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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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Annabelle

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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

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

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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Walk In The Park

Walk In The Park

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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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