Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - November/December 2023 (Issue 72)

NOV/DEC 2023 £3.55 Win! A mini-moon in Rhodes FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD Meet the region’s wedding caterers Local photographers show us the looks of love captured in their favourite shots SLICKERS Liverpool and Chester venues IN VOGUE 2024’s bridalwear trends CHESHIRE MERSEYSIDE & WEDDING City LOVE IS IN THE AIR

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 Local experts offer stellar advice on creating your own winter wonderland wedding 85 COMPETITION Win a mini-moon in Rhodes worth £1,300 CONTENTS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2023 VENUES 14 CITY SLICKERS Top venues in Liverpool and Chester 21 COMFY AND COSY ARE WE We round up our favourite local venues ideal for a warm winter wedding On the cover This issue’s cover is sponsored by Lancashire Manor Hotel ( It shows real couple Dayna and Ray Harrigan outside the venue where they celebrated their big day on 19th August 2023, and was captured by their photographer Daley Wilson ( 39 21 FEATURES 45 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Local photographers show us the look of love captured in their favourite shots 49 FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD Meet the region’s wedding caterers 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 A RIGHT ROYAL AFFAIR Kerry and Mark’s grand big day offered guests and entertainment-filled extravaganza to remember 33 BURNING LOVE Aimee and Sami styled their day with a modern rustic flair and burnt orange at the heart of their palette 39 A ROOM WITH A VIEW Jenny and Gavin said “I do” against a backdrop of spectacular views at Waterfront Southport Hotel HONEYMOONS 78 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 80 AN ICONIC ISLAND A honeymooners’ paradise, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Montego Bay have it all 82 THE ITALIAN DREAM Discover the delights of Sardinia with a stay at the impressive Forte Village 84 WHAT A TREAT! The stylish Retreat at Elcot Park is country-house comfort at its best GROOMS 66 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 67 MANE ATTRACTION Influencer Eyal Booker and his brother Ariel reveal their top hair care tips for grooms-to-be 68 DRESSED TO KILL Channel your inner James Bond with these black-tie options for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 55 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 56 PARTY PIECES Dazzle at a Christmas or winter wedding in stunning silver and crystal accessories 57 IN VOGUE These model looks showcase the hottest bridal trends for 2024, with delicate details, texture takeovers and playful shorter styles 63 A TOUCH OF COLOUR Winter isn’t about wearing a white wedding dress, pick a fruit-pastel inspired shade or something a little bolder 71 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 72 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 74 BEAUTY QUEEN We chat to Hannah Martin about her new book, Makeup, and all things bridal beauty 76 WELL GROUNDED If wedding planning stress is getting the better of you, take this time-out with Ground Wellbeing’s Peigin Crowley 80 33 26 49 57 4

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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 WEDDING VIEWING NIGHT Thursday 7th December 6pm -8pm

Well, here we are at the end of the another year. Is it me, or did 2023 fly by faster than usual? Mind you, with the pandemic growing more and more distant in our rear view mirrors as weddings embrace a sense of back- to-normality, it’s no wonder really. The highlights for me were the Coronation and Carlos Alcaraz’s brilliant win at Wimbledon, as well as getting to see some more of Europe and, of course, celebrating Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding’s shiny new website! When you’ve read this issue, why not have a look around? There’s plenty on offer to keep you ahead of the curve with your wedding planning. Autumn has been unseasonably warm, so I have everything crossed for some chilly weather as we head into winter; especially for those of you with cosy December nuptials in store. Summer’s all well and good, but the time comes when it’s great to just snuggle up in your favourite jumper and curl up with your spouse-to-be in front of your favourite Netflix show, or better still, with your tablet and favourite wedding magazine! This issue we go all out on the romance front as local photographers show us the look of love. Meanwhile, if food is what’s on your mind, turn to our catering feature where we round up some of the region’s top caterers, ready and waiting to create the menu of your dreams. Finally, for a touch of winter magic, check out our Hot Topic pages where local experts tell us how to bring the joy of the season to your nuptials. So, as ever, enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor Winter warmers 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 33 OH HAPPY DAY So much joy was evident in Aimee and Sami’s big day – the smiles in the photographs are infectious! Win! 49 WARMING EATS One of the best things about winter is the comfort food! Get your fill of menu wedspriation from the region’s caterers. 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 85 WIN! A honeymoon in Rhodes 45 LOOK OF LOVE There’s so much love involved in a wedding day, and it’s not only that between the newlyweds as the region’s photographers show us in this issue’s photography feature.

