Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

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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“An Elegant Art” The Designer Series: Lyn Ashworth

July 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I am in the privileged position of obtaining access to all my favourite bridal designers for a series of exclusive interviews here on Brides Up North, where they’ll be giving you a sneak peek at their newest designs, sharing the inspirations behind the collections and giving you a glance into their (very beautiful) world.  These are the gowns that will be landing in a wedding dress boutique near you soon.

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Darling Paris

Darling Paris

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This afternoon I want to introduce you to Sarah Barrett, the talented lady behind the Lyn Ashworth label.  The Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett brand continues to move forward into exciting times and Sarah’s 2014 collection was one of my very favourites on my recent press trip to White Gallery in London.

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Today we find out more about Sarah and her inspirations, design ethos and more importantly, where you can get your hands on one of her gorgeous gowns for your own wedding day. 

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Buttercream Satin

Buttercream Satin

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Sarah says:  My studio is based in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside on the beautiful Duchy of Lancaster Estate where I am surrounded by the most breath taking fields and woodland. This is where all my dress designs are evolved and manufactured by myself and highly talented and passionate team, using tradition skills and craftsmanship, all of my gowns are created from start to finish by one seamstress and we pride ourselves on flying the Made in England flag.

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Coco Ganache

Coco Ganache

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Coco Ganache

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At a very young age I was extremely fortunate to have been taught to sew by two incredibly talented people in the theatre industry, Brooking & Chell. From them, I quickly learnt the skills and work ethic that has enabled me to do what I do now. I am very lucky to occasionally still work along-side this team. I class them as dear friends as well as work colleagues.

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Whilst studying fashion at college and then University, I split my time between both the fashion and theatre industries, learning on the job and tapping into a wealth of knowledge, experience and talent which was invaluable and such a privilege. Although having a good education whether at College or University is extremely important, I believe that being hands on and gaining on the job experience teaches you things that the education system cannot.

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It was a natural progression for me to move into the bridal industry where I have done pretty much everything from design and construction of the gowns to the management of shops. I have experienced all sides of the industry for over two decades now.

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Gainsborough Garden

Gainsborough Garden

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Gainsborough Garden

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Gainsborough Garden Short

Gainsborough Garden Short

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I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Lyn Ashworth for a number of years prior to taking over the company. I have always had a great admiration for Lyn whom over the years has designed and created some of the most beautiful wedding dresses in the industry. When Lyn first spoke of her wish to retire from the business and to emigrate back to her birthplace New Zealand, it seemed the most natural thing for me to take over the company.

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Cottonfield Waltz

Cottonfield Waltz

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Cottonfield Waltz

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The Lyn Ashworth name has been in this industry for over 30 years and I now look to grasp it with both hands and take it through the next 30.

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Heritage Gala

Heritage Gala

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Heritage Gala

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It has been an honour for me to take over this company and it is extremely important to me to keep the ethos of the company the same, beautifully hand crafted couture that is proudly, Made in England. The ultimate in elegance, where attention to detail, cut, fit and drape is paramount. Lyn spent decades building a reputation for quality and I will continue this further to ensure that we are constantly improving our quality and fit. A Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett dress is a creation in itself and a work of art in its own right. My skilled team of cutters and seamstresses and I are dedicated to creating each gown with care and attention to every detail. Each dress is made with love and precision using some of the most beautiful fabrics in the world. My dresses are not just about ever changing fashion; they are about a unique and special craft and creating something of timeless beauty.

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HoneySuckle

HoneySuckle

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HoneySuckle

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My aspiration is to slow down the fashion industry at times and to allow the artistry to create an old mystique for today’s modern woman. Attention to detail and couture craftsmanship is my trademark. These elements are paramount to my business at all times. From the shape of the buttons to the fine hand couture stitching, these details may seem insignificant to some people, however for me, I would not have my dresses manufactured any other way.

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Darling Paris

Darling Paris

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The vision for the 2014 Romantic Elegance Collection comes from a time when dressing was an elegant art.

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Each dress has been designed to be cherished and loved encapsulating the imagination of all my brides. Styles have been refined showcasing a timelessly modern yet romantic and feminine structure. The finest quality bodices are complimented beautifully by sweeping pleats in the most exquisite silks, laces, crepe satin and organza. With subtle understated luxuries of graceful sleeves and belts accentuating ball gown waists.

