Your North West Wedding - December/January 2023/2024 (Issue 83)

WIN! A honeymoon in Rhodes Add a personal touch to your big day The latest wedding dress trends DEC 23/JAN 24 £3.55 Handmade with love ALL EYES ON YOU NORTH WEST WEDDING Winter LOVING Stunning real weddings Tie the knot in a dreamy wedding venue Fairytale ROMANCE

WEDDING SHOW CU BRIA’S Premier M Invites you to be part of the wedding exhibition and runway show. Sunday 18th February 2024 11am - 4pm Carlisle Lake District Airport Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle CA6 4NW Runway shows 12 noon & 2pm Tickets...Entrance tickets are available by using the QR code Contact... To book your trade stand or if you require any further details, please contact Carol Milnes on Tel: 07714 211 135 or In association with Carol’s Bridal Boutique & CA Events

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 59 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 93 COMPETITION Win a mini-moon in Rhodes worth £1,300 CONTENTS DECEMBER 2023/JANUARY 2024 On the cover... This issue’s cover is from Danielle and Iffan’s wedding at Stirk House ( It was captured by Fish 2 Photography ( To see more from their day, turn to page 29. VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON RIBBLE VALLEY Discover some of the best venues in the area 21 ONCE UPON A TIME Tie the knot in a dreamy wedding venue FEATURES 47 HANDMADE WITH LOVE Add a personal touch to your big day 53 GOTHIC ROMANCE The Deaf Institute in Manchester was the backdrop for this romantic, alternative shoot 69 ALL EYES ON YOU Local suppliers share the latest trends to ensure you look your big-day best 53 15 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 62 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news and launches 63 IN VOGUE These model looks showcase the hottest bridal trends for 2024, with delicate details, texture takeovers and playful shorter styles 72 PARTY PIECES Dazzle at a Christmas or winter wedding in stunning silver and crystal accessories 73 A TOUCH OF COLOUR Winter isn’t about wearing a white wedding dress, pick a fruit-pastel inspired shade or something a little bolder 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 78 BEAUTY QUEEN We chat to Hannah Martin about her new book, Makeup, and all things bridal beauty 80 BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 86 REAL WEDDINGS 29 ONCE UPON A TIME Danielle and Iffan incorporated their love of light blue and dusky pink into their big-day styling at Stirk House 34 WHEN LOVE JUST CLICKS Heather and Joe chose a lilac colour palette for their big day at Bartle Hall 41 THE GREAT OUTDOORS Evie and Alex opted for a rustic theme for their nuptials at Park House Farms HONEYMOONS 86 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 88 AN ICONIC ISLAND A honeymooners’ paradise, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Montego Bay have it all 90 THE ITALIAN DREAM Discover the delights of Sardinia with a stay at the impressive Forte Village 92 WHAT A TREAT! The stylish Retreat at Elcot Park is country-house comfort at its best 63 GROOMS 82 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 83 MANE ATTRACTION Influencer Eyal Booker and his brother Ariel reveal their top hair care tips for grooms-to-be 84 DRESSED TO KILL Channel your inner James Bond with these black-tie options for the groom-to-be 29 34 41 4

Set in a chic boutique in the Lake District, Holly and Gill at Fellside Brides offer the best in customer service from first appointment, through fittings and in-house alterations to gown collection just before your big day. The girls have chosen a carefully curated collection of beautiful gowns from Pronovias, Jesus Peiro, It Was All A Dream by Savin, Eliza Jane Howell and Kenneth Winston. The attention to detail in the cut, fabric and beadwork in every single dress cleverly blends modern trends with classic styling and will make you, the bride, feel fabulous on your wedding day. You can book your one-to-one consultation to try the stunning collection by simply contacting Holly and Gill at their Kendal boutique. WWW.FELLSIDEBRIDES.CO.UK 01539 729500 | FELLSIDEBRIDES@OUTLOOK.COM

Just like that, it’s the end of another year. I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the quicker time seems to fly by. It seems like only yesterday that I was writing about my upcoming wedding, and here we are over a year later. If you’ve recently become engaged and the wedding feels like it’s forever away, trust me, it will be here before you know it. The best piece of advice I can offer is to enjoy the planning process and celebrate the small things. If you’ve said yes to the dress or booked that special venue that you’ve had your eye on, take the time to celebrate – go out on a date, treat yourselves, and make a scrapbook of those key moments. Once the wedding is over, you’ll love having those memories to look back on. It’s been wonderful seeing the wedding industry flourish again this year. I’ve loved seeing your nuptials, businesses beginning to return to normal, and new companies opening their doors, so to celebrate and end the year with a bang, we’ve gone all out with an issue full of must-see venues, photography and wedding dresses. 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 Festive cheer 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 With trends constantly changing and the added pressure of looking your best, we understand how overwhelming the wedding planning process can be. To make things a bit easier, we’ve rounded up top beauty tips and trend predictions from local suppliers. We’re lucky to be part of a county full of talented artisans that create a dazzling array of bespoke wedding products. To help inspire you, we’ve created a feature showcasing some of the best suppliers our region has to offer. WINa romantic break in Rhodes, Greece, worth £1,300. 69 47 93 To help you create the perfect wedding, we’ve asked local suppliers for their planning tips. 59 6

