Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - Jul-Aug 2023 (Issue 70)

JUL/AUG 2023 £3.55 WIN! A honeymoon in Thailand Jewellery and accessories to suit your budget We explore the Maldives and Northern Ireland DREAM IT, SEE IT, THEME IT Venue styling inspiration SPEND, SPLASH, SPLURGE Honeymoon HOTSPOTS HOT TOPIC The great outdoors


REGULARS 7 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 52 HOT TOPIC: THE GREAT OUTDOORS Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 89 COMPETITION Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand CONTENTS JULY/AUGUST 2023 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON... West Cheshire 21 GARDENER’S WORLD These venues offer glorious gardens to enjoy during your celebrations On the cover This issue’s gorgeous cover stars are real couple Nikita and Ashley, who were captured on camera by Ginger Jam Photography ( Discover the story of their big day from page 39. 67 9 FEATURES 45 GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Rainhill Hall Hotel and Spa provided the luxurious setting for this fun-filled wedding morning shoot 49 SWEET THEMES ARE MADE OF THIS Feel inspired by 2023’s trending venue styling themes 67 SPEND, SPLASH, SPLURGE The perfect item of jewellery or accessory piece can elevate a bridal look into the stratosphere, so don’t let budget hold you back, we have some ideas for every purse 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 LAID-BACK LOVE Helen and Thomas settled on a relaxed, rustic vibe to suit their chilled-out natures 33 A FAMILY AFFAIR Jodie and Peter were keen to have a big day filled with relaxed fun, love and laughter 39 A SONG FOR YOU Nikita and Ashley styled their big day with a festival vibe as a nod to their mutual love of music HONEYMOONS 84 MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING Discover five-star, desert island luxury at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island 86 A CELTIC HAVEN Peace and tranquillity await honeymooners at Galgorm in Northern Ireland GROOMS 72 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 74 NOT JUST ANOTHER KEN Stand out from the crowd with these pink and white menswear options inspired by this summer’s hot new Barbie film FASHION & BEAUTY 55 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 56 IT’S AN ILLUSION These bridal dresses with barely-there detail are sheer perfection 63 LOOK SHARP Nothing says girl power like a tailored bridal suit or jumpsuit 77 BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from the professionals 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 80 BEING SOPHIE Sophie Stonehouse on body positivity, self-love and flawless skin 21 33 86 45 49 4

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I cannot believe that my dear friends Melissa and Dave will be celebrating their first anniversary this month! Where on earth did that year go? For those of you who are new to the magazine and, possibly happily for you, missed my endless and excited rambles about preparing to be a bridesmaid for fellow CWM editor Melissa, I hope you’ll indulge me as I reminisce! Not wanting to start out on a negative note, but hands up: I hate the summer. It’s just too hot! Many a time I’ve contemplated taking a summer home in Iceland, but alas the budget doesn’t permit. But in 2022, my season horribilis was made all the merrier by the excitement of a wedding. Sage green and blush pink was the palette of choice, while the vibe was rustic. Still on trend this year, I’d go so far as to call it a timeless theme. On 22nd July, we’d just about made it through the hottest days of the year, when thank goodness, the temperatures started to cool to a bearable level. An al fresco ceremony, a reception with the venues’ folding doors flung open, and some memorable moments for the newlyweds spent with their photographer in the nearby cornfields during golden hour: It was all a summer wedding should be, and more. I’ll admit to liking one thing about the season though, and it came into play on Melissa and Dave’s big day, as indeed it would at any wonderful wedding. First and foremost, it’s the long days. Making the best of the great outdoors is something we can do to the max during the summer. There are no more hours in the day, of course, but somehow it feels like there are, which is a huge plus when you’re celebrating such a momentous occasion. So, if you’re thinking about hosting your entire day outside, you won’t want to miss the advice of our experts over in Hot Topic from page 52. Or, if you want to at least have the option to spill out of your venue and into some glorious gardens, check out our venue feature from page 21. I hope you find inspiration aplenty among the pages of our summer issue, where there’s even a venue styling hotlist (page 49) featuring all the top trends so you can learn how to make it all look utterly gorgeous! Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor Walking on sunshine EDITOR’S LETTER 7 ISSN 2052-0522 Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. 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. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 39 WEDFEST I’m obsessed with Nikita and Ashley’s super-cool festival theme, which included old vinyls and meaningful song lyrics. Win! 45 DREAM DRESS I adore this understated, elegant gown from Nica Brida in Liverpool. With subtle details such as lace sleeves, open back and buttons, it would look as at home on a boho bride as it would at a classic wedding. Perfect for a summer’s day. ADVERTISING Account Manager Gillian Ward | 01376 538 485 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Deputy Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | 01376 535 611 89 WIN! A honeymoon in Koh Samui, Thailand 26 HERE COME THE HOUNDS Helen and Thomas had no less than three furry friends, who proved pretty popular, at their wedding. One of the little woofers even strutted four paws on the dancefloor threatening to upstage the newlyweds during their first dance!

