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

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