Your North West Wedding - June/July 2022 (Issue 74)

JUN/JUL 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE £3.55 A two-night stay in the Lake District WIN! Get the look How to look your big-day best Hold me close Real weddings and shoots THE CITY OF LOVE Manchester venues Floral ROMANCE The latest flower trends Fashion QUEEN Showstopping dresses

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

 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 12 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District, worth £1,500 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 57 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2022 FEATURES 45 FRESH AND UNDERSTATED Be inspired by this sage and blush-themed shoot at Ridgmont House 49 HELLO PETAL Florists share their favourite arrangements 53 CLASSIC MEETS BOHO A group of local suppliers worked together to create two different looks at Ashfield House 61 VINTAGE ROMANCE Fall in love with this styled shoot at Morton Manor Community Centre 64 WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor, Melissa Barker, shares her wedding planning journey 67 LADY IN PINK This bright and colourful shoot at Holmes Mill is full of inspiration 87 GET THE LOOK How to look your big-day best On the cover... This issue’s cover was photographed by Tiffany LS Photography ( at the beautiful Ridgmont House ( To see the full shoot and list of suppliers, turn to page 45. 87 53 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON CITY OF MANCHESTER Discover some of the best venues in the area 21 A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD Tie the knot in a hotel or spa venue 67 3

4 FASHION & BEAUTY 70 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 72 TRESSES TO IMPRESS Whatever challenges your hair throws at you, there’s a product to help you conquer all and we’ve put some of them to the test 76 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 77 THE FINER DETAILS This season’s wedding dresses are boasting statement straps that will never go out of fashion 82 HONEYMOON LUST-HAVES These bright and bold pieces are suitcase essentials 83 CITY GIRL New wedding start-up business P.S. Bridal has collaborated with a team of talented suppliers to create this fashionable shoot 90 BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems REAL WEDDINGS 27 FAIRYTALE ROMANCE Lucy and Chris had a winter wedding at Wyresdale Park 32 A NEVER-ENDING LOVE Naomi and Darryl celebrated their 10 year anniversary by renewing their vows at Woodlands Country House & Cottage 39 A WINTER WONDERLAND Hayley and Scott chose a rose gold-themed celebration at The Villa Levens 76 27 32 39 HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS Travel editor Melissa Barker reveals new openings and honeymoon essentials 94 A ROMANTIC ESCAPE Melissa Barker explains why Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination 96 ESCAPE TO THE FOREST Sarah Gallivan discovers the great outdoors at Nottinghamshire’s Sherwood Hideaway GROOMS 73 GROOMS’ NEWS Grooms editor Melissa Barker reveals the latest best buys and product launches 74 HUE COMPLETE ME Pastel hues are a popular trend for spring and summer nuptials

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It dawned on me a few weeks ago that this is my final issue before I become a married woman – it still feels weird saying that! Our July 2022 wedding is just around the corner, and I don’t know where the time has gone. I’ve just had my final dress fitting, my hair and make-up trial and confirmed all the last-minute details but I still feel like I’m forgetting something! My partner and I are planning to sit down together at the end of the month and iron out all the small details so we can spend the next few weeks relaxing. We were finally able to notice this month, which was a big relief. Our local registry office is still overwhelmed by the backlog caused by the pandemic and is only taking bookings for weddings three months in advance, so we’ve had to wait until now to book our appointment, but thankfully it all went well. If you’re due to tie the knot soon, keep checking your council’s website for availability, as appointments are hard to come by. This issue, to help you on your planning journey, we’ve put together showstopping features focusing on flowers and looking your best. We’re also looking at venues in Manchester, the latest fashion trends and must-see honeymoon destinations. You can submit your wedding or styled shoot via email at or at Melissa x Melissa Barker, Senior Editor WIN a two-night stay in the Lake District worth £1,500! Hayley and Scott had a rose gold-themed celebration at The Villa Levens. 39 12 83 27 P.S. Bridal has collaborated with a team of talented suppliers to create this fashionable shoot. Lucy and Chris had a winter wedding at Wyresdale Park. 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 Where does the time go? 6

