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predictions for a princess: what will meghan markle wear?

May 18th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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Prepare to hoist up the Union Jack, gather round the TV and don your finest hat, for the royal wedding is upon us and anticipation for what’s to come is at fever pitch!

Since Harry and Meghan’s engagement was announced back in November, details of their big day have gradually been revealed or leaked to the press, but one element that has remained a closely guarded secret is what Ms Markle’s dress will look like.

Speculation of the designer has been rife, with bets placed on the likes of Alexander McQueen, Stewart Parvin, Erdem and Victoria Beckham, plus favourite, Ralph & Russo, with the Daily Mail reporting that the London-based couture house have crafted a £100,000 gown for the bride-to-be.

It’s also been said that Meghan will follow in future sister-in-law Kate’s footsteps by having two dresses; one for the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and a second to change into for the evening reception at Frogmore House so that she can party the night away without sartorial restrictions.

But still we don’t know what style that main significant dress will be – the shape, fabric, detailing, length of the train etc – until the proceedings are broadcast to billions of viewers around the world this Saturday. What we do know, however, is that Meghan’s choice of dress will have a big impact on shaping future bridal trends, just as Kate Middleton’s iconic long-sleeve lace gown did back in April 2011.

So, sharing in the excitement and spirit of the Harry and Meghan’s impending nuptials, we’re giving our thoughts on what the LA-born actress will wear for her biggest moment in the spotlight to date!

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While there’s a lot of talk about Meghan being the one to break the royal mould and put her own style in-line with tradition when it comes to design preferences, I believe such a high-profile wedding still calls for a classic gown. I’m therefore gravitating towards a safe A-line creation that cinches in at the waist, though I don’t see it being as large, ‘princess-ey’ or fussy as Kate’s.

Another impacting factor has to be the venue, while Meghan has said her personal style is “very pared down and relaxed”, the gown will need to hold its own against the grand setting of St George’s and also be a suitable and respectful choice for such a building. Furthermore, it’s reported that the Queen must approve Meghan’s gown, and so surely we can safely rule out any plunging necklines, thigh-high leg splits or Berta-style transparent panels. We can only imagine Prince Philip’s face!

So, I’m thinking clean cut and classic, yes, in rich luxurious, possibly silk fabric but with a level of detailing in jewels/beading – this is a royal wedding after all!

Sleeve and neckline-wise I think a thicker strap or off-shoulder design, with a gracious rather than deep-cut v. Or perhaps even a high-collared racer-neck design that would tick both elegant and contemporary boxes.

I’m expecting beautiful corsetry in the top half to accentuate Markle’s stunning figure and then flaring out and over the hips and legs to the floor for a hint of a fairy tale skirt.

The detailing I doubt would be blingy, so I’m drawn to more muted colour embellishment that will blend with the dress for just the right amount of sparkle and regality.

All in all as a bride-to-be soon to embark on the dress hunt myself, I can’t imagine the pressure on Meghan and those around her to create the perfect dress for such a stately occasion but I’m hoping Ms Markle brings some of that Hollywood sparkle and sass to Saturday’s proceedings.

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The big day is nearly upon us, and there’s only one thing this bridal editor is bothered about… I’m not bothered who will walk Meghan down the aisle, couldn’t give a hoot what her (horrible) sister said next and I’m not even tallying up the bridesmaid and pageboy count. I want to see the dress. I want wow, I want romance and, most of all please Ms Markle, I want FASHION.

There’s a big difference between this dress and Kate’s – and that’s that whilst I was expecting K Middy to play it classic and classy, with Meghan, I’m looking for more fashionable form, and a nod to her Hollywood heritage. She’s also done it once before, in a simple chiffon sheath with a beautiful bejewelled waistline. I actually loved her first, beachy wedding dress, but the pomp and ceremony of Windsor calls for something a bit more structured, a bit more statement.

The bridal fashion part of my job – the styling for UNVEILED Magazine creative shoots, viewing of new collections and trend predicting – is without question, my very favourite part of my job here at Brides Up North, and as such, I’ve had some time and quite a lot of inclination to ponder what our future Duchess should choose.

Yeah, I know the odds are on a classic cut and heavy beading, probably lashings of lace and tulle… but my prediction (or wish list!) is a little more specific. if I were Meghan, I’d go for a simple yet sexy silhouette. I think she’d look sensational in something super slinky. Maybe an off the shoulder silk number, with long sleeves and a soft figure hugging bodice, tapering down to either a bit of a fishtail or a super long, soft, silky train. Clean lines, drama in the structure. A thoroughly modern, sexy princess. No A-lines please!

So pass the flags, I’m ready for Meghan’s moment. Just don’t let me down Ms Markle.

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fit for a princess: caroline castigilano on how to wear it like meghan markle

May 11th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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Having been thrust firmly into the UK’s media limelight after snapping up one of Britain’s most eligible bachelors, Meghan Markle is quickly becoming a new style obsession for us ladies, favoured for her chic, tailored looks that are both pretty and polished.

