Charlotte Balbier

look book: charlotte balbier veil collection

April 12th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Pearl Veil

Pearl Veil – traditional lace with beautiful pearl trim detail

Nothing quite says bride like a gorgeous gown topped off with a veil. In line with fast-paced bridalwear trends it’s not a case of one style suits all, with designers creating a variety of veils to match with and complement gowns in their collections, meaning the options vary in length, layers and detail.

One of the latest designers to turn her talented hands to such accessories, is our wonderful Lead Sponsor and top British bridal designer, Charlotte Balbier. Last week on the blog we shared a special preview of Charlotte’s insanely-beautiful new wedding dress collection for 2018 – Bohemian Blush – and now the princess of bridalwear Miss Balbier, is treating us to full look at her fabulous new collection of veils.

Featuring an option for all styles of weddings, the fanciful designs range from flirty and elegant to dazzling and dramatic, with delicate fine tulles decorated with embellishments, beading, pearls and lace pattern detailing.

So, join us as we swoon over the highly-derisible designs on offer…

Silk Veil

Silk Veil – silk tulle with floral diamante comb detailing

Antique Veil

Antique Veil – silk tulle with antique diamante and pearl comb to complement

French Lace Veil

French Lace Veil – silk tulle with French lace veil detailing

Pearl & Diamante

Pearl & Diamante Veil – an intricate pearl and diamante veilcontinue reading

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Flower Crown. A Styled Vintage Bridal Shoot In Bridlington

November 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Walker & Walker Photography

This evening I’m sharing a pretty little gem of a styled bridal shoot from my Featured Suppliers Walker & Walker Photography.  Call me fickle (and you’d be right) but yesterday I readying my gloves, scarf and bobble hat with glee, and tonight, I’m wishing for summer.  That’s what a flower crown will do to you…

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Ben of Walker & Walker says:  This shoot was a joint collaborative project between Walker & Walker and Wayside Flower and was produced with an audience so potential clients could see how we work.The shoot was staged at The Little Organic Bakery in Bridlington and we hand picked the venue for the colourful selections of flora, foliage and rustic walls that had an English secret garden charm.

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Our model was Sophie. She was chosen by us as she’s curvy and demure with beautiful long dark hair and showcased the vintage white wedding dress, floral head wear, shrug, underskirt, shoes and jewellery supplied by Wayside Flower beautifully. 

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

The floral hand tied spray was made up by Lynn Walker from Next Flowers and the vintage wedding ring belonged to Lynn’s great grandmother.  Lynn also prepared the props and set styling. 

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Walker & Walker Photography

Little Black Book

Images: Walker & Walker Photography

Venue:  The Little Organic Bakery, Bridlington

Clothing, Jewellery & Floral Head Pieces:  Wayside Flower

Other florals, props and styling: Next Flowers

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Wedding Blog WINNER! Couture Bridal Headpiece Worth £200 From HT Headwear

October 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I just love to spread a little happiness on a dank, grey Tuesday afternoon!  And what better way to do that than to let you guys win stuff.  That’s right!  Rather beautiful stuff at that!

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Erin Diamante

Erin Diamante

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This afternoon I am excited to announce the winner of our competition to win a headpiece of your choice worth up to £200 (!)  from the 2013 collection by Brides Up North Featured Supplier, and creator of the most glamorous and lovely bridal headpieces going – the fabulous HT Headwear

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You can click here if you missed the preview of the stunning 2013 collection from HT Headwear, but for now, it’s my moment to make someone’s day!

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Lilly Pearl

Lilly Pearl

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And the winner* is…

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Michaela Britton

October 8, 2012 | My fave is Lilly Pearl – sweet and simple x

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Congratulations Michaela!  Please contact me as soon as possible to claim your prize! 

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As for the rest of you, all is not lost: watch this space for some brilliant new wedding blog giveaways and competitions coming up verrrry shortly!

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Rosa

Rosa

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*Winner drawn at random

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To Top It All Off! Supplier Showcase: Dream Veils PLUS 15% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

April 3rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today it’s all about your crowning glory, as I talk to Brides Up North Featured Supplier and North West based bespoke veil creator Margaret of Dream Veils – possibly one of the most enthusiastic wedding industry colleagues that I have come across.  I get the feeling that this lady would go to the ends of the Earth to help make your wedding day super special.  Let’s say hello.  

