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Cool Blue. A Real Wedding At Dissington Hall – Jane & Graeme

April 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Andy Hudson Photography

After a fabulous and inspirational day with Cat Hepple yesterday, taking part in her workshop at the beautiful Priory Cottages, this morning I’m heading North West to join my friend and Brides Up North Featured Supplier for another speaking engagement, hosting a session on blogging and social media as part of his Masterclass for professional wedding photographers.  Busy days!

I’m leaving you with a cute and classic Real Wedding in the North East, as we join Jane and Graeme for their special celebration at Dissington Hall.

With images by Andy Hudson Photography.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Jane says:  We got engaged on Christmas day morning in 2012. Graeme presented me with a pile of presents under the tree and and each one I opened told a story of our relationship, keepsakes from places we’ve travelled to and other little mementos. The final present was in much more fancy wrapping paper and contained a diamond ring! The penny had started to drop by this point so my hands were shaking so much I struggled to unwrap the box!

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We were married on 14th March 2014 at Dissington Hall in Ponteland. 

As soon as we visited Dissington Hall we knew it was where we wanted to get married.  Dissington is really homely and the rooms weren’t too big which made the celebration more intimate – neither of us like to be the centre of attention so it was the perfect place to have a celebration with close family & friends. The venue is also non-residential and they only host one wedding a day so we had the whole place to ourselves for the day.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

I initially started to design our wedding invitations using the familiar phrase "Eat, Drink & Be Married" and I carried on with the same theme throughout all of our wedding stationery – menu, table plan, readings and so on.  I chose a colour scheme of navy blue & taupe.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

I got dressed at Dissington Hall so we didn’t hire cars on the day.  My dad brought me, my mam and one of my sisters up and we had a lovely relaxing morning at the hall, having some lunch and taking our time get ready for the walk down the aisle!

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

The dress I ended up getting was actually the first one I tried on! I didn’t have anything really specific in mind when I started looking, but again I wanted something traditional but not too grand.

I ended up with an ivory lace dress with a fishtail design. It was originally a strapless dress however my seamstress made me some straps with the extra lace taken off the bottom. The dress is from Truly, Madly, Deeply in Monkseaton.

Andy Hudson Photography

My sisters were my bridesmaids and although originally they both had the same dress, my eldest sister announced some exciting news that she and my brother in law were expecting their second child as we were planning the wedding so her original dress wasn’t the ideal style!The ”official” bridesmaid dress was a navy blue mid length dress from Coast.

The groomsmen’s suits were from Most Suitable in Newcastle. They were charcoal three piece suits with navy cravat’s and handkerchiefs and Graeme altered his style by having a taupe cravat and handkerchief.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography #

My hair was styled at Tickety Boo in Whitley Bay, as was the bridesmaids’ and my sister did my make-up.  I had a cream rose posy with some gypsophila in it too from Naomi the Flower Girl in North Shields.  I also wore some gypsophila in my hair.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

My favourite part of the day was definitely the ceremony, sharing such an important moment surrounded by friends and family was so special to me.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We had two readings by my friends on the day and so for our favours we gave out copies of one of the readings in small blue organza bags with a heart shaped chocolate.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

My friend Michelle made our cake which was a cupcake tower. We used the theme of blue and taupe with a giant cupcake on the top.

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

We used our own playlist for during the day, walking down the aisle to John Legend ‘Stay With You’ and at night time we hired the band Jammin 45′s who are a funk & soul band. 

For our night time music playlists for when the band wasn’t playing we asked all of our guests to pick a song in the wedding invitations which made sure everyone got up to dance at least once!

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

Andy Hudson Photography

For our honeymoon we went to Thailand which was absolutely amazing! We spent two nights in Bangkok then eleven nights in Phuket. Best part of the honeymoon would have to be a boat trip to Phi Phi island where the film ‘The Beach’ was filmed – absolutely amazing!

Andy Hudson Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to make sure you take a few moments throughout the day to absorb everything! The day goes so quick and it’s one of the most important days of your life so make sure you remember it.

Andy Hudson Photography

Congratulations Jane & Graeme!

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Getting Glossy. How To Submit A Real Wedding To The Wedding Blog

April 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Karen McGowran Photography

This week I’m out and about in the Brides Up North mobile taking part in workshops and master classes in Yorkshire and the North West for some of my favourite wedding photographers, Cat Hepple (today) and Jonny Draper (on Wednesday).  Click here to find out more.  I’ll be hosting group sessions to discuss the role (and power!) of online publishing and social media and how professionals can work with bloggers and the wider media to get their work seen by the people who count – that’s you Brides Up North!