Luxury Artisan Florist & Event Design Specialist T: 01519 321101 | E: | 138 COLLEGE ROAD, CROSBY, LIVERPOOL, MERSEYSIDE, L23 7YJ St Luke’s Bombed Out Church is an unrivalled loca�on, offering... THE MOST idyllic setting Tucked away in the heart of Liverpool city centre, St Luke’s Bombed Out Church is a Grade II* listed building has been preserved to maintain its stunning architecture, offering a truly unique se�ng for your special day. St Luke’s is recently licensed and therefore can now host weddings as well as with celebrant led ceremonies. We specialise in weddings tailored to your wishes, no number of guests are too small. Get in contact on | or head to for our wedding brochure. Some 2023 dates s�ll available Contact for details Chris Morse Photography /

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Churchtown Wedding Cars is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. The company was established in 1993, and in 2015 current owners Steven and Laura bought the business from founders Roy and Pat. The pair initially took on their beautiful silver Beaufort Tourer, but having expanded the fleet since then, they can now also offer two Imperial Landaulettes and a 1975 VW Camper. Laura says, “We’re a small family-run business and we’re so proud to reach this milestone. We’d like to thank all of our brides and grooms, past and present, for letting CWC be part of their wedding days, and we hope to continue delivering our fantastic service for many more years to come. It’s an honour to work alongside so many other like-minded wedding industry professionals and like them, we thrive on our reputation and word-of-mouth recommendations. Discover more at Nearlywed NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the region DON’T DELAY... If you’re not looking to wait the standard 18 months to two years to tie the knot, help is on hand at the gorgeous Talhenbont Hall in North Wales. The venue’s three-day wedding celebration package is currently available exclusively for all remaining dates in 2023, February 2024 and March 2024, and is priced at £14,999. The package includes all the essentials across your three-day hire of the venue including a bar night before the wedding in the beautiful Coach House. Everyone will be well fed and watered as the price includes a food and drinks package for 70 guests with a glass of prosecco for the drinks reception, a glass of house white for the wedding breakfast, and a further glass of prosecco for the toasts; a three-course wedding breakfast (from menu one); and evening food from the hot batch menu. As you’ll be enjoying the venue for three days, there is of course somewhere to rest your heads. The Elizabethan manor sleeps 10 people for the night before and the night of your wedding. You’ll check in at 3pm the day before and check out at the same time the day after, so there’s no need to rush off, which is ideal as a lie in may well be in order! Find out more at, or get in touch via BOOM! The amazing Firework Champions is coming to Arley Hall in Cheshire on 12th August, featuring no fewer than four fantastic displays from three of the UK’s best firework companies who will compete with a 10-minute show each. The event is the only one of its type in the UK and visitors will have the chance to vote for the team they loved the most using their phones. You can take your own picnic along or grab something tasty from one of the onsite vendors, and be entertained before the main event kicks off by bouncy castles, rides and music. Gates open for entry, music and interviews at 4pm and close at 9pm when the teams are announced. There’ll be a drone light show, weather permitting from 7.30pm and the first display will begin at 9.30pm. Book tickets online at To find out about other events at Arley Hall and Gardens throughout the year, as well as details of tying the knot there, check out 9 LOCAL NEWS

