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stop press: a royal engagement

November 27th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Rumours have been rife, and now it’s official – there’s another royal wedding on the horizon, and we at Brides at North HQ are so excited we could quite literally burst into a shower of confetti!

After months of speculation, Clarence House has today confirmed the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged. And who can blame Harry for putting a ring on the finely polished finger of the American actress? Seriously hot bride-to-be alert! But let’s not forget, Harry too has earnt himself serious heart-throb status in recent years, and so we spare a thought for those mourning the news that one of the UK’s most desirable bachelors is now officially off the market!

News of the engagement spread like wild-fire with politicians, religious figures and celebrities from around the world keen to express their congratulations and echo the well wishes of the royal family and Miss Markle’s parents.

It’s reported that the loved-up couple, who met 16-months ago through mutual friends, got engaged in London earlier this month and that they’re set to marry in Spring 2018 – which means we won’t have to wait too long for the big day to arrive. Hurrah!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Tennis together at the Invictus Games in TorontoSplash News

In the meantime, there’s no doubt speculation will go up a gear as industry professionals (like us!) and royal family fans (again, us!), will forecast, predict and propose just what their celebrations might entail; from the venue and guestlist to Meghan’s hotly-anticipated gown – everything is up for debate and discussion, as of now!

Details of the ring are already circulating, with US Weekly reporting that Harry commissioned the band to be made out of a diamond brooch worn by Princess Diana. And bets are already being taken as to precisely where and when the big day will be, Westminster Abbey in May 2018 hotly favoured.

Following the official announcement, the newly-engaged couple will move in together at Kensington Palace, with Wills and Kate as neighbours, giving Meghan plenty of opportunity to exchange wedding tips and advice with The Duchess of Cambridge following her and Wills’ nuptials in April 2011.

For us, and many other ladies and fashion-fans out there, the element we are most excited about is the dress! It’s been said that Meghan is already on the hunt for a royal-worthy dress that is “classic and simple” but with a hint of Hollywood glamour. There are bets being taken for the design house that will produce such a gown with Alexandra McQueen, who created Kate’s dress in the running. But, whatever she decides we’re expecting it to result in a surge of replica’s just as Kate’s iconic lace-sleeved dress did seven years previously.

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We’ve already had a glimpse of what Meghan will look like as a bride, when she donned a gown during her role as Rachel Zane in hit TV series Suits, though allegedly Meghan said the pretty A-line detailed gown wasn’t to her personal taste. With her amazing figure, dark brunette hair and L.A. beauty, there’s many a wedding dress design that we can see her easily rocking, but if we were placing our money anywhere it would be on a simple, yet luxurious plain silk design.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on all the developments and brining you a full post on our dream dress predictions for Meghan soon, so be sure to watch this space for more royal wedding chatter! The excitement is at fever pitch here!

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Sketch Pad: A Dress for Kate

December 20th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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WWD has published a fab article for their 100 year issue, asking designers to sketch a dress for the Royal Wedding.

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Visit WWD for the full article, or click the image to go straight to the WWD site.

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Here is what the talented bunch came up with.  Which is your favourite?  I think I would have to go with the Valentino! Bellissima! (although I am rather taken by the little Nanette Lepore bridesmaid…)

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KM Alberta Ferretti

Alberta Ferretti

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KM Badgley Mischka

Badgley Mischka

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KM Chado Ralph Rucci

Chado Ralph Rucci

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KM Chris Benz

Chris Benz

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KM Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix

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KM Doo.Ri

Doo.Ri

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KM Elizabeth Emmanuel

Elizabeth Emmanuel

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KM Gucci

Gucci

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KM J.Crew

J.Crew

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KM J.Mendel

J.Mendel

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KM Jason Wu

Jason Wu

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KM Karl Lagerfield

Karl Lagerfield

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KM Kimberly Ovitz

Kimberly Ovitz

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KM Lela Rose

Lela Rose

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KM Lyn Devon

Lyn Devon

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KM Missoni

Missoni

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KM Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

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KM Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore

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KM Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller

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KM Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

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KM Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung

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KM Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy

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KM Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

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KM Reem Acra

Reem Acra

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KM Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger

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 KM Tory Burch

Tory Burch

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KM Valentino

Valentino

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KM Vera WangVera Wang

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KM Yigal Azrouel

Yigal Azrouel

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All images from WWD, and all link straight back to original article.

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A Very Handsome Couple: Official Royal Engagement Photographs

December 14th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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These were released on Saturday, but I had so much Real Wedding gorgeousness and giveaway fun to share with you that Waity Katie just had to, well, wait.

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Royal Engagement Pictures

Mario Testino via The Sun

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But my, my, don’t they look stunning?  Hats off to Mario Testino, who has managed to perfectly capture a young couple in love whilst still adhering to Royal protocol.

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Kate wore a dress by Reiss for the official shoot.  Speculation also seems to be at an end as to which designer Kate has chosen for the most important dress of her life, as the bookies have now closed all bets.  Bruce Oldfield, a favourite with Princess Diana, is the name on everyone’s lips.  What design he works up for the Princess Bride to Be though, we will just have to wait and see…

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The countdown to the Royal Wedding continues!

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What Waity Katy Did next…

December 3rd, 2010 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier Vivien Sheriff Millinery has been in touch to provide some styling advice for Miss Middleton…

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Vivien Sheriff - Kate

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Vivien writes: 

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As a 21st century bride Kate has a natural beauty and dresses to accentuate her slim figure. A simple, exquisite dress would provide a modern twist and give her an opportunity to set her own style.

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The Vivien Sheriff ‘Blossom’ bridal piece would be perfect for a spring wedding. It’s a step away from a traditional veil and the flowing design that goes around the back of the head in luxurious silk, lace and pearls would be captured from all angles.

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Kate’s mother has a very clean and modern style, she is likely to choose gentle tonal colours for her outfit which i would assume will be a smart dress with matching jacket, sharp tailoring matched with a statement headpiece. When we have created pieces for her in the past she has always preferred our bespoke headpieces rather than a hat.

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To see my previous post featuring Vivien Sheriff’s designs, as stocked by the fabulous Quills Millinery, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, click here!

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Utopia - Vivien Sheriff

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Through the Looking Glass, Our Last Princess…

November 27th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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All the excitement surrounding Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement (not least here on Brides Up North) as well as HRH’s poignant proposal with his mother’s ring, has put me in the mood to reminisce.

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In anticipation of our next princess by marriage, a glance back at the wedding of our last…one of the most iconic weddings of modern history.

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Man, how we loved those ruffles!  But mostly, we just loved her. 

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Sources from the www:

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its jenny time

wedding bells blog

the mirror

my lifetime

wedding tipster

britannica

style clash

the daily mail

rick and kristen

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If there is a trip down celebrity wedding memory lane that you would like to take, contact Brides Up North.

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Breaking News: Royal Wedding Date Announced!

November 23rd, 2010 | Julia Braime

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Exciting stuff!  Apologies for the interruption in my usual blogging schedule!

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Royal Wedding Date Announced

Photograph via The Guardian

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In a press conference at 12 noon today Clarence House announced that the date for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding is Friday 29 April 2011.

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The couple will be wed at Westminster Abbey.

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For the full low down, visit BBC News.

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I’ll start hat shopping now then shall I?!

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UPDATE: The Cabinet has confirmed that the Royal Wedding date will also be a Bank Holiday.

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Yippee!!!!!!!!!!

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