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willa rose. a charlotte balbier launch at jean jackson couture

July 20th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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My job isn’t always as glamorous as it might seem.  Editing Brides Up North and Unveiled Magazine as well as managing and producing over 20 Luxury Wedding Exhibition events and all the copy writing, art direction, event management and business development that comes with is a more than full time job (for a team of people).  For every swanky industry event requiring sequins and Champagne, there’s a lot of long, lonely screen hours juggling emails, contracts, floor plans and all the admin that comes with being the #girlboss of a busy business.

Luckily for me though, one of those swanky industry events always seems to come along just as you need it!

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I was thrilled to be invited along as a special guest as Brides Up North Sponsor bridal boutique Jean Jackson Couture in Manchester’s Northern Quarter was transformed into a secret rose garden to mark the official launch of Charlotte Balbier’s WILLA ROSE collection and brand at Jean Jackson Couture’s two boutiques, earlier this month.

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Charlotte Balbier is our headline Sponsor for 2015 and now a dear friend of mine, so it was lovely to join the Jean Jackson Couture girls – they are a very stylish bunch – in toasting our talented designer friend and debuting Charlotte’s new 2016 Willa Rose collection (which you can see featured on Brides Up North here).

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Brides Up North was joined by Manchester brides-to-be, other industry professionals and national press to celebrate this beautiful new partnership.  The boutique was transformed into a magical space filled with beautiful blooms and a gorgeous swing by The Vintage Swing Company to re-create the Charlotte Balbier ‘Willa Rose’ campaign images.  We were also treated to rose pink lemonade, pink champagne and delicious cakes.  I told you it was a hard job being me, didn’t I?!

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The new 2016 ‘Willa Rose’ collection was modelled in a salon style throughout the evening along with a special guest appearance by the face of Charlotte Balbier, the beautiful Verity.

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charlotte says: I am so excited and thrilled to be welcoming Jean Jackson Couture as a Charlotte Balbier brand partner.  Working with a well-known and established boutique that has a long heritage in bridal and are also a family business is wonderful and mirrors my family also and business so is the perfect partnership. It’s amazing to have the gowns stocked in both boutiques and can’t wait for our next event!”

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Jean Jackson Couture is now taking appointments for brides to try the Willa Rose collection. See www.jeanjacksoncouture.com for more details and to book your appointment. 

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Images by Hayley Baxter www.hayleybaxterphotography.com

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the exclusive. jean jackson couture nq announces two new designers

June 4th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon on the wedding blog we’re getting all the deets of two fabulous new additions to one of the best bridal business in the North West (and a Brides Up North Sponsor no less), Jean Jackson Couture.

The successful family business, set up by mother and daughter team Jean and Rebecka, comprises of two beautiful boutiques; the original flag ship store, situated in the leafy suburb of Urmston, and the NQ studio, run by granddaughter Felicity in the heart of Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter.

And it’s Felicity that has the exciting news to share with us today as Jean Jackson Couture NQ has recently welcomed not one, but two amazing new designers to its rails; Anna Campbell and Halfpenny London. Keen to find out more we quizzed Felicity on what made her fall head over heels for the designers’ collections and why brides will falling crazy in love with the dresses too. Girls, we think it’s time to make an appointment.

Featured images all courtesy of Anna Campbell.

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Jean Jackson Couture NQ has recently become exclusive stockists of luxury bridal designers Anna Campbell and Halfpenny London. What was it about their collections that made them a must for the boutique?

felicity says: Jean Jackson Couture NQ is a new concept bridal studio, offering luxury, bohemian and vintage inspired gowns in an über cool, non-traditional space set in a warehouse in the heart of Manchester’s avant-garde Northern Quarter.

The studio is a one-of-a-kind space filled with all kinds of treasures from the best up-and-coming designers, perfect for the bride that seeks vintage inspired, bohemian luxury at an accessible price.

Both Anna Campbell and Halfpenny London fit the bill and are perfect for the bride that loves fashion, appreciates quality fabrics and also exclusive designs but at accessible prices.