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WIN YOUR WEDDING The Gilchrist Collection, which includes North Wales lovelies Plas Maenan and Highfield Hall, has announced its biggest and best giveaway yet offering you the chance to win your wedding! The incredible prize is a complimentary wedding package at any one of its exclusive-use properties for 40 day guests and 100 evening guests on a Sunday through to Thursday. This includes canapés, champagne, a three-course meal, wine, evening buffet and much more. The competition is open to residents of the UK who are aged 18 and over, and legally eligible to enter into a marriage or civil partnership. To enter visit the website of your chosen participating venue (www.plasmaenan. or and fill out the form, details can also be found on their social media. Entry closes on Tuesday 2nd January 2024, and the winner will be announced on the 4th. For more, head over to A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM It’s a special year for newlyweds at National Museums Liverpool, as its events business expands. Following a record year for the events team, wedding requests have continued to flourish with couples seeking more unusual venues for their nuptials. This season, the Hosted by National Museums Liverpool team will deliver its frist weddings at World Museum, located in the heart of St George’s Quarter in Liverpool city centre. Gareth Nuttall, head of sales says, “Weddings are a popular part of our private events offering and we’re exploring new and exciting spaces in our portfolio for these special bookings. We have a creative schedule of celebrations lined up across our venues with specially-themed catering from our renowned in-house chefs. World Museum is home to beautiful event spaces, fascinating galleries and displays of culture and life sciences from around the world, including an aquarium and planetarium. Wedding guests can be welcomed into the historical Richard Foster Wing, which dates back to 1901 with original features, marble pillars and intricate plasterwork. Dinner can be hosted in the Old Examination Hall, before dancing the night away in the spacious atrium beneath the Museum’s famous dinosaur. Learn more at Nearlywed NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the county WHAT’S IN STORE? Renowned luxury watch and jewellery retailer Goldsmiths has announced the grand opening of its largest showroom in the portfolio, located in Liverpool. This expansive store spans two floors and offers an unparalleled selection of exquisite timepieces and jewellery. Located at Liverpool One, on Paradise Street the showroom is ideally situated and there’s a dedicated entrance for the new Rolex area, which exudes a sense of luxury, craftsmanship and sophistication. If you’re seeking exquisite jewellery for your big day, head to the dedicated areas for FOPE, Messika, Roberto Coin, and Mappin & Webb. These renowned jewellery brands offer a stunning array of designs, from contemporary diamond pieces and a chic mix of precious metals, to timeless and sophisticated pieces. For an enhanced shopping experience worthy of your big day, the Goldsmiths Liverpool showroom features a hospitality bar, where you can relax and enjoy refreshments while exploring the collections. Private consultation rooms are also available, providing a discreet and personalised environment for you to discuss their specific requirements with knowledgeable and attentive staff. Check out © Pete Carr 9 LOCAL NEWS

BATHED IN TRANQUILLITY Daniel Thwaites Spa Group is delighted to introduce its lavish Bath Butler Service, which will be available at Cottons Hotel & Spa in Knutsford. This indulgent offering promises an unforgettable experience, bringing together Daniel Thwaites’ gold-standard in customer service with a carefully curated menu of TempleSpa treats. This British spa brand, celebrated for its luxurious and aromatherapyinspired formulations, will transform an ordinary bath into an extraordinary escape. It’s more than just a bath; it’s a moment of pure indulgence! The Bath Butler menu features a choice of three restorative experiences filled with luxurious TempleSpa products to offer you a time of restful slumber of sheer serenity, all at different price points: A Silent Night (£25), All Being Well (£26) and Do Not Disturb (£50). To add to the experience, you can add a pop of bubbles from a different bottle entirely as Bath Butler allows you to select your fizzy treat of choice delivered to your door, be it the enchanting Romeo Spumante Prosecco, the quintessentially British Hambledon Classic Cuvee English Sparkling Wine, or the prestigious Ayala Brut Champagne from the house of Bollinger. Find out more at BEACH BOUND The eponymous lifestyle fashion brand founded by fashion designer Esmée-E from Knutsford, partners with a sustainable organic farming community in the Egyptian Desert enabling her to use premium 100 per cent Egyptian chemical free sustainable GOTS certified cotton fabrics in her designs. Esmée-E’s interest in fashion was planted at an early age, learning from her grandmother who lived in Knutsford. Having trained in fashion at Central St. Martins, her design pedigree was nurtured at Kenzo, Moschino and Replay. Her new Yachtlife collection was launched at Milan Fashion Week in September and has been developed for the ultimate sea and boating holiday inspired by island hopping in the Mediterranean and Aegean, featuring some perfect pieces if you’re honeymooning in sunnier climes. An uber luxurious cotton kimono and hoodie are ideal to wear on scorching days and cool nights, while towelling post swim looks and column kaftan hoodie dresses with kimono sleeves are ideal for lounging on the beach. Find out more at FULL OF BEANS Cheshire-based Batch Coffee Club is all about celebrating the incredible coffee roasters we have in the UK and the brilliant coffee they source from around the world. They practically have coffee running through their veins! With an ever-growing list of coffee roasters popping up by the week in the UK and Ireland, there are so many new coffees and roasting styles to try. Although the larger more established coffee roasters are easy to find online, the smaller micro-roasters are a little harder to sniff out, which is where Batch Coffee Club comes in. Whether you’re new to the world of speciality coffee or you’re a seasoned veteran, you will appreciate trying two coffees at once to be able to compare flavours and attributes alongside each other, which is why subscribers are sent two different coffees in the subscription box. If you’re a coffee-loving couple, now’s the time to starting hinting to guests that Batch Coffee Club offer gift subscriptions! The most popular options for wedding gifts are the three-box (£52.50) delivered over six or 12 weeks, or the six-box (£95.94) delivered over 12 or 24 weeks. Find out more at A FOODIE’S HEAVEN Those of you looking to embark on a getaway filled with gastronomic delights and breathtaking landscapes should look no further than North Wales’ Penmaenuchaf. Now offering a new gastronomic experience in a peaceful mountain retreat, this elegant country house is steeped in history and boasts stunning views of the surrounding national park and gardens. With its blend of traditional charm and contemporary luxury, the hotel provides a perfect sanctuary for relaxation and even better food. Recently, head chef Tom Hine unveiled his very first tasting menu, a masterpiece of flavours, textures and culinary artistry. Each dish is comprised of a carefully curated selection of the finest local ingredients presented in a way that showcases chef Tom’s innovative techniques. Tailored for two, the new package allows guests to unwind in one of Penmaenuchaf’s recently refurbished rooms, and sip on a glass of refreshing champagne while taking in Eyri’s scenic beauty. Of course, no great stay is rounded off without a superb breakfast, which guests can enjoy ahead of checkout the next morning. The Gourmet Breaks package is available from £465. For more information check out 10


