Your North West Wedding - June/July 2024 (Issue 86)

Florists offer heaps of inspiration based on popular colour schemes The latest wedding dress trends JUN/JUL 2024 £3.55 Pretty palette picks Bridal BEAUTY NORTH WEST WEDDING WIN! Delicious CATERING Plan your dream menu A jewellery voucher, worth £1,000 Going LOCAL Manchester venues

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.

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER What to look out for in this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the North West 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 49 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 89 COMPETITION Win a £1,000 jewellery voucher to spend at 77 Diamonds CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2024 On the cover... This issue’s cover is from Rebecca and Kyle’s beautiful wedding at Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa ( It was photographed by Jason Chambers Photography ( To see more images from their wedding and the full supplier list, turn to page 30. VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON MANCHESTER Discover some of the best local venues 19 SUITE DREAMS Tie the knot in a luxurious hotel FEATURES 43 ONCE AND FLORAL Local florists share their favourite arrangements 53 DELICIOUS DELIGHTS We’ve rounded up some of the region’s best caterers 57 NEVER LET ME GO A team of local suppliers worked together to create this romantic styled shoot at Low Hall The Lakes 57 15 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 60 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news and launches 61 ALL DRESSED UP These strappy styles will take you from day to dancefloor 66 BEACH READY These honeymoon buys are suitcase essentials 67 SHORT AND CHIC These sassy styles are always in fashion 70 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 72 FEELING FABULOUS We caught up with celebrity hair stylist and innovator Gustav Fouche 74 COLOUR ME HAPPY Our beauty editor is a new woman thanks to House of Colour’s expert colour analysis 76 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 25 REAL WEDDINGS 25 MONOCHROME MAGIC Laura and Phil opted for a black and white colour scheme for their big day at Knowsley Hall 30 THE BEAUTY OF THE LAKES Rebecca and Kyle has a magical celebration at Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa surrounded by their friends and family 37 THE PERFECT MATCH Hannah and Mark met at work and years later they celebrated their wedding day at The Cumbria Grand Hotel HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 SOME LIKE IT HOT Remember to pack your sunscreen when visiting these balmy honeymoon destinations 86 BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Wrap up warm when visiting these chilly honeymoon destinations 88 SWEET ESCAPES Enjoy a relaxing minimoon in some of the UK’s best boltholes 82 GROOMS 78 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 79 FIT TO PERFECTION London-based tailors Fielding & Nicholson share their top tips for finding a wedding suit 80 HUE COMPLETE ME We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be 61 37 30 4

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

As someone who has only worn make-up once for my own wedding a few years ago, my knowledge is definitely lacking, and, much to my friends’ amusement, I can’t tell you the difference between highlighter, foundation and concealer! Luckily, our region is full of some wonderful beauty experts who know all the tips and tricks to ensure you look your best on your big day. If you’re a bit clueless, like me, don’t panic. When looking for a make-up artist, make sure you read their reviews and that you like the look of their work. Most importantly, be honest with them. Whether you wear full glam on a regular basis, only add a touch of foundation, or have no clue where to start, they are there to help you. A good supplier will reassure you and give suggestions to ensure you look and feel like the best version of yourself. I highly recommend having a trial with your supplier before the wedding. Your trial will give you time to talk to your make-up artist, test out looks and ensure you’re happy with the finished result before the wedding day. To help give you some ideas, we’ve rounded up fashion and beauty experts in the area and asked for their tips and trend predictions to ensure you look amazing. 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 Star of the show 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. A team of local suppliers worked together to create this romantic styled shoot at Low Hall The Lakes. WINa luxurious prize from 77 Diamonds. 80 57 89 25 Laura and Phil opted for a black and white colour scheme for their big day at Knowsley Hall. 6

Local florists share some of their favourite floral arrangements. These strappy wedding dresses will take you from day to dancefloor. Read all about the latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. Hannah and Mark met at work and years later they celebrated their day at The Cumbria Grand Hotel. 37 82 30 Rebecca and Kyle has a magical celebration at Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa surrounded by their friends and family. 61 43 19 Looking for your dream wedding venue? Check out our venues section for some of our favourite picks. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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

