Your North West Wedding - April/May 2024 (Issue 85)

Tie the knot in a glorious garden Say 'I do' in Lancashire APR/MAY 2024 £3.55 In the wilderness LOCAL VENUES NORTH WEST WEDDING WIN! Behind THE LENS Photography trends A honeymoon in the Maldives Hold me CLOSE Intimate weddings

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

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 47 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 89 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000 CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2024 On the cover... This issue’s cover is from Rosie and Michael’s garden-themed wedding at Low Hall the Lakes ( Their big day was photographed by Joe Mather Photography ( To see more from their wedding, turn to page 30. VENUES 13 SPOTLIGHT ON LANCASHIRE Discover some of the best local venues 19 THE WONDERS OF NATURE Tie the knot in a venue with stunning views FEATURES 43 TREND SETTER Some of the region’s best photographer have shared their trend predictions for 2024 51 STEP INTO SPRING A team of local suppliers worked together to produce this beautiful shoot at Long Acre Barn 55 JUST THE TWO OF US How to plan an intimate wedding 59 FALL IN LOVE Be inspired by this autumnal-styled shoot at Didsbury Parsonage Trust 51 43 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 62 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal news, buys and launches 63 IN LOVE WITH LACE This delicate fabric is always in fashion 68 THE ULTIMATE EDIT Add instant glam to your big-day look with these latest jewellery launches 69 RUFFLE UP Romantic layers and tiers are decorating bridal dresses this season 72 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 74 JUST BREATHE Actor turned meditation facilitator Maude Hirst tells us how to handle the stresses of wedding planning 76 BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 63 REAL WEDDINGS 25 RUSTIC ROMANCE Amy and Chris incorporated their love of sage green into their wedding day at Charnock Farm 30 AT ONE WITH NATURE Rosie and Michael opted for a English garden theme for their big day at Low Hall the Lakes 37 MEANT TO BE Olivia and Luke tied the knot at Storrs Hall Hotel surrounded by their friends and family HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 THE ITALIAN DREAM Live la dolce vita at Villa La Massa in the heart of the breathtaking Tuscan countryside 86 PICTURESQUE PARGA Jet to Parga Beach Resort in this popular coastal town located on the north-western coast of Greece 88 A ROOM WITH A VIEW Get away from it all at Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort 82 GROOMS 78 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 79 LUSCIOUS LOCKS TikTok star Matt Newman reveals his haircare tips for grooms-to-be 80 FEELING PEACHY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year, Peach Fuzz 37 30 25 4

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Welcome to our April/May issue! I love this time of year partly because I adore spring weddings but also because of the new wedding dress collections. This issue is one of my favourites to write and I always get excited seeing the stunning gowns that are available in our lovely region. I got married a few years ago, so I know how stressful finding the perfect dress can be. I had no idea what style I wanted, but my wonderful consultant helped me pick my dream A-line gown. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of choice available, make sure you listen to your consultant. They have years of experience and have helped brides of every shape and size find their dream gown, so they will know what looks good on you even if you don’t yourself. Go to your appointment with a rough idea of what you like, but try to keep an open mind. On paper, it might not be what you want, but it might still be the one. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our fashion section for heaps of inspiration. Happy planning! Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Your North West Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by Ellis Media and Events 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. ISSN 2392-2802 Fashion forward 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 wedding dresses covered in beautiful lace. WINan all-inclusive honeymoon in the Maldives! 80 63 89 25 Amy and Chris incorporated their love of sage green into their wedding day at Charnock Farm. 6

Looking for your dream wedding venue? Check out our venues section for some of our favourite picks. 13 Rosie and Michael opted for a English garden theme for their big day at Low Hall the Lakes. A team of local suppliers worked together to produce this beautiful shoot at Long Acre Barn. Read all about the latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. 82 51 37 Olivia and Luke tied the knot at Storrs Hall Hotel surrounded by their friends and family. 30 Sammy Njoroge 9Read all the latest news from around the region. 59 This autumnal styled shoot at Didsbury Parsonage Trust is full of inspiration. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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 This converted church, with original features such as stained glass windows and majestic arches, is a simply stunning venue for your wedding. With a large main hall, lounge and bar area, it’s a venue that’s both magni cent and welcoming to make your ceremony and reception truly memorable. Our Cloisters suite can cater for up to 280 guests. Whatever your requirements are we are here to help and create your perfect day so call us now and we can help you plan your dream wedding. Email – Telephone – 01204 879988 option 3 CLOISTERS SUITE IS OUR CONVERTED CHURCH WITH ORIGINAL FEATURES

