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Gorgeous Gowns! Supplier Showcase: The Bridal Gown

December 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Bianca

Bianca by So Sassi

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This morning I am proud to introduce one of my fabulous Featured Suppliers, Julie of The Bridal Gown, Otley and stockist of some of my very favourite bridal lines – fancy a bit of So Sassi or Kate Sherford anyone?  Yes, me too!

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Julie is hosting an event on the 26th January 2013 to launch the So Sassi label in Yorkshire. It will be held in the Otley All Saints Parish Church where the aisle will be flood lit and transformed into a glamorous catwalk. The whole of the So Sassi range will be available to see. If you would like to try any of these gowns, Julie will be taking appointments for Sunday 27th January 2013 and early the following week.  You can contact Julie on 01943 466680 or email julie@thebridalgown.net   

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In the meantime, let’s meet Julie and hear more about her gorgeous boutique.

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Julie says:  My background is in fashion design, I worked as a fashion designer for 16 years, designing for many of the high street larger labels including Next and Principles and then moved into teaching textiles in further education for 10 years. I returned to my roots to use my artistic flair in design and manufacture with the opening of The Seamstress which specialised in making wedding gowns. The Seamstress opened in true romantic style on Valentines day 2008 and we re-launched and specialized in retailing couture wedding gowns with the opening of the The Bridal Gown on Valentines day 2010.  We do still offer a bespoke wedding gown manufacture service for those brides who can’t find what they want.

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Mikaella 212

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The designer gowns we stock include:

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SO SASSI by Sassi Holford: this line mixes fashion focused details like pretty peplums skirts and high low hemlines – just perfect for modern brides who like their bridal wear traditional with a creative twist.  Every gown is handmade by a dedicated team of skilled cutters, seamstresses and hand beaders in Somerset, and has a level of corsetry that requires a very high standard of cut and fit. Most of the styles in the collection include an internal corset that delivers a couture fit whilst maintaining the flattering bodice shape throughout the wedding day.

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MIKAELLA by Paloma Blanca reflects and amplifies the very essence of elegance: the clean lines and selected detailing of this collection promote the ideal that the subtle beauty and grace of the gowns should accentuate the radiance of a bride and not overpower. This range is designed and manufactured in Canada.

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KATE SHERFORD gowns are designed and made in the UK. Kate Sherford Bridal Designs has an enviable thirty year tradition of producing the very best of classic, English wedding dresses. The Kate Sherford design direction is soft and romantic using dramatic layering and gathering of luxurious silk fabrics like duchess satin, georgette and organza. To flatter the female form the skirt styles range from sexy fishtails through full, fluid A-line to glamorous ball gown. Design details, including bows, tails and diamanté, provide the perfect finishing touch.

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Mikaella 1760

Mikaella 1760

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MADELINE ISAAC JAMES is for the bride who wants something different and a quality dress. Designer Natalie has named the company after her three children and has a long family history connected to the clothing industry. Most of the gowns are made in pure silk, which gives that stunning sheen and handle that only silk has. The gowns give a very glamorous look but with a simplicity that allows the bride to be the star.

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PHIL COLLINS is our most affordable range.  These gowns are outstanding value, with excellent corsetry and structure. Phil Collins Bridal offers designer style without the designer price tag. With traditional beaded gowns along with tulle, organza, and lace to add diversity, all have a contemporary edge without compromising on quality or value for money. With two full collections a year Phil Collins Bridal is continually introducing new and exciting designs to the range.

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Phil Collins styles 2304 & 2315

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We try to champion whereever possible British industry and this shows in the accessories we stock, these include:

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Tiaras and headpieces by Halo and Urban Angel which are hand made in Wales and are stunning in their detail.  Miranda Templeton headbands which are British designed and made, and a little different from the normal.  Sasso feather boa’s and shrugs as well as birdcage veils:  think Garbo, think glamour and flamboyance, that’s Sasso.

