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23 Incredible Long Sleeved Wedding Gowns from Local Bridal Boutiques

November 14, 2016
Long sleeve wedding gown La Boda Bridal

It’s a very good morning here at The Promise HQ and I sincerely hope, a great one with you, too!

They say a Sunday well spent brings a week of content and today I can totally vouch for that. If you follow our Instagram, you’ll have noticed David and I had a fab 24 hours in Belfast – childfree – over the weekend, woop! Shopping, Five Guys (awesome!), browsing Oliver Bonas and Sostrene Grene in peace (also awesome) and a night of dancing – it was pretty perfect and we spent Sunday afternoon and evening snuggling on the sofa with the kids watching Home Alone, Planet Earth II and Strictly. Monday, we’re ready for you!

Today we are showcasing 23 long sleeved wedding gowns from bridal boutiques all across the province. Thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge the long sleeved wedding gown has had a big resurgence and five years since that gown the long sleeve is a firm favourite, especially for brides looking to add extra class, detail and style points to their bridal look. We’re seriously in love with every gown featured today and hope you’ll fall in love too…

Long sleeve wedding gown The White Gallery

Payton by Rue De Seine: Cotton guipure lace with embroidered cotton mesh with fluted full sleeves. Available from The White Gallery, Warrenpoint, tel: 07565 221 331.

Long sleeve wedding gown The White Gallery

Beau by Rue De Seine: Cotton Guipure lace with cotton trim with separate dramatic sleeve. Available from The White Gallery, Warrenpoint, tel: 07565 221 331.

Long sleeve wedding gown The White Gallery

Dover by Rime Arodaky: Fitted dress in crepe and floral embroidered tulle in pale gold thread. Available from The White Gallery, Warrenpoint, tel: 07565 221 331.

Long sleeve wedding gown The White Gallery

Blair by Rime Arodaky: High waisted dress in floral tulle with fitted long sleeves, embroidered and lined with nude tulle and split crepe skirt. Available from The White Gallery, Warrenpoint, tel: 07565 221 331.

Long sleeve wedding gown The White Gallery

Adele by Rime Arodaky: High waist dress in crepe and Italian cotton guipure, long sleeves & boat neck. Available from The White Gallery, Warrenpoint, tel: 07565 221 331.

Long sleeve wedding gown Petticoat lane Bridal

Lorelei by Hayley Paige: Tulle long sleeve ball gown with floral beaded and embroidered bodice, illusion bateau neckline and low open back with cascading tiered skirt. Available from Petticoat Lane Bridal Boutique, Hillsborough, tel: 028 9268 9974.

Long sleeve wedding gown Petticoat lane Bridal

Maresme top & Cateline skirt by Charlie Brear: Crochet effect crop top and flowing skirt. Available from Petticoat Lane Bridal Boutique, Hillsborough, tel: 028 9268 9974.

Long sleeve wedding gown Petticoat lane Bridal

Aubrey top & Augustine skirt by Charlie Brear: Lace top and skirt with delicate scallop edging. Available from Petticoat Lane Bridal Boutique, Hillsborough, tel: 028 9268 9974.

Long sleeve wedding gown McElhinneys

8870 by Justin Alexander: Beaded vintage lace gown with V neckline, sheer sleeves and low illusion back. Available from McElhinneys Bridal Rooms, Ballybofey, tel: +353 749 13 12 17.

Long sleeve wedding gown McElhinneys

Veda by Atelier Pronovias: Crepe mermaid wedding dress with long sheer effect sleeves, bateau neckline bodice with Chantilly and guipure lace appliqués. Available from McElhinneys Bridal Rooms, Ballybofey, tel: +353 749 13 12 17.

Long sleeve wedding gown McElhinneys

Collins by Hayley Paige: Ivory long sleeve bridal ball gown, illusion bodice with shimmer rose embellishment, curved V-neckline and keyhole back and cascading dupioni skirt. Available from McElhinneys Bridal Rooms, Ballybofey, tel: +353 749 13 12 17.

