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It’s Lovely Seeing So Many Happy Brides

We love it when you share your big day with us.  There's nothing that makes us more happy than seeing how beautiful you all look and how much fun you are having! Louise Redfern was kind enough to send us some wonderful pictures of her church wedding and delicious cake......yummy! I'm sure you'll agree Louise looks drop dead gorgeous. Congratulations Louise.  We hope you had a fantastic time! Copplestones Bridal xxx  

A Beautiful Beach Wedding In Sunny Florida

Now we have wedding envy...... again! Louise Christian got married on Coco Beach, Florida on the 28th of May 2015.  Jealous much?!?!? We hope Louise had a wonderful day and wish her all the best for the future. Congratulations xxx    

Still Recovering From A Gorgeous Wedding In Castle Combe.

Well what can I say.  We got back back yesterday from the most beautiful wedding in Castle Combe, a little village in Wiltshire, and I'm still exhausted. Castle Combe is about half an hour from Bristol.  An idyllic setting for a wedding,  the village was used in the period drama War Horse and other film and TV productions.   Such a quaint little place which gets its fair share of visitors mooching in the sunshine.  As we sat having our traditional pre-wedding glass of fizz (stout for the chaps) outside the pub opposite the church, a parade of vintage tractors drove through the narrow roads followed  by an apparent bike race. The ceremony was in St Andrews church which backed onto the grounds of the Manor House Hotel.  The Manor House Hotel,  Oh my days.   Our room was two floors in 'the cottages'.  We had the most grand four poster bed upstairs and a yard to the rear.   The wedding breakfast was served in the hotels restaurant, the Michelin starred 'The Bybrook'.  A truffle tortellini to start, lamb followed, chocolate brownies and ice cream for dessert.  Yummy. During the ceremony we serenaded by a gospel choir.  A band played during the champagne reception in the warm weather.  The boys played croquet whilst the girls chatted and drank more fizz. After the wedding breakfast and speeches.....and more fizz some of the boys went off to finish their game of croquet.  We all then went upstairs for dancing, more dancing and maybe one last glass of fizz. The bride looked stunning from start finish and jetted off late last night to Hong Kong for the first leg of their honeymoon. I write this with matchsticks holding my eyelids open but thank the bride and groom for a wonderful weekend and wish them all the best xxx Have a look at some of the photos we took and there's a bit more information about Castle Combe and the Manor House Hotel. http://www.manorhouse.co.uk/EXCLUSIVE_HOTELS/the_hotel.aspx https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Combe        

Last Week We Were Window Dressing…..

So last week we got some more window dressing done.  Its not easy balancing on the step ladder trying to hang hearts from the ceiling but we are very nearly finished.  Just got one more window to go and a few finishing touches to add and we'll be done. We are loving the summer outdoor vintage weddings at the moment so we've got some vintage styles on display. If you like any of the dresses currently in the window please contact the shop on 0151 227 1044 to discuss an appointment or book online. xxx

FLASH SALE – Ends 16/08/2015

OK Ladies, Although it's not been the most summery of summers so far we thought we'd have have mid-summer flash sale anyway. We are offering 20% off all dresses this week.  The offer ends this Sunday, 16/08/2015,  so please book an appointment for this week if you want to save even more on your wedding dress. Appointments can be through the website or if you call us on 0151 227 1044. If you've got any questions please email us at info@bridalbasement.co.uk    

Please Have A Chat With The Copplestones Ladies!!!

