February 19th, 2015 | Julia Braime
One of my favourite ever scenes in Friends (hey, I’m a big fan!) is the one where Monica, Rachel and Phoebe head to the NYC dress sale to search for Monica’s dream wedding dress. Issued with whistles by the ever competitive Monica to attract attention if they locate the gown, the girls split up. A frenzied scene results in a tussle over tulle and Jennifer Aniston cowering under a rail of frocks, using her whistle to sound the search alarm.
Girls, now’s your chance to unleash your inner Monica.
Our North East readers are sorted for this weekend’s plans, but Cheshire ladies… clear your calendar.
The big north sample sale is brought to you by three leading bridal boutiques in the North-West – Agapé Bridal Boutique, Love Bridal Boutique and The White Closet, and will be held at one of Cheshire’s most popular and one of Brides Up North’s own favourite wedding venues (we’ll be here a month later for our fabulous Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition), The Bowdon Rooms this Sunday 22nd February 2015.
This is the first collaboration of its kind in the North West, developed by three innovative boutiques who had the idea of bringing a host of leading bridal designers together all under one roof for Northern brides-to-be, offering a broad selection of bridal gown styles at amazing discounted prices.
Usually, a bridal boutique would host their own individual sample sale event meaning only a limited amount of brides are able to attend, with a smaller selection of dresses to choose from. The three boutiques involved pride themselves on being in tune with their brides, and knowing that the average bride likes to view a number of designers before making their final dress decision, what better way to present a sample sale than to bring the crème de la crème of bridal designers together for one exclusive event! The Big North Sample Sale allows a larger number of brides to attend and choose from a wide variety of fabulous gowns and designers.
With a collection of much sought after designers including Jenny Packham, Alan Hannah, Temperley London, Charlotte Balbier, Stephanie Allin, Stewart Parvin, Claire Pettibone, Amanda Wakeley, Terry Fox, Raimon Bundo, Ian Stuart and many many more, and with dresses available from £100 to £1700, this event is going to be seriously popular. There will also be a selection of accessories on offer too and some bridesmaid gowns. Savvy brides who know their designers, and appreciate great quality gowns will be in their element with dresses for sale at a fraction of the price. This event will also suit brides who have a shorter timescale to find their dress and whose only option may be to buy ‘off the rail’. Sample dress sizes range from 8-14.
all gowns featured are available to buy at the event
Brides will have the opportunity to try on gowns at the event, choosing a maximum of 2 at a time. There will be dedicated changing areas (predominantly communal changing areas with some private changing areas available too) and lots of mirrors around the venue. Brides are encouraged to wear nude underwear and also bring a pair of heels of the height they are thinking of wearing on their wedding day. Bridal experts from each boutique will also be on hand to offer any advice on any alterations required, recommended seamstress contacts, dry cleaning etc (alterations and dry cleaning are not included in the dress price) There is a strict girls only policy at the event too!
Payment for dresses will be by cash or card (Visa, Mastercard or Maestro).
Whistles at the ready!
agape bridal boutique, Alan Hannah, amanda wakeley, brides up north featured supplier, charlotte balbier, claire pettibone, ian stuart, Jenny Packham, love bridal boutique, raimon bundo, stephanie allin, stewart parvin, temperley london, terry fox, the big north sample sale, the bowdon rooms, the white closet, wedding dress
October 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime
Brides Up North Sponsor Emma of Love Bridal Boutique would like me to extend a fabulous invitation to my readers (because she knows you’re pretty fabulous too) to the wedding edit.
Happening this weekend – clear your diaries – on Sunday 26th October 2014, from 12pm at Styal Lodge, Cheshire, this event is your chance to see Love Bridal Boutique’s stunning new gowns in their catwalk show from some of Brides Up North’s favourite designers including Stewart Parvin, Raimon Bundo, Alan Hannah, Enzoani, Terry Fox, Mia Mia and Maids To Measure.
Emma says: It’s going to be an amazing catwalk show, showcasing all our designers’ new collections (including bridesmaids) and then there’s a unique opportunity to chat with all of our wedding friends who are there to offer their advice about all things wedding planning. There will also be a lot of prosecco and canapés!
Strictly no boys allowed.
This event is guest list only. To reserve your place, please email email@example.com.
Images by Jonny Draper Photography
April 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime
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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Accessories by Madeline Isaac-James, 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, 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, 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, the couture veil, Timeless Couture, uk wedding blog, Victorio & Lucchino, Watters Brides, white gallery, White Ivy, Yolan Cris, YSA Makino, Zaeem Jamal.
November 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime
As I mentioned yesterday, this year I have been in the privileged position of obtaining access to all my favourite bridal designers for a series of exclusive interviews here on Brides Up North. Now that the collections have landed in a boutique near you, I’ll be recapping the series daily on the Brides Up North Facebook page. Click here to like the page and stay updated – I’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. Otherwise, you can search “Designer Series” here on the blog and get lost in the lovely right now.
