Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - July/August 2022 (Issue 64)

JUL/AUG 2022 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE WIN! Theme on A two-night stay in the Lake District Venues blessed with glorious gardens PLANNING The ultimate guide to venue styling You’re engaged! Now what? BOHO BLISS Luxe lace and flowing fabrics The green, green grass of home SOS

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 89 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District CONTENTS JULY/AUGUST 2022 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON... West Cheshire 21 THE GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Local venues blessed with glorious gardens On the cover Sponsored by ren wned Cheshire wedding venue Abbeywood Estate (, this issue’s cover has been captured by Liverpool photographer Louise Griffin Photography ( at the wedding of Mr & Mrs Sefton. 45 49 FEATURES 45 PRETTY PURPLE PASTELS Inspiration aplenty for oh-so chic outdoor “I dos” 49 PLANNING SOS Local suppliers from various specialisms share words of wisdom to get your planning off on the right foot 58 A THEME COME TRUE The ultimate guide to styling your venue 80 FROM MISS TO MRS County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 67 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 TRULY TIMELESS Pabudu and Adam styled their day classically using a palette of ivory, cream and blush 33 VERY VINTAGE Emma and Joe styled their relaxed and informal wedding day with a nod to the fabulous 50s 39 PRETTY IN PINK Melissa and Josh tied the knot at Nunsmere Hall on 16th April, 2022 HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 84 TRAVEL GOALS An island country nestled in South Asia, Sri Lanka has always been a bucket-list destination for Louise Prance 86 CARIBBEAN VIBES Enjoy breathtaking, tropical views whilst listening to turquoise waters rolling in with a glass of St. Lucia’s famous rum punch in hand GROOMS 79 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches FASHION & BEAUTY 62 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 65 STYLE DOWN THE AISLE These boho-inspired dresses in luxe lace and flowing fabrics were made for fun and flirting 71 PARTY PIECES These glamorous gowns are worthy of the red carpet 74 FASHION Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 86 58 76 39 21 4

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W-day is imminent! As the County Wedding Magazines editorial crew prepare to see our beloved senior editor, Melissa, become a Mrs, we can’t help but be niggled by at least a small sense of shock at just how quickly the big day has come around. Something, I’ve no doubt you’re all experiencing too as your own weddings draw closer. Christmas Day 2020 feels like only yesterday, when my fellow bridesmaid, Olivia, and I bombarded Melissa with WhatsApp messages: “Has he done it yet? Has he done it yet?” We knew the proposal was imminent you see, and were more than just a tad excited! Boy, have we had an adventure together since: the tears of joy at being asked to be bridesmaids (“Are you sure you want me?”), the fun of shopping for the dresses, and the hilarity of the hen dos (yes plural, she deserves it). The past year-and-a-half has seen us grow closer as friends, not just Melissa, Olivia and I – the three amigos; but also with our gorgeous fellow bridesmaid Nolwenn and the groom, dear Dave. Weddings have a habit of doing that don’t they? Of course, they’re a celebration of love between the all-important couple, but more than that, they allow a much wider expression of love for friends, family and even fur-babies! After all, that’s why we’re all here isn’t it? I know it’s why I spend my days writing about your amazing big days and why I never tire of looking at the resulting photographs. To quote a hero of mine, RuPaul: “Everybody say love.” I hope you enjoy the oodles of inspiration this issue has to offer. We’ve got a breathtaking styled shoot packed with ideas from the region’s finest wedding suppliers, as well as three incredible real weddings. Plus, there’s plenty of guidance on hand if you’re starting out on your wedding journey in our Planning SOS feature (page 49), and we’ve honed in on venue styling from page 59. So, dive in, notebook and pen at the ready. Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor The time has come 6 It’ll be a proud moment for whoever walks you down the aisle. The love you share means it’ll be emotional and memorable too. 39 The time has come! Don’t miss the final prewedding instalment of Melissa’s bride’s diary. WIN! A two-night stay in the Lake District Hooray for Hollywood. Read-carpet ready gowns from ultra-elegant to fashion forward. Pre-wedding shoots: are they worth having? Photographer Kevin Brown has the answer. 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 | 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 @countyweddingmagazines 73 97 82 49

