Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - January/February 2024 (Issue 73)

JAN/FEB 2024 £3.55 WIN! A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 BOUTIQUE BLISS Dress for your vibe THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! Keep everyone amused on your big day SPOTS Check in to the region’s hotel venues What’s hot? 2024 trends CHESHIRE MERSEYSIDE & WEDDING Suite

YOUR WEDDING DAY You’re never too old to believe in fairy-tales, especially on your wedding day. Believe in the magic of your childhood dreams and let our dedicated wedding planners turn them into reality. You may not see us waving a wand, but our experienced wedding planners have a few tricks of their own, and a little black book of gold dust suppliers nestled up their sleeve, as they work behind the scenes to deliver a wedding day to remember at this wedding venue in Anglesey. Have your day of your dreams here at Château Rhianfa. A place where classic perfection meets fairy-tale dream. Château Rhianfa, Beaumaris Road, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5NS 01248 880090 Contact Us

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 67 HOT TOPIC Local experts tells us what’s set to the hot in the world of weddings for 2024 105 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2024 VENUES 17 SPOTLIGHT ON... East Cheshire 23 SUITE SPOTS Our roundup of the region’s hotel venues On the cover This issue’s cover is sponsored by West Tower ( It features real couple Stephen and Hayley and was captured by Nicole Photography ( 30 67 FEATURES 49 TO THE MANOR BORN The classics never get old! 53 VIBRANT LOVE This showstopping local shoot captures the essence of a love story that defies conventions and celebrates diversity 59 THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT Meet the region’s wedding entertainers 71 BOUTIQUE BLISS We chatted to the county’s bridal boutique owners to find out how to dress according to your big day’s vibe 3

REAL WEDDINGS 30 GOING FOR GOLD Nicky and Dave styled their day using an ohso elegant palette of navy and gold 37 LOVE ME TINDER Lindsay and Dave’s day was bursting with fun, laughter and love 43 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Bride Kath knew within minutes of seeing Josh that he was the one, and experienced the same with their venue, Knowsley Hall! HONEYMOONS 100 VIVA ESPAÑA! Experience the finer side of life at Hostal de La Gavina in Spain’s Costa Brava 102 A SONG OF SUN AND SEA We reveal why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 89 SKIN DEEP Strictly Come Dancing star and Shakeup ambassador, Neil Jones reveals his skincare tips for grooms-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 78 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 81 DAINTY DETAILS Say “I do” in these model looks 90 BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from the professionals 92 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 95 SKINCARE 101 Holistic therapist and SBC Skincare’s head of education, Adele O’Donoghue shares her ultimate guide to wedding-prep skincare 53 43 9 37 49 4

We’re The Booth That Rocks, and we specialise in entertainment & events hire across the Wirral, Cheshire, North Wales & Liverpool region. We have a passion for the highest levels of customer service & satisfaction, and understand how important your wedding day is... only the best will do! We believe our exclusive 8ft Telephone Box is an absolute show-stopper; and we hope you’ll agree too! Modelled on the classic Londonstyle telephone box, which is of course iconic across the world, and synonymous with class & sophistication. Encasing one of our Telephone Audio Guest Books to record the thoughts & feelings of your loved ones on the best day of your lives, it also creates an absolutely stunning talking point and backdrop for all your guests’ selfies! We’d love to hear from you, and welcome you to reach out any time, so that we can find out more about being a part of your big day! @thebooththatrocks Get in Touch! Photo Credit: Gareth Roy Photography Get 5% off all bookings when using the code YCMWM-J/F. Come see us at The Liverpool Wedding Show on 10th & 11th Feb ‘24.

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

First and foremost let me wish you all a very happy new year! I hope all of your Christmases were merry and bright. For those of you who found an engagement ring beneath the tree, allow me to offer huge congratulations. No doubt you’re now excitedly organising your venue viewings and scouring Pinterest for the dream outfit, and we can’t wait to be your wedmin BFF. What I can tell you is that you’ve chosen a spectacular part of the world to get married in. From the city lights of Liverpool to the sweeping countryside of Cheshire, there’s something for everyone to create a memorable, magical wedding day. And it’s not only the venues that are second to none, but also the local wedding suppliers. You’ll get the chance to meet many of them throughout our pages, so do click on their links to find out what they do and how they can help. There’s plenty to look out for to get you started on your journey. Don’t miss our Hot Topic pages this issue, where the region’s experts tell us what to look out for in 2024. Also, it pays to get a head start on shopping for your attire. Wedding dresses in particular need ordering at least a year ahead, plus you’ll need to factor in time for your alterations. So, once you’d decided on the important stuff like budget, date, and theme, turn to our bridal boutiques feature, where the region’s boutique owners offer heaps of inspiration when it comes to dressing for your vibe. Finally, if 2024 marks the point on the calendar where it’s now the year of your big day – eek, we’re excited for you. There’s plenty here to grab your eye from beauty advice to stunning styled shoots, so I hope you love this issue. As ever, enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor At the ready 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 37 HERE COME THE HOUNDS As you may have noticed, I’m a sucker for dogs at weddings! For Lindsay and Dave having their two gorgeous fur babies present on the day meant the world to them. Win! 53 BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL This shoot took my breath away and I knew I had to share this celebration of diverse cultures with you all as soon as I saw it. 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 535 611 105 WIN! A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500. 71 WHAT A STUNNER! I’ve fallen for this jaw-dropping gown from My Funny Valentine in Chester. The square back, the dramatic train and the fashion-forward bow... it’s everything!

