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the designer series: KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer

October 30th, 2014 | Julia Braime

KMR Bespoke Bridalwear Designer (c) RJH Wedding Photography (28)

A collaborative styled shoot at Carlton Towers brought together a fantastic group of Sheffield based wedding suppliers to showcase the 2015 whiting collection from Brides Up North Sponsor Kelly of KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer.

The Whiting Collection is made up of seven bridal gowns which reflect the label’s signature style and showcase various shapes, fabrics and looks that brides can choose from.

I’m just a little bit absolutely head over heels.

With images by RJH Wedding Photography.

KMR Bespoke Bridalwear Designer (c) RJH Wedding Photography (59)

Kelly says: The concept of the shoot was to emulate heritage and inspire brides to embrace the past whilst incorporating modern themes and traditional values.  We chose Carlton Towers a grand and traditional wedding venue which we juxtaposed with an ethereal whimsical feel.

The shoot day was fantastic, the team of suppliers involved helped create such amazing results. We were shooting for 12 hours! We were able to use the entire venue for shooting which gave us some fantastic shots in the wedding reception rooms, hallways, snugs, outside and in the bridal suite.

This styled shoot showcased my 2015 Whiting Collection and brand new accessories range which will soon be able to purchase on our website. The collection is named after my late grandmother, who taught me to sew and inspired me to become a designer. The names of the gowns are Grace, Pamela, Ivy, Marlene, Elizabeth, Ruby and Annie.

KMR Bespoke Bridalwear Designer (c) RJH Wedding Photography (54)

Grace is an elegant floor length bias cut ivory silk crepe and guipure lace gown.  A high illusion neckline is finished with bound silk crepe detailing and delicate cap sleeves. A KMR signature of a keyhole back opening paired with a detachable lace train creates a stunning back. The gown is finished with a silver crystal embellished waistband.

Ivy is a stylish ivory embroidered lace and silk crepe backed satin gown.  Elegant lace sleeves and a deep V-shaped neckline at the back of the gown are finished with a delicate scallop lace edging. Creating a figure enhancing silhouette the gown has a bias fishtail skirt with a train to add a feminine touch. The gown is finished with delicate covered buttons and rouleau loops down the back.

Annie is a sophisticated strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline. The elegant circle skirt is made up of layers of silk taffeta and silk chiffon with a beautiful train. The bodice is finished with delicate pleated silk taffeta, a plunging back and fastened with rouleau loops and covered buttons. The gown is finished with a stunning silver crystal motif on the waist.

KMR Bespoke Bridalwear Designer (c) RJH Wedding Photography (33)

Marlene is a tea length bridal gown with an ivory silk taffeta circle skirt with layers of net and tulle to create a classic silhouette. The bodice is made from laser cut silk organza with an illusion neckline finished with bound silk taffeta and a floral laser cut finish on the waistband. Delicate rouleau loops and covered silk button create a beautiful fastening down the back showcasing the unusual fabric and floral detail.

Pamela is an ivory floor length lace gown with three quarter length lace sleeves. It has a deep V neckline at the front and back of the gown with scallop lace edge detailing on the neckline, sleeves and hem. The gown is fastened with pearl buttons down the back. We have styled Pamela with a cathedral length KMR veil with a thin lace edging.

Ruby is an ivory duchess satin gown with a low V neck back, large pleated skirt and applique shoulder detailing creating a modern silhouette. Ruby has been styled with one of our bridal belts and headpieces from our new accessories collection.

Elizabeth is an ivory duchess satin, tulle and embroidered lace strapless wedding gown. It is styled with one of our brand new bridal sashes and a beautiful floral crown from Campbell’s flowers with a KMR drop veil.

KMR Bespoke Bridalwear Designer (c) RJH Wedding Photography (32)

Showcasing this shoot on Brides Up North has come at an exciting time for KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer. We have just announced that the brand new bridal boutique The Bridal Emporium, in Leeds, will be our first stockist of our Whiting collection and accessories range.  Our 2015 accessories range will also be available to purchase on our website very soon.