All the latest from around the North West COUNTING THE PENNIES The four-star Mercure Norton Grange Hotel and Spa has launched two new wedding offers. Save up to £2,800 with the Off-Peak All-Year Round Offer. With this discount, you can celebrate your special day until the end of 2025, during the summer months, at out-of-season prices. Are you planning your nuptials for 2024? Book your offpeak wedding at the Mercure Norton Grange Hotel and Spa and enjoy savings of £1,000. The dedicated team of wedding experts will help you craft a day tailored to your vision and desires. Both offers are valid for new bookings and are available for weddings booked before 30th April 2024. Finance options are also available on both packages. Situated just eight miles from the city centre, this hotel is perfect for weekend breaks, shopping days and business stopovers. Enjoy a carefully prepared meal in the elegant Grange Restaurant, or relax in the less formal atmosphere of the Pickwick Bistro. Privilege rooms are also available to complete any special stay, offering robes, slippers and luxury toiletries. Find out more at NEWS Nearlywed BESPOKE TO YOU Bramall Hall, a wedding venue nestled within 70 acres of beautiful parkland, has launched two new wedding packages. The Tudor Package is all-inclusive for 40 day guests and 60 evening guests and costs £4,500. It includes exclusive use of the venue, a ceremony in the chapel, a bronze drink package, a three-course wedding breakfast and a fish and chip supper. This package is available on Mondays and Tuesdays, excluding bank holidays, and is for new bookings taking place before 31st March 2025. The second option, The Twilight Package, is available on Fridays (excluding bank holidays) for new bookings up until 31st March 2025. It costs £2,820 for 60 guests. Couples will get married in the chapel at 6pm and say cheers with a Bucks Fizz drinks reception, followed by a hot carved buffet and fizz to toast. Check out for more information about the packages. SWEET TREATS Grasmere Gingerbread’s wedding favours are back to meet the high demand from brides and grooms-to-be. The business stopped producing favours in 2020, when the first national lockdown wrought havoc on the UK’s wedding industry. Available in either heart-shaped or traditional pieces, the favours are presented in a variety of attractive boxes and tins. Invented in 1854 by Victorian cook Sarah Nelson, the company will be celebrating its 170th anniversary this year. “We had so many calls and emails from couples requesting them for their big day that we felt obliged to reintroduce them,” explained Joanne Hunter, co-director of Grasmere Gingerbread. “As we are in the heart of the Lake District, which is regularly voted one of the UK’s most romantic destinations, we always intended to re-introduce Grasmere Gingerbread wedding favours. So I’m thrilled that we are once again working with excited couples as they plan their big day. We have lots of exciting celebratory events planned, so it seemed like the perfect year to bring back our wedding favours.” To find out more, visit LOCAL NEWS 9