Read all about the latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. 86 Heather and Joe met while studying at Liverpool University. They were friends for a year before they realised that they were meant to be. 29 Danielle and Iffan incorporated their love of light blue and dusky pink into their big-day styling at Stirk House. The Deaf Institute was the backdrop for this alternative styled shoot. The team wanted to showcase this Manchester building as it has recently opened up its calendar for weddings. Evie and Alex met through mutual friends. Their second date was one to remember; they went on a boat trip across Lake Windermere to an aquarium where it was snowing heavily, creating a beautiful backdrop. 41 53 63 Check out the hottest bridal trends for 2024, with delicate details, texture takeovers, and playful shorter styles. 34 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

All the latest from around the North West NEW VENUE ALERT Bowland Tipis is a new purpose-built wedding venue that has the sole aim of helping you create the most memorable and magical wedding experience. As a fully licensed venue, couples will have the choice of performing ceremonies in the outdoor ceremony area or within the tipis themselves. The four magical tipis are able to seat up to 150 guests, contain a fully licensed bar, and come with luxury toilet facilities as standard. This allows you to host the wedding reception of your dreams within an area of outstanding natural beauty. If you choose to get married or perform a blessing off-site, you can be sure that when your guests arrive, they will instantly be enchanted as they walk through the secret forest pathway to reveal your hidden reception venue. There is also on-site accommodation ideally suited for up to 60 guests, with luxury lodges, shepherds’ huts, camping pods, and luxury glamping tents to choose from. Visit for more info. NEWS Nearlywed A NIGHT TO REMEMBER DJ Chris G, a professional DJ, master of ceremonies, and lighting specialist, won the Highly Commended Award in the ‘Best DJ in the North West’ category at The Wedding Industry Awards. Based in Greater Manchester, Chris works with state-of-the-art equipment to create a spectacular setting for your event, which can include confetti canons, indoor fireworks, light-up backdrops and dancefloors. Whether you’re looking for bespoke lighting to match your theme or a starlit backdrop, Chris has something to suit. Chris told us: “I’d like to thank all my amazing couples for their love and support; without them, I wouldn’t have been able to be recognised as one of the best around. Congratulations to the winners of the DJ category and to my fellow finalists.” Discover more about Chris at DATE FOR THE DIARY Cumbria’s Premier Wedding Show is taking place on Sunday 18th February 2024 at Carlisle Lake District Airport. There will be a host of local suppliers to chat with about all things wedding and catwalk shows showcasing the latest wedding dress trends. Macdonald Leeming House will be exhibiting at the show, which is the perfect opportunity to meet the team and find out more about this Lake District venue. The grand Georgian property has 22 acres of mature and tended gardens, impressive views of the surrounding lakes and fells, and space for two to 82 guests. Check out for more information about Macdonald Leeming House. To register for the wedding show, visit cumbrias-premier-wedding-show-february-2024-tickets-739576993697 LOCAL NEWS 9

