Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - Sep-Oct 2023 (Issue 71)

SEP/OCT 2023 £3.55 WIN! A romantic break in Yorkshire Tie the knot al fresco with the region’s finest Unusual, characterful and quirky venues LUBA MUSHTUK on health and wellbeing A BREATH OF FRESH AIR Outside THE BOX YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY! Top transport ideas

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

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 57 HOT TOPIC: THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL! Local experts offer stellar advice on personalising your wedding day 89 COMPETITION Win a romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 CONTENTS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2023 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON... Metropoliton Borough of Sefton 21 OUTSIDE THE BOX Tie the knot at a quirky, unusual or characterful local venue for a big day that’s unique and unforgettable On the cover This issue’s oh-so romantic cover was captured by With Love Rose Photography ( in the grounds of North Wales’ enchanting Château Rhianfa ( For more glorious images from this shoot, turn to page 45. 53 9 FEATURES 45 FLIRTY, FRESH, FAIRYTALE VIBES This team set out to bring a destination wedding feel to this modern and oh-so romantic local shoot 49 A BREATH OF FRESH AIR We talked to the region’s experts to discover how they can help you with your al fresco nuptials and picked their brains for some top tips 53 YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY Local wedding transport options to inspire 60 WISHING HUE A WONDERFUL WEDDING DAY Check out our wedspirational guide to palette perfection whatever the season 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 THE BEAR NECESSITIES Jade and Jordan tied the knot at Cheshire View with their sights set on sustainability and plenty of cute nods to their marital surname 33 EAT, DRINK AND BE MARRIED Ellie and Rhys said “I do” at Old Palace Chester in June, 2023 39 LIFE IS GRAND Emily and Mike set out to style their fairytale castle to full effect and packed it to the rafters with stunning florals HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 RURAL ROMANCE Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave 86 MAGICAL MAURITIUS Explore this year-round honeymoon hotspot for a taste of the local cuisine, lush scenery and sustainable hotel choices 88 TOTAL BODY BLISS Experience a weekend of wellness and total body bliss at Warwickshire’s Ardencote Spa GROOMS 72 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 73 SKIN DEEP WarPaint For Men shares its make-up and skincare tips for grooms-to-be 74 SOMETHING BLUE We’ve rounded up some of the latest products for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 62 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 63 STYLE ALERT Burnt orange, green, and champagne colours are trending for bridesmaids this season 64 ALL DRESSED UP The new season bridal edit of dreamy dresses features delicate details, fairytale-inspired florals and flowing fabrics 69 STANDOUT SLEEVES Make your entrance in style wearing statement sleeves that will take you from day to dancefloor 76 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 77 BEST FACE FORWARD We investigate the much-discussed bridal musthave treatment, HydraFacial 78 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 80 LADY OF THE DANCE Strictly’s Luba Mushtuk talks health, wellbeing and the all-important first dance 33 39 26 45 21 4

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Yes, I successfully survived the summer – hurrah! To be fair, I don’t know if we can even describe the last few months as summer, but never mind, it suited me down to the ground! Now, here we are in autumn already. This season is growing enormously in popularity for weddings and is one of my favourites as I love to see couples getting super-creative with their themes and colour palettes. Think rich jewel tones, which are stunning on their own or used with pastels as an accent colour. Rust is huge at the moment too. Oh-so modern, it comes into its own during the autumn months. More so than any other season, autumn immediately conjures up associated colours typified by nature at this time of year, such as the reds and oranges of turning leaves. It’s also ideal timing if you fancy something a bit quirky. With Halloween on the horizon, add plenty of pumpkins to your styling. What about carving your own romantic scenes into them to represent your unique love story and using as illuminated centrepieces? Gothic and enchanted forest vibes also work particularly well at this time of year. What’s more, the much-loved rustic feel really comes to life when given a harvest-time twist. This issue we’ve got a stunning styled shoot for you offering a whole heap of wedspiration from the coast of North Wales. Meanwhile, if you’re planning your al fresco nuptials for next summer and beyond, don’t miss our outdoor wedding feature where you’ll find a host of suppliers giving us the benefit of their wisdom on the matter. Then, to get you to the church (or venue) on time, you’ll need wedding transport you can rely on. So, the region’s suppliers have stepped up to show us their favourite, stylish vehicles. As ever, enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor Autumnal creations 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 49 PEEK-A-BOO! Outdoor weddings are so much fun. A whole new world of possibilities opens up to you, allowing you to get really creative. My favourite idea from this issue is a champagne and confetti pony! This little darling, Skittles from Cheshire Pony Parties, will deliver the goodies as your guests mix and mingle post-vows. A must in my book! Win! 26 W-DAY STALWART Jade and Jordan, Mr & Mrs Bear, knew instantly that Cheshire View was the venue for them. “This was largely thanks to venue manager Mark who was invaluable in ensuring we had the most incredible wedding day,” Jade explains. “Nothing was too much trouble and the support given went even further than we could have imagined.” 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 romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 45 CINEMA PARADISO Shoot photographer Rose Stelfox brought some classic movie-inspired black and white frames to the mix to emulate the vintage and nostalgic atmosphere at Château Rhianfu and they’re amongst my favourites. Simply stunning.

