Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

Retro Hens At The Ready! Introducing An Era Of Experience Vintage Hen Parties

July 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Looking for hen party ideas?  You are not alone my friend!  I get loads of emails from my readers asking for recommendations for hen party planning, and the phrase I hear again and again is “We want to do something a little different”.  You can see my top ten tips for planning a hen do here and if falling out of pubs and clubs with your L plates isn’t for you (I’ll admit, I did it and had a ton of fun though!) you might be looking at other – whisper it – more classy options for your gaggle of girlfriends.

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If it’s all things vintage that floats the bride’s boat, look no further than the new Era of Experience parties hosted by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe and a collaboration of North West enthusiasts.  

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An Era of Experience is a travelling vintage hen party service created by the collaboration of four local Manchester businesses.  Separately, they each run unique ventures of their own but have decided to join forces to offer an authentic vintage experience for celebratory occasions. United by their passion for vintage, the team of four spotted a gap in the market for quirky, intimate socials that women of all ages can enjoy.

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Across our own businesses we have seen a tremendous increase of clients wanting authentic vintage experiences, who are keen to learn something new & create something unique. Combining our individual skills means we can create parties that give our clients the chance to escape to the glamour of a bygone era for a few hours.

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An Era of Experience allows guests to choose from a selection of iconic eras including 1920’s Speakeasy Socials, 1930’s Art-Deco and Fabulous 40’s & 50’s parties. The Era of Experience team carefully research the chosen era and tailor their individual input to reflect the period. Each Era of Experience social includes interactive activities such as creative headwear workshops and vintage styling as well as a gourmet selection of nibbles and soft tipples.

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Boutique bake house, And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon will design a food menu inspired by the chosen party theme. Drawing on popular flavours and memoirs of the time, each gourmet baked treat will be named to represent the chosen era. The mouth-watering morsels and delicious delicacies will be showcased on a beautiful selection of original vintage china, hand-picked from For the Love of Vintage’s extensive collection.

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Bespoke accessories designer, Silver Sixpence in her Shoe will run an interactive, creative workshop in which guests with have the opportunity to create a piece of headwear to take away with them. A beautiful selection of luxury, vintage fabrics, pretty embellishments, plush goose feathers, unique buttons, rare pearls, jewels and gems will be displayed in beautiful, old glassware and labelled accordingly. Using a selection of her own designs, Silver Sixpence will share her sewing skills, secret tips and offer guidance to the guests to help them achieve their headwear.

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Bethany Jane Davies of The Vintage Beauty Parlour will perform vintage make-overs for each of the guests. Taking inspiration from iconic film stars, she will use her styling expertise to create original victory rolls, bouffants, fingerwaves and pincurls. She will also give tutorials in authentic make-up application.

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The Era of Experience ladies can bring their vintage services to your home, hotel or chosen venue within Manchester. They are able to travel on request outside of the city for a small charge of 40 pence per mile, per vehicle.

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To find out more please contact  Rachael Adams at An Era of Experience either by email thesocialbutterfly.uk@gmail.com or by telephone on 07771333582.

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  – Images © 2012 Rachael Adams

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Get Crafty! Introducing: Silver Sixpence “Made By You” Home Kits

April 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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If you can’t make it to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe’s fabulous workshop this week (click here for all the details and how to book) – and what a pity! – then you’ll be wanting to get your hands on a “Made By You” Home Kit.

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To inspire, here is Nicola’s How to Guide for creating your vintage inspired headpiece at home!

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Inside your pretty pot:

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Sinamy round base

Crocodile clip

Selection of vintage fabrics

Russian veiling

Jewels

Buttons

Feathers

Needle & thread

Little note from Silver Sixpence

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In addition you will need:

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Scissors

Fabric glue (optional)

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Nicola of Silver Sixpence says: My “Made By You” home kits cater for all levels of sewers. From those of you who learnt your tips and tricks from your Nanas to those of you who experience utter frustration when trying to thread a needle, we’ve all been there! Each pretty pot is individually made using an array of vintage fabrics in different colour ways and textures. Each home-kit also contains a selection of hand-picked gems that you can use to glam up your head piece.

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*Secret Tip*

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The key to making your headpiece look really professional is to layer your fabrics upon one another to hide any stitching and making sure you sew as tightly as possible, knot off your threads and make sure you trim any loose ends.

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Pop open your pot.

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Arrange your pretty pieces and think about what you are looking to create.

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Position your croc clip on the back of the sinamy base and sew securely in position as demonstrated from front to back of the base, this is so it will be hidden on the inside. Knot securely.

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Step 4

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Decorating your design! Here are a few suggestions to help you decide.

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You can bow or gather your Russian veiling as shown above! This is a really simple but really effective idea!