Wish me luck.  Even though the content is totally second nature and even though I’m now pretty used to public speaking, I still get those nervous butterflies, every single time.  I’ll be reporting back soon, but whilst I’m exorcising those butterflies, I thought it might be timely to remind you lovely lot how you can share your own wedding here on our pretty pages once the big day is done and dusted. 

Of all the submissions that I receive here at Brides Up North (and it’s a lot) it’s about a 50/50 split as to whether they come direct from the bride and groom or from a member of their wedding team (usually the photographer) who thought that the wedding had that extra sparkle that needed to be shared.  Whilst I love to hear from my gorgeous industry friends, there’s nothing quite like hearing from a reader first hand about why his or her wedding was special.  The excitement just jumps off out of my inbox and I love to hear about each and every single celebration.  It’s my favourite part of the job – no question – and I’d love to hear from you soon. 

I accept submissions from brides and grooms, photographers, planners and other wedding vendors, and as well as weddings, I also love to see engagement session photographs, couples shoots, trash the dress, cherish the dress and styled session photographs. I accept wedding submissions of all themes, sizes, religions and gay weddings.

From intimate do-it-yourself-dos with a difference to big budget blow outs, I believe that every wedding is special. I want to share in your day and help to inspire tens of thousands of other brides to be across the North of the UK and the wider web. Click here to see some of the most recent beauties on the blog.

All you have to do is email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk to make your submission, and it takes about five minutes.  Please stick to the guidelines, it’s easier for us both!

Your initial contact email should include:

- Your name and email address

- Your Real Wedding venue and date

- A brief description of your Real Wedding including general theme, colour scheme and any other special details

- 4 to 5 varied images from your Real Wedding

- Confirmation that your Real Wedding has not been submitted to any other blogs/ websites/ magazines (with the exception of the photographer’s own blog)

When submitting engagement photographs, trash the dress, cherish the dress and other styled sessions, please follow the submissions format as above substituting the relevant details as appropriate.

Whilst I do accept submissions from photographers and other vendors if you are not the bride or groom you will need to seek their permission before making your Real Wedding submission.

Should Brides Up North wish to review your submission further I will require:

- 40 to 50 high quality varied photographs, mostly in colour and without watermarks, at 580 pixels across or larger, 72dpi, to include stylish details of your Real Wedding (your photographer will be able to assist with this)

- I accept submissions as a ZIP file or via Dropbox

- Completion of the Real Bride Questionnaire which will be provided

- Details of your photographer and any other key suppliers

Whilst Brides Up North will carefully review each and every Real Wedding submission that reaches the second stage, it is with regret that I am unable to feature every Real Wedding that I receive. Whilst every celebration is beautiful, I recognise that my readers require a variety of quality editorial content.

I always try to respond to all Real Weddings submissions promptly – and reply I shall – but if you do not hear from me within 5 working days of making your submission, please feel free to submit your Real Wedding elsewhere.

I can’t wait to hear from you! I genuinely love receiving your submissions, so keep them coming!

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Where I’ll Be Next Week: Talkin’ Shop.

April 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

This week has been all about catching up, office time, making plans and getting ready – because once I’ve eaten my last Easter egg on Monday it’s a jam packed diary right until the end of April.  As well as a double daily features schedule, the usual 200 plus emails a day from readers and suppliers (no lie, but I love hearing from each and every one of you!) there’s a fabulous vintage wedding exhibition for Brides Up North at The Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire, not one but two very exciting speaking engagements, fittings, styling jobs, freelance writing, social media projects, a blog overhaul (oh yes, oh yes!) and one very special styled shoot. More on that later.

All this is jammed into a three “day” and a lot of midnight oil burning seven “nights” a week, as I try to juggle my business with motherhood!  Consequently, May might well involve a lot of lying down.

Anyway, those very exciting speaking engagements I mentioned? They both take place next week, and I can’t wait to get out into the spring sunshine and hang around with some wonderful, creative, inspiring souls.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

I’ve already told you about the wonderful workshop that I’m thrilled to join Brides Up North Featured Supplier Cat Hepple Photography at next Tuesday: The Editorial Wedding (click here for more information).  I’ll be joining Cat and a collective of wedding photography professionals as she shows them the tricks and techniques that allow her to do what she does so well.  Cat’s craft is very special – her work has that magic touch that makes you look a million dollars, “magazine ready” in your wedding photographs.  Put it this way, I’ve never turned down a feature submission from Mrs Hepple yet.

