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Wahoo! We’re Off To White Gallery London 2014.

April 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Anna Dello Russo For H&M

Image: Fashion Gone Rouge

So that’s another fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition done and dusted!  The already beautiful Nostell Priory looked the prettiest I’ve seen it yet yesterday at our fifth event of the spring season. Big, big love to all our amazing exhibitors (a truly superb selection) and gorgeous brides and grooms who supported our event.  We salute you… and hope you left feeling inspired by the talent on show and super duper excited about your big day! Hooray!

If you’ve not popped in to see us at one of our beautiful events yet – or if you have and would like to do it all over again – there’s still plenty of time this season!  Pop one of these stunners in your diary

Its a quick turnaound at Brides Up North HQ today – no rest for the wicked (I must be pretty damn wicked!) – as we were up at the crack of dawn and are already on the East Coast Mainline down to the smoke, to catch up with the fun that’s already started at White Gallery London

Recognised as one of the leading international designer bridal trade shows, White Gallery London is set to present the finest in bridal design at its sold-out forthcoming fifth edition.  Press passes in hand, Ellie and I will be joining the trade at this hunting ground for the best in British and international bridal design, previewing the gowns and the gorgeous that will be landing in a bridal boutique near you next season.

It’s one of my very favourite events of the whole year, and I can’t wait to (do a bit of schmoozing and) see what my favourite bridal designers have lined up for us in 2015.  I’m hoping for structural extravagance, sexy silhouettes and even bolder use of colour in bridal wear.  Let’s wait and see…

Over 70 leading designers will preview their new bridal wear and accessories collections at the event including Alan Hannah, Amanda Wakeley Sposa, Anna Romysh Haute Couture, Annasul Y, Augusta Jones, Benjamin Adams London, Blue Bridalwear, Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan, Cabotine Novia by Gema Nicolas, Caroline Atelier, Caroline Castigliano, Charlotte Balbier, Charlotte Mills, Christos Costarellos, Cocoe Voci, The Couture Veil, Cymbeline, Eliza Jane Howell, Emma Hunt, Emma Tindley, Encore, Franc Sarabia, Freya Rose, Gemy Maalouf Bridal, Hadas Cohen, Halo & Co, Harriet Wilde, HT Headwear, I Love Gorgeous, Ian Stuart, Ivory & Co Bridal, Ivory & Co Tiaras, Jack Sullivan Bridal, Jenny Packham, Jesus Peiro, Johanna Hehir, Karen Willis Holmes, KatyaKatya Shehurina, Lark Bridal, Linea Raffaelli, Lou Lou, Lusan Mandongus, Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett, Maddy by Madeline Isaac-James, Madeline Isaac-James, Accessories by Madeline Isaac-James, Malis Henderson, Mia Mia, Miguel Suay, Miranda Templeton, Mooshki Boutique, Naomi Neoh, Nicki MacFarlane, Nicola Anne, Nicola Harvey Couture, Nilah & Company, Nordic Gems, Novia D’Art, Nymphi, Ozlem Suer, Parthenis, Patricia Avendano, Polly Edwards, Qiana Bridal, Rachel Simpson, Raimon Bundo, Sadoni, Sassi Holford, Sasso, Shelle Belle Couture, So Sassi, Stephanie Allin Couture, Stephanie James Couture, Stephen Yearick, Terry Fox, Timeless Couture,  Victorio & Lucchino, Watters Brides, White Ivy, YSA Makino, Yolan Cris and Zaeem Jamal. 

Then we’ll come back to tell you all about it!

We’ve seats lined up at some of the iconic catwalk shows including Ian Stuart, Madeline Isaac-James and Suzanne Neville, plus drop in appointments with our pick of the bunch.  We’re also looking forward to catching up with our friends and supporters from bespoke bridal label House Of Mookshi – based in the North East – at this their debut show.  Specialising in custom designed wedding dresses and bridal gowns from vintage inspired through to gothic, those girls have always got something fabulous up their sleeve.  

