Your North West Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 84)

Discover why the Lake District is the perfect place to tie the knot Stunning wedding dresses and suits FEB/MAR 2024 £3.55 The beauty of the Lakes Dainty DETAILS NORTH WEST WEDDING DREAMY DÉCOR WIN! A honeymoon in Jamaica Venue styling trends

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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 11 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 55 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 81 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2024 On the cover... This issue's gorgeous cover has been sponsored by luxury wedding florist, Fiore Dorato ( The image is from a styled shoot photographed by SL photo and film ( at the Castlefield Rooms ( VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON LAKE DISTRICT Discover some of the best local venues 21 GLORIOUS GARDENS Tie the knot in a stunning venue FEATURES 45 PLANNING SOS How to organise your dream wedding 51 DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY A group of local suppliers worked together to create this pink disco-themed shoot at Holmes Mill 59 THE BEAUTY OF THE LAKES Be inspired by this stunning styled shoot at New House Farm 65 DREAMY DÉCOR The latest venue styling trends 51 59 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 70 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 71 DAINTY DETAILS Say “I do” in these model looks 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 78 BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 27 REAL WEDDINGS 27 WOODLAND ROMANCE Sam and Iain opted for a rustic themed celebration at Samlesbury Hall 32 FUN IN THE SUN Izzy and Ryan tied the knot on the hottest day of the year at The Glass House 39 AN ALL TIME LOVE Melisa and Josh chose Bashall Barn to host their big day HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 A SONG OF SUN AND SEA We reveal why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 86 VIVA ESPAÑA! Experience the finer side of life at Hostal de La Gavina in Spain’s Costa Brava 88 PARISIAN ELEGANCE Part of the prestigious Oetker Collection, Le Bristol Paris is everything you could dream of from a once in a lifetime visit to La Ville-Lumière, The City of Light 71 GROOMS 80 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 39 32 84 4

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Welcome to our February/March issue and congratulations to those of you who recently got engaged; we can’t wait to help you plan your special day! Planning your wedding can feel overwhelming, especially at the beginning, but try not to panic. Weddings aren’t one-size-fits-all, so make the day about you, your interests and your love story. For example, if you love Harry Potter, why not incorporate it into your day? After all, it’s your wedding! Having trouble getting started? I found the best thing to do when I got engaged was to make a list of everything that I’d like to include in my day. From the big things like the venue and photographer down to the smaller details such as the cake topper and jewellery. The list might be a few sentences, or five pages long(!); both are absolutely fine. The list is there so you can find which items are important to you and to help you to focus on one thing at a time. My number one piece of advice would be to focus on your venue first, as this will dictate the day and time that you’re getting married. Due to the knock-on effects of the pandemic, many venues are still getting booked years in advance, so get your dream space locked in as soon as possible and then you can start thinking about your other suppliers. If you’re not sure what type of venue you want for your big day, check out our venue features for heaps 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 Love is in the air 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 We reveal the latest best buys and product launches for the groom-to-be. Check out these on-trend dresses full of beautiful details. WINan all-inclusive honeymoon in Jamaica worth nearly £4,500! 80 71 81 51 A group of local suppliers worked together to create this pink discothemed shoot at Holmes Mill. 6

Dreaming of tying the knot in the great outdoors? Head over to our venue feature for heaps of inspiration. 21 Izzy and Ryan tied the knot on the hottest day of the year at The Glass House. Sam and Iain met through a mutual friend and instantly hit it off. Their relationship blossomed and years later, Iain popped the question in Paris. Melisa and Josh chose Bashall Barn to host their big day. 39 27 59 David Rucker Photography worked with a team of talented suppliers to create this stunning styled shoot at New House Farm. 32 82Read all about the latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

