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Here Come The Girls! High Street Honey: Monsoon

February 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime

High Street Honey Monsoon

1. Effie Dress, £169;  2. Dallas Dress, £109;  3. Ava Dress £99;  4. Ania Dress, £139;  5. Crissy Dress, £119;  6. Evina Dress, £179;  7. Beatrice Dress, £139;  8. Bonnie Dress, £89;  9. Lyra Dress, £139;  10. Lainie Maxi, £179;  11. Lorena Maxi, £119;  12. Lyra Maxi, £179. 

You know we’re not adverse to a bit of high street browsing here at Brides Up North HQ in our quest to uncover the prettiest bridesmaid offerings and bridal accoutrements out there – in boutiques, online and by pounding the pavement.  It’s a hard job… yaddah yaddah yaddah. 

This afternoon, step forward Monsoon, with their tonal selection of pretty gowns in a wash of muted red, white and blue.  Given our recent weather, Monsoon may not be the best named retailer on the block, but in terms of bridal party offerings, it’s as good as a day on the beach. 

Click here to check out my other recent High Street Honey finds

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Monsoon

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Bridesmaid Mecca. High Street Honey: Coast

January 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Researching for our regular Friday Fabulous feature is no great hardship –  I love scouring the interwebs for the prettiest new things.  It sometimes hurts my credit card, but other than that, the pleasure is all mine.  Chancing upon something really rather lovely from Coast for this afternoon’s coveted spot (wait and see), I decided to stick around and browse the rest of this High Street Honey’s new Spring collection.

High Street Honey Coast S14

All dresses by Coast:  Amorette, in naturals, £150; Venus, in yellow, £95; Riley, in orange, £135; Poppy, in green, £125; Tulia, in pink, £165; Mandy, in naturals, £125; Glamour Bow, in orange, £160; Lori Lee Lace, in grey, £125; Mirabella, in yellow, £125; Aloisa, in white, £350; Carraway, in blue/ silver, £160; Darling, in white, £295

As I said at the end of last year, in 2014 I’ll be checking out all the most popular High Street retailers (and lesser known online finds too) and picking our favourite looks for, so that you don’t have to.  No gorgeous gowns get past me!  Whether it’s bridesmaids dresses you need, a frock for your reception dinner or heading off on honeymoon, we’ll have it covered.

Let me tell you ladies, if you are in the market for bridesmaid dresses this season, I think we’ve just found heaven.  Usually strong on this front, those fabulous people at Coast HQ have just raised the bar that little bit higher. 

The lines come in sizes 6 to 18, are pretty affordable and with a new petites range just added, this wedding blogger is seriously impressed.  Here’s my top picks for maids and mates.  Gather your girls, but hands off Riley, she’s all mine!

 

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Real Wedding Recap 2012: A Proper Winter Wonderland! A Real Wedding In The North East – Rachel & Ryan

December 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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Rachel and Ryan's Wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, County Durham by Katy Melling Photography

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Starting off our seasonal recap in style, today I am honoured to share the Real Wedding of one of my best girlfriends in the whole wide World, Rachel. I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid for Rachel and Ryan, and was more than a little nervous that one of my favourite photographers and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Katy Melling Photography would be there to see me descend into drunken Christmas wedding merriment at what has to be one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever attended (you’ll see!*).

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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After all, elegance aside, this was also the wedding where I could be found singing shouting Christmas carols at 4am, where my husband set fire to himself on an aisle candle (yes really!) and where a faux snow fight left everyone twinkling!  Proper Geordie fun! I did catch Katy snapping a shot of me taking a big slug of white wine, but it hasn’t made it into the final edit.  Thanks Katy!

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Without further ado, over to my best friend Rachel: We got engaged on 10th December 2010 in Central Park in New York and were married at home in County Durham on Sunday 18th December 2011, at Rockliffe Hall.  We said our vows in the Rockliffe Suite and then had a drinks reception in the Old Hall while the Rockliffe Suite was done up for the wedding breakfast.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's Wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, County Durham by Katy Melling Photography

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As soon as we visited Rockliffe we loved it. On the practical side we had a large guest list and it was able to cater for 180. It also had 60 bedrooms so all of the guests who wanted to stay were able to be accommodated.