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Tell us more, can you describe the Anna Campbell collection?

The Anna Campbell collection is truly divine! She uses floating silk chiffons, intricately beaded laces and decadent embellishments to create a truly romantic yet glamorous look.

Each Anna Campbell bride is in search of ‘that dress’ – the dress that makes them sparkle and feel incredibly individual. The dress that wraps and twists around their curves, hugs and falls in all the right places, and evolves into a full, glorious train. With embellishments and laces that caress the shoulders, run wild down the back, and delicately sparkle across the chest, Anna Campbell brides need a dress that reflects their relaxed, sweet nature, a dress that shimmers and sparkles with every turn, and lets them dance and celebrate the best day of their lives.

And can you give us an idea on the price range of Anna Campbell’s dresses?

We carry samples of Giselle, Talulah, Amity, Harper, Isobelle, Freja, Eloise, Saasha and Miranda. The dresses range in price from £1599 to £2699, this includes shipping costs from Australia and import duty. The samples range in size from XS to M, which is the equivalent of a UK 6/8 to 12/14.

We are very honoured to have been chosen by Anna Campbell to be the exclusive stockist of her gowns and we are incredibly excited for all the British brides that are now able to wear her dresses.

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So what about the Halfpenny London collection? What type of brides do you think these dresses will appeal to and what is the price bracket?

Halfpenny London is often described as an industry secret, her talent for creating elegant and form fitting looks has grabbed the attention of celebrities and directors worldwide; this is why we had to have her too!

Kate Halfpenny creates the most divine British made wedding gowns and has recently won the coveted award for Best British Bridal Designer at the British Wedding Awards. Her dresses are inspired by vintage style and vary from simple silk slips and romantic off-the-shoulder gowns to cropped sweater tops and backless lace dresses. Each dress has its own unique personality to match the bride who wears it.

We hold samples of Lydia, Antonia, Violet, Hennie and Iris dresses. We also have a range of separates including Dita Dandelion skirt, Dita corset, Iris tee and various other tops and camis. Dresses start from £2,000.

Do you have a favourite design from each of the collections? Tell us about them?

It is hard to pick just one favourite from each! I believe that your venue reflects the style of dress you choose, so I have favourite dresses for different types of venues.

For a tipi wedding I would wear Dita Dandelion skirt by Halfpenny London with Iris tee and the Dandelion veil. If I was getting married in the country, there would be no other option for me than Tallulah with brocade skirt by Anna Campbell. If I was getting married in church I would opt for Antonia by Halfpenny London and if was tying the knot somewhere exotic, I would wear Giselle by Anna Campbell.

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Will you also be stocking accessories by these designers too?

Yes, we have a range of gorgeous accessories including cuffs, combs, belts and headpieces. Prices from £169.

Have the new collections been well received by your brides so far? What do they like about them?

We have had a fantastic response to both labels, we have been getting enquiries from brides in Malta, Switzerland, Greece and Russia. We’ve already had brides travelling from Tanzania and Hungary for the Anna Campbell range.

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Do brides-to-be need to make an appointment to view the new collections?

We work on a strictly appointment only basis. The best way to book an appointment is through our website. It is advised to book well in advance, especially for Saturdays.

Our attentive hour long, one-on-one appointments allow us to find out about you and your wedding, as well as try on a variety of styles. If we have girls travelling a long way to see us, we try and accommodate a longer appointment time.

What would you say it is about Jean Jackson Couture that sets it apart from other bridal boutiques?

As we have two bridal boutiques, we are able to offer styles to suit all brides, all types of wedding and budgets.

The NQ studio has always stocked exclusive brands with fewer stockists, this is because we are finding that brides want labels that their friends haven’t worn.

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What would be your top advice to brides-to-be when searching for their wedding dress?

