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Ribbons & Lace: Augusta Jones For A Real Wedding At Nostell Priory – Laura & Phil

July 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Hey, hey… it’s halfway to the weekend!  Is anyone saying I do this week?  I’d love to hear all about your big day.  I’ll be playing bridesmaid for my friends Charlotte and Matt this Saturday, and it’ll be lovely to take off my professional wedding blogger hat and just get stuck into the festivities.  People always ask if my job in the industry now spoils celebrations for me (the thinking being that I’ll have seen it all), and the answer is certainly not!  I adore a good wedding.  Each is different, each is beautiful.  It’s the individuals and their friends and family who make a wedding day special, alongside all those carefully chosen little details and personal touches. 

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This afternoon we join Laura and Phil for their gorgeous celebration at one of my favourite West Yorkshire venues (and one that I have the privilege of working with twice a year at our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions), Nostell Priory.  With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Peter Boyd Photography

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Laura says: We got engaged in June 2011.  We were on holiday in Frigiliana in Spain. Phil had booked a gorgeous private villa and he proposed on the balcony on the first evening

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We were married on 27th April 2013 at the beautiful Nostell Priory in Wakefield.  We looked at a number of hotels and although the reception rooms were lovely, we were underwhelmed with the ceremony rooms, and that is the most important part of the day after all! The Top Hall at Nostell definitely had the wow factor and we loved the exclusivity of the venue.

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We chose a colour scheme of aubergine and ivory, with lots of lace and ribbon and flowers. 

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Our florist was Flowers by Camilla Jane, and they arrangements were perfect.  The bridal bouquet was a hand tied arrangement with a cottage garden feel with dusky pink roses, ivy, carnations, peonies and gypsophila.

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I wore a beautiful Augusta Jones gown from Brides of York of French ivory lace over silk with a lace bolero.

I added a tulle two tiered veil embellished with crystals and a headdress by Halo & Co.

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My bridal shoes were from Rachel Simpson Shoes and are highly recommend – not only beautiful but comfortable all day!

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My bridesmaid wore a floor length empire line gown in chiffon from JJ’s House in grape purple and we also had a flower girl who looked very cute in a Monsoon ivory and chiffon and lace dress.

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The bridal party travelled to the venue in an ivory 1961 Austin Princess provided by Paul Wright at Chauffer Services Yorkshire.

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Dine were our exclusive caterers at Nostell and event manager Danielle did a fantastic job on the day. 

Phil is a big fan of real ales so Dine kindly arranged to have Timothy Taylor Landlord on cask available. It went down very well!

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Our wedding photographers were Peter and Kelly from Peter Boyd Photography, the snaps so far are great so I can’t wait for our album!

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To add a personal touch I hand knitted hearts for name places and made toys for the kids.  I also made all the stationery and table plans which were a match to our invitations.

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Our cake was made by Heather Fawcett, a family friend.  We had a fruit cake for the top two tiers, decorated with handmade purple roses. We also had a selection of vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting and chocolate brownie cupcakes with white chocolate frosting. Very yummy!

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We had the Blues Armada, a live jazz and swing band for the evening reception and they were fantastic and really made our day.  Luke Cannon the lead vocalist for the Blues Armada also supplied the music for the wedding breakfast, playing piano accompanied by a saxophonist.

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For the wedding night we stayed at Oulton Hall in Leeds, very luxurious and the staff were very friendly and helpful.  We stayed an extra night at Oulton Hall before heading off to a cottage in Pickering for a mini-moon. We are in the process of booking a holiday to China in June which will be our ‘proper’ honeymoon.

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Phil is still whinging about missing out on the canapés so his top tip for other Brides Up North is to make sure you sample all your food!  Everything goes by so quickly I would say make sure you spend a few minutes with your groom just taking everything in. It’s such an amazing experience being surrounded by everyone who loves you and watching them have a great time.

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Congratulations Laura & Phil!

