Your North West Wedding - February/March (Issue 78)

FEB/MAR 2023 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE £3.55 Seasonal inspiration STEP INTO SPRING Love changes everything Must-see real weddings and styled shoots In love with THE LAKES Venues in the Lake District Your day, YOUR WAY The latest styling trends WIN! A fairytale escape in Northern Ireland

A true wonderland nestled in the heart of Cumbria with views to the Pennines and Lake District Fells. Calthwaite Hall is one of Cumbria’s finest private country houses. A unique venue with one of kind features, there is no where else in the UK like Calthwaite Hall. This hidden gem sits within 8 acres of formal gardens and fields, with hidden pathways, secret folly and magnificent water features. This hidden gem sits within 8 acres of formal gardens and fields, with hidden pathways, secret folly and magnificent water features. With a blank canvas you have the ability to create the wedding of your dreams at Calthwaite Hall. We can help with every step of the journey providing details of trusted suppliers to meet your every need. For more information please contact | Working with your registrar or celebrant we have a wealth of backdrops to suit your style from countryside chic to formal grandeur you can pick from our impressive interior spaces or our inspiring outdoor beauty spots.

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 65 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 97 COMPETITION A fairytale escape awaits at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2023 On the cover... This issue's cover has been sponsored by historic wedding venue Augill Castle ( a 19th-century castle in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria. It was captured by Penrith-based Luiza Oliver Photography ( at the wedding of Esther and Alan Taylor on the 12th May. VENUES 17 SPOTLIGHT ON THE LAKE DISTRICT Discover some of the best venues in the area 22 WEDDINGS BY THE LAKE Sarah Gallivan and her husband visited The Ro Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere 25 NOT-SO SECRET GARDENS Impress your guests with an al fresco celebration 17 FEATURES 49 NATURALLY RUSTIC Inspired by autumn colours, a group of local suppliers worked together to create this seasonal set of images at The Imperial Hotel Blackpool 55 WEDDING BELLS How to plan the perfect wedding 61 GOTHIC ROMANCE Want to add a Gothic touch to your big day? This group of local suppliers show you how in this styled shoot at Skitby House 69 A SPRINKLE OF SAGE Neutral colours can look gorgeous in a rustic setting, as this styled shoot at Knott Estate proves 73 YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY The latest venue styling trends 79 AUTUMN DREAMS Inspired by the falling leaves and romantic glow that autumn has to offer, a group of local suppliers worked together to create a stunning styled shoot at Rydal Mount 69 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 83 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 84 BRIGHT AND BOLD Bridesmaids will love the colourful dresses and accessories in store this season 85 STRIKING SILHOUETTES Make your entrance in style in a fabulous fishtail dress, a fairytale-inspired ballgown or a slinky little number 90 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 31 85 REAL WEDDINGS 31 PURE GOLD Bianca and Adam incorporated their love of pampas into their big day at St James Church and Whitehaven Golf Club 36 YOU AND ME ALWAYS Chloe and Dan opted for a neutral colour palette for their celebration at Wyresdale Park 43 LOVE AT FIRST BITE Jenni and Mike met at a restaurant and have been inseparable ever since HONEYMOONS 94 ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY Sample a taste of the Mediterranean on the dreamy island of Crete 96 DOWN BY THE RIVER Discover The Great House in Sonning, part of the impressive Coppa Club collection of hotels and restaurants 94 36 43 GROOMS 92 MIDNIGHT MAGIC With celestial-themed weddings becoming all the rage, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite out-of-this-world products 84 4

Get Married at Augill Castle At Augill we do small and beautiful, where intimacy and privacy are the key ingredients, so your perfect wedding is just you and the people you love. Whether you’d like a lavish two day castle wedding house party with the castle exclusively yours for you and just 14 other overnight guests, but with room for up to 40 friends and family during the day, a private afternoon ceremony followed by a decadent afternoon tea or anything in between, an Augill wedding will be unique to you. The only elements of an Augill Castle wedding that are always the same are the intimacy and privacy of the venue the beauty of your surroundings, the friendliness and un-stuffiness of the people who look after you. Augill Castle is a 19th century castle nestled between the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria’s Lake District. Dedicated to comfort, friendliness and informality, traveller-rated five star Augill Castle offers you the two most elusive luxuries of modern life – quality space and time together. In short, we’re a place where you can be your best self. Leacett Lane, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4DE Call: +44 (0)1768 341937 Email:

Welcome to the first issue of 2023! For those of you who received a ring underneath the Christmas tree or on Valentine’s Day – congratulations! We can’t wait to help you plan your special day. If you’re unsure where to start planning, I found the best thing to do when I got engaged was to make a list of everything that you’d like to include in your day. From the big things like the venue and photographer down to the smaller details such as the cake topper and jewellery, write it all down. Now don’t panic if the list is a couple of pages long, not everything needs to be done right away and you can always change your mind. The list is there so you can see what items are important to you and to help you focus on one thing at a time. For some couples, the photographer may be the most essential supplier and for others, it may be the entertainment, however you envision your day is absolutely fine, just make sure you focus on what’s meaningful to you. Once you have your list, you can begin planning. Always start with your venue, as this will dictate the day and time that you’re getting married. Once you have that set in stone, you can begin researching and booking the rest of your suppliers. To help inspire you, we’ve put together an issue focusing on the latest trends, with advice from local experts, must-have bridal fashion and news from across the North West. If you’re about to tie the knot or have hosted a shoot, you can submit it at or Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor 36 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Melissa Cullen | 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 Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Artwork & Content Coordinator 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 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your North West Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your North West Wedding is published six times a year. Visit us online at and DIA ISHING NTS ISHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ISSN 2392-2802 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Ring-a-ding-ding Inspired by autumn colours, a group of local suppliers worked together to create this seasonal set of images at The Imperial Hotel Blackpool. Bianca and Adam incorporated their love of pampas into their big day at St James Church and Whitehaven Golf Club. Chloe and Dan opted for a neutral colour palette for their wedding at Wyresdale Park. 49 31 6

Check out the latest venue styling trends. Fall in love with these gorgeous dresses with striking silhouettes. Sarah Gallivan spent a wonderful few days visiting The Ro Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere. Sample a taste of the Mediterranean on the dreamy island of Crete. 22 94 85 69 97 43 79 73 Neutral colours can look stunning in a rustic setting, as this styled shoot at Knott Estate proves. Win a fairytale escape at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland. Jenni and Mike met at a restaurant and have been inseparable ever since. Inspired by the falling leaves and romantic glow that autumn has to offer, a group of local suppliers worked together to create this stunning styled shoot at Rydal Mount. EDITOR’S LETTER 7 EdenValley, Cumbria Instagram - @edenbarn Photography - Gail Secker

All the latest from around the North West FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD Last year was a bumper year for The Forest Side, which last autumn was awarded the coveted title of the ‘UK’s Best Country Hotel’ by the Good Hotels Guide 2023. Now, 2023 looks set to continue in a similar vein as the restaurant with rooms has announced the return of its popular Food February. Each Monday in the month will find head chef Paul Leonard collaborating with some of the UK’s best chefs to deliver a multicourse dining experience. Paul will be lending a hand on each of the evenings, rustling up a dish or two of his own and generally adding to the merriment. The Forest Side’s February Food Events are only available as part of an overnight package. Prices start from £529 and include a six-course menu, bed and breakfast and champagne on arrival. Wine pairings are available at an additional cost. Head over to for more information. HAIR CARE HERO SalonNo.7 is a new salon in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. Owned by award-winning hair stylist Olivia Gregson, the salon has undergone a complete makeover to create a modern and relaxed atmosphere. Situated on Moorland Road, the salon offers a range of services for brides-to-be and their wedding parties, with something to suit everyone. Visit for more information. NEWS Nearlywed CAPTURE MY GOOD SIDE I Love You Thirteen is a photography company in Whitehaven, Cumbria. “I’ve always been into photography and dipped in and out of it for years,” says owner Joni. “Becoming a mam and seeing how quickly my son changed made me grab the camera again, so I could capture all those changes. My husband started his own business, which inspired me to take my photography professionally and start I Love You Thirteen. I focus on authentic, fun, unscripted photography that shows your individuality. I cover weddings, elopements, family, and brand photo shoots.” Joni will be at Cumbria’s Premier Wedding Show on Sunday 26th February. This is the perfect opportunity to meet her and discuss all things wedding. To find out more, visit LOCAL NEWS 9

