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Cheshire Chic! Supplier Showcase: LOVE Bridal Boutique

September 26th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Chelsea Shoesmith

.Launch event images credit: Chelsea Shoesmith

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This afternoon I am thrilled to introduce a very special couple – brand new Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Emma & Jonny Draper – and their gorgeous new Cheshire wedding dress boutique, the fabulous LOVE Bridal!  Let’s get straight down to the fabulousity…

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With images by Jonny Draper Photography unless otherwise credited

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When did LOVE Bridal Boutique open and what is your ethos?

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LOVE Bridal Boutique was set up by myself, Emma Draper, & my husband Jonny Draper and is Cheshire’s newest and most exclusive bridal experience! My passion for all things wedding stems from my experience as a professional bridal make-up artist, my role as studio director in Jonny’s wedding photography business, and having been boutique manager at a renowned south Manchester bridal boutique for the last couple of years. Jonny is a long-established international wedding photographer so together we have lots of bridal experience and completely live and breathe weddings! I have always loved being a part of my brides’ journey to their big day so we couldn’t think of a better way to develop our family business by adding the bridal boutique to our portfolio.

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LOVE Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper Photography

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Cheshire Bridal Boutique by Jonny Draper Photography

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We first opened the doors to LOVE Bridal boutique on 1st August 2012 with a launch event for all our industry friends and family. We really wanted to celebrate our launch with all the people who have influenced our vision for the boutique as it is so important to us to work collaboratively with and build a strong rapport with other like-minded wedding businesses. This is at the heart of what we do and is something we love sharing with all our brides and grooms both through LOVE Bridal Boutique and Jonny Draper Photography.

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Chelsea Shoesmith

.Launch event images credit: Chelsea Shoesmith

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Chelsea Shoesmith

.Launch event images credit: Chelsea Shoesmith

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Chelsea Shoesmith

.Launch event images credit: Chelsea Shoesmith

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Chelsea Shoesmith

.Launch event images credit: Chelsea Shoesmith

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What lines of wedding gowns do you stock?

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We have carefully selected four dress designers who we feel really reflect our brand and have the same vision and working ethos as we do. We drew up our shortlist and prayed that they would all still be available – and thank goodness they all were!

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Intuzuri were our first designer on board and we had no doubt in our mind that they would be a hit for us. We were completely utterly blown away by their gowns constructed from the finest Chantilly laces, duchess satins and silk taffetas combined with intricate lace appliqués, hand-beading and intricate bodice detail. Their collection includes some classic shapes from full A-line skirts and long dreamy trains to figure-hugging fishtails. They also come at a really affordable price point too which our brides are just loving (the proof is in the pudding as we’ve already sold two of their gowns within our first three weeks of trading!) We were also so impressed with the service from the Intuzuri team who have been truly fabulous throughout the process and in helping us make our selection.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Our second designer was a bit of a no brainer for us… the Heritage collection by Balbier Wyatt (click here to see a special preview of this collection on Brides Up North). This collection has been created by three generations and renowned industry experts – Alan Wyatt, Amanda Wyatt and Charlotte Balbier (grandfather, daughter and granddaughter no less!). Having worked closely with and built great friendships with Amanda and Charlotte over the last few years, and Jonny having taken lots of photos for and of Charlotte (including her engagement shoot!), when they told us about this new collection we immediately said ‘yes please’! We knew it would be right for us even before we saw the dresses! There’s a real mix of shapes and styles in this collection perfect for all body shapes, synonymous with Amanda and Charlotte’s signature styles but still a significantly different collection. Everything from full lace fitted gowns, to slinkier chiffon low-backs and fabulous sparkle bodiced A-line full skirted gowns. A lot of the dresses in this collection are perfect for destination weddings too, which is why a lot of the gowns have fabulous names such as Barbados and Costa Rica! To complement these gowns, we have a range of accessories from Amanda Wyatt in stock too.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Our third designer, Mia Mia is a relatively new collection from the long established Alan Hannah Bridalwear. We first met up with Alan and Marguerite at their fabulous showroom and were so spoilt for choice by the collection that we knew instantly that they were perfect for LOVE (we hadn’t even seen the 2013 collection at this point either!) A great mix of youthful, light, pretty dresses with some very classic styles and shapes in the collection, we knew that with our branding we would definitely be attracting the right kind of bride for these dresses. We eventually picked our shortlist and have since added more to this when we previewed the amazing 2013 collection at The White Gallery in London in May.

