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winter romance. suzanne neville for an elegant wedding at middleton lodge – kerry & stuart

January 16th, 2017 | Julia Braime

An Elegant Wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Andy Gaines (33)

Though Christmas has been and gone it’s still very much winter outdoors and so to start the week in style we’re sharing the seasonal wedding of Stuart and Kerry. Taking place in late December, their big day celebrations include subtle hints to the season and a stunning white, midnight blue and metallic colour scheme.

We adore the atmospheric candle light décor, elegant floral displays and sparkling cake, not to mention Kerry’s gorgeous Suzanne Neville dress – pure perfection!

With images by Andy Gaines.

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kerry says: We got engaged on October 5th 2013, in the mirror garden at the Palace of Versaille, Paris. The lake there had fountains in that played to classical music. Stuart said we have the fountains on one side and a statue of Venus on the other, then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

We set the date for 28th December 2014. We decided we wanted a small, intimate wedding and Christmas time seemed ideal for this.

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Our chosen venue was Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire. It ticked all of our boxes and meant that we could get married on site and get ready in our rooms. It is a beautiful home and has a really cool cellar bar to party in. It also wasn’t too far for relatives and friends to travel. I also love the area having spent a lot of time at my auntie and uncle’s house nearby.

The venue had also recently opened up a restaurant called The Coach House and guest rooms in the grounds. This meant we could have people stay there as well as the house. We chose to have dinner at The Coach House the night before the wedding with our family and friends; they gave us the private dining room and the food was fabulous. It was also a good celebration for my dad’s birthday on the 27th.

An Elegant Wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Andy Gaines (16)

I gave up on a theme for the wedding quite early and decided I wanted it to be elegant, informal but timeless. So I stuck with a colour theme of white, silver and golds for the flowers, cake and decorations. The bridesmaids wore midnight blue, which suited them all and again, I hoped it would look elegant and wouldn’t make us all cringe in 20 years when we look back on photos!

Stuart also requested that all of the males who attended that had medals, wear them. Stuart’s always had an interest in them after learning about the medals his grandfather was awarded in WWII; he also has his own from serving as a police officer. Stuart asked his nephew to wear miniatures of his late grandpa’s medals, which made him really proud as his grandpa was very important to him.

An Elegant Wedding at Middleton Lodge (c) Andy Gaines (31)

When it came choosing my dress, I selected a simple, fitted gown from Suzanne Neville called Memoire, which was from the Vintage Rose 2014 collection. It was ivory with pearls scattered across the top front and back. Suzanne fitted a corset for me so that I didn’t have to worry about finding the right underwear! I had seen it in on the website before I went for my appointment. I had a fine silk cathedral veil with tiny pearls embroidered on. Despite trying many on before, I just knew I would find my dress at Suzanne’s showroom. She was lovely, as were all of her staff.

To accompany my dress, I had gold Jimmy Choos and wore pearl earrings from DanniJo.

Cat Johnson, from Harrogate, did my make-up as well as my mama’s and all of the bridesmaids. She did a brilliant job and my godmother’s daughter used her for her wedding last year.

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lust for lace. suzanne neville for a claret & blue wedding at colshaw hall – lizzy & toby

December 15th, 2016 | Laura McDonagh

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Readers, you’re in for a treat. Today’s real wedding is packed with pretty details, from the bride’s stunning Suzanne Neville lace creation to a gorgeous textured bouquet bursting with the best of British colour.

Champagne flowed all day long at this stylish celebration, and the combination of an exquisite menu and live music guaranteed a day to remember for the lovely Lizzy and Toby.

With images by Toni Darcy.

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lizzy says: We got engaged on 22nd November 2013 at Split Apple Rock, South Island, New Zealand. We‘d planned a three week trip across New Zealand and this particular place was one of the reasons we went. Before we left, Toby had spoken with my parents to ask them if he could propose and, of course, they said ‘yes!’

We‘d gone to the beach a few days before but I got caught in a wave, so Toby didn’t think it would be best to propose then. So the morning of leaving Split Apple Rock, two weeks into the trip, we went to the beach for the last time with a cup of tea each, sat on the rock together and he asked me to marry him. I was completely shocked and I think he had to ask me twice before I said yes, even though that was my answer on the first asking.

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We knew we just didn’t want our wedding day to be one day. Our married friends say the day goes by so quickly, plus I wanted to be married before I was 30, so August bank holiday weekend seemed the perfect weekend to plan for.

We married on Saturday 29th August, allowing us to plan activities for the Friday and Sunday. We married at Saint Peter’s Church in Prestbury, Cheshire, and our celebrations continued at Colshaw Hall. I know that normally the bride marries close to her home, but we decided to be slightly different and marry close to where Toby had grown up. Picturesque surroundings and church were part of the decision but I also wanted my Mum to be able to enjoy the experience and be waited on, rather than having to rush around on the morning of the wedding.

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We didn’t really have a particular theme, apart from eat, drink and be merry.

