A few weeks back, I was lucky enough to have been invited to attend the launch of the brand new collection by Charlotte Balbier – 'Romantic Decadence', at Styall Lodge, on what was probably the hottest and sunniest day of the whole year – as these photographs prove evident.

It's always a huge pleasure to liaise with Charlotte – many of my readers have featured on Love My Dress wearing Charlotte Balbier on thier wedding day – and Charlotte is always quick to show love and appreciation when this happens.  She is one of those 'hands on' designers, tweeting her own tweets, emailing sweet emails to thank you for featuring her etc.  So it was with great pleasure that I sent back my RSVP with a big fat yes. I was looking forward to meeting Charlotte for the first time after all our online communications!

Coming from a family line of designers {her Mother is Amanda Wyatt}, Charlotte Balbier is just a year away now to notching up her first decade as a bridal fashion designer.

Here's a lovely little film that was taken on the day, and beneath, some of the photographs of the day too….

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Film Production Copyright (c) 2012, Silk Wedding Videos

The “Romantic Decadence” collection takes inspiration from the graceful designs of decades gone by, drawing inspiration from the the art deco era and fun of the 50's, elements can be seen in all of her twenty new wedding dresses which will be hitting a wedding boutique near you very soon.

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Jonny Draper

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte presents ultra glamour with just the right level of formality, depicting for the modern bride, a time when women were alluring yet graceful, soft and feminine….

2013 debuts a beautiful more luxurious colour palette and choices of fabric. Nude pinks, golds, and ivory hues enrich satins, silks, organzas and exquisite laces detailed with opulent crystal corsage belts, diamante flower corsages to make your bride truly glisten and sparkle…

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Each gown is structured with lace up corset backs and internal construction which can make your bride look a size smaller, whilst giving her a wide selection of styles and shapes ( fishtail, A line, ball gown, short and flirty) to give her the silhouette she wants for her day.

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

The love for 50's style isn't overlooked either – several 50's style wedding dresses made it down the catwalk, some of them with layers of petticoat fun underneath, thanks to the filly fabulousness that is Doris Designs

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Plus size model Nina Blakemore was one of the beauties gracing the catwalk – it was incredibly refreshing to see a designer use a plus size model to showcase her new collection to buyers.  Keep it real. That's what it's all about…

Nina has previously featured on 'How to Look Good' with Gok Wan. To be inspired by her beautiful modelling shots, take a moment to visit her website

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

You can see more photos from the catwalk below the 'link jump' at the bottom.  Shortly after the show, we all went outside and enjoyed the sun, whilst delicious canapes were passed round by

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

I really must make a point of highlighing this lady – Zoe Chiotis. Zoe entertained guests after the catwalk show and she was wonderful, I really really mean that, I just stopped, at and listenend to her for a good 15 minutes or so and she was fabulous – I'd highly recommed you look her up if you are looking for a singer to sing beautiful love songs from the heart during your wedding reception…

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Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Click the link below to view a fuller blog post featuring more images….


I told you it was like, the sunniest day ever!

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

As guests on the day, we were very well looked after. Champagne flowed, delicious canapes were nibbled in quick succession and we couldn't have had a lovlier venue…

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Let's see if anyone recognises themselves in the images below? That's Peta Hunt below right there, who I was to sit next to during the meal that was served after the catwalk show. Peta is the Fashion Director for You & Your Wedding magazine

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

Guests were treated to a full 3-course meal, which ended with some delightful sweet treats provided by  Devilishly Decadent and Lily Bud Cupcakes

Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

…after which point, I was pretty nailed to the spot, so continued to enjoy my table talk with Peta Hunt, Fashion Director for You & Your Wedding magazine., and the many lovely retailers who were keen to come over and say hello.

And to finish off, a photo of Charlotte with her lovely fella, who very kindly escorted me from the train station and from my hotel that weekend – thank you very much Teddy! ;)

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Charlotte Balbier, Romantic Decadence Collection

A truly lovely day was had by all and I was absolutely thrilled to have met and had the oppotunity to talk to so many retailers – this was a real treat for me and I learned a great deal!

