Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - September/October 2022 (Issue 65)

SEPT/OCT 2022 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE WIN! Take it or SLEEVE IT A honeymoon in Portugal Idyllic rural venues AL FRESCO Cover up with this top trend Outdoor weddings ARRIVE IN STYLE Transport options to suit your theme Escape to the country I“ dos”

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 11 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 15 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 77 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 125 COMPETITION WIN! A honeymoon in Portugal CONTENTS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON... Sefton venues 25 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY The region’s countryside wedding venues On the cover This issue’s cover has been sponsored by West Tower ( and was captured at the wedding of Charlotte and Paul Penketh on 29th April 2022 by The Struths (www.struthphotography. com). Charlotte and Paul can also be seen standing alongside two cars from Churchtown Wedding Cars ( 65 42 FEATURES 59 GRAND DESIGNS This team of local lovelies set out to show us how to style a historical venue to best effect 65 AL FRESCO “I DOS” How to plan an outdoor wedding with help from the experts 74 YOUR CARRIAGE AWAITS Wedding transport ideas to suit any theme 111 OUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Cullen shares her wedding planning journey 77 3

REAL WEDDINGS 35 CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS Chloe and Alex met as teenagers and 11 years later tied the knot at Cheshire’s Colshaw Hall 42 START SPREADING THE NEWS Joanne and John celebrated their big day with a New York theme 51 FROM THE HEART OF THE STORM Emily and Samuel said “I do” on 18th February, 2022, one of Britain’s most stormy days HONEYMOONS 114 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 116 THE ULTIMATE GETAWAY Discover why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 119 WITH LOVE FROM MADRID Easter in Spain’s vibrant capital city 122 SWEET ESCAPES Enjoy a relaxing mini-moon in some of the UK’s best boltholes GROOMS 106 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 108 AUTUMN DELIGHTS The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 84 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 87 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Bring out your romantic side in one of these dreamy dresses decorated with whimsical lace, ditsy florals and crystal embellishments 93 STANDOUT SLEEVES These statement dresses will take you from day to dancefloor 96 HEAD TURNERS Pick a statement headband, hair clip or crown for that finishing touch 99 THE MANE EVENT Haircare expert for Milk + Blush Nicole Petty talks us through 2022’s top bridal hair trends and how to achieve them 100 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 102 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the must-haves for the bride-to-be 51 35 87 59 102 4 07814 575080 JAN/FEB 2019 £3.45 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, FREEBIES, FASHION AND MUCH MORE... WIN! Dresses with the wow factor Full-on drama A honeymoon in Barbados Local OVE STORIES THE BRIDESMAID DIARIES Confessions of a maid-of-honour Spotlight on… EAST CHESHIRE Issue 43 January/February 2019 County Wedding Magazines Your CHESHIRE &MERSEYSIDEWEDDING COVER_YCMW43.indd 1 14/12/2018 16:03

After months, even years, of reading my excited babble about our dear CWM colleague Melissa’s wedding day, you may be relieved to hear that it finally happened, and what a day it was! I’ll leave the storytelling to the bride herself, as you can read all about it from page 111, but I would like to impart a little of my own bridesmaid’s wisdom centred around the morning preparations. These moments were the highlight for me, and it’s a part of the day often overlooked amongst the hubbub of wedding planning, so… ❤ Be as organised as you possibly can in the lead up. This way, you’ll have very little to worry about on the day. Admittedly, Melissa’s abilities in this area are superhuman, but knowing we weren’t allowed into the venue to set up until 10am she’d put together individual boxes containing everything each reception table needed. All we had to do when we arrived was unpack them in the right place. We were done in no time, stress free and ready to be beautified. ❤ When you have your trial, be sure to discuss with your hair and make-up artists the morning’s timings. Understanding whether there’ll be any travel time to the ceremony involved; or restrictions such as when you’re allowed entry to the venue, if you’re getting ready there, will help them work out where they should be up to and when. Melissa’s team had everything running like clockwork in a very tight time frame. ❤ Enjoy every moment. I can’t explain how special these few hours spent with our bride were. Chaotic and gone in a flash, but oh-so precious. I spent a significant proportion of it in tears and I could probably count the number of times I’ve happy cried prior to this on one hand! As we waited for Melissa to be called in to see the registrar, only the four of us remained in the cottage, and a hush descended for the first time that day as the bride centred herself and absorbed the enormity of what was about to happen. I swear I’ll never forget that time, my heart nearly beat right out of my chest with love for my amazing friends. My point is this: devote some of your planning time to the morning preparations and when your photographer offers you the option of capturing them, take them up on it. You won’t regret it, promise. Now, while I leave you and mull over what on Earth I’m going to regale you with now the wedding is over, I hope you enjoy this issue. It’s bursting at the seams with inspiration! We’ve taken a look into the world of outdoor weddings and put together some wedding transport tips. Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor and bridesmaid Best day ever! 6 ISSN 2052-0522 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Melissa Cullen | 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 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. Visit us online at and cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines They did it !

