Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - January/February 2023 (Issue 67)

JAN/FEB 2023 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE WIN! A fairytale escape in Northern Ireland An A to Z of wedding dress shopping STRIKING 2023 trends special Strike a pose in the latest bridal fashions WE LOVE TO BOOGIE Our top 10 entertainment ideas Rock the frock silhouettes INWITH the new!

Your wedding day will be one of the most special days of your life and it all starts with the heart of your day - your wedding ceremony! I love creating personalised & memorable ceremonies that are as wonderfully unique as the people they’re about! I spend a lot of time getting to know my clients to create their dream ceremony that truly reflects them & their style. Mobile: 07525 083108 Email: @celebrantjenwalker CELEBRANT JEN WALKER Your Day, Your Way!

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 67 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 113 COMPETITION A fairytale escape awaits at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2023 VENUES 17 SPOTLIGHT ON... EAST CHESHIRE Tie the knot in a local hotspot 27 DO NOT DISTURB Check in to your dream W-day at one of the region’s finest hotel venues On the cover This issue’s cover has been sponsored by RW Photography (, who also captured the image of Isabella and Samuel on their beautiful big day. Find out more about this wonderful wedding from page 39. 53 9 FEATURES 53 A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY Drama, elegance, glamour, whimsy... this local styled shoot has it all 57 A DAY OF CONTRASTS Armed with a bold, modern colour palette and unique venue this dream team created something special for the 2020s couple 61 WE LOVE TO BOOGIE Our top 10 wedding entertainment ideas 73 ROCK THE FROCK An indispensable A to Z of wedding dress shopping 109 CALLING ALL ANIMAL LOVERS We’ve put together the ultimate guide to pets at weddings to help you create the perfect day 3

REAL WEDDINGS 32 WITH THIS RING, I THEE MED Vicky and James styled their day with a touch of Mediterranean magic 39 CLASSIC ELEGANCE Cover couple Isabella and Samuel tied the knot at Delamere Manor on 28th July, 2022 45 PURE AND SIMPLE Rachel and Jack opted for delicate styling touches to let the beauty of their venue speak for itself HONEYMOONS 99 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 103 ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY Sample a taste of the Mediterranean on the dreamy island of Crete GROOMS 90 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches FASHION & BEAUTY 82 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 85 STRIKING SILHOUETTES Make your entrance in style in a fabulous fishtail dress, a fairytale-inspired ballgown or a slinky little number 93 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from local professionals 94 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 96 THE TRUTH ABOUT SUGAR Find your way to wedding wellness by managing that sweet tooth with help from expert nutritionists 57 45 73 17 32 96 4

Lesley Meredith Photography DARE TO DREAM... State of the Art Dressing Room from 8am I Opulent bridal Suite 27 guest bedrooms I Accommodating up to 145 daytime & 250 evening guests Ten acres grounds exclusively yours for the day Call: 01695 423328, email: or visit West Tower, Mill Lane, Aughton, Ormskirk, L39 7HJ Nicole Photography Herve Gillet Photography Herve Gillet Photography

Well, first things first: Happy New Year! I hope your Christmas was truly magical and your New Year celebrations ones to remember. Now, safely in 2023 you’re either on your next milestone to W-day or finally, you’re only months away. And, of course, there are those of you with a shiny, new ring on you finger – massive congratulations to you. Allow me to welcome you to the wonderful world of wedding planning. It’ll be a riot, you’re gonna love it! So, whether you’re putting your best foot forward and making your first tentative steps onto the path to “I do”-day, or you’re well on your way and looking to refine the finer points, we’ve got something for you this issue. The region’s wedding suppliers have got their fingers on the pulse of 2023’s wedding trends and have shared their predictions with us in our Hot Topic and Fashion and Beauty Q&A specials. Those who’ve been there, done that and bought the T-shirt never fail to inspire. That’s why we’ve brought you another bevvy of beautiful real weddings to marvel at. Quite apart from the fabulous ideas they’re sure to offer, if you’re anything like me you’ll equally enjoy the genuine love stories they share. They never fail to make me smile. Without any further ado I’ll leave you to dive in to this, our first issue of 2023. I’m incredibly excited to be presenting you with another year of wedspiration. Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor No January blues here! 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 Artwork & Content Coordinator 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 A fairytale escape at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland Win! HAPPY TUMS As long as guests are well fed and watered you’ll likely find them to be a bunch of happy campers. Whether you’re using your venue’s caterer or bringing one in from outside your menu and wine tastings will be a highlight! And don’t forget the big-day bake flawlessly tied in to your theme and offering loved ones a sweet treat. 53 73 SAY “YES” TO THE DRESS No doubt one of the elements you’ll be most looking forward to is shopping for that dream dress. But don’t leave it too late as most will need to be ordered upwards of a year in advance. Turn to our A-Z of dress shopping to find out everything you need to know about finding the one. 113