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It seemed a bit more luxurious than some of the other venues we visited and was decorated to our taste. It is about 45 minutes away from Newcastle so was fairly easy for our guests to get to. It is just a lovely hotel and felt cosy and we thought it would suit the wintery/ Christmassy feel we were after. It has a lovely area called the Old Hall which we used for the drinks reception and also has a fabulous spa which our guests got good use of the day before and the day after the wedding.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Obviously the wedding was very near Christmas so overall we had a bit of a Winter Wonderland theme.

We also had some Christmas touches like snow on the tables and bauble name holders (by Cox & Cox) and candy canes as favours for people to hang on their Christmas trees after the wedding.

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Overall, I wanted the wedding to be very white. We had no colour in our flowers and I wanted the room to look white, snowy, twinkly and pretty.  The bridesmaids wore an aubergine colour which was reflected in the ushers’ ties but other than that the rest of the wedding was all white.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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My dress was Jenny Packham. It was very detailed and glitzy around the neckline which went down my back and then it had a tulle skirt. I also had a Jenny Packham headdress. I tried on a Jenny Packham dress in a shop in Newcastle but then went to her shop in London as it was a good excuse for a weekend away with my Mum. There were a few that I liked but the one I chose was most appropriate for a Christmas wedding.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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My bridesmaids wore aubergine one shoulder dresses.  The designer was Alvina Valenta and I got them from Lily White Bridal in Jesmond.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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I carried a hand tied bouquet of paper white flowers with brooches inside the bouquet to give it some extra sparkle.  This was by Hart Company.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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We had a lot of music and entertainment during our reception: my good friend Emma Kendall sang during the service, and then we enjoyed the Opus 4 String Quartet, carol singers and some singing waiters, before hitting the dance floor to Jeff Dingle and the Moonswing Trio.

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Thinking about favourite moments, my mum and dad had organised the singing waiters as a surprise for Ryan and me. I loved this and we were all up dancing on our chairs for an hour so that was really fun. In general I just loved it all as I wanted it to be a massive party and that’s what it was. I also loved the girly time on the morning of the wedding with the bridesmaids and all my family.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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We had a simple cake made by Gemma at Love Lily Cakes. It was all white and had a flower appliqué on it. We had 3 tiers which consisted of Victoria sponge cake, chocolate cake and lemon cake.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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After the excitement of the wedding we had a mini moon for a few days to the Feversham Arms in Helmsley and we are hoping to go to New York at the end of the year. We live in Dubai so we wanted to stay in the North East to enjoy the rest of the festive season with our friends and families.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be just to enjoy it and try and take it in. It is such a fun day but it goes so quickly. We got married 6 weeks ago and it already feels like it was so long ago.

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Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham   Rachel and Ryan's wedding at Rockcliffe Hall, Co. Durham

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Congratulations Rach & Ry!

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*I cannot guarantee that no tears were shed during the editing of this blog post.

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  – Images © 2012 Katy Melling Photography

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Friday Fabulous!

September 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Friday Fabulous - Hestia By Project D

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Is this not the prettiest, glitziest little bridesmaid number that you ever did lay eyes on?

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Definite wear-again-ability.  By the sequin load.

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Hestia by Project D – price dependant on stockists

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  – Image © 2012 Project D

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Friday Fabulous! Supplier Showcase: Simplicity Weddings

February 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Simplicity Weddings

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It’s Friday afternoon.  I feel like some fabulousness is in order.  If you are a North East bride in search of a wedding dress, things are about to get a whole lot more simple.  Today I chat to Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Simplicity Weddings all about their gorgeous boutique in the pretty village of Shotley Bridge, and their even prettier gowns!

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Simplicity Weddings will be at the Brides Up North Super Showcase on Sunday 4th March at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham.  Do you have your name down for a limited edition Brides Up North shopper goody bag?  Click here to register.

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What’s the story behind Simplicity Weddings?

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Simplicity Weddings opened in March 2009 so we are coming into our third year. We started as a handmade, bespoke wedding stationery company working from home. This quickly progressed to wedding planning for a local venue and thus developing a passion for the wedding industry. After approximately one year of planning and research, we found our premises, took the plunge and have only ever looked forward!

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What wedding dress designers do you stock?

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At present we stock Alfred Angelo, Mori Lee, Tia by Benjamin Roberts & Pure Bridal by Romantica. This gives us a broad range of styles and fabrics but all in an affordable price range without any compromise on quality or design. Our samples range in sizes UK12-18 but can generally be ordered in sizes UK8-32.

