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diary date: charlotte balbier trunk show at the little pearl bridal boutique

August 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon on the blog we’re thrilled to bring you details of an upcoming event that features not one, but two, of our fabulous Sponsors.

Between Thursday 1st and Sunday 4th September, the gorgeous Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, Yorkshire, will be hosting a Charlotte Balbier trunk show, so you ladies on the dress hunt book out a day in your diary asap!

The event will give brides-to-be the amazing opportunity to be among the first lucky ladies in Yorkshire to exclusively view and try on Charlotte Balbier’s brand new collection, ‘Untamed Love’ – which us girls here at Brides Up North HQ are totally head over heels for!

From exquisite back detail and fine fabrics to edgy separates and dreamy floral prints, this collection really does have an oh-so-pretty design for everyone, so our advice to you is to book an appointment for the trunk show, pronto!

Here to explain how to do just that, whilst telling us a little more about the Charlotte Balbier event and collection, is Little Pearl owner, the lovely Diana.

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Tell us what brides-to-be can expect from the Charlotte Balbier trunk show…

diana says: As the exclusive North Yorkshire stockist of Charlotte Balbier, we are very proud to be hosting this event. The boutique will be transformed into a haven of bridal beauty with statement florals and soft flowing ethereal gowns, there really is a style for everyone within Charlotte’s new collection. I’m so excited to see brides-to-be trying on the dresses and hearing their thoughts on the collection too.

No Little Pearl event is complete without a gorgeous goody bag for our visiting brides, plus pink fizz, cakes and £100 accessory voucher for brides that find their gown during the trunk show!

What type of bride would you say the new Charlotte Balbier collection appeals to?

Charlotte’s new collection is perfect for brides who love fashion and style, and who really want to express their personality through their gown. This collection brings some stunning fresh designs and styles to the bridal world that we just know our #pearlsgirls are going to fall totally in love with!

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Do you have any personal favourite designs from within the collection?

Luna is the ultimate in boho chic! Such a soft, romantic lace fabric and plunging neckline, she brings something unique to the boutique. It’s all about the florals for me too, so I cannot wait to see Untamed Love and Bloom gliding around the boutique at the event! We’ve had lots of requests about these gowns and I love that brides are wanting to push boundaries and go for a statement florals on their big day.

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Is there anything brides can do in advance to prepare for the trunk show?  

It will really help a bride if she has already tried on some different styles, and therefore has an idea of what she likes. Not to worry if they haven’t though as Charlotte’s collection has a range of styles, from fishtails to full skirted A-lines and more boho inspired designs – there’s something for everyone!

What are you looking forward to most about the event?

I love hosting events in the boutique and making appointments extra special for all of our visiting brides. It’s just the best feeling seeing lots of happy and excited ladies on their journey to finding their dream gown!

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How do brides-to-be make an appointment to attend the trunk show?

The trunk show will run from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th September, so ladies should get in touch quickly to book their exclusive appointment. Due to popular demand for these appointments, we request a £20 deposit, which is refunded to ladies as soon as they arrive for their appointment. Email, or call the boutique on 01751 798080. Hope to see you there!

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diary date: the bridal collective at gilpin lake house

January 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Girls: stand by.  We are interrupting your Friday lunch al-desko with news of another exciting date for your brand new 2016 diaries!

On the weekend of Saturday 30th January 2016, five of the North’s best luxury bridal boutiques will be showing their finest dresses in the tranquility of Gilpin Lake House, a stunning wedding venue set in 100 acres of private grounds with its own lake, swimming pool and spa.

This is a special treat for the girls (no grooms allowed!) and a rare opportunity to have unfettered access to these stunning luxury bridal boutiques, some of whom *waves to LOVE Bridal Boutique and The Bridal Collection Harrogate* are our wonderful Brides Up North Sponsors.

You will be welcomed with Champagne (of course!) and later enjoy either lunch or afternoon tea at Gilpin Hotel, where they will show you their Garden Suites (with hot tubs) and Spa Lodges with their own private spas – perfect for a minimoon or even a pre wedding getaway.