We’re all keen to take note of her outfit choices at royal engagements and public appearances so that we can mirror that elegant yet effortless style for ourselves. So much so that certain outfits sported by the former Suits actress have gone on to sell out in just a matter of hours, or even minutes. In particular the bow-detailed green dress by Italian label P.A.R.O.S.H that Meghan wore for her first television interview with Harry after announcing their engagement.

It’s no wonder then that they biggest hype around the upcoming royal wedding, is what Meghan’s choice of gown will be. Speculation is sky high but with nothing confirmed we only have predictions to go on until the big reveal on May 19th.

Never one to wait patiently, we were keen to get the view of an expert in the industry, and so we’ve called upon our amazing Sponsor and top British bridal designer Caroline Castigliano, to give her thoughts on what we can expect from Meghan’s big day style while offering guidance for those brides-to-be wanting to radiant a royal worthy look for their own nuptials and celebrations.

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As the royal wedding approaches the question on everyone’s lips is what type of gown will Meghan wear? Can you share your prediction with us?

caroline says: I think the dress will be in a delicate lace with very subtle beading, it will be designed with a deep V neckline and long lace sleeve – the sleeve will show her skin tone through so you can see the beauty and delicate detail of the lace. The gown will skim Meghan’s body and have a large train attached at the waist in a silk zibeline – from the front you will see the vision of the body skimming lace dress and this fabulous train creating drama – the train will extend to the back and the lace from the gown will trickle down the train from the waist.

Do you think that Meghan will follow in Kate Middleton’s footsteps and have a second gown for her wedding? If so what type of gown do you think this will be?

Meghan will definitely change for the evening reception, I feel she will wear a classic but very stylish gown to the wedding and change for the evening to something more in keeping with a glamourous party, perhaps a low back fitted gown that is sparkly and shows off her stunning figure. It was estimated that three billion people watched the last royal wedding – we need to see as many gorgeous gowns as possible!

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And what about accessories? How do you think Meghan will complete her big day look?

Meghan will wear a silk veil covering the entire gown and extending to just past the end of the train on her gown. She will wear a tiara chosen from the collection of the late Princess Diana. I believe Meghan will also wear a delicate diamond necklace and matching bracelet.

How do you think Meghan’s choice of gown will shape bridal trends going forward?

I don’t think Meghan’s wedding dress will change the fashion of bridal wear in future years, Meghan may decide on something subtle within her outfit that could become a trend for a short period but if you look at royal weddings over the years you will see that none of these royal gowns have changed the course of bridal fashion.

You have designed gowns for celebrities, film stars and dignitaries – who has been your favourite to dress so far and which A-lister would you love the opportunity to design for?

I have never worked with anyone that I haven’t enjoyed dressing. My experience is the more successful someone is the more at peace they are within themselves and often quite humble. I would love to dress Adele. I love everything about her, the voice, the face – she is a great role model, truly amazing and a fabulous star.

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For brides that are wanting to achieve a radiant princess look through their dress choice, what style of gowns would you suggest?

If a bride wants the princess radiant look she should create a classic look; long fitted sleeve with the shoulder covered, no cleavage and preferably the back covered too, this of course could be in a beautiful soft lace, so the skin creates a highlight through the lace. Most royal wedding dresses have full ball gown skirts this helps create impact and most importantly a princess bride must wear a veil preferably a cathedral veil. Jewellery would be delicate with diamond or pearl earrings and makeup simple and natural with glowing skin.

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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!

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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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Fly The Flag! A Diamond Jubilee Themed Wedding Inspiration Shoot In The North West

May 1st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This fabulous Diamond Jubilee themed bridal inspiration shoot sent to me by Helen of Bespoken Dreams and Vicky of Victoria Rose Vintage Crockery Hire has left me feeling all patriotic this morning, and thinking back to Royal Wedding fever almost exactly a year ago. 

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This is a shoot organised as a joint collaboration by all the suppliers at The Wedding House in Liverpool – and don’t they pull together well? I think we British are ready for another party, aren’t we?  I’d perhaps advise holding back on a full on Rule Britannia theme (complete with red, white and blue ruffles) for your big day, but go on… it’s a bit of fun!  Be inspired…

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Vicky says: The idea for a collaborative photo shoot came about after myself, Jan (Calidad Creations), Debbie (Miss Bouquets) and Natalie (Half Dozen Designs) were chatting about how nice it would be to work together. I had recently worked on a 1940’s “Grow your Own Wedding” themed photo shoot with Lucy of Lucy G Photography, so I suggested contacting Lucy to see if she was interested in collaborating.

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Following on from the "Stay Calm" Iconic poster we’d used in the 1940’s shoot, I thought that the upcoming Diamond Jubilee would be a great topical theme. It was also a perfect excuse to use my gorgeous blue and white china tea set that I had been given by my Grandma.

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Of course because the Jubilee celebrations were coming up in June I had to move fast and get everyone organised if we were hoping to get published before then! It took six weeks from the initial idea to the shoot!  It was just like organising an actual wedding as all the same suppliers were needed including a bride and groom! I was like "Challenge Annika" minus the helicopter!