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How did Dream Veils begin?

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I have always made things— I made dresses in the 60’s and Mary Quant was my idol. My first veil was made in the mid-1960’s for my friend. Throughout the years I have made tons of dresses.  Then in the early 90’s my nephew was getting married in South Africa and his fiancé wanted a dress made like the one Stephanie Seymour wore in the “November Rain” Guns ‘n Roses video – so I made my first proper wedding dress and veil. That was followed by lots of wedding/bridesmaid dresses but just for family and friends.

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Then I went to a big bridal exhibition and saw the veils (and prices) that were on offer and I started thinking that I could make a much better job of it. So Dream Veils was born on 11th February 2006.

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My business is now went global! I now sell 98% of all my veils to brides who find and buy from my website and from all over the world. I never dreamt that it would be as big as it is.

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Bespoke Wedding Veils: Dream Veils

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Tell us about your range of bridal veils?

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I hand make bespoke bridal veils. They are all different and made to the bride’s order. I think that as you can have a dress made to measure why not a veil?

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I make a lot of Mantilla lace veils and I went into birdcage veils a couple of years ago and make a lot of them too – both in net and tulle.

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Now I am developing a new range of vintage veils- inspired by my mum’s veil and veils from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

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Bespoke Wedding Veils: Dream Veils

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What choice is available in terms of cut/ length/ edging etc?

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This is the crux of my company. If I can make it – I will try! The bride can have whatever style, length and width (up to the width of the fabric they choose) that they want.  I use normal soft tulle in different colours and two types of silk tulle, and have lots of different edges. They can be adorned with Swarovski crystals or have Swarovski crystal banding along the edge.  I make lace mantilla style veils in any length required and stock some lovely laces which I have made for me.

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Bespoke Wedding Veils: Dream Veils

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Tell us about your range of birdcage veils?

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I make full faced birdcage veils in net – both firm “Merry Widow” net and a softer finer net. They can have bows attached or kept separate. I also make tulle birdcage veils and visor or wedge style birdcage veils. They can all have Swarovski crystal added if the bride wants.

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I now also give an option to have either a comb fitted or a large toupe clip—these clips are so popular as they aren’t so big so the bride doesn’t have too much hardware on her head if she wants to add a headpiece.

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Bespoke Wedding Veils: Dream Veils

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Tell us about your vintage collection?

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This is my new “baby”! I am so excited! I am now nearing completion of the first proper samples so watch this space.

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Tell us about your fusion range?

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The Fusion range is a collaboration between me and my industry colleague Debbie from Glamour Bridal and Prom in Bolton. I make the veil portion and she makes the headpiece.

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Bespoke Wedding Veils: Dream Veils

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 What veil styles are the most popular?

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The soft silk veils have been very popular since Kate Middleton wore her soft silk veil last April.  However, I think actually my “Classic” veil that just has a simple cut edge in a single layer both in silk and normal tulle is my best seller. There is something about a cut edge veil that is so light and floaty – the edge doesn’t compete with any adornments on the dress and the detailing on the back of the dress can show through so well. It is the type of veil that any bride can wear with any style of dress.  Then the mantilla style veil has also been unbelievably popular this last 2-3 years.

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What trends do you predict for veils in 2012 and beyond?

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I think there is a massive need for brides to want to be different and vintage seems to be the way they are going – the birdcage veil was the vintage way over the last couple of years, but now I think some brides are going to be wearing very vintage dresses- even second-hand vintage dresses- and will be wanting head pieces and veils to match their dresses.

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What celebrity client would you like to produce a veil for and why?

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Lady Gaga because she would let me go completely off the rails and let me create something so totally different and outrageous!

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Bespoke Wedding Veils: Dream Veils

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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My prices for my veils start at £25 and the average prices for the normal tulle veils are around £60 to £130.  My silk veils are the most expensive commissions which start at £85 and average around £150 to £200.  

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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I can give a 15% discount to all Brides Up North readers — just mention that you saw me here!

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Bespoke Wedding Veils: Dream Veils

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you/ find out more?

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They can look at the website www.dream-veils.co.uk, mail me on thedreamveil@gmail.com or ring me on 0161 637 3526.  It is also possible to visit me to try the veil samples on – I operate from the Manchester area – just ring or mail me to make an appointment.

