Your North West Wedding- February/March 2022 (Issue 72)

All the latest from around the North West WEDDING SHOW ALERT! Cumbria’s Premier Wedding Show is taking place on 20th February, 2022 at Carlisle Racecourse. Enjoy a day of shopping where you can try, buy and save on everything for your wedding with more than 40 of the finest professional wedding companies, all under one roof! You will receive a glass of Prosecco and a range of nibbles on arrival. What’s more, each ticket will automatically enter you into the massive Win Your Wedding Competition, where one lucky winner will receive £20,000 towards their dream day! There will be stunning catwalk shows running throughout the day, experts on hand to provide their advice and inspiration at every turn. It’s the place to find everything for your big day, so pop in and let your imagination run wild! Doors open from 11am to 4pm. Tickets are available at WIN YOUR WEDDING PARTY AT THE VENUE To celebrate 2022 with a bang, THE VENUE, a new wedding space in Kendal, is offering one lucky couple the chance to win use of the venue, three barrels of beers and 10 bottles of Prosecco! Decorated in a quirky industrial style, the property is part of a working brewery and can accommodate up to 100 seated guests. With a fully-equipped stage for live bands and a bar that will never run dry, THE VENUE is ideal for couples looking for a unique setting to celebrate their big day and dance the night away. The competition closes on Sunday 27th March, 2022, and the winner will be contacted within 14 days of the closing date. For full terms and conditions and to enter the competition, please visit NEWS Nearlywed LOCAL NEWS 9

W E C A N G U A R A N T E E T O P R O V I D E Y O U R D R E AM D AY WH AT E V E R T H AT MAY B E . . . Skitby is licensed for Civil Ceremonies, Partnerships And Naming Ceremonies and our quirky barn venue offers full venue exclusivity for your special day. We can assure you that the only wedding happening on site on any given day will be yours, creating that relaxed homely vibe for both you and your guests to enjoy. We pride ourselves in our ability to offer a very personal and bespoke wedding planning experience and view the process as an exciting journey leading to your “Happily ever after”. We are always delighted to welcome same sex and LGBT Weddings! Our Ceremony room with open fire and stunning period grand piano can accommodate between 80 and 100 guests. Our Main Suite with exposed beams and feature stone wall can accommodate 96 guests. Both the Main Suite and ceremony room can seat 130 guests. For an evening Reception we can accommodate 180 -200 guests. S K I T B Y H O U S E , K I R K L I N T O N , C UM B R I A , C A 6 6 D L | 01228 675241 |

CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2022 On the cover... This issue’s cover is from the styled shoot on page 63. It was organised by Elizabeth Anna Cake Design ( elizabethannacakedesign) at Albert’s Standish ( and photographed by Annalise Rose Photography ( 51 81 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 30 COMPETITION Win £1,500 worth of diamonds 67 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions VENUES 17 SPOTLIGHT ON THE LAKE DISTRICT Discover some of the best venues in the area 25 COUNTRY ROMANCE Tie the knot in a glorious garden FEATURES 51 MOODY VIBES This romantic and striking shoot was put together by the team at Sparth House 55 READY, SET, PLAN! Our guide to planning the perfect wedding 63 ELEGANT ROMANCE Fall in love with this timeless styled shoot at Albert’s Standish 71 WHIMSICAL WOODLAND Be inspired by this secret garden shoot at The Out Barn 75 DREAMY DÉCOR How to style your venue 81 A SUMMER’S DAY Look forward to the brighter months with this styled shoot at The Tipis at Riley Green 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 84 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 85 ALL IN THE DETAIL The 2022 wedding dress collections feature figure-hugging styles, timeless trumpet silhouettes, chic tailored jackets and wrap dresses 91 TAKE THE PLUNGE These opulent gowns feature corset-inspired looks, off-the-shoulder styles, timeless square shapes and cut-out illusion necklines 96 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 38 91 45 REAL WEDDINGS 33 THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR Clare and Daniel had a festive-themed wedding at Foxfields Country Hotel 38 A MODERN FAIRYTALE Lisa and Paul tied the knot in a magical celebration at The Glass House 45 URBAN CHIC Leah and Mike celebrated their marriage with friends and family at Victoria Warehouse GROOMS 94 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest news and product launches 33 4

