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girls only. this weekend: the wedding edit

October 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

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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.

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.

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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 hello@lovebridalboutique.co.uk.

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Images by Jonny Draper Photography 

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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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Works Of Art. The Designer Series: Raimon Bundo

November 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Celine by Raimon Bundo

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.

Celine by Raimon Bundo

Celine

Celine by Raimon Bundo

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.

Ariadna by Raimon Bundo

Ariadne

Ariadna by Raimon Bundo

Ariadna by Raimon Bundo

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.

Arola by Raimon Bundo

Arola

Arola by Raimon Bundo

Arola by Raimon Bundo

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.

Bella by Raimon Bundo

Bella

Bella by Raimon Bundo

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!

Flora by Raimon Bundo

Flora

Flora by Raimon Bundo

Flora by Raimon Bundo

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.

Gala by Raimon Bundo

Gala

Gala by Raimon Bundo

Gala by Raimon Bundo

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!

Isadora by Raimon Bundo

Isadora

Isadora by Raimon Bundo

Isadora by Raimon Bundo

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.

Iaia by Raimon Bundo

Laia

Iaia by Raimon Bundo

Iaia by Raimon Bundo

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.

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Lucretia

Lucrecia by Raimon Bundo

Lucrecia by Raimon Bundo

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).

Marilyn by Raimon Bundo

Marilyn

Marilyn by Raimon Bundo

Marilyn by Raimon Bundo

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.

Martina by Raimon Bundo

Martina

Martina by Raimon Bundo

Martina by Raimon Bundo

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!

Perla by Raimon Bundo

Perla

Perla by Raimon Bundo

Perla by Raimon Bundo

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.

Salome by Raimon Bundo

Salome

Salome by Raimon Bundo

Salome by Raimon Bundo

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.

Tania by Raimon Bundo

Tania

Tania by Raimon Bundo

Tania by Raimon Bundo

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.

Triana by Raimon Bundo

Triana

Triana by Raimon Bundo

Triana by Raimon Bundo

How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you or see more of your designs?

Visit our website www.raimonbundo.com to view the full collections or contact anton@raimonbundo.com for more details.  Alternatively, pay a visit to one of our fabulous Northern stockists: 

Y.A.P Bridal in Newcastle;

Love Bridal Boutique in Altrincham or

Mia Bridal in Cumbria. 

Victoria by Raimon Bundo

Victoria

Victoria by Raimon Bundo

Victoria by Raimon Bundo

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Indian Summer. Raimon Bundo Lace For A Real Wedding In York – Goldie & Matt

October 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jim Poyner Photographer

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.

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

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!

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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!

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

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.

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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!

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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.

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

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.

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

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.

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

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. 

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

We had three huge cakes from Made by Jane who I found on Facebook

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.

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

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.

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

Jim Poyner Photographer

After the wedding we honeymooned at a gorgeous boutique called Fazenda Nova in Portugal. 

Jim Poyner Photographer

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!

Jim Poyner Photographer

 

Congratulations Goldie & Matt!

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Wedding Blog Exclusive: Merry Christmas! Announcing The New Collection By Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique!

December 21st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Happy Friday… and Happy Christmas!  Woo hoo! It’s finally here!  I’ll be back later on today to share my Brides Up North Christmas message (it’s been one helluva year people!), but I’m not leaving you out in the cold after that! 

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We’ll be celebrating Christmas in style here at Brides Up North with a daily post recapping on my personal favourites from a year’s worth of gorgeous celebrations  (The 12 Weddings of Christmas, if you like!) to bring us into the New Year.  I love to take a few moments at this time of year to look back and reflect on the 12 months gone by before moving on.  It’s certainly been an inspirational and pretty one here on these swirly silver pages and I can’t wait to trawl through our archives.  If you need a rest from Aunt Maude, eating to the point of bursting, beeping gadgetry, Deal Or No Deal and incessant carolling… you know where to come. 

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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In the meantime, we are looking very much ahead, with a wedding blog fashion exclusive from Brides Up North Featured Supplier LOVE Bridal Boutique, based in Cheshire.  I know that Emma and Jonny have been bursting to share news of their latest designer with you lovelies, so I won’t keep them from it a moment more.