PLANNING SOS Wedding hair stylist Gareth Lambert and award-winning make-up artist Polly Winder have joined forces to launch The Love District Wedding Podcast, which aims to educate and entertain brides and grooms-to-be. With a combined 1,500 weddings under their belts, these two know how to calm an anxious bride and distract a fussy mother-in-law. Gareth explains why they are doing it: “On wedding mornings, Polly and I are always asked about funny stories, things that can go wrong and any tips to help them through the day, and as we love to chat, we thought, why not share this with everyone?” Polly adds: “The aim of the podcast is to have fun and share all our advice that we’ve picked up over our combined 35-year experience at weddings. Believe me, we have seen and heard it all.” The first series of The Love District Wedding Podcast has four entertaining episodes and focuses on wedding planning and morning disaster stories. Listen to it here: AWARD-WINNING VENUE Skitby, a wedding barn surrounded by acres of Cumbrian countryside, has been named a winner at the annual Hitched Wedding Awards 2024. The property received a total of 11 five-star reviews, left by married couples in the past year, on their online storefront on Hitched’s website. It’s no wonder Skitby has won, as it boasts impressive views of the Lake District, a contemporary interior, well-manicured gardens and an outdoor seating area. If that wasn’t enough, the venue is also exclusive use, meaning you will have the property to yourself for your big day. Visit for more information. A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD The Manchester Marriott Hotel Piccadilly, situated next to Piccadilly Train Station, is set to open this spring. In late 2021, the hotel was acquired leading to a 33-million-pound refurbishment and rebranding project. The new 338-room hotel offers a contemporary destination for travellers, featuring a restaurant and bar, a function room, 11 meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art gym and a spa featuring a thermal suite and six treatment rooms. Distinguished as the largest four-star hotel in the city centre, the Manchester Marriott Hotel Piccadilly will offer 338 generous bedrooms spread across eight floors, promising comfort for its customers. The interior design of the bedrooms is a nod to the neighbourhood’s industrial and musical heritage, incorporating earthy tones and contemporary décor. Head over to the website, for more information. BLOOMING WONDERFUL Cumberland Flower Farm has been accredited by the Sustainable Wedding Alliance. The farm was established in 2018 and grows cut flowers for homes, businesses and weddings near Cockermouth in West Cumbria. Using oldschool market garden methods, the team grows flowers and foliage from March until October. The company has a growing reputation for sustainable floristry, designing without floral foam and imported flowers that celebrate the seasons. Its relaxed ‘country garden’ florals have proved very popular with couples marrying in the Lakes, flowering between 40 and 50 weddings a year. The Sustainable Wedding Alliance was set up in 2020 by Michelle Miles to help the wedding industry reach the country’s ambition to be net zero by 2030. The process of accreditation supports businesses in understanding their current carbon footprint and creating a sustainability strategy that helps them become more environmentally friendly. Harriet Smithson, the owner of Cumberland Flower Farm, tells us: “We are delighted to have achieved accreditation with the Sustainable Wedding Alliance. It is brilliant to be able to celebrate our work and have a practical plan for our growth and development. The accreditation process has taken us a year and has involved us analysing our carbon footprint, supply chain and processes. It’s very thorough and thought-provoking! It’s easy to say you are ‘eco’ but this really underlines the effort we make to consider the environment. Sustainability is at the heart of what we do and to be the first business in Cumbria to be accredited is a great achievement. We encourage others to join and start the process!” For more information, visit For advice on making your wedding more environmentally friendly, please head over to: 10

Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers BRIDAL BEAUTY Megan Hartley is a make-up artist based in Lancaster, Lancashire, who covers all of the UK. “With over eight years of industry experience, I am a fully qualified and insured make-up artist who is passionate about creating unique looks that ensure you feel amazing on your special day,” says Megan. “Graduating from the Central College of Health & Beauty in Leeds in late 2015, I trained with the iconic brand MAC. This is where my early passion for creative and expressive make-up first started. I quickly fell in love with how make-up can enhance, alter and help portray certain elements and aspects of the face. I love seeing my brides’ reactions and how they are not only now wearing make-up but also wearing confidence. There really is no bigger honour than getting to spend part of your special day with you. I truly understand the importance of my role on your wedding morning and it’s such a privilege to be involved. I put my heart and soul into my work. I pride myself on being down to earth, easy to talk to and incredibly committed.” Exclusively for Your North West Wedding, Megan is offering our readers 10 per cent off her wedding services. To claim this fabulous offer, email Megan at and mention the magazine. Offer ends 30th June 2024. To find out more about Megan’s services, visit LILY CHARMED IS GIVING READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN £150 TO SPEND ONLINE Crafted from recycled sterling silver and gold-plated recycled sterling silver, Lily Charmed ( brings you a seamless canvas for effortless jewellery curation, ensuring that each piece offers a lifetime investment for authentic self-expression. Collect and curate your very own jewellery box of keepsakes with Lily Charmed’s unique range of consciously crafted charms. Bringing joy through jewellery, each piece is designed to showcase your memories and magical life journey with a modern edge. From engraved talismans, romantic hearts and keys, pretty florals, colourful motifs cast in resin, and whimsical bees and biscuits, to lustrous pearls, chic lockets and personalised birthstones adorning charm bracelets, charm collectors, chains and hoops, Lily Charmed offers a pick ‘n’ mix of playful designs. Layer, stack, mix and match, play with chain and bracelet styles, add charms, add colour − the choice is endless! Infinity symbols represent ever-lasting love, whilst alphabet charms and custom engraving make the perfect personalised touch for weddings. Elsewhere its hug rings, friendship charm bracelets and retro Mixtape, Cowboy Boot and Puzzle Pieces make effortlessly thoughtful bridesmaids gifts. Enter online an Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