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Simplicity Weddings   Simplicity Weddings

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What lines of bridal accessories do you stock?

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We have veils, tiaras, hair accessories and jackets by Linzi Jay & shoes from the Rainbow Club collection. Our Linzi Jay accessories can beautifully complement our dresses and provide the all important finished look – I can sell the same dress to two girls and they both look completely different after they have accessorised to their individual personalities! Rainbow Club have some fabulous satin shoes, in a range of fashion forward and more traditional styles from flats to platforms. Their satin can be dyed to perfectly match a colour swatch using the Colour Studio service and we also offer the click and collect service in our store.

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Simplicity Weddings

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Where are you located?

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Simplicity Weddings is based in the small picturesque village of Shotley Bridge in Co Durham. We are actually becoming a bit of a wedding village with a florist, photographer, independent jewellery shop, fashion boutique, holistic therapy salon and unique gift shops!

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Our current bridal price range is £299 – £1200. However, we always have our sale sample gowns from £150. Our Bridesmaids dresses range from £140 – £265 and we have Flower Girls dresses at £99.

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Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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Ideally yes! We always recommend booking an appointment and then our time is guaranteed when you arrive. We spend one hour for dress trials as this allows for a few styles to be tried but does not end up being “ivory overload”. We welcome second appointments to re-try any styles or to narrow down selections.

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What can a bride who comes to see you expect?

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We provide a personal yet professional service. We have approxiately 60 wedding dress styles and accessories to complement. Our wedding dresses are situated on our first floor which allows your appointment to be totally private and you can treat the space as one large fitting room. You can touch our dresses and have a good look through our rails, nothing is covered or hidden!

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We have a very relaxed atmosphere in the shop and don’t use any pushy sales tactics – we strive for all our brides to find their perfect dress and have their perfect wedding. We have introduced a new payment plan option allowing customers to set up a standing order to pay for their whole order with us. We can style your whole wedding party and ensure you have your perfect theme without needing to go from store to store.

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Which are your current favourite wedding dress designs?

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I currently have two favourites that I can’t choose between! Mori Lee 4865 & Alfred Angelo 2243. Mori Lee 4865 is a gorgeous strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline in a delicate organza draped fabric. There is a full layer of lace underneath with delicate sequins that catch the light and subtly sparkle. Alfred Angelo 2243 is a dropped waist style with a lace bodice featuring broad straps and a full back. It has a tulle skirt and banded waist which can be made in any of the 60 Alfred Angelo colour palette. This is a fabulous dress, with a designer look for only £549.

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Which wedding dresses are your best sellers?

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Our bestselling style for 2011 was A-line with a ruffled skirt. For 2012 our Brides are looking at a wide variety of dress shapes, with lace detailing proving popular. I believe it is detailing that goes through trends as brides will always choose different shape dresses to suit their body shapes.

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Do you stock bridesmaid dresses?

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Yes! We currently stock the Dessy Collection and Alfred Angelo and have over 70 styles to choose from in over 60 colour options. We also have Flower Girl styles for the younger members of the wedding party. We have styles that are full length, tea length and cocktail length and also in a variety of fabrics including satin, taffeta and chiffon. We have samples in size UK10-18 but can re-order dresses in UK4-32.

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What about menswear?

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We have a suit hire service in our shop – Simply Suits. We are authorised stockists of The Ultimate Formal Hire Co and can provide suits in a variety of styles from Prince Edward to tailcoat and informal suits. They are available in a variety of colours including black, grey and navy and in a wide range of sizes and lengths. There are contemporary and traditional design waistcoats and a large selection of tie colours to complement any wedding theme. Our suits generally arrive 10 days prior to your wedding date so there is no last minute stress to achieve the perfect fit.

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Are you married?

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Yes, I got married in June 2008 and my Husband now runs our suit department! I wore a Romantica of Devon dress called Amarillo. It was an ivory satin A-Line gown with embroidered detail on the bodice and train. Choosing my dress now, I would still go for an A-Line shape dress as it’s best for my figure however maybe something with more of a vintage feel.

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

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Our shop is open Wednesday 10am-4pm, Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm and we offer appointments on Sunday. You can telephone us on 01207 504941 for more information or send us an email at simplicityweddings@googlemail.com. Alternatively we have a lot of information on our website and also our Facebook page.

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  – Images © 2012 provided by Simplicity Weddings

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Friday Fabulous!