For more information, please contact our wedding specialist Jen Braithwaite on 01768 860168 or We’ve got the perfect spaces to design your wedding day with fabulous indoor and outdoor backdrops, so you’re guaranteed a beautiful photographic record you’ll cherish for years to come. From intimate weddings of up to 26 in the Little Martindale with wood beams and a log burning stove, to larger weddings of 150 in the stunning Cross Fell Suite with private bar, we have the perfect locations for a most memorable wedding day. MAGICAL WEDDINGS Visit for more details

Welcome to the first issue of 2022. It dawned on me over the festive period that in just a few months time I will become Mrs Cullen – eek! I can’t believe how quickly time passes, we’ve been engaged for more than a year now, and it’s just flown by. I’m very organised, much to my fiancé’s dismay, but the closer we get to the day, the more I feel like I’m forgetting something. We’ve booked all of our suppliers, organised all the outfits, so it’s just the small things left to do, but the nerves are starting to set in. My wonderful bridesmaids have been helping keep me calm, but the idea of walking down the aisle without falling over is giving me nightmares. Talking to some of our readers, I know that many of you felt the same in the run-up to your big day, so it’s really nice knowing that I’m not alone. If you have any tips for controlling nerves on the day, please feel free to get in touch as any ideas would be greatly appreciated! I hope you enjoy this issue as much as I did writing it. It’s full of tips from local wedding professionals, ideas for styling your venue, fabulous real weddings, styled shoots and an impressive fashion section. If you’ve recently celebrated your day or been involved with a styled shoot, email me at or via Happy planning. Melissa x Melissa Bark r, Senior Editor EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing 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 | 01376 538 480 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 DIA ISHING NTS ISHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ISSN 2392-2802 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding New beginnings WIN £1,500 worth of diamonds! Looking for something modern? Take a peek at our favourite dresses with daring necklines. 91 30 85 9 Stunning wedding dresses with striking details. The latest news and offers from local suppliers. 6

63 38 51 17 96 45 81 Lisa and Paul had the perfect celebration at The Glass House in Blackpool. Check out this styled shoot at The Tipi’s at Riley Green. Read all about this styled shoot at Albert’s Standish. Fall in love with gorgeous venues in the Lake District. Fall in love with this striking styled shoot at Sparth House. Top tips from local fashion and beauty experts. Leah and Mike had an urban-themed wedding at Victoria Warehouse. Covered in Style EDITOR’S LETTER 7

in the English Lake District New House Farm, Lake District National Park, Lorton, Cockermouth, CA13 9UU | 07841159818 | Luxury Weddings at New House Farm

All the latest from around the North West WEDDING SHOW ALERT! Cumbria’s Premier Wedding Show is taking place on 20th February, 2022 at Carlisle Racecourse ( Enjoy a day of shopping where you can try, buy and save on everything for your wedding with more than 40 of the finest professional wedding companies, all under one roof! You will receive a bottle of Prosecco and a range of nibbles on arrival. What’s more, each ticket will automatically enter you into the massive Win Your Wedding Competition, where one lucky winner will receive £20,000 towards their dream day! There will be stunning catwalk shows running throughout the day, experts on hand to provide their advice and inspiration at every turn. It’s the place to find everything for your big day, so pop in and let your imagination run wild! Doors open from 11am to 4pm. Tickets cost £10.30 and are available at WIN YOUR WEDDING PARTY AT THE VENUE To celebrate 2022 with a bang, THE VENUE, a new wedding space in Kendal, is offering one lucky couple the chance to win use of the venue, three barrels of beers and 10 bottles of Prosecco! Decorated in a quirky industrial style, the property is part of a working brewery and can accommodate up to 100 seated guests. With a fully-equipped stage for live bands and a bar that will never run dry, THE VENUE is ideal for couples looking for a unique setting to celebrate their big day and dance the night away. The competition closes on Sunday 27th March, 2022, and the winner will be contacted within 14 days of the closing date. For full terms and conditions and to enter the competition, please visit NEWS Nearlywed LOCAL NEWS 9

