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Real Wedding Recap Summer 2013: Mellow Yellow! A Real Wedding In The North East – Steph & Dan

June 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the team take a break until to rest and recharge for the second half of what’s set to be the biggest and best year year yet at Brides Up North HQ, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding pretty. 

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Usual service will recommence on 1st July 2013,  but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far in 2013, plenty of eye candy, new features that we won’t be able to wait to share, some special supplier showcases and a couple of surprises too!

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I reckon a dash of sunshine is just what the doctor ordered.  First shared here on the blog back on a cold January’s morning, step forward Steph, Dan and their beautiful flower filled Summer wedding in the North East.  Let’s get mellow with the yellow.

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With images from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sean Elliott Photography

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Steph says: We got engaged on 14th May 2011 in Newcastle – I had a long wait as we are childhood sweethearts who had been together for 11 years prior to our engagement!

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We were married on 11th August 2012 at Crook Hall and Gardens which is a hidden gem in Durham. We had the venue until 6pm, we then went to the Gala Theatre in Durham for our evening reception.

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Right from the start we wanted an informal and rustic wedding so we went on the search for a barn conversion… despite having the Northumberland countryside on our doorstep there appeared to be a gap in the market for this up North as we couldn’t find one! A friend recommended Crook Hall and Gardens and as soon as we went there for afternoon tea we were sold! It’s a beautiful and unique venue with the most stunning collection of gardens and quirky decor. The medieval hall that we were married in was the perfect substitute to a barn ceremony. Crook Hall was so different to any wedding venue we had previously visited and we instantly fell in love with how beautiful it was.

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My mum and dad surprised me with a Beaumont vintage car to take me to the wedding. 

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It took me ages to choose a colour scheme – I didn’t want to choose a colour at first as I thought it would limit me in the hunt to find bridesmaid dresses! Eventually we found some navy bridesmaid dresses and then through my obsession of scrolling through Pinterest I found a picture of a girl in a navy dress and yellow shoes. From this point my colour theme was navy and yellow! The bridesmaids wore navy dresses and mustard shoes, we had yellow in our flowers and yellow balloons!

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Sean Elliott Photography

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As already stated, I have an obsession with lace therefore it was never an option to even consider not having a lace dress. The dress I chose was a Justin Alexander dress 8530. It is a beautiful lace mermaid gown with a bateau neckline. The dress comes with a veil but I purchased a separate lace edged cathedral veil from Joyce Jackson called Orlando that I fell in love with in the bridal shop – Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear in Newcastle.

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The shoes were a beautiful vintage style lace up pair from Rainbow Club called Clara.

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My brother in-law’s sister played the harp as guests were coming into the wedding. She also played Canon in D as we walked back down the aisle after our ceremony and during our drinks reception following the ceremony.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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I carried a vintage style hand tied bouquet including ivory rose, lisianthus, freesia, yellow dill, achilliea which was bound with lace.  My bridesmaids had simple hand tied gypsophila.  The groom and groomsmen wore buttonholes with an achilliea and beargrass loop.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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The bridesmaids wore beautiful but simple lace navy dresses from Monsoon and their yellow suede shoes were from ClarksThe groom and groomsmen wore navy suits hired from Waltons Menswear.

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My vision from the start was to provide a rustic / vintage theme. Anyone who knows me is aware I have an obsession with lace and so there was no doubt that lace would also play a huge part in my theme! We made lace chair ties, lace covered jam jars, put lace around the bouquets, the bridesmaid dresses were lace and obviously I had a lace dress!

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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I loved the idea of homemade décor and personalised touches that we could keep hold of for years to come. We spent time searching craft markets for decorative inspiration and spent months collecting jam jars and milk bottles that we could decorate with lace, twine and buttons. My sister made old fashioned luggage tags and stamped them with messages and my friends and I made homemade raspberry jam as name places and favours. For our table names we painted the glass of old fashioned photo frames with black board paint and wrote the table names in chalk paint. We also hung slates in the gardens with extracts from our readings on and used an old fashioned vintage suitcase for our cards and gifts.

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As we had the venue booked from 11.30 and our ceremony wasn’t until 12.30 we had lawn games for the guests to enjoy in the gardens as we wanted them to make the most of the venue and spend as much time there as possible.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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We had decorations hanging from the trees and this made for some beautiful pictures when we were cutting the cake.  We used Ladybird Cakes from Tynemouth and had a three tier cake made of carrot cake, raspberry and white chocolate, and lemon sponge.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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I absolutely loved the whole day and it genuinely exceeded all my expectations! However there are two parts of the day that stand out as my favourite. The first being when my friends and I are having fun in the gardens while trying to find our way through the maze with the balloons.  We used two yellow balloons to add an element of fun, a flash of colour and we also wanted it to express our informal theme of the day. It provided some excellent photo opportunities!  There is a great photo of my friends who surprisingly all agreed to lie down in the grass to capture an amazing photo of their legs poking above the flowers!

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My other favourite part was when Dan and I managed to have time with just the two of us in the gardens as the sun was setting – Sean has managed to capture the most amazing pictures we could have ever asked for! You spend most of your wedding day speaking to everyone else but each other so it was nice to have some time to savour the moment and enjoy our own company as Mr and Mrs!

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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As part of our photography package we purchased the Photo Peg to entertain the evening guests. This was an excellent alternative to a photo booth! Polaroid pictures were taken of the guests holding a large vintage frame and they held up a chalk board with a message for us. The polaroid’s were then pegged on a ‘washing line’ and at the end of the night the guests could take the pictures home as a keepsake. 

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We used Colin Cook – The North East Wedding DJ who provided our evening entertainment and mood up-lighting and The Vintage Tea Company for hire of bunting, cake stands and crockery for our floral decorations in the evening venue.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand – we spent time in Bangkok, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t feel pressure to conform to the norm! Our wedding may not have been the most traditional but we made it personal to us and we made sure that it was fun! Make sure you set time aside in the day to spend time with each other – you’ll be surprised how little you’ll see of each other!! Spend time searching for an amazing photographer… Sean has taken the most beautiful and unique pictures which has provided us with memories to last a lifetime!

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Congratulations Steph & Dan!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on the blog!  Here’s how to do it!