If you fancy making a girls weekend of it and book a room at Gilpin for the weekend, brides will receive a complimentary pass to The Bridal Collective at the Lake House.

Where else can you find the following designers all under one roof?!?! Stewart Parvin, Suzanne Neville, Jenny Packham, Alan Hannah, Charlotte Balbier, Sarah Seven, Ian Stuart, Charlie Brear and Sassi Holford…

Tickets are £25 per person, with a maximum of 2 tickets per bride.


What’s included:

Exclusive access to 5 of the North’s best luxury bridal boutiques

Complimentary transfer from Oxenholme train station (please request when booking)

Champagne on arrival at the Lake House

Lunch or afternoon tea at Gilpin Hotel (3 AA Rosettes)

Preview of the brand new Spa Lodges and Garden Suites

For full details of how to book visit The Bridal Collective website. 

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diary dates: designer events for brides & bridesmaids the little pearl bridal boutique

January 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Ladies it’s time to start filling the pages of your 2016 diary with some rather special events that are set to take place at The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in North Yorkshire, this month.

If you’re yet to find your dream dress or are still on the hunt for the perfect bridesmaid gowns, then these events are most certainly for you!

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First up on Saturday 23rd January, the lovely owner of Little Pearl, Diana, will be hosting the boutique’s very first bridesmaid pop up event with leading gown designer Amanda Wyatt. Perfect for maids that will be walking down the aisle in 2016 and 2017, Amanda’s gorgeous gowns offer something to please all, with lots of different styles, colours and fabrics to choose from. There are also options for teenager bridesmaids and flower girls too, so brides can dress all their maids in just one shopping trip!

As well as browsing the beautiful collections and getting expert advice from both Diana and Amanda, ladies attending the event will also enjoy fizz and treats and bridesmaids will receive a lovely little gift to take away with them.

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The following weekend on Saturday 30th January, it will the turn of brides to take centre stage as top wedding dress designer Charlotte Balbier will be visiting Little Peal to showcase her brand new separates collection while helping to style brides for their big day.

The stunning collection features ten inter-changeable separates, designed for brides to build and create their own individual look. From elegant satin gowns and delicate lace jackets, to voluminous ball gown skirts and little lace boleros, there are numerous looks to choose from with the assistance of Charlotte to help find that match made in heaven.

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charlotte says: Meeting my Balbier brides is most definitely the best part of my job, I adore them. I am super excited to be spending the day with Diana at The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique, it’s the most gorgeous boutique and we have planned a really lovely day.

It makes it even more exciting that not only will the brides be able to view and choose ‘the one’ from my bridal gown collection, but also the new separates collection. The new collection gives brides the opportunity to choose from pieces that are interchangeable enabling them to bring out their personal style and personality through their individual look.

The Charlotte Balbier designer day will be made complete with pink fizz, cupcakes and VIP goody bags. Plus every bride who orders their unique bridal look, will get a free sash/belt or hair accessory. So what are you waiting for?

Appointments for the Amanda Wyatt bridesmaid pop up event and Charlotte Balbier designer day are limited and can be booked by emailing, or calling the boutique on 01751 798080.

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diary date: anna campbell trunk show at jean jackson couture nq plus 10% off all orders

December 1st, 2015 | Rachel Parry

Christmas is coming early to brides-to-be who dream of saying ‘I do’ in a stunning Anna Campbell gown thanks to Jean Jackson Couture NQ who will be hosting a special trunk show event with a fabulous 10% off all orders!

Not only is there a saving to be made, but ladies attending the event will also be able to try on anna campbell designs exclusive to the Manchester boutique, providing the opportunity to create a gorgeous and individual wedding day look.

For the all-important details we’ll hand you over to Felicity at Jean Jackson Couture NQ. Diaries at the ready ladies…

Images courtesy of Anna Campbell.

