Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - May/June 2022 (Issue 63)

MAY/JUN 2022 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE WIN! The latest trends in wedding floral design from ceremony to celebrations Win a two-night stay in the Lake District SPLASH Make a THE FINER DETAILS BEHIND THE LENS Waterside venues The latest strappy styles Say it with flowers Get to know the region’s fab photographers

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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 63 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 97 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 CONTENTS MAY/JUNE 2022 VENUES 17 SPOTLIGHT ON... Knowsley and St. Helens 23 MAKING WAVES Our roundup of the region’s waterside venues On the cover This issue’s joyful co er shot of real wedding couple Nikki and James was captured by Turn to page 39 to read all about the big day. 35 28 FEATURES 51 BEHIND THE LENS Allow us to introduce you to some of the region’s finest wedding photographers 57 SAY IT WITH FLOWERS Wedding flower trends from ceremony to celebrations 94 WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor, Melissa Barker, shares her wedding planning journey 57 3

REAL WEDDINGS 28 READER, I MARRIED HIM... Literature lover Sarah married Mike at St Helen’s Northwich followed by book- and nature-themed celebrations at Abbeywood Estate 35 GOING FOR GREEN Katie and Tom’s venue styling was inspired by their love of houseplants 39 BLACK-TIE AFFAIR Nikki and James’ wedding day was elegant, intimate and oh-so romantic 45 LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Annie and Thom’s big-day plans were thrown into turmoil when their venue suffered a fire just days before the wedding HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Travel editor Melissa Barker reveals new openings and honeymoon essentials 92 A ROMANTIC ESCAPE Melissa Barker explains why Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination GROOMS 87 GROOMS’ NEWS Grooms editor Melissa Barker reveals the latest best buys and product launches 88 HUE COMPLETE ME Pastel hues are a popular trend for spring and summer nuptials FASHION & BEAUTY 67 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 69 THE FINER DETAILS This season’s wedding dresses are boasting statement straps that will never go out of fashion 75 CITY GIRL New wedding start-up business P.S. Bridal has collaborated with a team of talented suppliers to create this fashionable shoot 78 HONEYMOON LUST-HAVES These bright and bold pieces are suitcase essentials 81 FASHION Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 82 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 84 TRESSES TO IMPRESS Whatever challenges your hair throws at you, there’s a product to help you conquer all and we’ve put some of them to the test 92 75 87 82 45 4

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THE BRIDES ROOM BY CARLAMARIE 15 Liverpool road, birkdale, merseyside, pr8 2AR 01704567122 With 30 years of experience in bridal and occasion wear the brides rooms offers bespoke and alteration services so every bride is assured that Carlamarie and her team will be with them from the selection to the final fit and collection. We also offer a full couture service for bridal, mother of the bride/Groom and bridesmaids. Carlamarie is currently designing her own Bridal collection in beautiful silks which will be made in-house in our design studio the collection will be available in the spring. 01695 632 252 01695 632 252 At Carringtons we specialise in creating unique weddings. Let our experienced team help to make the most important day of your life a success. We offer a bespoke personal service with your own dedicated contact from day one to give you as much or as little help as you need. Make use of our skills, experience and creativity to assist you with some of the many decisions you have to make. When you are hosting an event, you need to know you have the right team on your side. We have years of experience and expertise, you can trust Carringtons to get it right and guarantee that your guests enjoy a most memorable event. The perfect ingredient for every event

Finally, the sun is shining! It feels like it’s been a long time coming doesn’t it? As much as I’m very much a winter bunny, I must admit that feeling a warm breeze on my face for a change has cheered me up. My friends and I have decided to compile a bucket list of activities we’d like to enjoy this summer, and plans are well underway for our very own CWM bride’s hen do. If you’re worried about what your best gals might have planned for yours, the best way is to maintain an open line of communication. Make sure you lay down perimeters and make it abundantly clear well in advance if L plates, sashes and the like aren’t your thing. Olivia, Nolwenn and I sat bride Melissa down for a chat first to make sure we didn’t make any faux pas and asked her to provide us with a guest list and options for available dates. No doubt you’ll have been careful about your bridesmaid choices, they love you and know you well, so we’re sure you’re in capable hands. Relax and enjoy the break from planning everything yourself. You’ll find this, the first of our summer issues, brimming with plenty of inspiration and advice as always. If you’re feeling a little bewildered when it comes to finding the perfect photographer to capture your wedding, we introduce you to a few of the region’s finest, as we get to know them and what makes them tick. Still hungry for more wedspiration? Don’t forget to check out our social media channels @YourCheshireMerseysideWedding, @cwm_wedding, @countyweddings and of course, the latest member of the family, our YouTube channel (just head over to and search “County Wedding Magazines”). Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor Fun times 28 39 35 Sarah and Mike’s birdcage centrepieces were wrapped in eucalyptus and surrounded with little jars of white roses and gypsophila. Nikki’s breathtaking bouquet was based on the design of James’ nan’s. Katie and Tom’s arrangements featured an abundance of greenery inspired by their love of houseplants. WIN! Win a two-night stay in the Lake District FABULOUS FLORALS While we take an in-depth look into what’s trending in the world of wedding flowers from ceremony to celebrations this issue, let’s not forget our real wedding couples have already put their best foot forward on the floral front and are also showing us how it’s done... 97 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