I'd like to thank Charlotte Balbier for inviting me to this event and making me feel so welcome.

If you are interested infinding out more about this new collection and Charlotte Balbier in general, including stockists near you, please visit the Charlotte Balbier website.  You can also find Charlotte Balbier on Facebook and Twitter, and she also has her very own blog :)

Are there any Balbier brides reading this? Which design have you chosen?

Annabel

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Credits 

Bridal Wear – Charlotte Balbier

Photographer – Jonny Draper

Videographer – Silk Wedding Videos

Venue – Styal Lodge

Compare - Louise Travis

Catwalk - Hip Swing

Models
Nina Blakemore

Carly Lou Lewis
Fiona Kidd
Katie Nolan
Olivia Nolan

Hair/Make-up
Ivy Clara
Leanne Rose
Silk Makeup
Paparazzi Makeup
Danielle Horan Makeup

Seating Plan/Menu boards – All Wrapped Up Events

Singer – Zoe Chiotis

Petticoats – www.dorisdesigns.co.uk

Desert TableDevilishly Decadent {cupcakes} + Lily Bud Cupcakes {dessert cakes}

Flowers and room decor/tables/chairs – Red Floral

Table Favours and wedding cakeFreyas Fancies

Vintage China – Pretty Little Trio

Food & Drink
www.capeklein.com
www.vanillainallseasons.co.uk

 

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8 thoughts on Charlotte Balbier ~ Romantic Decadence Collection….

  1. Absolutely beautiful. My favourite thing about Charlotte’s designs is that whatever your shape or size you WILL find something that’s as beautiful as it is supportive and flattering. When I met her for my shoot she was so humbling to meet and generous. Can’t wait for an excuse to work with her again!x

  2. I also had the pleasure of attending this fabulous event. Everything was perfect! The weather was excellent! One and only time I’ve sat in the sun all year! Charlotte’s dresses are stunning! I’d be hard pushed to pick a favorite.
    Charlotte is lovely and I too would like to extend my thanks to her for her hospitality.
    Was great also meeting you too Annabel :)
    Great post as usual
    Janet x

  3. Thank you for sharing these beautiful images from such a fantastic day! Charlotte Balbier certainly know’s how to throw a party and look after her stockists – it was amazing from start to finish! As a stockist we have a really wide selection of gowns from Charlotte’s collections and were not disappointed with what the ‘Romantic Decadence’ collection had to offer. We were especially delighted to see the beautiful Nina Blakemore showing just how versatile Charlotte’s gowns are for women with a curvy figure, and as we are so committed to offering EVERY bride the “Glamour Experience” in our boutique, we made sure that our order included 3 plus sized gowns to add to our 18+ designer range. If money were limitless we would have ordered the whole collection as Charlotte Balbier is such a beautiful label to have in our store, but for now we look forward to welcoming Etta, Lula, Mirabella, Virginia, Leona, Romantic Decadence and Sophia to our store in early September – just in time for our Charlotte Balbier Trunk Show Day on Saturday 29th September xx

  4. What an awesome event that was a privilege to be a part of! All the stockists we super friendly (and super excited about the new collection!) and it was great to work with some of my bestest wedding friends and meet some new ones too! Lovely to meet you too Annabel xxx

  5. I love everything about this post- the write up is lovely, the photos are absolutely stunning and I also love the video. I love Charlotte’s designs and will be a Balbier bride next year- her designs are so beautiful and I couldn’t be any happier with my dress.

  6. What an amazing day this was, and i feel very lucky to have been part of a fabulous team on the day. The images have totally brought to life the stunning gowns, it reall ydoes make me want to get married again!
    Charlotte and team, you didn yourselves proud –this is an amzaing blog

  7. Very nicely written post. Your blog is very beneficial for every reader including me. Keep doing the great work so that people like me can learn some nice and new things. I would love to read more posts on your site.

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