A LUXURIOUS STAY Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms in Aughton, Lancashire, is set to expand its accommodation with the launch of seven new garden rooms. Opening in spring 2024, each of the standalone rooms will be located in the secluded woodland that surrounds Moor Hall’s picturesque gardens. Designed by KOTO, the new rooms embrace the dynamic relationship between nature, design, crafted luxury, and sustainability. Each of the beautiful buildings will be complete with a hot tub and a private decking area. In line with Moor Hall’s commitment to sustainable practices, which have resulted in the restaurant achieving a Michelin Green Star, the Garden Rooms will comply with the highest eco-standards. Visit for more information. A MUST-SEE DISCOUNT Gretna Green, a family-owned wedding destination located in Dumfries and Galloway, is offering 30 per cent off its luxury wedding packages for two, six, or 10 guests (including the couple). Tie the knot in the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, situated at the heart of Gretna Green village. It’s the world-famous, historic home of the anvil wedding and has been at the centre of runaway love since the Marriage Act of 1754. Alternatively, you can say your vows in the Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House. Gretna Hall was the venue of choice for the rich and famous runaways of that era. This iconic Gretna Green wedding venue was built as a private manor house in 1710 and a coaching inn later that century. The packages include two nights’ accommodations for you and your guests at Smiths or Gretna Hall and includes dining options. Visit to find out more about the packages and for a price breakdown. AWARD-WINNING MAGIC Andrew Cooper from ACMAGIC has won ‘Best Magician in the North West’ at The Wedding Industry Awards 2024 – congratulations! Andrew has been entertaining audiences for more than 10 years and has an impressive 25 years of experience in magic. “The awards were voted for exclusively by my happy wedding clients, and I would like to dedicate this award to each and every one of them, as if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” says Andrew. “I’d also like to give a shout out to all my amazing followers for supporting me on this amazing journey. When I started doing magic as my full-time job, I could only dream of being recognised as the best in the North West. A special mention must go to my dad, David Cooper, who has been an integral part of my business, and without his love and support, I would never have come this far.” ACMAGIC is now a national finalist, with the results being announced on the 24th January 2024 in an awards ceremony in London. To find out more about ACMAGIC, visit A FESTIVE TREAT Lakeside Travel Services, a premium provider of private hire, luxury, and group transport in the Lake District, has launched Christmas vouchers for its Lake District tours. The vouchers will be personalised and delivered first-class and are valid for a year after the issue date. Available until the 22nd December, 2023, the vouchers will make the perfect gift for the happy couple or those you’d like to treat for helping with your big day. What’s more, the company is also offering a 10 per cent discount exclusively for customers who contact them at Operating for more than 10 years, Lakeside Travel Services has lots of experience and will ensure that you have a trip to remember. Head over to for more information. 10

On the shores of Lake Ullswater and set in 22 acres of landscaped gardens, Leeming House is the perfect location for your wedding. An elegant Georgian mansion capable of hosting wedding ceremonies of up to 120 guests, makes Leeming House a truly romantic venue with breathtaking views over the lake and Cumbrian fells. Leeming House Hotel, Watermillock, Ullswater, Penrith CA11 0JJ • 0344 879 9142 Find us on: To book an appointment or for more info, scan the QR code

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Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers BEAUTIFULLY BESPOKE Paper Swan is a bespoke wedding studio offering luxury stationery in Manchester, Cheshire, and across the UK. Owner Lucy Williams tells us: “After leaving school, I decided to follow my heart and enrol in a graphic design course. I graduated and have spent more than 15 years bringing creative ideas to life. My experiences working across different mediums have led me to become obsessed with beautiful textured papers, creative design, and wedding stationery. It made sense to combine my passions, and so Paper Swan was born. “The most important part of the creative process is getting to know each couple and their wedding aspirations,” continues Lucy. “Taking in all the little details and personal preferences means I can create bespoke stationery that is unique and special to you both. I get such a sense of excitement from every wedding that I have the pleasure of contributing to, and I often shed a tear or two with my couples when they get the first glimpse of their wedding stationery.” Exclusively for Your North West Wedding, Lucy is offering our readers a 10 per cent discount on her services when you book and mention the magazine. What’s more, you’ll also receive access to a wedding stationery planner, which will help make the whole process more seamless. To claim this fabulous discount, drop Lucy an email at To find out more about Lucy and her services, head over to WIN TWO STRIKING ACCURIST WATCHES WORTH UP TO £538! County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with British heritage watch brand Accurist to offer readers the chance to win this ultimate prize package for nearlyweds. Brides-to-be have the choice of a stunning set from Accurist and Sarah Alexander collaboration ( Priced from £209 to £289. This curation of nine unique giftsets, combines Sarah Alexander jewellery with Accurists best-selling, vintage-inspired Rectangle and Jewellery collections. All gift sets have been hand curated to showcase a coordinated look, featuring bangles, bracelets, earrings and necklaces with a wide variety of unique gemstones such as Rose Quartz, Mother of Pearl and Blue Kyanite − winners will be hard-pressed to choose! Grooms-to-be have the tough choice of selecting a dashing watch from one of Accurists men’s collection ( Priced from £119 to £249. Whether you go for a 1950s-inspired ‘Classic’ collection or the bold design of its ‘70s bestseller ‘Origin’ collection, all of Accurists’ collections have taken inspiration from 77 years of British watchmaking. Each watch comes with quick-release interchangeable straps, a five-year extended warranty and unique features in each collection. What’s more, whether you require the above two sets, or two brides or grooms, both come presented in Accurists watch roll gift packaging and can be personalised with engraving on the case back − perfect for the happy day. Check out Enter online via the website by 31st January, 2024. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

From a classic country inn and a simply astounding contemporary mill to gorgeous stately homes and romantic manor houses, find your perfect wedding venue with the Dream Venues Collection. SAY ‘I DO’ TO YOUR DREAM VENUE DREAMVENUES.CO.UK Launching Spring 2024 PHOTOGRAPHERS: James Jebson, Emilie May, Nick English & Bowness Film JANUARY WEDDING SHOWCASES Please see the website for dates and details New to the Dream Venues Collection, Wennington Hall is perfectly nestled between the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Ribble Valley, featuring stunning indoor and outdoor spaces for up to 250 guests.