After all that, we’ll be ready for a drink (or three) and will be hitting the hard stuff with our industry colleagues at Kensington Roof Gardens for a cocktail party sponsored by Perfect Wedding Magazine and in association with the Retail Bridalwear Association.  I’ve a free pass for the evening as the hubby’s on babysitting duty back Up North, so make mine a Mojito please!

See you on the other side.  There’ll be lots of catching up to do…

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Eye Candy: Sassi Holford Signature Collection 2014

November 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Sassi Holford 2014 Matilda

Matilda

Tuesday’s are just the worst day of the whole week, aren’t they?  I’m hoping this big fat dose of eye candy by Brides Up North favourite Sassi Holford brightens the mood.  After all, who on earth can stay grumpy in the face of such pretty?!

And the best news?  All Sassi’s 2014 Signature Collection is landing in wedding dress boutiques near you, right now

Sassi Holford 2014 Amelia

Amelia

Sassi Holford works with absolute attention to detail and an uncompromising eye for quality, and each season her collections are individual yet balanced, focussed yet inspiring.

The 2014 Collection defines classic elegance, achieving this with dramatic silhouettes and exquisite fabrics.

The design emphasis is on femininity: for the bodice the key lines are the elegant portrait neckline and bustier detailing. Many of the gowns offer coverage on the shoulders and arms as the trend away from strapless continues. Silhouettes should be designed to make a statement – from an impressive ball gown to a flattering column skirt with fluted hem.

During the year Sassi visits European fabric fairs and this season sees her working with a range of impressive textured fabrics in combination with soft, floating fabrics such as fine lace and embroidered tulle.

Sassi Holford 2014 Catrina & Georgina Jacket

Catrina & Georgina Jacket

Sassi Holford 2014 Clarissa

Clarissa

Sassi says:  My 2014 Sassi Holford Signature Collection was conceived around my notion of modern elegance but emphasised with dramatic silhouettes and tactile fabrics. To achieve this I have consciously moved away from traditional laces to unusual, feminine laces and combined them with delicate tulles and chiffons. Though some designs are elegantly simple and rest on the perfection of their lines, I adore the styles that are exquisitely embellished with laser cut fabrics and 3D textures.This season my necklines are more demure, but contrast beautifully with a number of dramatic but feminine deep V backs (a detail that I’m particularly enamoured with at the moment).

Sassi Holford 2014 Emily

Emily

My primary concern is to make the female form look truly fabulous. My brides are elegant, feminine and romantic.  All my designs are available in the standard size range of 8 to 18 but they can also be ordered in a size smaller or up to size 28 if required.

Sassi Holford 2014 Evelyn

Evelyn

Sassi Holford 2014 Ida & Beatrice Belt

Ida & Beatrice Belt

My gowns are handmade in Somerset by my wonderfully skilled team, and the integral corset that we put in each gown creates a beautifully streamlined silhouette and ensures a high level of comfort for the bride on her big day.

Sassi Holford 2014 Jessica & Jemima Coat

Jessica & Jemima Coat

My signature piece would be Jessica from my Signature Collection – the dress alone is a stunning silk crepe column design but it can be worn with a jacket and a sash, just a sash – just a jacket. The different looks that you can create with this dress, for a bride, are almost endless and whilst simple, they’re all so effective.

Sassi Holford 2014 Josephine & Josphine Skirt

Josephine & Josephine Skirt

Sassi Holford 2014 Megan

Megan

Sassi Holford 2014 Mimi

Mimi

Sassi Holford 2014 Rebecca

Rebecca

Sassi Holford 2014 Ruby

Ruby

Sassi Holford 2014 Sara

Sara

Sassi Holford 2014 Veronica

Veronica

 

Visit www.sassiholford.com for more information and a list of Northern stockists.

