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Wahoo! We’re Off To White Gallery London 2014.

April 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Anna Dello Russo For H&M

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So that’s another fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition done and dusted!  The already beautiful Nostell Priory looked the prettiest I’ve seen it yet yesterday at our fifth event of the spring season. Big, big love to all our amazing exhibitors (a truly superb selection) and gorgeous brides and grooms who supported our event.  We salute you… and hope you left feeling inspired by the talent on show and super duper excited about your big day! Hooray!

If you’ve not popped in to see us at one of our beautiful events yet – or if you have and would like to do it all over again – there’s still plenty of time this season!  Pop one of these stunners in your diary

Its a quick turnaound at Brides Up North HQ today – no rest for the wicked (I must be pretty damn wicked!) – as we were up at the crack of dawn and are already on the East Coast Mainline down to the smoke, to catch up with the fun that’s already started at White Gallery London

Recognised as one of the leading international designer bridal trade shows, White Gallery London is set to present the finest in bridal design at its sold-out forthcoming fifth edition.  Press passes in hand, Ellie and I will be joining the trade at this hunting ground for the best in British and international bridal design, previewing the gowns and the gorgeous that will be landing in a bridal boutique near you next season.

It’s one of my very favourite events of the whole year, and I can’t wait to (do a bit of schmoozing and) see what my favourite bridal designers have lined up for us in 2015.  I’m hoping for structural extravagance, sexy silhouettes and even bolder use of colour in bridal wear.  Let’s wait and see…

Over 70 leading designers will preview their new bridal wear and accessories collections at the event including Alan Hannah, Amanda Wakeley Sposa, Anna Romysh Haute Couture, Annasul Y, Augusta Jones, Benjamin Adams London, Blue Bridalwear, Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan, Cabotine Novia by Gema Nicolas, Caroline Atelier, Caroline Castigliano, Charlotte Balbier, Charlotte Mills, Christos Costarellos, Cocoe Voci, The Couture Veil, Cymbeline, Eliza Jane Howell, Emma Hunt, Emma Tindley, Encore, Franc Sarabia, Freya Rose, Gemy Maalouf Bridal, Hadas Cohen, Halo & Co, Harriet Wilde, HT Headwear, I Love Gorgeous, Ian Stuart, Ivory & Co Bridal, Ivory & Co Tiaras, Jack Sullivan Bridal, Jenny Packham, Jesus Peiro, Johanna Hehir, Karen Willis Holmes, KatyaKatya Shehurina, Lark Bridal, Linea Raffaelli, Lou Lou, Lusan Mandongus, Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett, Maddy by Madeline Isaac-James, Madeline Isaac-James, Accessories by Madeline Isaac-James, Malis Henderson, Mia Mia, Miguel Suay, Miranda Templeton, Mooshki Boutique, Naomi Neoh, Nicki MacFarlane, Nicola Anne, Nicola Harvey Couture, Nilah & Company, Nordic Gems, Novia D’Art, Nymphi, Ozlem Suer, Parthenis, Patricia Avendano, Polly Edwards, Qiana Bridal, Rachel Simpson, Raimon Bundo, Sadoni, Sassi Holford, Sasso, Shelle Belle Couture, So Sassi, Stephanie Allin Couture, Stephanie James Couture, Stephen Yearick, Terry Fox, Timeless Couture,  Victorio & Lucchino, Watters Brides, White Ivy, YSA Makino, Yolan Cris and Zaeem Jamal. 

Then we’ll come back to tell you all about it!

We’ve seats lined up at some of the iconic catwalk shows including Ian Stuart, Madeline Isaac-James and Suzanne Neville, plus drop in appointments with our pick of the bunch.  We’re also looking forward to catching up with our friends and supporters from bespoke bridal label House Of Mookshi – based in the North East – at this their debut show.  Specialising in custom designed wedding dresses and bridal gowns from vintage inspired through to gothic, those girls have always got something fabulous up their sleeve.  

After all that, we’ll be ready for a drink (or three) and will be hitting the hard stuff with our industry colleagues at Kensington Roof Gardens for a cocktail party sponsored by Perfect Wedding Magazine and in association with the Retail Bridalwear Association.  I’ve a free pass for the evening as the hubby’s on babysitting duty back Up North, so make mine a Mojito please!

See you on the other side.  There’ll be lots of catching up to do…

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Wedding Blog WINNER! Couture Bridal Headpiece Worth £200 From HT Headwear

October 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I just love to spread a little happiness on a dank, grey Tuesday afternoon!  And what better way to do that than to let you guys win stuff.  That’s right!  Rather beautiful stuff at that!

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Erin Diamante

Erin Diamante

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This afternoon I am excited to announce the winner of our competition to win a headpiece of your choice worth up to £200 (!)  from the 2013 collection by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, and creator of the most glamorous and lovely bridal headpieces going – the fabulous HT Headwear

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You can click here if you missed the preview of the stunning 2013 collection from HT Headwear, but for now, it’s my moment to make someone’s day!

