Your North West Wedding- April/May 2022 (Issue 73)

APR/MAY 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE £3.55 A honeymoon in St Lucia WIN! The love of my life Real weddings and styled shoots Lovely in lace The latest dress trends THE GREAT OUTDOORS Tie the knot in a tipi or marquee Moments THAT MATTER Meet local photographers Intimate ROMANCE Tips for planning a small celebration

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

CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2022 On the cover... This issue’s cover was organised by ZAZevents ( and photographed by Tanya Weekes ( at the charming Sandhole Oak Barn ( To see the full shoot and list of suppliers, turn to page 73. 51 69 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 12 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in St Lucia 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 55 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON LANCASHIRE Discover some of the best venues in the area 25 THE GREAT OUTDOORS Tie the knot in a tent, tipi or marquee FEATURES 45 PICTURE PERFECT Local photographers reveal some of their favourite weddings from 2021 48 HERE COME THE GIRLS County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 51 GOTHIC ROMANCE Fall in love with this moody styled shoot at Askham Hall 59 COLOUR POP A group of local suppliers worked together to create this festival-themed styled shoot at THE VENUE at Bowness Bay Brewing 63 INTIMATE ROMANCE How to plan a small celebration 69 HOLD ME CLOSE Be inspired by this earthy styled shoot at Holesfoot 73 HERE COMES THE SUN Shot at Sandhole Oak Barn, this colourful styled shoot is full of fun inspiration 59 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 80 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 81 THE FRILL OF IT Layers and ruffles adorn dresses in the newseason bridal collections 86 AISLE STYLE From skyscraper stilettos to comfortable flats and even sliders, the new-season bridal shoe collections offer something for everyone 87 LOVELY IN LACE This classic fabric never goes out of style, whether you choose a traditional gown or a more relaxed, boho-inspired dress 90 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 92 BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 93 SKINCARE SUPERHEROES Serums are the skincare essentials of the 20s, especially if you're on the quest for a radiant bigday complexion 34 81 39 REAL WEDDINGS 29 CLASSIC ELEGANCE Heather and Dave tied the knot at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel with a blush and navy colour palette 34 DRINK IT ALL IN Sara and Luke celebrated their wedding with a wine theme at Broadoaks Country House 39 A BEAUTIFUL DAY Sonja and Robbie had a rustic, sunset-themed celebration in Lancashire 29 HONEYMOONS 94 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials 96 GOURMET LOVERS PARADISE IN THE ALGARVE With 3,000 hours of sunshine and just a threehour flight from the UK, the Algarve offers a delightful year-round destination GROOMS 77 GROOMS' NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches 78 IN THE PINK Fuchsia, watermelon, flamingo, rouge, salmon, coral, hot pink... the choices are endless when it comes to this oh-so fabulous hue! 4

Launched in 2018 The 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 neutralvenue 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 to capture the beautiful elegance of an English wedding. The Glass House is immediately impressive with a perfect layout for weddings with everything in one room that can be separated by glamorous mirrored bifold doors. The floor-to-ceiling windows and long bi-fold glass doors bring the outside inside offering all the benefits of an outdoor wedding with the comfort of a roof to shelter guests from unreliable British weather. 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. Laura Cobain and Alison Wigglesworth | T: 01253 891336 | E: | W: Kath Occleston Photography James Jebson Photography Dan Wootton Photography

For me, spring is a wonderful time of year. I love seeing nature come alive again, and being able to go outside without it being dark is something I’ve truly missed. Although I adore Christmas (who doesn’t?) I’m not a fan of the winter months and am so glad we can finally say hello to spring! With a new season comes lots of wonderful real weddings, and I can’t wait to hear from those of you who are set to tie the knot in the next few months. As many of you know, my wedding is in July 2022, so we’re finally in the home stretch and counting down the days. We opted for a summer wedding, partly due to my disdain for the cold weather, but also because when we got engaged in 2020 we were in the middle of one of the many lockdowns and were unsure if we’d be able to get married anytime soon. We booked our venue for 18 months later, and here we are about to walk down the aisle and say ‘I do’. For those of you who are newly engaged, believe me when I tell you that your day will arrive in the blink of an eye! My number one piece of advice is to take your time and enjoy the planning process. In this issue, photographers show some of their favourite images, local experts answer your hot topic questions and we reveal the latest news from around the North West. Remember, if you’ve recently celebrated your day or have been involved with a shoot, you can submit it at Melissa x Melissa Bark r, Senior Editor Step into spring WIN a honeymoon in St Lucia! Tie the knot in a tent, tipi or marquee. 25 12 81 15 Looking for something with lots of ruffles and layers? Fall in love with our striking fashion section. Gorgeous venues in Lancashire. EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Nicola Hawkins | 01376 538 480 SUBSCRIPTIONS 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your North West Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. 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. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your North West Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. Visit us online at and DIA ISHING NTS ISHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ISSN 2392-2802 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding 6