DRINK IT ALL IN Augill Castle in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, has launched a collection of hand-crafted dry gin. 1837 is a drink the embodies the essence of the castle with a feisty spirit that’s softened by the flavours of the surrounding land. The gin is designed to be drunk along with tonic from Marlish in Northumberland, but it’s just as easy to enjoy on ice as it’s softened with honey from local bees bursting with the oils and aromas of heather from the fells that surround the castle. The drink is called 1837 as that was the year that the plan to build the castle was created and when Queen Victoria ascended the throne, in short, a year in which history was made. The gin is produced in collaboration with Hawkridge Distillers in Berkshire and is released in a limited edition batch of 200 bottles. Each one will be numbered and signed by Augill Castle. To find out more, visit JEWEL OF THE AISLE Mappin & Webb has curated a new collection of one-off jewellery pieces. The Timeless Collection comprises of 138 distinctive pieces crafted from platinum, white and yellow gold with a range of precious gemstones, including diamonds, rubies, sapphires, tourmaline and tanzanite. Mappin & Webb knows the art of creating timeless jewellery that impresses. Its history dates back more than 240 years, and in that time, they have crafted jewellery for monarchs around the world. In 2012, Mappin & Webb was appointed as the Crown Jeweller and is now the custodian of the Crown jewels. Craig Bolton, the executive director of the Watches of Switzerland Group, said: “We’re privileged to have the Crown Jeweller within our team and a long history of making heirloom pieces. It was a clear use of our expertise to create a collection of one-off precious jewellery pieces that are designed to become icons. Timeless reaches a new level of exclusivity that very few brands can achieve.” Visit for more information. LOOKING YOUR BEST Manchester is home to the region’s first all in one grooming service encompassing traditional barbering and male-only face and body treatments. King Street Grooming is the brainchild of Manchesterfounded Inc & Co and has set up shop on renowned King Street. The striking venue has a dark colour palette, with wall shelving and fluted glass screens. This, paired with modern material accents and lighting features, gives the space an edge and an unmistakably cool identity. Gareth Rowan-Dylan, the managing director of King Street Grooming, said: “We’re delighted to be opening King Street Grooming, the first of its kind in Manchester. This unique male experience will bridge a gap that’s been missing in the market, which will allow men to be pampered in a masculine and comforting environment, all on Manchester’s aptly named King Street.” Head over to for more information. CONGRATULATIONS Family-run Lake District Hotels, which operates six venues in the Lake District, picked up the Family Business of the Year award at the 2021 in-Cumbria Business Awards. The awards recognise and reward the best Cumbrian businesses. Lake District Hotels was established in 1983 by Kit and Charles Graves when they bought the Kings Arms Hotel. The group has expanded its portfolio over the years and invested in new properties. In 2014, the former Queens Hotel in Keswick was transformed into the Inn on the Square thanks to a £2.5 million refurbishment, while the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa underwent a major investment in 2018 with the opening of a luxury new spa, 18 spa suites and the award-winning pan-Asian Mizu restaurant. Dani Hope, the director at the hotels along with her parents Kit and Charles, told us: “It’s a real honour to receive this award, especially as there are so many fantastic family businesses operating in the Lake District and Cumbria. Along with our brilliant team at Lake District Hotels, we work every day to ensure our guests have the best experience with us, and the fact they return time after time to visit us is a testament to that. After the difficulties of the past 18 months due to the pandemic, it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate something so positive with the team.” Check out for more information. 10 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

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURNORTHWEST.WEDDING Closing date 8th April, 2022. Terms and conditions apply. PUTTING THE YOU INTOYOURWEDDING Vikki Harris is a modern celebrant based in Lancashire. “I’ve always had a passion for storytelling, and I believe that every event deserves a special and personal ceremony,” says Vikki. “After all, it’s the biggest bit of your day! With that philosophy in mind, I will put the you into your wedding and ensure that your ceremony is as unique as you are and a true reflection of your relationship. With a background in marketing, hospitality and global event delivery, I’m a cool cucumber when it comes to events and a real asset to your wedding or celebration. I’m available to book anywhere in the North West, be that Manchester, Lancashire or beyond. I can even hop over the border into Yorkshire. “I offer my couples an initial consultation either face-to-face or on video call so we can get to know each other and talk about your wedding. Once we’ve met, if you wish to go ahead, I will issue your booking form and contract for you to complete. Throughout the planning process, we’ll stay in regular contact so we can work on the ceremony format together. Nearer the time, you’ll complete a quiz where you will tell me all about your partner and your lives. I’ll then create your bespoke ceremony and share it with you so we can make tweaks together before the big day arrives.” Exclusively for Your North West Wedding readers, Vikki is offering a massive £50 off of her services! To claim this fab offer, email and mention the code ‘YNWW’. To find out more about Vikki and her services, visit the website Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies&OFFERS Coppa Club’s Sonning-On-Thames location plays host to The Great House at Sonning – a boutique hotel featuring 49 bedrooms and nestled in the Berkshire countryside. Roughly an hour from London, the property is situated along the River Thames and boasts a large terrace, sweeping lawns and ample riverside space. An ideal location for couples that need a break from the wedding planning, a family getaway or trip with friends, the beautifully designed hotel is dog friendly and provides meeting, event and party spaces (you can also tie the knot here!). You can book a cosy Double Room from £85 per night, or a Deluxe Double from £115 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club, The Great House at Sonning to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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 |