Everyone deserves their special day and dream wedding. Discover the Dream Venues Collection; six stunning wedding venues across the Ribble Valley, Yorkshire Dales and Lune Valley. From magnificent manor houses to quaint and quirky country-inns, our dream venues provide the perfect setting and all the inspiration you need to bring your wedding vision to life. For weddings in Lancashire then please consider: Visit our website for to find out more or to arrange a viewing: Photographers: Laura Wade, James Jebson, Kerry Woods & Emilie May WWW.DREAMVENUES.CO.UK Mitton Hall Eaves Hall Shireburn Arms Holmes Mill

LANCASHIRE Spotlight on... HOLMES MILL, BB7 1EB 01200 407 183 | Holmes Mill is home to several establishments with something for everyone. At the heart of the complex stands The Boiler House, a vibrant all-day destination featuring a beer hall, brewery, ice cream parlour, and Duck Pin Bowling Alley. The Bowland Food Hall, part of the Boiler House complex, showcases some of the best food and drink from Lancashire and beyond. While The Spinning Block houses a boutique hotel alongside the Bar & Grill. Full of fascinating architectural features, each contributing to the ambience and atmosphere, this spectacular wedding venue has been lovingly restored to proudly showcase its heritage while still retaining a luxurious and modern feel. Celebrate in style The Cotton Room at Holmes Mill is fully licensed for civil ceremonies. It’s a large, versatile space that can accommodate up to 150 of your loved ones and is later transformed for the wedding reception while guests indulge in some drinks and nibbles at the Bar & Grill. We love... The exposed materials and period features create a fantastic backdrop for wedding photos. There are also quirky additions throughout the property, such as a London double-decker bus, shipping containers, and original mill machinery. THE 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. 13 LANCASHIRE VENUES

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 pavilion and lavish gardens, makes Eaves Hall a stunning 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. Alternatively, the beautiful Wedding Pavilion set on the manicured lawns and the 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. HOLLAND HALL HOTEL, WN8 0QZ 01695 624 426 | Nestled in the picturesque West Lancashire countryside, the Holland Hall Hotel is a Grade II-listed wedding venue that dates back to 1654. Accessible via a long driveway, adorned by luscious greenery, the hotel has a private car park with a charming stone fountain that looks great in photographs. 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 of your 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. Holland Hall Hotel has been named ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ at the Lancashire Tourism Awards, and wedding coordinator Joanne Denton took home the ‘Unsung Hero Award’ – congratulations! 14

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

LANCASHIRE MANOR HOTEL, WN8 9QD 01695 567 260 | Lancashire Manor Hotel is a Grade II listed property with plenty of spaces to tie the knot. The original stone manor house is at the heart of the hotel and contains a lounge area and above it, in the original farmhouse bedrooms, is a honeymoon suite. Celebrate in style The Lathom Suite, seating up to 100 guests, is decorated in a mixture of traditional and contemporary décor and has a bar, natural light, a movable dancefloor, and can be divided into a smaller reception room for more intimate celebrations. Alternatively, The Great Hall is a picturesque space, complete with a galleried balcony, crystal chandeliers, and a golden bar. It seats up to 200 people and has its own kitchen to ensure the meal is served on time. We love... Wedding packages include drinks, complimentary hire of a cake stand and knife, the hotel’s own master of ceremonies who will keep the big day on track, and use of the honeymoon suite on the night of the wedding. 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, perfect for those of you looking for a more rustic and casual venue. The indoor space features warm lighting and wooden accents, creating a welcoming and intimate ambiance with 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 ideal for capturing wedding photographs, with the scenery, Abbey Ruins, and River Ribble providing a breathtaking 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. 17 LANCASHIRE VENUES