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Peter Boyd Photography

Peter Boyd Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Eye Candy: Suzanne Neville’s Vintage Rose Collection At The Tower Of London

June 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It’s been one of those mornings here at  Brides Up North HQ.  An absolute catalogue of (both domestic and blog related – that’s what you sometimes get for running a busy business alongside welcoming a new baby) errors has ensued meaning that this fab feature comes to you a little a lot later than planned.  Still, we made it – for a while it was doubtful – and aren’t things looking pretty around here?!

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If you follow me over on Twitter and Facebook (go get involved if not) then you’ll know that as well as playing the role of harassed mummy, running my own wedding blog and bridal events business also means that I sometimes get to dress up and swan around swanky venues, soaking up all the wedding pretty and new trends.  And that’s almost as good as being a harassed mummy. 

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A few weeks ago I was in London for White Gallery, a huge deal in the wedding industry, and basically a massive event where all the top bridal design names (and some exciting newcomers too) present their newest collections to the trade and press.  Its a first look at the gorgeous gowns that will be arriving in a boutique near you soon.

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It was such a mad day (I was up at 5:00am to catch the early train and home by midnight) filled with taxi cabs, catwalks, catch ups and crazily beautiful wedding gowns and accessories.  I’ll be featuring lots of what I saw and did on these pages over the coming weeks (it’s far too much for just one blog post, and since my job is to bring the pretty direct to your computer screen, I’d be doing you a disservice with just a quick recap of my favourites), but today I’d like to introduce the absolutely drop dead gorgeous new Vintage Rose collection by designer Suzanne Neville.

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If you think these gowns look good in the pictures here, just you wait till you see them in real life!

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I was one of only two blogs invited to see the preview – a real honour, and lovely to finally to meet the lovely team behind Rock My Wedding – hello guys! – held in the historic HM Tower Of London.  After meeting the team at Suzanne Neville and the lovely, lovely lady herself (an iconic British designer but so wonderfully welcoming, humble and excited about her new collection), I settled down in the primest of seats (dead at the end of the catwalk, thank you very much) for a showcase of scrumptious wedding gowns that completely took my breath away.

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Girls.  I urge you.  Seek out a stockist near you (there are loads up here in the North) before making any rash wedding dress decisions.  These you have to see.

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Always at the forefront of design, this collection is an inspirational collaboration of eccentric art, decadent fabrics, jewels and opulent lavish panache. The collection is an amalgamation of fashion trends, classic tailoring and flowing fancy that combines contemporary edgy chic  with truly wonderful historic masterpieces. Joyous fabrics in laces and prints, embroidery and sparkle, brocades and dazzle.

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Keeping the foundation of fine quality, workmanship and cut and made in Suzanne’s London studios with care and excitement, the collection is a thoroughly modern approach to dressing brides on that special romantic life changing day.

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Click here to find a stockist in your locality.  Happy days.

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Gowns: Suzanne Neville

Accessories: Hermoine Harbutt, Halo and Co, Flo & Percy, Aruna Seth

Flowers: Bloomingayles

Photography: Mike Daines

Videography: Dominic Jamesson McClean

Hair: Eastern Regal

Make up: Jamie-Lee O’Sullivan

Production: Svend and the team at DSA Production Services Ltd

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Suzanne Neville

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Wedding Belle! A Real Wedding In The North West – Rosie & Nick

January 3rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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And so to our very first Real Wedding of 2013! Where better to start than over in Knutsford, Cheshire at the stunning Belle Epoque (the location for the last Brides Up North Tweet Up North West no less!) and join Rosie and Nick for a stunning celebration of their marriage.

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There’s snow globes, gorgeous gowns (check out those bridesmaids, and that David Fielden) and erm, Morris dancers a plenty.  With images by the ever talented Jonny Draper Photography

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Rosie says:  We got engaged in December 2010 at Gilpin Lodge in the Lake District.  I had taken Nick away for his 30th birthday and he proposed in the hot tub!  I thought the ring box was a Pandora charm!

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We were married on 25th November 2012 at Belle Epoque, Knutsford.  We have lived in Knutsford for four years and absolutely love it. The Belle Epoque was everything we wanted, intimate, romantic and a different feel to many other weddings we’d been to. We wanted to do something from the norm and were keen not to have it feel overly traditional.

