Your North West Wedding- December 2021/January 2022 (Issue 71)

DEC 2021/JAN 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE £3.55 A break for eight guests at Whitley Hall in Yorkshire WIN! Made with love Local handmade products ONCE UPON A TIME Tie the knot in a fairytale venue FASHION FORWARD We explore... North Cumbria The latest in bridal fashion The wow factor Inspirational styled shoots

Elegant, Exclusive and yours to make your own... Undisturbed panoramas of Lake Windermere 365 days a year and gardens stretching right down to the edge of the lake, Silverholme Manor is a breath-taking wedding venue you won’t be soon to forget. Whisk your guests away with you to the place of dreams and fall in love in a world of great literature, history and pure bliss. From intimate weddings of 18 to celebrations of up to 200, we pride ourselves on our relaxed approach, allowing you to tailor your wedding to fit your needs. Silverholme is licensed to hold civil ceremonies in the Coach House, Drawing room, Library and Dining room. Or make the most of Windermere’s natural beauty and invite your guests to watch you tie the knot over-looking the stunning back-drop. Our amazing team are happy to help you along the journey of planning your special day. Contact us today for more information: Silverholme Manor, Graythwaite Estate, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8AZ | 015395 31248 |

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER What to look out for in this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the North West 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 61 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 93 COMPETITION Win a fun-filled sleepover for eight guests at Whitley Hall in Yorkshire CONTENTS DECEMBER/JANUARY 2021/2022 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON NORTH CUMBRIA Discover some of the best venues in the area 21 ONCE UPON A TIME Tie the knot in a fairytale-inspired venue FEATURES 45 WOODLAND ROMANCE Fall in love with this boho-themed shoot at Castletown Woodland Wedding & Events 49 HANDMADE WITH LOVE Products made in the North West 54 MEMORABLE MOMENTS County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 57 CLASSIC ELEGANCE A talented team of suppliers worked together to create two different looks at Calthwaite Hall 65 THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS This styled shoot shows how Fairbank Wedding Barn can be adapted to suit any theme 69 ULTIMATE LUXURY Be inspired by this traditional African-themed shoot at Trafford Hall Hotel 85 FASHION FORWARD The latest wedding dress trends On the cover This issue’s cover, photographed by Ailsa Reeve Photography (, was taken at Fairbank Wedding Barn ( To see more from the styled shoot, turn to page 65. 49 69 21 3

REAL WEDDINGS 29 OVER THE RAINBOW Verity and Michael had a colourful celebration at Charnock Farm 34 IN THE MEADOW After having to postpone their big day, Jen and Jack finally tied the knot at Bartle Hall Country Hotel and Restaurant 39 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Tiffany and Thomas celebrated their marriage surrounded by friends and family at Barton Manor Hotel HONEYMOONS 94 HONEYMOON NEWS UK special 96 ESCAPE TO GREECE Bustling cultural centres or tranquil secluded spots, the choice is yours FASHION & BEAUTY 74 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 75 DRESS UP Trousers, statement sleeves, sleek A-line silhouettes and voluminous skirts are just some of the styles that brides will be wearing in 2022 80 SURPRISE, SURPRISE! Whether you’re choosing an engagement ring for a Christmas proposal or shopping for your big-day jewellery, sparkle in these pieces from the latest winter collections 81 NOT ALL WHITE These pastel and champagne gowns prove that you don’t have to wear white 88 PARTY DRESSING We chat to model, television presenter and radio DJ Vogue Williams about her latest venue Vogue X Roco 90 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 92 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 29 34 39 4

Launched in 2018 The Glass House is a beautiful venue in Lancashire, nestled in the picturesque rolling landscape of the Fylde countryside. Blending modern elegance with charm and romance this unique and neutralvenue can be transformed into your theme but also looks beautiful with minimal styling. Twinkling fairy lights, glittering crystal chandeliers, crisp modern lines and glass walls blend seamlessly with wooden beams and endless countryside views to capture the beautiful elegance of an English wedding. The Glass House is immediately impressive with a perfect layout for weddings with everything in one room that can be separated by glamorous mirrored bifold doors. The floor-to-ceiling windows and long bi-fold glass doors bring the outside inside offering all the benefits of an outdoor wedding with the comfort of a roof to shelter guests from unreliable British weather. A beautiful blank canvas in a spectacular setting yet close to the M55 and a short drive away from Blackpool, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lytham, St Anne’s, Fleetwood and Preston. Laura Cobain and Alison Wigglesworth | T: 01253 891336 | E: | W: James Jebson Photography James Jebson Photography Dan Wootton Photography

