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lady luxe. the designer series: ian stuart bride

July 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

“Bridal gowns transcend fashion, they are a timeless representation of the brides own style and personality.” Ian Stuart

Of all the bridal catwalks I’ve seen, the ones masterminded by Ian Stuart are my favourite – colour, music, personality, cheekiness, beauty… and fabulous frocks: it’s like a very good day at the theatre.  And I love theatre. Lots.

So this morning I’m honoured to welcome a truly talented Northern export home to the pages of Brides Up North, as we sneak a peek at the marvellous Ian Stuart’s brand new collection for 2015, and hear about what makes this design genius tick.

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Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

What sort of woman do you design for? 

Ian says:  My collections are always very diverse, as are the women who wear them. As a designer- you can’t put all of your energy and creativity into creating one signature look for one type of woman. We no longer live in a society where we all fit into the same shaped hole, I believe it’s my duty as a designer to celebrate this. I’m known for my dramatic and theatrical creations, because no one else has a look like this, but I also create more demure, cleaned lined and sophisticated gowns, as well as those somewhere in between. I design for all women – this is evident on our Facebook page from all of the real bride’s photos we a share.

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

What were your inspirations for this collection?

I’m always inspired by the same things, because these are my passions: music, theatre, couture, films, photographers, we live in such a creative world, the supply of inspiration is endless. But I was particularly inspired by the new Pink Martini album, which is a collaboration with the real Von Trapp family. The music is simply magical. I locked myself away, put my headphones in, absorbed myself in the exquisite sounds, and allowed my mind to conjure designs that flowed from the music. The album was also the central soundtrack to my fashion show, it was my favourite to date.

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What shapes, fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the collection and why?

Lady Luxe, as the name suggests, is about those luxurious details. I’ve carefully selected laces, beading and applique that I think will make brides feel more illustrious than they could’ve imagined. The way a bride feels I think, is far more important than the way she looks, as it gives her that stunning glow you only get from being in blissful joy.

I always include many silhouettes in my collections to ensure that any bride can find a shape that sculpts and compliments her figure. I’d never eliminate a shape just because it wasn’t ‘on trend’. Bridal gowns transcend fashion, they are a timeless representation of the brides own style and personality.

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

Ian Stuart Bride - Lady Luxe - 2015 Collection

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Frill Me! The Designer Series: Ian Stuart Bride

August 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Ok, so I am more than a little bit thrilled to be sharing the 2014 collection, hot off the catwalk, of the legend that is Ian Stuart.  One of my absolute favourite bridal designers – a man who pushes the boundaries of colour, structure and expectation – and when he agreed to an interview for Brides Up North I thought that all my Christmases had come at once.

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My early career background was in fashion magazines (as a child my preferred career path was “Editor of Vogue” – watch your back Anna Wintour), and so I adore my forays into the world of bridal design.  Although I’ve already been a bride, I’d love to wear an Ian Stuart creation one day… perhaps the Pamplemousse?  Read on, all will be revealed.

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Ian Stuart puts the fashion into bridal, and it is with great pride that I welcome this secret Northerner and his stunning creations to my little corner of the blogosphere today.

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Hello Ian!  Welcome to Brides Up North.  Please introduce Ian Stuart Bride and tell us a little about your brand?

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My brand’s manifesto is to offer brides a more dramatic, fashion savvy, yet still romantic look for her wedding day. As ceremonies are no longer constrained by traditions, brides are free to express who they are, and many, like myself, love to stand out and make a statement through the designs they wear.

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What is your style philosophy?

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To make an impact, embrace the romance, and celebrate the theatre and drama of the big day.

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Boudoir

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Tell us about the new collection by Ian Stuart Bride? What were your inspirations behind this beautiful collection?

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I took my inspiration from the beautiful haute couture salon shows of the 1950’s, an era that embodied elegance, romance and feminine glamour. I want every bride to experience the magic of this golden age when she wears one of my gowns. I have even paid homage to my favourite gown of all time, a Christian Dior design which captures this era perfectly. It is called ‘Petal Privee’. I also designed my show to be reminiscent of this inspired mood, you can see the show on my website!

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Where do you look for inspiration?

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I find it in life; in people, in flowers, in music, the every day can be just as inspiring as the greatest works of art. But I find if I need an instant fix of soul inspiring glamour, I turn to the movies. The Ascot Gavotte scene especially from My Fair Lady always fills me with overwhelming awe, Cecile Beaton created a moving masterpiece.