87 39 92 73 9 59 29 Sonja and Robbie had a sunset-themed celebration in Lancashire. Heather and Dave tied the knot at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel with a blush and navy colour palette. Wedding dresses with lace detailing. Shot at Sandhole Oak Barn, this colourful styled shoot is full of fun inspiration. Top tips from local beauty experts. The latest news and offers from local suppliers. A group of local suppliers worked together to create this festivalthemed styled shoot at THE VENUE at Bowness Bay Brewing. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

in the English Lake District New House Farm, Lake District National Park, Lorton, Cockermouth, CA13 9UU | 07841159818 | Luxury Weddings at New House Farm

All the latest from around the North West A PIECE OF HISTORY Rydal Mount can now be booked by couples wanting to tie the knot in the house or garden where William Wordsworth spent most of his life. Wedding guests will have access to the dining room and the drawing room where Wordsworth is thought to have penned his world-famous poem, Daffodils. There is also space on the two lawns in the beautiful gardens for marquees. The house, between Ambleside and Grasmere, is on a hillside with views over Windermere and Rydal Water and the surrounding fells. A focus on romantic literature, it was Wordsworth’s family home from 1813 until his death in 1850 at the age of 80. Couples will have the option to have a tree planted in Wordsworth’s garden or even a permanent seat in their name. And to mark their first anniversary, couples will be able to book a private dining experience at the house. Wedding manager Annabel Candler said: “Having a wedding in a historic place such as this adds the couple’s beautiful story to the romance of the past. This is a very special venue indeed. Rydal Mount continues to be owned by the Wordsworth family and retains the feel of a lived-in family home.” For details about Rydal Mount, visit PLANNED TO PERFECTION Planner and venue manager Weddings by Annabel has been selected as a finalist for the Guides for Brides Customer Service Award. Annabel said: “After a testing couple of years where I became more of a wedding coach and counsellor than a planner, this is a wonderful achievement even if I don’t get further. My business is growing and developing into something that I’m truly proud of. The nasty pandemic helped me delve down the venue management path, and now I have three glorious places to look after in Cumbria. My private clients are more like friends, and I have taken on help for 2022. Exciting times ahead!” Annabel has also established a non-wedding part of her business, Creativise Events, which caters for street events, private parties and such. “I have been involved with many a wonderful event over the years but having weddings in my title confused a lot of people,” says Annabel. “Creativise will focus on making events engaging, interactive and entertaining.” Visit and for more. NEWS Nearlywed Gavin Powers Photography ROMANTIC REFLECTIONS This spring, Storrs Hall, a luxurious wedding venue on the shores of Windermere in the Lake District, will be offering its guests skippered cruises on its new addition, the ‘Abigail Leah’ – a beautiful Freebody Slipper Launch, handcrafted in 2005 by the famous boatbuilder Peter Freebody & Co. Guests can take in the spectacular landscapes around England’s largest lake on a two-hour cruise with chilled prosecco. Lavish picnic lunches are possible too, perfect for proposals and celebratory occasions. The Abigail Leah is 30 feet long and comes complete with two chairs at the helm and a bench seat across the stern of the cockpit, comfortably seating seven people plus skipper, and it has an integrated ice cabinet, storage and drinks holders designed specifically for champagne flutes. Storrs Hall stands in 17 acres of its own private gardens, woodland and lakeshore. It offers luxurious Lakeside Suites close to the water with Japanese-style cedar wood hot tubs and private terraces, a Boathouse right over the water and elegant bedrooms with lake views in its main house. Visit to find out more. LOCAL NEWS 9

