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new designer announcement: the little pearl bridal boutique welcomes noya by riki dalal

October 25th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Dedicated to bringing you all the latest bridal news hot of the press, we’ve got details of another new designer landing at one of our Sponsor boutiques – this time it’s one for all you Yorkshire brides-to-be.

As of December, the lovely Diana McMann, owner of The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, will welcome the beautiful ‘Shakespeare’ collection from Noya by Riki Dalal – making them the only stockist of this designer the county.

Perfect for brides keen to make a statement, the stunning collection features stand-out detailing, fabulous fabrics and figure-hugging silhouettes.

In-the-know Diana is here now to tell us more, including how to snap up an appointment at a special Designer Weekend, between Friday 10th and Sunday 12th November, where you lucky brides-to-be will be able to view and try on these truly lust-worthy creations…

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How would you describe the style of the Noya by Riki Dalal designs and why are they a good fit for The Little Pearl?

diana says: Riki Dalal is world renowned for her exquisite, extravagant haute couture bridal gowns. Riki launched Noya, a luxury ready-to-wear collection, to enable brides to have that modern, fresh bridal look without the couture price tag.

Sexy and modern silhouettes with statement detailing are huge bridal trends at the moment, and something that was missing from my collections in the boutique. As soon as I saw the Noya collections I just knew it would be the perfect addition to the boutique.

Can you tell us a little about the Shakespeare collection?  

The Shakespeare collection is inspired by the writers most powerful female characters. The collection is full of romance but with a bit of an edge!  There’s shimmering tulles, 3D florals, luxurious laces and stunning embellishments. The collection has a real mix of unique styles too, from illusion beaded separate toppers paired with tiered tulle skirts, to sexy fitted gowns with dramatic lace over skirts.

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Which design catches your eye most from the collection?  

I am totally in love with Olivia from the Shakespeare collection. I love the separates look, even though you wouldn’t think this was a topper and skirt. The floral detailing and lace is out of this world, nothing like I’ve seen before!

What type of bride would the dresses appeal to?

The bride that wants to have that haute couture look, standing out from the crowd and highlighting their individuality.

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What is the size range and price range of the collection?

The gowns range in price from £2,000 to £3,000, with sizes available to order up to an 18.

Do you have any events coming up that would be of interest to our readers?

To launch the collection into the boutique, we are hosting a Designer Weekend, on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November, at the boutique. The whole collection, plus gowns from the ‘Casablanca’ collection, will be here for brides to try on for the first time in Yorkshire!  Every bride that finds their dream Noya gown will also receive a complimentary veil, plus lots of other treats too! Just contact us to book your exclusive appointment for this event!

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What can brides expect from an appointment at The Little Pearl?

Every bride who comes to the boutique has the place completely to themselves. I love to get to know my brides, hear about their wedding plans and just have a really fun bridal experience. We chat through their bridal style, whilst I offer advice on different looks and how to accessorise too. The boutique is a really warm and relaxing environment for the bride and their guests, plus we always have lots of delicious treats too!

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diary date: felicity cooper designer day at the little pearl bridal boutique

November 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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There’s nothing better than seeing two of our fabulous Sponsors join forces to bring brides super special events – and that’s exactly what will be happening on Saturday 26th November, when The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, North Yorkshire, will be hosting a Felicity Cooper Bridal designer day.

The fabulous event will not only include an exclusive preview of the gorgeous Felicity Cooper Natural Soul 2017 collection, but those who order a gown on the day will also receive a 10% discount. Oh and there will be cake and fizz too!

Tempted? We thought so! Here’s the lovely Diana, owner of The Little Pearl, with all the details.

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Tell us a little about what brides-to-be can expect from the designer day…

diana says: The event will include an exclusive preview of the Felicity Cooper Natural Soul 2017 collection, along with a few new pieces that have yet to be seen! We will have 10% off any gown order placed on the day, plus we will be surrounded by fizz, cakes and a goody bag for every bride who comes along.

What are the benefits of the event?

Brides to be will get an exclusive preview of the full Felicity Cooper 2017 collection, plus a one to one styling appointment with the designer herself! This is a total treat for any bride-to-be, where they can chat about creating their dream bridal look.

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How many appointments will be available on the designer day and how long will the appointments last?

Appointments last for one-hour-and-a-half, with appointments from 9am to 6pm.