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  – Images © 2013 Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

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Rose Gold: A Vintage Inspired Dusky Pink Styled Shoot In The North West

May 2nd, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today we join a very talented collective of North West wedding suppliers for a dreamy vintage inspired bridal shoot sent to me by Emilie of Dotmoxee Photography.  Be inspired, and let this loveliness get you excited about something very special coming up your way soon North West…

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Dotmoxee Photography say:  As wedding photographers we’ve always found ourselves flicking through a good home and fashion magazine, reading about the latest wedding trends, and thinking about our next inspiration shoot.  We always aim to keep our work up to date, as well as working with like minded suppliers in the North West.

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We met Francesca (Cheshire Cat Cake Company) back in November at a wedding fair and where amazed by her talent. Naturally we both liked the idea of collaborating and decided to extend the invitation. 

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Francesca from The Cheshire Cat Cake Company says: When Emilie (Dotmoxee Photography) approached me to join her in a vintage shoot in Sale, Cheshire, I jumped at the chance. Having great photographs of my work is essential to capture intricate elements of my bespoke designs and also appeal to the modern sophisticated bride.

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We agreed to use the gorgeous palette of dusky peach and rich gold colours as our theme and after showing off our mood board we soon had our bridal shop, florist, venue stylist & head pieces on board. Now we just required our model for the day and a make up artist to complete the team. 

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The biggest challenge was finding a date when everyone was available, but once it was set we were all committed to the shoot. The day itself was gloomy at best (chance of snow, light showers) but with a glimmer of sunshine we took our chances.

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As the rain came down Chris Gratin (Beautifully Vintage) worked her magic and styled an area in Pearl Bridal Boutique (Sale). Chris is a real treat to have on a shoot – her enthusiasm counter balanced the poor weather with charm and stunning vintage props. 

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All the while Make Up Artist Jenny Reddiough was giving our model Bernadette a bridal makeover, the lovely Nicole (Pearl Bridal Boutique) had selected the dress ‘Dulcie’ (by White Rose) from her 2013 collection and with Rachel of Penny Brown providing her wonderful hand made head pieces, Bernadette’s look was complete.

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The stunning bouquets were provided by Sale based Laurel Weddings, the colours and button details worked perfectly and complemented the rest of the styling; shoes by Rainbow Club (as part of their lace collection). Francesca took the opportunity to experiment with different techniques. Her use of a tinted, copper leaf gilt with the addition of large ruffle rosettes looked adorable.

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For the companion design, she created a double tiered cake swathed in ripples of buttercream, with wired pearl detail , emulating folds of cascading fabric. Finally topping this with an additional tier, again using the copper gilt, and punctuating with a giant, copper edged, single rosette to complete the design.

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With one eye on the weather our chance finally came to venture outdoors. Walkden Gardens is one of Sale’s hidden gems and this was our opportunity to make the most of it. Nicole provided Bernadette with a second dress (‘Payton’ by Sweetheart Gowns) and after a quick touch up from Jenny we were on our way.

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We all worked together to create an inspiring set of images and hopefully provided you with some insight into each suppliers work. 

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Bridal Dresses – Pearl Bridal Boutique

Cake – Cheshire Cat Cake Company

Styling – Beautifully Vintage China Hire & Vintage Accessories

Makeup & Hair – Make Up By Jenny Reddiough

Headpieces – Penny Brown

Flowers – Laurel Weddings

Photography – Dotmoxee Photography

Model – Bernadette

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Fancy more beautiful luxury and vintage inspiration?  Mark your diaries with the first Brides Up North North West Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham on Sunday 19th May 2013!  VIP Pre-Registration is open now, click here, don’t miss out!

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The Bowdon Rooms Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Dotmoxee Photography

Laurel Weddings is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier but this is not a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

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Mellow Yellow! A Real Wedding In The North East – Steph & Dan

January 30th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I reckon a dash of sunshine is just what the doctor ordered on a cold January morning.  Step forward Steph, Dan and their beautiful flower filled Summer wedding in the North East.  Let’s get mellow with the yellow as we start the descent to the weekend.

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With images from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sean Elliott Photography

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Steph says: We got engaged on 14th May 2011 in Newcastle – I had a long wait as we are childhood sweethearts who had been together for 11 years prior to our engagement!

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Sean Elliott Photography

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We were married on 11th August 2012 at Crook Hall and Gardens which is a hidden gem in Durham. We had the venue until 6pm, we then went to the Gala Theatre in Durham for our evening reception.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Right from the start we wanted an informal and rustic wedding so we went on the search for a barn conversion… despite having the Northumberland countryside on our doorstep there appeared to be a gap in the market for this up North as we couldn’t find one! A friend recommended Crook Hall and Gardens and as soon as we went there for afternoon tea we were sold! It’s a beautiful and unique venue with the most stunning collection of gardens and quirky decor. The medieval hall that we were married in was the perfect substitute to a barn ceremony. Crook Hall was so different to any wedding venue we had previously visited and we instantly fell in love with how beautiful it was.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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My mum and dad surprised me with a Beaumont vintage car to take me to the wedding. 

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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It took me ages to choose a colour scheme – I didn’t want to choose a colour at first as I thought it would limit me in the hunt to find bridesmaid dresses! Eventually we found some navy bridesmaid dresses and then through my obsession of scrolling through Pinterest I found a picture of a girl in a navy dress and yellow shoes. From this point my colour theme was navy and yellow! The bridesmaids wore navy dresses and mustard shoes, we had yellow in our flowers and yellow balloons!

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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As already stated, I have an obsession with lace therefore it was never an option to even consider not having a lace dress. The dress I chose was a Justin Alexander dress 8530. It is a beautiful lace mermaid gown with a bateau neckline. The dress comes with a veil but I purchased a separate lace edged cathedral veil from Joyce Jackson called Orlando that I fell in love with in the bridal shop – Mia Sposa Bridal & Menswear in Newcastle.