We get so many phone calls and emails every week asking if we've got a certain style of dress in stock.  Our answer is always "we've got hundreds of dresses in hundreds of styles, come in and speak to our girls". When you're looking for your dress its always worth speaking to the Copplestones ladies about what you are looking for.  If you just walk in and browse the gowns on hangers you are not going to get the best idea of what's available.  Dresses on hangers look very different to the dress on you!  Try a few on, get an idea what style suits you best. "I've found a beautiful dress but I just wish it had sleeves/straps/a lace up back/a sweetheart neck line.............." .......not a problem!!!! speak to our girls.  Angela and Maxine are both magicians with a needle and thread.  If the dress is a little big, small, you want more bling, dont like the straps, wanted a fish tail not an a-line, the list is endless, our two seamstresses can turn a dress into your very own bespoke gown whilst still keeping your costs well under that of a bespoke salon. Just take a look below at a few of the dresses Angela and Maxine have waved their magic wands over.   One of Maxine Parkers gowns was featured on the cover of a bridal magazine!  Theres plenty more photos of our brides on our Facebook page so please take a look. Both Angela and Maxine are contactable in store and don't worry, it's not just wedding dresses they stitch.  Bridesmaids, flower girls and even the grooms suit are all in safe hands.  Maxine is a tailor by trade. So please remember when you are looking for your dress please speak to the Copplestones team, they are always more than happy to help.    

One of our girls got married

Copplestones very own Jemma had a lovely summer wedding starting with a civil ceremony in Chester town hall followed by a back garden reception. Please take a look at a few of the photos below and theres loads more on our Facebook page. Jemmas dress of course was from Copplestones.  A Charlotte Balbier with a few individual touches from one of our seamstresses, Angela Noonan. Big thanks to the photographers, Andrew Knowles and Sarah Wade.  Both can be contacted through Facebook. Venue - Chester Town Hall - http://www.chestertownhall.co.uk/ The band - The Loose Moose String Band - http://on.fb.me/1OQSlMu Angies Ice Cream Van - www.angiesicecreambike.co.uk Cake - Jemma made her own cake! [gallery ids="716,720,719,718,717,714"]

Loved the bride but what about Kim Sear’s wedding dress?

