Temperley Trunk Show 08.04.17

 

'The Temperley brand has become synonymous with timeless glamour, exquisite craftsmanship and collections desired by women all over the world'. 

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Calling all Temperley lovers - and we know that there are alot of you out there - turn off your phone, bring a trusted companion, and head to *sunny* Bowdon for our much anticipated Temperley Bridal Trunk Show. Prepare to immurse yourself in some of the most beautiful gowns you can hope to ever see.

 Not only will we be showcasing the stunning current collection but we are also lucky enough to be having the brand new, and as yet unseen, Autumn/Winter 2017 collection...needless to say we are beyond excited...and know that you will be too! 

Temperley really needs no introduction. The gowns are the epitome of British design which are 'defined by ethereal, timeless silhouettes and are inspired by the romance and decadence of a bygone era.'

 

'Alice Temperley finds influences in the world around her. Be it from trips to the Far East or Mexico, or from searching the vintage markets of London and Paris, Temperley creates collections that contain stand-out dresses. Use of luxurious silks, French lace, intricate hand-beading, embroidery, and oversized stone embellishments have all become trademarks of the Temperley design philosophy to create garments that are timeless and versatile and often for many of our brides 'something just a little different.'  

 Appointments will fill up fast - so don't delay - call us 0161 928 7980 or email us info@agapebridalboutique.com now to save disappointment later. 

Oh...and did we say? There is a fabulous 10% discount off any Temperley gowns ordered on the day!!!

  

 

  A little bit about Alice Temperley

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Alice Temperley founded her eponymous label, 'Temperley London' in 2000, a year after graduating from the Royal College of Art. She continues to head up the creative direction of this British, independent brand as it enters its sixteenth year of business.

Alice is a member of the British Fashion Council Advisory Board and enjoys speaking at key industry events. She is also involved with several charitable organisations, including recently becoming Ambassador for Women International. Alice was also awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to the Fashion Industry...and rightly so as she holds a well earned place on the speed dail list for The Duchess of Cambridge!

Temperley London muses include Amber Heard, Arizona Muse, Olga Kurylenko, Kate Hudson, Laura Bailey and Florence Welch... Oh Alice, we love you.

 

 

Mum's the Word 25.3.17

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 We have been hiding this secret for a very long time, but now we a delighted to tell you all about a fabulous new venture within Agape... A Mother of the Bride or Groom collection! 

We have decided that these wonderful mothers who come along and watch their beautiful little girl, or future daughter in law, find 'The One' deserve to be spoilt too. After all, your special day is probably one of the proudest moments of her life, why shouldn't she look utterly gorgeous whilst beaming with pride? So we have made an event just for them, and here is where we tell you all about it.

Over the past months we have been researching, designing, sewing and curating two different collections;

The First: For a feminine, flattering and stylish outfit, and for the mother who may have left it to the last minute, we have a wonderful collection of ready to wear stock from Spanish Designer label - Carla Ruiz. This label sets itself apart, with its' fashionable shapes, bold prints and stunning fabrics. The extra details that makes us love their designs so much is the versatility of the outfits, with the addition of belts and detachable peplums you can transform an outfit from a daytime to an evening look.

The Second: Our very own bespoke, made to measure capsule range. You may not know, but here at Agape we are all designers and manufacturers. Over the years we have done a lot of bespoke bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and the odd Mother of the Bride outfit. Now we want to offer these skills out to our Agape Mothers all year round, you can either chose from our pre-designed collection OR have a design consultation and create something completely unique to you! 

To really make you feel spoilt we will have lovely afternoon tea available and glasses of fizz to 'cheers' this special occasion. It is a ticketed event, priced at £10 per bride and free entry for mum. To reserve your place simply contact us by phone; 0161 928 7980 or email us: info@agapebridalboutique.com 

Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. 

See you there!

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Stephanie Allin Designer Day

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As we are fast approaching our designer day on 4th March (Hope you’ve booked your appointment!) We thought we’d give you a deeper insight into the sheer fabulousness that is Stephanie Allin.