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LUXURY FOR LESS If you’re planning an intimate winter wedding, let the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa play host to your dream day as you take advantage of its new Luxury For Less package for early 2024. Picture your big day at this Chester wedding venue and enjoy fantastic savings in January and February 2024. For just £4,500 based on 50 day and 80 evening guests this new package includes: full drinks package (welcome drink, one drink with meal and toast drink per guest), three course wedding breakfast plus coffee for your day guests, buffet for evening guests, dedicated wedding coordinator, master of ceremonies, resident DJ, red carpet arrival, personalised table plans and menus, cake base and knife, chair covers and organza bows or Chivari chairs, table mirrors and decorative centrepieces, top table and cake table organza swag, complimentary civil ceremony room hire (usually £595), complimentary light-up love letters (usually £110), and complimentary superior bedroom for the newlyweds. Terms and conditions apply. Get in touch to find out more at 01244 570 560 or via Also, check out AHEAD OF THE CURVE My Funny Valentine in Chester is proud to announce its very first curve pop-up event for beautiful mid- and plus-sized brides. From the 6th to 19th October, 2023, the boutique’s gorgeous bridal basement will be home to this very special event, offering sample gowns to try on in sizes 14 to 22. There will also be extra special discounts for all brides ordering gowns from the event. If you’re looking for your dream gown, grab your besties and book, either through the website at stating “Curve Event” in the notes, or email Nearlywed NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the region DATE FOR THE DIARY Doubletree by Hilton Chester is conveniently situated between the M53 and the city centre. It lies within a 40-minute drive of both Manchester and Liverpool international airports, and Chester mainline railway station is just a two-mile drive away. With a stunning and lovingly restored 18th-century manor house, Grade II English Heritage conservatory and a converted stable barn, you’re ensured a magical and memorable special day here. You can check the venue out for yourselves at its wedding fair due to take place on Sunday 29th October, 11am-3pm. Head over and discover this stunning venue, meet with top local suppliers, and begin your planning journey. The dedicated wedding specialists here will be on hand to answer your questions and guide you through everything you need to know. Find out more at 9 LOCAL NEWS

MORE DATES FOR THE DIARY Get your fill of planning and wedspiration at a variety of wedding fairs happening across the region this season. Sunday 10th September, 2023 11am-3pm Chester Racecourse Wedding Fayre Sunday 10th September, 2023 12pm-3pm The North Wales Wedding Fayre at Ruthin Castle Saturday 16th September, 2023 12pm-3pm The Cheshire Wedding at Nantwich Civic Hall Sunday 24th September, 2023 12pm-4pm Swettenham Arms Wedding Open Day Sunday 1st October, 2023 12pm-3pm Luxury Cheshire Wedding Fayre at Cottons Hotel & Spa Sunday 8th October, 2023 12pm-3pm A Luxury Chester & Cheshire Wedding Fayre at Rowton Hall Sunday 15th October, 2023 12pm-3pm Aintree Racecourse Luxury Liverpool Wedding Show Sunday 22nd October, 2023 11am-3pm Carden Park Wedding Fayre Sunday 22nd October, 2023 12pm-3pm Luxury Liverpool Wedding Show at Formby Hall Sunday 29th October, 2023 10am-4pm Tatton Park Wedding Open Day EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa brings a new rose-inspired spa day to its exceptional experiences in partnership with luxury skincare brand Elemis. The Elemis Rose Champagne Spa day has been designed with pure bliss in mind! Exclusively available at the Hotel, the experience celebrates 15 years of Hand Picked Hotels working with Elemis. Inspired by the beauty of the gardens there and Elemis’ new Rose Micro Serum, treatments are aimed at restoring a youthful bloom to skin and fresh energy to the body and soul. Centred around a 55-minute limited-edition Elemis Rose Facial, spa visitors are guaranteed an experience that awakens the senses and transports them to the beauty and relaxation of an English rose garden. As the serene scent fills the air, expert spa therapists will use specialist facial massage techniques to deeply cleanse the face using Elemis’ Rosewood Essence, Pro-Collagen Rose Balm Cleanser and Oil, leaving guests’ skin feeling blissfully soft and hydrated. To complete the experience, guests will then be treated to a rose-themed afternoon tea, complete with a chilled glass of Villa Saletta Spumante – a light, sparkling rosé made in Tuscany from 100 per cent Sangiovese grapes. What’s more, spa-goers can enjoy the spa facilities, including sauna, steam rooms, indoor pool, hydrotherapy pool, amber lounge and relaxation room. Ensuring guests can continue their rose experience at home, the package also includes an Elemis Pro-Collagen Micro Serum gift. Elemis Rose Champagne Spa Day is priced from £125 per person, with overnight stays at Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa from £323. Find out more at GOING TO THE CHAPEL Crewe Hall Hotel & Spa’s exquisite chapel is now licenced to hold civil wedding ceremonies in addition to the already impressive grounds. The chapel dates back as far as 1656 boasting an array of stunning architecture. Located in the heart of Cheshire, Crewe Hall Hotel & Spa is a Grade I listed Jacobean mansion originally owned by the influential Crewe family. The chapel was built as a place of worship for the family and their staff. Steeped in rich history, the chapel boasts 12 ornate stained-glass windows depicting the apostles, as well as alabaster and marble carvings. Back in the 17th century, when services were conducted in the original chapel, the Crewe family sat in their own pew in the gallery above, which they entered through their own private door upstairs. The weddings team is now taking bookings for civil ceremonies as well as non-religious events within the chapel. It’s a truly special element to include in your day. Ideal for intimate occasions, it can seat up to 40 guests, with additional capacity for 35 standing behind the pews and on the upper balcony. Receptions can then be carried on within the hotel’s other historical spaces such as The Drawing Room, The Long Gallery or The Great Library. With a whole realm of function suites available, this idyllic 17th-century mansion, with manicured grounds, elegant rooms and spectacular views is made for unforgettable weddings. Find out more at 10

