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eye candy: the separates collection by charlotte balbier

February 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

Tempest Lace

Our lead Sponsor here at Brides Up North, Charlotte Balbier is famous for celebrating a bride’s individuality and style and sometimes, just sometimes, breaking all the bridal rules (kinda why we love her)!

With great delight we are proud to debut the new Balbier separates collection on our pretty pages.  Charlotte has created 11 inter-changeable separates all designed for the bride to build and create her own individual look.

Tempest & 1252 Sash

Maybe a satin slip with a lace topper and satin sash, or a ball gown skirt, crop top and lace reverse bolero? Whatever your personality and look the new separates collection offers a diverse way of creating your very own bridal syle.

charlotte says: Now, more than ever before, a Charlotte Balbier bride is a free spirited feminine woman who is confident in both her fashion and bridal style, expressing her unique individuality, personality and style through her Balbier gown.

Girls, get ready for some serious dress crushing…


Harper:  A slipper satin dress with shoestring straps and low back. Fabulous with one of the lace overlay gowns, lace toppers or worn simply as it is.

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bespoke beauties: blossom & belle plus discount for wedding blog readers

January 27th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Blossom & Belle (c) Olivia Brabbs Photography (5)

It’s all about the #dresslust this afternoon on Brides Up North, as we introduce you to the lovely Antonia of bespoke bridal label blossom & belle, based in the beautiful city of York.

Originally a ready to wear designer, Antonia’s team at Blossom and Belle now aims to provide their brides to be with the ultimate unique bridal service creating the ‘dress of your dreams’ and making you feel and look wonderful. Better still, Antonia is offering Brides Up North Readers 15% off a couture gown from now until April 2016.  Quote Brides Up North when making your appointment.

Let’s meet the lady behind the lace…

Images by Olivia Brabbs Photography.

Blossom & Belle (c) Olivia Brabbs Photography (27)

Why did you decide to launch Blossom & Belle?

antonia says: From the age of 12 I wanted to be a fashion designer. I loved to sew and draw.  My teachers used to call me a dreamer! I loved seeing old movies to look at the clothes and particularly loved Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday and Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. I did a two year Btec and a one year of an HND in Fashion before going on to do a three year BA Hons degree in Fashion and Textiles.The six years of training gave me the technical and creative skills to pursue my design career.

I decided to launch Blossom and Belle after taking time out from being a Couture Bridal wear designer to have a family.  Blossom and Belle started as a ready to wear collection with my sister in law Sarah who after having her first baby felt deflated when she couldn’t find anything that made her feel and look good.  This is when the signature Blossom and Belle signature wrap dress was created. I worked with a print designer to create the Blossom and Belle blossom and butterfly print in organic cotton and silk and set about making a collection of ready to wear which is still available on my website.

Even though I love making ready to wear I still yearned to go back into bridal wear and after losing my mother last year it gave me the push to go for it.  I decided to buy a studio in a convenient location where brides can come in a relaxed atmosphere to see me and view my sample gowns. I now have the room to create and have fittings and spend one on one time with each client.

Blossom & Belle (c) Olivia Brabbs Photography (15)

What attracted you to the wedding industry specifically?

When I graduated from university I was asked by a friend if I could make her wedding dress.  The feeling of creating a truly unique gown for someone’s special day is priceless. It is wonderful knowing you are making a bride a dress that will fit them perfectly, that is unique and just for them. I like to work one on one rather than mass production and working with the most luxurious fabrics like silks and lace is heaven.

What is your favourite thing about being a dressmaker?

It is wonderful knowing you are making a bride a dress that will fit them perfectly. I love the ability to make a three dimensional work of art whether it is flouncy and slightly over the top or elegant and classical. Being able to work with beautiful fabrics and trimmings and creating my own embroideries for a dress. The buzz of going through the process of design through to finished product.

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diary date: amanda wyatt designer day at isaac charles bridal house

January 12th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Aisla Blue 1

We are only a matter of days into the New Year and already there are lots of exciting events popping up in the 2016 calendar for you lovely brides-to-be to make a note of.

For those of you still on the hunt for that ‘one’ perfect dress, this afternoon we’re sharing details of an exclusive event that you will 100% want to be on the guest list for.

