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Joy To The World. A Backless Anoushka G Gown For A Real Wedding At Quarry Bank Mill – Clare & Lee-John

January 16th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Hayley Baxter Photography

Things are looking really rosy red this week on Brides Up North aren’t they?  First up, the sun baked celebration of Annie and Lee yesterday, and now a complete about turn with today’s stunning winter Real Wedding.  Shot by Hayley Baxter Photography, Clare and Lee-John’s big day had all the hallmarks of the perfect Christmas wedding – red berries, a feather cape, a dress to die for, Christmas pudding, a ruby red carriage and a partridge in a pear tree!

Hayley Baxter Photography

Clare says:  We got engaged on 16 August 2013, in North Wales and were married on 21 December 2013 at Norcliffe Chapel, Styal with our reception at Quarry Bank Mill. 

Hayley Baxter Photography

Hayley Baxter Photography

We visited the National Trust village and Mill in June 2013 and both absolutely loved the church and the imposing architecture of the Mill itself.  Mandi and her team at the Mill were so helpful and were happy to assist in any way possible.

Hayley Baxter Photography

Hayley Baxter Photography

Hayley Baxter Photography

We chose a Christmas theme, we sang carols in the church and had mulled wine and mince pies at the drinks reception instead of canapés.  We decorated the Mill ourselves with fairy lights, Christmas garlands and Christmas trees, including edible decorations and a gingerbread house.  The table centres were hurricane vases with candles, holly, ivy, cinnamon, pine – all natural flowers and seasonal.

The colours were dark green and red.  The green was chosen to incorporate the Bride’s Irish roots and the red for the groom’s Welsh roots.  The bridesmaids wore dark green and the groomsmen all wore red ties and hankies.  The bouquets were gorgeous red and green with grand prix roses for the bride and tulips for the bridesmaids and flower girls.

Hayley Baxter Photography

Hayley Baxter Photography

My dress was called Hazel by Anoushka G. I love it! I bought it from Lace Bridal in Hale who were so helpful. I am not a keen shopper and had given myself one day and two bridal shops to find my dream dress – I didn’t have to search for long… it was the first dress I tried on and it could not be matched! It was cut on the bias with mini capped embroidered sleeves with a cowl scoop at the back.

I had an oyster feather shrug to keep me warm too.  I wore my wellies into the church as the path down was muddy and I didn’t want to spoil my Jimmy Choos!

Flossy & Leigh made all the bridal party’s hair and make up look fabulous and I wore a bespoke hair piece designed by Ann McKaveney of Eleventh Heaven.

Hayley Baxter Photography

My two adult bridesmaids wore a dark green maxi dress from Coast and the three flower girls wore gorgeous white dressed from Debenhams.  They all had gorgeous fur shrugs for warmth and the two littlest flower girls wore White Uggs boots.

The groomsmen wore hired suits from Slaters in Manchester. They were dark grey tails with waistcoat and their own classic white shirts with bright red ties and hankies.

Hayley Baxter Photography

We hired a beautiful red and cream vintage car supplied by Love & Carriage.

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Eye Candy: So Sassi By Sassi Holford

January 26th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Victoria

Victoria

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“This has been a wonderful opportunity to work closely with young designers and combine their enthusiasm and creativity with my commercial experience – it’s So Sassi!”

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I was lucky enough to feature Sassi Holford’s beautiful 2013 collection here on the wedding blog (click here to catch up) and now I am  thrilled to feature So Sassi, the new collection from the Sassi Holford design team aimed at the younger, more fashion conscious bride – along with a helpful list of Northern stockists, so that you can find these fancy frocks close to home.

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You know I love a bit of eye candy on a Saturday!  It’s a knockout…

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Sassi’s new designs are fresh and fun, mixing Sassi Holford elegant silhouettes with fashion focussed details like peplum skirts and hi-lo hemlines. Eye-catching elements include hand-cut guipure lace, exquisite 3D rose tulle and intricate floral motifs, perfect for modern brides who like their bridal traditions with a creative twist.

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Amber

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Tabitha

Tabitha

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So Sassi, although only launched in May 2012, is already setting a new mark for its contemporary styling at a price point that won’t break the bank.  “We have created a fantastic set of designs that I’m really excited about. I love the dresses because they are young and vibrant, and directing the team has been so much fun it has taken twenty years off me!” says Sassi.

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Bethany

Bethany

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Bianca

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Bonnie

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Carmen

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Georgie

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India

India

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Kelsey

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Kirsty

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Lucianne

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Lucy

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Petra

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Roxanne

Roxanne

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Esther Shrug

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So Sassi is designed and handmade in Somerset, England.

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Website: www.sosassi.so
Facebook: facebook.com/sosassi.so
Twitter: twitter.com/sosassibridal

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Bellissima Bridal Gowns, Bury, Lancashire

Lace Bridal, Hale, Cheshire

The Bridal Gown, Otley, West Yorkshire

The Wedding Dress Company, Corbridge, Northumberland

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REMEMBER: Brides Up North Featured Supplier Julie of The Bridal Gown, Otley is hosting an event TODAY to launch the So Sassi label in Yorkshire. It will be held in the Otley All Saints Parish Church where the aisle will be flood lit and transformed into a glamorous catwalk. The whole of the So Sassi range will be available to see.  Julie will also be taking appointments for Sunday 27th January 2013 and early the following week. You can contact Julie on 01943 466680 or email julie@thebridalgown.net

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  – Images © 2013 Sassi Holford

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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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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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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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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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Behind The Blog: Guest Speaking With Caroline Castigliano At A Wedding Vendors Networking Party In The North West

May 29th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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I was recently thrilled to be invited along as guest speaker at North West bridal boutique Lace Bridal’s wedding industry networking event with Caroline Castigliano at Vale Royal Abbey in Cheshire.  I was more than a little nervous at the prospect of addressing the assembled great and good of the North West wedding industry on the importance of social networking for business today, but I needn’t have worried – these professionals are a welcoming bunch.

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Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes at the event, with images by Martin Hambleton Photography and a little video from Unforgettable Memories

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Remember, if you are a North West wedding industry supplier, that the Brides Up North North West Tweet Up is approaching fast, at Belle Epoque, Knutsford on Thursday 21st June from 7pm.  Places are filling fast so email me at julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk for an invitation if you would like to come along. 

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Wedding Vendors Event With Caroline Castigliano by Martin Hambleton

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Many thanks to the lovely ladies at Lace Bridal for having me!

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  – Images © 2012 Martin Hambleton Photography 

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