Long sleeve wedding gown McElhinneys

Alma by Pronovias: Sweetheart neckline jumpsuit with long sleeve beaded illusion neckline. Available from McElhinneys Bridal Rooms, Ballybofey, tel: +353 749 13 12 17.

Long sleeve wedding gown McElhinneys

Andrea by Ronald Joyce: Satin ball gown with ruched bodice, deep V back and 3/4 length sleeves. Available from McElhinneys Bridal Rooms, Ballybofey, tel: +353 749 13 12 17.

Long sleeve wedding gown La Boda Bridal

Vania by Atelier Pronovias: Mermaid wedding dress in crepe with lace appliqués and long sleeves. Available from La Boda Bridal, Banbridge, tel: 028 4062 8811. 

Long sleeve wedding gown La Boda Bridal

Deirdre by Maggie Sottero: Lace and Santorini chiffon A line gown with illusion bateau neckline and long sleeves. Available from La Boda Bridal, Banbridge, tel: 028 4062 8811. 

Long sleeve wedding gown La Boda Bridal

Ivania by Atelier Pronovias: Simple mermaid wedding dress in crepe with long sleeve bodice and plunging V back. Available from La Boda Bridal, Banbridge, tel: 028 4062 8811. 

Long sleeve wedding gown Ivory & Pearl

Simone by Alexandra Grecco Bridal: Whimsical fully lined lace gown in silk charmeuse with illusion long sleeves and deep V neckline. Available from Ivory & Pearl, Comber, tel: 028 9187 1135.

Long sleeve wedding gown Ivory & Pearl

Beverly by Romantique by Claire Pettibone: Ivory floral lace gown with high illusion neckline, long sleeves and dramatic open back detail. Available from Ivory & Pearl, Comber, tel: 028 9187 1135.

Long sleeve wedding gown Ivory & Pearl

Sienna by Naomi Neoh: Soft flowing A line gown with gentle sweetheart neckline and light as air 3/4 length sleeve jacket. Available from Ivory & Pearl, Comber, tel: 028 9187 1135.

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Maisie by David Tutera for Mon Cheri: Tulle over satin fit and flare cage dress with hand-beaded Alencon lace appliqués, illusion and lace long sleeves. Available from Belle Marie Bridal Boutique, Omagh, tel: 028 8224 5933.

Long sleeve wedding gown Archive 12

Original vintage 1960s crochet dress: Available from Archive 12, Belfast, tel: 07968 336 123. 

Long sleeve wedding gown Archive 12

Lola by Daughters of Simone: 100% cotton crochet lace gown with long sleeves, scalloped edge train and backless detail. Available from Archive 12, Belfast, tel: 07968 336 123. 

Long sleeve wedding gown Archive 12

Anya by Minna: Luxurious silk morocain gown with low, open back, waistpanel and fitted assymetical shaped long sleeves. Available from Archive 12, Belfast, tel: 07968 336 123. 

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Colour Burst! Creative Festival Inspiration Shoot

October 12, 2016
festival inspired bridal shoot

I’ve always been a big lover of colour – there’s a touch of pared back Scandi chic inside me too – but vibrant colour to me means creativity, life and joy. So you can imagine my absolute joy when this incredibly colourful festival shoot popped into my inbox – a happy dance was had!

Bringing together an all female power house of local wedding suppliers, photographer Christin White and Sharon from Innocent Chaos (of exquisite brooch bouquet fame!) created an inspiration shoot based around Sharon’s colourful, and majorly gorgeous, floral crowns.

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festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

“Earlier this summer, a creative all female team of entrepreneurs gathered together to celebrate the summer and collaborate in a festival themed photo shoot. What started out as a bit of fun turned out to be way more awesome than any of us expected!” Photographer, Christin, told us.

“The style of the shoot was based around the Innocent Chaos colourful floral crowns and a celebration of the exciting bursts of colour erupting in the hedgerows at this fresh time of the year. We wanted to style a shoot that could be an influence to both brides-to-be and also festival goers looking for that eye catching head wear to complete their Coachella  and Glastonbury inspired outfits.”

“The creative shoot was hosted in the picturesque setting of The Walled Garden at Helens Bay just outside Belfast.” She added.