All the latest from around the North West CONGRATULATIONS Netherby Hall, near Carlisle, has been named a finalist in the ‘Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year’ category at the Cumbria Tourism Awards. The Grade II* listed mansion is home to nine luxury self-catering apartments and cottages located in the gardens and grounds of the 36-acre private estate. It runs a range of initiatives, such as producing its own delicious gin and offering experience breaks that include horse-drawn carriage rides to the nearby Michelin-starred Pentonbridge Inn. Kim Capstick, who is the operations director at Netherby Hall, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be named a finalist for this award. Our guests really love the fact that Netherby Hall is such a unique place that offers a real retreat from everyday life. Providing a brilliant experience for our guests is our top priority, and we are always looking for ways in which we can enhance their stay with us, such as the experience breaks, which have proved really popular. Our ultimate aim is to make sure that our guests have a truly memorable time with us.” Head over to the website for more information. NEWS Nearlywed A NEW LOOK Luxury wedding venue, The Gibbon Bridge Hotel has refreshed its outdoor wedding space. The team repainted the bandstand, which is used for weddings, at the start of the year, transforming it from a wood stain with a red carpet to white with a cream carpet to brighten the space and create a more modern vibe. As well as the new look, there are now Twilight Wedding Packages available that can be tailored to suit varying budgets. What’s more, the team has also welcomed back a spa offering. Lizzy from Bowland Spa offers manicures, pedicures, massages, and facial treatments, as well as nails, for guests, members of the bridal party and family to enjoy. For more information, visit PARTY THE NIGHT AWAY The Swan Hotel and Spa, in the heart of the Lake District, has announced its late-night, summer spa-rties. Complete with exclusive spa access, a live DJ and cocktails, all set against the stunning backdrop of one of England’s most beloved natural wonders. Running on the last Friday of every month throughout the summer, the party, reminiscent of an upbeat beach club, is guaranteed to transport you to hotter climates. Priced at £65 per person, you will kickstart the evening by sipping a spritz in the hot tub while the resident DJ gets you in the party spirit with an eclectic mix of upbeat summer anthems. Drinks will be flowing from the dedicated outdoor bar while you sit back and soak up the stunning countryside views all around you – perfect for hen dos with a difference. The party doesn’t have to stop there, as you head upstairs and enjoy an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s bright and contemporary rooms. After a good night’s sleep, indulge in a much-needed buffet breakfast at the hotel’s River Room Brasserie the following morning. To book, visit LOCAL NEWS 9

BRIDAL BEAUTY When it comes to bridal accessories, Katie Loxton has a wide selection of options available. From beautifully crafted personalised pouches with hidden sentiments to luxurious jewellery, every piece is designed to make you feel your very best. Elevate your big day with Katie Loxton’s latest launch, the Fold-Out Garment Weekend Bag. Featuring multiple pockets for storage, this versatile travel essential transforms into a hangable garment cover, perfect for storing your special dress. With personalised embroidery and engraving available on all orders, Katie Loxton’s accessories make perfect wedding gifts. Discover more at DATES FOR THE DIARY Whether you’ve recently gotten engaged or are at the end of your wedding planning journey, trying to find the perfect suppliers can be stressful. To help you plan the wedding of your dreams, why not visit a local wedding fair? This is the ideal chance to meet some of the region’s best companies and discuss your big day. The Beeston Manor Wedding Open Day ( will be taking place on 30th June between 11:30am and 4pm. Entry is free of charge. Taking place on 15th September at the Bolhot Hotel Complex is The Stables Wedding Fayre ( Doors open between 11am and 3pm and entry is free of charge. To see more events, visit A ROMANTIC ESCAPE Wild Camper Trucks is a new company offering easy-to-drive, plush 4x4 vehicles fitted with cosy camping pods and an outdoor cinema screen, so you can experience film night off the grid. The rooftop camping pods have solar panels, heating, a king-sized double bed, a cooker and fridge, a hot shower, a toilet and many other features that are ideal for pre-wedding getaways or mini-moons. Andrew Clark, the founder of Wild Camper Trucks, says: “My love of the great outdoors began with Scouting and Duke of Edinburgh Awards and has now evolved into creating the ultimate wild camper truck experience. This business began as my side hustle but is quickly becoming my main business. The addition of the outdoor cinema to the already luxurious camper trucks just brings that extra wow factor. Whether it is night time Netflix or a romantic movie, this experience will make memories for life. I care about the planet, so I offset the CO2 emissions and donate to DEC’s Turkey earthquake relief (as my camper trucks are made there). I also support Trash Free Trails with a vehicle donation for a couple of their events. There are complimentary eco-friendly cleaning products supplied with each camper truck to ensure no nasty chemicals enter the water table.” Wild Camper Trucks is available for adventures in Scotland and the Lake District and works with responsible wild camping location finders to ensure the best experience with minimal impact on local communities or the environment. The trucks can be collected from Kendal or Inverness or delivered to other UK locations for an additional fee. Find out more at A LUXURIOUS SETTING Fallbarrow Hall, an exclusive hire property in the Lake District, has opened its books for 2024 and 2025 weddings. Looking out on the stunning shores of Lake Windermere, the Grade II listed Victorian mansion guarantees scenic views paired with historic charm, making it a dreamy location to say ‘I do’. Fully licensed for civil ceremonies, the hall is situated within Fallbarrow Holiday Park in Bowness-on-Windermere and is suitable for intimate weddings of up to 50 guests, with accommodation for 36. Recently renovated, all areas of the hall have been enhanced to highlight its striking period features with modern touches. For those looking to relax in style post-wedding, the property also boasts two new hot tubs. Couples can choose to host their civil ceremony on the spacious lawn, making the most of the gardens with unspoilt views of the lake and full jetty access. There are also a host of additional experiences that the venue’s in-house team can recommend to make the day truly unforgettable, including the option to host a drinks reception on a boat out on the lake. Fallbarrow Hall gives couples the flexibility to source their own suppliers but can also provide a list of trusted local companies, from event styling to food and beverage, making the planning process as stress-free as possible. Check out for more information. 10 @iloveyouthirteen 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

