December 12th, 2014 | Julia Braime
It’s Friday. Got your cuppa in one hand, bacon buttie in the other?
Excellent. Time for a bit of dress gazing…
This morning, we debut multi award-winning wedding gown designer Sassi Holford’s 2015 Collection of her esprit label, So Sassi. Perfect for the young, modern bride with a sense of fashion and her own style, So Sassi is the creation of a young design team working in a highly creative environment under Sassi’s expert tutelage.
sassi says: The collection features fresh, spirited dresses that combine exquisite silks and laces with contemporary twists – key hole backs, cut outs, sheer cap sleeves and ballerina length tulle. The dresses are handmade in our workrooms in Somerset and the collection retails from £1,100.
Our young designers understand the exuberance and style of contemporary brides and that really comes across in the collection. It’s attracted a great deal of interest from brides looking for dresses that express that sense of joie de vivre that makes a wedding day so special – and being ‘made in England’ has become a key element.
For more, visit www.sosassi.so
For more gowns and dress details, see our gallery below.
April 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime
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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Accessories by Madeline Isaac-James, 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, 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, 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, the couture veil, Timeless Couture, uk wedding blog, Victorio & Lucchino, Watters Brides, white gallery, White Ivy, Yolan Cris, YSA Makino, Zaeem Jamal.
November 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime
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!
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
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.
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
Celeste by Naomi Neoh
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
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
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 Circa Brides
Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 as credited
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November 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Just dashing in this afternoon to say a huge well done to a Brides Up North Featured Supplier who has kicked off the season of goodwill early. I’ll always support the efforts of the great and the good in our industry, and Yorkshire boutique owner Julie at The Bridal Gown is one of the best (she knows that the combination of children’s charity and fashion is a sure fire way to my heart).
All Saints Parish Church in Otley was flood lit by Futurist and the aisle was transformed into a glamorous catwalk, with gowns displayed on the pews tops down the aisle to set the scene. The Church gave a unique and atmospheric setting, with fabulous music with stunning acoustics.
Brides Up North Featured Supplier Julie of The Bridal Gown says: The afternoon started with a drinks reception (sponsored by Mikaella) with Pimms and Bubbly for our gorgeous brides. This was followed by the catwalk show with twenty four 2014 collection gowns presented in three themes: Traditional, Contemporary and Great Gatsby. The gowns looked beautiful.
The afternoon concluded with opportunity to meet those involved and prize draws with donations from Rachel Simpson of an £100 voucher (our models said the Rachel Simpson shoes felt amazing on), a bridal head piece from Miranda Templeton and an £100 voucher for accessories from The Bridal Gown. With more bubbly flowing it was a wonderful party atmosphere!
We can’t thank enough all those who were involved and gave their time free of change for this worthy cause. We are still raising money towards our total (update soon!) so please contact Julie at The Bridal Gown if you would like to make a donation or for information about any of the gowns featured.
Get behind them Brides Up North! All proceeds will go to the Children’s Heart Surgery Unit in Leeds. Click here to find out more about the amazing work that they do. As a new Mum myself, I know how blessed I am to have a healthy, happy little girl and I’m very proud to support this charity on the pages of the blog.
Well done team!
August 23rd, 2013 | Julia Braime
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…
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 by So Sassi
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