Becky & Marcus – A Natural Retreats Wedding

Our gorgeous bride Becky and now husband Marcus chose the beautiful Natural Retreats venue in the Yorkshire dales for their wedding back in May.


Becky wore a beautiful Sottero And Midgley leatherette gown with detachable skirt which just looked amazing against the rolling Yorkshire countryside. Becky’s incredible flowers by Manor Garden were a key feature of the day and Becky said she wanted to keep everything else quite muted so that the flowers and the countryside could bring all the colour to the day.

Becky and Marcus chose to write their own vows and as you can see from the images the ceremony looks like one of the highlights of the day – both grinning from ear to ear and clearly so happy to be celebrating their vows with their closest friends and family.

Of her experience with us Becky said:

‘Nowhere felt anywhere near as beautiful and welcoming as The Harrogate Wedding Lounge, I felt at home straight away! I just knew I would be walking out of there with my dress. The staff are warm and welcoming with an exceptional level of service, relaxing atmosphere and large selection of beautiful gowns’

I’ll leave you now with some amazing images by the very talented   Lissa Alexandra photography









Venue: Natural Retreats

Photographer:  Lissa Alexandra

Videographer:  Shoot Me Now Films

Caterers:  Friends 4 Dinner

Flowers: Manor Garden

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Exclusive First Look at the NEW gowns from Sottero and Midgley



The latest collection from Sottero and Midgley has just landed and believe us it’s AMAZING! To celebrate the new collection launch we are holding an exclusive two-day event to showcase the incredible new designs. These gowns have not yet landed into the boutiques yet so this is truly a special opportunity for any bride who wants to get there hands on the new collection hot off the runway. If you would like to make an appointment for this event then please get in touch below. Start choosing your favourite dresses and check out the full collection HERE.

Book your exclusive first look appointment 



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Related Tags: Sottero And Midgley Yorkshire

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Rebecca and Sam A Rustic Wedding at The Wild Boar


Our bride Rebecca spotted her dream dress in a magazine, the Deirdre gown by Maggie Sottero ticked every box for her rustic wedding at The Wild Boar in Windermere this February. Rebecca and husband Sam opted for a a cosy vintage style wedding with beautiful rustic touches. Beware there is a huge dose of cool styling with some wellies and a 4×4! We are so thrilled to bring you the details of Rebecca and Sam’s gloriously warm an welcoming vintage wedding. Photography by Hayley Baxter.

‘I love how my dress looks in my wedding pictures, so glad I found it at this boutique! Lovely, friendly staff, always offering a cup of tea and a chat about the dress and the wedding day!’

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Venue: The Wild Boar, Windermere
Photographer: Hayley Baxter


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Looking for a dress with sleeves? Here’s our top picks…

Many brides dream of wearing a sleeve on their wedding day and with so many beautiful choices of laces and fabrics out there it’s a great time to choose this look. From delicate cap sleeves to off the shoulder and full lace there are so many to choose from.

If you are thinking of a opting for this classic and elegant bridal style then take a look at some of our top picks below…

PS. did you also know that we have a great selection of jackets and lace overlays that can be added to many of our dresses to create your finished look. You can even choose your lace and shape of jacket to make your very own tailored look with our bridal stylists an in-store seamstress. xx

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Maggie Sottero Deirdre 


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All of these beautiful designs are available to try at the boutique, or head over to our Designers page to view more styles…

To book an appointment call the boutique on 01423 88242 or email

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Our Bride Rebecca – A Charming and Elegant York Wedding

Today we are sharing with you the beautiful wedding of HWL bride Rebecca. Rebecca opted for a classic and elegant bridal look, choosing Justin Alexander 8835 gown. Perfectly styled with a soft single tier veil and a beautiful Spring hued bouquet from Ilona Hall flowers. We love the charming details of this wedding held at a venue filled with so much character. The photographs captured by Graham Frostick at Ideal Imagery are delightful and really tell the story of their special day…. x

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The Venue Stunning tudor fronted building in Yorks Museum Gardens. We held the whole day there. The ceremony took place downstairs amongst beautiful stone pillars,flagstone flooring and stunning architecture. Speeches and dinner were upstairs with the top table set against lead patterned windows overlooking the gardens with high, wooden beamed ceilings. Photos took place outside amongst the gardens, in the ruins of the Abbey and on the museum’s grand entrance as well.





