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friday fabulous!

November 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Nina Glitter Knit Box Clutch

Small, but perfectly formed, with just a dash of bridal sparkle.

super luxe.

Nina Glitter Knit Box Clutch, £195 by LK Bennett

 

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Delicate Treasures. Supplier Showcase: Ophelia May PLUS Exclusive Discount For Wedding Blog Readers!

February 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Madeline

I’m starting the week with something simply gorgeous (hey, isn’t that how we always start the week here at Brides Up North) and introducing another of my super creative Featured Suppliers – Jenny of bespoke accessories brand Ophelia May.  I’ve had the privilege of seeing and trying Jenny’s beautiful collection at one of our Brides Up North luxury events and let me tell you, these pieces are even more delicate and delectable in real life than on these pretty pages. 

And the cherry on top?  Ophelia May is also offering Brides Up North readers an exclusive 15% discount on all orders placed by midnight on 16th March 2014 using the code BUNweb15.  If I were you, I’d hightailing it over to Jenny’s online shop right now, before the rest get there first.

In the meantime, let’s say hello…

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May 

Roselyn

Tell us about Ophelia May and how it all began? 

Ophelia May offers beautiful vintage inspired bridal accessories and hair adornments. Each piece is individually handcrafted, with delicate embroidery and embellished with scatterings of Swarovski crystals, tiny pearls and seed beads. The collections are designed using beautiful silks, Scottish lace and vintage bits, to produce a unique selection of intricate head pieces and bridal sashes.

I have always had a particular interest in bygone eras and find that this often translates into my work sometimes even unintentionally. I am forever collecting vintage fabrics, jewellery, beads and pearls as well as fragments of antique lace. Not only do these inspire me to create beautiful pieces but they can also be incorporated into the designs, ensuring no two pieces will ever be quite the same.

Following my degree in Textile Crafts, where I specialised in Embroidery, I did a placement with a bridal designer in London. I then went on to work in the fashion industry as a designer but I always missed the creativity of designing for the bridal market so I jumped at the chance to set up my own company. I hope brides will get as much pleasure wearing my pieces as I get from creating them!

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Adelaide

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Alice

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Annalise

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

What bridal accessories are available to buy at Ophelia May? 

Beautiful hair adornments, wrist corsages and stunning bridal sashes are available in the current collection. I am also currently designing a range of bridal veils and garters, which will be introduced in future collections.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Christina

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I find inspiration in so many things – film, nature, vintage magazines and fashion, both modern and historical. I love seeing the latest collections from bridal gown designers and making pieces that compliment their designs.

Also, my inspiration often comes from the materials I use, whether it’s a vintage brooch or a delicate fragment of lace from a vintage dress. I love to look around charity shops, vintage fairs and antique markets. London’s Portobello Road is a great place to delve into, as it is full of bric-a-brac, antiques and beautiful vintage finds, perfect for sparking ideas.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Clementine

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

What bridal accessory trends have been popular in 2013 and what trends do you see emerging in 2014 and beyond?

The vintage trend remained popular throughout 2013, particularly the Twenties and Thirties, with the release of period dramas in film and television such as The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey and I think this will continue into 2014. Headbands and smaller hair adornments will continue to emerge, with intricate embellishments, lace and plenty of sparkle to reflect the decadence of the Jazz Age.

There is also an emphasis on Nature in the 2014 trends, with floral details and embroidery appearing on headpieces and bridal sashes. Oversized silk flowers and hints of colour will add a dramatic statement for any bride wanting to create the perfect boho look.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Daisy

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

I am very passionate about every piece I make. All the designs are individually and completely handmade in the studio. Each petal is hand cut and shaped, all embellishments and embroidery are delicately done by hand and all elements are carefully hand-sewn together to produce a truly unique product of the highest quality for every bride.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Elizabeth

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Erin

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Evelyn

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

What is your current favourite piece and why?

I love all the pieces in the collection, but the Annalise lace bridal halo is a personal favourite as it’s so versatile. It can be worn across the forehead, as a normal headband and it looks stunning worn at the back to compliment a gorgeous up-do. With its intricate array of crystals and beading, it will add a touch of sparkly vintage glamour to your special day!

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Annalise

Tell us about your bespoke service?

