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One For The Cool Girls. Introducing Brand New Bridal Label Maria Senvo & “The Fifteen Collection”

February 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

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It’s only February 2014, but already the invitations to view the biggest bridal houses’ 2015 collections have started to roll in here at Brides Up North HQ, and we are excitedly marking some special dates in our office diary.  Last year we brought you our Designer Series of interviews with some of the most recognised names in the industry, and are looking forward to doing the same again later this spring. 

You know me though, I like to keep things fresh, mixed up and interesting – and that’s why alongside the established designers I also like to keep my readers abridged of the hottest happenings in bridal couture, the newest labels on the scene and also laud the work of talented, smaller, independent designers.

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So when the lovely Holly Cuthbert of brand new label Maria Senvo contacted me to show off her inaugural collection, I couldn’t wait to share it with the rest of you.  Coming soon to a bridal boutique (and some of the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibitions!) near you, let’s meet the lady behind the designs. 

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Please introduce Maria Senvo and tell us a little about your brand?

The label has been set up by me and my partner Ryan, so we have both a male and female influence on the designs which we think is what makes them so unique. Our first collection launches this month, alongside the website and we also have some exciting events coming up over the coming months.  Our first one coincides with London Fashion Week and is the invitation only launch of the label. We are super busy planning at the moment but it’s set to be great!

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What is your style philosophy?

Stay true to yourself and don’t be afraid to be different. Many brides are taking their day to day style and working this into their big day looks to be individual and stylised. Gone are the days where brides wear what is expected of them… be bold.

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Tell us about the new collection by Maria Senvo?

We always say… “If you’re a cool girl and your am to pm wardrobe is simple, paired down and effortless, what do you then wear to get married in?”

That bride – someone not unlike ourselves we think – really is the inspiration for each and every design. The aim always was to master that elusive paired down aesthetic with just the right amount of glamour.  As well as the bride herself the inspirations are endless from art, culture and modernism, even the campaign taster shot at a British sculpture park oozes an essence of what the brand is really about; creating what we hope really is a striking new presence in a somewhat traditional industry.

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What fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the new collection and why?

Intricate beaded bodies, elongated lines and pleats adorn the collection that when turned around reveal scoop detail backs and razor sharp features. The collection is designed with a new generation bride in mind who is looking for something a little different from her gown. Each is handmade and hand beaded and feels amazing to wear! The fabrics range from silks to crepe chiffon and everything in between.

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Do you have a personal favourite from the new collection?  Which piece and why?

We both have our favourites for different reasons! Mine (Holly) is the Joy gown as it’s the first gown we designed and also happens to be one of the favourites with our brides so far. Ryan loves the Edith gown as the shape is so different to anything else out there and the heavy lace teamed with the soft crepe looks elegantly stylish.

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What accessories would you pair with pieces from your new collection? 

For our campaign shoot we used pieces from the latest Indian Summer collection from Flo & Percy. We love the style of their accessories and they complement our gowns perfectly. A lot of our boutiques also hand make bespoke accessories to match our gowns which is a gorgeous little addition when shopping for a Maria Senvo gown.

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What beauty look would complement the pieces in your new collection?

Our own style is very paired down and somewhat European so we love the effortless looks that look less bridal and more day to day. On the shoot our makeup and hair stylist scooped hair into high ponytails or brushed long length hair back off the models face… paired with neutral eyes (add a little subtle false lash for definition) and a pop of colour on the lip to take your big day look from am to pm.

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Do you have a “signature” piece?

We definitely have a signature look running through the collection – spot it for yourselves?

How do you decide on the “names” for your gowns?

The name of the collection ‘The Fifteen Collection’ is purely the year date of the collection.  As we designers are always a year ahead of ourselves this collection launches this month yet will be sold internationally as 2015 pieces. The dress names were a little more tricky, a lot of the dress names have a personal meaning to us be it names of family and friends or aims and achievements we have.

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What sizes are available in your gowns? 

The gowns are size 6 – 22 but custom sizing is also available as each gown is handmade to order.

What is the retail price range for your designs?

The designs start at around £1,500 and range up to around £2,700 for our Swarovski custom gown.

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What sets Maria Senvo apart from other bridal wear brands?

The designs mix a respect for the old with a flair for the new but what makes Maria Senvo unique is how we understand the woman inside our dress. Composed and sensual, she wants to be comfortable yet elegant, fashion forward but timeless.  The first collection is new and bold and altogether interesting for 2014, but to call us minimalists would be too simple. The seemingly uncomplicated pieces are stylish and on closer inspection, playful experiments in shapes and fabrics with a focus on the finer points in design, so that the inside of the garments are just as beautiful as the outside. Trust us – when stepped into they feel sensational!

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Was there a defining point in your career that made your business the success that it is today?

As young entrepreneurs the biggest step so far was taking the leap and setting up the label – it really just keeps going from strength to strength and the reaction to the collection has been unbelievable.

What are your plans for the future?

At the moment we are concentrating on our UK launch and with London Fashion Week just 2 weeks away we are busy bees to say the least!

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What would “a day in the life” at Maria Senvo HQ be like?

We have a studio which in every way encompasses the typical studio you would imagine – from moodboards to swatches it’s an organised chaos! Ryan is a real night owl and is constantly tapping away until the early hours most days. No two days are the same and we split our time between London and Manchester for many reasons, both cities have a great culture for design and both have wonderful support systems for new generation brands such as ourselves. Every day is vibrant. 

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How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you or see more of your designs?

Our new website launches this month housing some great features for brides like “create your own lookbook” and “request a sketch” and is a great spot to see more of our designs and keep up to date with all our events. We also love to hear from our brides to be direct through our social media. 

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Do you have any Northern stockists – how can Brides Up North find them?

Yes! The lovely The Case Of The Curious Bride in Manchester is the exclusive stockist for the North and the boutique is a gorgeous hub of treats – with Melanie (the owner) also housing an abundance of accessories for brides to lust after alongside our debut collection. 

The Case Of The Curious Bride will be exhibiting at Brides Up North’s North West events this Spring.  Click here to add the dates to your diaries and see Maria Senvo’s beautiful new collection in person. 

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Diary Date: Stunning Sample Sale At The White Room, Sheffield

December 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I’m popping by this afternoon with a date for your diaries from Brides Up North exhibitor The White Room Sheffield.

In their special sample sale on Saturday 11th January 2014, The White Room will be offering Brides Up North a unique opportunity to buy a beautiful couture wedding gown by one of the most prestigious bridal designers around including Jenny Packham, Sassi Holford, Stephanie Allin and Claire Pettibone.

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Chloe of The White Room says: Some of our beautiful samples are ‘as new’ whilst others are discontinued or need a new home! We also have a selection of gowns at £500 and under. All gowns as ex boutique samples and are UK sizes 12 – 14. We will also have accessories and shoes in the sale too, starting from £25. 

Doors open from 10am and although this is a sample sale, we work on a first come first served basis so the day will not be self service – we will have a welcoming team to greet you and to help you try and buy your dress.  All dresses can be stored at The White Room however we cannot facilitate fittings but can advise on a brilliant seamstress who can. 

A few words of advice….