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The shoes were a beautiful vintage style lace up pair from Rainbow Club called Clara.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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My brother in-law’s sister played the harp as guests were coming into the wedding. She also played Canon in D as we walked back down the aisle after our ceremony and during our drinks reception following the ceremony.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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I carried a vintage style hand tied bouquet including ivory rose, lisianthus, freesia, yellow dill, achilliea which was bound with lace.  My bridesmaids had simple hand tied gypsophila.  The groom and groomsmen wore buttonholes with an achilliea and beargrass loop.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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The bridesmaids wore beautiful but simple lace navy dresses from Monsoon and their yellow suede shoes were from ClarksThe groom and groomsmen wore navy suits hired from Waltons Menswear.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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My vision from the start was to provide a rustic / vintage theme. Anyone who knows me is aware I have an obsession with lace and so there was no doubt that lace would also play a huge part in my theme! We made lace chair ties, lace covered jam jars, put lace around the bouquets, the bridesmaid dresses were lace and obviously I had a lace dress!

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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I loved the idea of homemade décor and personalised touches that we could keep hold of for years to come. We spent time searching craft markets for decorative inspiration and spent months collecting jam jars and milk bottles that we could decorate with lace, twine and buttons. My sister made old fashioned luggage tags and stamped them with messages and my friends and I made homemade raspberry jam as name places and favours. For our table names we painted the glass of old fashioned photo frames with black board paint and wrote the table names in chalk paint. We also hung slates in the gardens with extracts from our readings on and used an old fashioned vintage suitcase for our cards and gifts.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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As we had the venue booked from 11.30 and our ceremony wasn’t until 12.30 we had lawn games for the guests to enjoy in the gardens as we wanted them to make the most of the venue and spend as much time there as possible.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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We had decorations hanging from the trees and this made for some beautiful pictures when we were cutting the cake.  We used Ladybird Cakes from Tynemouth and had a three tier cake made of carrot cake, raspberry and white chocolate, and lemon sponge.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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I absolutely loved the whole day and it genuinely exceeded all my expectations! However there are two parts of the day that stand out as my favourite. The first being when my friends and I are having fun in the gardens while trying to find our way through the maze with the balloons.  We used two yellow balloons to add an element of fun, a flash of colour and we also wanted it to express our informal theme of the day. It provided some excellent photo opportunities!  There is a great photo of my friends who surprisingly all agreed to lie down in the grass to capture an amazing photo of their legs poking above the flowers!

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My other favourite part was when Dan and I managed to have time with just the two of us in the gardens as the sun was setting – Sean has managed to capture the most amazing pictures we could have ever asked for! You spend most of your wedding day speaking to everyone else but each other so it was nice to have some time to savour the moment and enjoy our own company as Mr and Mrs!

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Sean Elliott Photography

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As part of our photography package we purchased the Photo Peg to entertain the evening guests. This was an excellent alternative to a photo booth! Polaroid pictures were taken of the guests holding a large vintage frame and they held up a chalk board with a message for us. The polaroid’s were then pegged on a ‘washing line’ and at the end of the night the guests could take the pictures home as a keepsake. 

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We used Colin Cook – The North East Wedding DJ who provided our evening entertainment and mood up-lighting and The Vintage Tea Company for hire of bunting, cake stands and crockery for our floral decorations in the evening venue.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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After the wedding we honeymooned in Thailand – we spent time in Bangkok, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

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Sean Elliott Photography

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is don’t feel pressure to conform to the norm! Our wedding may not have been the most traditional but we made it personal to us and we made sure that it was fun! Make sure you set time aside in the day to spend time with each other – you’ll be surprised how little you’ll see of each other!! Spend time searching for an amazing photographer… Sean has taken the most beautiful and unique pictures which has provided us with memories to last a lifetime!

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Sean Elliott Photography

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Congratulations Steph & Dan!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on the blog!  Here’s how to do it!

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  – Images © 2013 Sean Elliott Photography

Sean Elliott Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog

Posted in Featured Supplier, Real Weddings, Wedding Photography | Filed Under | 7 COMMENTS so far, click here to join the discussion! »

Gorgeous Gowns! Supplier Showcase: The Bridal Gown

December 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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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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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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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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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

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

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

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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Wedding Blog Exclusive: Eye Candy: ELSE By Rainbow Club

November 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Its Saturday.  And that means shoe shopping.

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Else Bellini

Bellini

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Today, in this wedding blog exclusive, I debut the Else collection by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Rainbow Club.  Else is a fresh collection with a price tag that won’t break the bank.  Add to that Rainbow Club’s specialist colouring service and the fashion options for your wedding day and after the event are endless.  

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Rainbow Club say: Affordable and fun, these designs are younger and more high street influenced {than our other collections}.  The stunningly simple designs in the Else range makes them an ideal option for hand colouring for bridesmaids and evening wear.

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Such shopping facilitating!  Criminal. 

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Else Dolcetto

Dolcetto

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Else Bellini

Bellini

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Else Bellini

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Else Chianti

Chianti

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Else Metropolitan    Else Malbec

Metropolitan & Malbec

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Else Dolcetto

Dolcetto

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Else Syrah

Syrah

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Else Cocktail

Cocktail

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Else Brandy

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Else Brandy

Brandy

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Else Merlot    Else Muscat

Merlot & Muscat

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Else Grendine

Grenadine

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Else Grenadine

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Explore the entire Else wedding shoes collection.

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Eye Candy: Diane Hassall Collection For Rainbow Club

September 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Liliana

Liliana

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Last week, I introduced a new Brides Up North Featured Supplier, the one and only Rainbow Club, in an exclusive interview here on the wedding blog.  To read my interview with Rainbow Club, find out about their collections (including pretty veils and bridal accessories) and their Colour Studio service, click here.

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Whilst preparing that feature, this gorgeous collection by their in-house designer Diane Hassall really caught my eye (I’ve a beady eye for the extra pretty), so I decided to feature some of the images in a special eye candy blog post of their own, just in case those pink lace heels in my interview blog post had you in too much of a spin to notice much else. 

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Cherish

Cherish

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Cymbeline

Cymbeline

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Rainbow Club say: Hassall is a hand-made collection which is adorned with sparkle, lace and pearls. This is the only non-dyeable range but, as a brand, stands alone with its lavish detailing and originality. .

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Designed specifically by our in-house designer Diane Hassall, the love and attention that has gone into this particular range is astounding.

