September 22nd, 2016 | Julia Braime
Ever since we first laid eyes on the stunning new Untamed Love collection from our crazily talented Sponsor Charlotte Balbier, we’ve been a little obsessed with it.
We put it down to the fact that the collection not only emits Charlotte’s signature uber-pretty look, but it also pushes bridal boundaries with a number of bold and beautiful boho designs for the fashionistas out there.
Keen to show the collection in all its glory, we’re today sharing a full look at the dreamy designs in this special post.
And for those of you that like what you see (and let’s be honest, how couldn’t you?) we also have an important date for you to put in your dairies. On 29th & 30th October 2016, the gorgeous Lace & Co Bridal Boutique in Horbury, West Yorkshire, will be holding an exclusive Charlotte Balbier trunkshow showcasing both the new 2017 ‘Untamed Love’ collection as well as exquisite designs from Charlotte’s stylish Separates collection too.
Better still, on 29th October Charlotte will be joining boutique owner Heidi at Lace & Co, to meet her brides on person. The event is by appointment only so be sure to book your place by visiting www.laceandco.com, emailing email@example.com or ringing 01924 277725.
Now, bring on the dresses…
Milena – A very beautiful fishtail dress with capped lace sleeve and back detail.
Untamed Love – The signature gown from the Untamed Love collection in an exclusive floral bloom fabric exclusive to the house of Charlotte Balbier.
Hepburn – The pretty floral and preppy and organza gown of the collection with stunning back detail and satin bow belt.
August 12th, 2016 | Julia Braime
This morning on the blog we’re thrilled to be giving you an exclusive look at the fabulous flagship boutique of our talented Sponsor, Felicity Cooper Bridal.
The stunning label was launched by designer Fiona Cooper back in 2010 and was initially stocked among other designers at The Wedding Boutique in Cheshire, owned by Fiona. Following an amazing response from brides, the Felicity Cooper name went from strength to strength and officially launched onto the international bridal buying platform at London Bridal Fashion Week in 2015.
In line with its popularity and success, Fiona has now relaunched, rebranded and refurbished her Cheshire boutique in the chic town of Knutsford, transforming it into the Felicity Cooper Flagship Boutique, stocking the label’s full collections and offering a bespoke designer service for those that desire a one-of-a-kind dream dress for their big day.
Here to give us a tour of the stunning flagship boutique is the leading lady herself…
Tell us about the location of Felicity Cooper Flagship Boutique and how you first came to set it up?
fiona says: The flagship boutique is on King Street in the historic town of Knutsford. Having opened The Wedding Boutique in 2008 and stocking my own collections from early on, relaunching as the flagship boutique for Felicity Cooper seamed the natural progression.
Why did you decide to solely stock Felicity Cooper dress designs at the boutique and how has the store changed since the relaunch?
Felicity Cooper had become the biggest selling brand in the boutique, largely because we could offer the bespoke service, our designs always stood out and brides just loved them. The relaunch has meant a rebrand and refurbishment of the boutique. The feedback so far from brides and their guests has been fantastic.
Tell us about the look and the feel of the boutique?
The interior design of the flagship boutique remains true to our vintage styling and design but has a modern geometric twist. It’s sleek, clean and a little bit quirky.
Does the boutique stock both the 2016 and 2017 Felicity Cooper collections?
Yes the flagship boutique stocks all the Felicity Cooper designs from all collections. The 2016 First Love collection has a slightly more traditional feel to it whereas the 2017 Natural Soul collection pushes the boundaries a little, with stunning embroidery and cotton laces. We tried to make sure that over all the collections there is something for every style of bride.
For brides wanting a totally unique dress you also offer a bespoke designer service at Felicity Cooper Flagship Boutique. Can you tell us about the process of having a dress specially made?
At a bespoke appointment the bride will come in and initially have an appointment similar to any other bride. We will discuss the wedding, find out the bride’s like and dislikes. Look at the different shapes and fabrics. It’s once the bride has confirmed the shape that we start to get into more detail, researching the right fabric. We then build the dress gradually to ensure the bride is happy along the way. This does mean the bride would have to have two to three more fittings than a bride choosing a dress from the current collection. But it is a great way to create a totally original dress just for the individual.
What is it you love about designing a bespoke gown?
Every bride is totally different and I love bringing their thoughts and ideas to reality. Getting to know them more with the number of visits and all the bespoke brides leave genuine friends.
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.
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