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Fundraising Fashion: A Charity Catwalk In Aid Of The Children’s Heart Unit

November 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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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). 

This October The Bridal Gown of Otley teamed up with the Children’s Heart Surgery Unit in Leeds to raise money for the unit and launch the 2014 collections of So Sassi, Mikaella and Phil Collins.

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

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.

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

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 Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

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!

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

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.   

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

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!

The Bridal Gown, David Charles Photography

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Diary Date: The Bridal Gown Catwalk Show In Aid Of The Children’s Heart Surgery Unit Leeds –This Saturday

October 7th, 2013 | Julia Braime

The Bridal Gown/ 1 Click Photography

It’s admin central in the Brides Up North office this morning.  With back to back luxury wedding exhibitions, VAT returns to file and all manner of other projects on the go, things can get like that.  We’re not letting the Monday blues get us down though, as tomorrow we’re packing our cases and heading down to the smoke to attend Wedding Magazine’s Wedding Blog Awards 2013.  We are really proud to be nominated (by our readers, thank you very much!) as a finalist in the Best Bridal Style & Fashion Blog category – we do try – so are looking forward to a big of a knees up at The Ritz, whether we bring home the bacon or not!

Busy as things get, there’s always time to squeeze in some wedding inspiration in our diaries, especially when it’s a fabulous catwalk show hosted by our very own Featured Supplier and in aid of such an amazing cause.  Yorkshire brides, it’s time to soak up the pretty, and show your support.

The Bridal Gown/ 1 Click Photography

The Bridal Gown are hosting a very special 2014 Collection Preview on Saturday 12th October 2013 at 3.30pm for 4pm in aid of the Children’s Heart Surgery Unit Leeds.

There will be a drinks reception, a chance to meet hair make up stylists, florists and photographers. Watch a stunning catwalk show with 20 plus gowns for an afternoon of fabulous bridal fun.

The Bridal Gown/ 1 Click Photography

You’ll find the team at All Saints Parish Church, Otley, and tickets are just £8 – a bargain as those attending will receive a 10% discount on any new orders from the 2014 collections.

There’s also some great prizes to be won on the day including a pair of Rachel Simpson bridal shows and a Miranda Templeton head piece. 

The Bridal Gown/ 1 Click Photography

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.  Get behind them!

Sponsored by:

The Children’s Heart Surgery Unit Leeds

Otley Parish Church

The Bridal Gown

So Sassi Bridal

Mikaella Bridal

Phil Collins Bridal

Rachel Simpson Shoes

Miranda Templeton Head Pieces

Sasso Bridal

The Hair Studio Ilkley

The Green Room Ilkley

Makeup By Goldie

David Charles Photography

JHP Music Equipment and Events

 

For more information contact Julie at The Bridal Gown on 01943 466680 or at julie@thebridalgown.net

 

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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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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

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

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

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

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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Gorgeous Gowns! Supplier Showcase: The Bridal Gown

December 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Bianca by So Sassi

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This morning I am proud to introduce one of my fabulous Featured Suppliers, Julie of The Bridal Gown, Otley and stockist of some of my very favourite bridal lines – fancy a bit of So Sassi or Kate Sherford anyone?  Yes, me too!

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Julie is hosting an event on the 26th January 2013 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. If you would like to try any of these gowns, Julie will 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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In the meantime, let’s meet Julie and hear more about her gorgeous boutique.

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Julie says:  My background is in fashion design, I worked as a fashion designer for 16 years, designing for many of the high street larger labels including Next and Principles and then moved into teaching textiles in further education for 10 years. I returned to my roots to use my artistic flair in design and manufacture with the opening of The Seamstress which specialised in making wedding gowns. The Seamstress opened in true romantic style on Valentines day 2008 and we re-launched and specialized in retailing couture wedding gowns with the opening of the The Bridal Gown on Valentines day 2010.  We do still offer a bespoke wedding gown manufacture service for those brides who can’t find what they want.

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Mikaella 212

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The designer gowns we stock include:

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SO SASSI by Sassi Holford: this line mixes fashion focused details like pretty peplums skirts and high low hemlines – just perfect for modern brides who like their bridal wear traditional with a creative twist.  Every gown is handmade by a dedicated team of skilled cutters, seamstresses and hand beaders in Somerset, and has a level of corsetry that requires a very high standard of cut and fit. Most of the styles in the collection include an internal corset that delivers a couture fit whilst maintaining the flattering bodice shape throughout the wedding day.

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MIKAELLA by Paloma Blanca reflects and amplifies the very essence of elegance: the clean lines and selected detailing of this collection promote the ideal that the subtle beauty and grace of the gowns should accentuate the radiance of a bride and not overpower. This range is designed and manufactured in Canada.