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Dress wise, I was keen to have something out of the ordinary. My first visit to Amy Louise Bridal in Nantwich was like a child in a sweetie shop! I liked at least 10 dresses! Several bridesmaids’ visits later and it had been whittled down to two. Everyone who saw the David Fielden number felt that it was the one and suited my figure. A number of bridal shops later and it was the one I compared every one to. And so it was chosen! Kirsten at Amy Louise was amazing and so very friendly and helpful from start to finish.

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The stunning Bridesmaids’ dresses were Debut at Debenhams. We didn’t go for morning suits for the groomsmen and ushers (again not wanting too much of a traditional feel). They all wore what they wanted. Nick had his three piece suit and shirt made at Papas Tailoring in Knutsford.

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My full name is Rosemary so it was only natural that I would have roses as the bouquet. There were also a few sprigs of rosemary hidden in the bridal bouquet. The roses were carefully matched to the bridesmaids dresses – this was not easy as their colour was quite unusual. Amnesia and metalina roses matched quite well. The bridal bouquet had crystals added to some of the roses and wrapped in lace to match the sleeves of the bridal gown.

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During the ceremony a friend of my daughter, an upcoming artist, 15 year old Molly Pye played acoustically on her guitar. She sang Three Little Birds’ Don’t worry as I walked down the aisle. I am prone to worrying! During the ceremony she played Somewhere Over The Rainbow, and the we exited the ceremony to Wonderwall.

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We had an interpreter for the deaf who signed throughout the day as my parents and a number of my immediate family are profoundly deaf.  Immediately after the ceremony, the Dee Sign Choir from Chester signed along to three songs we had chosen. A tear jerking time for all our family who had been kept in the dark about this. It was our surprise to them.

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We didn’t set off with a theme, it came together gradually. Once we found out the Christmas decorations would be up in time for the wedding we decided to put a Christmas edge to it.  I would be Santa’s elf if I could so it was only natural to have a festive feel to the day.   We didn’t really have a colour scheme, we found bridesmaids dresses we liked and matched flowers to this. The rest we wanted to tie in with the colour scheme at the Belle Epoque so we used purples and brown paper.  It was also a bit of a mismatch really but it came together and worked!

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All our stationery was by the fabulous Betsy Button

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We chose amazingly delicious cupcakes provided by The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, Didsbury in four  flavours with a lemon cake on top.  Yummy!

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I made Christmas baubles as favours for the ladies using photo baubles but inserting our own inserts. One side saying ‘Merry Christmas’  and a painstakingly decorated Christmas tree image with tiny purple and gold decorations. The reverse side was a testament to our wedding.

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After the wedding breakfast, neither of us particularly wanted a first dance. However, Nicks favourite day of the whole year is Knutsford Royal May Day which is generally a very good knees up with friends! Nick always gets particularly excited as the Morris men approach so this is where we got an idea for evening entertainment. Leyland Morris Men were more than obliging and it truly was such fun to have them there. Not only did they perform but got the audience up and involved in several different dances.  We finished with a DJ called Roy Stone.

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After the wedding we spent an amazing five and a half weeks travelling around Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax, enjoy and soak up every second … and don’t forget to leave plenty of money afterwards to treat yourselves to a fabulous honeymoon.  You will need it! We also felt that spending on a great photographer and entertainment was money very well spent. 

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Congratulations Rosie & Nick!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North in 2013.  Here’s how

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  – Images © 2012 Jonny Draper Photography

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Cheshire Chic! Supplier Showcase: LOVE Bridal Boutique

September 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I am thrilled to introduce a very special couple – brand new Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Emma & Jonny Draper – and their gorgeous new Cheshire wedding dress boutique, the fabulous LOVE Bridal!  Let’s get straight down to the fabulousity…

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When did LOVE Bridal Boutique open and what is your ethos?