KMR Bespoke Bridalwear Designer (c) RJH Wedding Photography (56)

Rob and Alice at RJH Wedding PhotographyWorking with other exceptionally talented suppliers on styled or editorial shoots like this gives each of us the opportunity to bring something new and exciting to the mix. Collaborating helps us all to enhance one another’s individual skills and therefore realise something greater as a result.

KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer’s new 2015 Whiting Collection inspired us to produce imagery that complimented the style, elegance and luxury of her collection and Carlton Towers was the perfect setting.

As photographers, RJH Wedding Photography subscribe to a more traditional style where we use a delicate balance of light, texture, colour and form combined with an understanding of the setting and subject to best evoke a desired mood or style. The combination of the fantastically dressed and styled models, in such an impressive setting, really helped to represent the luxury and elegance that we, as photographers, try to capture in every wedding we cover.

We aimed to create a visual tone, in keeping with the period, grandeur and elegance of the setting which equally complimented the grace and beauty of each dress. This concept was kept in mind through the work on the day to post production and we have been proud to help launch KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer’s new collection.

KMR Bespoke Bridalwear Designer (c) RJH Wedding Photography (53)

Tracey at Campbell’s Flowers: I designed several bouquets for the shoot, all in my very relaxed, soft, natural, ‘just picked’ style in different shapes to suit the different silhouettes of Kelly’s gowns. Bouquets featured a meadowy cascading, almost sheaf-style in lovely bright locally grown, summery blooms using wheat, lavender, daisies, nigella, ammi, lysmachia and sweetly scented herbs such as clary sage, mint and oregano. I also created a slightly smaller more posy-styled bouquet using similar flowers but with the addition of an alternative variety of daisy and lots of pretty white thistles.

Here at Campbell’s, we’ve found that many of our brides are looking for an unstructured, slightly asymmetric bouquet using seasonal blooms. This I created in muted tones of soft pale pinks, lilacs, lavenders, all of which are very much on trend at the moment.  Flowers and foliage were highly textured and included ‘Memory Lane’ roses, peonies, hydrangea, spray roses and campanula teamed with lots of soft trailing ferns, gorgeous silvery senecio and jasmine vines. To complete the look I designed a really full bridal crown using more of the roses and pretty green eustoma, along with wheat and white thistles.

For my final bouquet, I put together stylish, classic ‘balls’ of the babiest shell pink hydrangea to work alongside a slightly more elegant, formal gown, along with a ‘pom-pom’ buttonhole to match, for our groom. Kelly had also dropped off a really stunning silver candelabra which had belonged to her grandmother, which seemed to cry out for balls of hydrangea, softened with wispy asparagus fern!

Lastly, in keeping with the grand, historic surroundings, I designed a really soft, flowing design into an urn I’d brought along with me filling it full of lush, opulent, open peonies, hydrangea, roses and lots of gorgeous foliage kindly donated by the lovely gardeners at the Carlton Towers estate.

KMR Bespoke Bridalwear Designer (c) RJH Wedding Photography (58)

Lydia from Sweet Additions: For the cake we created a soft ombré effect using delicate sugar ruffles wrapped around each tier. We chose a subtle dusky pink shade which we gradually faded to white. The gentle ruffle layers created an almost peeling effect which gave the cake a beautiful antique look.

KMR Bespoke Bridalwear Designer (c) RJH Wedding Photography (13)

Makeup artist Sarah Gray: With the shoot showcasing all of Kelly’s new collection there were plenty of different styles of dresses from quite classical to vintage to more of a fishtail design so I wanted to show a variation off different bridal looks which could work well with Kelly’s designs. The four looks were designed to appeal to every type of bride whether they would want something very natural to full on glamour.

