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

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!