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Terry Fox Couture 2014: A 1920s Styled Bridal Shoot At The Bowdon Rooms

November 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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So, have you got the message yet?  We are hosting another fabulous Luxury & Vintage Wedding Exhibition at The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham THIS Sunday 3rd November – and we’d really, really like you to be there.  Click here for all the details and to pre-register as a VIP Bride to Be.

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Combining a bit of wedding dress eye candy of a Friday afternoon and showing off just how versatile this unique venue is (watch our for another real wedding from the venue this afternoon showing it looking completely different!) I’m proud to welcome Emma and Jonny of LOVE Bridal Boutique and Jonny Draper Photography, along with the brilliant Terry Fox, as they introduce Terry’s latest collection.  Enjoy!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Tell us about the new collection by Terry Fox?  What was the inspiration behind the collection? Which fabrics were chosen for the new collection and why?

Terry Fox HQ: The 2014 collection from Terry Fox was a particular treat – sizzling with sex-appeal and inspirational in its sheer creativity. Our couture-trained designer makes it look easy and that, perhaps, is the secret of her success; she layers fabrics and colours, patches together delicate pieces of the finest materials to create something that is always surprising and reliant on finish and texture rather than formal silhouettes.

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Who would be a Terry Fox bride? 

TFHQ: A Terry Fox bride knows her own mind, is fabulously gorgeous and is looking for a bridal designer as individual as them!! Let’s say ‘classic with a twist’. Terry Fox brides understand the important aspects of a dress from fit to finish.

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What sizes are available?

TFHQ: All sizes, all shapes, any fit! Each Terry Fox dress is uniquely created to the brides individual measurements.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

What sort of price point?

LOVE Bridal Boutique: Prices start from around £2,100 up to and around £3,000. This cost includes the dress being made to a bride’s measurements and any minor modifications to a gown. Here at LOVE we believe Terry’s dresses to be great value for money, particularly considering the dresses are made from the finest silks and laces and are created in the UK.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

What is the process from finding “the one” to final fitting?

LOVE: When a bride finds her dress here at LOVE, it’s a very special experience indeed, celebrated by the bride and her family with a glass of bubbly and lots of jubilation! At this point a bride’s full measurements are taken in order to ensure a perfect dress fit and also any special requests/requirements are agreed with the bride. All Terry Fox gowns are made-to-measure for every bride. The great thing about a Terry Fox gown is that they can also be modified to suit the bride – silks are available in a multitude of colours, and dress detailing/embellishment can be tailored to the bride’s individual requirements.

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After this initial order stage a bride will usually revisit the boutique in advance of her first fitting to choose any accessories she might need, and there are a wide range of Terry Fox accessories available to compliment this dress collection perfectly.

When it comes to fittings, the bride will come back into the boutique to try her personalized gown and any minor adjustments required will be made by my in-house seamstress.

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Why are you so excited to stock Terry Fox at LOVE?

LOVE: When we first saw Terry’s collection down at Terry’s amazing studio in Suffolk (which is a complete treasure trove by the way and just how every girl’s dream bedroom would look!), we were completely blown away and knew instantly they would be the perfect partnership with LOVE. It is clear to see that Terry lives and breathes dresses and beautiful fabrics and that comes across with every gown she creates. Every single last embellishment, intricate embroidery and drape has been carefully thought through and just takes your breath away.

We also knew that these gowns offered our brides a more unusual dress choice, and this is something which I hear time and time again from my brides. When a ‘Terry Fox bride’ (she might not know it yet!) walks through our door her eyes light up instantly. She couldn’t figure out before what she was looking for and why she couldn’t find it… until the moment she sees this beautiful collection!

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Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

The fact that each gown can be tailor-made to a brides requirements too, with a vast colour selection of silks to choose from is something which offers a fabulous point of difference compared to a lot of other designers on offer.

This stunning collection is definitely for the bride who wants something that little bit different and to express her creativity. Her selection of dress shapes and styles is so refreshing too in a completely inimitable Terry way!

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What was your inspiration for the shoot, why did you choose the venue/ styling and who was involved?

LOVE: When we saw the new Terry Fox collection at The White Gallery, there was a clear 1920′s, Art Deco feel to it which was one of the reasons we loved it so much. When we realised that the new dresses we had chosen would land at the boutique around the same time as The Great Gatsby was released in the cinema, our overall inspiration for the shoot was born.

We went to see The Great Gatsby & there was such a wonderful nod towards this era in the new Terry Fox collection that we knew we just had to base our shoot on this film.

We got in touch with Neil at the amazing Bowdon Rooms in Cheshire which is an original Art Deco venue and the concept began to come to life!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Cue a call to vintage model, Laura Norrey (we had seen her work on Facebook & knew she would be perfect for this shoot), our amazing friends Paisley Gamble (hairdresser based at Macleod Bradley) and Gemma Hallowell (Make Up Artist), Sian and her gorgeous floral creations at The Didsbury Flower Lounge and award winning photographer (and co-owner of LOVE Bridal Boutique) Jonny Draper and our team was ready! With a simple brief of creating six completely different looks in one single day!

