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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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The Editorials: Catwalk Queen

November 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Kelly by Stephanie Allin

Kelly by Stephanie Allin 

In the wedding blogosphere, things move at breakneck speed, and you can be sure that any wedding blogger worth her salt will have discovered, dissected and disseminated any trend worth trying at least a season before it hits the mainstream.  Earlier this year, I visited White Gallery London – a huge exhibition and set of catwalk shows at which the big name bridal designers launch their new season collections to the trade and press – to take a sneak peek at the gorgeous gowns that will be landing in bridal boutiques near you this autumn. Let me tell you, if you are in the market for a wedding dress this season, you are in for a treat!

What followed was a collection of high profile designer interviews, right here on the pages of this wedding blog.  The collections have now landed in a boutique near you, so if you missed the previews and interviews, I’ll be republishing these to Facebook over the next few days.  Click here to like our page and stay updated. 

As well as online, I wrote about the beauty and drama of the new collections in my regular column for Loved Up Magazine.  Here’s my summary of the season.  Limited by word count, let me tell you, it doesn’t even touch the sides of all the fabulous frocks you have to choose from.  Make sure to revisit our Designer Series interviews at the earliest opportunity too!

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Brides Up North in Loved Up Magazine autumn/ winter 2014

The collections this year had something for everyone with glitz, feathers, embellishment and lace, as well as simpler styles too. Skirts were either voluminous (with a nipped in waist) or sleek and swishy. Many designers drew inspiration from bygone eras – with the 1920s and 1930s being popular influences – and whatever your hemline preference: short, long or even trousers, there was something for you. Favourites included Suzanne Neville’s Vintage Rose Collection, Stephanie Allin’s fairy-tale gowns and boho styling from Terry Fox Couture. Check them out soon at a Northern stockist near you.

Cuvee Rose by Ian Stuart Bride

Cuvee Rose by Ian Stuart 

Blushing Bride

The craze for adding a pop of colour to your wedding gown continues for spring/ summer 2014 with a watercolour wash of pastel shades on the catwalks. Fashionista Ian Stuart led the way with his candy coloured Frill Me! collection.

Great Gatsby!

Where the silver screen leads bridal fashion follows, with drop waists, beading and gemstones more prevalent than ever for the new season. Add a bejewelled feathered headdress and some dancing shoes to complete the look. Daisy Buchanan, eat your heart out!

Gatsby by Suzanne Neville

Gatsby by Suzanne Neville 

Celeste by Naomi Neoh

Celeste by Naomi Neoh 

English Vintage

Contrasting with all that Hollywood glam, other designers like Sassi Holford, Charlotte Balbier and Caroline Castigliano stuck to what they do best – British beauty. If you favour the English rose look, their floaty skirts and frothy lace confections will be a dream come true.

Annie by So Sassi

Annie by So Sassi 

Cute & Quirky

Rarely seen in the past, there’s now a flippy little short number in nearly every designer’s collection, as well as jumpsuits and shorts making an appearance at the most cutting edge design houses. If you still favour a frock, check out flirty t-shirt sleeves, deep pockets, daisy detailing and polka dot lace to bring the cutest dresses right up to date.

Jesus Peiro 2014 Collection

Jesus Peiro 2014

Simply Divine

Don’t despair if you like your styling fuss free. Many designers kept things clean this season with a focus on structure and tailoring. Watch out for the new collection by Astral Sundholm Circa Brides for a refined and fresh look.

Tallulah by Astral Sundholm

Tallulah by Astral Sundholm Circa Brides 

 

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Frill Me! The Designer Series: Ian Stuart Bride

August 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Academy

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Amalfi

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

America

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Arctic Fox

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Petal Privee

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Cavalli

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Cocorico – long

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Cocorico – short

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Cover Girl

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Cristal

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Everdina

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Evita

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Four Seasons

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Caracas

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Jakarta

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

La Cage Aux Folles

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Lolobrigida

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Nova Scotia

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Matahari

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Midsummer Dream

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Mocaccino

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Parisienne

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Penny Lane

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Renee

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Rossini

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Saramouche

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Tippi

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Vivaldi

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Gainsborough

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Iman

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Wild Flower

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Dolcissimo

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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Estelle

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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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Ian Stuart Bride "Frill Me" Collection 2014

Petal Privee

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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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Style A Rainbow: Could You Rock A Colourful Frock?

July 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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As well as the usual – and still beautiful – ivories and whites adorning the bridal catwalks for the past few seasons, they have also been awash with watercolour hues as wedding gown designers step away from monochrome and explore the further reaches of the rainbow.  Our regular guest blogger, Rachel Parry of Mosaic Brides has fallen head over heels for colour. 