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 availability and discounted rates until March 2024. LIVERPOOL’S ICONIC WEDDING VENUE CONSERVATORY WEDDING FAYRE Sunday 15th October | 11am-3pm FREE ENTRY

A Destination Wedding Venue, Offering Weekend Exclusivity A Destination Wedding Venue in North Wales, two minutes from the stunning beaches of the Llyn Peninsula and the mountains of Snowdonia. Talhenbont Hall Estate is nestled in 100 acres of ancient woodland and gardens on the stunning Llyn Peninsula, North Wales, an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is the perfect location for the wedding celebration of your dreams. The most idyllic place to host your wedding reception along with a spectacular terrace overlooking the River Dwyfach, a picture-perfect spot to conduct your outdoor ceremony. At Talhenbont Hall you are offered a bespoke service that is tailored to meet your specific requirements. Completely private, exclusive and a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of daily City life, you and your guests will be totally relaxed at our beautiful Country Estate. Talhenbont Hall is a dream destination wedding venue. Talhenbont Hall, Chwilog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales, LL53 6SZ 01766 810247 |

Great discounts and gorgeous giveaways up for grabs 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 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 locallysourced 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 partnered with Cake On The Lake to offer readers 10% off wedding cakes, along with free delivery and set up. To claim, simply get in touch on 07473 555 717 or via and quote “Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding.” Offer valid until 31st October, 2023. Find out more at Freebies& OFFERS WIN PERSONALISED BRACELETS Are you dreaming of making your special day even more memorable for your beloved bridesmaids? Look no further! We have an exciting opportunity for you to win personalised bracelets for each of your bridesmaids, courtesy of Merci Maman. Merci Maman understand the importance of thoughtful and meaningful gifts, especially when it comes to your bridesmaids. Its handcrafted Personalised Pastille Chain Bracelet is a bestseller, a timeless and beloved piece testament to the elegance and charm that the brand’s jewellery carries. Crafted with love and attention to detail, these bracelets will serve as treasured keepsakes for your bridesmaids, a symbol of your lasting friendship and gratitude. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Merci Maman to give readers the chance to win two personalised pastille chain bracelets worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, FIT FOR A QUEEN Inspired by organic shapes and capturing fluid elements in motion, Lucy Quartermaine creates stunning jewellery from remarkable designs that will transform your bridal style. Originally produced to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Pearl collection complements 925 silver with freshwater pearls for a timeless design perfect for a wedding day. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to give readers the chance to win a threepiece set of Royal Pearl pieces worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Looking for a tipi wedding? Warren Farm is a stunning wedding venue based in Formby, Merseyside, that you can make your own. Call 07969227492 to make an appointment to discuss your Country wedding or barn wedding venues Email: Website: Experience pure elegance at our tranquil venue Tailored service with breathtaking views over the Mere Lake and Cheshire countryside Bring your dream wedding to life YOUR PERFECT WEDDING VENUE THE MERE GOLF RESORT & SPA FIND OUT MORE AT THEMERERESORT.CO.UK/WEDDINGS 01565 830 155 Chester Road, Mere, Knutsford WA16 6LJ