When looking for a dress, the first thing we recommend is to have your date and venue set. Your date and venue will affect the style of dress you choose and your budget. There are beautiful dresses within every price bracket, in our experience looking at dresses which are not within budget will only lead to upset. We stock a range of designers with different price points, there is a perfect dress for everyone.

Our final piece of advice would be to dress for your shape, don’t follow trends but follow your heart. We always offer advice but choosing a wedding dress is a personal choice and only you know what makes you feel like a bride.

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Any other exciting news to share with us?

Yes, we will be holding an Anna Campbell trunk show between Friday 28th and Monday 31st August to launch her new Spirit collection, which will include promotional incentives.

This will be the first chance to view the whole of the new range and buy into the new collection before its official release. Appointments will last up to an hour and a half, which gives plenty of time for brides to find their perfect Anna Campbell gown.

We will also be welcoming another new designer to both boutiques this summer so watch this space!

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lost in love. a styled bridal shoot in Manchester

December 1st, 2014 | Julia Braime

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me… this bloomin’ beautiful styled bridal shoot in the heart of Manchester City Centre, that’s what.

Iconic backdrops, sexy styling and seriously stunning gowns.  What’s not to adore about this beautiful collection of images, styled by Vicky of Isla Jean Bridal Boutique and with images by Claire Penn Photography.

Let’s get lost in love…

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vicky says: The concept for the shoot was created whilst driving along Deansgate in Manchester at the height of rush hour.  Imagine being in such love with your other half that you are unaware of the people around you.

I decided that the new gowns from Belle and Bunty would be perfect dresses to fit in with my vision and I ended up running out of daylight time to fit all the planned gowns in!

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I decided to get in touch with a good friend, the amazing Claire Penn and asking whether she would like to be involved. She said yes straight away! From that point I started my mood board on the priceless Pinterest gathering images showing couples posing and being ‘connected’. This was mainly so I had some visual reference to show the models which would help to guide them.

After choosing the most gorgeous models, Erin and Tom (Nemesis Manchester) the date and destination was set.

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The day ran really smoothly and the models, as you will see from the images just completely understood what we were trying to achieve and whilst only meeting hours earlier, really made it look like they had known each other for years and, best of all looked like they were utterly in love!

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As a Northern girl, I absolutely wanted to capture some of the most iconic landmarks in the city and we got to shoot in Piccadilly Train Station, Deansgate, The Great Northern Courtyard, the infamous Market Street and Liverpool Street.  I love the rawness  and honesty of both Market and Liverpool Street. As we were just about to call it a day in the train station, we were lucky to have a train just pulling in so managed to have the final images with lots of commuters passing us by. Needless to say we all finished on a massive high!

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The hair and make up was done by the lovely Sophie of Make Up by Sophie Battersby who specialises in all make up and hair but really excels in the vintage era look.

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The photography by Claire Penn, captured my vision perfectly, using natural light and femininity Claire has managed to put my vision in images. Claire and I have worked together now on a couple of occasions and I have got to say I am so thankful to Claire as she has just understood me from day one.

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The dresses!

I had a list of dresses I wanted to show but actually in real time, got to use four.   There are only so many hours in a day!

The dresses used were from the most lovely designers Belle and Bunty and the wonderful Lucille from Eliza Jane Howell. Each dress has movement and details, whether it be the detail of the beads or the sheer simplicity of beautiful silks each has its own magic. I wanted to show the movement of the gowns and how bringing style and the unexpected shapes of a gown really can make the most beautiful wedding gown.

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The gorgeous wedding heels were by Charlotte Mills Bridal and flowers by Bloomin’ Lovely.

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Diary Date! Erica Stacey Designer Evening & Launch Event At Isla Jean Bridal Boutique!

July 6th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I’m still on location with Thomson Weddings in Cyprus taking part in a two day video shoot (someone’s got to do it!) but looking ahead to next week, if you are searching for your dream dress then I have an invitation to the perfect event for you!  Friend of Brides Up North,  British designer Erica Stacey will be at Manchester’s newest bridal boutique, Isla Jean, THIS THURSDAY 12th July.