EDITOR’S LETTER 7 PAWTASTIC! When putting your guest list together there might be one particular loved one you hesitate about, but there’s no need. Don’t miss our guide to pets at weddings to find out how you can include your darling fur baby in your nuptials, worry free. ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Now you have the dress, it’s time to shop for accessories. We know it’s tempting, but try to wait until you’ve chosen your gown as it’s so much easier to fit the accessories around the attire rather than the other way around. Trust us! 57 61 109 17 13 SNAP IT UP So the venue is secured, the date is set, now you can start assembling the rest of your W-day team. Your photographer will be high on the agenda as these talented folk get booked up in a flash. Check out our Freebies & Offers page where you’ll find a fabulous offer from Kevin Brown Photography LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Once the important things like budget and rough idea of guest numbers have been decided, we recommend you start with booking your venue. This issue we bring you a selection of stunners in East Cheshire, as well as a look at the region’s hotel venues. If these don’t work for you though, check out our venue inspiration page over at WOW THE CROWDS Don’t leave your wedding entertainment until the last minute, particularly if there’s a particular musician, band or DJ you have your hearts set on. Chances are they’ll be just as popular amongst other couples and their diaries fill up fast. FINISHING TOUCHES If you’ve got any pennies in the pot by the time you’ve booked the essentials, don’t forget to seek out those fabulous finishing touches. I love this bespoke cake topper by La Fille Creative. 67 © Digital Film Makers, Stockport

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS Talhenbont Hall is an exclusive-use wedding venue based on the stunning Llyn Peninsula, North Wales. It’s most recent addition is a gorgeous outdoor terrace at the rear of the recently-renovated Grade II listed Coach House designed by owners Paul and Alicia and bringing a modern vibe. A perfect space to host your drinks reception and to enjoy in the evening, the terrace boasts enviable, uninterrupted views over the River Dwyfach and ancient woodland thanks to the glass balustrade. The firepit is a focal point in the evening, generating warmth once the sun sets. Talhenbont Hall is an Elizabethan Manor House and along with the new Coach House Terrace the venue boasts an amphitheatre-style terrace where you can exchange vows during the summer months. Here, you can find everything you could want in a venue from the history of the Hall to the rustic feel of the Coach House and modern setting of its newest outdoor space. What’s more, the estate can sleep 42 guests, making it the ultimate UK destination wedding venue. To find out more, visit BLOOMIN’ MARVELLOUS Everything is coming up roses for Nantwich-based floral designer Jacqui O who has been accepted as a full member of the exclusive Good Florist Guide, the gold standard in floristry and the only merit-based guide in the world. The Guide was founded by Caroline Marshall-Foster, editor of The Florist Magazine, as a way to ensure customers always receive top-quality floristry from businesses that value excellent customer service. Jacqueline Owen, owner of Jacqui O was acknowledged with this accolade by the Guide’s advisory panel and is absolutely delighted. You see, unlike any other directory of florists, no-one can just buy their way into the Guide. To be part of it, florists undergo a rigorous evaluation process before being approved and invited to join. Jacqueline says, “We’re delighted to be accepted into the Guide. We’re passionate about quality flowers, breathtaking designs, and the outstanding service we give to each of our clients, so it’s wonderful to have this recognition. As a qualified designer with a passion for wedding florals my mission is to help couples discover how to showcase their style in flowers developing floral confidence and creating their own memories to treasure forever.” Find out more about Jacqui O at Nearlywed NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the county CALLING ALL HENS The award-winning Spa at Carden has launched its new Private Spa Package, allowing you to feel like the ultimate VIP with complete private use of the 4,500 square metre spa and world-class facilities. From elaborate proposals to pamper parties, this package offers exclusive-use of the spa for a twilight session starting at 5.30pm until 9pm. Upon arrival you and your guests will receive a glass of Carden Reserve Sparkling Wine, grown on the estate’s very own on-site threeacre vineyard, as well as a delicious hot and cold buffet served in Elements Restaurant overlooking the spa garden. Both the extensive indoor thermal suite and outdoor spa garden facilities are at your disposal allowing you to drift between three varieties of sauna, multiple hot tubs, indoor and outdoor vitality pools, a tepidarium, steam room, thermal pods, firepit, experience showers and more. You can also organise optional upgrades such as a glass of Bollinger on arrival, luxury wellness goodie bags, prebooked bespoke treatments or add on bedrooms at the hotel for a relaxing stay, making the experience tailored to your occasion. There’s no minimum number of guests required to reserve so the experience can be just as special for intimate occasions as for spectacular hen dos. The Spa at Carden private spa hire prices begin at an introductory rate of £4,950 for an exclusive Twilight Spa based on 45 people, subject to availability and limited to selected dates. The package isn’t bookable online so to find out more get in touch on 01829 731 000 or at Discover The Spa at Carden at 9 LOCAL NEWS

