Charlotte Balbier

breaking the bridal rules – beautifully – introducing charlotte balbier separates

December 8th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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We’re all about pushing wedding boundaries, thinking outside the big day box and sometimes, just sometimes, breaking the bridal rules. This is perhaps why we’re such a fan of the super-stylish Separates collection from our good industry friend and Sponsor, Charlotte Balbier.

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Daring to go where other bridal wear labels won’t, Charlotte was one of the first British designers to introduce an inter-changeable Separates range to her collections, which enable a bride to build and create her own individual big day look using slips, skirts, toppers and belts.

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Encouraging fashion-forward and free-spirited brides to throw the wedding attire rule book out of the window, the versatile range provides options beyond the traditional wedding gown and helps a bride to express their unique individuality, personality and style through their bridalwear choices.

Better still, when broken down into individual components, the pieces can be worn long beyond the wedding day – so while not conventional, they’re certainly both practical and pretty.

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This new imagery from Charlotte Balbier showcases perfectly how the Separates can be teamed for a high-impact wedding day look and then switched-up and restyled for cool and edgy casualwear.

For example, brides wanting a classic yet contemporary look for their wedding could pair the lace Cressy topper with the voluminous Piper tulle skirt, while for the boho bride the Rowe satin and lace topper and Saint chiffon skirt provide a dreamy duo. For a flirtier look, the Una thick lace topper and pretty, flared Pippa puff-ball skirt is most definitely a winning combination.

Following the big day, brides can then add their Separates to their everyday wardrobe with toppers doubling up as on-trend cropped tops and soft jackets and gilets providing classy winter cover-ups.

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Cressy & Piper

Personal favourites that would earn a place on our wardrobe wish list include the Cressida satin and lace topper, the fabulous Marabou feather Sparrow jacket and the super-soft Hester fur jacket. If Santa happens to be listening, we’ve been awfully good this year!

For more, visit www.charlottebalbier.com

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look book: simple silhouettes

December 6th, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Understated glamour is the buzz phrase within 2017 bridal collections as designers strip back the beads, pearls and crystals to create fuss-free and flawless gowns with minimal detailing.

Perfect for those who believe that less is more, the fresh designs are all about clean lines and cuts with an emphasis on rich and luxurious looking materials that help to heighten the elegance. From sleek, slimline designs to eye-catching A-lines, there’s a style and silhouette to suit all shapes and sizes.

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Rosa Clara

And if the perfectly plain creations are a step too sophisticated for some, there are designs featuring feminine detailing in pretty bows and soft lace trims as well as those with deep backs, plunging v-necklines and thigh-high splits, for the more daring bride to bare little skin.

For a truly classic look we love the structured and more traditional designs in rich Mikado silks. Meanwhile for the fashionista bride, there are beautifully uncomplicated jumpsuits and simple separates that provide a more on-trend alternative to the stripped-back trend.

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Sassi Holford

Spanish designers in particular are doing the look on point, with ultra-ladylike designs coming from Rosa Clara and Pronovias, while Jesus Peiro offers more striking and statement pieces. Favourites for us include the stunning slim-line Nantes gown by Rosa Clara and the feminine yet flirty Tabina by Pronovias.

British designer Sassi Holford has also executed the art of simplicity beautifully within her recent collections with Davina and Darcy both proving to be big hits on The White Gallery catwalk earlier this year, and one of our favourite gowns from Charlotte Balbier‘s Untamed Love had to be the delicious Agatha. 

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Charlotte Balbier

Those that choose to go down the clean route can opt to keep their accessories and styling in line with the style with subtle jewellery and neat hair, or alternatively make more of an impact with statement jewellery and modern, undone hair styling to complete their desired bridal look.

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diary date: rue de seine trunk show at jean jackson couture

December 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime

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Gals on the dress hunt, we’re stopping by this afternoon to bring you details of an exciting event being held by one of our fabulous Sponsors.

On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of December 2016, the wonderful team at Jean Jackson Couture HQ, located in the leafy suburb of Urmston, Manchester, will be hosting a Rue De Seine Trunk Show featuring the Love Spell Collection in its entirety.

There are limited places available for this exclusive event, so let’s not delay in handing over the blog to Rebecka of Jean Jackson Couture, who can give us full details, including how to secure an appointment.

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What can brides expect from the Trunk Show event?

rebecka says: The Love Spell Collection Trunk Show will feature stunning Rue De Seine designs for brides to view and try on during their appointment. They will also receive a special goody bag too.