THE RIBBLE VALLEY Spotlight on... 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 the surrounding countryside from the large windows. The patio and outdoor area are surrounded by lush greenery, which 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. EAVES HALL, BB7 3JG 01200 425 271 | Eaves Hall is a breathtaking, exclusive-use wedding venue located in the heart of the Ribble Valley. Standing amid 13 acres of award-winning gardens, this magnificent Georgian mansion has been refurbished and redecorated to create a contemporary country house ambience. The building, with its stunning pavilion and lavish gardens, makes Eaves Hall a picture-perfect backdrop for your big day. Celebrate in style Fully licensed for civil ceremonies both inside and outside, Eaves Hall has two suites available indoors: The Ballroom, which can hold 60 guests, and the Dining Room which can accommodate 120 people. Outside, a beautiful Wedding Pavilion set on manicured lawns and a Veranda at the front of the building are both licensed for outdoor ceremonies of up to 120 friends and family. We love... The team at Eaves Hall will help you choose the perfect menu with regular tasting events. As the day starts to draw to a close, your guests can retire to 30 individually decorated bedrooms, ranging from magnificent suites to modest singles. 15 RIBBLE VALLEY VENUES

SHIREBURN ARMS, BB7 9QJ 01254 826 678 | Part of the James’ Places Group, The Shireburn Arms is a quintessential 17th-century country inn boasting a blend of period and contemporary décor. The building has a charming exterior and offers incredible views from the south-facing terrace of the Ribble Valley and beyond. The gardens are perfect for drinks receptions and look wonderful in those all-important photographs. Celebrate in style Looking out onto the gardens, the Ribble Suites are beautifully decorated spaces with room for up to 100 friends and family for the ceremony and 150 for the evening reception. The venue only hosts one wedding at a time, with the flexibility to choose either suite based on guest numbers and personal preference. There’s also a private function bar and direct access to the Games Room, which is a great way to entertain guests of all ages. We love... The Shireburn Arms offers couples a menu tasting and honeymoon suite on the night of the wedding. RIBBY HALL VILLAGE, PR4 2PR 01772 685 858 | Situated in 130 acres of Lancashire countryside, Ribby Hall Village is a five-star holiday destination with plenty of places for guests to explore, including the award-winning Spa Hotel, 2AA Rosette Orangery restaurant, a premier health club, a nine-hole golf course, and accommodation ranging from luxury hotel rooms to large signature self-catering properties with hot tubs. Celebrate in style The Summer House is an idyllic setting for al fresco nuptials with vibrant summer blooms and gorgeous greenery, while the Garden Room offers a beautifully lit space with scenic views. The Rowan is a versatile space with its own bar and dancefloor that’s ideal for dancing the night away, and the recently refurbished Woodlands offers the perfect venue for large celebrations of up to 350 guests. We love... The choice of accommodation for wedding guests to stay in and the photo opportunities to suit all styles. 16


01539 435300 A day, a weekend, a memory that will last a lifetime. With three acres of gardens hidden in the UNESCO national park, your celebrations can take place inside the Lodge or outside in our gardens. We offer 12 delightful bedrooms and 4 luxury private mews. Come. Say I do. TWEEDIES BAR & LODGE RED BANK ROAD, GRASMERE LA22 9SW Do you want to get married without all the fuss? Just you and your fiancé? If so our Just The Two Of Us Package is perfect for you! From £1200.00 and with last-minute availability it has never been easier to say I do! Download our Wedding brochure here! 01539 435300 A day, a weekend, a memory that will last a lifetime. With three acres of gardens hidden in the UNESCO national park, your celebrati the Lodge or outside in our gardens. We offer 12 delightful bedrooms and 4 Come. Say I do. TWEEDIES BAR & LODGE RED BANK ROAD, GRASMERE LA22 9SW 01539 435300 A day, a weekend, a memory that will last a lifetime. With three acres of gardens hidden in the UNESCO national park, your celebrations can take place in the Lodge or outside in our gardens. We offer 12 delightful bedrooms and 4 luxury private mews Come. Say I do. TWEEDIES BAR & LODGE RED BANK ROAD, GRASMERE LA22 9SW 015395 32331 | LOOKING FOR A CLASSIC LAKE DISTRICT WEDDING VENUE FULL OF CHARACTER AND CHARM? The Cumbria Grand is the perfect venue for your special day, with it’s stunning Victorian exterior and surrounded by beautiful garden with a sea view, you couldn’t ask for a better backdrop. Each wedding is unique, and we would love you to visit us for a private show round. Mark Battista Photography main photograph Clare Geldard Photography left photograph We can create a spectacular displays to your requirements for amazing fireworks to celebrate your big day LOW NOISE FIREWORKS TRADITIONAL FIREWORKS PYROMUSICAL DISPLAYS AND MORE... Call: 0800 118 2921 or email:

HOBBIT HILL, BB7 9PN 07535 638 049 | The barn at Hobbit Hill is a rustic oak-beamed building with bi-folding glass doors that span the entire front of the barn, giving couples unbroken panoramic views of the Ribble Valley. The in-keeping natural wood of the barn’s exterior perfectly suits its woodland setting. Surrounded by woodland and large grassed areas that are perfectly suited for garden games, the grounds are the prime location for outdoor drink receptions. The Indian-flagged terrace has plenty of seating to toast the newlyweds while enjoying breathtaking views of the countryside. The accommodation at Hobbit Hill comprises of The Shire, a new space that houses a kitchen dining space, two double guest rooms, and a fabulous bridal suite, along with a private beauty station ideal for the morning of the wedding. Alternatively, there are five double glamping pods or the Luxury Lodge, which is nestled between The Round Wood and the forest behind Hobbit Hill. Celebrate in style The Round Wood is the perfect space for outdoor ceremonies. With its rustic oak pergola, tree trunk benches and festoon lighting, it’s a truly magical space to tie the knot. Alternatively, with the same spectacular views across the Ribble Valley, the Ceremony Room is an equally stunning space to exchange vows. Both spaces have seating for up to 130 guests. The Main Barn has seating for 130 loved ones for the wedding breakfast and 250 for the evening reception. We love... Couples will have access to Hobbit Hill the day before their wedding, so they can add special touches and bring their ideas to life. MITTON HALL, BB7 9PQ 01254 826 544 | Situated on the banks of the River Ribble, the magnificent Mitton Hall has been restored and re-created as a dreamy wedding venue. The ancient architectural features of this 15th-century manor house are complemented by the contemporary interior design. Step onto the riverside terrace and explore the gardens with stunning views of the Ribble Valley, perfect for taking those all-important photographs. Celebrate in style Fully licensed for civil ceremonies, The Party Room, capable of holding 165 seated guests for your ceremony, is bathed in natural light and boasts spectacular riverside views before transforming into the perfect party space for your evening guests. We love... Mitton Hall offers 18 meticulously designed bedrooms, creating the perfect end to a perfect day. Whether you envision a winter wedding with roaring fires and warm, rich colours or a beautiful floral summer party spilling out into the luscious gardens, the team at Mitton Hall will work with you to help create your dream wedding. 19 RIBBLE VALLEY VENUES

Say Yes... TO YOUR DREAM WEDDING Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa Bassenthwaite Lake Keswick Cumbria, CA12 4RE CALL US ON 017687 88911 AND SPEAK TO OUR WEDDING CO-ORDINATOR TO BOOK A SHOW ROUND. | Follow us on Once upon a time Tie the knot in a dreamy wedding venue LAKESIDE HOTEL & SPA, LA12 8AT 01539 530 001 | Lakeside Hotel & Spa is a four-star hotel on the southern shore of Lake Windermere. Just 15 minutes from the M6, the venue is easy to access, and the landscaped grounds are perfect for a stroll, allowing you to admire the picture-perfect views. The gardens have been created to be of all-year-round interest, perfect for exploring and taking those all-important photographs. With restful bedrooms, delicious fine dining inspired by fresh local produce, and indulgent treatments in the luxury spa and pool, Lakeside Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to escape. The seamless blend of country-house character and contemporary luxury will make you feel completely at home. Celebrate in style Licenced for civil wedding ceremonies, Lakeside Hotel & Spa allows you to host your day in one location. An intimate ceremony for just the two of you can be held in the private Lodge Suite, set within the tranquil hotel gardens, which creates the perfect scene for weddings all year round. Alternatively, The Oak Room is the most popular place to stage your wedding ceremony with just a few guests or as many as 30. Picture your wedding in the traditional surroundings of a 17th-century coaching inn, with its original oak panelling, open fire, and stained glass windows, while saying your vows overlooking the breathtaking Lake Windermere. A drinks reception by the water’s edge will follow, either on the lakeside lawn or in the conservatory if weather permits. Relax and enjoy time with your guests; maybe take advantage of the hotel’s lake-front location and experience a cruise together while the team prepares for your wedding breakfast. Continue to celebrate with guests in the privacy of the Windermere Suite which is exclusively yours for the day. Guests can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with a paved and landscaped terrace, outdoor seating, and uninterrupted views over the Lake District countryside. Dance the night away with evening entertainment, a cheese selection, nibbles, or a hog roast for all your guests to feast on. We love... The delicious food and luxurious spa. 21 DREAM VENUES