SEFTON Spotlight on… Tie the knot in a local hotspot WATERFRONT SOUTHPORT HOTEL 01704 516 220 | If you’re seeking a wedding venue that blends natural beauty, impeccable design, and exceptional service, look no further than the Waterfront Southport Hotel! Nestled on the shores of the tranquil Marine Lake, the Waterfront Southport Hotel offers an enchanting setting for your big day. This idyllic location provides sweeping views of the glistening Irish Sea and the iconic Blackpool skyline, creating a romantic atmosphere sure to captivate all assembled. Just steps away from the hotel, the Millennium Bridge connects the mainland to the bustling Southport Pier, adding an extra touch of charm to the Hotel’s surroundings. For those seeking excitement and fun, the worldrenowned Pleasureland amusement park is situated nearby, offering a myriad of thrilling rides and attractions. Your wedding guests will have the opportunity to extend their stay and explore this lively entertainment hub. Ceremonies are held in The Room with 180-degree views across the sparkling Marine Lake and the Irish Sea, which frame the 70s-inspired interiors. Room is a Pandora’s Box of beauty: giant disco balls shimmer over plush velvets, and intricate tiles and gorgeous greenery are all complemented by the coastal panorama. It can host 300 loved ones. The Green Room, with its plush green velvet walls, and curved floor-toceiling views of the Southport Promenade, provides a stylish and intimate setting for your nuptials accompanied by 30 nearest and dearest. These two chic locations will also play host to your reception for 260 or 30 guests respectively. The Hotel offers free menu-tastings, a dedicated wedding coordinator and a complimentary wedding-night stay for the two of you. 15 LOCAL VENUES

THE VINCENT HOTEL 01704 883 800 | The Vincent Hotel in Southport is a lifestyle hotel and stunning wedding venue based in the North West of England. Located on Southport’s Lord Street with its very own 59 stylish bedrooms including a luxurious Penthouse Suite, the venue is also home to the contemporary V Café & Restaurant offering a diverse British and European menu, along with an exclusive spa where you can experience peace and tranquillity. Civil ceremonies take place in the elegant Parisienne Suite with its stunning views over the historical boulevards of Southport. The epitome of sophistication and romance, it’s equally suited to an intimate occasion or larger weddings with up to 130 guests. Should you prefer a religious ceremony, Southport is home to some of the most beautiful churches in the area. After the “I dos” welcome drinks and canapés will be served in the stylish bar while you catch up with family and friends or disappear for that all-important photo session. The Parisienne Suite is also the perfect location for your wedding breakfast with its fabulous floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the suite with light and exude elegance. Not forgetting your very own private balcony, ideal for that perfect picture of all your guests for you to cherish forever. What’s more, the executive chef has designed an extensive menu using the finest, locally-sourced produce, which you can select from and personalise to create your bespoke wedding breakfast. As the day draws to a close, it’s time to kick back and enjoy your entertainment along with a delicious buffet before dancing the night away. MEOL’S HALL TITHE BARN 01704 228 326 | Situated among the stunning grounds of Meols Hall in the pretty village of Churchtown, the Tithe Barn offers quite the setting for a wedding. This exclusive 400-year-old candlelit barn has an atmosphere all of its own and sits near the historical 12th-century manor house. Plus, there are certainly some excellent photographic opportunities across the 100-acre estate. The venue offers a complete package of catering, bar service, master of ceremonies and entertainment if you wish. Ceremonies are hosted in the Tithe Barn with a minimum of 50 and maximum of 120 loved ones. Sympathetically restored by local craftsmen the barn is full of rustic charm and features original brick walls and an open-beamed ceiling. The wedding breakfast takes place in the lovely Tithe Barn, also with a maximum of 120 guests and an additional 30 welcome for the evening reception. There’s also the tastefully-restored original coach house with its large French doors opening out onto the picturesque traditional cobbled courtyard. It comes complete with shepherds hut bar, heated parasols, patio tables, chairs and outdoor lanterns. This makes an ideal year-round outdoor/indoor venue for entertaining your nearest and dearest, as well as the perfect place to relax, enjoy welcome drinks and even a selection of delicious canapés. 16

Parisienne Suite The ideal backdrop to any special event For more information call us on 01704 883800 Meols Hall, Churchtown, Southport PR9 7LZ To make an appointment to view or speak to the wedding co-ordinator Call: 01704 228326 • • meols hall - the perfect setting Photos courtesy of Matthew Rycraft There can be very few settings equal to Meols Hall, Southport’s historical manor house, with its magnificent 400 year old candlelit Tithe Barn, Coach House and large unspoilt traditional cobbled courtyard. EXCLUSIVE USE • CIVIL CEREMONIES • RECEPTIONS • WEDDING BREAKFASTS & EVENING CELEBRATIONS BESPOKE & INDIVIDUAL • PHOTOGRAPHIC OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE BEAUTIFUL 100 ACRE ESTATE HELICOPTER LANDING AVAILABLE Meols Hall churchtown the tithe barn 2024 SUMMER DATES AVAILABLE