HOT TO TROT Cheshire Pony Parties has created a new service providing ponies to carry champagne and/or confetti at weddings. Business owner, Amanda Keech told us: “I was approached recently by a Londonbased wedding planner to provide a pony to carry champagne at a prestigious wedding venue in Cheshire. It inspired me to put my 14 years of experience delivering professionally organised, highend, engaging pony and unicorn parties with wow factor, to create a new service offering ponies for weddings.” The wedding ponies, including adorable Skittles (pictured), will be able to cover Cheshire and occasionally surrounding counties, carrying either bubbly for the newlyweds while you’re having your photos taken, and/or confetti for the guests to throw post ceremony. They’re a gorgeous extra to any country wedding for animal lovers. Amanda continues, “I wanted the ponies to have a stunningly simple country look, so was delighted to find some gorgeous tiny wicker baskets just big enough to carry a champagne bottle.” Cuteness overload! Find out more at HIP TO BE SQUARE! The very first images of Chester Zoo’s new wedding and events venue, The Square, have been released, much to our excitement! The luxury 200-capacity venue is now open, following a three-year project to restore the Grade II listed stable block at the heart of the Zoo. Jamie Christon, CEO at Chester Zoo says, “There’s nothing else quite like this stunning new venue anywhere in the UK. It’s an incredible building that’s stood at the heart of the zoo for approaching a century and, through careful restoration, it’s now been brought to life. It’s a one-of-a-kind space that not only embodies the Zoo’s rich history and character, but offers modern luxuries and comforts. What’s more, who wouldn’t want to get married surrounded by 27,000 animals? “Most importantly, each and every occasion that takes place at The Square will contribute to our charitable mission to prevent extinction, helping us to secure a brighter future for wildlife worldwide. That’s what makes our new venue incredibly special and we can’t wait to start welcoming people to it.” Find out more about hosting your big day at The Square over in our Spotlight on... West Cheshire feature in this issue, and head over to BEAUTY IN THE CITY One of the newest and most exciting beauty shows is due to hit the Exhibition Centre Liverpool on 4th and 5th November, 2023. The National Beauty Show will play host to salon owners, beauticians, nail technicians and beauty fans from across the UK, who’ll be able to see more than 200 of the biggest names in beauty, wellness, cosmetics and aesthetics. You can can also expect to enjoy live demonstrations on beauty trends, new techniques, and product launches as well as masterclasses, celebrity guests and podcast recordings from the best in the business. So, if your mind is on bridal beauty right now, you won’t want to miss this! The National Beauty Show was conceived by two female beauty entrepreneurs from Liverpool. Jody Riley is a former beautician turned beauty tech entrepreneur and the face of beauty booking app PamperBook/Cliquesy; and Alex Alexander, owner of Lex Cosmetics, can list among her clients celebrities, the rich, and the famous. The Liverpool duo, who’ve previously run events together, teamed up last year when they launched the National Beauty Awards 2022 to huge sell-out success. Commenting on the forthcoming Show, Jody says, “The response we’ve had from across the beauty and cosmetics industry to attend and support this event has been truly amazing. There’s a huge amount of excitement for the city with Liverpool showcasing itself to the world with Eurovision and being rated as one of the top tourist destinations in the UK. Visitors will get to see the latest products, treatments and techniques delivered by popular world-renowned brands. Beauty fans will get tips and beauty hacks from leading influencers, plus discounted products and offers unique to the National Beauty Show.” Tickets are priced at £11. Book yours online at Scan to view video 10

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURCHESHIREMERSEYSIDE.WEDDING BEFORE 30TH SEPTEMBER 2023. GET 10% OFF YOUR BIG-DAY BAKE WITH CAKE ON THE LAKE Clare Deary is a professional celebration and wedding cake designer from Liverpool. Her continued drive and passion for beautiful bakes has earned her business, Cake On The Lake, a reputation for exquisite designs. This local lovely creates handcrafted keepsake sugar models and flowers, along with flawlessly elegant wedding cakes that will leave you with mouthwatering memories of this special time in your lives. From initial enquiry through to delivery and set up of her beautiful creations, Clare will work closely with you both to offer a tailored service ensuring you’re left with a big-day bake that truly reflects you and your special day. Whether you’re looking for an exquisite show-stopper or a unique and quirky design, Cake On The Lake has you covered. Your sweet centrepiece will be made from the freshest locally-sourced ingredients to make sure you’ll taste the love and quality in every bite. Mouthwatering flavour options include dreamy chocolate, Biscoff, salted caramel, luscious lemon, raspberry and white chocolate, and more. We’ve teamed up with Cake On The Lake to offer readers 10% off wedding cakes. To claim, simply get in touch on 07473 555 717 or via and quote “Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding.” Offer valid until 31st August, 2023. Also, check out Great discounts and gorgeous giveaways up for grabs WIN A STAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT Lakeside Hotel & Spa blends country house character with contemporary four-star luxury set within the stunning panoramic views of Lake Windermere – part of the spectacular Lake District World Heritage Site. With its unique location and choice of reception rooms and private suites, the hotel can cater for intimate wedding parties, larger weddings of up to 80 guests and even secret escape weddings just for two, making it the ideal setting and venue for an unforgettable Lake District wedding. The winner of this fantastic prize will be greeted with a glass of Lanson Champagne upon arrival and enjoy a three-course dinner for two before settling down for a good night’s sleep in a double room. The following morning, the winner can enjoy a delicious full English breakfast or Continental version. Classic Lodges is a nationwide collection of exclusive hotels that all have exceptional charm and character, whether that’s a peaceful country getaway or a city centre stay. Each of the hotels provides a friendly, relaxing atmosphere while maintaining Classic Lodges’ signature style, comfort and luxury. Steeped in history, all of the hotels have equally stunning views to accompany the suites and rooms. Visit to book a stay. For your chance to win, visit our website. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Crafting LOVE STORIES since 1680 Discover our brand-new wedding venue and bespoke packages by contacting our weddings team on or 0151 677 7034. New to the Wirral for 2023, The Barn at the Manor is 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. The Manor at Greasby, 91 Greasby Rd, Greasby, Wirral CH49 3NF 0151 677 7034 | | Owned and operated by Nelson Hotels & Inns