All the latest from around the North West A DREAMY SETTING 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. L’arl Barn, originally the owner’s grandfather’s old stables and hayloft, is a sandstone barn with a traditional Westwell and slate roof. The owners are hoping to get L’arl Barn licensed for ceremonies in 2024. Ghyll Barn is 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. 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. Visit for more information. NEWS Nearlywed CONGRATULATIONS Holland Hall Hotel is a finalist in four different categories at the Lancashire Tourism Awards. Hoping to win the ‘Dog Friendly Business’, ‘Hotel Wedding Venue’ and ‘Resilience and Innovation’ categories, head of weddings Joanne Denton has also been nominated for the ‘Unsung Hero’ award. The ‘Unsung Hero’ award highlights those individuals who are working within tourism and excelling in their role, as recognised by the colleagues and peers that have nominated them. Each finalist has helped create memorable experiences for visitors through their sometimes unseen or unsung actions and deserves to be applauded for their work and commitment. Vikki Harris, the marketing and partnerships director of Marketing Lancashire, commented: “We are delighted to have such highly-regarded colleagues and individuals in the running for the ‘Unsung Hero’ award. This is a very special category and we hope each of the finalists are proud to have their name associated with the award, which celebrates the finalists’ achievements and their contributions to the industry. Our judges have a difficult task ahead of them in determining the winner, as all of these finalists deserve our thanks and recognition for their hard work.” Holland Hall Hotel will be hosting a wedding fair on Sunday 3rd March from 12pm to 4pm. It’s the perfect time to see the venue, meet the team and plan your special day. Entry is free and you’ll receive a free glass of fizz on arrival. Discover more at SUITE DREAMS Lakeside Hotel & Spa is a four-star hotel on the southern shore of Lake Windermere. The hotel’s lodges have been refurbished to create romantic accommodation for couples looking to stay the night after their big day. The two lodges have their own adjoining lounge, a huge picture window brimming with views of Lake Windermere and a luxurious outdoor bath. Set by the lakeshore, with private patios and gardens within easy reach of the Aveda Spa and hotel’s facilities, The Lodge is a private retreat in an envied position, yet only a few steps away from the hotel. It offers the best of two worlds: the peace and seclusion of your own place, with personal service, superb facilities and fine food. Check out for more information about Lakeside Hotel & Spa. LOCAL NEWS 9

DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY Simon Levi, based in Manchester, is a saxophonist who has been awarded ‘Best Musician’ by Hitched twice and is hoping to win again later this year. Simon has an exceptional musical background and a wealth of experience. He can play anything from house and jazz to funk and soul, with something to please all of your wedding guests and keep the dancefloor packed all night. New for 2024, Simon is offering a saxophone, DJ, singer and percussion package, perfect for couples who want to keep their guests glued to the dancefloor. Find out more at DATES FOR THE DIARY 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 hosting two wedding shows, which are the perfect opportunity to see this stunning venue for yourself. Home to an 18-hole golf course, accommodation, a spa and romantic wedding spaces, Shaw Hill Golf & Spa Hotel has everything you could need for your big day. The first show will take place on Sunday 25th February between 12pm and 3pm and the second is on Monday 1st April between 5pm and 7pm. If you can’t wait until then, why not book your own private viewing with a complimentary glass of fizz and see how you can make the venue your own? To find out more, visit PRE-WEDDING CELEBRATION Lifestyle hotel brand Malmaison has announced the launch of Malmaison Manchester Deansgate. Located a stone’s throw from the bustling Deansgate thoroughfare that connects the city’s many neighbourhoods, this four-star property offers 70 rooms and suites, many with views over the picturesque Albert Square. The signature restaurant, Malmaison Bar & Grill, seats 114 guests and serves a stylish fusion grill menu, offering contemporary takes on classic and seasonal dishes carefully curated by chef director John Woodward, served alongside a curated wine list and bar menu. Manchester Deansgate also plays host to Malmaison’s second rooftop bar and restaurant in the UK, seating 116 guests across its intimate terrace that overlooks the historic Manchester Town Hall. Scott Harper, the COO of Malmaison & Hotel du Vin, says: “Driving our food and beverage offering forward is of huge importance to Malmaison and as such, we’re also incredibly proud to open our second SORA following its massive success at Malmaison York. Bringing SORA to Manchester alongside our signature Malmaison Bar & Grill made complete sense, reinvigorating Malmaison’s food and beverage offering in the city and further positioning the brand as a unique dining destination.” For more info, visit: Malmaison SAY ‘I DO’ Gretna Green, the award-winning, family-owned wedding, tourism, and hospitality destination, has announced a new space for weddings. The Elopement Marriage Room offers a modern and intimate space to say your vows. It can hold up to 20 guests, providing a cosy atmosphere for couples and their closest loved ones to share in their joy. The executive chairman of Gretna Green, John Holliday, said: “Gretna Green has always been a place of love and celebration. With our new Elopement Marriage Room, we’re taking that tradition to new heights, creating an even more special experience for couples.” Gretna Green has also been shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Best Unique Wedding Venue’ category at the 2024 Confetti Wedding Awards. John adds: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been named a finalist for the ‘Best Unique Wedding Venue’ at the 2024 Confetti Wedding Awards. Gretna Green occupies a special place in the hearts of couples around the world and this recognition is a testament to the magic our team strives to create for our cherished guests.” Head over to for more information. 10

Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers A MOMENT IN TIME Fish 2 Photography is run by the talented Christina Davies. Based in Preston, she travels all over the North West, capturing stunning weddings. “I started taking photos when I was really young on my dad’s camera and it has always interested me,” shares Christina. “After studying at college and university, I decided to try and explore the TV world and ended up working at the BBC and a few other random jobs, but I missed taking photos. I decided in June 2008 to quit my job and start Fish 2 Photography and I’m so glad I did. I really love photographing weddings; no couple is the same and no wedding is the same and I enjoy capturing personalities and special moments. My style is quite relaxed and natural; I want to capture the day as it happens – every moment, every laugh, or even the tears. I really want couples to feel comfortable, even though having your photo taken isn’t an everyday thing for most people, so I try to make your couple photos as relaxed as possible, picking up on how you naturally interact with each other and reflecting that in the photos.” Christina offers six different packages, covering everything from micro-two-hour weddings to full-day coverage. Exclusively for Your North West Wedding, Fish 2 Photography is offering our readers 10 percent off any packages when you email Christina at and mention the magazine. The offer ends on 15th April 2024. To find out more about Fish 2 Photography, visit JEWELLERY MUST-HAVES Independent British brand Scream Pretty is giving readers the chance to win £150 to spend online at Say ‘I do’ to wedding season and RSVP to any summer soiree in style with Scream Pretty’s stunning treasure trove of jewellery. From lustrous opulent pearls, playful floral motifs, colourful touches and statement sparkle, Scream Pretty’s collection of consciously crafted recycled-sterling silver and gold-plated recycled-sterling silver designs have something for every wedding party. Its Modern Pearl collection features classically chic Baroque pearl necklaces and charm hoops, or for a touch more glam, why not opt for the Pearl and Tennis Chain earrings? Elsewhere, its Simple Sparkle and Audrey ranges bring sparkling crystals across a host of earring designs from dazzling huggies, beautiful bows, signature drop studs and delicate threaders; all designed to mix, match, layer, and stack, sitting as intricate accents that can be worn in piercings across the ear for a dainty curated look. For bridesmaids’ gifts, Scream Pretty’s Zodiac Coin Pendants make thoughtful personalised gifts, whilst its collection of heart, oval and precious hand carabiner charm collectors make the perfect keepsake. Designed with the ethos ‘Be seen. Be heard. Scream Pretty.’, this jewellery brand has you covered for every occasion. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

