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All About The Shoes. Supplier Showcase: Paradox London

June 2nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Pink Paradox London

We’ll make no apologies.  Here at Brides Up North, we’re proper girly girls.  We love romcoms, hen parties, classic Friends, the tall, dark, handsome ones, manicures (Shellac changed our lives), spa days, forages in Topshop, a family sized bar of Dairy Milk… and most of all, we’re all about the shoes

Oh come on girls, isn’t everything all about the shoes?

Lucky for us, we’ve got some pretty epic Featured Suppliers who care about the shoes just as much as we do, and it’s with pride that I introduce one of our best heeled sponsors to the pages of the wedding blog this afternoon.

Ladies, get ready for some serious shopping, as we meet the beautiful Sophia of Paradox London (who’s just about to add a darling baby to her brood any day now… congratulations mama!) and talk fancy footwear.

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What’s the story behind Paradox London?

With 30 years of shoe manufacturing heritage manufacturing footwear for bridal companies and the high street, Paradox felt that the bridal market needed some fashionable inspiration as styles as that time were very plain and boring. Therefore in 2002 Paradox developed its own bridal collection specifically targeted at the more fashion conscious bride. 

Why should a Bride choose Paradox London? 

Paradox London incorporates both the Pink Paradox London and Benjamin Adams London collections. With decades of footwear manufacturing heritage we understand the needs of the bride and bridal party. Both the Paradox London collections incorporate unique on-trend styling that do not sacrifice comfort. Combining comfort, quality, a budget suit all types of brides and most importantly design, this is what sets us apart from the competition.  

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Tell us about the Pink range of wedding shoes that you design and create? 

Pink Paradox London is a collection that is designed for the entire bridal party; Bride, Mother of Bride and Bridesmaids. The collection has a strong on-trend fashion influence which is translated into the needs of the bridal party. The collection features 4” inch crystal encrusted heels to mid-heel vintage t-bars. Styling is paramount with Pink however we never compromise with comfort as the entire collection features memory foam padding and soft lining. The collection is made with luxurious dyeable satin which can be hand coloured to match any gown which is great for bridesmaids and mother of bride, or even for the bride if she wants to wear the shoes after the wedding. 

Which designs from the collection are your favourite and why?

Our current favourites are styles Dahlia and Cupcake. Dahlia is an elegantly simple round toe court with a cute bow detailing. Stylish and comfortable, sometimes less is more. Cupcake is our vintage lace pump, on-trend and comfortable – a truly unique style from Pink.

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Tell us about your range of accessories?

We offer matching handbags with all of our footwear styles.

Tell us about your Little Miss Pink collection?

We have fantastic kids collection called Little Miss Pink that’s perfect for flower girls. The shoes are made with ivory dyeable satin that can coloured to match any flower girl gown.

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Tell us about your Benjamin Adams 2014 bridal collection?

The 2014 Benjamin Adams collection takes inspiration from 1950’s Hollywood film star styling such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. The collection combines both vintage themes and the alluring glamour of the red carpet and is designed specifically for the fashion conscious bride that wants to add some drama and interest with footwear to complete their bridal look.

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Pick out a few favourite designs from the collection and tell us why?

Mia is the perfect style for short wedding dresses, a classic t-bar set off with elegant pear crystals, whilst Minnie is a great shoe to team with a vintage dress. The round toe Mary Jane optimises the vintage era.

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What are your prices like? 

Our prices are really competitive.  The Pink range starts from £49.95 to £99.95 and our Benjamin Adams collection is a little more expensive between £139 and £450. 

What sizes can you offer?

Dependent on style, generally we offer sizes from size 2 – 8. 

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You’re based in London, but are Brides Up North able to order your designs online too?

Brides Up North can order any of our collection from our recommended on-line retailers such as www.elegantsteps.co.uk or www.crystalbridalaccessories.co.uk

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What would be your top tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding shoes?

First and foremost any bridal shoe must look amazing as it completes your bridal attire, however you cannot sacrifice comfort as you will be on your feet for a number of hours. Benjamin Adams shoes all include soft kid leather lining and special memory foam padding. With Benjamin Adams you can have the best of both worlds. 

What would be your no nos for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding shoes? 