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Rachel says:  As part of my job (and in my spare time) I spend a lot of hours swooning over beautiful wedding dresses which often results in a daydream of my very own white wedding. However recently I’ve found myself dreaming in colour as many wedding dress designers have dared to dip their gowns in beautiful blush tones and even vibrant hues, posing a controversial question to brides – would you marry in a colour?

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While many brides do stray from pure white to the heady heights of ivory, very few dare to go that step further. But with an influx of coloured gowns on the bridal catwalks for several seasons now the trend is gradually growing in popularity and has picked up several celebrity endorsements along the way. Last year the gorgeous Jessica Biel married Mr JT in a pretty pink gown and actresses Anne Hathaway and Reece Witherspoon have also walked the aisle wearing the girly hue.

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While I wouldn’t dare to go as far as fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker who married in black, I would consider the option of a pastel wedding dress. I think soft hues such as taupe, peach, powder pink and baby blue give gowns a romantic and whimsical appearance, perfect for a fairytale wedding.

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Claire Pettibone – Dew Drop

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Some of my favourite designs come from Claire Pettibone who often injects bursts of colour into her delicate and detailed creations.  For those not wanting to stray too far from tradition, Pettibone has many flattering and fashionable designs in subtle gold and blush tones with elegant embroidery detailing.

Personally I was a big fan of her pale pink ‘Dew Drop’ dress, complete with eye-catching rose bolero.

Several designs in her recent collection ‘An Earthy Paradise’ feature on-trend pops of mint green and the full coloured ‘Venus’ dress.

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The expert in theatrical bridal wear, Ian Stuart is also an advocate of coloured wedding dresses.

His ‘Killer Queen’ collection featured many dramatic designs in muted palettes such as taupe, honey, rose and lilac as well as bolder options including the ‘Verbier’ dress in blue and ‘Broadway’ in bright peony pink. Coloured dresses also feature in his latest collection ‘Supernova’ but the confident designer has gone one step by with the addition of a floral print dress, ‘South Pacific’ which is both bold and beautiful. Australian designer Wendy Makin has also included a statement floral print dress (‘Katelyn’) in her couture collection which is attracting a lot of attention..

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Of course these aren’t the only designers experimenting with colour. Maggie Sottero, Charlotte Balbier, Veromia and Elie Saab but to name a few have also come up with colourful creations.

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Ian Stuart

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Perhaps the queen of coloured wedding dresses though is Vera Wang who never fears to push the design boundaries. Previous collections have included the cute yellow Isabella dress and the dramatic grey and black Josephine gown. She also turned up the heat with an all red collection for Spring 2013 and her latest Spring 2014 saw the catwalk awash with striking monochrome creations for fashion-forward brides.

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So, would you, could you, should you?  Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Wait Up White Gallery! I’m On My Way…

May 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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No rest for the wicked!

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After an absolutely cracking and very special first bridal event at our newest venue, The Bowdon Rooms (North West, I love you too!) yesterday – more on that later – I’m hopping on a train and heading South to join the party down at White Gallery, London.  Just a day late, but no one will notice that, right?  I’m certainly doing penance for my lateness with a 5am alarm call to catch the early train. 

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Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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It’s a good job I’ve got an excellent babysitter on hand (hello Mum!) as I just couldn’t miss this trade and press only event.   White Gallery London is a big deal behind the scenes in the wedding world: a huge exhibition and set of catwalk shows at which the big name bridal designers launch their new season collections to the trade.

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I’ve got a press pass with my name on it, some sparkly flats and my trusty iPad, and can’t wait to hit the shows to see what loveliness is in store for brides to be this season and next. In particular, I’m looking forward to the Stephanie Allin catwalk, popping out to see my friends at Caroline Castigliano, Suzanne Neville and Belle & Bunty, Maids To Measure and Emmy Shoes before heading back to the main exhibition to do the rounds, look out for some new design talent and say hello to my friends at Alan Hannah.  After all that I’ll joining the Brides Magazine team and some familiar faces for a cocktail reception and eventually pouring myself back onto a train headed North.  Phew!

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It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it!  "*Pinches self*.  I’ll be reporting back soon on which trends will be hitting bridal boutiques near you, but in the meantime, word is that the opening day of White Gallery has already been very special indeed. 

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Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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In their catwalk review and some sneak peek pictures from day one, the official pr team for the event report that the event got off to an impressive start yesterday with four stunning designer catwalk shows from some of industry’s most prestigious names.

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Amelia of Good Results says:  Opening the shows in his own inimitable style was Royal couturier Stewart Parvin. Reaffirming his signature aesthetic of chic understated elegance, the collection displayed a high fashion yet demure take on Parvin’s classic bridalwear. Trends included clean chic lines with tone on tone embellishment and an emphasis on texture and fabric which resulted in another strong collection from Stewart Parvin – the master of couture.