DRINK IT ALL IN INNSiDE Manchester, part of Meliá Hotels International group, has collaborated with Salford-based independent SEVEN BRO7HERS Brewery. In selected suites at INNSiDE Manchester, guests can now enjoy complimentary drinks from the bedroom fridge, including refreshing craft beer from the SEVEN BRO7HERS Brewery, juices, and bottled water. Guests can also purchase an add-on package when booking their visit to INNSiDE Manchester, providing them with a fully-stocked SEVEN BRO7HERS beer fridge, including 12 cans to enjoy with friends. Garry Fortune, the director of operations at INNSiDE UK North, tells us: “INNSiDE by Meliá is a lifestyle brand and our hotels are designed to appeal to those with curious minds who want more than a trip but the opportunity to discover something more from the area they are visiting. Experiencing the SEVEN BRO7HERS beer whilst staying in our suites is a great way to connect with the city and this local brand.” Check out and for more information. CONGRATULATIONS! The Wedding Industry Awards has announced the North West Regional Winners for 2023. Couples were asked to vote for their favourite wedding suppliers, choosing from 27 different categories. Some of the winners include Exceed Events for ‘Best DJ in the North West’, Mitton Hall for ‘Best Team’, Stories of Events won ‘Best Venue Stylist’ and Holmes Mill was awarded ‘Best Other Venue’. To see the full list of winners and for more about the awards, visit DRESSED TO IMPRESS Inspired by Helen Dimmick is a new bridal boutique in the heart of Blackburn town centre. Inspired offers a great collection of new and pre-owned gowns curated by Helen and her decades of retail experience in the bridal industry. Helen had a vision and passion to bring bridal retail back to Blackburn and as part of a two-phase development programme, has launched within the existing Ainsworth Jewellery premises to complement the footfall the store already attracts. Helen Dimmick said: “The opening of a bridal boutique in-store is the natural next step for me, and I am delighted to see this come to fruition after all the research, designing and planning. Our offer will be two-fold and is all about choice – brides can browse the latest collections from well-known designers we are proud to stock, or they can bring pre-loved gowns or even family heirlooms for us to re-purpose to suit their wedding dress dreams.” Community is at the heart of both the Ainsworth Jewellers and Inspired Bridal Boutique ethos, and Helen is delighted to be supporting the renowned and iconic, Gawthorpe Hall Textiles Collection, which themselves house the third largest costume collection in the UK. A percentage of the profit made from the sale of every gown will be gifted to the charity, and as a lasting legacy, brides will also be given Friends Membership to the Hall and will play a part in their archive story with a box used at the Hall labelled with the details from their wedding day. Visit for more information. RING-A-DING-DING Ethical jeweller Lily Arkwright has opened a new showroom in Manchester. The company has completed its head office relocation to the prestigious Towers Mansion within the Towers Business Park. The move encompasses new office space complete with a newly fitted-out showroom to showcase the company’s expanding collections. “We’re thrilled to have completed our office move as we deliver on our strategic five-year plan,” says the team at Lily Arkwright. “This new office space will house our eCommerce, bespoke and marketing teams alongside our jewellery consultancy team all under one roof. Additionally, we’re thrilled to launch our new showroom which is something very special after a summer-long renovation and fit-out programme.” Lily Arkwright specialises in lab-grown ethical and sustainable jewellery, including lab diamonds and coloured precious gemstones. For more information, visit Getty Images 10 Email: feel free to WhatsApp on 07565 712631 or find us on Wedding Stationery 07710 893 841 • SAVE THE DATES • INVITATIONS • TABLE PLANS • PLACE NAMES TABLE NUMBERS • MENUS • WELCOME SIGNS 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 to match the theme of your big day! BOUT I QUE , CREAT I VE & BOHO WEDD I NG CAKES Not your ordinary cake designer. Based in North east/west England WWW. BO TAN I CA L ƒ CA K E S . CO . U K BotanicalCakes

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURNORTHWEST.WEDDING FLOWER POWER Bliss Events by Katie specialises in venue dressing and styling for weddings and events across the North West. Katie tells us more about her company: “We pride ourselves on being an affordable luxury. We believe ‘event perfection’ should be available to everyone, no matter the occasion or your budget. We will work with you to create an event for the memory books that will leave your guests in awe!” Exclusively for Your North West Wedding readers, Katie is offering any flower wall and neon sign for just £150! All of the flower walls are handmade, cloth backed and 8ft x 8ft in size – perfect for making a statement. These are ideal to get married in front of or as a backdrop for the reception. There are four wedding-related neon signs available with the phrases: ‘Happily Ever After’, ‘All You Need Is Love’, ‘All Of Me Loves All Of You’ and ‘Kiss Me Under The Light Of A Thousand Stars’, to choose from. The offer is only valid on weddings taking place in 2023. Travel costs may apply. To claim this fab offer, email Katie at and mention the magazine. For more information and to check availability, visit Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers WIN A TEAM HEN BUNDLE Fresh to Team Hen’s digital shelves are these new bride-to-be must-haves. The new Bride Make Up Bag (£14), complete with gold and chenille sewn-on patches, is ideal for stashing all those daily make up essentials in – and will look pictureperfect in the getting ready snaps on the big day! The matching Bride Weekend Bag (£38) is your new go-to holdall for both the hen do and honeymoon and can be paired with the coordinating Bride Travel Pouch (£16). All of the items are available to order in the brand’s blue Wifey design too! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a Team Hen Bride bag bundle including a make up bag, weekend bag and travel bag worth £68! Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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EXCLUSIVE-USE COUNTRY HOUSE IN THE HEART OF THE LAKE DISTRICT Not too far from the beaten track, but just enough to feel a world away. Broadoaks Country House is the perfect fairytale venue nestled in seven acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with views across to Lake Windermere and The Langdale Pikes. Romantic, unique and welcoming, this Victorian gentleman’s summer residence offers grandeur on a human scale. Every inch a home, but with all of the best bits of a 5* hotel, it’s the perfect venue for weddings and civil partnerships – available for all from 2 guests to 130 guests. Broadoaks offers exclusive use of the entire house and grounds, making it perfect for couples looking for an intimate venue with packages starting from as little as £3,545. Contact the Events Team for a personalised quote 015394 45566 or download the packages brochure at Photography Credits: Top left, top middle & bottom left: David Goodier Photography. Top right: Chris Morse Wedding Photography. Bottom Middle: Chris Freer Photography. Broadoaks Country House Bridge Lane Troutbeck Windermere Cumbria LA23 1LA Exclusive-Use Packages From £3,545