Our bespoke service is for those brides looking for the perfect accessory to complete their bridal outfit but who can’t find seem to find it. Every piece can be fully customised to suit each bride. If you love an existing design and would like something similar, then fabric, accents and colours can be altered. Or maybe you would like a combination of two designs?

I can also create something completely new and unique, handmade just for you to match your theme or your dress. Any cut offs or spare lace from your wedding dress can be used for a bridal sash or even incorporated into a hair accessory.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Isabella

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Isla

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Madeleine

Do you make pieces that would be appropriate for Bridesmaids? 

Several of the smaller pieces would be perfect for bridesmaids, such as the Rose hair clip or the Nellie hair pins. These can be made in a variety of colours to match the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Melody

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Can brides incorporate their sentimental jewellery into a piece? 

Yes, absolutely. Family heirlooms or treasured jewellery can be incorporated into your design, creating a unique keepsake for future generations. I love to create pieces this way, as these special objects have a history of their own and have the ability to evoke strong emotional sentiments, making them truly personal to the bride.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Nellie

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Tell us about your personalised embroidery?

Items can be delicately hand embroidered with names, dates or a significant quote, for that extra special touch. This can be applied to anything from a bridal sash to a cherished handkerchief.

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Rose

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

Willow

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

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

Brides Up North readers can contact me via my website or email me at info@opheliamay.com. They can also join me on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all the latest news!

Georgina Shellard for Ophelia May

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Great Gatsby! Supplier Showcase: 1920’s Inspired Bridal Headpieces From Irene & Ozzie

January 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

My philosophy is very simple.  I want each bride to be excited about wearing their Irene and Ozzie piece on their wedding day. 

Today I’m very proud to introduce you to super talented Brides Up North Featured Supplier Emma, the exquisite bridal jewellery designer behind the beautiful brand Irene & Ozzie, as she showcases her latest pieces in this stunning Great Gatsy inspired shoot. 

I have a feeling that hits to Emma’s website might be just a little up today!  And over you go

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us a little bit about yourself – the designer behind Irene & Ozzie?

My Name is Emma Gore,  I live in Chester with my husband Karl.  I’ve been a wedding jewellery designer for eight years.  Being a part of someone’s wedding day, however small, is to me a huge privilege. It adds meaning to my work. It’s the thought that ‘this piece is going to be treasured’. It will probably be folded carefully into the tissue paper and put away in the back of the wardrobe for safe keeping. Brought out, every year on an anniversary or maybe just the odd occasion when the bride is feeling nostalgic. What really makes me smile though, is the thought of a little girl trying on a headband I’ve designed, and saying ‘I love this mummy can I wear this on my wedding day?’.

Call me a hopeless romantic, go on its OK; I’ll admit it I am but this is why I design. People often say ‘wow, I just wouldn’t have the patience to do that’. Well, this is what motivates me and why I have the patience to make each piece perfect. Cheesy, yep absolutely, totally true, definitely (ask anyone I know).

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us about Irene & Ozzie and how it all began?  Who are Irene & Ozzie?

Irene and Ozzie was previously called Frill.  I embarked on a full rebrand at the end of last year.  For me, one of my biggest inspirations were my grandparents Irene and Ozzie. They were two people who really lived up to their marriage vows. They were together through thick and thin, raised four children and only separated when death parted them. This is extremely inspirational to me. I hope my marriage is as successful.

They also separately helped spark my imagination and sowed the seeds for my career. My grandma would let me root through her jewellery box full of wondrously sparkly things and I would spend hours dressing up in all her finery. She also showed me how to sew. Having lived through the war, she was fantastic at anything like that.

Granddad would teach me how to make things in his shed. It didn’t really matter that I wasn’t a boy, he didn’t discriminate. Working with his hands was granddad’s passion. He loved his garden and I’m pretty sure he could make anything.

Between the two, they had a lot to do with my chosen career path and I wish they were alive, so I could tell them how much they inspired me. I will have to settle for naming my company after them. Here’s to you Irene and Ozzie.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

What bridal accessories are available to buy at Irene & Ozzie? 

We sell handmade, one of a kind headdresses and jewellery.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from so many different places, old movies, vintage stores, magazines.  Recently though I have to admit I have become mildly addicted to Pinterest. An online moodboard, why didn’t I think of that? I am a very visual person and I think this why it’s worked its way firmly into my life and business.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

What bridal accessory trends have been popular in 2013 and what trends do you see emerging in 2014 and beyond?

