Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - March/April 2022 (Issue 62)

MAR/APR 2022 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE WIN! Historical wedding venues A honeymoon in St Lucia SHINE Time to THE FRILL OF IT CAKE EXPECTATIONS Wedding jewellery and accessory inspiration Make an impact in ruffles and layers Where past meets future Showstopping big-day bakes

REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 57 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 89 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in St Lucia CONTENTS MARCH/APRIL 2022 VENUES 14 SPOTLIGHT ON… Wirral and Liverpool 19 WHERE PAST MEETS FUTURE Our roundup of the region’s historical venues FEATURES 47 CAKE EXPECTATIONS Showstopping big-day bakes 52 TIME TO SHINE Wedding jewellery and accessory inspiration 84 HERE COME THE GIRLS County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey On the cover This issue’s cover shot of gorgeous real wedding couple Georgia and Andrai was captured by Turn to page 31 to learn all about their big day. 24 14 47 Phoebe Jane Barratt 3

REAL WEDDINGS 24 LIGHT OF MY LIFE Even the elusive Northern Lights came out in celebration when Abbie accepted Greg’s proposal of marriage 31 I LOVE YOU I DO After rescheduling many times due to Covid, Georgia and Andrai finally tied the knot at Merrydale Manor in September 2021 37 ROSE GOLD ROMANCE Following the heartache of lockdown, Rachael and Dan’s wedding was a dream come true 43 DREAMS COME TRUE Nadine and George’s big day was a fairy tale inspired by Cinderella HONEYMOONS 86 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials GROOMS 75 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches 76 IN THE PINK Fuchsia, watermelon, flamingo, rouge, salmon, coral, hot pink... the choices are endless when it comes to this oh-so fabulous hue! FASHION & BEAUTY 61 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 62 AISLE STYLE From skyscraper stilettos to comfortable flats and even sliders, the new-season bridal shoe collections offer something for everyone 65 THE FRILL OF IT Layers and ruffles adorn dresses in the newseason bridal collections 71 LOVELY IN LACE This classic fabric never goes out of style, whether you choose a traditional gown or a more relaxed, boho-inspired dress 78 FASHION Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 80 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 83 SKINCARE SUPERHEROES Serums are the skincare essentials of the 20s, especially if you’re on the quest for a radiant big-day complexion 65 62 43 37 80 4

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Who else can’t believe it’s springtime already? It’s such a special time of year and in 2022 we all get to appreciate it so much more given the last two we’ve spent locked up! This issue we’ve got the usual blend of wedspiration from real weddings to expert advice and ideas including a look into the delicious world of showstopping wedding cakes. We’ve also got some glittering ideas for finishing off your big-day look with jewellery and accessories. Speaking of wedding glam, CWM’s very own bride Melissa has been turning her attention to her best gals and we’ve now got our dresses, if not in our hands then on order. It was a bumpy ride, but thanks to Melissa’s unending patience, we got there. We’re now looking at the even more fun stuff such as accessories, shoes, hair and make-up, which has led myself, my fellow bridesmaids and the bride herself to ponder the matter of just whose job it is to foot the bill for the glam? This in no small part is due to the fact that none of us seem able to get the lovely Melissa to take one single penny from us towards it. So, when Fragrance Direct told me they’d teamed up with wedding planer Hannah Rose to discuss just this matter, I was all ears! Thinking about the glam bill, Fragrance Direct asked Hannah whether it was the nearlyweds’ responsibility to pay for everyone or just themselves? She answered unequivocally, “Definitely everyone. If they’ve asked for people to be part of their day, the majority of the time this will fall to the couple to pay. Otherwise, their loved ones may be put off joining the wedding party. Some bridesmaids and groomsmen might be happy to contribute, but it’s always encouraged that the couple plan this into their budget and offer to pay for the basics such as hair and make-up if they want them to have it done. The cost will vary depending on the hair stylist and make-up artist, but I’d advise to allocate a minimum of £150-£200 per person for anyone who isn’t the bride or groom.” So, there we have it. We shall immediately cease arguing with the bride and accept her kindness gracefully. Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor Glam it up 24 52 43 Instead of a traditional long top table, Abbie and Greg opted for a round table putting themselves at the centre of the action, surrounded by loved ones. I’m looking to pair gold jewellery with my sage green bridesmaid dress and these beauties from Anuka would fit the bill. Can we just take a moment to appreciate real bride Nadine’s incredible bespoke wedding dress? WIN! A honeymoon in St Lucia 89 EDITOR’S LETTER 7 ISSN 2052-0522 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Travel and Grooms Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Gillian Ward | 01376 538 485 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding

NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around the region SOMETHING BLUE Blue & Sixpence Bridal, Merseyside has been given a national award in the best bridal shops and jewellery category. Voted for by its couples, the accolade shows how valued the boutique is within its sector and is a real seal of approval for couples planning their weddings. These particular awards were designed to recognise businesses and individuals who have gone above and beyond to serve their clients during one of the most testing times the industry has ever faced. This year’s awards were based on almost eight million opinions and what better endorsement can there be than one from a couple who have tried and tested the suppliers’ work? Boutique owner and award winner Ali Hamilton is proud to be part of the Sustainable Wedding Movement, a member of the Association of British Wedding Businesses, and Totally Locally, a movement aimed at regenerating local high streets and economies. Find out more about Blue & Sixpence Bridal at NEW 2023 BROCHURE A wonderful combination of classic country-house style with a modern twist, Thornton Hall Hotel is the former family home of the Bamford family. Restored over the years to create a venue that still feels like an elegant stately home, it boasts a beautiful oak-panelled staircase leading up to its character bedrooms and elegant suites. Nestled in acres of tranquil grounds, featuring a splendid lake and arbour, Thornton Hall is surrounded by the finest Wirral countryside, just a short stroll from the historical village of Thornton Hough. If this all sounds like a dream come true, it will interest you to know that the venue’s new 2023 wedding brochure is now ready and available to be viewed on its website. If you like what you see, you have the opportunity to book a show round with the wedding team. Head over to to find out more. LOVE STRUCK DMR Jewellery, which has a showroom in Liverpool, has introduced a romantic new addition to its collection – Love Lines. Designed in-house at the brand’s Cheshire-based studio, it was influenced by one of the most notable romantic symbols, Cupid’s arrow. Cupid, the Roman god of desire and affection, has been famously portrayed throughout the centuries wielding a bow and arrow, which he’d use to make someone fall in love with the first person they saw. Seven individual pieces of jewellery make up this stylish contemporary collection, including earrings, neckwear and wristwear. Two new styles of earrings allow you to choose from diamond set or plain polished, crafted from 18ct yellow gold they’re priced from £950. Appreciating the trend for layering jewellery, a necklace set with 0.22cts of round brilliant-cut diamonds, bracelet and stacking bangles are also part of the Love Lines range. The versatile design means that Love Lines’ pieces will ensure you make a sparkling statement on your wedding day as well as forming part of your everyday layered look for years afterwards. Find the collection at Jessica Hamilton 8

WEDDING VID-SPIRATION Here at CWM HQ we’re literally never satisfied when it comes to providing our readers with enough wedspiration. Because, really, what is enough? We’d go on forever if we could. So, with that in mind, we’ve created our very own County Wedding Magazines YouTube channel, just for you. Here, you’ll find tons of big-day ideas from venue tours to dream dresses. Catch up on beauty reviews and how tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots featured in our titles past and present. You can even be a fly on the wall at some real weddings – after all, if we’re honest, who doesn’t love being a bit nosey! And we haven’t stopped there, as you’ll also find local supplier interviews packed with tips and tricks. We’re adding more content all the time, so why not hit SUBSCRIBE so you never miss a thing? It’s your one-stop shop for wedding vid-spiration! Simply head to YouTube and search ‘County Wedding Magazines’ or click TOP TIPS When it comes to wedding-day wisdom, who can we trust more than those who’ve been there, done that and bought the t-shirt? So, when the bride is also a wedding supplier in the form of O’Hares Jewellers’ Rachael Whitwam, we were ready to sit up and pay attention. You can read all about her big day from page 37, but in the meantime here are some top planning tips from the bride herself. Rachael tells us, “We got as much as possible sorted and booked early on to give ourselves a much wider choice of suppliers. Everyone gets booked up so far in advance, especially for summer weddings, so this really helped to take the pressure off, giving us months where we didn’t have to think about wedding planning at all. “We had a few private dance lessons during the three weeks leading up to the wedding, which made us feel more relaxed about the first dance. Neither of us are dancers, so we kept it simple, but it made something potentially daunting fun and enjoyable. It was magical to be in the Great Hall at Peckforton Castle surrounded by our family and friends dancing to All of Me by John Legend. “Our wedding video made such a difference to us after the big day. It captures the moments you can’t get in photos alone. Our video by Harvey Films was beautifully edited and such a joy to watch. If you’re undecided about whether to have one, we can’t recommend it enough. We can’t stop watching ours!” EDITOR LOVES RECHARGE FOR W-DAY With 2022 bringing continued pandemic challenges, spa bookings agency is working with the UK’s top spas to offer new tailored packages designed to give you that all-important time out to recharge and boost wellbeing. Once such package takes us to Cheshire’s Mottram Hall. Home to a £10 million stateof-the-art Champneys spa this local hot spot is a stylish wellbeing destination combining luxury and clinical excellence. Working with award-winning brands, this is the home of tension-melting massages, reflexology, radiance-boosting facials, manicures, pedicures and everything in between. The Georgian property is every inch the decadent estate, complete with ornamental lake, and rooms and suites that honour its history. This package, from £209 per person, includes a one-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis, a choice of one 50-minutre treatment, full access to fitness classes, a three-course light lunch at Raffaella’s spa restaurant, and £35 allowance towards dinner. Find out more at 9 YOUR ESSENTIALS

