Charlotte Balbier
Luxury Wedding Fairs

dress date: caroline castigliano 2017 collection trunk show at the bridal collection

October 18th, 2016 | Julia Braime


As huge fans of bridal designer Caroline Castigliano, us Brides Up North girls would most definitely be making an appointment for the event that we’re sharing with you this afternoon – if only we had an occasion that required a wedding dress, that is!

But while we don’t have an excuse to attend the Caroline Castigliano 2017 Collection Trunk Show at our fabulous Sponsor boutique, The Bridal Collection, you lucky brides-to-be most certainly do.

Taking place on Saturday 29th October, the stunning Harrogate boutique will be showcasing Caroline’s exquisite 2017 Love is in the Air Collection, providing a unique opportunity for you to be among the very first to see, and try on, the latest designs from this incredible designer.

Here to give us all the details is owner of The Bridal Collection, the lovely Hayley Hoyle…


What can brides expect from the Trunk Show event?

hayley says: For this day only we will have an extended selection of gowns from the 2017 Collection along with some of Caroline’s Signature Classics so it’s a perfect time to come and find your dream Castigliano creation.

The Love is in the Air Collection features exquisite back details, clean lines and flattering silhouettes. A variety of fabrics include luxury Mikado, silk organza, beautiful stretch crepe new for this season and Caroline’s signature beaded Chantilly lace.

Tell us about a little about Caroline Castigliano designs/collections, what type of brides do they appeal to?

Celebrating 25 years as a leading bridal wear designer this year, Caroline’s gowns are renowned for their classic and timeless style mixed perfectly with contemporary trends for the modern bride. The emphasis of each dress is to enhance the female form, which is achieved through incredible corsetry and luxury fabrics – and the latest collection is no exception.

For you personally are there any standout/favourite designs that will be featured at the event?

Mirabeau from the collection features a show stopping sheer back with incredible metallic embroidery. It’s a real standout design for us and was a must when we chose our selection.

For something with a fuller skirt we fell in love with the Eternal Love gown, which has a tiered skirt with a fitted bodice and a gorgeous sweetheart neckline.

The collection also showcases many timeless shapes with impeccable fit and fabric, with the addition of jackets, shrugs and belts allowing brides to customise their look.


What is the price range of the Caroline Castigliano gowns that will be featured at the event?

Prices for the collection range from £2,200 to £5,000.

Is there any preparation that brides can do prior to attending the event?

Take a look at our website and social media pages to gain a good insight into the collection and Caroline’s designs.

How long will appointments be during the event and what can brides expect during their appointments?

Saturdays at The Bridal Collection work a little differently. Personal appointments and a tailored experience are at the forefront of everything we do and so when many bridal boutiques pack their most popular shopping day full to the rafters with brides, we have taken a unique approach. With extra special treats and a longer more relaxed appointment this really is an experience to enjoy.


What are you most looking forward to about the event?

As the collection is yet to land in boutiques around the country, we feel very privileged to have the full collection here for the weekend and we are looking forward to seeing all of the collection again and showcasing the beautiful designs to our brides.

How do brides go about making an appointment for the event?

Appointments are very limited and demand is expected to be high so appointments carry £30 consultation fee to secure your slot, this is fully redeemable against any dress purchased.

If you would like to be part of this amazing trunk show call us on 01423 202029 to reserve your spot, alternatively you can email us at

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diary date: the black swan wedding open day

October 17th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


If you’re currently on the hunt for a wedding venue that offers a beautiful rustic setting, stunning reception rooms, first class service and to-die-for food, then we might just be able to help. For our wonderful Sponsor, The Black Swan hotel is inviting brides and grooms-to-be to see its fabulous wedding offering for themselves during a special open day between 12 noon and 4pm on Sunday 6th November.

Located in the idyllic North Yorkshire market town of Helmsley, The Black Swan is renowned for being among the North’s finest weddings venues and has twice been voted ‘Best Venue in the North East’  in the prestigious Wedding Industry Awards.


During the open day event, couples will be able to see two of the cosy boutique hotel’s unique reception rooms, ‘The Garden Room’ and ‘The Gallery’, each with their own character, individually styled for a wedding reception for up to 50 and 90 guests. It will also provide the perfect opportunity for brides and grooms meet the venue’s preferred suppliers and the friendly in-house team, including wedding coordinator, Nicola Bolden, who can help bring their big day dreams to life.


