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Boho Bride? STOP RIGHT THERE! You Need Some Claire Pettibone On Your Radar!

February 23rd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I recently spent a day as Saturday Girl on wedding blog work experience at fabulous bridal boutique The White Room Sheffield, and whilst I was there, I fell in love.

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Not with the lovely Chloe who runs the place, although she is darling, but with the very special wedding dresses of a certain designer.  Claire Pettibone, I love you.  You can see more archived Claire Pettibone lovely here, but for now, The White Room Sheffield have a treat for you. 

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Claire Pettibone for White Room Sheffield

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The White Room would like to introduce Claire Pettibone’s new 2012 Collection “Beau Monde” which is being showcased in Sheffield on the March 2nd and 3rd 2012 for one weekend only. The new collection inspired by French history, China blues & ethereal beauty is perfect for The White Room bride, offering great cut and quality in exciting and contemporary styles.

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Chloe says: The 2012 collection from LA based boho designer Claire Pettibone is so rare, only a handful of UK boutiques share the exclusivity of this designer and after this amazing trunk show, the collection will not be back here until September 2012 once we have handpicked these gowns for White Room samples.  So you could be one of the first brides to see and buy these amazing creations and be at the forefront of bridal fashion. 

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Claire Pettibone for White Room Sheffield

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The collection includes sexy, decadent fishtails, empire line gowns that synch in at the waist and A-line silhouettes that hang simply, creating a great variety of shapes for all brides and personalities. Any bride (or !) with a love of unusual lace, looking for a cap sleeve or intricate back detail will fall so in love with Claire’s collections, past and present.

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Claire Pettibone for White Room Sheffield

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Chloe says: I am a huge fan of Claire’s gowns and am honoured to be a northern stockist and can’t wait to spread the word and show off her amazing gowns to fashion forward and modern brides willing and looking to make a statement with their wedding gown. As well as the new 2012 collection, we will be showcasing her continuing collection including Kristene, Willow and Crescent.

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Claire Pettibone for White Room Sheffield

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We are offering hourly appointments for all our brides on a 1:1 basis on our open weekend so you can enjoy the whole collection for yourself and have this special time (as per The White Room standard) alone.

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Call 0114 2722336 or e-mail chloe@whiteroombridal.co.uk to reserve your space now.

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Gowns start from £2,000.

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Claire Pettibone for White Room Sheffield

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  – Images © 2012 supplied by The White Room Sheffield

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Eye Candy: Lyn Ashworth

November 6th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It’s Sunday night.  It’s cold.  It’s dark.  You’ve got work tomorrow. 

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When Downton Abbey is the only thing that seems worth living for, I think we need a good old dose of gorgeousness, don’t you agree?

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I almost feel that it has become my duty to report back whenever I happen to perchance upon such visions of loveliness as these beautiful bridal gowns by wedding dress designer Lyn Ashworth.  My newest addition to the Brides Up North Eye Candy Hall of Fame does English Rose bridal to perfection.

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Form an orderly queue people.  I think you might just like what you are about to see.  No pushing and shoving, and absolutely no hair pulling!  That’s just not ladylike…

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But these are… and I think Lady Grantham and the Dowager would absolutely approve. 

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Veronica / Paola

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Mitzi / Jacqueline

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Angelique / Bella

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Constanza Long / Constanza Short

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Scarlett / Stardust

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Rebecca / Samantha

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Sarah / Gwendoline

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Daphne Long / Daphne Short

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Fiona / Helena

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To find your nearest Lyn Ashworth stockist in the North and to find out more about the collection, click here

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  – Images © 2011 Lyn Ashworth

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Eye Candy: Claire Pettibone

October 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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As a I see hundreds, nay, thousands of wedding dresses.  Short ones, long ones, flouncy, ruffled, lace, satin, vintage, modern, coloured, plain, long sleeved, cap sleeved, strapless… you name it.  And yet, I was still absolutely blown away when I first clapped eyes on the exquisite work of Claire Pettibone, who more than deserves her place in the Brides Up North Eye Candy Hall of Fame.

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If you are looking for a wedding gown that is just that little bit different, with tons of style, a little edge, a bit of drama and still super duper dreamy – Claire is your gal.  Every one of her dresses is unique and it tickles me that generally the back of her gowns are even better than the front for that added oooh (remember what most people will see as you say your vows ladies!). 

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So prepare for some serious dress lust of a Sunday morning, as we start off with my favourite, Madame Butterfly

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Madame Butterfly

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Cherry Blossom

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Larissa

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Sky Between The Branches

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Cassandra

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Chantilly

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Cloisonne

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Clover

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Ginseng

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Kristene

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Midnight

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Mystere

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Orange Blossom

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Yolanda

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Willow

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Brides Up North Featured Supplier The White Room Sheffield is a Northern stockist of Claire Pettibone along with Rachel Scott Couture in Edinburgh, The White Closet in West Didsbury and New Bride, down Nottingham way.