WIN A FUN-FILLED SLEEPOVER FOR EIGHT GUESTS AT WHITLEY HALL, YORKSHIRE. Can you believe it’s that time of year again? After everything we’ve all been through in the last two years, I think we all need to relax and what better time than Christmas/New Year? This festive season feels strange to me as it’s my last as a Miss. I’m getting married in July 2022, and the countdown is officially on. Everything is booked and I’m starting to get excited and nervous about the idea of walking down the aisle. I love writing about your weddings and sharing your stories with our wonderful region, and it’s given me some great ideas for my own big day and is helping keep my nerves in check! The December/January issue has always been my favourite, and we’ve gone all out to create an issue full of inspirational weddings, styled shoots, wedding dress ideas and fairytaleinspired venues. We’re always looking for weddings and shoots to feature, so please get in touch by email at or via our website Merry Christmas and happy New Year! Melissa x Melissa Barker, Editor All I want for Christmas is you EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Melissa Barker | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Grooms Editor and Travel Editor Kelly Andrews | Senior Editor and Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Nicola Hawkins | 020 8054 8105 SUBSCRIPTIONS 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your North West Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. 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 North West Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your North West Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. Visit us online at and EDIA LISHING NTS ISHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ISSN 2392-2802 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding 92 81 93 21 The latest fashion, hair and make-up ideas. Looking for something different for your big day? Be inspired by these striking wedding dresses. Check out these fairytale-inspired venues. 6

49 39 75 9 29 34 We love Jen’s gorgeous dress. Read all about her wedding to Jack in our real wedding section. Trends come and go quickly, so to help, we’ve rounded up the latest fashionable dresses. We’re lucky to be part of a county full of talented artisans who create a dazzling array of wonderful wedding products and accessories. To give you heaps of inspiration, we’ve rounded up some of the region’s best products. We adore Tiffany and Thomas’ wedding venue. Read all about their day in our real wedding section. The latest news from local suppliers Verity and Michael had a rainbow-themed wedding at Charnock Farm. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the North West THE SOUND OF LOVE Lancashire-based entertainers, Love Piano is offering a new Daytime Package for brides and grooms. It includes either a male or female vocalist/pianist as a soloist and includes up to five songs for the ceremony, 2x30 minute sets for the drinks reception and 2x45 minute sets for the wedding breakfast. “We understand that your wedding breakfast is more than just a meal,” says Alice Gasson from Love Piano. “We aim to keep your guests entertained and content whilst the most important couple enjoy their food, welcome the family and celebrate with their friends, all for just £700. We also offer a Quiet Room Option. An alternative evening atmosphere in a room away from the main party. Ideal for older guests or young children, the 2x45minute sets include a male or female soloist for £450 but is discounted to £300 if you purchase the Daytime Package.” Visit for more information. DRINK IT ALL IN Newly rebranded Tipsy Tea in Greater Manchester has just won some Great Taste Awards. The company has been given a Double Gold Star for their Pink Peppercorn flavour drink and a Single Gold Star for their Spiced Chai flavour. To celebrate, the Tipsy Tea team are running a winter campaign to help promote the hot serve version of their drink under the hashtag #happywinter Hot Tipsy Tea makes for a delicious, simple-to-make equivalent to mulled wine and the Spiced Chai flavour in particular invitingly conjures up that cosy wintery feeling and is the ultimate winter warmer for winter weddings. Tipsy Tea also reflects the glamour and revelry of the speakeasies of 1920’s New York during the Prohibition. As drinking was outlawed, contraband liquor was often served in teacups and teapots to avoid detection. The fabulous 58th St Country Club was one of the finest hidden establishments doing this. The country club’s proprietor, Belle Livingstone, embodied the decadence and extravagance of the era and is the inspiration behind the company. To find out more, check out DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY Hoghton Tower is welcoming back large weddings. With its rich history, oakpanelled halls, courtyards, magical gardens and amazing views, it provides the ideal location for nuptials. Elena Faroni, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust, said: “It’s amazing to be able to welcome wedding couples and their guests back to Hoghton Tower. Over the years, the tower has seen many celebrations, and it’s great to see families partying with their friends in this beautiful setting once again. Interest in weddings for 2022, 2023 and beyond is high and, after the disruption of the last 18 months, we can’t wait to welcome these couples as they begin the journey to celebrate their own special day over the coming months and years.” Bespoke wedding options include exclusive use of Hoghton Tower, its two courtyards and three enchanting walled gardens. The property is fully licensed and has historic accommodation available for the bride and groom in the romantic Irishman’s Tower. Steeped in history and commanding breathtaking views across the county, Hoghton Tower is approached by a nearly mile-long straight drive. The Grade I listed building is the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family, who still live on the estate. The tower has been welcoming illustrious guests for more than 500 years; from kings and queens to JMW Turner, William Shakespeare, who is reputed to have acted as a tutor to the de Hoghton children and Charles Dickens, who wrote a short story based at Hoghton. For more information visit YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