We were also delighted to showcase the new headdress collections from our amazing accessory designers Donna Crain and Halo & Co, and these pieces worked perfectly with Terry’s new collection.

The shoot was amazing.  Since we had a small team on the day, communication was easy, everybody relaxed very quickly and we had a lot of fun. 

Each look & set up worked perfectly & Neil and his team at The Bowdon Rooms could not have been more helpful. We were able to use literally anywhere we wanted and I think that is what ultimately gave us this great set of photographs.

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How can brides find out more about the new Terry Fox collection at LOVE?

To find out more please contact Emma at LOVE either by phone on 0161 941 6446 or email emma@lovebridalboutique.co.uk

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

LOVE Bridal Boutique will be exhibiting with Brides Up North at The Bowdon Rooms this very Sunday 3rd November.  Do pop in and say hello, open 12pm till 4pm, completely free (because we are nice like that)!

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Photography – Jonny Draper Photography

Venue – The Bowdon Rooms, Cheshire

Dresses – Terry Fox at LOVE Bridal Boutique, Altrincham, Cheshire

Accessories – Donna Crain and Halo&Co

Model – Laura Norrey

Hair – Paisley Gamble at Macleod Bradley

Make-up – Gemma Hallowell

Flowers – Didsbury Flower Lounge

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Jonny Draper Photography

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: Starlets! A Styled Bridal Shoot In Yorkshire By The Little Bridal Company

January 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon I am proud to introduce lovely Brides Up North Featured Supplier Becky of Bradford based The Little Bridal Company as she debuts her first complete collection here on the blog.  Becky is fiercely proud to be a Northern bridal designer and draws heavily on design influences from bygone eras to create beautiful and distinctive designs.  And we are all for that around here!

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Becky says:  The photo shoot took place in the simply stunning The Midland Hotel in the centre of Bradford.  The idea behind the shoot was to bring together up and coming bright stars of the bridal business based in and around Bradford. Bradford has had a bad press over the last few years, resulting in a lack of jobs and opportunity. I wanted to show that there really is something good happening in our city so watch out!

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My first complete off the peg collection is named ‘Starlets’  and my muse a young actress, especially one working her way up through the star system. This rings so true in so many ways. The Little Bridal Company with myself at the helm is at the beginning of its own journey through the star system. So too is a bride.

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The inspiration behind The Little Bridal Company has many origins.

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Thanks to my grandparents the love of musicals is deep-set: ‘Seven Brides For Seven Brothers’, ‘Wizard Of Oz’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’ (to name but a few). Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Sofia Lauren graced the screens with their true beauty – no air brushing needed – and they had womanly, hour glass figures. No wonder we are seeing a vintage revival with so many smoke screens in the world today! These films take you away to a fantasy world where the good prevail, the bad lose and everybody lives happily ever after.  Isn’t that what we need to pick us up in this time of austerity?

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It isn’t reality but who wants reality 24/7 and what better time to embrace this feeling than on your wedding day were you do get your happily ever after and your knight in shining armour?! You are the star in your own show for that one day and just maybe if you work at it that feeling will stay with you for your entire marriage just like in the good old days.

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The Little Bridal Company harps back to the days of elegance and sultriness of the 1940′s and 50′s glory days, with echoes of the war time ethos ‘make do and mend’ when dresses were made from old bed sheets and curtaining during the war and grow your own and self sustainability were encouraged.

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In this current age we are encouraged to spend, spend, spend and told that new is best, but in the world of weddings this is not always the best way to go. Embracing the old and fashionably labelling it ‘vintage’ has helped the modern day bride personalise every element of her special day.  ‘Something old’ and ‘something borrowed’ has now taken on a whole new role and I applaud this.

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‘Starlets’ is a soft, feminine collection created for my 2013 brides to be.  The collection is heavily influenced by ‘The New Look’ collection of 1947 by Dior:  this post war collection brought back the femininity, soft rounded shapes and full flowing shapes which had been lost during the war when women went to work to aid the war effort and fabric was in short supply.

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The term fit or flounce was first penned around this time describing the quintessential silhouettes of the era. The dresses placed great emphasis on the narrowing of the waist, creating a feminine and curvaceous silhouette.

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Dresses – The Little Bridal Company

Suits – Pins Bespoke Tailors

Photographer – Karen Spencer

Location – The Midland Hotel

Make up – Holly Hutchinson

Florist and props – Greenhouse

Bouquets and headpieces – Urban Bride

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  – Images © 2013 Karen Spencer

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Eye Candy: Kitty & Dulcie

July 9th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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On my recent press trip to Cyprus shooting a short film “a day at a destination wedding”  with Thomson Weddings and Wedding Ideas Magazine, our model, Nicola, absolutely rocked a short flippy frock in the sunset scenes. 

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It turns out that the beautiful party dress was none other than Pearly Queen by the new label from the ladies at Flo & Percy, Kitty & Dulcie.  Now Kitty & Dulcie has been on my radar for a while now since they launched their Strictly London Collection – a collection of five vintage inspired wedding gowns retailing exclusively online and all priced below £400 – last October, but this is the first time I have seen one of their wedding dresses first hand, and I was rather impressed!