We strongly recommend that you have already tried on bridal dresses so that you have an idea of what shape and style suits you best.

A sale day is not the best environment for someone trying on for the first time or to get ideas, as we are unable to give you the level of service or time, so we suggest that you make an appointment separately and prior to our sample sale so that it will not be your very first time trying on bridal gowns.

Sample sizes generally are 12 and 14, but there are always a small selection of both smaller and larger pieces.

At a sample sale you do not have the luxury of time to go away and think, because the dress is likely to be bought by the next person who tries it on… please come ready to make a decision. 

This is great opportunity to find a beautiful designer dress at a price that you can afford, so be ready to buy if you fall in love with your dream dress and we are looking forward to seeing you!

Any questions? Call or e-mail The White Room on 0114 272 2336 or email chloe@whiteroombridal.co.uk

 

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Haute Grace. The Designer Series: The Seams Collection 2014 By Jesús Peiró

July 31st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I am in the privileged position of obtaining access to all my favourite bridal designers for a series of exclusive interviews here on Brides Up North, where they’ll be giving you a sneak peek at their newest designs, sharing the inspirations behind the collections and giving you a glance into their (very beautiful) world.  These are the gowns that will be landing in a wedding dress boutique near you soon.

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Today I’m celebrating 25 years of and introducing one of my very favourite bridal design houses, the gorgeous Jesús Peiró.  Inspired by the tradition and history of the dressmaking atelier, their new collection celebrates 25 years of cutting-edge haute couture under the Jesús Peiró  brand.  
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Reflecting the current trend toward simplicity and minimalism, the Seams Collection is a fusion of design between the fabric and the line. Moving away from the richness and intricate detailing of embroidery, damask and embossing, to light and airy fabrics such as tulle, organza and gauze, the collection is the perfect balance of slender, willowy silhouettes and big volumes.  

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Accessories and details are the artisan elements that infuse the gowns with touches of dressmaking; white detailing imitates the reels of thread or the seamstress’ chalk markings while the black ribbons represent the structure of the mannequins, the pins and trimmings.  

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The Seams Collection express 25 years of dressmaking perfection and commitment, paying tribute to the meticulous work of the Jesús Peiró team in delivering unique, impeccable gowns time and again. 

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As we chat to head designer Merché Segarra, and with images fresh from Barcelona Bridal Week, I hope you love these beauties as much as I do. 

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Please introduce Jesús Peiró and tell us a little about your brand.

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Jesús Peiró is a bridal gown company with 25 years’ experience specialising in the creation of wedding gowns. We pay very close attention to quality and excellent service and the hallmark of our collections is the tailored craftsmanship of the gowns.

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What is your style philosophy?

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To strive for excellence in the final product, to convey to the bride-to-be the company’s passion for quality, beauty and attention to detail in the dress itself and in its final appearance.

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Tell us about the new Collection by Jesús Peiró. What were your inspirations behind this beautiful collection?

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As we are celebrating our 25th anniversary, we have based this collection on our DNA, our very essence. This is above all couture. So we start with the image of an haute-couture model, with its black straps that mark its constituent parts. With these black tones we construct a styling of embellishments that complement the details in the gowns.

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Where do you look for inspiration?

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In the world of fashion, since we are a fashion house that is keenly aware of new trends. Also we constantly look back at haute couture, to recapture its classical elegance and the fine proportions of what is a very important garment.

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What sort of woman do you design for; did you have a specific “muse” for this Collection?

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My muse this year is a model, an anonymous woman who moves with the grace of a ballerina. She is delicate, feminine and subtly spontaneous.

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What fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the new Collection and why?

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Classic smooth fabrics like velvet, organzas, and tulles to represent the various types of lines. From the most structured to the most soft  Embossed fabrics, damask-like, embroidered, and guipure laces that enrich the collection because they give the gown an air of distinction and added volume.

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The details complement this important presence that is so characteristic of rich fabric, with accents of light and textures such as stones, straps and even feathers, occasionally.

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Do you have a personal favourite from the new Collection? Which piece and why?

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I really like gowns that have a hint of lingerie. Because they are delicate, very subtle and give the bride-to-be a look that is both laid back and delicate at the same time.

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Do you have a “signature” piece?

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Yes, a pencil gown with a halter bust line and an abstract motif at the waist.

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What sizes are available in your gowns? Are your pieces made to measure?

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They can be ordered as off the peg standard sizes and we can also do special sizes.

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What is the retail price range for your designs?

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Most of the collection falls in the £1,300 – £2,500 price range with some of the “luxe” fabric or heavily embellished gowns falling in the £2,500 – £4,500 bracket.

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What sets Jesús Peiró apart from other bridal wear brands?

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What sets us apart is our commitment to quality in everything we do, the care we take of our customers, excellent service and craftsmanship that is renowned for being second to none.

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How did you get into wedding dress design – what is your story?

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When I completed my studies in Fine Arts, Fashion Design and my Masters’ Degree in Fashion Technology in Milan, I started working in the made-to-measure sector.  Ten years later the owner of Intersposa contacted me and asked me to design Jesus Peiro collections. This is my tenth year with the firm.

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What would “a day in the life” at Jesús Peiró HQ be like?

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It’s a combination of the technical side of observing the dressmaking process and the creative side of coming up with new designs, inspecting samples of materials and meetings with both the management and other members of the team. It’s never monotonous and the working atmosphere is open and very dynamic.

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Where do you go and what do you do to relax?

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Whenever I can, I go with my family to our house in the mountains. That’s where I read, cook and go for long walks with my dog.

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What are your “best things” in life?

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No question – my husband and my three children.

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How can Brides Up North Readers get in touch with you or see more of your designs?

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They can visit our website or contact the company directly.

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“An Elegant Art” The Designer Series: Lyn Ashworth

July 18th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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I am in the privileged position of obtaining access to all my favourite bridal designers for a series of exclusive interviews here on Brides Up North, where they’ll be giving you a sneak peek at their newest designs, sharing the inspirations behind the collections and giving you a glance into their (very beautiful) world.  These are the gowns that will be landing in a wedding dress boutique near you soon.

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This afternoon I want to introduce you to Sarah Barrett, the talented lady behind the Lyn Ashworth label.  The Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett brand continues to move forward into exciting times and Sarah’s 2014 collection was one of my very favourites on my recent press trip to White Gallery in London.

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Today we find out more about Sarah and her inspirations, design ethos and more importantly, where you can get your hands on one of her gorgeous gowns for your own wedding day. 

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Sarah says:  My studio is based in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside on the beautiful Duchy of Lancaster Estate where I am surrounded by the most breath taking fields and woodland. This is where all my dress designs are evolved and manufactured by myself and highly talented and passionate team, using tradition skills and craftsmanship, all of my gowns are created from start to finish by one seamstress and we pride ourselves on flying the Made in England flag.

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At a very young age I was extremely fortunate to have been taught to sew by two incredibly talented people in the theatre industry, Brooking & Chell. From them, I quickly learnt the skills and work ethic that has enabled me to do what I do now. I am very lucky to occasionally still work along-side this team. I class them as dear friends as well as work colleagues.