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What sort of woman do you design for, did you have a specific “muse” for this collection?

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My muses are the brides I meet, at designer days and private clients. A woman who is about to become a bride is going through a very special transformation in her life, and seeing this process is a great inspiration for me, it fills me with vitality, and reason for being a designer of something so precious.

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What fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the new collection and why?

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I’ve always been a rule breaker as far as convention is concerned, so I intentionally source fabrics that offer different properties than those typically used in bridal wear. My favourite is a taffeta that is woven with metal, that creates a memory effect, which means you can manipulate it, and the shape and draping stays as you’ve positioned it, a lot of fun for a designer! A also use beautiful silks, organzas and intricate laces.

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Do you have a personal favourite from the new collection?  Which piece and why?

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There is a gown called ‘Caracas’, which is powder blue, with a ruched bodice, a very big tiered skirt edged with ribbons, it sums up my new collection ‘Frill Me’ perfectly!

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What jewellery would you pair with pieces from your new collection?  Why?

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Many of my gowns have a detailed neckline, so I would always chose earrings and bracelet, rather than a necklace, as not to detract from the design of the dress. I have collaborated with a very talented jewellery designer to create some exquisite pieces that compliment my gowns perfectly. They are available to buy online from our website.   .

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What beauty look would complement the pieces in your new collection? Why?

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I adore smoky eyes and nude lips. However, if the bride has a strong make-up look that she wants to carry through on her wedding day, my dresses are perfect that, as they are strong and confident too, and will balance out more unique looks.

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Do you have a “signature” piece?

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The signature gown in the ‘Frill Me’ collection is definitely ‘Nova Scotia’ It has all of the elements of a signature Ian Stuart gown.

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Matahari

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Midsummer Dream

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Parisienne

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How do you decide on the “names” for your gowns?

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‘Naming Day’ is a collective process at Ian Stuart HQ! We look at each of the dresses, one by one, and each write down words, it could be a place, a flower, a film, a goddess, a musical score, a dance, whatever the dress is saying to us, then we then choose which we think is the most beautiful. We also have to make sure that the names translate for our international brides, this year, I desperately wanted to name a dress ‘Pamplemousse’ however, this is grapefruit in French, not exactly a name you want for your wedding dress!

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Piccolo

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What sizes are available in your gowns?  Are your pieces made to measure?

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Our standard sizes range from 6-22, but we can make a made to measure any size. We also do custom changes where brides can make custom changes, anything from a neckline change, adding flowers, combining two dresses, changing fabrics and colours, the possibilities are endless.

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What is the process for your clients from finding “the one” to the final fitting?

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Once a bride has found her dress, and ordered it with her boutique, it usually takes 3-4 months to make. At her first fitting, as well as fitting the dress, it is also the time to think about your bridal underwear- wearing a bra can make a big difference to the fit of the gown, so decide now! Also think about petticoats, whether you want bustle loops in the back, and practice walking in your shoes with your gown on, you should need to hold it up, you need to be confident that you wont trip! You also may have time to add extra decoration to the gown, or make small design changes if you wish. The final fitting should be just a ‘check’ to make sure everything is perfect. If you plan on loosing weight before the wedding (although I advise against it, you are all beautiful as you are!)  discuss with your seamstress a schedule so that you can have your alterations done as close to the date as possible.

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What is the retail price range for your designs?

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Our gowns range from £1500-£4000.

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Renee

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Sophia

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What sets Ian Stuart Bride apart from other bridal wear brands?

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Most bridal wear brands ‘play it safe’ because they need to appeal to the mass market, but being a independent designer sets you free from that constraint. Ian Stuart appeals to an exclusive type of girl, one who dares to make a statement on her big day. My gowns are easily identifiable as ‘Ian Stuart’, whether that is through colour, fabric, my unique draping techniques or unmistakable flamboyance.

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How did you get into wedding dress design – what is your story?

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I originally wanted to go into theatre and do costume design, I had a natural talent for the dramatic! Bridal was a natural progression from that. When leaving college, my first job was at Bellville Sassoon, where I learned first hand traditional couturier techniques, I absorbed everything, it was great foundations for becoming the designer I am today. I then went on to work for several other bridal wear labels in New York, before returning to the UK to set up my own label.