77 32 61 64 67 53 45 Naomi and Darryl celebrated their 10 year anniversary by renewing their vows at Woodlands Country House & Cottage. Be inspired by this sage and blushthemed shoot at Ridgmont House. Whether oneshoulder, illusion styles, off-theshoulder or barely there, this season’s wedding dresses are boasting statement straps that will never go out of fashion. Read all about my wedding planning journey. Fall in love with this styled shoot at Morton Manor Community Centre. This bright and colourful shoot at Holmes Mill is full of inspiration. A group of local suppliers worked together to create two different looks at Ashfield House. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Cumbria Classic Wedding Cars BEAUTIFUL LUXURIOUS WEDDING CARS AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE It’s truly a wonderful experience to sit back and relax as a chauffeur takes you to and from your destination. As part of our wedding car hire service you will be provided with a suited friendly chauffeur who will be on hand to assist you during your special day. We cover North Cumbria, South West Scotland & The Lake District. • Award Winning Company • Excellent Personal Service • Professional & Friendly • Competitive Prices • Chauffeur Driven T: 07810 608 250 Cumbria Classic Wedding Cars

All the latest from around the North West MUST-SEE FASHION Feathers & Florence, a bridal studio in the Ribble Valley, has opened its doors for the first time with part of its profits going to help end period poverty. The owners, Liam and Melissa, tell us more: “An urge to help underprivileged women planning their weddings helped us launch Feathers & Florence; a tranquil, intimate and inspiring bridal studio in Longridge, Lancashire. Our aim is to offer a safe and calming space to try on beautiful boho-inspired dresses. The collection has been curated to display the best in luxury feminine bridalwear. Every dress has something unexpected to offer, with investments starting at £1,500. We have also made an effort to source gowns made from recycled materials wherever possible, with designers like Stephanie Allin, Nicole Milano and Savin London gracing the studio hangers.” Liam and Melissa wanted their business venture to be more than just a afternoon retreat for brides-to-be. From the very beginning, supporting a higher cause has been high on their priority list. This is why Feathers & Florence have pledged to donate 1 per cent of profits to end period poverty, and get women and girls access to period products. To find out more, visit A THEME COME TRUE As part of their 2022 expansion, Words To Glow, a Manchester-based wedding and event décor company, have invested in a number of new décor items to add to its already vast stock list. Now available to rent either solely or alongside their popular 4ft light up letters are: two new shimmer wall backdrops in gold and iridescent, available in various sizes, new multi-colour neon signs including ‘Let’s Party’ and ‘You Complete Me’ to complement their wide choice of backdrops and a champagne foliage wall, available in two sizes, with signature copper wording. After being taken over in 2020 by event production company Sterling Event Group, Words to Glow has grown in size, and now provides a wide range of lightup dance floors, alongside bespoke draping, staging and a large variety of lighting, light-up letters and décor. Head over to for more information. NEWS Nearlywed GLORIOUS GARDENS With the news that outdoor weddings at licensed venues in England and Wales will be now legalised permanently, The Belsfield Hotel, located in the Lake District, has launched a range of new packages for 2022 and 2023 to help couples create a day to remember. Each package includes the use of the hotel’s rooms and suites for an indoor ceremony, however, couples are also allowed to take their ceremony outside, surrounded by an area of natural beauty and England’s largest lake, Lake Windermere. The Belsfield Hotel is an idyllic place to say ‘I do’, to capture those all-important photos in its six acres of landscaped gardens and enjoy a glass of champagne with loved ones on your special day. The hotel has a dedicated wedding team who are experts in bringing ideas to life and a range of packages to help create a truly outstanding event for couples and their guests. Check out for more information. LOCAL NEWS 9