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Whilst studying fashion at college and then University, I split my time between both the fashion and theatre industries, learning on the job and tapping into a wealth of knowledge, experience and talent which was invaluable and such a privilege. Although having a good education whether at College or University is extremely important, I believe that being hands on and gaining on the job experience teaches you things that the education system cannot.

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It was a natural progression for me to move into the bridal industry where I have done pretty much everything from design and construction of the gowns to the management of shops. I have experienced all sides of the industry for over two decades now.

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I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Lyn Ashworth for a number of years prior to taking over the company. I have always had a great admiration for Lyn whom over the years has designed and created some of the most beautiful wedding dresses in the industry. When Lyn first spoke of her wish to retire from the business and to emigrate back to her birthplace New Zealand, it seemed the most natural thing for me to take over the company.

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The Lyn Ashworth name has been in this industry for over 30 years and I now look to grasp it with both hands and take it through the next 30.

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It has been an honour for me to take over this company and it is extremely important to me to keep the ethos of the company the same, beautifully hand crafted couture that is proudly, Made in England. The ultimate in elegance, where attention to detail, cut, fit and drape is paramount. Lyn spent decades building a reputation for quality and I will continue this further to ensure that we are constantly improving our quality and fit. A Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett dress is a creation in itself and a work of art in its own right. My skilled team of cutters and seamstresses and I are dedicated to creating each gown with care and attention to every detail. Each dress is made with love and precision using some of the most beautiful fabrics in the world. My dresses are not just about ever changing fashion; they are about a unique and special craft and creating something of timeless beauty.

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My aspiration is to slow down the fashion industry at times and to allow the artistry to create an old mystique for today’s modern woman. Attention to detail and couture craftsmanship is my trademark. These elements are paramount to my business at all times. From the shape of the buttons to the fine hand couture stitching, these details may seem insignificant to some people, however for me, I would not have my dresses manufactured any other way.

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The vision for the 2014 Romantic Elegance Collection comes from a time when dressing was an elegant art.

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Each dress has been designed to be cherished and loved encapsulating the imagination of all my brides. Styles have been refined showcasing a timelessly modern yet romantic and feminine structure. The finest quality bodices are complimented beautifully by sweeping pleats in the most exquisite silks, laces, crepe satin and organza. With subtle understated luxuries of graceful sleeves and belts accentuating ball gown waists.

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This collection is very personal to me as it showcases what is to be an exciting future for this Made in England couture house. The signature Lyn Ashworth dress of beautiful organza skirts and fitted-bodices that are somewhat our trademark will always be an important element to this company. However, a Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett dress is so much more. I take my inspiration from all sources. From the surrounding fields and woodlands, flower meadows and wildlife to artwork, jewellery and architecture from wherever I am and whatever I see. For me fashion and design should have no boundaries. My gowns are designed to be worn with no boundaries, therefore designed for all women. A Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett bride should be able to choose from any of my collections with ease knowing that the dress they chose will fit impeccably and be an extension of there own style and personality and the beauty of my dresses are they are for all women irrespective of age and size, whether getting married in the country, in the city, in a church or the middle of a beautiful summer meadow. Saying their vows on a sandy beach, in New York or at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

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It is extremely important to me that all my designs are made from the most exquisite fabrics and where possible locally sourced. For instance, in the 2014 Romantic Elegance Collection we have been working with the most beautiful English lace. This is made in a breath-taking old mill that is less than an hour away from the studio. It is wonderful to be able to drive to the mill, pick the lace straight from the loom, head back to the studio to cut out and then manufacture a dress for one of my beautiful brides.

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I see the key trends for 2014 a little more demure, overlays with sleeves and the prettiest of jackets. English cotton lace and delicate French silk lace compliment each other beautifully, gathered into frills on necklines and cuffs. Colour palettes are a mixture of warmer sea pearl tones or crisp ivory all adorned with velvet and satin ties in rich colour tones of blue, pink, nude or olive green.

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Accessories are key to this trend with each gown having the ability to evolve from day through to evening, swapping a flower velvet brooch belt for a sparkly starry night belt or alternatively, change a simple buckle belt for a ribbon art deco sash. Also, the ability to remove pretty lace jackets and straps to give a more evening look to the gown for the reception or simply adding a cotton lace wrap to cover the shoulders as evening falls. A Lyn Ashworth bride has the option to evolve her dress to her own personality and style, this I believe is the key to each and every bride finding and having her dream dress. Let your imagination run wild! Be confident that you can ask for changes.

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A Lyn Ashworth gown can be brought direct from my stockists, the prices starting from £1600.00. The key to finding “the one” I believe is to stay true to yourself. I believe that when looking for your wedding gown it is all about finding a shape that is not only sophisticated and elegant, but also flatters each individual bride, simple elegant with timeless style. “A wedding gown should be the loveliest dress she will ever wear”. When a bride is first seen by her guests, the first thought by those present should be “How amazingly beautiful she is”. That should then be followed by “How exquisite her dress looks”. The wedding gown is an expression of a brides personality and an extension of herself.

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I have lovely stockists who are listed on the web site and they are dedicated to offering the Lyn Ashworth brand and ethos. They have the ability to offer brides the options to evolve her dress and the option of a made to measure and also toile service if so required. Or for those brides who truly wish to experience and enjoy a bespoke service this is available direct from the studio. My team and I work closely with each individual client to achieve perfection and precision for her perfect dress.  Maintaining the integrity of a design, whilst making adjustments to suit each individual clients figure, personal preferences and personality is always a balancing act. We ensure that we go to great lengths to achieve them all. Prices for our studio appointments are available upon request, a contact form is available from the website.

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As a designer I feel it is extremely important to showcase new, up and coming talent. In recent decades we have lost generations of hugely talented people in this field through the decline in manufacturing here in the UK.

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I work very closely with my brother Paul Barrett who is the Course Director at the Theatre Performance and Event Design Course at Birmingham City University. Paul and I share a great passion for the arts and have worked as a team on many projects over the years. Together we are able to give students guidance and a chance to learn and develop skills. For instance for the 2013 and more recently 2014 Collection we held the photo shoot at the University where we were able to use the state of art photo studio. My team and I along with my fabulous photographer Bruce Smith had a blast with chosen students and graduates including two amazingly talented guys; Ben & Callum from Dontfret Media, who have injected life and energy into our amazing new website.

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With the new 2014 collection we have incorporated behind the scenes videos from the photo shoot for all the dress. This will enable brides to see the dresses moving with ease. A Lyn Ashworth is about elegance and style but also having fun.

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What is the future for the Lyn Ashworth brand? Well that is simple, to continue doing what we do best, making beautiful, romantic, British manufactured dresses in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, sourcing the best fabrics possible and encouraging new young talent into the industry. I aim in time to take the brand overseas where we can give brides all over the world the chance to wear the most beautiful hand crafted couture from the heart of the English Countryside.

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Visit Sarah’s website at www.lynashworth.co.uk to find out more.

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Good Morning Beautiful! A Supplier Showcase – PLUS 10% OFF For Wedding Blog Readers

July 8th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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It really is a beautiful morning isn’t it… following a very special weekend, where all of the UK’s wishes seemed to come true all at once!  Blinding sunshine, a Lions win and a straight sets victory at Wimbledon for our very own Andy Murray.  If (like my friends Matt and Charlotte) you said “I do” this weekend, you sure picked a blinder! So, what better time to spring out of bed, and welcome Bella of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Good Morning Beautiful to the wedding blog?!

