February 2nd, 2016 | Julia Braime
Our lead Sponsor here at Brides Up North, Charlotte Balbier is famous for celebrating a bride’s individuality and style and sometimes, just sometimes, breaking all the bridal rules (kinda why we love her)!
With great delight we are proud to debut the new Balbier separates collection on our pretty pages. Charlotte has created 11 inter-changeable separates all designed for the bride to build and create her own individual look.
Maybe a satin slip with a lace topper and satin sash, or a ball gown skirt, crop top and lace reverse bolero? Whatever your personality and look the new separates collection offers a diverse way of creating your very own bridal syle.
charlotte says: Now, more than ever before, a Charlotte Balbier bride is a free spirited feminine woman who is confident in both her fashion and bridal style, expressing her unique individuality, personality and style through her Balbier gown.
Girls, get ready for some serious dress crushing…
Harper: A slipper satin dress with shoestring straps and low back. Fabulous with one of the lace overlay gowns, lace toppers or worn simply as it is.
December 1st, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Christmas is coming early to brides-to-be who dream of saying ‘I do’ in a stunning Anna Campbell gown thanks to Jean Jackson Couture NQ who will be hosting a special trunk show event with a fabulous 10% off all orders!
Not only is there a saving to be made, but ladies attending the event will also be able to try on anna campbell designs exclusive to the Manchester boutique, providing the opportunity to create a gorgeous and individual wedding day look.
For the all-important details we’ll hand you over to Felicity at Jean Jackson Couture NQ. Diaries at the ready ladies…
Images courtesy of Anna Campbell.
felicity says: The Anna Campbell trunk show will be held from Friday 18th December 2015 to Sunday 3rd January 2016, to celebrate the release of the Anna Campbell Gossamer collection!
There will be more than 40 combinations of Anna Campbell dresses available to try on from the Gossamer, Spirit and Forever Entwined collections, exclusively at Jean Jackson Couture NQ. Better still, there will be 10% off all Anna Campbell orders, as well as goody bags and festive treats!
This will be the first Gossamer collection trunk show in the whole of Europe and so we are absolutely thrilled to be hosting it! Until now the Gossamer collection was a made-to-measure service and has only been available in Melbourne. However, due to the demand for the collection, Anna made the Gossamer range made-to-order, and it will still feature her iconic dresses, such as Ashlyn, Tash and Carolina.
The Gossamer collection is inspired by French romance, with its intricate detailing and delicate hand-craftsmanship it epitomises grace and glamour. There really is a dress for every bride within Anna’s collections, with a range of customisable options, including unique colours and an assortment of skirts in varying fabrics and fit! All Anna’s dresses are lined in silk too, so they look and feel amazing to wear!
I recently saw the collection when I was in New York for bridal week and it blew me away! Ashlyn is such a special dress and Annabella is another favourite of mine.
The Anna Campbell gowns are available from a XXS – XXL, which is the UK equivalent of a size 4 to a size 18. In the studio, we have samples from a size 6 to 14. There are certain styles of Anna’s dresses that are unavailable above a size 14, however the majority of them are available in her full size range.
The Anna Campbell dresses range in price, dependant on the amount of beading and skirt choice. The UK RRP for the range is from £1,659 to £4,499, which includes shipping costs from Australia, import duty and VAT. We also offer alteration packages from £100.
Ordinarily we are closed on Sundays, however during the trunk show we will be open on Sunday the 20th and 27th December 2015, and the 3rd January 2016, we will also be open on Monday 28th December 2015.
The trunk show will be appointment only, and all appointments will last up to an hour and a half. To book an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07436 535 587. There is no charge for appointments.
Can’t wait to see you all there!
November 2nd, 2015 | Julia Braime
Earlier this year, we were proud to bring you a first look at designer Amanda Wyatt’s beautiful 2016 collection promises of love and now, we are excited to share the full range of gowns available for our readers to choose from Amanda’s fabulous stockist boutiques.
Girls, it’s like Christmas has come early at Brides Up North HQ! Let’s stop with the talking and play dress up already…
Promise – The beautiful signature gown of the Promises of Love collection. A delicate lace bodice decorated with seed pearls and beading enhances the beautiful 14 yards of chiffon trailing luxuriously down to the floor.