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Was there a defining point in your career that made your business the success that it is today?

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The turning point in my career was definitely setting up my own label. After years of working for other people, and having limited creative freedom, having my own label felt like I was set free as a designer, to b who I truly wanted to be, and give brides the dresses I think they need!

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What are your plans for the future?

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To simply continue to create beautiful dresses that brides love! While the thank you letters keep coming, I’ll keep on designing. There is nothing more rewarding than a bride telling you that you have created her dream dress, and how much she felt like a princess. Knowing that my name will be mentioned in stories for generations to come, gives me the greatest sense of pride.

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Is this your dream career?

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Yes it is absolutely! When I was young, I tried to make a wedding dress from my mothers nightdress, so I know it’s a deep soul desire!  My other talent is impressions, and I love to perform, so I guess I’d be another Alistair McGowan!

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What would “a day in the life” at Ian Stuart Bride HQ be like?

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No two days are ever the same, we work on a yearly cycle of creating and preparing to show collections, for bridal and mother of the bride. For me, this can be designing, fabric sourcing, alterations, photo shoots, collaboration meetings, but there is a whole team doing very different roles that makes it all happen, and everyone is as equally important and vital as the next, we are a wonderful family.

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Where do you go and what do you do to relax?

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My relaxing sanctuary is Bali, I have travelled a lot, and there is nowhere quite like it, it is paradise, especially with a Jack Daniels and coke in one hand and a cigarette in the other!

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What are your “best things” in life?

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The people within it. Especially my partner Pete, and my dog Charlie!

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How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you/ see more of your designs? 

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We are on facebook and twitter… ask us anything! And always go to the designer days, shops have a larger selection of dresses for you to see and try, its the perfect way to start your dress hunting.

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Do you have any Northern stockists – how can Brides Up North find them?

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We have some amazing stockists in the North, if you visit our website, you will find them all listed there.

If you have seen a dress that you like in a magazine or online, it’s worth calling to check if they have it in their boutique, but don’t be dismayed if they haven’t, as we offer a loan service where they can request the dress for you to try on.

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Is there anything else that we should know?

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I’m a Northern boy at heart! I was born in Holland, but grew up in Manchester. My guilty pleasure is Coronation Street because it reminds me of home!

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Pretty Vintage: A Real Wedding In The North West – Nisha & Duncan

October 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Morning campers!  Let’s finish this week the way we mean to start the next: beautifully.  Today’s Real Wedding is an absolute licketty-split, with a cherry on top corker!

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With images by CG Weddings, I love how Nisha and Duncan’s choice of soft, sugary ice cream tones and hand made decorations prettify and personalise their stunning stately home venue.  With a ten year engagement, this couple had certainly had plenty of time to plan – and taking their time paid off. 

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Nisha says:  We got engaged in North Wales in June 2002 and were married on August 10th 2012 at Thornton Manor, Cheshire, which we chose for beautiful grand romantic setting.

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We went for a pretty vintage theme with pastel ice cream tones. 

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I chose a dress called Eden by Ian Stuart, accessories by Glitzy Secrets and carried a bouquet of sweet avalanche roses, Cezanne roses, apricot sweet avalanche roses and amnesia roses by Earth Flowers. There was lace entwined between the flowers.

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My bridesmaids wore pretty Grecian one shoulder pastel pink dresses and the groomsmen wore matching three piece suits from Moss Bros. 

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Our registrar is a close friend of Duncan’s family, which was lovely on the day and the service was really personal.

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We had a  four tier Victoria sponge cake from Marks and Spencer. We also had two lots of cupcakes – vanilla and strawberry both with edible glitter sprinkled on top! They were also from M&S

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I made all my favours, place settings, table plans and used bird cages and wired pastel roses. I also made my confetti cones, windmills and bunting to decorate the venue. 

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We had a close friend play the grand piano for our ceremony and another close friend did the evening as a DJ.

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I can’t pick a favourite part of the day, the whole thing felt like a fairy tale and went so fast. I suppose the few moments Duncan and I had together alone during the day were lovely. There was one point we ran off into the gardens to be alone after the ceremony and it was perfect.

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After the wedding we had a mini moon to Barcelona and are currently planning our honeymoon to Vietnam. 