EDITOR’S LETTER 7 “When my parents saw me for the first time in my wedding dress it was a truly special moment – there were tears of joy!” – real bride Pabs Newly engaged? Don’t know where to start? No problem, just head over to our Planning SOS feature. Jacqui O has plenty of tips on organising your flowers. I’m obsessed with this subtle and classy blue and white palette. “The hour or so we got to spend alone together after the ceremony just chatting and being ourselves was one of the day’s most memorable moments for us.” – real bride Emma Cottagecore chic has made it to the world of weddings! This beautiful, flowy dress is perfect for a summer or elopement wedding, and can we take a minute to appreciate those Charlotte Mills shoes?! There’s something incredibly romantic about saying “I do” surrounded by glorious gardens and you’ll be spoilt for stunning photo backdrops. 45 21 49 26 33

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FURRY FRIENDS At Walton Hall and Gardens, the team are doing their bit to keep you entertained throughout the summer, with lots of alpaca walks available to book. Get up close and personal with one of the venue’s three alpacas and spend an hour with them as you walk around the estate with one of the informative rangers. Join Topaz, Mally and Jim on a stroll around Walton Hall and Gardens in the early morning before most people have had their morning tea and toast – it’s sure to be a treat you won’t forget in a hurry! As well as alpaca walks, there’s also adventure golf and high ropes on site, so why not make a day of it? The walks cost £30 and are available until 31st July, so don’t delay hurry along to to book your place. ONE STOP SHOP Boutique Brides of Crosby has recently undergone a renovation and now includes a dedicated flowergirl and bridesmaid room. The boutique stocks a gorgeous range of Emma Bridals flowergirl dresses and accessories as well as Morilee, True Bride and Luna bridesmaid gowns. This is the complete bridal experience so if you’re keen to get the entire bride tribe’s attire sorted in one swoop, it’s well worth making an appointment. Plus, there are some incredible discounts available at the moment. What’s more, the introduction of the bridal snug allows you to enjoy a more intimate bridal experience with a small family viewing. The team have been trialling VIP appointments, which include fizz and refreshments, and they’re proving hugely popular. Located in the heart of Crosby, Liverpool, Boutique Brides of Crosby is a platinum stockist of Pronovias, Pronovias Atelier and Pronovias Privee. Also available are gorgeous gowns by Morilee, Rebecca Ingram, Ronald Joyce, White One, Demetrios and Demetrios Platinum all available in sizes 2 to 32. You’ll be spoilt for choice! To book an appointment call 0151 924 1698 or message on Instagram at @boutiquebridesofcrosby. Also, check out Nearlywed NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the region Getty Images MAMMA MIA! Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa in Thornton Hough, Wirral, is hosting an ABBA Tribute Night with Abbarella on Friday 19th August, so if you’re looking for a fun-filled hen do this could be just the ticket. Tickets cost £45 and include a reception drink, three-course meal, live performance from Abbarella and a disco until 2am. And of course, if you’re worried about getting home afterwards, you needn’t be as the hotel’s gorgeous rooms are available from £155 including bed and breakfast for two people. If you’re still feeling tip top the next morning, we can highly recommend the spa complete with outdoor hydro spa pools, thermal zone, tranquillity suite and so much more. To book call the team on 0151 353 3716 or email To find out more about tying the knot at Thornton Hall, head over to 9 LOCAL NEWS