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And to make things even more rosy, Good Morning Beautiful are offering Brides Up North readers a 10% discount for purchases made before 1st September, using discount code BRIDESUPNORTH10 at the checkout.  Go forth, shop!

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Why and when did you decide to launch Good Morning Beautiful – what is your story?

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My husband, Fiachra, and I got married in September 2012 and I was desperate to find bridesmaids’ presents that were unique, that my girls would love but that weren’t particularly ‘bridal’. I wanted them to have a great memento from the day, but thought it was a waste of money to buy them gifts they might never look at again! I searched for ages (and bought loads of presents!) but couldn’t find exactly what I was after. I knew our photographer, Katharine Peachey, would be there in the morning to photograph us getting ready and this sparked the idea that non-traditional ‘bridal’ dressing gowns could make the girls feel comfortable in her presence, look awesome in the photos and be used again and again after the wedding. There wasn’t a huge amount of choice for us, but this idea stayed with me and, on a very cold October morning we decided to just go for it and start Good Morning Beautiful. Originally we were going to focus solely on brides and their bridal parties – with the name ‘Married in the Morn’ – but out on a long ‘business chat’ walk I exclaimed to Fiachra “Women should feel beautiful every day, not just on their wedding day!” Good Morning Beautiful’s personality – and mission – really was formed from that point onwards.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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What is the Good Morning Beautiful “philosophy”?

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We know we won’t change the world one dressing gown at a time, but our philosophy is that every woman deserves to feel beautiful, every day. We believe that the simple act of popping on a gorgeous gown can make your day feel a little brighter and make you feel a little more beautiful. You don’t have to be a particular shape, size or ‘look’ to look and feel gorgeous in our gowns and that, I think, is the beauty of them.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Tell us about your range of gowns, fabric, colours and styles?

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Our first collection, the Rosalie collection, consists of a bright floral print in five colours (white, black, red, blue, purple) and two styles, long and short. The dressing gowns are made from soft Indian cotton here in the UK. We plan, over the next few months, to introduce our second collection so stay tuned!

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Where are your gowns produced?

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Right here in good ole Blighty! It was really important to us to support the UK manufacturing industry and guarantee the very best quality for our customers. The UK manufacturing industry has some really fantastic characters, many of whom are carrying on family businesses, and we are proud to be involved in it.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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All the models on your site are your real life friends (and very nice they look too)!  Why did you decide on this approach?

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Quite frankly, I was tired of seeing models and thinking ‘but I’ll never look like her in that’! As our philosophy is that every woman deserves to feel beautiful, every day, why not use ‘real women’ to show off our gowns? Our gowns come in sizes 8-22 and we wanted to reflect, in our website, what we believe as a company. The main model was actually one of my bridesmaids, too, as were three of the others! It was fantastic to be surrounded by friends during the photo-shoot, too. Our photographer was Katharine Peachey again, as we loved her so much after our wedding, my friend Gemma Conley-Smith, who works in fashion, styled the shots and my pal Anna Allen (www.skinandblisterblog.com) was in charge of hair and make-up. My ‘veil lady’, the wonderful Margaret Byrne over at Sale-based Dream Veils lent me veils to use – it really was a family affair!

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Why should a bride choose to wear a Good Morning Beautiful gown on her wedding day?

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The feeling a bride gets on her wedding morning is second to none. There’s excitement, a little nervousness and a strange amount of calm – all going on at once! The last thing you want to feel is self-conscious when people are popping in and out and you’re sitting there in your hair rollers and no make up on! Our dressing gowns are so easy to take on and off, protecting your hair and make-up, and add a touch of glamour to start your day off in the best way. Wearing a gown will also mean that every time you wear it post-wedding you’ll be reminded of your big day – particularly if you take it on honeymoon! One of our brides told me that her husband loves when she wears her gown around the house because it always reminds him of their incredible honeymoon, which is pretty awesome!

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Do they make good gifts for the bridal party?

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Our dressing gowns make fantastic gifts for the bridal party because they are, first and foremost, gorgeous! They are fantastic mementos from the day that will make your best girls feel special, and, importantly, more relaxed in front of your photographer that they might be in old PJs. The dressing gowns are ageless, so equally appropriate for your mum or grandma, or your 15 year old bridesmaid, and they add a special touch to the getting ready preparations. My big bit of advice, however, is don’t forget the mums – they will care! (My mum now has two to make up for my previous oversight!)

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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What sizes are available?

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Our sizes run from a size 8-22 and, as we have two lengths (knee and ankle length) we can cater for most heights, too.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price? Can you do a discount for Brides Up North readers? 

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The short dressing gowns are £54 and the long gowns are £60, including postage and packaging to a UK address.

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I loved Brides Up North when I was planning my wedding (particularly as we moved to Hale 8 weeks before the big day!) and so we’d love to offer your readers a 10% discount for purchases made before 1st September, using discount code BRIDESUPNORTH10 at the checkout.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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What can Brides Up North expect when they use your service?

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Brides Up North can expect high-quality products that they – and their friends with love – delivered with a personal touch. We really care about our customers and, as such, welcome questions and queries directly to me.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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How does Good Morning Beautiful provide a superior experience to other online accessory retailers?

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We really care about the personal touch. I have so many of our customers emailing me about sizing, or colour suggestions, or just to say hello and every email or tweet back comes directly from me. Wedding planning – and indeed present buying – can get stressful at times, so I see it as my job to take that stress away and just leave our customers with beautiful dressing gowns they can treasure.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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How are your products packaged? 

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Everyone deserves gift wrap! Our gowns come in beautiful cotton gift bags, which can be used again and again and we use acid-free tissue paper to protect the gowns in transit.

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Katharine Peachey for Good Morning Beautiful

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or find out more?

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To find out more you can find us at www.goodmorningbeautiful.co.uk, tweet us, follow us on Pinterest or say hi on Facebook. You can also email me on bella@goodmorningbeautiful.co.uk anytime!

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Who Says Lace Won’t Sell? The Designer Series: Charlotte Balbier

June 16th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Beaullea by Charlotte Balbier

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If you are a regular reader of the wedding blog, you’ll know that I recently made a whistle-stop trip down to the smoke to White Gallery London, for a preview of the top bridal designer’s 2014 collections.  These are the gowns that will be landing in a wedding dress boutique near you soon.

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I couldn’t possibly keep all the pretty to myself though, and so am in the privileged position of obtaining access to all my favourite bridal designers for a series of exclusive interviews here on Brides Up North, where they’ll be giving you a sneak peek at their newest designs, sharing the inspirations behind the collections and giving you a glance into their (very beautiful) world.  Watch this space for the finest in bridal design, direct to your screens soon.  Excited, much?!

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Let’s open the series with a chat with one of my very, very favourite designers – who also happens to be a very lovely lady indeed – North West based Charlotte Balbier, a pioneer of lace detailing and vintage styling in modern bridal design. 