Tina Howarth from Beau Hair: I created a range of 2015 Inspired Bridal Hair designs to compliment both the stunning bridal gowns and the romantic whimsical nature of Carlton Towers. Three themes were selected and adapted to compliment and to show how the gowns were adaptable to all brides and to show off the various headpieces and veils in the range and how to wear them in various hair designs.

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lookbook: backwards forwards

October 14th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Heart's Desire back - Claire Pettibone

Heart’s Desire by Claire Pettibone

A bride entering her wedding venue is such an iconic moment and there is often one aim in mind – to impress on the aisle.

A beautiful dress is of course part of the essential ingredients required to provoke a positive reaction for the big first reveal. The hope is to take guests’ breath away (as well as the groom’s) during the grand entrance and to hold their gaze.

A dress with stunning back detailing is an effective way to achieve this and gives brides two bites at the ‘look at me’ cherry – a double reveal, if you will.

Claire Pettibone Bridal Runway Show with Wedding Paper Divas - Saturday, Oct. 12th

Iris by Claire Pettibone

Many designers are advocates of impressive back detailing which encourages brides to save the best part of the dress until that last moment as they make their way down the aisle. Whether they choose elegant embroidery, flamboyant corsages or a cute key hole cut-out, the dress is bound to impress.

Claire Pettibone is one designer who is particularly well-known for featuring stand-out back detailing in her collections. Many dresses within Pettibone’s enchanting Still Life collection are stunningly simple on the approach but the back demands a double take. Alchemy, Iris and Sonata all boast beautiful sheer backs revealing a glimpse of the bride’s skin but in an ‘oh so elegant’ kind of way.

For something a little more striking there is a namesake of mine as well as the highly romantic Heart’s Desire. Rachel features a jeweled keyhole back complete with large black corsages while Heart’s Desire has incredible embroidery detailing on its second reveal.

Rachel back - Claire Pettibone

Rachel by Claire Pettibone

Both Maggie Sottero and Justin Alexander also have some seriously stunning gowns with detailed backs in their collections. Sottero’s Melanie, Francesca and Savannah Marie each feature wonderful low illusion backs adorned with floral designs and sparkling crystals. Alexander’s 8596, 8689 and 8780 are equally stunning illusion back options for graceful brides.

For those wanting to flash a little flesh Sottero’s Indiana has both illusion and cut-out detailing while her Brandy backless design, framed by a bead embroidered trim with Swarovski crystals, will also attract attention. Alexander offers an elegant backless creation in his 8764 dress.

Sonata back - Claire Pettibone

Sonata by Claire Pettibone

But if it’s full on cut-away back with eye-catching detailing you’ve been dreaming of, I urge you to take a look at Enzoani’s latest collection. The designs are striking and sophisticated with the right amount of sexiness thrown in for a killer combination. Jamie and Joanna are beautifully bold choices for brides that dare to bare but the absolute show stopper has to be Jasmine. For me this dress has it all; a simple silhouette with a mesmorising lace adorned sheer caped overlay and draped jeweled detailing in the back. I could totally picture Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine to tie the knot in this dress and I’m sure it will mean the dog days of dress shopping are over for many other fashion forward brides-to-be.

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lookbook: dip it low

September 16th, 2014 | Rachel Parry

Nina - Jenny Packham

Wedding dress necklines have officially reached new depths.

While once an innocent sweetheart neckline was as far as designers dared to dip, there are now an increasing number of dresses reveal that much more of the chest area. But this doesn’t mean the dresses look at all cheap, tacky or tarty. Instead the designs scream high-fashion, ooze elegance and have just the right amount of sass and sexiness.

A perfect choice for confident brides who dare to bare, this style of dress can be highly flattering and incredibly striking. So let’s get the lowdown on the designers that are endorsing the new lowered neckline.

Main feature images courtesy of Jenny Packham, images in gallery as tagged.