EDITOR’S LETTER 7 Emily and Samuel got married during one of the worst British storms in recent memory. “Great day for it! The weather was shocking, heavy wind and rain like we’d never seen. During the speeches, the electricity cut out and the lights and mic went off until the generator kicked in,” Emily told us. Chester Zoo’s stunning new wedding venue has availability for 2023. Find out more in Nearlywed News We all love a slice of cake here and our Hot Topic experts have some great autumn tips on the subject this issue. Liverpool played a starring role in Joe and Joanne’s big day. 77 42 51 125 11 WIN! A honeymoon in Portugal 65 There’s a lot to take into account when you decide to tie the knot al fresco. We turned to the experts to find out more. 07768 189442 RELAXED INFORMAL UNIQUE

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DON’T DELAY If you’re yet to book your date for 2023, fear not as Shrigley Hall Hotel & Spa has launched a last minute package you’ll love. Priced at £4,500 for 40 day guests and 60 evening guests it includes room hire for the wedding breakfast and evening bash; red carpet; wedding coordinator; printed hotel menus, name cards and table plan; use of a cake stand and knife; master of ceremonies; one glass of prosecco and/ or bottled beer after the ceremony; three-course wedding breakfast with tea and coffee; half a bottle of house wine with the meal; glass of prosecco for the toast; menu-tasting for you both; evening supper barms and wedges; white table linen and napkins; chair covers and sashes; DJ and disco from 7.30pm until 1am; bridal suite for the night of the wedding; preferential room rate for your guests; 40 per cent off your first anniversary stay at the hotel; plus VAT and all service charges. The offer applies to weddings held on Sunday to Friday in January, February and March in 2023 and Sundays and Mondays in April to November 2023. Terms and conditions apply so check out for further details. HOW BLOOMIN’ KIND New Liverpool-based floristry business Somerset Blooms was set up by Nathalie Somerset earlier this year, adopting environmentally friendly working practices. “I’m creative with how I run the company and always look for new ways to add to my eco promise. I source alternatives to polyribbon, wet foam and single-use plastics and use ribbon crafted from old plastic bottles, natural and earth-friendly agra wool and biodegradable plastics. I even grow some of the flowers myself,” she tells us. Nathalie’s most recent eco action is delivering flowers in her local area by bicyle. Bright pink with a basket on the front, its super-girly and a win win as she gets her daily dose of exercise while she works! Mainly though, it’s because no fuel is used in the process. Nathalie continues, “There’s so much more businesses can do to become more eco-conscious, they just need to be creative and think outside the box. My customers enjoy the luxury of my flowers alongside the feel-good factor knowing they don’t come at a price to the planet.” Somerset Blooms also undertakes bespoke design work for weddings so to find out more head over to Nearlywed NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the region FASHION FORWARD Bellissima Brides in Brimstage, Wirral, is excited to launch Blanche Bridal in the UK and is proud to be the designer’s first and only stockist outside of the U.S and Australia. Blanche (@blanchebridal) is an Instagram phenomenon and the team at Bellissima has already seen brides booking flights to the UK to come and see this new collection at the boutique. The new drop of Blanche gowns is expected in November, including the bestselling Esmee, Odette and Janelle. Prices range from £2,500 to £4,000 and the dresses are customisable allowing you to create your perfect look. To find out more and book an appointment head over to 11 LOCAL NEWS