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Charlotte’s eagerly anticipated 2014 collection adds embellishment and modern touches to cloud like romantic gowns, teaming muted hues with metallic accents for subtle sophistication.  A Decade of Style takes a turn to the future with a plethora of luxury textures and tones that have never been seen before from this leading bridal fashion house.

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Charlotte Balbier

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Charlotte Balbier

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Hi Charlotte, please introduce and tell us a little about your brand?

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Charlotte Balbier was first established September 2003 and elatedly for all of 2013 we are celebrating a decade in British bridal. I was born into bridal heritage with both my grandparents being in bridal design, manufacturing and retail between the 1960’s-1990’s and my Mum is award winning bridal designer Amanda Wyatt. I created Charlotte Balbier as I wanted to bring something fresh, fashion forward, young and vibrant to the U.K bridal scene and thank fully 10 years later I can proudly say… it worked!

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What is your style philosophy?

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Be true to you, don’t follow the trends and dress for your style, personality and body shape and don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd, be unique!

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Beaullea by Charlotte Balbier

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Beaullea by Charlotte Balbier

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Tell us about your beautiful new collection?  

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Each gown has an identity, a distinct look and feel, a story behind the magic.  The collection captures the imagination and that’s just how I  intended when designing each piece with the bride in mind. Each bride embarks on a journey and each bride is consumed by love, and they all have their own love story to tell…

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Beaullea by Charlotte Balbier

Beaullea

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Beaullea by Charlotte Balbier

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Where do you look for inspiration?

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Everywhere and anywhere, every day brings a new lease of inspiration and ideas. My brides are amazing and I love to hear from them with all their wedding news and journey’s and thanks to social media I get to keep in touch with each and every one of them. I love to take myself away with my dog Buster for a long walk whilst mulling over ideas and taking in the countryside. I am also addicted to Pinterest and love to follow all kinds of  lifestyle, fashion and wedding boards. My biggest passion is high fashion and haute couture and I love to keep an eye on all the latest collections from my favourite designers.

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What sort of woman do you design for, did you have a specific “muse” for this collection?

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I design for all women! To me all my brides are all beautiful and special in their own way. Each collection has 25 pieces and each design is unique.

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Belle by Charlotte Balbier

Belle

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Belle by Charlotte Balbier

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What fabrics and embellishments were chosen for the new collection?

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I chose soft satins, French laces, floating chiffons, rich jersey and crepes. I adore lace and I spend months sourcing beautiful and bespoke laces for each collection. This collection I have also commissioned some exclusive Charlotte Balbier fabrics with metallic silver accents, which are just amazing.

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Do you have a personal favourite from the new collection?

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I have two! I love ‘Leonora’ for the shape (it makes you look and feel 1-2 sizes smaller) and really makes the most of a woman’s shape. I also love the lace on Leonora as it’s so feminine. My other favourite is ‘Sienna’ as I just adore the soft satin and cowl back detail.

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Holly by Charlotte Balbier

Holly

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Holly by Charlotte Balbier

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Holly by Charlotte Balbier

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What jewellery would you pair with pieces from your new collection?

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I am a less is more kind of girl when it comes to jewellery, although I am a sucker though for a cuff or some statement earrings but it really depends on the gown, the bride her style  and style of wedding.

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What beauty look would complement the pieces in your new collection?

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The beauty styling we went for on the photo-shoot was old sultry Hollywood glamour, vibrant red lips and nails with long lashes. This look compliments the gowns perfectly and it’s a personal favourite of mine!

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Boadicea & Holly by Charlotte Balbier

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Boadicea by Charlotte Balbier

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Boadicea & Holly by Charlotte Balbier

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Boadicea by Charlotte Balbier

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Do you have a “signature” piece?

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‘Flora’ is my ‘wow’ dress that captures everyone’s attention, it’s completely unique and stands out from the crowd.

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How do you decide on the “names” for your gowns?

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I try to match them with a name that suits the style of gown, I also only use names I like and love. If I have a dress that reminds me of someone I will name it after them, it might be a past bride, a Charlotte Balbier boutique owner or member of my team…

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What sizes are available in your gowns? Is there a made to measure option?

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A Charlotte Balbier gown can be ordered in any size.  Our chart is 8-30 but we often make below and over this. Yes, you can have made to measure and these start at £2,500 upwards.

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Rose by Charlotte Balbier

Rose

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Megan & Beaullea by Charlotte Balbier

Megan & Beaullea

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Libby by Charlotte Balbier

Libby

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What is the process for your clients from finding “the one” to the final fitting?

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Every Charlotte Balbier bride orders their ‘one’ via a Charlotte Balbier stockist and they handle all the appointments and fittings. We recommend a bride orders 8-12 months in advance to ensure there is time to make the gown and all alterations to be carried out. We do though cater for those last minute brides too.

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What is the retail price range for your designs?

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£1,000 – £2,000 for the ready to wear pieces.

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Boadicea by Charlotte Balbier

Boadicea

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Boadicea by Charlotte Balbier

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Flora by Charlotte Balbier

Flora

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Flora by Charlotte Balbier

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What sets Charlotte Balbier apart from other bridal wear brands?

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Over the 10 years as a designer my aim was always to create fresh and exciting designs that still remain true to the brand identity and that are instantly recognisable as a ‘Charlotte Balbier”.

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How did you get into wedding dress design – what is your story?

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I was born into it, my Grandmother was a wedding dress designer and my Grandfather both a wedding dress designer and tailor. My  Mum is also a designer, Amanda Wyatt so it’s in the blood. I did toy with other career path’s in my early 20’s but my heart belonged to our bridal heritage.

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Holly by Charlotte Balbier

Holly

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Holly by Charlotte Balbier

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Was there a defining point in your career that made your business the success that it is today?

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Yes my ‘Summer Of Love’ collection that I launched in 2007 put me on the map so to speak. This was my 5th collection and I really pushed myself and the boundaries to create a collection that was really different. I also produced a photo-shoot to go with this collection that at the time was very different to what anyone had ever done before in bridal. The location, model, styling and photography were amazing and I still love it now five years on!

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Another turning point was that when I started in 2003 there was no lace dresses in the market, my 1st collection and every collection since has always had lace pieces and it’s so lovely to see it now so popular.  The first shows I did so many people said to me “Ooh lace won’t sell it looks too vintage and brides don’t like vintage or lace!” I’m glad I stood by what I believed in and pushed the boundaries.

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What are your plans for the future?

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This year and collection is a massive achievement and turning point for Charlotte Balbier both for the brand and me personally. Every year I have evolved and this collection sees my biggest evolvement to date and next year I have some very exciting changes and developments up my sleeve for the brand. I am also getting married this Winter so will no longer be Miss Balbier I will be Mrs Balbier Bedford… I feel so grown up!

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Leonora by Charlotte Balbier

Leonora

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Leonora by Charlotte Balbier

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Phillipa by Charlotte Balbier

Phillipa

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Phillipa by Charlotte Balbier

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Is this your dream career?  What alternative career would you choose?

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This is my dream and I feel blessed to have the dream job and career every morning I wake up (however stressed I am with new collections or photo shoot planning)!

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What would “a day in the life” at Charlotte Balbier HQ be like?

