Your North West Wedding - October/November (Issue 82)

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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

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 49 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 89 COMPETITION Win a romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000 CONTENTS OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2023 On the cover... This issue’s cover was photographed by Ailsa Reeve Photography ( at Casterton Grange Estate ( To see more images and the rest of the suppliers, turn to page 53. VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON GREATER MANCHESTER Discover some of the best venues in the area 19 TALE AS OLD AS TIME Tie the knot in a venue full of history FEATURES 41 THE LOOK OF LOVE Local photographers share their favourite images 46 BOHO CHIC This rustic-styled shoot shows why The Wellbeing Farm Ltd is perfect for weddings 53 VINTAGE ROMANCE Local suppliers came together to create an outdoor, vintage shoot that's perfect for modern brides-to-be who adore 1950’s elegance 57 ONCE AND FLORAL Meet local florists and find out more about their businesses 60 WISHING HUE A WONDERFUL WEDDING DAY Check out our wedspirational guide to palette perfection whatever the season 49 41 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 62 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 63 ALL DRESSED UP The new season bridal edit of dreamy dresses features delicate details, fairytale-inspired florals and flowing fabrics 68 STYLE ALERT Burnt orange, green, and champagne colours are trending for bridesmaids this season 69 STANDOUT SLEEVES Make your entrance in style wearing statement sleeves that will take you from day to dancefloor 72 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 74 LADY OF THE DANCE Strictly’s Luba Mushtuk talks health, wellbeing and the all-important first dance 76 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 77 BEST FACE FORWARD We investigate the much-discussed bridal must-have treatment, HydraFacial 25 REAL WEDDINGS 25 LIFE’S BETTER WITH YOU BY MY SIDE Leanne and Jonathan incorporated their love of greenery into their wedding at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa 30 MEANT TO BE Katie and Mark were instantly attracted to each other, and years later, they tied the knot at the Lancashire Manor Hotel 35 IN THE COUNTRY Emma and Mark opted for a peacock green and pink colour scheme for their big day at The Wellbeing Farm Ltd HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 MAGICAL MAURITIUS Explore this year-round honeymoon hotspot for a taste of the local cuisine, lush scenery and sustainable hotel choices 86 RURAL ROMANCE Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave 88 TOTAL BODY BLISS Experience a weekend of wellness and total body bliss at Warwickshire’s Ardencote Spa 84 GROOMS 78 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 79 SKIN DEEP WarPaint For Men shares its make-up and skincare tips for grooms-to-be 80 SOMETHING BLUE We’ve rounded up some of the latest products for the groom-to-be 63 35 30 4

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You’re engaged – congratulations! Whether you’re at the beginning or end of your wedding planning journey, it can be stressful trying to put everything together. There’s so much to consider, from the venue and theme to the dress and accessories, and so you might be asking yourself, where do I start? Before you start surfing the internet for venues and suppliers, sit down together with a cuppa and discuss what you want your wedding day to be. Whatever you decide will have an impact on everything else you do from here on in. Think about your overall vision. Is rustic bliss your vibe, or are you more of a modern chic kind of couple? Perhaps you want to keep it classic and traditional or want to go completely your own way and host a festival-style wedding in a field with a temporary structure such as a marquee or tipi for cover. All of these aspects will guide you towards the style of venue you should be researching. Crucial to this process are the budget and guest numbers, as one will very much dictate the other. You may want to invite 300 people, but are you willing and able to fund 300 wedding breakfasts? Be realistic about what you want to spend, settle on a budget, and above all, stick to it. Once you’ve booked your venue and have a date set, you’ll be thinking about your other suppliers. To help you create the wedding of your dreams, we’ve asked local companies for their top tips to create an issue full of inspiration. Happy planning! Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor 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. DIA ISHING NTS ISHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ISSN 2392-2802 Planned to perfection ADVERTISING Account Manager Amii Matthews | 01376 538 560 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Senior Editor Melissa Cullen | 01376 535 611 A group of local suppliers came together to create an outdoor, vintage shoot that could be recreated by modern brides who adore 1950’s elegance. Discover the delights of Provence at Hôtel Crillon le Brave. WINa romantic break in Yorkshire worth £1,000. 53 86 89 6

