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

November 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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.

The Bowdon Rooms Autumn 2013

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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.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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!

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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.

Jonny Draper Photography at The Bowdon Rooms

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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Dolly Rocker -£250.00    Pearly Queen -£285.00

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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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