Aisla – The princess gown of the new collection is simply stunning in the colours silver blue with an ivory lace and tulle overlay. It’s a statement gown with the all out there bridal skirt.
Love – We’re in love with the Love dress! A gorgeous defined gown of matt pleated satin creates a beautiful silhouette for the bride and can be styled with beaded belts and jewels.
Audrey – A sweeping silk neck-line with fine beading falls into a beautiful v-neck back.
Ophelia – Accentuated with over 5,000 diamante and sequin beads to create some sparkle and detachable wide shoulders to become strapless gown, the Ophelia offers two different looks.
April 23rd, 2015 | Rachel Parry
Is there anything more exciting than sitting front row catwalk knowing that you’re among a select few to about to clap eyes on a designer’s brand new collection for the very first time? We think not.
We were therefore delighted, enthused and excited when an invitation to the launch of Amanda Wyatt’s 2016 Collection, cutely named promises of love, arrived here at Brides Up North HQ. Today we’re extending that invitation further by sharing the designs with you, our fabulous readers, here on the wedding blog.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with Amanda and her gorgeous creations it’s time to come out from underneath that rock as Ms Wyatt is a pretty big deal, having been a leading name in British bridal for more than 20 years.
Forward thinking Amanda is known for creating gowns that not only look amazing, but also that make her brides feel amazing thanks to their fabulous fit, quality fabrics and sensational detailing, so we were confident that the latest collection would be just as fabulous as those that have gone before.
And we weren’t wrong – cue soft flowing chiffons, French and Italian laces, fine tulle and rich satins, adorned with frosted pearl beading and embellished details. This lady sure knows how to make us (and plenty of other pretty-loving ladies) go weak at the knees.
As the lights dimmed the music kicked in and the models stepped out to flaunt Amanda’s fabulous frocks. From sleek slim-line designs and flattering A-line silhouettes to short 50s style dresses and perfect princess gowns, Promises Of Love had covered all bases meaning that there was quite literally ‘the one’ for everyone. And this lady is not only big on offering brides a wide range of looks, but also a wide range of sizes as not to exclude more curvaceous ladies from the wonderful Amanda Wyatt party.
Further choice was provided with Amanda’s exciting colour palette which strayed beyond classic ivory hues with some gowns in soft gold, blush pinks and even powder blue.
Standout favourites for us Brides Up North girls included the headline gown of the collection, Promise – a slim design featuring delicate lace and a pretty fluid skirt. In terms of fuller designs there were plenty to choose from, including regal satin gowns and romantic tulle offerings with varying levels of detail.
In a nod to the princess of the moment, and no we’re not talking Kate Middleton, the collection features a design named Elsa (Frozen fans will get the reference). Available in ivory or powder blue, (just like the Disney sovereign herself) this gown is what fairytales are made of with its voluminous tulle layered skirt and angelic lace detail.
Those planning a city centre or destination wedding may well be drawn to the cute shorter length gowns in the collection, such as Nia and Cupid, which certainly caught our eye on the catwalk.
There was however one particular dress that got us wishing for an impromptu proposal (from quite literally anyone) just so that we could put it on – Chantilly. High fashion and hot, we mean hot, this sultry little number is a guaranteed head-turner with its plunging neckline, elegant lace top and slinky skirt. Pure perfection!
Following the catwalk show, leading lady Amanda talked us through the collection dress by dress, explaining the inspiration behind the designs, which in a lot of cases included listening to brides’ feedback via stockists and giving them exactly what they asked for, showing that this talented lady has a real connection to her clients.
Amanda also explained that the collection had been designed with matching accessories to complement each gown, with additions including soft tulle silk veils and delicate hair accessories.
Finally we were given a taste of the beautiful bridesmaid gown styles that Amanda has added to her increasingly popular maids’ collection for 2015, meaning both you and your gals can be styled by Wyatt for your big day.
And that, our friends, is one promise worth keeping.
Images by Jonny Draper Photography.
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March 11th, 2015 | Julia Braime
This afternoon we are proud to welcome Brides Up North Sponsor Lindsey of Lancashire based bridal boutique, one fine day bridal to our pretty pages. One Fine Day Bridal is unique in that it specialises in pre-loved, worn once wedding gowns and sell only face-to-face to offer the full bridal service.