WEST CHESHIRE Spotlight on… Tie the knot in a local hotspot CHESHIRE WOODLAND WEDDINGS 01606 882 223 | If you have your sights set on something different for your big day, check out Cheshire Woodland Weddings. Located in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, this 15-acre woodland can host your ceremony in a romantic outdoor cabana for a truly relaxed rustic wedding experience and atmosphere. Alongside use of the fully-licensed venue, including large luxury barn (with outdoor and indoor bars), and waterside gazebo, is a range of fun activities for you and your guests from falconry to Segway, to make your day unforgettable. You have the choice of three spaces in which to tie the knot. The Woodland Ceremony Area is a quaint thatched hut with bench-style seating for 150 guests among the private woodland. The Bandstand is more intimate with space for 50 nearest and nearest. It’s located on the lawn, also with bench seating, overlooking the lake and fountain. For indoor “I dos” the Barn can hold 150 seated on benches. Decorated with a rustic vibe it also has LOVE letters at the end of the aisle. Wedding breakfasts and celebrations are also hosted in the large open barn, where you can welcome 150 day and 200 evening guests. There’s a lounge area and patio too with wood fire heaters. The lodges on site have exclusive offers running throughout the year for couples to stay free if you book all 12, or a free breakfast for the two of you. Wine tastings are available on request. Scan to view video 15 LOCAL VENUES

THE CHESTER GROSVENOR 01244 324 024 | The award-winning Chester Grosvenor combines eye-catching, historical architecture with modern facilities. Dating back to the 18th century, the hotel stands next to the landmark Eastgate Clock. This, along with the pillared entrance and black and white timbered exterior, provide the backdrop for a fairytale wedding. Bedrooms here offer the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Each room has been individually designed and beautifully furnished with the finest fabrics to offer you and your guests a sumptuous stay. The hotel is also home to two exciting restaurants, the glamorous two AA Rosette La Brasserie and the three AA Rosette refined dining restaurant, Arkle. What’s more, if you’re seeking a spot of relaxation and rejuvenation during your stay, The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor offers a range of traditional, contemporary and holistic therapies as well as a thermal suite with crystal steam room, salt grotto, sauna, foot baths and relaxation lounge. The ceremony options are varied and the most intimate is The Drawing Room for 14 nearest and dearest. A private and classically-decorated space, it’s ideal for small, private weddings. The Eaton Suite, bathed in light with a great view of the iconic Eastgate clock, offers a sense of connection to the rich heritage of the city. It can host anywhere from 30 to 100 loved ones for the “I dos.” The largest ceremony space is The Westminster Suite for 50 to 180 guests. With its own entrance, cloakroom and bar area, it’s a spacious and versatile option comprised of two rooms: the Belgrave Suite and the Aldford Suite. These can be configured to match your requirements, and is also the place to host your reception, which can be celebrated with 50 to 180 guests. THE SQUARE AT CHESTER ZOO 01244 650 209 | The luxury 200-capacity venue, The Square, is now open following a three-year project to restore a Grade II listed stable block, which has stood at the heart of Chester Zoo since it opened in 1931. The original structures were once home to some of the Zoo’s first animals including lions, bears and chimpanzees. Now, the historical building offers a one-of-a-kind setting for weddings, where you’re able to tie the knot in proximity to 27,000 animals! Featuring a host of preserved original features that tell the story of its remarkable history, the building boasts an impressive gated entrance, a large private courtyard, exposed brick walls, vaulted rafters and large windows overlooking newly-created gardens. Many of the patterns and textures used throughout The Square draw inspiration from some of the endangered species the Zoo is working to protect. Indeed, conservationists say income generated by every occasion celebrated at the new venue will contribute to the Zoo’s charitable efforts to prevent extinction. The Atrium is the main event room here and can accommodate 200 guests with three further reception and breakout rooms taking the total capacity to 380. Each of the spaces can be used independently or used in combination, giving the venue the flexibility to host any wedding large or small. Other features include a bar and reception area, large private courtyard, a private garden, free access to the Zoo, the opportunity to add an animal experience to your package and in-house AV in each room, allowing guests to hear every word uttered as you exchange your vows. Scan to view video 16