Today, it’s time to add one more talent to the party, as another of my favourites, Spanish designers Cristina and Ivonne of Raimon Bundo show off their 2014 collection. So what do you think, have I saved the best till last? I’d love to know your thoughts.
Please introduce Raimon Bundo and tell us a little about your brand?
Raimon Bundo is a family company based in Barcelona with over 40 years experience in the bridal industry. Everything is hand-made in Spain by a team of artisans who put lots of love into every dress. Designers Cristina and Ivonne create four very different collections per year but always share and promote the same values of quality, modernity and simplicity in everything they design. The collections launched to UK brides in 2012 and have had an amazing response from stockists and brides alike.
What were the inspirations behind this very beautiful collection?
Art is one of the pillars in my life and I use designing bridal wear as a vehicle to convey my feelings to the outside world. My work is a reflection of me and of the brides who wear my designs, brides who obviously have their personality that they want to express. This expression is what inspires me to continue my work in this field.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Everywhere I can! I try to fill my free time with as much exposure to the arts as possible and I also try to spend time with the brides themselves at our shops in Barcelona and Madrid. That proximity to the needs and desires of each bride is always a major source of inspiration.
What sort of woman do you design for?
The Raimon Bundo bride has a timeless identity present in every collection we do. She is elegant, unfussy, natural. Our bride values style, quality and feeling good on her big day. The four collections we produce each year have something for every bride so she can chose a design that best suits her personality and her wedding.
What fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the new collection and why?
Fabrics are so important to us and we only deal with European mills.
Customers always comment on the quality of the laces, satins and organzas we use. Alongside our signature laces, satins and organzas in a variety of hues you will find the most amazing soft silk tulle as used in our Diana dress. We have also continued to push our light-as-air brocade fabrics as used by Oscar de la Renta and worn by the lovely Jennifer Lawrence when she fell up the stairs at this years Oscars!
Do you have a personal favourite from the new collection?
I don’t have a favourite dress but if I had to chose a favourite collection it would be Ir by Bundo. I have quite a lot of freedom when designing this collection which I find very inspiring. Almost anything is possible so we often have a varied and daring palette of colours and unconventional designs. For me, the average wedding is sometimes a little too conventional so I try to break with the more traditional with this collection and move towards a bohemian and vintage style. There is a certain courage and desire that I express in this collection which I don’t have to hold back or limit in any way.
What jewellery would you pair with this collection?
As you will see at our catwalk shows we tend to favour floral-inspired pieces be they boho or classic. We also like jewellery inspired by certain periods of history so may find the odd Austen-esque brooch or 20’s deco item popping up here and there. Jewellery is quite a personal choice; some girls like to add a bit more bling or sparkle to their look and we encourage girls to customize the look to their personality wherever possible. It’s your big day after all!
And what beauty look?
We love the idea of a classic dress contrasted by darling red lips that hint at the passion of the wedding night. For our more whimsical or bohemian brides we love a paler, mother-of-pearl effect.
Do you have a signature piece?
The collections are hugely varied but at the moment I would say we have two signature styles: The classic clean structured look of Igueldo with its full skirt and stiff satin fabric. And then we have the lace/tulle combinations of dresses like Diana and Infanta.
How do you decide on the names for your gowns?
Although there is very often a very strong art bias in naming the collections we take reference from everywhere. It could be architecture one year, history the next, or wonders of the natural world as you will find in this years mainline where we have names like Iguazu (a waterfall on the borders of Brazil and Argentina or Igueldo (a mountain in San Sebastian, Spain).
What is the process for your clients from finding “the one” to the final fitting?
All our dresses are made-to-measure and created by hand in our Barcelona studios.We strive to turn all orders around within 3 months from date of order.
Brides need only visit one of our lovely stockists, decide on their dream dress and get measured up. The rest is just a case of one or two fittings in-store before the big day.
What is the retail price range for your designs?
Mainline and Ir by Bundo collections retail between £1,850 – £2,500. Our Kiss collection retails between £1,400 – £1,800.
What sets Raimon Bundo apart from other bridal brands?
All our dresses are made to measure for no extra cost and our lead times average 2-3 months from date of order. We also allow changes to style for little or no cost (depending on the change requested) and if brides want a custom-made matching jacket or to add more boning to their dress it’s no problem!
How did you get into wedding dress design?
Creativity and business run through our family. Designing is the way I express myself.
Was there a defining point in your career that made your business the success it is today?
There have been many along the way but opening our own shops in the most prestigious streets in Madrid and Barcelona was pretty special. And being invited back every year to show on the catwalk at Barcelona bridal week is always a good buzz!
What are your plans for the future?