February 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Friday Fabulous Monsoon Tiffy Cape

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You won’t be getting the cold shoulder in these frivolous feathers.  Utterly amazing… and probably rather tickly too! 

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Tiffy Cape, £65 by Monsoon

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  – Image © 2012 Monsoon

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Curtain Call: Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive! Bridesmaid Heaven With The White Room Maid Collection

January 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Well hello there!  I’ve a little couture treat for you this morning on the wedding blog to ward away those post Christmas blues.  Call it a BRIDAL FASHION EXCLUSIVE!

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The White Room Maid/ India Hobson Photography

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Just before the festive break, I blogged about the forthcoming launch of The White Room Maid by Kate Harrod, a bespoke bridesmaid collection especially for The White Room Sheffield

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Offering a capsule collection of bridesmaid gowns and a couture service for Mother of the Bride to compliment the boutique’s range of gowns by Jenny Packham, Cymbeline, Claire Pettibone and Stephanie Allin, Kate, the winner of the “Bridal Buyer 2011 Student Bridal Designer Of The Year Award", will operate under the “White Room Maid by Kate Harrod” label.

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The White Room Maid/ India Hobson Photography

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Today, in this Brides Up North bridal fashion exclusive, The White Room Sheffield and Kate Harrod unveil the Spring/ Summer 2012 collection with a special curtain call shoot at The Lyceum in Sheffield, a beautiful theatre which has been an iconic Sheffield space for many years.

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The White Room Maid/ India Hobson Photography

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Chloe Curry of The White Room Sheffield says:  Great design, intelligence and thought went into The White Room Maid’s initial creations. We took inspiration from real women: those who embody femininity, timeless elegance and rock and roll glamour and created four capsule gowns in chiffon and silk with leather belts and tulle skirts to create a modern and memorable bridesmaid look.

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We wanted to create a sense of “getting ready for the show”, so used the models to create a sense that they together were helping each other perfect their own look to support the leading lady – the bride – even though she wasn’t there on set. 

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The White Room Maid/ India Hobson Photography

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Introducing Gwen, Evangeline, Marilyn and Lottie for The White Room Maid by Kate Harrod Spring/Summer 2012 bridesmaid collection.

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The White Room Maid/ India Hobson Photography

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GwenA bold and eclectic gown combining soft charcoal chiffon with ash grey leather, we took inspiration from Gwen Stefani, one of the celebrity world’s recognized fashion trend-setters. With a rock and roll feel and a Hollywood glamour undertone,  Gwen encapsulates the heart of our collection, where we seek to play with new and interesting style influences, fabrics and textures to make bridesmaid wear feel very 2012.

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The White Room Maid/ India Hobson Photography

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“Gwen” paired with DC Bouquets forehead chain and flowers from Swallows and Damsons

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Evangeline – Drawn from a vintage influence, we wanted to embody retro looks without looking dated. Evangeline is constructed in a platinum pink chiffon and silk, with a 1920′s inspired bat wing sleeve that can be worn draped over the arm or pinned with a dress brooch to create a one shoulder effect. Debbie Carlisle of DC Bouquets has made some beautiful pieces to wear on the sleeve including a soft metal clip with a striking vintage brooch. We suggest pairing this with a ’40s pin-up, swept-up hairstyle or ’20s-style hairpieces for a striking look that embodies looks of old but looks very now.

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The White Room Maid/ India Hobson Photography

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“Evangeline”

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Marilyn - Named after the icon herself, Marilyn is a full skirted tulle and silk chiffon gown which was influenced by Monroe as her sole purpose for dressing was to show off her body in a fun, flirty and sexy way. This is exactly what Marilyn does whilst resonating with 50′s femininity and 2012 modern, clean lines and colour. Pair with a soft platinum leather belt for a kooky, rock and roll edge to a soft and flirty gown.

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The White Room Maid/ India Hobson Photography

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Marilyn” paired with DC Bouquets headband and Rachel Simpson “Rosalyn” shoes

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The White Room Maid/ India Hobson Photography

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The White Room Maid/ India Hobson Photography

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LottieThe girl of the group – soft, short and angelic – Lottie is created from stardust chiffon and silk to create a gown with fluidity, movement and sway. We wanted to make a gown that looked young and fresh, that is perfect for the country wedding with a tea party twist or the cocktail party where the gown is just effortless and sassy yet screams couture. Pair with one of DC Bouquets’ soft leather headbands or platinum embellished cuffs for a rock and roll edge.

