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

Image: Fashion Gone Rouge

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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Fundraising Fashion: A Charity Catwalk In Aid Of The Children’s Heart Unit

November 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

Just dashing in this afternoon to say a huge well done to a Brides Up North Featured Supplier who has kicked off the season of goodwill early.  I’ll always support the efforts of the great and the good in our industry, and Yorkshire boutique owner Julie at The Bridal Gown is one of the best (she knows that the combination of children’s charity and fashion is a sure fire way to my heart). 

This October The Bridal Gown of Otley teamed up with the Children’s Heart Surgery Unit in Leeds to raise money for the unit and launch the 2014 collections of So Sassi, Mikaella and Phil Collins.

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

All Saints Parish Church in Otley was flood lit by Futurist and the aisle was transformed into a glamorous catwalk, with gowns displayed on the pews tops down the aisle to set the scene. The Church gave a unique and atmospheric setting, with fabulous music with stunning acoustics.

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

Brides Up North Featured Supplier Julie of The Bridal Gown says:  The afternoon started with a drinks reception (sponsored by Mikaella) with Pimms and Bubbly for our gorgeous brides. This was followed by the catwalk show with twenty four 2014 collection gowns presented in three themes: Traditional, Contemporary and Great Gatsby. The gowns looked beautiful.  

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

The afternoon concluded with opportunity to meet those involved and prize draws with donations from Rachel Simpson of an £100 voucher (our models said the Rachel Simpson shoes felt amazing on), a bridal head piece from Miranda Templeton and an £100 voucher for accessories from The Bridal Gown. With more bubbly flowing it was a wonderful party atmosphere!

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

We can’t thank enough all those who were involved and gave their time free of change for this worthy cause.  We are still raising money towards our total (update soon!) so please contact Julie at The Bridal Gown if you would like to make a donation or for information about any of the gowns featured.   

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

Get behind them Brides Up North! All proceeds will go to the Children’s Heart Surgery Unit in Leeds.  Click here to find out more about the amazing work that they do.  As a new Mum myself, I know how blessed I am to have a healthy, happy little girl and I’m very proud to support this charity on the pages of the blog. 

Well done team!

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

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Great Gatsby! A Styled Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

March 13th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now, anyone who knows me well will correctly anticipate that I am very much looking forward to the release of The Great Gatsby later on this year.  Yes, I can’t wait to soak up all that beautiful 1920’s glamour and styling, but I also have the biggest crush on Leonardo Di Caprio. It’s sad but true, and I have been unable to shake it since seeing Baz Lurmann’s Romeo & Juliet at the tender age of 14.  All these years later, whilst everyone else moved on to Depp, Pitt and Pattison, he’s still up there at the top of my list, and I have seen every single one of his films.  So as a total loser an expert on DiCaprio, and a fan of the book itself, I’d say if there’s one film Leo will do well, it’s Gatsby.

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Consequently, excitement levels for The Great Gatsby and anything so related are high here at Brides Up North HQ.   

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So when Alex of Alex Davies Photography got in touch to see if I fancied featuring her latest styled bridal inspiration shoot, a Gatsby themed affair, I was keen to see the results, although I feared it might miss a little Leo shaped magic.  And you know what? The team have put this together so beautifully, that you barely notice the lack of DiCaprio.  I was too busy drooling over those wedding dresses (particularly the chiffon shrug), that hair, those accessories, that eye makeup, those flowers…

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Alex says:  It’s amazing where ideas come from and believe it or not this idea behind this shoot came from a trip to the dentist! While sitting in the waiting room I was captivated by the trailer for The Great Gatsby which has been re-made and is due for release this summer. I adore the 1920’s style and thought that creatively this gave a lot of scope to work with.

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In the past when I’ve done shoots I always worked with a lot of Manchester suppliers but you know what, we have some great suppliers here in Bolton so I wanted to keep it very local and use the best guys we have here.

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The gowns were provided by Claire Louise Brides which is very much a family business. Claire’s boutique is beautiful and she stocks some amazing suppliers such as Suzanne Neville and Paloma Blanca. Claire also stocks beautiful headpieces by Miranda Templeton who is another local talent. Mel, the lady behind Miranda Templeton brought along her new collection to be part of the shoot.

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The gorgeous flowers were provided by Lancashire Floristry. Victoria was full of ideas and provided some beautiful pieces including a vintage rose bouquet and a pomander set with jewels.

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The hair and make-up were done by formidable talent Fatimah Vadia of MakeupBase. Fatimah trained with MAC and is such a joy to work with. She always gets exactly what I’m after and isn’t afraid to go all out to really create something stunning for the camera.

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Our beautiful model was Alex Outhwaite who was the ultimate professional and endured the cold in some flimsy gowns.

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And finally the whole shoot was set at the Egerton House Hotel in Bolton. The hotel has some beautiful grounds as well as a purpose built wedding suite and was brilliant to shoot in.

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Little Black Book

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Images:  Alex Davies Photography

Bridal Gowns:  Claire Louise Brides

Make Up:  MakeupBase

Headpieces:  Miranda Templeton

Flowers:  Lancashire Floristry

Model:  Alex Outhwaite

Venue:  Egerton House Hotel

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Alex Davies Photography

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