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THE LAKE HOUSE WATERLOO 0151 351 9076 | The Lake House is a lakeside haven in the heart of Sefton. Renowned as one of the most beautiful locations in the county, the Crosby Coast is an idyllic spot for any wedding. The venue’s new suites can be tailored to the day of your dreams and the team will be with you every step of the way. Packages include twilight, full-day with ceremony or reception only options. The venue also boasts 14 bedrooms for you and your guests to use. There are double and family rooms with sofa beds and bunks. There are even group rooms with three sets of bunk beds if you want to stay the night before with your bride tribe and make a party of it! Ceremonies take place either in the Lake House Suite for 100 guests, or Lake View 1, 2 and 3 for 120. Both rooms overlook the lake and offer dreamy backdrops. Depending on the size of your guest list, you can utilise either of the above suites. The Lake House Suite with its grand ceiling is the perfect party room, offering the ultimate space for live music. Capacity here is 120 for the wedding breakfast and 150 for the evening reception. The venue offers a free food tasting for all of its couples. The venue’s team wholeheartedly believe that they offer the very best of the local area’s catering and the head chef and his team can create a bespoke menu to make it the right fit for you. From exquisite sit-down dinners to buffets and barbecues, or anything in between – the choice is yours. Also check out... ROYAL CLIFTON HOTEL 0871 222 1098 | Located on Southport’s Promenade, set in a historical Victorian building the venue offers a range of packages for anything from the small and intimate celebration to larger weddings. It can cater for guest numbers from 50 for the wedding breakfast up to 200 for the evening do. THE BOLD HOTEL 01704 532 578 | Having undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, this venue is a historical jewel in Southport’s crown. Nestled at the end of a tree-lined boulevard, this beautifully-styled boutique hotel exudes elegance, glamour and sophistication. FORMBY HALL GOLF RESORT & SPA 01704 875 699 | This venue boasts two contemporary function suites, 76 individuallydesigned bedrooms, a luxurious spa, state-of-the-art leisure facilities, and a world-class 18-hole golf course. Meanwhile, its gorgeous countryside setting offers some very special photo opportunities indeed. THE GRAND 01704 334 533 | Blending classic glamour and modern design to create an atmosphere of sophisticated charm, The Princess Grace Suite is a versatile venue for any wedding celebration. You can just imagine gliding up the sweeping staircase here as romantic notes rise from the piano below. WARREN FARM WEDDINGS & EVENTS Warren Farm, located in Formby, is a wedding and event venue nestled in more than 60 acres of rolling fields and woodland. If you’re dreaming of a rural wedding, Warren Farm is well worth a look with its eclectic mix of rustic and romantic elegance. CROSBY HALL EDUCATIONAL TRUST 07557 902 207| This 16th-century barn venue is a delightfully romantic setting for any rustic-inspired wedding day. It’s available for weddings on a limited amount of Saturdays throughout the year, so you’ll have to be quick if you fall in love with it! LOCAL VENUES 19

VISIT AND LEARN WHY WE ARE THE ORIGINAL HOME OF ROMANCE From intimate weddings for two up to 100 guests. For more information on special offers and more information on any of our wedding packages contact our award-winning wedding team: +44 (0)1461 336 001 11TH & 12TH NOVEMBER, 10AM – 4PM Wedding PHOTO: ZOE ALEXANDRA Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, DG16 5EA

Outside We round up some of our favourite quirky local venues ST LUKE’S BOMBED OUT CHURCH 0151 374 0366 | Tucked away in the heart of the Liverpool City Centre, this one-of-a-kind venue offers a picturesque, idyllic oasis away from the hustle and bustle. It’s an iconic landmark in the city and holds a wealth of history and memories – now it’s time to make your wedding day part of that! From 1952, St Luke’s Bombed Out Church has been categorised as an official Grade II listed building, and due to its moving history, the church has since become a managed ruin that’s home to community projects, events, weddings and more. Specialising in bespoke big days, where no amount of guests is too few, the team will work with you to devise a seating plan and build the wedding of your dreams from the ground up since this is the epitome of a blank canvas venue. Maximum capacity is 250 and price and layout are discussed based on your requests. An open-air ceremony within the church ruin gives you exclusive access to the inside grounds from 12pm to 2pm. White bistro chairs are available to you as well as the use of two church pews. Alternatively, you can opt for a Chancel Roof Ceremony, where you’ll also have access to the inside grounds from 12pm to 2pm, and have use of limewash chivari chairs with optional use of two church pews. There’s a clear roof marquee here so you and your loved ones are sure to stay dry as you appreciate the impressive surroundings, and there’s an in-house PA with microphone, so everyone can hear every word of your promises to each other. You may also choose to opt for a rather grand-sounding Tower Ceremony, which as the name implies, is held in St Luke’s spectacular tower. Receptions are hosted in a marquee covering the main seating, the bar and dancefloor. It’s illuminated by spectacular lighting including fairylights and Edison lamps, and is beautifully decorated with wisteria arrangements suspended from the roof. Your chosen entertainment can wow the crowds from the stage until 11pm, with carriages at 11.30pm. You’ll also have onsite security and a wedding coordinator on hand to help you throughout, as well as professional bartenders who will staff the built-in wooden bar. St Luke’s Bombed Out Church works with a wide range of caterers to ensure your wedding has the perfect menu to suit your taste buds! From street food to an informal buffet to traditional wedding breakfasts the venue has established relationships with caterers across the North West. However, if there’s one you’d prefer to use, the team are happy to discuss with you and meet with them to make sure their setup is achievable within the Grade II listed building. THE BOX 21 UNUSUAL VENUES