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Laced in Tradition

Laced in Tradition

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Laced in Tradition

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This collection is very personal to me as it showcases what is to be an exciting future for this Made in England couture house. The signature Lyn Ashworth dress of beautiful organza skirts and fitted-bodices that are somewhat our trademark will always be an important element to this company. However, a Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett dress is so much more. I take my inspiration from all sources. From the surrounding fields and woodlands, flower meadows and wildlife to artwork, jewellery and architecture from wherever I am and whatever I see. For me fashion and design should have no boundaries. My gowns are designed to be worn with no boundaries, therefore designed for all women. A Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett bride should be able to choose from any of my collections with ease knowing that the dress they chose will fit impeccably and be an extension of there own style and personality and the beauty of my dresses are they are for all women irrespective of age and size, whether getting married in the country, in the city, in a church or the middle of a beautiful summer meadow. Saying their vows on a sandy beach, in New York or at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

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Ivory Truffle Tea

Ivory Truffle Tea

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It is extremely important to me that all my designs are made from the most exquisite fabrics and where possible locally sourced. For instance, in the 2014 Romantic Elegance Collection we have been working with the most beautiful English lace. This is made in a breath-taking old mill that is less than an hour away from the studio. It is wonderful to be able to drive to the mill, pick the lace straight from the loom, head back to the studio to cut out and then manufacture a dress for one of my beautiful brides.

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Song Bird

Song Bird

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Song Bird

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Song Bird

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I see the key trends for 2014 a little more demure, overlays with sleeves and the prettiest of jackets. English cotton lace and delicate French silk lace compliment each other beautifully, gathered into frills on necklines and cuffs. Colour palettes are a mixture of warmer sea pearl tones or crisp ivory all adorned with velvet and satin ties in rich colour tones of blue, pink, nude or olive green.

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Scattered Blossom

Scattered Blossom

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Scattered Blossom

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Accessories are key to this trend with each gown having the ability to evolve from day through to evening, swapping a flower velvet brooch belt for a sparkly starry night belt or alternatively, change a simple buckle belt for a ribbon art deco sash. Also, the ability to remove pretty lace jackets and straps to give a more evening look to the gown for the reception or simply adding a cotton lace wrap to cover the shoulders as evening falls. A Lyn Ashworth bride has the option to evolve her dress to her own personality and style, this I believe is the key to each and every bride finding and having her dream dress. Let your imagination run wild! Be confident that you can ask for changes.

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Sweet Anniversary

Sweet Anniversary

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Sweet Anniversary

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A Lyn Ashworth gown can be brought direct from my stockists, the prices starting from £1600.00. The key to finding “the one” I believe is to stay true to yourself. I believe that when looking for your wedding gown it is all about finding a shape that is not only sophisticated and elegant, but also flatters each individual bride, simple elegant with timeless style. “A wedding gown should be the loveliest dress she will ever wear”. When a bride is first seen by her guests, the first thought by those present should be “How amazingly beautiful she is”. That should then be followed by “How exquisite her dress looks”. The wedding gown is an expression of a brides personality and an extension of herself.

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Sweet Anniversary Tea

Sweet Anniversary Tea

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I have lovely stockists who are listed on the web site and they are dedicated to offering the Lyn Ashworth brand and ethos. They have the ability to offer brides the options to evolve her dress and the option of a made to measure and also toile service if so required. Or for those brides who truly wish to experience and enjoy a bespoke service this is available direct from the studio. My team and I work closely with each individual client to achieve perfection and precision for her perfect dress.  Maintaining the integrity of a design, whilst making adjustments to suit each individual clients figure, personal preferences and personality is always a balancing act. We ensure that we go to great lengths to achieve them all. Prices for our studio appointments are available upon request, a contact form is available from the website.

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Willow Maiden

Willow Maiden

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Willow Maiden

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As a designer I feel it is extremely important to showcase new, up and coming talent. In recent decades we have lost generations of hugely talented people in this field through the decline in manufacturing here in the UK.

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I work very closely with my brother Paul Barrett who is the Course Director at the Theatre Performance and Event Design Course at Birmingham City University. Paul and I share a great passion for the arts and have worked as a team on many projects over the years. Together we are able to give students guidance and a chance to learn and develop skills. For instance for the 2013 and more recently 2014 Collection we held the photo shoot at the University where we were able to use the state of art photo studio. My team and I along with my fabulous photographer Bruce Smith had a blast with chosen students and graduates including two amazingly talented guys; Ben & Callum from Dontfret Media, who have injected life and energy into our amazing new website.

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With the new 2014 collection we have incorporated behind the scenes videos from the photo shoot for all the dress. This will enable brides to see the dresses moving with ease. A Lyn Ashworth is about elegance and style but also having fun.

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Willow Maiden

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What is the future for the Lyn Ashworth brand? Well that is simple, to continue doing what we do best, making beautiful, romantic, British manufactured dresses in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, sourcing the best fabrics possible and encouraging new young talent into the industry. I aim in time to take the brand overseas where we can give brides all over the world the chance to wear the most beautiful hand crafted couture from the heart of the English Countryside.

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Visit Sarah’s website at www.lynashworth.co.uk to find out more.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 supplied by Sarah Barrett at Lyn Ashworth

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