June 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime
If you’re still on the hunt for that one perfect dress for your wedding day, this afternoon’s post may be of extra interest as we introduce new Brides Up North Sponsor, Felicity Cooper Bridal, to the blog.
Set up by talented designer and boutique owner Fiona Cooper in 2010, the stunning brand has gone from strength-to-strength and is now stocked at select dress shops in the UK and Europe, with Fiona’s own shop, The Wedding Boutique, in Cheshire, being the Flagship store for Felicity Cooper.
Dress designs are created with brides’ requests in mind resulting in fashion forward gowns that are guaranteed to turn heads. From dreamy lace Boho designs to elegant silk chiffon gowns, ladies making a decision on just one could be tricky!
Here to fill us in on all the details of the beautiful brand is the creator herself…
When and why did you first set up Felicity Cooper Bridal and what is your background in the fashion and bridal industry?
fiona says: I opened The Wedding Boutique Cheshire back in 2008. From listening to brides’ like and dislikes we decided to create a bridal label that would fill the gap we had in the boutique. This went from strength to strength and in early 2016 we made the decision to relaunch The Wedding Boutique as the flagship store for Felicity Cooper.
What type of bride is a Felicity Cooper bride?
A Felicity Cooper bride ultimately wants to have fun; she’s relaxed and fashion forward, she wants to stand out from the crowd through flair not fuss.
How would you describe the look and feel of Felicity Cooper designs?
Both First Love and the 2017 Natural Soul collections have an emphasis on fabric and cuts, flowing lines and low back detail. The new collection is bringing more embellishment and beading with a hint of colour.
April 21st, 2016 | Rachel Parry
There are certain dates in the Brides Up North calendar that we look forward to every year and the annual launch of Amanda Wyatt’s latest bridal collection is most certainly one of them.
As well as knowing all about designing beautiful and wearable wedding gowns, Miss Wyatt (and her daughter, fellow bridal designer Charlotte Balbier) certainly know all there is to know about putting on a glittering event, as we were treated to a fabulous catwalk show, informative talk and delicious lunch!
Now into her 23rd year as a leading name in British bridal fashion, boutique owners and press invited to the launch of Amanda’s 2017 she walks with beauty collection show were exceptionally eager to see what pretty creations the talented lady would be pulling out of the bag next.
The answer? More than 35 gorgeous gowns inspired by old Hollywood glamour that prompted a fair few gasps, “ahhs” and “ooos” from us onlookers as the dreamy designs were showcased on the catwalk for the first time.
Earlier this year we were fortunate enough to give you a sneak peek of the collection on the blog, but in today’s post you can see it in its entirety, complete with fabulous finishing touches in veils and accessories, and even bridesmaid designs for your leading ladies. Talking of which, with the exception of Amanda herself, there was a certain someone who stole the limelight of the show (despite only being hip-high) by modelling the adorable Wyatt flower girl dresses whilst blowing kisses to those in the front row #toosweet!
But back to those stunning wedding gowns! The runway was awash with glamorous and graceful gowns featuring fabulous attention to detail, illusion backs, elegant sleeves, jewelled accents and beautiful buttons, making She Walks With Beauty Amanda’s most intricate and opulent collection to date.
As we’ve come to expect from Amanda, the collection also featured a varied and inspirational colour palette, from rich shades of ivory and champagne, to dove grey and blush pinks.
March 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry
One of our very favourite parts of our job is getting to see designer’s new wedding collections before they’re launched to the masses – and it’s even better when we get to share a sneaky first look with our lovely readers too!
Today is one such occasion when we’re giving you a fabulous first glimpse of hot-off-the-sketch-pad designs as we introduce the brand new she walks with beautycollection by Amanda Wyatt.
A leading name in British bridal for more than 20 years, this forward thinking, design-led fashion house year on year delivers beautiful wedding gowns that we know our readers love. And Amanda’s 2017 collection, we think you will all agree, is no different with beautiful dresses to suit differing figures, tastes and styles.
Drawing on inspiration from old Hollywood glamour, the She Walks with Beauty collection celebrates the Golden age of fashion, featuring an array of breath taking gowns that oozes glamour and grace, which demand to be adored.
Daring cut-away back detail with bejewelled accents for the red carpet styled bride sit alongside graceful and alluring romantic gowns in Amanda’s signature chiffon.
The 2017 colour palette includes dove grey, blush pinks, champagne and rich ivory shades, giving ladies the option to push traditional boundaries if they so wish.
Over 35 new gowns, all with attention to detail in illusion backs, sleeves, jewelled accents and beautiful buttons, make this Amanda’s most intricate and opulent collection to date.
The She Walks with Beauty collection is priced from £950 to £1,700 and will be available in boutiques from early spring onwards.
For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 4th, 2016 | Julia Braime
Happy Fri-yay! To get your weekend off to a beautiful start, we’re bringing you a fabulous dose of dress candy as we introduce new Brides Up North Sponsor, Rebecca Juliet Bridal, to the blog.
Through her north-west based studio, talented designer Rebecca offers brides-to-be a stunning choice of handmade dresses through her capsule collection and also gives ladies the option of a fully bespoke dress, for something totally unique.