Local fashion and beauty experts offer advice on how to look your big day best. 76 Emma and Mark opted for a peacock green and pink colour scheme for their big day at The Wellbeing Farm Ltd. 25Leanne and Jonathan incorporated their love of greenery into their wedding at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa. WarPaint For Men share its make-up and skincare tips for grooms-to-be. Katie and Mark were instantly attracted to each other and hit it off right away. Years later, they tied the knot at the Lancashire Manor Hotel. 30 79 41 Check out the new season of dreamy dresses featuring delicate details, fairytaleinspired florals, and flowing fabrics. We’ve asked some of the region’s best photographers to share their favourite images. 63 35 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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All the latest from around the North West A ROMANTIC SETTING Fallbarrow Hall, one of the largest exclusive hire mansions in the Lake District, is now fully licensed for civil ceremonies. Situated within Fallbarrow Holiday Park in Bowness-on-Windermere, the luxurious venue has also just celebrated its first anniversary since being managed solely by Parkdean Resorts. Suitable for intimate weddings of up to 50 guests, with accommodation for 36, the Grade II-listed Victorian mansion boasts stunning views overlooking Lake Windermere. Couples are offered exclusive use of the hall, the period Dining Room or the spacious lawn. With full jetty access, there’s also the option to hold an unforgettable drinks reception on a boat out on the lake. Shauna Foy, the general manager at Fallbarrow Hall, said: “Offering couples the chance to get married in this stunning location is really exciting for us at Fallbarrow Hall, and it’s a privilege to help create so many special memories. We have fantastic facilities and offer real flexibility in terms of how much help and guidance couples want, so each wedding is tailored to their exact needs. We’re extremely excited to now be fully licensed for civil ceremonies and can’t wait to welcome more guests to our extraordinary venue.” Visit to find out more. STAR OF THE SHOW Anna Sorbie, a hairstylist based in Cumbria, has released a stunning new bridal headwear collection. Anna designed this collection after working with head pieces that she felt weren’t flexible enough for brides to wear comfortably. Frustrated by beautiful and expensive pieces that weren’t functional, Anna designed this range using luxury fresh water pearls and the best quality crystals, paying attention to how they would work effortlessly in the hair. For more information, visit NEWS Nearlywed THE BEAUTY OF THE LAKES Parkdean Resort has noticed a 44 per cent increase in bookings, with the Lake District being one of the most popular regions in the UK for holidays. Perfect for family-moons or pre-wedding getaways, Parkdean Resort has a range of holiday parks across the UK for couples to choose from. Xavier Vallee, the chief customer officer of Parkdean Resorts, said: “September bookings began to really take off in 2020 when aeroplanes couldn’t, and with the recent Air Traffic Control issues denting people’s faith once again in air travel, demand for our parks is continuing to soar. People fell back in love with the Great British holiday when they couldn’t travel abroad during COVID, and this September, couples and young families flocked to our parks in record numbers. After a summer of international travel chaos, domestic tourism remains a popular and trusted option for Brits looking for a fun, value-for-money and hassle-free holiday.” Head over to for more information. LOCAL NEWS 9

