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The Pippa Effect: High Neck Wedding Gowns

June 20, 2017
High neck wedding gowns | The Pippa Effect

If her sister brought long sleeve lace gowns back onto the bridal fashion scene (where they’ve remained ever since!), what I took from Pippa Middleton’s choice of Giles Deacon wedding gown was the high neck, and of course the sheer beauty of the lace creation.

I’ve always been a lover of a high neck line and I was over the moon when I caught a glimpse of Pippa’s dress. If you’re on the bridal hunt for a gown with a fashionable edge I don’t think you can go wrong with a modern high cut neckline, although they aren’t a look everyone can carry off.

All in the name of research I’ve found some pretty inspiration for you, and thrown in a few of my favourites currently on the bridal market:

High neck wedding gowns | The Pippa Effect

{Credits – From top, left to right: Boo George for BHLDNKristin Partin | Yolan Cris | Elizabeth Stuart | Martina Liana | Galia Lahav |

High neck wedding gowns | The Pippa Effect

Embellished from head to toe with metallic embroidery this sheer overdress reimagines a high-neck silhouette and works perfectly over a shift dress. Designed by Amoralle, available from BHLDN.

High neck wedding gowns | The Pippa Effect

Belle by Suzanne Neville features a simple gathered neckline and form fitting silhouette.

High neck wedding gowns | The Pippa Effect

Hunter by Sottero & Midgley features a statement making illusion lace halter neckline and open back.

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NTK: Grooms Style – An Interview with Dee Graham Tailor Made

April 28, 2017
Dee Graham Tailor Made, Dungannon | Grooms Style | The Promise NI

Good morning and happy almost-long-weekend!

Today we Need To Know all about grooms style and what better person to ask than the always impeccably dressed, Dee Graham, creator of Dee Graham Tailor Made, a bespoke tailoring service based in Dungannon, County Tyrone. Dee has dressed many a stylish gent including Conor McGregor and certainly knows his threads – and as it turns out is a true romantic! If your groom harbours the need to share his personality on your Big Day this guy is the person to visit.

Wishing you all a great Bank Holiday and see you Monday when we’re back with an incredible wedding at Orange Tree House.

Dee Graham Tailor Made, Dungannon | Grooms Style | The Promise NI

TP: Tell us about your business, what can clients expect from Dee Graham Tailor Made? 

Dee: At Dee Graham Tailor Made we provide bespoke tailor-made suits and casual wear for the most distinguished of men. From crisp clean classics to bold prints and checks we take every aspect into consideration and tailor it to your needs.

TP: Who is your dream client? Any celebrities you’d love to design for? 

Dee: Maybe a strange one but if I had the chance to kit anyone out from any era it would have to be the king himself – Elvis. Not only was he one of the most iconic men ever but one of the most stylish. Away from the bedazzled jumpsuits and tassels the style he donned was sensational. A Dee Graham custom three-piece paired with that infamous pompadour quiff would have made a statement.

TP: Don’t think I can get Elvis but for local grooms what does the process of having a tailor-made suit involve? 

Dee: The process begins with an initial design consultation and conversation on what styles, colours and fabrics will work best for the customer. Then over 30 measurements are taken and the garments are tailored and ready for a first fitting. Your suit will now have all the major construction, including pockets and facings etc and this is pinned and altered to the shape that works best for you. After this there will be a second fitting, here all the alterations discussed will have been made and thoroughly checked. Any tweaks or requests will be noted and delivered for a final fitting. At this stage we will have a beautifully crafted bespoke suit, finished to a meticulously high standard. One last check is done to ensure both the customer and me are happy with the end product.

Tailoring is very personal – try to give your cutter every chance to get to know exactly what you want.

TP: How long does the overall process take? 

Dee: This is the important part. Unfortunately I get guys sauntering into the shop two days before a wedding looking kitted out in a masterpiece with all the trimmings – it just doesn’t work that way. Everything is custom designed and tailored from scratch. This process takes time along with multiple fittings so realistically the more time the better especially with a growing backlog I suggest at least two to three months.

Dee Graham Tailor Made, Dungannon | Grooms Style | The Promise NI

TP: What details do you need to know about the wedding before offering advice?

Dee: The more details the better, we take every aspect into consideration to make sure the groom is donning a custom piece fitting to him and the day his bride have planned. If he rocks up in a chalk stripe get-up reminiscent of an Al Pacino movie and the wedding is a romantic beach celebration, well it just won’t work. So the more details the better!

TP: Are you finding it’s just the groom, or are entire grooms parties getting the bespoke treatment?

Dee: Both. I find grooms are giving their guys the full works this past while. I’ll always make the grooms suit a little different so he stands out but I have noticed an increase in full wedding parties getting the tailor made treatment. Alternatively kitting out just the groom and tying in the whole party with handmade bowties/ties and pocket squares etc is very popular. It lets the groom stand out on what is as important a day for him as his beautiful bride!