What are the benefits of the event to brides-to-be?

It is the only time that we will have the entire Love Spell Collection in the boutique so this is an exclusive opportunity to have full access to the collection.

How many appointments are available at the Trunk Show and how long will the appointments last?

There a few appointments still available on the Saturday and Sunday and each appointment will last an hour. We ask that brides only bring two guests and refrain from wearing fake or instant tan.

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Tell us a little about the Rue De Seine collection…

The Love Spell Collection is a celebration of free thinking, bold and unconventional brides.

The inspiration for this collection ranges from the relaxed, romantic beaches of Bali to the daring and dramatic expressions of iconic trailblazers.

The collection boasts many unique and individual laces, which are designed and made exclusively for Rue de Seine. These laces have immense detail and rich textures making Love Spell a modern collection of bohemian fantasy.

Are there any particular favourites or stand out pieces within the collection for you personally?

One of my personal favourites is Blake, a slim-fitting, racer-back gown made from a heavy guipure lace featuring tassels.

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What sizes are Rue De Seine designs available in?

The dresses are available in sizes 6 to 14.

What is the price range of the Rue De Seine dresses that you stock?

The dresses range from £1,850 to £3,200, but the majority are around £2,500.

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What are you looking forward to most about the event?

We just love meeting with new brides and hearing all about their super cool weddings!

Do you have any advice for brides-to-be attending the Trunk Show?

It’s always good to come with a list of your favourite four to five dresses. Also, be open-minded to trying on a wild card, the result might surprise you.

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How do ladies go about booking an appointment for the events?

To book an appointment go to the ‘contact’ page of our website, or alternatively call us on 0161 748 2878.

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bridal trend alert: the illusion wedding dress

December 1st, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Allure Couture

Keen to collaborate with other big-day enthusiasts in the world of weddings, we’re introducing a new guest writer to the blog today, the lovely Sophie Grabham, Online Editor at Love Our Wedding Magazine.

Aa a regular feature in our Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair media packs, we’re big fans and supporters of Love Our Wedding Magazine and enjoy flicking through its glossy pages of inspiration. As such Sophie will be sharing a monthly feature with us on everything from dresses to décor, and in return we will be writing for the wonderful Love Our Wedding Magazine website once a month too. If you didn’t see our first feature on the Top 2017 Wedding Themes, be sure to take a look.

For her first feature, Sophie has some serious dress candy in store for you as she talks bridal fashion trends.

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sophie says: One of our favourite bridal trends of the moment has to be illusion gowns!

Illusion necklines made an appearance in many designer collections for 2016 and the trend is showing no signs of slowing down for 2017. The elegant detailing gives the appearance of tattooed lace on skin and is a must have for any fashion-conscious bride.

But it’s not just necklines that have been featuring this illusion styling. There has also been a lot of emphasis on the backs of gowns as well as on sleeves, with intricate illusion lace patterns cropping up in many of the hottest new collections.

From chic and subtle to the fashion-forward and daring, this trend will work for any style of bride.

Let’s take a look at some of our favourites…

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Kenneth Winston

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The signature style for 2016/2017 weddings, illusion necklines can be as daring as you like! There are many variations of this look; from high-neck detailing to plunging V-necklines – another huge trend for the new season.

We’d recommend wearing minimal jewellery and hair up or to one side, to really show off the gorgeous detailing on this style of gown.

Labels including Allure, Chloe Bridals, and Kenneth Winston all rock this look.

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diary date: felicity cooper designer day at the little pearl bridal boutique

November 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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There’s nothing better than seeing two of our fabulous Sponsors join forces to bring brides super special events – and that’s exactly what will be happening on Saturday 26th November, when The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering, North Yorkshire, will be hosting a Felicity Cooper Bridal designer day.

The fabulous event will not only include an exclusive preview of the gorgeous Felicity Cooper Natural Soul 2017 collection, but those who order a gown on the day will also receive a 10% discount. Oh and there will be cake and fizz too!

Tempted? We thought so! Here’s the lovely Diana, owner of The Little Pearl, with all the details.

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Tell us a little about what brides-to-be can expect from the designer day…

diana says: The event will include an exclusive preview of the Felicity Cooper Natural Soul 2017 collection, along with a few new pieces that have yet to be seen! We will have 10% off any gown order placed on the day, plus we will be surrounded by fizz, cakes and a goody bag for every bride who comes along.

What are the benefits of the event?