We didn’t have a particular theme for the wedding but knew we wanted pale blues and whites as our colour scheme. We reflected these in the flowers, table decorations, chair covers and mens ties, with the groomsmen and bridesmaids in dark blue. My main inspiration came from my aunt’s wedding a few years previously which I had thought was absolutely stunning. However I collected numerous other ideas from hours on Pinterest, most of which I changed my mind about at least 5 times and never used, but it was fun nonetheless. Visiting lots of wedding fairs helped too and the free cake samples at most of these were just an added bonus!!

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The Dress I was aiming for fairly classic and timeless but at the same time wanted to be individual and unique, i wanted a dress that people hadn’t seen before, something different but not too current fashion if that makes sense!

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Top tips for bridal shopping Keep an open mind. Whatever you think you want, you probably don’t! I went in thinking I wanted a slim fitting, all lace, long sleeved white dress. That is not what I bought. Trust your dress consultant, ask for their suggestions, they do this job for a reason and the ladies at Harrogate Wedding Lounge can certainly be trusted to find you your perfect dress. The dress Allyson picked for me hadn’t even caught my eye when I had looked through but as soon as it was on me I fell in love! I would not have found my dress if I hadn’t asked for her suggestion so I really recommend asking.

When you almost refuse to take it off in the fitting room because you want to wear it forever, when you go home and google it constantly just to look at the picture, when it appears in your dreams that’s when you know it’s the dress. You don’t have to be 100% sure the first time it’s on, it’s a big decision to make on the spot, but if it’s the dress you will know when you leave the shop and get home without it that actually it’s definitely your dress!


How would you describe your experience with us as a boutique? You definitely stood out from the crowd, you found my dress! You were so accommodating from the start. Some other dress shops had almost suggested to me that I don’t even bother with an appointment as I didn’t have a particularly large budget, but you were friendly and helpful and only showed me dresses within my price range. As I mentioned before I wouldn’t have chosen my dress to try as I didn’t think it was the style I was after. However Allyson’s knowledge and expertise meant she was able to make suggestions based on the information I had given her and my opinions on other dresses we had tried on and pull the perfect dress for me. For which I cannot thank you enough.


The best part Seeing my husband to be waiting at the end of the aisle with a tear in his eye after he swore I wasn’t going to be able to make him cry!! The whole day was incredible though and I will never forget any of it.

Thank you so much. From start to finish my experience has been incredible and the service I received has been outstanding. Without your help I would never have found my perfect dress, which made me feel beautiful and confident on my wedding day and helped to make it the most special day of my life.

Rebecca x


Venue: The Hospitium, Museum Gardens, York
Photographer: Graham Frostick, Ideal Imagery
Videographer: Cim Coates, Ideal Imagery
Caterers: Bradshaws of York
Entertainment: Elliott Long ( acoustic set after ceremony) and Snap Crackle and Pop (evening band)
Any Other Notable Suppliers: Ilona Hall – Florist
Amy Jayne Freelance MUA
Crystal Owens – Hairdresser

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Spotlight Dress – Andie

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This week’s spotlight is on Maggie Sottero’s Andie gown.

Sexy, sophisticated and elegant, Andie is a perfect choice for a bride wanting a contemporary edge to their bridal style. Crafted from Yolivia Crepe satin Andie’s fitted silhouette is figure flattering. The high neck bateau neckline marries up perfectly with a dramatic scoop back. The scoop back has an extra is also accented with an illusion closure creating a sexy keyhole below the natural waist. Artfully placed lace embellishments featuring Swarovski crystals adorn each illusion side panel adding a modern and ethereal twist.