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The girls say: Our dresses are of the highest quality, they’re fashion forward and aimed at savvy brides-to-be who desire style but not a major dent in their purse.

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Our selection of knee-length, tea-length and full-length vintage inspired wedding dresses has been made for fashion conscious females with a passion for retro glamour. Designed for the bride who’s bang on trend but doesn’t believe in paying over the odds. Her eclectic fashion sense sees her mixing high street buys with vintage pieces. She’s looking for an a la mode bridal dress at an unbelievably fairytale price and she wants leading edge designs that combine modern, feminine chic with a mix of vintage allure. The Kitty & Dulcie bride is no stranger to online shopping and she’s proud to brag about her latest bargain – she wants fantastic quality at affordable prices.

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Bobbi Dazzler - £285.00    City Slicker - £385.00

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Our easy to navigate online boutique includes stunning ‘get the look’ images shot by photographer Sarah-Louise Johnson, as well as still life front and back shots of our gowns with zoom-in feature. Everafter Video Productions have captured our gorgeous wedding dresses in action so that brides-to-be can view how our dresses move at the click of a button. The Kitty & Dulcie bride will receive her tissue wrapped gown, beautifully boxed with it’s own satin padded hanger. She’ll be able to try the dress on in the comfort of her own home without any pressure from a Sales Assistant and all at a fraction of the cost of a shop-bought dress.

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City Slicker - £385.00   Cockney Rebel - £385.00

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Well!  What are you waiting for girls? It just so happens that Cockney Rebel and Dolly Rocker are on sale right now!  Go, go, go!

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Diary Date! Erica Stacey Designer Evening & Launch Event At Isla Jean Bridal Boutique!

July 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m still on location with Thomson Weddings in Cyprus taking part in a two day video shoot (someone’s got to do it!) but looking ahead to next week, if you are searching for your dream dress then I have an invitation to the perfect event for you!  Friend of Brides Up North,  British designer Erica Stacey will be at Manchester’s newest bridal boutique, Isla Jean, THIS THURSDAY 12th July.

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The Evening will be a great opportunity to meet Erica Stacey and the team at Isla Jean, view the ‘Ready to Wear’ collection and enjoy a glass of Fizz. There will be goodie bags and the chance to win some great prizes! You can also chat to Erica if you are looking for a bespoke couture gown.

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Vicky and Gemma at Isla Jean told me: Erica Stacey bridal wear launched in January 2012 and is going from strength to strength. It is owned by British designer Erica Stacey and Terry Keane, who are passionate about keeping the British clothing manufacturing industry alive. Both have a shared love of the history of fashion and Erica has also been inspired by her Grandmother ‘Nanna Ellen’, who made dresses for Harrods in the 1940′s.

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The company is based in Manchester and all the dresses are hand crafted with love and care in their studio. Each dress is made with quality silks and fabrics and finished with unique and individual trims & laces. The first ‘Ready to Wear’ collection is vintage inspired which fits perfectly with Isla Jean’s beautiful vintage inspired boutique. The collection takes inspiration from the Art Deco Movement and the Golden Age of Hollywood Glamour.

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Click here to see an art deco bridal shoot featured on Brides Up North with dresses by Erica Stacy.

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We are proud to be holding ourfirst Designer Evening of the summer at Isla Jean Bridal! The Isla Jean Bridal Boutique opened its doors on Sunday 1st July and is a haven of Vintage inspired bridal loveliness! We are making it our  mission to provide gorgeous dresses, a beautiful and luxurious shop setting and first class customer service resulting in each bride feeling truly special.

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In September 2011, by chance, we were given the opportunity to buy a wedding dress business complete with stock. It took just three days to complete the deal and whilst friends and family thought we had gone mad, we were determined to follow our dream and knew we could make it work.

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We rented a little space in a vintage warehouse with no heating and started to sell dresses! The business very quickly gathered pace and we were overwhelmed with the speed at which our business was growing and the positive feedback we were getting from brides.

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We decidewe that if we could make this little space work (especially in view of the fact that it had no heating!) then it was time to take the plunge and actually look for premises of our own!  Several months on, we finally found the perfect shop.

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We have spent time sourcing the designers which we feel fit the look and the style of Isla Jean Bride. We have also put our own stamp on the boutique and have been busy decorating and sourcing individual pieces to furnish the store. We believe that we have created a boutique which is opulent, stunning but yet homely and relaxed: a truly special place. We want brides to come in and feel special, beautiful and relaxed. Both of us believe that when a bride comes to the shop they feel like a princess for the day.

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We chose to stock Erica Stacey bridal wear because not only do the gowns feel and look vintage but because we share the same business ethos and passion. We are happy to be supporting a local UK based business, a British designer and helping to pass on Erica’s dream dresses to brides who have fallen in love with them…

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The team would love to welcome you to the Isla Jean Bridal Boutique at 67 High Street, Lees Village, Oldham on Thursday 12th July 2012 from 6pm.  Call Vicky and Gemma on 0161 622 1010 for more details.