CONGRATULATIONS! Nicola Mearns owner of Pebelles Boutique Couture Millinery has won the Inspiring Creative Millinery Challenge 2021, an international millinery competition created by the talented Katherine Elizabeth. Nicola also came in 2nd place in the Mad Hatters Society 2021, judged by haute couture fashion designer Lars Nilsson. Nicola tells us more about her company: “I’m new to millinery, but being awarded these accolades is really inspiring and helps me to progress further on my journey. I have created Pebelles Boutique Couture Millinery so that customers can achieve their chosen design, look and style. I offer a bespoke and specialised service for my customers to help them find the perfect hat or fascinator. All my pieces are beautifully handmade using couture stitching and traditional millinery techniques, and in each design, I consider personality, style and occasion.” Check out for more information. PLANNED TO PERFECTION 4R Luxury Events, a wedding planner in Manchester, has launched a new service called Power Planning. This is ideal for couples who are planning their big day but could use the help of a professional to guide them through the steps of getting things done efficiently and effectively. There are two packages available: the 90-minute option includes a zoom call, a step-by-step guide to help complete tasks more efficiently, an extensive list of recommended suppliers and venues to choose from, a budget template, tips for the day and a detailed summary PDF. Alternatively, the four-hour option, spread over a month, includes the above plus four zoom meetings, unlimited emails and phone correspondence throughout the process, a how to word stationery guide, a must-have pre-wedding photos list and help to source a venue. The owner, Roline Cyriaque tells us: “At the end of the session, you will have clarity on how you are going to achieve all of your wedding tasks and in return feel less overwhelmed. Learn how to communicate with your venue and suppliers effectively with our important questions to ask your suppliers and our top tip for getting a quicker response. Free up time by tackling the most demanding tasks such as booking your venue, caterers, entertainment, and photographers. Feel relaxed, happy, and confident with the progress of successfully planning your wedding from start to finish.” To book and find out more information, visit WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND Holland Hall in Lancashire has launched a new Winter Wonderland Package. Available on remaining wedding dates until 30th April, 2022, couples will receive exclusive use of the venue and a wide range of extras. An event manager will be available to help plan and coordinator your day, friends and family will receive a celebratory drink after the ceremony, a three-course meal, wine for the meal, a Prosecco tower, tealights, a DJ, red carpet arrival, cake table and so much more. The price includes everything you need for 60 full day guests. The 17th-century Grade II listed building was originally called Holland House and was built in 1654. It remains in its entirety a large part of the present-day hotel and boasts accommodation, a restaurant, luxury wedding spaces and glorious gardens. Visit for more information. A SPECIAL DISCOUNT Celebrants Cate and Nikki from Pink and Ginger Ceremonies in Lancashire were friends for 20 years before becoming business partners. They met working in Police Intelligence at Preston and hit it off immediately. Cate told us, “You need somebody to have your back in the police – and we were always there for each other.” Nikki agreed, “It’s a difficult job, and you see the worst side of life – as such, your colleagues become family because they are there with you through thick and thin.” Pink and Ginger Ceremonies are well known for their upbeat, friendly and personal service. They are bubbly, and their enthusiasm is infectious. “It’s our absolute privilege to be able to join people during what is often the most important day of their life,” says Nikki. “We aren’t happy with anything less than perfect and will persevere until we have created the perfect ceremony for our couples. Our emergency services deserve a day to remember, stress-free and one that makes their dreams come true – a day to escape from the day-to-day trauma of their job and escape into their own special fairytale.” To acknowledge the difficult times that all emergency services have been going through due to the pandemic, Pink and Ginger Ceremonies are offering couples who work in the emergency services 20 per cent off any ceremony booked for 2022. Head over to for more information. 10

Cate and Nikki are Independent Celebrants passionate about creating you a bespoke ceremony that reflects YOUR personality and realises YOUR hopes and dreams for YOUR Perfect wedding day - “YOUR Day, YOUR Way.” Our brides and grooms are not just clients - they become friends! Cate Baines 07960042644 / Nikki Bithell 07398276927 WWW.PINKANDGINGERCEREMONIES.CO.UK pinkandgingerceremonies / pink and ginger ceremonies WWW. FARRAR - TANNER .CO. UK Personalised Wedding Gifts Memo rab l e presen t s fo r br i de and groom Sarah Davies Harpist Sarah can provide a varied selection of music tailored to your needs. A perfect compliment to your special day. 07806 199196

Singing Waiters in the UK Tel: 0151 316 0511 (UK) #singingwaitersintheuk Worried about that lull in your day? WE’RE NOT... We fill it with our Singers, undercover and ready to entertain giving everyone memories to last a lifetime. Please find some links to our YouTube channel here and some photos here of us in action. Wedding Breakfast MCs with a difference! Your Wedding Breakfast experience includes: ● Live Music Performance ● Comedy & Table Interaction ● A Personalised Song written specifically for the Bride & Groom and performed live ● Top Table Guests played in to the room ● Speeches MC’d ● Personal Meetings prior to the big day ● Live Evening Entertainment also available! Tel: 07881 807765 Email: Gallagher&Ryan gallagher&ryan_

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURNORTHWEST.WEDDING Closing date is 4th February, 2022, unless otherwise stated. MOMENTS THAT MATTER Cate Baines and Nikki Bithell from Pink and Ginger Ceremonies in Lancashire are offering our readers a 10% discount or a free ceremony enhancement such as a Celtic Hand Fasting or a Unity Candle Ceremony on weddings booked in 2022. These bubbly ladies share an upbeat vibe that is infectious, and with their can-do attitudes and amazing range of ideas to make your ceremony stand out from the rest, they strive to make your special day stress free and one you will always remember for all the right reasons. Whether you’re celebrating an addition to the family, a new stage in your love, or a life that has passed, Cate and Nikki bring about the perfect balance of professionalism, fun and emotional sensitivity to ensure that your celebration meets your requirements and focuses on what’s important to you. Unlike a civil registrar, Pink and Ginger Ceremonies focus on one event per day. As such, Cate and Nikki are booked solely for your big day and are completely committed to you. Your ceremony can take place at a hotel, a village hall, a fairytale castle, in a field, on a beach or in your back garden. Whether it’s your favourite song, a religious sentiment, a family tradition, a poem written by your children, or your beloved pooches bearing your rings, they will make it happen. To claim this fab discount, email Cate and Nikki at with the code ‘YNWW’. To find out more, visit the website Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers Freebies &OFFERS Luxury gifting company is bringing joy to all occasions. Each of its gift hampers is lovingly curated and handpacked in Oxfordshire, with perfectly paired food and drink from carefully selected makers and producers. The team at is giving County Wedding Magazines readers the chance to win a Luxury Food & Wine Basket worth £115. The beautiful wicker basket is packed full of tasty snacks and moreish treats for nearlyweds to share together. The stars of the show are an excellent bottle of Prosecco, and a full-bodied Argentinian Malbec from the Gauchezco Estate, paired with award-winning cheese, hand-baked biscuits, and luxury Belgian chocolates. For your chance to win enter via our website, and for more details about and it’s range of delecatble gifts for the wedding day and beyond visit WIN A LUXURY HAMPER WORTH £115! FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