Tell us a little about the Felicity Cooper collection…

Creative Director, Fiona Cooper, has sourced the most beautiful free-flowing fabrics, delicate laces and exquisite beadwork, taking inspiration for the Natural Soul Collection from the desires of real brides to look and feel absolutely stunning on their big day. The 2017 collection consists of 18 new pieces and appeals to every bride, from the modern and quirky, to the elegant, vintage and bohemian. The beautiful cuts and fabrics offer a stunning selection for the cool, fashionable and confident bride.

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Any particular favourites or stand out pieces within the collection for you personally? 

I love a full skirted gown, so the amazing Bravely has certainly stolen my heart. For more of a soft, boho look, I just adore the open back detail on Matilda too.

What sizes are Felicity Cooper designs available in?

All of the gowns can be ordered in sizes from a 2 to a 24.

What is the price range of the Felicity Cooper dresses that you stock?

The price of the collection ranges from £1,350 to £1,900.

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What are you looking forward to most about the designer day event?

I love welcoming our very talented designers to the boutique and giving brides that special one-to-one styling opportunity. Who wouldn’t love to meet their own gown designer and create their dream bridal look together?

Do you have any advice for brides-to-be attending the designer day?

I would recommend coming to the designer day having already tried on some gown styles so that you have an idea of what you are looking for. This will help to get the most out of your appointment, so that you can really get into the detail of your whole bridal look.

How do ladies go about booking an appointment for the events?

They can email me at diana@thelittlepearlbridalboutique.co.uk, call the boutique on 01751 798080, or send me a message via our Facebook page.

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a touch of class. enzoani for a romantic wedding at the grand hotel and spa – hannah & michael

October 31st, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today on the blog we bring you Hannah and Michael’s special day, at the beautiful five-star Grand Hotel and Spa, in York. The historic city was already close to the couple’s hearts and they were totally won over by the Edwardian venue’s truly romantic backdrop.

Opting for a gorgeous gold, bronze and blush pink colour scheme complemented by an abundance of candles, petals and even pom poms – this is a wedding exuding understated glamour and charm.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor Richard Perry Photography.

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hannah says: We got engaged at home, in our living room, on 13th April. Everything was pretty hectic as we were planning a move to the Middle East with Michael’s job. It was just perfect, I was sat playing with our little boy, Archie, and Michael literally gave me the shock of my life as he appeared with a box and got down on one knee to propose. I couldn’t believe it!

We got married on 4th August 2016 – we didn’t want to wait, plus I had always really wanted a summer wedding. With it being last minute, we were limited by dates but after settling on August, this date just seemed right.

Our wedding venue was The Grand Hotel and Spa, in York. We knew the venue had to be in York as it has a lot of special memories for us – from our first date to the birth of our son, as well as it being my hometown. I fell in love with The Grand Hotel from the moment I saw the grand boardroom; the venue’s elegance and history was just perfect.

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Our wedding theme was vintage glamour with a touch of romance. I wanted something with class and sophistication, and once we found the venue, I knew that the grand features of the hotel would work perfectly. As for the colour scheme, this focused on gold, bronze and blush pink.

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I found my wedding dress at The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in North Yorkshire. I always knew this would be my starting place, as I know the owner Diana through a close friend. As soon as I stepped into the boutique I knew my dream dress would be in there, somewhere. After trying every different style and fit, I finally found the one – that butterfly feeling was most certainly there! I chose an Enzoani gown in ivory; a vintage style silk and lace embellished dress. It matched the venue and style of the wedding perfectly. I could not recommend Diana and The Little Pearl more. I had the most magical experience from start to finish and felt like a true princess. Diana didn’t miss a detail and would go out of her way to accommodate any request.

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Michael wore a pale blue French Connection suit with a blush pink tie from Reiss. His shirt was from The Kooples and he bought shoes from Jones Bootmaker.

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diary date: sassi holford & so sassi collection preview at the little pearl bridal boutique

October 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Ladies, if you’re on the dream dress hunt then grab a pen and prepare to take note, for we have news of an exciting event that features two of our fabulous Sponsors.

On Friday 21st October and Saturday 22nd October, the gorgeous Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, Yorkshire, will be hosting a Sassi Holford and So Sassi collection preview, to which you are invited to attend. The exclusive event will feature the full range of dresses from Sassi’s new Twenty Seventeen collection, as well as stunning dresses from the So Sassi diffusion line.

Unsurprisingly appointments for this event are in high demand, so let’s not delay in handing over the blog to Little Pearl owner Diana, who can give us full details, including how to secure a place…

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What can brides-to-be expect from the collection preview event include?

diana says: All of the gowns from Sassi’s new Twenty Seventeen collection, plus a selection of certain styles from her previous collections, will be in the boutique. We are also very excited to be hosting a So Sassi collection preview on the same day too. So Sassi is the diffusion line to Sassi Holford. This collection mixes Sassi’s signature elegant silhouettes with super-cute, fashion-focused styles.

