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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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Violets Are Blue! A Real Wedding In Lancaster – Natalie & Andrew

July 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon we are in the North West as we join Natalie and Andrew for their classic and classy big day.  Natalie paired her traditional styling with lots of beautiful purple blooms for an elegant wedding to her very own sailor!

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With images by Jenna Carpenter Photography.

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Natalie says:  I was leaving the nursery I worked at after being there for almost four years and he got the children I had looked after for all those years to make a sign that said "Will you marry me?" When I came back to the nursery (I had been to do the banking!) the children held up the sign and Andrew held out a gorgeous engagement ring he had brought all they way back from Dubai with him and asked me to be his wife!

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We got married on 5th May 2013 at Christ Church in Lancaster and we had our reception at Ashton Hall, Lancaster Golf Club.  We chose the church as it is our parish church, Andrew was confirmed there and he went to the primary school linked to the church. We chose the golf club as it was such a beautiful venue. The grounds had so many different pretty places! Andrew had also learnt to play golf there as a child.

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As it was Spring when we got married I wanted to take advantage of this and have lots of lovely Spring flowers. I picked a colour scheme of all different shades of purple from lilac through to deep aubergine.

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My favourite part of the day was when we had signed the register and walked back down the aisle as husband and wife! I loved seeing all our guest so happy for us!

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I had a fitted lace dress with a short train and added a belt to the dress.   The dress was by Phil Collins and I bought it from The Bridal Collection in Lancaster.  Andrew wore a charcoal grey prince Edward suit which we hired from Greenwoods.

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Our bridesmaids wore dresses by Mori Lee in aubergine, also from The Bridal Collection. 

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I had a very mixed bouquet of spring flowers which included, stocks, hydrangeas, lisianthus, gypsophila, amongst other flowers all in different tones of purple. The bridesmaids had the same types of flowers but in cream and a slightly smaller bouquet size. The flower girls had flower wands which had an assortment of flowers in purple tones attached to it.  Our flowers were by Lune Valley Home and Garden. 

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My friend who is a fantastic artist painted us a finger print tree and gave it to us as a wedding present, we got all our guests to put their finger print on it and had it framed and now have it in our house as a lasting memento of our special day.

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Andrew is in the Royal Navy so we used names of boats that Andrew has sailed on for table names instead of numbers. 

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We also made party bags for the children that attended the wedding which contained, amongst other things a camera so that the children can capture ‘a child’s eye view’ of the wedding, I have got a copy of these photos as have the children.

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We had a three tier cake by Blackberry Cottage Bakery.  Each layer was a different flavour, Victoria sponge, carrot cake and lemon drizzle. Is was decorated with a lace pattern and sugar flowers which were featured within my bouquet. Our personalised bride and groom cake toppers relaxed on the top!

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We had a DJ for the evening entertainment from Audio Genetics.  He was fantastic and played fantastic music which kept everyone dancing in to the early hours of the morning!

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After the wedding, we went on a mini moon to Sherwood Forest where we hired a luxury log cabin with log burner and hot tub. We are going to go away properly next year.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that once the day is there and the ceremony and meal is done relax and enjoy yourself with your friends and family, the little things at that point no longer matter.

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Congratulations Natalie & Andrew!

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Fancy seeing your own Real Wedding on these pretty pages?  Get in touch.

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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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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 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 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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Find Your Dream Wedding Dress… In A Click!

October 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So. Cancel all plans and meetings for the rest of your afternoon.  Some favourite industry colleagues of mine have launched something rather special. 

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Find Your Dream Wedding Dress

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The wedding dress hunt never got easier than this!

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The team at Find Your Dream Wedding Dress say: this is a completely new concept, and the best idea ever. The minute he pops the question, and you have said yes, the search for your dream dress is underway.

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Find Your Dream Wedding Dress brings together, in one beautiful, easy-to-navigate site, a world of wonderful dresses from the top designers and manufacturers – hundreds and hundreds of them – covering all design options and price points. It focuses on bridal gowns, and nothing other than bridal gowns – no flowers, no venues, no best-man speeches. Just gorgeous gowns.

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It works so simply. Just pick out the features that really appeal to you. It could be a halter-neck, a cute fifties silhouette, a fabulous fairy-tale ball gown, or a slinky number with lots of vintage detailing. It could be glitter-loaded, or plain and simple. The choice is yours and you’ll see dozens of dream dresses that fit in with your ‘wish list’. Then you pop your favourites into your ‘dressing room’ and, if you want, you can go back for more choices by changing your criteria.

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Find Your Dream Wedding Dress

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Ready for a close up? Click on the dresses in your dressing room and you’ll get all the detail, from the fabric and colour options, size and price range, and personalisation opportunities to special design highlights – and that could include extras, like a sparkly belt or a lacy jacket. You’ll get different views of the gown and you’ll also get comments from the designer about what they like best about that particular style and why. What a great way to find out who’s who of the bridal gown designers!

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But that’s not where the fun stops. You’ll be able to check, right there and then, the bridal shops that carry the collections you have picked. One click and an email will go to the shop you select, to say you are interested in a particular label. And you can make an appointment instantly, by email, to see what could be your own dream wedding dress.

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Find Your Dream Wedding Dress

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My friend and colleague Rachel Morgan, editor of Wedding Ideas Magazine loves the idea too, and says: Searching for your dream dress is the most exciting part of the wedding planning. This amazing new website brings together hundreds of gowns from all over the world, and in every price bracket. You can quickly see the designers and the details you like, whittle down your favourites and make an appointment to actually try on the dress – all with a click of a mouse.

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At Find Your Dream Wedding Dress you will discover the latest collections from: Alexia Designs,
Alfred Sung, Amanda Wyatt, Augusta Jones, Beautiful, Benjamin Roberts, Blue by Enzoani, Callista Bride,
Charlotte Balbier, Chic by Hollywood Dreams, Daisi Daisi, Decades by The Vintage Wedding Dress Company, Decorum Bride, Enzoani, Heritage, Hollywood Dreams, Impression Bridal, Intuzuri, Jim Hjelm Blush, Justin Alexander, Joyce Young by Storm, Madeline Isaac-James, Maggie Sottero, Mark Lesley, MDS by Margaret Moreland, Modeca, Mori Lee, MS Moda, Phil Collins, Private Label by G, Ritva Westenius, Romantica, Ronald Joyce, Rosa Couture, Sincerity, Sonsie by Veromia, Sottero & Midgley, Tara Keely, Terry Fox Couture, Tia, Trudy Lee, Venus, Veromia, Watters and Wtoo.

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Literally hours of dress gazing. Right there. 

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Go ahead and play.  And be prepared to come up for air three days later. 

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  – Images © 2012 Find Your Dream Wedding Dress

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