At Blaithwaite we pride ourselves on being unique! A wedding venue with a difference. With all of our space and flexibility paired with a personal & proffesional service, we love to facilitate the creation of your dream day. We are blessed to have four amazing locations for your ceremony and a range of accommodation in our selfcatering properties, including our Country House with original features, sleeping up to 40 people, overlooking private formal gardens and ornate Summer House on ornamental water and various cottages within our estate grounds. The New Stargazer Lodge Pods with hot tubs, Glamping Tepees and camping options are available too. Where else can you hold an evening reception for up to 200 guests, in a stunning Threshing barn or a bespoke marquee for guests in excess of 200 and also accomodate everyone on site too? We welcome weddings, civil and celebrant unions, and ceremonies of all types, religions and orientations for celebrations big or small. We also have availablity for micro weddings; with less planning, less cost and a smaller intimate guest list meaning more time to spend with each of your nearest and dearest. Photo Credits: Jason Chambers Beth Faulder Contact us for further information, date options and bespoke pricing. B L A I T H W A I T E H O U S E W I G T O N C U M B R I A C A 7 0 A Z | 01697 342 319 |

SKITBY, CA6 6DL 01228 675 241 | Skitby is a rustic barn surrounded by Cumbrian countryside with views of the Lake District and Carrock Fell. The exposed ancient timber and traditional sandstone walls merged with contemporary interiors create a chic environment. There are plenty of places to take photographs, including the well-manicured gardens and outdoor seating area that looks stunning in photographs. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Ceremony Wing can host up to 100 nearest and dearest for the service and 45 for an intimate wedding reception. Alternatively, the Main Dining Space can be used for 140 friends and family. Skitby can host up to 200 loved ones, and since it’s an exclusive-use venue, receptions can take place throughout the whole building. There is also the option to add an external structure to the outside of the building to accommodate weddings with more than 200 guests. WE LOVE... The happy couple can organise a menu tasting before the big day. North Cumbria SPOTLIGHT ON... CARLISLE RACECOURSE, CA2 4TS 01228 554 700 | Carlisle Racecourse is a beautiful wedding venue situated within acres of rolling Cumbrian countryside. The property is easily accessible and boasts a dedicated events coordinator, award-winning catering and nearby accommodation. The venue is part of The Jockey Club, the largest commercial group in British horse racing and dates back to 1750. CELEBRATE IN STYLE There are several areas to choose from perfect for small and large celebrations. The main wedding space can accommodate up to 280 guests for the meal and 400 for the evening reception. WE LOVE... Couples will receive a dedicated wedding venue coordinator to prepare for the big day, and a team of operational and events support staff on the day itself. The award-winning chefs can create menus to suit specific needs and tailor packages to individual requirements. REGIONAL VENUES 15

EDEN BARN, CA17 4PQ 01768 341 461 | Perfectly situated in the Cumbrian countryside is Eden Barn. This 200-year-old Westmorland stone barn was transformed after the owner’s daughter asked if she could hold her reception there in 2015. The small family-run venue is full of rustic charm, from the giant chandeliers and exposed stone walls to the limestone flagged floor and vaulted ceiling. Outside there are expansive views, a hand-thatched gazebo and landscaped grounds. There’s also a new Couples Lounge with a suspended green lighting canopy and wall of mirrors. This room has a boho, relaxed vibe and is available exclusively throughout the day. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Main Barn is used for ceremonies followed by a drinks reception in the adjoining reception/bar area, which has wooden vaulted ceilings, stone-flagged flooring and cosy seating areas. The bespoke bar is handcrafted from oak, and above it hangs a striking floral canopy. There’s also a new food preparation area, luxury toilet facilities and underfloor heating throughout. It can seat up to 144 day guests on rustic wooden trestle tables, 136 on round versions and 200 for the evening celebration. Outdoor ceremonies take place under the hand-crafted pergola with a breathtaking scenic backdrop. There are also several historic churches nearby, including the charming St Theobald’s, which is only half a mile away. WE LOVE... Eden Barn is pet friendly, and couples are welcome to book the services of local caters, Southcott Events. HUNDITH HILL HOTEL, CA13 9TH 01900 822 092 | The exterior of Hundith Hill Hotel was constructed using local sandstone and Lakeland slate flooring, which looks stunning in those all-important photographs. Inside is a mixture of classic and modern bedrooms for guests to choose from and a bar. This impressive venue has landscaped grounds, a tree-lined driveway and striking views of the surrounding countryside. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Dining Room is a beautifully-decorated area with views of the raised garden and room for 50 guests for the ceremony and 32 for the reception. Large celebrations are held in the Wallace Suite. This open space provides panoramic views of the Lorton Valley and can hold 100 friends and family for the service, 160 for the sit-down meal and 200 for the evening celebration. Situated in the middle of the main lawn is the Pergola, which can accommodate 50 nearest and dearest. WE LOVE... Lovebirds will receive a bridal suite on the night of the wedding and a discount on accommodation for their first anniversary. 16

