Charlotte Balbier

Wahoo! We’re Off To White Gallery London 2014.

April 7th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Anna Dello Russo For H&M

Image: Fashion Gone Rouge

So that’s another fabulous Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition done and dusted!  The already beautiful Nostell Priory looked the prettiest I’ve seen it yet yesterday at our fifth event of the spring season. Big, big love to all our amazing exhibitors (a truly superb selection) and gorgeous brides and grooms who supported our event.  We salute you… and hope you left feeling inspired by the talent on show and super duper excited about your big day! Hooray!

If you’ve not popped in to see us at one of our beautiful events yet – or if you have and would like to do it all over again – there’s still plenty of time this season!  Pop one of these stunners in your diary

Its a quick turnaound at Brides Up North HQ today – no rest for the wicked (I must be pretty damn wicked!) – as we were up at the crack of dawn and are already on the East Coast Mainline down to the smoke, to catch up with the fun that’s already started at White Gallery London

Recognised as one of the leading international designer bridal trade shows, White Gallery London is set to present the finest in bridal design at its sold-out forthcoming fifth edition.  Press passes in hand, Ellie and I will be joining the trade at this hunting ground for the best in British and international bridal design, previewing the gowns and the gorgeous that will be landing in a bridal boutique near you next season.

It’s one of my very favourite events of the whole year, and I can’t wait to (do a bit of schmoozing and) see what my favourite bridal designers have lined up for us in 2015.  I’m hoping for structural extravagance, sexy silhouettes and even bolder use of colour in bridal wear.  Let’s wait and see…

Over 70 leading designers will preview their new bridal wear and accessories collections at the event including Alan Hannah, Amanda Wakeley Sposa, Anna Romysh Haute Couture, Annasul Y, Augusta Jones, Benjamin Adams London, Blue Bridalwear, Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan, Cabotine Novia by Gema Nicolas, Caroline Atelier, Caroline Castigliano, Charlotte Balbier, Charlotte Mills, Christos Costarellos, Cocoe Voci, The Couture Veil, Cymbeline, Eliza Jane Howell, Emma Hunt, Emma Tindley, Encore, Franc Sarabia, Freya Rose, Gemy Maalouf Bridal, Hadas Cohen, Halo & Co, Harriet Wilde, HT Headwear, I Love Gorgeous, Ian Stuart, Ivory & Co Bridal, Ivory & Co Tiaras, Jack Sullivan Bridal, Jenny Packham, Jesus Peiro, Johanna Hehir, Karen Willis Holmes, KatyaKatya Shehurina, Lark Bridal, Linea Raffaelli, Lou Lou, Lusan Mandongus, Lyn Ashworth by Sarah Barrett, Maddy by Madeline Isaac-James, Madeline Isaac-James, Accessories by Madeline Isaac-James, Malis Henderson, Mia Mia, Miguel Suay, Miranda Templeton, Mooshki Boutique, Naomi Neoh, Nicki MacFarlane, Nicola Anne, Nicola Harvey Couture, Nilah & Company, Nordic Gems, Novia D’Art, Nymphi, Ozlem Suer, Parthenis, Patricia Avendano, Polly Edwards, Qiana Bridal, Rachel Simpson, Raimon Bundo, Sadoni, Sassi Holford, Sasso, Shelle Belle Couture, So Sassi, Stephanie Allin Couture, Stephanie James Couture, Stephen Yearick, Terry Fox, Timeless Couture,  Victorio & Lucchino, Watters Brides, White Ivy, YSA Makino, Yolan Cris and Zaeem Jamal. 

Then we’ll come back to tell you all about it!

We’ve seats lined up at some of the iconic catwalk shows including Ian Stuart, Madeline Isaac-James and Suzanne Neville, plus drop in appointments with our pick of the bunch.  We’re also looking forward to catching up with our friends and supporters from bespoke bridal label House Of Mookshi – based in the North East – at this their debut show.  Specialising in custom designed wedding dresses and bridal gowns from vintage inspired through to gothic, those girls have always got something fabulous up their sleeve.  

After all that, we’ll be ready for a drink (or three) and will be hitting the hard stuff with our industry colleagues at Kensington Roof Gardens for a cocktail party sponsored by Perfect Wedding Magazine and in association with the Retail Bridalwear Association.  I’ve a free pass for the evening as the hubby’s on babysitting duty back Up North, so make mine a Mojito please!