JEWEL OF THE AISLE With the Lionesses recently taking to the pitch once again for the World Cup, ethical jewellery brand Lily Arkwright has taken to the drawing board in support and celebration of women’s football. In the spirit of the World Cup, Lily Arkwright has designed a completely bespoke ring. This one-off design has taken inspiration from the women’s away kit, using deep blues of lab-grown sapphires and the lighter blue colours of an aqua spinel. Kate Munns, the operations manager at Lily Arkwright, commented: “As a team predominantly made up of incredible, talented women, we understand the importance of championing women’s achievements. Women’s football is finally beginning to get the recognition it deserves against all the odds stacked against them.” For more information, visit NEW VENUE ALERT! Wennington Hall, a luxury hotel, wellbeing retreat, and exclusive wedding and event venue, is set to open near Lancaster in 2024. The historic building in the delightful Lune Valley village of Wennington was acquired by Lancashire County Council after the school closed in the summer of 2022. After a year of consultation, surveys, and planning, the proposed change of use has been given the go-ahead. The chairman of James’ Places, James Warburton, said: “Wennington Hall is going to be a fantastic addition to our family of wonderful buildings and businesses. The building itself, with towers, turrets, spiral staircases, and Gothic arches galore, is simply magnificent. Bringing Wennington Hall back to life is our first big challenge since we completed the redevelopment of Holmes Mill. There’s an awful lot of it, and there is an awful lot to get stuck into, but the opportunities are endless. After nearly 70 years of being closed to the outside world, we are under a bit of pressure to create something special. The re-opening of Wennington Hall will be quite a ta dah moment. We aim to create the most beautiful, romantic, and fun wedding and event venue in North Lancashire and the South Lakes. Fingers crossed, we get it right!” Discover more at A DAY TO REMEMBER Afflecks, a shopping emporium in Manchester, has announced that it will start hosting wedding ceremonies in the summer of 2024. Say ‘I do’ amongst your favourite vinyl and vintage finds or in front of some of the emporium’s iconic spots. The wedding licence will allow Afflecks to perform small, intimate, and inclusive ceremonies for any couple who wants to have a wedding in the heart of one of the city’s cultural institutions. Small ceremonies with up to 30 guests will be the order of the day, and all the spaces can be dressed and adapted. Whether you’re a Japanese culture fan set on getting hitched in the Animaid Cafe, music lovers who want to say ‘I do’ in front of the iconic poster wall, or a long-term couple with special memories of hanging in the Afflecks cafe, there’s something to suit everyone. The Afflecks family will be on hand to help couples create the perfect day, and the emporium is the perfect treasure trove to find alternative wedding essentials all under one roof, from pre-loved fashion traders and biodegradable confetti to flowers and alternative jewellery ideas. There’s even an opportunity for wedding tattoos at The Studio and a pizza reception at Crazy Pedro’s. Wedding bookings and enquiries can be made at or by arrangement with the Manchester registry office. DATES FOR THE DIARY Gretna Green, a family-owned wedding destination located in Dumfries and Galloway, has announced its upcoming Wedding Open Weekend, which will take place on the 11th and 12th November, 2023. The access-all-areas event gives couples the chance to visit Gretna Green and see the stunning marriage rooms at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop and Gretna Hall Hotel. Guests will get the chance to wander around Gretna Green and get a glimpse of the stunning settings, divine décor, and magnificent set-ups to see how their wedding might look and feel on their own special day. They will also have the opportunity to speak to Gretna Green’s award-winning wedding team to ask questions. Isabel Rhodes, the chief executive at Gretna Green, tells us: “We’re delighted to announce our upcoming Wedding Open Weekend this November. We look forward to welcoming couples and their families to visit Gretna Green and explore our enchanting and magnificent wedding venues, reception setups, and hotels for themselves. We’ve been marrying couples over our iconic blacksmith’s anvil since 1754, and we look forward to marrying many more in the years to come.” To pre-register, visit 10

22 Seater Mercedes Sprinter 53 Seater Temsa 72 Seater Volvo Sunsundegui 016973 49999 Travel advert.indd 2 12/08/2019 12:22:16 Launched in 2018 e 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 neutral venue 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. 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. WWW.THEGLASSHOUSESTAINING.CO.UK T: 01253 891336 E: © James Jebson © Beth Alderson © Beth Alderson © Dan Wootton 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

Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers ROMANTIC ESCAPES Set on a private estate in the beautiful North Cumbrian countryside, Netherby Hall is the ultimate romantic getaway. Located within the restored courtyard and grounds of the Grade II* listed mansion, the luxury self-catering accommodation features top-quality furnishings and attention to detail, including fresh flowers from the hall’s own walled garden. All of the apartments and cottages are dog-friendly, with a doggie treat on arrival and plenty of opportunities for scenic walks. Just a 15-minute drive from the M6 near Carlisle, Netherby Hall is ideal for exploring Hadrian’s Wall, the Lake District’s iconic fells and lakes, and the beautiful south of Scotland coastline. The nearby Michelin-starred Pentonbridge Inn offers fine dining in a relaxed, informal setting, with free transport provided for guests staying at Netherby Hall. The kitchen team at Pentonbridge Inn, led by head chef Chris Archer, works closely with the gardeners at Netherby Hall’s walled garden to source up to 70 per cent of the fruit, vegetables, and herbs for its eight-course set tasting menu. Exclusively for Your North West Wedding, Netherby Hall is offering 15 per cent off a two-night break in a self-catering apartment or cottage. Email and quote ‘YourNorthWestWedding’ to claim the discount. Bookings must be made by Friday 8th December, 2023, but can be taken after that date. Direct bookings only. Visit for more information. Freebies& OFFERS WIN PERSONALISED BRACELETS Are you dreaming of making your special day even more memorable for your beloved bridesmaids? Look no further! We have an exciting opportunity for you to win personalised bracelets for each of your bridesmaids, courtesy of Merci Maman. Merci Maman understand the importance of thoughtful and meaningful gifts, especially when it comes to your bridesmaids. Its handcrafted Personalised Pastille Chain Bracelet is a bestseller, a timeless and beloved piece testament to the elegance and charm that the brand’s jewellery carries. Crafted with love and attention to detail, these bracelets will serve as treasured keepsakes for your bridesmaids, a symbol of your lasting friendship and gratitude. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Merci Maman to give readers the chance to win two personalised pastille chain bracelets worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, FIT FOR A QUEEN Inspired by organic shapes and capturing fluid elements in motion, Lucy Quartermaine creates stunning jewellery from remarkable designs that will transform your bridal style. Originally produced to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Royal Pearl collection complements 925 silver with freshwater pearls for a timeless design perfect for a wedding day. Visit County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to give readers the chance to win a three-piece set of Royal Pearl pieces worth £237. For your chance to win enter via our website, FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Let our alpacas help you celebrate your special day. The 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 Syke Alpacas A member of the British Alpaca Society 07866 918550 (Jane) 07788 560065 (Paul) Bridal Alterations Bits & Bobbins Bridal seamstress with over 10 years experience in creating the perfect fit for the entire bridal party @bitsxbobbins 07741 316135. . Bespoke floral design creating romantic and beautiful blooms for the dreamiest of days brambleandbloomfloraldesign bramble_and_bloom_x 07929 250925 Images: © edward_d_jones_photography