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. Now taking Wedding bookings up to 2025

THE LAKE DISTRICT Spotlight on... BROADOAKS COUNTRY HOUSE, LA23 1LA 01539 445 566 | Not too far off the beaten path, but just enough to feel a world away, Broadoaks Country House occupies one of the most beautiful spots in the Lake District. Surrounded by well-manicured gardens and majestic woodland, and framed by the flush of the river that tumbles into Lake Windermere, this grand property is a special place that couples will never forget. A sweeping driveway guides guests through seven acres of glorious gardens to a fountain settled at the front of this traditional Lakeland stone and ivy-clad country home. This Victorian gentleman’s summer residence offers grandeur on a human scale, with every inch a home, but with all of the best bits of a five-star hotel. The proportioned inside spaces are warm and inviting, mixing stylish modernity with inglenook fireplaces and period furniture. There are five licensed areas to host ceremonies, 20 individually-designed boutique bedrooms and award-winning dog-friendly facilities. Celebrate in style The William Morris Music Room was built onto the house in 1905 as a music room for Dr Charles. This charming space has room for 32 guests and boasts a vaulted ceiling, furniture that can be moved about to create a mini aisle and a large open fire that creates a cosy setting for winter weddings. Alternatively, the Great Oaks & Small Oaks Room can hold 60 nearest and dearest. With original Victorian high ceilings, traditional mouldings and a gorgeous fireplace at one end of the room, this space looks out onto the surrounding green valley as well as the fast-flowing beck that runs from the village of Troutbeck. For those wishing to tie the knot outdoors, The Upper Lawn provides the perfect setting with luscious colourful trees and space for 100 loved ones. This area doubles up as a helipad for those wanting to make a grand entrance. The Orangery provides a light and airy ceremony space that brings the outdoors in, with views across the river and majestic woodland and room for 100 friends and family. We love... Couples will receive exclusive use of the property, the help of a wedding coordinator and a personalised order-of-the-day. 17 LAKE DISTRICT VENUES

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. LODORE FALLS HOTEL & SPA, CA12 5UX 01768 777 285 | The Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa is located within one of the most picturesque areas of the Lake District overlooking Derwentwater. Set amidst acres of natural beauty, the venue’s grounds are landscaped and complete with an abundance of flowerbeds, an on-site waterfall and panoramic views of the surrounding fells. The main building was erected in 1870 and is made from a local slate, which stands out against the luscious green scenery. Inside is the perfect blend of contemporary chic and traditional charm. Over recent years, the property has been modernised to offer a more sophisticated appearance, including the conservatory, award-winning Mizu Pan-Asian Restaurant and the remainder of the ground floor. The state-of-the-art Falls Spa Complex opened in 2018 following a £10 million redevelopment and resembles architecture found in the Swiss Alps. There are 12 different heat experiences and a 16-metre infinity-edge vitality pool that overlooks Derwentwater Lake and the fells. Celebrate in style Weddings take place in the Garden Gazebo, weather dependent, or the indoor Function Room. We love... Couples will receive a free night’s stay in a Premium Suite on the night of the wedding and have complimentary access to the Falls Spa. 18

W E D D I N G P A C K A G E S AVA I L A B L E F O R 2 0 2 4 The Great Hall is one of the most beautiful traditional halls in Lancashire complete with galleried balcony and crystal chandeliers. Seats from 50 to 200. Fully licensed to carry out civil ceremonies 81 Stylish recently refurbished bedrooms including 4 suites To arrange your viewing, contact us on 01695 567260 Visit for further details L ANCA S H I R E MANOR HOT E L , P R E S COT T ROAD , P I MB O , NR WI GAN , L ANCA S H I R E , WN8 9QD Photography by Nigel Parkinson at Piconiq WEDDING VIEWING NIGHT Thursday 23rd February 6pm -8pm

Nestled in the Cumbrian countryside, and following a multi-million-pound restoration programme, our 800-year-old castle is now open for the first time to host weddings, corporate events and exclusive overnight stays. A unique atmosphere, beautiful surroundings and a warm welcome. Your big day in your own special way Spectacular spaces to celebrate with family and friends, in your own castle, in your own unique style Make Rose Castle your home for your event. This is your castle and your space. Rose Castle Dalston Cumbria CA5 7BY 01228 642980