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 LAKE DISTRICT Spotlight on... STORRS HALL, LA23 3LG 01539 447 111 | Storrs Hall is a Grade II*-listed Georgian mansion house set on the shoreline of Lake Windermere in the Lake District. The hall was built in the 1790s by Sir John Legard, then more than doubled in size with a Victorian extension when it was turned into a hotel in 1892. There are 36 bedrooms, 29 of which retain their original architecture, so every room is different. The original Boathouse is a luxuriously private and indulgent getaway. The open-plan suite in the lakeland stone building is bordered by a large terrace edging the lake and includes a private hot tub and firepit to enhance the outdoor vibe and complement the facilities inside. These are complemented by the six contemporary Lakeside Suites which sit in woodland between the Boathouse and main house, facing west over the lake. Each has a private terrace with its own Japanese-style cedar hot tub. Slide the glass walls back to maximise the back-to-nature feel of these nurturing spaces. Two of these suites are suitable for people with limited mobility. These spaces are wrapped in 17 acres of private grounds and have a dual-aspect lake frontage looking along the greater length of Windermere. Celebrate in style The wedding team at Storrs Hall will be able to help you plan the wedding of your dreams, from your ceremony to the big reception. You can host your service in a choice of settings with up to 80 guests, including a drinks reception with canapés and a three-course wedding breakfast followed by tea, coffee and petit fours. We love... When tying the knot here, you will receive a complimentary menu tasting, a toastmaster service, a drinks package, wedding chairs and table linens, menus and place cards, an evening reception for up to 110 guests and a dedicated wedding coordinator. LANGDALE CHASE HOTEL, LA23 1LW 01539 432 201 | Standing on the shores of Lake Windermere, the Langdale Chase Hotel has reopened its doors following a careful 12-month restoration. The hotel’s new look adds a contemporary touch with calming colours to its 30 bedrooms while being sympathetic to the building’s history, which dates back to 1890. Langdale Chase Hotel combines warm service with plenty to do, offering a charming and homely lakeside getaway. Guests can choose to do as much as they wish or kick back and fine-tune the art of doing absolutely nothing at the hotel’s private waterside location. Lovers of the outdoors can enjoy 4x4 off-road driving and clay pigeon shooting, as well as lakeside activities including paddleboarding, wild swimming, boating and kayaking. The hotel’s kitchen will also make up picnic baskets for guests to enjoy while hiking popular walking routes. Those who prefer to stay indoors and relax will enjoy wine tastings led by certified sommelier Julien Hennebelle or a screening in the hotel’s cinema room, which shows three classic films per day alongside complementary ice cream and is also bookable for private screenings. Cosy activity seekers can snuggle up by one of the four original fireplaces in the new reading room or various lounges. Celebrate in style Langdale Chase Hotel is a beautiful venue, perfect for intimate celebrations. The Sitting Room can seat 10–12 people in the heart of the main house, with a real fire and bay window looking down the lake. Alternatively, The Cellar is an atmospheric setting surrounded by the hotel’s wine collection with room for six to eight guests. The Dining Room is slightly larger and can accommodate 18 loved ones. We love... Each room at the Langdale Chase Hotel is decorated to accentuate the building’s original features. The hotel’s Windermere and Lakehouse Rooms offer a great place to relax with comfortable interiors, and there are five dog-friendly rooms available for guests staying with a four-legged friend. 15 LAKE DISTRICT VENUES

MACDONALD LEEMING HOUSE, CA11 0JJ 01768 486 674 | Macdonald Leeming House is a grand Georgian property nestled within 22 acres of mature and well-tended gardens. Boasting impressive views of the surrounding lakes and fells, this is truly a magical setting for weddings in the Lake District. You and your guests will receive the best personal attention and care on your big day with exclusive use of the hotel and its gardens. Celebrate in style The Blue Room, a beautiful space with floor-to-ceiling windows and room for 30 of your loved ones, is perfect for intimate weddings. Alternatively, The Regency is available. This large, elegant room has five impressive windows, a traditional décor throughout and space for 80 friends and family. We love... The property can cater for celebrations for two to 82 guests, with complimentary menu tastings and bed and breakfast for the newlyweds. 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, which is due to be completed in spring 2024. The state-of-the-art Falls Spa Complex 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. The hotel is set to undergo a refurbishment of the ground floor, which is due to be completed in spring 2024. We love... You will receive a free night’s stay in a Premium Suite on the night of your wedding and have complimentary access to the Falls Spa. 16

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

a weekend, a memory that will last a lifetime. en in the UNESCO national park, your celebrations can take place inside ardens. We offer 12 delightful bedrooms and 4 luxury private mews. Come. Say I do. EEDIES BAR & LODGE ED 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 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 A day, a weekend, a memory that will last a lifetime. ee acres of gardens hidden in the UNESCO national park, your celebrations can take place inside 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 Details can be found using the below link | 01229 461200 | DUNES HOTEL, ROANHEAD BEACH, SOUTH LAKES, CUMBRIA, LA14 4QW e er ec lace ay ‘I ’ Images: ONSITE MASSAGE TREATMENTS AVAILABLE