BACK ON TRACK Carringtons Catering is welcoming the return of its jam-packed events diary with dates already being booked up until 2025. Hitting record numbers in its 40-year history, the team look set to cater for up to 15 events a week during this next 12 months, with some wedding and private functions requiring more than 70 members of staff to facilitate them. It’s a stark contrast to the previous two years for the company’s directors Darren and Helen Wynn who were heavily hit by the pandemic and left with no choice but to put operations on hold until the easing of national restrictions. Master Chef of Great Britain and director Darren says, “We’re back to doing what we love with the venues we’re proud to work with – we’ve never been this busy.” Carringtons Catering is one of the North West’s longest standing independent caterers, providing bespoke catering, event and hospitality services. The team has built an outstanding reputation for delivering culinary excellence and a professional service, together with a first-class dining experience. Helen added, “It’s great to know that people are still planning for the future and that they haven’t been deterred by the events of the last few years. Many have been waiting years to have their dream days, so we feel very proud to have been chosen to make these happen. We have so many exciting things coming up in 2022 and beyond, and it’s great to be back.” Watch this space! Check out ALL THAT GLITTERS A new generation of H Samuel shops has arrived on the high street, transforming the shopping experience for its customers. These concept stores offer an immersive retail experience where you can discover the latest trends and experiment with different looks through the curation of fashionable jewellery and watches. The highlight of the new-look store features for us of course, is the design bar. A bespoke bridal and design experience provided by H Samuel’s style experts and master craftsman, you can add a personal touch to your jewellery with engraving, customise your own one-ofa-kind piece by selecting your stone, cut, setting and budget. You can even bring to life your design vision and create your own unique, bespoke item of jewellery. Also in store, you’ll find the HS Loves trend bar where you can get the look by discovering design staples, leading fashion brands and new trends. Plus, the ear-piercing salon – a dedicated space for earpiercing with a selection of earrings to stack and create a look. Signet UK and Ireland managing director, Neil Old says, “We’ve come a long way since Harriet Samuel opened her first store in 1890, but with her customer-focused approach and appreciation of the value of jewellery, we think she’d approve.” The new H Samuel stores being opened in the next few months will be at key UK locations including locally at Liverpool ONE. NearlywedNEWS Catch up on the latest from around the region 8

NEW VENUE ALERT! Nestled in the heart of Warrington, Cheshire, the old Parr’s Bank has been transformed into the county’s newest wedding venue. The soonto-be hotel has retained its Victorian architecture to capture the essence of luxury, as well as paying tribute to the town’s history. Built in 1877 and Grade II listed, every detail in the building has been meticulously thought out. With the overall design leaning towards early 20th-century Art Deco, the oak flooring, glass ceilings, marble pillars and stunning central chandelier are sure to leave you in awe. You and your guests are also able to access the venue’s Coffee Bar, Counters, which provides scrumptious Indian toastie boards, speciality coffee and smoky cocktails. With the hotel expected to be ready by the end of 2022, this is the ideal place to host your wedding and stay for that added level of comfort on your big day. To request a brochure or show around simply email For further information in the meantime, head over to DREAM TEAM Oddfellows Chester has appointed a new team to focus on driving the events side of the business forward post pandemic. Rebecca Taylor has taken on the role of coordinating events for the Georgian town house hotel, while Jade Bradbourn will support her in managing the food and beverage side of things. Both have previously worked for the award-winning hotel restaurant and garden on the operations side, and jumped at the chance to front the event planning team. Rebecca originally joined Oddfellows after nine years with another iconic local wedding venue, Peckforton Castle. She says, “I’m excited about the opportunity to really get to know our clients, helping them plan their weddings and be creative with how we do it. Most of our couples choose Oddfellows because we’re a venue with personality and are known for our happy, friendly team. I can’t wait – it’s going to be a busy year ahead as we catch up on all the celebrations we missed over the last two years.” Events at Oddfellows Chester can surpass 100 people, with the whole top floor of the design-led hotel encompassing a private three-room event space with separate bar and roof terrace. There are also smaller spaces such as the Tea Rooms, famous for its upside-down tea party hanging from the ceiling and the Secret Garden’s Potting Shed area, which is under cover and heated by glass panelled fires. Check out WINNING WAYS Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa has been crowned Large Hotel of the Year in the Marketing Cheshire Awards. The Nantwich-based hotel, part of the Hand Picked Hotels collection, was also shortlisted for Wedding Venue of the Year. The prestigious Marketing Cheshire awards recognises excellence and outstanding achievement by local businesses and individuals working in the county and Warrington’s visitor economy and has been running for 16 years. Rookery Hall’s innovation and dedication to its guest experience helped it to scoop this accolade. During the pandemic it opened up its grounds to offer takeaway treats, as well as organising treasure hunts for families and create exciting al fresco dining opportunities. Having gone from strength to strength the hotel has also retained its four red-star rating from the AA and had achieved a second AA Rosette for its restaurant. In addition, it continues to be recognised as a five bubble spa by the Good Spa Guide. For further information about hosting your wedding day at Rookery Hall, see Paul Chadwick 9 LOCAL NEWS