A METEORIC RISE The start of 2022 has brought a record number of wedding requests to National Museums Liverpool (NML) as its events team prepares for its most romantic year in history! An unexpected flurry of wedding enquiries over the past six weeks has placed some of Merseyside’s arts and cultural landmarks in high demand amongst the region’s nearlyweds. In fact, January saw Hosted By National Museums Liverpool, NML’s events brand and in-house events team, responding to triple the number of wedding enquiries than the monthly requests received during the last three months of 2021. NML has seven venues, the oldest dating back to the 19th-century and includes some of the most-visited museums in England, outside of London. The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight has become the latest venue to begin hosting weddings, with its first reception held in the magnificent Beaux-Arts style building at the end of 2021. Rebecca O’Neil, events manager at Hosted By National Museums Liverpool says, “Many of our artworks and collections have their own romantic stories and we enjoying playing a part in the love stories of today too. We’re having our busiest ever period for wedding enquiries including newly-engaged couples, as well as those who’ve delayed setting a date or rescheduled their wedding. There’s growing popularity in art galleries and venues that add an element of culture or nostalgia. We’ve also recently found that more people are coming back to their roots from elsewhere to get married.” Find out more about some of NML’s venues over in this issue’s historical and local venues features, or by heading over to LOCAL CHAMPS The Wedding Industry Awards are the only regional and national accolades voted for by customers rather than a panel. They were set up to recognise excellence within our beloved industry and the hard work suppliers put into bringing their couples’ big-day visions come to life, very often going above and beyond the call of duty. There are a whole host of Cheshire-, Merseyside- and North Wales-based businesses taking home the gongs for the North West region, which makes us super-proud. Check out our roundup below and keep your eyes peeled for the national winners who’ll be announced on CATERER Wild Garlic Event Catering, DJ Groove Noise, EVENT TEAM Heaton House Farm, MAKE-UP ARTIST Glow Make Up Studio, MARQUEE PROVIDER Tipi Unique Limited, MUSICAL ACT Lee Gordon Music, PHOTOGRAPHER Andy Griffiths Photography, PLANNER Charlotte Elise Weddings and Events, SPECIAL TOUCH Glorious by Heidi, MUM’S THE WORD We know what a support mums can be when planning a wedding, so it’s time to say “thank you” and think pink this Mother’s Day. On 27th March, The Mere, Knutsford will be serving a Mother’s Day Pink Afternoon Tea with delicate finger sandwiches, freshly-baked cakes and pastries, fluffy fruit and plain scones served with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, along with a glass of pink prosecco and tea from the Manor. Plus, there’ll be a free gift for mum! This special afternoon tea is £35 per adult and £17.50 per child. Find out more and reserve a table at 10

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURCHESHIREMERSEYSIDE.WEDDING Closing date 3rd June, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. SMOOTH AS SILK Sheila Duncan is a Maghull-based independent celebrant, otherwise known as Pure Silk Ceremonies. She creates unique, personalised ceremonies for couples wanting to celebrate their love and commitment in a way that reflects them as individuals. “I believe that all couples are unique in their own special way so their wedding ceremony should be too,” she tells us. Once the legalities are taken care of, choosing a celebrant to create and officiate your ceremony gives you the freedom to choose where, when and how you celebrate your marriage. After all, as Sheila says, “Purely bespoke ceremonies don’t just happen they’re created, written from the book of you!” We’ve partnered with Pure Silk Ceremonies to offer readers 10% off of its celebrant services. To claim, get in touch via and quote “Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding.” To find out more, check out Great discounts and giveaways up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Coppa Club’s The Swan at Streatley is a tranquil countryside getaway set in the Berkshire village of Streatley. Situated on the River Thames, roughly an hour from London, the 47-bedroom property has been newly refurbished and offers river-view rooms, or suites opening onto the garden lawn making it a great option for a dog-friendly getaway! The grounds include the property’s own private island, lovely walks for couples and families (and four-legged companions) and the property is also ideal for riverside weddings, seating up to 130 friends and family! Perfect for a pre- or post-wedding getaway, guests can access the property via car, boat or helicopter and have access to on-site paddle boarding, exercise classes, hotel gym and events throughout the year. You can book a Small Double Room from £80 per night, and a Medium Double Room from £100 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club The Swan At Streatley to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