See you on the other side.  There’ll be lots of catching up to do…

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The Editorials: Catwalk Queen

November 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Kelly by Stephanie Allin

Kelly by Stephanie Allin 

In the wedding blogosphere, things move at breakneck speed, and you can be sure that any wedding blogger worth her salt will have discovered, dissected and disseminated any trend worth trying at least a season before it hits the mainstream.  Earlier this year, I visited White Gallery London – a huge exhibition and set of catwalk shows at which the big name bridal designers launch their new season collections to the trade and press – to take a sneak peek at the gorgeous gowns that will be landing in bridal boutiques near you this autumn. Let me tell you, if you are in the market for a wedding dress this season, you are in for a treat!

What followed was a collection of high profile designer interviews, right here on the pages of this wedding blog.  The collections have now landed in a boutique near you, so if you missed the previews and interviews, I’ll be republishing these to Facebook over the next few days.  Click here to like our page and stay updated. 

As well as online, I wrote about the beauty and drama of the new collections in my regular column for Loved Up Magazine.  Here’s my summary of the season.  Limited by word count, let me tell you, it doesn’t even touch the sides of all the fabulous frocks you have to choose from.  Make sure to revisit our Designer Series interviews at the earliest opportunity too!

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Brides Up North in Loved Up Magazine autumn/ winter 2014

The collections this year had something for everyone with glitz, feathers, embellishment and lace, as well as simpler styles too. Skirts were either voluminous (with a nipped in waist) or sleek and swishy. Many designers drew inspiration from bygone eras – with the 1920s and 1930s being popular influences – and whatever your hemline preference: short, long or even trousers, there was something for you. Favourites included Suzanne Neville’s Vintage Rose Collection, Stephanie Allin’s fairy-tale gowns and boho styling from Terry Fox Couture. Check them out soon at a Northern stockist near you.

Cuvee Rose by Ian Stuart Bride

Cuvee Rose by Ian Stuart 

Blushing Bride

The craze for adding a pop of colour to your wedding gown continues for spring/ summer 2014 with a watercolour wash of pastel shades on the catwalks. Fashionista Ian Stuart led the way with his candy coloured Frill Me! collection.

Great Gatsby!

Where the silver screen leads bridal fashion follows, with drop waists, beading and gemstones more prevalent than ever for the new season. Add a bejewelled feathered headdress and some dancing shoes to complete the look. Daisy Buchanan, eat your heart out!

Gatsby by Suzanne Neville

Gatsby by Suzanne Neville 

Celeste by Naomi Neoh

Celeste by Naomi Neoh 

English Vintage

Contrasting with all that Hollywood glam, other designers like Sassi Holford, Charlotte Balbier and Caroline Castigliano stuck to what they do best – British beauty. If you favour the English rose look, their floaty skirts and frothy lace confections will be a dream come true.

Annie by So Sassi

Annie by So Sassi 

Cute & Quirky

Rarely seen in the past, there’s now a flippy little short number in nearly every designer’s collection, as well as jumpsuits and shorts making an appearance at the most cutting edge design houses. If you still favour a frock, check out flirty t-shirt sleeves, deep pockets, daisy detailing and polka dot lace to bring the cutest dresses right up to date.

Jesus Peiro 2014 Collection

Jesus Peiro 2014

Simply Divine

Don’t despair if you like your styling fuss free. Many designers kept things clean this season with a focus on structure and tailoring. Watch out for the new collection by Astral Sundholm Circa Brides for a refined and fresh look.

Tallulah by Astral Sundholm

Tallulah by Astral Sundholm Circa Brides 

 

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Lunch With Caroline: A Castigliano Designer Day At Lace Bridal

December 20th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Life as a is actually a little different than I expected to be.  High level event planning, a busy blog and feature writing schedule, looking after sponsors and exhibitors and all that lovely admin that comes with running a business on a daily basis is time consuming stuff.  Rather than floating around on a cloud of tulle attending long lunches with fabulous people (yes, I did think self employment might be a bit like that) a lot of my days are spent putting in 12 hour shifts in a messy office, albeit a messy office overflowing with pretty wedding bits.  It’s not a tough life, granted, but it’s a busy one.   

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Once in a while though, a day comes along that is exactly what I thought a full time life as a professional wedding blogger would be (clouds of tulle, long lunches and all), and then all that hard work is so worth it. 

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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Step forward the lovely Katie and Lesley of Lace Bridal, Ailish at Keep Calm & Marry On, fabulous photographers Katy Lunsford and Martin Hambleton, Craig at Unforgettable Memories, assorted bridal press, one Caroline Castigliano (wedding dress designer to the stars) and celebrity chef Simon Rimmer.

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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I was very privileged to be the only wedding blogger invited to the launch of the Caroline Castigliano 2013 collection at the gorgeous Lace Bridal in Hale, Cheshire, followed by a private lunch with just the designer, the Lace Team and the talented Simon Rimmer at his beautiful eatery Earle – handily right next door!