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The White Room Maid/ India Hobson Photography

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“Lottie” in stardust chiffon and silk

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The White Room Maid/ India Hobson Photography

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The White Room Maid/ India Hobson Photography

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The White Room Maid/ India Hobson Photography

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I think that deserves a standing ovation!

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  – Images © 2012 India Hobson Photography/ The White Room Sheffield

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Festive Fabulous!

December 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Festive Fabulous: Alphabet Bags

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Carry your sales shopping in style.

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Tote bags £12 by Alphabet Bags via Not On The High Street

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  – Images © 2011 Not On The High Street

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: The White Room Maid By Kate Harrod To Launch January 2012!

December 20th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: White Room Maid by Kate Harrod

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As always, this wedding blog has it’s finger on the fashion pulse, and brings exclusive news of a fabulous new range of bespoke bridesmaid gowns by Kate Harrod (winner of the “Bridal Buyer 2011 Student Bridal Designer Of The Year Award") available only at The White Room Sheffield, to launch in 2012.

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This morning we have a sneak peek behind the scenes at the collection’s stunning launch shoot, coming to these swirly silver pages soon.  If you want to dress your best girls in beautiful frocks they will want to rock again and again then watch out for news of the The White Room Maid launch party, very soon

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: White Room Maid by Kate Harrod/ India Hobson Photography

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Chloe Curry of The White Room Sheffield says: We are delighted to announce Kate Harrod as our in-house designer.  Initially launching with a capsule collection of bridesmaid gowns and offering a couture service for Mother of the Bride to compliment our range of gowns by Jenny Packham, Cymbeline, Claire Pettibone and Stephanie Allin, Kate will operate under the “White Room Maid by Kate Harrod” label. 

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White Room Maid by Kate Harrod/ India Hobson Photography

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We want The White Room Sheffield to be about individuality and dedication to a Bride’s desires for her wedding.  We wanted to bring something contemporary and fresh into the industry.  The initial range launches in the New Year and will be extended throughout 2012 to offer a full range aimed at meeting the needs of all members of the bridal party, concentrating on the co-ordination between the wedding gown and the need for other to express their own personality and flatter their individual body shape.  We want to make the whole process of dressing the bridal party a fun, refreshing an uplifting experience that sets the tone for the big day, factoring in modern elegance with wear-ability and comfort. 

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The initial collection will revolve around offering an alternative to the High Street and off the peg ranges that currently exist.  A large amount of effort has gone into ensuring that we hit an “achievably exclusive” price point for our brides and her party. 

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White Room Maid by Kate Harrod/ India Hobson Photography

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To compliment Kate’s new label, a range of exclusive accessories by Debbie Carlisle of DC Bouquets will be launched.  The designs promise glamour, sparkle and a few textural surprises. 

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White Room Maid by Kate Harrod/ India Hobson Photography

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The collaboration is an extension of The White Room Sheffield policy of supporting up and coming design talent within the wedding industry. 

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White Room Maid by Kate Harrod/ India Hobson Photography

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White Room Maid by Kate Harrod/ India Hobson Photography

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White Room Maid by Kate Harrod/ India Hobson Photography

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Watch this space for the full shoot coming soon!

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Click here to read an exclusive interview with Kate Harrod following her Bridal Buyer Award win.

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Click here to read an interview with Chloe from White Room Sheffield, or here to see my day on work experience at her gorgeous boutique.

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Brides Up North  – images © 2011 White Room Sheffield and India Hobson Photography

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Save 10% on Alfred Angelo Bridal With Simplicity Weddings

November 12th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Wedding blog Featured Supplier, Gemma of Simplicity Weddings in Shotley Bridge, Durham, has been in touch to let Brides Up North know about their Alfred Angelo event which is running Friday 25th November from 5pm-8pm, Saturday 26th November from 10am-5pm & Sunday 27th November from 11am-3pm.

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Gemma says: We are celebrating the launch of the new 2012 Alfred Angelo collection of Bridal and Bridesmaid styles in store with 10% discount on all dresses ordered over the weekend.  We will be showcasing gorgeous new designer styles in some fabulous new colour pallets.

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To make an appointment contact Gemma on 01207 504 941 or at simplicityweddings@googlemail.com

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You can view the entire 2012 collection from Alfred Angelo by clicking here to visit their website

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  – Images © 2011 Alfred Angelo via Simplicity Weddings

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