GREATER MANCHESTER Spotlight on... THE PORTICO LIBRARY, M2 3HY 0161 236 6785 | The Portico Library is one of the few surviving Georgian buildings in central Manchester still serving its original purpose. Designed in a Neoclassical Greek revival style, this striking Grade II* listed property includes impressive original Greek-style columns and classical stone steps. Inside the enchanting rooms is more than 200 years of history and culture, with a spectacular painted glass dome ceiling surrounded by original Regency-period floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The gallery space features a working wind dial, mural portraits of Milton and Shakespeare and a clock face created by the Big Ben clockmakers. Celebrate in style The Reading Room can host weddings with up to 30 loved ones, and if you have between 30 and 50 guests, then the ceremony will be held under the beautiful painted glass dome. Following the service, a drinks reception is held under the dome while photographs are taken throughout the library. We love... The property contains an impressive book collection spanning 450 years, including first editions of works by Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Thomas Hardy. 15 GREATER MANCHESTER VENUES

DUCIE STREET WAREHOUSE, M1 2TP 0161 503 9460 | 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 has been perfectly reimagined for weddings. Situated in the heart of the Northern Quarter, the property effortlessly 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, 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 light-filled contemporary space with food and drink packages available. Room 2 is an intimate space that can be combined with Room 3 to hold large celebrations. We love... The on-site cinema and modern décor. THE LOWRY HOTEL, M3 5LH 0161 827 4000 | The Lowry Hotel is situated on the banks of the River Irwell and was the city’s first five-star hotel. Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that provide lots of natural light and striking views across Manchester, the hotel has a romantic atmosphere and a modern blank canvas that can be transformed to suit any wedding. Celebrate in style Weddings take place in a variety of event spaces, depending on guest numbers. Intimate celebrations are held in the Private Dining Room, which has a private terrace overlooking the city, and the Grand Ballroom can be used for large nuptials of up to 280 of your nearest and dearest. We love... A menu tasting is included as standard for all bookings, and bespoke overnight packages can be created for your guests. Native Manchester/Ducie Street Warehouse Native Manchester/Ducie Street Warehouse 16

ELIZABETH GASKELL’S HOUSE, M13 9LW 0161 273 2215 | Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is a Grade II* listed restored Victorian property that once belonged to the writer Elizabeth Gaskell. Built between 1835 and 1841, it’s now surrounded by a gorgeous south-facing garden oasis and a short driveway that leads to the pillared entrance. Guests are welcome to explore the gardens, which have planted borders, winding paths, a heavily scented pergola, and native planting schemes. The area can also be used for ceremonies for up to 36 guests. There are several period rooms available for ceremonies, from the cosy, book-lined study to the Drawing Room, where Elizabeth and her family would entertain writers such as Charlotte Brontë and Charles Dickens. Celebrate in style Ceremonies held in the Drawing Room can accommodate up to 36 loved ones, or for intimate services, the Study can accommodate up to 10 of your nearest and dearest. Receptions and wedding breakfasts take place in the light and airy basement Servant’s Hall, which seats 36 friends and family. The on-site kitchen is available for outside caterers, and the staff can arrange drink receptions or open the venue’s bar. We love... The venue’s boudoir grand piano, Victorian furnishings, and furniture that can be arranged to suit your requirements. Elizabeth Gaskell’s House only holds one wedding per day, so you will have exclusive use of the venue on your big day. THE FOUNTAIN HOUSE, M2 5PF 0161 834 1866 | The Fountain House, located in the Grade II-listed Memorial Hall Building, is nestled on the beloved Albert Square in the heart of Manchester and is well connected to travel routes and offers impressive views of the city. The interior is traditional and versatile, designed by the Victorian architect Thomas Worthington. The spaces are naturally lit, and the ceiling of lights is customisable to set the mood and theme of your celebration. The wedding team will provide white table linen and rustic wooden chairs, along with beautiful centrepieces and candles for your big day. Celebrate in style Ceremonies usually take place in the Memorial Hall, located on the first floor. Boasting exclusive use, it has a private staircase, a bar, washrooms, and cloakrooms. All AV/PA equipment is installed and ready to use, and the suite comes with your own dedicated team to ensure the day goes smoothly. The space can accommodate 130 standing guests, 100 theatre-style, and 80 cabaret-style. We love... When you tie the knot at The Fountain House, you will receive a complimentary menu tasting. 17 GREATER MANCHESTER VENUES