Who she is:

Stephanie has been a world renowned Bridal and eveningwear designer for over 20years. Her designs are elegant and fashion forward yet still encompassing the ethos that every Bride should be the best version of themselves.

“Our bride follows fashion but is not its slave”

For the fashion conscious bride who knows her own mind, Steph’s designs ooze class with a touch of ‘cool’.

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I consider myself extremely lucky that not only do I get to work with my brides directly, but I also get to oversee every part of their dress being made.  There is nothing more satisfying than helping a bride find their dream dress, then seeing it come to life, fitting it to perfection and watching them glowing with happiness ahead of their big day! – Steph

 

 

Why we Love Her:

She’s a British designer AND manufacturer!

In a world where nearly everything is manufactured overseas, Stephanie Allin ensure that all of their gorgeous gowns are made in the UK, how awesome is that!?

Everything is designed and manufactured at their HQ in the picturesque seaside village of Mumbles in South Wales, the town where Stephanie herself grew up. As a result of this, Stephanie and her highly experienced team are able to maintain extremely high quality standards whilst also being able to offer bespoke and made to measure services for you lovely Brides. Want to change the straight across neckline on your dress to a sweetheart? No problem! Steph’s gowns can be tweaked to make them unique to you and that’s pretty special.

“We would like to thank you for supporting the British bridal market and our incredibly talented seamstresses.  With your support we can ensure British design remains at the forefront of the global economy”

Take a look:

There's so many fab dresses to choose from, we just don't have the space on this page to showacase them all, so here's one of our faves for you to swoon over. As for the rest...well you'll just have to come along on the day ;)

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The Simply Divine Vania gown combines a beautiful beaded French embroidered lace bodice with a plain silk skirt and is styled with a detachable tulle train

 With its lush low back and intricate lace details, this decadent gown says, I'm classy, I'm sexy and we're going to live happily ever after

 Team with a stylish updo and pearls for a more traditional look or loose curls and red lippy for a relaxed trendy look.

  

To see our lovely Stephanie Allin collection, have a look at our designer collection page:

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For a gander at Steph’s entire collection, take a peek at her website: www.stephanieallin.net

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Calling all 2017 brides!

You have your dress, now it's time to consider your complete bridal look.

Join us on Thursday 1st December from 7 'til 9pm to peruse our 2017 accessory collections of shoes, headpieces, jewellery and veils. The boutique is going to be filled with SO much pretty! We are super excited to be welcoming our award winning bridal shoe designer Rachel Simpson and headwear and jewellery designer Laura Donovan to guide you through their collections and recommend unique pieces to complement your wedding dress.

The lovely Sharron from Ta Dah! Hair & Make Up will be joining us to help you decide on your all-important bridal hair so be sure to grab a ten minute styling session from her before trying on veils and headpieces! 

Thinking of doing your own make up on the big day? Then don't miss the Charlotte Tilbury Make up demonstration* to get some top tips from Senior Stylist Shane Burke and learn how to create the legendary Charlotte Tilbury Bridal look. 

We will be treating you to 10% off any accessory orders placed on the evening! Please email alex@agapebridalboutique.com to join the guest list- we look forward to seeing you there! 

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*The Charlotte Tillbury demonstration is subject to a minimum £20 cosmetics order and there are limited spaces available; please RSVP as soon as possible to confirm your seat! 

SAMPLE SALE 23.09.16

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BIG NEWS!

We are hosting our BIGGEST EVER sample sale in less than two weeks time!!! On Friday 23rd September from 4pm-8pm we will be offering an amazing selection of our beautiful wedding dress samples at a mere fraction of their designer price tags. On this day only, we will be drastically reducing the RRPs of a selection of gowns, with discounts of up to 80%! These beautiful gowns are being sold because we are making room on our rails for new season styles. This offer is on a one time only, first come first served basis so please form an orderley queue. Here are some tips to help you bag your dream wedding dress at an amazing price:

-No appointment necessary

-Sizes range from size 8-16, the majority of samples are size 10 or 12. It is possible to alter dresses to a smaller size but not possible to increase the size. 

-Prices will range from £200-£1000

-Wear nude underwear and a strapless bra to try dresses on and minimal make up- you don't want to get lippy on your gown!