To view a larger selection of our Maggie Sottero gowns head over to our gallery to view

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Related Tags: Raimon Bundo

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Debbie Carlisle Accessories Coming Soon!

We have been so excited to tell you this news!

We are now official stockist of the gorgeous Debbie Carlisle accessories collection! We have admired these beautiful accessories for so long we are thrilled we can now share all of the gorgeousness with our brides! Debbie’s accessories range from simple, classic bridal combs to ethereal floral hair vines, delicate hair pins, sparkling tiaras, ribbon-tie forehead bands and statement jewel-encrusted wedding headbands. There is also a selection of bridal jewellery, belts and garters.

Inspired by the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s these pieces are the perfect mix of modern styling with vintage touches. We think the collection will sit perfectly alongside our bridal wear collections and we are so excited to to help our brides create their finished look with these accessories.

Debbie is also known for her lavish vintage brooch bouquet designs which she makes to order by private commission. Her exquisitely sparkling bespoke designs using vintage jewellery, buttons, crystals, pearls, beads and luxurious fabrics and are spectacular works of art designed to become unique family heirlooms to be treasured by generations to come.

All of Debbie’s designs are handmade in her city centre studio based in Sheffield. And the best news, Debbie will be joining us at our accessories evening on Thursday 2nd March to launch the collection to all of our lovely brides and offer some expert styling advice! Call 01423 888242 to book!x

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Laura and Mark’s gorgeous barn wedding


Today we get to share with you the perfect rustic details of Laura and Mark’s wedding. Laura wore a vintage inspired beaded gown by Maggie Sottero.

Held at one of our favourite venues The Yorkshire Wedding Barn Laura and Mark created a wedding not only fitting to them but simply perfect for the venue. With rustic elements, art deco details and bright tones. The personal touches to this wedding will inspire you to get hands on and create some of your very own decor (see the gorgeous gold pineapples!)

We will now hand you over to Laura who tells us all about the details of this dreamy barn wedding…


The Venue

We fell in love with the Yorkshire Wedding Barn before we even saw it in real life – having seen it on the Internet we pretty much knew that is where we wanted to get married! When we visited it and took in the gorgeous grounds and perfectly renovated barn and surrounding buildings, there was no question. We even changed from wanting a summer wedding to booking an autumn wedding to secure our date. The YWB is the perfect mix of rustic glamour and suited our style down to the ground.


The Details 

Our wedding style was fitting with the barn style – rustic glamour with a touch of art deco style! We love a mismatch, yet put together style.
The barn was kitted out with hundreds of fairy lights which were the back drop to the entire wedding – we then added to this with lots of mismatched candles, crystal cut vases, terrariums and not forgetting our beloved pineapples – which we sprayed gold for the occasion! The pineapples held our golden glittery table numbers.


We had giant balloons, and our table plan was hand written on an art deco style mirror. There were our parents and grandparents wedding photos, and of course our wonderful cake – which was 3 tiers and constructed of a Victoria sponge, chocolate ganache cake and our own design of flavour ‘pistachmallow’ – a taste sensation of marshmallow flavoured cake and pistachio buttercream – the whole thing was then covered in buttercream and edible flowers.
We cannot forget our ‘LAM’ lights – my husband Mark and I are collectively LAM, so instead of the traditional huge lights people have spelled out ‘Love’ with – we had LAM! And finally Marks dad sign wrote some personalised signs to dot around the venue and grounds to build the excitement for our arriving guests from the roadside to the doors of the barn.

The colour scheme was pinks and peaches – in bright sorbet tones rather than pastel. These were inspired by a street containing next door neighbour doors of the those colours – we loved how they complemented each other and they became the basis of our décor and the bridal party’s accent clothing elements.



I love magazines – so they were my obvious choice for inspiration, I created mood boards and ripped out pages which were then glued in my ‘bride book of joy’. I also used Instagram and Rock My Wedding along with a few other sites – they are all very addictive!!