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Enchanted

Enchanted

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Fairytale

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From early guidance under the world renowned shoe designer Jimmy Choo, to celebrity weddings and permanent historical exhibits, Diane has over 20 years’ experience designing shoes at the highest possible level so you can rest assured that your feet will be slipping into gorgeously designed, fashion forward footwear.

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Flora

Flora

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Mary-Rose

Mary Rose

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Each pair of your wedding shoes are handmade using only the best components. We also spend time ensuring that our shoes are comfortable, leaving you free to concentrate on your special day, or glamorous event. 

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All our gorgeous products come beautifully packaged and in particular look out for our stunning candy-stripped Rainbow Club boxes which contain our shoes, veils and headdresses and make for a very special treat!

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Minette

Minette

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Pearl Drift

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Click here to visit the Rainbow Club website and get shopping!  

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Perfectly Matched! Supplier Showcase: Rainbow Club

September 5th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Rainbow Club

Ella PinkI want these HOW much!?

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Wow!  I can’t believe the response to this post this week, so many of you have been registering for this weekend’s headline event this season – the Brides Up North Super Showcase Grand Wedding Exhibition at Ramside Hall Hotel – (my inbox has literally been groaning under the strain of your enthusiasm!) and I can’t wait to meet you all there!  If you would like to come along, there are still some VIP goody bags left to get your hands on (containing lots of special treats and hundreds of £ worth of exclusive on the day discounts – you need to pre register to get one!) so be quick and sign up!

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In the meantime, this morning we get to meet one of the fabulous Featured Suppliers who ensure that I can keep this blog running alongside our events, and keep filling your days with inspirational wedding pretty, exclusive discounts and the latest buzz from the bridal front line: the magnificent Rainbow Club, purveyors of beautiful wedding shoes for gals big to tiny that can also be perfectly matched to your colour scheme. 

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Intrigue Veil

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Tell us about Rainbow Club – the company’s background, growth and ethos?

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Rainbow Club have been designing, making and colouring handmade satin wedding shoes since the mid 1980s and we are now firmly established as the UK’s leading and most inspirational producers. We have over 600 UK stockists and 55 Eire stockists who hold a wide range of products across our collections. From award winning shoes, to veils and headdresses, Rainbow Club prides itself on quality and comfort as well as elegance and exquisite colour.

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We also offer a very unique and special process whereby we can hand colour your shoes and bags to match any colour you can possibly think of to ensure that your accessories are perfectly matched to that very special outfit for any occasion. We do this in our in-house Colour Studio where all colours are mixed and applied by hand by our expert colourists. This process has been going strong and successfully for over 25 years.

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Rainbow Club   Rainbow Club

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Rainbow Club   Rainbow Club

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Tell us about your range of bridal shoe styles?

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From the simple elegance of the Else range to the gorgeous hand-made detailing of the Hassall collection, Rainbow Club has everything a bride needs. Starting with Rainbow Club’s main range, we have several collections within this brand alone. From Bliss and Plus Fit, to the new Shimmer and extended Lace collections, there is so much to choose from.

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Our Else range is simply stunning. With perfectly plain designs as well as that added bit of sparkle on newer styles, it makes this collection the best to show off a range of colours. Directed more at Prom and Bridesmaid, the Else collection is affordable and perfect for colour matching, as the dyeing service is included in the price of the shoe.

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Hassall is a hand-made collection which is adorned with sparkle, lace and pearls. This is the only non-dyeable range but, as a brand, stands alone with its lavish detailing and originality. Designed specifically by our in-house designer Diane Hassall, the love and attention that has gone into this particular range is astounding.

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Rainbow Club

Tori Green

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What about your Rainbow Couture collection?

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Our Couture collection has a wide range of styles and heel heights to suit everyone. Teamed with the option of classic satin and luxurious silk satin, this range dyes up beautifully with the different finishes. Embellished with crystals and pearls, we have also developed a Sparkle collection within this range, which is adorned with crystals toe to heel to give that original and glamorous look.

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What is your colour room service?

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Our Colour Studio is a unique service that we provide here at Rainbow Club. We have a selection of skilled Colour Technicians who hand mix dyes to match any fabric colour swatch. Each order is hand picked and hand dyed with precision and care, and all within a 2 week time frame from time of order. This service was established when the Rainbow Club brand first launched and has been a competitive brand within Bridal and Occasion wear industry ever since.

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Rainbow Club   Rainbow Club

Carys & Carys Black

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Tell us about your range of bridal accessories?

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Since Winter 2010 Rainbow Club have branched out further with our range of Veils and Headdresses, which have sold fantastically ever since. Our presence within the Veil market has increased since the acquisition of Joyce Jackson, who make bespoke Veils in house, as well as Rainbow Club stocking a range of styles as standard available to order for instant delivery; an industry first for Veil manufacturing and selling. New to 2013, we have developed even more stunning styles and ideas such as lace wraps and crystal embellished edging, along with a beautiful range of Headdresses from simple bands to grand and ornate designs, to suit everyone.

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Rainbow Club

Daydream Veil

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And your range of children’s shoes?

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We have a good range of children’s shoes available in various sizes. One particular style, ‘Abigail’, was specifically selected to be worn by the young bridesmaid’s at the Royal Wedding last year. This style is available from infant’s size 5 to adult size 5 to allow a wide range of ages to wear. From pretty pumps, to elegant short heels for the older child, we have a strong collection available for Children.

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Rainbow Club

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How can Brides Up North find a stockist?

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If you visit our website www.rainbowclub.co.uk and click on ‘Find a Stockist’, type in your postcode and a list of stockists with their contact numbers and addresses, in your area, will be listed for you to contact. Unfortunately we do not have a list of which stockist holds which particular style and size at any one time, however if they are a stockist of that particular range they are able to order through us on your behalf.

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Rainbow Club cannot speak on behalf of individual stockist’s policies and pricing is down to the discretion of the shop.

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Rainbow Club

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What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

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Customer satisfaction, guaranteed. From the beautifully bespoke Colour Studio service, to the helpful and knowledgeable Customer Service team, we can happily agree that your order from start to finish will be handled with care and attention. We also have an online service for customers to contact our in-house ‘Fairy Godmum’. This allows you to e-mail her directly with any questions or queries you may have, such as heel heights, service times or even opinions on what style would suit best, and she will happily reply within 24 hours.