-To secure your dress, we will reuqire full payment upfront on the day. We will be taking card or cash payments, no cheques.

-These dresses have been tried on before in the boutique but not worn as someone's wedding dress. Therefore they are different to buying a second hand dress; they have not been altered to fit another bride and they have been treated with great care by Team Agapé.

-We take pride in keeping our samples as pristine as possible but as they have been tried on, the condition of each dress will vary and prices will reflect this. 

-Samples are sold as seen and non refundable. Prices do not include fittings, alterations or drycleaning; we can recommend an excellent drycleaner and seamstress.

-Keep checking our Facebook and Instagram pages to see sneak previews of some the dresses that will be available to buy on the day.

HAPPY SHOPPING! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Karen Willis Holmes

We are beyond excited to introduce Karen Willis holmes, our new designer whose amazing gowns are already going down a storm in the boutique! These KWH styles are currently gracing our rails, with new designs from the Bespoke and Wild at Heart collections coming very soon. Scroll on to see the absolute beauty of the Karen Willis Homes collection...

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Karen Willis Holmes is a renowned Australian designer, widely acclaimed in today's fashion marketplace for offering trend conscious women their perfect wedding gown. The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES brand has established a reputation for constantly exceeding customers' expectations both with the product and the service provided.

Establishing her couture presence in Australia in 2000, the success of her designs inspired Karen in 2004 to create her BESPOKE bridal collection.  This collection caters to clients who desire a wedding gown with couture-like quality, innovative design, but with the ease and price of a ready to wear wedding dress.

In 2012, Karen responded to increasing demand for off the rack gowns by designing the Ready to Wear Collection - KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.  Focusing on exceptional fit and centered on embellished and embroidered details the designs compliment the Bespoke Collection and offer brides a glamorous wedding day look.

In 2015 the WILD HEARTS Collection was released offering the free spirited bride a sophisticated wedding day look.

The KAREN WILLIS HOLMES couture atelier & workroom is based in Sydney. The company employs 40 team members in their workrooms and boutiques, & creates the wedding gowns from the BESPOKE and WILD HEARTS Collections in Australia, providing a hands on approach & commitment to detail, using only the highest quality imported fabrics, laces, & beading from around the world.  Gowns from the KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Collection are designed in Australia and hand beaded and embellished in India.

Karen's collections reflect her lifelong love of fashion, and celebrate the spirit of today's modern bride, who is both stylish & sophisticated all with a Karen Willis Holmes twist. 

Above image photographed by Hannah Blackmore for HOORAY! Magazine.

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Caroline Castigliano 2016

Caroline Castigliano is coming to Agapé!

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We're delighted to be sharing with you this exciting news, Caroline Castigliano herself will be joining us on the evening of Friday 29th January to exclusively introduce her 2016 Passion collection. She is looking forward to greeting past, present and future Agapé Brides, so for the opportunity to talk bridal style with the talented designer herself , email info@agapebridalboutique.com now to join the limited guest list! On Saturday 30th January the stunning new Caroline Castigliano collection-along with any specifically requested styles from previous seasons- will be available to try on on an appointment only basis. Lucky brides who order on the day will enjoy a 10% discount off their order. email us to snap up an appointment- don't delay as spaces are limited!

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Scroll down for a preview of the styles we will exclusively have in our boutique for our special Caroline Castigliano Designer Weekend... we're SO excited!

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Stephanie Allin 2016

Snowflake shrug & chiffon skirt

 

We have some *extremely* exciting news for all our Stephanie Allin fans... We have introduced to our beautiful range of Stephanie Allin gowns some of her very latest designs... We couldn't wait for them to arrive to share them with you, so scroll down to see these dreamy pieces from Stephanie's 2016 collection!

An absolutely stunning take on the separates trend currently taking the nation by storm is Stephanie's Snowflake shrug with silk chiffon full circle skirt (above) We are so in love! To see this beauty amongst other gorgeous Stephanie Allin pieces, make sure you book early for our Stephanie Allin event on Saturday 9th January 2016. If there are any styles you would like to see, let us know and we will be happy to request them for you, and to help with post Christmas purses, we will be offering 10% off any 2016 styles for this day only! We look forward to seeing you there xxx

 

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A Labour of Love...