Interesting article by Rachel Halliwell from The Daily Telegraph When Scotland's first couple, Andy Murray and Kim Sears, got hitched on Saturday our expectations were high. But what on earth was going on with THAT dress? Friends and family crowded around as Mr and Mrs Murray left the cathedral Photo: PA My first reaction on opening the newspapers on Sunday and seeing the pictures ofKim Sears - the new Mrs Andy Murray - in all her bridal glory was ‘‘Oh, how lovely’’. Because, of course, what other response is there to the sight of a beaming bride on her happiest day? But then I looked down from her radiant face and took in the dress and my next thought - and I feel guilty admitting it - was ‘‘Oh Kim, what were you thinking?’’ Or what was your designer thinking? This girl looks and dresses like a top model most of the time on the tennis circuit, and could undoubtedly have carried off all manner of modern silhouette: a fitted column or sheath dress, or even a complicated fishtail gown would have shown off her figure to perfection. Andy and Kim leaving Dunblane Cathedral. Russell Cheyne/Reuters Instead, she went for an old-fashioned bridezilla frock that made her look almost matronly. Every woman I’ve spoken to thought the same. Loved the bride - and her beaming groom - but not so keen on the dress. It was too big and billowy on top; unflattering and bordering on an empire line at the waist; the beading on the shoulders reminiscent of military ornamental epaulette while the skirt seemed to drag behind her without any of the majestic flow I’m sure she was aiming for.   It swamped her. This wasn’t the elegant Kim Sears we’ve observed admiringly over the years – a woman so adept at the art of dressing for the cameras that are constantly trained on her in the stands that you don’t particularly notice what she’s wearing, you just know she looks damn good in it. I’ve never met Mrs Murray so I’ve no idea of her height – she could be five foot nothing for all I know – but she appears tall and elegant. Not so at the weekend. Even her hair, Timotei tresses that every female lusts after, was styled to be unflatteringly severe. I suspect that one day Kim will look back at her wedding pictures and quietly wonder what might have been, perhaps wishing that someone close to her had sighed a little, frowned a little and pushed her towards a striking Vera Wangcreation rather than vintage Packham. I know I certainly did. I have a wedding dress of my own somewhere in the attic that, if I had my own time over, I’m the first to admit would be very different. I wore mine 23 years ago this summer. With its pearl buttons up the back, and neckline of silk rosebuds, it was very much of that time but completely wrong for me. Take the length: how could I have thought it a good idea to channel Little Bo Peep? A crook instead of a bouquet wouldn’t have looked out of place. It was also created for someone much taller so the waist was dropped when it should have been fitted. I’ve always been impatient and I simply couldn’t be bothered to try on countless dresses and spend weeks agonising over my final decision. I grabbed the first one that I quite liked, and which seemed to fit OK. I bought it off the rack and had it bagged up so I could take it home, foregoing the endless fittings that girls insist on today to ensure an impeccable fit. What a shame. Because back then I was an effortlessly slim size eight, and could have carried off a more fitted, classical number or even something more daring. As it was, at 23, I walked down the aisle looking like a child bride. (One guest went as far as to ask whether anyone had thought to call the police to arrest my husband-to-be - and he was only half joking.) A dress with a little more sophistication and that fitted better would have made me look as if I was old enough to take my vows without parental permission. Wedding days are never just about the nuptials, at least not as far as we, the observers, are concerned. The dress – be it a hit or a miss – is always central to any post-marriage commentary. There are brides who, for a number of reasons we will never forget - not least because of their dresses. Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, Rex Features Diana’s iconic fairytale gown, designed by the Emanuels long before their own marriage hit the rocks, is such a dress. It was the mother of all meringues and OTT in every sense, rather swamping the bride who’d lost weight since her last fitting. But, once she’d emerged from the carriage and all those creases fell out we were forgiving because, well, this was a genuine love story, wasn’t it? And with a backdrop as opulent as St Paul’s, Di’s dress needed to be larger than life. See Royal Wedding Dresses Through the Ages Prince William and and Kate Middleton leaving Westminster Abbey as husband and wife. Heathcliff O'Malley/The Telegraph The Duchess of Cambridge got it absolutely right thirty years later and her stunning Sarah Burton dress will be held up as a design classic for decades to come – a deceptively simple look and with its lace bodice so reminiscent of Grace Kelly, who set new standards for royal brides, on her own wedding day in Monaco in 1956. The Wedding of HRH The Prince Of Wales, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, Ian Jones/The Telegraph Camilla Parker Bowles was 57 when she married Prince Charles a decade ago, but sartorially speaking that April day she came of age with two stunning outfits, one for the civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall and the other for St George’s Chapel. George Clooney an Amal Alamuddin arrive at the palazzo Ca Farsetti in Venice, for a civil ceremony. AFP/Getty Images Last summer, during her three day wedding in Venice, Amal Clooney wowed the world with her wardrobe and that exquisite Oscar de la Renta creation was a celebrity wedding dress beyond compare. Kenneth Branagh Actor getting married to actress Emma Thompson. Alamy The same won’t ever be said for Emma Thompson, who appeared llike a strangely-styled Harlequin the day she married Kenneth Brannagh in 1989. Some 14 years later, when she married Greg Wise, she opted for a far more conventional gown. Another miss was model Victoria Lockwood’s dress when she married Earl Spencer. The poor girl; painfully thin in a gown that not only drowned her - and it was pouring with rain, too - but also looked as if it had been set free for the day from a display case in a Tudor archive. Of course, I only regret my dress with hindsight. On the day of my wedding I loved wearing it, and was too busy having a fabulous time right up until the moment I finally stepped out of it to wonder whether it was a fashion disaster. It took many years for me to stand back, reassess the photographs and think ‘‘Oh no!’’. .One thing is for sure, I doubt any one of my three daughters will want to borrow it for their own special day.

Ronald Joyce

Hi Ladies, We've had a delivery of Ronald Joyce dresses mainly from the Victoria Jayne collection. These dresses are still in his current collection and we are selling them for under £800.00 ,  Saving you at least £1000, we have limited availability so book now to avoid disappointment. Here are some of the dresses currently in store.   Thanks Copplestones x
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