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The final piece of our jigsaw was Terry Fox, a designer who made us really stop in our tracks and take note of every single last embellishment, intricate embroidery, drape and beautiful silks on each and every dress. Her studio down in Suffolk is a complete treasure trove and just how every girl’s dream bedroom would look! Terry lives and breathes dresses and fabrics and that completely comes across with each dress she produces. Each gown can be tailor-made to a brides requirements with a vast colour selection of silks to choose from. One of her gowns ‘Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love’ can even be personalised as the gown name is embroidered onto ribbon detail of the dress, but this can equally be changed for the bride and groom’s names and date of their wedding or perhaps a quote that is very personal to them. This collection is definitely for the bride who wants something a bit different and to make a statement! We have also chosen a gorgeous selection of matching Terry Fox accessories to finish off the look.

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What lines of accessories do you stock?

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Once we’d agreed on our dresses, we had just as much fun choosing the perfect accompanying accessories. I pulled together my wish list and then The White Gallery was our first port of call praying that all the headpieces we wanted all looked as fabulous in real life as they did in brochures and online. They were even better than that! We were overwhelmed by the selection on offer from a variety of designers but kept each and every dress in mind before making our final decision.

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We are now proud to be stockists of the very gorgeous Harriet Wilde shoes (with a particular fave of mine being her Sakura style with decorative cherry blossom detail and silver leaves cascading down the heel – just stunning!) There’s a shoe in her collection to suit all of our dresses and she does a great range of heel heights too, including some beautiful lace ballet pumps with Swarovski crystals around the heel. Most of her shoes can also be dyed so they can be matched up to bridesmaid dresses or even for after the wedding.

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It was important to us to pick a couple of really great headpiece designers to complement our dresses so we have chosen two highly acclaimed designers whose designs were just so beautiful and different to any we’d seen before.

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I’ve long since been a fan of Halo & Co designs, each piece handmade to order, so it was just a matter of choosing our selection really. The Halo & Co team were on hand to give great advice and I tried every last piece on (just because I could!) We chose a mix of designs from collections including their Timeless Classics and Vintage Lace ranges. Some pieces are just pure unadulterated sparkle, others incorporating Swarovski crystals, cultured pearls, ornate filigree and lace too. We have selected a mix of side headpiece styles, more traditional tiara styles and a selection of silver and gold pieces.

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Our second collection of headpieces comes from British milliner Vivien Sheriff whom we chose as her designs were just so unusual and modern, yet with a traditional twist, and even the lovely Kate Middleton has been spotted in a few of her creations! Our selection includes fabulous birdcage veils in dusky pink shades such as the Rainflower birdcage, and more sparkley combs such as the stunning ‘Hearts Entwined’ comb, forehead bands, feather clips and headbands combining a mix of pearls, crystals etc.

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I’m delighted to announce that we have just confirmed that we will be the first north-west stockist of the very wonderful Hermione Harbutt whose selection of jewellery and headpieces are nothing short of wow! Hermione’s pieces are stocked by prestigious and international designers and she has even been commissioned by the likes of Suzanne Neville and Stephanie Allin to create headdresses to complement their dresses. We have selected a stunning collection of her jewellery and some more elaborate headpieces from her collection, all of which work beautifully with our gowns.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Where are you located?

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We are located in Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheshire and we are perfectly located just off the M6, M56 and M60 motorways.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Our dress collection starts from around the £1000 price point up to around £3000, with most of our dresses sitting comfortably under the £2000 mark.

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Do Brides Up North need an appointment?