After attending our friends’ weddings, we pinched all the ideas that we really loved and recreated them so that they became our own. Good food, good champagne and good music always lead to lots of fun!

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Onto the outfits. My bridesmaids wore soft plum and the groomsmen all wore navy with grey waistcoats. Claret and blue are my favourite colours – Toby reckons it’s because I’m a Burnley girl through and through, but I just think these colours look stunning together!

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celebrity spy: heidi range

November 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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image source: Daily Mail

This afternoon we’re sweetening up the blog with a little celebrity wedding inspiration as we take a look at the beautiful big day style of recent bride and former Sugar Babe, Heidi Range.

Marrying her rather handsome beau Alex Partakis in a stunning Tuscan ceremony a little earlier this year, super-pretty Heidi looked every inch a princess in her floor-length, lace-sleeved wedding dress, created by none other than bridal designer to the stars, Suzanne Neville.

In addition to Heidi’s incredibly swoon-worthy gown, the singer had flawless hair and makeup to match, complete with a gorgeous sun-kissed tan.

Whether marrying in overseas sunshine or not, we think that we can all take a little something from Heidi’s fairy-tale look, and so today we’re giving tips and inspiration on how to mirror the star’s style for your own wedding day.

the dress

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Heidi’s gorgeous Suzanne Neville gown is the perfect choice for those who seek timeless elegance, with its traditional A-line shape and classic lace detailing.

The sweetheart bodice adds another element of romance to the design while the off-the-shoulder lace neckline gives it a slightly modern and flirty twist.

For those wanting to steal Heidi’s style there are plenty of similar stunning lace designs within designer’s current collections, including creations by Rosa Clara, Pronovias, Caroline Castigliano and, of course, Suzanne Neville.

If however the full-length princess gown is a little too traditional, brides can opt for identical sleeved-designs that are either shorter in length or slimmed-down in structure. Alternatively, brides could opt for a capped-sleeved dress or one with a lower neckline.

It’s also worth brides bearing in mind that the look can be created with a plain gown worn with a lace topper, so bridal separates from designers such as Charlotte Balbier, should not be ruled out. Such collections can also offer a bride two differing looks for her wedding day, as a topper could be removed for the evening reception and replaced with a sparkling belt accessory for a more glammed-up look.

the hair

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Again Heidi has gone down the classic root in terms of her hair, with her long golden locks swept into a super-neat, up do.

A sensible choice in the Italian heat, Heidi’s hair is pulled back away from her face and secured in a sophisticated chignon style, topped with a detailed hair accessory for just a touch of sparkle. The singer also opted for a cathedral-length veil, which sat at the top of her head and framed the dress beautifully.

Those who would prefer a slightly less-stayed style could go for a loose and more ‘messy’ up do and forgo the veil resulting in a less formal look.

the makeup

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Sporting a beautiful holiday tan, Heidi doesn’t require too much makeup to achieve her radiant appearance.

Keeping things simple and girly, Heidi’s glowing skin is topped with a little blush to the cheeks, a glossy natural pink lip, defined brows, brown eyeshadow and lashings of mascara. Just like the rest of Heidi’s look the result is highly effective and highly elegant!

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eye candy: suzanne neville songbird collection 2016

July 22nd, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Songbird

Back in May 2015, Rachel and I were thrilled to be one of the only UK wedding blogs invited along to British bridal designer Suzanne Neville‘s exclusive event at HM Tower of London, showcasing her 2016 songbird collection.

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Suzanne and her team always make us feel so very welcome at their events, and her stunning gowns always leave us speechless (which is hard to do).  Suzanne Neville has led the way in the couture bridal and fashion industry for the last 24 years, known for creating elegant fashion forward gowns with a real wow factor. Year on year, each collection just seems more perfect than the next.  This is British bridal talent at its very best.

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Duet

The latest collection of breath taking bridal gowns was inspired by beautiful floral gardens, birdsong and music with dresses in a sumptuous array of fabrics, styles and colours.  With all press at the event on an #instaban lockdown, this is a first exclusive sneak peek at the new collection, hot off the catwalk and landing in Suzanne Neville stockist boutiques near you very soon.

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suzanne says:I have really enjoyed designing the 2016 Songbird Collection. It is a fusion of beauty, tradition, modernity, yet still classically couture. There are simple styles, some lace and exquisite embroidery for a very eclectic mix of designs, with a dress for every bride. There are many dresses with the trademark corsetry, but also softer dresses for a more relaxed look.

In 24 years, I’ve seen styles change, but our modern bride is a very different bride. She’s more fashion aware, watching many images from all over the world and collating an idea in her mind of her perfect dress and styling the wedding of her dreams.

Over the years, the company has grown, yet we truly believe in keeping production in our studios in London under my watchful eye, so we can make sure every dress has the attention it deserves. Every year, even after all this time, I am still inspired by meeting the brides themselves, and taking all this knowledge into my pattern construction for future collections.