 

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The Editorials: Catwalk Queen

November 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Kelly by Stephanie Allin

Kelly by Stephanie Allin 

In the wedding blogosphere, things move at breakneck speed, and you can be sure that any wedding blogger worth her salt will have discovered, dissected and disseminated any trend worth trying at least a season before it hits the mainstream.  Earlier this year, I visited White Gallery London – a huge exhibition and set of catwalk shows at which the big name bridal designers launch their new season collections to the trade and press – to take a sneak peek at the gorgeous gowns that will be landing in bridal boutiques near you this autumn. Let me tell you, if you are in the market for a wedding dress this season, you are in for a treat!

What followed was a collection of high profile designer interviews, right here on the pages of this wedding blog.  The collections have now landed in a boutique near you, so if you missed the previews and interviews, I’ll be republishing these to Facebook over the next few days.  Click here to like our page and stay updated. 

As well as online, I wrote about the beauty and drama of the new collections in my regular column for Loved Up Magazine.  Here’s my summary of the season.  Limited by word count, let me tell you, it doesn’t even touch the sides of all the fabulous frocks you have to choose from.  Make sure to revisit our Designer Series interviews at the earliest opportunity too!

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Brides Up North in Loved Up Magazine autumn/ winter 2014

The collections this year had something for everyone with glitz, feathers, embellishment and lace, as well as simpler styles too. Skirts were either voluminous (with a nipped in waist) or sleek and swishy. Many designers drew inspiration from bygone eras – with the 1920s and 1930s being popular influences – and whatever your hemline preference: short, long or even trousers, there was something for you. Favourites included Suzanne Neville’s Vintage Rose Collection, Stephanie Allin’s fairy-tale gowns and boho styling from Terry Fox Couture. Check them out soon at a Northern stockist near you.

Cuvee Rose by Ian Stuart Bride

Cuvee Rose by Ian Stuart 

Blushing Bride

The craze for adding a pop of colour to your wedding gown continues for spring/ summer 2014 with a watercolour wash of pastel shades on the catwalks. Fashionista Ian Stuart led the way with his candy coloured Frill Me! collection.

Great Gatsby!

Where the silver screen leads bridal fashion follows, with drop waists, beading and gemstones more prevalent than ever for the new season. Add a bejewelled feathered headdress and some dancing shoes to complete the look. Daisy Buchanan, eat your heart out!

Gatsby by Suzanne Neville

Gatsby by Suzanne Neville 

Celeste by Naomi Neoh

Celeste by Naomi Neoh 

English Vintage

Contrasting with all that Hollywood glam, other designers like Sassi Holford, Charlotte Balbier and Caroline Castigliano stuck to what they do best – British beauty. If you favour the English rose look, their floaty skirts and frothy lace confections will be a dream come true.

Annie by So Sassi

Annie by So Sassi 

Cute & Quirky

Rarely seen in the past, there’s now a flippy little short number in nearly every designer’s collection, as well as jumpsuits and shorts making an appearance at the most cutting edge design houses. If you still favour a frock, check out flirty t-shirt sleeves, deep pockets, daisy detailing and polka dot lace to bring the cutest dresses right up to date.

Jesus Peiro 2014 Collection

Jesus Peiro 2014

Simply Divine

Don’t despair if you like your styling fuss free. Many designers kept things clean this season with a focus on structure and tailoring. Watch out for the new collection by Astral Sundholm Circa Brides for a refined and fresh look.

Tallulah by Astral Sundholm

Tallulah by Astral Sundholm Circa Brides 

 

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The Designer Series: Sassi Holford Introduces So Sassi 2014

August 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime

Julia

Julia by So Sassi

This morning I am thrilled to introduce you to a wedding gown designer that I have long admired and had the opportunity to meet on several occasions (she’s a lovely lady), Sassi Holford, as we find out about her design inspirations and she previews her So Sassi label’s 2014 collection for Brides Up North.  One year after it’s launch, Sassi’s esprit label continues it’s fashion forward path…

So Sassi launches the 2014 collection at White Gallery, London from SassiHolford on Vimeo.

Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your brand?

I am Sassi Holford and I’ve been designing wedding dresses for over three decades… my gowns are handmade in Somerset by my wonderfully skilled team, and the integral corset that we put in each gown creates a beautifully streamlined silhouette and ensures a high level of comfort for the bride on her big day.