MY LITTLE PONY Cheshire Pony Parties has created a new service to add to its repertoire: wedding ponies. Owner Amanda Keech tells us, “I was approached by a London-based wedding planner to provide a pony to carry the bubbly at a wedding hosted at a prestigious venue in Cheshire. It inspired me to put my 14 years of experience in delivering professionally organised, high end, engaging pony and unicorn parties with the wow factor, to create a new service for weddings.” The gorgeous wedding ponies will be available to cover Cheshire and occasionally, surrounding counties, carrying either champagne for the newlyweds, while you’re having your photos taken and/or confetti for your guests to throw. These little treasures offer an adorable extra to a country wedding or for a horse-loving couple. Amanda continues, “I wanted the ponies to have a simple country look, so was delighted to find some gorgeous tiny wicker baskets, just big enough to carry a bottle.” Cuteness overload! To find out more, head over to DATES FOR THE DIARY Grab your calendar and get these fab wedding shows planned in for September now! Sunday 4th September 2022 Wirral Wedding Fayre at Holiday Inn Ellesmere Port Holiday Inn, Lower Mersey Street, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 2AL 12pm-3pm Check out Bliss Wedding Show Chester Racecourse, Chester, CH1 2LY 11am - 3.00pm Check out Sunday 11th September 2022 The Luxury Chester Wedding Show at Old Palace Chester Old Palace Chester, Little St John St, Chester, CH1 1SN 12 noon - 3pm Check out Carden Park Wedding Fayre at Carden Park Hotel Carden Park Hotel, Broxton Rd, Chester CH3 9DQ 11am - 3pm Check out Sunday 18th September 2022 The North Wales Wedding Fayre at Ruthin Castle Ruthin Castle, Castle St, Ruthin, Denbighshire, North Wales. LL15 2NU 12 noon - 3pm Check out Saturday 24th September 2022 Chester Cathedral Wedding Fayre Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh St, Chester, CH1 2DY 10am - 2pm Check out THE RISE OF THE SPARKLING SOLITAIRE What do Kourtney Kardasian, Hayley Bieber and Britney Spears all have in common aside from masses of Instagram followers? Each one of these stars has been spotted sporting solitaire diamond engagement rings. The style, which has doubled in sales at ROX over the past 12 months, is a popular choice as the style shows the diamond to its full potential, throwing light into it for superior sparkle. So, whether you’re looking to replace a temporary engagement ring or you’d like to congratulate yourself for being bang on trend, you may want to take note! The term “oval solitaire engagement ring” has seen a 50 per cent increase in searches over the last year. Like Kourtney Kardashian’s swoon-worthy piece, the ROX Honour Oval Cut Diamond Ring in platinum (from £2,295) will also make a showstopping statement. ROX Love Brilliant Cut Diamond Ring (from £2,750) set in platinum with 14 brilliant cut diamonds on each shoulder is the ideal choice for those who like to stand out from the crowd. More women are opting for yellow gold bands with a white diamond. While these have a vintage feel, you only have to look at the likes of Emily Ratajkowski and Megan Markle to know that gold has timeless appeal. Check out ROX’s Honour Oval Solitaire Diamond Ring in yellow gold (from £2,060). Princess Eugenie, Jennifer Lopez had Victoria Beckham have all worn dazzling pink-stoned engagement rings and ROX Honour Pink Sapphire Diamond Ring in platinum (£17,995) is the perfect choice for an ultra-feminine bride who likes to buck tradition. You can find your nearest ROX showroom on St Peter’s Lane in Liverpool. Check out 10

Rachel Gilbertson Photography & Film provides a high-quality service of capturing your special big day through photography and videography. We are based in Liverpool, however, we travel within Merseyside, Cheshire and other areas too. Please get in touch for enquiries, rates and availability. CONTACT WWW.RACHELGILBERTSONFILM.CO.UK /rachelgilbertsonfilm Capture those special moments

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURCHESHIREMERSEYSIDE.WEDDING Closing date 31st August 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. STYLE FOR THE AISLE Blue & Sixpence is an award-winning bridal boutique located in Liverpool offering professional, kind, friendly advice and gorgeous wedding gowns at fantastic prices. The idea behind this innovative store was born from experience. Owner Ali Hamilton says, “We wanted fabulous service, choice, style, fit and price, but just couldn’t find it.” On average, a gown takes 9,000 litres of water to make, consumes vast amounts of raw materials and resources before being shipped halfway around the world. “We knew we could do better,” Ali continues. Therefore, all the gowns stocked by Blue & Sixpence are new designer samples, meaning you save at least 50% compared to buying made-to-order. The team also helps recent brides to sell their own gowns and boasts an impressive stock of stunning preloved dresses. Interest-free payment plans are now available, making the gowns even more affordable and sizes 8 to 32 are in stock, so whatever your shape, size, style or budget you can enjoy the relaxed and private bridal experience here. We’ve partnered with Blue & Sixpence to offer a 10% discount off all gowns and accessories including discount stock throughout July and August (offer excludes commission gowns). To claim, pop into store and quote Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding at time of purchase. Check out Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS MEMORIES TO TREASURE Crosby-based Rachel Gilbertson Photography & Film provides beautiful photography and videography capturing each element of the wedding day from posed shots to more relaxing candids, allowing you to look back on those special memories forever. Book with Rachel before 31st August 2022 and receive a 10% discount off your package cost. To claim get in touch via and quote 10OFF2022 stating you found this fab offer in Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding. Award-winning British contemporary jewellery designer and silversmith Lucy Quartermaine has had a passion for designing and creating jewellery from a young age, having been inspired by her grandmother’s craft and skill. Loved by A-list celebrities in the UK and around the world, Lucy’s brand is renowned for stylish designs and luxury aesthetics. What’s more, for every piece of jewellery purchased a tree is planted meaning eco-concious consumers can rest assured their purchases are sustainable. With elegant jewellery and accessories perfect for the big day, County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to offer readers the chance to win an Art Deco Oval Pendant worth £95. The 925 sterling silver with rhodium overlay pendant is inset with white topaz gemstones and can be worn at a 16 or 20-inch length. Visit ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Stock image FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