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Veils by: The Couture Veil Company, designed by Sassi Holford are made in Sassi’s workrooms in Taunton, the cut of these veils is simply amazing. These veils are available through Sassi Holford and Kate Sherford suppliers only.  Elizabeth Dickens Veils is a huge range of veils with many variations within each style of veil, all are made in Britain, and usually with a very quick delivery time.

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Rachel Simpson Shoes

Rachel Simpson Shoes

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We are delighted to have Rachel Simpson Shoes; they have a vintage feel but with a modern twist and are very comfortable. Rachel uses suede, leather and lace as well as the normal bridal satins for a quality shoe that is made in Spain using quality components.  We have a small number of styles in the Hassall range, heavily decorated stunning details to create the true Cinderella slipper.  Rainbow Couture silk shoes are straight from the catwalk in styles made in silk satin which can be dyed to your signature colour.

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Rachel Simpson Shoes

Rachel Simpson Shoes

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We are located at 12 Bondgate, Otley, LS21 3AB which is in the conservation area of Otley close to All Saints Parish Church.

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Our price range is from £600 to £2000 with the majority being between £1000 and £1800, in addition if a bride is on a budget we always have a sale rail with many ex-samples with up to 50% off.

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We work on an appointment basis. When a bride attends an appointment they will have the sole use of the boutique for that time. We usually set aside one and half hours for an appointment.  On arrival you will be asked a few questions: this is to help me guide you to the perfect gown.  You will be allowed to look through the dresses and ask questions about fabrics and designers. We allow the bride to select the dresses that they would like to try on and I may add a few if I think something else will work. The fitting rooms are upstairs and totally private and are mirrored to enable the bride and her guests to see all round the dress, and you will be served refreshments. The brides will be assisted in putting on the dress and given time to consider each dress to see if it works or not. We allow photo’s to be taken as we find these help the brides come to a decision, we aim to make this a enjoyable experience and we never use the hard sell. I will be available to give advice on any alterations or attachments that may be needed to the dress to make it individual.

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Lucianne

Lucianne by So Sassi

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My favourite gown at the moment is Lucianne by So Sassi, I love the lace, and the shoulder straps which are so flattering and lengthen the body. I love the attention to detail, the delicate band under the bust and the centre brooch adds the finishing touch. It gives a boho feel but you don’t have to have a Pippa Middleton body as it has a built in corset.

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Carmen by So Sassi

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There are a few themes that are popular at the moment.  One is the big tulle gown with lace like Carmen by So Sassi, another is the slim lace fishtail gown with straps like Mikaella 1750 which has a stunning key hole back.

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Mikaella 1750

Mikaella 1750

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The Bridal Gown offers sole use of the boutique while you are in it for your privacy and comfort. I serve all the brides myself and I do all the alterations for complete continuity of care giving brides confidence that if I say something can be changed it can. With my design background I love to make attachments, straps and those little extras that change the beautiful into the unique.  The designs we stock are wide ranging in style and feel and therefore are for the modern young bride as well as those who are looking for a more vintage style including those women who want something a little different from the norm without being outrageous.

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Bonnie

Bonnie by So Sassi

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You can get in touch with us via our website on 01943 466680 email julie@thebridalgown.net

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  – Images © 2012 as supplied by The Bridal Gown

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Cheshire Chic! Supplier Showcase: LOVE Bridal Boutique

September 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Chelsea Shoesmith

.Launch event images credit: Chelsea Shoesmith

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This afternoon I am thrilled to introduce a very special couple – brand new Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Emma & Jonny Draper – and their gorgeous new Cheshire wedding dress boutique, the fabulous LOVE Bridal!  Let’s get straight down to the fabulousity…

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With images by Jonny Draper Photography unless otherwise credited

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When did LOVE Bridal Boutique open and what is your ethos?

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LOVE Bridal Boutique was set up by myself, Emma Draper, & my husband Jonny Draper and is Cheshire’s newest and most exclusive bridal experience! My passion for all things wedding stems from my experience as a professional bridal make-up artist, my role as studio director in Jonny’s wedding photography business, and having been boutique manager at a renowned south Manchester bridal boutique for the last couple of years. Jonny is a long-established international wedding photographer so together we have lots of bridal experience and completely live and breathe weddings! I have always loved being a part of my brides’ journey to their big day so we couldn’t think of a better way to develop our family business by adding the bridal boutique to our portfolio.