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To make a cute bow from your pre-cut fabrics, fold inwards and pinch in the middle and secure by sewing.

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If your kit contains a spiky goose feather, try curling it to form a pretty shape as demonstrated in the picture and wrap with thread at the base to secure.

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Another interesting way to play with feathers is to layer them on top of each other, to create a ruffled effect.

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Take your pre-made bow and sew this where you feel it looks best, I find they always look best when arranged at an angle.

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Step 6

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Buttons/Jewels/Gems – The devil is in the detail!  The next few images show a variation on to use your embellishments. Use them to make your headpiece really personal to you!

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*Secret Tip*

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If your kit contains any old vintage earrings where their backs have been removed, you will need to sew through the holes on the back.

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Step 7

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*Careful Caution*

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When decorating your headpiece with tiny headpieces or sequins by really careful when using fabric glue, try using an ear bud to apply.

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Et voila!

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Apply your favourite lipstick, style your hair and start wearing your “Made By You” headpiece! Don’t forget to post me a pic on my Facebook page, I can’t wait to see what you’ve all created!

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I’ll be looking forward to seeing the results too! Visit Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe to order your own kit. 

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  – Images © 2012 Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: What Katy Did Next? She Named Couture After Meeee!

February 7th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Sally Thurrell Photography/ What Katy Did Next

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OMG OMG OMG I am all of a flutter!  Not only to I have a wedding blog fashion exclusive to share with you this morning that is possibly one of the most well executed bridal inspiration shoots that I have seen yet (and trust me, I see A LOT!), but one of the fabulous stars of the show is actually named after me!

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And it isn’t a coincidence!

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When the lovely Katy of What Katy Did Next got in touch to tell me that she had named a piece in her new collection after me, I was super excited.  Then I saw the “Julia” (above – far too beautiful and refined to have my name attached to it – I’m writing this in joggers and a hoody at 1am!) and was out of this world excited.  And then I saw these images.

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If you are planning a vintage/ Alice themed/ onehelluvagorgeous wedding… take note.  Oh, and p.s: who doesn’t have a total girl crush on Alice right now?! 

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Lets hear from the lady herself: After itching to get creative with styling another photo shoot, one of my Real Brides from the Summer got in touch to tell me about her vintage china & prop hire venture.  My fiancé and I designed and built Lynsey’s website for her and thought it only right to celebrate with a photo shoot.  It may sound clichéd but with the Vintage china and tea party vibe, it felt only right to have a go at the Alice in Wonderland theme.  Our idea was to keep it timeless, pastel and vintage themed without sinking in to the overdone slightly cheesy style.
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With the theme in mind I was able to work on something a little more extravagant and flouncy in my collection. I had had a few Mother of the Bride’s approach me at wedding fairs enquiring about fascinators, so I used this opportunity to showcase some of my ideas. I wanted the collection to be primarily influenced by a demure, Victorian style ‘Alice’ whilst reflecting the fun of the book with a little twist, which is where the idea to use another model and flip the idea of a male white rabbit to make it glamorous, flirty and fun.

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The collection consists of 7 pieces –

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Julia (eeep!) – Beautiful blush peony with pearl centre, pewter sinamay loops, hand beaded silver leaves, a flourish of pale feathers and vintage velvet millinery leaves.

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Queenie – A regal curved Ivory base holding a pale peony with crystal beaded centre, vintage velvet millinery leaves, heather coq feathers, hand beaded silver leaves and a nest of Russian veiling.

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Olive – A steam punk teardrop base hair comb featuring hand cut leather flowers with vintage watch face centres, beaded floral areas, spots of beautiful lace and hand cut vintage paper leaves.

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Florence – A flouncy ostrich feather covered bow with delicate Lace applique, transparent baby blue leaves and hand beaded flower centre.

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Amelia – A wired string of sparkling silver beads, twisted into a foliage vine shape to be worn any way you wish.

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Lena – A petite piece featuring two hand beaded silver leaves and a beautiful vintage brooch.

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Ivy – Jewelled head piece featuring vintage velvet millinery leaves, grey pearl accents and sparkling hand beaded silver leaves.

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Photographer Sally Thurrell was only too happy to help as she had previously shot one of my collections and also photographed Lynsey’s Wedding.

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Lena

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Hair and Make up was done by Tracey from Beautiful Bride Makeovers and she was an absolute dream to work with, full of inspiration and knew exactly what was going on in my head without me having to attempt to explain!

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After getting a few other amazing suppliers involved I managed to find a little gem of a venue in Riding Farm Cottages. The cottages were in a little cluster not too far from Beamish and surrounded by peaceful countryside. The early January weather was slightly windy and wild for our shoot so we made the most of the beautiful country style that the cottages had.