Get in Touch! | 01704 883 800 | 98 Lord St, Southport. PR8 1JR The best wedding venue in Southport. Here’s to love, laughter and happily ever after. It’s one of the happiest days of your life, so let us help you making memories that will last a lifetime. With outstanding service, award winning food and impeccable attention to detail, we’ll make sure you and your guests are exceptionally well taken care of. With a dedicated team, your wedding at the Vincent Hotel couldn’t be easier.

Great discounts and giveaways up for grabs 10% OFF YOUR DREAM DRESS AT MY FUNNY VALENTINE My Funny Valentine in Chester offers a personal one-to-one experience, filled with lots of little luxuries. The boutique specialises in modern romantic gowns ranging in style. During your appointment you and your guests will have a private fitting area where you can take your time and immerse yourselves in this beautiful, architect-designed bridal haven. Incredible designers stocked here include Pronovias, Madi Lane, Madison James and Joyce Jackson Veils. There’s even a wide selection of stunning bridal hair accessories available and MFV Outlet, a whole floor dedicated to fabulous discounted off-thepeg designer gowns to suit every budget. We’ve partnered with My Funny Valentine to offer you 10% off your gown at the boutique (available on full price dresses only). To claim, simply quote Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding when you arrive for your appointment. Find out more at WIN TWO STRIKING ACCURIST WATCHES WORTH UP TO £538! County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with British heritage watch brand Accurist to offer readers the chance to win this ultimate prize package for nearlyweds. Brides-to-be have the choice of a stunning set from Accurist and Sarah Alexander collaboration ( Priced from £209 to £289. This curation of nine unique giftsets, combines Sarah Alexander jewellery with Accurists best-selling, vintage-inspired Rectangle and Jewellery collections. All gift sets have been hand curated to showcase a coordinated look, featuring bangles, bracelets, earrings and necklaces with a wide variety of unique gemstones such as Rose Quartz, Mother of Pearl and Blue Kyanite − winners will be hard-pressed to choose! Grooms-to-be have the tough choice of selecting a dashing watch from one of Accurists men’s collection ( Priced from £119 to £249. Whether you go for a 1950s-inspired ‘Classic’ collection or the bold design of its ‘70s bestseller ‘Origin’ collection, all of Accurists’ collections have taken inspiration from 77 years of British watchmaking. Each watch comes with quick-release interchangeable straps, a five-year extended warranty and unique features in each collection. What’s more, whether you require the above two sets, or two brides or grooms, both come presented in Accurists watch roll gift packaging and can be personalised with engraving on the case back − perfect for the happy day. Check out Enter online via the website by 31st January, 2024. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS CLAIM YOUR FREE CEREMONY SPACE AT THE VINCENT HOTEL The Vincent Hotel in Southport is a lifestyle hotel and stunning wedding venue, Located on Lord Street. Complete 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. We’ve partnered with this fabulous hotel to bring you a fantastic special offer! Book your 2024 wedding day at The Vincent Hotel before 31st December 2023 and get your ceremony room (usually £350) or V Studio (price varies depending on date) for free. To claim, get in touch with the events team at and quote Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding. Find out more at FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