Bridal Style
My dress was very art deco, slim fitting, jewelled and beaded – I LOVED it!! My bridal accessories included sequin shoes, as those who know me will know – I am sequin obsessed and wear them constantly – so they had to feature in the wedding!! My jewellery was all from Zoe and Morgan – a company I have followed on social media for years, Mark started my collection of their jewellery by proposing to me with one of their rings – the wedding rings came from their and since then I added to my collection, treating myself to some of their pieces for my other wedding jewellery. I also wore my precious Grandma Dolly’s wedding ring, she passed away just a few months before our wedding day, so having her ring with me made me feel she was there in some way.



Finding the dress 
I think I knew in my heart which style I would go for I even begun trying on. When I found my dress, mum (who I was the only one to see my dress before the big day) were very emotional! I was overjoyed! We had a good old sob, and a glass of fizz – it was a very special moment!

From the moment I walked in the door at the boutique, I was made to feel hugely welcome and very special. I loved that the boutique its self is stylish and cosy, it had a really professional, yet friendly feel. Leanne, her mum and the rest of the team are so lovely – they make you feel at home in their wonderful world! The boutique was also immaculate – it seems like that should be obvious, but some other places I visited were not so. It was a real pleasure to visit – for my gown search and then the subsequent try ons.


Special Moments

The most memorable part of my wedding day: There are so so many! Getting ready with my mum, my dad seeing me for the first time in my dress, walking down the alter to Mark, saying I do….. but probably mostly when Mark surprised me with a video he’d made of a lot of our friends and family miming and acting to Kodaline’s song The One! A total surprise and quite obviously a huge amount of effort in organising and editing it all together – it was amazing!!


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Venue: The Yorkshire Wedding Barn, Richmond
Photographer: Emma Sykes Photography
Videographer: N/A
Caterers: The Hog and Apple
Entertainment: The Turnarounds
Any Other Notable Suppliers: D.W Hunt Florist, Catherine Westwood – Cake


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Sample Sale @ Ramside Hall Bridal Show

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We are really excited to announce that we will be hosting a huge Sample Sale pop-up event at The Big Bridal Super Show at Ramside Hall Hotel, Carrville, Durham. Sunday 9th April 2017, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY.

Bridal Gowns start from £250! The sample sale is a fantastic opportunity for brides who are ready to find their perfect dress at an amazing price. All of the dresses available to buy on the day are sample gowns, this means that they have been tried on by brides-to-be. The condition of our sample dresses varies, some are new collection dresses that are in excellent condition and others have been well-loved and tried on.

Many dresses are going into the sale simply to make more room for the stunning new collections we have coming into the boutique! All of the gowns in our sample sale are priced to reflect their age and condition.

Our sample gowns range in sizes although the majority of our sample gowns are in sizes UK10 -14. We advise brides to have tried on dresses before, have a good idea of styles and shapes that you like and also be in a position to buy and take away your dream dress on the day!

Click here to pre-register for your FREE Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags) and FREE ENTRY.

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Justin Alexander Spring/Summer 2017 Collection



What to expect from Justin Alexander’s 2017 Spring/Summer collections

Striking beauty and enduring style define the Justin Alexander Spring/Summer 2017 Collection. Unexpected colours, new fabrications, hand-placed lace and intricate beading drape timeless silhouettes to create a line that flawlessly embraces both modernity and sophistication. To us tis collection is focussed around creating timeless elegance for the fashion focussed bride of today. Mixing tradition with contemporary through the uses of lace, embellishments and fabrics.

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Signature Collection It’s all about the unforgettable with Justin Alexander Signature Spring/Summer 2017 Collection. Captivating details including lavish hand-beading, opulent metallic fabrics, and beautifully extravagant trains that leave a bold and lasting impression of the bride who wears it. This collection reminds us that bold elegance rarely speaks softly. Our selection of  Justin Alexander Signature Collection appeals to the bride who wants to be that little bit different, super stylish yet remaining timelessly elegant.


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Want to see the Full Collection… Book now for our Justin Alexander S/S17 Collection Trunk Show Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th February 2017


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