Charlotte Balbier

blissed out bride: hoar cross hall

May 4th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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The month of May is one of our very favourites here at Brides Up North HQ, not only as it tends to signal the start of warmer weather, but it’s also when our incredible festival wedding fairs take place across the north of the country. These super cool events are like no other as we create outdoor wedding wonderlands with huge sailcloth tents, tipis and yurts filled with wildly creative wedding suppliers, plus street food vendors, pop-up bars, live bands and so much more. The tour starts this Sunday 7th May with our glorious WEDSTOCK’17 at Stockeld Park, Yorkshire, and from there we will be heading to Ormesby Hall in Middlesbrough on Sunday 14th May, and Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire on Sunday 21st May, to give all you brides-to-be a piece of the fabulous festival action.

Another reason we favour May is for its bank holidays (who doesn’t love a bonus day off?!) and so with such a busy time on the horizon, we were sure to make the first long weekend of the month a relaxing one by heading off for an overnight spa break at the stunning Hoar Cross Hall.

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Such getaways not only enable us to signpost you in the direction of the very best retreats for pre/post wedding pampering and luxurious hen do locations, but it also gives us chance to discuss exciting ideas for the blog, and boy do we have amazing plans in the pipeline! But more about that to follow soon, for now let us fill you in on our heavenly stay at this Grade II stately home where total relaxation comes as standard!

Situated in breath-takingly beautiful Staffordshire countryside, the chilled-out vibes start on your approach to the Hall and only deepen once over its threshold. Its impressive entrance and bar lounge area combine period style and modern luxury perfectly and make for a very warm welcome. Arriving early evening and keen to start the pampering from the off, we began with a glass of bubbles in the bar before heading to our room to freshen up before dinner.

Each of Hoar Cross Hall’s 96 bedrooms are individually designed in keeping with the stately surrounds and offer comfort and class, which resulted in a very restful night’s sleep for the two of us in our adjoining rooms.

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Dinner was served in the Hall’s grand restaurant with calming views over the perfectly manicured gardens. Having selected a bottle of rose (well, it is getting on for summer!) we scanned over the varied choice of dishes and made our selection. We enjoyed starters of salmon two ways and chicken liver parfait before going onto mains of roast chicken and spinach and ricotta cannelloni. Something light to finish we thought, and so opted for the fruit platter and ice cream. The food at Hoar Cross is presented beautifully and tastes as good as it looks, while staff are attentive in making sure everything is to your liking.

With relaxation top of the agenda, we decided on an early night and early start to make the most of the Hall’s fabulous spa facilities.

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Following an ample breakfast of granola followed by poached eggs, we took the elevator down to the lower ground where the hugely spacious spa is concealed, much like a well kept secret. And what a gem it is, with numerous tranquil pools and soothing water therapies to explore and experience.

Fellow spa visitors included groups of ladies as well as couples, making a Hoar Cross Hall getaway a perfect option for an indulgent hen do with the girls, some pre-wedding pampering with family or friends, plus a relaxing minimoon retreat to recharge the batteries ahead of jetting off on the main honeymoon.

There are various day and overnight packages to choose from, with meals included, and the option of treatments for head-to-toe relaxation.

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The spa boasts two beautiful pools; a saltwater vitality pool, complete with jet massage pools, two luxury whirlpools and a starlit cave, plus a hydrotherapy pool with gentle currents and body massage jets.

There are also a number of heat, ice and massage experiences to detox and revitalise the body by stimulating different senses. These include sensory showers and aqua massage therapies as well as an aspen wood sauna, aroma room and ice temple.

And as if that’s not enough, there are lots of beautifully snug spaces to relax both poolside and within designated relaxation lounges, whether you choose to curl up with a good book or get a little extra shut-eye.

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Merry Christmas Beautiful! 12 Days Of Bridal Beauty!

December 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Are there really are only 12 days left until the big C? Has anyone else not started their shopping yet?  Is it just me? (Can you feel the panic through your screen?) Luckily, my fabulous Featured Supplier and fashion and bridal beauty expert Jo Leversuch of Make Up By Jo is on hand with some Christmas shopping suggestions that will also fit perfectly into your wedding day kit should you, you know, fancy treating yourself while you are at it.

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Ladies, I give you Make Up By Jo’s 12 days of Christmas beauty stocking fillers, one for each day left on the calendar.  Just how good have you been this year?!

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Jo says:  I wanted to share with you my favourite 12 items of make-up perfect for Christmas presents for friends and family members.  The make-up items i have chosen are all under £20 and vary from brand to brand.  Have a Merry Christmas and a beautiful New Year!

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Make Up By Jo 12 Days Of Christmas

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1.  Bobby Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

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This award winning gel liner gives you the look of a liquid liner.  It is easy to apply with a brush and is water-resistant.   Black is great for those wonderful "cat flick" eyes perfect for News Year’s Eve. 

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2.  Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour 

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These chubby sticks are fun, colourful and you are spoilt for choice which colour to choose.  The lip treatment has a sheer colour that is perfect for dry, cracked lips and provides moisture.

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3.  Ariane Poole Conceal and Contour Palette

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Voted the best concealer.  This multi-functional products contains three shades of concealer perfect to blend to counteract dark circles under the eyes, redness and thread veins on the cheeks. 

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4.  Chanel Nail Polish – Le Vernis Nail Colour

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The famous Rouge Noir colour nail polish… the essential pick of all nail polishes to have in your make-up bag, and festive too. 

