September 25th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
While weddings can be viewed as very indulgent occasions that are all about the bride and groom, they can also provide a beautiful opportunity to think about others, and even to help raise awareness of a charity, foundation or project close to the couple’s hearts.
We’ve seen caring brides and grooms make charitable donations in place of favours or instead of requesting traditional wedding gifts. Others have picked settings or venues that are linked to community projects or whereby the hire fee will support the ongoing maintenance of a historic building. Then there are those that recruit suppliers who pride themselves on offering eco-friendly products – from vegan-friendly bridal shoes and gowns to recycled card invites and organic cakes.
And the considerate supplier we’re introducing you to on the blog today also falls into this latter category by producing beautiful engagement and wedding rings and accessories made using lab-grown diamonds and recycled metals. So, join us as we welcome the wonderful team from MiaDonna to the blog.
Keen to see an end to unethical diamond mining and spread the word of eco-friendly jewels, they’re taking over Brides Up North this afternoon with a special post to highlight the benefits of lab-grown diamonds while showcasing a selection of their gorgeous wedding and engagement rings, for sensitivity that sparkles.
miadonna say: Imagine being the first among your friends to claim your engagement ring is entirely conflict-free. Well we have great news for you! MiaDonna is an online-based jeweller that offers completely affordable and ethical engagement rings, wedding rings and accessories that have the environment’s best interests at heart.
When purchasing a diamond engagement ring, it’s important to consider the physical qualities like cut, colour, clarity and carat weight. But have you ever asked where the diamond came from or who was affected in the process? Consider lab-grown diamonds! They are becoming increasingly popular in engagement rings, but there are still many who don’t understand the excitement and benefits behind these ethical diamonds.
In 2005, MiaDonna began its journey to create an alternative to conflict diamonds. The company upholds their mission to provide consumers conflict-free lab-created diamonds that support global rehabilitation and the prevention of harm to societies. Ever heard of blood or conflict diamonds? These terms highlight the reality of the active diamond mining trade around the world. To this day, these diamonds are mined in war zones and sold to support insurgency.
In 2000, the United Nations established the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in an effort to prevent “conflict diamonds” from entering the rough diamond market. Unfortunately, this process has proven to be unsuccessful. The KPCS defines “conflict diamonds” as “a rough diamond mined in an area controlled by insurgent forces whose sale is used to finance anti-government military action”. As a result, diamonds that are being mined under horrific conditions but don’t directly fund armed forces are still considered “clean” and sold to unassuming diamond consumers who think they are purchasing conflict-free stones. Not only does this directly contribute to the abuse of diamond mining communities, but it also damages the earth. Each year, more than 150 million carats of diamonds are mined from the earth, which leaves behind gaping holes and large amounts of displaced soil.
September 25th, 2018 | Julia Braime
Right then, lets continue the season as we mean to go on… gorgeously!
Always a very special date in the Brides Up North diary, we’ll be kicking off our October run of events at the absolutely stunning Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, on Sunday 7th October 2018 , from 11am till 2pm, FREE ENTRY, to bring our lovely Brides Up North readers a huge dose of wedding pretty.
Brace yourselves for the beautiful!
Not only have we 30+ of the region’s very best wedding suppliers in attendance, with every detail covered from delicious desserts to dream dresses (seriously, you should see these dresses), via star photographers, fabulous florals, love lights, live music and much, much more. Oooh yes… and there’ll be cake, we insist upon it!
Venue already sorted? No worries! We cover every detail, so if you’ve wedmin to get done, we’d like to see you there!
We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines and little treats from Brides Up North, as well as the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP media pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below. While stocks last.
Capesthorne Hall is a beautiful, family-owned stately home which can be yours exclusively for your dream wedding day. Set in 100 acres of the beautiful picturesque Cheshire countryside, this truly unique venue overlooks three lakes and stunning formal gardens. Capesthorne’s grounds and elegant rooms make it a perfect venue for your dream wedding at any time of the year.
The Hall and newly refurbished for 2018 Lakeside Wing (both available to view this Sunday) are offered on an exclusive basis giving you your own stately home for the day.
The Drawing Room with its magnificent chandeliers and Italian paintings is used for Civil Ceremonies. The Queen Anne room, with its ornate fireplace, is used for Wedding Breakfasts and the Saloon is a beautiful room for drinks receptions and leads out onto the Terrace and West Lawn.