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Yes, we are appointment only and this is really to avoid disappointment as we pride ourselves on having just the one dressing room for brides to enjoy complete privacy during their appointments.

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What can Brides Up North expect when they come in for an appointment?

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Our dream and vision for LOVE Bridal Boutique was to create a brand and a personality that comes across as soon as a bride comes into contact with the boutique, whether that be from stepping through our door, visiting our website or enjoying our facebook and twitter pages and ultimately wearing one of our dresses. That personality is one of individuality, warmth, helpfulness and understanding, completely ‘getting’ every bride that walks through our door and having knowledge about venues and suppliers so that we can make recommendations to our brides if they need it.

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When a bride arrives at LOVE Bridal Boutique, aside from complete privacy by having a whole floor of the boutique to themselves, they will feel relaxed and at ease and will never be rushed during their appointment as we allocate at least an hour and a half for a first appointment giving brides the opportunity to try a good selection of gowns. We know that choosing your dream dress can be a tough decision so they will have my undivided attention throughout their appointment to offer help and advice and if that means trying that favourite dress on again (and again) then so be it! Refreshments will also be offered to a bride and her family and friends in the comfort of our dressing/sitting room with inspirational books to flick through whilst they are eagerly awaiting for that next dress to be put on. And what happens when they find the dress of their dreams with us? Well, there’ll be a big celebration of course!

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What is your current favourite gown that you stock and why?

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Now this is an extremely tough question, and anybody who has ever worked in a bridal shop will tell you that their "favourite gown" can change daily if not hourly! It might be that you’ve just put a dress on a bride and it has looked amazing or it might be a new dress that’s just arrived and you’d forgotten how gorgeous it was since you ordered it (it can take a few months for them to arrive so this often happens!) My current favourite of the hour has to be Georgia by Heritage Bridal as she has just arrived into the boutique and I’ve just put her in the window, finished off with the gorgeous sparkly Halo & Co "Lacey’ headpiece.

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Is there a particular style of dress that is popular with your brides at the moment?

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I’d definitely say that in the few weeks we have been open, lace has been a resounding hit and brides are still loving a good A-line dress with a hint of sparkle, for example our ‘Adelphi’ gown by Intuzuri which has been a clear winner with brides. You know the dress that you’ve always dreamed about since you were a little girl…well Adelphi is definitely that dress! Another very popular shape is the fishtail gown – brides are loving having the combination of a fuller train whilst still being able to show off their figure. Brides are also still really loving their straps.

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How does LOVE Bridal Boutique provide a superior experience to other wedding dress boutiques?

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We will always strive to provide a high level of service to every bride that comes through our door – from simple things like offering our brides and their guests tea or home-made coffee from our lovely new coffee machine and brownies and cupcakes from our favourite baker, And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon. We really do choose the best for our brides whether it be from our Cowshed products for freshening up in the bathroom to little things like having a hair clip on hand or shoes in the right size. Things that unfortunately not all bridal shops think about, and considering that buying a wedding dress is probably the most expensive item of clothing that most brides will ever wear and one of the most emotional shopping experiences they’ll ever have, it’s hard to believe that service and experience doesn’t always match up to this.

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As I’ve already mentioned, every bride has the boutique to herself for her appointment which helps them to focus on our dresses and what they are looking for, with the help of friends and family. This is a point which has come up time and time again in the past with brides I have worked with, how multiple appointments taking place at the same time can really take away from their experience. No bride is going to appreciate their mum and friends being distracted by another bride when it’s their time to take centre stage after all!

We also pride ourselves on our little black book of suppliers. We don’t just recommend any supplier that gets in touch with us – after all how can we recommend something that we’ve never experienced? So any supplier that we will ever mention to our brides is tried and tested and is usually somebody that Jonny or I have worked with in the past and they know us well too. You’ll notice this from our ‘friends’ page on our website, as it’s so important to us it had to have a place on our website. We’re proud of the relationships we have built and we love to collaborate with them regularly to ensure that we’re always evolving and staying ahead of the game.

