May 22nd, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
If we were to describe today’s gorgeous real wedding, we’d go for ‘classic with a twist’. Maybe it’s the Spanish design of bride Sarah’s Jesus Peiro gown, or perhaps the sherbet colour pop of her lemon and pink bouquet, but this is English elegance with an extra oomph.
Mottram Hall provided a timeless backdrop with exquisite gardens and the venue was dressed with candelabras and roses, roses and more roses.
But despite their fine surroundings and sophisticated styling, today’s couple knew how to get their party on – just take a look at those dance floor photos!
With photography by Brides Up North Sponsor Lee Brown.
sarah says: We got engaged in May 2015 in our hotel room overlooking Lake Windermere. Tom got down on one knee as we were getting ready for dinner.
Our wedding date was fixed for 25th March 2017 – we’d always wanted a spring wedding.
We decided to host our wedding at Mottram Hall for both the ceremony and the reception. Tom is local to Cheshire and the hotel is in such a wonderful setting. In fact, we knew as soon as we arrived to view it that it was ‘the one’. Tom is a keen golfer so the prospect of a pre-wedding game on the Friday was an added bonus!
Our theme was classic and elegant with plenty of roses to match the beauty of Mottram.
Colour-wise, we went with mostly pink. We picked the bridesmaids dresses first and everything else followed.
My dress was a Jesus Peiro in white lace with sleeves from The White Closet in Didsbury. I loved the intricate lace and always wanted a wedding dress with sleeves. The White Closet had lots of beautiful dresses but I couldn’t stop thinking about the Jesus Peiro, so I knew it was the one! Boutique Alterations in Bramhall did a great job making sure it fit perfectly.
Our three bridesmaids wore floral dresses from Coast.
December 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Understated glamour is the buzz phrase within 2017 bridal collections as designers strip back the beads, pearls and crystals to create fuss-free and flawless gowns with minimal detailing.
Perfect for those who believe that less is more, the fresh designs are all about clean lines and cuts with an emphasis on rich and luxurious looking materials that help to heighten the elegance. From sleek, slimline designs to eye-catching A-lines, there’s a style and silhouette to suit all shapes and sizes.
And if the perfectly plain creations are a step too sophisticated for some, there are designs featuring feminine detailing in pretty bows and soft lace trims as well as those with deep backs, plunging v-necklines and thigh-high splits, for the more daring bride to bare little skin.
For a truly classic look we love the structured and more traditional designs in rich Mikado silks. Meanwhile for the fashionista bride, there are beautifully uncomplicated jumpsuits and simple separates that provide a more on-trend alternative to the stripped-back trend.
Spanish designers in particular are doing the look on point, with ultra-ladylike designs coming from Rosa Clara and Pronovias, while Jesus Peiro offers more striking and statement pieces. Favourites for us include the stunning slim-line Nantes gown by Rosa Clara and the feminine yet flirty Tabina by Pronovias.
British designer Sassi Holford has also executed the art of simplicity beautifully within her recent collections with Davina and Darcy both proving to be big hits on The White Gallery catwalk earlier this year, and one of our favourite gowns from Charlotte Balbier‘s Untamed Love had to be the delicious Agatha.
Those that choose to go down the clean route can opt to keep their accessories and styling in line with the style with subtle jewellery and neat hair, or alternatively make more of an impact with statement jewellery and modern, undone hair styling to complete their desired bridal look.
February 17th, 2016 | Julia Braime
We adore Lovebird Brides and their perfectly curated selection of designer gowns. If you haven’t been to visit this beautifully bijou bridal boutique in Addingham yet, we’ve the perfect opportunity to pop an appointment in your diaries. As well finding a wonderful wedding dress from some seriously luxe labels, you’ll feel so wonderfully girly after a trip to this little jewel of a boutique that you’ll be smiling all the way to the aisle.
Our friend and Brides Up North Sponsor Laura at Lovebird Brides will be hosting two designer days from some of our favourites over the next month, with a Jesus Peiro designer event on Saturday 27th February 2016 and a Charlie Brear designer event on Saturday 12th March 2016.
