preview of our Lead Sponsor Charlotte Balbier’s gorgeous new collection for 2018 – Bohemian Blush – which is set to be officially launched at The White Gallery, making this kind of a big deal!

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Forever

Perfectly girly and beautifully feminine, we are uber fans of Charlotte’s truly swoon-worthy creations and always look forward to seeing what this stylish lady has in store for us next – and we can safely say she’s outdone herself once again, as the latest offering is her best yet!

As fellow fans will know, Charlotte has embraced the boho look in her previous dress designs, but this time around she’s gone with an all-out, injecting a breezy boho vibe into the entire Bohemian Blush collection.

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Jayde

Rightly so, every bride dreams her bridal gown will stand out and be remembered forever, and in this latest collection its clear to see that Charlotte has paid the utmost attention to detail to give each gown its own unique touch and character. There is the captivating Halo gown that is handcrafted with 3D floral fabrics; the Klara gown, which embraces sequins on sheer skin, and the stunning Jayde floral gown in an exclusive print to the house of Balbier, which is topped off with a fashion-forward bow.

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All the gowns are hand-created from the finest French laces, soft flowing chiffons, layered organzas, rich Mikados and silk tulles. The 2018 colour palette introduces sweet tones of ballet pink, sugared peach, blush pinks and peach, pearled ivory and a pistachio green, alongside the classic ever-popular ivory and champagne shades.

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Symphony

charlotte says: We have always created dresses for a bride who knows who she is, to be their own kind of beauty and celebrate their individuality.

This collection celebrates the free-spirited women and Bohemian spirit. I created the Bohemian Blush collection for brides to be gorgeously unique; the gowns are easy and effortless. Whether her dream day is running through a woodland barefoot or wearing a flower crown, this sassy collection will appeal to all.

I’ve fused together my two style crushes of boho and pretty to create this delicious collection.

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If (like us) you’ve already developed a serious crush on Bohemian Blush, you will be pleased to hear that we will be bringing you more on the collection soon, so watch-this-space!

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vintage class. a new year’s wedding at falcon manor – sadie & lee

April 6th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A New Year Wedding at Falcon Manor (c) Richard Perry Photography (28)

Today’s couple, Sadie and Lee, know how to throw a good party. Celebrating their wedding on New Year’s Eve in the exquisite surroundings of a country house hotel in the Yorkshire Dales – the couple’s vintage themed nuptials are the epitome of modern day elegance combined with retro charm.

With splashes of vibrant florals, gorgeous lace and some rather dapper woolen suits – there’s lots of beautiful wedding inspo to indulge in. Sadie tells us more…

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, Richard Perry Photography

A New Year Wedding at Falcon Manor (c) Richard Perry Photography (48)

sadie says: We got engaged on 14th March 2015. We were at home about to head out for a meal, when Lee appeared with pink champagne. He proposed before we left the house, as he knew I wouldn’t want a scene in public.

We chose to get married on Saturday 31st December 2016. We knew we wanted a wintery Christmas wedding and New Year fell on a Saturday, so it just seemed like the perfect fit – we wanted a good party!

A New Year Wedding at Falcon Manor (c) Richard Perry Photography (26)

We decided on the setting of Falcon Manor as soon as we visited the venue. The building really stands out. When we went for a look around, it had just re-opened after a full refurbishment. It was so lovely; we didn’t look anywhere else.

We both wanted a vintage theme, with wool suits, lace and 50’s length dresses. This seemed to fit perfectly with the style and interior of the venue too.

A New Year Wedding at Falcon Manor (c) Richard Perry Photography (11)

We had a mixture of colours and textures that all fitted with our theme. The men wore darker colours and the girls wore vintage florals. When it came to table colours, we kept it simple with white and then lace for the sashes. We added splashes of colour using jars and flowers on the tables.

I struggled to find a dress I liked, partly due to being only 5ft tall with a petite frame. So I took a risk and ordered a dress from a website called Lily and Louie. It was made to my measurements – a 1950s inspired tea length dress with a petticoat. I added a lace slip over the top for the ceremony.

A New Year Wedding at Falcon Manor (c) Richard Perry Photography (7)

The groom and groomsmen’s suits were from the heritage range at Next. They were perfect because they came in a range of sizes, lengths and fit to accommodate the whole groom’s party. Lee chose navy wool fleck suit trousers and a waistcoat, and the jacket was in the same material but in a camel colour with a wool bow tie. His shoes were tan brown, purchased from Goodwin Smith. The groomsmen all wore the same suits but with a tie.

The bridesmaids wore Bardot style tops with mid-calf length skirts; a mixture of vintage florals in pale colours. We bought these on the high street from Miss Selfridge and Topshop.

I am a hairdresser so my business partner and I chose to do the bridesmaids’ hair and we booked a makeup artist called Annabel Bailey.

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