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So overall, a personal, knowledgeable one-to-one bridal experience with lots of love and emotion added in too (I will most definitely cry if you do!).

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Jonny Draper Photography

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Who would be an LOVE Bridal Boutique bride?

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A LOVE bride would be somebody who appreciates a fabulous experience and stunning dresses! She doesn’t have to know what she wants when she walks through the door, but she will by the time she leaves!

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Are you married?

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I am indeed married! I wore a gown by Kate Sherford, I had always dreamed about wearing a dress with a lovely full skirt and that’s exactly what I went for – a combination of lace and lots of tulle and I knew from the minute I put it on that it was the one for me (and I couldn’t stop smiling!).

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Sam Clayton

Image credit: Sam Clayton

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

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Brides can contact me either over email at emma@lovebridalboutique.co.uk or alternatively they can call me for a chat on 0161 941 6446. We’ve also got an extremely active facebook page where they can keep up to date with all our news, events, photoshoots and just indulge in pics of gorgeous dresses and pretty accessories!

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Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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If you need a photographer then I know a great one

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  – Images © 2012 Jonny Draper Photography/ Chelsea Shoesmith (as credited)/ Sam Clayton (as credited)

LOVE Bridal Boutique is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, and this is a sponsored post

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She’s A Star! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Steph & Nathan

May 11th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Real Wedding In Yorkshire by Agan Photography

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For me, Friday has always been a day of celebration – the end of the working week, the start of the weekend, a few cheeky drinks, a long lunch and a sneaky Crunchie.  Totally floats my boat.

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What better way to get the Friday feelings flowing than with a simply stunning real wedding sent to me by real bride Steph and Matt of Agan Photography.  This wedding has it all – fashion, fun and food. 

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And oh!  The fashion and the food… swoon.

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Over to Steph: We got engaged on 10th August 2009 at Center Parcs Elvedon and were married on 10th September 2011 at The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire.  The venue is filled with a quirky, rustic charm – and made an impression on us as soon as we walked in. The village setting is also lovely – and we already knew the food would be fantastic too, so it was a very easy choice!

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We tried to keep everything simple, local and handmade if possible. All the food cooked at The Star is locally sourced and our evening menu was all from local suppliers in our home village (including a homemade wedding cake). The table decorations and favours were all handmade and the confetti was hand-dried petals donated from different friend’s and family’s gardens

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I chose to wear Maxime in Azure by Ian Stuart Belle Epoque Collection from Blush in Uppermill. My head dress was by Vivien Sheriff and dyed to match.  I carried a bouquet of roses, calla lilies, gladioli, heather, elderberries, bear grass and lavender by Gerts Flowers in Honley. 

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My bridesmaids wore eggplant gowns by Jim Hjelm from Limelight Occasions in Lepton. 

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The boys wore suits from Marks and Spencer.

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The most memorable part of the whole day was definitely the wedding ceremony itself, walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time. The speeches were also a lot of fun.

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To add a special touch to the day we hosted an after dinner quiz with homemade chilli vodka as the grand prize. We also invested in some fun outdoor garden games (quoits, petanque and swing ball).  We created our own disco on the laptop with handpicked songs playing inside and outdoors!

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Dessert was a feast in itself – cheese cake (actual cheese of various kinds), pork pie cake and Mum’s fruitcake. 

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After a brilliant wedding, we honeymooned in Las Vegas and Mexico.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to take time making all your decisions and give yourself plenty of time to make them. Try not to worry about small details on the day – nobody else will notice tiny things that might not be quite right in your eyes.

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Congratulations Steph & Nathan!

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Contact me to share your Real Wedding memories with Brides Up North. 

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  – Images © 2012 Agan Photography

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You Wear it Well! A peek at the Exclusive Joel Alexander Launch Show

March 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier Joel Alexander of Quills Millinery only went and launched his debut collection this weekend at Auckland Castle.  Brides Up North was blown away. 

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Here is a peek at the beautiful millinery on show from a FROW seat…

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Japp by Joel Alexander

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By Vivien Sheriff

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Lemon & Lime by Joel Alexander

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Alice by Joel Alexander

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and, but of course, Kate by Joel Alexander!