Noa - Jenny Packham

Monique Lhuillier has several wonderfully dipped dresses in her collections. Clever designs such as Sylvie, Karlotta and Logan feature a lowered neckline but keep a good amount of flesh under wraps through the use of broad shoulder straps, illusion necklines and elegant lace sleeves. Meanwhile, the likes of Valletta and Teagan, which boast deep necklines but with thinner shoulder straps, give brides the opportunity to flash some extra flesh.

Claire Pettibone’s lowered necklines also retain modesty through the use of sleeves and shoulder detail. Lily is a stunning example for brides wanting to keep their arms covered. The elegant slim-line design features a highly detailed lowered neckline, exquisite long lace sleeves and a to-die-for sheer lace back. Minuet meanwhile is a much more revealing design with a dipped sweetheart neckline and pretty keyhole back detail.

Rio - Jenny Packham

Queen of vintage glamour, Jenny Packham has also jumped onboard the lowered necklines bandwagon. For brides wanting to keep their look simple but flash just a little flesh, there is Lavinia and Nina. Other brides will look to Packham for a dose of that intricate detailing that she does oh so well. This can be found in Noa and Marina, both of which feature plunging necklines as well as pretty, sparkling embellishment. Gatsby-style brides meanwhile will find it almost impossible to resist the sophisticated yet sexy charm of Rio – it’s a real head-turner!

Finally Justin Alexander, which produces perfect princess style gown, has a few lowered neckline creations to add to the offering. Interestingly, many of the dresses that feature deep necklines in the front are mirrored in the back of the gown. So for example the 8737 fit and flare gown, with heavily beaded pearl and crystal deep V-neckline also has a plunging back neckline. Similarly the 8652 mermaid style dress features a V-tank neckline in the front and is finished with a deep V-neckline in the back.

Marina - Jenny Packham

So the only question that remains is how low will you go?

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time to twirl. the designer series: Naomi Neoh 2015

September 2nd, 2014 | Julia Braime

Iconic Vivien Front

Say Naomi Neoh and I think ‘swish!’ This lady’s delightful gowns were made for movement, with swingy silk chffon, draping bows and the softest lace.  Dresses that wash the catwalks with delicate blush, dare you to twirl and encourage a little sashay.

You can tell I’ve fallen head over heels and I challenge you not to.  Let’s meet Naomi as we debut her beautiful collection for 2015.

Naomi says: I design my dresses for elegant, romantic women who have a sense of fun and want to feel glamorous yet feminine of their wedding day.

Iconic Josephine front

What were your inspirations for this collection?

My other half bought me a book about the life of the Hollywood costume designer Edith Head who is one of my heroes – I love her work.  This year’s collection was inspired by the iconic sirens of 30s 40s and 50s Movies, Lana Turner, Dorothy Lamour…

Iconic Marilyn back

What shapes, fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the collection and why?

For this collection I will be using some new Italian weaves, with some silk mixes to give the handle and luxurious feel of silk but with less creasing! My love affair with silk chiffon will also continue through into the new collection with subtle tones of blush and peach. There are also delicate embellishments throughout, hand beaded waist details, and of course the signature silk corsages.

Iconic Marily sitting

What is the favourite piece in the new collection and why?

It changes all the time, but at the moment I’m particularly loving Loretta – the silk satin chiffon of the skirt is my favourite fabric, and it’s a versatile dress which can be worn in so many different ways with the selection of jackets I have designed to co-ordinate.

Iconic Vivien Back

What does 2014/ 2015 hold for Naomi Neoh?  What are you excited about?

I’m excited about the launch of six new Naomi Neoh stockists from October so even more brides will be able to get to see our dresses! 2015 will be all about creating and fine tuning again a bigger and better collection for 2016 brides.

Iconic Heidi front

What are your ‘best things’ in life?

I like little things, sun rise, freshly mown grass, laughing, and beautiful flowers.

Iconic Rosalind front colour 2

Where can Brides Up North find out more about Naomi Neoh? 