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LOVE Bridal Boutique was set up by myself, Emma Draper, & my husband Jonny Draper and is Cheshire’s newest and most exclusive bridal experience! My passion for all things wedding stems from my experience as a professional bridal make-up artist, my role as studio director in Jonny’s wedding photography business, and having been boutique manager at a renowned south Manchester bridal boutique for the last couple of years. Jonny is a long-established international wedding photographer so together we have lots of bridal experience and completely live and breathe weddings! I have always loved being a part of my brides’ journey to their big day so we couldn’t think of a better way to develop our family business by adding the bridal boutique to our portfolio.

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We first opened the doors to LOVE Bridal boutique on 1st August 2012 with a launch event for all our industry friends and family. We really wanted to celebrate our launch with all the people who have influenced our vision for the boutique as it is so important to us to work collaboratively with and build a strong rapport with other like-minded wedding businesses. This is at the heart of what we do and is something we love sharing with all our brides and grooms both through LOVE Bridal Boutique and Jonny Draper Photography.

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What lines of wedding gowns do you stock?

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We have carefully selected four dress designers who we feel really reflect our brand and have the same vision and working ethos as we do. We drew up our shortlist and prayed that they would all still be available – and thank goodness they all were!

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Intuzuri were our first designer on board and we had no doubt in our mind that they would be a hit for us. We were completely utterly blown away by their gowns constructed from the finest Chantilly laces, duchess satins and silk taffetas combined with intricate lace appliqués, hand-beading and intricate bodice detail. Their collection includes some classic shapes from full A-line skirts and long dreamy trains to figure-hugging fishtails. They also come at a really affordable price point too which our brides are just loving (the proof is in the pudding as we’ve already sold two of their gowns within our first three weeks of trading!) We were also so impressed with the service from the Intuzuri team who have been truly fabulous throughout the process and in helping us make our selection.

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Our second designer was a bit of a no brainer for us… the Heritage collection by Balbier Wyatt (click here to see a special preview of this collection on Brides Up North). This collection has been created by three generations and renowned industry experts – Alan Wyatt, Amanda Wyatt and Charlotte Balbier (grandfather, daughter and granddaughter no less!). Having worked closely with and built great friendships with Amanda and Charlotte over the last few years, and Jonny having taken lots of photos for and of Charlotte (including her engagement shoot!), when they told us about this new collection we immediately said ‘yes please’! We knew it would be right for us even before we saw the dresses! There’s a real mix of shapes and styles in this collection perfect for all body shapes, synonymous with Amanda and Charlotte’s signature styles but still a significantly different collection. Everything from full lace fitted gowns, to slinkier chiffon low-backs and fabulous sparkle bodiced A-line full skirted gowns. A lot of the dresses in this collection are perfect for destination weddings too, which is why a lot of the gowns have fabulous names such as Barbados and Costa Rica! To complement these gowns, we have a range of accessories from Amanda Wyatt in stock too.

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Our third designer, Mia Mia is a relatively new collection from the long established Alan Hannah Bridalwear. We first met up with Alan and Marguerite at their fabulous showroom and were so spoilt for choice by the collection that we knew instantly that they were perfect for LOVE (we hadn’t even seen the 2013 collection at this point either!) A great mix of youthful, light, pretty dresses with some very classic styles and shapes in the collection, we knew that with our branding we would definitely be attracting the right kind of bride for these dresses. We eventually picked our shortlist and have since added more to this when we previewed the amazing 2013 collection at The White Gallery in London in May.

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The final piece of our jigsaw was Terry Fox, a designer who made us really stop in our tracks and take note of every single last embellishment, intricate embroidery, drape and beautiful silks on each and every dress. Her studio down in Suffolk is a complete treasure trove and just how every girl’s dream bedroom would look! Terry lives and breathes dresses and fabrics and that completely comes across with each dress she produces. Each gown can be tailor-made to a brides requirements with a vast colour selection of silks to choose from. One of her gowns ‘Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love’ can even be personalised as the gown name is embroidered onto ribbon detail of the dress, but this can equally be changed for the bride and groom’s names and date of their wedding or perhaps a quote that is very personal to them. This collection is definitely for the bride who wants something a bit different and to make a statement! We have also chosen a gorgeous selection of matching Terry Fox accessories to finish off the look.