If you are ready for something a bit different then come and celebrate with us. You customize the day according to your individual taste and budget. Whether you prefer a totally informal party with a live band or a more traditional affair with a twist. The choice is all yours to reflect your wishes and personality. Our friendly and hard-working team here at THE VENUE will support you in every way to make your magical day one that you will treasure forever. It’s your party – make it your own Call Anna on m 07379 437125 @weddingsatthevenue WEDDINGS at the venue

Tale as old as time LOW WOOD BAY RESORT & SPA, LA23 1LP 01539 433 338 | Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa is a luxury hotel with a rich history dating back to 1705. Nestled on the Lake Windermere shoreline in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa is the perfect base for relaxing and exploring the Lakes, with several of the Wainwrights’ walks a stone’s throw away and the town of Ambleside a mile away. The revitalising spa has a range of treatments available, an indoor swimming pool, and thermal journey packages. The four-star hotel is also home to 130 luxurious bedrooms and two sophisticated restaurants, which are ideal for pre-wedding celebrations. Celebrate in style Each wedding package includes a personal wedding coordinator, flexible menu options, a sponge wedding cake, a complimentary lake view room, and lake access with a jetty – perfect for wedding photos. Those of you with a smaller guest list will love the Buckley Room. Beautifully decorated, it’s capable of holding 20 to 30 of your guests throughout the day and has direct access to the hotel’s lawns. The Lakes Suite is larger, with room for 30 to 280 of your friends and family. This charming space is full of natural light and offers impressive views of the grounds. We love... Your guests will receive a discount on the hotel’s bedrooms, so you can turn your big day into a weekend-long celebration. Tie the knot in a venue full of history 19 HISTORIC VENUES

HOLMES MILL, BB7 1EB 01200 407 183 | Holmes Mill is home to several establishments with something for everyone. At the heart of the complex stands The Boiler House, a vibrant all-day destination featuring a beer hall, brewery, ice cream parlour, and Duck Pin Bowling Alley. The Bowland Food Hall, part of the Boiler House complex, showcases some of the best food and drink from Lancashire and beyond. While The Spinning Block houses a boutique hotel alongside the Bar & Grill. Full of fascinating architectural features, each contributing to the ambience and atmosphere, this spectacular wedding venue has been lovingly restored to proudly showcase its heritage while still retaining a luxurious and modern feel. Celebrate in style The Cotton Room at Holmes Mill is fully licensed for civil ceremonies. It’s a large, versatile space that can accommodate up to 150 of your loved ones and is later transformed for the wedding reception while guests indulge in some drinks and nibbles at the Bar & Grill. We love... The exposed materials and period features create a fantastic backdrop for wedding photos. There are also quirky additions throughout the property, such as a London double-decker bus, shipping containers, and original mill machinery. THE WILD BOAR, LA23 3NF 01539 445 225 | Set in the leafy woodlands of the Gilpin Valley, The Wild Boar boasts 72 acres of private grounds and forest trails for you and your guests to enjoy. The extensive grounds and beautiful scenery provide a range of options for weddings with a difference. The venue’s Mad Pig Land Rover often features in photographs as you are driven to your chosen photo backdrop. You can also enjoy a falconry hawk walk in the woods or the venue’s ‘Wild Wedding’ experiences, which include clay pigeon shooting, archery and axe throwing. With its oak beams and welcoming open fires, The Wild Boar oozes character and charm. Boasting an intimate and relaxed atmosphere to ensure everyone feels an integral part of the wedding celebrations, it features a spacious bridal suite, individually designed rooms, flavoursome food, and a host of outdoor activities. Celebrate in style There are a range of indoor and outdoor ceremony options to choose from, including The Undermillbeck Room, which caters for intimate nuptials of up to 22 of your guests. The ceremony room in the Main Restaurant has rustic oak beams and can accommodate 90 people for the wedding breakfast and up to 130 for the evening reception. Depending on the size of the wedding, the Undermillbeck Room and the Main Restaurant are used for both drinks receptions and wedding breakfasts, but these can also be arranged outdoors. We love... As well as exclusive use of the venue, if required, The Wild Boar offers a complimentary room for the wedding night. You can also return for a free dinner and bed and breakfast stay on your first wedding anniversary, and an engraved bird box will be mounted in the woods as a reminder of your big day. 20