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Lilly Pearl

Lilly Pearl

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And the winner* is…

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Michaela Britton

October 8, 2012 | My fave is Lilly Pearl – sweet and simple x

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Congratulations Michaela!  Please contact me as soon as possible to claim your prize! 

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As for the rest of you, all is not lost: watch this space for some brilliant new wedding blog giveaways and competitions coming up verrrry shortly!

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Rosa

Rosa

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*Winner drawn at random

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  – Images © 2012 Heline Bekker

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CLOSED: Wedding Blog GIVEAWAY! Win A Bridal Headpiece Worth £200 From HT Headwear’s 2013 Collection

October 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Heline Bekker for HT Headwear

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Happy Thursday Brides Up North!  I’ve got a treat for you!

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This morning on the wedding blog we are celebrating the launch of Featured Supplier and creator of bespoke bridal headwear Helena of HT Headwear’s brand new 2013 collection.  So not only am I spoiling you with wedding hair pretty, but I am offering one lucky reader the chance to win a headpiece of their choice worth up to £200.

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I told you it was a happy Thursday.  Read on to find out how you can win…

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Heline Bekker for HT Headwear

Lilly Diamante with veil

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Helena says: The new collection consists of hand blocked floral headpieces along with some beautiful handmade delicate silk floral combs and dainty headbands with clusters of diamantes and pearls with our signature detachable birdcage veils, all inspired by the grace and elegance of the 1940’s.

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Heline Bekker for HT Headwear

Eliza

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I really listened to our brides for this collection and wanted to offer pieces that would work with a range of different style dresses, from rustic vintage to modern city chic, and all that’s in the middle! We have become well known for our high quality affordable craftsmanship and the flexibility our pieces offer brides and I hope this collection has a little something for everyone.

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I was lucky to work on this shoot with the delightful Heline Bekker who captured the elegance of the pieces beautifully!

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Bridal Accessories by Heline Bekker for HT Headwear

Myla

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Prices range between £75 – £225 and can be made with a choice of either comb, headband or clip. All pieces can be made to bespoke requirements.  Click here to check out the full collection on HT Headwear’s website

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Wedding Hair by Heline Bekker for HT Headwear

Valeria

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From mid October HT Headwear will also be available to buy through the following new Northern stockists:

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Blissful Daze
262 Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2HS Tel: 0114 272 730
Vintage Bridal Couture
Octavia Buildings, Bridge of Weir Road, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, PA13 4AF Tel: 01505 874 221
Perfect Bridal Rooms
265-267 Holborn Street, Aberdeen, AB10 7FL Tel: 01224 574 141

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Heline Bekker for HT Headwear

Lilly Pearl

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Photography: Heline Bekker
Hair & makeup: Aga Pro Makeup
Model: Cristina SM

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Heline Bekker for HT Headwear

Erin Diamante

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And now, the best bit! 

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To celebrate the launch of HT Headwear’s new collection you can win a bespoke bridal accessory worth up to £200!*

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All you need to do is tell us which is your favourite headpiece is from the new collection simply by leaving a comment on this blog post.

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Entries will close on Friday October 19th 2012! 

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What are you waiting for…

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*Winner will be drawn at random.  Judge’s decision is final.  No cash alternative.

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  – Images © 2012 Heline Bekker

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Friday Fabulous: This Just In From HT Headwear!

July 27th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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To finish off the week with some Friday fabulousity, I bring you some breaking news from the lovely HT Headwear, one of my most gorgeous Featured Suppliers.

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Currently available to buy online (visit the HT Headwear website by clicking here) HT Headwear will soon be available in a bridal boutique near you! Hurrah!

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HT Headwear has announced plans to launch its first wholesale collection at the British Bridal Exhibition Harrogate (a trade show for wedding industry buyers) in September 2012. What that means for you lovely brides to be is that you will soon be able to source the perfect HT Headwear piece to complete your wedding day look, all within the comfort of a trusted bridal boutique.  Ohhh yeah. 

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HT Headwear Bridal Accessories by Elizabeth Lois Photography

Wholesale collection (image by Elizabeth Lois)

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Featuring an exclusive selection of HT Headwear’s best-selling hand-­blocked headpieces, floral combs,
clips and headbands made with detachable birdcage veils in luxurious silks and chiffon, the wholesale collection will be made available to selected bridal boutiques in the UK and worldwide.

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Helena of HT Headwear uses the finest fabrics, feathers and embellishments sourced from British suppliers ensuring every piece is made with the highest standard of craftsmanship. Further extending the bespoke service offered at HT Headwear, the wholesale collections will be available in a choice of finishes and trims to suit the individual bride.