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felicity says: The Anna Campbell trunk show will be held from Friday 18th December 2015 to Sunday 3rd January 2016, to celebrate the release of the Anna Campbell Gossamer collection!

There will be more than 40 combinations of Anna Campbell dresses available to try on from the Gossamer, Spirit and Forever Entwined collections, exclusively at Jean Jackson Couture NQ. Better still, there will be 10% off all Anna Campbell orders, as well as goody bags and festive treats!

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This will be the first Gossamer collection trunk show in the whole of Europe and so we are absolutely thrilled to be hosting it! Until now the Gossamer collection was a made-to-measure service and has only been available in Melbourne. However, due to the demand for the collection, Anna made the Gossamer range made-to-order, and it will still feature her iconic dresses, such as Ashlyn, Tash and Carolina.

The Gossamer collection is inspired by French romance, with its intricate detailing and delicate hand-craftsmanship it epitomises grace and glamour. There really is a dress for every bride within Anna’s collections, with a range of customisable options, including unique colours and an assortment of skirts in varying fabrics and fit! All Anna’s dresses are lined in silk too, so they look and feel amazing to wear!

I recently saw the collection when I was in New York for bridal week and it blew me away! Ashlyn is such a special dress and Annabella is another favourite of mine.

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The Anna Campbell gowns are available from a XXS – XXL, which is the UK equivalent of a size 4 to a size 18. In the studio, we have samples from a size 6 to 14. There are certain styles of Anna’s dresses that are unavailable above a size 14, however the majority of them are available in her full size range.

The Anna Campbell dresses range in price, dependant on the amount of beading and skirt choice. The UK RRP for the range is from £1,659 to £4,499, which includes shipping costs from Australia, import duty and VAT. We also offer alteration packages from £100.

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Ordinarily we are closed on Sundays, however during the trunk show we will be open on Sunday the 20th and 27th December 2015, and the 3rd January 2016, we will also be open on Monday 28th December 2015.

The trunk show will be appointment only, and all appointments will last up to an hour and a half. To book an appointment, please email or call 07436 535 587. There is no charge for appointments.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

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Diary Date: The Sage Gateshead Elite Wedding Show

March 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime


We are elated as ever after our headline North East show of the season here at Brides Up North HQ – the Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel.   I was so excited for this event (I may have just mentioned it just once or twice!) but it turns out that something even more exciting was about to happen in my personal life!  So, whilst I was tucked up at home with my brand new baby (all together now, ahh!, and more news soon), my events team were up to something really special. 


Reports from the front line tell me that it was another absolutely fantastic day, the venue packed to the rafters with amazing local exhibitors (almost 100 of ‘em) and excited brides and grooms.  Once again, to everyone involved, thank you for your unwavering support and enthusiasm.  Month upon month of planning goes into making sure these shows are the best of the best, with a focus on local talent, so the lovely feedback that I have received by email last night and this morning from happy exhibitors and visitors really does make my heart sing. 


You know we’ll back in the Autumn of course, so put Sunday September 8th 2013 firmly in those diaries, and if you are a potential exhibitor who wants to join in the fun (and this little Northern Revolution that we have on our hands) – you know where to find me!


Now.  Let’s look ahead.  You know that I couldn’t (and wouldn’t) leave ‘ya high and dry without more weddingy excitement in your lives, right?  So, North East ladies, if you still haven’t had your fill of lace and tulle, there’s an event up Newcastle way that you might just want to pop into… from sponsor Dawn Marie Wedding & Event Design comes The Elite Wedding Show at The Sage Gateshead – and what do you know, it’s this weekend!