SLICKERS CityTie the knot in Liverpool or Chester WALKER ART GALLERY 0151 478 4437 Hosting one of the best collections of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world, Walker Art Gallery is the national gallery of the North of England. Steeped in history, beautiful architecture, and world-class collections, this is a one-of-a-kind venue located in the heart of Liverpool’s cultural quarter. Known for its breathtaking Neo-Classical exterior, the venue faces St George’s Hall registry office, where you can say “I do,” and Liverpool Lime Street station. The well-kept St John’s Gardens are right on its doorstep, as is Liverpool Central Library with its grand Picton Reading Room, both idyllic spots for those all-important photographs. The venue’s award-winning service provides everything you could wish for on your special day, from exceptional wedding breakfasts to a dedicated events team: Hosted by National Museums Liverpool. Featuring twin grand staircases, a rotunda, and traditional, modern galleries spanning two floors, Walker Art Gallery offers a showstopping setting for your beautiful big day. You can choose to dine among the rich colours of the Victorian art gallery, gaze at renowned masterpieces, or have your photographs taken in the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Atrium. Wedding receptions are hosted in the double-height space of the Atrium. Its aforementioned impressive features make this a showstopping setting for your celebrations, and can accommodate 400 loved ones. The venue also offers menu sampling, a late-night extension, exclusive use, city views and an in-house wedding coordinator. © Pete Carr courtesy of National Museums Liverpool © Pete Carr courtesy of National Museums Liverpool © Pete Carr courtesy of National Museums Liverpool 14

THE VENUE AT GOLBORNE 07792 140 311 | The Venue at Golborne offers a beautiful outdoor blank canvas opportunity for your wedding sitting just 15 minutes from Chester. This lovely lakeside venue includes all the boring bits such as luxury toilets, power and water; after that the team are fully flexible allowing you to bring in your choice of shelter, caterer and more. Most of its packages also don’t have any corkage fees. The idea of getting married and celebrating al fresco appeals to many, and why wouldn’t it? The beautiful scenery, the fresh air, the option to have every element just as you dreamed it... but it can be a lot to think about it. The good news then is that the Venue at Golborne’s team offer an unprecedented level of support behind the scenes, leaving you to relax and be part of the party. The deck and man-made beach offer a wonderful place to sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning sunsets over the Cheshire countryside. There are also opportunities for firepits and glamping. The wildflower meadows and woodland hammocks also lend a relaxed vibe to your celebrations. Al fresco or within your chosen structure, there’s space here to seat 250 for your wedding breakfast, and for 300 to gather for the reception. The venue’s team works with canvas marquee, tipi and yurt suppliers, so it all depends on your style and numbers. A range of packages is available including free breakfast for the morning after the event, cinema packages and bottles of fizz. THE ISLA GLADSTONE CONSERVATORY 0151 263 0363 | A traditional Victorian conservatory, The Isla Gladstone’s sun-flooded interior breaths warmth into any occasion, allowing your imagination to run wild and create the day of your dreams. The venue has an incredible structure dating back to the 1800s and is a significant cultural and architectural piece of history. Nestled amid picturesque rose gardens, glistening lakes and historical sandstone pavilions, the glasshouse is surrounded by beauty – quite the playground for your photographer. Ceremonies are held in the Conservatory event space or outside in front of the fairytale bandstand, which lights up in the evening. Receptions are hosted in the Conservatory’s event space, which can accommodate 300 guests for each part of the day. When you book your wedding day here you’ll be offered a free menu tasting, and there’s complimentary parking available. CITY VENUES 15