WEDDING PACKAGES AVAILABLE FOR 2024 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 LANCASHIRE MANOR HOTEL, PRESCOTT ROAD, PIMBO, NR WIGAN, LANCASHIRE, WN8 9QD Photography by Nigel Parkinson at Piconiq

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CHESHIRE VIEW 01244 332 442 | Cheshire View can be found in Christleton, just four miles from the historical city of Chester. As it’s name implies, the venue offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, creating an idyllic backdrop for those all-important photos. This modern venue consists of four event rooms, which can be hired out separately or as a whole. The garden area makes for a beautiful place to say “I do” al fresco during the summer months as you take in those incredible views. Plus, there are acres of land allowing for marquees and tipis to be set up. THE QUEEN AT CHESTER 0330 283 402 | Built opposite Chester station to serve first-class rail passengers, The Queen at Chester Hotel, BW Premier Collection has an illustrious past. Indeed, this magnificent hotel was said to be the first skyscraper of its time. The venue has been hosting weddings for more than 150 years and features eight different event areas, with two al fresco spaces and six banqueting suites, catering for every type of reception, civil ceremony and partnership. This wonderful Grade II-listed Italianate building is a dreamy setting for your big day. CARDEN PARK 01829 731555 | The stunning surroundings of Carden Park Hotel provide a truly romantic location for weddings in West Cheshire. Al fresco wedding ceremonies in the Carden Gazebo offer an unforgettable experience as you say “I do” looking out over the beautiful gardens and the Nicklaus golf course. Large celebrations are hosted in the Carden Suite, while The Shooting Suite is a charming spot furnished with oak beams and open fireplaces, accompanied by a private bar. Not to mention the incredible Spa at Carden, which is a must visit. NUNSMERE HALL 01606 889 100 | Located in the heart of the Delamere Forest in Cheshire, Nunsmere Hall Hotel is a stunning Edwardian building surrounded by a beautiful lake. Built in 1900, the building exudes a sense of timeless class and elegance. With a licence for civil ceremonies and civil marriages, the grand house is a wonderful place to say your vows before an afternoon and evening of celebrations. Within the house are a number of dining rooms. Plus, the marquee makes the ideal location for your wedding breakfast and evening reception accommodating larger wedding parties. LOCAL VENUES 19

THE ISLA GLADSTONE CONSERVATORY Stanley Park, Anfield Road, Liverpool L4 0TD 0151 263 0363 | | The Isla Gladstone conservatory is a magnificent glass building nestled in the heart of Liverpool’s Stanley Park. The venue is licenced to host civil ceremonies and has it’s own fairy tale Bandstand on site. Surrounded by breathtaking views, the sun flooded interior is the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER OR FALL – THE ISLA GLADSTONE IS THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR ALL! START YOUR HAPPILY EVERY AFTER TODAY Contact the events team to find out more about last minute availabilty for this year LIVERPOOL’S ICONIC WEDDING VENUE CONSERVATORY

Gardener’s We explore some of the region’s most verdant venues SWETTENHAM ARMS 01477 571 284 | The Swettenham Arms is a characterful venue nestled in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. The stylish Lovell Suite is surrounded by beautiful gardens, idyllic woodlands and open landscape, and during the summer months the lavender is in full bloom. This beautifully refurbished inn in the heart of the Dane Valley, offers superb food, stunning settings, impeccable service and unrivalled attention to every detail. From the decorations to catering, the team will tailor its services to meet your needs and create a wedding that’s unforgettable just for you. Licensed for civil weddings and partnership ceremonies it’s the ultimate venue if you want to celebrate among picturesque surroundings. The elegant Lovell Suite can hold up to 120 guests for ceremonies, 120 for the wedding breakfast and 150 for the evening celebration. Featuring a spacious dancefloor and plenty of room for seating and mingling, the Suite allows you to the dance the night away, enjoy delicious food and drinks, as well as simply catching up with loved ones – the ambience is perfect. You can also make the most of the stunning grounds and exchange your vows surrounded by their natural beauty, as you overlook the lavender fields. Then, if you’re looking for something extra special for the ensuing celebrations, there’s plenty of space to accommodate a marquee or tipi allowing you to further revel in the great outdoors. WORLD 21 GARDEN VENUES

