March 8th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
Victoria was just one of the legions of brides-to-be who walked into a bridal boutique claiming she knew what she wanted only to find herself disappointed. Thankfully, she was persuaded to try this classic Jesus Peiro number with ultra-elegant high neck and heavy silk, satisfyingly-swishy princess skirt and the rest, as they say, is history.
Her wedding to the lovely Christopher (full marks for that surprise Italian balcony proposal, Chris!) has sophistication in spades – we particularly love the dreamy peach and sage colour-scheme, just perfect for a summer bash, and the way these gorgeous images glow with a champagne-y light.
And we have a Brides Up North first! Have you ever seen a GoPro camera on a bottle of whisky? No? Us neither! We bow down to your ingenuity, guys – and we would love to see the footage…
With images by Shane Webber Photography.
victoria says: Chris took me away in October 2016 as a surprise 30th birthday present. – I had no idea where I was going until we were checking in at Gatwick! We went to Cinque Terre in Italy and on the second day we were making breakfast to enjoy on our balcony. When I walked outside, Chris was waiting for me on one knee. It was the day of our 5th anniversary.
Our wedding date was set for 5th August 2017. I’m a teacher, so I really wanted it to be during the summer holidays – I knew I’d be so much more relaxed and it meant we could go on a three-week honeymoon straight afterwards. Chris also wanted a day where it was more likely to be sunny!
Our venue was The Grange Hotel, Grange Over Sands, for both the ceremony and reception. We wanted to have the wedding in the Lake District as it’s somewhere we love and visit often. We spent a whole day visiting venues and fell in love with The Grange Hotel straight away; it was just what we wanted and luckily the perfect date was free!
The idea of a theme only came up once we started designing our seating plan, table names and favours. We were already considering using holiday photos and destinations as our table names as they were responsible for some of our best memories in our five years together. When looking for favours and seating plan ideas, I came across some DIY suitcases on Amazon that we could use for both, so a travelling theme became a small part of our wedding!
Palette-wise, sage was the primary colour, with peach as a secondary. We just love those subtle, natural, summery colours.
I wore a Jesús Peiró dress purchased from Marrime Bridal Wear. I was really struggling to get ‘that’ feeling in any of the dresses I’d been picking out on visits to other bridal shops. However, I instantly loved the thick silk material used in the Jesús Peiró selection, so decided to try some with a fuller skirt for fun (one of the many styles I was certain I didn’t want!) Once it was on I knew I couldn’t go back; I was so excited. I’d found my dress! I used Belles and Bows on the Isle of Man for my alterations. Rachel was so patient and went out of her way to make the dress fit perfectly; I’d recommend them to anyone looking for dress alterations.
February 22nd, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
This afternoon we’re talking about sculpted columns, bold lines and architectural sweeps – but this isn’t a piece about wedding venues, oh no, it’s all about dresses – specifically, simple, fuss free-wedding gowns with clean lines and sleek silhouettes.
There’s something about a minimalist gown that, while timeless, has a simultaneous up-to-the-minute feel perfect for a fashion-forward bride. Here at Brides up North we love the edginess of a dress with less, and we’ve gathered together a whole lovely loot of unadorned beauties for your browsing pleasure.
Main post images by Cortana.
First up is Spanish designer Cortana, a label which boasts a romantic, boho vibe. We love the luxe factor of the Gala gown; a silk satin bias-cut beauty which looks slinky and effortlessly chic. The attention to detail is just stunning – that diagonal row of silk-covered buttons on the back gives us all the feels – and the thin straps feel bold and youthful and a little bit 90s-Calvin-Klein, which is always a good thing in case you’re wondering.
The Cortana collection also features the stunningly minimalist Grace with daring back and thin crossed strap detail and the silk brocade Linda, made with a touch of lurex to give a super-flattering fit and stretch. There’s also the Valentina which, quite frankly, makes my heart sing – the boat neckline! The sleek drapery! And is a strong contender in my frequent ‘What Would I Wear If I Got Married Again?’ mental debate (don’t mention that to my husband, kaythanks?)
Onwards to a Brides Up North favourite – the always-opulent Eliza Jane Howell. EJH is known for their decadent vintage designs, and so might not seem a natural bedfellow of the Clean Lines brigade. However, in Gill Harvey’s recent collections, we’re seeing subtlety, simplicity and lots of plain silk alongside the embellishment and embroidery. Belle from the Leading Lady collection is a stunner with a contemporary feel, complete with bold halterneck, textured figure-hugging fabric and a daring sheer back. Daisy from the Legend collection and Clarissa from the Debutante range are unquestionably more vintage in style but still simple and sleek, with Daisy offering the tiniest hint of embellishment and Clarissa’s floaty sleeves a great option for brides less inclined to bare. Luna from the Stardust range gets close to the fussier end of the spectrum with its frothy skirt and mini train, but the long sleeves, close fit and semi-sheer overlay is dreamily clean and sculpted.
June 22nd, 2017 | Rachel Parry
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 3rd July 2017 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far.
Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.
Brides Up North reader Becky and her beau Paul were keen to find a venue with a difference and so booked the uber cool Victoria Warehouse in Manchester as the back drop for their big day. This also happens to be the venue at which we will be staging our BigCityWedFest’17 event at on Sunday 3rd September, featuring the area’s most fabulous suppliers for an epic wedding fair with an urban festival style vibe. Watch this space for more details soon!