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Have you seen our Spring window display? It features 1,000 paper cranes, each one made by our beautiful 2014 bride Lizzie for her wedding in an idyllic Mallorca setting.

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Aren't they just beautiful! They must have taken for-ev-er to make, but what gorgeous, elegant DIY decor for a wedding, and especially one which has such sweet meaning behind it- more about that below.

Our mannequin wears the stunning 'Allure' gown by Amanda wakeley, which fits this theme perfectly with its origami pleats and sleek, elegant lines.

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Lizzie herself looked absolutely beautiful in a bespoke fishtail lace gown by Forget Me Not and she has kindly shared with us some totally swoonworthy images of her wedding. The symbolism behind the painstaking process of hand folding 1,000 paper cranes originates in Japanese folklore. Over to our lovely Lizzie to tell you all about it:

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 'Like most brides-to-be, I had my Pinterest board set up and I was forever pinning things that caught my eye. One evening I stumbled across an image of beautiful floating paper birds-curious, I clicked and pinned, and it was then that my Crane fixation began...

Strong and graceful, and because Cranes mate for life, it is considered a symbol of love in Japan. They believe the Crane to be one of three holy creatures that can live for 1,000 years- so the folding of 1,000 is said to represent 1,000 years of a happy marriage. (My mum quite rightly pointed out that folding 100 might be enough!) And the time and dedication put in by the bride represents patience and demonstrates her commitment to their marriage. If I'm honest, I originally just thought they would be a nice addition hanging from the trees in our Mallorcan outdoor wedding - but the sentiment did spur me on when I had moments of realisation that this was going to be a long labour of love!

The first one took me over ten minutes after a lot of pausing over a youtube video, but seven months later, and a slight repetitive strain injury in my thumb from all the folding, I could literally do them in seconds with my eyes closed.

People thought I was mad, but I actually found it quite a relaxing and therapeutic activity which I ended up enjoying, and it was particularly satisfying seeing all 1,000 of them swaying in the wind on our wedding day.'

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Wow. What a beautiful setting for a wedding, and all Lizzie's handiwork is the perfect backdrop to what I'm sure was the most amazing day! Judging by the final image below, it looks like the cranes have been good luck charms for this totally loved-up pair. Congratulations again Lizzie & Tom, and thanks so much for sharing your beutiful origami cranes- they have been hugely admired and we love telling everyone about the special meaning behind them! xx

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Summer Dreaming...

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On this dreary February Thursday I find myself day dreaming about a hazy August afternoon spent in a beautiful Ludlow meadow...

Floaty Agapé Atelier bridesmaids, flawless hair & makeup by Nicola Jewsbury, breathtaking blooms by Thoughtful Flowers and the talented James Jebson came together for some beautiful images in the height of summer, take a look and let the sunshine in...

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How utterly *gorgeous* is this bouquet??

If you love this idea of a soft, romantic look for your maids then peruse our Agapé Atelier collecion at your leisure: diaphanous silk chiffon in muted, misty pastels with delicate lace embellishments. Totally swoonworthy, and totally unique; we can even design bespoke 'maids dresses just for your bridal party.

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We first met the incredibly talented Juliet Glaves of Thoughtful Flowers at Tatton Wedding show last year and were blown away by her beautiful stand. Although I had intended to do DIY flower arrangements for our upcoming nuptials, once I had seen her work I knew that we just had to have Juliet's creative input. 

This charming meadow is adjacent to Juliet's home and flower nursery where all of her wonderful plants are home grown. A stroll through the grounds was entirely enchanting, with the bright deep hues of late summer blooms dancing in the breeze and a sweet, heady perfume filling the air. There were too many amazing spots to photograph all in one afternoon, so we hope to revisit this pretty part of the world again for more blue skies, swaying hogweed and floaty summer loveliness.

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We hope this perfect piece of summer captured perfectly by Mr James Jebson has brightened up your dreary afternoon! xx

 

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