Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017
Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows Spring 2017

time to shine: win a dream evening gown with designer caroline castigliano

April 10th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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We’re interrupting your Monday afternoon with news of an amazing competition from Brides Up North Sponsor and dream dress designer Caroline Castiliano. Sorry, not sorry.

Over the Easter break, all brides who purchase a bridal gown from Caroline Castigliano’s flagship store in Knightsbridge before the 22nd April will automatically be entered into a fantastic competition making them eligible to win an exclusive Caroline Castigliano cocktail or evening dress with a value of £6,000! Er, wowzers!

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This is a unique opportunity for the winner to have a couture gown made-to-measure using only the most luxurious fabrics by one of the country’s most sought after designers. Caroline Castigliano’s signature is unquestionably feminine and effortlessly glamorous. Her unique ability to cut and construct a garment, enables her to create a gown that is confident and sexy, yet exudes a deep sense of style. Read our interview with Caroline here.

To book an appointment in the flagship store please call 0207 590 9120 or request an appointment online by clicking here

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her royal hotness. expert predictions on pippa middleton’s wedding dress

April 7th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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She almost managed to steal the limelight from sister, The Duchess of Cambridge, at the Royal Wedding back in April 2011, but soon Pippa Middleton will be firmly in the bridal spotlight as she prepares to marry her millionaire finance next month.

Pretty Pippa and beau James Matthews are due to take their vows on Saturday 20th May, and so speculation is rife as to what type of wedding they will be having, who will have made the guest list and which designer Pippa will have picked to provide her all-important gown.

Details we’re just dying to know ourselves! And so, to speculate further on what style of wedding dress Miss Middleton may have picked to show-off that famous figure of hers, we’ve called upon two of our Sponsors who are experts in the industry, mother and daughter British bridal designers, Amanda Wyatt and Charlotte Balbier.

charlotte says: I’m super excited for what is likely to be another major wedding day following Will and Kate, and I’m am sure the whole world is going to be watching.

Pippa has already worn plenty of amazing outfits and her style has to be praised as one to watch. She is quite adventurous in the fashion stakes compared to her sister Kate, who plays it safe.

I can picture the ambience of Pippa’s wedding day being fairy-tale like, with a mix of classic and romantic themes. Pippa will be united by Royal traditions and I believe she will choose a modern gown with a hint of regal flair.

So, join us ladies as we place our bets – will it be long, short; lace, silk; sleeveless, backless? Oh the suspense!!

Charlotte’s Pippa predictions from her Untamed Love Collection…

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Milena – The Melina gown is a beautiful fishtail design to flatter Pippa’s figure. She loves lace sleeves and this gown features lovely vintage lace capped sleeves with beautiful lace back detail too.

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Aphrodite – This is a beautiful chiffon gown with high-neck lace details. The perfect lightweight dress if the couple opt for an overseas wedding at her finance’s family hotel, Eden Rock in St Barths.

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Paige – Pippa Middleton is well-known for her love of good accessories and shoes. The Paige gown is the perfect gown from the Untamed Love Collection to dress up and accessorize for a personal touch.

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Rosalie – The Rosalie gown is an amazing silk empire line dress and has intricate beading silver details. This should be spot on for Pippa as we know she’s a fan of wearing gowns with a touch of that little bit extra.

Amanda’s Pippa predictions from her She Walks With Beauty Collection…

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Eleanor – Pippa earned the title “her Royal hotness” following her wonderful bridesmaid performance at the Royal Wedding. The Eleanor gown is made of beautiful organza material that would perfectly complement Pippa’s shape. I think she will embrace plenty of detail in her gown to differentiate herself from the plain bridesmaid dress she wore on for Kate and Will’s day, making the Eleanor gown, which has so many lovely intricate details, a beautiful choice.

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first look: bohemian blush by charlotte balbier

April 6th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year (well, almost), as the countdown is on to British and International bridal designers unveiling their hotly-anticipated new collections at The White Gallery in London, next month.

We make no secret that this is one of our absolute highlights of the year, and we’re sure you’ll all agree with us, for what girl doesn’t love pouring over stunning wedding dresses and admiring designers’ talents in pushing creative boundaries to produce gowns that are heart-stoppingly beautiful!?