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

festival inspired bridal shoot

Super Suppliers: Photos: Christin White Photography // Accessories & floral crowns: Innocent Chaos // Hair: Vintage Rocks Hair Parlour // Makeup: Tippy Logronio // Model: Nicola Matthews // Styling: Innocent Chaos & Rachel Love Cameron

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Promise Picks: Wedding Cake Display Cabinets & Tables

September 21, 2016
Wedding cake & desert display tables and cabinets

Good morning gorgeous ones, all ready for Hump day?

I’ve a really random question for you; how’s your Gumtree buying? I’ve a friend who seems to pick up the loveliest furniture at the best prices, all the time – I’m convinced she has some sort of secret buying knowledge that I clearly don’t have! Anyway, I ask because today we’re sharing beautiful wedding cake and dessert display cabinets and tables, the prettiest way to show off your wedding treats right now, and Gumtree is one place to buy such pretties.

Take a look around your home, your parents and definitely your Grannies, is there anything you could use to present your cake or desserts? Look for occasional tables, side boards and even your hall table could be given a lick of paint and transform into the perfect plinth to show off your cake! Take a look at our choices and get inspired…

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Local cake designer, Candytuft Cakes has recently created the bench swing especially for displaying cakes – how cool is that?! You can hire the swing when ordering your wedding cake, give Kathryn a call on 07890 698 619 or visit www.candytuftcakes.com.

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How beautiful does this distressed table look adorned with rustic finished cakes and modern accessories? Image by Popi K Photography.

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Keep it classic with dark wood. Image via Julie Sarinana Instagram.

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Dress your cabinet or table with gorgeous flowers and foliage. Image by Ross Talling Photography via Rock My Wedding.

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How incredible does this table look? Image by This Modern Romance via Green Wedding Shoes.

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Round tables work perfectly for awkward corners. Image by Jacque Lynn Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs.

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Keep an eye out for vintage pieces on Gumtree or at local antique fayres. We adore this dresser that’s been painted to blend in with the wedding decor. Image by Ryan Greenleaf Photography via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings.

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Or how about raiding your grannies attic for an old Singer sewing machine? My friend had one for her cake table and now uses it in her hallway, multipurpose magic! Image via Wedding Forward.

Featured image: Created for Anita of My Sister’s Closet by Truly Scrumptious Cakes By Design, Omagh.

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Top Ten Brides Watches

July 21, 2016
Wedding day watches for brides

If like many of our readers here at The Promise, you are a bride-to-be, it’s more than likely that you’re currently counting down the minutes until your Big Day. We think it’s only right that you have thee most fab-u-lous wrist watch to keep track of time and get you to the church on time!

Many brides choose not to wear a watch on their wedding day, yet would be in a total flap if they forgot theirs on any other day – so we figured we would hunt and gather some of the most gorgeous, delicate timepieces so you won’t feel lost on your wedding day, all without sacrificing even an ounce of style.

Wedding day watches for brides

  1. DKNY two tone ceramic watch, Debenhams, £219.
  2. Fiorello gold and white bangle watch, House of Fraser, £49.
  3. Michael Kors Chronograph watch, Shop On Time, £137.
  4. Grey Mother of Pearl Emporio Armani watch, Goldsmiths, £199.
  5. Gucci Stainless steel half bangle watch, Ernest Jones, £370.
  6. Rose gold Anne Klein watch, House of Fraser, £75.
  7. Rose gold tone bracelet watch, Oasis, £40.
  8. Kate Spade stainless steel and rose gold watch, Beaverbrooks, £209.
  9. Rissy Crystal silver watch, Storm, £119.99.
  10. Mini dial mint and rose gold, Olivia Burton, £60.