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Today I am happy to introduce the new collection by Spanish designer Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique, the star of this beautiful Christmassy shoot by Jonny Draper Photography, and to chat to Emma, Jonny and Anton Weiss of Raimon Bundo about these utterly stunning wedding gowns: dresses recalling golden days of elegance and unmistakeable quality, with a romantic, bohemian edge.

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Tell us about the new collection by Raimon Bundo? What was the inspiration behind the collection?

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Anton: Designer, Ivonne Ruiz is from Barcelona where the collection is designed and art will always inspire her craft as the city is brimming with it! This year’s collection is inspired by the Impressionist movement whose use of light and colour are reflected in the ethereal fabrics and soft pastel colour palette introduced into the collection. If you watched the Barcelona bridal week catwalk show you would see that Monet – the master of the Impressionists – has pride of place in this year’s collection. Ivonne’s love of art is also closely connected to her love for travel. She spends a lot of time at her place on the Balearic island of Formentera (just close to Ibiza) and the bohemian vibe of this island can especially be observed in the IR by Bundo collection .

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Which fabrics were chosen for the new collection and why?

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Anton: Fabrics chosen for this years collection include layer upon layer of stunning laces such as Chantilly, the softest silk tulle you can imagine and vintage details such as gold crochet. We have also introduced a lovely very lightweight brocade for brides looking for something completely new.

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Who does Raimon Bundo design for and what sizes are available?

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Anton: Raimon Bundo designs for all brides of all sizes and we also offer made to measure. Across each of the four collections there is something for all brides: Raimon Bundo mainline (for classic girls who perhaps want a twist), IR by Bundo (for bohemian, alternative, carefree brides: especially good for destination wedding girls!), Kiss (for younger girls, civil ceremonies, budget conscious brides) and Victor and Lucchino (for avant guarde show stopping brides). The collection closest to Ivonne’s heart is IR by Bundo which you will find well stocked at LOVE Bridal Boutique

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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 What sets Raimon Bundo apart from other designers?

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Anton: A few things: amazing customer service including express turnaround times of four weeks for late brides often for no extra charge, modification and customisation of styles for no extra charge and a really competitive quality/price ratio. We also pride ourselves on the superior quality of our European only fabrics and also on the fact that EVERY dress is 100% hand-made in Barcelona – a claim not all designers can justify!

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Tell us about working with your brand new stockist LOVE Bridal Boutique?

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Anton: We are delighted to be working with LOVE Bridal Boutique because the lovely Emma and Jonny have years between them in the bridal industry and really know what brides want. They instantly recognized what the brand is about, the value and service that we offer compared to other bridal houses and the beauty and originality of the dresses. They also understand the importance of a beautiful photo shoot which you can see from these images… so we know that the image of the brand and our reputation are in good hands!

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Why are you so excited to stock Raimon Bundo at LOVE?

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Emma: We first encountered Raimon Bundo at the White Gallery back in May and completely fell in love with the gowns, the branding, the service offering – everything about the brand really!  At that point we were close to launching the boutique and had already committed to the designers we were going to stock, so we managed to hold back and see how the boutique would take off before we took on another designer. After only three months of trading we had well exceeded our targets, and I had noticed a small gap in our dress offering, so it didn’t take long before I was poring over the Raimon Bundo website with my dress wish list growing by the minute! Soon enough we arranged to meet up with Anton to view the dresses at our boutique which were sent over especially to us from Barcelona and we agreed on our final dress list there and then. We chose a selection of dresses from both the mainline Raimon Bundo collection and also IR by Bundo. Jonny and I were completely wowed by the gowns and couldn’t wait for them to arrive into the boutique… so much so that our minds were in overdrive for how we could announce the arrival of the collection at LOVE… obviously we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do a photo shoot! Our brand new dress samples arrived with us within just a month and we were ready to go with our shoot. 

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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What is the process from finding “the one” to final fitting?