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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An afternoon of to-die-for dresses was followed by a gorgeous gossip over a fantastic three course spread.  Trust me, if the Lace ladies look after their brides as well as they looked after me – and I very much suspect that they do – then you are in very good hands indeed. 

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Here are just a few images and a special film from the day, to give you a sneak peek at Caroline’s beautiful new collection.  Watch out for light and airy full skirts, perfect detailing, delicate lace and the softest flashes of colour.  What we gossiped about over lunch?  I’ll take that to the grave!  

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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Katie, owner at Lace Bridal told me: “We are thrilled to launch the Caroline Castigliano 2013 collection to our brides. They are the most luxurious and incredibly well made gowns – any bride that wears a Castigliano dress is in for a special treat!”

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Caroline said: “I am delighted that my collection will be available to brides in the North West at Lace Bridal.  My aim is to always make a woman look more beautiful on her wedding day than she ever has done before. I believe in excellent structure to ensure great silhouettes, draped in the softest fabric to create the allure of understated feminine glamour.”

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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The Caroline Castigliano name is synonymous with understated chic and contemporary designer style.

Castigliano’s signature is a silhouette which is unquestionably feminine and effortlessly elegant. Her unique ability to cut and construct garments enables her to create a gown that is confident and sexy, yet exudes a deep sense of style.

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Everything about a Castigliano gown is unique – from the exquisite choice of fabric, to the foundation of the gown, which is created using unique corsetry and undergarments techniques.  Each gown is meticulously handcrafted in the UK for a flawless result and the collections are offered bespoke or made to measure.

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Caroline’s vision is to ensure that when you walk down the aisle in a Caroline Castigliano wedding dress you will feel the most confident you have ever felt in your life.  You will gain this confidence by knowing that you look incredible from every angle. With every step, you will sense the power of the gown; the beauty of its movements; its amazing cut; its total simplicity and undeniable elegance.
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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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Lace Bridal, based on Ashley Road in Hale, Cheshire, is a luxury, high-end boutique. This year they celebrate 15 years in business, catering for brides in Cheshire and Manchester, across the rest of the UK and internationally.  Business partners and wedding experts, Katie and Lesley, have almost 30 years’ collective experience in the wedding industry. 

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A Lace bride is sassy, smart and confident and will not compromise on quality. The boutique is a bride’s dream – calm and chic, full to the brim with carefully selected award-winning designer bridal gowns. With expert advice and guidance from Katie and Lesley, it makes for the perfect wedding experience.

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Caroline Castigliano at Lace Bridal by Katy Lunsford Photography

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To make an appointment at Lace Bridal boutique please call Katie or Lesley on 0161 941 7374. For more information please visit www.lacebridal.co.uk.

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– Images © 2012 Katy Lunsford Photography, Video by Unforgettable Memories

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Diary Dates: Designer Days & Sample Sales! See The Full 2013 Caroline Castigliano Collection

September 19th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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“I believe in designs that never date. I love women to look as if they have never made an effort, it is the hardest look to achieve but when done well it is style personified.”  Caroline Castigliano

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I have a pretty exciting date of my own in the diary, because on Friday I am in Cheshire lunching with none other than wedding dress designer to the stars Caroline Castigliano herself courtesy of celebrity chef Simon Rimmer (I know, I’m pinching myself!).  I’ll be chatting to her about her 2013 collection and design inspiration and will be sure to report back on these pages.  This wedding blogger is going up in the World!

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In the meantime, for the first time ever, Caroline Castigliano is holding a series of Designer Days at a number of their exclusive stockists. These exciting events will give brides the rare opportunity to view the full “Made in Britain” 2013 Castigliano Collection and meet the internationally renowned bridal designer – known for her classic pieces with a contemporary modern twist – in person.

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The Designer Days are strictly by appointment, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Caroline Castigliano Designer Day at Lace Bridal

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For you Northern ladies, the place to be is Caroline’s North West stockist, the gorgeous Lace Bridal on 22nd September 2012 (that’s THIS weekend ladies!) at 154 Ashley Road, Hale, Cheshire, WA15 9SA.

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Make sure to call Katie on 0161 941 7374 to make your appointment, prontissimo!

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For details of Caroline’s other Designer Days across the country, click here.

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Madamoiselle

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Yorkshire ladies, I have a treat in store for you too – it’s sample sale time!  This month, Caroline Castigliano will be holding a sample sale in their Leeds boutique with up to 70% off! This is your exclusive opportunity to take home something truly exceptional from the UK’s premier bridal designer, who has dressed some of the world’s most stylish women for their weddings and red carpet events. There will be ex-shop samples, prototypes, window dresses and catwalk dresses. Prices on sale gowns start at £850.