Visit our website at www.naomineoh.com, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

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eye candy: introducing Jesus Peiro’s 2015 ‘Perfume’ collection

August 28th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Jesus Piero Perfume Collection 2015 (5)

This afternoon I’m delighted to give you an exclusive sneak peek at the impeccable new collection from one of my very favourite bridal fashion houses, Jesus Peiro. Entitled ‘Perfume’, the 90 piece collection designed by Merche Segarra takes inspiration from, and pays homage to, the delicacy, individuality and uniqueness of a fragrance.

Alongside the pieces, the brand has created its very own perfume – Jesus Peiro - to complement the stunning collection and add an enchanting touch in its 26th year.

Jesus Piero Perfume Collection 2015 (2)

The team say: Drawing on a scent’s precise creation, its allure and the emotions it conceives and conveys, the collection is exquisitely bold and abundant through its use of textures, the curious combinations of fabrics and the overall embellishment of each design.

Jesus Piero Perfume Collection 2015 (1)

Reflecting the current trend for soft, smooth and romantic silhouettes, the collection has been designed to showcase a range of volumes in a modern way. Dresses that open into full ball gowns from the waist with cartridge pleating to increase the texture of the fabric and display all the mystical grandeur of the skirt. More streamlined in terms of proportion, the cut at the hips is achieved through symmetrical pleats opening to an exaggerated flare while empire waists are made softer through lighter structures. The dramatic mermaid cut has also been given a new updated touch – all coming together to deliver a lighter, more contemporary twist on the big volume style.

Jesus Piero Perfume Collection 2015 (4)

Traditional ivory dominates the colour theme and is complemented by a chalk white hue, light tea, soft silver and mother-of-pearl in embroideries, fabrics and embellishments. Cabochons in stone grey crystal contrast with butter-coloured crepes, old gold and copper hues create a little vintage feel, and a touch of amber draws us back to the collection’s fragrant inspiration. The fabrics include Chantilly lace used alone and in combination with other materials to create new shapes, appearances and lines; tulle in distinct finishes, weights and hues to deliver a charming, romantic effect; and plain fabrics offer fluidity to each design.

Jesus Piero Perfume Collection 2015 (6)

Motifs are in line with the geometrical trend – stripes, dots and borders are balanced, whilst embellishments and embroideries are in the form of tiny motifs and crystal and metal beads.

Jesus Piero Perfume Collection 2015 (8)

Jesus Piero Perfume Collection 2015 (9)

The fragrance used to complement the collection was created by Daniel Joiser, one of the best-known perfumists of today who has developed scents for Yves Rocher, Puig and L’Occitane.  ‘Jesus Peiro’ combines citric notes – lemon, oranges, Italian bergamot and mandarin from Sicily – with intense cardamom, a sweet touch of caramel and the strength of musk to offer a fresh, sparkly, elegant and contemporary scent perfect for any bride.

Jesus Piero Perfume Collection 2015 (11)

For more, or stockist details, visit www.jesuspeiro.com

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the designer series: Charlotte Balbier

August 27th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Charlotte Balbier

We recently featured Ms Balbier’s new Iscoyd Park bridal collection for 2015 on these very pages, and today I’m proud to hear all about the inspirations behind my wonderful friend’s beautiful designs.  So Brides Up North, will you be a Balbier bride?  You lucky, lucky things.

Click here to view the extended collection.

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

Charlotte says: A Charlotte Balbier bride is confident and daring in both her wedding dress style and every day fashion choices. My brides certainly have their own sense of individuality. Whether you’re a relaxed boho bride whose bouquet choice is wild hand picked rural flowers or a city fashion forward bride who keeps it minimalist and chic. Some brides like a theme and some like to keep it eclectic, it’s a personal style and choice and both are gorgeous.

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

What were your inspirations for this collection?