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HT Headwear Bridal Accessories by Drew Tommons Photography

Sale (image by Drew Tommons)

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And there’s more! If by any chance you are down London way  this weekend – you know, stopping by a little event called the Olympics – (and YES, I’ve made Helena promise to head North next time!) then HT Headwear invite you to join them for their Summer Sale and the opportunity for ridiculous savings on vintage dresses, shoes, headwear and vintage jewellery! Elizabeth Avey, HT Headwear and Harriet Wilde Shoes will be at Bickerton House, Meeting Room 25-27, Bickerton Road, London N19 5RW  on Sunday 29th July 2012 from 11am-4pm.  For us tourists, the nearest tube station is Archway on the Northern Line.

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With savings as much as 70% off some jewellery and headwear pieces it’s an event not to be missed should you be in the Smoke anyway!

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And miles better than watching the beach volleyball in the rain.

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HT Headwear Bridal Accessories by Drew Tommons Photography

Sale (image by Drew Tommons)

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Have a great Friday night everyone!  Sink a few cocktails for me!

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The Cherry On Top! Supplier Showcase: Bridal Headpieces by HT Headwear PLUS 20% Discount From Elizabeth Lois Photography

January 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning I am waking up in the smoke yet again (cough!), after an evening mixing with the wedding industry’s finest at The Wedding Industry Awards.  I wore vintage Cacharel (get me!), drank cocktails, schmoozed a bit, caught up with some of my favourite industry friends and stayed up late (too late).  As you read this, I’m heading back Up North – where the heart is – to take a break from my high heels and get stuck into an exciting new project for Brides Up North that has me just a little bit giddy.  More info shortly.

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In the meantime – let the fabulousness continue!  Today’s stunning bridal headpieces shoot was shot by Elizabeth Lois Photography for Brides Up North Featured Supplier HT Headwear, one of the lovely ladies I was celebrating with last night.  If you are looking for something unique and adventurous that no one else has, a chic fascinator or birdcage veil is increasingly an option for the style conscious bride, and this collection is just lovely.  With a capital L. 

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Elizabeth Lois Photography for HT Headwear

Belinda £85 – Birdcage veil with diamante detail on fine covered headband

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Let’s hear from Helena of HT Headwear: My inspiration for this collection came from long hazy summer evenings in the garden, eating outside and gazing at the soft petals falling from our rose bush, whilst the last of the sun dropped down between the houses…

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Elizabeth Lois Photography for HT Headwear

Lydia £180 – Hand blocked headpiece covered in soft silk, trimmed with handmade silk chiffon flowers and detachable birdcage veil

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Elizabeth Lois Photography for HT Headwear

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Many of my brides were torn between wanting a birdcage veil but not wanting it over their faces as they danced the night away, so I created a collection based around this and gave them headpieces with detachable veils. 

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Elizabeth Lois Photography for HT Headwear

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Elizabeth Lois Photography for HT Headwear

Ophelia £200 – Hand blocked headpiece covered in soft velvet and silk chiffon, trimmed with handmade silk chiffon flowers and detachable birdcage veil

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Elizabeth Lois Photography for HT Headwear

Ophelia

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Elizabeth Lois Photography for HT Headwear

Belinda

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The collection is very affordable starting from £50 for a large silk flower clip to £200 for a blocked headpiece with detachable veil and all pieces can be tailored to suit your own requirements. There are a choice of ways the headpieces can be fitted to your head: combs, headbands or clips so there are no restrictions to how you have your hair or who can wear these lovely pieces.

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Elizabeth Lois Photography for HT Headwear

Ava £120 – large crinoline brimmed headpiece with soft handmade silk chiffon floral detail set on a comb

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Elizabeth Lois Photography for HT Headwear

Rosalina £200 – Large hand blocked cocktail hat trimmed rich silk, handmade silk chiffon flowers and goose feathers, with delicate floating diamante strands

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Elizabeth Lois Photography for HT Headwear

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Elizabeth Lois Photography for HT Headwear

Florence £50 – Beautiful large handmade silk chiffon flower on large clip

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This collection was photographed by the amazingly talented Elizabeth Lois. She captured the sheer romance and beauty of the collection and is such a pleasure to work with.

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Elizabeth Lois Photography for HT Headwear

Raina £85 – Soft vintage birdcage veil mounted on fine headband and trimmed with handmade silk chiffon flowers and stripped coque feathers

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Elizabeth Lois Photography for HT Headwear

Ophelia

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Elizabeth Lois Photography for HT Headwear

Bridgette £95 – Contemporary large birdcage veil mounted on small crin disc and trimmed with goose feathers

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All HT Headwear pieces can be bought online from their boutique and you can also view more collections on their website.

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And if like me, you adore these images by Elizabeth Lois, you are in luck!

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Elizabeth Lois is offering all BUN readers 20% off any of her Wedding packages, just quote BUN when booking.

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  – Images © 2012 Elizabeth Lois 

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