E-mail: Call: +44(0)1461 207817 Annandale Distillery, North eld, Annan, DG12 5LL Whether it is setting up a marquee in the courtyard or having your wedding and drinks reception in the Distillery itself, Annandale Distillery has a range of options to make your perfect day, that extra bit special. The stunning sandstone buildings create a picture-perfect backdrop for your special day. Licensed to hold Religious, Civil and Humanist wedding ceremonies and the ideal location for a renewal of vows. The rst distillery in Scotland; located just 20 minutes from the Scottish border and 15 minutes from historic Gretna Green. WEDDINGS

WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE RO HOTEL Situated in the heart of Bowness on Windermere, The Ro Hotel is a dreamy property perfect for experiencing the untouched beauty of the Lake District. Whether you’ve lived in the area all of your life or are visiting for the first time, the outstanding beauty on the doorstep of this Bowness-onWindermere hotel will take your breath away. The Ro Hotel is where jam-packed days and lazy mornings come together. Relax with the family, explore with friends or relish in the company of your solo trip, surrounded by the laid-back tranquillity of the lakes. Bask in the comfort and style of the hotel’s modern bedrooms, many of which offer pristine views overlooking the lake. When it comes to dining, expect great, homemade dishes that warm your soul, created using the best seasonal and local ingredients. Morning, noon and night, the carefully crafted menus offer comfort and hearty warmth to fuel your adventures. Exclusively for Your North West Wedding, The Ro Hotel is offering one lucky reader an overnight stay in a Lake View Room with breakfast the next morning. To enter this amazing competition, visit Terms and conditions apply. The closing date is 31st July 2024. To find out more about The Ro Hotel, head over to MADE WITH LOVE Win £150 to spend on handmade and personalised jewellery at Posh Totty Designs! Award-winning UK jewellery brand, Posh Totty Designs is giving away a £150 voucher to spend on beautiful handmade and personalised pieces from its stunning Wedding Collection. Posh Totty Designs is a female-led business with boutique stores in both London and the brand’s hometown Brighton. Every piece is crafted with love by a team of professional jewellers in its coastal workshop, using high-quality recycled sterling silver and gold, and ethically sourced gemstones. The workshop team can personalise your jewellery to create something completely unique and meaningful to you, whether it be bridesmaids’ necklaces inset with their birthstones, or cufflinks for the groomsmen hand-stamped with initials and the wedding date. Blending timeless style with emotion and sentiment, choose the perfect piece for your perfect day. Visit to view the full collection. For your chance to win, enter via the website by 31st July. Terms and conditions apply. Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Situated in the heart of Manchester, The Fountain House is your perfect venue to celebrate your Wedding. From ceremony, to wedding breakfast reception through to late night dancing, we can provide it all from our stunning Grade 2 listed building. Look no further and get in touch for more details. The Memorial Hall, 14 Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5PF 01618 341 866 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