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Rainbow Club

Salome Veil

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Is there a particular style of shoe that has been immediately popular with your bridal customers? What is your best selling piece?

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Our most popular styles so for this year are either the Chianti from our Else collection, or the Allora from our Couture range. Both styles incorporate an enclose platform, which has proven to be very popular within the past two years, as well as looking classically stunning in both ivory or dyed to match. The Chianti starts at around £65 and Allora at the higher end of £140 RRP.

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Rainbow Club   Rainbow Club

Else Chianti & Pouilly

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Does Rainbow Club stock styles that would be appropriate for Bridesmaids? 

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I would recommend any styles from our Rainbow Club range for Bridesmaids, however our Else range would be more suitable as the cost for dyeing to match is included in the price of the shoes. This affordable range of styles are just perfect to show off colour with simple designs and pleating that you will find mirrored in a lot of bridesmaids dresses on the market today. We also hold an extensive range of colour swatches for Bridesmaid dress companies such as Forever Yours, Dessy and Alfred Angelo, which means we can efficiently dye to match your dress exactly.

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Else Bellini

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What about Mother of The Bride? What would you recommend?

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For Mother of the Bride I would recommend mainly the directional Rainbow Club range. The Bliss collection within this range has proven to be very popular for Mother of the Bride due to the extreme comfort in the design. Inside each of the styles in the Bliss collection there is extra padding for comfort and they are all built on a slightly wider fitting last to allow room for movement throughout the day. Each of these styles are made in the traditional Rainbow Club classic satin, which makes them great for dyeing to match your outfit perfectly.

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Rainbow Club

Sweetness Veil

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How do your products come packaged?

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From shoe boxes to veil boxes, all of our ranges are carefully packaged with distinct patterning depending on which range they belong to. The Rainbow Club main range, including the veils and headdresses, are branded with the distinct candy-striped boxes, Hassall distinctly marked with the logo printed on the box and booklet and organza bag included inside, Couture with the elegant branded white box and stunning pink interior and Else’s fun bright orange box with complimentary white lid and logo printed on the top.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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Pop onto our website and find a retailer near you who will be happy to answer any questions you may have or call us direct and speak to our customer services team!

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Wedding Dress Wonderland! Supplier Showcase: Award Winning Confetti & Lace

June 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning I am thrilled to welcome Abbi Lewis from Award Winning Confetti & Lace and Brides of Harrogate to the silver swirly pages of the wedding blog.  I first met Abbi when we shared a table at the Bridal Buyer Awards back in 2011 and was struck by how lovely she was then – it turns out that I am a great judge of character!

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Abbi has been generous enough to sponsor our current headline competition here at Brides Up North: the chance to win not only your wedding dress but your bridesmaid dresses and menswear too, to the value of £2,000!  We do like to spoil you. 

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There is not long left to enter so make sure to click here for the chance to win this fabulous prize.  All you have to do is leave a comment on the original competition post (or register at one of the Brides Up North Spring wedding showcases) and you are in in to win it.  What are you waiting for?  The competition closes at midnight on 26th June 2012. 

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Meanwhile, lets meet Abbi. 

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Award Winning Confetti & Lace

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When did Award Winning Confetti & Lace open and what is your background?

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I opened Confetti and Lace nearly seven years ago on October 15th 2005 after working as a bridal shop manager.  I grasped the opportunity to run my own bridal business doing the job I love with both hands! I started up with two part-time ladies (previous work colleagues) and a seamstress and now we have twenty two staff across four branches so I feel very lucky!

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I expanded our bridal shop after a couple of years and then found that our brides were having difficulties sourcing menswear so opened up Yorkshire Menswear in Rodley, Leeds in April 2009 and our second bridal branch, Brides of Harrogate exactly four years to the day I opened Confetti.   Six months later we launched our second menswear branch in Harrogate and have never looked back!

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What lines of wedding gowns do you stock?

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We have so many designers and have built up great trust and great relationship over the years that we only stock dresses we know are best in class, value for money, constructed well and where the quality and fit is superb: designers such as Alfred Angelo, Mori Lee, Justin Alexander and Benjamin Roberts.  We are also the premier stockists for Pronovias in the North of England and have one of the largest collections outside of Harrods and their London Flagship Store! I very much enjoy going to Barcelona each year to see their latest collections and bring them back to the UK.

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Impression Bridal are a great label from the US and English designer White Rose is one of my favourites with great boning, design and fabulous fabrics such as sumptuous silks and taffeta’s. Essence is a fabulous Australian designer and offers such a flattering fit.  The list goes on and on and we carry over 200 designs in sizes 6-32 in each bridal store.

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What lines of accessories do you stock?

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We are a major stockist for Rainbow Club where we can dye handbags and shoes to match any outfit. We have hundreds of tiaras, veils and bridal accessories including ring cushions, garters, hairpins etc. and if we don’t do it (very rarely) we know someone who does!

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Where are you located?

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Award Winning Confetti & Lace is situated between Leeds and Bradford near M&S/ASDA at Owlcotes, Pudsey.  We also have one of the largest bridal showrooms in the North of England, Brides of Harrogate, close to Betty’s Tea Rooms with over 6,000 square feet of bridal, bridesmaids, mother of the bride/groom, menswear and accessories.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Bridal gowns range from just £450 upwards and we have payment plans to help brides budget for their whole wedding outfits if need be.  Many are taking advantage of this easy monthly instalment plan with no hidden charges or extra costs.   Some top designers such as Pronovias carry a £1400+ price tag but most of our stock is around £800 – £900 on average. We always carry several sale items which are ready to wear and can be up to 75% off so we truly believe we cater for all tastes and budgets.

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Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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We would recommend that brides make an appointment as we want to allocate a dedicated, experienced member of staff to help and a changing room to get changed in.  We have between seven and eight changing rooms in each bridal store so we can usually help even if you’re calling in on the off-chance although appointments take priority of course. 

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What can Brides Up North expect when they come in for an appointment?