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LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper Photography

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Cheshire Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper Photography

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Jonny Draper Photography

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We first opened the doors to LOVE Bridal boutique on 1st August 2012 with a launch event for all our industry friends and family. We really wanted to celebrate our launch with all the people who have influenced our vision for the boutique as it is so important to us to work collaboratively with and build a strong rapport with other like-minded wedding businesses. This is at the heart of what we do and is something we love sharing with all our brides and grooms both through LOVE Bridal Boutique and Jonny Draper Photography.

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Chelsea Shoesmith

.Launch event images credit: Chelsea Shoesmith

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Chelsea Shoesmith

.Launch event images credit: Chelsea Shoesmith

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Chelsea Shoesmith

.Launch event images credit: Chelsea Shoesmith

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Chelsea Shoesmith

.Launch event images credit: Chelsea Shoesmith

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What lines of wedding gowns do you stock?

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We have carefully selected four dress designers who we feel really reflect our brand and have the same vision and working ethos as we do. We drew up our shortlist and prayed that they would all still be available – and thank goodness they all were!

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Intuzuri were our first designer on board and we had no doubt in our mind that they would be a hit for us. We were completely utterly blown away by their gowns constructed from the finest Chantilly laces, duchess satins and silk taffetas combined with intricate lace appliqués, hand-beading and intricate bodice detail. Their collection includes some classic shapes from full A-line skirts and long dreamy trains to figure-hugging fishtails. They also come at a really affordable price point too which our brides are just loving (the proof is in the pudding as we’ve already sold two of their gowns within our first three weeks of trading!) We were also so impressed with the service from the Intuzuri team who have been truly fabulous throughout the process and in helping us make our selection.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Our second designer was a bit of a no brainer for us… the Heritage collection by Balbier Wyatt (click here to see a special preview of this collection on Brides Up North). This collection has been created by three generations and renowned industry experts – Alan Wyatt, Amanda Wyatt and Charlotte Balbier (grandfather, daughter and granddaughter no less!). Having worked closely with and built great friendships with Amanda and Charlotte over the last few years, and Jonny having taken lots of photos for and of Charlotte (including her engagement shoot!), when they told us about this new collection we immediately said ‘yes please’! We knew it would be right for us even before we saw the dresses! There’s a real mix of shapes and styles in this collection perfect for all body shapes, synonymous with Amanda and Charlotte’s signature styles but still a significantly different collection. Everything from full lace fitted gowns, to slinkier chiffon low-backs and fabulous sparkle bodiced A-line full skirted gowns. A lot of the dresses in this collection are perfect for destination weddings too, which is why a lot of the gowns have fabulous names such as Barbados and Costa Rica! To complement these gowns, we have a range of accessories from Amanda Wyatt in stock too.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Our third designer, Mia Mia is a relatively new collection from the long established Alan Hannah Bridalwear. We first met up with Alan and Marguerite at their fabulous showroom and were so spoilt for choice by the collection that we knew instantly that they were perfect for LOVE (we hadn’t even seen the 2013 collection at this point either!) A great mix of youthful, light, pretty dresses with some very classic styles and shapes in the collection, we knew that with our branding we would definitely be attracting the right kind of bride for these dresses. We eventually picked our shortlist and have since added more to this when we previewed the amazing 2013 collection at The White Gallery in London in May.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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The final piece of our jigsaw was Terry Fox, a designer who made us really stop in our tracks and take note of every single last embellishment, intricate embroidery, drape and beautiful silks on each and every dress. Her studio down in Suffolk is a complete treasure trove and just how every girl’s dream bedroom would look! Terry lives and breathes dresses and fabrics and that completely comes across with each dress she produces. Each gown can be tailor-made to a brides requirements with a vast colour selection of silks to choose from. One of her gowns ‘Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love’ can even be personalised as the gown name is embroidered onto ribbon detail of the dress, but this can equally be changed for the bride and groom’s names and date of their wedding or perhaps a quote that is very personal to them. This collection is definitely for the bride who wants something a bit different and to make a statement! We have also chosen a gorgeous selection of matching Terry Fox accessories to finish off the look.