NOW SHOWING Local charity Liverpool Lighthouse, which was established in 1998, has brought community cinema back to Anfield with the opening of the restored Gaumont Palace Cinema, 91 years after its birth. The cinema, also the charity’s base, aims to promote wellbeing for the local community, which has the highest levels of deprivation nationally at a time when people are already struggling with the cost of living crisis, bringing people together in positive shared experience and providing creative, cultural opportunities to promote connection and improved mental health and wellbeing. The historical gem dates back to 1931 when it was opened and managed as an Art Deco cinema, a modern icon of its time. Liverpool Lighthouse’s restoration project, supported by Awards for All, LFC, Liverpool Mayoral Fund and Crowd Funding, involved installing a 10-metre Cine Pro electrical screen and cinema-quality AV system. The vintage feel was returned by bringing the remaining Art Deco features back to life including the historical box office and installing popcorn makers, candyfloss trollies and lighting up the venue outside with a retro ‘now showing’ sign. You can find out more about how to support this incredible local charity, along with cinema showing times at DATES FOR THE DIARY While you’re planning your 2023 diaries, we recommend popping in some time to visit local wedding fairs and open days. They’re a great way to meet potential suppliers and start assembling your W-day team. Here are our suggestions to keep you busy for the next few months! 19th January, 2023 | 6pm-8pm Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa Wedding Open Evening 21st January, 2023 | 12pm-4 pm One Fine Day Wedding Open Day 21st January, 2023 | 12pm-4 pm Oh Me Oh My Wedding Open Day 22nd January, 2023 | 12pm-3pm The Cheshire Wedding Fayre at Nantwich Civic Hall 29th January, 2023 | 10am-4 pm Tatton Park Wedding Open Day 12th February, 2023 | 12pm-3pm The Cheshire & Chester Wedding Fayre at Macdonald Craxton Wood 12th February, 2023 | 12pm-3pm The Tytherington Club Wedding Fair 16th February, 2023 | 5.30pm-9pm Charlotte Tilbury Make-Up Masterclass at Delamere Manor 19th February, 2023 | 12pm-3pm Luxury Liverpool Wedding Show at Formby Hall 19th February, 2023 | 12pm-6pm Delamere Manor Wedding Showcase GOING FOR GREEN Booker Flowers and Gifts, based in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, is proud to have won the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Innovation in Business Award for Responsible Business Environment 2022. A recognition of the continued work it’s doing to reduce the environmental impact of its business. The florist was also awarded the Environmental and Climate award in 2021. To have won for a second year recognises the work the team are doing from year to year, examining each area of the business to make continued improvements. Owner Gemma Wakerley says, “We’ve been on a journey since 2015 to work in the most sustainable way possible, taking into account environmental and socio-economic factors. I’m pleased to see that such awards are now commonplace in the business community. This can only serve to increase what we’re all doing to help preserve the world we live in. At Booker Flowers and Gifts being eco-friendly, community-minded and buying responsibly is part of what we do, and to be recognised for this fills us with pride.” Since winning the award in 2021 Gemma and her team have continued to introduce measures to reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact, such as going paperless and starting to compost green waste. When asked about what businesses can do to be greener Gemma told us, “Going green is about making small, easy changes and building from there. I’m delighted that now green issues are on the agenda for government as it’s a lot easier to access help and support. Over the last year I’ve worked with a Liverpool John Moores University student to help develop a system that has allowed the shop to go paperless while improving productivity and customer service. The student is now able to take this system to market, so it will help other florists as well. We have more plans to carry on this sustainable path, so watch this space!” For more information on ensuring your wedding flowers are sustainable check out © Liverpool Lighthouse 10

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How exciting to be planning your Wedding! Most couples start their wedding planning by choosing the venue, florist, cakemaker etc. and will meet with them to discuss things like what style, colour schemes, they want for their incredibly special day! Why leave the most important part of your day ‘The Ceremony’ to chance? When choosing a Celebrant to create a unique, personalised ceremony, you get the chance to not only have a bespoke, stand out ceremony that your guests will remember for all the right reasons. You will also have the chance to build a relationship with someone that you connect with, who will get to know you and understand everything you want to include in the wedding ceremony that is truly unique and personal to you! Want to know more? Get in touch, let’s start planning your perfect day! | 07702 077349 @puresilkceremonies | @pure_silk_ceremonies

