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It’s been a little over a year ago or so since we first introduced Bridal Eyewear on our wedding blog at Moonrise Bridal. So we thought it high time we got back in touch to see what they’d been up to and remind all of our Brides to Be, just what it is they specialise in!


Q: It’s been a while since we introduced Bridal Eyewear. Can you remind everyone what it is you do?

Bridal Eyewear by Karen Louise is eyewear for special occasions.  


We can match your glasses to your wedding dress, colour theme of the day, head dress or jewellery. We take the time to match your eyewear like an accessory and as I am a qualified dispensing optician I can also advise on the right lenses for your prescription. We are independent opticians so we can also do full sight examinations and contact lenses. 


Q: What have you been up to over the last year? We’ve noticed you in the press a few times.

The last year has been amazing we have opened two more practices with Yorkshire Eyewear in Howden and Knaresborough. I have been the business women of the month, in Goole and Howden, nominated in the Mumpreneur top 100, appeared in our professional magazine Dispensing Optics and nominated for two national award – we will find out at a dinner at the NEC in November if we are winners! Our last photo shoot was working with Eleda Hats to match hats & glasses not just for weddings but for race days, we also match the eyewear to prom and evening dresses.


Q: What advice can you give to our brides when it comes to choosing glasses for their wedding day?

Avoid transitions lenses, they are fantastic for your honeymoon but you don’t want to look like you are wearing sunglasses for your outside wedding photographs. A must is to have a good quality anti-reflection coating like Nikon or Essilor to avoid reflections on your lenses.


Look at your eyewear as an accessory – it’s the overall look so think about your jewellery, if you are wearing silver or gold or do you want a colour to match your flowers. A dispensing opticians will be able to advise on the best lens for your prescription – you want to have the thinnest lens available for the best cosmetic look. Remember you will be looking at your photos for years to come and most of the images will be close ups of your face, you can wear your glasses again after your big day. So the investment isn’t just for your wedding.


Q: What’s your biggest achievement to date? (Doesn’t have to be wedding related).

Going over to Manchester to meet Amanda Wyatt the wedding dress designer to dispense the perfect pair of glasses for her daughters wedding Charlotte Balbier. Unrelated to weddings must be designing and fitting our new practices I even recycled and up cycled most of our furniture.


Q: How do you help brides or indeed grooms when they come to you looking for frames for the big day?

I always look at the prescription first to decide on a suitable frame whether rimless, supra or full rimmed. If a prescription is too high then it doesn’t always work in a rimless frame. I then talk to the bride or groom on wedding ideas and colour themes. I also ask them to bring in a colour Swatch or head dress or jewellery that they would like to co-ordinate with. The frame has to fit correctly, feel right and look right.


Q: What does the future hold for Bridal Eyewear?

I am looking at spending the Autumn and Winter months attending Wedding Fayres especially across the Harrogate and Knaresborough area where we have our latest practice and trade fairs to see the latest trends. I have taken on Arbonne to give brides the complete look of make-up and glasses.


Well if you’re a Bride or Groom that wears glasses and wants some to co-ordinate for your wedding day, then Karen of Bridal Eyewear is the lady to speak to. Fingers crossed for those national awards as well! To find out more about Karen and to see more photos from her photoshoots, then find all her contact details below!








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