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Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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At the second show of the day Ian Stuart chose to celebrate the diversity of women’s style with a
collection that was as cutting edge as it was classic and as eccentric as it was refined. Trends included ‘Pure and Simple’ clean lined gowns with elegant draping, ‘Natural Woodland’ distressed fabrics and untidy trimmings that created an organic feel, ‘Romantic’ beautiful ball gowns adorned with roses, bows and dramatic decorations as well as enchanting  pastel hues in blush pink, pale lilac and powder blue, with hints of cranberry and antique gold. Embodying personality and uniqueness within each design, Ian showcased a collection that ultimately reflects all that women are.
 

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Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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In the afternoon Alan Hannah chose to showcase both Alan Hannah and Miamia on the catwalk. The Alan
Hannah collection includes gorgeous clean and fashion forward silhouettes in silk duchesse and taffeta with beautiful hand beaded necklines and shoulder detailing. Setting the trends for 2014, Alan Hannah has
created sheer backs with spectacular beadwork that created a dazzling presence on the catwalk.  The MiaMia collection builds on the bohemian look of the previous collection whilst adding new fabrics and
embellishments to unstructured chiffon and organza.
The updated classic theme has been developed and
expanded with unusual beadwork and  inspired floral detailing
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Hey, East Coast Mainline? Step on it!

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Light On Black: Ian Stuart, Jenny Packham & Enzoani For A Styled Bridal Shoot At Middleton Hall

April 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Is anyone still at their screens this morning, or have you all bunked off for the North West Jenny Packham end of line sale?!  In case there’s anyone still out there…I’ve started so I’ll finish…

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There’s a lot of negative chat in the blogosphere about styled bridal shoots.  Now, I hate negative chat in general, but particularly when it’s based on unfounded generalisation.  Its unfair to generalise when there are creative, talented people out there working hard to do things well: whether that be styled shoots, wedding fairs (cough, cough!) or supplying excellent wedding services.  Some of us do things differently

In my opinion, styled bridal shoots are fantastic – an opportunity for talented suppliers to get together, forge relationships, show what they can do and work towards a common goal.  All it takes is their time and their imagination.  And when it’s done right – like today’s shoot (featuring not one or two but three Brides Up North Featured Suppliers no less – hello to the fabulous Stan Seaton Photography, Middleton Lodge and Make Up By Jo teams!) – the results can be spectacular.

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This shoot, originally for editorial in Darlington Weddings’ latest issue (did you pick up your copy and catch up on my regular column?), tells the story of a bride who is persuaded to go over to the dark side… and is really just a chance to show off some beautiful gowns, a stunning venue and some really very striking bridal looks.  Enjoy this little piece of perfection. 

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Jane at Stan Seaton Photography says:  Have you ever asked yourself what type of bride you want to be? Are you perfectly classic, and favour the more traditional simplicity in structure and style or are you more unconventional, pushing the boundaries and testing the limits?

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There is a focus on colours this season where soft blush tones and compelling ivories contrast fiercely with the daring black, adding drama and elegance to every silhouette.  Ian Stuart, Jenny Packham and Enzoani have allured us with their latest bridal collections, where beautiful feminine lines and softly contoured layers create a second skin in a world where nothing is as it seems…

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Dresses and accessories: Poppy Bridal
Make Up: Make up by Jo

Hair: Contemporary Hair Darlington
Location: Middleton Lodge

Flowers: Eliza Blooms

Stylist: Peta Clarke for Darlington Weddings Magazine
Models : Anna Miller & Katherine Lees
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Real Wedding Recap 2012: Vintage Meets Modern: A Real Wedding In Manchester City Centre – Pam & Ged

December 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Over the festive period I’ll be recapping some of my very favourite Real Weddings from the last 12 months on the wedding blog. It’s been a tough choice! In true Brides Up North style, each wedding featured on these pages is unique, beautiful and gorgeously personal. It’s been an exceptionally fabulous year! Enjoy…

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What better way to kick off Boxing Day (trip to the sales anyone?) than with a fabulous Manchester City Centre celebration sent to me by real bride Pam and Jonny Draper Photography.  A vintage meets modern wedding with the chicest of details and a Selfridges fly by?  My kinda day entirely. 

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Pam says:  On 26th March last year Ged proposed at ‘Grill on the Alley’ in Manchester City Centre. It was really unexpected – I don’t think Ged had even planned to propose that day but it was such a lovely afternoon.

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We were married on 28th September 2012 at Manchester Cathedral & our reception was at The Private Room, Restaurant Bar & Grill, Manchester.

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We knew as soon as we got engaged that we wanted our wedding to be in Manchester City Centre as it means a lot to us (we live, work and breathe the city centre and it is actually where we met too). The Cathedral is actually our parish church & is such an unbelievable building! We chose Restaurant Bar & Grill as we love it anyway but Ged and I actually met in the office that is situated in the same building, so there was something really nice about having our wedding in the same building as where we first met.