ARMATHWAITE HALL HOTEL & SPA, CA12 4RE 01768 776 551 | Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa is a 17th-century property situated near Keswick on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. This four-star former stately home is set in the secluded splendour of 400 acres of deer park and woodland and is framed by the dramatic Skiddaw Mountain and Lake District Fells. As you arrive at this privately owned hotel, you will receive a warm welcome within the grand surroundings. Explorers will find luxurious wood-panelled lounges complete with roaring fires, elaborately framed paintings, luxurious bedrooms, and an award-winning spa. Celebrate in style There are a variety of wedding spaces available, with options to suit a range of budgets and styles. Intimate ceremonies for up to 20 guests are ideally suited to the privacy of The Estate Office Room, while the Broadwater Suite, with its floor-to-ceiling windows boasting magnificent views out to the lake, is perfect for services for up to 120 loved ones. For a more contemporary feel, the Lime Tree Suite, with its beautiful garden terrace and space for 70 nearest and dearest, is ideal. Alternatively, the Lake View Lounge with glittering chandeliers, can hold 80. Al fresco celebrations are held in the Woodland Gazebo, Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa’s outdoor ceremony space, which allows you to wed in a natural lakeside setting. We love... In the grounds, there are meet the hawk and alpaca experiences, and the Lake District Wildlife Park, home to hundreds of rare and endangered animals, reptiles, and birds of prey, is close by. HOLLAND HALL HOTEL, WN8 0QZ 01695 624 426 | Nestled in the picturesque West Lancashire countryside, Holland Hall Hotel is a Grade II-listed wedding venue that dates back to 1654. The manor house hotel is accessible via a long driveway, adorned by luscious greenery, which leads onto a private car park with a charming stone fountain. The stone-pillared entrance has grand wooden doors that provide a dramatic entrance into the foyer. Elements of the original Baroque architecture balance perfectly with the refurbishment, creating a classic yet rustic charm throughout. There are 24 elegant and spacious en suite bedrooms and suites for guests to choose from, a luxurious apartment that sleeps six, and two beautifully appointed cottages with landscaped gardens. Celebrate in style The Ultimate Purveyors is a modern space decorated with luxury handcrafted tiles, heritage fixtures, and large shuttered glass doors that open onto a private patio area with seating for up to 40 nearest and dearest. Alternatively, you can tie the knot in the Terrace Suite. A large, elegant room full of natural light with access to the private garden area and space for 100 loved ones. Boasting a wall of bi-folding doors that open up to the terrace suite, the Garden Suite is a spacious room capable of holding 200 guests. If you’d prefer to host your wedding outdoors, celebrations are held under the Garden Pagoda with up to 100 friends and family. We love... When booking your wedding at the Holland Hall Hotel, you will have access to the bridal suite on the night of the wedding and a master of ceremonies. 22

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WEST TOWER, L39 7HJ 01695 423 328 | West Tower is a luxurious wedding venue boasting uninterrupted views of the Lancashire countryside. The hotel is home to 27 beautifully decorated bedrooms, a bridal suite, a state-of-the-art dressing room, a wooden staircase, a glass skylight, a terrace, an apex-covered entrance and a secluded patio. Celebrate in style Weddings of up to 145 day and 250 evening guests take place in the Ballroom. Full of natural light, this space has wooden floors, PA facilities, breathtaking views, and an elegant décor throughout. Outdoor celebrations are available on the manicured lawns under the charming pagoda. We love... As part of the venue’s wedding package, West Tower offers a complimentary menu tasting, accommodation in the bridal suite, and a personal wedding coordinator who will help plan your perfect day. GHYLL BARN, CA16 6BY | Nestled in the peaceful rural landscape of the Eden Valley, close to the edge of the Lake District, Ghyll Barn is a stunning wedding venue that has been handmade with love. Set within 70 acres, this soulful space is rich in texture and heritage, with a building that connects you to local history and the natural landscape beyond, creating a deeply grounded sense of place. Celebrate in style Ghyll Barn can accommodate weddings with up to 150 seated guests and 225 people for the evening celebration. We love... The property is a distinctive and exclusive venue for all of life’s special moments. Create lifelong memories and work with a team that understands the importance of sourcing locally, creating the most beautiful details for your day while limiting any environmental impact. 25 DREAM VENUES