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The Evening will be a great opportunity to meet Erica Stacey and the team at Isla Jean, view the ‘Ready to Wear’ collection and enjoy a glass of Fizz. There will be goodie bags and the chance to win some great prizes! You can also chat to Erica if you are looking for a bespoke couture gown.

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Vicky and Gemma at Isla Jean told me: Erica Stacey bridal wear launched in January 2012 and is going from strength to strength. It is owned by British designer Erica Stacey and Terry Keane, who are passionate about keeping the British clothing manufacturing industry alive. Both have a shared love of the history of fashion and Erica has also been inspired by her Grandmother ‘Nanna Ellen’, who made dresses for Harrods in the 1940’s.

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The company is based in Manchester and all the dresses are hand crafted with love and care in their studio. Each dress is made with quality silks and fabrics and finished with unique and individual trims & laces. The first ‘Ready to Wear’ collection is vintage inspired which fits perfectly with Isla Jean’s beautiful vintage inspired boutique. The collection takes inspiration from the Art Deco Movement and the Golden Age of Hollywood Glamour.

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Click here to see an art deco bridal shoot featured on Brides Up North with dresses by Erica Stacy.

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We are proud to be holding ourfirst Designer Evening of the summer at Isla Jean Bridal! The Isla Jean Bridal Boutique opened its doors on Sunday 1st July and is a haven of Vintage inspired bridal loveliness! We are making it our  mission to provide gorgeous dresses, a beautiful and luxurious shop setting and first class customer service resulting in each bride feeling truly special.

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In September 2011, by chance, we were given the opportunity to buy a wedding dress business complete with stock. It took just three days to complete the deal and whilst friends and family thought we had gone mad, we were determined to follow our dream and knew we could make it work.

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We rented a little space in a vintage warehouse with no heating and started to sell dresses! The business very quickly gathered pace and we were overwhelmed with the speed at which our business was growing and the positive feedback we were getting from brides.

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We decidewe that if we could make this little space work (especially in view of the fact that it had no heating!) then it was time to take the plunge and actually look for premises of our own!  Several months on, we finally found the perfect shop.

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We have spent time sourcing the designers which we feel fit the look and the style of Isla Jean Bride. We have also put our own stamp on the boutique and have been busy decorating and sourcing individual pieces to furnish the store. We believe that we have created a boutique which is opulent, stunning but yet homely and relaxed: a truly special place. We want brides to come in and feel special, beautiful and relaxed. Both of us believe that when a bride comes to the shop they feel like a princess for the day.

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We chose to stock Erica Stacey bridal wear because not only do the gowns feel and look vintage but because we share the same business ethos and passion. We are happy to be supporting a local UK based business, a British designer and helping to pass on Erica’s dream dresses to brides who have fallen in love with them…

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The team would love to welcome you to the Isla Jean Bridal Boutique at 67 High Street, Lees Village, Oldham on Thursday 12th July 2012 from 6pm.  Call Vicky and Gemma on 0161 622 1010 for more details.

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Stop Press! An Alan Hannah Designer Weekend At The Wedding Shop

April 24th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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The Wedding Shop in Alderley Edge are having an Alan Hannah designer weekend on the 28th and 29th of April 2012.

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Alan Hannah specialise in classically beautiful dresses made with incredible fabrics and fabulous corsetry.  I know, because I chose Alan’s “All That Jazz” gown for my own wedding and couldn’t recommend this bridal designer more highly for quality of workmanship and service.  I have since met Alan and he is such a lovely, lovely man – trust me, you will be in safe hands!  

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There is also the added bonus of 10% off all orders for bridal dresses placed at the event.
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Lucy says:  We’ll have some AH classics, the 2012 collection and some very special 2013 collection dresses released early just for us!

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Call Lucy at The Wedding Shop on 01625 584 674 to make your appointment. 

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And in the meantime, how about some eye candy from Alan Hannah’s gorgeous High Society collection….

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