SHOW ALERT! Cumbria’s Premier Wedding Show is back! After the huge success of its February show, with almost 700 visitors, the team have announced its next show will be taking place on 25th September, 2022, between 11am and 4pm. “The wedding and event industry has suffered huge financial, emotional, and devastating loss over the previous two years and the show certainly brought in new business, opened the doors for many exhibitors and the feedback has been overwhelming,” said organisers Carol Milnes and Carol Waggott, the two Carlisle business women behind the event. “We received so many wonderful comments and feedback and we are committed to continue supporting and helping a varied selection of businesses by engaging with visitors to gain exposure in a fun and vibrant atmosphere, and to support brides and grooms to find their dream suppliers. We have the drive and passion to raise the profile of the great wedding businesses we have in this beautiful county.” Couples will be able to enjoy a fizz reception, each bride will receive a goody bag on arrival and there’s even a wedding competition and catwalk show. Visit and to buy tickets, visit FEELING LUCKY Rachael de la Mare, a wedding photographer based in Penrith, Cumbria, is supporting Hospice at Home’s 25th Anniversary Raffle. Rachael tells us: “When I think of wedding days, the first word that comes to mind is love. It sounds a little trite, but it’s 100 per cent true, and it extends beyond the couple as weddings are a celebration of family and friends. For me, family is a massive part of what I love to capture in my work, and it’s one of the reasons I’m so pleased to be supporting Hospice at Home’s 25th Anniversary Raffle. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Hospice at Home for a number of years – from promotional films and photography to helping to sell sunflowers at Kendal Calling, and I’m always amazed at the wonderful work they do. A sitting voucher and framed print will be one of the prizes in the raffle, which will run until the 24th August, 2022.” To find out more about Rachael, visit and to sign up to the raffle, visit SHARE THE LOVE Ducie Street Warehouse, the destination hub on the ground floor of the Grade II listed former Victorian warehouse, has announced its new menu and social dining concept. Featuring new curated dishes by head chef Andrew Green from the farm, the sea and the allotment, the social dining concept is born out of the warehouse’s ethos of bringing people together at one of Manchester’s most eclectic destinations. With a menu dedicated to sharing and being social, it’s an ideal experience for everyone, from couples, friends, groups, families, and everyone in between. In addition to the 80-cover restaurant, Ducie Street Warehouse will also serve curated dishes at its outdoor South-facing Terrace and vibrant Lounge, including a selection of light bites, small plates, large plates, salads, and the warehouse’s famous Pinza featuring Focaccia Romana-style bread. Visit for more information. PLANNED TO PERFECTION Your Forever After is a new and upcoming wedding planning and coordinating business that specialises in outdoor weddings. The team are currently offering three people their services for free – all they have to do is pay for the cost of the wedding itself. “After such a tough year, with costs rising and COVID-19, we want to give three wonderful couples the wedding of their dreams without dealing with the stress involved with wedding planning,” says owner Deanna Melia. “This service includes full planning, so all the couple needs to do is email us at or contact us through our website and chat with us to see if we would be the right fit for the wedding they desire. We offer on the day coordination, partial planning, full planning and have added budget planning onto the list of services that we provide which is super exciting. “I have recently become certified in business after completing a diploma, and I have become part of the chamber of commerce. I’m so excited to hear about our soon-to-be newlyweds and can’t wait to make people’s dreams come true.” 10

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The Belsfield Hotel is a four-star luxury boutique hotel located on the shores of Lake Windermere in the resort town of Bowness-onWindermere in the Lake District. The hotel sits amongst six acres of landscaped gardens with unrivalled views over England’s largest lake. The Grade II listed hotel boasts 62 bedrooms, including 25 lake view rooms overlooking the breathtaking scenery, featuring designer fabrics and elegant furnishings and accessories including four-poster beds with luxury Egyptian cotton sheets and bathrooms with roll-top baths and underfloor heating. The hotel is also home to the fine dining Belsfield Restaurant, the Brasserie, Lounge Bar, Garden Terrace, Drawing Room and Library, where guests can enjoy cocktails and afternoon tea. With panoramic views over an area of outstanding natural beauty, The Belsfield is an idyllic wedding venue. Inside, each room offers classic British glamour with beautiful designer fabrics and elegant furnishings and accessories. From the moment guests enter the hotel’s striking all-glass reception, with a spectacular view of Lake Windermere, to enjoying a Champagne reception on the terrace and a sumptuous wedding breakfast, all meticulously planned by The Belsfield’s dedicated team, they will be swept away by the attention to detail of an unforgettable day. The Belsfield Hotel offers a number of flexible wedding packages including the ‘Completely Perfect’ and ‘Exclusively Yours’ packages priced from £12,995. For more information visit THE PRIZE: County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with The Belsfield Hotel, to give readers the chance to win a two-night stay in a Lake View with breakfast both mornings, dinner for two on the first night of the stay and afternoon tea for two on the second day of the stay. TO ENTER:Answer the following question via our website. Q: Which famous lake does the hotel overlook? WIN Closing date 4th August, 2022. Terms and conditions apply. Please see our website for details. A TWO-NIGHT STAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT WORTH £1,500! 12