KING STREET TOWNHOUSE, M2 4AW 0161 667 0707 | King Street Townhouse is a luxury hotel that hosts unforgettable city weddings. From characteristic event rooms to the sun-lit Rooftop Terrace, you can tie the knot in an atmospheric setting inspired by the building’s charming history. For over 140 years, King Street Townhouse’s Grade II-listed building has stood as a beacon in the heart of the city, situated in the renowned King Street conservation area. By choosing to get married here, you’ll be surrounded by the vibrant energy of the city while enjoying panoramic views that showcase the essence of Manchester. The night before the wedding, your friends and family can gather in the intimate private dining Wine Cellar, with its characteristic historic vaulted ceilings and a feature wine wall. Here, King Street Townhouse serves seasonal British classics paired with exquisite fine wines, allowing you to savour the anticipation and excitement surrounded by your nearest and dearest. As the evening winds down, you can move to the Private Screening Room for an indulgent cinema experience complete with luxurious sofa seating, ambient lighting, and decadent cinema snacks, giving you an opportunity to sit back and relax with those who will be a part of your special day. The Mezzanine Lounge is the ideal location for bridal preparations. The sophisticated space provides a private retreat, complete with full-length mirrors, for the bridal party to relax, enjoy bubbly and brunch, and get ready for the ceremony. Celebrate in style King Street Townhouse offers a historic and atmospheric setting for ceremonies, with beautiful architecture and period wooden flooring. The Small Hub is an intimate setting adjacent to the Large Hub, which is a spacious and inviting area; both can be combined to create the perfect ceremony. King Street Townhouse has a maximum capacity of 80 guests for the ceremony and wedding breakfast. Bathed in natural light, the South Terrace and Lounge is an exquisite setting for the wedding breakfast, with thoughtfully crafted menus to indulge in. Here, guests will greet you, champagne in hand, as you make your way up from the ceremony as a married couple. The South Terrace boasts an elegant private bar, serving a selection of wines and spirits for guests to enjoy throughout the day and evening, with room for 130 of your loved ones. We love... You can book King Street Townhouse’s 40 bedrooms at a preferential rate for both the night prior to and the night of the wedding. What’s more, the Newly Weds Package offers a 60-minute spa treatment, access to the ESPA Spa thermal facilities, a two-course lunch accompanied by a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne and an ESPA gift. King Street Townhouse also offers returning couples a discounted overnight stay, including a complimentary breakfast, two-hour access to the ESPA SPA, an in-room gift and an anniversary slate. MANCHESTER Spotlight on... 15 MANCHESTER VENUES

THE PORTICO LIBRARY, M2 3HY 0161 236 6785 | The Portico Library is one of the few surviving Georgian buildings in central Manchester still serving its original purpose. Designed in a Neoclassical Greek revival style, this striking Grade II* listed property includes impressive original Greek-style columns and classical stone steps. Inside the enchanting rooms are more than 200 years of history and culture, with a spectacular painted glass dome ceiling surrounded by original Regency-period floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The gallery space features a working wind dial, beautiful mural portraits of Milton and Shakespeare and a clock face created by the Big Ben clockmakers. Celebrate in style The Reading Room can host weddings with up to 30 loved ones, and if you have between 30 and 50 guests, then the ceremony will be held under the painted glass dome. Following the service, a drinks reception is held under the dome while photographs are taken throughout the library. We love... The property contains an impressive book collection spanning 450 years, including first editions of works by Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell and Thomas Hardy. THE MONASTERY MANCHESTER, M12 5WF 0161 223 3211 | The Monastery Manchester is a stunning Grade II* listed venue situated just outside the city centre. Built in the 19th century, it boasts a grand exterior, high ceilings, stained-glass windows and beautiful archways that make the ideal backdrop for photographs. Celebrate in style Tie the knot in the Great Nave, an elegant space with cathedral-like proportions with room for 500 ceremony guests and 350 for the wedding breakfast and evening reception. The Welcome Wing is the perfect place for drinks receptions; this area is flooded with natural light and has private access to the courtyard garden. The Monastery’s private chapel is ideal for more intimate nuptials. The room features striking stained glass and wooden floors, with space for 60 of your friends and family. We love... Owned and operated by the same charitable trust that saved it from dereliction over 25 years ago, all events held at The Monastery Manchester help the Trust support and maintain this precious heritage site for future generations. 16