OPERATION HEN Following the turmoil of the past two years, it’s understandable that folk should be keen to make the most of special occasions in 2022 and truly spend quality time with friends, family and loved ones. For those looking to celebrate milestones and of course upcoming weddings, has revealed its top spas and hotels for group spa days and overnight retreats. So, grab Team Hen and check out Doubletree by Hilton Chester, where you and your best gals can experience the Afternoon Spa Retreat. This luxurious spa experience includes a choice of one treatment from Signature full body massage, hot stones back of the body massage, Elemis Superfood facial, luxury manicure or luxury pedicure. You’ll also be delighted by a one-course meal from the Spa Choice menu and full use of the spa facilities, including the pool, sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy pool, meaning this will be the perfect way to spend an afternoon relaxing with your bride tribe. The package starts from £89 per person, with afternoon sessions available from 1pm to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 2pm to 7pm Saturday and Sunday.’s expert team can also help to tailor the ideal celebratory or group getaway. Check out IN REMEMBRANCE Liverpool Lighthouse Choir has released Abide With Me to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. The much-loved hymn had been sung by the choir’s predecessor, Love and Joy Gospel Choir, at the Hillsborough memorial service while the names of those who lost their lives during the tragedy on 15th April 1989 were read out. This was done every year for the past 20 years before the pandemic. The choir recorded this track as part of a collection to pay tribute to those affected by the disaster, including several of its members, and to offer hope and healing to everyone affected by loss at this time. The effects of the past two years on people’s well-being have been wideranging and unprecedented, so it seemed natural for the Choir, which was formed during lockdown, to extend the dedication of its music to include all those who’ve suffered. Abide With Me is free to stream on all platforms including Spotify and is 99p to download. All proceeds will go to Liverpool Lighthouse Charity, which supports music in the local community with a focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable young people. For further information, check out the website TO A TEE The UK is known for some of the best golf courses in Europe and many golf fans will be looking to book a break away this summer to try their luck at some iconic courses. Indeed, if you or your intended are fans of the sport, you may even want to combine a golf and spa break for a relaxing hen, stag or sten break. You won’t be alone as a new study commissioned by the International Golf Travel Market claims more than 40 per cent of golfers name spa facilities to be key influencers when choosing a golf holiday. Inspired to investigate the most picturesque locations for golf and spa getaways, took to Instagram to get the answers. The best news is that the second most shared venue on the list, with a whopping 38,435 hashtags, is right on your doorstep – Champney’s Mottram Hall Hotel, Cheshire. Labelled the UK’s ‘original health spa’ Champney’s features multiple spa and golf rooms alongside a 7,006-yard golf course, which hosted the 2013 European Seniors’ PGA Championship. Mottram Hall recently had more than a 5,000 per cent search increase on Google Trends, making it the place to be right now. To find out more about booking a break at Mottram Hall, head over to Image courtesy of Liverpool Lighthouse Choir Scan to view video 10

NESTLED IN THE HEART OF WARRINGTON, CHESHIRE, THE OLD PARR’S BANK HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO THE COUNTY’S NEWEST WEDDING VENUE. The soon to be hotel has retained its Victorian architecture to capture the essence of luxury, as well as paying tribute to the town’s history. Being built in 1877 and Grade || listed, every detail in the building has been meticulously thought out. With styles leaning towards ear 20th - century art deco, our oak flooring, glass ceilings, marble pillars and stunning central chandelier, leaves our guest simply breathless in awe. E MA I L : R E S E R VAT I O N S @ T H E PA R R S B A N K . C O . U K T E L : 0 1 9 2 5 5 5 2 4 2 4 / MO B : 0 7 5 5 4 2 3 7 3 4 5 T H E PA R R ’ S B A N K , W I NW I C K S T R E E T , WA R R I N G T O N , WA 1 1 X R

