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IPILYA Limited

Luxury occasion wear retailer Ipilya is sailing into the party season in style with a covetable collection of 12 stacking rings. The jewellery edit includes a mix of statement colours and minimalist styles, perfect to layer up for totally lux fingers day and night.

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Re-launching with a vast array of couture-inspired dresses in cuts to flatter all women, Ipilya is a leading luxury fashion retailer specialising in dressing women on their most important occasions. From weddings to parties and from red carpet to black tie, Ipilya has the dress that will turn heads and capture eyes.

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Designed by jeweller H. Azeem, who is known for her love of vibrant, exotic gems, the stacking rings are the embodiment of femininity, each delicate, timeless and unique. The versatile pieces can be worn alone or piled up in a tangle of beautiful colours and stones. Each ring is encrusted with gems in a range of designs with the bands available in sterling silver, dark sterling silver and both yellow and gold plated sterling silver.

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Perfect for party season, the stacking rings instantly transform a look and because they can be worn in any combination, can themselves take on a whole new style effortlessly. Marking the designer’s passion for Brazil, the Silver Citrine stacking ring’s vibrant yellow gems are just the thing to add a pop of colour to party season. Others such as the ocean blue and ocean green designs compliment each other perfectly, offering a classic colour combination that promises to remain on-trend, chic and effortlessly elegant through the festive season and beyond.

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Aurora Oriana founder of Ipilya says, “Our single stacking rings, styled and made by some of the best artisan craftsmen are perfect to reflect your own personal fashion statement. Beautiful and classy rings in plain, hammered and granulated silver, adorned with stones they will surely add sparkle to your life. Whether this is for personal use during a casual or formal event, or you intend to bestow as a gift, the metal stacking ring is very in!”
The rings are suitable for both formal and semi-formal events and, due to the range of band colours and gems, can be carefully stacked to accessorize any style of outfit. The eye catching green diopside is the perfect foil for a classic little black dress while the silver Brazilian pink quartz gem encrusted design is subtle and chic.
Ipilya also have a wide range of bridal accessories and gowns from Vintage wedding dresses to Flowergirl dresses, shoes and bags.

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You can browse the full range of products available from Ipilya on their website, find them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.



Middleton Lodge is a charming private country mansion in North Yorkshire. Set in 250 acres of private parkland, it was built in 1780 by architect John Carr of York. For over 30 years this impressive Georgian mansion has been home to the Allison family who have dedicated themselves to restoring the Estate to its former glory.

Over the last few years Middleton Lodge has become one of the country’s most unique settings for large and intimate weddings, corporate events, film shoots, photo shoots and for special celebrations. At Middleton Lodge their ethos is simple: whatever the reason or for however long you are staying, our aim is to make our home your home from the moment you arrive.

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Middleton Lodge, just outside Middleton Tyas, near Richmond, has been named best wedding venue and the lodge’s Anna Russell picked up best wedding event team in the regional rounds of the Wedding Industry Awards.

James Allison, owner of the private mansion house which opens up for weddings, events, and a supper club, said he, his family and staff were thrilled.

“We were recognised in two awards which I understand is quite unusual – most venues or suppliers just take one each – so we are looking forward to going into the national round in January,” he said.

“To be shortlisted you must receive enough votes from your customers, and then a panel of judges decide overall winners.”

Middleton Lodge started holding weddings in 2008 and since then has grown and improved with each year – and the double win is the team’s first set of awards.

Mr Allison added: “Next year we will be adding a nine room boutique hotel and restaurant in the converted coach house.”

The Coach House at Middleton Lodge has honey-coloured sandstone buildings that have been sensitively restored, retaining many of the original features, with high ceilings, exposed beams and original timber panelling in many of the rooms.

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The Stables Restaurant will show off high exposed ceilings and look out onto the courtyard and across the old paddock to the farm house.

As an extension of the highly successful Middleton Lodge Supper club, the food will be contemporary British fare, using local ingredients wherever possible.

“It is an exciting time for us – we are really excited about it because the whole team has worked really hard. We feel that it is well deserved for them.”

The awards, set up by wedding photographer Damian Bailey and his wife Anna, give venues and suppliers the chance to prove their worth in the competitive industry.

The finals of the national Wedding Industry Awards will take place in London’s Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, on January 15.

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For more information please visit the website where you can browse the Gallery of photos, you can also find them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.


It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot


Joe Blackman, Founding Director and CEO at Collection 26, a couture wedding and event planning company commented on this query:

“One of the most common issues busy people face when planning a wedding is time. We have planned many weddings for England and Wales international footballers, and the most common problem, even for people with jobs with more regular hours, is actually still making the time to actually spend quality time together without having to spend every free moment you have together negotiating contracts with venues, doing due-diligence on bands to ensure you have a really quality entertainment act turning up, ensuring caterers have communicated power requirements to venues, ensuring they have the relevant health and safety documentation and risk assessments… the list goes on! We generally are brought on board to ensure that all of the boring, but crucial parts of planning a wedding are executed to perfection, leaving couples to focus on all the exciting decisions and creative planning that they love – but without having to worry about ensuring one of your suppliers might go bankrupt!”