Storrs Hall, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3LG | Tel. 015394 47111 | Email. | AA 2 Rosette Culinary Excellence | AA 4 Star Hotel Follow us on storrshall wedding_at_storrs Lindeth Fell Country House, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3JP | Tel. 015394 43286 | Email. | AA 5 Star Bed & Breakfast Follow us on LindethFell lindethfell

THE RO HOTEL, LA23 3BA 01539 232 625 | Following a multi-million-pound refurbishment, the newly designed interiors at The Ro Hotel take inspiration from the lakes and surrounding countryside, with cool blues and turquoises complemented with accents of oranges, natural stone and traditional grey slate. Situated in the heart of Bowness, the venue’s stately façade creates a welcoming atmosphere, combining the grandeur of a bygone age with all the conveniences of the modern day. Celebrate in style The Ro has four newly designed spaces available for weddings. The Sun Lounge is a light and airy sunroom that makes the most of its period features, with a large window showcasing views of Windermere and space for 18 seated guests. Alternatively, the Boardroom can accommodate 16 people. Boasting gorgeous views, The Ballroom is a large space with elegant high ceilings, a stage, a bar, and room for 90 of your loved ones. The Ashville has high ceilings and its own bar, with a space big enough to accommodate 120 of your friends and family. We love... The venue offers a complimentary suite on the night of the wedding and an anniversary stay with dinner. The Ro has also launched its ‘Evening Guests Go Free’ offer for couples who book their wedding at The Ro in 2023. THE SPREAD EAGLE, BB7 4NH 01200 441 202 | Nestled in a scenic location overlooking the River Ribble, The Spread Eagle offers a laid-back and cosy atmosphere for those of you who prefer a more rustic and casual style. The indoor space features warm lighting and wooden accents, creating a welcoming and intimate ambiance with breathtaking views of the river and surrounding countryside from the large windows. The patio and outdoor area are surrounded by lush greenery that creates a picturesque setting that will leave a lasting impression. The space is also perfect for capturing wedding photographs, with the scenery, Abbey Ruins, and River Ribble providing a stunning backdrop. Celebrate in style Ceremonies are held in the Abbey Room, which has space for 90 of your guests for the ceremony and 120 in the evening. The natural light that pours in through the windows illuminates the space, creating a serene and tranquil setting for ceremonies. The Abbey Room has rustic elements, including wooden floors, oak windows, and other natural textures, which add a touch of charm and cosiness to the room. The space is designed to create a sense of intimacy, with enough room for you and your guests to feel comfortable and relaxed. We love... The venue’s décor and views of the surrounding countryside. 23 HISTORIC VENUES

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Leanne and Jonathan incorporated their love of greenery into their wedding at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa Images courtesy of Jo Greenfield: Photographer LIFE’S BETTER WITH Leanne and Jonathan met through friends on a night out. “We didn’t have mobile phones at the time, so we had to message each other through MSN at first,” laughs Leanne. “After 14 years together, Jonathan proposed on holiday in San Diego on a gondola at sunset. It was a surprise, as after so many years together, I didn’t think it was actually going to happen.” Read on to see some of Leanne’s favourite moments from their big day... you by my side 25 REAL WEDDINGS

We love visiting the spa at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa, as we feel at home when we are there. The aisle in the ceremony room was beautiful, and the venue was also the perfect location for our boat cruise, which all of our guests really enjoyed. To decorate the space, we hired ceiling lights from Willow & Fig, and Feather & Fern Event Hire provided a photo booth backdrop and canopy trees. Our tables were named after destinations that we had visited together. The top table was named San Diego, as that’s where we became engaged. Pam’s Cake Co provided our three-tiered wedding cake. Our favours were mini bottles of gin with thank you messages attached to ribbons. 26

My dress was an Essense of Australia design from Ava Rose Hamilton. I originally chose the gown prior to having our little girl, but I loved it just as much when I tried it on again nearly two years later. I hired a surprise ice cream cart from The Ice Dream Experience, as anyone who knows Jonathan knows he loves ice cream. The bridesmaids’ dresses were a beautiful bronze colour. Jonathan wore a Hugo Boss dinner suit. We had a shopping day in Chester and had a lovely time getting excited for the wedding. We booked caricaturist, Evsie the Kind Kartoonist, and everyone loved him. He arrived shortly after I walked down the aisle and stayed until the evening guests arrived. We hired guitarist Hayden J Barlow to perform; he was brilliant and got everyone up dancing on the boat. The boat made our day; we loved spending time with our family and friends doing something different and making special memories, and we were so lucky with the weather too. 27 REAL WEDDINGS