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take a step back and take it all in because when I was told it would go quickly by others, I didn’t believe it until the day was over. Now I look back and wish I could have slowed everything down!

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Congratulations Nisha & Duncan!

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Contact me to see your own Real Wedding featured here on Brides Up North. 

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Empowered Empresses! A Styled Ian Stuart Bridal Shoot Especially For The Jubilee!

May 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Just the one instalment from me today (I am busy behind the scenes planning lots of events and wedding loveliness for you lot!) so I thought I better make it an exceptionally good one.

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I don’t like to disappoint now, do I?

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Today’s absolutely stunning styled bridal shoot comes you courtesy of Brides Up North’s newest Featured Supplier, Jess Petrie Photography and Ian Stuart.  I have died and gone to wedding dress heaven. 

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Jess says: With Ian Stuart lending me his gorgeous gowns for a bridal themed photoshoot I wanted to create something with meaning. Something that stood out, but also represented Ian, his gowns and his ideas. After-all this was no ‘ordinary’ shoot.

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Ian started off first designing for the Royal family members and socialites and is well-known for this, mainly in the South of England. But Ian has since spread his clientele, winning Bridal Designer of the Year, numerous times, and with the brides of today having varied and vast taste in dresses, Ian proudly caters for all. We also want Brides Up North to also be familiar with Ian Stuart gowns and his amazing creations as there is definitely a dress for every style of bride.

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The dresses I create are not just for divas, the dresses are for anyone.” ~ Ian Stuart.

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Being an artist myself, of many mediums i.e. oils, acrylics, charcoal, ballet dancing, playing musical instruments, poetry and enjoying all forms of art, I felt I could easily relate to Ian and his ideologies behind each and every one of his creations. I could feel the history, hear the music, envision the atmosphere… to me it was just magical to allow my artistic inhabitations to shine through my camera.

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I wanted a venue, not any venue, but one with history… real history and historic ambience. I searched high and low until I came across the perfect place Stamford Hall. This place is something else. I’ve been to plenty of manor houses and stately homes but when I caught sight of the building, standing alone amongst fields as far as your eye could see, with a ½ drive way and big iron guarded gates I got serious goose-bumps.

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I felt like I needed someone to jam my jaw shut, and I can’t say I’ve ever felt this way about a building before! This is a 17 Century Estate and was built in the time of William & Mary.

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"Stanford is the perfect William and Mary House. When seen from the road, the south front floats like a palace of romance across a distant meadow" ~ Simon Jenkins.

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I’m in complete awe of this place and I couldn’t think of anywhere more fitting to photograph these luxurious, romantic, feminine gowns. Everything about this house screams history! The ornaments, fixtures, fittings, and the amazing library. 

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I chose two models. Both with strong and very different looks. Both dancers of different forms of dance (Argentine Tango & Oriental Dance), as I wanted to incorporate everything that inspires Ian, even down to the models. I wanted the models to feel the theme, to live it out loud whilst on the set and put real energy and emotion into the whole feeling of the Stamford Hall, it’s history, art and ambiance, and of course into the gowns.

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It was amazing. Once the models were wearing the gowns and were breathing in the brief & the whole atmospheric history of the place it felt like we had all gone back in time. 

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The models told me they felt like princesses… walking down the long historic dramatic corridors holding the bottom of their gowns they looked like true Empresses. With their posture straightened with the gown’s structured waist lines & their heads held high, they were re-living the Victorian woman: a controversial bride newly empowered and oozing with confidence.

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“Structured waist lines give you the posture to become a different person. You can be whatever you want to be.” ~ Ian Stuart.

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I looked to paintings of Empresses to draw inspiration. I wanted to find something that would tie into an art form. I thought of violins. I found lots of information about the Victorian era and women playing violins. The people around, and before, the Victorian era were not in favour of woman playing many instruments and especially the violin as they felt it represented a woman’s body shape. They were very aware of this fact and felt such an instrument needed to be “played” by a man. A woman who chose to play the violin, especially in public, was looked upon with disgrace. Some even said that she was playing the sound of her own love to the world and preferred this sound to that of her man’s.

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“I have often wondered whether psychologically there is a basic difference between the woman’s relationship to the violin and the man’s…  Does the woman violinist consider the violin more as her own voice than the voice of someone she loves?  Is there an element of narcissism in the woman’s relation to the violin, and is she, in fact, in a curious way, better matched for the cello?  The handling and playing of a violin is a process of caress and evocation, of drawing out a sound which awaits the hands of the master.” ~  Yehudi Menuhin (1940′s).