Though we can’t take you all to the FROW with us, we have a huge treat in store for you today as we’re sharing a super special preview of our Lead Sponsor Charlotte Balbier’s gorgeous new collection for 2018 – Bohemian Blush – which is set to be officially launched at The White Gallery, making this kind of a big deal!

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Perfectly girly and beautifully feminine, we are uber fans of Charlotte’s truly swoon-worthy creations and always look forward to seeing what this stylish lady has in store for us next – and we can safely say she’s outdone herself once again, as the latest offering is her best yet!

As fellow fans will know, Charlotte has embraced the boho look in her previous dress designs, but this time around she’s gone with an all-out, injecting a breezy boho vibe into the entire Bohemian Blush collection.

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Rightly so, every bride dreams her bridal gown will stand out and be remembered forever, and in this latest collection its clear to see that Charlotte has paid the utmost attention to detail to give each gown its own unique touch and character. There is the captivating Halo gown that is handcrafted with 3D floral fabrics; the Klara gown, which embraces sequins on sheer skin, and the stunning Jayde floral gown in an exclusive print to the house of Balbier, which is topped off with a fashion-forward bow.

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All the gowns are hand-created from the finest French laces, soft flowing chiffons, layered organzas, rich Mikados and silk tulles. The 2018 colour palette introduces sweet tones of ballet pink, sugared peach, blush pinks and peach, pearled ivory and a pistachio green, alongside the classic ever-popular ivory and champagne shades.

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charlotte says: We have always created dresses for a bride who knows who she is, to be their own kind of beauty and celebrate their individuality.

This collection celebrates the free-spirited women and Bohemian spirit. I created the Bohemian Blush collection for brides to be gorgeously unique; the gowns are easy and effortless. Whether her dream day is running through a woodland barefoot or wearing a flower crown, this sassy collection will appeal to all.

I’ve fused together my two style crushes of boho and pretty to create this delicious collection.

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If (like us) you’ve already developed a serious crush on Bohemian Blush, you will be pleased to hear that we will be bringing you more on the collection soon, so watch-this-space!

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first reveal: felicity cooper 2018 authentic luxe collection

March 14th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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We just love it when we get to share an exclusive first look at a designer’s brand new collection – and this afternoon on the blog, we are doing just that!

Prepare for some serious dress candy ladies, as we reveal a special preview of the 2018 collection from our hugely talented Sponsor, Felicity Cooper Bridal.

Felicity Cooper Behind the scenes photoshoot v5 (short) from Paul Kyte Photography on Vimeo.

The stunning label was launched by North West designer Fiona Cooper back in 2010 and has continued to go from strength to strength, with brides falling head over heels for its pretty bohemian designs that are both feminine and fashionable.

Here to introduce the latest collection with stunning imagery and video footage, is the leading lady herself.

With images by Lucy G Photography.

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What is the name of the new collection and does it have a certain theme?

fiona says: ‘Authentic Luxe’ is our 2018 collection and we are so excited to preview it here exclusively! It has a bohemian luxe vibe – the look we love the most!

Where did you get the inspiration from for the new collection?

The 2018 collection has a relaxed feel. I have taken inspiration from so many things, including interior design trends, bohemian fashion and the brides I meet.

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Can you give us an overview of the various styles that feature in the collection?

The majority of the collection is slim fitting; off-shoulder gowns and spaghetti straps play a prominent part.

And what fabrics have been used?

My usual signature fabrics; silk chiffon in both matt and shine, delicate French laces, soft draping crepe and a really quirky geometric stretch cotton.

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Do you have a personal favourite dress from the collection?

Oh, I have a few, though I think Willow and Poppy are my very favourites!

How has the new collection been received so far by those that have seen it?

Some of our stockists have had sneak previews and so far we have had an amazing response. We can’t wait to get the collection in their boutiques and to the brides!

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What type of bride do you think the new collection will appeal to?

We really think our dresses appeal to the relaxed bride, fun loving and fashion thinking bride. The bride who knows her own mind and style, who wants to be comfortable yet look breath-taking.

When and where will the new collection be available from?

The collection will be available at trunk shows with our stockists over the coming months and permanently with them from the summer. I would advise any bride wanting to try the new collection to contact their nearest stockist, book into the trunk shows and make sure the dress they want to try will be there!

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Any other news to share with us?

