Glamour Bolton reviews Charlotte Balbier’s vintage-inspired gowns

As you know, I’m a huge advocate of incredible talent – and so I asked someone I know has a great eye, Debbie at Glamour Bridal in Bolton to tell me all about her favourite bridal collection this season. Debbie chose Charlotte Balbier’s Candy Kisses dresses. I have to say I’m applauding her choice – not only are these bold dresses perfect for shabby chic brides everywhere, but the site and quirky branding are also to die for. Here’s Debbie to tell you a little more about them… 

All images © Charlotte Balbier LTD

Hi, my name is Debbie and I am the very proud owner Glamour Bridal in Bolton, Lancs.  I have been in love with wedding gowns ever since I put on my aunt’s rather fetching 70s batwing creation when I was about eight years old.  Its a passion which has spanned nearly 40 years and in September this year, I was lucky enough to fulfil my ambition of owning a bridal shop.

Choosing a collection of bridal gowns is much more difficult than you might imagine, and making sure I picked the right labels was majorly important to me.  I spent an eternity choosing labels which are respected and desired by brides and was thrilled to discover that there was an opening in my area for a stockist of the very beautiful Charlotte Balbier gowns.  Having admired her English Tea Party collection featuring the much-loved ‘Tabitha’, ‘Garbo’  and ‘Alice’ gowns over the past couple of years I was immediately impressed by the quality and design of these utterly gorgeous gowns.  Featuring beautiful and unique designs of French lace combined with vintage elegance these gowns really do belong to a class of their own, they are for brides who dare to be different.

"Alice" by Charlotte Balbier (c) Charlotte Balbier LTD

It is predicted that vintage gowns are here for some time yet and Charlotte has succeeded yet again with the launch of her latest collection ‘Candy Kisses‘.  I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the VIP event at the Great John Street Hotel during the summer to see the new collection showcased for the first time and it was truly magical.  ‘Thelma’ was a particular favourite and features a lace like nothing else I’ve seen on the catwalks so far.  It has only been in store for a few weeks and already its a firm favourite with our brides.  The beautiful and royally inspired ‘Ava’ has all the characteristics of Charlotte Balbier lace gowns with a twist on the satin skirt favoured by The Duchess of Cambridge, a huge tulle skirt scattered with diamantes – a gown fit for a princess!  Following on from the success of ‘Sweetpea’ in the previous collection, the ‘Candy Kisses’ range introduces ‘Loveheart’, a tea length style gown from the finest chantilly lace with cute little matching jacket.

Thelma (c) Charlotte Balbier LTD

Ava (c) Charlotte Balbier LTD

Loveheart (c) Charlotte Balbier LTD

I recently asked Charlotte about what inspires her design ideas and this is what her office told me:

“With every collection, Charlotte strives to create and deliver a range that will WOW her brides and the Candy Kisses collection does not disappoint. This collection really is as sweet as it sounds, rose pink pure silk gowns that are dreamy and romantic, slinky red carpet glamorous styles in creamy soft satins, rich taffetas that have timeless elegance with a  classical fit and cut, sit along side Charlotte’s signature vintage-inspired French lace gowns.New fabrics and beading, a new fresh colour palette and new photography style will truly elevate this collection to a whole new level so that it can make its mark on the bridal fashion industry.”

We are delighted to be hosting our very first Charlotte Balbier designer event on 13th & 14th January, giving our brides the opportunity to try many more styles than we normally carry.  We KNOW this event is going to be in great demand, with pink bubbly, cupcakes and goody bags featuring special offers on the day.  To make a booking call 01204 388390 or use our online booking form via our website

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