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What lines of accessories do you stock?

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Once we’d agreed on our dresses, we had just as much fun choosing the perfect accompanying accessories. I pulled together my wish list and then The White Gallery was our first port of call praying that all the headpieces we wanted all looked as fabulous in real life as they did in brochures and online. They were even better than that! We were overwhelmed by the selection on offer from a variety of designers but kept each and every dress in mind before making our final decision.

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We are now proud to be stockists of the very gorgeous Harriet Wilde shoes (with a particular fave of mine being her Sakura style with decorative cherry blossom detail and silver leaves cascading down the heel – just stunning!) There’s a shoe in her collection to suit all of our dresses and she does a great range of heel heights too, including some beautiful lace ballet pumps with Swarovski crystals around the heel. Most of her shoes can also be dyed so they can be matched up to bridesmaid dresses or even for after the wedding.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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It was important to us to pick a couple of really great headpiece designers to complement our dresses so we have chosen two highly acclaimed designers whose designs were just so beautiful and different to any we’d seen before.

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I’ve long since been a fan of Halo & Co designs, each piece handmade to order, so it was just a matter of choosing our selection really. The Halo & Co team were on hand to give great advice and I tried every last piece on (just because I could!) We chose a mix of designs from collections including their Timeless Classics and Vintage Lace ranges. Some pieces are just pure unadulterated sparkle, others incorporating Swarovski crystals, cultured pearls, ornate filigree and lace too. We have selected a mix of side headpiece styles, more traditional tiara styles and a selection of silver and gold pieces.

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Our second collection of headpieces comes from British milliner Vivien Sheriff whom we chose as her designs were just so unusual and modern, yet with a traditional twist, and even the lovely Kate Middleton has been spotted in a few of her creations! Our selection includes fabulous birdcage veils in dusky pink shades such as the Rainflower birdcage, and more sparkley combs such as the stunning ‘Hearts Entwined’ comb, forehead bands, feather clips and headbands combining a mix of pearls, crystals etc.

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I’m delighted to announce that we have just confirmed that we will be the first north-west stockist of the very wonderful Hermione Harbutt whose selection of jewellery and headpieces are nothing short of wow! Hermione’s pieces are stocked by prestigious and international designers and she has even been commissioned by the likes of Suzanne Neville and Stephanie Allin to create headdresses to complement their dresses. We have selected a stunning collection of her jewellery and some more elaborate headpieces from her collection, all of which work beautifully with our gowns.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Where are you located?

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We are located in Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheshire and we are perfectly located just off the M6, M56 and M60 motorways.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Our dress collection starts from around the £1000 price point up to around £3000, with most of our dresses sitting comfortably under the £2000 mark.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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Yes, we are appointment only and this is really to avoid disappointment as we pride ourselves on having just the one dressing room for brides to enjoy complete privacy during their appointments.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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What can Brides Up North expect when they come in for an appointment?

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Our dream and vision for LOVE Bridal Boutique was to create a brand and a personality that comes across as soon as a bride comes into contact with the boutique, whether that be from stepping through our door, visiting our website or enjoying our facebook and twitter pages and ultimately wearing one of our dresses. That personality is one of individuality, warmth, helpfulness and understanding, completely ‘getting’ every bride that walks through our door and having knowledge about venues and suppliers so that we can make recommendations to our brides if they need it.

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When a bride arrives at LOVE Bridal Boutique, aside from complete privacy by having a whole floor of the boutique to themselves, they will feel relaxed and at ease and will never be rushed during their appointment as we allocate at least an hour and a half for a first appointment giving brides the opportunity to try a good selection of gowns. We know that choosing your dream dress can be a tough decision so they will have my undivided attention throughout their appointment to offer help and advice and if that means trying that favourite dress on again (and again) then so be it! Refreshments will also be offered to a bride and her family and friends in the comfort of our dressing/sitting room with inspirational books to flick through whilst they are eagerly awaiting for that next dress to be put on. And what happens when they find the dress of their dreams with us? Well, there’ll be a big celebration of course!

