April 3rd, 2018 | Julia Braime
While most brides will opt an ivory coloured wedding gown, few stick to tradition when it comes to their bridal shoes, with the footwear an ideal element through which to express their individual style and personality.
Better still, this part of the attire can be worn time again after the big day and so it’s wise to choose a style that you could wear on an evening out rather than just down the aisle, right?!
We’re therefore delighted to see one of our very favourite bridal shoe designers and Brides Up North Sponsor, Charlotte Mills, helping to broaden the style-led choices for brides through her insanely-gorgeous new fashion collection.
Ranging from glittery metallic stilettos to cool platforms and bejewelled boots in the most fabulous colourways, we’re totally in love – and expect you’ll fall head over heels for the range too. As such we’ve invited the lovely Charlotte to the blog today to talk us through the varying designs, which are already proving popular with celeb fashionistas, including Fearne Cotton and Pixie Lott.
So, if you fancy treating your feet to some fierce footwear for your big day (and beyond!), step this way…
Why did you decide to do a fashion collection in addition to your bridal line?
charlotte says: I wanted to do a fashion collection because there’s more freedom in terms of colours and fabrics when designing for fashion rather than bridal. Less limitations.
Can you give us an overview of the collection, does it have an underlaying theme?
The collection was inspired by the 70’s, Studio 54 and the Disco Era. Metallics and glitter are always something key in Charlotte Mills shoes, but I decided to go for a more fun and vibrant colour palette to our bridal collection.
Your heels have been worn by a number of celebrities, can you tell us which celebs are Charlotte Mills fans?
Fearne Cotton loves our platforms! She’s been seen in a few pairs, but other celebs such as Pixie Lott, Ella Eyre, Lucy Meck, Stacey Martin and Lousia Johnson have all been seen in our shoes!
Can you tell us about the colourways, details and fabrics used within the collection?
We have a couple of different colour ways in the collection, Pinks, metallics and petrols would be the first; looking at shoes like Elda Barbie, Eve Petrol and the Charlotte shoes. Then we have our Velvet story, which is a selection of different jewel tones, such as black, navy, raspberry and ruby. We have the Eleanor boot and the Ellie shoe, which are velvet with rose gold and jewelled studs. Then we have the Leopard Print collection, a boot and a low block heel in a pink and petrol leopard print.
Do you have a favourite design from the collection, and if so which is it and why?
It’s hard to choose because I love them all – but if I had too, I’d probably say Charlotte! That’s why we decided to do it in so many colours – they look so lovely and flattering on. But I also have a soft spot for the Eleanor boots!
Have some of your bride clients picked a pair of heels from your fashion line for their big day?
Yes, indeed they have! We’ve had a couple of brides pick up Eve Barbie and Charlotte Barbie. Also our black velvet platform, which we think will look amazing with a bridal gown, we can’t wait to see all the pictures!
What type of girls do you see your fashion line appealing too?
Fashion forward girls, that love pink and all things girly! Lots of these shoes are the perfect party shoe, so a girl that likes having fun!
How has the collection been received so far? What do people love about it?
The collection has been received well so far, I think people love how fun and exciting the shoes are, nothing to plain and simple here. I also think the fact we kept our sixpence in the fashion shoes (but we have dipped it in Rose Gold to add a touch of luxury) is a nice feature, that still keeps the fashion shoes tied to the bridal shoes and what we’re known for.
July 6th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
If, like us, you’ll happily forgo a latte or a mani from time to time in order to top up your ‘new shoe fund’ we expect that fancy footwear will rank highly on your wedding must-have list.
Surely more important than any other shoe purchase you’ve ever made (or at least that’s what you will be telling your hubby-to-be), this element requires careful consideration and an allocation of the big day budget.
Style is obviously key, though don’t forget about comfort too, as you’ll want to show off your heavenly heels from dusk to dawn! One designer whose shoes easily tick both such boxes is our talented Sponsor Charlotte Mills.
