Category Archives: Charlotte Balbier

Dress of the Month ~ June 2014

My favourite dress of the moment is the absolutely beautiful Tabitha by Charlotte Balbier!

Charlotte Balbier 'Tabitha' fitted lace gown with beautiful beadwork and a V neckline.

A gorgeous fitted lace gown with beautiful beadwork and a V neckline. Tabitha is one of Charlotte’s ‘Hall of Fame’ dresses, which means she is a bridal best seller. Charlotte designed this beautiful dress a few years ago and brides continue to love it!

Charlotte Balbier 'Tabitha' fitted lace gown with beautiful beadwork and a V neckline.

Since we haven’t been stocking Charlotte’s collection for very long Tabitha is brand new to us, but she was definitely one of the dresses that were on our ‘must have’ list when we visited Charlotte’s showroom last year.

Charlotte Balbier 'Tabitha' fitted lace gown with beautiful beadwork and a V neckline.

I love everything about this dress but mostly how soft and light the lace is! So many of our lace gowns are much heavier and sometimes even a little bulky, but this dress is the complete opposite and really means it could be the perfect option for a wedding abroad!

For more information about Charlotte Balbier dresses click here.

Article by Catherine Massey

Catherine has been writing Bi-Weekly Article for us since the 8th May 2012 and is our very talented Bridal Specialist. Catherine is a Bridal Stylist for their family Bridal Boutique, Cathedral Gowns. Find them onlineat http://www.cathedralgowns.com or on Facebook.

Any questions, email catherine@thebeautycloud.co.uk

Dress of the Month ~ April 2014

My favourite dress of the moment is the adorable ‘Sweetpea’ by Charlotte Balbier. There are many different reasons why this dress has caught my attention: the gorgeous lace fabric, the scalloped hem, the beautiful broad cap sleeves and the fabulous closed in back.  All these features combine to make a stunning dress.  However, but it’s the length that really makes it fabulous!

Sweatpea Bridal Dress

Slightly shorter than tea length, this dress is super cute and perfect for a 1950s themed wedding. It looks even cuter when worn with a petticoat to emphasise the shape, and I love to see it worn with round toed shoes and a super short full veil. I just love her and I think a lot of our brides do too – shes our window display at the minute and I keep having to wreck the display to get it out!

‘The Charlotte’: Charlotte Balbier’s Wedding Dress

I’m just back from viewing the new bridal collection from Charlotte Balbier.  Not only was this a fantastic buying trip but it was also a fantastic opportunity to catch up with her about her recent wedding!

Charlotte was married in December 2013 but last time we chatted in July 2013 she told me about the difficulties of selecting her wedding dress.  Charlotte is one of the best UK bridal designers and we love her.  Not only does she create lovely and super girlie dresses, but she is also an absolute honey.

Her wedding was a super mega top secret.  We had to wait months to see even a glimpse of her big day on Instagram.  However, all was finally revealed a few weeks ago in the current issue of You and Your Wedding magazine.  I scoured the shops to track down a copy and oh my how it was worth the wait! The images of Charlotte’s perfect day were breathtaking and needless to say her dress was perfection.

The Charlotte, Charlotte Balbier

Combining good taste with a list of the best industry contacts made sure that every last detail of her wedding day wowed. Her wedding day supplier list is pretty much a who’s who of the wedding world, but I’m sure she would have had a hard time selecting who to use.  I dread the day I have to decide which professionals to use for different elements at my wedding as I have great relationships with so many in the industry – I am bound to offend someone! I imagine that for someone like Charlotte Balbier this problem is magnified.

However, narrowing down and selecting suppliers couldn’t have been as difficult as selecting ‘The Dress’. Can you imagine the pressure as one of the most important bridal designers in the UK?  She was reluctant to wear a dress that lots of other brides had chosen – she felt she had to create something new and unique just for her.  With the whole bridal industry eagerly awaiting her dress choice the pressure was on.

Charlotte Balbier 2

 

In the end, she chose to wear two very different dresses.  Her ceremony gown was everything I had hoped it would be.  It was a proper princess dress, with an amazing full skirt, lace detailing, demure neckline and beautiful sleeves. As soon as I saw the picture in the magazine I knew Cathedral Gowns had to have it, and luckily for us ‘The Charlotte’ is part of her 2015 collection.

Charlotte Balbier 1

Charlotte also chose a lighter gown for the wedding party and it was not what I was expecting at all. She opted for a soft slinky golden lace gown with beautiful fluttery sleeves. It wouldn’t have looked out of place on a 1930s movie set and gave off old Hollywood glamour! This dress is named after her wedding venue ‘Iscoyd Park’.  It goes without saying that we have this dress on order too.

I am delighted that she went for two gowns to showcase two different sides of her personality and style.  She told me that she had a third dress on stand-by in case she changed her mind but I think just made the perfect choices.

For more images see:

Charlotte’s Blog http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/charlotte-balbier/
You and Your Wedding http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/
Charlotte’s Instagram http://instagram.com/balbierbrides#

 

 

Dress of the Month ~ March 2014

Right now I am slightly obsessed with our beautiful Boadicea gown from Charlotte Balbier! This is definitely not a typical wedding dress – this dress is super glamorous, sophisticated and very very sexy.

Boadacea

 

She features a very pretty sheer lace bateau neckline which lots of our brides are loving right now.  However, instead of being a full lace look this gown features a fluid and luxurious satin skirt.

Boadicea

 

She is simply beautiful. But the most surprising part of this dress is the stunning sheer lace back! It makes a statement and is definitely a fabulous choice for a confident bride.

Boadicea