SWEET DREAMS The Crown Hotel, in Wetheral, Carlisle, has kicked off 2022 with the refurbishment of its 61 bedrooms, hotel lounges and other public areas. The property has also re-launched its fitness centre, consisting of two state-of-the-art gyms, a heated pool, a fitness studio, a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and lounge areas. The full refurbishment is set to be complete in spring 2022. The experienced team offer packages that take away the stress of wedding planning. Couples can choose from inclusive packages from just two guests ‘Me & You, Just Us Two’ in the elegant lounge to grand reception affairs up to 150 with the ‘Ultimately Yours’ package in the Garden Suite. Alternatively, say ‘I do’ under the outdoor garden gazebo, with endless photo opportunities in the magical gardens and riverside location. Discover more at CONGRATULATIONS! The Wellbeing Farm was crowned the winner of the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable category at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2021. The awards celebrate excellence across a wide range of visitor economy businesses, revealing the brightest and best stars working in Lancashire tourism today. The Wellbeing Farm was recognised for its commitment to being sustainable, responsible and ethical in how they operate and interact with customers, the wider community and the environment. The farm, which is powered by a wind turbine, has been working on sustainability since it opened in 2013 and last year produced a dedicated sustainability website that highlighted the work done towards each of the 12 Sustainable Development Goals. Celia Gaze, the founder and managing director of The Wellbeing Farm, tells us: “During lockdown, we decided to focus on our sustainability work, and the time spent is paying off. Having represented independent hospitality businesses at a special fringe event at COP26 in Glasgow last year, winning an award in this category is an important achievement.” Head over to to find out more. NEW AND IMPROVED The Alchemist is returning to its roots with an extensive refurbishment of its flagship Manchester venue, The Alchemist Spinningfields. Set to re-open in March, the refined refurbishment will be a significant evolution in design for The Alchemist. The cosmic-inspired renovation of the all-day dining and cocktail space will include the addition of two new private areas that will be perfect for late-night cocktails or hen and stag dos. Simon Potts, the CEO, said: “The Alchemist footprint has spread across the UK over the last few years, as we’ve taken our hospitality brand down to London and up to Scotland, but we’ve always remained a Manchester company at heart. The Spinningfields venue is an institution and much loved by our teams and guests alike; we look forward to bringing our new design direction to the city. The refurbishment also marks a new phase of growth for the business as we put the recent challenges behind us and look forward to the renewed evolution and expansion of the brand.” Check out for more information. WANT EVEN MORE INSPIRATION? Here at CWM HQ we’re literally never satisfied when it comes to providing our readers with enough wedspiration. Because, really, what is enough? We’d go on forever if we could. So, with that in mind, we’ve created our very own County Wedding Magazines YouTube channel, just for you. It’s full of tons of big-day ideas from venue tours to dream dresses. Catch up on beauty reviews and how tos from our beauty editor and peek behind the scenes of styled shoots featured in our titles past and present. You can even be a fly on the wall at some real weddings – after all, if we’re honest, who doesn’t love being a bit nosey! And we haven’t stopped there, as you’ll also find local supplier interviews packed with tips and tricks. We’re adding more content all the time, so why not hit subscribe so you never miss a thing? It’s your one-stop shop for wedding vid-spiration! Simply head to YouTube and search ’County Wedding Magazines’ or click here UCMAChACKNanShdZwI5QGXMQ 10

A Grade *I listed romantic venue in the city of Manchester with an acre of manicured gardens. If you’d like to give your guests that ‘wow’ factor, get in touch with the Edgar Wood events team via or by calling us on 0161 438 1133 / 07951730 730 When you choose to hold your Wedding Day at the Cumbria Park Hotel, not only does your love story forever become part of our history, but you are choosing the perfect backdrop for your perfect day, along with first-class service, and a fantastic choice of tailor-made packages to suit YOUR day! Whether you are looking for a small, intimate gathering or a large reception for all your family and friends, our professional wedding team have the knowledge and experience to provide you with unparalleled quality, service and individuality to make sure you really do have the best day ever! Add your love story to our history Tel: 01228 522 887 Email: Web: Cumbria Park Hotel, 32 Scotland Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 9DG