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURNORTHWEST.WEDDING Closing date is 5th August, 2022, unless otherwise stated. WINYOURVENUE HIRE AT HYATT REGENCY MANCHESTER’S THE 18TH FLOOR Hyatt Regency Manchester is a gorgeous hotel located on a peaceful garden square, just steps away from Oxford Road and its eclectic, independent boutiques. The crown jewel has to be The 18th Floor – it’s a huge, versatile wedding space; illuminated by day through sleek floor-to-ceiling windows, and by night, it’s transformed into a magical evening venue with stunning night city sky views. It feels as exclusive as a penthouse, yet as warm and safe as home. The 18th Floor has panoramic views across the city of Manchester and across to the Peak District, also featuring a magical conservatory – brought to life with circulating fresh air that gently seeps through delicate slits built into the floor-to-ceiling glass walls and wood-floor decking. In addition to being breathtaking in its own right, The 18th Floor makes for a reassuring what-ever-the-weather and stress-free venue. With two world-class hotels under one roof staying over is also an option, there are 116 stylish studio and one-bedroom suites which include fullyequipped modern kitchens plus a further 212 contemporary rooms and suites. We’ve teamed up with Hyatt Regency Manchester to offer one lucky reader their venue hire for free! Terms and conditions apply. Please see our website for details. To find out more about Hyatt Regency Manchester, visit Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers Freebies &OFFERS Helping children around the world escape poverty and find education, Vurchoo has launched Studs of Hope: an evergreen collection of unique and affordable earrings that represent and donate to the country they are inspired by. Beautifully and individually designed, the pieces are first and foremost an accessible way to help those in need but are also made to be delicately desirable and effortlessly fashionable. Comprised of gold, silver and mixed metals as well as ethically sourced gemstones, Studs of Hope brings ethical jewellery to the masses for only £40 per pair – proving it doesn’t need to cost the earth to make a difference. Vurchoo are giving one lucky bride the chance to win three pairs of the Gold Feather Studs for each of the bridesmaids. Check out THE GIFT OF GIVING FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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: Kath Occleston Photography James Jebson Photography Dan Wootton Photography

MANCHESTER Spotlight on... DUCIE STREET WAREHOUSE, M1 2TP 01615 039 460 | Ducie Street Warehouse is one of four iconic warehouses from Manchester’s industrial past. Originally designed to store cotton bales from the US, the building is today a Manchester icon and perfectly reimagined for weddings. Situated in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, the property effortless combines city chic with industrial spaces. Five minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station with direct links to London, the venue has 166 design-led apartments, including eight penthouses with private terraces. Coupled with an award-winning bar team, an on-site cinema and bespoke food and beverage packages, Ducie Street Warehouse is ideal for modern weddings. Celebrate in style There are three adaptable rooms available for nuptials. Room 1 is a lightfilled contemporary space with food and drink packages available. Room 2 is a small space that can be combined with Room 3 to hold large celebrations. We love... The on-site cinema and venue’s modern décor. Native Manchester/Ducie Street Warehouse REGIONAL VENUES

DIDSBURY HOUSE, M20 5LJ 01614 482 200 | Didsbury House is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 1890s. This luxury Victorian townhouse is a statement in individual design, bringing influences from around the world to the fashionable suburb of Didsbury. The property features 27 bedrooms and a residents’ bar and lounges that reflect the hotel’s electric design and provide a chic urban retreat for weddings. The owner and designer worked with the original features of the house to maintain and showcase the wonderful work that originally went into creating Park House. Situated in leafy surroundings, the hotel is just four miles from the city centre and Manchester Airport, with easy access to the M60. Celebrate in style Ceremonies at Didsbury House take place in the Blue Room, which has a capacity of up to 80 guests. The space has original features, including large bay windows that overlook the gardens, cornicing and a fireplace. Receptions are held in the Blue Room and Gold Lounge. Alternatively, couples looking for a more informal option can hire the hotel exclusively for up to 120 friends and family. We love... Couples who book Didsbury House will receive a menu tasting, white linen, tea lights, candles, a cake knife, a master of ceremonies, a preferred supplier list and a dedicated wedding coordinator. MANCHESTER ART GALLERY, M2 3JL 01612 358 862 | Manchester Art Gallery is Grade I listed and is a beautiful setting for weddings with magnificent event spaces with lots of character and class. Choose from the lavish Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite Galleries, with gloriously rich artworks, designs and crafts on display, or the Lowry and Valette Galleries for ceremonies or receptions. The large columns above the grand stone staircase at the front of the building are an iconic piece of Manchester’s heritage and an ideal backdrop for photos. Celebrate in style Weddings and civil ceremonies are held among the atmospheric Mancunian paintings by Lowry and Valette in Gallery 16 which can host up to 120 guests. After the ceremony, celebrate with drinks in the romantic Pre-Raphaelite Galleries, followed by dinner in the glass Atrium, Galleries or the Gallery Café. Evening capacity is up to 120 for dining with further guests welcome after dinner. We love... The happy couple will receive a complimentary menu tasting and the expert events team will be on hand throughout the day to ensure every detail is planned to perfection. 16