I’ll be there on the day too, to talk to you about the process of getting your work “out there” and seen more effectively.  I’ve been in this game for nearly four years, and worked on glossy magazines long before that, so I know my stuff.  How to craft a successful submission to a wedding magazine or blog, how to increase your chances of being selected and what those with an editorial eye are looking for. 

And it just so happens that the very next day, I’m hopping in the Brides Up North mobile and heading over the Pennines to make a very special appearance on day two of Jonny Draper Photography’s Masterclass too!  I can’t wait!  Jonny and Cat are two of my very favourite industry friends and to see they do what they do best in their own environment will be fantastic.   

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

So, we’ve heard from Cat, but what’s the plan for Jonny’s class? Please note – Jonny’s Masterclass is now SOLD OUT but watch out for more dates later in the year. 

Jonny says: This two day wedding photography experience  has been specifically designed for wedding photographers who are ready to take their business to the next level.  This is a Masterclass for photographers who are confident with their own digital SLR and are ready to shoot stunning images inside and outside of one of the UK’s most beautiful bespoke wedding venues.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

Throughout the shooting day, Jonny will be demonstrating a range of lighting techniques that he uses during a wedding.  Attendees are invited to bring along as little or as much equipment as they would like to use throughout the day and there may be opportunity for attendees to use some of Jonny’s own lighting equipment.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

From the business point of view, this Masterclass offers an insight that no other wedding photography workshop has done before.  On day two of the course, not only will you hear from The 2013 Wedding Industry Awards "North West Wedding Photographer of The Year" (that’s Jonny!) about how he runs his hugely successful business, you will also be given invaluable business information from one of the UK’s busiest and most popular wedding venues about how you can develop relationships with venues just like them.

You will hear from the owner of Cheshire’s most exclusive bridal experience about how to establish and develop relationships with top wedding suppliers that will benefit your wedding photography business as well as an award winning blogger (that’s me!) who will show you just what it takes to get your work featured on the UK’s most popular wedding blogs.

Sounds good to me!  I’ll be reporting back on both sessions, and might just have picked up a few photography tips myself.  Watch this space.

Jonny Draper Photography Masterclass

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Puppy Love! A Real Wedding At Mitton Hall – Keri & Tom

April 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Mick Cookson Photography

I adore Keri and Tom’s beautiful wedding day.  Every detail, from Keri’s gorgeous dress (that waist!) to their navy and lavender colour scheme, to the fact that their puppy Marvin came along too – in a bowtie no less – is gorgeous.  Packed with personal touches, fun surprises and lots and lots of pretty, I hope you love it as much as I do.  Spring has sprung!

With images by Mick Cookson Photography.

Mick Cookson Photography

Keri says:  We got engaged on Christmas Day 2012. The ring was in my Christmas stocking that was hanging on the fireplace.

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

We were married on 03.03.14 at Mitton Hall in Clitheroe.  It was my Nan’s birthday so the date was very special to the family.

Mick Cookson Photography

We walked in to the entrance lobby and were in awe of how incredible it looked. The whole place and staff were so inviting and after a tour around and chat with Victoria the wedding planner we knew it was the venue for us. We knew it was as soon as we walked in.

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Wedding Make-up and Hair  was by Flossy and Leigh and my wedding hair pieces by Eleventh Heaven

Mick Cookson Photography

I chose a Stewart Parvin Dress called ‘Luck be a Lady’ from Aphrodite in Knutsford. It was a dress that I didn’t even plan on trying on. Terry who owned the shop said I should try it and as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one! I tried it on with a lace bolero and a beautiful band around my waist and it became even more perfect! Tom wore a suit from Gieves & Hawkes and shirt from TM Lewin.

Mick Cookson Photography

Our bridesmaids wore navy dresses from Coast and the best men wore navy suits from Next. Tom, his Best Men, the ushers, our fathers and my Grandad wore the same Midnight Blue tie.

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Our wedding had a couple of themes! Our wedding was quite rustic; hand decorated jars with twine, lace and hessian filled with lavender, gypsy grass, potpourri and tea lights decorated the tables resting on hessian runners and chopped circular wood. Lavender was a key part of this theme as it was my Nan’s favourite scent. We also incorporated America into our wedding as we met at a Camp in Pennsylvania,New York in 2010. We even made our America theme rustic with old postcards, a map as our table plan and faded American flags on our American sweet table!