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURCHESHIREMERSEYSIDE.WEDDING Closing date 5th August, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. STEP BACK IN TIME We’re excited to partner with Crewe Hall to offer you the chance to win a fantastic overnight stay at this wonderful location with dinner, bed and breakfast. A 17th-century Grade I listed mansion with opulent interiors and manicured grounds, Crewe Hall in the heart of scenic Cheshire certainly has the wow factor. Slip into another era as you spend the night in a period-style bedroom complete with fabulous four-poster bed, ornate ceiling and rich furnishings, or opt for one of the smart rooms in the stylish, modern wing. Crewe Hall may be a historical gem, but it doesn’t skimp on 21st-century comforts and you’ll have the opportunity to kick back with a treatment in the spa or plunge into the heated outdoor pool. The hotel is also available for an unforgettable wedding day set amongst its stunning surroundings. Licensed for ceremonies in The Long Gallery, Drawing Room, Continental Suite, Great Library, and Carved Parlour it can host up to 300 for the “I dos,” and the aforementioned spaces can accommodate anywhere from 30 all the way up to 280 for a wedding breakfast with a capacity of 80 to 360 for the evening reception. What’s more, the dedicated team of chefs can create a mouth-watering selection of food for you and your wedding guests the whole day through, from delicious canapés to a sumptuous wedding breakfast. However, the team also knows that not everyone wants the same thing and offers a self-catering option for ultimate flexibility. Enter via for your chance to win an overnight stay at Crewe Hall. Also check out, Great discounts and giveaways up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS WIN! Helping children around the world escape poverty and find education, Vurchoo has launched Studs of Hope: an evergreen collection of unique and affordable earrings that represent and donate to the country they are inspired by. Beautifully and individually designed, the pieces are first and foremost an accessible way to help those in need but are also made to be delicately desirable and effortlessly fashionable. Comprised of gold, silver and mixed metals as well as ethically sourced gemstones, Studs of Hope brings ethical jewellery to the masses for only £40 per pair – proving it doesn’t need to cost the earth to make a difference. Vurchoo are giving one lucky bride the chance to win three pairs of the Gold Feather Studs for each of the bridesmaids. Check out THE GIFT OF GIVING FREEBIES & OFFERS 13 | | 24-30 Park Green, Macclesf ield, Cheshire SK11 7NA | 01625 502 502 Welcome to a unique wedding dress shopping experience where every bride is the centre of our attention. Welcome to our exclusive collection of over 200 wedding dresses from leading British and international designers. WE LC OM E T O WO N D E R F U L

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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. The quirkiest wedding venue in the North West. Celebrations and ceremonies in a nuclear bunker in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.

Tie the knot in a local hotspot HOUGHWOOD GOLF 01744 894 754 (option 1) | Houghwood sits in an exceptional location, which offers panoramic views across the Lancashire Plain and Welsh Hills. The sweeping drive through the golf course leads to a stone built clubhouse complete with terrace and colourful mature shrubbery framing the 18th green. With a reputation for fine food the venue offers exclusive use of the first-floor restaurant, which is a spacious and elegant room, sumptuously decorated. With plenty of natural daylight it has windows overlooking the golf course on both sides offering magnificent views. Ceremonies can be held here, the Fairways Restaurant, or in the Richard Valentine Lounge for 50 guests. These two spots can also host your celebrations with a capacity of 120 for the day and 180 in the evening. You’ll be given a warm, red-carpet welcome with a glass of champagne on arrival and the courteous, efficient and experienced staff, plus dedicated toastmaster are on hand throughout the day to ensure everything runs smoothly. What’s more, as a first anniversary gift, you’ll be treated to dinner and a half bottle of champagne in the Fairways Restaurant, compliments of the venue. @charlottemckeeganphotography @DanTyackPhotography KNOWSLEY & ST HELENS Spotlight on... 17 LOCAL VENUES