PEAR TREE FARM 01565 631838 | Pear Tree Farm is a charming country cottage standing in around nine acres of gardens and fields, just five minutes from the pretty town of Knutsford. It’s a small, private retreat for intimate and bespoke weddings for two and a few. There are two exquisite guest bedrooms, with four-poster and canopied beds, bespoke hand-painted walls and ceilings, luxurious silks, voiles and velvet soft furnishings. The all-white bridal suite includes a balcony overlooking the garden and a double bath surrounded by candles for the perfect romantic soak. Among the incredible photo opportunities in the gardens are the rose garden, parterre, and clematis-covered tunnel leading down to a duck pond complete with decking and a trickling waterfall. In addition to the garden, there are the grassy fields to explore along with a small paddock with seating area and firepit under the trees. Ceremonies can take place in one of three beautiful locations each with a maximum capacity of 16 nearest and dearest. The Summer House set in the landscaped gardens and in the lee of an old weeping willow, located next to a small orchard with a variety of fruit trees including, of course, several pear trees. The Paddock Ceremony Area is set in a dip at the bottom of the small secluded paddock, where you’ll find a hidden seating area under the trees with twinkling lights. Finally, The Gold Room boasts beautiful hand-painted walls and an intricately painted ceiling. The room is furnished with antiques, including several grandfather clocks and a baby grand piano. Celebrations are hosted in the Diamond Dining Room for 16 people. The décor is a rich, deep burgundy and gold, reminiscent of grand old theatres. The venue works with an excellent chef who’d come to the house to prepare, cook and serve a tailormade menu. THE BRIDGE 0330 137 3771 | Nestled in the picturesque village of Prestbury, The Bridge is more than a quaint setting for your wedding. The beautiful gardens and enviable location on the banks of the River Bollin provide a charming backdrop for photographs, while its elegant event spaces and collection of luxury bedrooms create the most magical of wedding venues. Created by nature, but enhanced by Flat Cap Hotels, it’s well equipped to frame any big day. The Bridge is one of the few venues in the Cheshire Triangle that offers an outdoor ceremony license. Overlooking the River Bollin the Garden Room can seat 80 guests for the “I dos,” with the Riverside accommodating 110 loved ones. The venue is also licensed for al-fresco ceremonies accompanied by 60 guests on the Riverside Patio. For more intimate nuptials, the Bollin seats 20 nearest and dearest to witness your vows. The Bridge boasts three wonderful reception space options. The Garden Room accommodates up to 80 guests, while The Riverside can seat up to 90, naturally illuminated by the sunlight filtering through the large patio doors. Alternatively, go all out and invite 140 guests to your meal with a marquee option within the sunkissed gardens. The Bollin meanwhile provides a quaint setting for 20. A trendy room with plush carpet and exposed brick feature wall, it’s the perfect intimate setting to celebrate. For evening receptions, whether your party is into throwing shapes on the dancefloor or relaxing on the patio, The Bridge has it all! On warm summer evenings, guests can kick back, cool down and chill out by The Shed, the outdoor bar, which is fully equipped to keep everyone suitably refreshed, al fresco. 22

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WI LLASTON E: T: 0151 327 4615 POLLARDS INN | WILLASTON | SOUTH WIRRAL | CHESHIRE | CH64 2TU "We are so happy we chose Pollards for our wedding reception, Cara and her team did a superb job being attentive to our needs in the planning. On the day she made sure everything ran smoothly throughout and the staff were extremely helpful, we had a great day! The food was delicious for every course, and the canapés went down extremely well in the outside Barnhouse and gorgeous gardens with our guests. They catered for our guests with dietary requirements superbly, and they were well looked after. It was the perfect venue for the number of friends and family that we wanted, and it created a lovely intimate wedding which we will never forget! We particularly loved the private bar area and decoration of the main room which made the whole day feel so special and we couldn't recommend Pollards enough!"