You know that wayyyy out of budget designer gown you’ve had your eye on? It’s yours.
When did One Fine Day Bridal open and what is your background?
I am a fashion buyer, wife, mama and thrilled to say owner of One Fine Day Bridal which opened its doors on 20th November 2014.
I have worked in the fashion business since I graduated with a degree in Fashion and Brand Promotion in 2001.
I have been fortunate in my career to work directly with celebrities who I admire. I love the class and quality of Amanda Wakeley designs and was taught about dressing to your body shape by Trinny & Susannah. The most rewarding time was spent working on occasion and bridal wear. I love the design, the fabrics and the finished garment – preparing for a special event and how amazing the right style can look on a woman.
Following the birth of my son last year I made the decision to run my own bridal shop. The time felt right and I understood how radically my lifestyle was changing.
Quality designer wedding gowns are timeless, and I love that one bride’s treasured dress may also bring such happiness to another. Once upon a time women who bought pre-owned may have felt the need to keep it secret, but this has changed. At One Fine Day Bridal we take pride in offering a personal service in beautiful surroundings and ensure our brides feel special, whether buying or selling
Which wedding gown labels do you stock?
Due to the nature of my business I am lucky to stock a wide range of designers and styles. I currently hold designs from top designers in the UK market such as Justin Alexander, Ian Stuart, Alan Hannah, Ronald Joyce, Augusta Jones, Maggie Sottero, Pronovias Bridal, Sassi Holford, Charlotte Balbier, Sophia Tolli, La Sposa and Enzoani and designers who are unique in style or up and coming such as Cymbeline, Lizzie Agnew, Sanyukta Shersetha, Kayta Kayta, Jesus Peiro, Eliza Jane Howell and Minna.
What bridal accessories designers do you stock?
I work locally with a handmade accessories designer to offer a personal consultation to all my brides; I take pride in quality service. One Fine Day also currently stock one-off accessories by Enzoani, Sasso Brides, Rachel Simpson, Halo & Co and Amanda Wyatt amongst others.
Where are you located?
In Lancashire. Tarleton, a beautiful rural village which is easily accessible from Manchester and Liverpool. We are situated on a lovely courtyard with restaurants and coffee shops nearby and are on the first floor, so nice and private.
Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?
Our dresses range from destination styles at £250 to more exclusive designs at £1800. Accessories and shoes begin at £19 for lace gloves to £120 for beautiful head pieces.
Do Brides Up North need an appointment?
I do recommend an appointment as I like to lock the door and give my brides and their family full attention. I would begin by chatting to you as I love to hear all the details of your big day, from the engagement to any dress designs already tried and styles you love.
Dresses can be tried on as usual however I do request that heavy make-up and fake tan is not worn for fittings.
We offer the full bridal service and have an experienced seamstress who will fit your gown to you perfectly.
What is your current favourite gown that you stock and why?
My personal taste is very simple by design. I adore a Jesus Peiro gown which arrived this week in pale ivory. The fabric is matt satin and it is slim fitting with a gentle train. The belt has exquisite beadwork and I love a bridal gown with pockets!
Is there a particular style of dress that is popular with your brides at the moment?
I have found Justin Alexander to be a very popular designer and many brides are asking for mermaid styles in lace. I think gowns are becoming much softer and romantic with beautiful details in beading and fine lace and I love to see designs with a hint of colour – blush or ice grey.
The bridesmaid colour I have been asked for most is soft aqua.
Do you stock bridesmaid dresses?
I am expanding the business in summer to stock a range of new bridesmaid dresses; the designer is yet to be selected when I visit the London Bridal exhibition at the end of March. I also have lovely open space in my shop and am lucky to have 2 lovely rooms. One will become home to One Fine Night Lingerie as I introduce a beautiful new lingerie range in August this year.
Who would be a One Fine Day bride?
A One Fine Day bride is aware of her budget and is searching for her dream dress at an affordable price. She is aware of style and quality and she is not prepared to compromise on personal service or a pleasurable buying experience.
What did you wear on your wedding day?
I married in 2007 in a stunning silk Cymbeline gown, it was a very simple design in a warm ivory with one-shoulder, no embellishment but the skirt was a two piece with a gorgeous tulle underskirt shown through a split – I love it! It sits in my shop as a lucky omen. I wore a pearl necklet on my forehead woven into my hair which I later dropped around my neck.
