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get the look: pippa middleton

June 6th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Though not technically royal family herself, Pippa Middleton’s recent wedding to her millionaire beau James Mathews caused media waves across the globe, with newsrooms worldwide on high alert ready for the first reveal of the blushing bride.

Dubbed the “society wedding of the year” many were intrigued to see which high profile individuals and celebs had, or even more so, hadn’t made the guest list. For us though the intrigue was all about the dress – questions that had been lingering for months would finally be answered; who designed the gown? Slinky or princess? Lace, satin or silk?

Contrary to what some people had predicted, Pippa covered up the curves that made her a household name at her sister Kate’s royal wedding back in 2011, instead opting for a stunning lace princess gown with beautiful A-line skirt for a demure look with a stylish twist.

We would certainly love to wear such a gorgeous gown for our nuptials – and if you too are crushing on Pippa’s big day look, we’re going to discuss how to mirror her impeccable style in today’s celebrity spy post. Prepare to take notes ladies!

the dress

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Giles Deacon was the designer who put Miss Middleton’s breath-takingly beautiful gown together – and we loved e-v-er-ything about it. However, if the rumours are anything to go by, such a gown would take a £40,000 chunk out of the wedding budget, placing it out of most bride’s reach.

Though all is not lost, for Pippa wore a classic shaped gown and some of the key detailing on her dress features in many other designers’ collections, meaning you can steal this style without blowing the entire wedding budget!

Though stunning, full lace gowns usually come with quite a hefty price tag and so savvy brides may prefer to look for gowns similar to Pippa’s but that just feature lace on just the top half of the dress. Then there’s the sleeves to consider – whether to go for a cute capped sleeve like Pippa or throw in some inspiration from sister Kate with full length lace sleeves instead.

The super elegant high-neck though not a hugely popular trend (yet!) could be spotted in some designs on the recent White Gallery catwalk and is a look worn by one of our other fav celebrity brides, Nicky Hilton.

Perhaps a little unexpected was the heart-shaped key-hole back to Pippa’s dress that revealed a hint of skin. For those wanting to follow in Pippa’s style steps, there are plenty of gowns with such detailing, from princess designs similar to Pippa’s as well as more fitted gowns. If feeling brave then you could go for more of a cut away design that would show off a larger proportion of skin.

the hair

PIPPA HAIR

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In classic bride style, Pippa chose to wear her hair up in a chignon inspired do with all locks pulled clear of her face to show-off that beautiful high-neck detail.
Pippa’s do was loose but still had an element of structure. Chignons come in all varieties, from sleek and polished to almost messy and undone, so ladies can pick a style to suit their overall bridal look.

Pippa finished off her look with just a touch of sparkle in the form of a delicate tiara and drop earrings.

the makeup

PIPPA MAKE UP

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Pretty Pippa chose to keep things real on the makeup front with a natural English rose look.

Her slightly tanned skin has a luminous glow though and there are no signs of heavy liquids, powders or contouring. Instead just a flush of pink blush is swept across the cheeks, eyes are delicately lined and brows defined. A coat of mascara and pretty pink lippy finishes off the look perfectly.

Royal, or not, this lady has certainly earned herself a spot in our celebrity bride hall of fame!

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her royal hotness. expert predictions on pippa middleton’s wedding dress

April 7th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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She almost managed to steal the limelight from sister, The Duchess of Cambridge, at the Royal Wedding back in April 2011, but soon Pippa Middleton will be firmly in the bridal spotlight as she prepares to marry her millionaire finance next month.

Pretty Pippa and beau James Matthews are due to take their vows on Saturday 20th May, and so speculation is rife as to what type of wedding they will be having, who will have made the guest list and which designer Pippa will have picked to provide her all-important gown.

Details we’re just dying to know ourselves! And so, to speculate further on what style of wedding dress Miss Middleton may have picked to show-off that famous figure of hers, we’ve called upon two of our Sponsors who are experts in the industry, mother and daughter British bridal designers, Amanda Wyatt and Charlotte Balbier.

charlotte says: I’m super excited for what is likely to be another major wedding day following Will and Kate, and I’m am sure the whole world is going to be watching.

Pippa has already worn plenty of amazing outfits and her style has to be praised as one to watch. She is quite adventurous in the fashion stakes compared to her sister Kate, who plays it safe.