NESS BOTANIC GARDENS 0845 030 4063 | Ness was created more than 100 years ago by a man whose intense love of nature inspired a search for rare and beautiful plants, which spanned the globe. His name was AK Bulley and his gift to you is a place unlike any other in which to be married. There’s a choice of two venues for your wedding ceremony here: al fresco in the Rock Garden or indoors in the Hulme Room Conservatory with its sweeping views across the gardens. If you decide on the former you’ll enter from the VIP car park and cross the sandstone bridge to join your guests, who’ll be assembled in the lovely Rock Garden. The “I dos” will take place in the thatched Summer House next to the lily pond and once you’ve signed the register and the ceremony is wrapped up, drinks and canapés will be served. The area can accommodate up to 100 standing guests for ceremonies, but can provide seating for any guests who may need a rest during proceedings. The gardens provide an idyllic backdrop for romantic photographs, a favourite among past couples is the iconic bridge in the Rock Garden; and if you’re lucky enough to marry on a clear day, you can capture magnificent photographs of views across to Wales. The Hulme Room Conservatory offers the perfect alternative to an outdoor ceremony and is a particularly popular choice for autumn and winter weddings. This light and airy space overlooks the Gardens and includes use of the impressive Hulme Deck area, offering breakout spaces for guests with spectacular photo opportunities. The space is decorated in a neutral style and features a pretty glazed lobby with double doors opening into it. As well as the “I dos,” the Hulme Room Conservatory and Deck is ideal for a drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening reception, and can accommodate a maximum of 100 guests. ROWTON HALL 01244 335 262 | This historical Georgina 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 ornamental fireplace, The Inglenook is perfect for a winter wedding. Air-conditioned for summer, and with original 18th-century features, it’s 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 froward to. 25 GARDEN VENUES

Laid-back love Helen and Thomas settled on a relaxed, rustic vibe to suit their chilled-out natures Images courtesy of Jessica Lang Photography 26

Helen and Thomas went to the same high school and college, but never actually met. They might have seen each other from afar at mutual friends’ parties, but didn’t speak. However, fate wasn’t giving up, as a decade later at a Halloween party that all changed. Helen says, “We were both dressed in the worst outfits ever and hit it off!” When Covid caused their planned New York trip to be cancelled, followed by another to Tenby in Wales, Thomas’ vision of the perfect proposal was in tatters! So, he decided to throw caution to the wind during one of their runs along the usual route, and got on one knee in the mud on Boxing Day 2020. “It was incredibly unexpected and kind of perfect,” Helen remembers. When the couple discovered Tatton Weddings at Stock Farm Barn they fell instantly in love. “It was the perfect venue to make our own, suiting our laid-back natures. Overall, it just felt right,” Helen explains. So, they wasted no time in securing their date, 2nd April, 2022. Read on as the bride tells us all about their big day... SETTING THE SCENE Having settled on a navy blue palette paired with a rustic vibe the couple set about planning their decorative elements. The table plan was mounted on a pallet, which Helen was able to make herself. Also, in keeping with the natural, rustic theme were the centrepieces, which took the form of simple, wooden log slices decorated in gypsophila to mirror the bride’s bouquet. Also featuring in the floral arrangements were beautiful roses along with eucalyptus for a touch of natural greenery. Since they’d fallen head over heels for the barn’s fairylights at first sight, the duo decided to add to this with even more in the shape of a fairylight wall. They also hired wooden LOVE letters for an added feature. Their wedding breakfast was a selection of delicious tapas dishes, a dining style that’s a favourite with the bride and groom. LOOKING THE PART Helen wore a Shikoba Bride dress, Allanah. At the start of her dress shopping journey, she was adamant that she didn’t want a strapless gown, but stepping into the bridal boutique, Serendipity, she found herself going back to one dress. “I just loved its boho look with lace and alternative styling,” the bride explains. “I wore it with white Converse, navy blue laces and added my leather jacket for the evening. I also opted for a flower crown made from our choice of blooms.” Thomas and his groomsmen wore navy blue Ted Baker suits. The gents’ waistcoats were all matching, whereas the groom wore a different one to stand out as the man of the moment. Meanwhile, the bridesmaids were dressed in navy floor-length dresses, also paired with white Converse. “Everything was utterly perfect and suited us down to the ground. I didn’t want it to end.” – Helen 27 REAL WEDDINGS

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“The highlight for me was seeing Helen bouncing down the aisle with her father, John. Iconic!” – Thomas TIME TO CELEBRATE A live band ensured all assembled made it to the dancefloor throughout the evening. Even one of the furry guests got involved, a gorgeous dachshund, who decided to be the first to hit the floor moments after the band started playing, joining the newlyweds for their first dance. The couple also hired a vintage photo booth caravan, which guests adored. “I had a caravan growing up, so this was a must!” Helen tells us. MEMORABLE MOMENTS “I felt very much in love and incredibly grateful to everyone there for joining us on our special day. Plus, starting the day at our local parkrun definitely kicked off proceedings with such positivity,” Helen shares. While Thomas says, “I was very nervous! Excited, but nervous. My left leg wouldn’t stop shaking as I stood waiting for Helen to bounce down the aisle. At times I felt incredibly emotional seeing all our family and friends beaming at us. After I’d finished my speech, I was very relieved – one: that it was over; and two: that it actually got a few laughs!” HONEYMOON HEAVEN The newlyweds jetted off to Croatia for three weeks, starting in Split, on to Bol, then Hvar, finishing in Cavtat. “We both gave our travel agent the destinations we wanted to visit and they took the stress away by organising it all for us,” Helen tells us. “The locations we chose gave us a bit of everything while we were away, with our favourite being Bol. It was such a relaxed place with epic views out to sea.” REAL WEDDINGS 29