The perfect wedding backdrop... for your wedding by the lake Lakeside Hotel and Spa, Newby Bridge, Lakeside LA12 8AT 015395 30001 | To start planning your perfect day scan QR code 15/11/23 Lakeside Wedding 1/2 Page advert.indd 1 20/11/2023 16:13

The wonders OF NATURE Tie the knot in a venue with stunning views CUMBRIA GRAND HOTEL, LA11 6EN 01539 532 331 | Set within the Lake District National Park, the Cumbria Grand Hotel is a dreamy base to go and explore one of the most picturesque parts of England. Set in 20 acres of private gardens and woodlands and overlooking Morecambe Bay, you will receive a warm and friendly welcome at this charming AA three-star Victorian hotel. There are two dining options to choose from: the Hazelwood Restaurant and the relaxing Jacobean Bar, both with stunning views out to the gardens and Morecambe Bay estuary. Celebrate in style The venue’s ballroom has recently been refurbished and restored to its original splendour. With one of the biggest stages in the Lake District and a Victorian backdrop, the ballroom is ideal for your first dance. Enjoy exclusive use of the lower ground area of the hotel – perfect for couples seeking space and privacy to enjoy their day with their loved ones. This area has a private bar, a separate grand staircase entrance, toilets and a private entrance to the decking area and gardens. Alternatively, the well-kept gardens provide a beautiful setting for your wedding photos, with manicured lawns, 20 acres of peaceful woodlands and peacocks freely roaming the grounds. Wedding guests have been known to use the gardens as a pleasant place to socialise just before or after the service. We love... Cumbria Grand Hotel has a flexible approach to wedding planning and can customise menus to suit your taste and budget with a choice of two or three options per course. 19 THE GREAT OUTDOORS

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. TWEEDIES BAR & LODGE, LA22 9SW 01539 435 300 | Tweedies Bar & Lodge is a rustic wedding venue in Grasmere. Nestled amongst some of the most famous Lake District fells, guests can enjoy 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, perfect for photographs. The venue’s grounds play host to the Lake District’s largest beer and music festival and have a great reputation for its food and drink. Celebrate in style There are three areas that are licensed for ceremonies. The Lodge features tweed made by local Herdwick sheep farmer Charlotte Harnby and is capable of holding 70 guests for the vows and sit-down meal. Alternatively, the Lounge can be used by up to 25 loved ones for the service. Couples looking for al fresco celebrations can tie the knot in the garden, or a marquee can be erected for large nuptials. The property is within walking distance of St. Oswald’s Church for those looking for a traditional church ceremony. We love... The on-site bedrooms feature individual Harris Tweed, bespoke cushions, and soft furnishings that create a modern yet cosy space. 20

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 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

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 create personalised hen party experiences in the beautiful Trossachs, Oban, Stirling, Glasgow or Edinburgh. Experiences such as: Make your own body care products or wild foods, bushcraft & wild crafting, bespoke yoga sessions and historical themed activities such as medieval cookery. All the money raised from our work goes back into workshops for marginalized communities across Central Scotland. Movement in Thyme is a non profit social enterprise focused on developing community, mental and physical wellbeing and reducing social isolation through the power of nature, herbal medicine, food and movement. @movement_in_thyme • Planning a hen party? Contact us with your idea. We create personalised zen hen party experiences in beautiful Scotland. Examples of herbal goodies you’ll make: AphrodiTea, Eros Bliss Balls, Dionysus herb-rolled love candle, Herbal love potions, yoga, with a goodie bag for the bride. We can send out DIY party packs for you make our herbal zen hens anywhere in the country or we can come to your accommodation in the Stirlingshire, Glasgow area. All the money raised from our work goes back into workshops for marginalized communities across Central Scotland. Movement in Thyme is a non profit social enterprise focused on developing community, mental and physical wellbeing and reducing social isolation through the power of nature, herbal medicine, food and movement.