The Black Swan houses four welcoming reception rooms in total: ‘The Crosland Room’, ideal for small, wedding sophisticated parties; the hotel’s restaurant ‘The Gallery’, the largest reception room; the cosy and intimate ‘Tudor Lounge’, and the lovely ‘Garden Room’, with its access onto the hotel’s stunning English walled gardens.

Meanwhile for those who wish to marry outdoors, there’s the hotel’s locally hand-crafted oak gazebo, which is licensed for al fresco ceremonies and makes the perfect setting for an English country garden wedding.


To help couples save time and money when planning their big day, The Black Swan offers an all-inclusive wedding package. Available on select dates during 2017, up to 50 guests can enjoy food and drink, accommodation and many other extras for just £5,495. There’s also a generous 20% discount* off the hotel’s standard wedding package in January, February and March 2017, making the charming venue an even better proposal!


Preferred suppliers supporting the open day include Emma Dodsworth Photography, Brides of York and the Bridal Lounge Northallerton, Libby Butler Jewellers, Busy Liz’s Floral Design, Kate Pymm Hair and Makeup, Fabulously Finished Events, Celebrate Country Cake Design, Yorkshire Chauffeur Company, and live entertainment, courtesy of magician Mark Waddington, with live music by pianist, David Robertshaw, and vocalist/guitarist, Val Hill.

The event will also include opportunities for canapés and wine sampling from the hotel’s wedding packages. Entry is complimentary and so is car parking at the hotel.

Images by Annemarie King Photography/ supplied by The Black Swan.

*Terms and conditions apply (see website for full details)

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handcrafted with love: say hello to the bobby pin

October 14th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


To finish off your week in style we’re bringing you a whole lot of pretty as we introduce our wonderful new Sponsor, The Bobby Pin.

With a clear love for all things bridal, accessory designer and owner of The Bobby Pin, Lisa Steane, creates beautiful finishing touches for brides in the form of elegant headpieces, hair vines, sashes, cuffs and jewellery, plus much more.

In addition to her stunning ready-to-wear collection, which is available to buy online, talented Lisa also offers bespoke designs, perfect brides in search of a special one-of-a-kind piece for their big day.

So without further ado we’ll hand you over to the lovely lady herself to explain more about her dreamy designs…

With images by Fkb Photography.


Tell us a little about your background and how you came to set up The Bobby Pin?

lisa says: I lived in Canada for three years and I needed a head piece making for a special wedding I was going to. I knew a girl I worked with did millinery on the side so she made me a piece. I absolutely loved it and thought how amazing would it to be to have a business making these beautiful things. So when I moved back to the UK I decided to enroll on the millinery course at Leeds College of Art. I loved it from the word go and just started doing my own designs and making pieces for family and friends when the occasion arose. The big push was in spring this year when I decided to leave my head buying role in toys and set up The Bobby Pin. I always wanted to be my own boss and I was finding the commute and the travelling a bit too hard to juggle with a one-year-old. So I trademarked my brand, made my stock and launched my website in August.

What types of accessories do you offer?

I make and sell bridal headpieces, halos, vines, pins, bridal sashes, bridal cuffs and jewellery. I am also going to do more flower girl and bridesmaid designs.


How would you describe the style of accessories that you design and what types of brides do you think that your products appeal to?

I would describe my style as delicate and pretty. I think my designs will appeal to most brides as I do a range of different styles and designs and also experiment with different colour pallets. Above all I think I will appeal to brides who want something beautiful and different, but also that’s affordable.

What are the main materials and detailing that you use in your designs?

Most of my pieces are made from gold and silver plated wire with Swarovski crystals, pearls and beads. I also work with beautiful feathers, tulle, lace and silk. I want my pieces to look the very best quality so that’s why I always use the finest materials.


Why do you think accessories are such an important part of a bride’s attire?

I think bridal accessories complete the overall look for a bride. Some brides chose to have a fairly plain dress then really go crazy with their accessories. I love these brides! I also love that brides are choosing to wear bridal sashes to give their dress a lift. I think sparkle brings opulence to a bride and makes her feel special on the biggest day of her life. I’m finding that brides today are not afraid to experiment with their look and I love creating bespoke pieces for these kind of brides.