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOURCHESHIREMERSEYSIDE.WEDDING CELEBRATEWITH A CELEBRANT “I absolutely love the start of a new year,” says Sheila Duncan at Pure Silk Ceremonies. “Christmas and the New Year is a fabulous time for proposals. Congratulations to all of you celebrating your engagement.” As 2023 began, Sheila celebrated not only with a wedding on 1st January, but also the official second birthday of Pure Silk Ceremonies! “I really cannot believe it’s been two years since I started my celebrant business. They do say time flies when you’re having fun and I can honestly say, I’m having so much fun working with the most amazing couples to create their dream wedding ceremonies,” she tells us. We’ve teamed up with Pure Silk Ceremonies to offer readers a 10% discount on all bookings made during January and February 2023. To claim simply contact Sheila via and quote “Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding.” Offer ends 28th February, 2023. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME Kevin and Carole are the wonderful husband and wife team behind Kevin Brown Photography. Kevin became hooked on wedding photography after a friend asked him to capture his big day back in 2006. The rest, as they say, is history! Carole, in turn, fell in love with the industry having accompanied Kevin to many beautiful weddings and venues up and down the country; all offering valuable experience that led her to become an excellent photographer in her own right. Kevin says, “You only have one chance to immortalise those memories on the day and the photographs we provide will help you relive that wonderful time again and again. We love to throw ourselves into our work, beginning with the morning preparations, capturing the nerves and excitement, throughout the main event and right up until the first dance.” We’ve partnered with Kevin Brown Photography to offer readers a 20% discount on all January and February weddings taking place in 2023 and 2024. To claim get in touch with Kevin and Carole at and quote “Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding.” Offer ends 28th February, 2023. WIN A TEAM HEN BUNDLE Fresh to Team Hen’s digital shelves are these new bride-to-be must-haves. The new Bride Make Up Bag (£14), complete with gold and chenille sewn-on patches, is ideal for stashing all those daily make up essentials in – and will look pictureperfect in the getting ready snaps on the big day! The matching Bride Weekend Bag (£38) is your new go-to holdall for both the hen do and honeymoon and can be paired with the coordinating Bride Travel Pouch (£16). All of the items are available to order in the brand’s blue Wifey design too! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a Team Hen Bride bag bundle including a make up bag, weekend bag and travel bag worth £68! Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13



Weddings at Walton Hall and Gardens Walton Hall and Gardens is one of Cheshire’s premier destinations and a picture-perfect setting for weddings. Set in acres of idyllic parkland, you're spoilt for choice with six different ceremony locations. Check out our website for more details and to get in touch today. I have been a professional magician for years and in that time I have won various awards. The magic I perform can be a mix and mingle scenario at table or in a cocktail situation, and is highly entertaining for Wedding guests - if you have seen magic performed on TV from Dynamo and David Blaine then you will know what to expect from me. Take a look at my Google review site “Mikes Magic Wedding Magician” where I currently have over €€ ‚ star reviews from clients over the past few years, these will give you a good idea of the kind of atmosphere that I create at functions. I can be booked from 90 minutes upwards, this can be in the afternoon whilst the wedding photographs are being taken or at the evening reception T: €†‚‡€ ‚‡€‚ˆ E: • Mind reading • Sleight of hand • World class card magic • performed for your family, friends and guests to enjoy Mike’s Magic Google reviews 100+ To advertise here call sales on 01376 514000 or visit Please mention “Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding“ when calling advertisers

EAST CHESHIRE Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot PEAR TREE FARM 01565 631 838 | FIRST IMPRESSIONS Pear Tree Farm is a charming country cottage standing in landscaped gardens and fields extending around nine acres. A small and private retreat for intimate and bespoke two-or-a-few weddings, its speciality is elopement and micro nuptials. Located in the heart of the open Cheshire countryside, a five-minute drive from Knutsford and 10 minutes away from the motorway, the venue is easy to access. GORGEOUS GROUNDS The large landscaped garden has several areas providing plenty of photo opportunities: a dedicated rose garden, a parterre, and a clematiscovered tunnel leading down to a duck pond, complete with decking and a trickling waterfall. The summer house can be found next to a small orchard home to a variety of fruit trees, including, of course, several pear trees. There are also nine acres of fields to explore, along with a small paddock with seating area and firepit beneath the stars. TYING THE KNOT There are a selection of delightful, intimate ceremony areas available here. The Summer House sits in the gardens in the lee of an old weeping willow. The Paddock Ceremony area is set in a dip at the bottom of the small secluded paddock, a hidden seating area under the trees complete with twinkling lights. Finally, The Gold Room inside the house has beautiful hand-painted walls and an intricately painted ceiling. The room is furnished with antiques, including several grandfather clocks and a baby grand piano. The windows are dressed with sumptuous silk and velvet drapes and the stone open fireplace with crackling fire makes the perfect place for a secret winter wedding. All three spaces can host 16 nearest and dearest. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Receptions take place in the Diamond Dining Room, so named because of its gold and cream diamond-design ceiling. The décor features a rich, deep burgundy and gold palette reminiscent of grand old theatres The table will comfortably seat 14 or a cosy 16. What’s more, the venue works with an excellent chef, who will come to the house to prepare, cook and serve a tailor-made menu. A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD There are two exquisite en-suite guest bedrooms, with four-poster and canopied beds, bespoke hand-painted walls and ceiling, luxurious silks, voiles and velvet soft furnishings for you and two guests to enjoy. The all-white bridal suite includes a balcony overlooking the garden and a double bath surrounded by candles. 17 LOCAL VENUES