LET’S FACE IT Cottons Hotel & Spa in Knutsford is excited to announce the arrival of the innovative Caudalie Resveratrol Facial (£78 for 50 minutes), featuring the newly reformulated Caudalie Resveratrol skincare products. The Facial introduces an exceptional breakthrough in skincare: 100 per cent vegan collagen that mimics the skin’s own collagen, setting the stage for the future of skin care. The results are astonishing, as the Resveratrol Patent stimulates the skin to produce five times more collagen and two times more hyaluronic acid. The new Vegan Collagen 1 strengthens the collagen fibres by 237 per cent delivering firmer skin in just 18 days! Plus, the range aligns beautifully with Caudalie’s commitment to clean formulas, comprising 97 per cent natural and vegan ingredients. Find out more and book at MUST-SEE SAVINGS Gretna Green, a family-owned wedding destination located in Dumfries and Galloway, is offering 30 per cent off its luxury wedding packages for two, six, or 10 guests (including the couple). Tie the knot in the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, situated at the heart of Gretna Green village. It’s the world-famous, historic home of the anvil wedding and has been at the centre of runaway love since the Marriage Act of 1754. Alternatively, you can say your vows in the Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House. Gretna Hall was the venue of choice for the rich and famous runaways of that era. This iconic Gretna Green wedding venue was built as a private manor house in 1710 and a coaching inn later that century. The packages include two nights’ accommodations for you and your guests at Smiths or Gretna Hall and include dining options. Visit to find out more about the packages and for a price breakdown. Nearlywed NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the region GIVE YOURSELF A BOOST The Spa at Carden, the multiaward-winning destination spa nestled amongst the glorious Cheshire countryside has introduced Germain de Capuccini’s groundbreaking Mesoboost treatment to its already extensive menu. It’s now one of the first and only spas in the UK to offer this innovative skincare treatment, solidifying its reputation as a leading destination for luxury wellness experiences. This non-invasive therapy is powered by an Electroporation Transdermal Meso-chip System (ETM) offering a new, resultsdriven way to administer active skincare ingredients to the skin, optimising the absorption rate of active ingredients, ensuring maximum efficacy without the need for needles. The treatment accelerates skin regeneration, enhances skin micro-circulation, moisturises and firms, improves texture and reduces blemishes, and provides an overall rejuvenation effect. The Mesoboost is £155 per treatment available now. Find out more at TUNE IN The team at My Funny Valentine Bridal in Chester have been hard at work behind the scenes recently creating their very own podcast. Home to all things bridal, Bride & Me is your go-to podcast to help you out on your bridal journey. Each week the boutique’s Hanni and Abi will be sharing their top tips as bridal stylists, and answering all your need-toknow questions as you search for your dream dress. Whether you’re currently engaged, or just love weddings, this podcast is well worth a listen. The ladies would love to hear from you too. So, if you have any dress-related queries that you’d like to hear discussed, do pop them them a DM via Instagram ( You can also follow the new page The podcast is available on Spotify and most listening platforms, episode one is out now. Also, check out 9 LOCAL NEWS