WIRRAL AND LIVERPOOL Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot THE RACQUET CLUB HOTEL 0151 236 6676 | Located in Liverpool’s commercial district, The Racquet Club is perfectly positioned for both access to public transport and parking facilities. Close to the famous Waterfront it offers a beautiful and iconic location for your wedding day. It has eight bedrooms, which are individually decorated in a combination of traditional and contemporary styles. Built in 1859 by Sir James Picton as the headquarters for Sir William Brown, an American shipping merchant, its form is that of an Italianate palazzo. Carved plaques above the windows include Isabella I, Columbus, Bermejo, Vespucci, Cortez, Queen Anacoana and Francisco Pizarro. The venue is delightfully furnished with an eclectic mix of modern and traditional pieces along with an extensive collection of original artwork. Ceremonies are hosted in the Main Room (130 guests) or the Restaurant (100 guests). But, there is a choice of more intimate spaces for the “I dos” too in the shape of the Club Room (25 guests) or Private Dining Room (25 guests). When it comes to the celebrations the same four spaces are available depending on the size of your guest list. For receptions the Main Room can hold 138 loved ones, the Restaurant has a capacity of 100, the Club Room has space for 40 and the private dining room can host a wedding breakfast for 24. Speaking of which, the venue offers a free tasting session for you both. Capacity throughout the venue for the evening reception is 250. 14

LADY LEVER ART GALLERY 0151 478 4780 | Lady Lever Art Gallery, set in picturesque Port Sunlight, has a long and romantic history. Created by soap magnate and discerning art collector William Hesketh Lever, the gallery is dedicated to the memory of his wife Elizabeth. The building boasts a magnificent Beaux-Arts style exterior and features stunning galleries and a beautiful grand hall filled with worldclass art. There are also two striking rotundas with gorgeous glass domes, one of which looks out on to the adjacent fountain and village. Celebrant-led ceremonies with 50 seated guests can be held in the Main Hall – the Gallery’s most impressive room, which showcases a wonderful collection of Victorian paintings. The Main Hall can also host wedding breakfasts and receptions, meaning you can enjoy your first meal together as newlyweds in the shadow of works by Millais, Rossetti and Holman Hunt. The space can hold 150 loved ones. For more intimate celebrations, the South Rotunda is an option. With space for 50 nearest and dearest this circular space covered by a stunning dome houses 18th- and 19th-century sculpture. Overlooking the fountain and village, it has its own private entrance and is well-suited to a drinks reception. It’s also worth noting that the venue offers a complimentary food tasting. WALKER ART GALLERY 0151 478 4780 | With one of the best collections of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world, the Walker Art Gallery is the national gallery of the North of England. Striking features of the interior include two grand staircases and a rotunda located in the atrium, as well as traditional and modern galleries spanning both floors. The awe-inspiring exterior and entrance certainly makes for some impressive wedding photos. The venue is located in Liverpool city centre, in the heart of the historical St George’s Quarter, a stone’s throw from Liverpool Lime Street station. While it doesn’t hold a ceremony licence it is close to St George’s Hall registry office where you can take care of the legalities. The Gallery does however, welcome celebrant-led ceremonies, which can be hosted in galleries throughout the building for up to 70 loved ones, simply choose your favourite. Receptions take place on the ground floor, where you can host a wedding breakfast for 80 nearest and dearest. It can be booked as a private space with beautiful high ceilings and world-class artworks. Weddings are available after the venue closes to the public or all day on Mondays. There are also various standing options available throughout for reception guest lists from 80 to 400, and you can enjoy a complementary menu tasting ahead of the big day. Phoebe Jane Barratt 15 LOCAL VENUES

THE ISLA GLADSTONE CONSERVATORY 0151 263 0363 | A traditional Victorian conservatory, The Isla Gladstone offers a sun-flooded interior that breathes warmth and drama into any occasion. The conservatory itself can hold 300 guests, while the beautiful bandstand offers a fairytale setting for your vows. HULME HALL 0151 644 8787 | Located in the heart of Wirral’s historical and picturesque model village, Port Sunlight, Hulme Hall is a versatile building in a beautiful spot. Boasting four event rooms of different sizes, all on one level, it offers ten thousand square feet in total – plenty of space to create the day of your dreams on this blank canvas. TITANIC HOTEL 0151 559 1444 | Set on Stanley Dock, Titanic Hotel provides a memorable backdrop with the grounds harking back to a previous era. The Rum Warehouse is a renovated 1950s warehouse and offers the ideal blank canvas for any style of wedding for up to 500 guests. LEASOWE CASTLE 0151 606 9191 | This 16th-century Castle boasts plenty of historical charm and overlooks the idyllic Wirral coastline. It offers two licensed locations for the “I dos,” including the Star Chamber and chapel setting, The Keep. Whereas the Castle or Turret Suites are the places to be for receptions. Also check out... 16