THE FOUNTAIN HOUSE, M2 5PF 0161 834 1866 | The Fountain House, located in the Grade II-listed Memorial Hall Building nestled on the beloved Albert Square in the heart of Manchester, is well connected to travel routes and offers impressive views of the city. The interior is traditional and versatile, designed by the Victorian architect Thomas Worthington. The spaces are naturally lit, and the ceiling of lights is customisable to set the mood and theme of your celebration. The wedding team will provide white table linen and rustic wooden chairs, along with beautiful centrepieces and candles for your big day. Celebrate in style Ceremonies usually take place in the Memorial Hall. Located on the first floor, it boasts exclusive use and has a private staircase, a bar, washrooms and cloakrooms. All AV/PA equipment is installed and ready to use, and the suite comes with its own dedicated team to ensure the day goes smoothly. The space can accommodate 130 standing guests, 100 theatre-style and 80 cabaret-style. We love... When you tie the knot at The Fountain House, you will receive a menu tasting free of charge. WEDDINGS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, M13 9PL 0161 275 2675 | The University of Manchester is made up of several properties, all of which can be used for weddings. Manchester Museum, Christie’s Library and Whitworth Hall centre around the Old Quadrangle, a beautifully maintained courtyard with space for private parking and drinks receptions. Dating back to 1873, these neo-Gothic properties were designed by the famous architect Alfred Waterhouse and his son. Celebrate in style Whitworth Hall has an impressive stained-glass window, a hammer-beam ceiling, a fully-working organ and room for 650 guests for the ceremony and 360 for the wedding breakfast. Alternatively, the Whitworth Council Chamber can be used. This area is suitable for intimate services and boasts wooden panelling, wrought iron chandeliers and quirky seating, with space for 130 loved ones for the service and 50 for the meal. The Fossils Gallery in Manchester Museum is home to many prehistoric objects, including Stan, the T-Rex, who watches over all the ceremonies. It’s capable of holding 90 nearest and dearest for the vows and 120 for the evening celebration. The Grand Hall within the stunning Whitworth Art Gallery was restored as part of Whitworth’s capital development project, and since 2015, the Grand Hall has been licensed for wedding ceremonies. It can hold a maximum of 200 people. Receptions can take place in Christie’s Bistro, a large space that can be downsized to create three smaller areas if required, with room for 120 friends and family for the wedding breakfast and 200 for the party. The Living Worlds Gallery in Manchester Museum can also be used for up to 90 guests. Home to a wide variety of stuffed animals, including Billy, the oldest horse in the world, and a skeleton of a baby sperm whale that’s suspended from the ceiling. The Whitworth Café in the Whitworth Art Gallery holds a maximum of 90–100 guests for a wedding breakfast and 120 in the evening. The café is a highlight of Whitworth. With floor-to-ceiling windows, this is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, whatever the weather. The café overlooks Whitworth Park and the strikingly designed Art Garden. We love... You will receive a complimentary menu tasting and a dedicated wedding coordinator when booking your big day at The University of Manchester. 17 MANCHESTER VENUES

DREAMVENUES.CO.UK PHOTOGRAPHERS: Beth Alderson, The Wedding Guy, Laura Wade, Nick English, Emilie May, Envision Bridal, Alfred & Co From a classic country inn and a simply astounding contemporary mill conversion to gorgeous stately homes and romantic manor houses, we have the perfect wedding venue to make your dream wedding day come to life. Our newest addition to the Dream Venues Collection is Wennington Hall in Lancaster. Please see the website for full details of our open day events and to pre-register for a private showaround.

Suite DREAMS Tie the knot in a luxurious hotel MERCURE MANCHESTER NORTON GRANGE HOTEL AND SPA, OL11 2XZ 01706 630 788 | Part of the Mercure Hotel Group, The Mercure Norton Grange Hotel and Spa is set in tranquil grounds with views of the Pennines. Each of the bedrooms has been designed with style and comfort in mind. From stylish twins to doubles, family and privilege rooms complete with a mini-bar, bathrobes and slippers, your guests are sure to wake up feeling rested. Relax and unwind with a wide range of treatments to cater to your every wish and desire at the Temple Spa. Ideal for pre-wedding relaxation, a spa day is a wonderful day-long escape that lets you enjoy a carefully coordinated set of treatments with full use of the facilities, robes, towels and slippers. Celebrate in style To ensure your dreams become reality, the team at Mercure Manchester Norton Grange Hotel and Spa is dedicated to making your special day perfect and as individual as you are. Whether you are planning a civil ceremony, traditional church service, or civil partnership, the team is flexible and happy to discuss your specific requirements. Licensed to hold up to 100 guests for a sit-down meal and 200 in the evening, The Hopwood Suite is an open-plan space with a stylish dé cor and a private courtyard. The Grange Suite, part of the original building, has beautiful full-width windows overlooking the drive and gardens, with space for 100 loved ones for a wedding breakfast and 200 for the reception. Suitable for intimate celebrations, the Springhill Suite has been refurbished to a high standard and boasts twinkling chandeliers and lots of natural daylight. We love... The luxurious spa facilities available. 19 HOTELS AND SPAS