TP: What is your favourite fabric & colours to work with? 

Dee: To answer both its black velvet – smooth, slick and sharp – it’s timeless!

Dee Graham Tailor Made, Dungannon | Grooms Style | The Promise NI

TP: Do summer grooms generally choose lighter fabrics? 

Dee: Yeah, even though it’s Ireland they still cling on to the hope that the sun will be shining and will need a linen suit to cope with the heat! But yeah, even style wise it’s more appropriate to choose a nice light fabric for a summer wedding. I recently introduced beautiful Merino wool into the shop which is proving very popular for the summer months.

TP: Any unusual colour/fabric combinations for summer coming through?

Dee: I have some crazy Jacquard prints and they are proving a big hit, there are some brave guys out there and they are embracing the whole ‘its your suit your way’ and going to town! Love it – I’d be fond of a crazy print myself so it’s all good!

TP: Is there a general trend/suit shape that grooms are opting for? 

Dee: We don’t follow trends. I’m lucky enough to do many many weddings and with this I meet all different kinds of grooms, from the classic sharp tux to a wild check explosion, I see them all. That’s the beauty of what I do – the only limitation is your imagination when you come through my door.

Dee Graham Tailor Made, Dungannon | Grooms Style | The Promise NI

TP: What accessories should a groom never forget? 

Dee: The bride. The suit will look sensational but remember it looks even better when your standing with the woman you love.

TP: Do you follow trends? Although I think I already know the answer… 

Dee: Never. I suggest the groom wear what reflects his personality and style thus is why I offer a tailor made service, not everyone is off the shelf.

A huge thanks to Dee for sharing some of his secrets and inspiring us! To view more visit, visit his showroom by appointment at Unit T8, Dungannon Enterprise Centre, 2 Coalisland Road, Dungannon or call 028 8738 0055. 


Promise Picks: Neutral & Nice Mother of the Bride Outfits Available Now!

April 26, 2017
Mother of the bride neutral outfits

Not many MOB’s come with a blue rinse anymore – thankfully – and not many want to dress older than they are, especially at the wedding of their daughter (or son). Today we’re banishing the frills and frump in favour of elegant, modern and classic looks for your mum in the most attractive of neutral shades, we hope she loves them!

Mother of the bride neutral outfits

From top, left to right:

Caroline Kilkenny – Daphne gold beige dress with Radha gold beige cape.

Aideen Bodkin – Suma straight dress with Amor jacket with small peplum detail.

John Charles – Stretch jacquard dress with sheer, pearlised illusion neckline.

Helen McAlinden – Knee length straight cream dress with cape top.

Aideen Bodkin – Papaya soft pink lace dress with coordinating sleeved cape.

Irresistible – Lurex fifties soft gold dress with beaded neck and waist detail.

Caroline Kilkenny – Thea coat in gold shine with Guinevere dress in pink and gold.

John Charles – Soft lace dress in lemon with shimmer and illusion neckline and 3/4 sleeves.



Promise Picks: Beautiful Bridal Headpieces

April 5, 2017
bridal headpieces

The devils in the detail as they say and no more so than when it comes to finishing off your wedding day look. Today we’re sharing some of our favourite bridal headpieces – everything from modern and minimal to sparkling and shiny!

bridal headpieces

From top:

– Handmade pearl and gold headpiece created by Milk and Honey Boutique, Fivemiletown. {Photography Sharon Kee Photography}

– Petals and pearl hair comb by Carol Hannah. {Photography Rachel May, Matthew Ree}

– Verna crystal hair pins by Naturae Design, available from Archive 12, Belfast.

– Aello circlet with cresent moon centre by Naturae Design, available from Archive 12, Belfast.

– Hand beaded in Swarovski crystal veil created by Milk and Honey Boutique, Fivemiletown.

– Delicate flower hair wreath by Luna Bea, available from The White Gallery, Newry.

– Lani cresent moon comb by Naturae Design, available from Archive 12, Belfast.

– Ivy crystal hair vine by Lelet NY.


Promise Picks: 11 Cool Bridesmaids Looks For Your Spring Squad

January 20, 2017
Spring bridesmaids dresses | The Promise NI

I have a small confession this morning… it’s January 20th and I am ready for Spring!

Yip, I’m over the long, cold nights and right now I am looking straight ahead to the beginning of a new season, and all the exciting new trends, fashions and weddings it will bring.

Getting your choice of bridesmaids right, especially if you’ve got pretty vocal maids, can be tough and not always that much fun. Today I wanted to share 11 of the prettiest bridesmaids dresses I’ve come across recently, all with a great light and airy spring feel. If these beauties don’t shh your squad I don’t know what will!