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort is situated on the stunning Eastern Caribbean island of St Lucia – a honeymooners paradise. Nestled into 60 acres of lush hillside, Windjammer Landing is a Mediterranean-style resort on a large crescent-shaped stretch of beach, boasting six swimming pools (two of them for kids), a selection of signature restaurants and bars, spa, fitness centre, watersports programmes and well-equipped kids club. The resort’s 212 guest rooms, suites and villas range from stylish and contemporary waterfront villas to beachfront suites steps from the water’s edge and charming hillside rooms each designed to offer its guests beautiful views across Labrolette Bay and the Caribbean Sea. With complimentary windsurfing, Hobie Cat sailing, kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding, pedal boating, day and night tennis, 24hour fitness centre access and water aerobics, guests are encouraged to be as busy or relaxed as they like. Motorised water sports and scuba diving are also available, and the St Lucia Golf and Country Club’s 18-hole course is just a 25-minute drive away. At the end of an actionpacked day, Windjammer’s Spa provides the perfect tranquil setting to relax and unwind. An array of restaurants and bars cater to the most discerning palates offering everything from elegant dining to more casual tastes either beachside or nestled in the hillsides overlooking the bay. Those looking for something truly special can book a private dining experience with their own in-villa chef and a personalised menu. For couples who can tear themselves away from the myriad attractions at the resort, honeymooners can enjoy St Lucia’s natural beauty with a scenic island cruise or rainforest excursion. Adrenaline seekers might prefer to zip-line through the forest canopy or climb the Gros Piton, the tallest of the island’s iconic twin peaks The Pitons – a UNESCO World Heritage site. What’s more, you can enjoy dolphin and whale watching, a helicopter tour or horseback riding on the beach. The sulphur springs, Pigeon Point, Marigot Bay, Castries Market and Rodney Bay are all within reach and easily booked through Jammin’ Tours, the resort’s own excursion team! Rooms at Windjammer Landing start a US$266 per night with Villas starting at US$448. For information and reservations visit THE PRIZE: County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort to give readers the chance to win: a three-night stay in a premium one-bedroom villa with breakfast included for two adults. T&Cs apply and the winners can add on additional nights for an additional charge. WIN! Closing date 3rd June, 2022. Terms and conditions apply. Please see our website for details. A HONEYMOON IN ST LUCIA 12

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURNORTHWEST.WEDDING Closing date is 3rd June, 2022, unless otherwise stated. WIN A PRE-WEDDING PHOTO SHOOT! We’ve teamed up with Tiffany LS Photography to offer one lucky reader a pre-wedding photo shoot worth an amazing £100. We spoke to Tiffany to find out more about her company: “I’m a natural light photographer. My style is candid, capturing moments as naturally as possible, showing raw emotion and highlighting the beauty in the surrounding environment. I love documenting special, once-in-a-lifetime moments. And what could be more beautiful than an engagement or wedding? I have a relaxed, flexible approach to shooting weddings. I hope to put clients at ease, making the experience as enjoyable as possible. I don’t enjoy being in front of the camera myself, and so empathise completely with couples that are a little shy or feel slightly awkward having their photo taken! “I’m extremely grateful to my wonderfully supportive client base. They have enabled my business to grow beyond what I had hoped for in such a short space of time. I have built a solid reputation, with many of my clients coming to me through word of mouth. I have been nominated for several awards, and thank all my wonderful couples that have voted for me. I am fortunate enough to have had my work chosen to be on the cover of two issues of Your North West Wedding and the front of the Lancashire Post. To see my work published means so much. My business is an extension of me and to share my work through capturing so many special moments is a joy!” The photo shoot needs to take place in Leyland, Lancashire. To enter the competition and see the full terms and conditions, please visit our website. To find out more about Tiffany and her work, visit Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers Freebies &OFFERS Coppa Club’s The Swan at Streatley is a tranquil countryside getaway set in the Berkshire village of Streatley. Situated on the River Thames, roughly an hour from London, the 47-bedroom property has been newly refurbished and offers river-view rooms, or suites opening onto the garden lawn making it a great option for a dog-friendly getaway! The grounds include the property’s own private island, lovely walks for couples and families (and four-legged companions) and the property is also ideal for riverside weddings, seating up to 130 friends and family! Perfect for a pre- or post-wedding getaway, guests can access the property via car, boat or helicopter and have access to on-site paddle boarding, exercise classes, hotel gym and events throughout the year. You can book a Small Double Room from £80 per night, and a Medium Double Room from £100 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club The Swan At Streatley to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY,,, and Elizabeth Grant FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