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  – Images © 2012 Gillian Devine

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Lace & Lilies: A Real Wedding In The North East – Leanne & Chris

January 16th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Welcoming in a frosty week on the wedding blog with a seasonal winter wonderland wedding in the North East, sent to me by my friend  – the fabulous – Helen Russell Photography.  With lace, lilies and just the right amount of sparkle, this Real Wedding is a whole lot of lovely!

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Over to Leanne:   We got engaged in New York in November 2010. It was all very romantic in front of a burning log fire with rose petals and champagne. Chris had reserved an old library type room with very high ceilings and character and had arranged for champagne and flowers to be placed in front of the burning fire and then when we arrived he sat me down and popped the question!

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We were married on 16 December 2011 at St Wilfrids RC Church in Bishop Auckland for the service and then Beamish Hall for our reception.  We both love the building and grounds at Beamish Hall as it has a lovely feel to it. We also think the rooms at Beamish are very warm and intimate with perfect scenery.  We went for a Christmas winter wonderland vibe with lots of white, silver and crystals, chair covers by Posh Chair Covers & Bows, plus plenty of candles and fairy lights. 

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I chose a vintage style dress by the amazing Ian Stuart.  To compliment this, my chief bridesmaid wore a long gun metal grey dress and the youngest bridesmaid wore an ivory flower girl’s dress. Both bridesmaids had grey fur shrugs and vintage brooches too.  I carried a simple Lily of The Valley bouquet by The Funky Flower Company

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We went all out and chose a Sex and the City 2 themed cake which consisted of three tiers with Swarovski Crystals in between!  So fabulous!  Our favours were donations to Cancer Research and cake pops by the brilliant Popcake Kitchen

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In the evening, we were entertained by a live band, The Monologues and then The Mobile DJ Company.  Paul Lytton kept us all guessing with his amazing magic tricks!  

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After the wedding we went to a castle for a couple of days on a “mini moon” however we are hoping to go somewhere hot and exotic in the next few months – destination undecided!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy every minute and absorb it all in as it goes very quickly. Try to just relax and enjoy the whole experience as its magical!

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Congratulations Leanne & Chris!

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  – Images © 2012 Helen Russell Photography 

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Its The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! A Vintage Glam Bridal Fashion Shoot With A Festive Twist

December 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Advent calendars at the ready Brides Up North!  It’s only ruddy December!  How the bejeezus did that happen?

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I personally love the festive season, twinkly winter weddings, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and all that, and will be bringing you some seasonal treats on these wedding blog pages over the next month.

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So, lets start as we mean to go on with a festively gorgeous vintage glam bridal fashion shoot at gorgeous Yorkshire wedding venue The Mansion at Roundhay Park.  I can personally vouch for this venue and the amazing team from Dine Services as it was the setting for the inaugural Brides Up North Yorkshire Tweet Up back in September.  It is also the venue for one of the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive Wedding Fairs next February.  Do you have these dates in your diary ladies?

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Sunday 12th February 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

Allerton Castle, Knaresborough

Time 12pm – 4pm

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Sunday 26th February 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

The Mansion, Roundhay

Time: 12pm – 4pm

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Sunday 15th April 2012

The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive

Nostell Priory, Wakefield

Time: 12pm – 4pm

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Your exclusive invitation to three days of bridal brilliance at Yorkshire’s most desirable wedding venues.   A choice selection of the region’s finest wedding suppliers will be on hand to inspire and advise.  With fabulous giveaways and on the day discounts too,  only the best will do for Brides Up North and Dine.   Details of how to register as a Brides Up North VIP Bride To Be coming soon. 

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EXHIBITOR BOOKINGS: email me at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details. 

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This shoot, sent to me by Shelly of Toast, is a mash up of bauble bling, giant windmills, twinkles, vintage bunting and stunning dresses.  By ‘eck it works. 

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The shoot was organised by Vicky at Sugarplum Creations to showcase her new 2012 collection ‘Vintage Glamour’. 

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Vicky says: Last year was all about the Sparkly Crystal Bride but this year is all about the chunky Vintage Glamour look.  Each piece is handmade from vintage brooches and jewellery broken down into new and exciting things; such as tiaras, necklaces and bracelets. I knew this would work with Ian Stuart’s Killer Queen Collection so I quickly got in touch with the girls to organise the shoot!

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I really wanted to convey the elegance and creativity of everyone involved. Being able to work with Ian Stuart, Cymbeline Paris and Jenny Packham all in one day was an honour and I wanted to make pieces to compliment every aspect of the different designers.

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Shelly says:  Vicky got in touch with me to shoot her new collection along with a selection of beautiful dresses from Hayley at The Bridal Collection in Harrogate. I don’t normally do straight up shoots – I usually like to do something a little bit more rock n roll, but the chance to shoot Ian Stuart frocks was too good to miss. I invited Rachel at Simply Vintage Events to provide us with a beautiful eclectic vintage backdrop to go with our Jenny Packham and Cymbeline Paris dresses, whilst I created the giant pinwheels which were real talking points and the paper flower backdrop. Rachel also provided the enormous Christmas baubles. 