Five minutes with... CHESTER-BASED WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER JAINE BRISCOE-PRICE This issue, editor Kelly sat down with the lovely Jaine ( for a catch up and to quiz her on finding the perfect wedding photographer for your big day. So Jaine, once engaged how would a couple go about finding the right photographer for them? Everyone has an opinion on what to do next – talk about total information overload! An important point to remember is that Instagram pages and websites will include the photographers’ very best work but do they show a venue like yours or tones you love, or real couples? Find a few photographers whose work you like and have worked at your venue or, hopefully in your area, then speak to them. Honestly, booking someone without at least a zoom is just crazy and leaves both you and the photographer open to problems! What should a couple ask during their first meeting? There are five questions that you won’t want to miss out. Find out whether they’ll travel that day or stay over and whether that cost is your issue. You’ll need to know if their coverage/hours cover their travel-time too. It’s also well worth asking whether they offer a pre-wedding shoot, and where that’ll be. Also, take note of everything included in the package you’re being offered, so there aren’t any surprises or disappointments. Finally, and crucially, if they’re ill, how will they cover your day? Is a planning meeting really necessary? Totally! You might think your photographer knows what you want but without a catch-up something might be missed – we’re not mind readers! Equally, something they feel is needed might not be overly important to you. I’ve recently heard of complaints where a key shot was missed (like an aunt over from Australia), so don’t let that be you. If it’s important, list it; but be careful to strike a balance. Don’t list every single shot needed or your imagery will become static and forced. What’s your top tip for the big day? Relax, enjoy and trust your photographer. What’s new with you? 2023 was an amazing year! After 25 years as a professional photographer, entering awards means the harder I try the better the imagery I can produce for you. The image shown here won image of the month with the Guild of Photographers and over the last year, they received 12,000 entries over five genres with the wedding category being highly sought after. In fact, this image is now one of 10 shortlisted for Wedding Image of The Year 2023, which makes me incredibly proud. THAT FUZZY FEELING Pantone, the global colour authority and provider of professional colour language standards, has introduced its colour of the year 2024: PANTONE 13-1023, or to you and me, Peach Fuzz! Here at Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding HQ this annual announcement is always highly anticipated, as we love to see how the wedding industry will embrace each new hue. Last year, Viva Magenta flew and we saw it inspiring many a glorious styled shoot. Indeed, thanks to the hotlytipped colour-palette trend for 2024, we think it’ll be sticking around. We’re all loving this year’s reveal though. For us in the wedding industry, it’s a more traditional return to gentle pastels and with rusts and corals proving popular during the second half of 2023, we think Peach Fuzz will be welcomed with open arms. We can’t wait to see what the industry’s creatives do with it. AN UNBRIDLED PASSION FOR BRIDAL New Liverpool bridal boutique, Unbridled Studio, was founded by creative director Anna Vesty who has drawn upon her extensive experience designing for luxury readyto-wear and bridal brands. Seeing a gap in the market for a contemporary, multi-functional and versatile bridal collection, Unbridled Studio launched in 2023. Anna is joined by commercial director Ruth Malton who has more than 20 years in the fashion industry, working with several world-renowned brands. It was at iconic British brand Amanda Wakeley where Anna and Ruth met. Having celebrated their engagements at the same time, both set about planning their weddings within months of each other, which turned their working relationship into a true friendship. The brand’s unconventional and beautifully-cut styles allow you to customise your bridal look and make it as unique as you are. From modern bridal gowns to transformative layering pieces, Unbridled Studio offers cleverly-cut bridal pieces with multiple styling options. Together, Anna and Ruth ensure that their uncompromising passion for beautiful product, quality fabrics and expert cut is paramount throughout their collection. Prices start from £1,795 for bridal gowns and £695 for bridal separates. Find out more at 10

SNAP THIS UP! Chester-based photographer Jaine Briscoe-Price has been capturing weddings for more than 20 years. Having studied at art college she soon realised that she needed to work with people, immortalising their expressions, mood and feelings to get the most from her craft, which is why wedding and portrait photography is the perfect role for her. “The saying ‘love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life’ really is true for me,” she says. We’re delighted to have partnered with Jaine to bring you a fabulous special offer this issue. When you book her services before 29th February 2024 you’ll receive either a framed, signed-for print from your pre-wedding shoot, worth £350, or two parent albums (direct copies from your main album), worth £300. To claim, simply quote CWM24 at time of booking. Check out and don’t miss our interview with Jaine over on the Nearlywed News pages. JEWELLERY MUST-HAVES Independent British brand Scream Pretty is giving readers the chance to win £150 to spend online at Say ‘I do’ to wedding season and RSVP to any summer soiree in style with Scream Pretty’s stunning treasure trove of jewellery. From lustrous opulent pearls, playful floral motifs, colourful touches and statement sparkle, Scream Pretty’s collection of consciously crafted recycled-sterling silver and gold-plated recycled-sterling silver designs have something for every wedding party. Its Modern Pearl collection features classically chic Baroque pearl necklaces and charm hoops, or for a touch more glam, why not opt for the Pearl and Tennis Chain earrings? Elsewhere, its Simple Sparkle and Audrey ranges bring sparkling crystals across a host of earring designs from dazzling huggies, beautiful bows, signature drop studs and delicate threaders; all designed to mix, match, layer, and stack, sitting as intricate accents that can be worn in piercings across the ear for a dainty curated look. For bridesmaids’ gifts, Scream Pretty’s Zodiac Coin Pendants make thoughtful personalised gifts, whilst its collection of heart, oval and precious hand carabiner charm collectors make the perfect keepsake. Designed with the ethos ‘Be seen. Be heard. Scream Pretty.’, this jewellery brand has you covered for every occasion. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies& OFFERS GET THE LOOK Recently-launched contemporary Liverpoolbased bridal brand Unbridled Studio, was born out of the desire to offer brides contemporary and multifunctional bridal pieces. The brand’s passion for beautiful product, quality fabrics and expert cut is paramount throughout its collection. We’re proud to have partnered with Unbridled Studio to offer readers a £100 voucher to spend on a bridal gown or full bridal look (excluding accessories) when you order before 29th February, 2024. To claim, quote “Your Cheshire & Merseyside Wedding” at your appointment. Check out for more. FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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… magical locations.