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Places are limited. To book your personal consultation and avoid disappointment, please call the Leeds boutique on 0113 234 0990. 

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Rhianne

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This year, Caroline Castigliano celebrates 21 years as the leading luxury bridal designer in the UK. Caroline’s commercial ambitions started in her late teens when she single-handedly ran a successful sportswear business in the US, with stockists including Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Saks. In 1991, she returned to the UK and set up her first bespoke bridal boutique in Surrey. This boutique was a blue print for her future success as she specialised in made to measure, meticulously handcrafted gowns using her signature silhouette style. Since then her business has grown from strength to strength, with six boutiques plus a number of new and exclusive hand-selected stockists based in the UK, plus retailers in the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Japan and Australia.

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Whether it’s the dream wedding gown of a life time or an evening dress for red carpet glamour, Caroline offers clients a sense of style and personal service that exceeds expectation. Each gown is meticulously handcrafted in the UK for a flawless result. The collections are offered bespoke or made to measure.

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Castigliano’s signature is a silhouette, which is unquestionably feminine and effortlessly elegant. Her unique ability to cut and construct garments, enables her to create a gown that is confident and sexy, yet exudes a deep sense of style. Everything about a Castigliano gown is unique; from the exquisite choice of fabric, to the foundation of the gown, which is created using unique corsetry and undergarments techniques.

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  – Images © 2012 Caroline Castigliano from the Oscar Collection

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In Flower! A Real Wedding In Yorkshire – Clare & Mirek

July 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Let’s keep the pretty coming as we fast forward towards August (can you believe it?!).  Just over a month to go until Brides Up North Wedding Show season kicks off good and proper.  I couldn’t believe it when nearly 100 of you registered for the Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Nostell Priory in under an hour following a mail out yesterday, and I am super excited for a busy season packed full of wedding inspiration.

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You can pre-register for your VIP Bride-To-Be Goody Bag and speedy entry to Nostell Priory and our other headline shows this Autumn by contacting me hereGoody bag sponsor Clarins Skin Spa has confirmed that they will be giving away a luxury hamper of Clarins products to one of our visiting brides. That’ll surely get your wedding preparations off to a beautiful start! Don’t delay, make sure that you are on our VIP guest list.

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YORKSHIRE Nostell Priory, Wakefield – Sunday 2nd September 2012 (Wedding Exclusive)

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NORTH EAST Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham – Sunday 9th September 2012 (Super Showcase)

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YORKSHIRE Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire – Sunday 16th September 2012 (Wedding Exclusive)
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YORKSHIRE The Mansion, Roundhay, Leeds – Sunday 7th October 2012 (Wedding Exclusive)

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YORKSHIRE Rise Hall, Rise, East Yorkshire – Sunday 21st October 2012 (Wedding Exclusive)

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Yorkshire Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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But for now, lets celebrate one beautiful bride’s wedding in Yorkshire, as Clare and Mirek tie the knot, with images by Nicky Chadwick Photography.  I’m in orchid heaven!

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Yorkshire Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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Claire says: The day after the royal wedding we were in Wales and on a bowling green!  Mirek had been planning to ask me for months but hadn’t found the right moment – then when someone in the group of friends asked if he was ever going to ask -  he did, there and then! The ring was at home but it got in the papers and everything because they were featuring the bowling event!

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Yorkshire Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography    Caroline Castigliano Wedding Dress

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Yorkshire Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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We were married on 1 June 2012 at St Joseph’s church, Harrogate with the reception at the Sun Pavilion Harrogate.  The venue just felt right – we wanted a relaxed day with no real formalities and it fitted perfectly with our plans.  We opted for a grey and pink colour scheme.   

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Yorkshire Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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Yorkshire Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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My beautiful classic dress was by Caroline Castigliano.  I carried a cascading bouquet of pink orchids and my bridesmaids carried white sweet peas, all by Kate Mell Florist, Boston Spa. 

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Yorkshire Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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My favourite moments were definitely walking down the aisle and our first dance. 

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We travelled in style in Mirek’s TVR Tuscan, which had been decked out for the occasion!

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Yorkshire Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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Yorkshire Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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Instead of favours we had charity boxes on the tables for three charities close to our hearts, Alzheimer’s, Cancer Research and MacDonalds House.  Sally Barber provided our chair covers. 

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Orchid wedding

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After the wedding we enjoyed a honeymoon in sunny Portugal. 

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Yorkshire Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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Yorkshire Wedding by Nicky Chadwick Photography

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My top tips for other Brides Up North would be select the right suppliers that fit with your style and understand your needs. Go to a good bridal shop for your dress and enjoy it!

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Congratulations Clare & Mirek!

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