THE LAKE DISTRICT THE VENUE, LA9 7DE 07379 437 125 | THE VENUE is part of a working brewery based in Kendal, Cumbria. The Scandi-style interior with custom-made giant tipi is decorated with locally themed artwork created by artists Kate Lloyd‐Philips and Hannah Fox. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The festival-size tipi that dominates THE VENUE’S main room is decorated with a large chandelier and decked with seasonal dried flowers. Wood cladding and beautiful lighting create a warm, rustic and Scandinavian atmosphere. There is space for up to 100 seated guests, a fully-equipped stage for live bands, DJs and access to an in-house public address system as well as a fully licensed and staffed bar. Next to the main stage sits a wooden hut made from live edge wood. This hut can be used as a storage area, as a dressing room for musicians and performers or to serve food through a serving hatch made out of an old MGB GT car boot lid. The gated Brewery Yard is flanked by the brewery itself, the wedding venue and the brewery’s tap bar - The Barrel House. There is ample outside space for either an additional marquee if required or parking for the main wedding guest vehicles. Outside the main entrance to THE VENUE is an access point for external catering services. The Barrel House has outside heated wooden booths with beer gardenstyle benches and tables that serve as additional outdoor seating space for the brewery pub. WE LOVE... The day can be easily customised to accommodate each couple’s individual tastes and budgets. For an additional fee, the property can offer hen and stag parties, including beer tastings, brewery tours and personalised wedding favours such as customised beer bottles. Spotlight on... REGIONAL VENUES 17

ABBEY HOUSE HOTEL & GARDENS, LA13 0PA 01229 838 282 | Originally a mansion designed by the famous architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Abbey House Hotel & Gardens has been converted into a luxury wedding venue. 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. The modern space recently underwent a multi-million-pound refurbishment making every room and suite tastefully modern. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Intimate weddings take place in The Garden Room with 20 nearest and dearest. Couples looking for a traditional setting will love The Great Hall, which has space for 80 guests for the ceremony and reception. The hotel can erect tipis and marquees in the grounds to accommodate up to 100 friends and family. Alternatively, the Cavendish Suite is available for up to 200 loved ones throughout the day. WE LOVE... Depending on the package chosen, couples will receive an anniversary stay and complimentary menu tasting. SILVERHOLME MANOR, GRAYTHWAITE ESTATE, LA12 8BA 01539 531 248 Silverholme Manor is a traditional Georgian manor house surrounded by extensive grounds and impressive views of Lake Windermere. The property is fully-furnished and offers the perfect combination of modern luxury and original character. CELEBRATE IN STYLE There are three indoor beautifully-decorated ceremony spaces available, The Coach House, Dining Room and Drawing Room. 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... Those who book Silverholme Manor will receive exclusive use of the manor and grounds for the weekend, perfect for extended celebrations. Covered in Style Covered in Style 18

Find the perfect ring, from the comfort of your own home HIGH QUALITY JEWELLERY, SPECIALISING IN SHAPED BESPOKE WEDDING RINGS At Oscar & Olivia we take the time to understand exactly what you are looking for. We will bring 200 sample rings for you to try on in the comfort of your own home. Once we have found your ideal wedding ring, we will shape it to fit your engagement ring perfectly. With over 15 years of experience in the jewellery industry, Oscar & Olivia have acquired firstclass suppliers allowing us to offer high-quality products that last a lifetime. WWW.OSCARANDOLIVIA.CO.UK | | 0161 952 4230