WEST CHESHIRE Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot CHESHIRE VIEW 01244 332 442 | Cheshire View is located in Christleton, just four miles from the historical city of Chester. True to its name, this venue offers breathtaking views of the Cheshire countryside, creating the ideal backdrop for those allimportant photos. The beautiful garden boasts a wooden gazebo, which offers a gorgeous spot for an al fresco ceremony. There’s also a terrace and patio area, ideal for drinks receptions or simply to spread out and mingle. The venue also allows you to benefit from a large, grassed area, the perfect spot for a marquee, tipi, garden games or even a bouncy castle. THE “I DOS” Here, you can choose from three licensed rooms as well as the garden. For intimate “I dos,” The Lewis Room is a modern and fresh area, which can seat 30 nearest and dearest. The Christleton Room too is ideal for smaller gatherings holding 55, with its conservatory style offering views of the countryside. Moving up in size the Littleton Room holds 84 loved ones and with lots of windows it offers you the stunning views as the backdrop to your vows. This space can be combined with The Lewis Room to accommodate 100 guests. Finally for the ceremony, there’s the lovely garden where there’s space for 85 guests. The perfect place for a summer wedding it allows you to enjoy those views and makes for stunning pictures. THE CELEBRATIONS The Littleton Room can also host your reception seating 50. When combined with The Lewis the space becomes large enough for 90 nearest and dearest, a dancefloor and musical entertainment. Alternatively, you have the option to utilise the Waverton Room, the largest at the venue. It can seat 150 guests for the wedding breakfast, with the option to invite up to 170 for the evening do. It has a large bar and a door that opens onto the outdoor area. THERE’S MORE! When you book your wedding here, you’ll be offered the opportunity to have a food tasting at an additional cost. Whilst the venue doesn’t have any accommodation, it has partnered with nearby hotels that have been kind enough to provide discount codes for any wedding parties who celebrate at Cheshire View. It does however, offer a room for the bride and her bridesmaids to get ready in the morning. 15 LOCAL VENUES