THE OLD ENGLAND HOTEL & SPA, LA23 3DF 01539 487 894 | Set in its own gardens, The Old England Hotel & Spa provides breathtaking views over the fells and beyond. There are on-site jetties available 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 hotel’s garden and Lake Windermere, with a neutral décor throughout. It’s capable of holding 100 friends and family for the ceremony and wedding breakfast. Intimate celebrations, whether ‘just for two’ or up to 16 loved ones, take place in the magnificent Bay room, which overlooks the hotel’s garden and lake, is adjacent to the Segrave Bar and is full of natural light. We love... When booking your wedding here, you will receive a complimentary menu tasting and an overnight bed and breakfast. NEW HOUSE FARM, CA13 9UU 07841 159 818 | Dating back to 1650, New House Farm is a Grade II-listed property offering picturesque views of the Lakeland Fells. The venue has a contemporary décor throughout, luxurious fireplaces and on-site bedrooms with roll-top baths and four-poster beds. Celebrate in style Ceremonies take place in the new Cart Shed or, weather permitting, in the grounds with impressive views of the surrounding countryside. The Hayloft, a stunning space with a bar, a kitchen and five en suite bedrooms, is available for up to 130 loved ones. We love... You will have exclusive use of the venue and the on-site accommodation can be reserved. 19 LAKE DISTRICT VENUES

SMITHFIELD, CARLISLE, CUMBRIA, CA6 6DL • Exclusive-use venue • Civil Ceremony licensed • Reception main suite hosting 96 guests • Main suite and ceremony room hosting 130 guests • Evening receptions can accommodate 180 - 200 guests • Countryside venue in the heart of North Cumbria Email: Telephone: 01228 675 241 Every love story is beautiful... ...but yours is our favourite AWARD-WINNING BARN VENUE

Glorious gardens Tie the knot in a stunning venue with plenty of outdoor space THE FOREST SIDE, LA22 9RN 01539 435 250 | Built using typical Lake District slate and stone, The Forest Side is a Victorian mansion that dates back to 1853. The Forest Side was originally built on the site of an earlier farm in the magical Lake District for notable Manchester solicitor Stephen Heelis as a statement of position and wealth. He didn’t stint on the gardens, planting extensive pleasure gardens with rhododendrons as the dominant planting scheme, the very height of fashion, with rare and exotic specimens brought back to these shores from China and the Himalayas by some of the great Victorian plant hunters. There are a number of other original Victorian features dotted about in the grounds, including an old fernery based around a small pool fed by a mountain stream, which over time will be restored to its former glory. Just off the main entrance driveway, you can see a collection of huge limestone monoliths. This folly in the form of a stone circle is also a bit of a fashion statement and marks the Victorian interest in the ‘Celtic Revival’. All the bedrooms have been designed by interior designer James Mackie, who has used the same luxurious materials in every room so that everyone can have the full Forest Side experience. As with the bedrooms, every bathroom has exactly the same high-quality fixtures and fittings. Celebrate in style Inside the property’s principle dining room, it transforms into an idyllic space in which to host your intimate wedding celebration. This light and airy room, with its beautiful vistas, high ceilings and direct access to the garden terrace and the landscaped grounds beyond, offers the perfect setting for your special occasion. You can rest assured that the awardwinning chefs will be on hand to create the perfect seasonal menu just for you, using only the finest of ingredients from the Cumbrian landscape and, of course, from the kitchen gardens, perfect for wowing your guests and their taste buds. The two wedding ceremony rooms comfortably accommodate up to 50 of your nearest and dearest and should you wish to celebrate with additional friends and family in the evening, you can enjoy the company of up to 80 guests. We love... The Forest Side accommodates 40 overnight guests on an exclusive use basis in the 20 appointed bedrooms. 21 GLORIOUS GARDENS