MOTTRAM HALL I S AN ELEGANT 18TH CENTURY GEORGIAN COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL , SET IN 270 ACRES OF BEAUTI FUL CHESHIRE COUNTRYS IDE . Our picturesque lake and rose gardens offer the perfect surroundings and photo opportunities for your special day. A fairy tale wedding venue, exclusive to one wedding a day with opulent reception rooms, beautiful grounds, mouth-watering menus and a team of wedding co-ordinators on hand to make sure your every need is met, every step of the way. 01625 828 135 | | Mottram Hall,Wilmslow Road, Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire, SK10 4QT GET IN TOUCH WITH OUR WEDDING TEAM HO T E L , GO L F & H E A LT H S PA MOTTRAM HALL SayI Do at Mottram Hall Credit: HelenWilliams Photography Start your next chapter... Walton Hall and Gardens, a beautiful, intimatesettingto make your wedding daymemories. 01925 262908 CLONTER For further details: Tel: 01260 224661 E-Mail: WWW. FARRAR - TANNER .CO. UK Personalised Wedding Gifts Memo rab l e presen t s fo r br i de and groom

WHERE MEETS future past Our roundup of the region’s historical venues MEOLS HALL TITHE BARN 01704 228 326 | The Tithe Barn is situated among the grounds of the 12th-century Meols Hall in the pretty village of Churchtown. The Barn is full of rustic charm and has been sympathetically restored by local craftsmen using traditional methods. Also on site is the tastefully restored original coach house with its large French doors, which open out onto the picturesque traditional cobbled courtyard, with Shepherds Hut bar, heated parasol, patio tables, chairs and outdoor lanterns. This makes an ideal year-round outdoor/indoor venue for entertaining guests, as well as a great place to relax and enjoy welcome drinks and canapés. THE “I DOS” Ceremonies take place in the Tithe Barn accompanied by a minimum of 50 and maximum of 120 guests. The 400-year-old candlelit Barn has a special atmosphere making for a romantic ceremony space. THE CELEBRATIONS Wedding breakfasts too take place in the Tithe Barn for 50 to 120 loved ones. Capacity for the evening do increases to 150. PLUS… The venue can provide a complete package of catering, bar service, master of ceremonies and entertainment. HISTORICAL VENUES 19

MARITIME MUSEUM 0151 478 4780 | Located in the heart of the historical Royal Albert Dock, Maritime Museum tells the story of one of the world’s greatest ports. From the large HMS Conway anchor at the building’s entrance to the ship models in the spacious galleries, the Grade I listed Museum forms a unique part of Liverpool’s history and offers an iconic place to get married. THE “I DOS” The Maritime Dining Room is a flexible, private space with high ceilings and stunning views over the Royal Albert Dock and Pier Head. You can tie the knot here witnessed by 200 loved ones. THE CELEBRATIONS The Maritime Museum Events Suite features stylish exposed brick walls and large windows complete with views of the Royal Albert Dock and Liverpool Waterfront. It boasts high ceilings and a flexible, private space for celebrations accompanied by 200 guests. Overlooking one of the largest groups of Grade I listed buildings in England, the Museum offers an impressive outdoor space on the waterside colonnades. It’s an ideal area to enjoy drinks receptions, evening buffets and barbecues. This space too can accommodate 200 of your nearest and dearest. PLUS… The venue offers a complimentary food tasting and we love the fact that you can even hop on a boat and sail off into the sunset from your dockside position. PECKFORTON CASTLE 01829 260 930 | An enchanting castle, steeped in history, Peckforton will delight you and your guests. The exclusive-use venue offers a magical backdrop for the all-important photos, combined with delicious, award-winning food and drink, ensuring your big-day is a true fairy tale. THE “I DOS” The magnificent Great Hall, which can host ceremonies with 165 loved ones offers a warmly romantic setting complete with original Minton Hollins tiled floor. The Drawing Room can also accommodate 165 and is the largest of the Castle’s function rooms. Meanwhile, the Chapel is the perfect place for a religious blessing or renewal of vows (not available for civil ceremonies) and the local minister will be happy to officiate. There’s space here for 100 loved ones. For more intimate “I dos,” The Hexagonal Room (80 guests), The Wine Cellar (40 guests), and The Library (30 guests) are also an option. THE CELEBRATIONS For large capacities The Drawing Room (165 guests) and Great Hall (120 guests) are available once more for your reception. For smaller guest lists, The Hexagonal Room can host 80 and among its striking features is the Tollmache family grace, engraved into the vaulted stone ceiling: “At dinner and supper, morning and night, give thanks unto God for his gifts.” For the same numbers, The Wine Cellar allows you to absorb the Castle’s history with its grey-stone walls enveloping you in an atmosphere of wistful romance. And finally, The Library where booklined walls add to the ambience, can seat 30. PLUS… The venue benefits from an onsite lodge, which is ideal for a night in with nearest and dearest before the big day. Menu tastings are also offered and all packages include use of the bridal suite for the wedding night. 20

EXC L U S I V E LY YO U R S Photography by: Herve Gillet, Je Langhorne, Matthew Rycra Authentic Stately Home Home To The Earl & Countess of Derby 5* Gold awarded accommodation Set in a private walled estate, within 2,500 acres of gardens, lakes & parkland TO A R R ANGE YOU R P R I VAT E V I EW I NG , CON TACT U S ON 0151 489 4827 V I S I T KNOWS L EY H A L LV E NU E . CO . U K FO R F U RT H E R D ETA I L S ON OU R CU R R E N T P ROMOT I ON S Knowsley Hall, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 4AG 0151 489 4827