NEW VENUE ALERT! Cheshire-based Nelson Hotels & Inns is set to launch its fifth venue, The Manor at Greasby, which will boast a beautifully-appointed wedding and events barn. The venue design combines historical character with contemporary sophistication creating a romantic, elegant space oozing rustic charm with exposed brickwork, antique mirror finishing and an understated palette. The Barn at the Manor is set to be the ultimate destination for countryside weddings in the region. Framed with timber and illuminated by beautiful beaded chandeliers, the venue will cater for up to 80 guest for seated wedding breakfasts, with more informal nuptials accommodating up to 100 event guests. Bespoke wedding packages are available allowing you to tailor make your celebration to your exact requirements. From the traditional reception with all amenities included, to afternoon tea and twilight wedding options, the venue will offer something to suit all tastes. Choose from an array of delicious options from expertly-crafted menus, including potted chicken and wild mushroom mille-feuille, braised Conwy Valley beef, pork belly and cheek, salted caramel panna cotta, vanilla cheesecake popsicles and white chocolate raspberry domes. The luxury space will be fully self-contained with its own separate entrance and private bar for drinks receptions, while the picturesque courtyard will provide a beautiful backdrop for for enjoying drinks and canapés. The Barn will be unveiled in the winter and will be available to book from 1st December onwards. For further information keep an eye on ANIMAL-LOVERS’ MINIMOON Carden Park, Chester’s award-winning hotel and spa, located amidst the beautiful Cheshire countryside has announced an exciting new partnership with Chester Zoo offering the ultimate staycation for animal-loving couples. The Chester Zoo Luxury Escape offers the ideal indulgent home-away-from-home experience after a day of unforgettable exploration. After a day of adventure at the UK’s largest zoo visiting its 19,000 exotic animals, return and relax in pure luxury at Carden Park Hotel. Its 1,000 acres of grounds include the multi-awardwinning Spa at Carden, which is home to one of the country’s biggest spa gardens, delicious gourmet fine-dining restaurant The Vines, two championship golf courses and adventure aerial ropes course, Vertigo. The package includes overnight luxury accommodation, Chester Zoo tickets, breakfast in the morning, plus full gym and leisure pool access. You can personalise your experience further for an added minimoon treat, by adding fine dining, spa access, golf and more. Prices start from £209 per couple or £279 for a family of four. Check out chester-zoo-experiences “I ZOO” Chester Zoo has released a set of artist’s impressions providing the first glimpse of the wildlife charity’s new 200-capacity wedding venue. The images show the building’s bright and spacious interiors, which feature patterns and textures drawing inspiration from the zoo’s mission to prevent the extinction of endangered species. Featuring an impressive gated entrance, the building will have its own large private courtyard, exposed brick walls, vaulted rafters and large windows overlooking the botanical gardens, as well as a host of preserved historical features. The luxury space is an extension of an existing Grade II listed stable block that has stood at the heart of the 128-acre zoo since it opened in 1931. The original structures were once home to some of the attraction’s first animals such as lions, bears and chimpanzees. Zoo conservationists say they plan to retain the rich history and character of the building, while renovating and extending some areas using sustainably-sourced, wildlife-friendly materials. Jamie Christon, CEO at Chester Zoo says, “While we have for some time offered an intimate wedding space for 50 guests at The Oakfield gastropub, we’re frequently asked if we can accommodate larger scale events. That’s why we’re really excited to begin welcoming guests to this incredible new venue from early next year.” The grand opening of The Square is planned for spring 2023 and wedding dates are still available. The main event room is expected to have a capacity of 200, while reception and breakout rooms bring the total capacity of the building to 380. To find out more visit 12

Coming to the Wirral this winter, The Barn at the Manor will be a romantic and sophisticated wedding barn blending historic character with contemporary elegance. Framed with impressive timber and illuminated by beautiful beaded chandeliers, the unique space will boast a rustic charm and feature exposed brickwork, antique mirror finishing and an understated colour palette to elegantly accent your big day. Celebrate your marriage in this lovingly-restored barn, boasting its own private bar area and accommodating up to 100 guests; offering the perfect backdrop in which to create life’s finest memories. CRAFTING LOVE STORIES SINCE 1680 Discover our brand-new wedding venue today by emailing The latest addition to the Nelson Hotels & Inns collection, now taking bookings for 2023.