01539 435300 A day, a weekend, a memory that will last a lifetime. With three acres of gardens hidden in the UNESCO national park, your celebrations can take place inside the Lodge or outside in our gardens. We offer 12 delightful bedrooms and 4 luxury private mews. Come. Say I do. TWEEDIES BAR & LODGE REDBANK ROAD, GRASMERE LA22 9SW

TRAFFORD HALL HOTEL, M16 0PE 01618 487 791 | Located in the iconic former Trafford Council building, the Trafford Hall Hotel is a historical property in Manchester. Recently renovated to a high standard, every room has been designed to offer comfort and style, while staying true to the original features of the imposing Victorian building. Every part of the four-star hotel has heaps of character and charm, including the beautifully decorated dining spaces and grand staircase, a breathtaking feature that’s perfect for taking photos. Celebrate in style Boasting open brickwork features and opulent seating, the Signature Suite and Bar has a capacity of 60 loved ones for the ceremony and 120 for the reception. Alternatively, the Royal Suite is available for up to 20 guests, and The Signature Restaurant can accommodate 60. Newly renovated, the Grand Hall features stunning 19th-century architecture and Asian and Middle Eastern interior influences that are reminiscent of the Victorian era. This room is on the first floor with access via the sweeping grand staircase. We love... Trafford Hall Hotel provides couples with a complimentary executive bedroom on the night of the wedding. Set in a 19th-century cotton factory, Whitworth Locke is just minutes from the city’s best bars, shops and nightlife. Opposite the much-loved Canal Street and around an eight-minute walk from Piccadilly Station, the property has stunning communal spaces and 160 luxurious apartments. Celebrate in style The Storehouse has a sound system, lots of natural daylight, air conditioning, mood lighting, a private bar, a flexible stage and space for 90 guests throughout the day and 150 for the evening reception. Alternatively, the Co-Working Lounge is a vibrant and stylish space that’s ideal for a drinks reception. It has flexible set-up options and is included in the price when booking a civil ceremony. Complimentary when booking The Storehouse, the Green Room is a small anteroom off the main storehouse, that’s ideal for photo booths or as an arcade room. We love... The venue’s city centre location and striking wedding spaces. WHITWORTH LOCKE, M1 6JD 07714 726 930 | 19 REGIONAL VENUES

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A PLACE TO rest your head Tie the knot in a hotel or spa venue HYATT REGENCY MANCHESTER, M15 6PQ 01613 595 550 | Hyatt House Manchester is a gorgeous hotel located on a peaceful garden square, just steps away from Oxford Road and its eclectic, independent boutiques. The venue has 116 stylish one-bedroom and studio suites which include fully-equipped modern kitchens and a multitude of conveniences to choose from. Hyatt Regency Manchester, on the same site as its sister property, boasts a positively luminescent entrance and lobby; beautiful light fills the Laureate Restaurant, Graduate Bar, and the grand fourstory atrium, beneath which sits a marble bar – a wonderful setting for pre- or post-wedding celebrations. Celebrate in style The 18th Floor is a huge, versatile wedding property; illuminated by day through sleek floor-to-ceiling windows, and by night, it’s transformed into a magical evening venue with stunning night city sky views. It feels as exclusive as a penthouse, yet as warm and safe as home. The 18th Floor has panoramic views across the city of Manchester and across to the Peak District, also featuring a magical conservatory - brought to life with circulating fresh air that gently seeps through delicate slits built into the floor-to-ceiling glass walls and wood-floor decking. In addition to being breathtaking in its own right, The 18th Floor makes for a reassuring what-ever-theweather and stress-free venue. We love... Hyatt properties come with a Hyatt Honeymoon Offer which gives couples thousands of points to redeem against any Hyatt Hotels & Resorts worldwide. 21 THEMED VENUES