Meols Hall, Churchtown, Southport PR9 7LZ To make an appointment to view or speak to the wedding co-ordinator Call: 01704 228326 • • meols hall - the perfect setting Photos courtesy of Matthew Rycraft There can be very few settings equal to Meols Hall, Southport’s historical manor house, with its magnificent 400 year old candlelit Tithe Barn, Coach House and large unspoilt traditional cobbled courtyard. EXCLUSIVE USE • CIVIL CEREMONIES • RECEPTIONS • WEDDING BREAKFASTS & EVENING CELEBRATIONS BESPOKE & INDIVIDUAL • PHOTOGRAPHIC OPPORTUNITIESWITHINTHE BEAUTIFUL 100 ACRE ESTATE HELICOPTER LANDING AVAILABLE Meols Hall churchtown the tithe barn LAST FEW SUMMER 2023 DATES AVAILABLE YOUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER… The Mere Golf Resort & Spa is a luxurious wedding venue set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, with breathtaking views over the Mere Lake oering a beautiful backdrop to capture the memories of the start of your lives together. Our exceptional events team will guide you through the details, tailoring your wedding according to your preferences and will be there to support you on the day itself. THEMERERESORT .CO.UK /WEDD I NGS 01565 830 155

KNOWSLEY HALL 0151 489 4827 | From the moment you enter this private estate, home to the Earl and Countess of Derby, you’ll find yourself captivated. Steeped in history, the Hall has welcomed royalty and distinguished visitors since it opened its doors in 1495. Although indisputably grand, it nevertheless offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere thanks to the dedicated house staff who will ensure you have a memorable day. Set among 2,500 acres of private parkland, the Hall offers stunning views of its manicured gardens, and the terrace overlooks a beautiful lake complete with running fountain. Plus, the walled garden is the perfect spot to capture your couple shots on the big day. THE “I DOS” You can exchange your vows in the Stucco Ballroom with its beautiful gold leaf encrusted ceiling, witnessed by 132 loved ones; or more intimately in the Walnut Drawing Room, which overlooks the lake. THE CELEBRATIONS The impressive State Dining Room, hung with family portraits and an antique gold chandelier, can host wedding breakfasts for 132 guests. You can then move through to the Stucco Ballroom for the evening bash with your loved ones. The Walnut Drawing Room is also available once more for your reception drinks and as a relaxing chill space away from the mayhem of the dancefloor. PLUS… The venue offers a complimentary menu tasting and a luxury honeymoon suite on the night of your wedding. TALHENBONT HALL 01766 810 247 | Talhenbont Hall is a family-owned estate nestled in the Welsh countryside on the Llyn Peninsula and built in 1607, it’s steeped in history. The Hall was built by William Vaughan as a wedding present for his new wife, Ann. The stunning grounds feature an ancient woodland and formal gardens, which you’ll have exclusive use of. The River Dwyfach runs through the estate and there’s even a tennis court on site. What’s more, you’re only two miles from the sea here. THE “I DOS” You have the choice of several locations for your ceremony. The Vaughan Room, situated in the Elizabethan manor house can host 50 of your nearest and dearest. For slightly larger numbers, Cromwell Hall boasting original beams and an original Minton floor can host 70. The Grade II listed Coach House with its original features and modern twists can accommodate 150 loved ones for the “I dos.” Finally, for al fresco vows there’s the pergoda overlooking the ancient woodland and the River Dwyfach. The seating is amphitheatre-style giving your guests a fantastic view. THE CELEBRATIONS Perfect for intimate celebrations, the Vaughan Room can host 30 for a wedding breakfast. It’s a muted room with a beautiful fireplace, meanwhile the historical Cromwell Hall can accommodate 70 for the reception. For a bigger bash, there’s space in the Coach House for 150 (200 for the evening). A gorgeous place to host your wedding breakfast, it boasts magnificent chandeliers and bi-fold windows looking out over the ancient woodland. It also features a bar hand-built by the owner using wood from the estate. PLUS… The estate also features five charming cottages, where there’s sleeping accommodation for 42 with plenty more available locally for further guests. The beautiful bridal suite is located in the manor house, and boasts a freestanding bath and four-poster bed. 23 HISTORICAL VENUES

Light of my life Even the elusive Northern Lights came out in celebration when Abbie accepted Greg’s proposal of marriage Images courtesy of Lowri-Ellen Photography 24