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OMG!  Has Ms Middleton seen that?!!  How fabulous can you get!

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(As a side note, my mother is also called Kate and I am kind of glad she didn’t get her hands on this up-stager for my wedding day!)

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Got a special event coming up? (Of course you do!) Get yourself to Joel’s showroom near Darlington and top off your outfit perfectly.  Get him while you can – this man is going to be in BIG demand very soon!

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Joel also stocks divine bridal headwear by Vivien Sheriff and Polly Alexander.

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Super Sunday!

January 16th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I’m suffering a little right now as I am waking up in Dublin after my best friend’s hen party! Yesterday we hired a stretch hummer from Carry Anybody Limo, and headed up to Johnnie Foxes in the Dublin mountains!  Later, we enjoyed a slap up meal at Bang, followed by a VIP table at Lillie Bordellos. Awesome!

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The bride is still sleeping it off, so in the meantime let’s see what the blogosphere has in store for us this Super Sunday, as I recount the best bits of the week…with a special treat at the end!

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Rock n Roll Bride

San Francisco vintage wedding via Rock n Roll Bride

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The cutest cake toppers I have ever seen, and the rest of this wedding is just as cool and gorgeous.  Get thee to Rock n Roll Bride to take a look.

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OMG I'm Getting Married

Beautiful eco wedding via OMG I’m Getting Married

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Such fantastic photography from Monica Dart Photography showcases this beautiful green South African wedding. Top marks.

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Emmaline Bride

Fabulous handmade wedding via Emmaline Bride

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The attention to detail in this crafty wedding is astounding… right down to the hearts on the soles of her shoes!

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Valley and Co

Beautiful winery wedding via Valley & Co

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Make mine a large glass of gorgeous!

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And now for something special.  Debs over at Belle Amour featured me this week on her blog, talking about my Dream Wedding (if Alan and I could do it all again), and some other fun stuff.

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She made this pretty mood board all for me…

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Belle Amour - Brides Up North Dream Wedding Mock Up

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I ADORE this!  She has captured my imagination perfectly.  A talented girl, that Debs! I hope that I have inspired someone…

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Thought about a career in wedding planning Debs?  Want a job with Brides Up North Wedding Planning Services?

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And yes… that is Leonardo Di Caprio (and unfortunatley for Alan, I think he might be my very favourite bit!)… pop on over to Belle Amour and all will be explained..!

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Hang on to Your Hats! The Quills Millinery Sale

January 11th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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The wonderful Joel Alexander from Quills Millinery, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, got in touch to let me know that Quills Millinery is having SALE on bridal headwear until March 1st 2011.  At up to 50% off on all fabulous bridal headwear, get yourself to Joel’s showroom, or check out the Quills Millinery website.

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In the meantime, some eye candy to lift your spirits on this dark, wet January Tuesday…

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Barcelona

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VS Bow 

Bow

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VS Delia

Delia

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VS Fleur

Fleur

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VS Kitty

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Utopia

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To read an interview with Quills Millinery (and see more eye candy!) click here!

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All images copyright to Vivien Sheriff and/or Quills Millinery

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Hats Off To You Sir! An Interview with Joel Alexander of Quills Millinery

November 12th, 2010 | Julia Braime

 

I have something special for you today…

 

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Joel Alexander is the man behind Quills Millinery, a fabulous showroom of hats, fascinators and accessories on the outskirts of Darlington, County Durham.  If you need a showstopper for a big event, or are a bride who fancies something a little different, I urge you to pay this talented man a visit.

 

 

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Brides Up North caught up with him at his studio, where he was busy working on his own line for his debut show in 2011.  When I had finished oohing and aahing over the abundance of crystals and feathers within arms length, I caught my breath and asked him a few questions…

 

 

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How did you become interested in millinery?