THE RED HALL HOTEL, BL9 5NA 01706 822 476 | The Red Hall Hotel has recently been refurbished and boasts luxurious bedrooms, an impressive honeymoon suite and a restaurant that’s available for pre-wedding celebrations. This modern and contemporary décor has a garden terrace that overlooks the hills and is the perfect spot for an outdoor drinks reception. Celebrate in style The Holcombe Suite is the largest function room and is decorated in neutral tones with chandeliers and soft lighting. It’s capable of holding 120 loved ones for the ceremony and meal and 150 for the evening celebration. Intimate nuptials are held in the Peel Suite, a contemporary space with lots of natural light and room for 70 guests for the service, 50 for the sit-down meal and 80 for the reception. We love... Couples will receive a complimentary menu tasting when booking either the Crystal or Platinum packages and a free anniversary stay with the Platinum option. HOLLAND HALL HOTEL, WN8 0QZ 01695 624 426 | Holland Hall Hotel is a Grade II listed wedding venue that dates back to 1654. Nestled in the picturesque West Lancashire countryside, the 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. Elements of the original Baroque architecture balance perfectly with the recent refurbishment, creating a classic rustic charm throughout. There are 25 elegant and spacious en suite bedrooms/suites for guests to choose from and a luxurious apartment. Celebrate in style The Ultimate Purveyors is a modern space decorated with luxury handcrafted tiles, heritage fixtures and large shuttered glass doors that open onto the private patio area with seating for up to 40 guests. Alternatively, the Terrace Suite is a large, elegant room full of natural light with access to the private garden area and space for 100 nearest and dearest. Outdoor celebrations are held under the Garden Pagoda with up to 100 loved ones. Boasting a wall of bi-folding doors that open up to the terrace suite, The Garden Suite is a spacious room capable of holding 250 friends and family. We love... The happy couple will have access to the bridal suite on the night of the wedding, a complimentary master of ceremonies and the services of the wedding manager. 22 | 01706 822476 @redhallhotel The perfect place for your special day W E D I N G S AT R E D HA L L HO T E L RED HALL HOTEL Our dedicated Wedding Coordinators are on hand to tailor you a bespoke special day just the way you dream of it, or you can choose from one of our luxurious inclusive packages which start at £4300 for 50 day guests and 80 evening guests!

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

STANLEY HOUSE HOTEL & SPA, BB2 7NP 01254 769 200 | Stanley House Hotel & Spa is a 17th-century property situated within 54 acres of Ribble Valley countryside. The Grade II listed manor house boasts original brickwork, modern features, a restaurant, a spa and impressive views. Celebrate in style The largest area available is the Barn Suite, an elegant space with a mirrored ceiling, exposed beams, elegant chandeliers, a stone wall and room for 180 loved ones. Boasting neutral tones throughout, The Stables Suite has an exposed stone wall and can accommodate 90 nearest and dearest. Adjacent to the bar area is The Lodge, which has a wall of floor-toceiling windows and views of the gardens and courtyard. We love... The luxury hotel offers couples a complimentary spa voucher. THE LOWRY HOTEL, M3 5LH 01618 274 000 | The Lowry Hotel makes a gorgeous backdrop for weddings with floorto-ceiling windows that provide lots of natural light and offer striking views across Manchester. Boasting a romantic atmosphere and blank canvas that’s ready to be transformed, the space is vast and modern, with glass everywhere. Situated on the banks of the River Irwell, the hotel is inspired by nature. Celebrate in style Weddings take place in two rooms depending on guest numbers. Intimate celebrations are held in the PDR, and the ballroom can be used for large nuptials of up to 280 friends and family. We love... A menu tasting is included as standard for all bookings, and bespoke overnight packages can be created for wedding guests. 25 THEMED VENUES

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FAIRYTALE Lucy and Chris had a beautiful celebration at Wyresdale Park Images courtesy of NorthLight Weddings Lucy and Chris met in a bar in Manchester. “Chris was out with his friends celebrating his 30th birthday, and I was with my friend,” says Lucy. “His friend approached me and asked if they could come and sit with us. Chris and I hit it off straight away and realised we had the same sense of humour and love of films.” Chris proposed at home. “He wanted to catch me off guard, so he asked the question on a Saturday night during a three-course meal he had cooked for me,” shares the bride. “I was very surprised and obviously overjoyed! Afterwards, we got dolled up and went out to our favourite pub for a bottle of champagne to celebrate.” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... romance REAL WEDDINGS 27