Cakes by Alison Fawkes Cake maker, Carlisle, Cumbria Bespoke wedding & celebration cakes Not only do my cakes look good, they taste delicious too and are all individually made and personalised for the client who is having a special celebration. Located in rural Cumbria, I am perfectly situated for a host of beautiful venues in Carlisle, Cockermouth, Keswick, Ambleside,Windermere, throughout the Lake District and Cumbria, as well as Gretna, the Scottish Borders and surrounding areas. I am passionate about what I do and this is reflected in my attention to detail and taste. 07887 800597 | BeautifulWeddings Bespoke Wedding Planners Elegant | Vintage | Boho | Retro Full Wedding planning, partial and on the day management, leaving you to make perfect memories that will last a lifetime. 10% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK USING PROMO CODE NWW10 07818825745 | How about celebrating your wedding in a brewery? ‘The Venue’ is a new and extraordinary wedding venue in the Lake District that offers room for up to 100 seated guests in a trendy industrial style space as part of our working brewery. If you fancy an unforgettable party in this unique location, limited spaces for venue hire in 2022 are available. Cheers to love, laughter and happy ever after @WeddingsatTheVenue To find out more please call Anna on 07379 437125 or email: THE VENUE_weddings_195x141mm.qxp_Layout 1 29/11/2021 10:13 Page 1

MACDONALD LEEMING HOUSE, CA11 0JJ 01539 487 894 | Sat majestically at the top of a stone-built external staircase leading down to Ullswater Lake is the grand Macdonald Leeming House. This former Georgian private house is classically decorated with period furniture and 40 light and modern bedroom. The 200-year-old country house is situated within 22 acres of countryside and woodland and boasts awardwinning cuisine, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout and a small meadow at the bottom of the garden. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Blue Room is a beautiful space with floor-to-ceiling windows and room for 30 friends and family. Alternatively, The Regency is available. This large, elegant room has five impressive windows, a traditional décor throughout and space for 80 nearest and dearest. WE LOVE... Macdonald Leeming House is an exclusive-use property with complimentary menu tastings and bed and breakfast for the newlyweds. NEW HOUSE FARM, CA13 9UU 07841 159 818 | New House Farm is a Grade II listed property that dates back to 1650. Offering breathtaking views of the Lakeland Fells, the venue has a contemporary décor throughout, luxurious fireplaces and on-site bedrooms with roll-top baths and four-poster beds. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Ceremonies take place in the new Cart Shed or, weather permitting, in the grounds with picturesque views of the surrounding countryside. The Hayloft, a stunning space with a bar, a kitchen and five en suite bedrooms, is available for up to 130 loved ones. WE LOVE... The happy couple will have exclusive use of the venue, and the on-site accommodation can be reserved. 19 REGIONAL VENUES 01229 838282 Abbey House Hotel & Gardens, Abbey Road, Furness Abbey, Cumbria, LA13 0PA Abbey House Hotel & Gardens At the bottom of the South lakes lies Abbey House Hotel & Gardens, an old Lutyens building bursting with charm and character, located just a short drive from the heart of the English Lake District. An award winning Wedding Venue set in 14 acres of private gardens and woodland, we offer couples a luxurious retreat in which to share their most special day with family and friends. Late availability dates from February 2022 to September 2022 now available to book from as little as £2.995 Now taking bookings for 2023/24

ABBEY HOUSE HOTEL & GARDENS, LA13 0PA 01229 838 282 | Abbey House Hotel & Gardens was originally a mansion designed by the famous architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens before it was converted into the current premises. The modern venue underwent a multi-million-pound refurbishment making every room and suite tastefully modern. Set within 14 acres of private woodland, the property blends a contemporary style with impressive architecture to create a beautiful setting to tie the knot. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Couples looking for a traditional setting will love The Great Hall, which has space for 80 guests for the ceremony and reception. The hotel now offers tipi and marquee weddings for up to 100 friends and family. Alternatively, the Cavendish Suite is available for up to 200 loved ones throughout the day. Intimate celebrations take place in The Garden Room with 20 nearest and dearest. WE LOVE... The venue offers couples a complimentary menu tasting and anniversary stay, depending on the package chosen. ONCEUPON Tie the knot in a fairytale-inspired venue a time Covered in Style Covered in Style 21 THEMED VENUES