THE PARR’S BANK 01925 552 424 | In the heart of Warrington Town Centre, sits The Parr’s Bank. This stunning structure was built in 1877 and has retained its original high ceilings and elegant architecture. Conveniently located it can be found opposite the Warrington Bus Station and a two-minute walk from Warrington Central Train Station, so guests won’t have any transport problems when joining you to celebrate. THE CELEBRATIONS The Bank Manager’s Suite is ideal for an intimate wedding breakfast and can seat 20 nearest and dearest. With dramatic wallpaper and a luxurious open fireplace, it offers a wonderful ambience while you spend time with your loved ones. For much larger gatherings of up to 250 guests for the wedding breakfast and 300 for the evening bash, The Banking Hall is the place to be. The old teller hall, where business accounts were handled, it has now been converted into a stunning setting with elegant hand-painted silk murals, marble pillars and ceilings adorned with golf leaf. THERE’S MORE! Once the venue’s hotel is ready, it will be offering on-site accommodation for you, the newlyweds, on your wedding night. The room will also be available for the bride tribe’s morning preparations. DORFOLD HALL 01270 625 245 | Nestled in 800 acres of idyllic English countryside, the lovingly restored 17th-century stately home and gardens combine the best of Jacobean splendour with an unmistakably contemporary feel, alongside spectacular avant-garde event structures. As you make your way along the treelined avenue, you’re invited to step into another world – your very own country-house escape. Dorfold Hall boasts 19 acres of gorgeous grounds. On your big day, you’re invited to enjoy the lake, the manicured South Lawns, the hidden gem of The Dell and the Arcadian Walk. You can even take shelter beneath the 1000-year-old chestnut tree or amble along Ladies Walk taking in views of the beautiful Cheshire countryside. THE “I DOS” The original Coach House has been sympathetically restored with plenty of original features to create a beautiful and versatile ceremony space. Complete with bespoke chandelier, under-floor heating and spiral staircase leading to the mezzanine level, the perfect place for musicians to play and add to the ambience. Alternatively, for al fresco “I dos,” the gardens can play host to you and 180 of your guests in various locations. THE CELEBRATIONS As newlyweds, if an outdoor drinks reception is either not practical or preferable, you’ll head into The Tack. Located on the opposite side of the courtyard, this space has enormous sliding doors, allowing for a fabulous view and inviting the outside in. It also boasts an incredible bar. Spread across The Tack and Coach House there’s space for 160 loved ones. Juxtaposing the historical and the contemporary, L’Ecurie (The Dining Room) offers and atmospheric backdrop for feasting and celebrations. Its main feature is the original brick wall of the former stable yard, which is balanced on the opposite site by a fabulous view of the Hall and clock tower. It can accommodate 180 for the wedding breakfast and evening revelries. THERE’S MORE! A one-bedroom cottage is included for the night prior to the wedding day and five double bedrooms are included for the night of the wedding. Paul Chadwick Paul Chadwick 16

Located just four miles from the historic city of Chester, nestled in the countryside with breath-taking views. Cheshire View provides the perfect backdrop for your special day. We have several suites available, suitable for all, whether you’re keeping it small and intimate, or going all out. Our Outdoor Garden Room and Gazebo offers the perfect picturesque backdrop for any beautiful outdoor ceremony. If saying your vows in the garden isn’t for you, we can ensure your dream wedding is created indoors while still benefiting from the breath-taking views of Cheshire’s countryside. Here at Cheshire View we like to create bespoke packages for all our couples, to ensure your day is personal to you. Our wedding and events coordinator will help you through the planning process and with those special finishing touches. We pride ourselves in creating beautiful weddings filled with love and laughter. Your perfect day, your way Talk to your dedicated Wedding Coordinator and let’s begin planning your dream wedding. E: | T: 01244 332 442 | C H E S H I R E V I E W, P L O U G H L A N E , C H R I S T L E T ON , C H E S T E R , C H 3 7 P T . Start your next chapter... Walton Hall and Gardens, a beautiful, intimatesettingto make your wedding daymemories. 01925 262908 07831134386

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” Imagine saying your vows with the sun streaming through stained-glass windows, as a string quartet plays from the Minstrel’s Gallery. The magnificent Great Hall, which can host ceremonies with 165 loved ones also offers a warmly romantic setting in the winter with a glowing fire and candlelight reflecting off the original Minton Hollins tiled floor. The Drawing Room can also accommodate 165 and is the largest of the Castle’s function rooms. As you enter, your eye is caught by three imposing windows draped with luxurious red velvet curtains, chandeliers and tapestries. Built in 1848 and set inside the fortified walls of the Castle, 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 available. 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 many 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 one-of-a-kind experience. The captivating greystone walls evoke times long past, enveloping you and your loved ones in an atmosphere of wistful romance. Finally, The Library is the most intimate of the spaces and can seat 30. The book-lined walls are a key feature adding to its authenticity and ambience. THERE’S MORE! The venue benefits from an onsite lodge, which is ideal for a night in with nearest and dearest before the big day. Also offered are menu tastings allowing you to try out some mouth-watering dishes, and all packages include use of the bridal suite for the wedding night Also check out... ABBEYWOOD ESTATE 01606 888 251 | CARDEN PARK 01829 731555 | CRABWALL MANOR HOTEL & SPA 01244 851 666 | DELAMERE MANOR 01606 261 361 | DOUBLETREE BY HILTON CHESTER 01244 408 800 | MACDONALD PORTAL HOTEL 0344 879 9082 | TATTON PARK 01625 374 456 | Doubletree by Hilton Chester 19 LOCAL VENUES

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 25th September | 2pm – 8pm We will be showcasing our industry partners and suppliers as they present their fabulous products and services.