GRANGE BARN 01948 800 524 | FIRST IMPRESSIONS The family-owned and -run Grange Barn is nestled away in the picturesque village of Marbury on Cheshire’s border with Shropshire, on a working arable farm. With beautiful views over the Cheshire plains, the venue offers an idyllic country setting just right for a relaxed, rustic wedding. Exclusively yours from Friday until Sunday, the venue only hosts one wedding per week to ensure you get the very best experience. TYING THE KNOT The Barn itself is licensed to host ceremonies either inside in the separate dedicated space or on the large decking area overlooking the Cheshire countryside. You can say “I do” as 150 of your nearest and dearest look on. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Barn is also home to wedding receptions and can host up to 200 loved ones for a seated wedding breakfast. But before that you can all enjoy a drinks reception on the large outdoor decking area where you can enjoy those breathtaking views. The venue offers a choice of three caterers along with a fantastic bar team who will all help to bring your dream day together. What’s more, a highly experienced wedding co-ordinator will be on hand to guide you through the lead up and the big day. A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD On site there’s a beautiful bridal suite included in your venue hire package for two people for two nights. It boasts a large dressing room with in-built Hollywood mirror station, a super kingsize bed in the spacious bedroom and an impressive en-suite with a huge copper bath. THE LOFT AT HIGH LEGH 01565 830 888 | FIRST IMPRESSIONS Right in the middle of the Cheshire Countryside you’ll find The Loft @ High Legh. Situated in the High Legh Golf Club’s beautiful grounds, it offers an idyllic location for your big day. Also conveniently located near to major motorway networks, it’s super-easy for guests to reach you. With its stunning scenery and private roof terrace overlooking the woodland and greenery, this venue is a photographic dream and you’ll have exclusive use for the whole day. All packages are tailor made, designed entirely around you and how you’d like your day to unfold. DINE IN STYLE The venue’s catering partners are selected from some of the area’s finest, ensuring you only get the best in quality and service on your big day. Choose the style of food you like and leave the experts to do the rest. Alternatively, the team can create a package to include your catering – just ask! © Dan Atherton 18

Crafting LOVE STORIES since 1680 The latest addition to the Nelson Hotels & Inns collection, now taking bookings for 2023. Coming to the Wirral this February, The Barn at the Manor will be a romantic and sophisticated wedding barn blending historic character with contemporary elegance. 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. Discover our brand-new wedding venue today by emailing

Abbeywood is a 45-acre family estate nestling in the heart of Cheshire. Our nine seasonal gardens are wonderful areas to entertain or relax in, and offer a stunning backdrop for your wedding photography. Popular features include our chapel garden, formal pool garden and beautiful pergola walk. We have six distinct areas licensed for civil ceremonies, each offering a unique setting for your day: Nico’s Glass House, Garden Cafe, The Orangery and The Gazebo, The Barn and The Function Room in Abbeywood House. In addition to these locations there are various areas within the garden where ceremonies take place. The venue hire charge includes exclusive use of Abbeywood’s grounds on your chosen Friday or Saturday and exclusive options on all other days. We also include an overnight stay in our luxurious bridal suite located on the estate. There’s also plenty of further accommodation should you need your guests to stay. The venue provides a highly versatile space for weddings; all bookings are guaranteed exclusive use of key function rooms and gardens. To enquire, visit us or provisionally reserve a date, please contact our team on 01606 888 251 or email