HAYDOCK PARK RACECOURSE 01942 402 623 | Set in 127 acres of beautiful parkland, Haydock Park Racecourse is a dramatic scene setter for any wedding day. The grounds feature a picturesque tree-lined drive and delightful views over the racecourse. When you book your big day here, you’ll be allocated a dedicated wedding planner to help you make preparations, as well as a team of operational and events support staff on the day itself. There’s a whole host of wedding spaces available here. The largest is the Park Suite, which can host 100 for a ceremony, 400 for the wedding breakfast and 450 for the evening reception. A contemporary space, it boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular views of the whole course. You also have the option for it to be divided into three separate entertaining areas. The Whittle Suite is an inviting space, perfect for intimate wedding celebrations with its panoramic views and distinctive atmosphere. It can accommodate 80 for the “I dos,” 60 for a wedding breakfast, and 100 for the evening do. Other spaces include the Premier Suite (55 ceremony, 110 dining, 300 evening guests), Jubilee Suite (80 ceremony, 80 dining, 150 evening), Horseshoe Suite (100 ceremony, 100 dining, 250 evening), and Lancaster Suite (150 ceremony, 100 dining, 200 evening). ST HELENS TOWN HALL 01744 676 789 | St Helens Town Hall is a building of timeless elegance boasting a multitude of original Victorian features. The ceremony room, complete with wood panelling and period features can host up to 60 guests and is available Monday to Sunday. For larger guest lists the Council Chamber, with its historical décor can comfortably accommodate up to 100 loved ones, and is available on Fridays and Saturdays. The Main Hall provides the setting for wedding breakfasts and evening receptions. It can play host to up to 120 nearest and dearest for the wedding breakfast and up to 150 for the evening bash. The space is equipped with a bar and is licensed to sell and serve alcohol until 1am. St Helens Council St Helens Council 18

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 Start your next chapter... Walton Hall and Gardens, a beautiful, intimatesettingto make your wedding daymemories. 01925 262908 Luminate Events are an events production company, servicing the whole of the UK and Europe. We pride ourselves on using the latest, up to date cutting edge equipment, all installed by our team of trained technicians, most of whom have been in the industry for many years. We can provide technical support to events of every size, working in small marquees in the back of a private residences, to grand hotels on in Europe, delivering to the highest of standards. We are preferred suppliers at a whole host of Cheshire’s finest venues, providing technical support and design ideas to enhance the beauty of the fabulous spaces, as well as offering Technical support to some of the UK’s best Event organisers. 01925 754 130 | CLONTER For further details: Tel: 01260 224661 E-Mail:

THE BARN AT YEW TREE FARM 0151 488 6625 | The Barn at Yew Tree Farm is set on the rural outskirts of Liverpool, on a family-run working farm. The 300-year-old structure has been sensitively renovated to maintain its rustic charm and simple elegance. Connected to this is a new timber-clad extension, home to the bar and lounge area to bring an element of comfort and sophistication. The venue also has its own private lawned area where guests can enjoy a drink and relax in the evening sun. Ceremonies are held in the Meadow Barn with space for 80 loved ones. This charming structure is blessed with high ceilings, exposed brick and original wood beams offering the ultimate wow-factor. For more intimate “I dos” the Orchard Room is the ideal spot. Closed off by grand wooden barn doors it leads into the private garden. Celebrations are also hosted in the Meadow Barn, which can accommodate 80 for the wedding breakfast and 140 for the evening. The team can set up the space with traditional round tables or charming wooden trestle tables, banqueting style. The interior doors open up allowing the room to flow through to the Orchard Room and spacious bar, while the mezzanine offers a great viewpoint for guests and photographers alike. BLUNDELLS HILL GOLF CLUB 0151 426 9040 (Option 2) | GREENACRES RAINFORD KNOWSLEY HALL 0151 489 4827 | SUITES HOTEL KNOWSLEY 0151 549 2222 | RAINHILL HALL 0151 459 3383 | MERCURE ST HELENS HOTEL 01744 453 444 | Also check out... 21 LOCAL VENUES

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MAKING waves Our roundup of the region’s waterside venues DELAMERE MANOR 01606 261 361 | Behind wrought-iron gates at the end of a driveway flanked by lime trees sits Delamere Manor. Set it more than 100 acres of rolling Cheshire countryside, the venue overlooks a six-acre lake. Once the former residence of the powerful Wilbraham family and more recently home to musician and songwriter Gary Barlow, this Cheshire country house is now privately owned and has undergone a dramatic transformation over the years and offers a classic yet contemporary backdrop for your big day. You’re spoilt for choice for ceremony locations here, with five licensed outdoor spaces offering capacities up to 150: The Terrace, The Jetty, The Folly, The Pergola and The Summer House. Moving into the afternoon and evening, celebrations can be held in the beautiful glass-fronted Courtyard, with retractable roof, while The Terrace, Folly and Jetty are also available for you to utilise with space for 150 for the wedding breakfast and 200 in the evening. Finally, the pièce de resistance: Delamere Manor has its own private night club, an uber-cool monochrome space where you can dance the night away. The venue offers a complimentary food and wine tasting, as well as a bespoke cocktail tasting. Plus, accommodation is also available on site. WATERSIDE VENUES 23