Abbie

Abbie by So Sassi

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Just Dreamy! Supplier Showcase: Dreamcatcher Bridal

May 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today I am proud to introduce you to Dreamcatcher Bridal, one of our fabulous Featured Suppliers and definitely worth a visit for all our North West readers on the hunt for their dream dress.  These ladies know their gowns, and goodness, what gowns they stock!  Let’s meet them…

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Dreamcatcher opened its doors in July 2000, a family business run by mother and daughter team, Gill and Georgina. Having had some bad experiences ourselves during bridal gown shopping and realising that it would be necessary to travel long distances to find designer dresses, we set upon our venture to bring couture designer collections to the Preston area. Gill with a passion for beautiful fabrics and a background in the technical side of dress design and construction and Georgina with the business brains, artist flair and youthful enthusiasm, we knew we’d make the perfect partnership. 

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We have bridal gowns to suit all budgets with bargain sample sale gowns under £500 to new gowns from £650 to £3500.

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Following months of research and planning, the designers at the top of our wish list were Sassi Holford and Suzanne Neville. Both designers of exquisite, classic gowns with amazing cut, structure and style, yet each bringing an individual twist. Sassi the pure genius with lace and Suzanne with the ability to create smooth sculptured bodices that somehow make all brides instantly drop a dress size.

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At our very first Harrogate Bridal Buyer Exhibition, some 13 years ago, we were fortunate enough to be introduced to Benjamin Roberts and knew instantly that the label was just what we were looking for. With beautiful embroidery and stunning beadwork at amazing prices but still with the quality and structure we weren’t prepared to compromise on.

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Over the years we have added new designers to our range including Enzoani and Essense of Australia. Enzoani offers a modern European style using soft satins, chic layers, signature high quality and rich detail using the finest Swarovski crystals. Essense gowns feature luxurious fabrics and just the right amount of head-turning sparkle. With the added option of a lace up or zip/button up back this diverse collection is a popular choice with both our staff and brides to be.

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We are also extremely proud to stock beautiful designs from Anoushka G, perfect for destination weddings, Veromia, for the traditional fairytale wedding and Sonsie by Veromia, a stunning range specially created for the curvier figure. The newest addition to our extensive collection is Anny Lin, offering a definite WOW for the more daring bride. The usual fabrics and delicate, yet stunning beadwork make Anny’s designs stand out amongst the crowd.

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Our range is so diverse with so so many amazing designs. If absolutely pressed our favourite at the moment is Faye by Sassi Holford. It’s a simple waisted style in rose damask with a plain duchesse satin sash with buttons and large bow detail down the back. The fabric is so unusual, simply subtle and stunning!  Currently lace gowns are particularly popular, with brides looking for a more covered demure look.

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Loving all things that sparkle, we have a fantastic range of accessories, hand selected to complement each bridal gown. With designs from Halo & Co, Polly Edwards, Ellie K, Richard Designs and Bijoux Bec, all offering coordinating headpieces and jewellery handcrafted using Swarovski stones. A large selection of veils from Joyce Jackson and The Couture Veil, designed by Sassi Holford using gorgeous soft vintage tulles with a wide variety of lace edges which perfectly match Sassi’s superb bridal designs. There really is something for everyone!

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We have an excellent selection of bridesmaid’s gowns with collections from JLM Europe, Watters & Watters and Veromia. With traditional bridesmaid’s styles to cutting edge designs all available in a variety of fabrics and colour options. We also have a beautiful collection of silk flower girl styles from Nicki Macfarlane.

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Not wanting to leave out the Men, we offer an extensive range of high quality hire wear from Peter Posh and Highland wear from Cameron Ross, catering for both traditional and contemporary weddings. When everything’s available under one roof it’s much easier to co-ordinate styles and colours to ensure the perfect match.