SHAW HILL GOLF & SPA HOTEL, PR6 7PP 01257 269 221 | Set within 192 acres of Lancashire countryside, Shaw Hill Golf & Spa Hotel is a Grade II-listed Georgian manor. Situated off Preston Road in Whittle-le-Woods, the award-winning property is accessible via a private driveway. The on-site 18-hole golf course surrounding the building is ideal for taking a few minutes away from the wedding and capturing memorable photographs. Celebrate in style There are three rooms licensed to hold wedding ceremonies. Intimate services take place in the Gold Room, which provides breathtaking views over the golf course and has an ornate chandelier, a cosy fireplace, and space for 60 nearest and dearest. The Restaurant benefits from having a beautiful bay window overlooking the grounds and is ideal for vows and wedding breakfasts with up to 90 loved ones. Lastly, the Penina Suite can host up to 200 friends and family, with the option of dividing the room into smaller sections if needed. Decorated with fairylight ceiling drapes and glittering chandeliers, this space has a grand and romantic atmosphere, ideal for any wedding. We love... Bespoke packages are available to help you create the wedding of your dreams. THE DUNES HOTEL, LA14 4QW 01229 461 200 | The Dunes Hotel is situated in the South Lakes, close to Barrow, Ulverston, and Dalton. The family-run property has 45 bedrooms, which include en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. The on-site restaurant, The Coast, offers a welcoming and relaxed dining experience with food made using locally sourced products, perfect for families, couples, and groups. Private dining is also available for special occasions. Celebrate in style The ceremony room was custom-built and carefully designed to be flexible to match any theme or colour scheme. This space can hold 100 sit-down guests and more than 150 for the evening reception. The hotel has two tipis available for weddings and functions, a children’s play area, and exciting plans to utilise the extensive grounds over the coming months. We love... The hotel offers a dedicated wedding coordinator who will be on hand every step of the way to ensure your big day runs smoothly. 26

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Danielle and Iffan incorporated their love of light blue and dusky pink into their big-day styling at Stirk House Images courtesy of Fish 2 Photography ONCE UPON Danielle and Iffan met at work. “It was my first day in critical care; I asked him for a handover and he was rude to me,” says Danielle. “He was so rude, I decided not to speak to him again, but we kept running into each other at work and eventually started talking. We met again at a work’s do, sparks started to fly, and the rest is history!” Iffan proposed on Danielle’s 30th birthday. “It was the best birthday present ever,” shares the bride. “He took me away to the Lake District and got down on one knee in our hotel room. He asked me the question I had long been awaiting, and of course, I said yes!” Read on to see some of Danielle’s favourite moments from their big day... a time 29 REAL WEDDINGS

I loved Stirk House right away as it’s so picturesque. I adored the function room, and the staff were so welcoming and friendly. Eat Cakes By Susan provided our three-tiered wedding cake. Our favours were personalised candles and chocolates. We also created kid-friendly favours for the children. We decided to have Asian-style food, which Stirk House created for us. Our transport was a lovely vehicle from Malvern Wedding Car. Emily from Flowers for Keeps created our flowers and decorations for the church. 30

Iffan was nervous when he got to the church, but I was super excited. The bridesmaids all wore the same design from For Her and For Him in a dusky rose colour. I loved the look of the dresses and the girls said they loved them too. Iffan opted for a beautiful suit from Next. We had ties and pocket squares made by Swagger & Swoon, as we wanted Iffan to coordinate with me and the groomsmen to match the bridesmaids. Pianist Liz Hendry from Live Piano Ltd played during the reception and wedding breakfast. I’m a big Disney fan, and she kindly played instrumental Disney songs for us. We also had a photo booth from Reflections Entertainment where people could take funny photos or make GIFs. My hair stylist and make-up artist did an amazing job, especially since there were nine of us! My gown was a design called Rousseau by Maggie Sottero. I knew I wanted a long train with lace and sparkles, but when my mum saw this dress, she said it was the one. It wasn’t a style I would have picked, but she was right! As soon as I put it on, it was magical. I accessorised with Thomas Sabo earrings, a necklace and bracelet and a silver star and pearl hair vine from Jon Richard. 31 REAL WEDDINGS