WEST TOWER, L39 7HJ 01695 423 328 | Sitting proudly at the end of a secluded driveway surrounded by wellkept gardens with mature shrubs and trees is West Tower. Situated within eight acres, the property offers uninterrupted views of the Lancashire countryside with plenty of places to take photographs. Inside is 27 beautifully appointed guest bedrooms, a bridal suite, a state-of-the-art dressing room, a glass skylight and a grand wooden staircase. In the grounds is a charming apex covered entrance, a secluded patio and a terrace that leads directly to the gardens. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Suited to all themes, The Ballroom is an elegant space with lots of natural light, wooden floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, PA facilities and impressive views. It can accommodate 145 loved ones for the ceremony and 250 for the evening reception. The Pagoda is a white building set on perfectly manicured lawns that’s suitable for outdoor weddings. WE LOVE... West Tower offers a complimentary menu tasting, accommodation in the bridal suite and an invitation to monthly open evenings. STANLEY HOUSE HOTEL & SPA, BB2 7NP 01254 769 200 | Set within 54 acres of Ribble Valley countryside, Stanley House Hotel & Spa is a Grade II listed manor house with original brickwork, modern features, a restaurant and a spa. Surrounded by rolling hills and incredible views, this 17th-century property provides an idyllic backdrop for couples looking to celebrate their day. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Boasting mirrored ceilings, exposed beams, elegant chandeliers and a stone wall feature, The Barn Suite is an elegant space with room for 180 guests throughout the day. The Stables Suite has an exposed stone wall, neutral tones throughout and space for 90 friends and family. Alternatively, the adjacent bar area, The Lodge, has a wall of floor-toceiling windows with views of the gardens and courtyard. WE LOVE... Stanley House Hotel & Spa offers couples a complimentary spa voucher. 22

YOUR DAY L IKE NO OTHER We understand how difficult it can be to plan the day of your dreams. That’s why our weddings team is on hand to help you. We’ll provide all the support and flexibility you need to ensure that every finest detail of your big day is delivered in style, whatever you wish for ... Only at Stanley House To check our diaries please call our wedding experts on 01254 769200, email or visit Stanley House Hotel & Spa, Mellor, Lancashire BB2 7NP Subject to availability on your chosen date, and the number of guests in your wedding party. Terms and conditions apply. Photography supplied courtesy of Lesley Meredith Photography / Project Valentine

EXCLUSIVELY YOURS... Call: 01695 423328, email: or visit West Tower, Mill Lane, Aughton, Ormskirk, L39 7HJ State of the Art Dressing Room from 8am | Opulent Bridal Suite 27 guest bedrooms | Accommodating up to 145 daytime & 250 evening guests Ten acres of grounds exclusively yours for the day

HYDE BANK FARM, SK6 4DX 01614 303 582 | The Grade II listed Hyde Bank Farm dates back to 1655 and once belonged to Anne Hyde, the Duchess of York, who married James II. The stone barn was lovingly converted and furnished to a high quality with oak beams, stone walls and heaps of character. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Ann Hyde Suite is a gorgeous space that’s overflowing with character with a fully licensed bar and room for 110 guests for the ceremony and 150 in the evening. The New Lounges, which have feature windows that showcase the grounds, has space for 150 friends and family. WE LOVE... Hyde Bank Farm offers exclusive use of the property and the services of a wedding coordinator. THE MIDLAND, LA4 4BU 01524 424 000 | The Midland is an internationally-renowned Art Deco property with 44 stylish bedrooms, a grand sweeping staircase, an award-winning Sun Terrace restaurant and a cocktail menu. Restored for the 21st-century, the hotel curves gracefully along the coast of Morecambe Bay, and the beach-front location and dramatic skylines are ideal for wedding photographs. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Oliver Hill Suite is a bright and airy space that can hold up to 140 guests. Alternatively, the Eric Gill Suite can be used. Boasting sweeping views across the bay to the Lake District Mountains, this flexible space can be combined with the Sun Terrace restaurant to accommodate larger weddings. WE LOVE... Couples will receive a dedicated wedding coordinator, a menu tasting, and an anniversary stay when booking certain packages. THEMED VENUES 25

SILVERHOLME MANOR, GRAYTHWAITE ESTATE, LA12 8BA 01539 531 248 Silverholme Manor is a fully furnished property with the perfect combination of modern luxury and original character. The venue seamlessly delivers both relaxed reception spaces and spacious private quarters, so there’s plenty of places for everyone to enjoy. This traditional Georgian manor house is surrounded by extensive grounds and offers beautiful views of Lake Windermere. CELEBRATE IN STYLE There are three indoor ceremony spaces available, The Coach House, Dining Room and Drawing Room. Each is beautifully decorated and with plenty of places to take those all-important photographs. There’s also the option of having an outdoor service on the patio, which has panoramic views of Lake Windermere and is perfect for taking photographs. WE LOVE... Lovebirds will have exclusive use of the manor and grounds for the weekend, perfect for extended celebrations. EDGAR WOOD VICTORIA PARK, M14 5GH 0161 438 1133 | 07951 730 730 Edgar Wood Victoria Park is an exciting, romantic venue in Manchester standing in more than an acre of manicured gardens. This Grade I listed building was designed by and named after world-renowned architect Edgar Wood, and is widely regarded as one of the most architecturally significant buildings in Europe. Located just 10 minutes from St Peter’s Square, the stunning Art Nouveau architecture is perfect for all weddings. The in house team can tailor wedding packages to suit personal requirements, and the catering, décor, flowers, dancefloor, music, photography and wedding planner can all be booked with the venue. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Main Hall is a truly spectacular room, with high ceilings and space for 250 loved ones for the ceremony and reception. Smaller nuptials can take place in the Reading Room. This area has large bay windows that provide striking views of the garden and can accommodate 60 guests for the vows. The Green Room is where couples make their legal commitment and sign the register. It’s filled with natural light and has a beautiful emerald green art Nouveau fireplace. The romantic gardens provide a stunning backdrop and are one of the most photogenic locations for any celebration. Perfect for drinks receptions in the summer, the space can also be used to host a marquee. WE LOVE... The in-house caterers, Chapman Holmes, has emerged as one of England’s highly-regarded caterers and strive to meet the highest standards in both preparation and presentation. Nearlyweds will receive a complimentary menu tasting once a date has been contracted and deposited. Edgar Wood Victoria Park has availability from January 2022 onwards. 26