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Sunday 24th March 2013


Noon – 4pm, admission free

The Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, NE8 2JR


Dawn Marie says:  A truly stunning Show for the bride who expects the best…


We are proud to announce the 11th Elite Wedding Show at The Sage Gateshead. Aptly named The Big One! This is a massive Show with over 80 exhibitors held across 3 floors and the Northern Rock Foundation Hall which is transformed into an entertainment zone for the day…



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Try the Casino, Car Simulators and Giant Operation Table, be amazed by Paul Lytton the fantastic North-East Magician, have a go in the Photo Booth, listen to the Live Music and DJ, see demonstrations of how to impress at your evening reception by having a dance choreographed just for you, sample the delicious retro Willy Wonka style candy packages including Candy Cart and Sweet Centres and don’t leave without your free buttery popcorn and fluffy candy floss and that’s just the entertainment zone!


Visit the beautiful vintage corner with it’s vintage inspired table & chair dressings, stationery, cakes, crockery, props, ‘wedding theming’ advice, candy bar, jeweller & pink lemonade!  See interactive video & slideshows from the region’s very best photographers and videographers and find your perfect venue using ‘Aerial’ video. 


Enjoy make-up & hair trials and demonstrations, beauty advice, cosmetic procedures and dental services, plus see the fantastic new ‘Stateside Powder Room’ adding the wow factor to your event – a 1960’s Airstream creating a special space just for the bride.


PLUS the region’s top jewellers, florists, luxury cars, honeymoon specialists, stationers, cupcakes, miniature cakes, cake pops, truffle towers, table confetti, wishing tree tags, photo booths, chocolate fountains, gift ideas, chair covers and event dressing specialists, dessert carts, nanny services, DJs, fitness experts, live music, luxury venues, entertainment photography, ‘proposal weekend’ cottages and the region’s longest established, independent Wedding Planner – Dawn Marie!


You really can have your wedding arranged in one unique show!



Dawn Marie has been arranging Elite Wedding Events at The Sage Gateshead since 2007 and every time manages to put a new slant on the event from huge dining displays to Entertainment Zones, Vintage Corners to Tasting Tables.  Click here for more details. 



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Diary Date: Super Saturday! Wedding Open Day At Eslington Villa

February 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime


Now I know you North East brides already have a very busy weekend ahead of you, but before popping into our newest SUPER SHOW on the block – The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition – on Sunday (have I mentioned that a few times?), why not spend your Saturday paying a visit to rather lovely Brides Up North Featured Supplier Eslington Villa’s Wedding Open Day, this Saturday 23rd February 2013 from 12 noon until 3pm?


Melanie at this gorgeous private wedding venue says:  We know that so much detailed planning goes into organising a wedding, so we are here to help our brides and grooms along the way, we want to ensure your big day is everything you dreamed it would be.  Don’t miss the opportunity to view Eslington Villa at our Wedding Open day and talk to us about what would make your wedding perfect.  We hope to see you there!



Eslington Villa Wedding Open Day



Eslington Villa is a family owned and run hotel and restaurant in Gateshead.  Nick and Melanie Tulip bought the hotel in 1987 when it had six bedrooms and a small dining room.  Twenty five years later the hotel has eighteen bedrooms, a ninety seater restaurant with additional private dining rooms and extensive grounds.


Melanie says:  When you come to Eslington Villa, you’ll feel at home as soon as you arrive and like an old friend as you leave.  Whether you’re staying in one of our beautiful rooms, dining in our award winning restaurant or hosting a part, your comfort and satisfaction are at the heart of all that we do. 


Eslington Villa offers a unique blend of professional and friendly attention, relaxed yet stylish surroundings and a secluded but central location.  Many of our staff and management have been with us for a number of years and this experience combined with our 27 years of running the hotel and restaurant guarantees a high standard of service and attention to detail in everything we do.


If you’re looking for a relaxed and more informal venue for your wedding reception, Eslington Villa is the perfect place for you to celebrate your happy day.  From a small intimate evening reception, to a full day at the hotel including wedding breakfast, evening buffet, accommodation for guests and even a marquee in the garden, we will help you to plan the event that is right for you.


For more details about the beautiful venue or their Wedding Open Day this Saturday visit their website or contact Melanie at or on 0191 487 6017. 


Enjoy! And I’ll see you on Sunday (you know where)!



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