I can picture the ambience of Pippa’s wedding day being fairy-tale like, with a mix of classic and romantic themes. Pippa will be united by Royal traditions and I believe she will choose a modern gown with a hint of regal flair.

So, join us ladies as we place our bets – will it be long, short; lace, silk; sleeveless, backless? Oh the suspense!!

Charlotte’s Pippa predictions from her Untamed Love Collection…

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Milena – The Melina gown is a beautiful fishtail design to flatter Pippa’s figure. She loves lace sleeves and this gown features lovely vintage lace capped sleeves with beautiful lace back detail too.

Aphrodite

Aphrodite – This is a beautiful chiffon gown with high-neck lace details. The perfect lightweight dress if the couple opt for an overseas wedding at her finance’s family hotel, Eden Rock in St Barths.

Paige

Paige – Pippa Middleton is well-known for her love of good accessories and shoes. The Paige gown is the perfect gown from the Untamed Love Collection to dress up and accessorize for a personal touch.

Rosalie

Rosalie – The Rosalie gown is an amazing silk empire line dress and has intricate beading silver details. This should be spot on for Pippa as we know she’s a fan of wearing gowns with a touch of that little bit extra.

Amanda’s Pippa predictions from her She Walks With Beauty Collection…

Elenor

Eleanor – Pippa earned the title “her Royal hotness” following her wonderful bridesmaid performance at the Royal Wedding. The Eleanor gown is made of beautiful organza material that would perfectly complement Pippa’s shape. I think she will embrace plenty of detail in her gown to differentiate herself from the plain bridesmaid dress she wore on for Kate and Will’s day, making the Eleanor gown, which has so many lovely intricate details, a beautiful choice.

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High Street Honey: To Have and To Hold Bridal Collection at Coast

May 6th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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With all the hype and giveaways galore in the run up to the Royal Wedding, there hasn’t been much time for shopping in my schedule.  So imagine this blogger’s delight when I chanced upon Coast’s ah-may-zzzzzing new bridal collection: To Have and To Hold.  Chic, heavenly, affordable, fashion forward too…drool.  Here are some of my favourites.

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Fill your boots brides on a budget, fill your boots.

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Like one?  ‘Course you do!  Click on the image to go straight there.  Helpful.

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Not So Budget Note:  Fancy taking a leaf out of the Duchess of Cambridge’s book and dressing your bridesmaids in ivory too?  Options galore for that too.  Who wouldn’t want to look as good as Pippa Middleton?!

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Coast - Lavinia Maxi Coast - Lavinia Maxi

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Coast - Ida Coast - Ida

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Coast - Lucerne Coast - Lucerne

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Coast - Mimosa Coast - Mimosa

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Coast - Avalana Coast - Avalana

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Royal Recap: Brides Up North’s Alternative Lip Reading Theories

May 4th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This is amazing.  This is mad. Gosh!”  Words, according to the lip readers, spoken by the new Duchess of Cambridge to her handsome Prince whilst travelling down the Mall on Friday.  Brides Up North doesn’t think she could have put it better.  What a celebration, what a dress, what a wedding!

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I thoroughly enjoyed all the action, switching on at 8am to see the guests arriving at the Abbey and staying tuned right through until the final kiss and fly by.  I adored rating the outfits, seeing the crowds and marvelling at a moment in history, but (being nosy) what I most enjoyed was a game of “fill in the blanks” whilst sipping my bucks fizz.

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Obviously, the lip readers were out in force to capture the newly weds’ first words to one another.  I love it! Tidbits like Harry’s excited comment to his brother “Just wait till you see her!”, the Prince’s “You look beautiful” declaration to Kate and William’s aside to Mr Middleton that “We were supposed to have just a small family affair” added a new layer of personality to the proceedings. 

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Brides Up North wondered how to report the Royal Wedding here on the blog, as no doubt would have seen countless recollections of the day, the dress, the outfits and the intrigue all over the press by now.  One thing Brides Up North doesn’t like to do is bore and rehash old news.  So I thought I would have some fun instead.

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So without further ado, my lords, ladies and gentlemen, the Brides Up North Alternative Lip Reading Theories.  Good for a giggle with your morning cuppa I hope.

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