SILVERHOLME MANOR, GRAYTHWAITE ESTATE, LA12 8AZ 01539 531 248 | Offering stunning views of Lake Windermere, Silverholme Manor on the Graythwaite Estate is a traditional Georgian manor house surrounded by extensive grounds. The elegantly furnished property is full of original character with modern comforts throughout, creating a romantic setting to say, ‘I do’. Celebrate in style For those planning to tie the knot outdoors, the semi-circular patio offers panoramic views of Lake Windermere, as well as sweeping views across the lawns and towards the handsome stone manor house. Also licensed for ceremonies is the stunning Coach House or the Dining Room and Drawing Room of the manor house itself, Silverholme is perfect for both large and small celebrations. We love... The venue offers exclusive use of the manor house and grounds, so you can be Lord and Lady of the Manor for a minimum three-night stay. 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. 23 THE GREAT OUTDOORS

01772 622934 Nestled in the heart of rural Lancashire, the Barn at Charnock Farm blends traditional country side charm with delightfully picturesque scenery, providing the perfect backdrop for a day you’ll never forget. The Barn has been lovingly transformed into a stunning modern wedding venue, with a friendly, family-run team who are passionate about helping you perfect every last aspect of your ideal dream wedding. We know that finding the right venue is hugely important to creating the right feel and atmosphere of your wedding. In fact, it’s arguably the biggest decision you have to make. It’s our absolute pleasure to welcome guests to Charnock Farm. We look forward to meeting you and organising your perfect wedding day.

Amy and Chris incorporated their love of sage green into their wedding day at Charnock Farm Images courtesy of The Soulcase Wedding Photography RUSTIC Amy and Chris met at work and started talking after they were introduced by Amy’s boss. “We became friends and the rest is history,” says Amy. “We have three children between us and in 2020, they said: ‘Will you marry our dad?’ with my mum’s engagement ring in hand. It was a complete shock and the most perfect proposal, as the kids were included. My mum sadly passed away in 2018 from cancer, so it means a lot to me that he used her ring.” Read on to see some of Amy’s favourite moments from their big day... romance 25 REAL WEDDINGS

Our food was supplied by Charnock Farm. We chose canapes, a three-course meal and a hot buffet in the evening. I created signs that we placed around the venue and Bliss Events by Katie provided a post box, a crisp wall, a doughnut wall, a photo booth and a flower arch. For our favours, we gave our guests cookies from Bish Bosh Bake with their names stamped into the icing; these also doubled up as place names. Charnock Farm is a stone’s throw away from where we live and we love the rustic barn feel. We often visit the farm in the summer, so the kids can have ice cream and feed the animals. It has a lot of happy memories for us and we loved the idea of getting married there. Nathan from Charnock Farm was absolutely amazing! He was there throughout the whole event to make sure it ran smoothly. Our cake was made by a family friend. It was a tiered design with flowers around the sides. All of the décor was created by Bliss Events by Katie. She completely understood what I wanted in terms of colour and style and she did an absolutely amazing job. 26

We had a lovely lady called Chelsie Jade sing at our wedding. She sang while the guests arrived, throughout the ceremony and for two hours during the reception. After the wedding breakfast, I booked a singing waiter as a surprise for Chris and our guests, which was a huge hit! I bought my Maggie Sottero dress from Brides at Charnock Farm. I accessorised with a blush fingertip-length veil and a necklace and earrings that Chris bought for me. Chris and the groomsmen wore suits from John Francis in Bolton. After the wedding, we didn’t have a honeymoon as such. We went on a lovely family holiday to Egypt and made some amazing memories, with camel rides, a boat trip and quad biking in the desert. I had four bridesmaids, who all wore sage green floor-length dresses that we purchased from Next. My flowergirl wore a pink dress from Next and had a flower wand. My dad’s speech was amazing. I was worried he was going to go on for too long, but it was perfect. In the evening, we had a magic mirror photo booth and the resident DJ performed, who was absolutely fantastic. 27 REAL WEDDINGS

AMY AND CHRIS’ CONTACTS Venue and catering, Charnock Farm, | Photographer, The Soulcase Wedding Photography, Bride’s dress and accessories, Brides at Charnock Farm, | Groom’s suit and accessories, John Francis, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Next, | Mums’ outfits, Hobbs, | Hair stylist, Looby Doos, | Make-up artist, Makeup by Ces, | Favours, Bish Bosh Bake, | Venue styling, Bliss Events by Katie, | Flowers, Poco Fiore, | Stationery, Celebration Wishes, | Singing waiters, Silver Service Singers, | Singer, Chelsie Jade Wedding & Events Singer, 28