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The amazing flowers including the frilly tulips in the birdcages and the set with the candles and orchids, were created by the genius Fiona at Firenza Floral Design – her talent knows no end.

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Hair and make-up was by the lovely Emma at Make Me Up by Mac and of course the backdrop was the stunningly beautiful The Mansion in Leeds – we all love that staircase (although I must have gone up and down it a million times on the day!).

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Since there were so many beautiful dresses to shoot, I invited my good pal Paul Joseph Photography over to help me shoot it all. And even our styles are slightly different, we still ended up getting the odd shot which are very similar! Thanks go to everyone who helped the shoot run smoothly.

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Paul Joseph Photography

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Photography: Toast and Paul Joseph Photography

Venue: Mansion, Leeds

Dresses loaned by: The Bridal Collection 

Accessories: Sugarplum Creations

Make-up & Hair: Make Me Up by Mac – emmamilner@live.com

Vintage china and accessories: Simply Vintage Events

Flowers: Firenza Floral Design

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  – Images © 2011 Toast and Paul Joseph Photography as tagged

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Eye Candy Interview: White Room Bridal Sheffield

October 5th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I recently took a day trip to Sheffield to meet the gorgeous Chloe, the owner and manager of White Room Bridal Sheffield, a beautiful bridal boutique on a pretty little street in the town centre. 

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I came away in a bit of a rage.

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Why?  Because the Bridezilla inside me was screaming “Why wasn’t Chloe’s shop open when I was shopping for my wedding dress!?!”  and “?!x5%6!!”, “!*fstxf$!”. 

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A little bit of road rage and a glass of wine later that evening and I felt a little better.  “At least I get to share this amazing find with my readers”, I consoled myself.

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So here we are, introducing the wedding blog’s latest Featured Supplier and amazing bridal boutique, White Room Bridal Sheffield.  To me, it’s like a little piece of couture heaven, and it’s SO worth a visit.

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And ok then, I lied.  I’m still fuming.

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How did White Room Bridal Sheffield begin?  What is your story?

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A rather crazy one! My interest in the wedding industry began in March 2008 when I was studying for my Psychology degree at Sheffield Hallam University. It was dissertation time and every angle was I wanted to research was shot down so on the day of submission, I literally had 10 minutes to choose a path. I thought about what I liked, what was going on in my life at the time and who I could access for interviews. As a huge fan of the You and Your Wedding chat forum, in the midst of planning my wedding and stressed at looking for a dress, I picked that!  What my paper ended up looking at was the expectations from marriage on a female sample group, looking at the psychological and emotional effects of marriage and long term relationships, including the search for the ‘perfect gown’.

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After graduation and my own wedding in 2009, whilst working within the Substance Misuse field, I continued out of work to research the wedding industry, focusing on bridal retail and expectations from dress shopping as this is what flagged up in my under grad research as a massive element of stress. This research again suggested significant gaps in the industry, such as lack of access to designers in the North of the UK, poor customer service and just a general lack of interest and regard for a shopping bride. I found it was all to fluffy, too fake and that most girls I spoke to said that the shops they had visited just didn’t offer what they wanted or expected.  Basically, no-one seemed to enjoy buying their dress. The interviews I carried out flagged up huge gaps in the industry such as:

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lack of knowledge of the dresses and how this would work with the entire day, showing no interest in the theme of the wedding, the venue or being able to offer additional ideas as to the styling of some dresses;

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over crowded changing areas – with 3 or 4 women waiting for dresses and the feeling of ‘one size fits all’ syndrome;

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rules of the number of dresses allowed to be tried on – 6 maximum in one store with a £25 weekend booking fee and hour only appointment;

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dirty gowns – which were handled with little care or regard;

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pushy sales assistants – misrepresenting discounts and ‘special offers’;

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poor surroundings including worn and tired furniture, old underwear offered to try with gowns and no shoes;

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bad lighting including no outdoor space to see dress in ‘true light’ or mirrors in which the whole gown could be viewed; and

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little communication in regards to appointment availability and letters to inform of progression of the gown when it was being made.

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It was then when I started to think about developing White Room Bridal Sheffield. When I set out to create White Room Bridal Sheffield, I wanted to make a space that was calming, cool and edgy. White Room Bridal Sheffield is my interpretation of how bridal should be done for the bride of today: creative, innovative and inspiring. As a lover of music, individuality, people and fashion, I blended all my passions together and created a place where all women could go.  The boutique’s goal was and still is, to fill the segment of the market for women who wish to experience a unique, consultative and memorable approach to finding their wedding look rather than the “retail” approach that dominated the region.

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What sort of bride is a White Room Bridal Sheffield customer?