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My day starts at 9am and very rarely before 9am as I don’t do mornings! We have regular morning meetings with all the team together (there are 20 of us in the Balbier Wyatt HQ) if we are not having a big meeting with all the team we have mini meetings with those we work closely with, for me that’s my assistants Lucy and Holly and I always have a ten minute catch up with my Mum and business partner Amanda.

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My inbox is constantly full and I try my best to clear it but it never seems to get done… I do though answer all the urgent ones immediately.

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Depending on the time of year my day really can vary, in sales season I can be in the showroom daily with Charlotte Balbier stockists showing them new collections. Around show times I am running round like a crazy lady finishing new designs, signing off catwalk shows, stand plans and many, many things that make a show successful. At the moment  have been busy arranging the next photo-shoot working with the stylist calling in gorgeous accessories and props. I also spend a lot of time away from the HQ sourcing fabrics and working on new designs and collections.

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Priscilla by Charlotte Balbier

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Priscilla by Charlotte Balbier

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Where do you go and what do you do to relax?

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I am obsessed with having facials and massages and I go to the Clarins Spa every 2 – 3 weeks for a body or face treatment. For 90 minutes I switch off and have some ‘me’ time. I walk every day with my dog Buster and this relaxes me as it’s the only time I am not either on my laptop or iPad!

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What are your “best things” in life?

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My family comes first followed closely by my friends.  I am lucky as I am from a very close family and have a wonderful circle of close friends. I love spending time with them all: BBQs in the garden, cocktails in the sunshine or just a walk in the park.

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Sarah by Charlotte Balbier

Sarah

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Sarah by Charlotte Balbier

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How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you/ see more of your designs? 

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Online at www.charlottebalbier.com or join our fabulous online community on Facebook and twitter or you can email charlotte@charlottebalbier.com

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Do you have any Northern stockists – how can Brides Up North find them?

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Of course we do! Click here for a full list of all of the Northern boutiques that stock Charlotte Balbier. 

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Charlotte Balbier

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Thank you Charlotte!

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Just Dreamy! Supplier Showcase: Dreamcatcher Bridal

May 1st, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today I am proud to introduce you to Dreamcatcher Bridal, one of our fabulous Featured Suppliers and definitely worth a visit for all our North West readers on the hunt for their dream dress.  These ladies know their gowns, and goodness, what gowns they stock!  Let’s meet them…

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Dreamcatcher opened its doors in July 2000, a family business run by mother and daughter team, Gill and Georgina. Having had some bad experiences ourselves during bridal gown shopping and realising that it would be necessary to travel long distances to find designer dresses, we set upon our venture to bring couture designer collections to the Preston area. Gill with a passion for beautiful fabrics and a background in the technical side of dress design and construction and Georgina with the business brains, artist flair and youthful enthusiasm, we knew we’d make the perfect partnership. 

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We have bridal gowns to suit all budgets with bargain sample sale gowns under £500 to new gowns from £650 to £3500.

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Following months of research and planning, the designers at the top of our wish list were Sassi Holford and Suzanne Neville. Both designers of exquisite, classic gowns with amazing cut, structure and style, yet each bringing an individual twist. Sassi the pure genius with lace and Suzanne with the ability to create smooth sculptured bodices that somehow make all brides instantly drop a dress size.

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At our very first Harrogate Bridal Buyer Exhibition, some 13 years ago, we were fortunate enough to be introduced to Benjamin Roberts and knew instantly that the label was just what we were looking for. With beautiful embroidery and stunning beadwork at amazing prices but still with the quality and structure we weren’t prepared to compromise on.

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Over the years we have added new designers to our range including Enzoani and Essense of Australia. Enzoani offers a modern European style using soft satins, chic layers, signature high quality and rich detail using the finest Swarovski crystals. Essense gowns feature luxurious fabrics and just the right amount of head-turning sparkle. With the added option of a lace up or zip/button up back this diverse collection is a popular choice with both our staff and brides to be.

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We are also extremely proud to stock beautiful designs from Anoushka G, perfect for destination weddings, Veromia, for the traditional fairytale wedding and Sonsie by Veromia, a stunning range specially created for the curvier figure. The newest addition to our extensive collection is Anny Lin, offering a definite WOW for the more daring bride. The usual fabrics and delicate, yet stunning beadwork make Anny’s designs stand out amongst the crowd.

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Our range is so diverse with so so many amazing designs. If absolutely pressed our favourite at the moment is Faye by Sassi Holford. It’s a simple waisted style in rose damask with a plain duchesse satin sash with buttons and large bow detail down the back. The fabric is so unusual, simply subtle and stunning!  Currently lace gowns are particularly popular, with brides looking for a more covered demure look.

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Loving all things that sparkle, we have a fantastic range of accessories, hand selected to complement each bridal gown. With designs from Halo & Co, Polly Edwards, Ellie K, Richard Designs and Bijoux Bec, all offering coordinating headpieces and jewellery handcrafted using Swarovski stones. A large selection of veils from Joyce Jackson and The Couture Veil, designed by Sassi Holford using gorgeous soft vintage tulles with a wide variety of lace edges which perfectly match Sassi’s superb bridal designs. There really is something for everyone!

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Dreamcatcher Bridal

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We have an excellent selection of bridesmaid’s gowns with collections from JLM Europe, Watters & Watters and Veromia. With traditional bridesmaid’s styles to cutting edge designs all available in a variety of fabrics and colour options. We also have a beautiful collection of silk flower girl styles from Nicki Macfarlane.

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Not wanting to leave out the Men, we offer an extensive range of high quality hire wear from Peter Posh and Highland wear from Cameron Ross, catering for both traditional and contemporary weddings. When everything’s available under one roof it’s much easier to co-ordinate styles and colours to ensure the perfect match.

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It’s official! We stock some of the best in the business. The recent Bridal Buyer Awards proved to be very successful for some of our designers, not just Bridal designers, but Bridesmaids and accessories too. Massive congratulations to Sassi Holford, for winning British Bridal Designer of the Year 2013, Benjamin Roberts for winning Best Bridal Manufacturer 2013, Sonsie by Veromia for winning Best Plus Size Collection 2013, JLM for winning Best Bridesmaids Collection 2013 and Ellie K for scooping the award for Best Headdress Designer 2013. This we think proves we have fantastic taste and stock the best in the business!

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Dreamcatcher Bridal

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We’re located in Kirkham approximately half-way between Preston and Blackpool. Very easy access from Junction 3 of the M55, 300 yards from Kirkham & Wesham railway station, with free parking right outside.

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Appointments are not essential but advisable especially on a Saturday and Thursday evening to avoid disappointment. Private appointments are also available upon request.  Brides can expect a very warm welcome from a friendly, experienced and knowledgeable team, dedicated to finding the dress of your dreams.

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Dreamcatcher Bridal

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As most of our business now comes from personal recommendation we must be doing something right! We pride ourselves on the calm and relaxed atmosphere in our boutique with customer service being of paramount importance to us. We believe that all our brides should feel like the only bride in the world. We also have an excellent reputation for fit. Our in-house personal fitting and alteration service is second to none.

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Brides can get in touch via our website, email info@dreamcatcherbridal.co.uk or telephone 01772515090.  We’re also on facebook and twitter @BridalInfo so like our facebook page and follow us on twitter for up to date news, special offers and events.