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURCHESHIREMERSEYSIDE.WEDDING Closing date 31st October 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. STAR OF THE SHOW Find everything you need and want for your wedding day all under one roof at The North West Wedding Show, at the Exhibition Centre, Liverpool from 1st to 2nd October 2022. The show is packed with local, national and international wedding suppliers, and with show-stopping feature stands and exclusive show offers you’ll be able to put together your dream team in no time! Three spectacular catwalk shows take place each day. Highly choreographed, they showcase the latest trends in bridal, menswear and mother-of-the-bride fashion. It’s not to be missed! But that’s not all, as there’s plenty of entertainment from leading wedding bands and singers performing in the Live Lounge & Bar. Enjoy a glass of fizz, gin and tonic or whatever you fancy, while you find the perfect act to entertain your wedding guests. We’ve partnered with show organisers, the Bliss Events Company, to offer Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding readers the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets for the Sunday afternoon, 2nd October. The VIP experience includes fast track entrance into the show, entry into the VIP Lounge with canapés and fizz, and reserved seating at the catwalk for the 2.30pm show. Enter via the website at by 5pm on 25th September. For further show info check out Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs CAPTURE THAT LOVE Momentarily Picturesque is a wedding photography business based in Liverpool. Owner and photographer Abi is passionate about capturing your special day and those magical moments, which will last forever with a combination of formal and candid images. She prides herself on being an affordable and approachable photographer, so she’ll be delighted to hear from you to discuss your big day. We’ve partnered with this local lovely to offer Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding readers 10% off of your wedding package price with Momentarily Picturesque, along with a free mini printed album with up to 20 of our favourite images from the day. To claim this fab offer simply get in touch with Abi via or at and quote “Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding.” ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Award-winning Danish brand Sif Jakobs Jewellery is renowned for creating modern, luxurious designs with an affordable price tag. The jewellery is made of rhodium,18k rose gold or yellow gold plated 925 sterling silver, featuring high-quality zirconia stones that create a sophisticated and dramatic expression often featured in Sif Jakobs’ collections. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Sif Jakobs Jewellery to give readers the chance to win this necklace and earring set worth £158 from the coveted Belluno collection. Made with 925 sterling silver and the highest quality cubic zirconia, all jewellery is handcrafted and carefully inspected to ensure perfection. Visit Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 15

Contact our weddings team on Tel: 01625 575757 or email: WWW.SHRIGLEYHALLHOTELANDSPA.CO.UK SHRIGLEY HALL HOTEL A stunning country house hotel built in Victorian times, Shrigley Hall Hotel is steeped in history and set in over 262 acres of beautiful grounds, including 18hole championship golf course. A CHOICE OF UNIQUE FUNCTION ROOMS. Each self-contained with private reception facilities, including our stunning Tilden Suite, a converted monastery which can accommodate larger parties up to 300. Our William Turner Suite, a more contemporary room with floor to ceiling French doors and impressive chandeliers. Additionally, our stunning Drawing Room with decorative ceiling, for more intimate gatherings. Each function space is uniquely located within the property to give you that exclusive venue feeling with its own bar/ reception facilities and individual character. STUNNING GROUNDS. Shrigley Hall is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies in 3 unique spaces, has stunning grounds and an impressive staircase for your wedding photography. Day or night, summer or winter, once you have driven up the sweeping driveway to the elevation of the hall, the views cannot fail to wow and impress your guests and provide a stunning backdrop to your special day. FEEL RIGHT AT HOME. With 155 en-suite bedrooms, luxurious Bazaar spa facilities and 18 hole championship golf course, Shrigley Hall offers the full package for every couple.