STYAL LODGE 01625 416 376 | FIRST IMPRESSIONS Styal Lodge can be found in the National Trust village of Styal in Cheshire. The Lodge was purpose built from sustainable Finnish timber featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, which fill the venue with natural daylight. The venue is ideal for those looking for somewhere that offers a bespoke, blank canvas, with a neutral and timeless feel where you can create and design your dream wedding from start to finish. The beautifully landscaped garden offers the perfect place for a drinks reception and group shots while the lake not only provides newlyweds with a breathtaking backdrop for portrait photos, but also a moment of tranquillity. CEREMONY TO CELEBRATIONS The Lodge offers a beautiful room with floor-to-ceiling windows acting as your backdrop as you say “I do” looking out over flowers and greenery. The space can accommodate 160 loved ones. The main room offers a large, open plan space complete with dancefloor and bar. The décor is neutral suiting any palette or theme you desire and oodles of natural light flood in. There’s also a chill-out area with sofas by the bar where your guests can relax and mingle. Again you can welcome 160 guests. THE PLOUGH INN 01260 280 207 | FIRST IMPRESSIONS Dating back more than 500 years, The Plough Inn began life as a small farm and coaching inn. The history of the Oak Barn meanwhile can be traced back as far as the 13th century and was moved to its current site from Wales. The Barn has been beautifully restored throughout the years to create an idyllic ambience, excellent catering and a great mix of space. CEREMONIES TO CELEBRATIONS Ceremonies take place in the Old Oak Barn with space for 85 loved ones. The original oak beams offer the perfect frame for such a special moment. During your drinks reception, guests can enjoy drinks and canapés either in the wedding garden or purpose-built orangery. So, no matter the weather you’ll have a welcoming environment in which to make the most of the time spent with your nearest and dearest. The Barn is also home to receptions, so while you’re sipping on bubbly and chatting, the venue’s dedicated team will be busy transforming it ready for your wedding breakfast for 115 guests. Evening capacity is also 115, but this can be increased by adding a marquee extension onto the side of the building. A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD The venue offers 17 quiet, contemporary bedrooms including double, twin and family rooms for you and your guests. Scan to view video 21 LOCAL VENUES

THE TYTHERINGTON 01625 506 000 | FIRST IMPRESSIONS Located in the heart of Cheshire, The Tytherington boasts views of the golf course. Inside the Dorchester Suite there’s a private function bar, dancefloor, cloakrooms and access to a private patio area, plus the classic, simple, modern décor offers the ideal backdrop to any theme. TYING THE KNOT Say “I do” in Dorchester 3 as 80 loved ones look on and the venue’s wedding dresser offers a range of packages to turn it into your dream space. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Whatever the size of your wedding the Dorchester suites 1, 2 and 3 can be open, holding 160 guests with ease. The rooms can be split into three depending on the size of the event and are also easily adaptable for a slick turn around from your ceremony to your wedding breakfast and evening do. Meanwhile, you can be enjoying drinks with your friends and family, or heading off with your photographer for your portraits. Wedding packages include use of the dancefloor, food tasting, complimentary three-month health club membership (dependent on chosen package), overnight accommodation for the newlyweds on the wedding night, and preferential rates for guests. A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD The 65-room hotel is a great addition offering you and your loved ones somewhere to stay. Whether you wish to add on a few holes of golf, use the health club or enjoy a pamper in the spa, the team can tailor make a wedding package just for you. THE MERE GOLF RESORT & SPA 01565 830 155 | Nestled in the heart of undulating Cheshire countryside and 150 acres of parkland, this venue offers a tranquil and picturesque setting catering for intimate weddings of 60 nearest and dearest up to more opulent affairs including 550 guests. Scan to view video ARLEY HALL AND GARDENS 01565 777 353 | Arley is an oh-so romantic wedding venue, situated at the centre of a 2,000-acre country estate. It’s a venue that can be intimate and peaceful or full of grandeur and the gardens are simply outstanding. Here you can host up to 100 nearest and dearest. 22

We think you’ll love Village Hotel Club Liverpool for your big day. From lavish occasions to intimate gatherings, our flexible event spaces are like a blank canvas which the hotel can bring to life for your dream day. Contact us to find out more at Village Hotel Club Liverpool Fallows Way, Whiston, Liverpool L35 1RZ DELICIOUS MENUS & DRINKS PACKAGES STYLISH ACCOMODATION FOR GROUPS & FAMILIES PRIVATE ENTRANCE | ON-SITE PARKING LOCATED 20 MINS FROM LIVERPOOL JOHN LENNON AIRPORT HEN & STAG PARTY NIGHTS YOU’VE FOUND THE ONE you love NOW FIND YOUR PERFECT VENUE

W E D D I N G P A C K A G E S AVA I L A B L E F O R 2 0 2 4 The Great Hall is one of the most beautiful traditional halls in Lancashire complete with galleried balcony and crystal chandeliers. Seats from 50 to 200. Fully licensed to carry out civil ceremonies 81 Stylish recently refurbished bedrooms including 4 suites To arrange your viewing, contact us on 01695 567260 Visit for further details L ANCA S H I R E MANOR HOT E L , P R E S COT T ROAD , P I MB O , NR WI GAN , L ANCA S H I R E , WN8 9QD Photography by Nigel Parkinson at Piconiq WEDDING VIEWING NIGHT Thursday 23rd February 6pm -8pm