A Grade *I listed romantic venue in the city of Manchester with an acre of manicured gardens. If you’d like to give your guests that ‘wow’ factor, get in touch with the Edgar Wood events team via or by calling us on 0161 438 1133 / 07951730 730 Luxury Wedding and Events Florist - @fioredoratoflowers - 07821120048

Platinum Package 70 Special Guests Including Happy Couple, Plus 50 Extra Evening Guests Pricing 2020/21 Friday £14, 995 Saturday - £15,995 Sunday £13,995 Monday to Thursday 40 Special Guests including Happy couple 2020 - £4,700 2021 - £5,000 2022 - £5,300 Friday or Sunday 50 Special Guests including Happy couple +30 Extra Evening guests 2020 - £5,995 2021 - £6,395 2022 - £6,695 Saturday 60 Special Guests including Happy couple. Plus 60 Extra Evening Guests 2020 - £7,200 2021 - £7,500 2022 - £7,800 Crystal Package | 01706 822476 | @redhallhotel The perfect place f y r special day W E D I N G S AT R E D HA L L HO T E L RED HALL HOTEL

rainbow OVER THE Verity and Michael had a colourful celebration at Charnock Farm Images courtesy of Amber O’Brien Photography Verity and Michael met in 2013 during a night out. “We had loads in common and realised we went to the same primary school and grew up near each other,” says Verity. “He was shy, but I was determined to get to know him. It was out of character for me to go up to someone I didn’t know, but he was so kind and gentle that I trusted him straight away. After chatting and dancing, I wrote my number on his arm as he had no phone or social media. A week later, he popped up on my phone and was worried I might have forgotten about him. Turns out he bought a new phone just to contact me, so he was a man of his word from day one. Our first date was at Frankie & Benny’s and the rest is history.” Michael popped the question on 17th December, 2018. “After years of dropping hints, I had given up, so the proposal was totally unexpected,” shares the bride. “Michael told me he wanted to propose at York’s Christmas market, but our car broke down, so we got the train to Manchester and visited a market there instead. As I was busy getting ready, Michael popped out, and it turned out he went to ask my dad for his permission which was very important to me. As soon as we got off the train, we stopped by the market and he asked me to marry him. We were so nervous and in shock, so we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for cocktails to celebrate and tell the news to our families.” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... REAL WEDDINGS 29

Michael and I made our decorations, including the chair bunting, boho macrame hoops for the ceiling, floral archway and centrepieces. For the cake, we had a three-tier design made up of lemon, chocolate and vanilla sponge from Buttercream Cake Design. It was decorated with marbled details and topped with a gold moon cake topper. We decided to name our tables after our favourite films, games, music and places. We wanted a relaxed venue that was close to our home. Charnock Farm was rustic, cosy and the staff were flexible with our ideas. We loved the beautiful, natural scenery and the pond full of ducks. Our centrepieces were wooden logs with mini-floral tipis, macrame jars, easels with pictures of us and gin bottles filled with lights. Fleur Designs provided my whimsical bouquet, and I made a macrame wrap that included a picture of my nan and aunty who are no longer with us. The team also made a top table arrangement and greenery for down the aisle. 30

I wore a Stella York dress that I customised with 3D flowers and an Essense of Australia veil. I tried on so many designs, and when I saw my gown on the hanger I hated it, but my mum begged me to try it on. When I opened my eyes, I knew straight away it was the one and cried. I purchased my gown from Ava Rose Hamilton and got to meet Gok Wan at one of my fittings. Charnock Farm provided the food. We had an Italian buffet and bacon and sausage barms in the evening. Michael chose a grey slim fit suit with a grey tweed waistcoat and lilac tie from Slater Menswear. We hired a Volkswagen Campervan from Chase the Sun. The bridesmaids’ dresses were lace floor-length gowns in pastel shades from Eve Boutique. To keep our guests entertained, we hired a live singer during the day, TK Leisure to DJ in the evening, a photo booth mirror from Exceed Events and a doughnut wall provided by Gemini Occasions. 31 REAL WEDDINGS