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The shoot was amazing fun, despite the Wintery weather and the fact that our photographer’s car broke down, conked out and died on the way there! It was great to work with so many talented suppliers from up and down the UK, including our two gorgeous models Nathalie and Katie. I would thoroughly recommend each and every one of them.

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Head Pieces: What Katy Did Next
Vintage China Hire: The Whistling Bunting Travelling Tea Party
Photography: Sally Thurrell Photography
Hair & MUA: Beautiful Bride Makeovers
Venue: Riding Farm Cottages
Clothing: Alexandra King – Make Me a Dress
Petticoats: Doris Designs
Cupcakes: Daisy Cupcakes
Reception Stationary: Vicky Trainor
Lace Rabbit Ears: Talulah Blue
‘Eat Me/Drink Me’ Tags: Through the Cottage Door
Steampunk Brooches: Christopher Ainsley

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  – Images © 2012 Sally Thurrell Photography

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A Snapshot Of Lovely: She Is Grace – A Styled Bridal Portrait Shoot.

January 12th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Sweetness & Light

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A rather lovely little styled shoot sent in to me by up and coming North West wedding photographer Sweetness & Light seems the perfect way to wind down towards the weekend in what has been a rather frantic week for this .  Plans are coming out of my ears, and its nice to stop.  draw breath.  and enjoy this pretty and soulful portrait shoot, which leaves me with an overarching sense of calm.  I hope that you enjoy it. 

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Lets hear from Natalie of Sweetness & Light about how and why this little bit of loveliness was put together: The dress featured was created by a local dress maker and designer, sourced from an original vintage Vogue 1950’s wedding dress pattern. It hadn’t been modernised in any way. Our model, a real bride isn’t a frill lover, so we went for a figure hugging timeless piece.  I tried to style the shoot as “true” vintage, than the modern twist you see so often used at the moment.

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To add an unusual touch we shot in an empty industrial factory space for an urban twist. I think this makes the bride’s style really stand out and gives the images a sense of melancholy.

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The stunning headpiece is by Dolly Millinery, and the button bouquet from I Heart Buttons.  The buttons included original vintage pieces and finds which really added the authentic finishing touch.

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  – Images © 2012 Sweetness & Light

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A Heads Up: New Designer Parlour Millinery

September 19th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Melissa Dawson of Parlour Millinery is delighted to have been shortlisted in the Best Local Designer Category in the Leeds Retail Awards this year.  Today, she showcases her fashion forward Autumn/Winter 2011 collection on the wedding blog.

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Melissa says:  I have been passionate about textiles since I was a child and have always enjoyed designing and creating. Whilst doing my A Levels in textiles after having my family, I discovered millinery. My final exam piece was to make a celebratory headpiece and I chose to reproduce the cloche that my great grandmother wore for her wedding in 1926.  I studied at the Leeds College of Art and Design and gained an HNC in millinery.

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My designs are a fusion of vintage and offbeat styling. I put my heart and soul in to each piece that I create.  I only use luxurious materials and make every piece by hand.

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These designs are from my A/W collection, and can be ordered in different colour ways to suit the client. The prices for this collection range from £50 to £250.

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You can find Parlour Millinery designs exclusively on Damselle Tiaras website, or alternatively at Birds Yard in Leeds.

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To vote for Parlour Millinery visit Leeds Retail Awards.  Voting closes on 26th September and the award ceremony will be held on 2nd October 2011. 

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Melissa will be debuting her Autumn/ Winter collection at the Leeds Fashion Show this year.  For more information click here

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  – Images © 2011 Damselle Tiaras/ Parlour Millinery

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Heads Up! Polly Edwards at Quills Millinery

February 16th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Joel Alexander of Quills Millinery, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, got in touch to tell me that his showroom now stocks the lovely designs of Polly Edwards.  I think you will all agree that these headpieces are to die forFor more information, or to book an appointment with the fabulous Joel, visit the Quills Millinery website.

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PE Ava

Ava

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PE Angela

Angela

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PE Aphrodite Silver

Aphrodite Silver

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PE Bette

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PE Claudette

Claudette

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Cyd

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PE Fleur

Fleur

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PE Gabrielle

Gabrielle

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PE Gilda

Gilda

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PE Ginger

Ginger

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PE Grania

Grania

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PE Hariet

Hariet

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PE Ingrid

Ingrid

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Joan

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Judy

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PE Katherine

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PE Lana

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PE Mercury

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PE Morning Star

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PE Nova

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PE Orla

Orla

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PE Patchouli

Patchouli

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PE Petunia

Petunia

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PE Rita

Rita

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I don’t know about you but I am blown away!  I am going to be very very nice to Mr Alexander in the hope that he will loan me one of these beauties for the upcoming wedding season!

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