Elizabeth Anna Cake Design provided our three-tier wedding cake, which was vanilla sponge with Biscoff filling, toffee fudge and salted caramel. Our centrepieces were flowers with candlesticks and tea lights. We decorated the rest of the space with Edison bulbs and fairylights. The favours were bags of homemade treacle toffee inspired by my late grandma who used to make it for me as a little girl. It was my way of including her in the day. Chris and I chose various canapés for the drinks reception and had sharing meat platters for the wedding breakfast. Our dessert was a choice of sticky toffee pudding and cheesecake. For our table plan, we hung ribbons with the guests’ names threaded through them. It was painstakingly made by my sister and maid-of-honour. We wanted somewhere unpretentious with a cosy vibe and Wyresdale Park was perfect. 28

I wore a Charlotte Balbier dress called Evangeline from The Bridal Barn Boutique. I wanted a relatively simple, flowing Grecian look but with a bit of detail at the top. I accessorised with a hair vine, long veil and earrings from The Bobby Pin. We booked Dancefloor Couture as our DJ and spent the rest of the day catching up with family and friends. The ceremony was so romantic and fun. It felt like we laughed a lot. Everyone was in such good spirits after what had been another tough year and it was the best day ever! The bridesmaids chose their dresses to suit their style. I gave them a winter berries colour brief and asked for them to all be the same length. Chris chose a three-piece suit from Dooley & Rostron. We wanted a sparkler shot when it went dark and it ended up being a disaster but hilarious! Almost everyone involved got an injury: my hair got burnt, my sister’s dress had a hole burnt into it and the best man’s wrist got burnt! The mother-of-the-groom was watching from a distance and going wild because she saw sparks lighting at the bottom of my dress! We got some hilarious photos that make us laugh a lot and remind us of one of the funniest parts of the day. 29 REAL WEDDINGS

LUCY AND CHRIS’ CONTACTS Venue, Wyresdale Park, | Photographer, NorthLight Weddings, | Bride’s dress, The Bridal Barn Boutique, | Bride’s accessories, The Bobby Pin, | Hair and make-up artist, Loft Beauty Ltd, | Groom’s suit, Dooley & Rostron, | Cake, Elizabeth Anna Cake Design, | Flowers, Bluebells and Daisies Ltd, | Stationery, Elle Bee Design, | Drinks supplier, Bon Vivant Vintage Mobile Bar, | Lighting specialist, Typical Type, | Catering, The Striped Kitchen, | Entertainment, Dancefloor Couture, My friend Laura wrote a poem about me and Chris that she read out at the ceremony that we loved! Chris’ eight-year-old niece, Esme, also did a reading (with her mum’s help) called I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. My sister, as a surprise, pinned my late grandma’s broach to the ribbons on my bouquet before handing it to me. For our honeymoon, we went to Cancun in Mexico for 11 nights. We felt so lucky that we were able to get away during the pandemic. It was absolute paradise from start to finish. We enjoyed the luxury of our hotel and went on a couple of trips, including ziplining through the jungle and cave swimming. We had the best time imaginable! 30

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LOVE A never-ending Naomi and Darryl celebrated their 10 year anniversary by renewing their vows at Woodlands Country House & Cottage Images courtesy of de la Mare Creative 32

Naomi and Darryl met in Guernsey in 2010. “We were working in a hospital, and our offices were a couple of doors apart,” says Naomi. “When we married at Oakham School Chapel in 2011, we promised each other that we’d make our vows again when we reached our 10 year anniversary. Little did we know what those 10 years would throw at us: trauma, loss, a miracle baby, long-distance working, two degrees, eight house moves, moving to another country and the pandemic!” SETTING THE SCENE “We chose navy blue for the core colours of the day as a symbol of our transition, strength and survival,” shares the bride. “We live at Woodlands Country House & Cottage, a classic Victorian rectory with a colourful history. We continue to give love and care to the restoration of this beautiful old building, and we hope that we will soon be able to have other couples enjoy their magical days in this wonderful setting. We were inspired by the era of the house and used the language of flowers throughout the day. We chose Veronica as a symbolic of fortitude, eucalyptus to show strength and healing, lilac roses as a symbol of life, snapdragons to represent inner strength, white roses for unity and fern leaves from the garden for endurance and renewal.” The couple gave their guests small boxes filled with Lindt chocolates as their favours. “We wanted the day to be informal, so we didn’t have a table plan,” explains Naomi. “We used roses from my bouquet as centrepieces which I designed using blooms supplied by Triangle Nursery.” “We had a three-tiered cake finished with vanilla buttercream,” recalls the bride. “It was decorated with a sugar foliage hoop and fresh roses. We chose orange and passion fruit sponge, lemon sponge and a chocolate sponge for the top tier.” Naomi and Darryl decorated the space with birdcage tea stands for their champagne and cream team. “The scones were all handmade by Darryl, who is a pastry chef,” reveals Naomi. “We chose plain, cherry, fruit and black forest scones with crème Chantilly and homemade jams. The tea and coffee was supplied by Carvetii Coffee.” DRESSED TO IMPRESS “I wore an embroidered dress with a navy bodice, pleated chiffon skirt and satin belt from Coast,” says the bride. “I wanted something to keep my arms warm and that I could wear again yet feel special on the day. I’m only 5ft, so the midi length was perfect for me. I accessorised with navy Ruby Shoo shoes with pink satin flowers.” Darryl chose a navy Jeff Banks three-piece suit. “He had a buttonhole that matched my bouquet,” shares Naomi. “Our chief bride and groomsmaid wore a lace overlaid princess-line dress with a laced bodice and puddle train with large navy satin bows down the centre. She accessorised with a faux-fur collared shrug, white lace gloves, butterfly hairclips and sparkly shoes.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS “We felt like newlyweds or giggling school children on the day,” explains the bride. “It can be all too easy for couples to forget why they said ‘I do’. We’ve had our fair share of ups and downs, and this moment in time allowed us to put the every day aside, stop and find each other again. To remember what we do for each other, what we love about each other and how we would be lost in the wilderness without what we have together. There were so many wonderful moments, including REAL WEDDINGS 33