I think the 1920’s trend was starting to emerge towards the end of 2013 sparked by the film The Great Gatsby.  This trend will be around for 2014 with big dress designers bringing out their 20’s inspired dresses. I also think lace headbands, hair vines and blush colours are going to be popular in 2014.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

Original, unique designs made by someone who is passionate about each piece.

What is your current favourite piece and why? 

It’s very difficult to choose one but I do love my side headband called Holly in my new Gatsby range.  I love it because it’s a beautiful, sparkly, elegant nod to the 1920’s.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us about your bespoke service?

Our bespoke service allows brides to have a piece made specifically for them.  It can be an amendment to one of my designs, combining aspects of different designs that you like or having something made completely from scratch for you.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Can brides incorporate their sentimental jewellery into a piece? 

Absolutely. It’s actually one of the most rewarding parts of designing.  A bride will send me a piece of jewellery that means something to her and I will use the components in her unique piece.  This can be pretty much anything but I find strings of pearls or brooches are the most common items I am asked to use.  For me it’s very moving to think that the bride is going to be walking down the aisle wearing something that belonged to their loved one.

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Tell us about your tattoo covering designs?

I find that more and more women are looking for a pretty, unique way to cover up tattoos for their wedding day. Makeup can smudge and come off and doesn’t always look natural.   I work with the bride to produce a piece that will cover the tattoo and match the dress perfectly. My most common piece is an armband to cover the upper arm tattoo. 

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

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

Visit my website at www.ireneandozzie.co.uk or find me on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter.  I can’t wait to hear from you.  

Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

Anything else that Brides Up North should know?

The photographer in this shoot is Holly Edwards.  She is extremely talented and would be a great choice for your wedding day. 

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 Holly Edwards for Irene & Ozzie

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Tea Time. Supplier Showcase: Wedding In A Teacup PLUS Exclusive 10% Discount For Wedding Blog Readers

December 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Wedding In A Teacup

Did you catch our discussion post on wedding favours yesterday afternoon?  After this afternoon’s feature, I think a few more of you might be “in favour”…

If you came along to one of the blog’s fabulous Brides Up North Wedding Exhibitions this year, you will have found some very gorgeous little branded treats in your VIP goody bag, courtesy of our Featured Supplier Wedding In A Teacup.  We do hope that you liked them! (If you missed our Brides Up North Wedding Exhibition season in 2013 – how could you?! – or simply fancy doing it all over again, click here for details of our calendar in 2014… and to get your hands on one of those goody bags). 

Wedding In A Teacup is based down South, but ships their pretty packages (and they are pretty, let me tell you) all over the UK, so whether you live in Leeds or East Lothian, they have it covered.  You’ll be dying to get into their online store and see their treasures for yourselves (especially with an exclusive 10% discount for Brides Up North readers when you enter the code UPNORTH10 at checkout!), so let’s meet the lady behind it all…

Wedding In A Teacup

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how Wedding In A Teacup got started?

Hi, my name is Hester; I live in Brighton and run Wedding in a Teacup from an office near the Pavilion. A little over two years ago I was in my spare bedroom, surrounded by boxes of wedding goodies, staring at the computer screen and biting my nails over whether my tiny company was ready to ‘go live’ yet…

Nine months before that, I’d been working in the fashion industry; I felt I had a good grounding in what was needed to run a small company; I dreamt of going it alone. But what could I do that hadn’t been done to death? Then the man in my life suddenly proposed, and when I got over the shock, I set about planning our nuptials! We’d agreed to get married that same summer so I had to move fast. I got addicted to wedding blogs showcasing real–life brides who’d created their big day with originality and flair, but when I searched myself for the products to re-create some of these ideas I was met with not much more than the usual plastic, white, diamantes and organza…

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That’s when the lucky penny dropped! Surely there were other brides-to-be like me, slogging round vast on-line warehouses, desperate to find the kinds of quirky, stylish, original goodies I was hunting for. I took the risk, and started Wedding in a Teacup. So far it’s paid off wonderfully. The only downside is that my husband will insist on taking the credit for the original idea…

Wedding In A Teacup

Tell us about Wedding In a Teacup, your mantra and what you are all about?