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The theme was quite simple, a mixture of modern and vintage. The Cathedral was a very traditional venue whereas the reception venue was much more modern although I tried to keep the vintage feel flowing with the candles. I think my dress captured the vintage look whilst Ged’s suit was very modern.

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I wore ‘Mandalay’ by Ian Stuart from Maria Modes in Macclesfield. I knew I wanted a lace gown with a vintage feel and as soon as I saw it I just knew it was “the one”!

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Our adult bridesmaids and flower girls wore dresses from Monsoon. Ged and the Groomsmen wore suits from Reiss in Manchester. Ged’s shoes were from Jeffrey West too which he got lots of comments on!

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I love the plum colour of the bridesmaid dresses which I wanted to be complimented by the colours used in the bouquets of lilacs, pale pinks, taupe and ivory. Ged wanted to keep his suits very classic & simple with a Grey suit, white shirt and black tie!

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Jonny Draper Photography was amazing! He exceeded all our expectations and the photos have just blown us away. He was fantastic on the day a lot of guests from the wedding have commented on how good he was both on the day and also how ace the photos are!

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I carried a posy style of roses by David Wayman, Again, I wanted a modern/vintage feel to the flowers and loved the colours. All the bouquets were also wrapped with some of the lace from my dress which I had kept from when it had been altered.

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Ged wrote a poem for the ceremony which was amazing and I think had everyone in tears!

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We used our own car to escort me to the Cathedral as we only live a stone’s throw away from the Church. After the ceremony Ged and I walked from the Cathedral to the Restaurant Bar and Grill, it was only about a 10 – 15 minute walk but we’re really glad we did as Jonny got some really great shots of us especially the balloon one which I think has to be my favourite!

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My bridesmaids helped me to decorate the room the night before the wedding, we used pillar candles placed on slate to give a rustic feel and scattered over 200 tiny votive candles around which I had covered in lace. I also used Cath Kidston material to make little lavender hearts which we gave as favours.

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We also used Five Dollar Shake for all the stationery including invitations, Table Plan, Place Settings and Table Names.

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During the wedding breakfast King & Jones acoustic duo helped to create a fantastic atmosphere. The Coolers’ performed at the evening reception who were brilliant – I don’t think I stopped dancing the whole night.

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Our cake was from Richards Cakes. It was 3 tiers of vanilla, chocolate and carrot cake and was delicious!

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My favourite part of the day was our first dance! This was really special as the song means so much to us and Ged had managed to get in touch with the artist who wrote the song on twitter and he came and performed it at our wedding which was amazing! The song was ‘Moonshine & Roses’ by Franco & The Dreadnought.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to try to remember that it’s your day. Don’t worry too much about anything as it will all turn out perfect on the day and by that point you won’t care anyway!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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She’s A Star! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Steph & Nathan

May 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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For me, Friday has always been a day of celebration – the end of the working week, the start of the weekend, a few cheeky drinks, a long lunch and a sneaky Crunchie.  Totally floats my boat.

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What better way to get the Friday feelings flowing than with a simply stunning real wedding sent to me by real bride Steph and Matt of Agan Photography.  This wedding has it all – fashion, fun and food. 

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Over to Steph: We got engaged on 10th August 2009 at Center Parcs Elvedon and were married on 10th September 2011 at The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire.  The venue is filled with a quirky, rustic charm – and made an impression on us as soon as we walked in. The village setting is also lovely – and we already knew the food would be fantastic too, so it was a very easy choice!

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We tried to keep everything simple, local and handmade if possible. All the food cooked at The Star is locally sourced and our evening menu was all from local suppliers in our home village (including a homemade wedding cake). The table decorations and favours were all handmade and the confetti was hand-dried petals donated from different friend’s and family’s gardens

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I chose to wear Maxime in Azure by Ian Stuart Belle Epoque Collection from Blush in Uppermill. My head dress was by Vivien Sheriff and dyed to match.  I carried a bouquet of roses, calla lilies, gladioli, heather, elderberries, bear grass and lavender by Gerts Flowers in Honley. 

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To add a special touch to the day we hosted an after dinner quiz with homemade chilli vodka as the grand prize. We also invested in some fun outdoor garden games (quoits, petanque and swing ball).  We created our own disco on the laptop with handpicked songs playing inside and outdoors!

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Dessert was a feast in itself – cheese cake (actual cheese of various kinds), pork pie cake and Mum’s fruitcake. 

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After a brilliant wedding, we honeymooned in Las Vegas and Mexico.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take time making all your decisions and give yourself plenty of time to make them. Try not to worry about small details on the day – nobody else will notice tiny things that might not be quite right in your eyes.

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Congratulations Steph & Nathan!

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Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North. 

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