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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I am always happy to help a confused bride – I don’t mind how many e-mails we have or how many questions she has – this is an important day in her life and I understand how difficult it is to buy from a website. I love chatting to girls – it makes work into a fun thing for me.

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Bespoke Wedding Veils: Dream Veils  

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Why do you read and like Brides Up North?

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I just LOVE it! I have to keep up with what’s going on in the bridal world- it’s a must when you are in the business, and Brides Up North does just that. I follow Brides Up North on Twitter and also Facebook. I also LOVE my home town and anywhere “up North” and love to see it featured in all its beauty which I really think the wedding blog does so well. So keep up the good work Julia!

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Wedding Blog Fashion EXCLUSIVE! LoveBySusie Launches Vintage Bridal Headwear Collection

March 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Goodness, we are getting gorgeous this afternoon on the wedding blog!  One of my very favourite independent Northern bridal designers (I love a wisp of silk and lace, and this lady is a specialist) LovebySusie Bridal has launched a new bridal headwear collection.

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The collection, which includes silk tulle full length and waist length veils beautifully finished with delicate seed beads and lace trims, Juliet cap styles in vintage design lace and truly lovely lace hairbands, hand beaded with pearls and Swarovski crystals, is dreamy.  See for yourselves, and just try to resist. 

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Make up by Hazel Wilson at Expert Touch

Images by Dawn Marie Jones 

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Susie says: I’m very excited about the new LovebySusie veils and headwear.  The collection offers a gorgeous variety of truly unique, vintage styles for brides.  I believe wedding veils are a quintessential element of the bridal ensemble. There’s nothing quite like a whisper of silk tulle to evoke a breath taking air of romance. 

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Isabella Chantilly Lace Headband

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Liliana Juliet Cap and Thyrza Veil

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Veils are so on trend for brides at the moment with inspiration from the likes of 2011 brides Kate Middleton, Lily Allen and Kate Moss who all chose to wear Cathedral length silk tulle veils with exquisite lace embellishments, but with entirely different end looks.

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Etta Vintage Lace Juliet Cap Veil

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The new collection of wedding veils and hair accessories is also a natural development for the LovebySusie brand which already includes bridal lingerie, corsetry, garters, loungewear and silk eye masks

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LoveBySusie

Dianthe Silk Tulle Veil

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.Larissa Flower Hairband

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LoveBySusie

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I use some beautiful vintage lace pieces for limited edition designs, but I have also taken traditional Leavers Lace still produced in Nottingham today which uses designs and lace making techniques that go as far back as the 18th Century.  I combine the lace with the highest quality silk tulles and delicate hand beading to produce timeless, elegant wedding veils and hair accessories that are truly unique.

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LoveBySusie

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Helena Beaded Lace Headband

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LoveBySusie

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The entire collection of LovebySusie wedding veils and hair accessories is available exclusively to purchase online at www.lovebysusie.co.uk

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Rosalie Beaded Lace Hairband and Charlotte Beaded Veil

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Really Really Gorgeous Giveaway: Rosie Willett Designs

February 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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!! COMPETITION CLOSES TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT !!

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Sometimes I do a giveaway on the blog that makes me wish I wasn’t writing the blog, just reading it.  This is one of those times.

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier and uber talented bridal headwear designer, Rosie Willett Designs, has offered to give away, not one, not two, but six fabulous prizes.

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Scroll down or click here to see today’s earlier post showcasing some of this lovely lady’s amazing designer pieces.

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Rosie Willett Designs Clara

Clara 

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What’s up for grabs?

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1ST PRIZE: One headpiece from any of the six collections on the Rosie Willett Designs website

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5 RUNNER UP PRIZES: A Swarovski Crystal AB & Ivory Pearl bracelet

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All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is comment on this post telling Brides Up North why you would like to win using the big pink button below, and sign up for my free newsletter* in the box at top right.

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That’s it.  Tres simple.  And one of Rosie’s amazing designs could be winging its way to you!

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Rosie Willett Designs Olga

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Rosie Willett Designs OdetteOdette 

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The competition will close at midnight on Friday 18 February 2011.  Winners will be drawn at random.

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*All you will get is my free newsletter, no nasties.  See my terms and conditions and privacy policy.  I will NEVER sell your email address and Brides Up North HATES spam.

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