The Iscoyd Park Collection is very close to my heart as I designed the collection based on my wedding day to Teddy. My wedding day took place at a venue called Iscoyd Park in North Wales last December. ‘The Iscoyd Park’ collection is made up of over twenty new gorgeous gowns in an array of styles to suit the modern day bride, their wedding and style. The new collection includes two dresses I actually wore on the big day called ‘The Charlotte’ and ‘Iscoyd Park.’ I am flattered we’ve had such a positive response to brides wearing the same dress as I did on my big day! The ‘Iscoyd Park’ collection was designed with love, close to my dear heart.

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

What shapes, fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the collection and why?

The Charlotte Balbier collection has always been fashion inspired.  Gowns that are forward thinking for the new generation bride. My signature style and look is using soft French laces. Charlotte Balbier is utterly feminine in charm and grace. My gowns are inherently traditional but with that added extra twist of fashion for a modern gown, bride and wedding day. The collection presents classical elegance and timeless gowns that never go out of fashion in array of styles, silhouettes, fabrics and a soft gold, pink and ivory colour pallette.

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

What sizes are your gowns available in? 

Our sizing is from 0 to any size. Brides can choose the sizing they need and our stockist’s usually amend the dresses to fit the bride to perfection.

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

What does 2014/ 2015 hold for your label? What are you excited about?

Charlotte Balbier has been around for more than 10 years now and we’ve built a great brand. I am now embarking on a new chapter and looking forward to another 10 years, staying at the forefront of British bridal and looking to also take the Balbier brand International. Last year I won the Wedding Ideas Magazine’s Bridal Designer Awards and I’ve just been nominated for Perfect Wedding’s Best Bridal Designer. Winning Awards is a great achievement and honour to be recognized in the industry. Brides who’d love Charlotte Balbier to win can vote here.

Charlotte Balbier Collection 2014

What are your “best things” in life?

I am a very lucky lady because the best things in life surround me all the time! I’m constantly surrounded by lovely Charlotte Balbier bridal dresses and of course everything else in the bridal industry. I love shoes especially Jimmy Choo’s, Aruna Seth and Freya Rose. I love Clarins facials and enjoy one once a month religiously! I love my dog Buster and my dear husband Teddy!

Where can Brides Up North find out more about your label?

Visit our website, or find us on Twitter or Facebook.  A list of stockists can be found here.

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deluxe couture. the designer series: nicola anne bridal

July 21st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Nicola Anne Bridal - Duchess

Whatever your inclination – big bash, small soiree, elopement or five day wedding fest – it’s a rare bride who doesn’t get excited about her wedding dress.  I’m relishing my unique opportunity to share so many stunning (hot off the catwalks) bridal gowns with you on these pages, as the designers send me the first shots of their brand new collections for 2015.

This afternoon, it’s all about classical cuts, shimmering silks and demure elegance as I show off the beautiful new look book by Nicola Anne Bridal, and hear from head designer Nikki about her inspirations and influences.

I love my job.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Affection

Nikki says: My inspiration starts with choosing the wonderful fabrics and embellishments.Sometimes I instinctively know what I will do with a fabric and others just evolve into a shape. I am always looking for collection influence everywhere, and this can be in obscure areas, such as cloud formations!

Nicola Anne Bridal - 2015 Collection

The woman I see wearing my gowns is feminine, timeless in her styling and above all knows luxury and quality.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Beau

Our gowns are available in any size. We are able to offer made to measure and design changes as we are British Made. Our ‘Toile fit’ service is also available, which allows the Bride to make fit adjustments to a calico bodice before the wedding gown is completed.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Duchess

2015 looks set to be an exciting year for the brand. We are looking at overseas markets as we have had interest from areas of the world who see our British “design and made”label as unique and high end couture.

Nicola Anne Bridal - Empress

To see more and for stockist info, visit the Nicola Anne Bridal website.