For our honeymoon, we went to Dubai for five nights. We had an amazing time and enjoyed it so much that we are taking our little girl back for nine nights in November for our family-moon. Walking down the aisle was very emotional, and we loved having our little girl there to make special memories. LEANNE AND JONATHAN’S CONTACTS Venue and boat hire, Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa, | Photographer, Jo Greenfield: Photographer, | Videographer, Afashionante Films, | Bride’s dress, Ava Rose Hamilton, | Groom’s dress, Hugo Boss, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Pretty Lavish, Mother-of-the-bride’s outfit, Snooty Frox, | Mother-of-the-groom’s outfit, Nigel Rayment Boutique, | Hair stylists, Gaynor’s Hair Studio, and Hair by Poppy Moore, | Make-up artist, Sakura, and Kay Booth Freelance Makeup Artist MUA, | Cake, Pam’s Cake Co Ice cream cart, The Ice Dream Experience, | Lighting and decoration, Willow & Fig, Photo booth backdrop and canopy trees, Feather & Fern Event Hire, | Saxophone, Sax Every Weekend, | Caricaturist, Evsie the Kind Kartoonist, | Guitarist, Hayden J Barlow, | Band, Ulpha590, During the evening, we had saxophonist Sax Every Weekend and the band Ulpha590 perform. They worked perfectly together, kept everyone entertained and the dancefloor full. My mam created a sweet and cake buffet, which was a massive hit. We also hired a photo booth to use as a guest book, which I would highly recommend. We got sent the pictures the day after, and they were great fun to look at. Having our little girl, who was born seven weeks early, at the wedding made everything worthwhile. It was something I had been dreaming about and it came true! We incorporated our daughter’s song Here Comes the Sun into our wedding; we played it a lot when we settled her into our home after leaving the hospital. 28

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TO BE Meant Katie and Mark were instantly attracted to each other, and years later, they tied the knot at the Lancashire Manor Hotel Images courtesy of Becky at Silver Bells Wedding Photography 30

Katie and Mark met in 2014 on Grand National Day. “I was working at Claire’s Accessories, and Mark worked at the William Hill across the street,” says Katie. “I went across to the bookies to put a horse bet on, and Mark started making small talk with me. A few minutes after I’d left and gone back to work, Mark came in looking for a gift for his mum’s birthday. We were chatting for a while, and he eventually asked me out on a date. Mark said he thought I was beautiful the moment he saw me, and I thought he was really funny and cute.” Mark popped the question during a picnic at a small nature reserve. “He had ordered a custom engagement ring from a jeweller in Australia,” shares the bride. “It was a stunning rose gold design with a large pearshaped morganite stone at the centre and two smaller triangular-shaped diamonds on either side. He pulled out the ring from its brown velvet box and asked me to marry him. It was a surprise, but we were both overwhelmed and incredibly happy.” SETTING THE SCENE “We loved the Lancashire Manor Hotel from the moment we saw it,” explains Katie. “The Great Hall is Medieval and romantic, and the gardens are stunning. The atmosphere felt so nice and very us. We dressed the tables with rose gold sequin tablecloths and matching blush ruffle hoods for the white chairs. Our centrepieces were gold candelabra with faux greenery and pink flowers twisting up them, and small gold tea lights around the bottom of each one. The flowers were mainly peonies, roses, and sweetpeas in pinks and creams with ivy, mint, and other pretty greenery. We also had two large faux cherry trees, which were placed next to the altar and then over the top table later on.” The happy couple gave their guests two favours as a way of thanking them for attending their big day. “We chose cards with heart-shaped cutouts from wildflower seed paper, appropriate given our surname is Seed,” adds the bride. “The other was five sugared almonds, which were packaged in white boxes hand-decorated by us with pink and gold ribbons and our own wax seals.” For their table plan, Katie and Mark asked Leanne at Little Button Designs to print cards, which they tacked onto a large mirror with a rose gold frame. They named their tables after pink flowers, with faux versions sitting on top of the frame. “Our cake was three tiers,” recalls Katie. “The bottom tier was a pale pink colour covered in cherry blossom. The middle was pearl white with K&M in rose gold mirrored charms, and the top tier was rose gold glitter with a pearl charm. Lancashire Manor Hotel provided the rest of our food. We chose duck liver pate to start, beef roast for the main, and fruit meringue for dessert. Instead of an evening buffet, we had a barbecue; the weather was perfect for it, and some of the wedding cake was served as a second dessert.” DRESSED TO IMPRESS “I wore a gown from WED2B designed by Anna Sorrano called Elton,” reveals the bride. “It was a plain Mikado ballgown with a strapless sweetheart neckline and inner corset. Elton had cuff detail on the neckline and buttons down the whole back with a big round train. I had my seamstress sew on a belt, which was rose gold with clear crystals, and I wore a floral lace bolero with capped sleeves and matching buttons down the back. The bolero gave me two looks in one dress.” Mark chose a two-piece suit from Suit Direct with a patterned waistcoat, paisley ivory tie and pocket square. His best man wore the same two-piece suit but with a plain waistcoat. Katie’s bridesmaid opted for an Adrianna Papell gown in a blush Mikado fabric from House of Fraser. 31 REAL WEDDINGS