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. Contact us today and arrange your visit to the finest selection in Cheshire.

JODRELLBANK.NET/WEDDINGS or email PUT YOUR WEDDING AT THE CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement, University of Manchester, Bomish Lane, Macclesfield SK11 9DL

SPOTLIGHT ON... East Cheshire Tie the knot in a local hotspot JODRELL BANK CENTRE FOR ENGAGEMENT 0161 306 9695 | Jodrell Bank, nestled in the heart of the Cheshire countryside is a renowned UNESCO heritage site and visitor attraction connected to space exploration and the history of astronomy. Its iconic Grade I listed Lovell telescope, the third largest radio telescope in the world, has been listening to the skies for more than 65 years and continues to be used to this day. It truly is a location that’s out of this world! Jodrell Bank was originally operated by the Department of Botany at the University of Manchester in the 1940s. Sir Bernard Lovell, who operated the site in the 20th century, was an avid botanist, as well as astrophysicist, meaning the site is now home to an impressive 3,000 specimens of trees and shrubs. These form the Lovell Tree Collection, which opened to the public in 1976. These trees, seeds and plants were gifted to Sir Bernard on many of his visits to space observatories, international universities and space projects around the world making the grounds now full of blossom and spectacular nature all year round. Ceremonies with 100 guests are held in the Space Dome 3D Planetarium, which opened in 2022 and is one of just a handful in the world. You can choose from a range of spectacular moving backdrops taken from the Hubble Telescope to appear during your ceremony, so you can truly be wed beneath the stars. All ceremonies are followed by a one-hour drinks reception in the First Light Pavilion before you head off to your reception. The Star Pavilion sits on the south side of the estate with views of the iconic Lovell Telescope and Cheshire countryside, and is where wedding receptions are hosted. The Wolfson Auditorium is a self-contained conference suite with private facilities for your guests and can accommodate up to 120 for a seated reception. The space is equipped with an AV system for speeches and presentations and boasts a private outdoor patio area for warm summer evenings. You’ll also receive access to The Angle Meeting Room to prepare for your special day. Accommodation wise, the venue is close to a range of options from local historical house properties to local B&Bs and campsites. THE OAK TREE OF PEOVER 01565 723 337 | The Oak Tree of Peover is a beautiful, rustic, oak-framed barn-style wedding venue set in the heart of Cheshire. It offers ample natural light throughout the day followed by subtle lighting in the evening creating a romantic and magical atmosphere. Set in a 30-acre estate and surrounded by stunning countryside views, the venue offers you and your loved ones complete tranquillity. Wedding parties have use of the open fire during the colder months as well as the outdoor firepit tables all year round. The floor-to-ceiling windows in ceremony space The Ladybird Room offer picturesque views over the grounds and it can host 100 for your vows. The Acorn Room is also available for ceremonies, with a capacity of 108. Its foliage and fairylight decoration, plus a long aisle make for a grand bridal entrance. Finally, the Outdoor Pavilion offers you the opportunity to be closer to nature when exchanging your vows. It offers comfy seating inside for the wedding party, while up to 108 guests can take their seats on the handmade oak benches and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The Ladybird and Acorn Rooms can also host your wedding breakfast, with space for 70 and 108 guests respectively. The former is the perfect space for your evening disco with ample space for a DJ or band and dancefloor. © Stevie Jay Photography 17 LOCAL VENUES