For one day only brides will have the opportunity to view and try a much bigger selection of gowns and bridal separates from each designer that Laura wouldn’t usually have in the boutique alongside Lovebird Brides’ own samples. There is also a 10% discount off all dress orders on the day.
Appointments are between 9am and 6pm with places being limited to one hour due to the popularity of these events. Brides will have exclusive use of the Boutique. Contact the boutique on 01943 839720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested? Us too. We found out more…
Tell us a little about the Jesus Peiro and Charlie Brear collections?
laura says: Designed and handmade in Barcelona, Jesus Peiro’s creations are a step in front in terms of bridal fashion. The cut of these gowns creates a statement silhouette for a bride who is looking for a dress of exceptional quality made from the most luxurious fabrics.
Charlie Brear’s collection features the most exquisite gowns and additions perfect for the bride who is trying to steer away from the more traditional styles and create a bespoke bridal look.Handmade in London, this designer uses the most amazing fabrics to create a truly beautiful bridal collection.
Any particular favourites or stand out pieces within the collections for you personally?
From the Jesus Peiro collection my favourite has to be the 6000 or ‘the bow dress’, as I like to call it. The unique cut of this dress, the halter neck, higher neckline and the full skirt make it a real showstopper – and the pockets just make it super cool! I adore Charlie Brear’s Aubrey top and Augustine skirt with a washed satin sash, the lace sleeves, buttons and the tulle attachment on the top make this piece so unique.
What is the price range of the Jesus Peiro and the Charlie Brear dresses that you stock?
Jesus Peiro start at around £1500 up to £3000 and Charlie Brear start at around £1300 up to £3000.
What are you looking forward to most about the designer day events?
The boutique will be full of the most amazing gowns by our designers. We are looking forward to meeting lots of brides to be and helping them find their dream dress.
Do you have any advice for brides-to-be attending the designer days? Is there any research they should do in advance?
Brides who book an appointment at a designer event are there because they know that they particularly love that designer. Dresses that are loaned for the designer day cannot be ordered after the event and the 10% off applies to the event only.
How do ladies go about booking an appointment for the events?
Contact the boutique on 01943 839720 or email email@example.com
August 3rd, 2015 | Julia Braime
nanda devi – meaning bliss-giving goddess – is the name of the amazing mountain between India and Nepal that has served as inspiration for the 2016 Jesús Peiró collection. This is where the snow princesses that Merche Segarra has imagined for Jesús Peiró go; creatures of the cold that leave a trail of frost and a glint of sparkle, splashing their delicate dresses with crystals…
Earlier this year, I was proud to be invited out to Spain to represent Brides Up North at Barcelona Bridal Week, alongside other top European and US wedding blogs. One of my very favourite collections from the week of non stop bridal fashion had to be the sensational Nanda Devi Collection from leading Spanish bridal brand, Jesús Peiró.
The Jesús Peiró collections, designed by Merche Segarra, are made for a bride who is demanding in terms of quality, who values elegance, follows new trends and who wishes to wear a bridal gown with its own identity.
The Nanda Devi collection draws inspiration from the mountains of India and Nepal and evokes goddess like comparisions – snow queens, sirens, and sun princesses. Layers of iridescence, sequins and crystal embroidery are combined with fabrics like Georgette crepe, brocade, spotted tulle, golden Chantilly and cotton guipere lace.
Ladies, prepare to swoon.
For more, visit the Jesús Peiró website.
May 7th, 2015 | Julia Braime
If you follow us over on our social media feeds, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, you’ll have been by our side for all the action coming live from Barcelona Bridal Week. I’m here as a guest of the exhibition, and it’s been an intense and fashion packed couple of days so far. I’m here reporting from the front row all week, giving our readers an exclusive first look at the 2016 collections from some very big name designers as they land. To be the first to see my favourite looks from the shows, make sure to follow Brides Up North over on Instagram – where I’m also posting live video streams from the catwalks.