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You can expect a warm and friendly welcome, expert, knowledgeable and down-to-earth staff who are there to help you. We like to put you (and your guests) at ease and we serve bubbly/ bucks fizz/ tea and coffee as it can take anywhere between one to two hours to try on different styles. In our Leeds store we open seven days, two evenings a week for our customers’ convenience and in our Harrogate store we have huge private changing rooms for both the bride and their parties. 

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What is your current favourite gown that you stock and why?

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I have so many favourites!  In our Harrogate store I love a gown called Benicarlo by Pronovias and it has a lovely sweetheart neckline which is tastefully covered in feathers! It has a full romantic skirt which is high-waisted so very flattering. In our Stanningley Store my favourite is a dress named after me, Abbi by Phil Collins Bridal and is a beautiful princess line gown in matt duchess satin with a georgette (chiffon) overlay across the bust and scattered crystals all over the gown, concentrating on the neckline. It has a flattering ‘ruched’ waist effect, a detailed train and a lace up corseted bodice. It comes in white or ivory, is flattering in any size and is £900.  With all that detail and work, I think it’s excellent value for money.

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Is there a particular style of dress that is popular with your brides at the moment?

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Lace is a particular favourite at the minute and vintage themes have been very popular. We are getting asked for gowns with straps, sleeves or higher necklines and as we are dress-makers can offer this service on most of our dresses.  We also have in store a large range of jackets, boleros, shrugs and stoles to compliment all of our gowns.

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How does Confetti & Lace provide a superior experience to other wedding dress boutiques?

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I think a lot of other bridal retailers do a sterling job, especially faced with internet sellers and as mentioned before I think the service and quality of the dresses plus a full and comprehensive alterations service means we can offer much more than taking a big risk on the most important dress of your life!

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We have seen an huge influx the last few years of cheap copies and substandard gowns, often with little or no boning, cheap glued on crystals and no lining!

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Our customers can expect top class service from wedding professionals who are fully insured (we are members of the British Bridal Retailers Association, BBRA and the Retail Bridal Association RBA) who guarantee that you are covered in case of theft, loss or damage.

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We’ve also won most of the major bridal accolades and awards over the years, most recently we we’re runners up in the Best Bridal Retailer 2012 and also UK Menswear Retailer of The Year, plus finalists in the Wedding Industry Awards and Wedding Idea’s Magazine 2012 – these are voted for by customers, peers and industry professionals so we’re very proud!

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Check our Google reviews and ask around, we have many recommendations and see a lot of our past brides and bridesmaids coming in with friends and family who are now getting married. You can’t ask for better than that.

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Do you stock Bridesmaid Dresses?

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We have a huge range of bridesmaids dresses with dedicated bridesmaids’ departments in both stores. We have Dessy, Mori Lee, Alfred Sung, Lela Rose in our Harrogate store and Alfred Angelo and Impression maids at both with the whole Kelsey Rose range in our Stanningley branch. Over 200 styles that come in sizes 0 to 30 plus and in up to 255 colour combinations!

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What about Menswear?

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Yorkshire Menswear.com provide suit hire by Cameron Ross who themselves are recipients of Best Groomsmen Supplier UK Awards 2010, 2011 and 2012. We can cater from age 2 to size 60" chest and even though it’s hire wear the quality is superb with up to a 37" inside leg (most retailers only go to a 33), extra long sleeved shirts and waistcoats can come as standard too.

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Our suit packages are mainly £99 which includes any jacket, trousers (in lots of styles and colours), new shirt, waistcoat (over 60 to choose from), tie, hanky and cufflinks. One in five suits is FREE and we offer a free UK wide measure and collection service for those in the party outside of Yorkshire in any one of over 180 outlets. Our suits normally come in at least a week before the wedding also which is pretty unheard of in suit hire. We do Highland Wear (one of my favourites!), dinner suits, lounge jackets, Prince Edwards and Tailcoats so if you need a suit for a wedding, black tie, cruise, the races, prom or special event, we’re on hand to help…and fast!

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Are you married? What did you wear on your wedding day?

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I got married last year in February to Martin (who can be found in Yorkshire Menswear!) and I wore a dress by Ellis Bridal with straps, crystal detail on the shoulders, dropped waist, delicate crystal bodice modesty panel and buttoned back.  As it wasn’t my first marriage and I’m now in my 40′s and a size 14 I felt comfortable in it and it was appropriate for me.  I teamed it with a silk bolero jacket because of the time of year and I looked and felt my best – I had lots of lovely comments and that was brilliant. Looking back on my photographs I was really pleased with my choice too – after all you have one chance to capture the day and there is no time for regrets!

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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You can ring Leeds 0113 2360652 (7 days a week) or Brides of Harrogate 01423 500010, visit our website at www.confettiandlaceweddings.co.uk or email us at info@confettiandlaceweddings.co.uk

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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ITV are currently making a documentary film about us and our brides and grooms called The Wedding Shop to be aired in the Autumn/Winter at the prime 9pm timeslot (date to be confirmed) so we’re very excited and we hope you enjoy the programme!

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We’re already slightly famous after appearing on BBC’s Don’t Tell The Bride and we had beaten several other shops in the UK for this programme to go ahead – we like to think of it as an upmarket My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and we are happy to be a Yorkshire business representing the UK wedding industry!
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Fashion Exclusive! Supplier Showcase: Fable & Promise PLUS The Chance To Win £1,000 Off Your Wedding Dress!

May 8th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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So it’s back to the office for most of us today, but it’s not all bad…

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I’m thrilled to introduce you to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Charlotte of Fable & Promise this morning on the wedding blog.  Never ones to do things by halves, the girls at Fable & Promise have even organised an exclusive fashion shoot at Blackpool pier to show off their gorgeous gowns especially to Brides Up North.  Now that’s commitment to the cause.

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These ladies will clearly go the extra mile to make your wedding day super special, and they are even offering one lucky bride the chance to win £1,000 off your wedding dress.  Not bad for a day’s work!  Keep reading to find out all about their wonderful service and how you can win.

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Tell Brides Up North a little bit about Fable & Promise

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Fable & Promise opened its doors in September 2011 but is not an entirely new company.