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Tulipa

Bloom

Bloom

Vivaldi

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Scarlet

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Serenade

Serenade

Suzanne Neville has boutiques in Knightsbridge, Wilmslow and Guilford and over fifty stockists in the UK and worldwide.

Visit the Suzanne Neville website for more. 

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lookbook: city sleek.

January 7th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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Mae by Stephanie Allin

We were recently Highly Commended in the Wedding Blog Awards 2014’s “Best City Wedding Blog” category, and chic cosmopolitan styling is one of our favourite trends for wedding day fashion, like, ever.  goodbye meringues! A stylish city ceremony gives brides-to-be the opportunity to rock sleek attire that varies from the wedding norm.

Moving around busy urban areas and climbing staircases of grand city halls and hotels calls for a slim line, fluid number that isn’t going to slow you down or trip you up. And we’re not just talking dresses; a city centre do pushes the style boundaries wide open, inviting fashion forward brides to consider a two-piece skirt and top design, or even an all in jumpsuit, Solange Knowles style.

Those preferring to stick to tradition with a dress can always hitch up their hemline to free their feet ready for stepping out through bustling streets.

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Pia by Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier has some particularly striking options for city brides, including stylish mini-length dresses and sophisticated two-piece designs.

Billie is a particular favourite of mine, not that I would be brave enough to work its cut-away silhouette. But for those that are, its gorgeous crisscross crop top and elegant illusion pencil skirt scream high fashion. Meanwhile, for those planning a more vintage affair, the pretty embroidered Charlotte top and ballerina skirt cover a little more flesh and are still easy to get around in.

Lhuillier’s short-length dresses are also incredibly swoon-worthy options, particularly the Pia and simple yet striking Zelda designs.

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Billie by Monique Lhuillier

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Zelda by Monique Lhuillier

The princess of prettiness, Stephanie Allin boasts several slim line dresses within her collections that would most definitely stand out in a city scene.

Chicago, Eternal, Ingrid and Olivia are all stunning examples of city simplicity at its best, but for those wanting a more structured design there is the Ashlea or even Mae, which has a detachable skirt, to give brides two equally wonderful looks.

The pièce de résistance has to be Allin’s Garbo jumpsuit as she dares to go where few other designers would. The fabulous sweet-heart neckline and wide-leg design also has an optional lace shrug for that extra piece of prettiness and cover-up where required.

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Chicago by Stephanie Allin

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Olivia by Stephanie Allin

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Eternal by Stephanie Allin

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Garbo by Stephanie Allin

Finally, I’d encourage city brides to consider the svetle, sleek lines of Suzanne Neville’s Novello Collection (click here to see a preview on Brides Up North), the fab and flirty frocks in Charlotte Balbier’s Iscoyd Park Collection (click here) or some of Sassi Holford’s cute designs as big day contenders.

For city brides wanting to bring a bit of bling to their big day, well, you can’t go wrong with a beaded Jenny Packham number, can you?

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Simone by Jenny Packham

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Rio by Jenny Packham

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Noa by Jenny Packham

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eye candy. Suzanne Neville’s ‘Novello’ Collection 2015

October 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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Novello

Now, I’m a girl who loves her fashion.  And bridal fashion?  The best type there is.

As a result, one of the highlights of my year is always my annual pilgrimage to the capital every spring, to check out the newest collections from the big name bridal design houses as they debut their latest offerings to assembled trade and press visitors.

FROW.  It’s the only way to go (dahlings).

One of the most anticipated openings in my schedule is always the suzanne neville show at the historic Tower of London.  What this talented lady delivers with shape, structure and fabric is always delectable, and this season’s ‘Novello’ Collection for 2015 didn’t disappoint.

Suzanne Neville is known for creating elegant fashion forward gowns with a real wow factor. Every couture gown is beautifully hand cut and individually made in London, overseen by Suzanne herself. Frequently requested for red carpet events and television shows, the incredibly flattering dresses are always in demand.

I’m proud to share this beautiful selection of dresses with you today.  The images are a selection of official shots and my iPhone candids from my catwalk-side seat back in April.

Swishy gorgeous.

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Suzanne Neville say: Modern clean lines work in harmony with clever construction, in ultimate luxury fabrics with gowns such as the satin bias cut ‘Chelsea’ and the effortlessly chic ‘Brompton’.The detail is in the cut and the design, with fabrics sourced to compliment the fall of the gown in true Suzanne Neville style. Other highlights include gowns such as ‘Grosvenor’ with its classic silk organza skirt and contrasting French lace long sleeved bodice.

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Savoy

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Suzanne Neville - Phoenix

Phoenix

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Suzanne Neville - Lexington

Lexington

Suzanne Neville - Grosvenor

Grosvenor

Suzanne Neville - Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia

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Suzanne Neville - Dominion

Dominion

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Suzanne Neville - Chelsea

Chelsea

Suzanne Neville - Ballet

Ballet

Suzanne Neville - Apollo

Apollo

For more, and details of Suzanne Neville’s stockists, click here to visit the official site.  

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