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Blackman continues… “If people are planning weddings themselves, one of the most important things to consider are a lot of the things people forget. Have you really vetted your suppliers to ensure that they are in a strong financial position, just because someone has a nice website, this doesn’t tell you a lot about how credible they are. Try and ask for recommendations from wedding planners who have used them, as they generally are more experienced in comparing different types of supplier.”

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Collection 26 have seen a significant shift in responsibilities between couples planning their wedding and would say about 20-30% of weddings see groom’s take the lead, or people divide responsibilities up.

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“One person may be more focused on the creative and design elements of the wedding, with another focusing more on the planning. It’s a fantastic idea to share responsibilities, as both people then feel part of the day, and this generates an excitement with the involvement. You tend to find people enjoy/prefer managing elements that are more related to their day job, for example, if the bride is an accountant, it’s easy to guess what part of the wedding she will be most focused on”Joe Blackman – Founding Director, CEO.

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After years of quietly and skilfully orchestrating unique, creative and utterly luxurious events, Collection 26 has decided to step into the limelight and share its portfolio of fabulous wedding celebrations and wealth of knowledge with the wedding world. Collection 26 have just released their new, fully re-branded website which reveals their portfolio of weddings for the first time, please visit their website to experience the Collection 26 way to get married. You can also find Collection 26 on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.

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For those dreaming of a white wedding, exclusive-use Grade 1 listed stately home Carlton Towers, Yorkshire have launched a new ‘Konfetti’ wedding package for brides and grooms-to-be wanting to wed amid the festive hues that Winter brings, including 50% off 5 or more bedrooms booked for a wedding during January and February.

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Taking advantage of the half price offer is an opportunity not to be missed. The gothic country estate, which is the much-loved home of Lord and Lady Fitzalan Howard, boasts 3 large traditional state rooms and 16 newly refurbished rooms designed by Lady Gerald Fitzalan Howard herself, spanning across two wings, complete with en-suite bathrooms and family heirlooms.

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For a festive Winter Wedding, guests can enjoy a glass of mulled wine upon arrival in the spectacular Venetian Drawing Room. Not forgetting of course the champagne to toast – an essential for any wedding celebration!

The State Rooms fulfil their grandiose title and can be appreciated at their best when either filled with daylight or in the exquisite glow of the six impressive chandeliers that hang from above, providing magnificent photograph opportunities. Outdoor marquees can also be erected outside if couples would like to brave the cold and celebrate in the stunning grounds of Carlton Towers.

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The Konfetti Winter Wedding Package is based on 80 daytime guests and 100 evening guests and includes:-

  • Exclusive Use of the State Rooms and Gardens
  • The Baroness Tower Bridal Suite
  • Carlton Towers Master of Ceremonies
  • Candelabras for each table
  • Mulled Wine on arrival for each guest
  • Three Course Wedding Breakfast and half a bottle of wine per guest
  • Champagne to Toast
  • Delicious Evening Finger Buffet, prepared by Carlton Towers chef
  • Yorkshire Breakfast the following morning

For brides who want to be pampered to perfection, Carlton Towers also has its very own on-site spa treatment room, Lusso, available for mini-hen parties or as a treat to the bride including massages and makeovers before the big day.

This package can be enjoyed the whole year round with availabilities from October to March on weekends and midweek during the summer months.

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The Konfetti package costs £11,000 and all the components which are included are just an outline based on 80 daytime guests to 100 evening guests but can be tailored to suit each couple’s desires.

For guests wanting to stay the night they can take advantage of the 50% off the price of bedrooms if they book 5 or more bedrooms for their wedding during January and February.

The Konfetti Wedding Package is available from October – March on weekends and midweek during summer months.

Carlton Towers is a striking 17th century stately home set in 1500 acres of stunning private parkland in Carlton, North Yorkshire. With magnificent architecture, a distinct family heritage and a beautiful tranquil setting surrounded by an estate kept going through the ages; Carlton Towers offers a unique exclusive setting for a wedding celebration.

The unique country estate is available for exclusive hire all year round including weddings, family celebrations and Fitness retreats.

The house itself features 16 luxurious bedrooms, three large State Rooms spanning 150ft with a maximum capacity of 200 guests or as little as 20 guests. Carlton also boasts a minstrel’s gallery, beautiful light-filled drawing room and large imposing entrance halls.

Carlton Towers is located in the village of Carlton, close to York, Doncaster and Leeds.

Still the much-loved home of Lord and Lady Fitzalan Howard, Carlton Towers is available for exclusive-use hire all year round.

For further information or to book a viewing please call:

Kate O’Hara
T: 01405 861662
E: info@carltontowers.co.uk

You can visit the website,  find them on Facebook,  and follow them on Twitter.