THE QUEEN AT CHESTER 0330 283 402 | The Queen at Chester is a Grade II listed Italiante building, and has been hosting weddings for more than 150 years. Inside is a theatrical four-storey staircase with ornate iron balustrade, while outside there’s an elegant Italian terrace garden with marble arches, classical sculptures and lush foliage. The hotel features eight event areas, with two al fresco spaces and six banqueting suites, catering for every type of reception, civil ceremony and partnership. Built opposite Chester station to serve first-class rail passengers, the venue has an illustrious past and was said to be the first skyscraper of its time. Guests will also be following in the footsteps of some rather famous guests with a stay here. Since opening in 1860, it’s hosted none other than Charles Dickens, Cecil Rhodes and Lillie Langtry, to name but a few. The Colonnades can accommodate 300 guests and is the perfect space for large ceremonies and receptions. Brimming with character, its high ceiling boasts a showstopping, gleaming chandelier. The Palazzo can hold 120 loved ones. Natural light floods the space, which offers views over the Baltic Exchange Gardens. The Gardens in turn can accommodate 150 guests. For more intimate “I dos,” The Victoria Room can host 60 nearest and dearest and is one of the hotel’s original lounges in the Grade II listed part of the building. As you’d expect, it’s brimming with Victorian character and features, again with views of the Baltic Exchange Gardens. The Disraeli Room is located on the first floor and is brimming with character and Victorian features, not forgetting those views of the lovely gardens. There’s room here for 25 of your nearest and dearest. At the end of a wonderful day, you can retire to the honeymoon suite with its stunning four-poster bed and feature bath. NORTH LIGHT 01244 737 050 | North Light is a distinguished bar and restaurant nestled in the heart of Chester, catering to a wide range of tastes and preferences. The venue offers you the opportunity to partake in a refined dining experience on your big day, with both a blend of exceptional cuisine and conviviality. Its extensive wedding breakfast offerings are thoughtfully created, and being renowned for it’s culinary excellence, you and your guests are surely in for a treat! The impressive array of choices range from classic dishes to shareable plates, succulent grills, and indulgent desserts. Particularly noteworthy are the celebrated Sunday roasts, served with all the trimmings. The venue extends a warm welcome to all, including your fur babies, as the bar and outside terrace area are dog-friendly. Here, community and inclusivity are valued creating an inviting space where loved ones can gather – it’s a quintessential destination in Chester. Maximum capacity for a sit-down meal in the restaurant is 126 guests. It can also host 200 for a buffet reception. What’s more the Lounge is available for a more intimate celebration with 30 guests for a buffet and nibbles. Exclusive use is available as an opportunity for your big day too, capacity for which is 400 guests for a buffet reception and canapé options. 16

The Racquet Club Hotel, 5 Chapel Street, Liverpool L3 9AG | 0151 236 6676 | WWW.RACQUETCLUBHOTEL.CO.UK The Racquet Club Hotel is a quirky place with a friendly feel. Inside you are greeted with our stunning stair case. The Restaurant and Function Floor have an eclectic mixture of traditional and contemporary styles. We are licensed for Ceremonies up to 120 Our period reception rooms feature wooden furniture, portrait pictures and a modern drinks reception space complete with snooker tables, piano and mezzanine level. The restaurant benefits from large arched windows in a fantastic airy space with an adjacent intimate bar. It is furnished with an mix of modern and traditional pieces of original art work. FUNCTION FLOOR – 138 SIT DOWN OR 250 PARTY | ZIBA RESTAURANT AND BAR – 80 OR 200 PARTY YOUR wedding DREAM AT RACQUET CLUB HOTEL

BHG BOUTIQUE HOTEL GROUP PECKFORTON CASTLE t: 01829 260 930 Peckforton Castle, an enchanting castle with captivating architecture steeped in history will truly delight you and your guests.A magical backdrop for amazing pictures and videos, all combined with delicious award winning food and drink, plus impeccable and high quality service. Memorable Weddings demand us today and arrange your visit to the finest selection in Cheshire. magical locations... PECKFORTON CASTLE

INGLEWOOD MANOR t: 0151 339 5105 NUNSMERE HALL t: 01606 889 100 Inglewood Manor provides the perfect wedding venue all year round offering a quintessentially English venue perfect for both small intimate celebrations and larger functions alike. Offering a number of wedding packages for differing seasons whilst taking pride in being able to bespoke each and every requirement. Nunsmere Hall, our exclusive use wedding venue, brings the romance and warmth of times gone by. Positioned in an island setting, in the heart of the historic Delamere Forest.Whether you are celebrating a civil wedding or civil partnership (both of which we are licenced for). Our extensive private grounds lend themselves perfectly for those couples looking for romantic sophistication. INGLEWOOD MANOR NUNSMERE HALL

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. The perfect wedding venue Please contact our dedicated wedding experts on 01244 408 800 Warrington Rd, Hoole, Chester, CH2 3PD