SHRIGLEY HALL HOTEL AND SPA 01625 575 757 | A classic Victorian country house, this elegant hotel boasts 155 en-suite bedrooms and Bazaar Spa, complete with indoor pool, and offers you an ideal opportunity to relax and unwind pre- or post wedding. What’s more, the outdoor infinity pool, heated to a welcoming 38 degrees is the perfect spot to enjoy some honeymoon time together as you take in the local views and romantic sunsets. The Hotel is set in more than 262 acres of gorgeous grounds, including an 18-hole championship golf course. Surrounded by beautiful Cheshire countryside, it’s set high in the hills bordering the Peak District, creating a secluded and tranquil atmosphere for your big day. The largest of the wedding spaces is the Tilden Suite, which can host 240 for your vows and reception. A former monastery chapel with domed roof, it boasts a wealth of 18th-century architectural features. This is a completely private room with its own bar and private entrance. The William Turner Suite, located in the main building with beautiful crystal chandeliers and French windows can accommodate 100 for the ceremony and 140 for the reception. It has an adjoining private reception room overlooking the courtyard and a private bar area. Finally, the Drawing Room, which has a capacity of 50 for “I dos” and wedding breakfasts, is a beautiful room also located in the main house with front-facing views of the golf course and beyond. Its impressively ornate high ceiling is sure to bring the wow factor to any intimate wedding. ARLEY HALL & GARDENS 01565 777 353 | If you’re looking for a venue with enormous character, charm and plenty of interest for your big day, surely Arley Hall will be on your list. It’s a place that combines grandeur with a warm and intimate atmosphere that everyone present on your wedding day will love. A much-loved family home set in the breathtaking Cheshire countryside, the Hall itself is an impressive example of a Victorian country house built in the Elizabethan style – every room tells a story. The 18 acres of award-winning gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for those all-important photographs, and whatever the season they have something magical to offer from the double herbaceous border in the summer to the impressive Ilex Avenue. Civil ceremonies can be held in the Front Hall (80 guests), Drawing Room (100 guests), Library (30 guests), Warburton Room (100 guests) or The Hayloft (60 guests). There’s even a private family chapel on the estate. While it’s not consecrated for weddings, it is possible to hold a blessing here. Incredibly popular are the venue’s outdoor ceremonies. The Alcove, which sits at the end of the double herbaceous border is licensed for civil marriages and partnerships and provides an idyllic backdrop for al-fresco vows. The Gallery is the largest room here and provides an ideal setting for your wedding breakfast with its magnificent fireplace and wonderful views over the historical park. It can accommodate 160 loved ones over two rooms (including the Drawing Room). The venue’s caterers are able to offer a truly individual service. They can assist at every stage from menu ideas to cooking at your home allowing you to sample your chosen menu before the big day. Dancing takes place in Olympia, the renovated Victorian barn. It has a main room with exposed beams, air conditioning and a sound system together with a separate bar overlooking a private courtyard, complete with fountain, lit trees and giant parasols. 18 | 01625 575757 opt 3 Shrigley Hall Hotel & Spa a gothic style country house hotel. bollington, cheshire. idyllic location on the edge of the peak district. dating back to 1870. classically styled function rooms. celebrations for up to 120 guests. 60 well appointed bedrooms include the ‘garden party’ suite - sleeping up to 8 & featuring hot tubs. | 01625 573246 opt 2 Hollin House Hotel A historic castle dating back to the 13th century. denbighshire, n wales. stunning location in the charming village of ruthin. acres of grounds. extensive views towards clywdian range. unique function rooms. 59 comfortable bedrooms. woodland spa. be the king or queen of the castle for the day! Ruthin Castle Hotel | 01824 702664 opt 2 an elegant georgian country house hotel. pott shrigley, cheshire. steeped in history. choice of unique function rooms. 260 acre woodland estate. sweeping driveway, grand staircase & superb views offers fabulous photo opportunities. 154 bedrooms, luxury spa & championship golf course. | 01625 575757 opt 2

Back Lane, Lower Peover, Knutsford, Cheshire, North West WA16 9SG | 01565 723337 | | | | The Oak Tree of Peover is a Family Run wedding barn in Knutsford, Cheshire. The venue is available for exclusive hire and fully licenced for civil ceremonies inside and outside. Our contemporary, rustic oak framed barn is set amongst 30 acres of scenic gardens and wild meadows to give your wedding a spectacular countryside backdrop. The contemporary, bespoke structure features floor to ceiling windows, flooding each room with natural light. Our small and dedicated team of staff work tirelessly to ensure that our future couples have a wedding day to remember. Priding ourselves on always going that extra mile to ensure you have the most perfect day. 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

