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.

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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.

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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

Dress of the Month ~ February 2014

This month’s dress might just be my favourite dress… ever! Sarah, by Charlotte Balbier, is the only dress I’ve ever actually hugged.  It is THAT pretty.

Sarah Wedding Dress, Charlotte Balbier

When we visited Charlotte’s showroom back in summer 2013 this gorgeous dress kept grabbing my attention from right across the room, we just had to buy her. Now that she has arrived into our boutique I think she is my ideal wedding dress. She combines so many elements of gorgeous detail and design that she is just about perfect!

Spotted tulle, textured flowers and lace applique sounds like it should be too much on one dress but I promise you that the result is soft, subtle and delightful.

The silhouette is a super flattering dropped waist ballgown with a shallow sweetheart neckline and a fabulous corseted bodice.

A true princess dress. I love her!

Dress of the Month ~ November 2013

My current favourite dress is the amazing Leonora by Charlotte Balbier. I love her! It features a gorgeous dropped waist silhouette with a full aline skirt, which is so flattering on lots of figures, but especially on curvier girls.

Charlotte Balbier Wedding Dress Lace

The bodice features amazing corsetry which really pulls in the waist and flattens a tummy, and holds a fuller bust in place. The benefit of the lace up back really helps to achieve a gorgeous fit. It does a really good job of lifting your bust and really showcasing your waist, so it is the perfect dress choice if you are heavy in the bust department. Another reason this dress is perfect for bustier ladies is the fact the beautiful scalloped lace detail offers extra cleavage coverage.

Charlotte Balbier Wedding Dress Lace

The skirt of the dress is a soft full aline in tulle with a beautiful lace hem detail which definitely edges towards princessy. I feel like this dress is super girlie as well as super flattering.

I love pairing her with a beaded belt at the waist and a lace edged veil.

For more information about this dress or to try it for yourself, please contact Catherine at Cathedral Gowns (Tel: 028 4461 2532)

Upcoming Bridal Trends for the New Season

It’s that time of year again! Time for us to go shopping and select the gowns that will be gracing our rails next year! I absolutely love the opportunity to see literally thousands of beautiful dresses, and I adore the challenge of picking out which ones we want to buy for our boutique.

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As I mentioned in previous blogs, bridal gowns don’t go through massive transformations from season to season, the styles simply evolve. So from seeing the introduction of sleeves and necklines at the last collection launches, this time high necks and sleeves were everywhere!

Last time the ‘new thing’ was the peplum, and as expected a lot more designers had picked up on this trend, and to be honest while I really disliked them before, this time I was tempted. I’ve ordered a pretty satin number with a lace bodice and peplum, we shall see! I’m still not convinced that it’s a very bridal appropriate look, but I’m sure on the right girl it will look absolutely amazing.

I also predicted a proliferation of the ‘Gatsby’ look, and I’m delighted to say I was right! The 1920’s influence was everywhere! As a history of Art geek I am fascinated by the 1920’s and the Art Deco aesthetic, so I have to say I got very excited when I saw the variety of Deco inspired pieces by our accessory designer Richard Designs.  I swear I could have bought everything!

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On the Gatsby theme, my favourite dress of the show was a little number by Sottero & Midgley called ‘Lyla’. As the model sashayed down the catwalk towards me, I was open-mouthed!  From the fully beaded column silhouette to the fluttery little sleeves this dress epitomised the new collections for me, and whilst the price point is a smidge higher than we usually go, I fell in love with this dress and absolutely had to have her!

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But the ‘Roaring Twenties’ weren’t the only period of fashion history showing their influence, as is usually the case the 1950’s Dior silhouette was being reinvented by lots of bridal designers. Some of the most beautiful dresses we bought featured gorgeous tulle circle skirts, with nipped in waists and fabulous bodice detail. This is a silhouette that we love at Cathedral Gowns, and luckily so do our brides, and I hope they continue to love them since we somehow ordered five of this silhouette! But whereas the ones we currently have in stock are mostly strapless styles, these ones all feature either built up necklines, bateau necklines and even some with sleeves.

Following on from this look we’ve also ordered a few more short bridal gowns. This is a look we’ve only ever dabbled in, but our girls are loving them right now, so we had to buy more. My favourite is a cute little textured corded lace number with sweet little cap sleeves called ‘Kitty’ – I cannot wait to see what kind of bride finds her!

A lot of the newest looks feature a lot of sleeves and some of our designers are even making them detachable. So clever! I love that the designers are getting creative and flexible with their designs. I love the notion of having a sleeved more demure look for your ceremony and then removing them for the party.

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In terms of silhouette I noticed that the designers were showing either very full or very fitted dresses with very little in between. I searched for a-lines and they were hard to find! But it was worth the search since I found some real gems, I even found some pretty lace a-line gowns too that I am majorly excited about.

There were still a lot of designers showing very fitted lace gowns, but their new take on this was an emphasis on texture instead of sparkle. The one I am most excited about is ‘Paula’ by Sottero & Midgley! This dress is lush and features a gorgeous scattering of textured flowers as well as a stunning veil to match.

If there was an overall theme to the new season dresses, it would be detail! I think out of more than thirty dresses we ordered, only three could be described as plain, and even then they did have unusual design features that made them stand out. So I hope the brides whose weddings are Autumn 2014 onwards are ready for detail!