Having carved out a name for herself in the bridal shoe world, Miss Mills is known for her fashion forward designs that can continue to be worn far beyond big day (that’s another thing to mention when sweet-talking the hubby!). Featuring her fabulous signature heart detailing, glitter block heels and Art Deco inspired sandals, Charlotte’s latest Bridal Collection has something for all.
Favourites, including Becky, Betty and Cindy have been carried forward in the 2017/18 Collection, whilst new equally-stunning styles have been added too, such as Etta and Esmeralda, which will be particularly appealing to brides who favour lower heels. Here to tell us more about the new additions is the creator herself – take it away Charlotte…
Can you tell us where the inspiration for the latest collection came from ?
charlotte says: As always hearts play a big part in the design of our shoes. We have also taken inspiration from Studio 54 and 70’s glamour.
Do you have a personal favourite out of the new designs?
I love Charlotte Rose! It looks great with a cocktail dress, ideal for wearing again after your wedding day.
What are the main colours, fabrics and details used within the latest collection?
Our signature glitters still play a big part in the collection with new pearl and blue tones. Metallics, in particularly rose gold, are key. Block heels are so popular with our brides we have added more this season with low block heel courts and sandals.
Which design from the collection would you suggest for brides wanting to make a real style statement with their footwear?
Dana our new personalised sneaker is so different to what is out there at the moment – I think it would really make a statement and you could dance the night away without having to kick your heels off at the end of the night.
What would you say are your priorities when designing a new collection?
We want brides to fall in love with their wedding shoes so creating something with attention to detail, which is fashion forward, luxurious, unique and stylish are our key priorities.
What do you enjoy most about the design process?
Seeing my ideas come to life in the sampling process. I spend a lot of time in Spain working with the factory to ensure everything is perfect.
How has the last collection been received so far by boutiques and brides?
Our brides love the fact there is something for everyone in the collection. Our rose gold and pale blue styles are super popular and we have sold out of the first two deliveries in many of the new styles.
Does the collection include any other accessories in addition to shoes?
Yes, we have joined forces with accessory genius’ Crown and Glory and created a range of hair accessories to match with our shoes. You can view the designs here.
November 23rd, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth
For today’s real wedding, we’re getting swept away by the enchantment of Victoria and Matthew’s beautiful wedding set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
Combining the tradition of a church ceremony with the decadence of a castle, hotel and stately home for their celebrations – this is a wedding with class and sophistication in spades, and we simply adore every little detail from their special day!
With images by Andy Sutcliffe Photography.
victoria says: Matthew proposed during a surprise break away to Rome, leaving me guessing right until check in at the airport as to where we were going. Little did I know that in the luggage that I’d been carting around, on and off trains and through the airport, there was an engagement ring.
The hotel in Rome had a balcony that overlooked the city and the view was incredible. Every day the hotel staff kept leaving bottles of champagne and strawberries in the room and I had no idea why. I just thought it was all part of their hospitality and even said that we should stay in this hotel more often, as I felt like a princess.
We visited many historical sights and enjoyed sightseeing around the city, including a visit to the Vatican. On the final evening, I was so exhausted from walking around that I suggested that we should stay at the hotel for a meal, but Matthew insisted that we should go out. When we arrived back at the hotel, the balcony had been lit up with candles and there was a large parcel wrapped up on the table with a bottle of champagne. I was very surprised and I thought Matthew was too. Matthew insisted I open the parcel. Initially I thought it was a gift from the hotel, because of all the surprises they kept sending to us each night. I carefully tore the paper and inside was a canvas with photographs of Matthew’s niece and nephews holding up signs reading, “Will you marry Uncle Matthew please?” At this point, Matthew got onto one knee and pulled a ring box from his pocket and asked me to marry him. Of course, I said yes!
A few days after we returned home, I received a postcard stamped from Vatican City. Matthew had sent me a postcard when we were in the Vatican City saying that by now he hopes that I am his fiancée and can’t wait to marry me. I didn’t even notice that he had done this and I was with him the whole time. This came as a great surprise. Just as well I said yes!