We round up the region’s cosiest venues, each one a dream for a winter wonderland wedding KNOWLSEY HALL 0151 489 4827 | Knowsley Hall is a Grade II listed stately home dating back to 1495 combining opulence and a rich historical charm, while its original features remain beautifully preserved. Amid its grandeur, the Hall exudes a delightful warmth and hospitable ambience, with a selection of rooms to relax in. The fascinating structure with its classic Georgian facade is nestled within 2,500 acres of beautiful private parkland and is surrounded by a lake and manicured gardens, offering idyllic locations for your couple shots. The Stucco Ballroom (132 guests) is where most wedding ceremonies here take place, while the Walnut Drawing Room (30 guests) is ideal for more intimate “I dos,” overlooking the gardens and lake. Once you’re wed, you and your loved ones can move out to the impeccably manicured gardens, which provide the perfect spot to enjoy cocktails and canapés on the terrace. The State Dining Room (132 guests) is a showstopping spot for your wedding breakfast, and you can move back through to the stunning Stucco Ballroom for an evening party (180 guests). During the winter months when it’s not possible to get outside for your drinks reception, The Walnut Room is a wonderful alternative and can also be used during the evening for guests to chat and take refuge from the dancefloor. The venue offers a complimentary private menu and wine tasting, plus a luxury honeymoon suite on the night of your wedding. Comfy and cosy are we FORMBY HALL GOLF RESORT AND SPA 01704 875 699 | Nestled in 200 acres of lush green parkland the hotel here offers the perfect setting for creating an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Luxurious throughout with modern decor, high ceilings and large windows the venue really does bring outside in. The Flower Petal Garden and Rockery are the particular highlights of the outside spaces and you can head there for some stunning couple shots. The Ambassador Suite (250 ceremony and reception guests) is privately situated on the first floor of the hotel and boasts high ceilings with beautiful crystal chandeliers and coloured lighting in the evening. Overlooking the 18-hole championship golf course, the room is flooded with natural daylight thanks to its patio doors and wrap around balcony. This suite can be tailored in size to suit your needs. The Diplomat Suite (160 guests) is also located on the first floor and boasts the best window in the hotel! It’s a treat to be married in front of its picture-perfect backdrop. A wonderful private bar area also comes with this suite, along with comfy seating and access to a large patio area. This beautiful contemporary suite is the perfect place to dance the night away in. The venue offers a free menu tasting and free anniversary stay on selected packages. The two of you will also have accommodation for the night of the wedding included, while your guests will be offered discounted room rates. 21 WINTER VENUES

THORNTON HALL HOTEL & SPA 0151 353 3715 | Nestled in the peaceful countryside, Thornton Hall Hotel boasts its own luxury holistic spa, which is renowned as one of the finest destination spas in the UK. A stunning wedding location for all seasons, the Hotel combines sophistication and style with genuine, warm hospitality and decades of experience. The pagoda here offers all the charm of a countryside wedding. Located within the Hotel grounds, it boasts 360-degree views of the stunning gardens and the lush scenery beyond. It’s ideal for a spring or summer ceremony, but equally magical in the autumn or winter. The Cristal, is a beautifully designed wedding suite with state-of-the-art lighting, ten glittering crystal chandeliers, and ornate metal ceiling panels adding an extra touch of opulence and Art Deco style. It has direct access to the gardens and is fully-licensed for civil ceremonies. There’s also a bar area and PA system available for you to utilise. The Torintone is the largest of the wedding spaces, capable of hosting 50 to 500 guests – perfect if you have grand plans for your big day. It provides a backdrop of modern decadence with enough space for all of your guests and their plus ones! The reception area features rich Hicks Blue wooden panelling, highlighted by inlayed, distressed, smoked mirrors and platinum wallpaper. The Orangery, leading off of the main suite, gives your guests a place to enjoy the gardens and countryside vistas, and offers a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony. Finally, The Oak Room, situated next to The Lawns Restaurant in the main house, is a stunning space for enjoying fine food and wine with family and friends. It’s perfect for more intimate nuptials being licensed for civil ceremonies and is available Monday to Thursday. CLONTER OPERA THEATRE 01260 224 661 | Located in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, surrounded by breathtaking woodland, Clonter is a one-of-a-kind spot for your special day. Weddings can be tailored to suit your budget and, as a theatre, the team can provide suggestions for entertainment if you wish. The venue has its own licensed bar and an excellent choice of caterers. Clonter Opera Theatre has a 400-seat auditorium, orchestra pit and undercover dining, and rehearsal facilities. It’s used for a diverse range of events including opera, folk, jazz, gospel and possibly your wedding! In fact, your wedding can take place on stage in the current production set, be it a Japanese Garden or a Viennese Ballroom. It has four exits which lead to a wide range of flexible break-out rooms offering additional space for your celebrations. The Ramsey Room and Foyer are ideal for weddings of 100 to 200 guests as they merge into one large space. The Ramsey Room has round tables and a long table for the wedding party. The Foyer on the other hand offers round and oblong tables, and can also be used as the dancefloor. The Carmen Room is ideal for smaller events and benefits from easy access to the awning and garden. It can be used as a restaurant and seats 62 on the ground floor and 20 upstairs in the gallery, where miniature theatre sets and costumes are displayed. At nearby Clonterbrook, the Music Room seats 70 theatre style, 36 cabaret style and 30 banquet style. The Gallery can seat 80 for reception and 48 for dining. These creative function rooms are perfect for more intimate celebrations. 22