TABLEY HOUSE 01565 750 151 | Tabley House is a Grade I listed building situated just outside of Knutsford, originally the home of the Leicester family. Built during the Georgian period its grand external staircase and imposing columns provide a most impressive entrance. Inside the elegant State Rooms, the interiors are rich with history with an impressive art collection adorning the walls and the rooms full of beautifully-crafted furniture. Each setting presents a wonderful backdrop against which to capture memories of your day. From the top of the staircase and the sundial on the lawn, there are sweeping views across to the lake, Tabley Mere. Settled on a small island amidst it is an enchanting tower, which features proudly in a painting by J.M.W. Turner. This painting now hangs in the Drawing Room at Tabley. Within the grounds is a delightful 17th-century chapel, which although not licenced for weddings, can be a charming setting for a blessing, and the traditional confetti throw. The Gallery is the most beautiful of all the State Rooms at Tabley. The surrounding décor and furniture reflect and immerse you in the splendour of the Regency era. Vows are exchanged beneath a painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence of Georgiana Maria Leicester as Hope; a fitting theme for the occasion. The Gallery is a light, airy yet intimate space for up to 100 guests, and should you choose, there’s room for musicians to perform as part of the ceremony. The Portico Room, home to wedding receptions at Tabley, overlooks the grand staircase and boasts a view across the park to the lake. Originally the main entrance hall to the House, it has displays of fine plaster work. The double doors can be opened to allow guests to step out onto the portico itself, and enjoy a glass of champagne while admiring the view. Champagne receptions, cold buffets, or Georgian tea parties can all take place within the Portico Room and the Tabley caterers or external suppliers can be used. The space caters for 100 guests buffet style or 36 guests seated at tables. As part of your wedding package, photographs can be taken throughout the State Rooms, an opportunity that also extends to the grand staircase, the grounds, and the Chapel. Best of all, you have exclusive use of the State Rooms for the day. CAPESTHORNE HALL 01625 861 221 | Capesthorne Hall is a beautiful, family-owned stately home overlooking lakes and stunning formal gardens. The rooms of the Main Hall boast a wealth of period features, including chandeliers, feature fireplaces, ornate Italian paintings and sculptures, offering a breathtaking setting for your special day. For those wanting a more contemporary setting The Lakeside is available to hire, which is set in one wing of the Hall. This area has elevated views over the adjacent lakes and formal gardens. Set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, the beautiful grounds surrounding the Hall include woodland and parkland. The gazebo by the lake provides a gorgeous outdoor wedding setting with the tree-lined avenue creating a natural aisle for your big entrance. Maximum capacity for a ceremony and formal dining is 160 within the venue, with capacity for up to 180 for the evening reception. A complimentary night’s stay in South Tower cottage is included for the bride and groom and there’s on-site accommodation for up to a further 20 guests available. 21 LOCAL VENUES


We’ve rounded up some of the region’s finest hotel venues INGLEWOOD MANOR 0151 339 5105 | Tucked away down a winding drive meandering between manicured lawns, ponds and pavilions lies one of Cheshire’s hidden treasures, Inglewood Manor. Nestled at the heart of 38 acres of grounds and gardens, this Edwardian country house retains all the charm and warmth of a luxurious period home. As a Grade II listed building it boasts generous spaces, exquisite interiors and many classical features from its historical heyday. Outside, wisteria-clad walkways, neatly planted gardens, manicured lawns, pretty ponds and shimmering lakes all contribute to an unforgettable setting. Inglewood Manor offers a selection of licensed rooms. The Ledsham Suite (80 ceremony, 40 reception guests) offers an intimate and relaxed environment with high ceilings and an ornamental fireplace. It conveniently connects to both the reception and lounge. The Burton Suite (130 ceremony, 110 reception guests) is a contemporary event suite, designed to the highest specifications for the ultimate experience. It has its own private entrance and French doors opening onto the walled garden. This is also the venue’s most popular spot for evening dos (150 guests), thanks do its large, open plan and access to the gorgeous grounds. The Executive Suite (130 ceremony and reception guests) lies at the heart of the house and is a magnificent oak-panelled room with intricate carvings. The Lounge overlooks the garden with doors leading out onto The Terrace. The latter is available for civil ceremonies al fresco (100 guests), with chairs leading onto the impressive portico. The former can be used in conjunction with the Executive Suite for larger wedding breakfasts and evening receptions. From the ground floor to top floor, Inglewood Manor has 29 bespoke en-suite bedrooms, each individually designed and decorated, sharing the same luxurious feel. You and your guests will love staying here after the day’s celebrations wind down. Suite spots 23 HOTEL VENUES

