June 22nd, 2015 | Julia Braime
One of our favourite bridal designers at Brides Up North HQ, and now a good friend of mine, I’m proud to share the 2016 Charlotte Balbier willa rose collection with you this afternoon on our pretty pages, marking 12 years in British Bridal fashion for this talented lady.
Charlotte amazes me year on year as her brand continues to evolve whilst ever maintaining her beautiful signature style. The new Willa Rose collection captivates the imagination with bohemian, free spirited designs to take Balbier brides on a magical journey.
For 2016, Charlotte’s ethereal, soft flowing chiffon gowns are adorned with exquisite beading, pearls and crystals, delicate rose details and her signature hand cut flower designs. There are daring low backs and, as always, graceful straps and sleeve details. The colour palette includes rose pink, antique gold and rich ivory shades.
Personally, it’s my favourite Charlotte Balbier collection yet, and standout styles for me include Harlow (bling a ling!), Lilac and the eponymous Willa Rose. Get stuck in…
Charlotte Balbier is making a personal appearance at Brides Up North Sponsor Boutique Jean Jackson Couture in the Northern Quarter Manchester on the 2nd July between 6pm-8pm. Charlotte will be on hand to meet with brides and chat over their wedding gown ideas while sipping on Rose Pink lemonade and being treated to yummy treats. The full details of the event can be seen here.
For more visit www.charlottebalbier.com
June 16th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Launched at a swanky do we attended back in March 2015 (click here to see our write up of a fabulous day) the new 2016 collection promises of love by our Sponsor Amanda Wyatt has been hailed as her strongest to date.
A leading name in British bridal for over 20 years this forward thinking, design led fashion house year on year delivers beautiful wedding gowns that we know our readers love.
We adore Amanda’s gowns (and the lady herself even more!), so here at Brides Up North HQ we’re totally crushing on this collection.
Amanda’s signature fit, cut and wealth of styles are presented in soft flowing chiffons, French and Italian laces, fine tulle and rich satins, adorned with frosted pearl beading and embellished details. A soft colour palette of ivory hues and soft gold with hints of blush pinks and powder blue keeps things looking dreamy and different.
The collection is designed with matching accessories that compliment each gown, soft tulle silk veils and delicate hair accessories to complete your Amanda Wyatt styled look.
For more information visit www.amandawyatt.com
Images by Lee Garland
June 11th, 2015 | Julia Braime
Hold onto your heels girls, Brides Up North Sponsor Diana of The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique has some exciting news to share. Today they announce that they are welcoming a new accessory supplier, Brides Up North fave, Charlotte Mills Bridal. At the forefront of bridal trends and bringing a fresh new look to bridal footwear, since Charlotte’s debut collection in 2014 we have totally fallen in love with her signature style of love hearts incorporated in a unique and fun way across every style.
#PearlsGirls will now be able to add that signature Charlotte Mills sixpence to their own bridal shoes. A match made in fashion heaven.
Diana and Charlotte also have some some special treats exclusively for Brides Up North readers, with 10% off every order, and a #PearlsGirls Celebrate Summer coming up very soon… read on for details of how to claim your discount and for that diary date!
diana says: It’s certainly been an exciting few months here at The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique! We’ve had the pleasure in meeting so many lovely brides-to-be and their families since opening our doors on Valentines Day this year. We feel like we’ve been open a lot longer than four months! Our vision for the boutique was to give every bride a special personalised one to one experience, surrounded by a hand picked selection of elegant and stylish designer gowns and accessories. It’s been just wonderful seeing lots of ladies enjoy their time at the boutique and become one of #PearlsGirls. Seeing them all preparing for their big day over the coming months is truly an honour!
We are thrilled to welcome Charlotte Mills Bridal to the family. At The Little Pearl, it’s all about the detail. Charlotte has thought of everything when designing her collection, and we just love how personal it is to each bride. Charlotte incorporates a Silver Sixpence into each pair of shoes and embosses the sole with the phrase “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue and a Silver Sixpence in her shoe”. We love that each of our brides carries that extra little bit of luck with them down the aisle.
Charlotte’s 2015 collection doesn’t stray too far away from her signature style, complementing it by adding soft glitters, metallics and luxury soft leathers. We just love Charlotte’s iconic colours too – from cobalt blue to pink, they are such a fun choice and perfect for wearing after your wedding day too! I may have to purchase a cheeky pair myself!
Charlotte has also just launched a new selection of personalised hearts that can be added to a few of her styles. There are over 10 different heart trims to choose from. Whether it be a design to fit in with your theme, or your personality, the choice is completely yours. There are fun designs embroidered with ‘Just Married’ and ‘Happily Every After’ or hearts adorned with glitter crystals and fresh water pearls.