Brides to be will get an exclusive preview of the full Felicity Cooper 2017 collection, plus a one to one styling appointment with the designer herself! This is a total treat for any bride-to-be, where they can chat about creating their dream bridal look.

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How many appointments will be available on the designer day and how long will the appointments last?

Appointments last for one-hour-and-a-half, with appointments from 9am to 6pm.

Tell us a little about the Felicity Cooper collection…

Creative Director, Fiona Cooper, has sourced the most beautiful free-flowing fabrics, delicate laces and exquisite beadwork, taking inspiration for the Natural Soul Collection from the desires of real brides to look and feel absolutely stunning on their big day. The 2017 collection consists of 18 new pieces and appeals to every bride, from the modern and quirky, to the elegant, vintage and bohemian. The beautiful cuts and fabrics offer a stunning selection for the cool, fashionable and confident bride.

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Any particular favourites or stand out pieces within the collection for you personally? 

I love a full skirted gown, so the amazing Bravely has certainly stolen my heart. For more of a soft, boho look, I just adore the open back detail on Matilda too.

What sizes are Felicity Cooper designs available in?

All of the gowns can be ordered in sizes from a 2 to a 24.

What is the price range of the Felicity Cooper dresses that you stock?

The price of the collection ranges from £1,350 to £1,900.

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What are you looking forward to most about the designer day event?

I love welcoming our very talented designers to the boutique and giving brides that special one-to-one styling opportunity. Who wouldn’t love to meet their own gown designer and create their dream bridal look together?

Do you have any advice for brides-to-be attending the designer day?

I would recommend coming to the designer day having already tried on some gown styles so that you have an idea of what you are looking for. This will help to get the most out of your appointment, so that you can really get into the detail of your whole bridal look.

How do ladies go about booking an appointment for the events?

They can email me at diana@thelittlepearlbridalboutique.co.uk, call the boutique on 01751 798080, or send me a message via our Facebook page.

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laidback glam. a chic wedding with a rustic twist at the saddleworth hotel – hannah & tom

November 11th, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today on the blog we bring you a beautiful real wedding in the picturesque foothills of the Pennines.

After a three-year engagement, Hannah and Tom exchanged vows over the May bank holiday weekend, in the quaint setting of the village church in Ripponden.

Blending rustic charm with an elegant and contemporary décor – not to mention one of the most stunning balconied ballrooms we have ever seen – The Saddleworth Hotel provided the gorgeous backdrop to the couple’s memorable celebrations.

With handwritten notes to each and every guest, as well as a special donation to a charity close to their hearts – this was a wedding brimming with nostalgia and personal touches from start to finish.

With images by Brides Up North Sponsor, James Tracey Photography.

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hannah says: We got engaged three years ago. Tom arranged for us to go away for the weekend to one of our favourite hotels. He hired a beach hut and brought along a picnic with prosecco. He pulled out the ring which he’d had made for me and, obviously, I said yes. We then headed back to the hotel, where he’d arranged to meet my parents for a meal to celebrate.

We got married on Saturday 28th May 2016. I’m a teacher so we needed a date that fitted in with the school holidays, and with a good chance of nice weather! The bank holiday weekend fell in the middle of our spring bank holiday, so it was perfect.

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We tied the knot at St Bartholomew’s Church, in Ripponden. This is our village church and it was also the church I went to whilst growing up, so it was really special to get married there.

Our reception was at The Saddleworth Hotel in Delph. It was actually the first venue we looked at, and nothing else came close. We loved the mix of old and new – the ballroom is amazing and fitted really well with our vision for the day. The double height room really is special.  The venue and grounds are absolutely stunning and the team there is brilliant; nothing is too much trouble.

We chose The Saddleworth Hotel partly because of its glamorous setting and wanted to incorporate this theme within our wedding. We wanted our day to be classic and glam, but at the same time reflect us as a couple and be laidback enough for guests to really enjoy themselves. We wanted our guests to feel special, and spot those little touches that made the day about us as a couple and as individuals. So, not an easy job!

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We didn’t have a specific colour scheme, although the bridesmaids wore blush pink dresses and the flowers were blush pink and white. Everything else we picked because we loved it and it fitted our idea for the day.

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My dress was a chiffon and beaded Justin Alexander gown, which I bought from The Harrogate Wedding Lounge. I had an idea of what I wanted when I started looking for dresses, and this was absolutely not it! But when I tried the dress on, I swished around the room and felt like an amazing version of me! It wasn’t what I set out to get, but it was the perfect dress for our day.

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