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Emma: When a bride falls for a Raimon Bundo gown they will have their measurements taken and I will chat through sizing options with the bride. There is a fabulous made to measure service available too. Also, as Anton mentioned, if a bride has any special requirements, for example changing a neckline to sweetheart neckline or removing a belt feature, then this can be done at no extra cost. The process still remains as easy as possible and a bride will then come back into the boutique for her first fitting with our seamstress around eight weeks before her wedding day. From here she may have one or two additional fitting appointments. At a fitting appointment she will also be able to choose from a wide array of accessories to compliment her gown from our ‘LOVE Bridal Accessories’ department. 

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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What was your inspiration for the shoot and why did you choose the venue & styling?

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Jonny: From the photographer’s perspective, Styal Lodge is one of my absolute favourite wedding venues. It’s a bespoke, hand crafted, family run venue that is built on stunning grounds with a different photographic opportunity every way you turn. I was very mindful of the fact that the shoot would be a winter shoot so weather would more than likely play a (negative!) role on the day, so we planned to shoot everything inside. This led to a minor problem in that the interior of the lodge is very distinctive (one of the reasons I love it!) and we wanted to style this shoot in a way that people looking at it would have to do a double take that it was even at Styal Lodge. More than anything, we wanted to showcase the venue’s versatility and show what can be done when you let a team made up of super creative wedding specialists get together and come up with something a little bit different…

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Who was involved in the shoot and how did it go on the day?

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Jonny: Obviously the venue was the stunning Styal Lodge – our first and only choice for this shoot. I’d spoken to Poppy (wedding and events manager) about various ideas, which parts of the lodge we would use, how we could dress it and she became one of the most important people on the shoot: a huge help during the set up the day before and literally happy to hand over her keys to allow us to start at the crack of dawn on shoot day. 

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One of our absolute favourite florists, Sian from Didsbury Flower Lounge was another key person involved. I had an idea about ‘bringing the outside in’ but I couldn’t quite get my head round exactly what I wanted (in fact, I didn’t necessarily know exactly what I wanted!) – cue a phone call to Sian to explain the idea, a chat about materials and props, a conversation about building sets (!) and a date in the diary to meet nice and early at the lodge the day before the shoot to bring the ideas to life. We decided on two sets, one which had a woodland, wintery, ethereal feel and one that would be slightly more contemporary, lit very differently in order to give it a striking look.

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Another phonecall to Emma from Special Days Events (thanks Poppy at Styal Lodge for thinking of that!) to get hold of ivy, black drapes and various props and we were good to go…

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Shoot day itself and we’d recruited a gorgeous model called Jen Brook, whose work I had admired on Facebook for quite a while. Jen is living proof of social media being a great tool. We have a number of mutual photographer and model friends on Facebook and she added me as a friend a few months ago. As soon as we decided we wanted to use a model for this shoot she was the first person I thought of. All of her previous work had so many different looks to it, that I knew she’d be able to fit into the overall look we were trying to create. She didn’t let us down and she’s a lovely person too – bonus!

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And then to the amazing Gemma Hallowell and the equally amazing Paisley Gamble from Macleod Bradley in West Didsbury – as with Styal Lodge, these two ladies were nailed on from the minute we dreamed up this shoot. Gemma is so attentive, creative and imaginative when it comes to the looks that she creates. Paisley seems to have that knack to always be able to do something that little bit different, that little bit special. They’re both great fun and easy to work with – top girls!

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We were also lucky enough to enjoy the company of the big boss from Macleod Bradley – Helen Bradley – for the shoot. It was great having Helen on board, not only because of all the support she’s given us since we opened the boutique, but she was also a very useful extra pair of hands when it came to tidying up later on!

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All in all, a top team who we were so excited to have involved in the shoot. The images are exactly as Emma and I had imagined them and that is all down to the amazing team there over the course of the shoot.

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper 

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How can brides find out more about the new Raimon Bundo collection at LOVE?

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Emma: For more information about the Raimon Bundo collection stocked at LOVE then please contact me on 0161 941 6446 or email hello@lovebridalboutique.co.uk

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Raimon Bundo at LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper

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Little Black Book

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Gowns: Raimon Bundo

Stockist: LOVE Bridal Boutique

Venue: Styal Lodge

Flowers: Didsbury Flower Lounge 

Make Up: Gemma Hallowell

Hair: Macleod Bradley

Images: Jonny Draper Photography

Props: Special Days Events

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  – Images © 2012 Jonny Draper Photography

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