Saturday, 22 October 2016

Bridal Styling and Beauty Evening / 3rd November 2016 //

Calling all brides....Have you ever wondered how to 'prep' your skin on the morning of your wedding day? Or when to wash your hair ready for wedding day styling?.......

I am excited to announce that we will be holding an evening of BRIDAL STYLING & BEAUTY here at Julia Tasker Bridal Couture on Thursday 3rd November 2016 from 6:30pm - 8pm. 

Julia Tasker Bridal Couture will be joined by, Helen from Definitions Mobile Beauty and Gareth from Aqua Bridal Hair, Bowness, who will be on hand here in the boutique offering complimentary hair and makeup demos. They will also be offering advice for that all important bridal beauty skin and hair wedding prep. At the evening event Helen will also have available to purchase, products from the TROPIC skincare range - "pure, honest and effective cruelty-free skincare products".

The same evening will see the LAUNCH of the boutique's new lingerie collection by British designed and made POMPADOUR COUTURE LINGERIE. View and purchase feminine and oh so pretty lingerie for your wedding night or honeymoon. Or if you are simply a 'lover of lingerie' you may want to treat yourself! Bridal garters will also be available.

There will also be an exclusive selection of bridal accessories from British bridal accessory designer DEBBIE CARLISLE, a sneaky peek from Debbie's new 2017 'Wild Rose' Collection. A taster of what items will be at our AUTUMN ACCESSORY EVENT with Debbie here in the boutique on Saturday 5th November, 12:30pm - 4:30pm.

Brides will also have a chance to view the newest dress arrivals - our 'BOUTIQUE EDIT' - from our designer 2017 Collections.

If you wish to *attend this exclusive evening event (or the Autumn Accessory Event with Debbie Carlisle), please contact the boutique. 

Email: or Call: 015394 46900.

Please note this is a nonticket event and is open to all brides. 
Spaces are limited for the Bridal and Beauty Evening, therefore early booking is advisable. = *Bride + 2 guests. 

It's going to be fabulous! I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Until next time

Julia X

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Sneaky Peek / The new Twenty17 Collection by Sassi Holford //

Hi all,

I can't believe we're half way through the Summer and yet the year! I'm going to be working on a regular blog post again... it's one of my goals I've set myself for the rest of the year. 'Hindered' (in the nicest possible way) by a busy Summer in the boutique... with many brides becoming happy 'Mrs' (I'm not complaining) put a halt to my regular blog posts from the Spring. But as Summer will be soon coming to a close and an eventful Autumn will be soon upon us... I have lots to tell, share and to look forward too. So kicking off with my 'new intention' of regular blogging, I'd like to share with you recently received images of the NEW Twenty17 Sassi Holford Collection. 

Way back in May I viewed Sassi's new collection at the White Gallery in London.... I did a quick video about seeing the collection and of how stunning it is, which I uploaded to the boutique facebook page - my first attempt at vlogging ... well, kind of >>> watch here if you missed it - titled "so this weekend I headed to the White Gallery"

NOW, it's great to have images of the collection to share, I've been eagerly waiting to receive them! The following images were taken from Sassi's catwalk of the collection which I had the pleasure of watching while at the White Gallery and offer a 'sneaky peek' of Sassi's new dresses which will be arriving into the boutique very soon ready for the new Autumn Season.

Sassi, who marks her 35th year in bridal, dedicated her new Twenty17 Collection to her late mother, who, a huge creative influence, sadly passed away earlier this year after a short battle with cancer. 

For the new collection, Sassi has taken her signature style and creativity to the next level with the collection dubbed as 'fierce' with a 'fashion forward edge'. The Twenty17 Collection features an eclectic mix of high fashion pieces, unique textures and soft pops of colour. The dresses are truly amazing and I can't wait for brides to try Sassi's new collection here in the boutique.

Sassi Holford Twenty17 Event news to be released very soon... watch this space!

Until next time.

Julia X

Images Sassi Holford

Friday, 6 May 2016

First look // The new Autumn/Winter 2016 Bridal Collection by Paloma Blanca

Guess what!... I'm totally in love with the new Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection from our international designer, Candian based Paloma Blanca. I've just received the 'first look' images of the new Autumn/Winter 2016 Bridal collection, a small 'taster' before I see the collection FOR REAL in 10 days time at the prestigious White Gallery Bridal Exhibition, London. I have to say I'm totally taken with Paloma Blanca's new upcoming Collection (available here in the boutique early Autumn 2016). The collection is a mixture of elegance and sophistication. As well as being a little bit more 'edgy' with a slight move away from the classic Paloma Blanca ballgown dress. Also, new to the collection is a choice of separates, which include stunning over skirts and little capped sleeved shrugettes... (Fact! - separates - the hot trend for 2016 and it looks like it's going to continue into 2017!)...There are definitely wedding dresses within the collection to suit all shapes and tastes, with a wide selection of fabric choices too. My top picks from the new collection are styles 4706, 4704 and 4719, which I'm sure will be favourites here in the boutique.