One of my main aims was to create a great place to visit online – one that will inspire and excite brides to be. We take lots of care with our blogs, blurb and photos – we want to give inspiring, helpful, honest service that way. I would never stock something I didn’t like, just because I thought it might sell. And I’m a lot of a perfectionist. For example, I’ve searched for ‘wedding party’ mugs for ages and I’ve only just found the ones that are ‘right’!

I put a lot of emphasis on ethics and sustainability, buying recycled and made in the UK when I can. We also love the idea that our goodies aren’t throwaway; it’s great to keep using the tea-light holders that glittered at your wedding feast, or to transform a noticeboard into a seating plan board, and then take it home afterwards, steeped in memories of your special day.

Wedding In A Teacup

What sort of products are available to buy in your online shop?

We reckon we stock just about everything apart from the cake, the ring, and the dress! We have a vibrant Stationery section, with unusual and original invitations. Favours are big for us – we think the divine is in the detail, and that those little finishing touches are all-important. Brides love the personalised touch, and many of our favours carry the couples’ names and dates. We’re thrilled that we’ve made the final for the Wedding Ideas Awards 2014 in the category of Best Special Touches!

Wedding In A Teacup

Our Gifts section is eclectic; some hand made for us, or specifically for the customer, some bought in; and we search out unusual and fabulous decorations everywhere we can.

But maybe what sets us most apart is our strong “Get Creative’ section, where the creative, handy bride can find everything she needs to fashion her day, her way – and get support from us in how to do it.

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

Tell us a little about your favourite products…

Favours? I’m going to choose the personalised badges here, because they really punch above their weight! As place settings, then ice breakers, and then lovely take home favours, they’re original and fun. Whenever we make a batch of badges, we goo over “nanna’ and “emily and bump’ and giggle over the ruder ones – you can really picture how a wedding is going to be, from the list of names you get sent.

Wedding In A Teacup

Stationery? I’ll shamelessly flag up our two new invitations here. I’m delighted to add a fourth member to our unique charm invitations – this one with a lucky horseshoe charm. And in complete contrast, our stylish blackboard invitation, complete with lover’s arrow.

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

Décor? We’re currently gunning for paper – it’s light, bright, economical and ethical too! From candle bags that spell out the couple’s names to bold tassel garlands, from cute little owls to retro chains and bunting, we’re covered in paper …..

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

Gifts? We’re very happy that our jewellery section keeps growing. We search out lovely sterling silver necklaces and then design a classy and exclusive card to present them on; for the bridesmaids, the flower girl, or just that someone special, all presented in a lovely brown kraft gift box.

Wedding In A Teacup

Get Creative? It was a big thrill when we realised how versatile the old-fashioned doily was, and found the perfect NY supplier of some very stylish ones in white and metallic! Plus we’re keen on ribbon and are currently adding four fab new designs– seascape, magic keys, music notes and real bees – to this section.

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

What is your bestselling product?

It is hard to pin down one bestseller as things seem to go in waves! All of our personalised favours (seed packets, stickers, jam jars and badges) do very well, and our lovebirds stationery design is a firm favourite.

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

We love your “Inspire Me” section – tell us how that works?

Thank you! Themes began to emerge with the products we were choosing and creating – seaside, love birds, travel and so on – so we grouped these together under suitable headings. Not at all ‘matchy’, just a place where brides can browse and get ideas for how a light-hearted, themed effect might be created and see all of these products presented together. It’s also where we showcase our growing classy hen do collection!

Wedding In A Teacup

Tell us a little about your blog and what Brides can find there?

We really love doing the blog, and wish we had time to do it more often! It’s really what our site is all about – collating ideas and inspirational images that suggest ways to use and present our products. One of my favourites are the mood boards – it must be my fashion background! I always create a mood board before designing a new invitation – it inspires me and spurs me on. Increasingly, brides are kindly sending us photos of their day which is such a thrill, and I love blogging these too. We also give recipes and creative DIY ideas, we’ve written about the history of the horseshoe in weddings, and we’ve shared our passion for bees! Basically, we hope our blogs give ideas, share information, and are fun to read!

Wedding In A Teacup

Wedding In A Teacup

What stationery and décor trends have been popular in 2013 and what trends do you see emerging in 2014 and beyond?