A big believer in delivering quality and fabulousness, all of Rebecca’s dresses are created using pure silks and lace, meaning they feel as good as they look.
In addition to taking over the blog this morning to tell us all about her gorgeous designs, Rebecca is also inviting our readers to her fabulous launch event on Thursday 31st March, at the beautiful Eaves Hall near Clitheroe, from 7.30pm to 10pm.
During the evening ladies will be treated to a catwalk show featuring Rebecca’s designs, advice and inspiration from some of the area’s top suppliers as well as sweet treats and a glass of fizz (of course!) Full details, including where to get tickets, below.
For now we will leave you in Rebecca’s skillful hands…
Images by Sarah Valentine Photography
How and when did Rebecca Juliet Bridal come to fruition?
rebecca says: I have just set the business up although it has been dream of mine for many years since I made my own wedding dress in 2002. I am a designer and seamstress and have been sewing since I was 13 and studied textiles and fashion at university so this is my natural domain and I love it! Rebecca Juliet are my first and middle names and I wanted my business identity to have a strong emotional connection to me personally and so Rebecca Juliet Bridal was born.
How would you describe the feel and look of your studio?
Our bespoke space is a living, breathing studio. The studio is in Chipping in the breath-taking Forest of Bowland, and is a stunning backdrop to creating wedding dresses – it is a truly inspirational place to work! The studio is modern yet intimate designed in my brand colours of muted greys and pinks with a nod to vintage feel with my French style mirror and furniture; there are rolls of gorgeous silks and laces and a rack of carefully handmade gowns, veils and accessories. I have books and photos to inspire my lovely brides-to-be as I want this to be a fun and creative place for them to come and bring their dream dress to life.
Tell us a little about your lovely dress designs…
Brides-to-be can chose from one of the dresses in my capsule collection or we can work together to create something completely unique; however I only work with pure silks and lace so I can ensure I create something truly fabulous for them. My sample collection dresses are all currently a size 12, however we can make dresses for any size. Most of my dresses range between £1,000 and £2,000; though some full lace gowns are more.
Do you also offer accessories?
We have a selection of silk tulle veils in a variety of lengths with lace and silk edgings; we also have a number of jackets, capes and belts to complement the dresses.
November 2nd, 2015 | Julia Braime
Earlier this year, we were proud to bring you a first look at designer Amanda Wyatt’s beautiful 2016 collection promises of love and now, we are excited to share the full range of gowns available for our readers to choose from Amanda’s fabulous stockist boutiques.
Girls, it’s like Christmas has come early at Brides Up North HQ! Let’s stop with the talking and play dress up already…
Promise – The beautiful signature gown of the Promises of Love collection. A delicate lace bodice decorated with seed pearls and beading enhances the beautiful 14 yards of chiffon trailing luxuriously down to the floor.
Aisla – The princess gown of the new collection is simply stunning in the colours silver blue with an ivory lace and tulle overlay. It’s a statement gown with the all out there bridal skirt.
Love – We’re in love with the Love dress! A gorgeous defined gown of matt pleated satin creates a beautiful silhouette for the bride and can be styled with beaded belts and jewels.
Audrey – A sweeping silk neck-line with fine beading falls into a beautiful v-neck back.
Ophelia – Accentuated with over 5,000 diamante and sequin beads to create some sparkle and detachable wide shoulders to become strapless gown, the Ophelia offers two different looks.
October 8th, 2015 | Julia Braime
While we love elegant and classic wedding gowns we also lust after designers that dare to push the boundaries by offering ladies something a little different to the norm with their imaginative bridal creations.
Perhaps one of the most daring (and talented) is British designer Ian Stuart, who never fails to impress with his theatrical and head-turning collections. As such, this morning on the blog we‘re sharing with you Mr Stuart’s latest collection, runway rebel, in all its beauty.
The most highly anticipated collection of the White Gallery 2016 catwalk, buyers and brides alike are always eager to see what the fearless designer has come up with next.
For the Runway Rebel collection, Ian focused his energy on designing for different body shapes, ages and personalities. In doing so, he created a collection that is diverse and versatile, giving every bride the opportunity to find her own style within the Ian Stuart label.
Experimenting with softer fabrics and fluid silhouettes, Ian used his unique flair and couture construction to reach a different spirit of bride and – as the unprecedented ‘king of colour’ – he also introduced stunning softer shades of silver, pink and taupe.
The result is a gutsy and glamorous collection featuring four stand out themes: Ian Stuart Signature Style – textured, playful and dramatic; Sexy and Statuesque – figure hugging with plunging lines and dynamic silhouettes; Romantic and Regal – fairy tale ball gowns, exquisite laces and glittering touches and Fashionista Glamour – modern, unconventional and daring.
Commenting on Runway Rebel, the Ian Stuart design house says: “Adversary to ‘plain and commercial’, Ian is as rebellious in his own nature as he is in his approach to designing bridal wear. He dares to break rules and take risks while keeping the traditional essential beauty of a wedding gown. Runway Rebel pays homage to Ian’s intrinsic values of design, as well as the attitude of the daring modern bride who chooses to wear his creations.”
“Runway Rebel is an uplifting celebration, an ode to life and the freedom to be expressive, creative and rebellious in it.”
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