Before Fable & Promise was born we were a much smaller business: Silver Lining Sewing Rooms, offering bespoke bridal design and professional alterations in Blackburn. Rachel worked there full time with me and mum giving up all our evenings and weekends to help out. We loved that environment and the opportunity to be really creative. We dreamed about the possibility of working together properly but the size and location of the business pretty much dictated how much we could grow. We’d effectively reached our limit in that environment and were looking at our future when we were approached by a local bridal shop looking towards retirement. They didn’t have to ask twice and the rest is history… 6 very short weeks later Fable & Promise was created.

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ZT Photography for Fable & Promise   ZT Photography for Fable & Promise

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What lines of wedding gowns do you stock?

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San Patrick is our flagship bridal brand: we just love their innovation and style and the quality of their gowns is unrivalled. Their wedding dresses are simply stunning but we love them as a company too; starting out as lace manufacturer they are still a family company 90 years on and you can really tell they care about every one of their brides. It’s hard not to fall in love with them. Fable & Promise are a premier stockist meaning that we carry a wider range of styles than other retailers and we are the only stockist in Lancashire.

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We are also very proud to stock Linea Raffaelli bridal gowns. Linea Raffaelli isn’t afraid to experiment and their designs really appeal to those brides with more adventurous tastes. Their exquisite designs can use fabrics woven with metal threads and their collections contain some beautiful alternatives to ivory that really flatter all skin tones. There was no hesitation in adding Linea Raffaelli to our collections.

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We are also massive fans of Mori Lee. They have always been popular with our brides as their new collections are always fresh and extremely fashionable. They really know how to flatter all figures and add sparkle like no-one else. We’re really excited that we have also just extended our Mori Lee collections to include the Julietta range designed specifically for the fuller figure.

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There is also a new range due in store in a couple of months but we’re keeping this one under our hats for a little while…

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We hear that you have a bespoke service? Tell us about it.

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Our bespoke service is really important to us. There are many reasons someone might chose to have a wedding dress or mother of the bride outfit made but predominantly our bespoke customers are after something they can’t find in available collections. We’ve made everything from romantic and ethereal floaty chiffon wedding dresses to ultra dramatic black satin encrusted with blood red handmade flowers. The excitement we feel when we begin a new bespoke creation is just immense and seeing it take shape can be quite emotional.

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I think there is something about the whole experience too… you bring all your ideas and inspiration, have them transferred to paper, see the design come together in toile form and then choose fabrics and embellishments which results in a totally unique, entirely original work of art that only you will ever wear. That can only be a special feeling.

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Our bespoke service doesn’t just stop at creating the perfect wedding dress. Our mother’s can also have a unique experience and love being able to have shoes, bags and hats made to match their bespoke outfit.

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Between the three of us we have a wide range of techniques and expertise under our belt; we love the opportunity to get creative with fabric flowers and intricate beading and Mum loves nothing more than unleashing her creativity on a flat piece of sinamay and turning it in to a cocktail hat or flamboyant fascinator.

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What lines of accessories do you stock?

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We are a bunch of magpies and love accessorising. Since we make a lot of our own accessories we maybe expect a higher standard from the designers we stock. We are careful to only carry lines that are handmade with the highest quality materials using the best techniques. That’s why we stock both Richard Designs and Liza Designs -  they have very different styles but both are continually bringing fresh and inspiring designs in tiaras, veils and jewellery.

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We are always on the lookout for new and interesting accessories to add that finishing touch. We have recently started stocking the most gorgeous crystal bouquets by Couture Crystal & Button Creations. They must spend hours collecting all the perfect trinkets to incorporate into each bouquet and the results are just beautiful. They can be completely personalised as well; adding family heirlooms and special charms or we can even save the hem lace from a wedding dress to be incorporated. We also love our line of lace parasols and bridal umbrellas by Chrysalin… entirely too practical in this British weather.

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And we mustn’t forget our Rainbow Club and Rainbow Couture shoes and bags. Their designs are extremely fashionable and they offer a range of fits and heel heights. Their dye-ing service is also second to none and fantastic for bridesmaids and mother of the bride outfits.

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All these ranges are supplemented by our own in-house ranges of bridal headwear, birdcage veils, handmade flower bouquets, shoe clips and garters. All of which can be modified to your heart’s content.

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Where are you located?

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We’re located in the centre of Blackburn, Lancashire – the heart of the textile industry (or it was). We’re lucky to be within easy reach of the M6 and M65 meaning we’re privileged to see brides travelling from Liverpool, Manchester and further afield. You can’t miss us really. We’re on the main road into Blackburn from Preston and fortunate to have off road parking.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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We are firm believers that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get beautiful design and quality fabrics. Our designer wedding dresses start at just £500 up to £2000 and with our bespoke service we really are able to tailor your design to your budget.

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Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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We would always recommend making an appointment as we understand that it can be daunting to know where to start and difficult to navigate your way into layers of tulle and lace. We prefer to work by appointment as this allows us to manage our time and the workroom effectively and ensures you have our undivided attention. It is particularly worthwhile booking an appointment if you want to snap up one of our coveted evening or Saturday appointments and is essential if you know you want the bespoke service as space is limited. Don’t worry if you don’t have an appointment though as we will always try to make ourselves available and will endeavour to help our brides discover their style and find the perfect dress.

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What can Brides Up North expect when they come in to Fable & Promise?

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Fable & Promise really does offer something different to most bridal boutiques. We have a fantastic team who really do look after our brides. We’re also slightly eccentric which really appeals to those brides who want something more individual. We have been complimented time and again on our friendly and accommodating manner with many of our brides really valuing our ability to cater for the whole wedding party. Our brides really appreciate that we can take the stress out of making sure everything matches and everyone has found something that they really love to wear.

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What is your current favourite gown that you stock and why?

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This is one of our favourite games and one that has developed its own rituals. Whenever a new collection arrives at Fable & Promise all work stops, the boxes are broken open and the dresses brought out in a flurry of tissue paper and cellophane. The process of scrutinizing the designs begins and we love watching the team assess each new dress. This has actually recently developed into our ‘Dress of the week’ feature on Facebook … with nine of us at Fable & Promise there is definitely a wide range of tastes and it’s great to see how popular our choices are.

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My personal favourite at the minute is Calais by San Patrick. I love the elegance and 1920’s influence and adore the effect that meters and meters of super soft tulle creates. It’s also flattering for every body shape and beautiful in any size.