The green, green Local venues blessed with glorious gardens MEOL’S HALL TITHE BARN 01704 228 326 | Situated among the stunning grounds of Meols Hall in the pretty village of Churchtown, the Tithe Barn offers quite the setting for a wedding. This exclusive 400-year-old candlelit barn has an atmosphere all of its own and sits near the historical 12th-century manor house. Sympathetically restored by local craftsmen it’s full of rustic charm and features original brick walls and an open-beamed ceiling. Plus, there are certainly some excellent photographic opportunities across the 100-acre estate. Ceremonies are hosted in the Tithe Barn with a minimum of 50 and maximum of 120 loved ones. The wedding breakfast takes place here too with the same number of guests with an additional 30 welcome for the evening reception. There’s also the tastefully-restored original coach house with its large French doors opening out onto the picturesque traditional cobbled courtyard. It comes complete with shepherds hut bar, heated parosols, patio tables, chairs and outdoor lanterns. This makes an ideal year-round outdoor/indoor venue for entertaining your nearest and dearest, as well as the perfect place to relax and enjoy welcome drinks and even a selection of delicious canapés. The venue offers a complete package of catering, bar service, master of ceremonies and entertainment if you wish. GRASS OF HOME 21 GLORIOUS GARDENS

CREWE HALL 01270 253 333 | Crewe Hall is a 17th-century mansion with 117 bedrooms, gorgeous public areas, reception rooms and manicured grounds. It’s a grand and impressive venue complemented by all the modern luxuries such as a spa, swimming pool and gym. From romantic and intimate to grand and opulent the venue offers a choice of five wedding spaces each of which is capable of hosting your ceremony and reception. The Long Gallery is the largest room in the main hall and is bathed in Jacobean history with a central fireplace and large windows. It can host 200 loved ones for the ceremony, 180 for the wedding breakfast and 200 for the evening reception. The Continental Suite is the ideal setting for larger weddings and boasts its own bar and entertainment. It can accommodate 300 for the “I dos,” 280 for the wedding breakfast and 360 for the evening. The Drawing Room is an elegant space offering a stunning backdrop of intricate carved stone and oak work. It can hold 120 for the ceremony, 70 for the wedding breakfast and 80 for the evening do. For more intimate celebrations the ornate Great Library and Carved Parlour are ideal. The ceiling design of the former is exquisite. The space can host 90 nearest and dearest for the vows and 50 for the wedding breakfast. The latter, its equal in opulence, has space for 60 ceremony guests and 30 for seated dining. THE MERE GOLF RESORT & SPA 01565 830 155 | Nestled in the heart of 150 acres of undulating Cheshire countryside, just minutes from the main motorway network, The Mere Golf Resort & Spa provides a tranquil and picturesque setting for your wedding. As you arrive, the archway only hints at the grandeur that lies beyond. The grounds offer a stunning backdrop for your wedding photographer and feature idyllic views of the Mere Lake, the historical Mere arch and the golf course. Ceremonies and receptions with up to 550 guests take place in the James Braid Suite. It has its own private entrance, exclusive reception area and bars. For more intimate affairs, the Riley Room can host 60 for the “I dos” and is home to unique pieces of artwork by local artist Harold Riley. Celebrations can also be hosted in the George Duncan Suite. It too has a private entrance and also boasts a lounge area with separate bar. It has a capacity of 120. The venue offers a complimentary Queen Suite for the newlyweds on the night of the wedding, so you’ll have somewhere stylish to rest your weary heads. 22