THE RO, LA23 3BA 01539 232 625 | The Ro offers a stately façade and chic style, creating an elegant atmosphere that’ll provide the perfect backdrop for your big day. With lake views and outstanding service, the team is dedicated to creating your dream Lake District wedding, taking great care and pride in organising your wedding day, ensuring the lead-up to and the day itself flow with effortless perfection. Relax and enjoy your engagement as your expert wedding coordinator takes you through every step of the wedding journey, ensuring everything is covered, from the big ideas to the tiny details. Celebrate in style The Ro has four stunning spaces available for weddings. The Sun Lounge is a light and airy sunroom that makes the most of its period features, with a large window showcasing views of Windermere and space for 18 seated guests. Alternatively, the Boardroom can accommodate 16 people. Boasting gorgeous views, The Ballroom is a large space with elegant high ceilings, a stage, a bar, and room for 90 of your loved ones. The Ashville has high ceilings and its own bar, with a space big enough to accommodate 120 of your friends and family. We love... The venue offers a complimentary suite on the night of the wedding and an anniversary stay with dinner. The Ro has also launched its Winter Wedding offer. In addition to a suite room, you will receive three complimentary bedrooms, inclusive of breakfast, to offer to your close friends or family. This offer is available on Twilight, Intimate and Ashville Packages for weddings dated October 2024 to March 2025. THE DUNES HOTEL, LA14 4QW 01229 461 200 | The Dunes Hotel is situated in the South Lakes, close to Barrow, Ulverston, and Dalton. The family-run property has 45 bedrooms, which include en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The on-site restaurant, The Coast, offers a welcoming and relaxed dining experience with food made using locally sourced products, perfect for families, couples and groups. Private dining is also available for special occasions. Celebrate in style The ceremony room was custom-built and carefully designed to match any theme or colour scheme. This space can hold 100 sit-down guests and more than 150 for the evening reception. The hotel has two tipis available for weddings, a children’s play area, and plans to utilise the extensive grounds over the coming months. We love... The hotel offers a dedicated wedding coordinator who will be on hand every step of the way to ensure your big day runs smoothly. 20

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 DAY Sunday 7th July 12pm -3pm Image courtesy of Jo Tilley Photography Image courtesy of Piconiq Image courtesy of 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. DIDSBURY HOUSE, M20 5LJ 0161 448 2200 | Didsbury House is a Grade II-listed building that dates back to the 1890s. This luxury Victorian townhouse is a statement in individual design, bringing influences from around the world to the fashionable suburb of Didsbury. The property features 27 bedrooms, a residents’ bar and lounges that reflect the hotel’s electric design and provide a chic urban retreat for weddings. The owner and designer worked with the original features of the house to maintain and showcase the wonderful work that originally went into creating Park House. Situated in leafy surroundings, the hotel is just four miles from the city centre and Manchester Airport, with easy access to the M60. Celebrate in style Ceremonies at Didsbury House take place in the Blue Room, which has a capacity of up to 80 guests. The space has original features, including large bay windows that overlook the gardens, cornicing and a fireplace. Receptions are held in the Blue Room and Gold Lounge. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more informal option, you can hire the hotel exclusively for up to 120 friends and family. We love... When you book Didsbury House, you will receive a menu tasting, white linen, tea lights, candles, a cake knife, a master of ceremonies, a preferred supplier list and a dedicated wedding coordinator. 23 HOTELS AND SPAS

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

Monochrom Laura and Phil opted for a black and white colour scheme for their big day at Knowsley Hall Images courtesy of Lindsay Betts Photography MAGIC Laura and Phil lived in the same apartment block when they first met. “I moved in 2013 and kept noticing Phil,” says Laura. “I lived in the top-floor apartment, so I had a view of the whole street and I kept seeing him. I decided one day, after a night out with my friend, to put a note on his car. The note read, ‘I think you’re lovely; here is my number.’ The next day, he texted me and we decided to meet up. He was in the army at the time and had to go away for three months, so we had little to no contact. Once he got back, we went on our first date to watch a Manchester United vs. Stoke City match, and the rest is history.” Phil proposed on Laura’s 30th birthday. “He hired out the whole balcony at the Hotel Gotham in Manchester and got down on one knee,” shares the bride. “It was around the time of lockdown; we had originally planned to go to New York, but the trip had to be cancelled. We then planned to go to Edinburgh, but again, plans were cancelled and so the proposal was a complete shock.” Read on to see some of Laura’s favourite moments from their big day... REAL WEDDINGS 25