ROLL CREDITS Venue, Tatton Weddings at Stock Farm Barn, | Photographer, Jessica Lang Photography, | Dress, Serendipity Bridal, | Wedding rings, Goldsmiths | Hair stylist, Lee-anne Molloy at Bliss Hairdressing, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, House of Fraser | Groom’s suit, Slater Menswear, | Cake, Classic Cakes, | Flowers, Blue Door Flowers, | Photo booth, Natty Bee’s Vintage Hire, | Entertainment, Hudson Band, Catering, Egginton’s, 30

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A AFFAIR family Jodie and Peter were keen to have a big day filled with relaxed fun, love and laughter Images courtesy of Chris Blair Photography Microsoft Teams is by and large to thank for Jodie and Peter’s meeting. The two got to know each other via the platform through work during lockdown and officially became a couple in January 2021. “We’re basically the same person but in male and female forms,” says Jode. Their relationship moved apace and Pete proposed at the end of April that same year. “Soon after we got together, we just knew we wanted to spend our lives together and had spoken about it from the very beginning,” she continues. He popped the question during a day out to Ormskirk. Jode admits to having a feeling, but was nevertheless surprised. The couple knew West Tower was the place for them as soon as they saw it. In fact they cancelled the other venue viewings they had booked, feeling confident nowhere else could come close. “We fell in love with how beautiful it was and the exclusive aspect was appealing since we’d have kids at the wedding,” Jode shares. So, the date was set for 24th February, 2023. Join us as we learn more about the big day from the bride herself... 33 REAL WEDDINGS

The bridesmaids’ dresses were sage green. The two bridesmaids were dressed to match, whereas the maid-of-honour’s gown was slightly different. Pete and his groomsmen all wore matching suits. They were hired and were spotless and in perfect condition. Originally I wanted a long-sleeved dress, but when I tried them on, they didn’t feel right. So, I went for a sleeveless gown in the end and the corset made me feel really comfortable. Rachel J Florist created my bouquet, and the bridesmaids’, as well as the buttonholes, top table vase arrangements and flowergirls’ wands. Everyone commented on how relaxed we both were! Pete admitted after the wedding that he was nervous before the ceremony, but once he saw me he felt calm. 34

Originally, we’d booked a stylist recommended by the venue, but sadly due to Covid and Brexit her company went bust. So, Event Cheshire took over and helped to create the same arrangements featuring white roses, eucalyptus and hydrangeas that we’d already had in place. Emma from Event Cheshire worked with Rachel and I to match the centrepiece flowers with the bouquets as closely as possible. Both were patient and easy-going, even when changes were made. The overall result was so well-matched, we were delighted with how it all looked. Our table plan was a simple board decorated with eucalyptus to complement the flower theme. The favours were mason jars filled with sweets, as well as small, rustic keepsakes all made by my auntie Shellie, plus colouring books for the kids. It’s safe to say the food was amazing, and everyone loved what they ordered. 35 REAL WEDDINGS

We had a wedding-themed bouncy castle for the kids, but the adults, including the two of us, were on it too We’ve planned a family-moon to enjoy with the kids. We’ll have plenty of time for holidays, just the two of us, when the children are older. The whole day was easy-going; everyone got along and enjoyed themselves during the speeches. Even our three-year-old son Jack got involved! We all just had loads of fun. THE W-DAY TEAM Venue and catering, West Tower, | Photographer, Chris Blair Photography, Bride’s dress, bridesmaids’ dress and accessories, Wed2B | Jodie’s ring, Wongs Jewellers, | Pete’s ring, Ernest Jones | Hair stylist, Paula at Room 289, | Make-up artist, Georgia Francis, | Groom’s and groomsmen’s suits, The Groom Room, | Cake, Vanilla Nova, | Centrepieces, Event Cheshire, | Bouquets, Rachel J Florist, Rachel.J.Florist | Stationery, TwistStationery, | Entertainment, Bouncy Castle Parade, 36

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