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Jenny Packham Fan? Get Your Sick Note At The Ready…

April 17th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Jenny Packham Bridal End Of Line Sale

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Whatever else you had planned for tomorrow, un-plan it.

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You’ll be hot-footing it to Manchester instead. 

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Work??  Who needs it?…

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Jenny Packham

Bridal End Of Line Sale

Up to 70% off dresses, accessories and lingerie

Thursday 18th April 2013 from 8am to 6pm

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The Midland Hotel – Derby Suite

Peter Street

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M60 2DS

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: Brides Up North Interviews Stewart Parvin For LOVE Bridal Boutique

March 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Today on the wedding blog I am excited to bring you something rather special – and oh la la we are going all couture here at Brides Up North – as we talk exclusively to wedding dress design house Stewart Parvin about their beautiful bridal collection and latest collaboration with stockist and Brides Up North Featured Supplier LOVE Bridal Boutique, Cheshire. 

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Why are you so excited to stock Stewart Parvin at LOVE?

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Emma of LOVE Bridal Boutique says: When we first started planning for the launch of LOVE Bridal Boutique and drawing up our ‘wishlist’ of designers, Stewart Parvin was high up (if not top of!) that list. My husband and co-owner of LOVE, Jonny, had previously photographed a couple of weddings with brides wearing Stewart’s creations, and they really stood out for me as the finest classic couture gowns I had ever seen!

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Our attraction to Stewart’s collection was cemented further when we were lucky enough to see his catwalk show at The White Gallery last year. It was the opening show and as it was also our very first trade show buying for LOVE, emotions were running high! The new collection completely blew us away and we knew instantly that they would be perfect for our new boutique. But it wasn’t to be…well not at that time anyway, as we soon learned that they already had a Cheshire stockist so unfortunately it wouldn’t be possible for us to stock them at that time.

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It just goes to show that all good things come to those who wait… fast forward 8 months and here we are, the new Cheshire stockist for Stewart Parvin and we couldn’t be happier! A real dream come true.

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Why are Stewart Parvin so delighted to be working with LOVE?

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The team at Stewart Parvin say: We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Emma and Jonny from LOVE Bridal Boutique! Emma has long been a huge fan of the Stewart Parvin collection, and she represents the brand perfectly. The combination of a real passion for her collections and the care and attention she offers to each bride means that her clients can have the utmost confidence in working with her on the run up to their special day. The boutique is beautiful and the perfect environment for brides to try on the Stewart Parvin collection.

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Tell us about the design house, it’s history and it’s gowns?

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Stewart Parvin: Stewart launched his first womenswear collection in 1995, simultaneously opening his own boutique in Knightsbridge. Shortly after that he was commissioned to create a wedding gown for the daughter of a private client. That one gown was so successful it became immediately apparent there was a real demand for Stewarts unique design aesthetic to be translated to bridalwear. He made a full bridal collection which was stocked initially in his own boutique, then later was offered to hand selected boutiques across the UK. Now Stewarts collections are housed in their own standalone boutiques, womenswear on Motcomb Street, and bridalwear on Beauchamp Place in Knightsbridge, with bridalwear also being stocked in the UK’s leading independent bridal boutiques. Designing and making everything in London, Stewart oversees a small specialist team to create each and every piece – some of whom have been working with Stewart since the beginning! It’s a real heritage business, and one that has a deeply rooted commitment to UK manufacture and the nurturing of skilled and specialist experts.

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Tell us about the collection by Stewart Parvin?  What was the inspiration behind the collection?

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Stewart Parvin: The bridal collection is chic, understated, impeccably cut and well made. Stewart Parvin dresses have fantastic corsetry which creates an amazing silhouette, whilst still being light, wearable and comfortable. The collection echoes his womenswear aesthetic, albeit in a slightly different way – when Stewart designs it’s all about what is best for that one particular garment, about what is perfect for that particular gown. If a piece of embroidery or the addition of a bow or flower isn’t going to enhance the finished product then it is left off. Less is most definitely more for the Stewart Parvin bride and the collection of wedding gowns reflects that. We also do a collection of accessories that complement each gown really well. Adding a lace bolero to a beautifully simple silk crepe fishtail gown creates a stunning, sleek and sophisticated bridal look. Producing each bridal gown in a new collection is a real labour of love, with every seam and panel being very carefully considered and perfected before the gowns are created in fabric.

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Which fabrics and cuts were chosen for the collection and why?

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Stewart Parvin: Stewarts fishtail cut has been honed to perfection over the development of the collection. The cut really is crucial if you are wearing this shape, every curve on the pattern has to be subtly and sensitively handled to make the most of the female form! We’ve played around with the fishtail idea with some really soft shapes without petticoats that look fabulously slinky – “So Amazing” is a great example of this – it’s a tradition fishtail cut with a corset inside, but using soft Chantilly lace and a silk satin lining means it has a real vintage look to it, and without a petticoat the skirt drops really softly. Stewarts classic A-line is also featured which is a super flattering silhouette and so wearable in lace or in a solid fabric such as duchess satin, or our stunning flower brocade. A classic silhouette has been given a new twist in one of Stewarts signature gowns “Wild Horses. It has a beautifully full circle skirt in Silk gazar, which is an amazing fabric as it manages to have some body and hold yet still be featherlight and gauzy. Stewart designed this gown with no petticoat which creates the most beautiful line on a bride, and is a modern take on that classic ballgown shape of the 1950’s.

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Everything is chosen with the client in mind, every pattern is perfected with a view to making the most of the bride, both in terms of fit, and maintaining Stewarts strong design aesthetic.

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Who does Stewart Parvin design for?

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Stewart Parvin: Stewarts bridal gowns really work across a huge spectrum of clients in terms of who they are! All of our clients share an understanding of what makes Stewarts bridal gowns so wonderful – the cut and quality of fabrics used. Our clients want a wedding dress that has been crafted for them from scratch, and they really appreciate the quality and care that goes into the creation of them. The aesthetic is clean, chic and sleek so our brides are confident enough to pull off that understated look. Funnily enough we tend to get a lot of brides who work in the fashion industry themselves, which is wonderful.

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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What sizes are available?

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Stewart Parvin: We offer a range of standard sizes, but the majority of our gowns are sold as made to measure which we offer in both our own boutique and to all of our stockists across the UK. The client will be measured, and a calico cut to their specific measurements. The calico is fitted on the bride – and then the pattern perfected before the dress is cut in the proper fabric. This means we can work with a brides exact proportions and ensure everything is in the right place. This also means we can accommodate a number of bespoke changes to a gown which means a bride really can personalise her look!

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What sort of price point?

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Stewart Parvin gowns stocked at LOVE start at £2,575.

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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What can brides expect when they book and appointment at LOVE? 

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Emma: When brides book an appointment here at LOVE, they can expect a fabulous experience from the first moment they step through our doors, choosing from an array of carefully selected, stunning gowns from a variety of designers and having exclusive use of the entire boutique during their appointment. We know that choosing your dream dress can be a tough and often emotional decision so brides will have my undivided attention throughout their appointment to offer help and advice, and if that means trying that favourite dress on again (and again!) then so be it!