I’m not a huge believer in following trends on your wedding day – it’s your day so it should reflect you as a couple, not what is trendy at the time! Having said that, there are always new things that come through and take off simply because they are gorgeous and a great idea. I think tassel garlands will overtake bunting in 2014, and that the handmade vibe will still be going strong; because the personal touch will never go out of fashion!

Wedding In A Teacup

Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

Yes! We can offer 10% off for your readers – simply enter the code UPNORTH10 at checkout. 

What can Brides Up North expect when they use your site and service?

They can expect to be inspired and delighted, to browse with ease and pleasure, and then to order with confidence. Any questions they have, they can expect a fast and helpful response. Then they can expect a beautifully wrapped parcel of goodies to land on their doorstep!

Wedding In A Teacup

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

They can visit our website: www.weddinginateacup.co.uk, email us hello@weddinginateacup.co.uk, have a chat on 01273 911412, tweet us @teacupwedding or say hello on Facebook.   

Wedding In A Teacup

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Luxe For Less! Flash Sale With Brides Up North Featured Supplier Liberty In Love

November 27th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Vintage Bow Veil

Vintage bow veil was £120 now £96

I have a feeling that I’m about to become your favourite person.  And that if you are reading this at work, production levels are going to take a dive very shortly

At Brides Up North Featured Supplier Liberty in Love, they sell ‘everything but the dress’.  Their website is brimming with bridal must-haves that make stylish finishing details.  Their collections include wedding hair accessories, jewellery, veils, cover-ups and bridal sashes, bridal lingerie, shoes and bags and  gorgeous gift ideas that are ideal for brides, bridesmaids and mums.

Flower Headpiece

 Flower tear shape wedding headpiece was £95 now £59

Baguette Brooch

Feather scroll baguette lined silver brooch was £285 now £214 

 Bracelet

White pearl encrusted symmetrical deco buckle link bracelet was £275 now £206

Dagger Earrings

Elaborate medium drop crystal dagger earrings was £170 now £127 

Vintage Sequinned Bridal Headband

Silver sequined bridal headband was £195 now £49

Crystal Leaf

Swarovski crystal leaf embellished bridal necklace was £305 now £250 

And it just so happens that they are having a flash sale.  Yes, that’s right – you can thank me later, because I know you’re not reading this anymore.  You’re over at the Liberty In Love sale pages, checking out the bounty.

Tea Party Comb

Tea Party Comb was £210 now £168

Opal Bracelet

White and opalised resin crystal leaf scroll splay raised pendant strap bracelet was £195 now £146 

Vintage Rose

Vintage inspired beaded roses on a pearl headband was £135 now £115

 Bow Hair Clip

Symmetrical floral bow hair clip was £99 now £75

I’ll just sit here and twiddle my thumbs shall I?  In the meantime, every item you see in this blog post is currently in their sale (and loads more too)!  Why are you still here?!

Visit Liberty In Love to explore.

 

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Supplier Showcase: Pretty Twinkly Things – A Brand New Website & Competition To Celebrate From Damselle Tiaras

March 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Tatiana by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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You might have oohed and aahed over their *twinkly bits* at the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion on Sunday, but did you know that Brides Up North Featured Supplier Damselle Tiaras have also got a sparkly new website for a spot of bridal accessories shopping of the online variety too..?

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Vivi by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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Rihanna by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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Juniper Vine by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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Well, they do, and it’s high time you paid them a visit – if only to make amends for all my magpie-ish “just trying it on” time spent at their stand on Sunday – at nine months pregnant and with no plans to renew my vows anytime in the near future.  Although come to think of it, do they allow tiaras on the delivery suite?

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Greta by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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Violet by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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Jessamine by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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Anyhoo, less of that, back to the pretty! Not only is their new website lovely, but the kind ladies at Damselle Tiaras are running a competition during March to give one lucky bride to be her money back!  The competition will run until 31st March 2013, and you only need to make a purchase via the Damselle Tiaras site to be automatically be entered in to the competition for your cash back.  Simples!*

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Shirlei Comb by Polly Edwards at Damselle Tiaras

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Damselle Tiaras now incorporates the Personal Headdress Consultancy Service by Polly Edwards.  You can design a “bespoke” headpiece using any of the components from any of the Polly Edwards pieces. Polly will be delighted to work with you to create your design and your own very special headpiece. Contact Kathryn at Damselle Tiaras for further information.