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Once we’d agreed on our dresses, we had just as much fun choosing the perfect accompanying accessories. I pulled together my wish list and then The White Gallery was our first port of call praying that all the headpieces we wanted all looked as fabulous in real life as they did in brochures and online. They were even better than that! We were overwhelmed by the selection on offer from a variety of designers but kept each and every dress in mind before making our final decision.

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We are now proud to be stockists of the very gorgeous Harriet Wilde shoes (with a particular fave of mine being her Sakura style with decorative cherry blossom detail and silver leaves cascading down the heel – just stunning!) There’s a shoe in her collection to suit all of our dresses and she does a great range of heel heights too, including some beautiful lace ballet pumps with Swarovski crystals around the heel. Most of her shoes can also be dyed so they can be matched up to bridesmaid dresses or even for after the wedding.

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It was important to us to pick a couple of really great headpiece designers to complement our dresses so we have chosen two highly acclaimed designers whose designs were just so beautiful and different to any we’d seen before.

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I’ve long since been a fan of Halo & Co designs, each piece handmade to order, so it was just a matter of choosing our selection really. The Halo & Co team were on hand to give great advice and I tried every last piece on (just because I could!) We chose a mix of designs from collections including their Timeless Classics and Vintage Lace ranges. Some pieces are just pure unadulterated sparkle, others incorporating Swarovski crystals, cultured pearls, ornate filigree and lace too. We have selected a mix of side headpiece styles, more traditional tiara styles and a selection of silver and gold pieces.

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Our second collection of headpieces comes from British milliner Vivien Sheriff whom we chose as her designs were just so unusual and modern, yet with a traditional twist, and even the lovely Kate Middleton has been spotted in a few of her creations! Our selection includes fabulous birdcage veils in dusky pink shades such as the Rainflower birdcage, and more sparkley combs such as the stunning ‘Hearts Entwined’ comb, forehead bands, feather clips and headbands combining a mix of pearls, crystals etc.

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I’m delighted to announce that we have just confirmed that we will be the first north-west stockist of the very wonderful Hermione Harbutt whose selection of jewellery and headpieces are nothing short of wow! Hermione’s pieces are stocked by prestigious and international designers and she has even been commissioned by the likes of Suzanne Neville and Stephanie Allin to create headdresses to complement their dresses. We have selected a stunning collection of her jewellery and some more elaborate headpieces from her collection, all of which work beautifully with our gowns.

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Where are you located?

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We are located in Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheshire and we are perfectly located just off the M6, M56 and M60 motorways.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Our dress collection starts from around the £1000 price point up to around £3000, with most of our dresses sitting comfortably under the £2000 mark.

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Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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Yes, we are appointment only and this is really to avoid disappointment as we pride ourselves on having just the one dressing room for brides to enjoy complete privacy during their appointments.

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What can Brides Up North expect when they come in for an appointment?

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Our dream and vision for LOVE Bridal Boutique was to create a brand and a personality that comes across as soon as a bride comes into contact with the boutique, whether that be from stepping through our door, visiting our website or enjoying our facebook and twitter pages and ultimately wearing one of our dresses. That personality is one of individuality, warmth, helpfulness and understanding, completely ‘getting’ every bride that walks through our door and having knowledge about venues and suppliers so that we can make recommendations to our brides if they need it.

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When a bride arrives at LOVE Bridal Boutique, aside from complete privacy by having a whole floor of the boutique to themselves, they will feel relaxed and at ease and will never be rushed during their appointment as we allocate at least an hour and a half for a first appointment giving brides the opportunity to try a good selection of gowns. We know that choosing your dream dress can be a tough decision so they will have my undivided attention throughout their appointment to offer help and advice and if that means trying that favourite dress on again (and again) then so be it! Refreshments will also be offered to a bride and her family and friends in the comfort of our dressing/sitting room with inspirational books to flick through whilst they are eagerly awaiting for that next dress to be put on. And what happens when they find the dress of their dreams with us? Well, there’ll be a big celebration of course!