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Is there a particular style of dress that is popular with your brides at the moment?

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We are noticing a couple of trends at the moment – 50’s inspired elegance with crisp lines and nipped in waists and romantic layers of lace.

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How does Fable & Promise provide a different experience to other wedding dress boutiques?

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The main difference of Fable & Promise is that you really can get everything your heart desires… without compromise. We have fantastic designer collections but if there’s nothing in our collection that ticks all the boxes we have the ability to turn your wildest ideas into reality. Nothing is beyond our grasp.

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We are also passionate about helping people find other details for their wedding and like to encouraging relationships with other wedding professionals. There is some amazing talent in the wedding industry and it’s great to work with people who also share your passion.

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We also love to play out and experiment with staged photo shoots and we had such fun with Zoe from ZT Photography and Gail and Kelly from Couture Crystal & Button Bouquets on our exclusive photo shoot for Brides Up North in Blackpool that it really didn’t matter that it was teaming down with rain and as blustery as anything on the end of North Pier.  The day was coordinated by the The Wedding and Party Boutique with fabulous hair and make up by Hazel Tyler.  

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Do you stock bridesmaid dresses?

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We have some stunning bridesmaid dresses to choose from and currently stock Mori Lee, Romantica, Ronald Joyce and Forever Yours bridesmaids. We usually have roughly 30 bridesmaid’s designs in our collection and with all of them available in up to 75 colours, up to size 34 and various lengths the options really are limitless. We also have a new range due in store in August. You could say we have a bit of an addiction. Rachel in particular is a sucker for a rainbow… if our suppliers arrange their collection in a rainbow it somehow seems essential that we have it all. Needless to say if you can’t find what you want from our collection you can always have something made.

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Are you married? What did you wear on your wedding day? What would you choose to wear now?

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My husband and I got married 7 years ago. Of course we made all our outfits ourselves back when Rachel was seamstress for another bridal shop and the idea of Fable & Promise or Silver Lining was only a dream.

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I’m a dyed in the wool Goth and the idea of wearing Ivory brought me out in a cold sweat. I knew I wanted something unconventional and right up until buying the fabric I had planned to wear red.  At the last minute I changed my mind and wore black. It was absolutely the right decision and I’ve actually worn my wedding dress several times over the years.

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If we were getting married now I would probably choose something very similar but having developed so many techniques for embellishments would probably end up even more dramatic.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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Our website www.FableandPromise.co.uk is a great source of information and is continually being updated. Our blog and events pages are where you’ll find out about any news, events or special offers. We also have Facebook www.facebook.com/fableandpromise and Twitter www.twitter.com/fableandpromise accounts which are updated daily and give you more of an insight in the day to day goings on. This is also where you will find out about the other wedding businesses we are working with.

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Do you have any events coming up that Brides Up North should know about?

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We are actually hosting a wedding marquee as part of the Royal Lancashire Agricultural Society Countryside Experience in Witton Park, Blackburn on 20th May.  We have some fantastic wedding professionals on board offering a wide range of services from wedding flowers by Ewood Florist and photography by Colette Davies to the gogopod photo booth, Sweet Sensation Sweet Trees and Beautifully Vintage china hire. We also have some fantastic catwalk shows lined up showcasing some cutting edge designer gowns and excitingly for us we have invited some of our customers who have had bespoke creations made to come and strut their stuff on the catwalk too! We simply can’t wait!

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We are also holding a fantastic Prize draw where we have decided to offer up to £1000 off a wedding dress at Fable & Promise as the main prize! If you want to get tickets or more information they can click here.  

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It’s going to be completely different to your standard wedding fair; for a start it’s in a marquee rather than a hotel or stately home. It’s also forming part of a much larger event and is just one of the attractions organised for the day. You will also be able to take in some fantastic craft making, community activities, classic car shows, animal displays and much more. It promises to be a fantastic family day out.

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Shoot Credits Little Black Book:

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Gowns:  Fable & Promise

Images: ZT Photography

Shoes & Bouquets: Couture Crystal & Button Bouquets

Co-ordination: The Wedding and Party Boutique

Hair & Make Up:  Hazel Tyler

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Lace & Lilies: A Real Wedding In The North East – Leanne & Chris

January 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcoming in a frosty week on the wedding blog with a seasonal winter wonderland wedding in the North East, sent to me by my friend  – the fabulous – Helen Russell Photography.  With lace, lilies and just the right amount of sparkle, this Real Wedding is a whole lot of lovely!

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Over to Leanne:   We got engaged in New York in November 2010. It was all very romantic in front of a burning log fire with rose petals and champagne. Chris had reserved an old library type room with very high ceilings and character and had arranged for champagne and flowers to be placed in front of the burning fire and then when we arrived he sat me down and popped the question!

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We were married on 16 December 2011 at St Wilfrids RC Church in Bishop Auckland for the service and then Beamish Hall for our reception.  We both love the building and grounds at Beamish Hall as it has a lovely feel to it. We also think the rooms at Beamish are very warm and intimate with perfect scenery.  We went for a Christmas winter wonderland vibe with lots of white, silver and crystals, chair covers by Posh Chair Covers & Bows, plus plenty of candles and fairy lights. 

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I chose a vintage style dress by the amazing Ian Stuart.  To compliment this, my chief bridesmaid wore a long gun metal grey dress and the youngest bridesmaid wore an ivory flower girl’s dress. Both bridesmaids had grey fur shrugs and vintage brooches too.  I carried a simple Lily of The Valley bouquet by The Funky Flower Company

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We went all out and chose a Sex and the City 2 themed cake which consisted of three tiers with Swarovski Crystals in between!  So fabulous!  Our favours were donations to Cancer Research and cake pops by the brilliant Popcake Kitchen

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In the evening, we were entertained by a live band, The Monologues and then The Mobile DJ Company.  Paul Lytton kept us all guessing with his amazing magic tricks!  

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After the wedding we went to a castle for a couple of days on a “mini moon” however we are hoping to go somewhere hot and exotic in the next few months – destination undecided!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute and absorb it all in as it goes very quickly. Try to just relax and enjoy the whole experience as its magical!

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Congratulations Leanne & Chris!

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