September 19th, 2014 | Julia Braime
You shall go to the ball.
Save the pumpkins for Halloween, Cinders.
September 8th, 2014 | Julia Braime
A relative newcomer to the bridal design scene, Charlotte Mills is a bit of a genius.
Launched to huge acclaim within the industry, the talented designer (and all round lovely North West lass) offers affordable luxury to style conscious brides giving them a more fashion forward option to traditional wedding shoes.
We like her style.
And we want her shoes.
Charlotte says: We create beautiful, elegant, fun, romantic designs we hope brides will fall in love with and want to wear again and again after their wedding day.
What were your inspirations for this collection?
Love hearts provide the inspiration for collection each style incorporating them in a unique and individual way. I love art deco and art nouveau, so studied heart shapes and also the lines used in the architecture of these era’s and gave them a modern twist to create the designs. For as long as I can remember I have always has a passion for shoes. I couldn’t imagine designing anything else.
It amazing to be able to design something which some one will love and want to wear on their wedding day to show a little bit of their personality. I find this really inspiring.
Each shoe is hand finished with a silver sixpence and the leather sole is embossed with the phrase ‘Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.’
We have covered all bases. The Sixpence is also the Something Old, the Something New is the shoe, the Something Blue is detailed on the insock and the Something Borrowed will be inside the shoe box. Brides love this old tradition. This detailing is unique to Charlotte Mills Bridal shoes.
What shapes, materials and embellishments were chosen for the collection?
The collection has been created using laser cutting, appliqué and embroidery techniques. Each shoe is handmade in Spain using finest materials such as Italian Kid Suede, silks, tulle or metallic and pearlised leathers and is embellished with large structured bows, embroideries, appliqués or Swarovski crystals.
What is your average retail price?
What does 2015 hold for Charlotte Mills? What are you excited about?
I am busy designing lots of new styles to add to the range and working on a top-secret collection.
Seeing images of all the ‘Charlotte Mills brides’ is so exciting and as we have only just launched there is a time delay because people tend to buy so far in advance for weddings. It will be amazing to see our shoes featured in someone’s special day.
What are your ‘best things’ in life?
Shoes Shoes Shoes!
My husband, family and friends, my dogs Meg and Coco, pink, holidays, cake, weddings and fashion – I could go on and on…
Where can Brides Up North find out more about Charlotte Mills?
August 29th, 2014 | Julia Braime
August 22nd, 2014 | Julia Braime
What the coolest girls will be wearing under their tulle skirts this season.
August 15th, 2014 | Julia Braime
As close to a fairy-tale as you’ll get (without your coach turning into a pumpkin).
July 18th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Just because you’re an English Rose, you ain’t gotta be a wallflower…
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June 6th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Oh god YES (yes, yes!).
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June 2nd, 2014 | Julia Braime
We’ll make no apologies. Here at Brides Up North, we’re proper girly girls. We love romcoms, hen parties, classic Friends, the tall, dark, handsome ones, manicures (Shellac changed our lives), spa days, forages in Topshop, a family sized bar of Dairy Milk… and most of all, we’re all about the shoes.
Oh come on girls, isn’t everything all about the shoes?
Lucky for us, we’ve got some pretty epic Featured Suppliers who care about the shoes just as much as we do, and it’s with pride that I introduce one of our best heeled sponsors to the pages of the wedding blog this afternoon.
Ladies, get ready for some serious shopping, as we meet the beautiful Sophia of Paradox London (who’s just about to add a darling baby to her brood any day now… congratulations mama!) and talk fancy footwear.
What’s the story behind Paradox London?
With 30 years of shoe manufacturing heritage manufacturing footwear for bridal companies and the high street, Paradox felt that the bridal market needed some fashionable inspiration as styles as that time were very plain and boring. Therefore in 2002 Paradox developed its own bridal collection specifically targeted at the more fashion conscious bride.
Why should a Bride choose Paradox London?
Paradox London incorporates both the Pink Paradox London and Benjamin Adams London collections. With decades of footwear manufacturing heritage we understand the needs of the bride and bridal party. Both the Paradox London collections incorporate unique on-trend styling that do not sacrifice comfort. Combining comfort, quality, a budget suit all types of brides and most importantly design, this is what sets us apart from the competition.
Tell us about the Pink range of wedding shoes that you design and create?
Pink Paradox London is a collection that is designed for the entire bridal party; Bride, Mother of Bride and Bridesmaids. The collection has a strong on-trend fashion influence which is translated into the needs of the bridal party. The collection features 4” inch crystal encrusted heels to mid-heel vintage t-bars. Styling is paramount with Pink however we never compromise with comfort as the entire collection features memory foam padding and soft lining. The collection is made with luxurious dyeable satin which can be hand coloured to match any gown which is great for bridesmaids and mother of bride, or even for the bride if she wants to wear the shoes after the wedding.
Which designs from the collection are your favourite and why?