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KATE SHERFORD gowns are designed and made in the UK. Kate Sherford Bridal Designs has an enviable thirty year tradition of producing the very best of classic, English wedding dresses. The Kate Sherford design direction is soft and romantic using dramatic layering and gathering of luxurious silk fabrics like duchess satin, georgette and organza. To flatter the female form the skirt styles range from sexy fishtails through full, fluid A-line to glamorous ball gown. Design details, including bows, tails and diamanté, provide the perfect finishing touch.

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Mikaella 1760

Mikaella 1760

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MADELINE ISAAC JAMES is for the bride who wants something different and a quality dress. Designer Natalie has named the company after her three children and has a long family history connected to the clothing industry. Most of the gowns are made in pure silk, which gives that stunning sheen and handle that only silk has. The gowns give a very glamorous look but with a simplicity that allows the bride to be the star.

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PHIL COLLINS is our most affordable range.  These gowns are outstanding value, with excellent corsetry and structure. Phil Collins Bridal offers designer style without the designer price tag. With traditional beaded gowns along with tulle, organza, and lace to add diversity, all have a contemporary edge without compromising on quality or value for money. With two full collections a year Phil Collins Bridal is continually introducing new and exciting designs to the range.

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Phil Collins styles 2304 & 2315

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We try to champion whereever possible British industry and this shows in the accessories we stock, these include:

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Tiaras and headpieces by Halo and Urban Angel which are hand made in Wales and are stunning in their detail.  Miranda Templeton headbands which are British designed and made, and a little different from the normal.  Sasso feather boa’s and shrugs as well as birdcage veils:  think Garbo, think glamour and flamboyance, that’s Sasso.

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Veils by: The Couture Veil Company, designed by Sassi Holford are made in Sassi’s workrooms in Taunton, the cut of these veils is simply amazing. These veils are available through Sassi Holford and Kate Sherford suppliers only.  Elizabeth Dickens Veils is a huge range of veils with many variations within each style of veil, all are made in Britain, and usually with a very quick delivery time.

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Rachel Simpson Shoes

Rachel Simpson Shoes

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We are delighted to have Rachel Simpson Shoes; they have a vintage feel but with a modern twist and are very comfortable. Rachel uses suede, leather and lace as well as the normal bridal satins for a quality shoe that is made in Spain using quality components.  We have a small number of styles in the Hassall range, heavily decorated stunning details to create the true Cinderella slipper.  Rainbow Couture silk shoes are straight from the catwalk in styles made in silk satin which can be dyed to your signature colour.

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Rachel Simpson Shoes

Rachel Simpson Shoes

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We are located at 12 Bondgate, Otley, LS21 3AB which is in the conservation area of Otley close to All Saints Parish Church.

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Our price range is from £600 to £2000 with the majority being between £1000 and £1800, in addition if a bride is on a budget we always have a sale rail with many ex-samples with up to 50% off.

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We work on an appointment basis. When a bride attends an appointment they will have the sole use of the boutique for that time. We usually set aside one and half hours for an appointment.  On arrival you will be asked a few questions: this is to help me guide you to the perfect gown.  You will be allowed to look through the dresses and ask questions about fabrics and designers. We allow the bride to select the dresses that they would like to try on and I may add a few if I think something else will work. The fitting rooms are upstairs and totally private and are mirrored to enable the bride and her guests to see all round the dress, and you will be served refreshments. The brides will be assisted in putting on the dress and given time to consider each dress to see if it works or not. We allow photo’s to be taken as we find these help the brides come to a decision, we aim to make this a enjoyable experience and we never use the hard sell. I will be available to give advice on any alterations or attachments that may be needed to the dress to make it individual.

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Lucianne

Lucianne by So Sassi

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My favourite gown at the moment is Lucianne by So Sassi, I love the lace, and the shoulder straps which are so flattering and lengthen the body. I love the attention to detail, the delicate band under the bust and the centre brooch adds the finishing touch. It gives a boho feel but you don’t have to have a Pippa Middleton body as it has a built in corset.

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Carmen

Carmen by So Sassi

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There are a few themes that are popular at the moment.  One is the big tulle gown with lace like Carmen by So Sassi, another is the slim lace fishtail gown with straps like Mikaella 1750 which has a stunning key hole back.

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Mikaella 1750

Mikaella 1750

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The Bridal Gown offers sole use of the boutique while you are in it for your privacy and comfort. I serve all the brides myself and I do all the alterations for complete continuity of care giving brides confidence that if I say something can be changed it can. With my design background I love to make attachments, straps and those little extras that change the beautiful into the unique.  The designs we stock are wide ranging in style and feel and therefore are for the modern young bride as well as those who are looking for a more vintage style including those women who want something a little different from the norm without being outrageous.

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Bonnie

Bonnie by So Sassi

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You can get in touch with us via our website on 01943 466680 email julie@thebridalgown.net

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  – Images © 2012 as supplied by The Bridal Gown

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