Despite meeting at a festival in Wales aged just 16 and 17, Abbie and Greg didn’t really start getting to know each other until Greg sent Abbie a Facebook message a few months later. After a few dates at the beach, the pair realised they wanted to be together. “Greg says he was first attracted to my smile, while I loved how he could make me laugh until my stomach hurt – in fact he still does every day,” Abbie tells us. In 2017, Greg surprised Abbie with a trip to Iceland for her 21st birthday, and while there they decided to take a Northern Lights tour in the hopes they’d be kind enough to show themselves. However, by the time it reached 1am and the Northern Lights still hadn’t materialised, Abbie decided it was time to call it a night and try again another day. But, Greg suggested they take just one last picture. He set up the camera on a timer, and as the flash went off he got down on one knee and asked Abbie to marry him. “It was the best feeling in the world and The Northern Lights appeared five seconds later. I couldn’t have asked for a better proposal,” Abbie shares. The couple had been struggling to find a venue they loved until they drove up to the beautiful Talhenbont Hall. Abbie explains, “The property has a really nice feel to it with original features and old furniture. The grounds too are beautiful with lawns surrounded by forest and a river running around the estate. It felt so intimate and personal, which ultimately is the reason we chose to book. It really was the full package!” The wedding party had access to the venue’s grounds over three days, which meant family and friends could stay on site the night before the wedding right the way through to the day after... Read on as the bride tells us more about the big day, 15th November 2021... SETTING THE SCENE With an overarching white and dusky pink theme the centrepieces cleverly incorporated both in a different way. For the guest tables the pair embraced a minimalist approach with white blooms, while the top table, located at the centre of the room, was decorated with floral bursts of colour displayed in a blue and white Chinoiserie vase. The space was filled with tea lights, which created a cosy ambience, setting a romantic scene. The couple made their table plan using their lounge mirror, which they decorated with peach flowers and a hand-drawn gold outline. The table numbers were chosen to complement the design of simple white and gold while the place names were calligraphed by a talented family member. Caterers Cheeky Chilli served a selection of eight canapés, as well as a wedding breakfast of chicken, finishing with a trio of desserts. “They were absolutely amazing,” Abbie says. Speaking of sweet treats the mouth-watering big-day bake was a sight to behold! The single-tier vanilla cake was elaborately piped with pink and light blue icing and topped with cherries. “Birch Bakery did a fantastic job,” Abbie remembers. LOOKING THE PART “I knew exactly what I wanted my dress to look like and found the one. It made me feel so elegant and beautiful and I’ve never seen anyone wear anything like it,” the bride explains. A long-sleeve gown in bright ivory finished with buttons running it’s full length, Abbie felt it didn’t need more than a delicate crystal belt to add some sparkle and complement her earrings. Greg and his groomsmen all wore black tuxedos. The groom added a black floral waistcoat to his outfit in order to stand out and the suits were all finished off with black bow ties and peach rose buttonholes. The bridesmaids were dressed in dusky pink chiffon maxi dresses with open backs and silk bows. “They were very pretty dresses and both girls looked amazing,” Abbie remembers. TIME TO CELEBRATE Live jazz and swing band The Chaser Quartet played during the ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast. Abbie had kept this a secret from Greg as it was a surprise gift for him on the day. During the evening, DJ Lee Morrison from Liverpool was accompanied by 25 REAL WEDDING

Make an entrance with the wow factor... in a Tesla Model X provided by Reem Executive Car Hire. The 100% Electric powered super car with Falcon wing doors will make your arrival flawless. Chauffeur driven, dressed in your tailored colour scheme and prepared with special touches to make your travel to and from your Wedding extra special. We cover the whole North West UK region and are licensed by Cheshire West & Chester Council for Executive Hire. We also provide Wedding day shuttle services with large MPVs and Minibuses to ensure your guests are strategically in position on time. E: T: 01606 95 00 95 Stanley Dock, Regent Road, Liverpool, L3 0AN 0151 559 1444 TitanicHotelLiverpool Rum Warehouse tailored to your special day Lovingly restored, this historic World Heritage site provides a fitting location to mark the start of your lives together. From your marriage ceremony to the evening’s celebrations, we would be honoured to host this wonderful occasion for you. From us to you.. Rum Warehouse Flash Sale £10,000 inc. VAT* • Hire of Rum Warehouse • Toast glass of Prosecco • Red carpet • Arrival glass of Prosecco / bottle of beer • Wedding buffet • Black or White linen table cloths & napkins • 3 course set menu (Menu A) • Stage & Dance floor • Complimentary Superior room for couple • ½ bottle of house wine per person • Use of cake knife • Bar until 1am * Quote RWH10 to book this offer before 31st July 2022. Minimum numbers 100 wedding breakfast and 180 evening reception. Valid on selected dates until November 2023. Subject to availability. For more information, call our wedding coordinators on 0151 482 5783 or email Images provided by Sarah Glynn Photography.