Working in precious metals and gemstones S I N C E 1 9 8 2 G E M S @ K I N G J E W E L L E R Y . C O . U K | 016973 45889 | @jewellerybymichaelking Wedding Stationery 07710 893 841 • Located just outside of Carlisle, we can help you create the perfect stationery suite for your wedding day. Choose from our house collections or have us design something completely bespoke. SAVE THE DATES • INVITATIONS • TABLE PLANS • PLACE NAMES TABLE NUMBERS • MENUS • WELCOME SIGNS 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

THE RO HOTEL, LA23 3BA 01539 232 625 | Following a multi-million-pound refurbishment, the newly designed interiors at The Ro take inspiration from the lakes and surrounding countryside with cool blues and turquoises complemented with accents of oranges, natural stone and traditional grey slate. Situated in the heart of Bowness, the venue’s stately façade creates a welcoming atmosphere combining the grandeur of a bygone age with all of the convenience of the modern day. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Ro has four newly designed spaces available for weddings. The Sun Lounge is a light and airy sunroom that makes the most of its period features, with a large window showcasing views of Windermere and space for 18 seated guests. Alternatively, The Boardroom can accommodate 16 people. Boasting gorgeous views, The Ballroom is a large space with elegant high ceilings, a stage, a bar and room for 90 loved ones. The Ashville has high ceilings and its own bar with a space big enough to accommodate 120 friends and family. WE LOVE... The venue offers all couples a complimentary suite on the night of the wedding and an anniversary stay, including dinner. NEW HOUSE FARM, CA13 9UU 07841 159 818 | Dating back to 1650, New House Farm is a Grade II listed property 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. 21 REGIONAL VENUES

where dreams T H E WE DD I N G B OU T I QU E I N C A R L I S L E We will guide you through all the key elements of choosing your dress so that you are sure of the gown you decide upon. The Groom won’t be left out either with a selection of the best suits in Carlisle and Cumbria. There are so many factors to consider during this special time but still we manage to make your wedding dress shopping experience fun and memorable. We have one of the best selections of wedding dresses in the Carlisle and Cumbria and you are more than welcome to try them all on to find that perfect dress if you need to. You are more than welcome to drop into the shop for a chat but it is advisable to make an appointment as we really want to give you the uninterrupted time you deserve. 3 Brunswick Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1PP | 01228 539500 | | R E A L LY DO COME T R U E

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 | F R OM T H E S TA RT , W E W I L L B E AT T H E H E A RT O F Y O U R P L A N N I N G J O U R N E Y T O C R E AT E Y O U R V I S I O N I N A S T R E S S - F R E E WAY ! We consider the logistics, the small details, and the overall aesthetic and design you wish to have on your special day. Your process with us will be friendly, personal, and fun. We are here to inspire and encourage your decision-making, keep you on track with your timeline and budget and create a stylish and luxury event. We have amazing luxury suppliers we work with within the North West, and our job is to match you to your perfect wedding suppliers. With our expertise and knowledge of Manchester and the North West, we will be there with you to plan your perfect day! I N F O@ 4 R L U X U RY E V E N T S . C OM | 0 7 4 7 6 7 2 6 4 4 6 / 0 1 6 1 2 2 6 9 1 2 9 Instagram & Facebook @4rluxuryevents | Pinterest @4Rluxeevents

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_ 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