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She is confident and aware of what she wants from her bridal gown and the service that comes with it. She is a little quirky, not afraid to embrace her individuality and express that in the wedding gown she chooses. The lines we carry I believe attract a fashion forward bride, but one who wants to shout about her femininity, sophistication and individuality on her wedding day. She is also aware that by coming to White Room Bridal Sheffield, she don’t need to get dressed up to walk over the door step, nor need to have dreamed of her dress since she was 5 years old, love weddings or pink or pretend to like huge skirts and taffeta! The girls we are attracting are the real women of the world. Intelligent, funny, those happy to sleep in a tent at Glastonbury but who would kill for Carrie Bradshaw’s wardrobe. Women who want to show who they are on their wedding day rather than conform to tradition, whatever their view of tradition is. You can see if you are a White Room bride by clicking here…. http://www.whiteroombridal.co.uk/news/read/aware

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What designer’s lines do you carry?

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We hold Claire Pettibone, Jenny Packham, Stephanie Allin & Cymbeline bridal gowns, so a very strong collection offering variety, affordability and styling. For shoes we stock Rachel Simpson and Filippa Scott, two designers who offer vintage inspired and beautiful footwear! Accessory wise we have a great selection of veils as well as headpieces from the vintage and crystal work of Jenny Packham & the softer, pearl and flower pieces of Rosie Willett. We are also a huge fan of supporting smaller, local businesses and have vintage & vintage inspired headpieces from Sheffield’s own DC Bouquets as well as garters and fabric headpieces from Manchester based Silver Sixpence in her Shoe.

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Why did you choose to stock these designers?

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When I was looking for gowns to stock, I felt that I wanted quality but something with a strong design ethos, that I not only believed in, but who I could represent and who I believed was represented badly in the North of the UK. My first quest was Jenny Packham, as I wore one of her gowns on my wedding day and I love the vintage beading and the silhouettes that they create for all shapes of women, not just the editorial models that most brides think you have to be to wear one! I went to London with a concept and my raw passion for what I wanted to achieve. After coffee in Belgravia, we were informed that we had secured Jenny Packham two days later, fighting off many local established competitors to boot!

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Cymbeline came second. I loved their revamp of the stale lace traditional gowns that dominated the region, and I also loved that they push the boundaries of traditional bridal with the fluffy skirts and asymmetric neck lines. Such a great price point but outstanding design! Stephanie Allin was a designer that I would have loved to have tried when I was marrying but there was just nothing in the North. Upon meeting Stephanie and looking at her collection, it was so evident that not only was she so passionate about her business but also about the brides and their gowns. Her corsets are exceptional, the best and her take on the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s and translating that to bridal is amazing. Finally we chose Claire Pettibone for the vintage, feminine and quirky romanticism that her gowns omit. Again, with limited representation in the North, brides were travelling to London just to see if they liked her designs! I also wanted to show brides that Claire’s gowns are affordable and unique, starting around £1,500.

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Claire Pettibone…

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Claire’s designs are just amazing; the cut of the fabric is such that each and every gown shows off all your feminine curves without the need for a heavy corset or structure. Made in LA, with vintage silks, lace and appliqués, I adore the mixture of colours in all of her gowns, from the subtle blush in Larissa to the striking platinum detail and beading on Mystere. Claire was poorly represented in the North but so many brides want her and were lead to believe that she was unreachable. We wanted to squash that thought and bought a collection that not only represents Claire’s collections with a bohemian but rock and roll feel but that were at a price point brides could afford! I adore all of her gowns; even the more out-there creations which we see on the catwalk each year! We start at £1,500 and have one show stopper at £3,000 with the others in the middle!

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Cymbelline…

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A French design house, Cymbeline create wedding gowns that are chic, luxurious and feminine but are able to wow with the materials and cut of the gowns. They are heavily into the fabrics and blend Calais lace with silk organza and embroidered taffetas so well, creating a fun twist on traditional wedding gowns. We hold a mixture of Cymbeline’s sleeker lace gowns like Fatima with its sexy cowl back and puddle train and blend these with the bold yet elegant Futur which looks sensational on everybody! Working in the French couture style, Cymbeline are well known for the smaller details which make the dress pop.  Cymbelline also has a great price tag, all of our collection is under £2,000.

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Stephanie Allin…

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One of the strikingly obvious things about Stephanie Allin and her team is their unrivalled passion for the bride and her wedding gown, going the extra mile as par for the course so that every bride loves her dress. The other is the exquisite fabrics and the way the gowns are made: flawless and immaculate aren’t words enough to describe! One of my favourites here is Frankie, for its 1950’s tulip skirt, which when paired with the Tilly shrug makes every bride fall in love! We also melt a little when we see Loren, such a simple gown with a sweetheart neckline and full lace overlay, but the shape her corsets create can’t be beaten! All the gowns are handmade in the UK too, which was a massive pull for us here at White Room Bridal Sheffield.