How does your bespoke service for brides wanting one-of-a-kind accessories for their big day?

The process for my bespoke commissions is that I start with a consultation which can be on email, skype, or even at my studio in Yorkshire. Once I get an idea of what the bride requires I draw up some designs to show the bride to see if this is on the right lines. If all is good, I go into making the piece. When the piece is made I send though images of the design to the bride to see if she is happy. This is the time we can tweak anything. Once that is done the piece is shipped to the customer or they can come back for the piece to be fitted.

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hey #bridesquad… join us at our luxury wedding barn event at hornington manor!

October 13th, 2016 | Julia Braime


We’re really excited to be able to invite our readers to a one off special Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Fair in the new (and very fabulous) Wedding Barn at Hornington Manor, next Sunday 23rd October, 11am till 3pm, FREE ENTRY!

In our usual style, we’ve also packed the lovely space with so much amazing wedding day inspiration, that it’s starting to feel like a bit of a pretty party! There’ll be bubbles (from the Bubbles & Barley Piaggio van no less), bridal fashion, floral design, cakes, cars, beauty, all the little details… you name it, with all the area’s very best and most creative wedding bods.


The most recent addition to Hornington Manor and previously home to their new born lambs, the Wedding Barn has been lovingly transformed into a beautiful wedding venue that seats up to 150 guests comfortably. The wedding barn still provides a few clues to its former use such as the huge double doors which open out onto the courtyard, and the wonderful exposed beams, but the beauty of the wedding barn is that you can really put your own personal style into your day.


Hornington Manor is licensed to hold civil ceremonies at a number of spectacular locations around the grounds and it’s surroundings are second to none. Set amongst gorgeous Yorkshire countryside, this is a truly special wedding venue whether you choose to use the Barn, The Lawn, or the rooms inside The Manor itself.

But don’t just take our word for it – join us next Sunday and you’ll be able to see just how magical your special day can be.


bride to be?

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack (stuffed with treats and glossy mags) and FREE ENTRY, fill in your details below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be Media Pack upon entry to the Luxury Wedding Exhibition. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.



wedding industry professional?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2016 and 2017. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions.

Click here to view the full schedule.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Get in touch as soon as possible to guarantee your place.

Please email for exhibitor booking and pricing information listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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hessian & lace. maggie sottero for a rustic wedding in the north west – belinda & dan

October 11th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


Fans of relaxed rustic wedding styling prepare to take note, for the décor and details in this afternoon’s celebration are guaranteed to earn a place on your Pinterest board.

From hessian chair ties and cute bunting to natural log slices and twine-wrapped glass jars filled with wonderful wild blooms, Dan and Belinda’s big day has it all.

With images by Jonny Draper Photography.


belinda says: Dan proposed to me in front of Peel Tower on Holcombe Hill, on 15th March 2015. Dan knows that Holcombe Hill is my favourite place so knew it would have meaning for us to get engaged there. He asked my dad’s permission earlier in the day and then suggested we go for a Sunday evening walk. We got to the top of the hill and I started to take some photographs – when I turned around he was down on one knee with the ring in his hand. I cried for about 15 minutes before I remembered to actually say yes!

We set the date of the wedding for 1st April 2016. We had chosen this as our ‘official’ anniversary date of when we first got together (mainly so that Dan would never have an excuse to forget with it also being April Fool’s Day). The wedding fell on our fourth anniversary.


Our chosen venue was The Fisherman’s Retreat, in Shuttleworth, Lancashire. We wanted a venue where we would be able to see Holcombe Hill, and at The Fisherman’s you have the view of Holcombe Hill right from the spot you have the wedding ceremony so there was never really any other choices on the cards.


I’d describe the style of our wedding as rustic and natural! We just picked out things we liked the look of really – so lots of brown card, jars with twine, crates, log slices, wooden hearts, etc. This is just our taste in general so seemed the right thing to do!

We didn’t particularly have a colour scheme. We picked a heathery colour for the bridesmaid dresses and Dan’s tie and handkerchief (because I saw the colour on a Dessy swatch and it was the only one I liked) but apart from that we just had all different colours of wild flowers, and then the rustic details in between.


