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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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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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Floored.

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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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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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Little Black Book:

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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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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

Bette

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PE Claudette

Claudette

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PE Cyd

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 Hedy

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PE Ingrid

Ingrid

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PE Jean  Jean

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PE Joan

Joan

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PE Judy

Judy

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PE Katherine

Katherine

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PE Lana

Lana

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PE Marlene

Marlene

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PE Mercury

Mercury

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PE Mischa

Mischa

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PE Money Penny Petunia

Money Penny Petunia  

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PE Morning Star

Morning Star

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PE Nova

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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PE Sheba

Sheba

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PE Zsa Zsa

Zsa Zsa

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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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Quills Millinery launches The Joel Alexander Bespoke Collection 2011!

February 5th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier and purveyor of fabulous headwear Quills Millinery has been in touch to tell Brides Up North all about The Joel Alexander Bespoke Collection 2011 which launches on Sunday, March 20th 2011 at Auckland Castle.

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Quills Showtime

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Brides Up North just cannot wait to see what the talented Mr Alexander sends down the runway! 

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For more details, contact Quills Millinery via their website.

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Don’t forget the Quills Millinery Sale either – 50% off bridal headpieces until 1 March 2011!  Click the link for some proper eye candy!

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