Contact us today Tel: 01625 573246 or email WWW.HOLLINHOUSEHOTEL.CO.UK Call the team on Tel: 01824 702664 or email: WWW.RUTHINCASTLE.CO.UK HOLLIN HOUSE HOTEL The hotel sits on the edge of the Peak District in the small village of Bollington. The 3 acres of gardens surrounded by the Cheshire countryside do truly create a romantic and individual setting to celebrate your wedding day. EXCLUSIVE WEDDING VENUE. Whether you are looking for a small intimate gathering or a fairy-tale wedding with a reception for up to 120, we will work with you to create an enchanting and memorable occasion. We are an exclusive wedding venue, hosting just one wedding per day, so you can feel confident in the knowledge that you are the focus of our attention throughout your special day. WE CAN HOST EVERYTHING FOR YOU. Including hosting the bridal party the night prior to the wedding. You will then get married in one of our beautifully appointed spaces before enjoying drinks on your private patio or our beautiful Drawing Room. Then our talented team of chefs will wow you with your carefully chosen menu for the all important wedding breakfast, before you enjoy an evening of dancing and memories with your guests. FEEL RIGHT AT HOME. With 57 comfortable en-suite bedrooms for guests to stay over, you and your guests can make the whole occasion a mini break away. RUTHIN CASTLE HOTEL & SPA Dating back to the 12th Century, Ruthin Castle Hotel and Spa will not fail to impress. With its sweeping drive, acres of land and incredible views, your guests will be talking about the beauty of your day for years to come. Perfectly located in a provincial North Wales village, the castle lies next to the Clwydian mountain range, creating the perfect backdrop for capturing those special moments. A CASTLE LIKE NO OTHER. Our truly unique spaces are perfect for your special day, whether you are looking for an intimate affair or the grandest of occasions. Be spoilt for choice with our perfect Castle ballroom, stunning ceremony space and everything in between. STEEPED IN HISTORY. Maybe you have fallen in love with our Grand Salon, with its cascading lights and gilded ceilings, or are dreaming about enjoying your first dance as newly weds in Bertie’s Ballroom, where you can feel the history breathing through the walls. Whatever your dream, our well established weddings team pride themselves on planning and implementing the perfect day for all of the couples who choose Ruthin Castle to say ‘I do’. FEEL RIGHT AT HOME. We have 59 beautifully unique bedrooms to offer, including a selection of suites. Your guests will be able rest their heads on a comfy castle bed and enjoy a peaceful night sleep.

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 LIVERPOOL-BASED FLORIST covering all of the North West My speciality is eco-friendly wedding floristry and I have collaborated with leading vendors in the UK for bridal shoots. I pride myself on providing beautiful wedding work and excellent customer service as evident by the many 5 star reviews on my website. I work with couples from initial consultation to design and construction, right through to wedding day delivery of their flowers. 07517 984714 somersetblooms

SEFTON Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot 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. Plus, there are certainly some excellent photographic opportunities across the 100acre estate. The venue offers a complete package of catering, bar service, master of ceremonies and entertainment if you wish. THE “I DOS” Ceremonies are hosted in the Tithe Barn with a minimum of 50 and maximum of 120 loved ones. Sympathetically restored by local craftsmen the barn is full of rustic charm and features original brick walls and an open-beamed ceiling. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The wedding breakfast takes place in the lovely Tithe Barn, also with a maximum of 120 guests and 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 parasols, 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, enjoy welcome drinks and even a selection of delicious canapés. 19 LOCAL VENUES

THE VINCENT HOTEL 01704 883 800 | This modern 4-star hotel located on Southport’s famous Lord Street has 59 individually-styled bedrooms located over six floors. The luxurious Penthouse Suite comes with a rooftop hot tub and terrace with spectacular views, along with 123 square metres of contemporary living space complete with private bar area and a spacious lounge to enjoy your complimentary cocktails. The Penthouse Suite also boasts an ensuite bathroom with a double-bath, in-built TV and rainforest shower, and a private steam room. If that’s not enough, sit in comfort whilst watching your 50-inch HD LCD TV! Go on, why not treat yourself for your wedding night? The Junior Suite is a spacious suite with a bedroom, adjoining lounge, and a private balcony. It’s comprised of a luxurious lounge, double sofa, feature work desk, marble-top coffee table and two bathrooms each with their own Japanese soaking tubs. Meanwhile, the V-Studio rooms are situated overlooking Lord Street, front facing and each feature a super king-sized bed. The V-Residence style rooms are all situated at the front of the hotel with views over Lord Street and come complete with a super king-sized bed. All rooms have 24-hour room service, personalised mini bar, individual climate control, Nespresso coffee machines, flat screen TV and free internet access, so your guests can be assured of the ultimate in comfort if they’re staying over with you when the celebrations draw to a close. WHERE TO WED Celebrate in style with ceremony and celebrations in The Parisienne Suite located on the first floor of the hotel. With floor-to-ceiling windows on one side allowing ample natural light to flood in, it also comes complete with its own bar and balcony, perfect for those memorable pictures. It can seat 70 loved ones for the ceremony. The Pacific is a smaller room but equally popular. Seating a maximum of 40 for the ceremony, this space is ideal for more intimate weddings with darker, atmospheric décor. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Both The Parisienne and Pacific can play host to wedding receptions. While the former can seat 130 for the wedding breakfast along with a dancefloor, the Pacific can accommodate seated dining for 40. 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 and Rockery for some beautiful and intimate pictures. Formby Hall offers everything you could wish for in a resort experience from golf to spa, dining and events, all set amongst beautiful countryside. THE “I DOS” 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 on the first floor offers the best windows in the hotel – a beautiful spot to say “I do.” It can host 160 loved ones. CELEBRATE IN STYLE These suites can also host your celebrations for the same numbers. The chandeliers of the Ambassador Suite 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. 20