Rossett Hall is located in the quant Village of Rossett, just 6 miles from Chester and Wrexham. We are renowned as one of the area’s most popular wedding venues. Because of its’ age and reputation Rossett Hall creates an ambience of traditional elegance throughout. There are two perfect function suites, offering the ideal space for a small intimate Wedding, or a larger Wedding of up to 150 guests. Boasting secluded gardens and a picturesque cast iron gazebo for those all-important photographs. • Complimentary Room Hire for your Civil Ceremony (excludes registrar fees) • Master of Ceremonies • Red or Cream Carpet arrival • A glass of Buck’s Fizz, Bottled Beer or Sparkling Cocktail following your Ceremony • Chefs selection of Canapés • Five course Wedding Breakfast (including a Taster session for the happy couple) • Two glasses of House Red, White or Rose Wine to compliment your Wedding Breakfast • A glass of Sparkling Wine to toast • Assorted three tier Wedding Cake • Choice of either Chair Covers and Organza Bows or Chivari Chairs • Fresh flower top table arrangement, guest table centrepieces and cake topper • Printed table plan, place cards and menus • Resident DJ and a choice of professional up-lighting for your evening reception • Your choice of Evening Finger Buffet, Roast Bap Buffet, Pizza Buffet or Hog Roast • Our unique Bridal Suite on the night of your Wedding Based on 50 day guests and 80 evening guests Our Popular Dream Wedding Package 2023 FROM ONLY £4950 ROSSETT HALL, CHESTER ROAD ROSSETT, CHESHIRE LL12 0DE 01244 571000 | events@rosset thal lhotel | www.rosset thal lhotel 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

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 | |

TOWER HILL BARNS 01978 823 429 | Tower Hill Barns is an exclusive-use, luxury barn wedding venue beautifully secluded and nestled in 10 acres of North Wales countryside close to the Cheshire and Wirral borders. So, if you’re dreaming of a long, relaxed summer day for your wedding with lawn games and cocktails on the terrace, then this venue’s immaculate lawns, wildflower meadow and spacious sun terrace will give you all the feels. On the other hand, if cosy dark nights are what’s called for, then the roaring firepit, festoon lighting and outdoor bar, complete with its own chill-out seating area are sure to delight. Think toasted marshmallows, snuggly blankets and warming winter cocktails. Maximum capacity for the wedding breakfast is approximately 120-130 and 200+ for the evening bash. Say “I do” in The Old Barn’s ceremony room. Fully refurbished and beautifully finished in a combination of stone and oak, accented with candles and fairylights, it’s luxurious, rustic and romantic and can host 120 loved ones. Alternatively, with space for slightly more guests, 150, The Old Railway Bridge allows you to exchange your vows beneath the lovingly restored structure. The wood-clad backing and contrasting aged stonework provide the perfect backdrop and frame your guests looking on from their sheltered position beneath the oak gazebo. When you book Tower Hill Barns for your wedding day, you’ll be invited to a tasting event allowing you to sample the delicious dishes and wines on offer before deciding on your menu for the big day. The venue also offers complimentary wedding night accommodation in the honeymoon suite if you plan to say over with your nearest and dearest in the on-site accommodation. 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. 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 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. The venue offers a complimentary menu tasting and a luxury honeymoon suite on the night of your wedding. 25 GLORIOUS GARDENS

timeless TRULY Pabudu and Adam styled their day classically using a palette of ivory, cream and blush Images courtesy of Matthew Rycraft Photography 26