SKITBY, CA6 6DL 01228 675 241 | Surrounded by acres of Cumbrian countryside, Skitby is a rustic barn with exposed timber and traditional sandstone walls. Boasting impressive views of the Lake District, the property has a contemporary interior, well-manicured gardens and an outdoor seating area, meaning there are plenty of places to explore and take those all-important photographs. CELEBRATE IN STYLE There are several spaces available for weddings. The Ceremony Wing can accommodate 100 friends and family for the service and 45 for an intimate reception. Whereas the Main Dining Space can hold 140 loved ones. Skitby is an exclusive-use venue meaning receptions can take place throughout the whole building. There is also the option to add an external structure to the outside of the property to accommodate weddings with more than 200 guests. WE LOVE... Couples can liaise with the team at Skitby to organise a menu tasting before the wedding. MACDONALD KILHEY COURT, WN1 2XN 03448 799 045 | Macdonald Kilhey Court is home to glorious gardens, a landscaped lawn at the rear of the property and 11 acres of breathtaking woodland. The four-star venue is a stone’s throw away from the tranquil Arley Reservoir and the Worthington Lakes and offers stunning views of the local area. This Victorian manor has a traditional décor throughout, reflecting the building’s history and heritage, and an impressive driveway that’s sure to wow guests. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Victorian Garden Suite and Wordsworth Suite are decorated in a traditional style, offer access to the grounds and have space for 50 guests. Boasting large windows and plenty of natural light, The Masefield Suite is accessed from the ground floor of the original house and is ideal for large weddings. It has private access, disabled facilities, a bar and a separate lounge area with room for 150 loved ones. Alternatively, The Lakeside Suite has floor-to-ceiling windows, offering stunning views of the landscaped gardens and lake, and is capable of hosting 350 friends and family. WE LOVE... The happy couple can enjoy a menu tasting session and will receive a discount card to enjoy all the benefits of the hotel in the lead up to the big day, which includes savings on spa treatments, gym memberships, dining in the restaurant and much more. COUNTRY romance Tie the knot in a glorious garden THEMED VENUES 25

EDGAR WOOD VICTORIA PARK, M14 5GH 0161 438 1133 | 07951 730 730 Situated in more than an acre of manicured gardens is the romantic wedding venue Edgar Wood Victoria Park. This Grade I listed building in Manchester 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 weddings. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Small celebrations are held in the Reading Room. This area has large bay windows that provide striking views of the garden and can accommodate 60 guests. 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 Nouveau fireplace. Large nuptials take place in the Main Hall, which is a truly spectacular room, with high ceilings and space for 250 loved ones. There’s space in the romantic gardens for a drinks reception in the summer months and a marquee. WE LOVE... The in-house caterer, Chapman Holmes, have 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. THE GLASS HOUSE, FY3 0DE 01253 891 336 | The Glass House is an elegant blank canvas decorated with wooden beams draped with fairylights, crystal chandeliers, mirrored bi-folding internal doors and floor-to-ceiling windows. The exterior is modern with brick and glass frames and clean lines, creating a contemporary space to tie the knot. The venue offers picturesque views of the countryside stretching across to the Pennines. The bi-folding doors lead directly onto the enclosed garden, which creates the perfect set-up for group shots or the wooded areas and fields of wildflowers make a fantastic alternative. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The main wedding space has impressive floor-to-ceiling windows, countryside views and room for 150 nearest and dearest throughout the day. Couples looking for an outdoor celebration will love the gazebo that’s been draped with fairylights and can accommodate 150 loved ones. WE LOVE... The groom-to-be will be offered a free round of golf before the wedding. 26

Mick Cookson Photography For your Special Day... SEE SPECIALLY SELECTED EXHIBITORS AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR WEDDING CELEBRATION PACKAGES - FREE BRIDE GOODIE BAG! Our next Wedding Fair is 17th April 2022 12 noon-4pm “For Your Special Day...” Whether it's a small wedding for a family group or a larger event, our award-winning food and fabulous service, coupled with the most stunning setting, make The Spread Eagle the perfect choice for your special day. Nestling in the beautiful village of Sawley, The Spread Eagle is a delightful country inn, offering cosy bar areas and elegant dining rooms complemented by 11 stylish bedrooms. Our Abbey Room has the perfect balance of grandeur and modern country inn charm. It offers glorious views of the River Ribble, framed by picture windows that let the light flood in, combined with sparkling chandeliers above the dance floor and striking feature fireplaces. The gorgeous riverside setting and nearby Sawley Abbey (100yds) offer picturesque photo opportunities to create memories that last a lifetime. 01200 441202 THE SPREAD EAGLE INN | SAWLEY NEAR CLITHEROE | LANCASHIRE | BB7 4NH

E-mail: Call: +44(0)1461 207817 Annandale Distillery, North eld, Annan, DG12 5LL Whether it is setting up a marquee in the courtyard or having your wedding and drinks reception in the Distillery itself, Annandale Distillery has a range of options to make your perfect day, that extra bit special. The stunning sandstone buildings create a picture-perfect backdrop for your special day. Licensed to hold Religious, Civil and Humanist wedding ceremonies and the ideal location for a renewal of vows. The rst distillery in Scotland; located just 20 minutes from the Scottish border and 15 minutes from historic Gretna Green. WEDDINGS