Yesterday’s schedule was intense (and today’s is no different, I’m writing this from the VIP area between catwalk calls), and I was privileged to be invited to view the collections of Cristina Tamborero, Natalie Capell, Miquel Suay, Sabrina Saree, Jesus Peiro, Yolancris, Isabel Sanchis and Inmanculda Garcia, before being a guest at an incredible evening catwalk event at Palau De Pedrables, where 25 esteemed designers showed off 25 iconic looks in the gilded hallways of the Royal Palace to celebrate 25 years of Barcelona Bridal Week.
The collections were as diverse as they were beautiful, but I noted some prevailing trends in the 2016 collections. The two piece is everywhere, with belts, blouses and knits seen combined with both voluminous and sleek skirts. Grecian cuts continue to be popular, as is back detail and interesting cuts – including crop tops and thigh skimming skirt slits. Fabric wise, there’s everything to play for – with lots of swishy silk chiffon, frothy tulle layers, structured satin and fine lace. Official press shots and info will follow, but here are a few of my own catwalk candids (with apologies for the grainy quality) from each label.
Inspired by fairytales, Cristina Tamborero’s collection was pure romance. Full of elegance and imagination, these were feminine dresses with low necklines in the back, pocket detail and deep cuts on the waistline. The gowns also featured gemstones, floral embroidery and Swarovski crystals.
Sleek and soft, the fluid gowns of Natalie Capell are one off pieces incorporating vintage lace and special details into their simple silhouettes.
The Epiphany collection from Miquel Suay was flirty, fun and full of confidence. Modern boho looks worked well against super glam styles… with draping, sparkle, silk and intricate lace patterns and the models were rocking their fabulously high hair!
This fashion forward collection of bridal sarees used modern draping, colour and embellishments to create a really different cross cultural look.
The Nanda Devi collection drew inspiration from the mountains of India and Nepal and evoked goddess like comparisions – snow queens, sirens, and sun princesses. Layers of iridescence, sequins and crystal embroidery were combined with fabrics like Georgette crepe, brocade, spotted tulle, golden Chantilly and cotton guipere lace.
The 2016 collection from Yolancris is innovative and exciting, with Chantilly lace, guipure silk, organza and mohair mixing with silk tulle and silver rhinestones and pearls. With a touch of boho folk influence mixing with more elegant styling, the hemlines, cuts and finishes were both surprising and delighting.
Isabel Sanchis was all about structure, layering and surprising colour. My favourite gowns played with proportions and shape, or wrapped up the models in swathes of sensational tulle.
Fun and fabulous, with more than a touch of ranch style inspiration, the Golden Sunshine collection by Inmaculada Garcia combined loose draping and light dresses with delicate materials like organza and tulle plus lots of pearl and rhinestone detailing. A second line of gowns were more structured with precious materials like Chantilly lace and floral Damask.
May 3rd, 2015 | Julia Braime
A blogger’s gotta do what a blogger’s gotta do.
This evening you’ll find me knee deep in summer shift dresses, cute clutch bags and the odd statement necklace as I throw a week’s worth of pretty threads into ^^^my suitcase ^^^ to take me to the FROWs of barcelona bridal week.
It’s a real honour to have been invited to Spain as Barcelona Bridal Week‘s guest to take in four days of cutting edge catwalk collections, opening parties, cultural expeditions and a rather swanky 25 year celebration.
If you are a long term reader of these pages, you’ll know that I’m ridiculously keen on my bridal fashion, and for the past five years we’ve been striving to keep you up to date with all the latest looks and trends as they break. That’s why when the invitation to head to one of the most prestigious events in the worldwide bridal calendar dropped into my inbox, I cleared my diary, pronto.
It also helped that the weather in Barcelona currently looks like this. Nice.
For the next five days, I’ll be checking out the latest offerings from (and sipping a few cocktails with) some very, very big name bridal houses, including the likes of Rosa Clara, Miguel Suay, Jesus Peiro, Isabel Sanchis, Yolan Cris, Cabotine and Cymbeline Paris.
Anyway, enough name dropping for now, as there’ll be plenty of that to come. In a special series of live-blogged features this week, I’ll be bringing you all the fashion news – and my favourites – from the front line. Watch this space – as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds, for the couture as it happens.
Adios for now, and I’ll see you in Barcelona!
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