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Jonny Draper Photography

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What is your current favourite gown that you stock and why?

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Now this is an extremely tough question, and anybody who has ever worked in a bridal shop will tell you that their "favourite gown" can change daily if not hourly! It might be that you’ve just put a dress on a bride and it has looked amazing or it might be a new dress that’s just arrived and you’d forgotten how gorgeous it was since you ordered it (it can take a few months for them to arrive so this often happens!) My current favourite of the hour has to be Georgia by Heritage Bridal as she has just arrived into the boutique and I’ve just put her in the window, finished off with the gorgeous sparkly Halo & Co "Lacey’ headpiece.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Is there a particular style of dress that is popular with your brides at the moment?

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I’d definitely say that in the few weeks we have been open, lace has been a resounding hit and brides are still loving a good A-line dress with a hint of sparkle, for example our ‘Adelphi’ gown by Intuzuri which has been a clear winner with brides. You know the dress that you’ve always dreamed about since you were a little girl…well Adelphi is definitely that dress! Another very popular shape is the fishtail gown – brides are loving having the combination of a fuller train whilst still being able to show off their figure. Brides are also still really loving their straps.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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How does LOVE Bridal Boutique provide a superior experience to other wedding dress boutiques?

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We will always strive to provide a high level of service to every bride that comes through our door – from simple things like offering our brides and their guests tea or home-made coffee from our lovely new coffee machine and brownies and cupcakes from our favourite baker, And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon. We really do choose the best for our brides whether it be from our Cowshed products for freshening up in the bathroom to little things like having a hair clip on hand or shoes in the right size. Things that unfortunately not all bridal shops think about, and considering that buying a wedding dress is probably the most expensive item of clothing that most brides will ever wear and one of the most emotional shopping experiences they’ll ever have, it’s hard to believe that service and experience doesn’t always match up to this.

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As I’ve already mentioned, every bride has the boutique to herself for her appointment which helps them to focus on our dresses and what they are looking for, with the help of friends and family. This is a point which has come up time and time again in the past with brides I have worked with, how multiple appointments taking place at the same time can really take away from their experience. No bride is going to appreciate their mum and friends being distracted by another bride when it’s their time to take centre stage after all!

We also pride ourselves on our little black book of suppliers. We don’t just recommend any supplier that gets in touch with us – after all how can we recommend something that we’ve never experienced? So any supplier that we will ever mention to our brides is tried and tested and is usually somebody that Jonny or I have worked with in the past and they know us well too. You’ll notice this from our ‘friends’ page on our website, as it’s so important to us it had to have a place on our website. We’re proud of the relationships we have built and we love to collaborate with them regularly to ensure that we’re always evolving and staying ahead of the game.

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So overall, a personal, knowledgeable one-to-one bridal experience with lots of love and emotion added in too (I will most definitely cry if you do!).

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Who would be an LOVE Bridal Boutique bride?

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A LOVE bride would be somebody who appreciates a fabulous experience and stunning dresses! She doesn’t have to know what she wants when she walks through the door, but she will by the time she leaves!

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Are you married?

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I am indeed married! I wore a gown by Kate Sherford, I had always dreamed about wearing a dress with a lovely full skirt and that’s exactly what I went for – a combination of lace and lots of tulle and I knew from the minute I put it on that it was the one for me (and I couldn’t stop smiling!).

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Sam Clayton

Image credit: Sam Clayton

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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Brides can contact me either over email at emma@lovebridalboutique.co.uk or alternatively they can call me for a chat on 0161 941 6446. We’ve also got an extremely active facebook page where they can keep up to date with all our news, events, photoshoots and just indulge in pics of gorgeous dresses and pretty accessories!

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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If you need a photographer then I know a great one

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  – Images © 2012 Jonny Draper Photography/ Chelsea Shoesmith (as credited)/ Sam Clayton (as credited)

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