Will there be any special treats in store?

Every Little Pearl event comes with lots of special treats, including fizz, cakes, luxury goody bags, and a £100 accessory voucher with any order placed on the day.

What would you say are the main benefits of the preview event for brides-to-be?

Not all of Sassi’s new collection has hit boutiques yet so this event allows brides exclusive access to Sassi’s whole collection in one place! Plus it’s a chance to enjoy lots of extra special treats too

How many appointments will be available on the day and how long will the appointments last?

Our collection preview will run across two days – Friday 21st October and Saturday 22nd October – to give more brides the chance to come and view and try on this stunning collection. Each appointment will last one hour and 15 minutes, with brides given exclusive use of the boutique during that time.

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Tell us a little about the Sassi Holford collection…

The Twenty Seventeen collection encompasses beautifully fitted fishtails, subtle hints of colour, full skirted gowns, soft crepe skirts, rose satin belts and unique wrap coat gowns – perfect for the classically modern bride. Sassi has really pushed boundaries with her new collection, bringing more of a stylish yet tailored twist to the separates trend and, of course, I’m loving the increased introduction of colour into the collection.

And what about the So Sassi collection?

The So Sassi collection introduces details like high-lo hemlines and tops and full tulle skirts, just perfect for modern brides who like their bridal traditions with a creative twist.  I love the fun element of the So Sassi collection and it still gives brides that amazing couture fit.

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diary date: charlotte balbier trunk show at the little pearl bridal boutique

August 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon on the blog we’re thrilled to bring you details of an upcoming event that features not one, but two, of our fabulous Sponsors.

Between Thursday 1st and Sunday 4th September, the gorgeous Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, Yorkshire, will be hosting a Charlotte Balbier trunk show, so you ladies on the dress hunt book out a day in your diary asap!

The event will give brides-to-be the amazing opportunity to be among the first lucky ladies in Yorkshire to exclusively view and try on Charlotte Balbier’s brand new collection, ‘Untamed Love’ – which us girls here at Brides Up North HQ are totally head over heels for!

From exquisite back detail and fine fabrics to edgy separates and dreamy floral prints, this collection really does have an oh-so-pretty design for everyone, so our advice to you is to book an appointment for the trunk show, pronto!

Here to explain how to do just that, whilst telling us a little more about the Charlotte Balbier event and collection, is Little Pearl owner, the lovely Diana.

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Tell us what brides-to-be can expect from the Charlotte Balbier trunk show…

diana says: As the exclusive North Yorkshire stockist of Charlotte Balbier, we are very proud to be hosting this event. The boutique will be transformed into a haven of bridal beauty with statement florals and soft flowing ethereal gowns, there really is a style for everyone within Charlotte’s new collection. I’m so excited to see brides-to-be trying on the dresses and hearing their thoughts on the collection too.

No Little Pearl event is complete without a gorgeous goody bag for our visiting brides, plus pink fizz, cakes and £100 accessory voucher for brides that find their gown during the trunk show!

What type of bride would you say the new Charlotte Balbier collection appeals to?

Charlotte’s new collection is perfect for brides who love fashion and style, and who really want to express their personality through their gown. This collection brings some stunning fresh designs and styles to the bridal world that we just know our #pearlsgirls are going to fall totally in love with!

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Do you have any personal favourite designs from within the collection?

Luna is the ultimate in boho chic! Such a soft, romantic lace fabric and plunging neckline, she brings something unique to the boutique. It’s all about the florals for me too, so I cannot wait to see Untamed Love and Bloom gliding around the boutique at the event! We’ve had lots of requests about these gowns and I love that brides are wanting to push boundaries and go for a statement florals on their big day.

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Is there anything brides can do in advance to prepare for the trunk show?  

It will really help a bride if she has already tried on some different styles, and therefore has an idea of what she likes. Not to worry if they haven’t though as Charlotte’s collection has a range of styles, from fishtails to full skirted A-lines and more boho inspired designs – there’s something for everyone!

What are you looking forward to most about the event?

I love hosting events in the boutique and making appointments extra special for all of our visiting brides. It’s just the best feeling seeing lots of happy and excited ladies on their journey to finding their dream gown!

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How do brides-to-be make an appointment to attend the trunk show?

The trunk show will run from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th September, so ladies should get in touch quickly to book their exclusive appointment. Due to popular demand for these appointments, we request a £20 deposit, which is refunded to ladies as soon as they arrive for their appointment. Email diana@thelittlepearlbridalboutique.co.uk, or call the boutique on 01751 798080. Hope to see you there!