To find out more, enquire with the Capesthorne Hall team at the event!
Please click here to view our schedule for 2018.
Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We expect demand to be very high.
Discounts are available for block bookings.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Places are limited and subject to availability.
September 24th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Bringing their love for the outdoors to life, Lucy and Christopher’s big day back in July is the template for the perfect tipi style wedding, taking place in the mother and father of the bride’s back garden in Yorkshire. Cue plenty of picturesque country backdrops and even a rainbow!
Going for a DIY approach, the couple paired lots of quirky, rustic themed decorations with a pastel palette, not to mention plenty of inspiring, local touches – from the personalised water glasses to beers from their local brewery and platters brimming with Yorkshire goodies.
As well as supporting a host of independent suppliers, including the Flowers from the Farm network, there’s a heartfelt charitable component to their celebrations and even their honeymoon, with different elements of their wedding giving a little something back to the community. Feeling inspired to do the same? Let’s hand the blog to Lucy to tell us more…
With images by Paul Hawkett Photography.
lucy says: We got engaged while we were staying at a cottage on a remote sheep farm near Keswick in the Lake District at the end of October 2017. After a long walk we came back to dry off and whilst I was cooking dinner in my pyjamas, Christopher got down on one knee in front of the log burner and asked me to marry him. We had no phone signal so couldn’t break the news to our friends and family until the next day, which made it even more special!
We got married on 28th July 2018. With me being a teacher, getting married during the summer holidays made sense, and we didn’t want to wait another year to tie the knot.
Despite currently living in Surrey, as I grew up in Yorkshire, the north has a very special place in our hearts and we spend a lot of time visiting family there and generally enjoying being outdoors in the area. We got married in All Hallows, the stunning Anglo-Saxon church in Bardsey, the village where my family lives. This was an intimate and special place for us, and the ceremony was made particularly personal as Alan, the Reverend from the school where I teach, travelled all the way up to conduct the ceremony.
We wanted a relaxed, informal wedding reception and knew straight away that we wanted to hold this in the fields behind my parents’ home, which have picturesque views out across Yorkshire.
Early in our wedding planning we were lucky to stumble across Totem Tipi, who are part of North Yorkshire Council. Not only were they amazingly lovely to work with, and the structures themselves are stunning, but knowing that our money was going to help disadvantaged young people in Yorkshire cemented our decision to have a tipi wedding. This suited our style perfectly and received so many compliments from our guests; not many people get fairy lights and a fire pit at their wedding!
Due to the setting and reflecting our love of the great outdoors more generally, we wanted our wedding to have a relaxed, rustic vibe with really beautiful personal touches. In my spare time, I run a charity in India, and it was important for us to use local suppliers and to give back to the community wherever possible.
We also wanted to create a true Yorkshire welcome for everyone coming up for the wedding! We are both creative and like a challenge so weren’t put off by the difficulties involved in organising a DIY wedding, even though we had no idea what that would involve at the time!
We started off imagining a really rigid colour scheme but in the end went totally the opposite direction by incorporating lots of different pastel colours to reflect the beautiful shades of the flowers and fauna of the Yorkshire countryside. Chris’ favourite colour is purple so we reflected this in the outfits of the ushers and the stationery.
September 21st, 2018 | Rachel Parry
As we gear up for two more fabulous Brides Up North Wedding Shows in the north this Sunday, we have a double dose of wedding loveliness for your Friday afternoon. Prepare to pay extra special attention as we’re sharing details and images of the breathtakingly beautiful new collection of bridal gowns from our amazing Sponsor, British designer Caroline Castigliano, plus we have details of a super event taking place at her flagship boutique in a few weeks’ time that you won’t want to miss out on!
First up, those dresses! Ever a fan of Caroline’s incredible creations, her latest collection is just as wow-worthy (if not more so!) than the last, comprising beautifully feminine gowns that celebrate the female figure, in the finest fabrics complete with delectable detailing.
And so, we’re hearing directly from Caroline about her inspiration for this latest set of divine dresses and quizzing her on which are her personal favourites.
Thankfully you lucky brides-to-be won’t have to wait long to see such gowns first-hand as the collection is arriving in stockist boutiques across the country from this week. The event we have details on also provides a perfect opportunity to view Caroline’s latest designs and gather ideas for your big day to come.