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

We had a memory table with framed pictures of close family members who couldn’t be with us on our wedding day. Next to the table, on a blackboard we wrote ‘Because someone we love is in heaven, there is a little bit of heaven here today’. We also made a donation box where all the money donated went to Alzheimer’s Research UK. If you wanted to donate you could take a jar from the table home with you.

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

We honestly can’t decide on a favourite part; we wouldn’t change one thing about our day. Everything that we planned, all our family and friends around us, everyone enjoying themselves made our day truly special to us

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Charlene at Love Gets Sweeter made our wedding film.  I don’t understand why some people don’t think the video is important! I felt as happy as I did on the wedding day watching our film back. 

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

We chose La Boheme for our wedding cake as we have always enjoyed her cakes and treats. The gluten free cake has always been my favourite. As we both love cakes so much we decided to have a cake table; we had one two tiered cake Victoria sponge cake (one tier was gluten free), surrounded by lavender meringues, salted caramel macaroons, mini Victoria sponge cakes, cookies and cake pops.

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

We also had little surprises for each other; Tom got a friend to play ‘Hey Ho’ for us as we walked into the reception room, I sang ‘Hey Ho’ for him and the guests later on (with the same friend playing guitar…great minds)! Tom created a rap to the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ about meeting me and my family within his speech. My sister-in-law and brothers kindly made beer bottle labels titled ‘Scruffy Puppy’ that also had a picture of our dog Marvin on it to surprise Tom when I gave him his favourite ‘Honey Blonde’ Beer. I also made up a flash mob dance to a songs my sister in law had edited together. The flash mob was taught to all my hens (including my mum, mother in law and mums best friend!) and we surprised everyone with the dance. To finish the dance we all turned around with masks of Toms face on and danced to his favourite song ‘Bump and Grind’!!

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

DJ Ben was included in our package at Mitton Hall. Ben was incredible; he had the dance floor full all night. 

Mick Cookson Photography

Mick Cookson Photography

For our honeymoon, we went on a wildlife tour in Borneo; it was incredible. We went on a private tour and travelled around so we got to see lots of wildlife. We also tried scuba diving, went across canopy walkways, paddled in waterfalls, stayed in the rainforest. At the end of the adventure we stayed in for a few nights in a hotel where we got to relax and chill.

Mick Cookson Photography

My top tip for other Brides Up North is to space everything out and start getting tasks done early. We made a lot of our decorations and we started ticking ‘To Do’s’ of our list months before the big day so there was no stress closer to the wedding. We had finished everything we needed to do three weeks before the day which meant there was no stress and we really got to enjoy the build up.

We also think its important not to be afraid to ask for help; a lot of people will be willing to help as they will want your day to be perfect for you. We cant thank our family and my friend Julie (one of my bridesmaids who came over from Australia) enough. We had evenings together of decorating jars, making the table runners and the table plan, etc. It was so lovely to have them all involved and getting to spend time with family.

Mick Cookson Photography

Congratulations Keri & Tom!

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Like Vintage? You’ll LOVE This. The Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition At The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

April 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Well, that’s come around quickly!  Once Easter weekend’s out of the way, it’s time for the chocolate eggs and fluffy chicks to make way for something even better! In just over a week’s time, the finest North West vintage wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our third Luxury and Vintage Wedding Exhibition at this unique and authentic vintage venue.  

The Bowdon Rooms Spring 2014

The Bowdon Rooms Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition

The Firs, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 2TQ

Sunday 27th April 2014

12pm till 4pm

FREE ENTRY

This brilliant, exclusive use venue is as fun as it is special, with it’s high ceilings, sparkling drapes, ornate fireplaces and perfectly sprung dance floor.  Dancing shoes at the ready!  If you are looking for a bespoke and private wedding venue with a little added period pizazz, it’s your lucky day. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

We had such a fantastic time at our Brides Up North spring and autumn events back in 2013 – these images were snapped at both by Martin Hambleton Photography – and can’t wait to do it all again, with a host of great suppliers ready to make your big day into the stuff of your dreams.