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the designer series: charlotte balbier talks to brides up north about her untamed love collection for 2017

June 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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You may recall a little earlier this year we were fortunate enough to share with you a first look at the stunning Untamed Love 2017 collection from Brides Up North friend and Sponsor, Charlotte Balbier.

As huge fans of Charlotte’s uber pretty designs we always expect her collections to send us weak at the knees – her latest Untamed Love collection however, sent us falling head over heels as well! Our favourite of Miss Balbier’s wonderful collections to date, we absolutely adore the fabulous variety of shapes, fabrics, colours and detailing that it offers.

Perhaps the most head-turning element of the collection is its three floral patterned dresses: Untamed Love, Bloom and Posey, which we just can’t stop looking at! If you too are fixated on these stunning designs, we have a very exciting date for your diary – on Saturday 18th June, 7th Heaven Bridal in Cheshire will be holding ‘In Bloom’, A Floral Celebration, which will give brides-to-be the exclusive opportunity to try on, and order, one of these spectacular floral gowns ahead of the collection’s official release into boutiques in August. Spaces are very limited so call today on 01260 277123 to book your appointment.

After teasing you with the initial first look, we’re today revealing the remainder of the Untamed Love Collection on the blog, whilst also hearing from the leading lady herself about what went into the designs and how the gorgeous results are being received…

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You’ve just launched your new collection Untamed Love, can you tell us how this collection differs from your previous collections?

charlotte says: I hoped to capture the bride’s attention and imagination with the new Untamed Love 2017 collection. It’s a different collection from what I’ve ever crafted and I dedicated more than 12 months of love and attention to its creation.  I love to constantly evolve the Charlotte Balbier brand to be at the forefront of the market and I could not be more delighted with the new gowns.  The Untamed Love Collection is all about celebrating individuality and being your own kind of beauty.

Where did you get the inspiration for this collection from?

I’ve taken all my inspiration for the Untamed Love Collection from my brides, because my brides are the most important thing. I love to connect with all of my brides via social media and I really take on all of their feedback. It’s great to hear which styles and shapes the brides resonate with and which gowns they are truly attracted to. I travel around the country all year around to trunk shows and meet with my clients individually to chat in person. I love having a strong connection with the brides who wear my gowns to embrace the individuality, style and fabulousness of each and every one of them. I have two very distinctive styles, one is glamorous and the other side is the inner Boho girl at heart. The Untamed Love Collection embraces my inner hippy and the more opulent side to me!

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Can you give us an overview of the various shapes of gowns that the collection includes? 

I try my best to give a large variety of gown shapes to brides with our collections. Dreamy ethereal gowns sit alongside fun and playful floral print works of art combined with classical simple and romantic gowns. The Agatha, Carmel and Bayley are beautiful fitted strapless gowns. Our new Aphrodite gown is a beautiful halter neck with delicate lace detailing. The Paige gown is simply stunning with a beautiful lace on skin back detailing and fishtail back to it. The Posy gown is a fun stunning floral separate and I literally cannot wait to see a bride wearing this gown on her big day. The Rosemary gown is beautifully one shouldered with floral cut out details on the back. Our Sofia gown and Rosalie gowns pay attention to a bride’s neckline and shoulders of a bride with beautiful lace and silver beaded detailing. My collection really does take into consideration all shapes and sizes and we love to give brides a lovely choice of shapes and fits to choose from.

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And what fabrics feature within the collection?

The quality and palette of the fabrics used in the Untamed Love collection is second to none. There are plenty of uses of tulle, silks, French laces, and rich Mikado fabrics. We’ve even designed some fabrics exclusive to the Charlotte Balbier brand, including a specially designed chiffon material created in-house that is only available via our brand. Our two new floral gowns have literally wowed our stockists and the audience at The White Gallery where we launched the new collection in May. Untamed Love, is a soft sorbet of lilacs, apricot, plum, pinks and muted greens. This is a truly a show-stopping gown with on-trend pocket detail.

Why did you want to use colour within the collection and what would you say to brides who are considering wearing a coloured dress for their big day? 

I love to play with colour palettes and this is evident in the new collection. Sitting alongside the traditional ivory hues, are antique gold’s, silver pewters, apricot tones and of course my favourite blush and rose pink shades. Any bride wanting to make a statement during her wedding would wow her guests in the Untamed Love gown for sure. Colour is great for a bride who wants her day to be remembered above all others.

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