If buying a new watch to compliment your wedding dress just isn’t in your budget, why not incorporate it into your something old, new, borrowed or blue? Here are some of our top tips:

  • Old – Check in local charity or antique shops for a vintage watch that can be used as your something old. If you’re having a vintage themed wedding, this will add some real authenticity to your big day!
  • New – Quite often bridesmaids or the Mother of the Bride will want to give the bride a gift that she will remember on her wedding day – a watch is the perfect keepsake and is one of the most practical presents to receive. The High Street has some beautiful options, so it doesn’t have to break the bank!
  • Borrowed – Ask your elderly relatives if they have any vintage wrist watches and allow it to act as your something borrowed. Many antique watches can be brought back to life with a new battery or cogs and will only cost you a couple of pounds.
  • Blue – While we don’t recommend wearing any in your face or bright watches on your wedding day, a subtle light blue face or strap on an elegant, dainty watch will tie in with this old, yet still extremely popular tradition.

{Featured image: Cluse Watches}

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15 Seriously Gorgeous Bridesmaids Dresses!

June 28, 2016
15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

It’ll come as no surprise that choosing your bridesmaids dresses can be tricky. I mean, dressing 2, 3, maybe even 4 or 5, of your closest friends in the one dress that flatters each of their figures and that they all like (hopefully love) is no mean feat. You can of course cheat a little and go for a mix and match look but if that’s not working for you and your wedding style, have a look at these 15 seriously gorgeous bridesmaids dresses. We love each and every one of them for several reasons, and we bet your girls will too!

 

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

Alfred Sung

Elegant off the shoulder dress with hi-low hemline by Alfred Sung, we’re crushing on the blush shade.

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

Alfred Sung

Blush bouquet print full length dress by Alfred Sung – so beautiful we know your girls will certainly wear this again!

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

ASOS

Intricate back details are big for bridal gowns so why not choose complementing dresses for your maids. This chiffon dress from ASOS is also very kind to the budget at £85!

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

Belsoie by Jasmine Bridal

This chiffon dress by Jasmine Bridal has a pleated sweetheart neckline and hi-low layered skirt.

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

BHLDN

Taffeta is making a comeback in an ultra elegant way. This two piece corset and skirt from BHLDN will make every maids day!

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

BHLDN

You can’t get much dreamier than a tulle skirt! We are in seriously lust mode over this lace top and tulle skirt combo from BHLDN.

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

Maids To Measure

Keep it simple with the Carnaby dress by Maids To Measure. The halter neck detail leads to a striking open back.

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

JLM Occasions

The Spring 2016 maids collection from Hayley Paige Occasions is seriously all as beautiful as this ivory chiffon softly beaded dress. We’ll take one of each, please!

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

JLM Occasions

Keep the look classic with this navy silk dupioni trumpet dress with bateau neckline from Hayley Paige Occasions.

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

Maids To Measure

For a relaxed boho style the Beaufort dress from Maids To Measure should be on your shortlist!

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

Missguided

If your girls are brave enough this navy plunge maxi dress from the Missguided wedding collection is stunning, someone remember the lingerie tape though!

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

Sorella Vita

Heading to the beach? This floaty coral chiffon dress from Sorella Vita with bodice overlay detail would be perfect.

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

True Bride

Sparkles are still big news! For a more subtle look this shimmery dress from True Bride is a winner.

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

True Bride

Off the shoulder beaded chiffon gown from True Bride, so sweet and pretty for a summer wedding.

15 Heavenly Hot Bridesmaids Dresses

Ted Baker

And finally this graphic print cutout midi dress from Ted Baker is so sophisticated and modern.

{Featured image: JLM Occasions}

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10 Slim & Sleek Wedding Gowns

June 23, 2016
Slim & Sleek Wedding Gowns | The Promise NI

Happy Thursday everyone! This week has hurtled by at an alarming rate, especially as I have a date with an Easyjet plane on Monday morning! We’re off on our jollies to the land of all things orange – Netherlands – fingers crossed for glorious weather, please.

So today, I’m sharing ten incredible wedding gowns that I could never wear, but totally would if someone granted me a few more inches in the height department! I know plenty of brides who would easily choose a slim and sleek gown over the more traditional fuller look, so this ones for your beauties….

Slim & Sleek Wedding Gowns | The Promise NI

Emelia – Atelier Pronovias, stocked locally at La Boda Bridal, Banbridge, tel: 028 4062 8811.