MEMORABLE MOMENTS To keep their guests entertained, the couple hired a DJ. “We also had a Polaroid Instax Mini Camera and passed this around with extra films so everyone could take snaps,” says Katie. “We loved having our favourite people together to celebrate our love. We were so excited yet nervous in the morning, but straight after the ceremony, we had a feeling of relief and so much joy! Setting eyes on each other at the other end of the aisle was such a big moment. The toasts were also heartwarming, and sitting at the top table with our best man and bridesmaid was really lovely. “Our suppliers were absolutely amazing,” continues the bride. “My bride tribe was particularly lovely and made the morning of getting ready fun and relaxing. Our parents were there for us the whole way through, and our best man and bridesmaid played their parts so nicely. Our photographer, make-up artist, hair stylist, and florist were also wonderful, and nothing was too much from the brilliant staff at Lancashire Manor Hotel.” HONEYMOON “We went to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for 12 days,” shares Katie. “We booked it with help and advice from my mum and stepdad. We enjoyed relaxing on the beach and by the pool and had amazing days out. We drove sand and mud boogies through the countryside, with a pit stop at a cave with water that we swam in. We fed squirrel monkeys up in the mountains and rode ranch horses along beaches and through palm trees. And yes, we drank out of coconuts and pineapples!” PLANNING TIPS “Our top tip is to enjoy every part of the planning process; we celebrated everything from saying yes to the dress to finding the perfect suits and giving notice to marry,” reveals the bride. “We would have drinks, a meal, or something else just to acknowledge and celebrate the little milestones and good times. The big day itself really is a whirlwind; enjoy every second of it and try to touch base with all of your guests. Above all, just admire and appreciate everything coming together after all your planning.” 32

KATIE AND MARK’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, Lancashire Manor Hotel, | Photographer, Becky at Silver Bells Wedding Photography, | Bride’s dress, WED2B, | Bride’s accessories, AJ’S Accessories, Groom’s suit, Suit Direct, | Bridesmaid’s dress, House of Fraser, | Hair stylist, The Hair and MakeUp Lady, | Make-up artist, Gemma Marie Makeup and Hair Bridal Specialist, Nails, Beauty HQ Southport, | Wedding rings, Goldsmiths, | Cake, Scrumptious Cakes, | Flowers, The Feel Good Florist, | Transport, Weddings & Prom Cars, | Stationery, Little Button Designs, | Centrepieces and lanterns, Impress Your Guests, | Tables and chairs covers, Princess4aday Venue Stylists, Entertainment, Tony Macaroni, REAL WEDDINGS 33

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country Emma and Mark opted for a peacock green and pink colour scheme for their big day at The Wellbeing Farm Ltd Images courtesy of Weddings By Mark Emma and Mark first met on a dating website. “We were attracted to each other’s smiles and had a mutual love for food, travelling, and running,” says Emma. “Mark proposed on Lytham St. Anne Beach in the middle of a rainstorm. It was a complete surprise. I was chasing around the dog we were looking after at the time, hopping over puddles on the beach in the downpour! To celebrate, we got a chippy tea.” Read on to see some of Emma’s favourite moments from their big day... IN THE 35 REAL WEDDINGS

Mark chose pink shorts, a white shirt, and a blue waistcoat from Next. I wore a beautiful wedding dress from Bride by Swarbricks. We had a barbecue, which everyone said was delicious and filling. The Wellbeing Farm Ltd also created wonderful vegetarian and gluten-free options. Our table plan was inspired by Harry Potter; we had three long rows of tables, and the names all meant something to us. We gave our guests sweets in pink bags as favours. We were attracted to The Wellbeing Farm Ltd because of the beautiful views, relaxed atmosphere, and amazing staff. I had always dreamed of getting married in a barn, and the land surrounding the farm and all the animals there were perfect. 36