RING IN 2023 Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa Southport Old Road, Formby, Merseyside L37 0AB The excitement, the first look, the ‘I Do’, the moments shared with loved ones, the reflection of your day and the beginning of forever together… Formby Hall makes every moment magical. Enjoy all that our Ring in 2023 weddings package has to offer. • Arrival Red Carpet • Crisp White Table Linen & Napkins • Services of our Toast Master • Crystal Globes with Tea Lights • Cake Stand & Knife • Complimentary Car Parking • Late Bar until 1am (Friday & Saturday) • Welcome Reception Drink of Sparkling Wine • Three Course Wedding Breakfast, with Coffee • Glass of Wine Per Person • Evening Fish & Chips Cones • Deluxe Suite for the Bride & Groom • 5 Discounted Bedrooms for Guests Ring in 2023 Weddings include: Based on 50 day guests & 100 evening guests For more information and available selected dates, contact one of our wedding co-ordinators on 01704 875 699 email: or visit From only £3,750 Dates are subject to availability. | | 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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A Destination Wedding Venue, Offering Weekend Exclusivity A Destination Wedding Venue in North Wales, two minutes from the stunning beaches of the Llyn Peninsula and the mountains of Snowdonia. Talhenbont Hall Estate is nestled in 100 acres of ancient woodland and gardens on the stunning Llyn Peninsula, North Wales, an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is the perfect location for the wedding celebration of your dreams. The most idyllic place to host your wedding reception along with a spectacular terrace overlooking the River Dwyfach, a picture-perfect spot to conduct your outdoor ceremony. At Talhenbont Hall you are offered a bespoke service that is tailored to meet your specific requirements. Completely private, exclusive and a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of daily City life, you and your guests will be totally relaxed at our beautiful Country Estate. Talhenbont Hall is a dream destination wedding venue. Talhenbont Hall, Chwilog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales, LL53 6SZ 01766 810247 |

Escape TALHENBONT HALL 01766 810 247 | Talhenbont Hall is a family-owned estate, built in 1607 it’s steeped in history and romance as it was constructed by William Vaughan as a wedding present for his new wife, Ann. A SCENIC SETTING Nestled in the Welsh countryside on the Llyn Peninsula, Talhenbont Hall is surrounded by stunning grounds, which feature an ancient woodland and formal gardens. The River Dwyfach runs through the estate and there’s even a tennis court on site. What’s more, you’re only two miles from the sea. WHERE TO WED You have the choice of several locations for your ceremony. The Vaughan Room, situated in the Elizabethan manor house can host 50 of your nearest and dearest. For slightly larger numbers, Cromwell Hall boasting original beams and an original Minton Floor can host 70. The Grade II listed Coach House with its original features and modern twists can accommodate 150 loved ones for the “I dos.” Finally, for al fresco vows there’s the pergoda overlooking the ancient woodland and the River Dwyfach. The seating is amphitheatre-style giving your guests a fantastic view. Perfect for intimate celebrations, the Vaughan Room can host 30 for a wedding breakfast. It’s a muted room with a beautiful fireplace, meanwhile the historical Cromwell Hall can accommodate 70 for the reception. For a bigger bash, there’s space in the Coach House for 150 (200 for the evening). A gorgeous place to host your wedding breakfast, it boasts magnificent chandeliers and bi-fold windows looking out over the ancient woodland. It also features a bar hand-built by the owner using wood from the estate. The estate also features five charming cottages, where there’s sleeping accommodation for 42 with plenty more available locally for further guests. The beautiful bridal suite is located in the manor house, and boasts a free-standing bath and four-poster bed. TO THE COUNTRY We round up some of the region’s most beautiful countryside retreats 25 COUNTRYSIDE HAVENS