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 supplied by Nicola Anne Bridal

 

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call it magic. eye candy: terry fox’s “siren song” collection 2015

July 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

“I approach designing a dress as if I have an artist’s brush and a blank canvas in my hands; I need the picture to move and change as your eyes wander across the design, focussing on detailed embellishment along the way, and finding something new and even more intriguing on the way back.” Terry Fox

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Nothing like a bit of eye candy to get your Friday off to the right start, is there?

And this is the real deal.

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

First seen as an exclusive sneak peek in our Designer Preview post back in April, and still as boho and beautiful as ever, Terry Fox’s truly romantic collection for 2015 encapsulates “mystical creatures of the sea and the ancient call of the Siren song”.

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Terry’s range stretches from gorgeously glamorous to simply elegant, or quirky, fun and vintage.  The team say “All designs are hand made in the U.K., so you are guaranteed quality workmanship and a perfect fit by a team that really care about you and your special day. We also offer a bespoke service to customize and coordinate all the wedding party to add a touch of individuality, with great finishing touches.”

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

For a list of Northern Stockists (including our lovely Featured Supplier Emma at LOVE Bridal Boutique), visit Terry’s website, here.

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Terry Fox Siren Song Collection 2015

Pinterest fingers at the ready ladies…

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Delicate Femininity. The Designer Series: Ivory & Co

July 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

Following this season’s trip to White Gallery, London – an international designer bridal trade and press show which I attend yearly, gathering the best in British and international bridal design – I’m proud to showcase a selection of our very favourite collections for 2015 here on these pages.

This afternoon, Sarah, the head designer at Ivory & Co, talks us through her inspirations for the label’s soft and stunning 2015 collection.  Just dreamy.

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

What sort of woman does Ivory & Co design for? 

Sarah says: The bride I design for at Ivory & Co is sophisticated and elegant – the sort of bride who loves the style of the icons such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.  Brides who want romantic dresses with a designer look and are comfortable with something a little more unique and striking.

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

What were your inspirations for this collection of bridal gowns?

I worked on the designs in the new collection for months last year, sketching constantly and focusing on the styling being feminine and delicate. I took inspiration from many areas – including the romance of the Pre-Raphaelites and the romantic sweep of high fashion in the 1930′s and 1940′s (the swathes of fabric and long trains).  In the attention to detail my inspiration was fairy-tales and mythology: think A Midsummer Nights Dream crossed with embellishments of the Ancient World.

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

What shapes, fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the collection and why?

The dress shapes for this season are flowing: whether they are full skirted or slinky they all have flowing floaty fabrics in silk chiffon or soft silk satins.  We have embellished using an array of beautiful French laces and beading in Swarovski rhinestones, real freshwater pearls and illusion sequins.  This all gives an illusion of soft decoration for a delicate and feminine look.

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

Lets get practical.  Tell us about sizing and spend?

Ivory & Co make gowns in any size.  Our standard range goes from UK 0 to 18 but we can also make any size above that by request.  Brides can choose from two services – they can either chose a standard UK size or they can have our made to measure service where we make a whole new pattern block just to the bride’s individual measurements. 

We also provide a special bespoke service where we can either make bespoke changes to an existing design – or design a bespoke dress from scratch for a bride.  This service is no more expensive than buying from our collection.

Our dresses retail from between £1,000 – £2,000. 

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

What does 2014/ 2015 hold for Ivory & Co?  What are you excited about?

We have just relocated to a fantastic headquarters in the gorgeous Worcestershire countryside.  We have one of the biggest bridal showrooms in the UK with over 100 dresses and over 500 tiaras and accessories. We are excited about welcoming many brides here for appointments to try the new designs – or brides can book in for a bespoke appointment with me.

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

What are your best things in life?

My best things in life are of course my wonderful family but I’m very lucky that I have a fabulous job that I really love.  It gives me a real sense of satisfaction when I leave the office at night knowing that I’ve made brides happy that day.  I love days when brides come to collect their dress and their faces when they try it on for the first time, especially with bespoke jobs as it is rewarding to design something unique for a bride so they can have the dress of their dreams.