Decoupage Dreams Based in Lancashire UK, we provide bespoke wedding stationery and venue dressing services in our local community and beyond. Why not contact us for an obligation-free conversation? Call Ann on 07419 111 922 or email H A I R A C C E S S O R I E S J EWE L L E R Y B R I D A L A C C E S S O R I E S WWW . DM B R I D A L A C C E S S O R I E S . C O . U K 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

our daughter’s reading. We stopped in the middle of re-making our commitments to each other and the vicar was wondering if he should repeat the line, but we were just locked into each other’s eyes, drinking in the moment, remembering our wedding day and how much our union has strengthened us both individually and as a team.” Naomi and Darryl were unsure if their day would go ahead due to Covid restrictions. “We’re used to organising things with little notice as our original wedding was planned in just 16 weeks with celebrations in both England and Guernsey,” recalls Naomi. “We wondered, like many couples, if our 10 year celebration would go ahead with all the trials and tribulations of Covid, but we grasped a window of opportunity and took the chance. The pandemic meant we were unable to be joined by family and friends from Guernsey, Europe, and other parts of the UK, so we were joined by our newly-found friends who have helped us ride the storm since arriving in Cumbria – it became a celebration of strength, fortitude and thanksgiving. Our friends pulled out the stops to help us make the day so special – last minute flower crises, a staffing crisis and the traumas of dressing yourself and the children. Michelle from Shelley Cuts And Colours took such care and attention with my hair. We met in Guernsey and were separated as we both moved homes but we found each other again in Cumbria! I have super fine hair, thanks to pregnancy and stress, so she took the time to carefully add the life it needed, perfectly matched and tamed. As the time came around for the service, we feared that the rain would create a wash-out, but the sun smiled kindly on us at the crucial moment, just as it had on our original day. Our daughter read Seamus Heaney’s poem Scaffolding, reminding us that those early years of marriage can be hard work, but it’s the strength of those foundations that will hold us together for life, if only we persevere and work through the challenge to complete that build, we can let the scaffolding fall away knowing we will remain standing tall. This was followed by the words of Psalm 46 chosen by our friends in Guernsey; a reading of strength in times of need, of resilience and fortitude. We finished our celebrations with a flurry of natural confetti featuring lavender and cornflowers in our new planted wildflower meadow. All of this was beautifully documented by de la Mare Creative in photo and film, as chance would have it, another Guernsey ex-pat in Cumbria!” REAL WEDDINGS 3355

NAOMI AND DARRYL’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, Woodlands Country House & Cottage, | Photographer, de la Mare Creative, | Bride’s dress, Coast | Bride’s shoes, Ruby Shoo, | Bride’s necklace, Catherine Best, | Groom’s suit, Jeff Banks, | Groom’s shoes, Sergio Duletti, | Hair stylist, Shelley Cuts and Colours, | Flowers, Triangle Nursery, | Cake, Woodlands House of Cake, | Tea and coffee, Carvetii Coffee, | Rings, Xibit Jewellery, | Vicar, Rev Peter Gilroy, Binsey Mission Team Vicar 36