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p.s If you are a North West bride to be who hasn’t popped into the fabulous UK Wedding Shows exhibition at Manchester Central yet what are you waiting for?  I’m there as their guest from 10am – 5pm today.  Come and meet me on stand 320.

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  – Images © 2011 Claire Pettibone

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Reality Check: Real Women Are Getting Married

October 25th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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TiaraIt’s that time of the week again – the third icon in the Bride & Groom Direct treasure hunt to win £2,000 to spend on your dream dress.  Something borrowed: a vintage tiara.  Head over to their website to start your hunt.  A clue: Your guests will be sitting pretty with these plans. 

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Now on with the prettiness!

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Today, with the help of The White Room Sheffield, Brides Up North tackles an issue that has been bugging a lot of you:  Did you know that Real Women are getting married?  Yep, that’s right!  By this I mean YOU, real live women, who have jobs, families, interests and lives other than wedding planning, personal grooming and looking perfect 24-7. 

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In a past life, I worked on a fashion glossy and on my first few assignments, was shocked to see the amount of airbrushing that goes on after a fashion shoot, even with the most stunning of professional models.  It’s not just at one magazine, but the same across the board.  On the proof layouts: a red marker pen ringed (and non existent) bingo wing there there, a circled patch of (invisible to the naked eye) cellulite here – all erased with the click of a mouse. 

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Now, I’m not going to jump on the “no airbrushing” bandwagon here.  Sorry.  Its an industry norm and an understandable one at that.  I buy bridal and fashion magazines for the escapism, fabulousness and, er, fashion.  When I buy a certain type of magazine, I know what I’m getting: I want to see gorgeous and I want to see perfect, just as on this wedding blog, I still want to see those things but I also want to see real ladies strutting their stuff.  I understand that models in fashion spreads are usually airbrushed.  I understand that image sells.  I understand that designers want their gowns to be seen as an aspirational “because you’re worth it” purchase. 

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However, I hope that as a bride to be, perhaps feeling a little overwhelmed by all the seeming expectations already weighing on your shoulders – the perfect day, the perfect relationship yadda yadda yadda – that you remember that that you understand that too.  You know it.  Remember that you know it.  Editorial fashion spreads in mags (and sometimes styled shoots you see on wedding blogs too) are not reality and if you feel you fall short: why are you even comparing yourself in the first place?!  Even the most expensive skin care can’t trump digital airbrushing! (And by the way – no relationship is perfect all the time). 

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Also know this:  a bride on her wedding day is going to absolutely rock it, with or without airbrushing, a model figure or a face that could launch a thousand ships.  That inner radiance reserved for only brides, pregnant ladies and the day after a facial?  Not a myth.  So my advice to real brides: work it sisters!

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Echoing my own feelings on this topic, Chloe of The White Room Sheffield feels passionately that every woman can rock a fabulous frock on their big day whatever their size, shape or fashion preferences.  With the help of three beautiful real women and this gorgeous styled shoot, she shows us exactly how it’s done.

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Over to Chloe: Real women are getting married.

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Sure, we all browse the magazines and wedding blogs for ideas and inspiration for that ‘perfect’ gown but so many of us are let down by the fact that when we – the real women of the world – put the gown on, it doesn’t look like it did on the model!  We leave dejected and disappointed, wanting it to look like it did in the glossies and feel like we either need to lose weight or grow five inches in height to achieve that Photoshop brilliance. The White Room Sheffield wanted to shatter that illusion for all the brides to be out there.

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So, I decided, that for our second ever photo shoot, we were going to use real women to showcase our beautiful gowns and accessories, to show that real women rock them better than the models! To take a great quote from Sex and the City, Carrie says in her “Real Me” episode when she models for Dolce & Gabbana yet questions her modelling skills: “A model what? A model citizen? A model home? A model airplane?”  Only three months into this business, I know that a real woman rocks a wedding gown so much better than a ‘model’.

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To make this shoot pop we knew we needed a great photographer, so we approached Jon from S6 Photography to do the shoot for us. He loves the outdoors and after playing with ideas, decided that the theme for the shoot would be to embrace exactly what nature gave us and shoot that in a natural setting: a field!

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So, on an Autumn evening in the heights of Sheffield, I took three beautiful, individual and unique friends to a farmer’s barn and field, put them each in a wedding dress and we embraced the setting sun.  After a few fireman’s lifts over a wall and a fifteen minute window for the light, we created this!

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Joanne was my first model.  At 5”2, she has a petite but athletic figure and is naturally red haired with freckles and porcelain skin.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: S6 PhotographyI met Jo at my previous job and I loved how feisty, intelligent and honest she was. She’s also a great fan of Thai boxing and running and felt that she would never look feminine in a wedding gown.

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I proved her wrong! I decided to dress her in “Willow” by Claire Pettibone, a beautiful, intricate gown made from silk charmeuse with an embroidered bodice, silk ribbons and flowers. The colours of this gown, with the gold and pearl detailing looked sensational on her skin and even in bare feet, she looked curvy, long and elegant. Yes, it’s a little long for her, but cut to length, this would look ever better than it does now!