THE OLD ENGLAND HOTEL & SPA, LA23 3DF 01539 487 894 | Set in its own gardens, The Old England Hotel & Spa provides stunning views over the fells and beyond. There are on-site jetties that lead onto Windermere Lakefront, which provides a fabulous backdrop for those all-important photographs. This former Edwardian mansion is a mixture of modern and traditional décor, with an award-winning Lakeside Restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. Traditionally built with Lakeland Slate, this proud building stands in the centre of Bowness. The main house is in keeping with the period that it was built in, while the Lake Wing addition is a more modern extension that’s draped in seasonal ivy. There’s also an outdoor terrace with seating that’s ideal for drinks receptions or admiring the surrounding countryside. The Old England Hotel & Spa is an oasis of tranquillity with full and half-day spa packages designed to let everyday stress melt away. The Celebratory Spa Day includes access to the spa facilities, pool, ice room, sauna, steam room and aromatherapy shower. Couples will also receive afternoon tea, a glass of fizz and either a Freestyle Deep Tissue Massage, Superfood Pro-Radiance Facial, Best Foot Forward Treatment or Tranquillity Scalp Massage. Celebrate in style The Garden Suite is a charming room with picture windows overlooking the gardens and Lake Windermere with a neutral décor throughout. It’s capable of holding 120 guests for the ceremony and 70 for the reception. Intimate celebrations take place in the magnificent Bay Room which is full of natural light and can accommodate 20 loved ones throughout the day and 16 in the evening. We love... The venue offers the happy couple a complimentary menu tasting and overnight bed and breakfast. SILVERHOLME MANOR, GRAYTHWAITE ESTATE, LA12 8BA 01539 531 248 | Silverholme Manor is a traditional Georgian manor house surrounded by extensive grounds with lawns rolling down to the lakeside and stunning views of Lake Windermere. This elegantly-furnished property is the perfect combination of original character and modern comfort. The venue is licensed for ceremonies in The Coach House, the Dining Room and the Library, but there is also the option of having an outdoor service on the patio, with panoramic views of Lake Windermere. 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. The happy couple will have exclusive use of the venue, and the on-site accommodation can be reserved. NETHERWOOD HOTEL & SPA, LA11 6ET 01539 532 552 | Netherwood Hotel & Spa is a Grade II listed manor house with landscaped gardens and sweeping views across Morecambe Bay. The hotel is located within landscaped gardens that feature a beautiful topiary, water features and woodlands at the back of the hotel that lead into a National Trust walk. Netherwood is filled with traditional features that are a photographer’s dream such as the twinkling chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows, ornate carvings and winding staircases. 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 award- winning cuisine, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout and a small meadow at the bottom of the garden. THE BELSFIELD HOTEL, LA23 3EL 01539 442 448 | Situated within six acres of landscaped gardens and surrounded by the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Lake District is The Belsfield Hotel. Boasting Victorian Italianate architecture throughout and a magnificent glass reception area, this luxurious four-star property combines style and elegance with classic British glamour. Each of its 62 designer hotel rooms feature attractive décor, elegant furnishings and delightful fabrics. ASKHAM HALL AND BANK BARN, CA10 2PF 01931 712 350 | Askham Hall is a late 12th century Grade I listed castellated Pele Tower building. The main house was extended in the 1400s with various annexes, and again in the 16th and 17th centuries when it was transformed into a grand Elizabethan mansion. Bank Barn is one of the largest vernacular Cumbrian bank barns ever built. The terraced gardens are Grade II listed and full of stunning features, including colourful terraces and a 230ft long double herbaceous border. lso check out… 21 LAKE DISTRICT VENUES

the lake Weddings by Sarah Gallivan and her husband visited The Ro Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere My husband and I love a trip to the Lake District so when we were invited to stay at The Ro Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere, we jumped at the chance. With its relaxed atmosphere, stately home feel and chic interiors, it’s a beautiful backdrop for a break away and also for your special day. Sitting proudly on the hill overlooking Lake Windermere, you benefit from stunning views of the lake and another bonus is how close it is to the picturesque town and local attractions. We walked into the town a few times during our stay, and it was great knowing that you could take in the fresh air rather than having the hassle of finding somewhere to park! ROOM WITH A VIEW We stayed in one of the Super Lake View Balcony Rooms and what a treat it was. These spacious rooms are perfect for a mini-moon, boasting private three-metre-square lake view balconies as well as lounge areas to sit back and relax in. It snowed while we were there so although the snow-covered views were very pretty, we didn’t have it in us to brave the cold and sit outside, but it would be the perfect way to enjoy your morning coffee or evening glass of bubbly in warmer months for sure. FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD We enjoyed a three-course meal in the hotel’s Lacu Restaurant and the next day we sampled afternoon tea with a glass of prosecco in The Ro Bar. The atmosphere was very chilled and welcoming and the food and drink were second to none. CELEBRATE IN STYLE There are large function rooms here in which to host your big day. The largest is The Ashville, which has high ceilings, a dancefloor, stage area and views from every angles. Alternatively, The Ballroom is another gorgeous option. Couples can choose to host their ceremony in The Sun Room. This space is on the ground floor of the hotel, has panoramic views of the lake and is steeped in natural daylight – hence the name! If you need a little helping hand with your planning, The Ro Hotel offers a range of wedding packages to suit all budgets and the team will be on hand to help every step of the way. To book, visit or call 01539 232 625. 22