The bridal shoe completes your bridal outfit, therefore it should be purchased in conjunction with your dress. Having your shoes at your dress fitting is essential in ensuring you have the correct gown length.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch to see your designs and find out more?

Your readers can visit our website at www.paradoxlondon.com, follow us on Twitter @paradoxlondon or @benjaminadamsln or like us on Facebook.

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Marquee In The Meadow: A Real Wedding In Derbyshire – Francesca & Ivan

November 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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After a weekend off celebrating two years in business (lets wait till The Brides Up North Christmas Party for that!) indulging in a bit of shopping with the girls, catching up on emails and invoicing and a really rather good pub lunch at our soon to be local, I’m diving back into the Real Wedding pretty headfirst.

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Monday is off to a fabulous start with this beautiful big day in Yorkshire and Derbyshire, sent to me by real bride and Brides Up North Featured Supplier Francesca of the gorgeous bridal boutique Choola in Sheffield and talented Andy Hook Photography

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I always love to see how industry colleagues style their own celebrations, and Francesca and Ivan’s perfectly pastel country meadow wedding certainly doesn’t disappoint on ooh factor (not least because of their cute ring bearers – watch out for them).  Let’s hear from the lady herself. 

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Francesca says:  We got engaged (unofficially) at The British Bridal Exhibition in March 2011! I guess there couldn’t be a more perfect place with us owning a bridal boutique!   Ivan took me completely by surprise but as he wanted my parent’s permission first we had to keep it secret until a few days later when he had been to see my parents. He then officially proposed in May with a beautiful ring made especially from my black pearl given to me for my 18th birthday set with two stunning diamonds!

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We tied the knot on 16th June 2012 at St James Church, Norton, Sheffield followed by a “Marquee in the Meadow” reception behind my in-laws’ home in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

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The church holds many memories for me so there was no where else we could have married! It is a beautiful church and having attended since being a little girl, I knew I would feel totally at ease walking down aisle there.

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We wanted to have a marquee reception as we didn’t want anything too formal and wanted a setting completely unique to us where no one had been before. It meant we could put our own stamp on it and there wouldn’t be any restrictions.  Our family is very relaxed and often quite spontaneous so having the marquee gave us the freedom to just let the day evolve, without any time restrictions or rules!

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We wanted the wedding to have that thrown together kind of look. I love anything classic but quirky so that’s what we went for: relaxed country glamour.   We chose several colours to work with:  lemon, pale pink, mint green, lavender and powder blue. This was reflected in the bridesmaids’ dresses and flowers.

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I was very spoiled and had a beautiful couture gown made for me by the very talented Sharon Bowen Haute Couture. I have always loved Sharon’s collections and knew that she would be the only person to make my dress. Having previously designed for Dior and Chloe I knew I was in safe hands!

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Sharon and I designed the dress together and it was perfect. It was made from duchesse satin, tulle, beaded lace and hand stitched silk flowers. The jacket was made from matching hand beaded lace.

I wanted a dress that was very “me”. It had to be quirky but still classic enough to stand the test of time.

I have to admit that I did feel a bit of pressure to wear something spectacular! As the owner of a bridal boutique, I was constantly being asked what I was going to wear so I was a little worried that it wouldn’t live up to expectations!

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My something old was my sister’s veil. We re-made it to create a “frouf” as we affectionately called it! This created volume before the train of the veil.  My something new was my dress and my fabulous Aruna Seth shoes!  My something borrowed was my best friends gorgeous Chanel earrings and my something blue was a ribbon stitched into my gown.  As well as my veil, I also wore a diamante seahorse hairclip in my hair. I absolutely love seahorses and knew I would have to involve them somewhere!

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I carried the most stunning bouquet made mostly from peonies – my favourite flower – along with roses, lavender, rosemary and a whole host of other beautiful flowers by Petalis, Sheffield. 

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The bridesmaids dresses were by Alvina Valenta and Jim Hjelm.  I wanted each of the girls to wear a different dress in a different colour and it was one of the easiest shopping trips ever! They all loved their gowns and I think it took less than an hour for all five of them to try on, decide and order.  They then all wore fabulous heels by Paradox London all dyed to match their dresses individually. I gave them each a silver bracelet to wear on the day as well as a candle in the scent used for the wedding to remind them of the day!