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It’s official! We stock some of the best in the business. The recent Bridal Buyer Awards proved to be very successful for some of our designers, not just Bridal designers, but Bridesmaids and accessories too. Massive congratulations to Sassi Holford, for winning British Bridal Designer of the Year 2013, Benjamin Roberts for winning Best Bridal Manufacturer 2013, Sonsie by Veromia for winning Best Plus Size Collection 2013, JLM for winning Best Bridesmaids Collection 2013 and Ellie K for scooping the award for Best Headdress Designer 2013. This we think proves we have fantastic taste and stock the best in the business!

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We’re located in Kirkham approximately half-way between Preston and Blackpool. Very easy access from Junction 3 of the M55, 300 yards from Kirkham & Wesham railway station, with free parking right outside.

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Appointments are not essential but advisable especially on a Saturday and Thursday evening to avoid disappointment. Private appointments are also available upon request.  Brides can expect a very warm welcome from a friendly, experienced and knowledgeable team, dedicated to finding the dress of your dreams.

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As most of our business now comes from personal recommendation we must be doing something right! We pride ourselves on the calm and relaxed atmosphere in our boutique with customer service being of paramount importance to us. We believe that all our brides should feel like the only bride in the world. We also have an excellent reputation for fit. Our in-house personal fitting and alteration service is second to none.

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Brides can get in touch via our website, email info@dreamcatcherbridal.co.uk or telephone 01772515090.  We’re also on facebook and twitter @BridalInfo so like our facebook page and follow us on twitter for up to date news, special offers and events.

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Supplier Spotlight: So Sassi Launches In Yorkshire With The Bridal Gown!

March 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I recently featured the brand new So Sassi label as an eye candy post on the wedding blog, to great excitement on Twitter and Facebook from my readers (click here to recap), and was happy to let Yorkshire brides know that Brides Up North Featured Supplier The Bridal Gown in Otley has become an approved stockist of this gorgeously fresh new collection. 

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1 Click Photography for So Sassi at The Bridal Gown

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Now if I know my Featured Suppliers (and it turns out that I do), they are never ones to let exciting occasions pass them by!  Step forward Julie of The Bridal Gown, who decided to throw a little launch party to welcome the label to Yorkshire…

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Julie of The Bridal Gown says: So Sassi is a new label by Sassy Holford.  The line is aimed at a young fashionable bride being a little less expensive that other Sassy Holford labels but with the quality and attention to detail you would expect from this leading designer house. All of the dresses are designed and made in Taunton in Somerset. Sassy acts as design director for the So Sassi label and has a young talented team of designers working for her.

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The inspiration for the launch event came from the desire to do something different to celebrate the arrival of the collection in the boutique.  We looked for somewhere with atmosphere to do a catwalk show that still linked with wedding themes and found it at Otley All Saints Parish Church. We felt that it would give brides a rare opportunity to see gowns “walking down the aisle” and imagine themselves in that setting. We also displayed dresses on the top of the pews to give good visibility and add more atmosphere.

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Leafy Couture created our amazing floral displays and dressed the church, I gave Sarah a brief about the So Sassi label and she worked her magic to perfection. The hair was by Yazz Number One Salon.  I sent photos of models and images of the dresses and let the stylist’s creativity run wild.  The results were fantastic

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The launch went really well, despite some of the worst winter weather in seven years!  The catwalk show looked amazing and the atmosphere was electric – everyone I talked to absolutely loved it. We will be doing another event in the Summer and we hope to make the next even more spectacular and creative.  The ideas are already flowing!  Watch this space!

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In the meantime, to try and buy from the new So Sassi label, you can contact Julie on 01943 466680 or email julie@thebridalgown.net

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Little Black Book

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Gowns:  So Sassi at The Bridal Gown

Images: 1 Click Photography

Hair: Yazz Number One Hair Studio

Flowers: Leafy Couture 

Wedding Cakes: Otley Cakes

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All Northern stockists

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Bellissima Bridal Gowns, Bury, Lancashire

Lace Bridal, Hale, Cheshire

The Bridal Gown, Otley, West Yorkshire

The Wedding Dress Company, Corbridge, Northumberland

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Eye Candy: So Sassi By Sassi Holford

January 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Victoria

Victoria

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“This has been a wonderful opportunity to work closely with young designers and combine their enthusiasm and creativity with my commercial experience – it’s So Sassi!”