Taking place on the Thursday 4th October at the Caroline Castigliano Knightsbridge store, the Evening of Wedding Inspiration invites brides to meet Caroline along with her favourite partners, all experts in their field of luxury, who will be offering top tips and advice that only insiders know.
Those who attend can enjoy mini make-up and styling sessions by the Bobbi Brown and Richard Ward teams, get wedding planning tips from Bruce Russell, talk to Scott Dunn about the perfect honeymoon destination and sample drinks from Berry Bros. & Rudd, while also meeting Luxury florist Paula Rooney, wedding and celebrity photographer Andy Mac, diamond expert Duttson Rocks, exclusive wedding cake designer Yevnig and Leeming Brothers Fine Stationery.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, all guests will receive a goody bag worth more than £150 with special gifts and exclusive offers from partners involved in the event.
But enough from us, let’s hand over the blog to Caroline now for more details on those dreamy dresses plus information on how to get your hands on tickets for that a-maz-ing event!
Can you start by giving us a brief overview of your gorgeous new collection?
caroline says: The collection is called the ‘Power of Love’ and features classic and timeless gowns with contemporary highlights and details that create a chic look.
Where did you draw inspiration from for this particular set of dresses?
My inspiration behind the collection was relaxed effortless style. I love creating glamorous pieces that fit perfectly and create a beautiful silhouette but at the same time appear relaxed and chic – no effort. The collection has gowns that are understated and quite simple but exude a sensual feeling. For me it all comes down to the cut and the movement – the architecture of the gown.
Can you tell us about the various styles and silhouettes of the gowns within the collection?
The ‘Power of Love’ collection features day to night looks – sleek fishtail gowns are paired with sumptuous detachable trains and delicate lace shrugs to transform the silhouette.
The essence of 50’s glamour is brought back with a modern take on the classic ball gown with clean lines making the statement.
I have also continued with the unique stretch corsets I’ve developed with bra cup corsets sculpting the figure to create a feminine and playfully sensual shape with layered laces creating depth and texture.
And what about the fabrics, detailing, colourways?
The collection has been handcrafted in the UK from fluid crepe, satin faced organza and guipure lace alongside new modern laces with subtle beading creating an understated yet glamorous bridal vision. Colours are soft – ivory, blush, mocha and beautiful water colours.
Do you have a particular favourite within the collection?
I really do love quite a few of them. It’s difficult to pick, though three standouts for me include:
Chrissy – the new scoop necked corset is stunning, modern and fresh with a power mesh layered with Chantilly lace and then moulded with exquisite beading very delicate and feminine, it comes with a soft water wash mocha silk organza skirt – I love the movement of this dress.
Madeira – all corded lace dress with a high neck and cap sleeves falling into a full circle lace skirt – it says young modern bride with a sense of classic.
Celia – full crepe dress with a strap and deep curved neck skimming the body – powerful yet understated, a chic glamorous style.
When will be new collection be landing in boutiques?
Dresses are arriving in stores from this week. You can find you closest Caroline Castigliano stockist here on our website.
We are excited to hear of the Evening of Wedding Inspiration that you are hosting at your Knightsbridge flagship boutique on 4th October. Can you tell us how the event will be beneficial to brides-to-be and why you’d encourage them to attend?
This is a fantastic opportunity for brides-to-be to see our latest collection of designer wedding gowns and meet some of the top experts in the wedding industry to get exclusive tips, ideas and inspiration! From bridal beauty to floral arrangements and honeymoons, we will have it all covered!
Furthermore, we will be showing a selection of our evening wear collection – just the thing for mothers-of-the-bride looking to wow in a red-carpet-worthy dress.
Tickets are available to buy online here.
September 21st, 2018 | Julia Braime
Things are pretty crazy behind the scenes here at Brides Up North Towers as we find ourselves in the full swing of our wonderful wedding fair season. It feels like there might be confetti and canapés in every orifice right now, and we’re not stopping yet! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
In a week’s time, we are returning to our favourite new wedding venue to the Cheshire scene: the beautiful Stock Farm Wedding Barn. Box fresh, this brilliant barn wedding venue that forms part of the famous Tatton Estate is one not to be missed from your location low down. We are so excited to show it off!
We’ll be putting on a pop up mini wedding festival on Sunday 30th September 2018 from 11am till 2pm. As always, the event is free entry (we like spoiling you!) and quite literally packed to the rafters with 30+ of the area’s best wedding day suppliers, from dream dresses to cute cakes. Whether you’ve got your venue sorted or not, this is a day full of fun and inspiration, with a distinctly boho vibe.