To keep doing what we enjoy for many more years to come.
Is this your dream career?
I wouldn’t want things any other way. I enjoy painting and designing womenswear but there is something very special about that connection with a bride on the most important day of her life.
Where doo you go to relax?
We have a place in Formentera which is so beautiful and unspoiled, the water is so clear. It is where I feel most at home and where I enjoy spending time with my children.
What are your “best things” in life?
Family, doing a job I love and art – in that order.
How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you or see more of your designs?
Y.A.P Bridal in Newcastle;
Love Bridal Boutique in Altrincham or
Mia Bridal in Cumbria.
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October 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime
I love autumn. It’s all about bonfires, new boots, the return of TV worth watching, fireworks, Halloween parties (!) and sticky toffee pudding. It’s the time of year that my husband and I chose to say “I do”. It’s a time for new terms, fresh starts and (in my opinion) some of the most beautiful weddings going.
There’s almost always freakishly good weather, clear blue skies and crisp golden leaves, just like on Saturday 28th September 2013, when Brides Up North reader Goldie married her love, Matt. Let’s join them.
With images by Jim Poyner Photography.
Goldie says: Matt proposed outside the York Minster in York in March this year. We were out shopping and he made a detour which he said was a short cut and I kept asking where we were going. Little did I know!
We were married on 28th September 2013. The ceremony was at York Register Office and the reception was held as The National Centre for Early Music in York. We knew it was perfect for us as soon as we saw it. We loved it’s character and space and it suited the relaxed, rustic, country feel I wanted. The gardens are really pretty and I could imagine our two year old son running around on the day. I loved that it was blank space to do whatever we liked with and as its a music centre, it has great acoustics for music entertainment plus it has a piano!
We chose a colour palette of coral, ivory, green and brown. I wanted a summery look with coral and yellow but as it was late September the brown and greens toned down the coral and made it more autumnal.
I walked the five minute walk from my hotel to York Register office with my Dad, bridesmaids and flower girl. We got a lot of attention especially from the football fans on their way to York v Portsmouth match! The guests walked the scenic route through York centre together from York register office to reception venue but we got a taxi and the driver gave us a freebie!
My Raimon Bundo dress was from Love Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, Cheshire. My sister knew it was ‘the one’ before I’d even finished putting it on. I wanted a simple, vintage style dress with some lace and sleeves. It felt fantastic on, floaty and whimsical and the most important thing for me – comfortable!
My three bridesmaids are my sisters and they wore coral dresses from Vicky Martin bought new on ebay. I had seen a still from a Hollyoaks wedding of the bridesmaids wearing the same dresses and loved the colour.
The groomsmen wore brown gold ties from Tie Rack with their own suits.
I had a bouquet of roses in white and peach (called Miss Piggy). I asked Garden of Eden in York for a fresh, country, freshly picked flowers look and they got it spot on. the bouquets were tied with lace ribbon.
The men’s buttonholes were tied with brown twine to match their ties and compliment the rustic country theme.
My main aim for the theme was relaxed and informal, I didn’t want any stuffiness and I wanted guests to feel relaxed. I aimed for DIY style with a rustic, country feel and as the NCEM is a grade II listed church converted in to a music centre, I incorporated a church fete feel with hundreds of metres of bunting strewn between trees and in the arches of the inside, a cake table full of homemade cupcakes and sponge cakes with flags, and I also injected a bit of music theme with confetti cones made from old music sheets.
We used Bradshaws of York for the catering – a hog roast with baby new roast potatoes, salads and chocolate fondant for dessert.
We had a ‘cheese’ cake supplied by Matt’s mum’s friend at York Beer and Wine Shop.
We are both not fans on fruit cake and icing so knew we didn’t want a traditional wedding cake. We wanted a choice of cakes with big yummy flavours and found Jane in Leeds who suggested three huge cakes – Lemon Drizzle, Sticky toffee pudding with Salted caramel Buttercream and Chocolate Orange. We served the cake in the evening along with evening snacks and encouraged guests to take some home in doggie bags. I got a few texts the days afterwards saying how amazing the cake was! My mum also made 48 cupcakes in various flavours. We decorated the cakes with small flags made with cocktail sticks and paper flags.
We had a pianist play during the meal. Our reception venue has most fantastic piano on site so it would’ve been a shame not to use it! He played a mix of jazz, ballads and took requests on the day. In the evening we had a local York band The Players.
They played rock and pop from 60s to now with some really fun songs that I wouldn’t think of choosing myself including Girls Aloud’s Love Machine. Everyone thought they were brilliant. We found them through this blog.
After the wedding we honeymooned at a gorgeous boutique called Fazenda Nova in Portugal.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t be swayed by what you think a wedding should be, go with what you want your day to be. And get a decent photographer – worth every penny!
Congratulations Goldie & Matt!
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