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I was lucky enough to feature Sassi Holford’s beautiful 2013 collection here on the wedding blog (click here to catch up) and now I am  thrilled to feature So Sassi, the new collection from the Sassi Holford design team aimed at the younger, more fashion conscious bride – along with a helpful list of Northern stockists, so that you can find these fancy frocks close to home.

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You know I love a bit of eye candy on a Saturday!  It’s a knockout…

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Angelica Shrug

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Sassi’s new designs are fresh and fun, mixing Sassi Holford elegant silhouettes with fashion focussed details like peplum skirts and hi-lo hemlines. Eye-catching elements include hand-cut guipure lace, exquisite 3D rose tulle and intricate floral motifs, perfect for modern brides who like their bridal traditions with a creative twist.

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Amber

Amber

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Tabitha

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So Sassi, although only launched in May 2012, is already setting a new mark for its contemporary styling at a price point that won’t break the bank.  “We have created a fantastic set of designs that I’m really excited about. I love the dresses because they are young and vibrant, and directing the team has been so much fun it has taken twenty years off me!” says Sassi.

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Bethany

Bethany

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Bianca

Bianca

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Bobbie

Bobbie

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Bonnie

Bonnie

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Carmen

Carmen

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Georgie

Georgie

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India

India

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Kelsey

Kelsey

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Kirsty

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Lucianne

Lucianne

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Lucy

Lucy

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Petra

Petra

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Roxanne

Roxanne

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Serenade

Serenade

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Zara

Zara

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Zoe

Zoe

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Esther Shrug

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So Sassi is designed and handmade in Somerset, England.

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Website: www.sosassi.so
Facebook: facebook.com/sosassi.so
Twitter: twitter.com/sosassibridal

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Northern Stockists:

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Bellissima Bridal Gowns, Bury, Lancashire

Lace Bridal, Hale, Cheshire

The Bridal Gown, Otley, West Yorkshire

The Wedding Dress Company, Corbridge, Northumberland

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REMEMBER: Brides Up North Featured Supplier Julie of The Bridal Gown, Otley is hosting an event TODAY 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.  Julie will also 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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Eye Candy: Sassi Holford Signature Collection 2013

January 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Without doubt, the essence of a Sassi Holford gown is timeless elegance

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Sassi Holford 2013 Annabel

Annabel

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Up for a bit of weekend wedding dress gazing?  Thought as much.

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Sassi Holford 2013 Annabel

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I’ve met the lovely Sassi Holford and her fabulous team on a few occasions (managing not to faint in the presence of such design greatness) and this is a lady who truly cares about your bridal style.  When the team got in touch with their preview of Sassi’s 2013 Signature Collection I couldn’t get that email opened fast enough.

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I wasn’t disappointed.  Enjoy, and have a lovely weekend, wherever yours takes you.  Spot of dress shopping anyone?

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I know you too well. 

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Sassi Holford 2013 Dominique

Dominique Illusion

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Sassi Holford 2013 Dominique Illusion

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Sassi Holford 2013 Dominique Shrugette

Dominique Shrugette

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The team say: For her 2013 Signature Collection Sassi has returned to the 1940s for fabrics that are unashamedly romantic and very much about luxurious texture, such as slipper satin, vintage lace and silk georgette. 3D guipure lace and appliqué detailing add a very modern visual focus.

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Sassi Holford 2013 Valencia

Valencia

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Sassi Holford 2013 Valencia

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Sassi Holford 2013 Faye

Faye

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Sassi Holford 2013 Pippa

Pippa

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Sassi Holford 2013 Pippa

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Soft sweetheart is the key neckline with eye-catching straps and flattering, fitted bodices creating impact. Skirt shapes also have to be dramatic, drawing inspiration from classic Hollywood glamour for silhouettes that emphasise the beauty of the female figure.