Slim & Sleek Wedding Gowns | The Promise NI

Grace – Rembo Styling, stocked locally at Chantilly Lace, Lurgan, tel: 028 3834 7866.

Slim & Sleek Wedding Gowns | The Promise NI

Mona – Hayley Paige, stocked locally at McElhinneys Bridal Rooms, Ballybofey, tel: 00353 74 913 1217.

Slim & Sleek Wedding Gowns | The Promise NI

Irene – Willowby by Watters, stocked locally at La Boda Bridal, Banbridge, tel: 028 4062 8811. {Image via BHLDN}

Slim & Sleek Wedding Gowns | The Promise NI

Isadora – Divine Atelier, stocked locally at The White Gallery, Burren, tel: 07565 221 331.

Slim & Sleek Wedding Gowns | The Promise NI

Jesus Peiro, stocked locally at TiAmo Bridal, Limavady, tel: 07807 268 035.

Slim & Sleek Wedding Gowns | The Promise NI

Justin Alexander, stocked locally at Serendipity Bridal Boutique, Fivemiletown, tel: 028 8952 1371.

 

Slim & Sleek Wedding Gowns | The Promise NI

Style #2058 – Mikaella, stocked locally at Bride @ Logans, Cloughmills, tel: 028 2763 8303.

Slim & Sleek Wedding Gowns | The Promise NI

Miller, Daughters of Simone, stocked locally at Archive 12, Belfast, tel: 07968 336 123.

Slim & Sleek Wedding Gowns | The Promise NI

Yolanda – Romantique by Claire Pettibone, stocked locally at Ivory & Pearl, Comber, tel: 028 9187 1135.

{Featured image: Divine Atelier}

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Wedding Wear for Pampered Pooches

June 21, 2016
Wedding Wear for Pampered Pooches | The Promise NI

We all know those who would be expected to be on a “traditional” guest list for your wedding. Family, friends and colleagues are pretty much guaranteed an invite – but what about your fur babies? For some couples, the idea of not bringing their pet pooch with them to their wedding is a no-go area, and we totally agree – I mean what could be more picture perfect than the newlyweds with their canine chum?

If you’re bringing your dog with you to your wedding and want them to look extra special then you’ve stopped off at the right place. Wedding attire for your four legged friend is a thing – have a peep at some of the most super cute models we’ve ever had on the blog and make sure your pup is the most pampered pooch on the block with these totally adorable accessories!

Wedding Wear for Pampered Pooches | The Promise NI

Nobody can say that you didn’t want your dog to fit in with this fab bow tie collar. Available in various shades to tone in with your bridal party… How cute are these two?!

Dog bow tie collar available from Twinkle and Mingle via Etsy – £12.31.

Wedding Wear for Pampered Pooches | The Promise NI

Look at this cutie in his Swarovski Crystal Bow Tie from DforDog.com! Available in this gorgeous mint green or equally stylish blush pink – £17.50 & £18.50.

Wedding Wear for Pampered Pooches | The Promise NI

 

We love this adorable Hound of Honour dog tag – Wouldn’t this make the best prop for having your dog in your photographs? Available from Peggy & Flo via Not On The High Street -£5.95.

Wedding Wear for Pampered Pooches | The Promise NI

Who said dogs can’t wear flowers? This fab felt flower collar accessory is by Fibrespace and is available from Not on the High Street – £12.

Wedding Wear for Pampered Pooches | The Promise NI

There is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sitting at my feet as I write this who absolutely NEEDS one of these! How amazing is this lilac floral dog collar available from Cupid Collars via Etsy? So many colours and styles to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice! £23.95.

Wedding Wear for Pampered Pooches | The Promise NI

Nothing says party like a little gold glitter and why should your fur baby miss out on all the fun? This gold glitter bow tie collar is by Pup Tart Handmade and is available from Etsy – £7.00.

Wedding Wear for Pampered Pooches | The Promise NI

Talk about cute puppy attire! This Harris tweed bow tie collar is seriously chic! Your pooch would fit right in to any quirky/vintage wedding theme with this fab collar from Pet London – £24.

{Featured image: Nessa K Photography via All Sorts of Pretty}