The warehouse’s raw and industrial features both contrasted and complemented Becky and Paul’s elegant theme of rose gold, blush and marble – perhaps three of our very favourite things! We are also totally besotted with Becky’s stunning Jesus Piero gown and pink mules, not to mention her luscious locks (those bangs!!)
However, it’s not just the appearance of this wedding that had us hooked, it’s the sentiment behind it too. Watching the video we just adore the friendly banter, kind words and love – in a similar style to the cake, this one shot an arrow right through our hearts!!
With images and video by Jon Bird Weddings
becky says: Paul and I had been together more than five years when he proposed. Due to all the weddings of friends and family we have attended over the past three or four years, we had never actually had a full week’s holiday just the two of us. So, at the end of June 2016 we decided to treat ourselves to a week in Cape Verde. We arrived on the Sunday and got settled in to our gorgeous hotel and found what would be become ‘our spot’ on the beach for the week. After our first full day of relaxing on the beach on Monday, the sun was starting to fade a little so Paul suggested a walk along the beach before we went back to the room. I thought this was uncharacteristically romantic for him – especially when he offered to carry the bags. We walked along the beach and chatted, it crossed my mind that he was going to push me in the sea for a joke at one point, little did I know he was walking slightly behind so that he could put the ring he had been hiding in his wallet into a box and get down on one knee. I let out a bit a squeal and then thought he was joking – I’d been waiting for this moment and it was just perfect. White sand, blue sea and my best friend.
We got married on 21st January 2017. We decided that we wanted to marry as soon as we could but without having to compromise on the kind of wedding we wanted. Seven months seemed like enough time to plan and pay for the wedding and January is always a bit of a downer – having the wedding to look forward to was a real lift. Although three weeks after Christmas and New Year isn’t the best time for wedding diets!
We got married at Victoria Warehouse Hotel & Events, which is a converted warehouse in the Trafford Park area of Manchester. We knew we didn’t want a church wedding as neither of us regularly visit one, so we had a look at the lists of approved wedding ceremony venues in Manchester and surrounding areas. Paul is Stockport born and bred and having moved to Manchester for university, I have now lived ‘up north’ for 50% of my life so it is officially home.
We worked out that we had been to about 15 weddings in the past three years, and we’d loved them all, but we wanted ours to be something different and for it to reflect our tastes. We really love industrial architecture and old buildings so Victoria Warehouse just felt perfect. It is a totally unique venue and had so much flexibility for us to put our own stamp on the day.
I love looking at anything wedding related and still do even though ours is done. With a venue like Victoria Warehouse, which is quite dark and moody, I thought a really clean, simple and elegant theme would work well. My mum came to visit when we got back from Cape Verde, to congratulate us on our engagement, and brought a box of gifts with her. The box was marble and rose gold and I instantly loved it – the theme was born! Simple, clean and chic.
We added some blush to the marble and rise gold too. The shops seemed to be full of those colours, which was so useful when buying decorations and accessories. I made or bought almost everything for the wedding from value shops and online so we could spend money on the big things, so picking a scheme that was on trend in terms of interiors made that really easy – the wedding could have been sponsored by Primark, Home Bargains, ASOS and eBay (shhh don’t tell anyone)!
I’m not the most body confident of people – I’m pretty short and very ‘curvy’ so I assumed finding a dress wasn’t going to be easy. I tried a few different shops and had become a bit fed up with nothing fitting and too much bling and fuss. I had in my mind visions of me with tousled hair with a floral crown and a long sleeved, floaty boho dress. ‘My’ dress however, could not have been more different!
One of my bridesmaids, Victoria, made me an appointment at Lulu Browns in Whalley, Lancashire, after a couple of her work friends had got their dresses from there. To begin with I thought it was a bit of a trek from South Manchester, but it was definitely worth it. The minute we stepped through the door Jenna, Jennie and rest of the lovely ladies that work there made me feel like the most special bride. Nothing was too much trouble, they had a stunning range of dresses and they were so patient with me. I was still going for this boho dream and it just wasn’t working with my shape. I had seen my dress and loved it but it just wasn’t what I had in mind. After a bit of persuasion, I gave it a try, well that was it. It was the one. I actually really liked myself in it and it suited my figure so much. What was funny was that I had seen it in a store almost two years previously when looking with my mum for her wedding and lusted after it – I never thought it would be the dress I would end up wearing.
Designed by Jesus Peiro, the Luciana gown had a wide waist band to catch me at my narrowest part and then a full skirt to balance out my top half. Boho was out – timeless elegance was in! Plus I got it from a store with the same surname that I would be changing – it felt like fate. My shoes were from Office.
Paul got me a leather biker jacket as my wedding gift. I’ve wanted one for ages and every time I put it on I think of him – I’ve embroidered our initial and wedding date on the inside!
Paul wears a suit every day for work and wore tails when he was best man for his friend so he wanted something a little different for the wedding. He is tall and slim so looks great in most things but he does like a slimmer fitting suit. We did a lot of online research and looked in a few stores and found the best range of more fashion forward and affordable suits was on ASOS. Two suits ordered and tried on and the winner was selected – so easy! The tweed style fabric and double breasted waistcoat of Paul’s suit and bow tie added a bit of a twist to his usual workwear.
As my gift to Paul on the day I got him a special pocket watch to wear. I also adopted him an otter! Did you know otters hold hands when they sleep in the water so that they don’t lose each other? So cute. We love otters!
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
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