Spring bridesmaids dresses | The Promise NI

  1. Style 5718 – Hayley Paige Occasions: Halterneck gown with embroidered bodice and layered net skirt, pictured in shade Dusty Rose.

Spring bridesmaids dresses | The Promise NI

2. Mykonos – Rewritten: Floor length gown with cold shoulder detail, v neck and spaghetti straps, pictured in shade Concrete. Available locally from Archive 12, Belfast.

Spring bridesmaids dresses | The Promise NI

3. Natasha skirt Style 2508 & Zoe tank Style 2301 – Watters: Spaghetti strap tank top in Eclat sequin, pictured in shade Rosegold, worn with full length tulip skirt with thigh split, pictured in shade Buff.

Spring bridesmaids dresses | The Promise NI

4. Fleurette Style 2512 – Watters: Modern styled key-hole neckline blouson bodice and feminine skirt with slit, pictured in shade French Blue.

Spring bridesmaids dresses | The Promise NI

5. Style 351 – Wtoo by Watters: Slim and fitted silhouette with bateau neckline and soft cowl back in Talisa sequins, pictured in shade Latte.

Spring bridesmaids dresses | The Promise NI

6. Style 257 – Wtoo by Watters: Illusion halter neckline of sequin lace and a slim, fit-and-flare skirt of crystal chiffon, pictured in shade Arena.

Spring bridesmaids dresses | The Promise NI

7. Sunshine floral – ASOS: Rouched bodice midi dress in striking lemon shade with pale grey floral detail. Spring bridesmaids dresses | The Promise NI

8. Silver Rose Print – ASOS: 1940s inspired high neck satin dress in rose print design.

Spring bridesmaids dresses | The Promise NI

9. Alana – BHLDN: Elegant chiffon dress with high neck and sweeping skirt, pictured in shade Mist & Blush.

Spring bridesmaids dresses | The Promise NI

10. Maya – ASOS: Cold shoulder long sleeve embellished max dress.

11. Featured image: Style 5655 – Hayley Paige: Silver metallic lace bateau bodice with cap sleeves and A line skirt, pictured in shade Pewter.

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Promise Picks: Classic Red Lips

December 8, 2016
bride red lips | The Promise NI

On a special night out I wear red lips, I just adore the polished and statement look it gives (only if there is a MUA handy to apply it!), and I love to see a bride embrace this look. For some a striking red lip is too much and just not bridal, but we are seeing more and more brides have the confidence to rock a red lip, and this gives me all the joy!

Today we’ve gathered a little inspiration to help you decide if you’re on the fence about wearing this look and asked some of our gorgeous Directory MUA’s their favourite rosy shades. Spoiler alert, MAC wins!

bride red lips | The Promise NI

{image credits: By Tezza // Justin Aaron // Greg Finck // Be Modish}

If you’re thinking of wearing a red lippie we’ve done the hard part and asked some of our favourite makeup artists for their favourites.
bride red lips | The Promise NI

Tippy Logronio has two favourites Dubonnet by MAC (1), and Red Velvet by Bobbi Brown (2). Dubonnet has a deep claret undertone, whilst Red Velvet is a deep rich red with a moisturising finish.

Both Lesley-Ann from LA Pro and Kerry from By Kerri Bridal Make Up Artist chose my favourite, Ruby Woo by MAC. The shade is very matte with a blue base.

Stacey from S.A.K.Designs loves to use Russian Red by MAC. An intense blue-red however suits most women and gives a true Hollywood statement lip.

Do you have a favourite red lip colour?


{Featured image: This Modern Romance}


Promise Picks: Cosy Cardigan Cover Ups

November 23, 2016
wedding cardigan cover ups

Ever since we shared Kylie and Peter’s gorgeous wedding I’ve had a thing with brides in cardigans. I can’t get enough of the cosy and warm appeal of a cardigan cover up, and how much could we be doing with one at this time of year?!

If you’re saying I Do during the autumn or winter months there isn’t a cuter option to go for, not to mention totally sensible to keep the cold at bay. Cardigans are a great way of injecting a little of your personality into your overall look. If you don’t know where to start looking, we’ve found a few beautiful options….

wedding cardigan cover ups

Super soft cashmere Angelina wrap from BHLDN.

wedding cardigan cover ups

Pale pink knitted cardigan from ASOS.

White mohair oversized cardigan from Anthropologie.

wedding cardigan cover ups

From top, left to right:

Camel cat cardigan from Bella Freud | Milkshake crop cardigan from Boden | Cloud cashmere knit cardigan from Jigsaw |

Parrot print cardigan from Yumi | Cream embellished cardigan from Ted Baker | Cropped teddy cardi from Hush |

Two-tone pink mohair-wool mix from Scotch & Soda | Pink beaded cardigan from Ted Baker | Blush faux fur collar cardigan from Miss Selfridge |


To see more of Kylie’s style head this way! Thanks to Paula Gillespie Photography for the images.