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Refreshments will also be offered to a bride and her family and friends in the comfort of our dressing/sitting room with inspirational books to flick through whilst they are eagerly awaiting for that next dress to be put on. And what happens when they find the dress of their dreams with us? Well, there’ll be a big celebration of course!

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Something which my brides also really love and appreciate is my knowledge about other venues and suppliers so that I can easily make recommendations about tried and tested photographers, florists, make-up artists, hair stylists, caterers etc, all of which can be pretty daunting choices when planning a wedding.

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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With a Stewart Parvin gown, what is the process from finding “the one” to final fitting?

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Emma: When that eagerly awaited moment comes when a bride-to-be has found ‘the one’, aside from much excitement, emotion and celebrating for all, the next step would be for me to take the bride’s measurements in order to submit her dress order. Timing-wise this should be at least 6 months (preferably 9 months minimum) before the wedding date. A bride can also choose at this time whether she would prefer to go with the made-to-measure option, custom fit to her measurements.

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At the time of ordering, I will also discuss other options with the bride, for example any requirements for accompanying accessories such as boleros or belts/sashes, plus any required modifications to the gown, which will be submitted with the order.

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The bride will then come back into the boutique roughly 8 weeks before her wedding date for her first fitting with our seamstress, and the second fitting will take place roughly 3-4 weeks after this point, allowing time for any additional fittings if required before the wedding.

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What was your inspiration for the shoot and why did you choose the venue/ styling?

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Jonny of Jonny Draper Photography says: It was really important to use a location that really suited the style of Stewart’s dresses. Often putting a classic design into a contrasting, modern environment can work really well, but we really wanted to embrace what Stewart Parvin is all about. Our model Izzy, is a real girl rather than a professional model which was really important to us. We loved Izzy’s classic English Rose look and felt that she would suit Stewart’s dresses perfectly. It was important to allow the dresses to be the stars of the show and not get lost in the scale of such a stunning location and from minute one of planning this shoot, we had Brides Up North in mind. What would Brides Up North readers want to see? What was important to them? We felt that keeping things elegant and simple and giving the dresses the opportunity to be ‘front and centre’ would really appeal to Brides Up North’s Stewart Parvin fans. 

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Who was involved in the shoot and how did it go on the day?

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Jonny: It was freezing and Izzy was a trooper! We had a great team around us, Emma did an amazing job styling Izzy and our gorgeous friend, Gemma Hallowell MUA was responsible for Izzy’s English Rose look.

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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How can brides find out more about the new Stewart Parvin collection at LOVE Bridal Boutique?

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Emma: Brides can contact me for more details either over email at emma@lovebridalboutique.co.uk or alternatively they can call me for a chat on 0161 941 6446.

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We’ve also got an extremely active facebook page where they can keep up to date with all our news, events, photoshoots and just indulge in pictures of gorgeous dresses and pretty accessories!

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Jonny Draper Photography for LOVE Bridal Boutique & Stewart Parvin

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Set your Sky Boxes For ITV’s The Wedding Shop! Confetti & Lace Are Hitting The Small Screens!

February 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Now, if you follow me over on Twitter or Facebook, you will know that I love a bit of telly as much as the next person.  My absolute favourite type of telly?  Downton Abbey.  End of.

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Lady Mary and co aside though, reality style documentaries or shows like The Apprentice, Grand Designs or One Born Every Minute take the biscuit for me (although given my own personal circumstances right now – huge bump and just about to pop – I’ve been avoiding that last one diligently).  

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So imagine my excitement when my friend Abbi at Confeffi and Lace – remember our huge £2,000 wedding dress giveaway here on the wedding blog last year?! – told me all about the one hour ITV film documentary that has followed their boutiques (mainly their Pudsey branch here in Yorkshire) their staff, what bridal retailers do and some of their lovely customers over 10 months last year. 

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“Anyone can walk through the door. We never know what we’re getting. In our diary all we’ve got is a name. Three hours later we probably know their life story from start to finish.”  Marg, Wedding Shop Assistant

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The Wedding Shop is on prime time ITV, 9pm on Thursday 28th February (this Thursday!) and is estimated to draw over one million viewers. One million!  Abbi tells us that “We’re already overrun in the shops with appointments so it’s great for us, all our suppliers, associates, Leeds, Harrogate, Yorkshire and the Wedding Industry”.  And that, readers, makes me very happy indeed.

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The Wedding Shop courtesy of ITV

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From the ITV press centre: Every year around 250,000 couples tie the knot in the UK. Confetti and Lace is one of Yorkshire’s busiest wedding shops with up to 100 brides a month coming to choose that all important item, their wedding dress.

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The Wedding Shop provides a funny, heartfelt and unique insight into British lives and attitudes to marriage.  This new 60-minute documentary follows day-to-day life at the shop and the stories of three brides as they approach their big day. In doing so it captures a glimpse into the lives of families at one of the most stressful and happiest times they will ever experience. 

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From tears and tantrums to weather mishaps and family fallouts, shop owner Abbi Lewis has learnt to expect the unexpected and admits to having seen it all. She explains: “Not everything goes to plan. I’ve seen bridesmaids slap each other.”   But along with her two right-hand women Marg and Jane, their shared enthusiasm and love of their jobs is without question and they inevitably become very emotionally attached to their brides. As Marg explains: “Every single day we hear a different story and everything is different. You never, ever get bored of this job because every single girl is unique.” Jane explains: “Probably a good comparison, although not the same, is a midwife, who’s there for the birth of somebody’s child. You’re there for the build-up to somebody’s wedding day so if we can make that little bit of a difference, and make it perfect, then it’s a good job done.”

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We meet bride Tammy, 24, who has asked her nan Betty to help her choose a dress, as her mum isn’t invited to the wedding and they haven’t spoken for five years. Tammy explains “I do think about it a lot but then there’s a part of me that thinks – it’s her loss. There were just that many more bad times than good times, that the bad just overrules it and I just think – I don’t want you there to ruin it.” Tammy’s dad Chris is looking forward to walking her up the aisle, there is just the small matter to resolve over his preferred choice of attire for the occasion. He says “The outrageous option is the leather jacket with the big skull and the Mohican hair…”

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Jo is 36 and has been married to Darren for nine years. She wants to celebrate her ten-year anniversary by renewing her vows in a dress fit for a princess, as her family were absent from the first wedding due to religious differences. Jo is relishing the chance to be a bride all over again and there is no expense spared. She says: “We’ll do it more as a fairytale than as a proper traditional wedding. We’re not quite sure how I should arrive yet, whether it should be a glass carriage, a white horse or a pink helicopter…”

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Natasha is marrying Ches, her childhood sweetheart. Their teenage romance ended, only to be rekindled a decade later. Her daughter Taylor-Leigh is her chief bridesmaid. Taylor-Leigh’s dad died in a car accident before she was born and Natasha has been a single mum ever since. She says: “I’ve always been honest with her about the whole situation…so nobody else can ever say ‘this is what happened’…it’s hard sometimes because she’s never had a male figure in her life.”  But there is complete panic at the wedding shop the night before the wedding when Natasha still hasn’t arrived to collect her dress. Has she had second thoughts about the wedding?

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Will you be watching? 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 ITV

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