I have to say I love all of Charlotte’s designs, but if I was to pick a few favourites they would have to be Andi from the new collection – such a classic peep toe shape, Betty from the new collection – who doesn’t love a bit of glitter with an elegant heel, and Annabel – perfect for dancing the night away!
Charlotte’s gorgeous shoes are now in the boutique ready and waiting to be tried on. As a special treat we are offering all you lucky Brides up North readers a cheeky 10% off launch offer across all of our Charlotte Mills styles for the next month. Just mention Brides up North when you come to see us.
Talking of treats we have another one coming up for you too, our #PearlsGirls Celebrate Summer Event! So if you are still looking for your perfect gown, or accessories, come and join us for fizz, pimms and lots of summer treats on Saturday 20th June. The event is by appointment only, so why not come and have a special girlie day. We are taking bookings from 9am until 7pm.
To come and see us at The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique just call us on 01751 798080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 4th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
May 26th, 2015 | Rachel Parry
If there’s one event where female celebrities raise the style stakes it’s the met gala. Primarily the annual event is held to raise funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York, though the glitzy bash also gives top celebs and designers the opportunity to team-up and create some show-stopping red carpet looks.
Each year’s gala celebrates the theme of that year’s Costume Institute exhibition making the dress code for 2015 ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’. However, to us the theme may as well of been ‘bare all’ as that’s what many of the female A-listers decided to do.
Make no mistake, sheer gowns were big news at the event with bootylicious ladies Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez entering into some kind of flesh-off. While were very impressed with the bravery of all involved, for us it was Queen Bey who ran the red carpet.
And so today we’re putting the Love on Top singer in our celebrity spy spotlight to see how fierce and fashionable brides-to-be can take inspiration from Beyonce’s glittering getup, slick hair and pretty makeup.
Girls, you’re going to be crazy in love for this one!
What there was of Beyonce’s dress was custom made by Givenchy and left very little to the imagination. In fact her modesty was only covered with strategically placed sparkling gems – similar to the look she adopted for her Dangerously in Love album cover, way back in 2003. The girl’s still got it though and even if a few people lost their breath when she stepped out on the red carpet, there’s no denying she worked the bold look incredibly well.
We realise that this exact look would be wholly inappropriate for a traditional church wedding, or many other styles of ceremonies for that matter, but there are certain elements of Beyonce’s style that ladies can steal to add some attitude to their attire.
The majority of the sheer wedding gowns that we’ve seen on the bridal catwalks thankfully offer more coverage than Miss Knowles’ gown – with full length nude underlays and carefully embroidered panels hinting at nudity rather than actually revealing it. There are of course more daring dresses with embellishment or delicate 3D flowers covering just the area between the bust and the bum.
More conservative creations give brides the option of a design with just one or two sheer elements, such as the sleeves, back or side panels of the dress, so they can choose which areas of their body they feel most confident flaunting (as well as what’s deemed appropriate). Alternatively for brides that want to remain under wraps there’s the option of a gown with a sheer lace overlay or jacket that will give a translucent look but without the need to flash any flesh that you’d rather your parents, in-laws and the vicar didn’t see.
And as if she needed to reveal anymore, Beyonce’s dress did also feature sexy cut out back detail, which is an easy feature for brides to mirror.
Ponytails are growing in popularity, particularly with brides looking for a simple up do that will last the day, and the test of time. That said, the majority are keeping their hair ties a little lower than Beyonce who chose to pile her hair high, presumably not to distract from the dress.
Brides in favour of the high ponytail can choose whether to keep the look sleek and straight, undone and messy or classy and curly, like Miss Knowles. Meanwhile if you like the idea of high up hair but want something a little more exciting for your big day, further options include the top knot, ballerina bun, sophisticated chignon or an intricate twisted do.
In terms of accessories most ladies tend to keep the look quite simple opting for a cute girly bow or blousy floral corsage hair slide. Locks scraped away from the face also gives brides the opportunity to rock some elaborate earrings such as sparkling chandelier styles.
Once again, not to detract from the gown, Beyonce kept her makeup fairly simple opting for classic rosy cheeks and lips.
Her eyes were the main focal point which featured a mint green hue on the lids to pick out the stunning colours of the gems sprinkled across the dress. To open up the eyes just a flick of liner was used on the top eye line, adding a sexy edge, while the bottom was left bare – much like the rest of Bey’s body.
Lashings of mascara and perfectly sculptured brows completed the look which is certainly one brides could adopt for their moment in the limelight.
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