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To enquire, please visit THEMERERESORT.CO.UK/WEDDINGS or email Chester Road, Mere, Knutsford WA16 6LJ YOUR DREAM WEDDING VENUE The future Fairmont Cheshire at The Mere is currently in development As we embark on this exciting transformation, our renowned resort will soon embrace a new identity, promising an even more spectacular setting for your special day. IS IN THE MAKING Nestled in the beauty of Shropshire’s rolling countryside, the Apley Estate proudly presents Stockton House, our stunning 18th century grade II listed venue. STOCKTON HOUSE, NORTON, SHIFNAL, SHROPSHIRE, TF11 9EF With it’s stylish Georgian design, walled garden dining room, elegant bar and spacious terrace, it has been lovingly restored with guest comfort in mind. WHAT’S INCLUDED • Exclusive use of the whole house and grounds including seven luxurious bedrooms • A breath-taking wedding suite • Civil ceremony facilities for both indoor and outdoor weddings • Full use of our walled garden dining room • A complimentary menu tasting with your own personal chef • Breakfast the next day for the happy couple • Tables, chairs and linen laid to your chosen wedding breakfast floor plan • Crockery, cutlery, table wear and glasswear • A dedicated wedding planner 01952 730894 @stockton_house

THE MANOR AT GREASBY 0151 677 7034 | Blending historical character with contemporary elegance, The Barn at The Manor is a sophisticated space for hosting your big day. The barn venue has been crafting love stories since 1680 and continues to host such milestones – long may it continue. Toast your love beneath original timber beams and illuminated beaded chandeliers in this self-contained events space, which also boasts a separate entrance and private bar area, all nestled within the grounds of a lovingly-restored 17th-century manor farmhouse. Alongside the Barn is a picturesque courtyard, ideal for al fresco drinks receptions and canapés, with a beautiful backdrop for those all-important couple shots. Bespoke packages are available for 80 seated guests with the option of added upgrades and supplementary items, allowing you to tailor-make your celebration. A choice of either Silver, Gold or Platinum all-inclusive options offer complete drinks packages, three-course meals with coffee, and evening buffets, all beautifully curated using only the finest local produce. Personalised table plans, decorative centrepieces, a resident DJ and dedicated wedding coordinator will also be provided to ensure all of the little added extras are in place. What’s more, you’ll receive one-to-one support from The Manor’s dedicated weddings and events manager to ensure the seamless planning of your special day, from in-person check ins to bespoke menu tastings. THE COURTHOUSE, KNUTSFORD 0330 137 3771 | Located in the heart of Knutsford, The Courthouse is a stunning Grade II listed building with a rich history dating back to 1818. The former Knutsford Crown Court, the venue has been lovingly restored to its former glory with some exceptional modern twists and offers an elegant setting for your wedding day. From modern industrial décor to the preservation of Grade II listed features, The Courthouse lends itself to any style of ceremony you desire. The front features impressive steps leading up to the main entrance, setting the scene for your arrival or that memorable photo on the cobbles, while the sandstone colonnade provides an opulent backdrop to your day. Say “I do” in the elegant surroundings of the Moneypenny Suite (60 guests), or beneath the ornate high ceilings of The Courtroom (300 guests), enveloped by the history of the building. The original ceilings here are breathtaking, designed by famed architect George Moneypenny. Located opposite, if you prefer a religious ceremony, is St John’s Church. You’re also within walking distance of Knutsford Methodist Church and Brook Street Chapel. The Moneypenny, with its classic interior and large windows, exudes elegance and offers an impressive setting for your luxurious wedding breakfast (60 guests). It can also be opened up for relaxed seating and additional entertainment for your guests to enjoy later in the evening in addition to The Courtroom. The Courtroom offers a space for the largest of wedding celebrations (180 seated guests, 300 standing). It has its own private bar, formerly the judge’s bench, staffed by skilled mixologists and is a setting like no other, for a wedding like no other. A complimentary tasting is provided for you to try your chosen menu ahead of the big day, while special drinks packages are also available for drinks receptions, meal accompaniments and to raise a toast or two. There are also nine bedrooms available, offered at preferential rates to guests. 25 WINTER VENUES

A right royal affair Kerry and Mark’s grand big day offered guests an entertainment-filled extravaganza to remember Images courtesy of Jaine Briscoe-Price Photography 26