So, flower crowns at the ready once more, and we’ll see you at Stock!
With a stunning 2000 sqft of indoor space to play with at Stock Farm’s magnificent wedding barn it is an incredible opportunity to make a truly bespoke event tailored to you. Civil ceremonies can be held inside the barn or outside in our private garden under the apple tree. Stock Farm offers extensive acreage of open rural space exclusively for you and your guests to enjoy as well as onsite farmhouse accomodation. This will be no ordinary experience.
We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs at the event, filled with glossy magazines – including the BRAND NEW issue of UNVEILED Magazine – and treats from Brides Up North. The first 100 registered brides to arrive will also save £££ by taking away a pair of complimentary tickets to The National Wedding Show! As demand is high, to pick up your VIP bag – and for FREE ENTRY – all you need to do is pre-register using the form for your venue of choice (you can register for more than one) found by clicking below. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.
Images by Chiascuro, shot at Stock Farm during our last Brides Up North autumn event.
September 20th, 2018 | Aislinn Thompson
Glamorous would certainly be a key word to describe today’s featured wedding between Katie and Tom, with a classic black and white theme carried through the suits and dresses and highlighted beautifully with the all-white flower scheme. There’s a stunning contrast between the white roses and hydrangeas and the deep green of the foliage in the table centrepieces, which, combined with the plush surroundings of the Titanic-themed venue (velvet curtains, sparkling chandeliers – even a padded door into the ceremony room), gives a clear vision of opulence.
Katie and Tom make a picture-perfect couple. Katie’s Ronald Joyce gown with its fishtail silhouette and beautiful lace detail chimes beautifully with the high-end theme and we’re loving the tuxedos on the chaps. Such a classic choice and always guaranteed to add a debonair vibe to the groom’s party. Unusually, Katie went for black fishtail gowns for the bridesmaids and these work so well – the whole look is timeless. A fishtail is also super flattering on all body shapes and, when you have six bridesmaids to dress, it’s a great choice to ensure everyone feels and looks gorgeous.
Complete with a jaw-dropping proposal (we haven’t heard of many grooms hiring an entire venue just to pop the question!), Katie and Tom’s wedding is definitely a lesson in how to style a classic wedding. We’ll let Katie tell us more …
With images and video by Madison Picture.
katie says: We got engaged on 14th March 2014 in London. We went away for the weekend for my birthday and Tom booked out the Trafalgar St James hotel rooftop bar just for us. With incredible views over city centre London he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. The staff then brought us champagne, macarons and strawberries. We then had a meal in the oldest restaurant in the city, Rules, and finished the evening with a trip to the theatre to watch Les Misérables. The perfect day!
We got married on 7th June 2018. It is a special day for us, as we got married on our eleventh anniversary together as a couple. During the planning of the wedding, I loved looking at the real weddings section of the Brides Up North blog to gain inspiration for our day – and looking at the amazing wedding dresses! It got me so excited about the big day to come.
We got married at 30 James Street hotel in Liverpool – we had the full ceremony and reception there. We live quite close to Liverpool and absolutely love the city. The building is the former White Star Line headquarters and is Titanic themed – the building has lots of history but has been restored with a modern, glamorous feel. We would recommend the venue as it has a lot of character and history – the grand hall is beautiful and spacious. We also liked the fact the bar was in the same room – it kept all the guests in one room and partying.
The theme came from the hotel as it is the ‘home of the Titanic’, so we didn’t add any extra theme to our wedding, as the building itself is enough. The colours we chose were black and white. The groom and groomsmen were all in black tuxedos and the bridesmaids were in black fishtail gowns. We had all-white flowers for bouquets and centrepieces and it all looked classic and simple, yet glamorous.
For my dress, I wore a white fishtail gown with sparkle, beading and lace by designer Ronald Joyce. I always knew I wanted a fishtail gown and chose it as it went really well with our venue and made me feel amazing.
Tom and his groomsmen wore a black tuxedo with braces and a bow tie from Moss Bros.
My bridesmaids wore a black fishtail gown purchased from Jane Norman. It wasn’t a traditional bridesmaid dress but it looked amazing on the day. My flower girl wore a white flower petal dress from Marks & Spencer.
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