The iconic hotel’s stately facade and boutique interior create an inspirational wedding setting, with lake views as an iconic backdrop for your photography. Whether you’re planning an intimate affair or a big day with many guests, we have a choice of rooms and packages for a flawless event. Our talented chefs can provide the perfect menu and you will be assisted by a personal wedding planner through every step of your journey. where magical moments meet memorable ones TheRoHotel throhotelwindermere therohotel Helm Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3BA | +44 (0)1539 232625 |

P O N D E R O S A W E D D I N G S A stunning location, situated on the Western Lake District. Perfect for Tipis, Marquees, Tents and more... Ponderosa over looks the entire of the Lake District from Caldbeck, Keswick, to Cockermouth and Wasdale, with a stunning Pond within the field and Woodlands on the grounds - it is your perfect location to celebrate your special day outside looking onto the amazing view. WWW.PONDEROSAWEDDINGSCUMBR I A .COM 07590 426242 BUSINESS FOR SALE Due to work and family commitments we don’t have the time to give this fantastic business the love it needs. Whats included? • Piaggio Ape50 2016 TukTuk (recently upgraded engine & road worthy) fitted with chiller unit & two pumps. • Custom-built Trailer for transporting Tuk-Tuk • 3m x 4.5m Gazebo with sides & floor mats • 2 flags + flag poles • Mr. Cool It Twin Slush Machine • Illuminated Bar • 2 x 15l Coffee Urns (previously used for Mulled Wine & Mulled Cider) • 2 x SumUp Machines • XL cool Box • Small cool Box • Large amount of stock available (optional at additional cost) We will also include One Day Training to show you how to use & maintain everything! We are looking for offers in the region of £16,000. Contact Hayley for more details on 07920 518714 | WWW.PROSECCOALFRESCO.CO.UK Looking for a new challenge and to be your own boss?

Not-so secret gardens ROSE CASTLE, CA5 7BY 01228 642 980 | Rose Castle is situated within 60 acres of private grounds and offers a diverse range of habitats, from manicured gardens to meadows filled with wildflowers, and open expanses for activities, such as al fresco dining, croquet, picnics and drinks. With towers, mullioned windows, and centuries of history, Rose Castle is a truly breathtaking building. Offering views of the Lake District fells from the windows, there are plenty of places to explore and take those all-important photographs. The bedrooms have been lovingly restored to the highest standards, with original features such as fireplaces, stone windows, folding wooden shutters and cornicing. Each room has its own colour palette, with hand-crafted upholstery using luxurious fabrics, meaning guests will feel like royalty. Celebrate in style The Chapel, on the first floor of the castle, is a light and airy space flooded with colour from the handmade stained-glass windows. It can seat 80 guests in traditional pews and chairs, and an extra 20 can be accommodated for larger ceremonies. The State Drawing Room is a stunning setting to hold civil ceremonies, with space to seat up to 70 loved ones. For smaller services, the Bishops Study offers a warm and intimate setting with space for up to 30 nearest and dearest. Alternatively, those who want to get married outside in the walled enclave of the Pettinger’s Garden, with views of Helvelyn in the distance, can do so with up to 50 friends and family. For much larger gatherings, Rose Castle offers a range of marquees, pavilions and tipis to choose from. We love... Couples who book their wedding in 2023 at Rose Castle will receive five free bedrooms for the night before the wedding. Impress your guests with an al fresco celebration EDEN BARN, CA17 4PQ 01768 341 461 | Eden Barn is a 200-year-old Westmorland stone barn that 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 hand-crafted from oak, and above it hangs a 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... The venue is pet friendly, and couples are welcome to book the services of local caters, Southcott Events. 25 GLORIOUS GARDENS