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The groomsmen all wore morning suits from Dapper Suits in charcoal and black with double breasted waistcoats. They wore soft dove grey and ivory and each chose their own tie. It was great to see a mixture of spots, stripes and colour.  Ivan and the best man Alisdaire wore sand coloured linen double breasted waistcoats. They all looked very handsome!

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Ivan arrived at the church in a vintage Austin Healey that belongs to his father. His dad spent months restoring the car so we could use it for the wedding! Ivan’s mum tied coloured ribbons to the handles and made a “Just Married” sign complete with shining tin cans. 

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During the service, Ivan surprised me by having our dogs as ring bearers! He pretended to have forgotten the rings and then whistled and our Jack Russell came scampering down the ails with the ring tied to a bow! A second whistle and our Springer spaniel came running down the aisle with the other ring! Fabulous!

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Saying my vows and marrying my best friend was so overwhelming I could have burst with happiness. 

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When we came out of the church, the ushers made a shotgun arch and as Ivan and I walked through, they all fired confetti from their shotguns!  Ivan runs a shoot and we were keen for our day to really reflect us and what is special to us, so having our dogs involved in our ceremony and shotguns firing confetti was just perfect for us. 

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After the rain had stopped, the best man surprised us by having access to some private land behind Hassop Hall. This meant we could get some spectacular photos overlooking the valley sitting on the back of the Austin Healy. Just magical! Ivan and I then sped off in the car around Bakewell with the “just married” sign flapping in the wind and tin cans rattling along the road! It was a wonderful moment that will never leave me. 

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Once we arrived at the marquee (now back in the Mercedes to save the Austin Healey from being wrecked!) we were greeted by a red tractor to tow us onto the field! The heavy rain has made the lane and field impassable so cue tractor and toe rope and bride and groom arrived safely at the marquee much to the amusement and delight of our guests. I don’t think many brides arrive being dragged by a tractor but yet again it just added to the fun of the day!

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We only used little decoration in the marquee (Ascot Marquees) as we wanted the gorgeous flowers to really stand out. Some bunting, lanterns, candles and some hanging hearts and birds completed the look. We also had a Bride and Groom Scarecrow to greet our guests in the entrance to the marquee that Ivan had spent hours making the night before the wedding in the pouring rain. They were fantastic though and added to the country feel of the day. 

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We had a gorgeous cake made for us by Anna of HunkyDory Cakes in Sheffield. We gave her a rough brief but then left her to her own devices and the result was amazing. We were very laid back about all aspects of our wedding and I loved walking into the marquee and having the cake and flowers as a surprise. The cake was four tiers made of fruit, chocolate, lemon and mocha. Delicious!

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The rest of the catering was done by Big On Taste near Derby.

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We had a jazz band (The Bungalow Band) to play for the guests on arrival at the marquee. They were so good that the guests were dancing straight away! We sadly only caught the end of them as we were away having our photographs taken (and having a drink in the pub).  We then had a live band for the evening called Twice Around and Mick, the drummer and family friend also DJ’d for us.  The dance floor was packed all night!

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After the wedding we had a couple of days in the Lake District staying at Candlewyck Barn arranged for us by the best man. We could only take a couple of days off though as we had so many brides marrying this summer that we had to get back to the shop! We are planning to take our “honeymoon proper” this Christmas though. 

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I have two tips for other Brides Up North, one practical and the other profound!

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The first, is if you can, have a wedding planner. Lisa Hilliard was fantastic and as it was a marquee reception, having someone there to oversee all the logistics was very reassuring. She was fantastic on the day and really enabled everyone to relax and enjoy the day. 

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The second tip is don’t over-think things and don’t worry!  All that matters is that you get to marry your soul mate! It’s very easy to get wrapped up in small details or worrying about what may or may not be. Ultimately it’s the marriage that matters with the day simply being the start of a fantastic journey so don’t sweat the small things.  With my husband and I having had our fair share of tragedy, we have learnt that life is short and very precious. Put things into perspective and make the most of what really matters.  The day comes and goes so quickly that my advice is to enjoy every minute of the planning and the day, whilst it may be a cliché it really is the best day of your life, so relax, don’t stress, and enjoy!

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Congratulations Francesca & Ivan!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North.  Here’s how. 

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  – Images © 2012 Andy Hook Photography

Choola is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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