THE GLASS HOUSE, FY3 0DE 01253 891 336 | The Glass House is an elegant blank canvas decorated with wooden beams draped with fairylights, crystal chandeliers, mirrored bi-folding internal doors and floor-to-ceiling windows. The exterior is modern, with brick and glass frames and clean lines, creating a contemporary space to tie the knot. The venue offers picturesque views of the countryside stretching across the Pennines. The bi-folding doors lead directly onto the enclosed garden, which creates the perfect set-up for group shots, or the wooded areas and fields of wildflowers make a fantastic alternative. Celebrate in style The main wedding space has impressive floor-to-ceiling windows, countryside views and room for 150 of your nearest and dearest throughout the day. Those of you planning an outdoor celebration will love the gazebo that’s been draped with fairylights and can accommodate 150 of your loved ones. We love... The groom-to-be will be offered a free round of golf before the wedding. BRAMALL HALL, SK7 3NX 0161 474 3451 The first marriage at Bramall Hall took place on the 30th October 1599, when William Davenport, the heir to Bramall, was married at the age of 15 to Frances Wilbraham of Woodhey. Full of wonderful history, the property is nestled within 70 acres of beautiful parkland and is perfect for weddings. Celebrate in style The Chapel is available for ceremonies. With oak pews and authentic stone flag flooring, your ceremony will take place in front of the grand alter, with stained glass providing a picturesque backdrop. The Chapel can accommodate up to 75 guests for a civil ceremony only, or up to 60 people for a civil ceremony in conjunction with a wedding breakfast. The Great Hall has traditional stained-glass windows and authentic stone flag flooring. Your ceremony will take place in front of the impressive grand fireplace. The Great Hall can accommodate up to 75 of your friends and family for a civil ceremony, or up to 60 for a civil ceremony in conjunction with a wedding breakfast. With its Tudor style, solid wooden flooring and elegant chandeliers, the Banqueting Room can accommodate 60 of your loved ones. If you’re planning a larger celebration with numbers over 60, the team can accommodate your wedding breakfast and evening reception in a marquee or tipi in the walled garden within Bramhall Park. Alternatively, you can continue your celebrations with an evening reception in the Banqueting Room and Great Hall, which can accommodate up to 90 of your nearest and dearest. We love... The venue’s grounds look stunning in photographs. 22

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

WEDDING PACKAGES AVAILABLE FOR 2024 AND 2025 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 LANCASHIRE MANOR HOTEL, PRESCOTT ROAD, PIMBO, NR WIGAN, LANCASHIRE, WN8 9QD Photography by Nigel Parkinson at Piconiq WEDDING VIEWING NIGHT Thursday 29th February 6pm -8pm BRIDAL FAYRE Sunday 7th April 12pm -3pm

SKITBY, CA6 6DL 01228 675 241 | Skitby is a rustic barn with exposed timber and traditional sandstone walls, surrounded by acres of Cumbrian countryside. Boasting impressive views of the Lake District, the property has a contemporary interior, well-manicured gardens and an outdoor seating area, creating plenty of places to explore and take those all-important photographs. Celebrate in style Ceremonies can take place in the Ceremony Wing, which can accommodate 100 of your friends and family for the service and 45 for an intimate reception, whereas the Main Dining Space can hold 140 of your nearest and dearest. Skitby is an exclusive-use venue, meaning receptions can take place throughout the building. There is also the option to add an external structure to the outside of the property to accommodate weddings for more than 200 of your loved ones. We love... The wedding team at Skitby will organise a menu tasting for you before the big day. SHAW HILL GOLF & SPA HOTEL, PR6 7PP 01257 269 221 | Situated off Preston Road in Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire, Shaw Hill Golf & Spa Hotel is an award-winning property nestled within 192 acres of countryside. This Grade II-listed Georgian manor has an on-site 18-hole golf course surrounding the building that’s ideal for taking a few minutes away from the wedding and capturing memorable photographs. Celebrate in style There are two 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 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. 25 GLORIOUS GARDENS

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Sam and Iain opted for a rustic themed celebration at Samlesbury Hall Images courtesy of LOOKsharpe Photography WOODLAND Sam and Iain met through a mutual friend and instantly hit it off. “We really enjoyed each other’s company and shared a similar sense of humour,” says Sam. “It felt so easy and natural talking to one another.” Iain proposed during a trip to Paris. “When we arrived, we had a few drinks before heading back to our room,” shares the bride. “We decided to go out to the balcony and enjoy the view. I turned around and Iain was down on one knee. It was a complete shock, as we have always said we wouldn’t get married as it isn’t really our thing.” Read on to see some of Sam’s favourite moments from their big day... romance 27 REAL WEDDINGS