SCALE 07903 962 054 | Scale is a rare jewel of a warehouse venue located in the centre of Liverpool, ideal for a wedding with a difference. Located on the top floor of the Tapestry building, in the up-and-coming Fabric District, a creative hub just a stone’s throw from the city centre, it’s surrounded by incredible street art, neighbouring independents such as Melodic Distraction radio station, Ditto Coffee, Kempston St Studios and Hopscotch. The tall ceiling features industrial A-frame beams with hanging festoon lighting and the perfect opportunity to drape flowers. Meanwhile reclaimed maple flooring and exposed brickwork not only offer modern and stylish wedding photography, but the ideal blank canvas to style as you wish. The venue is officially licensed to hold legal civil partnerships and civil marriage ceremonies, however a celebrant-led service can still be offered as a beautiful addition to the day should you wish. Here, you can host up to 200 loved ones standing, while a maximum of 150 is recommended for seated events. It’s fully accessible with a disabled lift and bathroom. Known for its trestle tables for dining, Scale is filled with rustic charm boasting heaps of space in the main function room complete with a mezzanine – a space to step away from the party. Whether you have your hearts set on a traditional three-course sit-down meal, a more informal locally-sourced buffet or just a good old knees up, this space offers a wonderful backdrop and plenty of options to suit different needs. The fully-stocked bar area even comes with an LED message board for you to customise. What’s more, if you’re looking to gather only your very nearest and dearest for a long lazy celebratory supper, the venue offers a reduced rate for weddings of 60 guests or fewer. This applies to midweek and Friday bookings only. Scale works closely with its preferred catering partner, Fig and the Wild, which can provide anything from hand-crafted canapés and rustic sharing platters, to bespoke menus using local independent suppliers. External caterers are also welcome, all you need to do is let the team know if you’re after something specific and they’ll point you in the right direction. Plus, all bookings come with a free consultation with event stylist Spark Alice, and you’ll also be offered a discounted price on its services. Owner Hannah can liaise with suppliers on your behalf, organise everything from table linen to flowers and take the stress out of wedding planning for you. You also have the option of using the venue’s 80ft of festoon lighting, PA system and wireless microphones. INVISIBLE WIND FACTORY | You can really bring an edge to your wedding day with Invisible Wind Factory’s production and hospitality. Not only will you and your loved ones have the time of your lives, but your big day will look and sound fantastic! With years of production experience, set design and technical resources at your disposal, the team can collaborate on realising your wedding dreams or simply offer you a blank canvas. Formerly a wind turbine factory, the site on Regent Road in Liverpool’s Ten Streets area on the historical North Docks, is multi-purpose in every sense. In addition to the venue itself, the site is also home to the IWF Rollerdrome, Substation, Factory Garden, Factory Kitchen, Workshop and Studios. The Hall is a multi-purpose ex-industrial event space, ideal for that urban-chic vibe. It can accommodate 350 guests at table and bench row style seating or 250 seated cabaret style. Show curtains run the full length and width of the main hall two thirds down allowing it to operate as a smaller room with a smaller bar area or chill-out space. The Substation is the basement club event space. It features an in-house PA system and custom lighting. It can accommodate 350 standing, 150 seated theatre style or 150 seated on benches banqueting style. For al fresco celebrations, the versatile outdoor garden space is ideal for daytime use. It can host 200 standing or 150 seated at tables on benches, banqueting style. 22 07814 575080 JAN/FEB 2019 £3.45 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, FREEBIES, FASHION AND MUCH MORE... WIN! Dresses with the wow factor Full-on drama A honeymoon in Barbados Local LOVE STORIES THE BRIDESMAID DIARIES Confessions of a maid-of-honour Spotlight on… EAST CHESHIRE Issue 43 January/February 2019 County Wedding Magazines Your CHESHIRE & MERSEYSIDE WEDDING COVER_YCMW43.indd 1 14/12/2018 16:03 WEDDING DREAMS DO COME TRUE Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa Southport Old Road, Formby, Merseyside L37 0AB To make your dreams come true please contact our Wedding Team on 01704 875 699 email: or visit Wedding packages from only £4,999 A wedding is a lifetime of memories, a celebration of two people, two hearts, and two families joining. What better place to start this journey than in the luxurious surroundings of Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa. Nestled in 200 acres of lush, green parkland, the hotel offers the perfect setting for creating an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. With two contemporary function suites, the hotel also has 76 individually designed bedrooms, a luxurious spa, state-of-the-art leisure facilities, and a world class 18 hole golf course. Coupled with our in-house team of dedicated and passionate wedding and events planners, and over 27 years of hosting weddings, we know exactly what is needed to make each wedding day truly special.