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At one WITH NATURE Rosie and Michael opted for a English garden theme for their big day at Low Hall the Lakes Images courtesy of Joe Mather Photography 30

Rosie and Michael met, like most modern couples, online. “We were attracted to each other’s sense of adventure and love of the outdoors,” says Rosie. “Michael almost missed out though, as he cancelled our first date at short notice because he’d found a lost dog while out on the fells and, in the process of reuniting the dog with his owner, managed to get sunstroke. It was only because my mum persuaded me to give him another chance that I agreed to reschedule!” Michael proposed on Hopegill Head. “It’s one of our favourite skylines and the view from the top looks down on the venue where we wanted to get married,” shares the bride. “He’d planned it for a beautiful November day, but the bad weather suddenly set in, and by the time we’d had breakfast, it was a full blizzard. We set off in the snow and had a slow, cold and windy climb to the top, where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was a complete whiteout; we couldn’t see the view and the dog’s whiskers were frozen, but it was magical nonetheless.” SETTING THE SCENE “We loved Low Hall the Lakes from the beginning and knew it was the perfect venue for our day, and although we flirted with the idea of other venues, we knew it was the one for us,” explains Rosie. “Ben and Francesca made us feel completely at ease; we could have our ceremony looking up at where we got engaged and we loved the overall vibe. It felt perfectly us. “I love flowers and grow lots of my own, so they were always going to be really important for setting the vibe of the wedding,” adds Rosie. “For the ceremony, we wanted to create more of a natural, enhanced floral scene, so I designed a floral ground arch where Michael and I would stand to give the effect it was growing out of the ground, with similar arrangements at the end of each row of seating. We were thrilled with how it turned out. We got DIY buckets of gorgeous Cumbrian-grown flowers from Harriet at the Cumberland Flower Farm and mixed them with flowers we grew in our garden too. My mum made the bouquets on the morning of the wedding and Katie, one of my bridesmaids, made the buttonholes. We had a whole crew of amazing friends and family help us decorate the venue on the Friday and we couldn’t have done it without them.” The happy couple designed their table plan and had it printed at Mike Taylor Printing Services. “Mike was amazing and did all our printing for us,” reveals the bride. “We loved how all our stationery matched and felt modern, bold and cool. We stuck the decals to plywood, which gave it a slightly industrial vibe.” Rosie and Michael used terracotta planters as their centrepieces. “We filled them to the brim with flowers and they were perfect because they made a real impact, but they were still low so you could see who was sitting opposite you,” remembers Rosie. “We added loads of candles and colourful napkins and I was so pleased with how the tables looked.” Kelly at Wren Cake Design made the couple’s cake. “We kept the design simple and in keeping with the colours used elsewhere in the wedding,” says the bride. “The cake layers were sticky toffee pudding, limoncello, blueberry and champagne, and rhubarb and elderflower. We also had an amazing vegan cake, which was whisky, pecan, and salted caramel. 31 REAL WEDDINGS

Styling • DIY • Elopements. Seasonal, Sustainable Wedding Flowers Flower Farm and Florist in West Cumbria specialising in beautiful, environmentally kind flowers. Let our alpacas help you celebrate your special day. The Alternative Wedding Guests... You and your guests can spend �me with our quirky, endearing, cute alpacas. Enjoy an unforge�able photo experience and something for your unique wedding album! We can coordinate with your wedding colour scheme, please contact us to discuss a tailor-made package just for you. Wreay Syke Alpacas A member of the Bri�sh Alpaca Society 07866 918550 (Jane) 07788 560065 (Paul) STAG & HEN PARTIES OR OTHER SPECIAL OCCASIONS Getting out into the outdoors can be a great unique way of celebrating a special occasion, such as an up coming wedding or birthday party. We can also provide a selection of activities throughout the day that revolve around a ‘mission’ type theme with a small prize at the end. Ideal activities for hen/stag parties and special occasions include: raft building, team building/ problem solving, archery, gyhll scrambling, canyoning and canoeing. £40 for half a day and £60 for a full day per person. Based in the Lake District at Coniston. We also can add to your day, buffet lunch at a small extra cost and changing and showers. Some of our activities can be done in Lancashire such as Rock Climbing and Abseiling. These events are suitable for groups of up to 16 (if you have a bigger group please contact us to see what we can offer). E: T: 07795 917 171