CAPESTHORNE HALL 01625 861 221 | Capesthorne Hall is a beautiful, family-owned Jacobean stately home, overlooking three lakes and stunning formal gardens. The rooms of the Main Hall boast a wealth of period features, including chandeliers, feature fireplaces, ornate Italian paintings and sculptures, offering a grand setting for your special day. Set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, the beautiful grounds surrounding the Hall include formal gardens, lakes, woodland and parkland. The ornate lakeside gazebo provides a gorgeous al fresco wedding setting with the tree-line avenue leading to it creating a natural aisle for your big entrance. The venue is licensed to hold civil ceremonies in the Drawing Room, Queen Anne Room, contemporary Lakeside Wing with elevated views over the gardens, as well as outside in the Courtyard and Lakeside Gazebo. Maximum capacity inside the Hall is 100, whereas in the Lakeside Wing it’s 160. Drinks receptions are held in the Saloon, where you can enjoy views over the West Lawn across to the woodland beyond. If the weather is fine, guests can wander outside onto the terrace, which runs along the back of the Main Hall. Evening receptions take place in the Lakeside Wing. The venue can accommodate 180 for your evening bash. The venue offers a complimentary night’s stay in South Tower cottage for your wedding night. FORMBY HALL GOLF RESORT AND SPA 01704 875 699 | The luxurious Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa is nestled among 200 acres of lush green parkland. With modern décor and high ceilings, the hotel’s large windows allow plenty of natural daylight to flood through bringing the best of the outdoors in. Speaking of which, there are certainly some spectacular outside spaces to enjoy as you’ll be able to head to the Flower Petal Garden, rockery and lake for some beautiful and intimate pictures. Ceremonies take place in the Ambassador Suite, which has a capacity of 250. Privately situated on the first floor it boasts high ceilings adorned in crystal chandeliers and overlooks the 18-hole championship golf course. Alternatively, the Diplomat Suite, along on the first floor offers the best windows in the hotel – a beautiful spot to say “I do.” It can host 160 loved ones. These suites can also host your celebrations for the same numbers. The chandeliers of the former come to life at night magically illuminating the space along with coloured lighting, changing the atmosphere as your day progresses. There’s also a wrap-around balcony for you to enjoy overlooking the golf course and conveniently, the suite can be tailored in size to suit your needs. With the Diplomat Suite comes a private bar and comfy seating with access to a large patio area. The venue offers a free menu-tasting and anniversary stay with selected packages. Plus, as the newlyweds, you’ll benefit from accommodation on your wedding night, while your guests will be offered discounted rooms. 24

Through the wrought-iron gates, along the driveway flanked by lime trees sits Delamere Manor, one of the most exclusive and luxurious, award-winning, Cheshire Wedding Venues. Set in over 100 acres of rolling Cheshire countryside, our luxury Cheshire wedding venue overlooks a stunning six-acre lake and boasts a number of sensational options for your wedding ceremony and reception. The former residence of the powerful Wilbraham family and more recently the musician and songwriter Gary Barlow, Delamere Manor is now privately owned and has also undergone a dramatic transformation providing a classic yet contemporary backdrop for any special occasion. There are four licensed and flexible spaces for outdoor wedding ceremonies to take place and a fifth option within the gorgeous starlit Courtyard. Wedding breakfasts are also held within the Courtyard. This stunning exclusive-use venue has ample accommodation and even has a state of the art nightclub, which was previously Gary Barlow’s recording studio, the perfect place to party the night away! Delamere Manor is conveniently located and is easily accessed from Liverpool, Manchester and Chester. When you book your wedding or event at Delamere Manor, our dedicated, discreet and experienced in-house team and hand-picked suppliers will work with you every step of the way. We will ensure your day is perfect and exactly as you imagined. W E D D I N G S • C E L E B R A T I O N S • M E E T I N G S & E V E N T S 01606 261 361 • enqu i r i es@de l ameremanor. • l ameremanor. D E L A M E R E M A N O R E S T A T E C U D D I N G T O N L A N E C U D D I N G T O N C H E S H I R E C W 8 2 T E