 

My Mum had a fascinator made for my brother’s wedding and it arrived wrongly put together 48 hours before the big day.  I told my Mum I could deconstruct it and put back together with the stones, gems, and crystals she originally wanted.  She was over the moon, and family and friends loved it!

 

 

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What is your background, have you always been arty?

 

I have always been creative, studying art throughout school and college and using mood boards in my degree. I love the freedom that comes with it.

 

 

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When did you open your showroom and studio?

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My showroom and studio opened in April 2010 after months of building, painting, and finding those all-important finishing touches.

 

 

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What has been the high point for you so far?

 

I never expected to have a high point so early in my millinery career, but to have a call from an editor of Vogue asking me to feature in the Magazine was truly amazing.

 

 

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What designers are on sale in your showroom?

 

I stock a wide range of designers from my own label Joel Alexander to Vivien Sheriff, Nigel Rayment, Richards Designs, Victoria Ann, ID Hats, Polly Edwards and more.

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Where do you find inspiration for your own designs?

 

I draw inspiration from everywhere: photos, animals, landscapes, artwork, magazines; I never stop looking for things to inspire my designs and me.

 

 

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How long does a design take to produce from concept to finished article?

 

Once the design is complete it takes anywhere from 3 to 5 days to complete. Depending on the complexity, sometimes it can take longer. I have a design that I have been working on for 2 weeks now; this particular design is taking longer as it’s something more couture and conceptual.

 

 

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What top tips would you give to someone looking to buy a headpiece for an occasion like a wedding?

 

Whatever your purchase, a hat or a fascinator, make sure it sits and feels comfortable on your head. Avoid wearing a hat where the brim is wider than your shoulders or narrower than your hair style, and finally never wear a hat on the back of your head; tilt it, pull it low over the brow or wear it straight.

 

 

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Hat or fascinator – which to choose?

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I would never dictate which to choose, however I would say never arrive with a set idea in mind, be open and try on as many different styles and shapes, you may be surprised.

 

 

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What sort of woman (or bride) might choose to wear a Joel Alexander design?

 

Somebody who wants something different, original, and one off.

 

 

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Who would you most love to create a piece for, why and what sort of piece would you like to create?

 

Lady Gaga. Since the launch of her music career, she has very rarely been seen without an amazing headpiece; and has been responsible for a huge surge in sales of millinery products. As for a design I’m unsure. It’s hard to try and predict her next move.

 

 

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What is your favourite piece that you have created?

 

That would have to be the lime green fascinator (pictured). Wild sinamay was the hardest skill for me to master but when I finished and took a step back I thought “Wow! That is so different!” You can never guarantee a shape as it finds its own and I love that there can never be two identical.

 

 

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 Can you hire a hat from Quills Millinery?

 

You can hire all hats and fascinators in the Quills showroom over the sale value of £150.  Anything less is a purchase. 

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Can you customize the pieces on sale in your showroom?

 

Yes I can customize the pieces in the showroom by adding more feathers, crystals, and quills etc if the customer would like me to. 

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How can Brides Up North readers contact you and find your shop or book an appointment?

 

You can find me at Quills Millinery, book an appointment by calling the showroom on 01388 779299, or email me you can also follow Quills Millinery on Facebook.

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What should customers bring along to the showroom with them and what can they expect the appointment to include?

 

Customers should bring their outfit accessories and shoes, it’s important for colour matching. Appointments are in hour blocks and the customer  will receive a personal service with a relaxed atmosphere for finding the right headpiece for that special event.

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Where can we see more examples of your work?

 

I’m currently working on my first collection under the label of Joel Alexander. I will be launching the label in the spring of 2011. 

 

You can also find me at major wedding showcases in the North East such as Ramside Hall, Wynyard Hall, Rockcliffe Hall, Headlam Hall and many more. Please come and visit me at the stand to see a selection of the fabulous headwear that Quills Millinery has to offer.

 

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If you have worn a Quills Millinery design for a Real Wedding you could be featured here, contact Brides Up North today!

 

Quills Millinery is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier and is included in our Directory

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All images copyright Quills Millinery/ Vivian Sheriff

 

 

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