Today I would chose a tea length gown with a full skirt and a pair of killer heels in a strong colour!
How can Brides Up North get in touch with you and find out more?
December 2nd, 2014 | Rachel Parry
Amaryllis by Claire Pettibone
A bride’s wedding attire had to appear somewhere in our wedding alphabet, so here it is under the letter G for gown.
This is the element of a wedding that most girls picture first, and that some dream about from being a little girl. Watching the Disney princesses flaunt their posh frocks when I was a youngster certainly helped me conjure up an image of what my very own ‘princess’ dress might look like for the day I would wed my prince charming.
My first thoughts were very much along the lines of Ariel’s wedding dress with corseted top, Princess Diana-esque puff sleeves and an almighty voluminous skirt. Of course over time our ideas and tastes change (thank God), and we come to realise the vast number of pretty bridal dresses there are to choose from beyond the standard fairytale gown.
But how do you find the one? When collating our fabulous real wedding posts for the blog, it becomes apparent that while some ladies find their dream dress almost instantly, others trawl numerous boutiques, toing and froing for months before making their decision.
Leila by Jenny Packham
While we can’t put a time on how long it, will take we can offer a little guidance. So, here are some top tips to help when wedding dress shopping, along with some of my favourite current designs for some extra inspiration:
Like a helpless moth to a flame, it’s easy to be drawn to stunning full lace gowns, those with intricate detailing or a dress with a killer train to rival Kim Kardashian’s. But if it carries a price tag that is well out of your league it really is pointless, if not a little heartbreaking. So to save you the pain, set a budget and look for designers/boutiques that fall into your price bracket. Also bear in mind that your attire allowance needs to also cater for the accessories that will complete your look, such as shoes, veil, under garments, jewellery and hair accessories.
Charlotte Balbier‘s Iscoyd Park Collection
One panic buy you don’t want to make is your wedding dress so be sure to give yourself a suitable amount of time (usually around eight months) to shop around and have alterations made. At the same time, be careful not to start too early or you run the risk of buying something too far in advance and then see something you prefer closer to the big day.
Alchemy by Claire Pettibone
Build up an image of the types of dresses you like using magazine cuttings and Pintrest to record your findings. As well as basing choices on your personal style preferences, also take into account elements of the wedding, such as the venue and season and how your dress might work with this in terms of its colour, fabric and design.
Charlotte Balbier’s Iscoyd Park Collection
When booking appointments at bridal boutiques, make sure they stock designers that you like, that are within your budget and that go up to your size. If you have your heart set on trying on a certain design ring ahead and make sure they stock it. Once you have made your bookings be sure to go along prepared with suitable nude underwear and heels of a height similar to what you plan to wear on your wedding day so you can see how the dress falls.
Simone by Jenny Packham
During the search if a bridal shop owner or assistant suggests trying on something you wouldn’t pick out yourself, don’t dismiss it straight away. These people are experts in the field, and don’t forget, a dress can look completely different on the hanger to what it does when it’s on. A real bride featured on the blog recently (the lovely Fiona) is a great example of how being open minded can work in a bride’s favour. She took up the suggestion of trying on a pink gown (more out of politeness than anything else) and ended up falling head over heels for it.
Charlotte Balbier’s Iscoyd Park Collection
Too many cooks and all that! You need to select your dress shopping companions carefully. It’s advisable to take just two or three people when trying on dresses in the early stages. For most it’s a combination of their mum, sisters, best friend and/or nan. Basically the people whose opinion you value the most. What you need is honest and reliable thoughts, not confusing and conflicting opinions. Once you have made your decision you can always take a few other friends or relatives along to a later fitting for a sneak peek.
Julia (great name!) by Claire Pettibone
Ultimately the final decision comes down to you so trust your instinct and don’t be swayed by others. You might not have that teary, speechless, dramatic moment, but the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident with your choice. When you do find ‘the one’ be sure to order it in the size you currently are, not what you aim to be. Organising a wedding can be stressful enough without putting yourself under added pressure to drop several dress sizes before the big day. If you do lose weight in the meantime, you can always have the dress taken in.
Above all remember that shopping for your wedding dress should be an exciting and memorable experience so keep calm and enjoy!
Garbo by Jenny Packham
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