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Drink Tea & Eat Cake! A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West

December 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Drink tea, eat cake.  Not the worst advice I’ve ever heard for a lazy Sunday. 

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Ahead of an action packed festive season full of meetings, catch ups, venue visits, gatherings with family and friends and one very special Brides Up North Christmas Party, I’m taking a day today to recharge and reorganise before the mayhem ensues.  The season is all about spending time celebrating with loved ones, and after being a guest at a fabulously festive wedding celebration yesterday (Congratulations Tom & Emma!) another day with my nearest and dearest is just what’s needed.

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I’ve some super lovely wedding inspiration in my inbox that I can’t wait to share with you in the coming weeks.  The countdown to Christmas sure is going to be pretty!  To get things started, I will leave you with this fabulous little styled shoot from a collective of North West suppliers, sent to me by Jules Fortune Photography.  Tea & Cake (and gown gazing!) for everyone!

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Jules says: The shoot came about when Isla Jean Bridal approached me to photograph their new Halo collection.  The line has a very vintage feel and both myself and Vicky of Isla Jean love the styling.  I knew it would be great to get lots of local talent involved and the tearooms in my home town of Rawtenstall in Lancashire seemed the perfect place to start.

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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The Right Royal Tea Party Tearooms is owned and run by Melinda and I have always said that if the right shoot comes up I would love to shoot in her shop… and this seemed perfect. I suggested the tearooms to Vicky as i thought it would be an original, quirky location with some beautiful backdrops.

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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I contacted Natalie from Love Bouquets a local company based in Bury who are winning lots of National Awards at the moment for their unique vintage crystal bouquets. We knew the look needed great 50′s styling, so Jenny Gooding Make Up Artist joined the the team and she was excellent.

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For me it was a great opportunity to work with four great local suppliers, photograph a great shoot, show off what we can do… and have some fun too!

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Jules Fortune Photography for Isla Jean Bridal

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Images: Jules Fortune Photography

Bridal Gowns & Accessories: Isla Jean Bridal

Venue: Right Royal Tea Party Tearooms

Make Up: Jenny Gooding MUA

Crystal bouquets: Love Bouquets

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  – Images © 2012 Jules Fortune Photography 

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Diary Date! Erica Stacey Designer Evening & Launch Event At Isla Jean Bridal Boutique!

July 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m still on location with Thomson Weddings in Cyprus taking part in a two day video shoot (someone’s got to do it!) but looking ahead to next week, if you are searching for your dream dress then I have an invitation to the perfect event for you!  Friend of Brides Up North,  British designer Erica Stacey will be at Manchester’s newest bridal boutique, Isla Jean, THIS THURSDAY 12th July.

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The Evening will be a great opportunity to meet Erica Stacey and the team at Isla Jean, view the ‘Ready to Wear’ collection and enjoy a glass of Fizz. There will be goodie bags and the chance to win some great prizes! You can also chat to Erica if you are looking for a bespoke couture gown.

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Images by Gillian Devine

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Gillian Devine

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Gillian Devine

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Vicky and Gemma at Isla Jean told me: Erica Stacey bridal wear launched in January 2012 and is going from strength to strength. It is owned by British designer Erica Stacey and Terry Keane, who are passionate about keeping the British clothing manufacturing industry alive. Both have a shared love of the history of fashion and Erica has also been inspired by her Grandmother ‘Nanna Ellen’, who made dresses for Harrods in the 1940′s.

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Gillian Devine

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The company is based in Manchester and all the dresses are hand crafted with love and care in their studio. Each dress is made with quality silks and fabrics and finished with unique and individual trims & laces. The first ‘Ready to Wear’ collection is vintage inspired which fits perfectly with Isla Jean’s beautiful vintage inspired boutique. The collection takes inspiration from the Art Deco Movement and the Golden Age of Hollywood Glamour.

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Click here to see an art deco bridal shoot featured on Brides Up North with dresses by Erica Stacy.

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Gillian Devine

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We are proud to be holding ourfirst Designer Evening of the summer at Isla Jean Bridal! The Isla Jean Bridal Boutique opened its doors on Sunday 1st July and is a haven of Vintage inspired bridal loveliness! We are making it our  mission to provide gorgeous dresses, a beautiful and luxurious shop setting and first class customer service resulting in each bride feeling truly special.

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Gillian Devine

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In September 2011, by chance, we were given the opportunity to buy a wedding dress business complete with stock. It took just three days to complete the deal and whilst friends and family thought we had gone mad, we were determined to follow our dream and knew we could make it work.

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We rented a little space in a vintage warehouse with no heating and started to sell dresses! The business very quickly gathered pace and we were overwhelmed with the speed at which our business was growing and the positive feedback we were getting from brides.

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Gillian Devine

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We decidewe that if we could make this little space work (especially in view of the fact that it had no heating!) then it was time to take the plunge and actually look for premises of our own!  Several months on, we finally found the perfect shop.

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Gillian Devine

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We have spent time sourcing the designers which we feel fit the look and the style of Isla Jean Bride. We have also put our own stamp on the boutique and have been busy decorating and sourcing individual pieces to furnish the store. We believe that we have created a boutique which is opulent, stunning but yet homely and relaxed: a truly special place. We want brides to come in and feel special, beautiful and relaxed. Both of us believe that when a bride comes to the shop they feel like a princess for the day.

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Gillian Devine

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We chose to stock Erica Stacey bridal wear because not only do the gowns feel and look vintage but because we share the same business ethos and passion. We are happy to be supporting a local UK based business, a British designer and helping to pass on Erica’s dream dresses to brides who have fallen in love with them…

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The team would love to welcome you to the Isla Jean Bridal Boutique at 67 High Street, Lees Village, Oldham on Thursday 12th July 2012 from 6pm.  Call Vicky and Gemma on 0161 622 1010 for more details.

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  – Images © 2012 Gillian Devine

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