VISIT FOR MORE INFORMATION EMAIL FLORAL PAVILION, MARINE PROMENADE, NEW BRIGHTON, CH45 2JS YOUR DREAM COASTAL WEDDING FROM £4,400 Book your appointment online BETHANYHANNAHBRIDAL.CO.UK 40 WALTON ROAD, STOCKTON HEATH, CHESHIRE, WA4 6NL | 01925 213060 Luxury Bridal Boutique Our designers include: Essense of Australia, Ellis, Paloma Blanca, Martin Thornburg, Mikaella, House of Saint Patrick & Richard Designs

THE VICARAGE 0330 137 3771 | Nestled in the heart of leafy Cheshire, The Vicarage is perfectly placed to give you a memorable start to married life. A highly regarded heritage site dating back to the 17th-century, this beautifully revamped Grade II listed country venue on the outskirts of Cranage is now lovingly restored, restyled and ready to charm its way into your heart! A relaxed rural haven with a family-friendly feel, The Vicarage is ideal for an intimate wedding celebration and really comes to life at this time of year making it a wonderful choice for autumnal nuptials. The cosy Library, or the vintage vibe of the Garden Room both provide warm, stylish settings. This classic and elegant venue, can also be hired for exclusive use when having an evening reception. You’ll be able to dance the night away surrounded by the re-imagined industrial décor of the Main Bar and rest your head in one of the 26 fabulous bedrooms. With four areas licensed for ceremonies, The Vicarage can accommodate anywhere from two to 110 guests. Choose from the intimate and quirky Games Room for up to 25 guests or the stylish Library and Garden Room for up to 70. Alternatively, if you’re looking to make the venue completely yours, the Main Bar offers a wonderful setting for 100 loved ones to look on as you tie the knot. You could even opt for an oh-so romantic twilight wedding. When it comes to the post-ceremony celebrations, the same spaces are available to you. You may decide on an intimate meal for 22 in the Games Room, a cosy candlelight supper in the Library for 40, or enjoy the vintage backdrop of the Garden Room with 55 nearest and dearest. With exclusive use, you can invite 120 to enjoy a meal with you or 230 for an evening reception. FLORAL PAVILION 0151 666 0000 | The Floral Pavilion is a waterfront venue bursting with character and boasting panoramic views across the iconic River Mersey. Steeped in history and culture, the glass-fronted building stands proudly in the heart of New Brighton. It encompass an 814-seat theatre, along with the spacious Plaza and Panoramic Lounge, and a range of fabulous banqueting rooms. The stunning Winter Garden Suite boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with light and offers your guests a spectacular view of the River Mersey. With a gorgeous panoramic coastal backdrop and the option to customise the space to your taste, it’s a memorable place to say “I do” as 50 to 300 loved ones look on. If you’re looking for something different, a ceremony in the theatre will put you centre stage! Steeped in history, you can tread the same boards as Cilla Black, Ken Dodd, Jason Manford and Lulu as you tie the knot – an experience you and your guests will remember for lifetime! Here, 500 guests can witness your nuptials. Receptions take place in the Winter Garden Suite for up to 300 guests. It’s a wonderful place to dine and celebrate, where you and your loved ones can enjoy the sunset and party the night away. The suite can be extended based on your numbers (up to 300 for the wedding breakfast) to ensure the perfect atmosphere. It’s accessible via a private entrance, features a private bar area, large sprung wooden dancefloor, break-out area with comfy sofas, plus access to a terrace ideal for photos. The Centre Stage package includes a private dining menu taster for two in the Tivoli Suite. All couples receive a complimentary Friends of the Floral membership with a show of your choice to celebrate your first anniversary. 25 UNUSUAL VENUES

The Bear necessities Jade and Jordan tied the knot at Cheshire View with their sights set on sustainability and plenty of cute nods to their marital surname Images courtesy of AFS Media 26