EXPERTS IN JEWELLERY REMODELLING & HANDMADE COMMI SSIONS Open Tuesday to Saturday. Wednesday appointment only. Our goldsmiths and precious stone setters have over 50 years experience. We have a huge choice of wedding rings and bridal jewellery in our beautiful city centre shop. Wednesdays appointments only, all other days no appointment needed. 01244 313952 1 5 S T W E R B U R G H S T R E E T | C H E S T E R | C H 1 2 D Y O P P O S I T E C H E S T E R C A T H E D R A L Specialists in Pearls & Gemstone Jewellery with the luxury of an in-house workshop NUNSMERE HALL 01606 889 100 | Located in the heart of the Delamere Forest in Cheshire, Nunsmere Hall Hotel is a stunning Edwardian building. Built in 1900, it exudes a sense of a timeless elegance. Equally as beautiful outside as it is in, wisteria-clad walkways, lakeside views and neatly manicured gardens envelop this charming country house. The Crystal Suite is the venue’s most popular room for ceremonies with its beautiful carved ceiling and impressive windows overlooking the manicured grounds. It can play host to 120 of your loved ones. You can also tie the knot al fresco amongst the beautiful Italian gardens. Walking down the aisle to your awaiting guests and soon-to-be spouse in these romantic surroundings is an experience you’ll never forget. Receptions for 100 guests take place in Brocklebank. As you enter the room’s grand windows overlooking the gardens are sure to catch your eye. The chandeliers and neutral colour palette allow you to set any theme of your day and decorate in a style to suit. Alternatively, the marquee is nestled amongst the gardens and boasts breath-taking views of the surrounding 60-acre lake, allowing you to watch the sun go down on the evening of your special day. It has a starlit ceiling, bespoke mood lighting, dancefloor and a private bar. Maximum capacity for a wedding breakfast and evening bash is 400. THE MERE GOLF RESORT & SPA 01565 830 155 | Nestled in the heart of undulating Cheshire countryside, while still conveniently just minutes from the motorway, The Mere Golf Resort and Spa provides a tranquil and picturesque setting. The venue was created on 150 acres of parkland in 1934 and its grounds offer a stunning backdrop for those all-important photos including views of the Mere Lake, historical Mere arch and the golf course. Ceremonies and receptions are held in The James Braid Suite, which offers views over the Lake. This spacious room can host 550 guests and comes complete with its own private entrance, exclusive reception area and bars. The Riley Room can welcome 350 for your vows and is home to 60 unique pieces of artwork by local artist Harold Riley. Alternatively for your celebrations, there’s The George Duncan Suite, which offers a private entrance, lounge area and separate bar. It can accommodate 120 of your nearest and dearest. As the newlyweds, you’re offered the Queen Suite complimentary for your wedding night. WATERSIDE VENUES 27

READER, I HIM married Literature lover Sarah married Mike at St Helen’s Northwich followed by book- and naturethemed celebrations at Abbeywood Estate Images courtesy of James Green Studio 28

Sarah and Mike’s eyes met across a crowded room at a friend’s party during their first year of sixth form college. Indeed, it was his eyes that Sarah was attracted to: “They’re a lovely shade of blue,” she says. The pair hit it off right away, immediately feeling at ease in each other’s company, even though it took Mike another month to convince Sarah to go on a date with him. But needless to say, they’re both so glad he did. When the couple had been dating for a year or two, Mike took Sarah to a romantic spot in their home county of Lincolnshire to watch the sun set. But, when he suggested an impromptu visit back to the same place one Friday evening, she had no idea what he had planned. After setting up the camera to film the sun going down, he got down on one knee and asked Sarah to marry him. “I burst into tears, I never thought I’d react that way,” Sarah remembers. Mike had bought the ring months beforehand and had been planning this proposal for some time, despite spending the wedding day of a friend, just days before, deflecting questions about whether they might be next! Mike was keen to say “I do” in a church, and Sarah was happy to go along with his wishes. “We have quite a few around us, but St Helen’s Northwich is definitely the biggest and prettiest in the area. Also, the vicar was lovely and we had a great rapport with him, so felt that was the one quite quickly,” Sarah explains. When it came to the reception venue, the couple fell in love with the family feel of Abbeywood, as well as it’s rustic yet elegant vibe. “We both love walking and being in the countryside, so its beautiful gardens and glass house made it feel just right for us,” Sarah tells us. Join us now as the bride shares more memories of their beautiful wedding day, which took place on 6th November, 2021... SETTING THE SCENE As a huge book lover, Sarah knew she wanted to include her main hobby in the theme of the wedding day. “I love the classics such as Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre,” she tells us. So, they chose five of Sarah’s favourite books and five of Mike’s and named the tables after them. They also selected quotes about love or marriage from each and incorporated them into the tablenumber design. The table plan itself was also literary themed with each table being depicted as an open book complete with the number on one side and guests names on the other. The place names and favours were combined in the shape of mini honey pots from a local producer. “We wanted to include a nature theme and felt honey would be great,” Sarah explains. Each pot had a ribbon tied around it with a key and name tag attached. The key was a bottle opener and the tag read: “The key to happiness is love and the ability to open a bottle.” Guests names were written on the other side. The centrepieces, created by Victoria from Dressed to Impress, were birdcages wrapped in eucalyptus with candles inside. Each stood on a stack of three antiqued books, surrounded by vases “My brother read a poem at our ceremony, which I'd given to Mike on his 21st birthday. I hadn't heard it read aloud for so long, and it describes everything I felt for Mike then and still do now.” REAL WEDDINGS 29