Rowton Hall Hotel and Spa, Whitchurch Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 6AD 01244 335 262 FABULOUS WHIRLWIND WEDDINGS FOR THOSE WHO SIMPLY CANNOT WAIT Your Fabulous Whirlwind Wedding Package includes: • Hire of the Ballroom for your wedding breakfast & evening reception • Reception drink - Prosecco • Three-course wedding breakfast with coffee & mints • Glass of house wine with the wedding breakfast • Glass of Prosecco to toast the newly married couple • Bacon rolls and chips for the evening reception • 50 chair covers and coloured sash or Chivari Chairs • DJ & Disco from 7 pm until midnight • Use of our easel, cake stand & cake knife • Red carpet arrival • White table linen • Member of the team to act as Master of Ceremonies • Complimentary Premier room for the night of the wedding including breakfast for the wedding couple Midweek: £5,500 Friday & Sunday: £5,700 Saturdays: £6,500 for 50 day guests and 80 evening guests Additional Guests (day and evening): £70 per person Additional Guests (evening only): £20 per person A date for your wedding diary! Come along to our Wedding Show 8th January 2023 12noon – 3pm. Terms & Conditions Please note that this offer excludes bank holiday weekends. Available for new weddings only. This promotion is subject to availability for selected dates between 1st February - 30th September 2023

Do not disturb ROWTON HALL 01244 335 262 | This historical Georgian manor house hotel is set amidst eight acres of tranquil gardens and grounds making for a beautiful wedding location. There are secret gardens and hideaway settings, rolling lawns, manicured gardens and ornamental pergolas. Named after its impressive fireplace, The Inglenook is perfect for a winter wedding. Also air-conditioned for summer, and with original 18thcentury features, its an elegant and versatile space. The Ballroom can accommodate up to 130 loved ones for the wedding breakfast and up to 200 for the evening. It can be dressed in almost any way you wish. Large doors open out into the cool, relaxed conservatory, and in the fine weather, your guests can enjoy the picturesque privacy of the walled garden. Like The Ballroom, the Conservatory can be dressed to suit your vision. The venue’s team of talented and passionate chefs are renowned for using fresh, seasonal produce from their own kitchen gardens, all specially prepared. Later on, the events team will be on hand to create the perfect setting for a memorable night of music and dancing as your celebrations begin. Then, as the dancefloor comes to life, the chefs can prepare your choice of evening buffet or even a summer barbecue. Here, you have the opportunity to make every inch of Rowton Hall yours. The Ballroom, Conservatory, Terrace Bar and grounds are just the beginning. From 12 noon on the day of the wedding or civil partnership until breakfast on the following day, the house and grounds are yours. Exclusive use means you can assign each of the individually-designed and decorated rooms to your guests and you can personalise your own menu. And when the big day draws to a close, you have your stunning wedding suite to look forward to. We take a peek behind the doors of some of the region’s gorgeous hotel venues 27 HOTEL VENUES

THE QUEEN AT CHESTER 0330 283 402 | The Queen at Chester is a Grade II-listed Italiante building, and has been hosting weddings for more than 150 years. Inside is a theatrical four-storey staircase with ornate iron balustrade, while outside there’s an elegant Italian terrace garden with marble arches, classical sculptures and lush foliage. The Hotel features eight event areas, with two al fresco spaces and six banqueting suites, catering for every type of reception, civil ceremony and partnership. Built opposite Chester station to serve first-class rail passengers, the venue has an illustrious past and was said to be the first skyscraper of its time. Guests will also be following in the footsteps of some rather famous guests with a stay here. Since opening in 1860, it’s hosted none other than Charles Dickens, Cecil Rhodes and Lillie Langtry, to name but a few. The Colonnades can accommodate 300 guests and is the perfect space for large ceremonies and receptions. Brimming with character, its high ceiling boasts a showstopping, gleaming chandelier. The Palazzo can hold 120 loved ones. Natural lights floods the space, which offers views over the Baltic Exchange Gardens. The Gardens in turn can accommodate 150 guests. For more intimate “I dos,” The Victoria Room can host 60 nearest and dearest and is one of the hotel’s original lounges in the Grade II listed part of the building. As you’d expect, it’s brimming with Victorian character and features, again with views of the Baltic Exchange Gardens. The Disraeli Room is located on the first floor and is brimming with character and Victorian features, not forgetting those views of the lovely gardens. There’s room here for 25 of your nearest and dearest. At the end of a wonderful day, you can retire to the honeymoon suite with its stunning four-poster bed and feature bath. SHRIGLEY HALL HOTEL AND SPA 01625 575 757 | A classic, country, Victorian-era house, Shrigley Hall Hotel is set in more than 262 acres of beautiful grounds, including an 18-hole championship golf course. What’s more, the Hotel is surrounded by the gorgeous Cheshire countryside, set high in the hills bordering the Peak District, creating a secluded and tranquil atmosphere for your special day. The grounds offer a stunning backdrop for those all-important photographs with breathtaking views of two lakes. With 155 individual en-suite bedrooms and BAZAAR Spa with indoor pool located in the former monastery, you’ll also be able to grab some much-needed R&R either before or after the wedding. The most recent addition is the outdoor infinity pool heated to a welcoming 38 degrees, where you can enjoy Shrigley Hall’s incredible views and sunsets. A former monastery chapel with domed roof, the Tilden Suite boasts architectural features dating back to the 18th century. A completely private room with its own bar facility and private entrance for your guests, it can host 240 for the ceremony and celebrations. The William Turner Suite is located in the main building and features impressive crystal chandeliers and French windows. It has an adjoining private reception room overlooking the courtyard and private bar area. This Suite can host 100 loved ones for the “I dos,” and 140 for the reception. The most intimate of spaces is the Drawing Room, a beautiful space located in the main house with ornate ceilings and front-facing views of the golf course and beyond. It can play host to 50 of your nearest and dearest for the vows and wedding breakfast. Menu tastings are included in all packages as is accommodation for the newlyweds in a bridal suite for the wedding night. Discounted rates for up to 20 rooms are available for guests staying over at the Hotel. 28