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Wishing you shiny, happy (and potentially on-the-house) shopping!

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*The competition is hosted by Damselle Tiaras internally and is not in conjunction with Brides Up North.  A winner will be chosen at random on 1st April 2013 by Damselle Tiaras and notified by email.  

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Polly Edwards supplied by Damselle Tiaras

Damselle Tiaras is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier and this is a sponsored post

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Glittering Glamour: Supplier Showcase – Sweetheart Vintage PLUS Exclusive 10% Off For Wedding Blog Readers!

November 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning I’m diving headfirst into yet more planning for our fabulous Brides Up North Christmas Party – today it’s all about fine tuning the details with some amazing suppliers who are helping out to make the soiree extra special.

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If you missed the original announcement, our Christmas Party (Sparkle & Sequins on Tuesday 11th December 2012 at the stunning Thorp Perrow, North Yorkshire) is open to wedding industry friends and readers alike but is now completely full up. Entry is strictly by invitation only but if you had issues getting on our guest list – it filled within 48 hours! – please drop me a line julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk and I will see what this Christmas fairy can do for you.

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It’s not long now – have your sparkle and sequins at the ready!

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Speaking of sparkle and sequins, whilst I get on with the planning, I’ll leave you to meet the lovely Anna of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Sweetheart Vintage Designs.  If you are in the market for some wedding day accessories, then Anna’s gorgeous jewellery box of an online shop should be the first stop.  Twinkle!

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Sweetheart Vintage Treasured Comb

Treasured Comb

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“My ethos is to provide good value, choice, high-quality and affordable products in beautiful packaging. I handpick and hand make the items I sell and you can be assured of a personal and flexible service.”

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Why did you decide to launch Sweetheart Vintage and what is your background?

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Before I launched Sweetheart Vintage I was a make-up artist, mainly focussing on weddings. I really enjoyed the build-up and excitement of each wedding day and being involved with the bride’s appearance, which for many brides is a key aspect of the day. After starting a family, the working hours became more difficult as it was heavily based around evenings and weekends so I decided to launch my business in bridal hair accessories and jewellery. I have always had a love of vintage jewellery and this allows me to stay in the industry I love, use my creativity and be still involved with each bride’s look whilst having more flexible working hours. I also have a strong commercial background as I have worked in marketing and business for the past 12 years for a global organisation which is really useful experience in the everyday running of my business.

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Sweetheart Vintage

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Are all your products designed and handmade by you? 

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Many of my items are handmade but I try to retain a mixture of products so that there is a range of price points for customers – for example my  Treasured hair comb is £22. I am very particular about the quality of products I stock. For all my handmade items, I spend a lot of time researching components for designs and putting new designs together before I launch them. My items are a mixture of original vintage and vintage-inspired, again to give brides choice and to fit a range of budgets, and tastes.

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Can you do bespoke or special designs for individual brides?

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Yes, my customisation service is extremely popular with brides. It allows customers to adapt products that they see on my website or create something completely new. My customisation service is low-cost and I still allows brides to return custom products as I feel it is only fair to allow return of products that have not been seen or tried on in person. I do charge a small cancellation fee for return of some custom products that are very time consuming to make but for most items there isn’t any charge.

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“I just wanted to say thank you for all your help with the bracelet, and also how absolutely lovely the products are that I ordered. The simple pearl necklace will look lovely with my vintage lace wedding dress, and the bracelet will complement it perfectly. I’m amazed at the workmanship that has gone into the hair comb and can’t wait to wear it as an alternative to the usual tiara on my wedding day. “

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Sweetheart Vintage Bespoke Headpiece

Bespoke headpiece

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What are the benefits of buying online?

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Buying online from Sweetheart Vintage enables brides to have a lot more choice and also to find much more competitively priced products whilst still having a flexible and personal service.

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Sweetheart Vintage by Foley Photography

Image courtesy of Foley Photography

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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I aim to keep my prices as competitive as possible. My combs start from £22 and my headbands start from £55. My customisation service is very competitive and I have customised my products from as little as £5. Depending on the type of customisation, sometimes there is no charge.