We got married on 3rd August 2015. The ceremony took place at St. Joseph and St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Richmond, North Yorkshire. We chose this church as it was fairly local to our reception venue – Swinton Park in Masham, North Yorkshire. Our local priest, Father Butters was able to conduct the ceremony too, which made it even more special.
We had a Roman Catholic ceremony with two readings. The first was from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, read by the mother of the groom and then then a reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians read by my godmother. We also had bidding prayers that were read by our eight-year-old nephew Louis, and my cousin Michelle.
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August 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
Today we have news of an exciting new #dreamteam with two of our fabulous Sponsors teaming up to bring you lucky brides-to-be a stunning choice of exquisite dresses and gorgeous accessories, all under one roof.
As from next month Manchester-based Charlotte Mills will be stocking her fancy bridal footwear at the wonderful Luella’s Bridal boutique, located in Wimbledon, London. And to mark the beginning of the pretty partnership, the boutique will be hosting an exclusive launch event on the 2nd and 3rd September – to which you are all invited!
As well as the opportunity to try on Charlotte’s stunning footwear, those who book an appointment for the event at Luella’s will also get to meet the designer herself during a one-to-one consultation, and, better still, will receive a fabulous 10% discount on any purchases made from her collection.
We spoke to Rachel Attwell, the founder and creative director of Luella’s.
rachel says: We are so excited about our new venture with Charlotte. Her designs perfectly complement the dresses we have in store and our brides are going to be really spoilt for choice.
Not only are we going to be able to offer our customers a fantastic variety of styles, but we will be carrying a large quantity of stock, so they will also be able to walk away on the day with a pair of shoes in their size. We view this as a key step towards really giving our brides what they are asking for and leading the way in instant bridal fashion.
As it’s the first time that the entire Charlotte Mills collection will be available to purchase in London, the northern designer is equally thrilled about the union.
charlotte says: I’m delighted to be working with Rachel and the team at Luella’s to bring our collection to London brides. We opened our first boutique, based in Greater Manchester, in March this year and it’s been a huge success. We have so many brides in the south wanting to see the shoes and try them on, so this collaboration will be the perfect opportunity for us to make this possible.
To book an appointment to meet Charlotte on the 2nd or 3rd of September and to receive 10% discount, email Luella’s directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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…
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.
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.
June 16th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
We just love it when a couple adds special elements to their wedding day to make it all the more memorable for them and their guests.
Today’s bride and groom decided the transport was a key area of their wedding where they could do things differently, in order to wow their guests. Having planned a marquee wedding on a relative’s farm through which a steam train track ran, Sarah and CJ seized the opportunity for their guests to travel from the church to reception by rail. But this was no mean feat, in order to make their wish come true, they had to build a temporary train platform so that the steam train could stop at the farm, and in order to do that they had to wait for a time of year when the trains didn’t run during the week so that we could work on the track. Top marks for effort guys!
Now let’s board that locomotive…
With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Zen Photographic.
sarah says: We got engaged at Fountains Abbey, which is a place I used to go to a lot with my family when I was younger. It was just a normal afternoon on 1st November 2014, we went over for a nice walk, headed up to Anne Boleyn’s lookout, which has an amazing view to the gardens and the abbey, and whilst we stood there admiring the view, CJ asked me to marry him, completely unexpected! He’d worked with Whiting & Wilson jewellers in Rossendale to design the ring himself.
We wanted the wedding to be within a year of getting engaged and so decided to set the date for 10th October 2015.
We got married at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Bury, as this is where CJ’s parents were married and he was christened. It’s also in our hometown and right opposite the steam train station, which was how we planned to transport our guests to the reception. We wanted a completely unique way to transport our guests that would be fun and meant something to us too. We live in Irwell Vale, which the steam train passes through and came up with the idea as the train passed through the village one day. My relatives have a farm, which the steam train runs right through to, so we built a temporary train platform on the farm for the train to stop at, and laid down a gravel walkway from the platform to an Indian style marquee we’d hired, which was in one of the fields. The marquee was a grand pavilion from Shades Canvas.
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