PONDEROSA WEDDINGS CUMBRIA 07590 426 242 | Ponderosa Weddings Cumbria is a blank canvas that can be personalised to include a marquee or tipi. There are two small ponds that look fabulous in photographs and offer impressive views of the surrounding countryside. With little light pollution, the sky explodes in the evening to reveal a night’s sky that’s a must-see for wedding guests. Celebrate in style With no set building, couples can choose how they want to celebrate their big day. The land can accommodate tipis, marquees and tents with room for up to 250 guests. We love... As the wedding party makes their way to Ponderosa Weddings Cumbria, they will love seeing the mountains and impressive views. KNOTT ESTATE, LA6 1PD 07783 995 890 The romantic grounds at Knott Estate are filled with delightful flowers, a charming apple tree and a 17th-century cottage coated in graceful leaves throughout the summer and autumn months. These private grounds are truly picturesque with relaxing views that make the perfect backdrop for an outdoor ceremony in the Lake District. The pops of colour are mixed into the bespoke interior and continued in the cosy five-bedroom country home. This exclusive use venue is the perfect retreat for nearest and dearest and it also welcomes four-legged friends. Celebrate in style Knott Estate encourages couples to create their dream day at the cherished venue. The main ceremony barn is a balance of both wooden and stone walls with high ceilings and original characteristics ready to be dressed to the couple’s liking, accommodating up to 80 day guests and 110 for the evening. Those looking for something a bit cosier will love the lounge, a free-flowing yet warm area with original stone features seating up to 24 loved ones for the meal. We love... The outside cooking area is draped in festoon lights and featuring three barbecues for live cooking entertainment, and there’s also a grand fireplace perfect for toasting marshmallows. 26

Let our alpacas help you celebrate your special day. �e Alternative Wedding Guests... You and your guests can spend time with our quirky, endearing, cute alpacas. Enjoy an unforgettable photo experience and something for your unique wedding album! We can coordinate with your wedding colour scheme, please contact us to discuss a tailor-made package just for you. Wreay Skye Alpacas A member of the British Alpaca Society 07866 918550 (Jane) 07788 560065 (Paul) Bevs Bakes -Swarthmoor bevsbakes_swarthmoor Tel: 07741 490524 Hi, I’m Bev. I am a self taught baker/cake decorator who loves creating elegant cakes for weddings and special occasions. Health and Hygiene L2 certified • 5 rated with SLDC • Fully insured • STAG & HEN PARTIES OR OTHER SPECIAL OCCASIONS Getting out into the outdoors can be a great unique way of celebrating a special occasion, such as an up coming wedding or birthday party. We can also provide a selection of activities throughout the day that revolve around a ‘mission’ type theme with a small prize at the end. Ideal activities for hen/stag parties and special occasions include: raft building, team building/ problem solving, archery, gyhll scrambling, canyoning and canoeing. £40 for half a day and £60 for a full day per person. Based in the Lake District at Coniston. We also can add to your day, buffet lunch at a small extra cost and changing and showers. Some of our activities can be done in Lancashire such as Rock Climbing and Abseiling. These events are suitable for groups of up to 16 (if you have a bigger group please contact us to see what we can offer). E: T: 07795 917 171

Appleby Creamery wedding cheese cake. Lots of different cheeses to choose from. 01768392949 Discount code NWMAG10 for 10% off. Grade I listed Askham Hall is an exciting new style of country house hotel and wedding venue for Cumbria. Its style? Luxurious, intimate, unpretentious, up-to-date and full of charm. Featuring a stunning barn with capacity for 150 seated, an original medieval hall and private dining rooms for smaller weddings, 19 en-suite bedrooms, Michelin starred restaurant, gardens and an outdoor pavilion. In-house catering using locally sourced produce, much of it grown and reared at Askham Hall itself and on the 800 year old family estate. 01931 712350 | Askham d wedding unpreten stunning dieval hall Grade I listed Askham Hall is an exciting new style of country house hotel and wedding venue for Cumbria. Its style? Luxurious, intimate, unpretentious, up-to-date and full of charm. Featuring a stunning barn with capacity for 150 seated, an original medieval hall and private dining rooms for smaller weddings, 19 en-suite bedrooms, Michelin starred restaurant, gardens and an outdoor pavilion. In-house catering using locally sourced produce, much of it grown and reared at Askham Hall itself and on the 800 year old family estate. 01931 712350 | www.askhamh I listed Askham Hall is an exciting new style of country otel and wedding venue for Cumbria. Its style? Luxurious, timate, unpretentious, up-to-date and full of charm. uring a stunning barn with capacity for 150 seated, an nal medieval hall and private dining rooms f r smaller weddings, 19 en-suite bedrooms, Michelin starred restaurant, gardens and an outdoor pavilion. In-house catering using locally sourced produce, much of it grown and reared at Askham Hall itself and on the 800 year old family estate. 01931 7 2350 | wed ing ww .askha Grad I listed Askham Hall is an exciting new style of country house hotel and wedding venue for Cumbria. Its style? Luxurious, intimate, unpretentious, up- odate and full of charm. Featuring a stunning barn with capacity for 150 seated, an riginal medieval hall and private dining rooms for smaller weddings, 19 en-s ite bedrooms, Michelin starred restaurant, gardens and an outdoor pavilion. In-house catering using locally sourced produce, much of it grown and reared at Askham Hall itself and on the 800 year old family estate.