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. A SCENIC SETTING 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. WHERE TO WED 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. DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL & SPA CHESTER 01244 408 800 | This gorgeous Chester wedding venue combines picture perfect views with history, style and luxury. A SCENIC SETTING Set in 12 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, featuring a Victorian walled garden and restored Ha-Ha wall, this venue offers a magnificent backdrop for your treasured photographs. WHERE TO WED For intimate “I dos” the Yerburgh Suite is the place to be. Hosting up to 30 it’s an elegant space situated in the 18th-century manor house. Flooded with natural daylight through its original bay window, it overlooks the gardens, duck pond and fountain. Available for a wide range of guest numbers the pagoda is located on the hotel grounds, offering a stunning al fresco location for your vows. The Abbey Suite, a converted stable barn with original beams and its own private garden, can host you and your loved ones from ceremony to through celebrations. There’s space here for 110 day guests and 130 for the evening. The Grade II listed conservatory, unforgettable in its own right, provides an elegant backdrop for your confetti shots and photos. Enjoy your first drink as a married couple in this striking glass orangery, before moving through to the ballroom where your celebrations begin in earnest. This stylish space has capacity for 220 day guests and 350 of your nearest and dearest for the evening revelries. 26

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

Weddings at Walton Hall and Gardens The picture-perfect setting for your special day Our inclusive, bespoke packages are designed with you in mind. Whether you choose a small intimate gathering or want to throw a party no one will forget, we can help to plan your perfect day. Happily ever after begins at Walton Hall & Gardens. Walton Lea Rd, Warrington, WA4 6SN 01925 262908

WALTON HALL AND GARDENS 01925 262 908 | Steeped in history, Walton Hall is the former home of Lord and Lady Daresbury, boasting antique furniture, an oak-panelled entrance, grand staircase and high gilded ceilings. There are a range of rooms and options available to you for your ceremony and reception, with all indoor spaces featuring beautiful views across the gardens. Best of all, the Hall is exclusively yours for your special day including The Lady Daresbury Room for your morning preparations. A SCENIC SETTING Set in acres of idyllic parkland, the gardens are stunning whatever the time of year. Rhododendrons, azaleas and wildflowers provide a blaze of colour during spring and summer, after which the trees take on autumn hues of red, orange and gold, while winter sees the return of a frosted wonderland. There are a wide variety of trees, plants and wildlife throughout, creating a beautiful backdrop for the photos you’ll treasure forever. WHERE TO WED You’re spoilt for choice with six wedding locations inside and out. The Concert Room can host 100 loved ones. On the ground floor of the historical Hall, it features large windows that look out across the gardens and bandstand. It can be arranged in your chosen style to include an area for a DJ or band and dancefloor allowing you and your guests to party the night away. The Ruby Room too can accommodate 100 and is located on the first floor boasting exquisite views of the formal gardens. The Glasshouses were lovingly restored a couple of years ago and offer panoramic views of the estate from their beautiful sunny location. They can play host to 60 of your nearest and dearest. For al fresco big days, you can say “I do” on The Bandstand. Traditional in style, it’s located next to the Hall with plenty of space on the grass for guests to sit in rows, as well as standing room for larger groups. The Pergola is a more intimate spot set in the formal gardens offering a peaceful setting for your vows just a short walk from the Hall. Finally, the Woodland Hideaway is new for spring 2022. This secluded setting is nestled deep in the gardens providing a private ceremony spot. Again, only a hop, skip and a jump from the Hall, it sits amongst towering trees and boasts rustic charm. The gardens offer a myriad of options for hosting your reception and the venue is open to any ideas you may have. From festival-style teepees to braving the British weather with an open-air party the choice is yours. All outdoor locations have a capacity of 100 based on a wet-weather plan involving moving to into the Hall. DELAMERE MANOR 01606 261 361 | Once the former residence of the powerful Wilbraham family and more recently home to musician and songwriter Gary Barlow, Delamere Manor is now privately owned and has undergone a dramatic transformation over the years. It now offers a classic yet contemporary backdrop for your big day. A SCENIC SETTING Behind wrought-iron gates at the end of a driveway flanked by lime trees sits this beautiful country house. Set it more than 100 acres of rolling Cheshire countryside, the venue overlooks a six-acre lake. WHERE TO WED You’re spoilt for choice for ceremony locations here, with five licensed outdoor spaces of 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. 29 COUNTRYSIDE HAVENS