Here's your exclusive 'first look' of the new Paloma Blanca Autumn/Winter 2016 collection... I wonder, which style would you choose?

Style: 4706

Style: 4719

Style: 4713 Separates - dress with detachable skirt

Style: 4704

I'd love to hear what you think about the collection and which style/s you would choose for the boutique...

Until next time.

Julia x

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Accessory searching need not be a struggle / A few tips... //

If you love a bit of sparkle and shine choosing a hair accessory to compliment you and your wedding dress can be a bit of a struggle, but fear not, help is here brides-to-be..... On Saturday 9th April here at Julia Tasker Bridal Couture, we will be holding our annual Spring Accessory Event with the fabulously talented Sheffield based accessory designer, Debbie Carlisle. Pop along to the boutique between 12pm and 4pm this coming Saturday, see and try a huge selection beautiful hair accessories and receive one-to-one accessory styling from Debbie....that's your accessory hunt answer... struggle over, simple!

We'll also have a selection of veils, jewellery and bridal sashes available at the event too. 

In the meantime here are a couple of accessory hunting questions I get asked frequently, answered...

1 // When should I start searching for my accessories?
Say 'Yes' to the dress first, as your dress choice will help determine the style and type of accessory/ies you will eventually lust for. This sounds obvious, I know, but it won't be the first time a bride has come to the boutique to find her dress and presented me with a pair of shoes and or a stunning hair accessory and announced 'I would like my dress to go with these'. 

2 // What style and size of hair accessory should I go for?
Easy, enjoy trying a variety of different styles and shapes of hair accessories... from hair bands to halos, to combs, to pins. Try accessories that sit in all  different positions. It helps to have an idea of what wedding hair style you are going for in advance, as this will determine the size of an accessory and where it will be placed in your hair. Also, if you decide to opt for a veil this may also help with the choice of accessory you pick. Eventually, you'll find the perfect accessory which complements you, your dress and your 'look'.

3 // But I don't generally wear much jewellery, what should I go for?
If you tend to wear little jewellery I would suggest to go for either a statement hair accessory and wear very little jewellery with it, possibly just a pair of simple earrings. Or to go for an understated hair accessory like a simple comb or hair pins which offer a bit of sparkle, then compliment this with larger earrings and a necklace. Try to balance the items and going for the 'less is more approach' is always a great end result.

Have you struggled to find the perfect hair accessory?

If you would like to attend our Accessory Event and try Debbie's new Collection on 9th April please RSVP the boutique or simply pop along on the day 12pm - 4pm.


From the Debbie Carlisle 2016 Collection

Until next time...

Julia x

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

4 quick tips for styling a Rose Pink wedding dress //

I can't say that I've ever been a girly girl, I like the odd bit of lace; a bit of shimmer here 'n' there and my closet colour palette has always been built up of classic neutrals with a splash of red. I like red!
But recently I've gone over to the 'pink side' I hasten to add, a more cerise pink colour palette reflects my current rosy mood. If I'm honest I've always liked a deep pink but never felt comfortable wearing it...with it being a bit too vibrant against my normal neutral tones. But all change when I clocked these shoes is a local department store, the only pair left in a size 5 and I just couldn't refuse them... so unlike me! Pair them with washed out denim skinnies and a tailored white T and I'm rockin. Even my teenage daughter approved of her above 40 mum making such a brave... for me.... purchase.

I wondered where this splurge to pink came from? I'm sure this lean to pink, is a subconscious influence in light of receiving Sassi Holford's 'Marilyn' dress (currently in Sassi's 2016 Collection) for our upcoming Easter Sassi Holford Event this weekend. How pretty is this dress, with its hand-painted rose detailing? It's pinkie red tones would brighten up any wedding and the bride...well she would definitely WOW everyone on her on her special day. I wonder how many of you would sway away from the traditional ivory dress and pack a punch wearing a pink tones in all hues on your wedding day?

How I would style a 'semi pinky' wedding dress.

Shoes //
I would definitely go coloured (rather than ivory) either nude or taking a strong pinky tone which complements the've gone for the wow factor dress, so go with the WOW factor shoes.

Veils //
Sassi Holford designed a veil to match the dress with scatterings of the same painted roses towards the end of the veil. But I would keep veil simple. Go plain and fine with a very delicate veil edging or no edging at all.

Jewellery //
Again, I would choose simple jewellery, it's not that I'm not adventurous with my accessories, I just think with a patterned or pink dress less is more, especially with 'Marilyn'. Opt for sparkle jewellery rather than pearls, a little bit of sparkle will enhance the colour.