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Sweetheart Vintage: Crystal Rose Comb and Anita Earrings

Crystal Rose Comb £42, Anita Earrings £29

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Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers?

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The 10% discount code for Brides Up North readers is BUN12 and is valid until 31st December 2012. There is no minimum order and the code can only be used in our online store.

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What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

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Brides can expect a personal, friendly and flexible service. I pride myself of providing high-quality products at affordable prices with plenty of choice. Wherever possible I try my best to meet any tight timescales.

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What is your current favourite piece that you have designed and why?

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My Vintage Glamour Headband is one of my favourite pieces. It is popular with brides and recently I customised this one for a bride by dotting it with Swarovski pearls at no extra charge. Many brides are put off purchasing headbands after trying on uncomfortable ones but I am always reassuring brides that all my headbands are really comfortable and do not pinch at all.

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Sweetheart Vintage Vintage Glamour Headband

Vintage Glamour Headband £82

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Is there a particular style of jewellery or bridal accessory that has been immediately popular with your bridal customers? 

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My combs are always very popular and the Enchanted Comb has proven to be a hit. At the price of £40 its very reasonable for a handmade comb. It is very simple yet elegant with a vintage feel.

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Sweetheart Vintage Enchanted Comb

Enchanted Comb

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Do you design and stock pieces that would be appropriate for Bridesmaids? 

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Many of my customers purchase combs as gifts for their bridesmaids and all my items come gift boxed. I also provide free gift notes at the customer’s request. Many brides purchase different styles of combs for each bridesmaid and I really love the fact that people don’t feel restricted to make all their bridesmaids look the same. Giving each bridesmaid a different piece allows you to give them something personal to them and also to suit their hair type and style.

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Sweetheart Vintage

Gift boxed product with a gift note

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What about the Mother of The Bride?

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My handmade bracelets and earrings have been very popular for the Mother of the Bride as well as bridesmaids. Original vintage bracelets and earrings have also been popular for Mother of the Bride gifts.

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Sweetheart Vintage

Handmade Swarovski Bracelet £35

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How are your products packaged?  Do they make good gifts?

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My products make perfect gifts as they all come individually boxed and free gift notes can be requested. Recently I have sold a bracelet that was used as part of a proposal, Valentine’s gifts and gifts for Mother’s Day. I provide luxury gift wrap at £3.00 per item and recently received this feedback from a happy bride

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Just a wee note to express my sincere thank you for the beautiful package I received. First of all the pins are stunning, so elegant and superb quality, but second of all, I am absolutely stunned at how beautifully the two gift wrapped ones came. They are amazing and will be so special to give to the girls on the morning of the wedding! I will be recommending you to everyone I know from now on!

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Sweetheart Vintage

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

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To view all my products and buy online visit www.sweetheartvintage.co.uk or to contact me please email anna@sweetheartvintage.co.uk or call 07806 946534

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  – Images © 2012 provided by Sweetheart Vintage

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Get Set, Glitter! Debbie Carlisle Accessories Event At The White Room Sheffield

May 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Cat Hepple Photography for The White Room Sheffield

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Debbie Carlisle Accessories Event at The White Room Sheffield

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Cat Hepple Photography for The White Room Sheffield

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Morning all!  I am super excited to tell you all about a special event coming up shortly at one of my very favourite bridal boutiques (I love it so much that happily spent a day as a “Saturday Girl” there last year so that I could really get under the skin of the industry and yes, play amongst the lace and pearls!).

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On Friday 15th June 2012, The White Room Sheffield will open it’s doors from 3pm – 8pm to host an exclusive accessories event with Debbie Carlisle

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Cat Hepple Photography for The White Room Sheffield

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Debbie will be on hand at the event to inspire and advise with her entire collection (I repeat, for emphasis, HER ENTIRE COLLECTION!) of headpieces and cuffs for brides and their bridesmaids.  With a whopping 10% discount for purchases made at the event only, this is definitely NOT TO BE MISSED. 

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Having seen Debbie’s designs first hand I can vouch for their beauty and quality, with such exquisite detailing.  And don’t forget to check out some of the stunning vintage jewellery bouquets too.  If I were you, I’d be nowhere else but The White Room Sheffield come Friday 15th June.  Just don’t tell everyone

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Cat Hepple Photography for The White Room Sheffield

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No appointments needed but you can contact chloe@thewhiteroombridal.co.uk or on 0114 2722 336 for more information. 