Our current favourites are styles Dahlia and Cupcake. Dahlia is an elegantly simple round toe court with a cute bow detailing. Stylish and comfortable, sometimes less is more. Cupcake is our vintage lace pump, on-trend and comfortable – a truly unique style from Pink.
Tell us about your range of accessories?
We offer matching handbags with all of our footwear styles.
Tell us about your Little Miss Pink collection?
We have fantastic kids collection called Little Miss Pink that’s perfect for flower girls. The shoes are made with ivory dyeable satin that can coloured to match any flower girl gown.
Tell us about your Benjamin Adams 2014 bridal collection?
The 2014 Benjamin Adams collection takes inspiration from 1950’s Hollywood film star styling such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. The collection combines both vintage themes and the alluring glamour of the red carpet and is designed specifically for the fashion conscious bride that wants to add some drama and interest with footwear to complete their bridal look.
Pick out a few favourite designs from the collection and tell us why?
Mia is the perfect style for short wedding dresses, a classic t-bar set off with elegant pear crystals, whilst Minnie is a great shoe to team with a vintage dress. The round toe Mary Jane optimises the vintage era.
What are your prices like?
Our prices are really competitive. The Pink range starts from £49.95 to £99.95 and our Benjamin Adams collection is a little more expensive between £139 and £450.
What sizes can you offer?
Dependent on style, generally we offer sizes from size 2 – 8.
You’re based in London, but are Brides Up North able to order your designs online too?
What would be your top tips for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding shoes?
First and foremost any bridal shoe must look amazing as it completes your bridal attire, however you cannot sacrifice comfort as you will be on your feet for a number of hours. Benjamin Adams shoes all include soft kid leather lining and special memory foam padding. With Benjamin Adams you can have the best of both worlds.
What would be your no nos for Brides Up North when choosing their wedding shoes?
The bridal shoe completes your bridal outfit, therefore it should be purchased in conjunction with your dress. Having your shoes at your dress fitting is essential in ensuring you have the correct gown length.
How can Brides Up North get in touch to see your designs and find out more?
May 29th, 2014 | Rachel Parry
The dismal and depressing weather over the Bank Holiday forced me to take shelter indoors, and by indoors I mean within a shopping centre. Here I came to spend a good proportion of my Saturday, and in turn, my wages (for which I whole heartedly blame the British weather).
Although on a mission to purchase a new work wardrobe, I found myself distracted by the shoe department in Debenhams (I’m only female, after all). Whilst eyeing up fancy footwear that was totally inappropriate for the office, I was pleasantly surprised to find Debs’ collection included a wide range of beautiful bridal footwear at write-home-and-tell-your-mum-about-it kind of prices.
From pretty platforms to cute kitten heels and feminine flats – they had it all!
Top Image: No 1 Jenny Packham – Grey high heel cut-out court shoes with pleated trim, £48 (20% off)
1 Debut – Gold metallic beaded peep toe court shoes, £39.60 (20% off)
2 Debut – Ivory glitter trim mid court shoes, £36 (20% off)
3 Faith – Ivory embellished bow high court shoes, £65
4 Faith – Ivory pearlised leather mid heel stiletto shoes, £75
5 Faith – Ivory rhinestone studded pumps, £32.50
6 No 1 Jenny Packham – Designer ivory lace and jewel trim ballet pumps, £47.20 (20% off)
7 J by Jasper Conran – Designer ivory embroidered toe high court shoes, £55.20 (20% off)
8 No 1 Jenny Packham – Designer ivory lace detailed heeled sandals, £68 (20% off)
Bottom Image: Faith – Natural glitter lace court shoes, £56 (20% off)
All prices correct at the time of going to press
Shopping in a department store is a good idea, of course, for those wanting a wide choice. The main designers stocked in bridal shoes include reliable Faith, classy Jasper Conran and an exclusive collection designed by the princess of bridal wear herself, Jenny Packham.
Each offers brides something a little different. For those that like a bit of bling, Faith features some rather dazzling designs with sequin, glitter or rhinestone detail, though their plainer options are equally attractive: the ivory pearlised leather stiletto with sophisticated scalloped edges being a particular favourite of mine.
Jenny’s cut-price collection meanwhile offers more elegant options including classic courts with neat pleats as well as pretty pumps and platforms, complete with jewel trim.
Debenhams’ Debut collection is also worth a mention, not only for its reasonable price tag, but also for its simple yet stunning designs – the ivory glitter trim court being a wonderful example.
With affordable bridal footwear like this on the high street it made me wonder how so many cash-strapped grooms on Don’t Tell the Bride get it so wrong. And as if you needed anymore persuasion to check out the collection, there’s currently up to 20% off selected styles meaning you could get change from a fifty pound note!
View the full collection here.
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May 9th, 2014 | Julia Braime
Straight in at number one on the wish list.
It’s got to be Aruna Seth.
Coming soon, watch their website for more details.
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