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Jonny Draper Photography

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What is your current favourite gown that you stock and why?

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Now this is an extremely tough question, and anybody who has ever worked in a bridal shop will tell you that their "favourite gown" can change daily if not hourly! It might be that you’ve just put a dress on a bride and it has looked amazing or it might be a new dress that’s just arrived and you’d forgotten how gorgeous it was since you ordered it (it can take a few months for them to arrive so this often happens!) My current favourite of the hour has to be Georgia by Heritage Bridal as she has just arrived into the boutique and I’ve just put her in the window, finished off with the gorgeous sparkly Halo & Co "Lacey’ headpiece.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Is there a particular style of dress that is popular with your brides at the moment?

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I’d definitely say that in the few weeks we have been open, lace has been a resounding hit and brides are still loving a good A-line dress with a hint of sparkle, for example our ‘Adelphi’ gown by Intuzuri which has been a clear winner with brides. You know the dress that you’ve always dreamed about since you were a little girl…well Adelphi is definitely that dress! Another very popular shape is the fishtail gown – brides are loving having the combination of a fuller train whilst still being able to show off their figure. Brides are also still really loving their straps.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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How does LOVE Bridal Boutique provide a superior experience to other wedding dress boutiques?

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We will always strive to provide a high level of service to every bride that comes through our door – from simple things like offering our brides and their guests tea or home-made coffee from our lovely new coffee machine and brownies and cupcakes from our favourite baker, And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon. We really do choose the best for our brides whether it be from our Cowshed products for freshening up in the bathroom to little things like having a hair clip on hand or shoes in the right size. Things that unfortunately not all bridal shops think about, and considering that buying a wedding dress is probably the most expensive item of clothing that most brides will ever wear and one of the most emotional shopping experiences they’ll ever have, it’s hard to believe that service and experience doesn’t always match up to this.

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As I’ve already mentioned, every bride has the boutique to herself for her appointment which helps them to focus on our dresses and what they are looking for, with the help of friends and family. This is a point which has come up time and time again in the past with brides I have worked with, how multiple appointments taking place at the same time can really take away from their experience. No bride is going to appreciate their mum and friends being distracted by another bride when it’s their time to take centre stage after all!

We also pride ourselves on our little black book of suppliers. We don’t just recommend any supplier that gets in touch with us – after all how can we recommend something that we’ve never experienced? So any supplier that we will ever mention to our brides is tried and tested and is usually somebody that Jonny or I have worked with in the past and they know us well too. You’ll notice this from our ‘friends’ page on our website, as it’s so important to us it had to have a place on our website. We’re proud of the relationships we have built and we love to collaborate with them regularly to ensure that we’re always evolving and staying ahead of the game.

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So overall, a personal, knowledgeable one-to-one bridal experience with lots of love and emotion added in too (I will most definitely cry if you do!).

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Who would be an LOVE Bridal Boutique bride?

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A LOVE bride would be somebody who appreciates a fabulous experience and stunning dresses! She doesn’t have to know what she wants when she walks through the door, but she will by the time she leaves!

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Are you married?

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I am indeed married! I wore a gown by Kate Sherford, I had always dreamed about wearing a dress with a lovely full skirt and that’s exactly what I went for – a combination of lace and lots of tulle and I knew from the minute I put it on that it was the one for me (and I couldn’t stop smiling!).

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Sam Clayton

Image credit: Sam Clayton

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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Brides can contact me either over email at emma@lovebridalboutique.co.uk or alternatively they can call me for a chat on 0161 941 6446. We’ve also got an extremely active facebook page where they can keep up to date with all our news, events, photoshoots and just indulge in pics of gorgeous dresses and pretty accessories!

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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If you need a photographer then I know a great one

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  – Images © 2012 Jonny Draper Photography/ Chelsea Shoesmith (as credited)/ Sam Clayton (as credited)

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