The speeches were epic! My best friends did a joint speech for me. They did a role play of how I first told them about Iffan and him asking me to go on a trip of a lifetime to South America. They had all the guests laughing, and what they said about me was so meaningful. DANIELLE AND IFFAN’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, Stirk House, | Photographer, Fish 2 Photography, | Videographer, Gingerbread Productions, | Bride’s dress, The Bridal Lounge of Clitheroe, | Bride’s veil, Love Story Bridal, | Bride’s hairpiece, Jon Richard, | Bride’s jewellery, Thomas Sabo, | Groom’s suit, Next, | Ties, pocket squares and flowergirl’s sash, Swagger & Swoon, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, For Her and For Him, | Alterations, Sew in Love, | Hair stylist, Natalie Stuart Hair, | Make-up artist, Mimi Lomax Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist, | Bespoke wedding rings, David Burns the Jewellers, | Cake, Eat Cakes By Susan, | Personalised candles, The Pure Haven, | Personalised chocolate, Simply4you by Bronnie, | Children’s favours, Jemz Wedding Designs, Transport, Malvern Wedding Cars, | Flowers, Flowers for Keeps, | Venue styling, Creative Venue Stylist, | Piano, Live Piano Ltd, | Photo booth, Reflections Entertainment, | DJ, AndyB Events, | First dance lessons, Euphoria Dance and Therapy Ltd, Nobody was expecting us to do a choreographed routine for our first dance; everyone was in awe, and people said it was so romantic. For our second song after the first dance, we got everyone on the dancefloor, and it was so much fun. For our honeymoon, we went to Cape Town in South Africa. Iffan organised it all and spared no expense. He knew I’d always wanted to go on a safari. Our top tip for any couple about to tie the knot is to stand back, take it all in, and enjoy it! It goes so quickly, so try to remember every detail. 32

07845 983767 mark_battista_photography Visit: Discover... Award Winning UK Wedding Photographer Based in the Lake District - Covering the UK and Beyond ...the art of natural relaxed wedding story telling Unique Moments... ...Expertly Captured 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 THE VENUE_weddings 2023/24_195x141mm.qxp_Layout 1 15/06/2023 15:40 Page 1

JUST CLICKS When love Heather and Joe chose a lilac colour palette for their big day at Bartle Hall Images courtesy of Tom Benson Photography 34

Heather and Joe met while studying at university. “Although we were on different courses, we lived together in the same accommodation during our first year,” says Heather. “We were friends for a year and got together the following summer. I always found Joe attractive, particularly because of his bright blue eyes. He was always the funny one in the group, and we would spend a lot of time together as friends.” Joe proposed on Christmas Eve in 2021. “We had been together for over six years, but it was still a surprise,” shares the bride. “We were out on our annual Christmas Eve dog walk, and as we cut through some woodland, Joe ran off ahead to make sure we could get through a small field at the end. He then came back and said it was all fine, so we carried on walking. Up ahead in the field, there was a tree, and Joe told me there was a surprise waiting for me. As I approached, I could see there was something hanging off one of the branches. Once I got closer, I could see it was a Christmas bauble with the words, ‘Will you marry me?’ on it. When I turned around, Joe was down on one knee with a ring! Joe had handmade the bauble himself, which really showed how much effort he had put into the proposal. He had thought about making sure it was somewhere private but also somewhere we could visit often, as it was not far from our home. Every year, both sets of parents come and stay with us for Christmas, so it was even more special that we were able to celebrate with everyone together that night.” SETTING THE SCENE “Bartle Hall was the first wedding venue that we visited,” explains Heather. “The long driveway with the big gates and the stunning country house captured our hearts as soon as we arrived. We visited a few other venues in the area, but none of them gave us the feeling that we got at Bartle Hall. We also loved the fact that we had exclusive use of the entire venue, including the country house, coaching barn, and surrounding gardens. This meant we were able to have our ceremony in the house and our reception in the coaching barn. In addition to this, the bridal party were able to stay on-site the night before, where pizza and prosecco were provided by the venue. Not only was this a great place to have fun the night before the wedding, but it was also perfect for bridal prep in the morning.” The ceremony room was decorated by both Sophisticated Events and Creative Venue Stylist. “Creative Venue Stylist provided the white Chivari chairs, which were decorated with a white satin ribbon,” recalls the bride. “We also had a moongate that was at the end of the aisle. This was made with greenery and had white and lilac roses added to match our colour scheme. It made a beautiful backdrop for us to get married in front of and was later used behind the top table. Sophisticated Events provided pedestals with two matching large flower bombs for the end of the aisle, which complimented the moongate perfectly.” For their favours, the couple gave their guests mini candles. “These were a nice keepsake and added a personalised touch to the day,” adds Heather. “The candles were made with a vanilla and lavender scent to match our lilac/lavender theme. “Our table plan was ordered from an independent supplier on Etsy,” continues Heather. “We purchased it in a simple black and white design so that we could decorate it with artificial flowers that matched the rest of our decorations.” Heather and Joe made flower bombs for their centrepieces. “These were placed in tall vases and wrapped with white satin ribbons,” reveals Heather. “On the remaining tables, we had floating candles in three tiered vases and a matching floral wreath around the bottom. Sophisticated Events were fantastic at matching the flowers used in the centrepieces so that everything came together perfectly. They really went above and beyond to make sure everything was exactly how we wanted. “Our bouquets were made by Flowers by Jade,” adds the bride. “We went for lilac flowers and white roses mixed with sprigs of greenery.” 35 REAL WEDDINGS