Our centrepieces were flowers that I had made in the months leading up to the wedding. We got engaged on Saturday and the following Friday, we went for a viewing at Knowsley Hall. We instantly fell in love with the venue; it was the only place we had visited as an engaged couple and we put a deposit down the following week. I fell in love with its grandeur and the staff were unbelievably welcoming. On the wedding day, a beautiful man called Joseph, who worked at Knowsley Hall, looked after my nan who is wheelchair bound. He was amazing and looked after her the whole day like he was a part of the family. For our favours, I donated money to a charity called The Milly-Rose Stirrup Foundation that was set up in memory of my good friend’s daughter who tragically passed away. I created a table with black-and-white pictures of our grandparents and our parents on their wedding days. I decided to create a retro black-and-white picture of each guest and me as place names and favours. Pictures are a huge part of my life and it was a personal touch that every guest loved. The theme of the day was flowers and there were blooms everywhere. I own a flower company called Fleur De Fillu, so there were high expectations for flowers to be a part of the day. My mum was obsessed with making sprinkle cakes for us during lockdown. We didn’t want to spend a huge amount on a cake, so we asked mum to make one as something personal to us. She didn’t disappoint and made one; however, on the day, she surprised us with the most wonderful three-tier cake made by Classic Cakes. It was black and white to match our theme and it had a personalised topper of us, our children and the dog. 26

I wore a Ronald Joyce dress from Dream Dress Bridal. I accessorised with a veil that my mum wore on her wedding day to my dad 36 years ago, which was a lovely touch. I adore my wedding ring, which was made by the amazing Slack & Andrews. Unfortunately, my grandma passed away before she could see us get married, so I had the diamonds from her eternity ring added to my wedding band. My bridesmaids opted for black floor-length dresses. We were both nervous about the ceremony but excited to have everyone we love in one room. Just before I walked down the aisle, we noticed that my sister’s dress had a huge hole in it, so we had to get a lovely lady from housekeeping to come and quickly sew it up! Phil chose a suit from Marks and Spencer that was slightly different from the black tuxes that we hired for the groomsmen from Freedmans. We had Matt & Donal come and play traditional Irish music with a twist. They were the best and our guests loved them. We both come from Irish backgrounds and it was important to incorporate that into our day. We also had the most amazing DJ called Andy Murphy. I never left the dancefloor from the minute the music started. REAL WEDDINGS 27

LAURA AND PHIL’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, Knowsley Hall, | Photographer, Lindsay Betts Photography, | Videographer, Tom Mooney Videography, | Bride’s dress, Dream Dress Bridal, | Groom’s suit, Marks and Spencer, | Groomsmen’s suits, Freedmans, | Wedding rings, Slack & Andrews, | Hair stylist, Hair by Georgia, | Make-up artist, LUX Makeup & Hair Studio, | Cakes, Classic Cakes, | Flowers, Fleur De Fillu, | Stationery, Paper Fudge, and O&H Occasions, | DJ, Andy Murphy DJ, | Band, Matt & Donal, 28

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 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

OF THE LAKES Rebecca and Kyle had a magical celebration at Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa surrounded by their friends and family Images courtesy of Jason Chambers Photography The beauty 30

