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Christine Bleakley's stunning wedding look inspiring brides everywhere

By Amanda Ferguson

Brides-to-be are set to emulate the wedding day style of Christine Bleakley according to Northern Ireland's top fashion and beauty experts.

The stunning dress and make-up chosen by the Newtownards beauty to tie the knot in London to footballer Frank Lampard is expected to prompt the same reaction Kate Middleton's did when she married Prince William in 2011.

Christine looked beautiful in a Suzanne Neville gown for her star-studded wedding day at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge and The Arts Club in Mayfair on Sunday.

The Belfast Telegraph's make-up and beauty columnist Paddy McGurgan gave his verdict on Christine's make-up choices.

"It was really nice," he said.

"She went for a slightly stronger eye but she can get away with that because she's quite dark and has swarthy skin. It added to the glamorous feel.

"There was quite a bit of contouring with the face which helped to define her cheekbones more."

Paddy says his team of make-up artists will be inundated with requests for Christine's wedding day look, but they will be sure to advise clients if it will suit them.

"We are going to be inundated," he said.

"It will create an army of Christine Bleakley wannabes.

"We are given pictures all the time.

"The last big popular one we were given was the royal wedding, Kate Middleton, which I wasn't a fan of.

"Her make-up to me was very home made, heavy blusher not well blended whereas Christine's was very well blended.

"Someone with blonde hair and fair skin is unlikely to suit Christine's look so it will be a mission conveying that."

Belfast-based bridal dress designer Mary-Rose McGrath, thought Christine looked "amazing" and she also predicted brides-to-be will be asking for similar gowns when they visit her new Spires Malls studio in the months to come.

"She was absolutely magnificent," Mary-Rose said.

"She had a very strong Spanish influence in her look, especially with her Mantilla veil. Her dress is very much following the trend of Hollywood glamour, moving on from vintage to a very glam look.

"That is what I am seeing coming through from brides. It is drop waist, silk organza skirt, she had a structured lace bodice with a dropped waist and it was beautiful to see she added a skinny lace sleeve on to her dress which framed her neckline.

"It was absolutely beautiful."

The eye-catching dress was the work of top English designer Suzanne Neville, a favourite among the stars in London.

Now, Mary-Rose is anticipating requests from her brides for similar gowns to the one worn by Christine.

"I am 100% sure people will be following Christine's influence," she added.

"It was very much a romantic but sexy, structured and glamorous look people will want for their day.

"I have some very beautiful brides booked in and it is certainly a trend coming through."

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