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Jenny Packham…

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Many brides have heard of Jenny Packham, if not for her bridal gowns which the likes of Liz Hurley and Denise Van Outen have worn but for also dressing Kate Middleton, Cheryl Cole and Nicole Kidman for evening wear. What I love about Jenny’s designs is that there is a gown out there for every bride in her collection. Not only does she do the soft chiffons with the delicate crystal beading like Saskia for the romantic, feminine bride but also creates gowns like the stunning 1930’s inspired Eden in platinum to really wow! Throw in the Hollywood glamour of the 100% silk charmeuse gowns and you have a collection that just oozes elegance, variety and cutting edge design. I wore a Jenny Packham when I married in 2009 and I felt just amazing in it.

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Tell us about the Cymbelline designer weekend that you have coming up? 

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The amazing Cymbeline 2012 complete collection will be at The White Room, Sheffield for 3 days only on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November 2011 for all Brides Up North! We love to do these events as it not only allows us to showcase all the new collection to brides who love Cymbeline but it also allows us to have a party and celebrate doing what we do best! Showing off their chic designs of delicate lace, sensual satins and full and fluffy tulle, Cymbeline encapsulate the modern bride and her look perfectly. We’ll be serving champagne, Sheffield baked cupcakes and throwing away goody bags full of amazing offers all to be enjoyed! We’d love brides to bring friends and indulge, plus with Brides Up North’s very own wedding blogger on hand {that’s me!} to offer advice and help, it’s an event not to be missed! All we ask is that brides make an appointment to see us for the weekend and that you are super close to choosing your gown, and know you love Cymbeline, so we can really keep the day focused on you and your wedding dress needs.

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Do you have any other special events coming up?

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The one thing White Room Bridal Sheffield will always be is fresh, innovative, inspiring and current! We will never rest on our laurels and will continue to be the boutique all others aspire to be and imitate… So, with that said, we are constantly evolving and doing something new! September has seen us deliver our first ever Stephanie Allin trunk show which went down a storm and we also created a ‘real women’ photo shoot in the most beautiful sunset. Pictures to follow soon!

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In October we are launching Sheffield Fashion Week and hitting the catwalk on 11th October at Sheffield Cathedral with the more ‘out there’ creations of Claire Pettibone, Cymbeline, Jenny Packham and Stephanie Allin. On the 18th October we are doing a gothic inspired shoot with Orchis florist and Wigs & Warpaint hairdressers which is very much looked forward to and then we begin to work on the possibility of launching our very own bespoke bridesmaid collection for the new year…

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What sort of price points are your gowns?

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We wanted to create a realistic price point for our gowns and focused much of our research before opening on what brides wanted and how they felt about spending money on a gown. We kind of came up with the analysis that a gown purchase is an emotional purchase, something very hard to put a price tag on if the budget isn’t a significant factor. However, recognising the economic climate and that many brides pay for their weddings with their fiancé and little external help we wanted to cast the net wide. So, we stock two gowns from the Cymbeline Pour Une Oui collection, which is the diffusion range of Cymbeline and these start from £900. Cymbeline gowns are around the £1500 – £1700 range, offering great quality for a great price. Jenny Packham and Claire Pettibone sit within the same bracket offering gowns from £1750 to £3000, yet the majority are well under £2,200. Stephanie Allin gowns start at £2000, with the most expensive gown at White Room Bridal Sheffield sitting at £3080.

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Where is the boutique located?

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We are in a beautiful grade II listed building right in the heart of Sheffield, a stone’s throw from the theatres and across the road from the stunning St Marie’s Cathedral. Being in Sheffield, we are so central for so many brides, and have had girls from all over the UK including York, Leeds, Scarborough, Manchester, Newcastle and Carlisle!

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Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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We do work on appointment only, just so we know that you are coming and that we can dedicate the whole boutique to you and your wedding party. We work on a 1.5 hour appointment schedule for your first visit and lock the door, get comfy and settle down to help you chose your perfect wedding gown. We open 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and do late night appointments by request. We even have an on-line booking service too, so should you want to make an appointment at 3am, you can!

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What can Brides Up North expect when they come to White Room Bridal Sheffield?

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What we set out to do and what we know we do is offer something more than the typical bridal boutique. All our brides can expect 1:1 service, we only operate one appointment at a time so the full appointment is dedicated to you and your wedding look needs. You can also expect current, young and honest service, delivered by myself in a fun and approachable way. You can also expect to walk in to a boutique that offers you space, choice and relaxation. We have a wonderful selection of gowns but not too many to confuse, we deliver on offering a calming approach to finding your gown, allowing you time and space to make choices. We also offer a drinks service as standard for all brides and their party, ensuring that your guests are made to feel as special as you are.

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How far in advance should Brides Up North start looking for their dress?

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I think it’s always safe to leave 6-9 months between the order date and the wedding date, just to ensure that everything is well planned, you have everything you need for your fittings and so that the rest of the wedding can be moulded around your gown. We are getting a mixture however at White Room Bridal Sheffield from brides getting married in 5 months to a few not till 2013! We will always accommodate every bride and support her 100% no matter when the wedding is though, after all, who said planning a wedding was easy and timings ideal?! We can do rush orders and have even got a bride whose getting married overseas and her fittings are been done on me! We are flexible!

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What are your top 5 tips when choosing a dress?

