Alterations of a bridesmaids dress into a maternity dress

So here’s one of my latest alterations I’m rather proud of. My friend found out she would be 8 1/2 months pregnant at the wedding after we’d bought the dresses so I had to turn the dress (original on left) into a suitable but stylish maternity dress that complemented the original style. Here’s the result

Regular bridesmaids dress altered to fit maternity (original on left)

Regular bridesmaids dress altered to fit maternity (original on left)

National Wedding Show NEC Birmingham

So at the beginning of March Natalya James Bridal exhibited for the first time at the NEC in Birmingham at the National Wedding Show. This was a fantastic show to exhibit at as it effectively gave us the space to create our own pop up bridal boutique shop, from which to sell our wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and accessories as well as take bookings for wedding dress alterations and bespoke design consultations. Here’s some pictures from the weekend of our boutique shop which was located in the ‘designer boutique’ area.

National Wedding Show

Natalya James Bridal pop up boutique bridal shop exhibiting at the National Wedding show at the NEC in Birmingham Elaine dress and Nieve Skirt  plus accessories all from Mabel Alexandra Collection

Natalya James Bridal pop up boutique bridal shop exhibiting at the National Wedding show at the NEC in Birmingham Elaine dress and Nieve Skirt plus accessories all from Mabel Alexandra Collection

Natalya James Bridal pop up boutique shop at the National Wedding Show Birmingham NEC Mabel Alexandra collection

Natalya James Bridal pop up boutique shop at the National Wedding Show Birmingham NEC Mabel Alexandra collection

Natalya James bridal boutique shop at the National Wedding Show in Birmingham NEC

Natalya James bridal boutique shop at the National Wedding Show in Birmingham NEC

Natalya James Bridal Boutique bridal shop National Wedding Show Birmingham NEC Mae skirt and Jasmine lace top from Mabel Alexandra Collection

Natalya James Bridal Boutique bridal shop National Wedding Show Birmingham NEC Mae skirt and Jasmine lace top from Mabel Alexandra Collection

We even had one of our dresses chosen as part of the Wedding Style catwalk as wedding stylist Claire Ginzler’s ‘top pick from the show’. Here is our Margot dress on stage.

Natalya James' Margot wedding dress on the Style Catwalk as 'top pick of the show' at The National Wedding Show Birmingham NEC with wedding stylist Claire Ginzler

Natalya James’ Margot wedding dress on the Style Catwalk as ‘top pick of the show’ at The National Wedding Show Birmingham NEC with wedding stylist Claire Ginzler

Prior to the show we had also been mentioned on the National Wedding Show flyer which was also quite exciting.

Natalya James featured on national Wedding Show Flyer

Natalya James featured on national Wedding Show Flyer

 

 

Sedgebrook Hall Wedding Fair

At Natalya James Bridal we recently exhibited our dresses and accessories at Sedgebrook Hall wedding fair in Northamptonshire. We had a lovely day meeting some wonderful brides. Here are some pictures of our stand from the day.

Wedding dresses and accessories on display at Sedgebrooke Hall Northamptonshire

Wedding dresses and accessories on display at Sedgebrooke Hall Northamptonshire

Dont worry if you missed us on Sunday. Our next wedding fair we will be attending is at the Stanwick Hotel in Stanwick Northamptonshire on Saturday 28th February 11-3pm.

Regional Finalist The Wedding Industry Awards 2017

Natalya James Bridal is very excited to announce that we have made it to the regional finals at The Wedding Industry Awards 2017 for both Bridalwear Designer AND Best Newcomer categories. We would like to say a massive thank you to all our fabulous brides from our debut year who voted for us and made this possible. We are now looking forward with excitement and anticipation to the regional awards evening on Tuesday November 15th when we will find out if we have won either category and made it to the national awards evening in London in January. Finger crossed as there is some tough competition from some amazing companies. Here is the links to our categories on the TWIA website and our directory page.

Best Newcomer East Midlands

Bridal wear Designer East Midlands

 

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Natalya James Bridal MK Centre Catwalk Show

So recently a couple of weekends ago Natalya James Bridal exhibited at the MK centre bridal fair. We had a wonderful weekend meeting lots of lovely brides to be. We were also lucky enough to take part in the catwalk show and here is the video footage of our dresses on the catwalk. If you like any of the dresses please book an appointment for a consultation and bridal appointment for your wedding dress at our boutique studio. Book Today 

 

Photoshoot south of France

Spending the weekend on a bridal shoot featuring several of our dresses in the south of France near Limoux. The shoot took place at a fabulous chateaux with a chapel and then a lovely hotel. We had venue styling, wild flower floristry, hair, make up and vintage cars along with a vintage van that was a bar. Here is a sneak peek of one of Natalya James Bridal’s dresses being worn by wonderful model Hayley.