Jesus Martin on the sax. “They were both incredible and made the night. Everyone loved the music and the dancefloor was full all night,” Abbie remembers. MEMORABLE MOMENTS Abbie says, “Greg was fairly calm before the ceremony, but was extremely nervous about his speech. Once the music began and he stood at the end of the aisle waiting for me, he became overwhelmed with emotion and can’t remember anything from that point on!” Greg says, “Abbie didn’t manage to sleep much at all the night before, which only made the nerves worse in the morning. It was emotional for her getting ready with her bridesmaids and family, but as soon as she was with her dad, Cliff, she felt calm and ready to walk down the aisle.” The speeches were the part of the day that stood out most for both bride and groom. They weren’t originally going to have any as both groom and father-ofthe-bride knew how nervous they would be, but in the end their humour and genuine emotion shone through and they felt pleased with how everything went. “We’ve never seen so many men cry in one room,” Abbie laughs. The duo are incredibly grateful to all of their suppliers who were unbelievably helpful and made the day so special. Thanks go out to Alicia and Paul from Talhenbont Hall. Abbie says, “Even though we had to change the date due to Covid all suppliers were happy to make things as easy as possible for us and saved us so much stress. We can’t thank them all enough.” Before parting ways, the bride shares her top tip, “It’s easier said than done, but don’t let the stress and nerves build up before the big day, because once it arrives it’ll be the quickest day of your life and you’ll realise there was literally nothing to worry about. Everyone just wants the best for you, no matter what happens.” “We feel blessed to have been able to have the wedding of our dreams, with no restrictions, as this hasn’t been the case for everyone.” – Abbie 27 REAL WEDDINGS

ROLL CREDITS Venue, Talhenbont Hall, | Photographer, Lowri-Ellen Photography, | Wedding dress, Wed2Be | Evening dress, House of CB | Hair stylist, Elysian Hair & Beauty, | Make-up artist, Makeup by Honor, | Cake, Birch Bakery, | Catering, Cheeky Chilli Events, | Groom’s wedding ring, Chique Jewellers, | Bride’s wedding ring, Gregory’s Jewellers, 01492 544 221 | Entertainment, Lee Morrison, | Entertainment, Jesus Martin, 28

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I DO I love you After reschedu ing many tim s due to C vid, Georgia and Andrai finally tied the knot at Merrydale Manor in September 2021 Images courtesy of Emily Robinson Photography Georgia and Andrai met on MySpace through mutual friends. Aged just 15 and 17 at the time, they went on a first date to Liverpool’s Calderstones Park and have been together ever since. Andrai proposed while on holiday in Santorini. Georgia had always said she’d hate to be asked the all-important question in a room full of people, so he made sure he found a quiet moment. After a wine tasting at Venetsantos Winery, he set up his camera in a secluded spot and told Georgia he was putting the timer on to take a photo of them both with the sunset in the background. Then, once he’d arrived back at her side, he got down on one knee. Merrydale Manor ticked every wedding venue box for the couple. It offered exclusive-use, had plenty of accommodation for their family and friends and boasted stunning grounds and facilities. “We knew straight away we could see ourselves getting married there,” Georgia tells us. “We loved the curtain that divides the Merrydale Suite. For the wedding breakfast the curtain is closed and opens up for the evening. None of our guests knew this so it was a lovely surprise for our first dance,” she continues. Join us as Georgia tells us more about the big day... 30

The ceremony room was decorated with white draping and wisteria hanging from the wooden beams. Gospel choir Soulful Voices serenaded our guests during the ceremony, and I walked down the aisle to Your Love Is My Love by Whitney Houston. We walked out together to Beyonce’s 1+1. I wore Sophia by Anna Georgina. My mum chose my dress – she saw it on a mannequin and said: “You need to try that.” We knew it was the one straight away! Organisation is key! There’s nothing to get stressed about and it should be an enjoyable process, so start planning early and you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy it. I was set on having orchids for my bouquet, as they were my grandma’s favourite flower. We were very close and I wished she could’ve been there on the day along with my nan. I wanted something a little different, so I opted for a beautiful cascading orchid bouquet and had my grandma’s ring tied around it. REAL WEDDINGS 31

My bridesmaids were dressed in blush fishtail gowns with a cross strap and open back. Their bouquets were a mixture of hydrangeas and roses. We absolutely love to travel so when we spoke to our stationer, we knew we wanted something to reflect that. We had a map-themed table plan with pins on each of the amazing places we’ve visited and included a photograph of the two of us there. We named each table after our favourite travel destinations, with the top table being Santorini. Alicante is my family’s holiday hotspot, where we all go together. Amalfi Coast is one of our favourite holidays, as well as Thailand, Mexico, Miami and Dubai. Andrai’s groomsmen wore black tuxedos, and as the groom he wore a black velvet jacket to elevate his. The buttonholes were white roses. We had personalised macarons for each person, meaning they doubled up as place names. The ladies’ were strawberries and cream flavour blush macarons and the gents had pistachio cream flavour. Our centrepieces were a combination of floral arrangements and 10ft blossom trees with hanging glass baubles and floating candles. 32