With the success of Felicity Cooper Bridal with our wonderful stockists we have decided to close our Knutsford boutique to enable us to concentrate fully on our brand and support our stockists. We will be hosting special events in the North West and I will be attending as many trunk shows as I can personally. Our stockist trunk show dates so far are:

Frock & Soul – 8th and 9th April

The White Yard – 1st May

Kimberley Ann Bridal Boutique – 8th and 9th July

For a full list of stockists visit www.felicitycooper.co.uk

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lookbook: romantic ruffles

February 22nd, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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If the 2017 bridal runways are anything to go by, ruffles are all the rage – so we thought it was about time we revisited this recurring trend, and show you how best to rock this romantic look.

Perfect for adding dimension to a slim silhouette and creating extra movement, ruffles are ultra-feminine and can serve up a hint of drama, too. Fluted layers, stiff waves, cascading skirts and voluminous frills – what we love is that there are so many different styles to choose from.

This isn’t for the faint-hearted though – the best way to carry off this playful trend is to go all out for a high-end twist to your bridal look. It’s a style, we think, best suited to modern fashionista brides seeking something alternative and chic.

Main images: Monique Lhuillier

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Focusing on current collections, Persy’s new Le Tresure collection offers a sweet twist on the ruffle trend with its head-to-toe layers crafting a figure-flattering silhouette. The Lily and Perla dresses are our particular faves – we can only imagine how wonderful it would be to swish around in these bohemian designs.

For the more contemporary and demure bride, look to Monique Lhuillier for inspiration. The Tresor strapless gown is one of our personal highlights from the AW17 collection, with its abundance of soft spiraling ruffles. By contrast, the Beatrix dress serves up a whimsical fashion moment with its cascading layers of beautiful lace, finished with a cute bow.

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If you’re seeking something a touch more understated with a vintage edge, look no further than Sachin & Babi’s new collection, delivering tight ruffles in all the right places to really accentuate your figure.

Princess wannabes will no doubt fall in love with the Ines Di Santo Souffle ball gown, which combines an illusion bodice and back with pretty appliques and a tumbling tulle skirt for a subtle and dreamy take on the trend.

You’ll also find ruffles of all shapes and sizes in the 2017 couture collection from Yolan Cris. Delicate and ethereal, these angelic dresses offer brides-to-be an alluring mix of fabrics and cuts, from pleated organza and Chantilly lace to tulle skirts and open boat necklines. In a word: adore.

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for the stars. a styled bridal shoot at allerton castle

February 20th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today on Brides Up North, the stunning Allerton Castle in North Yorkshire provides the romantic setting for our styled wedding shoot.

Dating all the way back to 1066, the site is quite literally steeped in history with striking architecture and a captivating gothic interior to match. We’re talking ornate mirrors, candelabras, original fireplaces and spellbinding staircases.

Becki from all You Need is Love Photography paired up with a number of talented suppliers (including Brides Up North Sponsor Blossom and Belle) to create this dreamy yet dramatic bridal look, and we simply adore the bold palette of the bouquet, headpiece and makeup.

Don’t miss our Brides Up North Luxury Bridal Show on Sunday 5th March 2017, 11am till 3pm, Free Entry at this stunning venue! We’re filling the Castle with 30+ of the area’s most brilliant bridal suppliers, live music, bridal fashion, pretty paper, sweet treats, floral designs and all the details.  Come and see the place dressed to the nines to inspire your own perfect wedding day! Click here to register now. 

With images from All You Need is Love Photography

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becki says: We named the shoot ‘Star Of Love’ which is the variety of astrantia that the florist, Claire Slater Flowers used in the red bouquet, which features in most of the photos. Our model, Daisy, was quite the star, too, wearing a white gown from Blossom and Belle, based in York.

In terms of inspiration for the shoot, we focused on all things vintage. We wanted an opportunity to be creative together, especially as our tastes are so similar; plus we all have a soft spot for anything vintage.

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We loved working together to create such a timeless and elegant look for the shoot. It’s just great to meet like-minded ladies within the wedding industry that can inspire and encourage the best from each other.

Allerton Castle was the most perfect location; each room is breath taking and the staff there are incredible.

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I visited the castle a few years back, and it has always been a dream location for me to photograph. Each element of the shoot fitted together seamlessly and the backdrop of the castle really pulled it all together. It was like stepping into a time machine, as it’s steeped in so much history.

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We didn’t have a specific style from the outset, this emerged as we discussed our favourite looks, and before we knew it, the vintage theme took a life of its own.

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