Dream to Dress by Christine Murrell

As those of you who follow us quite closely will know, we love to share our brides with you; a few images from the big day to give you a glimpse into their wedding and to show you all the different ways in which you can make your wedding and your dress completely you. We are particularly proud to share Chris and Mike’s wedding with you today. Not only because we LOVE how everything came together and the time we spent getting to know them as a couple, but also because Christine has very kindly agreed to talk a bit about why she chose us to create her wedding dress and how she found the whole process. We know choosing your wedding dress is a big decision made all the bigger for choosing something that doesn’t yet exist… so here is Christine’s experience… So…..I said yes, venue booked, photographer lined up, cake tasted but what to wear? As I am a mature bride perhaps the dress /jacket combo was the safe way to go but as a good friend pointed out I was the Bride not a guest!!This was an occasion for something a bit more than the usual, to Continue Reading →

These dip-dye details ensure your heart will soar

Do you think Gwen Stephanie knew what kind of waves she would create in the wedding world when she married Gavin Rossdale back in 2002? Or that her wedding dress would be described as iconic and exhibited in the V&A? That dip-dyed John Galliano wedding dress is still stealing hearts and its a trend that is only now really starting to make it’s way into popularity. We are seeing more and more incredible dip dyed wedding dresses and LOVE how easy it is to infuse your day with your personality without deviating too far from tradition. Here is Nerine, our dip dyed lace and tulle dress as modeled by Betty on our shoot with Tiree Dawson Photography. The shoot was featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings and Coco Wedding Venues and the full shoot can be found here: It’s becoming quite an obsession. I love how unique and creative every dress can be and how versatile the idea is. We’ve created a few dip-dyed wedding dresses now  and the idea can be taken so much further when you’re having your dress made, so here are some ideas of how you can use the dip-dye or ombre effect in your own wedding: Continue Reading →

Cobbles and Curlers – a real Lancashire styled photoshoot

We have shared snippets of this shoot on our Facebook page and were super excited that Brides Up North featured this styled shoot, but we thought it was about time we had it on our own blog. We just LOVE how playful this shoot is. I don’t think we can call it wedding inspiration… who scrubs cobbles in their wedding dress? But I think it shows how easy our dresses are to wear if nothing else. Video by MoviArt FIlms We have known Zoie (Zoie Carter-Ingham) for a while and whenever we are together we always talk about organizing a shoot together. We’ve had several ideas, all very creative, yet time and availability have always kept our plans on the back burner. This summer however, when Zoie mentioned her idea for a very Lancashire shoot with a nod to the textile industry our towns are built on, we knew we had to run with it.  The shoot was set in a back street in Rishton; a row of terraces on one side and the empty shell of an old mill on the other. Zoie chose this street as it is reminiscent of so many mill towns in the area.  The Continue Reading →

Amy + Will’s New York themed wedding

  Amy found us while searching for bridesmaids dresses. She had already chosen her Justin Alexander gown but had a specific idea for her bridesmaids dresses and was struggling to find exactly what she wanted. As we heard all about Amy and Will’s New York themed wedding we couldn’t help get excited (… you should check out their wedding Chris Matthews Photography’s blog) Amy and her bridesmaids were a delight to make dresses for. They chose super cute pink 50’s style dresses with ruched sweetheart bodices, lace-up backs and tulle petticoats and to add extra excitement Kim found out she was pregnant so her design was modified to an empire bodice. We also had the pleasure of making Su’s gorgeous aqua dress, jacket and cocktail hat

Couture is for Grannies: 60’s Mod Wedding Shoot

‘Couture is for Grannies’ -Brigitte Bardot We love working with Little White Books, so when Maxine approached us to get involved in the shoot to promote the upcoming Great Northern Wedding Show we didn’t have to give it much thought. Great team [tick] Great location [tick] Awesome model [tick] Interesting concept [tick] The 60’s isn’t an era we have explored in our designs previously. Never ones to take the conventional route we love to explore new ideas and the revolution of the 60’s mod look really appeals to us.  For a business whose entire approach is based on bespoke tailoring we are in love with Brigitte Bardot’s ‘Couture is for grannies’ attitude. Channeling Twiggy we took those sleek lines and simple silhouette trademarks of miniskirts, A-line dresses and kitten heels and created a wedding dress for our very own Jane Birkin. We chose a beautiful Guipure 3d sculptured lace with a fab larger than life flower design which so typifies the 60s. The Mod style is all in the cut. Moving away from full skirts and froth to simple lines that show curves we kept the shape simple, opting for an empire style A-line mini dress with bell sleeves and Continue Reading →

How to get the bespoke wedding dress of your dreams

So, it’s time to look for the perfect wedding dress and you just don’t think that the perfect dress for you is out there. We feel you! Choosing your wedding dress is a big part of planning your wedding and a huge emotional roller coaster. There’s a lot to think about when you’re wedding dress shopping, and there’s another layer of questions when you consider going down the bespoke route. We have been designing and creating wedding dresses for over 10 years and have faced every possible question and worry. Here are our top tips to choosing the right designer for you, developing the right design and being confident in your choices, and how to enjoy and get the most from your fittings. How to choose a designer… Do your research and know their work: Look at the previous work of your designer – the wedding dresses they share will give you an idea of the styles they have loved creating and the fabrics they love working with. Are you drawn to their style and creativity? Have a conversation: Do you find them easy to talk to? It is important you feel comfortable with your designer, and confident that they Continue Reading →

Gemma and Ryan at Browsholme Hall Tithe Barn

We first met Gemma and her mum Pam at at Wedding Fair at Browsholme Hall. It was actually Pam that we got chatting to about her Mother of the Bride outfit… Gemma and Ryan were busy discussing how perfect the Tithe Barn would be for their wedding day and like so many Brides-to-be, Gemma avoided getting drawn into wedding dress conversations within earshot of her Groom. It wasn’t long however before we were discussing both Mother-of-the-Bride and Wedding dress… and bridesmaids… and Aunty Linda’s dress. It was an absolute pleasure creating Gemma’s perfect wedding dress. Every fitting was a riot of laughter and it was lovely to hear about all their wedding preparations and to be invited to their ceremony to see Gemma and Ryan married. Such a lovely day! Gemma chose the most delicate chantilly lace for her wedding gown; beautiful sweetheart bodice with the lace creeping up over her shoulders and down her sleeves but leaving her dress entirely backless. The skirt was a fitting mermaid with a shear lace overlay that softened the look – giving you glimpses of the fishtail underneath but with a softer vintage feel.   Gemma went a step further to give us Continue Reading →