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Be aware of your expectations – don’t feel pressured to find ‘the one’. Go with your gut – just because you don’t cry, you may have some emotional connection and you have to listen to that.

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Be open to try everything – so many girls bought what they never liked in the magazines.

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Chose what you want, not what your mum likes or your bridesmaid wishes she could wear so talks you out of it, it’s your choice!

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Chose something that you are ‘you’ in! Let your personality shine through, be who you are now, not what you might think you may be in 10 years time!

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Don’t try too many, I made the mistake of trying on over 50 and I became bored and unhappy. Limit it to 3-4 shops maximum initially and then give it a break if you don’t find the one.

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And your no-nos?

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I’m biased, however out of principle I would never buy from anywhere who did/said:

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Are you sure you can afford that?

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It’d look much better if you lost 3 stone…

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You’ll need a cage to hold the skirt in place.

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Can you change in the toilet please, we have no fitting room.

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If you buy now, we’ll take 10% off but this offer ends tomorrow…

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Are you looking for your daughter?

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How can Brides Up North find out more/ book an appointment?

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Take a look at our website www.whiteroombridal.co.uk or call us on 0114 2722336 and we will be as helpful and creative with you and your wedding gown ideas as we can!

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Is there anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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We rock… look what other brides have said about us here: http://www.whiteroombridal.co.uk/news/read/Recommendations

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Fashion Images Credits:

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Photography: India Hobson

Hair: Wigs & Warpaint

Make up: Nicki Donohoe

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  – Images © 2011 White Room Bridal Sheffield / India Hobson (fashion photographs) / S6 Photography (exterior and interior of boutique)

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Eye Candy: Lizzie Agnew

September 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I had the pleasure of visiting the British Bridal Exhibition Harrogate this week.  Press pass in hand, there is nothing I enjoy more than walking the floor, chatting to designers and eyeing up the new collections.  Whilst I love seeing what the big name bridal houses are producing for the next season, I also love finding new favourites.  Northern Ireland based designer Lizzie Agnew is one of them, and earns her place in the Brides Up North Eye Candy Hall of Fame for her flirty and fabulous silk, taffeta, shantung and lace frocks, inspired by the vintage cuts of the1930s and 1950s. 

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Whether you like to leave lines long or shake it up in a short number, you are about to fall head over heels girls…

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To view more of Lizzie Agnew’s gorgeous gowns, contact or find out more about her label visit her website and let this lovely lady know that Brides Up North says hello!

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Do you know of a designer who you think deserves to be the next addition to the bridal blog’s Eye Candy Hall of Fame?  Contact me with your suggestions or leave a comment below – I love to hear your feedback!

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  – Images © 2011 Lizzie Agnew

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I’m Back! And A Wedding Surprise! A Real Wedding – Kaye & Stuart

August 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Firstly – apologies to everyone who tried to access these silver swirly pages in last 36 hours – apparently the Brides Up North server has been playing up a little completely died.  But I am assured that all the behind the scenes wizardry that keeps the gorgeousness going is restored to business as usual and I can stop banging my head off the keyboard!  

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Every cloud has a silver lining! Time to cram a week’s worth of fabulousness into a few days!

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On with today’s loveliness!

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Every wedding that I feature in these pages is divine, but sometimes a Real Wedding pops into my inbox that really captures this ’s imagination, and the memory keeps coming back to me throughout the day.  Like a really good painting, you feel like you could be a part of it, like you could step into the scene.

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier Howell Jones Photography claim that they produce fine art weddings.

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This wedding is relaxed, personal and very very special.  Keep reading down, there’s a surprise at the end!

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Grab a whole lot of chilled out wedding inspiration with your breakfast cereal Brides Up North!

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Over to Warren at Howell Jones Photography who introduces the day:  The happy couple are Kaye and Stuart who tied the know at Eaves Hall Country Hotel in Clitheroe, Lancashire on 4th June 2011. 

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Stu and Kaye just wanted to get married and that was the end of it!  They wanted a relaxed atmosphere

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…and they had a perfect day

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High Street Honey: Monsoon Gets Shorty

May 13th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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What do you know?  Monsoon has gone all flirty, flippy and vintage on us.  Brides Up North adores the new line of shorter bridal gowns.  Perfect for petite brides, a relaxed wedding day or to change into for your evening party, these dresses are chic, affordable and absolutely high street honeys of the finest order. 

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This wedding blogger’s top tip?  Snap one up for your rehearsal dinner with high heels, then recycle on honeymoon with leather flip flops. 

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Here are a selection of Brides Up North’s top picks.

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Want one?  Click the image and go straight there.

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Monsoon Minnie Tunic £85 Monsoon Lussac Lace Dress £95

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Monsoon Luvenia Lace Tunic £110 Monsoon Winsta Flower Dress £180

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Monsoon Owku Bridal Dress £150 Monsoon Coniston Tunic £250

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Monsoon Goa Bridal Dress £160 Monsoon Emberton Lace Dress £160

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Fast but not fleeting bridal style.  Sorted.

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