VERITY AND MICHAEL’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, Charnock Farm, | Photographer, Amber O’Brien Photography, | Videographer, Anthony Ives Photography, | Bride’s dress and veil, Ava Rose Hamilton, | Groom’s suit, Slater Menswear, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, flowergirls’ dresses and alterations, Eve Boutique, | Hair stylist, The Colour Lounge, Make-up artists, Opal & Iris Bridal & Beauty,; Rosella Makeup Artistry by Katrina McGuigan, | Cake, Buttercream Cake Design, | Flowers, Fleur Designs, | Transport, Chase the Sun, | Entertainment, TK Leisure, | Photo booth, Exceed Events, | Doughnut wall, Gemini Occasions, Spending time with Michael in the Campervan, saying our vows, doing our first dance and our wedding party throwing amazing shapes were all memorable moments from the day. For our honeymoon, we spent three nights in Manchester. We hired a cinema room, went in a balcony Jacuzzi and had meals out. During the best man’s speech, the page boy let out a massive yawn stopping everyone in laughter. Poor James had to bring the speech back to his train of thought. Jen from Fleur Designs was a massive support from day one. She helped through all the postponements, with some of the décor, and she even assisted me in finding a new photographer the day before the wedding when my old one couldn’t make it. She was an absolute angel, and I know the day wouldn’t have been the same without her. While on the dancefloor, my best friend’s husband spun me around, and I tripped over the bottom of my dress and decked it on the floor. We were all in fits of laughter! Everyone ran to help except my new husband, who was dancing in his own world, clueless of the commotion. We were so happy that our day finally arrived. After three postponements and a whirlwind of a run-up, it was full of love and laughter. 32

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meadow In the After having to postpone their big day, Jen and Jack finally tied the knot at Bartle Hall Country Hotel and Restaurant Images courtesy of Fish 2 Photography 34

Jen and Jack met in high school. “We were in the same classes and became good friends when we both started attending a badminton club,” says Jen. “Over the next year, we grew closer, and that summer whilst on a family holiday, I used my one hour of internet allowance a day to message Jack. One day he confided in me that he liked someone and didn’t know what to do. I asked who it was, but he wouldn’t say. I went through all the girls in our year until he finally said ‘it’s you.’ That was when my internet time ran out! When we next spoke we agreed that we weren’t going to do anything about it as we didn’t want to ruin our friendship, so that was that. Six months later, Jack spontaneously held my hand, and I got butterflies. I didn’t know he still liked me as we’d not spoken about it since summer, nor had I told him that I’d developed feelings for him too. That night we spoke, and I said ‘let’s give it a go, and if it goes wrong, then we’ll pretend it never happened and stay friends.’ Well, it never went wrong, and 10 years on, we’re finally married.” Jack proposed during a trip to Iceland. “Our engagement was incredible,” shares the bride. “For as long as I can remember, I had wanted to see the Northern Lights, so for my 21st birthday present, Jack took us to Iceland. We went on a tour to see the lights, and when they finally appeared, I turned around to see Jack on one knee in the snow with the ring in his hand. Of course, I said yes, and it was the most surreal moment of my life. The whole thing was a complete shock to me but looking back there were so many hints that I don’t know how I didn’t guess.” SETTING THE SCENE “Bartle Hall Country Hotel and Restaurant was the only venue that really stood out to us,” explains Jen. “The beautiful grounds, the main house and barn were all stunning, yet what sold it to us was the staff. They were so welcoming and made us feel completely at ease, and nothing was too much trouble for them.” Jen and Jack decided to have a wildflower theme. “Given the theme, I kept everything very natural using wood and greenery throughout with touches of white to brighten everything,” adds the bride. “The wooden memory ladder was white with eucalyptus, and the card box was a mini-greenhouse which I painted and put some fake greenery in the bottom.” “We chose not to have wedding favours, however, I created colouring books for the flowergirls, so they had something to do during the meal,” Jen recalls. “I also bought them teddies with their names on instead of flowers to carry down the aisle. I knew the girls would love these and could treasure them. They are affectionately named their hop-hops.” Jen and her father-in-law created the table plan and welcome sign. “He cut the wood to size and stained it,” reveals the bride. “I then painted the wording, attached the eucalyptus and created the seating chart, which I hung up with wooden pegs on brown strings.” “For the centrepieces, I wanted something simple, so we went with wood slices and gin bottles with eucalyptus stems inside with a dinner candle in the top,” says Jen. “I also created mini-easels to match the welcome sign with the table numbers on.” Heathers Creative Florist provided the flowers. “Our lovely friend, who I have known since we were four years old, runs the company and created the most amazing flowers for us,” shares the bride. “My bouquet included miss piggy roses, lavender and Craspedia. The bridesmaids had gypsophila, Matricaria and eucalyptus, which matched the groomsmen’s buttonholes. All the buttonholes were encased in shotgun cartridges as Jack is an avid clay pigeon shooter.” “I made the cake myself,” explains Jen. “The flavours were carrot and pecan, lemon and raspberry and chocolate and Biscoff. The decorations were white buttercream with hints of blush, gold leaf, eucalyptus and gypsophila.” Jen designed the table names using a template on Etsy. “I used this to create all the invitations, thank you cards, place names, table numbers and menus,” the bride adds. “To decorate the rest of the venue, we had a memory ladder with photos of our family who are sadly no longer with us. In the centre was a photo of my twin brother, Peter, who we lost last year. I wore an ashes-into-glass necklace, so he REAL WEDDINGS 35