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5.  Tatcha Blotting Papers 

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A beauty secret cherished by the Japanese Geisha for centuries, these handmade, gold-infused papers remove excess oil and sweat without disturbing makeup or stealing moisture from the skin, so you can go all day without needing to touch-up.

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6.  Steam Cream face, hand and body cream

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This amazing natural product represents the latest concept in skincare.  Freshly handmade in the UK and Japan, this wonder product can be used all over the body.   You can choose over 100 funky all limited edition tins… the perfect stocking filler. 

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7.  Kate Moss Long Lasting Matt Lipsticks

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These gorgeous lipsticks come in a variety of colours and are so easy to apply with a velvet, rich matt texture.  Perfect for the party season.

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8.  Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

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A squeezy tube mascara that adds drama, volume and curl to the eyelashes.  Key ingredients are keratin and Shea Butter .

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9.  Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencils

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The product comes in over 13 shades and are so easy to apply.  These jumbo sized pencils are versatile and can be applied to shade the lid, line or highlight the eye.

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10.  Lancôme Ombre Hypnose Mono Eyeshadow

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An intense & smoothing eye shadow.  This black eyeshadow has a subtle shimmer in for that intense strong smoky eye look.

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11. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

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The iconic Shu Uemura Eyelash curler is still the best!  Perfect to curl eyelashes to make the eyes appear larger.

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12.  Illamasqua Cream Blusher

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These rich strong pigmentation cream blushers are perfect for a rosy cheek colour or to highlight cheekbones and add a Winter glow. 

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Merry shopping!

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Make Up By Jo is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier and this is a sponsored post

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She Is Light: A Soft & Pretty Bridal Beauty Study

June 14th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This afternoon on the wedding blog we are getting gorgeous, with a seriously soft and floaty bridal beauty study from Brides Up North Featured Supplier Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist and images by India Hobson Weddings.

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Bridal Beauty by India Hobson Weddings

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Some of my very favourite Northern wedding industry suppliers have contributed to this piece including: The White Room Sheffield, Pashmina Rainbow (which I am proud to assist my best friend Jane with – take a peep at the gorgeous new website), Swallows & Damsons, House of Istria (not technically Northern but we will adopt them as our own – and they are stocked by The White Room Sheffield), Rosie Willett Designs and Conrad Bladford.  Be sure to check them all out.

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Bridal Beauty by India Hobson Weddings

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Before we get on to the pretty – now that I have your attention – a little technical message if I may.  Huge thanks to all of you who are swelling the ranks of the Brides Up North community over on Facebook.  The Brides Up North Facebook page is a great place to keep up to date with happenings both on the blog and behind the scenes, get in touch with me, my Featured Suppliers and the Northern wedding industry at large.  There is always a lot going on there, so be sure to pop over and LIKE the page.

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For those of you that already have, it has come to my attention (thanks for letting me know!) that the Brides Up North updates might not be showing up in your Facebook feeds.  Apparently Facebook has made a few changes.  Lucky for us, one of my very favourite non wedding blogs (go visit them here if you like feathering your nest as much as I do), dealt with this this very morning, and I have borrowed their step by step guide to help us out.  Thank you!

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I have tried this myself and it really does just take a second – think of all the wedding lovely that you will be rewarded with! 

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Now on with the show!

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Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist says: This Bridal make up is soft, pretty and feminine.

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We started off with a natural look to work with the hair – down, curly, soft but with volume. The bride’s skin was already flawless so I used a light (in texture) foundation and a touch of concealer as and when required.

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Bridal Beauty by India Hobson Weddings

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Peachy hues were used on the eyes along with golds and natural browns. A darker brown was applied to the upper lash line with an angled brush, with a touch of colour through the brows helping to frame the eyes with lashings of mascara top and bottom.

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I used a bronzer to define the cheeks slightly and a ‘barely there’ lip colour to complete the romantic and feminine look.

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Ashley says: Similarly to the bride; I used soft tones in gold, bronze and brown on her eyes and blended the brown out to keep a soft romantic look without harsh lines. Lots of mascara was applied to the lashes to ‘open up’ the eyes. Brows are so important to me; they frame the eyes, so I filled in between the natural hairs when a deep brown/almost black powder with an angled brush.

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A touch of pink on the apples of the cheeks made for a fresh and natural blush and complimented this with a pinky-nude tone on her lips.

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Little Black Book

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Photography: India Hobson Weddings

Make Up: Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

Hair: Conrad Bladford

Flowers: Swallows & Damsons

Wedding Dress:  Luna by Claire Pettibone at The White Room Sheffield

Bridesmaid Dress: H&M

Bridesmaid Wrap: Spring Green by Pashmina Rainbow

Bridesmaid Hairpiece:  Artemis by House of Istria 

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Watch out for part two in the study coming up tomorrow!

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  – Images © 2012 India Hobson Weddings

India Hobson Weddings & Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist are both Brides Up North Featured Suppliers, but this is not a sponsored post

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Friday Fabulous!

November 18th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: MAC Saint Germain

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The perfect shade of pinky-lilac to add a girly colour pop to your wedding day face.

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Saint Germain lipstick by MAC

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Friday Fabulous!

September 23rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Friday Fabulous Opi

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O.P.I Nail Lacquer in Princesses Rule!

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Cos who’s gonna argue with that?  Add a touch of tiara sparkle to your bridal pedicure.  I did. 

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