Your North West Wedding- April/May 2021 (Issue 67)

AWARD-WINNING The Wedding Industry Awards have announced the 2021 national winners. After a tough year for the industry, it’s been wonderful seeing so many companies recognised and awarded for their hard work. Several local companies were nominated and reached the regional finals, which is a testament to just how talented our wonderful region is. We’d like to say a big congratulations to Simon Vogt Weddings ( wh o was named national and regional winner for Best DJ and Lawson Films ( fo r being crowned Best Videographer. To find out more about the awards, visit CONGRATULATIONS! Linthwaite House has been awarded an AA Inspectors Choice Red Star. The accolade is used to recognise hotels that stand out by offering excellent quality and outstanding levels of hospitality and service. Thanks to its recent £21 million renovations and fabulous location, the property is an idyllic getaway for a relaxing mini-moon. The inspector noted: “The hotel has inviting public rooms, an attractive conservatory, adjoining lounge, and an elegant restaurant which occupies three rooms and offers menus based on the finest local ingredients. The welcoming and intimate atmosphere allows visitors to relax, and careful attention to detail can be seen throughout. With 14 acres of grounds, there are plenty of activities on-site, including boats to hire and garden games. The service is attentive and the hospitality friendly.” For more information, visit the website Snap away Local photographer and film maker de la Mare Creative has launched a new Stills and Motion Package. We spoke to the owner Rachael De La Mare, to find out more: “I’m keen for couples to have something tangible to hold in their hands for now and in the future. With a move towards digital, it’s easy to lose the beauty of prints that you rediscover when moving furniture or family members discover as they grow up. In addition to their professional photos, couples that choose the Polaroid option will receive Polaroids that I’ve taken across the day and a camera for guests to use and keep after the wedding. There’s a great trend towards analogue and ‘in the moment’ elements of a wedding which I enjoy and feel adds something extra special to the day.” For more information and to see more of de la Mare Creative’s work, visit The sh must go Lake District Country Hotels has put together a series of virtual wedding guides to help couples continue their wedding day preparations despite the latest lockdown. The three sites in Cumbria – Cragwood Country House Hotel, Merewood Country House Hotel and Briery Wood Country House Hotel are all available for weddings and mini-moons. Joe Cobb, the executive commercial manager said: “Choosing a wedding venue is such an important decision, and we know that now, more so than ever, people want something to look forward to. That’s why we have created the virtual show arounds of our hotels and have kept our wedding teams working through lockdown so that we can help answer the all-important questions and allow our prospective bride and grooms the excitement to begin now, instead of waiting for Government restrictions to be lifted.” In each of the video tours, the hotel managers and wedding coordinators provide a walkthrough of the hotel facilities, from grand entrance halls and function rooms, through to wedding suites and the hotel grounds, which offer views over some of the Cumbria’s most stunning backdrops. Check out fo r more information. www.dela YOUR ESSENTIALS 9