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For a woman to stand her ground and not let anyone stop her from doing what she loves, despite the controversy, to me represents great inner strength and determination. This fit perfectly with Ian’s theme of gowns.

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I just so happened to have a couple of violins lying around the house so I brought them along, with creative intention. I wanted the models to play out the love & beauty both the violin and women share. To show no shame in caressing the violin, and be proud of who she is. Both models acted this out with great success. And more importantly you and I believe their performance.

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The gowns featured in this shoot were:

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ANTOINETTE

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Full of soft but dramatic detailing this gown has draped tulle featuring ribbon bows and a sequinned underskirt.  The strapless sweetheart bodice is adorned with head beaded lace motifs.

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BRITANNICA

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This dramatic gown oozes indulgence.  The strapless scoop neckline is heavily adorned with ornate beading and the heavily rushed ball gown skirt is draped at the front and features exquisite beading in large motifs that continue around the skirt and cathedral train.  Wear with oversized sleeves to make the ultimate statement.

Fabric: Taffeta metal & beaded lace.

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A show stopping gown in the tradition of a classic MGM movie.  The striking back detail of this dress features oversized bow tails that waterfall down the flowing chapel train from a beautiful floral centre.  The bodice is pleated to a point at the waist with a draped straight neckline and halter neck strap.  The silk garza skirt has a whipped effect around the hips and flows into a soft A-line skirt.

Fabric: Taffeta suede & silk garza.

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Capturing the vintage look perfectly this beaded lace gown has an off the shoulder portrait neckline trimmed with frayed silk, lace & roses.  The bodice is finely draped with a scalloped trimmed waistline.  The mermaid skirt has a distressed look with frayed roses and raggetty lace trim.

Fabric: Silk dupion & French lace.

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Many thanks to Ian Stuart himself for being so lovely and humble, encouraging and enabling the shoot to take shape.  Many thanks to your team & especially Jo for being so helpful and super efficient. (see www.ianstuart-bride.com for local stockists near you.  Email: enquiries@ianstuart-bride.com). 

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Many thanks to all of the staff at Stamford Hall.  You were all so helpful and accommodating, and the place is just out of this world.  What a venue.  I think I want to get married here!  Who wouldn’t? www.stanfordhall.co.uk.

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To my models: Agi & Helena, you were both truly amazing and I couldn’t have had any two better women.  You both worked really hard and put so much energy into the whole creation, true Empresses without a doubt.  I wish you both all of the successes with your dancing careers as you are truly amazing at what you do.

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Emma & Rebecca from Emma’s Home & garden, wow your flowers are something else.  A massive thank you for supplying and creating the flowers especially for the gowns used.  You are both so talented and are lovely people too. 

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Nicola from Silver Six-pence in her Shoe… thank you for the loan of your newly designed head-piece Delphine, you are incredibly gifted at what you do and your creations are stunning & made to perfection.

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Jenn Edwards (super-star) Hair & Make-up artist.  What can I say… Who needs photoshop when you have Jenn?  Not me.  Thank you so much for all of your support and help in making the shoot happen.  You are so lovely and we make a great team (you can contact Jenn: info@jennedwards.com).

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  – Images © 2012 Jess Petrie Photography

Jess Petrie Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Blooming Beautiful! A Real Wedding – Julia & Paul

November 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I always love it when I get the chance to feature the Real Wedding of a couple whose engagement pictures I have also included on the swirly silver pages of the wedding blog

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We first met this afternoon’s couple amongst the spires and turrets of Durham City for their engagement shoot back in June, and today Fyzal Photography shares their big day with us too.  I love it when a plan comes together! 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Fyal Photography

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Fyzal tells Brides Up North: Julia & Paul’s Real Wedding was perfect, just perfect!  The couple said “I do!” in a beautiful local church before heading back to the stunning Rockliffe Hall near Darlington for their reception.

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Julia chose a floral theme for her day, which was reflected in her gorgeous Ian Stuart wedding gown and the amazing floral displays by Suzie Hart of Hart Company.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: Fyal Photography

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Click through to see more of Julia’s stunning images and to contact the wedding industry suppliers in her Little Black Book. 

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