THE OAK TREE OF PEOVER 01565 723 337 | The Oak Tree of Peover is a beautiful, rustic, oak-framed barn-style wedding venue set in the heart of Cheshire. It offers ample natural light throughout the day followed by subtle lighting in the evening creating a romantic and magical atmosphere. A SCENIC SETTING Set in a 165-acre estate and surrounded by stunning countryside views, the venue offers you and your loved ones complete tranquillity. Wedding parties have use of the open fire during the colder months as well as the outdoor firepit tables all year round. WHERE TO WED The floor-to-ceiling windows in ceremony space The Ladybird Room offer picturesque views over the grounds and it can host 100 for your vows. The Acorn Room is also available for ceremonies, with a capacity of 108. Its foliage and fairylight decoration, plus a long aisle make for a grand bridal entrance. Finally, the Outdoor Pavilion offers you the opportunity to be closer to nature when exchanging your vows. It offers comfy seating inside for the wedding party, while up to 108 guests can take their seats on the handmade oak benches and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The Ladybird and Acorn Rooms can also host your wedding breakfast, with space for 70 and 108 guests respectively. The former is the perfect space for your evening disco with ample space for a DJ or band and dancefloor. SHRIGLEY HALL HOTEL AND SPA 01625 575 757 | A classic Victorian country house, this elegant hotel boasts 155 en-suite bedrooms and recently refurbished Bazaar Spa, complete with indoor pool, offers you an ideal opportunity to relax and unwind pre- or post wedding. What’s more, the new outdoor infinity pool, heated to a welcoming 38 degrees is the perfect spot to enjoy some honeymoon time together as you enjoy the local views and romantic sunsets. A SCENIC SETTING The Hotel is set in more than 262 acres of gorgeous grounds, including an 18-hole championship golf course. Surrounded by beautiful Cheshire countryside, it’s set high in the hills bordering the Peak District, creating a secluded and tranquil atmosphere for your big day. WHERE TO WED The largest of the wedding spaces is the Tilden Suite, which can host 240 for your vows and reception. A former monastery chapel with domed roof, it boasts a wealth of 18th-century architectural features. This is a completely private room with its own bar and private entrance. The William Turner Suite, located in the main building with beautiful crystal chandeliers and French windows can accommodate 100 for the ceremony and 140 for the reception. It has an adjoining private reception room overlooking the courtyard and a private bar area. Finally, the Drawing Room, which has capacity for 50 for “I dos” and wedding breakfast, is a beautiful room also located in the main house. It has front-facing views of the golf course and beyond. Its impressively ornate high ceiling is sure to bring the wow factor to any intimate wedding. 30

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West Tower, Mill Lane, Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 7HJ 01695 423328 Just half an hour from Liverpool and only 45 minutes from Manchester you’ll find our hidden gem of a venue. Set in eight romantic acres of rolling countryside overlooking lush green fields, West Tower is the ideal hilltop country house setting for your special day and is one of the most picturesque places to say ‘I do’. With exceptional cuisine, attentive service and a stunning setting we promise to create a magical day for you. We are one of the few truly exclusive venues in the North West with the grounds, venue and all 27 guest bedrooms privately yours for you, your family and friends on your wedding day. We are passionate about delivering a perfect and unique wedding experience to make your dreams come true. Our highly experienced and dedicated team will be by your side throughout the whole process from your first planning meeting right the way through to your big day to ensure it is truly memorable. Licenced for civil ceremonies, our Pagoda on the lawn allows outdoor ceremonies from April to September if the weather permits. We are extremely proud to have been voted County brides’ Best Wedding venue in Lancashire for ten consecutive years.

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