HOLLAND HALL HOTEL, WN8 0QZ 01695 624 426 | Nestled in the picturesque West Lancashire countryside is the Grade II listed Holland Hall Hotel. Dating back to 1654, this manor house hotel is accessible via a long driveway, adorned by luscious greenery, which leads onto a private car park with a charming stone fountain. The stone pillared entrance leads to grand wooden doors that provide a dramatic entrance into the foyer. The modern entrance canopy, private landscaped gardens, conservatory and traditional pagoda create an idyllic backdrop for weddings. Elements of the original Baroque architecture balance perfectly with the recent refurbishment, creating a classic rustic charm throughout the bedrooms, wedding suites, lounges and traditional Victorian pub. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Decorated with luxury handcrafted tiles, The Ultimate Purveyors is a modern space accompanied by heritage fixtures, large shuttered glass doors that open onto the private patio area, with seating for up to 40 loved ones. Outdoor ceremonies take place under the Garden Pagoda with up to 100 people. The Terrace Suite is a large, elegant room full of natural light with access to the private garden area with room for 100 friends and family. Large nuptials are held in The Garden Suite, a spacious and elegant room, with a wall of bi-folding doors that open up to the terrace suite to create an increased capacity for 250 guests. WE LOVE... Holland Hall Hotel provide an overnight stay in the bridal suite, a wedding manager and a complimentary master of ceremonies. WEST TOWER, L39 7HJ 01695 423 328 | West Tower sits proudly at the end of a secluded driveway surrounded by well-kept gardens. Nestled 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 Designed to accommodate any theme, The Ballroom is an elegant space with lots of natural light, wooden floors, PA facilities and impressive views. It can hold 145 loved ones for the ceremony and 250 for the evening reception. Al fresco celebrations take place outside on the manicured lawns under the pagoda. WE LOVE... Lovebirds will receive a complimentary menu tasting, accommodation in the bridal suite and an invitation to monthly open evenings. 29 THEMED VENUES

By gracefully introducing two large pear-shaped aquamarines, these winged earrings form a subtle movement that follows the curve of your ear. Three round brilliant diamonds follow to add contrast and accentuate this design’s stunning ocean-blue colour. Not only can these sparkling earrings be your something blue, aquamarines also hold special symbolism. Their clear colour symbolises hope, peace and harmony — a meaningful touch on your wedding day, and every day after that! This design is part of 77 Diamonds’ latest Gaia Collection, which features a range of colourful gems combined with clear-white diamonds. Symbolising earth and mother to all living beings, Gaia is a powerful figure in Greek mythology. Through a selection of colourful earrings, rings and necklaces, 77 Diamonds pays homage to the strength of nature: a formidable force, yet capable of creating the most delicate gems. This is why fine jewellery is so special, it’s something that is made for your moment, and will eventually become a family heirloom you can pass down generations. Now is your chance to own a little piece of history, and make it yours. Visit THE PRIZE: County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with 77 Diamonds to give readers the chance to win a pair of glittering Gaia earrings. Set in 18k white gold with two large ocean-blue aquamarines, they boast six diamonds and smaller accent diamonds with a total carat weight of 1.33ct and a value of £1,500. HOW TO ENTER: For your chance to win, simply answer the following question: Which colourful gem do the earrings feature? Enter online at an WIN! A PAIR OF DIAMOND EARRINGS WORTH £1,500 Looking for the perfect something blue? 77 Diamonds is giving you the chance to win these incredible diamond and aquamarine earrings worth £1,500, the most sparkling addition to your wedding dress you’ll ever find! Closing date 8th April, 2022. Terms and conditions apply. Please see our website for details. 30

When you choose to hold your Wedding Day at the Cumbria Park Hotel, not only does your love story forever become part of our history, but you are choosing the perfect backdrop for your perfect day, along with first-class service, and a fantastic choice of tailor-made packages to suit YOUR day! Whether you are looking for a small, intimate gathering or a large reception for all your family and friends, our professional wedding team have the knowledge and experience to provide you with unparalleled quality, service and individuality to make sure you really do have the best day ever! Add your love story to our history Tel: 01228 522 887 Email: Web: Cumbria Park Hotel, 32 Scotland Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 9DG We are a small family run business and we pride ourselves on offering a professional service in a friendly atmosphere, ensuring all our brides can relax and have fun whilst enjoying the experience of choosing a bridal gown for their very special day. At Bridal Wishes we offer a stunning range of wedding dresses to suit all individual budgets and tastes. We also have an extensive selection of bridesmaid/flower girl gowns, veils, tiaras and jewellery to compliment you. We will advise and support you on your wedding journey, from your initial appointment, until the moment you say “I do”. For more information please get in touch. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. 07922362053 |