Set in its own woodland grounds, on the outskirts of Hyde, Oaklands Hall provides the perfect setting for your special day. Oaklands Hall offers a choice of two beautiful suites perfect for hosting your wedding reception and even on site marriage ceremonies. Our tailored package allows a completely individual day to suit your needs. Our Glenwood Suite can hold up to 120 guests and boasts its own entrance and private bar. The Oaklands Suite is the larger of our two suites providing a capacity of 180 guests. Complete with its own grand entrance hall, situated adjacent to the lounge bar, making it the ideal reception area for greeting your guests. Oaklands Hall is licensed for civil weddings and partnerships. Ceremonies can take place in either our Glenwood Suite or Oaklands Suite depending on your preference. Easy driving distance from Manchester and surrounding villages, Oaklands Hall is easily accessible for your wedding guests. The addition of the Premier Inn situated in close proximity, makes it very convenient for any guests staying overnight at your wedding. Beech View, Town Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 3DE 0161 367 7770 | |

containing ivory roses and gypsophila. “Victoria amazed me by bringing our vision to life. The room looked incredible. It was better than I imagined and she went above and beyond to make sure it was perfect,” Sarah remembers. Abbeywood has an on-site florist who created the wedding party bouquets and buttonholes as well as an arrangement for the cake. Speaking of the big-day bake, Sarah’s mum spent hours practising to get the right size and texture, which all paid off in the final showstopping product. It was topped with the word “Finally,” which seemed fitting after postponing the wedding twice and eventually getting married 14 months after their original date. The venue’s in-house team took care of the day’s catering needs. Sarah says, “The food was outstanding, our guests were raving about it all day. We gave them the option of three starters, three mains and two desserts and all of them were amazing.” The bride dined on fishcakes to start, sea bass for main and lemon tart to finish. Mike meanwhile, enjoyed sweet potato soup, followed by chicken and a delicious-sounding Baileys chocolate trifle for dessert. Bespoked Wedding Cars provided transport from the church to Abbeywood in the shape of two cars: one for the bride and fatherof-the-bride, which later would carry the newlyweds, and one for the bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride. “They were gorgeous and really spacious, which helped me with my dress as it was so big I needed lots of room! The drivers were lovely too,” Sarah recalls. LOOKING THE PART The beautiful bride chose a Ronald Joyce gown, “I absolutely adored it. I felt like a princess in it and didn’t want to take it off,” she says. It was a simple Mikado silk, off-the-shoulder silhouette, with a jewelled belt around the waist. “I chose this style as I don’t like anything too fussy and it’s such a classic style, it will definitely stand the test of time,” Sarah explains. She accessorised with pearl drop earrings and a pearl and diamanté bracelet from Lace and Favour, plus a Thomas Sabo pearl bracelet, which Mike had given her as a wedding gift. She opted against wearing a necklace for fear it might overshadow the dress’ gorgeous neckline. Mike wore dark grey suit style Darcy (love what they did there), which had an on-trend checked pattern. His groomsmen were dressed in plain grey suits, with checked waistcoats and sage green ties to match the groom. The bridesmaids’ dresses were sage green, with lace corset bodices. They were embellished with tiny sequins, which sparkled as they caught the light. “I needed to find a style to suit all of them, which I managed in the end, but it took a while,” Sarah confides. The flowergirl wore a silk dress in the same material as the bride’s along with a super-cute flower crown. CELEBRATE IN STYLE A harpist played during the ceremony and drinks reception, proving popular with guests and newlyweds alike. During the evening the couple’s friend Sarah performed her aerial act, which was a big hit and a memorable moment. Later on, a live band filled the dancefloor and the evening was finished with sparklers, which only seemed right the day after Bonfire Night! Sarah remembers, “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life played at the end of the night and one of my bridesmaids asked if I wanted to be lifted, so I agreed. At the same point in the song where Johnny lifts Baby, the girls all picked me up. Mike stood in the middle and boosted me even higher, so my head was touching the drapes!” “Always shop around and get quotes from different suppliers. It can work massively in your favour.” REAL WEDDINGS 31

ROLL CREDITS Venue, catering and wedding party flowers, Abbeywood Estate and Gardens, | Photographer, James Green Studio, | Videographer, The Agnew Film Company, | Dress, Proposals Bridal Room Ltd, | Hair & make-up, So Glamorous Hair and Beauty, | Suits, L & J Formal Hire, | Centrepieces and venue styling, Dressed to Impress, Transport, Bespoked Wedding Cars, | Bridesmaid Dress Alterations, Cheshire Wedding Dress Alterations, | Photo booth, Reflections Entertainment, Entertainment, The Acoustics, | Harpist, Elfair Grug, Aerialist, Sarah Elisabeth Flinton, “Things will always go wrong, you can’t control every aspect of the day, but it’ll still be perfect anyway.” 32