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I’m glad we moved so quickly as it seems that the week after we had finished the shoot the country has gone Jubilee crazy. Even Marks and Spencer used some of our ideas in their TV ad. There are so many shops stocking all kinds of merchandise in red, white and blue and this of course follows onto the Olympics. We really seemed to hit on an upcoming trend and the sense of patriotism in the country is starting to build just like it did for the Royal Wedding in 2011. As we are all Great British businesses the theme was also very personal and hit a note with all involved.

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I wanted to do something different to the usual sit down around a table but it had to be something that readers could imagine themselves doing at their own wedding. So many photo shoots concentrate on what looks good on camera: I’ve seen a wedding breakfast set up on an old large wooden swing which looks arty and whimsical but isn’t really possible to transfer into most weddings. We had three options on the day that could all be used practically in any wedding venue, date or theme.

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The first was a street party. Using our colour scheme of red, white and blue with lashings of ginger beer, punch, British puddings and bunting. The second idea was an old fashioned picnic using a 1950’s picnic hamper of mine and some great deck chairs from Lucy: a nice informal way to celebrate your day perfect for a summer garden party wedding. The venue was amazing and had a bandstand with a view of the Mersey and Liverpool skyline. We used this to host an elegant afternoon tea perfect in any setting or venue. Afternoon tea can be served in place of a traditional three course meal or canapés. It can take a wedding into a different era of elegance and is certainly becoming the next big thing.

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As any bride will know you just can’t control the weather. It affects the date we pick, dress we wear, venue and of course photographs! We picked the Isla Gladstone for its beautiful Glass House and grounds mindful of all the lovely light we would still get on a rainy Tuesday in March. Oh, how we were wrong! The day of the shoot was a sunny record breaker with burnt noses aplenty. Everyone said how wonderful it was to have such glorious weather but Lucy nearly shed a tear at the blinding sunlight, I’m sure every photographer, amateur or professional will understand just how hard it is to work in dazzling sunlight but Lucy overcame the problems and produced some amazing photographs.

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We all enjoyed the photo shoot immensely and using a shared concept and pooling our designs and expertise certainly proved you can plan an amazing wedding in six weeks using suppliers all under one roof especially if that roof is on The Wedding House.

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Photographer Lucy Greenhill www.lucygphotography.co.uk

Vintage Crockery Hire and styling Victoria Rose Vintage Crockery Hire www.victoriarose.org.uk

Glass jar centrepieces www.bobsbuttonboutique.com

Bunting www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Something-Unique/152289654862442?sk=info

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Ian Stuart and Lou Lou gowns supplied by www.cloud9brides.co.uk

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Bridesmaids outfits www.facebook.com/BeauBowsBoutique

Head wear www.rocksforfrocks.co.uk

Jewellery www.calidadcreations.co.uk

Hair and make up www.beautyboxlounge.co.uk

Fresh flowers www.maia-flowers.co.uk/

Silk flowers www.missbouquets.co.uk

Bentley www.ptpuk.biz

Chair styling www.chairstyle.co.uk

Stationery www.tattylashes.co.uk

Dessert Tables www.halfdozendesign.com

Sweets www.flutterbys.org.uk

Handdrawn canvas www.calidadcanvas.com

Wedding cake www.allsweettreats.co.uk

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Sacre Bleu!

April 17th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Fancy going patriotic in the Queen’s Jubilee year?  Look what I spotted whilst casually browsing* the Gina website…

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You might need to pawn the crown jewels to afford them, but at least that’s your something blue covered.

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Lizzie by Gina £975

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*that’s all I was doing, honest. 

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A Proper Princess! A Real Wedding, Laura & Gareth

September 19th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Wedding blog Featured Supplier Lee Brown Photography recently sent me this fabulous Real Wedding to share, and I once I saw the pictures I have been dying to post it here.  I love all the Real Weddings that I feature on the bridal blog, but it’s quite rare that images make me giggle out loud.  Laura and Gareth’s images are beautiful and filled with love and joy, but also some clever nods to the very famous couple that they were sharing their big day with.  Watch out for the iconic horse and carriage shot, and a couple of famous faces…

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Over to Lee:  This was a very special wedding to me, I have known Laura since before I was born as our mums went to the same anti-natal classes together!  We grew up in the same part of Reddish until my parents moved to Hazel Grove but we’ve always kind of stayed in touch and our mums work together. So I was thrilled to learn that she was getting married and even more so when she asked me if I could photograph her wedding to Gareth.

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The date was set as 29th April 2011 long before Kate & Will decided to tie the knot however I think the Royal Wedding added an extra air of excitement to the day. I remember driving down to Laura’s mums house and seeing all the union jacks flying from houses, bunting crisscrossing the lamp posts and the streets eerily calm as people were glued to watching the Royal Wedding footage.

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We got some gorgeous shots of Laura’s preparations, enjoying her breakfast with her family and finally putting on her dress (always with one eye on the royal coverage).  I then raced up to Worsley Park to spend some time with Gareth before Laura arrived in her carriage with her dad John. Gareth was surprisingly calm and collected, sunglasses on and beer in hand and we had a laugh with his best man David 
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