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I thee Med Vicky and James styled their day with a touch of Mediterranean magic Images courtesy of Anna Beth Photography WITH THIS RING, 32

Vicky and James met through their best friends. Maid-of-honour Poppy met her true love, Mike, many years ago and he’s best friends with James. The pair knew they’d be perfect for each other and how right they were. Vicky says, “As soon as we met that was just it for the both of us. We have the same daft sense of humour and we’re not afraid to be ourselves.” James proposed in Paris just before the first national lockdown in 2020. They went out to explore the city of love their first evening there and when they got back to the hotel after enjoying a night of champagne, James got down on one knee. “It was so intimate, so perfect, but he was so nervous he asked me to be his husband,” Vicky laughs. Speaking of their chosen venue, Peckforton Castle, Vicky says, “Well, what wouldn’t attract you to such an amazing venue?” She’d been a bridesmaid there and had dreamed of one day getting married at the venue herself one day. Without viewing any others she took James along and he fell instantly and equally in love with it. “The Great Hall has the most beautiful aisle, it really was a dream come true to walk down it,” Vicky remembers. Join us as the bride shares her memories of their magical wedding day, 25th March 2022... SETTING THE SCENE Vicky’s favourite colour is lemon yellow, which formed the inspiration and palette base for the wedding’s theme. Her favourite flowers are yellow roses, which were also loved by her grandma who sadly passed away before the big day, so Vicky was determined to incorporate them in her memory. Such a sunny palette was also the perfect choice for their early summer date. The bride tells us more: “I started looking at yellow mood boards on Pinterest for inspiration and when I saw one with splashes of blue in it, I was in love.” So, the couple’s florist included small touches of blue in the bouquets with thistles, alongside yellow and white roses. “She did a gorgeous job,” Vicky shares. The aisle in the Great Hall that the bride had fallen head over heels for was the part she really wanted to showcase, and was looking for something out of the ordinary that would fit the colour scheme. She chose lemon trees and the Italian theme blossomed from there. “Our venue stylist, Thornton Events, really went above and beyond for us. The team sourced the lemon trees especially for us and I can’t thank them enough. They spent hours on the phone with me talking through my dream aisle.” The end result was showstopping, featuring four lemon trees with candles hanging from them to create a beautiful romantic setting. White and yellow petals lined the aisle with floating candles and green garlands adorning the signing table. Pea lights added the perfect finishing touch to the back for a warm, romantic glow. LOOKING THE PART Vicky’s gorgeous dress was actually a combination of two Enzoani gowns. She explains, “The neckline on Odette suited me better but I was in love with the long sparkly train on Nina, so I bought the latter and had flowers sewn onto the neckline with off-the-shoulder sleeves.” The bride wore her mum’s diamond earrings (something borrowed) and a family heirloom emerald trilogy ring (something old). She wore her hair up with a gorgeous accessory to show off her veil, which was a single layer with touches of sparkle running through it. She then switched up her look for the evening, taking her hair down for a more relaxed and refreshed look. “My hair and make-up artists were honestly amazing, they were on hand all day if I needed a touch up, and they were such a 33 REAL WEDDINGS