Pabs and Adam met online, deciding to go on a date shortly afterwards. They talked for hours over cocktails and, Pabs says, “There was an instant connection between us. We both felt like we’d known each other for a long time.” Pabs hadn’t been home to Sri Lanka for five years, so the couple planned a trip so she could introduce Adam to her parents. “I was really excited for him to meet them and to show him my country... I never expected him to propose!” she tells us. They booked a hotel in Kandy, Pabs’ home city, overlooking the mountains. Then after her birthday dinner he popped the question. It was incredibly special to Pabs that he’d chosen the city she grew up in as the setting for such an important moment. The pair considered tying the knot in Sri Lanka, but with Covid they decided it wouldn’t be viable. So, if they were going to say “I do” in the UK, they wanted it to be somewhere traditionally English. Pabs remembers, “When we visited Knowsley Hall, we were mesmerised by the grounds as well as how elegant and beautiful the interiors were. When I saw the ceremony room, I could instantly imagine myself walking down the aisle there.” Join us, as Pabs tells us more about their elegant and timeless big day – 30th April, 2022... SETTING THE SCENE Pabs had a timeless, classic styling vision for the day. “I designed everything based on the idea that when we look back on our pictures in 20 or 30 years time, the theme and decorations will still look relevant,” she explains. Pabs was careful to strike a balance and avoid overdecorating, since Knowsley Hall is already so grand, and selected a palette of light pink, ivory and cream. With the help of venue stylist Thornton Events, the aisle was lined with white blossom trees and candles. Centrepieces for some of the eight tables were tall glass vases filled with pink, white and cream blooms, while others were adorned with blossom trees hung with baubles containing pink flowers. The same colours and blooms featured in the bride’s bouquet of roses and peonies. The wedding invitations displayed a gorgeous image of Knowsley Hall along with a white pearl button and golden ribbons. The same design was carried throughout the onthe-day stationery from the table plan to the guest book. The icing of the three-tier cake echoed the lace pattern from the bride’s wedding dress, as well as sugar-flower replicas of the blooms from her bouquet. Cake maker Suzie also created handmade heart-shaped cookies with the couples initials on, which served as wedding favours. Plus, there were even more treats on offer for the lucky guests in the shape of a sweet cart. The couple hired a white 1930s classic tourer car to get them from A to B. Pab remembers, “It was perfectly aligned with our theme and looks great in the pictures on Knowsley Hall’s long drive against the grand front gates.” Everyone was well and truly entertained in the evening with a DJ and selfie mirror booth. 27 REAL WEDDINGS

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LOOKING THE PART Pabs wore a made-to-measure Suzanne Neville gown, Rowana, with sleeves added to give it a more classic look. The veil was the same length as the dress’ train and boasted a delicate shimmer. The bride’s Jimmy Choos were chosen to echo this touch of sparkle. In the evening, the bride changed into a traditional Sri Lankan Kandyan saree to pay homage to her heritage. “It was special to wear that and take pictures with my family,” she recalls. Adam wore a navy Hugo Boss suit with a grey waistcoat. His groomsmen were also dressed in navy, including the waistcoasts, which allowed the groom to stand out. The bridesmaids’ dresses were blush pink to match the flowers in Pabs’ bouquet. MEMORABLE MOMENTS Pabs’ parents live in Sri Lanka and had made the journey across land and sea especially for the big day – it was actually their first visit to the UK. “My mum couldn’t come with me when I went to try on the dress, so the day of the wedding was the first time she and my father had seen me in it. It was a truly special moment with tears of joy,” the bride shares. Pabs tells us about another of the day’s highlights: “I’ll never forget the way Adam looked at me as I walked down the aisle. I felt truly happy to see him at the end waiting for me.” When the registrar met the couple before the ceremony, she spent a lot of time carefully making sure she knew how to pronounce Pabs’ full Sri Lankan name. However, when the time came it wasn’t Pabudu’s name that caused the problem, but Adam’s! “She accidentally called him by his middle name. Once the mistake had been made it stuck in her head and got repeated a number of times. The guests all thought it was hilarious and Adam’s friends now have a new nickname for him,” the bride laughs. The newlyweds have nothing but great things to say about their wedding suppliers: “I feel everyone did such an amazing job. They were all equally brilliant! They worked together very well and made our lives easy. The Knowsley team were exceptional. The whole day ran smoothly and they went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed the day. Everything was perfect for our guests too. Our photographer Matthew captured all of those special moments so beautifully, and we’ll cherish the photos forever.” “Picking suppliers who’ve worked with the venue before is a huge advantage. Everyone I used knew the people and processes at Knowsley Hall so it made things so much easier.” 29 REAL WEDDINGS

ROLL CREDITS Venue and catering, Knowsley Hall, | Photographer, Matthew Rycraft Photography, Dress, Suzanne Neville, | Hair and make-up, Absolutely Flawless, Bridesmaids’ dresses, TH&TH, | Groom’s suit, Hugo Boss | Cake, The Cake Pavilion, Flowers, Bloom’s Floristry, | Stationery, Pink Sherbet Stationery, | Entertainment, Big Event Group, | Videography, Dave Bone Films, | Personal trainer, Chris Rait at Absolute Body Solutions, | | Venue styling, Thornton Events, 30