CREWE HALL HOTEL & SPA 01270 253 333 | You take a step back in time when you host your wedding day at Crewe Hall, a stunning Grade I listed Jacobean mansion complete with wow factor. With opulent interiors, landscaped gardens and period-style bedrooms there’s so much to take in. But despite being a historical gem, Crewe Hall hasn’t skimped on the 21st-century comforts, as you can also kick back with an expert treatment in the spa or plunge into the heated indoor pool. A new ceremony space for 2023, The Chapel at Crewe Hall dates back to 1656 and boasts an array of stunning architecture. Ideal for intimate “I dos,” it can seat up to 40, with additional capacity for 35 standing behind the pews and on the upper balcony. The Long Gallery is the largest room in the main Hall and is bathed in Jacobean history. With a central fireplace and large windows overlooking the landscaped grounds, it’s a magnificent setting and can accommodate 200 for the ceremony, 180 for your wedding breakfast, and 200 for the evening do. The Drawing Room is an elegant space thanks to its intricate carved stone and oak work. It can host 120 for the “I dos,” 70 for the wedding breakfast and 80 for the evening. The Continental Suite is ideal for larger weddings and one of its many benefits is its bar and entertainment area. There’s space here for 300 ceremony guests, 280 dining and 360 evening revellers. Moving toward the more intimate spaces, the Great Library has large windows overlooking the lawn providing the perfect lighting and an air of romance. The ceiling design is exquisite and will complement any theme. Here you can invite 90 guests to join you for the ceremony and 50 for the wedding breakfast. Finally, the Carved Parlour. An intimate, opulent and ornate room, it offers a spectacular setting for 60 ceremony and 30 dining guests. GROSVENOR PULFORD HOTEL & SPA 01244 570 560 | The interior of this four-star hotel is steeped in modern elegance and boasts an impressive red-brick exterior dating back to the 19th century. It’s bursting with character and has a rich heritage with links to the Grosvenor Estate of the Duke of Westminster. The grounds include a beautiful Asian Sensory Garden, a picturesque lake with a quaint wooden bridge, and a charming thatched gazebo, all set against the glorious Cheshire countryside and Welsh hills. The grounds offer a wonderful backdrop for those all-important photos. Exchange your vows in the opulent Grosvenor Suite, which has a capacity of 200 guests. Or say “I do” in either Belgrave or Westminster Suites, both recently-refurbished and capable of holding 50 nearest and dearest. In the warmer months, the licensed Lakeside Gazebo is the ideal setting for romantic outdoor nuptials. All three ceremony suites can be transformed into your reception space, complete with creative lighting and a dancefloor. Maximum capacity is 150 for the wedding breakfast and 200 for the evening revelries. The Hotel offers a free food tasting for you both and you can also enjoy a complimentary stay in a superior bedroom on your wedding night. What’s more, to commemorate your first anniversary you’ll be invited to indulge in a romantic break at the hotel at an exclusive discount. 24

The perfect venue DOUBLETREE BY HILTON CHESTER Please contact our dedicated wedding experts on: 01244 408 800 Warrington Rd, Hoole, Chester, CH2 3PD dtchesterwedding dtchesterweddings For more information call +44(0)1704 516220 or email Are you dreaming of a wedding with breathtaking views that stretch as far as the eye can see? Look no further! Waterfront Southport Hotel is your picture-perfect venue, offering an unparalleled 180-degree panorama of the serene Marine Lake and the majestic Irish Sea. Ready to start planning your dream wedding at Waterfront Southport Hotel? Get in touch with us to schedule a visit, discuss your needs, and discover our exclusive offerings.

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 BRIDAL FAYRE Sunday 14th January 12pm -3pm WEDDING VIEWING NIGHT Thursday 29th February 6pm -8pm