1950s tulle flower wedding dress

1950s tulle flower wedding dress

Sedgebrook Hall Wedding Fair

Here’s a picture of our stand from the wedding fair we did at the weekend at the lovely Sedgebrook Hall in Northamptonshire. Don’t worry if you missed us though as we will be attending the wedding fair at Boughton House on 9th October in Geddington, Kettering between 11am-3pm. There will also be fantastic catwalk for your chance to see our dresses on display. Come and visit our stand for exclusive on the day discounts and to see some examples of our bespoke bridal wear including both wedding dresses and a range of our accessories.

 

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MK Dons Wedding Show 3rd July

Come and see us at the MK Dons Stadium Wedding Show on July 3rd between 11am and 4pm courtesy of Central Exhibitons. WE will be offering special one day discounts only of 20% off all accessory orders placed at the show as well as 15% off the final price of our bespoke Wedding Dresses if you book your consultation with us at the show.

We also make bridesmaids dresses, flower girl dresses and mother of the bride attire.

Feather and diamante hair slide, photography by Sarah Brookes photography

Feather and diamante hair slide, photography by Sarah Brookes Photography

Vintage lace wedding dress

Vintage lace wedding dress. photo by Sarah Brookes Photography

Georgette and satin wedding dress with crystal and earl trim. photo by Sarah Brookes photography

Georgette and satin wedding dress with crystal and earl trim. photo by Sarah Brookes Photography

Sneak Peak Bridal Photoshoot at Castle Ashby Gardens

Sneek Peak bridal photoshoot Castle Ashby Gardens Northamptonshire.

I can’t wait to see the photos from today’s shoot at Castle Ashby Gardens Northamptonshire of my new dress which is five dresses in one so every bride can change their look from day to night or mix and match boleros, overlays and skirts with their dress to achieve a completely new look. We also managed to shoot my 1930s inspired wedding dress and my new 1950s inspired wedding dress. The venue itself has some fantastic backdrops from the Orangery to the styles gardens and the wilderness of the woodland.

Bridal photoshoot Sneek peek Natalya James bridal

Bridal photoshoot Sneek peek Natalya James bridal

 

Massive thank you to the fabulous collaborators of this shoot – Sarah Brookes Photography, Florae Foray, Alysema Beauty, Thairapy, Elizabeth Hall Event Design, Golden Poppy Events. Also to the models Chloe, Tianna and Amy.

 

Spring Floral Bespoke Bridal Jacket for Bride Sophie’s Wedding

Congratulations to bride Sophie who got married on 2nd April 2016. We at Natalya James Bridal thoroughly enjoyed making the bespoke spring floral bridal jacket for her as pictured below which was made specifically to tie in with her spring floral wedding theme. We have also received the following review from Sophie and are thrilled to bits by how much she loved her jacket and I’m sure you’ll agree but we think she looks amazing :) :)

 

Bespoke wedding jacket by Natalya James Bridal

Bespoke wedding jacket by Natalya James Bridal at wedding reception

Bespoke wedding jacket  by Natalya James Bridal

Bespoke wedding jacket by Natalya James Bridal

 

Bridal Jacket by Natalya James – Review by Sophie Barker Natalya was recommended to me by my parents who are friends with her parents. I was immediately struck by her beautiful designs on her website and had no hesitation in asking for a quote to make my slightly different bridal jacket. Having seen the pictures I sent she took to work designing a gorgeous jacket and she helped me find the best material. Natalya also worked measurement and fittings around my busy pre-wedding schedule and different location to herself. My jacket arrived with lots of time to spare before the wedding and I immediately loved it. Even though I was nervous about what others would think of its bright colours I knew it would work perfectly with my dress and my wedding theme. I wore it after the ceremony for our reception and as soon as I put it on everyone thought it looked amazing, I had so many compliments and people asking who had made it, it certainly made a beautiful impact on our lovely day. I cannot recommend Natalya James highly enough – had she lived closer or I had had more time I would’ve definitely asked her to make my dress as well as my stunning jacket. Thank you so much!

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