For our centrepieces, we chose eucalyptus and candles. I added white petals, but we didn’t really want to put too much on the tables as the venue was beautiful enough! A family friend had told us about the café at Samlesbury Hall and how beautiful it was, so we decided to go see what it was like. It was everything that we wanted. Being big walkers, we are always attracted to the woodland style and the venue’s size and private garden were just perfect for us. When we contacted them about having a small wedding there, they actually had another wedding happening in the main hall. They wouldn’t normally arrange another event, but when we explained our situation, the staff were so understanding and supportive, making sure everything went perfectly. Our flowers were green and white, with a mix of wild blooms and orchids. I knew nothing about flowers, but I explained the theme to our florist, Call Me Flower, and they did an amazing job. My lovely cook at work made a cake for us; sadly, it didn’t travel well, so she had to quickly repair and change it, but it still tasted delicious! My mother had recently been diagnosed with stage three-four pancreatic cancer, so once we got back from Paris, we made the decision to get married quick and have a small ceremony as we wanted my mother to be there. 28

We had our friend, Tom Murphy, play guitar when the guests arrived and after the meal. In the evening, we had DJ Blackpool’s Midas Disco keep our guests entertained. I wore an Essense of Australia dress called Ophelia D3636 from Emma Louise Bridal. I fell in love with the gown, as it matched our woodland theme perfectly and was so flattering! The bridesmaids wore multi-way olive dresses, which they styled how they liked. One of our favourite moments was telling everyone we were expecting a baby girl. Iain and I felt nervous, excited and happy. We loved how beautiful the venues and my mother looked. 29 REAL WEDDINGS

SAM AND IAIN’S CONTACTS Ceremony venue, St Leonard the Less, | Reception venue, Samlesbury Hall, | Photographer, LOOKsharpe Photography, | Bride’s dress and accessories, Emma Louise Bridal, | Groom’s suit, Paul Andrew, | Hair stylist, By Lydia Marie, | Make-up artist, Abbey Ward, | Flowers, Call Me Flower, | Guitarist, Tom Murphy Music, | DJ, Blackpool’s Midas Disco, 30

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Fun in the sun Izzy and Ryan tied the knot on the hottest day of the year at The Glass House Images courtesy of Jo Boulton Photography 32

Izzy and Ryan were brought together through unusual circumstances. “The first time I met Ryan, we were introduced by my previous partner in a nightclub, as he was one of his friends,” says Izzy. “I met him a couple of times after that, but we didn’t really speak much. A few years later, we found out that our partners were seeing each other behind our backs! Ryan and I started to message each other about it and the more we chatted, the more we realised we had lots in common and very similar values. Once I got to know Ryan, I discovered we went to the same high school and knew a lot of the same people.” Ryan organised a surprise birthday party for Izzy’s 23rd birthday. “My birthday gift from him was a surprise holiday with two of our friends to Las Vegas,” shares the bride. “Fast forward to the holiday and Ryan and his friend insisted we book a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. After flying around for a while, we eventually landed and enjoyed a little picnic. Ryan called me over to one side for a photo. Before I knew it, Ryan was giving a speech about how there was a reason we’d come to Vegas and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. In absolute shock, I said, ‘Is this a joke?!’ My friends and the other tourists on the helicopter all laughed. I obviously said ‘yes’ and we then proceeded to have our little picnic with added champagne, which I couldn’t drink because I was on cloud nine. We finished the evening by flying down the Las Vegas strip at night.” SETTING THE SCENE Izzy and Ryan chose The Glass House in Blackpool to host their big day. “We were first attracted to The Glass House because of the huge windows, which let in lots of natural light and showed views of the grounds,” explains Izzy. “We’d seen a few venues that had hardly any windows and I didn’t like the vibe it gave the rooms. We loved how much of a blank canvas the venue was and that we had a lot of free will to do whatever we wanted with the venue. They allowed us to have CO2 guns during the evening, a smoke machine and cold spark fountains for our first dance, which was an absolute hit with our guests! We’ve since had people come up to us who we don’t even know, saying they’ve seen our wedding on Instagram because of the CO2 guns, which is really cool! “Luckily for me, Ryan had given me the nod to basically decorate the space however I wanted with the occasional seal of approval from himself,” adds Izzy. “I originally wanted a really whimsical mauve theme with lots of candles and fairylights, but as you plan a wedding, you constantly see things that you like and change your mind. In the end, we went with a modern and classic look, with a touch of a whimsical vibe to our day, with lilacs and purples along with lots of green and white flowers. I wanted something classic and timeless, but not overdone. For the rest of the decoration, I left it to the superb team at Above & Beyond Events Ltd., who sorted everything out for us. I told them what I wanted and the results were absolutely stunning.” The happy couple loved creating their table plan. “Typically, organising the seating plan is supposed to be stressful; however, we found it a breeze,” recalls the bride. “Don’t get me wrong, we had family members who don’t like other family members and all that jazz, but we found it quite easy and I think it was down to the number of tables we could have in the room and the number of people we could have around one table. We already knew who we wanted on our top table from the very beginning: Ryan’s parents and my grandparents, as they’ve been my parents; I was even walked down the aisle by my grandad.” Izzy asked her friend to supply their flowers. “I’m extremely lucky to have an amazingly talented friend who used to have her own flower business,” reveals Izzy. “I asked her to create our wedding flowers, and she did a fantastic job; we had lots of compliments. “With the cake, I was extremely lucky to have a client who creates the 33 REAL WEDDINGS