Like everything vintage, these events just get better and better with age.  It’s going to be even fabulous this time around. You need to be there. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Foley Photography

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Foley Photography

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

The venue’s helpful team will be on hand to answer your queries and take bookings (form an orderly queue please!) and I’ll be there to talk wedding pretty till I’m hoarse.  I genuinely love this venue and am really excited to see my gorgeous readers there.  Please do seek me out and say hello, I adore hearing about your plans. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Foley Photography

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

As well as all that inspiration – completely FREE – we are also giving away up to 200 FREE Bride To Be goody bags, filled with glossy magazines, on the day discounts, treats from Brides Up North, exclusive offers and some little pressies from our amazing sponsors.  Just because we love you.  As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.  While stocks last only. 

To register for for speedy entry and a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag fill in your details below, marking “BOWDON ROOMS in the subject line and quoting “VIP”.   Only the bride need register for larger groups.

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You can also email contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk if you do not wish to use the contact form. Welcome packs are limited and subject to availability.  We operate a first come, first served policy. 

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

Martin Hambleton Photography at The Bowdon Rooms Wedding Fair

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Designer Preview. White Gallery 2014.

April 14th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Lusan Mandongus by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Wrapping up last week’s fashion marathon as I recapped the catwalks I’d seen at White Gallery London, I thought I’d ease you into an equally fabulous (but perhaps not quite so manic from my POV) week with one last bit of eye candy… for now. 

The Designer Preview catwalk showcases a selection of gowns from twelve big name designers and due to it’s eclectic and diverse collection is always a favourite of mine. 

My take on this season is that it’s all about shape and detail – whether high fashion or big romance – as the bridal catwalks echo haute couture with high low hemlines, interesting backs, bold use of pattern, embellishment, fit and flare and florals, florals, florals.  Colours are pale and interesting – a watercolour wash of pale pink, blues and greys. 

I loved every second.  And here’s my pick of the bunch…

Lusan Mandongus by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Lusan Mandongus

A wonderful white-out that sang with style and luxury. The collection by Lusan Mandongus is vintage inspired with rich yet subtle details, incorporating different stunning features focusing on elements such as higher necklines, sleeves and peplum waist detail. 

Yolan Cris by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Yolan Cris

The Barcelona based label totally rocked it with their style setting detailed designs and rich handcrafted applications.  Daring, stylish and different. 

Charlotte Balbier by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Charlotte Balbier 

A Charlotte Balbier bride is a free spirit who expresses her personality and individuality through her Balbier designed gown.  My favourite? Iscoyd Park, the collection’s title gown that Charlotte designed for her own evening reception. 

Anna Romysh Haute Couture by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Anna Romysh Haute Couture

Daring,different and sometimes (very seriously) barely there, these gowns raised a few eyebrows (and iPhones!) but I salute the risk taking label for putting a high fashion stamp on their collection. Avant garde meets ultimate fashion. 

Naomi Neoh by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Naomi Neoh 

For the romantics.  Naomi Neoh’s stunning skirts were dipped in a swish of pink for the prettiest wedding day look.  And you know I love pink!  The designer has taken inspiration from the glamour and romance of vintage Hollywood and her gowns are crafted from only the finest silks and French lace. 

Timeless Couture by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Timeless Couture

Just what it says on the tin: timeless, couture.  Encapsulating elegance and glamour, with a dramatic and contemporary twist.

Terry Fox by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Terry Fox 

Boho and beautiful as ever, this truly romantic collection for 2015 encapsulates mystical creatures of the sea and the ancient call of the Siren song.  Magical.

Sadoni by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Sadoni

The Nordic signature of Sadoni expresses pure simplicity and understated luxury through their flowy, feminine silk dresses. 

Ivory & Co by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London 2014

Ivory & Co

Sometimes better known for their twinkling bridal accessories and tiaras, Ivory & Co also specialises in stunning silk designer wedding dresses.  I’m in love with the subtle, swishy, silky glamour of the gown above.  One to add to your dress hunt for sure. 

Brides Desire By Wendy Sullivan & Jack Sullivan Bridal

Brides Desire By Wendy Sullivan & Jack Sullivan Bridal

A unique collection from Australia’s leading designer, a new and updated take on vintage bridal style. 

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Friday Fabulous!

April 11th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Christian Louboutin

After such a fashion-tastic week, we weren’t about to let our standards slip, were we?