Flowers //
The obvious choice would be to go for a selection of pink to scarlet roses. But I think a neutral bouquet with a dusting of a soft pink would work best with a pinky toned dress. Alternatively, you could go for bold and choose a self-colour bouquet of pink favourite.

So would you take the plunge and choose pink and be a blushing bride?? How would you style your perfect pink number?

The Sassi Holford Marilyn dress and the rest of Sassi's Collection will be here in the boutique for brides to try for a limited period from 25th - 27th March, follow link for more information and to book your space. Event info...

Until next time.

Julia x

Friday, 18 March 2016

Featured Friday / Sale Style - 'First Lady' by Caroline Castigliano

Style: 'First Lady' by Caroline Castigliano. 
Size: 14
**Condition: Premium
Retail Price: £2,990.00    *Sale Price:£1,795.00

Styling // Strapless satin Duchess satin bodice with a beaded pearl and crystal overlay detailing. The front neckline is a soft scoop and back fastening is zipper with self-fabric buttons and loop detailing to hide the zip. The bodice is extra long dropped waist. The soft one and half circular skirt is silk organza with layers of fine tulle and netted petticoat underneath. The train is circular and chapel length.

Suits // A bride who has an hourglass figure, as the drop waisted/longer bodice is flattering on an average size bust, nips in at the waist, shapes over the hips but is forgiving on the bottom and thigh area. Also, a great style if you're 5'5" and above.

Periodically we have to bid a fond farewell to some of our dresses. This could be due to a particular style is now longer available to order from our designers or maybe it's simply times to make way for new dresses here in the boutique. Sale dresses may have been tried on many times, therefore, these dresses may have slight damage, marks, lost buttons etc, most of which can be remedied and also is reflected in the stated Sale Price above.

Premium: often like new, with very little imperfections. However, will have been tried on in the boutique.

If you wish to know more about 'First Lady' or to make an appointment to try our range of sale dresses please get in touch. call: 015394 46900.

Take a look at our online shop....and keep stopping by, as our online shop is currently being updated.

Until next time...

Julia X

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Separates are hot news / Here's my top 4 separate combinations, available here in the boutique. //

Separates are fast becoming a firm favourite, offering a bride new and exciting ways to adapt her 'wedding look'.
Anya and Angelika separates by Caroline Castigliano

I've always been a huge fan of separates. My own wedding dress (which I walked down the aisle in 16 years ago) was made up of separates, a bodice, skirt with detachable train and jacket.

Our designers here at Julia Tasker Bridal Couture have cleverly come up with their own separate bridal pieces within their 2016 collections and these 'versatile items' can offer a bride a 'no fixed' look on her wedding day. Take a simple bodice and skirt, add a belt and jacket. Or remove jacket and belt and add a cashmere shrug. The combinations can be endless and also, extremely exciting. A bride could have not one, not two but possibly 3 different 'looks' on her wedding day!

Here are my top pick of separates from our designers and how to wear them.

Paloma Blanca //
This lace crop top and full skirt combo from the new Paloma Blanca 2016 collection is traditional but has a flirtatious twist. The cropped lace top with bateau neckline, 3/4 length sleeves, and sweetheart neckline on lining, is very cute. The full Dupioni skirt with box pleats, wide waistband and side pockets gives the 'look' a more Princess gown feel. OK, so if you haven't got a 'washboard stomach' and don't really fancy having that part of you waist exposed, simply have the crop top made longer so it sits over the top the skirts waistband. For the evening reception, pop the crop top off and add a beautiful ivory silk cami and pearl necklace instead, for a more elegant red carpet evening 'look'.

Stephanie Allin //

If you're opting for a more wistful boho look, than the 'Anna' dress with added fine lace overcoat by Stephanie Allin, could be for you. This simple satin spaghetti-strapped dress paired with lace coat would make any bride feel dreamy, as if they are floating on air. It's great to see that separates don't have to consist of small jackets over a dress too and I love the lace coat with it's long sleeves and button back detailing. The addition of the satin belt nips in the waist and gives slightly more edgy feel to this bridal 'look'. Again, remove the coat and belt in the evening to reveal a slinky slipper satin dress and you will be ready to party the night away.

Sassi Holford //

The fabulous Sassi Holford has been providing brides with separates through a number of her recent collections. Take one simple but oh so fabulously 'cut' crepe dress....the 'Jessica' dress can be styled numerous ways, your way! With the wide selection of separates that Sassi offers from her bridal collection and the numerous simple and elegant dresses. The combination of dress, jackets, coats, shrugs, belts and overskirts available in many different types of fabrics make the styling options endless - too infinity and beyond!

There are a number of separates here in the boutique just waiting to be to be put together in perfect unison by you. Which 'look' would you create?

Until next time.

Julia x