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Sassi Holford 2013 Verity

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Sassi Holford 2013 Verity

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The re-emergence of the statement fashion accessory, such as hair pieces and costume jewellery, has been translated by Sassi into feature detailing. She uses belts, bows and tails enhanced by diamanté appliqué and brooches to give her clients the perfect finishing statement.

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And a useful little list of Northern Stockists:

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Bellissima / Bury / 01204 888025

Dreamcatcher / Kirkham / 01772 515090

Julia Tasker Bridal Couture / Bowness-on-Windermere / 01539 446900

The Bridal Collection / Harrogate / 01423 202029

Joanne Kay Bridal Boutique / Stokesley / 01642 712782

White Room Bridal Boutique / Sheffield / 0114 272 2336

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Pretty Perfect! A Pastel Palette Real Wedding In The North East, Alex & Sil

December 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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This wedding blog favourite, first featured back in September, packs so much pretty it should almost be illegal.  But being beautiful isn’t an offence, lucky for us!  Merry Christmas to Alex and Sil, and to all of you on this very special day. 

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Friend of the wedding blogKaty Melling Photography sent me the perfect antidote to darker evenings recently: a prettily perfect summer wedding packed with peonies and pastel shades.  Alex and Sil, today’s couple, packed the English leg of their multicultural celebration with gorgeous details, traditional tailoring and amazing floral displays.  And one beautiful wedding dress, worn two ways. 

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Be sure to click through to take in all the inspiration.  Just wait till you see the centre pieces!  Oooh the centre pieces!  I die.

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Two words: Be inspired!

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Over to the bride.  Alex says:  Sil proposed in January 2010 in his parents garden after they had decorated it with fairy lights, Chinese lanterns and floating candles.  We had two wedding celebrations this year, two days apart.  Our English wedding was held at Middleton Lodge, North Yorkshire on 1st May 2011 and our Chinese wedding was on 3rd May, at China Court Restaurant, China Town, Birmingham. 

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We instantly fell in love with Middleton Lodge because we could have the house for the whole weekend and the owners and staff so very flexible and friendly.

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Move over Tulisa…

October 22nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards

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… that’s right.  There’s a new judge in town.  And this just might be better than The X Factor (although granted, there’s no Gary Barlow, so it’ll be a close call). 

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I’m honoured to have been asked to sit as a consultant judge on the panel of wedding industry experts who make up the judging teams for The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards.  I’ll be lending my opinions to the judging panel alongside industry greats such as Miranda Eason (editor of You & Your Wedding Magazine), Sassi Holford  (designer), Damian Bailey (wedding photographer), Sarah Hewson (Sky News presenter), Sarah Haywood (wedding planner and designer), Sandy Moretta (UK Alliance of Wedding Planners), Peggy Porschen (cake designer), Caroline Marshall-Foster (publisher of Florist and Wholesale Buyer), Natalie O’Donovan (wedding stationery designer), Julie Askew (editor of Cake Craft and Decoration Magazine) and of course my wedding blog colleagues and friends Annabel Beeforth of Love My Dress and Claire Gould of English Wedding

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To find out more about each fabulous individual on the judging panel click here

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I am really, really thrilled to see that the Awards celebrate industry talent from all over England (although I would like to see this extended to Scotland too and am happy to see that there are plans to do so).  It’s all about being the best, not where you are based, and I am therefore glad to lend the panel team my support and assistance in choosing some worthy winners (from the North or the South) who will be crowned in a glittering ceremony (and all out party) next January.  I’d better start frock hunting right now.  You can register here to receive priority booking for tickets for the event.  

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Are you a wedding industry supplier based in England?  There is still time to enter the Awards.  All suppliers, big or small, well established or new to the market can enter and will be treated equally in the judging process.  Click here to enter

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Are you a Bride to Be or Newlywed?  Your favourite suppliers need your voteClick here to vote for them now or to nominate a supplier who has not yet entered. 

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Registration and voting closes on 31 October 2011, so be quick!

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Good luck everyone!

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