I wore a Maggie Sottero dress called Cassidy, which I got from The Bridal Lounge, in Accrington. I actually only chose it six weeks before the wedding as I had a total change of heart about the first dress I had chosen from another bridal shop. Lee at the Bridal Lounge turned everything round within the time frame and made sure I had the perfect dress on the day. I teamed my dress with a long veil and wore bright red heels as a surprise for Dan (had to get a little nod to Liverpool FC in somewhere as I had refused it on every other thing he’d suggested!)

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serious skills: say hello to lipstick & curls

October 7th, 2016 | Rachel Parry


Two of our very favourite places in life to visit have to be the hairdressers and the beauty counters of a luxury department store. It’s therefore little surprise that we love to talk all things bridal hair and beauty, particularly with the pros who can offer an abundance of advice and those expert industry tips.

And they don’t come much more knowledgeable than our new Sponsor that we’re introducing on the bog today, the fabulous Lipstick & Curls.

With excess of 150 professional hair stylist and makeup artists on the books, these guys know their MAC from their McGrath and can provide a whole host of treatments to have you looking and feeling your very best for your big day. From bridal hair and makeup through to those all-important little extras, such as manicures, lash extensions and brow grooming, these guys have got it well and truly covered.

And if you like what you see ladies you will be excited to learn that the fabulous team are offering a 10% discount to all brides booking in 2016 if they mention Brides Up North.

Here to explain more about their super services is the director and head stylist of Lipstick & Curls, Amanda Moorhouse.


Tell us a little about the Lipstick & Curls team and the various services that you offer?

amanda says: Lipstick & Curls is a hair and makeup team of more than 150 artists providing services nationally for brides, parties, fashion and media. I established the company in London and we now have a second office in Leeds for the north of England.

We are always adding new services to our website as we try and give our customers the widest choice. We work closely with our customers helping them put a package together that will suit their group booking and event. Our most popular service is our bridal service where we can accommodate any size group and provide a wide range of services including manicure, lash extensions, brow grooming, hair styling and makeup.

We also work closely with other companies so can now help with recommendations for catering, car hire, DJ, photographer and much more.

In addition, we offer a great party service (particularly popular with hen parties) and make over lessons and masterclasses.


What makes you different to other hair stylists and makeup artists?

We are very proud to have a wonderfully talented team of more than 60 artists in the north of England, all of which have been handpicked and have an amazing body of work, outstanding skills and a winning personality!

All of our artists are highly skilled in all aspects of hair and make-up styling and are fully trained, fully insured and fully qualified to a very high standard. Our team are extremely friendly and have lots of experience working with brides on their special day. We want a reputation of being the best and we only employ the best.


What process will a bride go through if they pick Lipstick & Curls to do their wedding hair and makeup?

At Lipstick & Curls, we understand the importance of getting it perfect for a bride. We work with the bride to develop a look that will complement her dress, her features and her own personal style. We offer a very personal experience; we want all our brides to feel special. We develop a relationship with all of our brides and work together to create what they desire for their special day. This often includes sending pictures to each other including images of the dress, themselves and perhaps a colour pallet.

Most of our brides will have a trial, this usually happens six to eight weeks prior to the wedding (every bride is different however and some like to do this earlier). As soon as a bride has sorted her dress we encourage them to get in touch, if not before! We want as much time as possible to work with our brides and to be part of this process by letting us help them along the way. We can offer advice right at the beginning on head pieces, hair extensions and top tips on how to look after your hair and skin in the run up to the big day.


What advice do you offer brides when they are planning their wedding, and where do you advise that they look for bridal hair and makeup inspiration?

I’ve met a lot of brides and whilst most of them relish in the thought of planning a wedding, in hindsight it’s not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’. My main advice is it’s your day, so do it your way! There are no rules, so make this day your absolute fantasy wedding (whatever that may be).

In terms of inspiration, there is lots of information online and so many alternative options when it comes to creating your perfect day. Remember it should be fun so enjoy planning it together!

Pinterest is fab for sourcing images and collecting ideas. However, I‘m a firm believer that showing our customers our past work, often does the same. Look at as many blogs and websites as you can, and in particular look at ‘real brides’ and read about their chosen looks and experiences. It’s the best inspiration!

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