Jade and Jordan met in Spain on a university sports tour back in 2016. The pair instantly hit it off and both experienced a sense of significance in their meeting. Their friendship developed over the months that followed back at the University of Nottingham, and the rest, as they say, is history. Jordan proposed on a private boat in the middle of Lake Garda, Italy. He’d planned a surprise city break for the two of them, which wasn’t too out of the ordinary as the couple loved nothing more than jetting off to European hotspots together pre-Covid. This trip to Milan and Lake Garda was their first when pandemic restrictions permitted and they enjoyed beautiful food, weather and wine, all contributing to the most romantic destination they’d visited thus far. “I always felt confident that I’d know if Jordan was planning to propose,” Jade says. “But I was totally blown away when he asked me to be his wife. I immediately said, ‘Yes,’ so it was homeward bound as the new Mr and Mrs Bear-to-be.” The nearlyweds knew Cheshire View was the place for them as soon as they’d had the chance to explore it for the first time. Nestled within the Cheshire countryside, just a short drive from Chester, it offers the most spectacular views, as the name implies. The date was booked for 7th July, which felt significant since it meant Jade and Jordan would tie the knot on the 7th day of the 7th month of their 7th year together. “We chose a Friday so that we could make the most of the full weekend after the wedding,” Jade says. “Knowing everyone who came took the time and made the effort to join us, giving up a day of their annual leave in the process, made it all the more special. Our friends and family were made up at the prospect of a long weekend of celebrations.” Join us as Jade gives us the lowdown on the big day... SETTING THE SCENE Jade and Jordan set out to make sure their wedding was as sustainable as it could be, and wanted to keep everything simple with the focus being on elements most important to them such as the food and drink. With sustainability in mind the couple tried to reuse and recycle as much as possible and utilised their gypsophila pew ends as centrepieces, splitting the bunches up into recycled glass vases. “A simple but elegant touch,” Jade says. As Jordan’s last name is Bear, thus making it Jade’s new surname, the duo decided to nod to this throughout as a unique, personal touch. They had a bespoke re-useable stamp made, which was used across all of their invitations printed on recycled card. They then digitised the image to use on a timeline that guests could refer to during the day, thanks to digital displays dotted around the venue. The bear stamp was also used to create wedding favour badges for guests to wear and take home. We’re told that Jordan’s now lives on his golf bag! FOOD FOR THOUGHT As foodies, Jade and Jordan created their wedding menu in collaboration with their caterer. “All of our guests, including those with dietary requirements, couldn’t get over how delicious and plentiful the food was,” Jade says. “The team at Sticky Sausage Catering really are magicians in the kitchen and can tailor all sorts of amazing menus to suit your preferences.” The big-day bake consisted of two tiers of lemon drizzle and fruit cake. This was lovingly made by the mother-of-the-bride and decorated by the caterers. The couple selected a wire cake topper, which read: Mr and Mrs Bear. They’ve since utilised this at home as wall art. The highlight of the day in the sweet treat department though was the Fellici’s Ice Cream cart serving Italian-style gelato with personalised wafers. “Becki was fantastic in helping us narrow down our flavours, and it felt like a lovely nod to our Italian engagement,” Jade shares. 27 REAL WEDDINGS

Harmony String Quartet are the perfect accompaniment for your wedding or event providing modern, film, jazz and classical music. With over 700 pieces in our repertoire lists, we are confident that you will find something for you and your guests to enjoy. We also offer a Jukebox service which allows guests to choose any music they wish to hear at the click of a button using our QR code and sign up sheet WWW.HARMONYSTRINGQUARTET.CO.UK 07837 870354 | Now offering our unique jukebox service on all Quartet & Trio packages Scan to view video

LOOKING THE PART Having tried on some beautiful gowns in various local boutiques, Jade realised that finding the dream dress wasn’t going to happen for her. “I’ve always had a slightly different style to mainstream trends and knew I wanted to wear something timeless. So, I designed my own dress together with a very special lady,” Jade tells us. “I guess the important thing to consider is that all brides are different, so what works for one won’t necessarily work for another. I was incredibly lucky to meet a local lady who’s been creating wedding dresses her entire career, and I’m so pleased with the outcome of our time together.” One thing Jade has always said over the years is that if ever she were to get married, she’d want to do so in a gorgeous pair of shoes! Her custom-made blue Jimmy Choo’s were the realisation of this and she had them personalised with the date on the sole and her maiden initials on the heel. The whole look was completed with a slightly drastic hair cut on the morning of the wedding, courtesy of Zoe from Deva Hair, Chester. “I’d been growing my hair since we got engaged, but about a week before the big day, I started to feel that the original plan for my hair wouldn’t do my dress or shoes justice,” Jade explains. “So, I called my hairdresser to see if she’d be down for cutting it into a long bob on the morning of and thankfully, she agreed!” Jordan wore a fabulous, fitted tuxedo that suited the day perfectly. He also wore braces and an Italian aftershave that complemented the bride’s perfume – another nod to the couple’s engagement story. He accessorised with personalised gold cufflinks and a pin badge of their dog, Dennis, worn on the inside of his lapel. He also wore his wedding gift, a matching gold signet ring bearing his initials. As the aim was to keep the day fairly fuss-free, Jordan had a best man and Jade had a maid-of-honour in their wedding parties. “It made everything so much more personal for us on the day and kept the intimacy of our marriage centre stage,” Jade explains. The best man wore a matching tuxedo, while the maid-of-honour wore a gorgeous Gatsby-style sparkly dress. TIME TO CELEBRATE In Bloom Events Band sang during the ceremony, performed throughout the drinks reception, and ensured the party was started in style in the evening. “They honestly created such an amazing atmosphere, and their talent knows no bounds,” says Jade. “They were such a pleasure to work with in the run up to the big day, and our guests were so impressed with their performance.” Another favourite with the guests was the photo booth with props, including a custom one of Dennis. They were all able to take prints away with them on personalised cards, and the happy couple received a link to digital copies of the prints as well as of individual photos taken in both black and white, and colour. MEMORABLE MOMENTS Jordan says, “Turning to see my wife-to-be walking towards me as I waited at the end of the aisle, we locked eyes after 24 hours apart, which must be the moment that stood out for me most on the day. Seconds before, our maid-of-honour and my mother-in-law came down the aisle together as the band played Stand By Me. This felt significant, especially since Jade’s mum was her something blue.” Jade says, “The day far surpassed my expectations, from my husband’s beautiful speech and the acknowledgements he REAL WEDDINGS 29