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We paired this gown with a new piece from DC Bouquets 2012 collection, Florence.  Even though the gown is without any stone work, the sparkle and design went so well, giving it a really boho, outdoor and rustic feel.

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Second up was Sadie, a friend since school who works in law and is naturally tall and slim yet curvy.  Sadie was afraid that wearing anything too sexy would make her look ‘cheap’. We begged to differ, so I threw her straight out of her comfort zone and into ‘Saskia’ by Jenny Packham, a Hollywood inspired silk chiffon gown with an amazing stone waist detail and cross back, exposing enough to be both sexy but refined.

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We paired this with “Acacia II” by Jenny Packham, as we think the vintage piece sets off the elegance and glamour of the gown perfectly. We also used DC Bouquets “Georgina” cuff which fitted the style and look of the gown.

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Last off, one of my very cool friends Terri modelled “Frankie” by Stephanie Allin, a 1950’s inspired gown with a satin tulip skirt, organza bodice and pockets (a huge selling point to me!). This gown looks amazing on so many women with the ¾ length skirt billowing at the front, but keeping a train and ‘bridal’ feel in the fabric. 

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Terri is very individual in her look with her short dark hair and she loves shops like All Saints and is a huge Vivienne Westwood fan, so we thought the element of fun in this traditional gown would work wonders. We paired this gown with a Rosie Willett Designs piece called “Georgina with Birdcage” to offset the 1950’s vibe and to keep the look modern and quirky.

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All the gowns showcased here are at The White Room Sheffield waiting for real women to come and love them.

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Where do you stand on the great airbrushing debate?  Would you like to see more “real” women featured in bridal fashion spreads?  Leave a comment let me know your thoughts.

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  – Images © 2011 S6 Photography

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You Are Invited To A Very Chic Affair!

October 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Oh my goodness, Brides Up North, get this date in your diaries now!  White Room Bridal Sheffield in Sheffield are hosting a very chic affair on 18th, 19th and 20th of November 2011.  The entire Cymbeline 2012 Collection will be at White Room Bridal Sheffield for you to try – for three days only!  Prepare to fall in love. 

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I’m feeling especially excited as White Room Bridal Sheffield have invited me along on Saturday 19th November in my capacity to help out with lacing, buttoning and bubbly pouring and to be on hand to offer any opinions and advice that their visiting brides may require.  Come along and meet this , try on some to-die-for bridal couture, nibble on cupcakes, quaff Champagne and take advantage of some amazing offers!

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The event will be by appointment only and spaces are filling fast.  White Room Bridal Sheffield’s last designer weekend was an absolute hit so to avoid disappointment contact chloe@whiteroombridal.co.uk or on 0114 272 2336 to reserve your place as soon as possible.

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*EDITED: Due to a very high demand since posting, Saturday appointments are now nearly all taken.  Be quick if you want to secure your spot!

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To see some Cymbeline Eye Candy click here.

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To read an exclusive interview with White Room Bridal Sheffield and see some of their gorgeous gowns, click here.

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  – Image © 2011 White Room Bridal Sheffield

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Eye Candy: Pronovias 2012

October 11th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Tuesdays used to be my least favourite day of the week.  Ages till the weekend, nobody wanting to go out and I’d used up all the good Sky Plus-ed weekend telly curing my Monday blues.  I’m trying to change all that, by making Tuesdays on the wedding blog a look forward to event – with the most gorgeous real weddings, styled shoots and lots and lots of beautiful eye candy!

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Other brides’ weddings are all well and good but sometimes you just want to see the dresses, don’t you? I’m feeling a little bit like that today – like, BRING ON THE FASHION!  So, as indulging is one of the things that I do best, today I showcase one of my favourite wedding dress designer’s – Pronovias – collection for 2012, care of Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear.  Let’s add some Latin flavour!

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I am also ridiculously excited to announce that Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear will be bringing a fabulous selection of Pronovias 2012 gowns along to the Brides Up North Super Showcase at Ramside Hall Hotel on Sunday 4th March 2011.  With two professional fashion shows, this will be a fantastic chance to check out your favourite designs in person.  North East brides – put the date in your diaries:

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Sunday 4th March 2012

Brides Up North SUPER SHOWCASE Grand Wedding Exhibition

Join The Northern Revolution

Ramside Hall Hotel, Carrville, Durham

Time: 12pm – 4pm

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The region’s top wedding suppliers will be out in force at this MASSIVE, not to be missed bridal event.  With two professional fashion shows, oodles of wedding inspiration, on the day discounts, amazing giveaways and surprises galore this is a must do date for any North East Bride To Be.  Watch this space for more details of how to pre register as a Brides Up North VIP Bride To Be.

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EXHIBITOR BOOKINGS: email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details. 

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Now, onto that eye candy – with all dresses available from Mia Sposa Bridal and Menswear.  One word: smokin’

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