THE VINCENT HOTEL 01704 883 800 | The Vincent Hotel is a lifestyle hotel and stunning wedding venue. 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 space 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. WATERFRONT SOUTHPORT HOTEL 01704 516 220 | The Waterfront Southport Hotel seamlessly combines the wonders of nature, impeccable design, and top-notch service. This hidden gem nestled along the serene shores of Marine Lake promises an enchanting backdrop for your special day, offering a romantic ambience that will surely enchant your loved ones. Located just a stone’s throw away from the Hotel, the Millennium Bridge connects you to the lively Southport Pier, adding an extra touch of charm to surroundings. And for those seeking thrills and excitement, the worldrenowned Pleasureland amusement park is conveniently nearby, offering a plethora of exhilarating rides and attractions for your guests to enjoy, who can extend their stay and make it an unforgettable experience. Ceremonies take place in The Room, offering a stunning 180-degree panorama of the sparkling Marine Lake and the Irish Sea, all beautifully framed by its 70s-inspired interiors. The Room is a visual masterpiece, adorned with giant disco balls that cast a shimmering glow over plush velvets, intricate tiles, and lush greenery, all harmonising with the coastal backdrop. This versatile space can accommodate up to 300 guests. For a more intimate affair, consider The Green Room, featuring plush green velvet walls and floor-to-ceiling curved views of the Southport Promenade. It offers a stylish and intimate setting for your nuptials, perfect for sharing your special day with 30 of your nearest and dearest. Both of these chic locations can also host your reception, catering to either 260 or 30 guests. What’s more, the Waterfront Southport Hotel goes the extra mile to ensure your wedding is a seamless and memorable event. You’ll be offered a dedicated wedding coordinator to assist you every step of the way, and even a complimentary wedding-night stay for the two of you. 27 HOTEL VENUES

Best Venue in Cheshire finalist at County Brides North West Wedding Awards 2023 01244 570560 Owned and operated by Nelson Hotels & Inns Your Wedding, YOUR WAY Madison Picture Kayleigh Carnes Photography 0151 677 7034 Crafting LOVE STORIES since 1680 Discover this brand-new wedding venue at The Barn’s free wedding open evenings throughout the year. Register your interest by emailing 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. Steven Rooney Photography Owned and operated by Nelson Hotels & Inns

Going for gold Nicky and Dave styled their day using an oh-so elegant palette of navy and gold Images courtesy of Caroline White Photography 30

Nicky and Dave met at Tabley Point To Point – “Neither of us were looking for love, just a couple of wins on the horses,” Nicky says. “Our friend introduced us later that evening playing Cilla, and surprise, surprise we went off on our first date a week later!” Having been married before, Dave swore he wouldn’t tie the knot again, but during the course of his relationship with Nicky completely changed his outlook. So, Nicky had no idea what was on his mind when he decided to propose as they’d discussed their future many times, and although it would be committed, there would never be a wedding. “I was overcome with happiness and emotion when he snuck upstairs with our twins in tow and got down on one knee,” she remembers. The couple live just down the road from Arley Hall and both knew it would be the perfect setting for their special day. “It’s country, it’s grand, it’s statement, it’s so us,” Nicky says. So, they wasted no time in securing the date for 8th September, 2023. Read on as the bride tells us more... SETTING THE SCENE Nicky and Dave opted for a chic colour palette of navy, gold and deep green and styled their wedding around it. Centrepieces featured palm leaves and peacock feathers supported by ornate gold stands. The remainder of the floral displays dressing the rest of the venue included the same. The place names were white with gold foil writing and green accents, while the table numbers too were displayed on white with gold foil. Guests were guided to their seats by the table plan, which was included in the couple’s wedding newspapers. Even the cake was designed to match with an uber-stylish Art Deco theme bedecked in navy and gold. The daytime catering, provided by Barratts, included cauliflower satay chilli skewers or Cheshire pate; beer battered fish’n’chips with crushed peas; finished with sticky toffee pudding with a popcorn caramel side and custard. During the evening Outback Pizza Company stepped up to the plate, serving incredible pizzas from a converted Land Rover 110. Finally, Kings’ Cheese & Wine set up a mouthwatering cheese wall, Dave made his own fancy crisp wall, and Merryfall created a selection of divine cake pops beautifully decorated in navy and gold. “Take everything in your stride and do you as a couple, not what everyone else has an opinion on.” LOOKING THE PART Nicky looked stunning in her gown from Sarah’s Wedding Boutique in Northwich, which she accessorised with a Vivienne Westwood Bracelet, Gucci necklace, and Jimmy Choo shoes. Meanwhile, Dave wore a three-piece tweed suit and finished the look with a Longine watch, tan brogues, pheasant tie and gun cartridge cufflinks. “The look was very Dave – country and smart,” says Nicky. The groomsmen wore three-piece navy suits also with tan brogues and pheasant ties, plus pheasant and cartridge buttonholes. The bride’s party looked oh-so elegant in navy dresses with gold shoes and peacock hair pieces. TIME TO CELEBRATE The couple hired a DJ to pack the dancefloor, as well as a sax player to add some Ibiza vibes and musician Jack Bennett. Nicky says of Jack: “He’s absolutely amazing and can be found from Liverpool to the South of France at weddings, and has recently been over to Texas to sing. He really knows how to level up a crowd and get them buzzing.” 31 REAL WEDDINGS

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 28th January | 12am-3pm FREE ENTRY