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TIME OF THE THE MOST year wonderful Clare and Daniel had a winter-themed wedding at Foxfields Country Hotel Images courtesy of Toni Darcy Photography Clare and Daniel met at college. “We were both studying IT,” says Clare. “Our relationship ended as Daniel moved away to university. A little over six years later, Daniel found a picture from the good old days which sent us down a rabbit hole, and the rest is history.” Daniel popped the question while the couple were on holiday in Florida. “I’m a big Harry Potter fan, so he got down on one knee in front of Hogwarts at Universal Studios,” shares the bride. “Daniel looked so nervous that I said yes before he even finished asking the question. We then called my parents, and my dad congratulated us, but my mum thought it was a joke because Daniel is always winding her up.” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... REAL WEDDINGS 33

We’d eaten the food at Foxfields Country Hotel before and knew it was fantastic, so we were drawn to the venue right away. The staff were friendly, and we felt looked after and listened to. Our centrepieces were Christmas wreaths and rustic candles. For our favours, we chose hexagonal discs, which doubled up as place names. We also gave our guests candy canes and the kids personalised Christmas stockings filled with goodies. We decorated the space with a sleigh and Christmas tree, a Star Wars-themed post box, Harry Potter-inspired confetti cones and disposable cameras. The cake from Cherry Blossom Bakery was simple and elegant at the front and decorated with Star Wars images on the back. Daniel describes it as a mullet cake; business in the front and a party in the back! Daniel and I chose burgundy and white flowers with thistles and green foliage from Marshall’s Florist. 34

I had two wedding dresses, one for the ceremony, which was long with a small train and a shorter gown for the evening. I accessorised with a veil and beautiful earrings. The bridesmaids opted for navy floor-length dresses to match Daniel’s suit. We felt calm on the morning of the wedding, and there was no nerves or doubts in our minds. I was told several times that I was the most chilled bride ever! To keep our guests entertained, we hired Yanthia who did face painting and balloon modelling for the children. The Photo Booth Guys provided a booth with props and our DJ Neil Kennedy A.K.A. The Ginge hosted a game of Mr and Mrs. I also pretended to be Santa Clause and handed out gifts to the kids. Daniel and his groomsmen wore bespoke tailor-made tuxedos from Moss Bros. Daniel’s favourite moment was entering the evening reception to the Star Wars theme tune, and mine was the impromptu rapping of Eminem’s Lose Yourself with Daniel in the middle of the dancefloor – we nailed it! We also loved having our dogs there and having them as part of our day. Sadly neither of them are with us anymore, so it means even more to us now. REAL WEDDINGS 35

CLARE AND DANIEL’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, Foxfields Country Hotel, | Photographer, Toni Darcy Photography, Bride’s accessories, Eleventh Heaven by Ann McKavney, Groom’s suit, Moss Bros | Hair and make-up artist, Flossy & Leigh Bridal Styling Company, | Cake, Cherry Blossom Bakery, | Flowers, Marshall’s Florist, | Stationery, Papier, | Styling, Pure Elegance Weddings & Events Limited, | Entertainment, Neil Kennedy A.K.A. The Ginge, Photo booth, The Photo Booth Guys, | Caricaturist, Yanthia, Our first memory as a married couple was me forcing Daniel to take a shot of Black Sambuca, which ended up with a quick trip to the bathroom! Our caricaturist impressed all of our guests and stayed a lot longer than planned to make sure that everyone got a picture. All our suppliers went above and beyond for us. Foxfields Country Hotel moved their Christmas trees to make it look perfect for us, and Pure Elegance Weddings & Events Limited worked tirelessly throughout the day to make sure that everything moved around and changed seamlessly. Phoebe from Flossy & Leigh Bridal Styling Company was invaluable to us! She touched up make-up, fixed hairstyles and helped me change dresses and styles during the day. 36

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