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 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: © Jo Boulton © Don’t Delete the Kisses © Don’t Delete the Kisses © James Jebson

most incredible-tasting cakes,” continues the bride. “I gave her a photo for inspiration and she recreated it with our chosen flavours. We went for a four-tiered design, with each layer having a different flavour. It was huge, but she did it so cheaply that we couldn’t resist! My florist friend decorated the cake with flowers and placed my cake topper from Etsy on top.” Twelve Restaurant & Lounge Bar provided the couple’s food for the day. “We went for a taster menu evening and everything was beautiful,” says Izzy. “The staff were extremely helpful and gave us ideas on what we could do with each dish. We had to pick two options for each course for the taster, then decide on which one to have on our wedding menu, and let me tell you, coming from two foodies, it was extremely difficult to pick one as we liked every single option we tasted!” DRESSED TO IMPRESS “I wore an Essense of Australia dress called D3247 from Dreamcatcher Bridal Boutique in Kirkham,” shares Izzy. “When my maid-of-honour and I walked into the boutique, it was such a surreal experience. It was a positive, light, and airy space, which gave me good vibes before I had even tried on the dress! One of the lovely ladies who work there was helping me into the dress and before she could even fasten me in fully, I already knew it was the one! I paired the dress with a cathedral-tiered veil that had small, delicate diamonds on it, as I wanted something long to match the train but nothing that was going to interfere with the lace detailing at the bottom of the train. I didn’t want any fussy jewellery or hair pins, as I wanted a sleek, minimal look with the dress and train taking centre stage.” Ryan and his groomsmen opted for three-piece black tuxedos with black shoes, white shirts and black bow ties. “I really wanted this look for Ryan and the lads,” explains the bride. “Even my nephew, the pageboy, had a black suit with a bow tie and looked so cute! “When looking for bridesmaids’ dresses, we struggled to find the right mauve colour as there’s about 100 different shades and nothing looked right, so we ended up going for lilac grey dresses from ASOS,” adds Izzy. “My goddaughter, the flowergirl, wore a white dress from Next, which she was obsessed with and didn’t want to take off, along with her flower crown and wand.” TIME TO CELEBRATE “We hired Alex Birtwell to play the guitar and sing during the ceremony,” recalls Izzy. “We’d seen him at a wedding fair and really liked him. He also hosted our reception and played our first dance song. Ryan and his lads were singing and playing the guitar along with Alex for the guests outside. As it was a lovely, hot day, it set the mood and entertained everyone. It also reinforced to our friends and family that they were in for a fun-packed day.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS “I remember on the day feeling a sense of calm,” reveals Izzy. “I wasn’t stressed, but I was quite nervous to walk down the aisle without tripping over. You long for this day for so long and all the stress of planning literally don’t even matter; it all disappears on the day. If we could do it all again every day, we would! Looking back at our day and on our wedding video, I made a mistake on our vows because I was nervous. When the celebrant was saying our vows to us, I just went blank and had to ask for her to repeat them a few times! “Our special day wouldn’t have gone as smoothly as it did without the exceptional help from Cieran from The Glass House,” continues Izzy. “He made the day so special. We felt really looked after and he was hilarious. All of our guests loved him and all of our suppliers had their praises sung by our guests! Cieran is honestly so fantastic at what he does.” REAL WEDDINGS 35