Rebecca and Kyle met over 10 years ago. “Kyle first spotted me on New Year’s Eve, but we never spoke,” says Rebecca. “A few weeks later, on my birthday, Kyle came up to speak to me and have a dance and the rest is history.” Kyle proposed while the couple was in London. “The year he proposed, he didn’t give anything away at all; he was so calm,” shares the bride. “It was December 2021. We always go to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and have a few drinks beforehand. He was desperate to go to our favourite rooftop bar, so much so that we were there when it opened. He went to the bar and I went outside onto the terrace and found us a table. Little did I know he was telling the girl at the bar that he was going to propose and could she record it? She didn’t get a chance, of course, because he came back to the table so fast and got it over and done with that she was still busy getting us a bottle of champagne! We drank the champagne and he told me the stories about getting the ring and how he chose it.” SETTING THE SCENE “Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa has always been a special place to us,” explains Rebecca. “When we are in the Lake District, we always call in for a drink with our dog. We have stayed there before and it was one of the best nights we’ve ever had, so we knew it was going to be difficult to beat. It felt like a second home to us and I think that’s why we were both so relaxed on the morning of the wedding because we were there. We chose a classic and timeless theme with neutral colours throughout. I told Honeys Hideaway and Willow & Fig that we wanted white flowers, greenery and lots of disco balls everywhere. We love disco music, so the balls were totally us. We also incorporated a lot of pearls and a few diamantés in the bridesmaids’ belts and jewellery, my shoes and the cake. Our cake was literally incredible! Kyle’s mam made it for us and it looked wonderful.” The couple donated money to the Dogs Trust and gave their guests pins as favours. They also provided coaches to transport their guests from Irving of Dalston. DRESSED TO IMPRESS “My dress was called Elliot by Made With Love from Belle Lueur Bridal,” reveals Rebecca. “It was the total opposite of what I thought I wanted! I didn’t even want to try on a fitted dress, but Salli at Belle Lueur Bridal encouraged me to try it on to rule it out. Then, when she added the detachable skirt, I knew it was the one. I went back to collect my dress a few months after ordering it and purchased my incredible veil. I was obsessed with it! Kyle wore a Marc Darcy tuxedo that he purchased from Goodfellows Menswear. We hired the boy’s tuxes, but Kyle wanted something that he could keep forever.” Rebecca’s bridesmaids chose one-shoulder satin dresses with a draped back. They accessorised with belts that the bride purchased from Etsy. TIME TO CELEBRATE To keep their guests entertained, the couple hired Simon Vogt Weddings to be their master of ceremonies and DJ. “He was great because he took all 31 REAL WEDDINGS

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the organising away from us,” recalls the bride. “Kyle and I were just guests at our own wedding, so we were able to let our hair down and enjoy it too. Magician Scott John was there for the reception drinks when Kyle and I were having photos taken and I have since been told he was blowing minds! He is literally magic; I can’t fathom how he does what he does. He was an amazing asset to have on our wedding day. “We also hired soul and Motown singer Scotty D, who was absolutely incredible and filled the dancefloor before the night guests even arrived,” adds Rebecca. “Lastly, Cat from Saxophonique was absolutely mind-blowing, and one of my mum and dad’s friends didn’t realise she was playing live! She was amazing at getting involved with the crowd on the dancefloor and keeping everyone vibing along with her music – just sensational. The dancefloor was full from the early doors and it was just incredible. At one point, we had Simon, Scotty D and Saxophonique all playing September by Earth, Wind & Fire!” MEMORABLE MOMENTS “Our wedding was honestly incredible,” says Rebecca. “My dad asked me before we set off to go down the aisle how I felt and I said I couldn’t even describe it because it’s nothing I’ve ever felt before. We both felt incredibly lucky to get married at a place so close to our hearts. The sun came out as soon as the bridesmaids walked out and it was hot, so we were able to get married outside exactly as we’d envisaged. Our photographer, Jason Chambers, got every picture we could have possibly imagined. We were just blown away by how perfect the day was and how lucky we were. “In the run-up to the day, Kyle kept asking what we’d be asked to say during the vows,” continues the bride. “I kept saying I don’t know; I have never done it before. Nerves got the better of him and he kept jumping to say ‘I do’ before he was supposed to. He said ‘I do’ three times before the registrar said he could now say ‘I do’. It had everyone laughing at the ceremony.” All of the couple’s suppliers made their big day perfect. “All of our companies were second to none,” shares Rebecca. “Each and every one of them worked together to make the day more than we could have ever imagined. The wedding team at Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa was sensational. They genuinely couldn’t do enough for us and Jason Chambers is absolute magic. We will be forever grateful to him for what he has produced post-wedding. Our family and friends were also just incredible. We had the most amazing day celebrating with them all and everybody was so incredibly generous. We left the day full of love and it took us well over a week to calm down from it!” HONEYMOON “We had a mini-moon in Windermere, where we stayed at Brimstone Hotel & Spa for one night and Aphrodite’s Tranquil Suites for two,” explains Rebecca. “Our honeymoon will be in September, when we will be going to Dubai and Stella Island in Crete. Sam Little from Hays Travel planned our honeymoon for us. She took the stress out of planning and has put together something incredible.” REBECCA AND KYLE’S TOP TIPS “Take moments to look around and take everything in,” shares the couple. “Try your hardest to just relax in the morning. Everyone kept saying that they couldn’t believe how chilled and steady-paced the morning was and I believe that set us up for a relaxed day. We remember every single part of our day and we are so grateful that we do, because we didn’t spend any time thinking about what was going on or what’s happening next; we just lived in the moment and we will cherish that forever.” REAL WEDDINGS 33