ST BEES SCHOOL, CA27 0DS 01946 828 000 | St Bees School is a sandstone building that dates back to 1583. It’s the perfect setting for a fairytale wedding and is steeped in history and boasts grounds overlooking the fells, with the sea a short stroll away. With a gorgeous terrace, state-of-the art kitchen, quad and lawn, there are ample opportunities to take memorable photographs. Celebrate in style Couples will adore the historic Dining Hall with wood panelling and the on-site Chapel, providing a traditional-yet-unique setting for the special day. We love... As a new venue for 2023, the team are excited to provide a magical space for weddings. THE DEN AT FOUR ACRE, CA7 5HW 07753 686 785 | Set in the North Cumbrian countryside between the Cumbrian fells and the Solway Coast is The Den at Four Acre. Nestled in a four-acre field surrounded by trees and natural hedgerows, it’s a secluded spot with plenty of car parking and room for campers. Celebrate in style There are three giant natural-coloured tipis, a small tipi and a catering tent available for weddings of up to 200 guests. The catering tent and smaller chill-out tipi are furnished with characterful furniture, and there’s also a designated dancefloor tipi with a mirror ball and coloured lighting. We love... Nearby accommodation is available at Bowness Farm Bed and Breakfast, with transport available. There is also room for tents and glamping behind the tipis. 29 GLORIOUS GARDENS

On the shores of Lake Ullswater and set in 22 acres of landscaped gardens, Leeming House is the perfect location for your wedding. Join us for our Wedding Open Day on Sunday 19th March, 12-4pm Leeming House Hotel, Watermillock, Ullswater, Penrith CA11 0JJ • 0344 879 9142 Find us on:

Bianca and Adam incorporated their love of pampas into their big day at St James Church and Whitehaven Golf Club Images courtesy of CPD Photography Pure gold Bianca and Adam met at university in 2009. “We lived next door to each other and were studying the same course,” says Bianca. “Adam was interested in me straight away, but I kept him waiting, so we didn’t actually start dating until 2011. We have the same personality and values, and because we were friends first, we already knew loads about each other.” The proposal was a complete surprise for Bianca. “We had just got back from the Gran Canaria, where we had been to my mum and stepdad’s wedding,” shares the bride. “We were in my mum’s living room when Adam got down on one knee after making me wait eight years for the ring!” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... REAL WEDDINGS 31

We found our table plan idea on Instagram. It was made from acrylic Perspex boxes with vases and floating candles and I loved the fact we had never seen it at a wedding before. Our cake was made by my mother-in-law. We had a table full of goodies such as cake pops, geo hearts, cupcakes, personalised shortbread, and doughnuts. The bake was three-tiers and consisted of chocolate orange, sticky toffee, and carrot cake. The two single-tiered cakes were lemon with white chocolate buttercream and Victoria sponge. Behind the top table was a flower wall, and instead of a photo booth, we opted for a gold hoop with drapes and pampas. The guests loved it, and it made the perfect backdrop for their photos. I knew I wanted the centrepieces to be something that wouldn’t block people’s view, so we went for gold flower stands in different sizes. We added the pampas and greenery, and it was everything I ever imagined. We originally wanted to get married in Las Vegas, but because of the pandemic, we had to change our plans. We decided to have our ceremony at St James’ Church Whitehaven and the reception at Whitehaven Golf Club. The club was the perfect setting for us as it seated up to 220 people and the Lake District fells looked stunning in our pictures. Adam and I made homemade shortbread as our favours. 32

The bridesmaids and groomsmen were transported in a limousine, and we travelled in a cream Rolls Royce from A Touch of Class. Adam and the groomsmen wore matching tuxedos from Next. One of my best friends sang two songs in the church whilst we signed the register. You could hear a pin drop when she was singing. I wore a Morilee dress called Stefani from Hoops a Daisy. I chose this styled as I always wanted a low back, and it gave me the perfect hourglass figure. I accessorised with a cathedral-length veil with our initials embroidered on the bottom. The bridesmaids’ dresses were from ASOS. We went for a neutral colour to match the tuxedos, with a cowl neck and low lace-up back. During the welcome drinks we had a local duo sing called The Northern Threads. The lead singer was enjoying himself so much that he asked if he could stay and party with us for the rest of the day! After the dessert had been served, we surprised our guests with singing waiters provided by Your Day & Your Way Music & Entertainment. Everyone was in shock when the lady dropped her tray and then started singing. Everyone was up on the dancefloor whilst they entertained us. REAL WEDDINGS 33