“Iain at Bespoke Catering Cumbria created a delicious sharing feast for us based on our favourite recipes,” adds Rosie. “We had a load of Middle Eastern-inspired veggie and vegan treats for everyone to dig into. It was perfect for a summer evening. For dessert, Greg from Hardy Peddling served ice cream, which looked amazing set up outside of the barn. For evening munchies, Dhanell from Love Pizza cooked up the most delicious pizzas for everyone.” DRESSED TO IMPRESS “My mum made my two-piece outfit,” shares Rosie. “We did lots of shopping and loved lots of dresses, but none of them were the one, so my mum volunteered to make me something! I did a quick sketch in my diary and sent it to her and she made magic happen, creating my perfect outfit. It was so beautiful and she did such an incredible job. I accessorised with the gold and pearl earrings my mum wore when she married my dad 34 years ago, my granny’s diamond watch and a simple long veil with a hairclip. I bought some shoes when we first started planning, but the week before the wedding, I decided I didn’t like them with my outfit, so I ordered 100 pairs and found some that I loved in the end! In the evening, I changed into a sequin mini dress, which I customised with feathers and green velvet heels. It was the perfect dancing dress. For Michael’s look, he chose a green linen suit with a pink linen bow tie.” Rosie’s bridesmaids chose their own dresses. “I asked them to pick what they felt happiest in,” explains the bride. “Their only brief was to feel good and be colourful. They all looked beautiful.” TIME TO CELEBRATE “During the day, Alexander Hulme played the guitar and sang, while our guests sipped on customised beers from Crooked River Brewing Co Ltd and played crazy golf from The All Hire Company,” recalls Rosie. “Alexander also sang through dinner, which was such a nice addition to the atmosphere. After dinner, while we had cake, ice cream, teas, coffees and more drinks, Guy joined and played the sax while our guests milled about and chatted. In the evening, we were joined by The Jive Doctors, who played the best tunes with lots of energy and made sure the dancefloor was jumping all night long.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS “We felt the most amazing energy in the air all day,” remembers the bride. “It was wonderful being surrounded by so much love and happiness and we couldn’t stop smiling; our faces hurt for days afterwards. It couldn’t have felt like a more special day. Although a particular highlight of the day was watching from the window as the guests arrived and the sun came out, it all came together exactly how I’d imagined it! I also loved our speeches, which we did outside too. Even though it rained a bit on me during my speech, it was the best setting to do it in. Michael’s favourite bits included me walking down the aisle, the confetti and the speeches. We both absolutely loved the golden hour, where Joe, our photographer, took us into a field for pictures, and we had 10 minutes to talk to each other, laugh our heads off and take in the magic of the day. “All of our suppliers went above and beyond to make our day special, but Ben and Fran at Low Hall the Lakes were incredible in both the planning of the day and on the day; they really helped create such a chilled vibe,” continues Rosie. “Joe was also amazing; he caught every moment perfectly and made us both feel so comfortable. Also, we have to say thank you to JC Massonnet for curating our wine list and Matt Lindsay for rushing to pick up Michael’s parents for the ceremony when their taxi didn’t turn up!” REAL WEDDINGS 33

ROSIE AND MICHAEL’S CONTACTS Venue, Low Hall the Lakes, | Photographer and videographer, Joe Mather Photography, | Groom’s ring, Brightstar109, | Catering, Bespoke Catering Cumbria, | Ice cream, Hardy Peddling, | Pizza, Love Pizza, | Cake, Wren Cake Design, | Customised beer, Crooked River Brewing Co Ltd, | Flowers, Cumberland Flower Farm, | Stationery printing, Mike Taylor Printing Services, | Crazy golf, The All Hire Company, Entertainment, The Jive Doctors, and Alexander Hulme, 34

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