On Saturday 30th January 2016 Isaac Charles Bridal House in Cheshire, will be hosting a Meet the Designer Day with award winning designer Amanda Wyatt and there just eight appointments available.

Amelie 2

During the event Amanda Wyatt’s stunning Promises of Love collection will be featured as well as star dresses from Amanda’s Hall Of Fame. Better still, in addition to these gorgeous gowns, Amanda will be previewing a small selection of her brand new 2017 collection that has never been seen before – a major treat for the lucky brides-to-be who will be present.

And the pros don’t stop there. Those fortunate enough to get one of the eight exclusive appointments will also receive 10 per cent off their dream gown and a luxury goody bag. The fizz will be flowing during the day which promises to be fabulous, fun and exciting, with Amanda on hand to help ladies find their dream dress from her award-winning collection.


amanda says: Meeting the Amanda Wyatt brides is such a wonderful experience. I love helping brides find that ‘one’ special dress for them from the collection. With my years of experience and knowledge I know what my brides want and how to make them feel and look incredible – from the dress to the accessories, I ensure the look is styled to perfection.

I am particularly excited about this next event we have coming up with Isaac Charles as it’s in Cheshire, the area that I have lived in all my life and so it’s wonderful to be supporting a local business and meeting Cheshire brides-to-be.

Tickets for the designer day are priced at £25, with appointments available between 9am and 5pm.

To book your appointment call the boutique on 01625 876687.

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friday fabulous!

January 8th, 2016 | Julia Braime

Needle & Thread

Gowns and separates so lovely (and easy on the budget) that we were tempted to keep them as our little secret.

Voluminous Tulle Skirt, Needle & Thread (Debut Bridal Collection) £150

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eye candy: andrea hawkes

December 18th, 2015 | Julia Braime


This morning on the wedding blog, it’s time for a bit of eye candy from one of our favourite new British luxury bridal design finds, andrea hawkes.

With a first class degree in Fashion Design, Andrea Hawkes set up her studio back in 2013 having worked for some of the most established British Bridal Designers in London.

Andrea Hawkes (6)Amber

Andrea Hawkes (3)Auden

Andrea Hawkes (4)Luna

From designing one off commissions she started to see a demand for a more simplistic approach to bridal design and the experience of searching for a wedding dress. This inspired her to design a collection of classic dress shapes using luxurious European fabrics such as Italian silks and French laces.

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a beautiful birthday bash: one fine day bridal relaunch event

December 10th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

One Fine Day Bridal (c) Melissa Beattie  (40)

Last month our lovely Sponsor One Fine Day Bridal, celebrated its first birthday with a special relaunch event inviting brides-to-be to view gorgeous new collections to the boutique whilst raising a glass of fizz (sounds like our kind of event!)

Better still, owner Lindsey Johnson, called upon some of the North West’s top wedding suppliers to help advise and inspire brides-to-be on everything from their hair and makeup to lingerie and accessories, making it both an entertaining and informative evening.

So for those of us that couldn’t make the glittering event, this afternoon we’re catching up with Lindsey to find out how it all went, what brides-to-be can expect from the boutique’s new collections and how they go about making an appointment to view the gorgeous gowns for themselves. Take it away Lindsey…

With images by Melissa Beattie.

One Fine Day Bridal (c) Melissa Beattie  (15)

After months of planning, how did your relaunch event go?

lindsey says: The event was a fabulous celebration our first birthday here at One Fine Day Bridal and provided the perfect opportunity to showcase the new designer bridal collections we are introducing for 2016.  It was also a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with choice local wedding experts as I really enjoy getting creative.

The event was really successful, we kept the numbers intimate as I wanted to offer our brides a personal and relaxed evening, all guests arrived on time (some surprisingly early) and our first gown orders have been successfully placed.

What did the event involve?

We opened the evening with a glass of prosecco and nibbles while guests and their families were introduced to their table. Daniella Gallagher entertained us with her beautiful vintage jazz voice while we prepared the catwalk, which weaved between the tables so guests were able to see the beautiful dress details close up. Following the catwalk show, I took the opportunity to join each bride at her table and chat about plans while Dani continued to sing for us into the late evening.

One Fine Day Bridal (c) Melissa Beattie  (33)

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