Kerry and Mark met through a mutual friend, and on the first night they met went for a few drinks and a game of doubles pool. Once they got talking Kerry learned that Mark was a plumber, so when they all went back to her apartment to continue to the socialising, he fixed her sink! One week later Mark asked her for a date, and they haven’t looked back since. Mark says he was attracted to Kerry’s glow and confidence. The way he put it in his wedding speech goes: “When I first met Kerry, I remember turning to my friend and saying, ‘Golly gosh, she sure is an attractive lady. I do hope she takes my hand in courtship sometime...’ Or words to that effect!” Kerry meanwhile was drawn to Mark’s stoicism, charm and chivalrousness. Being a very private person, Mark wanted to pop the question somewhere away from the hustle and bustle. So, he booked The Chapel Suite at Lumley Castle in Durham for a weekend away for Kerry’s birthday, which is where he got down on one knee. Kerry says, “After being together for 10 years, we knew each other really well, so I guessed that Mark as going to propose. Mark knew that I knew, but we never discussed it until later – after I’d said, ‘Yes.’” The couple tied the knot on 13th May, 2023. Here, Kerry tells us all about it... LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION As Kerry and Mark both have a strong Christian faith, getting married in church was a priority. They chose St Mary & All Saints Church as they’d fallen in love with its idyllic countryside setting in Great Budworth. Kerry says, “We also wanted the service to be the original and traditional wedding service from The Book of Common Prayer 1662, which is quite unusual, so we had to find a church and vicar who was prepared to undertake this for us.” It was love at first sight for Arley Hall too once they laid eyes on the building and its gardens. “It fitted our ideas for the traditional theme of our wedding,” Kerry explains. “The events team at Arley, in particular Ashley, were so helpful and passionate about being a key part of the day and delivering their service with pride and professionalism.” PERFECTLY PLANNED “Organisation is one of my super powers,” Kerry says. “I have colour co-ordinated spreadsheets for everything, including going on holiday. So, when it came to the wedding I had to delve deeper to pull off the magical day we wanted. What started off making a few notes and a timetable for the day ended up turning into a full blown eight-page wedding manual! It included who needed to be where and at what time, along with meticulous information about which tasks people needed to complete, how and when. It even included things like how fast the horse and carriage travels in miles per minute (one mile every eight minutes by the way), plus supplier information, names, emails, contact, telephones and websites, and so, so much more. Now, I know that this makes me sound like a bridezilla, but everyone can (hopefully) vouch for me that I wasn’t. It was a collection of information following discussions with suppliers and it just felt that the, now famous, manual was a great central place to collate it all!” “Everyone said I was one of the happiest brides they’d every seen! I was smiling from ear to ear and laughing all day.” – Kerry 27 REAL WEDDINGS

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SETTING THE SCENE The couple had their hearts set on a grand, regal vibe for their big day. “We even had a wedding coat of arms made so we could achieve that strong theme throughout our stationery and decorative touches,” Kerry shares. Everything from the invitations, which were scrolls presented in boxes, to the scratch card favour holders, all bore the crest. Slim candlesticks were dotted around the venue and held ivory candles, while tall, much bigger candelabras sat on the tables. Little trifle bowls full of flowers lined the centre, and included fresh eucalyptus and ruscus. The bride’s bouquet featured burgundy and cream roses surrounded by foliage, while the bridesmaids’ were slightly smaller and made from cream roses. The A0-size table plan was suspended from a copper frame with ribbon. There was also a mirrored easel at the main entrance bearing a welcome to guests as they arrived. The pair also hung one of their engagement pictures on a frame for guests to sign in place of a guest book. They provided a pen made from an old spitfire, so even this was a feature. The big-day bake featured five tiers iced in a white porcelain effect with gold M&K initials and lace detailing complete with a bride and groom topper. “The day before the wedding, my mum presented me with a silver shoe that was on my late grandma and grandad’s cake when they got married. So, of course, this was put on ours too,” Kerry says. The flavours were: double chocolate with vanilla, chocolate orange buttercream; lemon and poppyseed with lemon curd buttercream; dairy-free raspberry and almond; traditional fruit cake; and traditional Victoria sponge. A vintage double decker bus was hired to transport guests, plus Mark and his ushers, from Arley Hall to the church and back again. Kerry arrived in a beautiful cream carriage drawn by white horses. LOOKING THE PART Kerry wore a Martina Liana Mikado dress, with a two-metre train and cathedral veil. “We ordered bespoke lace for my veil so that it matched my dress,” she tells us. Of all the gowns she tried it was the one that fitted her body type the best and perfectly matched the grand vision for the day. Kerry was keen to keep accessories simple so as not to detract from the gown and opted for a mined diamond necklace on a platinum snake chain, and her late grandmother’s watch, along with earrings, which were a gift from her mum. There was an outfit change in the evening, allowing the bride to dance the night away to her heart’s content! Mark wore a tailor-made brown tweed suit with a burgundy stitch running through it. The date of the wedding and the couple’s names were embroidered on the inside. He also looked dapper in his matching tweed waistcoat made from paisley two-tone metallic burgundy fabric. His shirt too was bespoke and featured his initials embroidered on the cuff with copper penny cufflinks to finish. The ushers were dressed to match Mark, but with slightly different waistcoats. The bridesmaids looked stunning in burgundy fitted gowns, and the flowergirl was super-cute in her white dress with burgundy band and bow. “Our wedding was only as incredible as it was because our suppliers made our day that way.” – Kerry REAL WEDDINGS 29