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  – Images © 2012 Cat Hepple Photography 

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Get Crafty! Introducing: Silver Sixpence “Made By You” Home Kits

April 30th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

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If you can’t make it to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe’s fabulous workshop this week (click here for all the details and how to book) – and what a pity! – then you’ll be wanting to get your hands on a “Made By You” Home Kit.

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To inspire, here is Nicola’s How to Guide for creating your vintage inspired headpiece at home!

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Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

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Inside your pretty pot:

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Sinamy round base

Crocodile clip

Selection of vintage fabrics

Russian veiling

Jewels

Buttons

Feathers

Needle & thread

Little note from Silver Sixpence

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In addition you will need:

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Scissors

Fabric glue (optional)

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Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe   Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

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Nicola of Silver Sixpence says: My “Made By You” home kits cater for all levels of sewers. From those of you who learnt your tips and tricks from your Nanas to those of you who experience utter frustration when trying to thread a needle, we’ve all been there! Each pretty pot is individually made using an array of vintage fabrics in different colour ways and textures. Each home-kit also contains a selection of hand-picked gems that you can use to glam up your head piece.

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*Secret Tip*

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The key to making your headpiece look really professional is to layer your fabrics upon one another to hide any stitching and making sure you sew as tightly as possible, knot off your threads and make sure you trim any loose ends.

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Pop open your pot.

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Arrange your pretty pieces and think about what you are looking to create.

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Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

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Step 3

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Position your croc clip on the back of the sinamy base and sew securely in position as demonstrated from front to back of the base, this is so it will be hidden on the inside. Knot securely.

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Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

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Step 4

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Decorating your design! Here are a few suggestions to help you decide.

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You can bow or gather your Russian veiling as shown above! This is a really simple but really effective idea!

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To make a cute bow from your pre-cut fabrics, fold inwards and pinch in the middle and secure by sewing.

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Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

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If your kit contains a spiky goose feather, try curling it to form a pretty shape as demonstrated in the picture and wrap with thread at the base to secure.

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Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

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Another interesting way to play with feathers is to layer them on top of each other, to create a ruffled effect.

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Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

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Step 5

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Take your pre-made bow and sew this where you feel it looks best, I find they always look best when arranged at an angle.

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Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

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Step 6

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Buttons/Jewels/Gems – The devil is in the detail!  The next few images show a variation on to use your embellishments. Use them to make your headpiece really personal to you!

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Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

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Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

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*Secret Tip*

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If your kit contains any old vintage earrings where their backs have been removed, you will need to sew through the holes on the back.

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*Careful Caution*

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When decorating your headpiece with tiny headpieces or sequins by really careful when using fabric glue, try using an ear bud to apply.

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Et voila!

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Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

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Apply your favourite lipstick, style your hair and start wearing your “Made By You” headpiece! Don’t forget to post me a pic on my Facebook page, I can’t wait to see what you’ve all created!

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I’ll be looking forward to seeing the results too! Visit Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe to order your own kit. 

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  – Images © 2012 Katy Lunsford Photography for Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe

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Wedding Blog Winner! Valentine’s Giveaway With Poppy Sparkles

February 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Just a quick one this afternoon, to spread a little love!

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A few weeks ago, to celebrate Valentine’s Day (which had been one of my favourite days of the year to date – until my husband forgot all about it – rage!), Brides Up North Featured Supplier Poppy Sparkles ran a little giveaway here on the wedding blog for one of you lucky ladies to win a gorgeous sterling silver, freshwater pearl and red Czech glass heart bracelet worth £30. 

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Poppy Sparkles

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I personally think that given my Valentine’s heartache I should get to keep it, but that’s not the rules, so instead, our lucky winner* is…

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Dan

February 10, 2012 | would love to win this so I can give it to my valentine and fiancée as a gift because she is so amazing, and is doing most of the wedding planning, as a small thank you! Thank you for the competition. 

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Way to rub it in Dan!  Congratulations!  Please contact me to claim your prize.

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You can see the rest of Poppy Sparkles’ Valentine’s collection here or click here to read an interview with Viv of Poppy Sparkles and see some pieces from the bridal collection.

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*Winner drawn at random

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