N’Prive Glitter by Christian Louboutin, £545

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Dancing Through A World Of Inspiration. First Look: Ian Stuart Bride 2015 On The Catwalk

April 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Christopher Dadey for Ian Stuart at White Gallery 2014

Of all the shows the Brides Up North team were privileged to attend this week at White Gallery, Ian Stuart Bride stood out for it’s energy, creativity and sense of theatre. 

This man isn’t just a designer, he’s an artist and entertainer. 

This is just a sneak peek at the first five looks that made it down the catwalk this weekend, with the rest to be revealed soon.  I can’t wait to share the 2015 look book with you shortly. 

Christopher Dadey for Ian Stuart at White Gallery 2014

Ian Stuart describes his life as dancing through a world of inspiration.  Looking through artistic eyes, he searches for moments and images of beauty each day.

Gathering these and channelling them into beautiful gowns, he creates wedding dresses that are a unique reflection of nature, music, history, architecture and humanity, each design has its own story to tell.  Within the diversity of inspiration, touches of Elizabethan, art deco and bohemian stand out, creating a spirit for 2015 that is angelic, quirky and statuesque.

Luxurious fabrics and colours help to tie all essences of the collection together, but most of all, it is the unmistakable handwriting of Ian Stuart that is conveyed as the premier trend. 

Christopher Dadey for Ian Stuart at White Gallery 2014

Christopher Dadey for Ian Stuart at White Gallery 2014

Christopher Dadey for Ian Stuart at White Gallery 2014

To view Ian’s current Frill Me! collection and an interview with the designer on Brides Up North click here, or visit the Ian Stuart website for more information and a list of Northern stockists

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First Look: The Echo Collection By Emma Hunt London On The Catwalk At White Gallery 2014

April 10th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Emma Hunt 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Our fashion-tastic week continues here at Brides Up North, dahlings, with more exclusive updates fresh from the bridal catwalks at this year’s White Gallery, London. 

Unless you’ve been on an extreme tech detox over the last few days, you can’t have failed to notice that the online wedding industry (see our Twitter and Facebook feeds as exhibit A) is abuzz with news from the Capital about the stunning 2015 bridal collections which will be arriving in your local bridal boutiques in the very near future. 

The eye candy cranks up a notch this morning as we showcase the stunning Echo Collection by Emma Hunt London.  This is Emma’s inaugural diffusion collection and aims to be timeless and elegant with a fresh modern appeal.  Got it in one, Ms Hunt. 

Emma Hunt 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Emma Hunt London: The Echo Collection has been designed with the discerning bride in mind.  Our gowns are made entirely in Britain using the finest fabrics such as silk crepe satin, French Levers lace, silk marocaine and silk satin chiffon, and all the dresses have a pure silk lining for a luxurious finish. 

Emma Hunt 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Emma Hunt 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

The overall tone of the collection is one of lightness and grace with soft, fluid silhouettes complimented with discreet structuring ad exquisite detailing such as beaded waistbands, appliqued corded lace and Swarovski accents.

Emma Hunt 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Emma Hunt 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Emma Hunt 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

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Excusive! First Look: Alan Hannah 2015 Bridal Collections On The Catwalk

April 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Its been a bit of a haute couture week at Brides Up North HQ.  We’ve been at White Gallery London checking out the brand new bridal wear collections from the big names in the wedding dress industry and are really excited to bring you some exclusive catwalk previews direct from the event over the next few days.  Fast fashion or what?!

I’m obsessed with Alan Hannah’s beautiful gowns, and actually wore one of Marguerite’s creations for my own wedding back in 2010 (the dress was called All The Jazz and was a blush duchess satin… swoon), so it makes sense to open play on these pages by debuting their label’s exciting 2015 collections first.

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

For their main line, as well as the perfect couture cut and execution Marguerite has some really lovely new embellishment ideas including hand painted flowers and striking textured beading.  The MiaMia line is full of verve and panache with beautiful lace and dramatic skirts with theatrical detailing.  For me, there’s something to delight every bride here – soft sparkle, lovely lace, swishing satins, structured silks and contemporary twists, but always with an integral elegance and flair. 

And to top it all off?  All Alan Hannah’s gowns are designed and made in England.  You know we like things home grown at Brides Up North!

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

^^^Editor’s pick: this blush satin gown with chiffon skirts and crystal belt detail is to die for^^^

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

Alan Hannah 2015 by Christopher Dadey at White Gallery London

The 2015 collections will be arriving in bridal boutiques near you later this year.  In the meantime, check out Alan Hannah’s current collection and a list of Northern stockists by visiting their website. 

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