Ivory & Co 2015 Collection

Where can Brides Up North find out more about Ivory & Co?

Brides Up North can see more about us by viewing our website www.ivoryandcobridal.co.uk  or for accessories, www.ivoryandcotiaras.co.uk.  Brides can follow us on Twitter and Facebook and we have a blog which can be reached from our websites. 

Ivory & Co supply over 500 stockists worldwide for their accessories and over 40 stores for their bridal gowns (stockist details can be seen on the website).

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The Designer Series: Christos Costarellos

July 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

Each spring, I’m excited to make my annual pilgrimage to the smoke to worship at the altar of bridal design at White Gallery, London.  If you think I sound a little enthusiastic, you’d be right: with a personal background in fashion, this is the event that I look forward to most all year.  A chance to see my favourite designers’ creations up close, catch up on the industry gossip, immerse myself in inspiration, lace, tulle and sequins.

Officially, White Gallery is one of the leading international designer bridal trade and press shows, gathering the best in British and international bridal design to preview and take to market the gowns and the gorgeous that will be landing in a bridal boutique near you next season.

Unofficially, it’s heaven.

Today, in our first Designer Series feature of 2014, I’m proud to introduce a new name to the pages of this wedding blog, a designer whose work really resonates with my own personal style.  Showing for the first time in London this April, and currently without a UK stockist (lets start the campaign now girls!) Christos Costarellos is one to watch. 

Costarellos has produced a beautiful, forward thinking collection for 2015 with influences from his Greek heritage and vintage icons.  The result?  Stunning, new-boho gowns that are totally on the fashion nail for next season.

Oh. YES.

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

What sort of woman do you design for? 

Costarellos says: I don’t think I have a specific woman ‘type’ in mind when I design my dresses, but I believe that my work combines a classical, understated elegance with bold femininity and sensuality. In that sense, I design for women who have a strong personality and are not afraid to show it!

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

What were your inspirations for this collection?

The Greek landscape, history and tradition is at the heart of each of my collections, and my new bridal collection is no exception. Lace patterns found on Greek islands are combined with lines and forms inspired by one of my favourite designers from the past, Jeanne Lanvin. The collection also pays tribute to another great couturier of the early 20th century, Charles Worth – especially his luxurious embellishments which I find fascinating

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

What shapes, fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the collection and why?

In order to achieve a sense of vintage allure and lightness, transparent and very fine fabrics have been used in various ways – for instance, we have used 25 meters of tulle for a single skirt so that it would appear both playful and proper. We have also used lace extensively: as a fashion house we have many years of experience in the use of lace, and our new bridal collection is really a celebration of that tradition. Our expertise allows us to combine different kinds of lace in even more daring ways, in order to get a more contemporary look. Naturally, simple lines and forms that reference Ancient Greek dresses have also found their way into this collection, as well as more luxurious silhouettes and materials such as silk organza and embroidered fabrics.

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

What does 2014/ 2015 hold for your business?

I’m really excited about how our bridal collection has been received so far – it is the first time we have present our gowns abroad and the response has been very positive. We are also presenting our pret-à-porter summer collection in Los Angeles this year, at the Fashion Forwards showroom. As usual, we will be showing our new Spring-Summer 2015 pret-a-porter collection in Paris during fashion week in September and then we will attend NY bridal week in October.

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

Where can Brides Up North find out more?

You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all our latest news, and also check out our Pinterest boards for additional inspiration and photos! On our website you can browse images from all our latest collections, as well as an updated list with stockists carrying our brand around the world.

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

Visit the Christos Costarellos website for more information (Ed: the site uses sound so if you are browsing at work, look for the mute button at button at bottom left, or disable your browser sound first).

Wedding Dresses by Christos Costarellos

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