ma i l@hogh t on t owe r . co . uk 0 1 2 5 4 85 2986 Luxury Wedding and Events Florist - @fioredoratoflowers - 07821120048 LANCASHIRE HOGHTON TOWER, PR5 0SH 01254 852 986 | Steeped in fascinating history, Hoghton Tower is a family-led, independent charitable trust that dates back to circa 1105. This historic, fortified, hilltop manor house was re-built in 1565 by Thomas Hoghton and sits mid-way between Preston and Blackburn, with magnificent views of Lancashire, the Lake District and North Wales. Tilted sweeping lawns flank either side of the drive at the front of the gatehouse, leading to the outer courtyard with picturesque sandstone walls and cobbled floor. Discover three separate and very different walled gardens. The Wilderness Garden, with its large lawn, herbaceous borders and topiary have parapet walls separating the garden and ancient woodland beyond. The Rose Garden is the most formal yet intimate of the three with an abundance of colourful and wonderfully scented roses and lines of clipped yews. The next doorway leads into the striking Ramparts Garden with vast views of the gently rolling countryside. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Available exclusively for the day, the magnificent Banqueting Hall, where King James I famously knighted the loin of beef ‘Sir Loin’, is perfect for civil ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. By day 4,000 ancient panes of delicately coloured glass flood the room with natural light and by night, the soft glow of light and roaring log fire complete the setting and ambience. This beautiful space can seat up to 120 people for the wedding breakfast with the option to invite additional guests in the evening. The oak-panelled Billiard Room is perfect for indoor reception drinks and can be used as a quiet seating area later in the day, with a warm and cosy open fire. WE LOVE... The on-site accommodation for the happy couple in the cosy Irishman’s Tower. Spotlight on... SHIREBURN ARMS, BB7 9QJ 01254 826 678 | Part of the James’ Places Group, The Shireburn Arms is a quintessential 17th-century country inn boasting a blend of period and contemporary décor. The building has a charming exterior and offers incredible views from the south-facing terrace of the Ribble Valley and beyond. The gardens are perfect for drinks receptions and look wonderful in those all-important photographs. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Looking out onto the gardens, The Ribble Suites are beautifully decorated spaces with room for up to 100 friends and family for the ceremony and 150 for the evening reception. The venue only hosts one wedding at a time with the flexibility to choose either suite based on guest numbers and personal preference. There’s also a private function bar and direct access to the Games Room, which is a great way to entertain guests of all ages. WE LOVE... The Shireburn Arms offers couples a menu tasting and bridal suite on the night of the wedding. REGIONAL VENUES 15

HOLLAND HALL HOTEL, WN8 0QZ 01695 624 426 | Holland Hall Hotel is a Grade II listed wedding venue that dates back to 1654. Nestled in the picturesque West Lancashire countryside, the manor house hotel is accessible via a long driveway, adorned by luscious greenery, which leads onto a private car park with a charming stone fountain. The stone pillared entrance leads to grand wooden doors that provide a dramatic entrance into the foyer. Elements of the original Baroque architecture balance perfectly with the recent refurbishment, creating a classic rustic charm throughout. There are 25 elegant and spacious en suite bedrooms/suites for guests to choose from and a luxurious apartment. 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 the private patio area with seating for up to 40 guests. Alternatively, the Terrace Suite is a large, elegant room full of natural light with access to the private garden area and room for 100 nearest and dearest. Al fresco celebrations are held under the Garden Pagoda with up to 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 250 friends and family. WE LOVE... Couples will have access to the bridal suite on the night of the wedding, a complimentary master of ceremonies and help from the wedding manager. WYREBANK, PR3 1PG 01995 605 455 | Wyrebank was built in 2008 and is situated in the heart of the historical town of Garstang. Being adjacent to a canal, couples can arrive at the ceremony via boat, then enjoy a glass of fizz overlooking spectacular views as the sun sets upon the water. The property has been elegantly furnished to a high standard and boasts a bar and lounge area which serves cocktails and a conservatory overlooking the Lancaster Canal Basin. Wyrebank’s patio and grounds are situated on the Moorings and often get swans and ducklings visiting. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Wyrebank has three rooms to choose from for ceremonies. The Wyrebank Suite is adjacent to the canal and has twinkling ceiling drapes, mood lighting, French Doors exiting onto the canal-view patio and space for up to 120 guests. The Thompson Suite is the venue’s newest space and is decorated in burgundy and creams and can hold up to 30 nearest and dearest. Alternatively, the Canal View Room is available. Located on the first floor, it has room for 30 loved ones and is ideal for an intimate celebration. Celebrant-led ceremonies can be held under the Pergola, which can be dressed with drapes and wisteria. The garden area is the perfect size for a bouncy castle and lawn games to entertain guests of all ages. WE LOVE... When booking a wedding breakfast and evening reception in 2022 or 2023, couples will receive complimentary ceremony room hire (minimum numbers apply). 16

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YOUR DAY L IKE NO OTHER We understand how difficult it can be to plan the day of your dreams. That’s why our weddings team is on hand to help you. We’ll provide all the support and flexibility you need to ensure that every finest detail of your big day is delivered in style, whatever you wish for ... Only at Stanley House To check our diaries please call our wedding experts on 01254 769200, email or visit Stanley House Hotel & Spa, Mellor, Lancashire BB2 7NP Subject to availability on your chosen date, and the number of guests in your wedding party. Terms and conditions apply. Photography supplied courtesy of Lesley Meredith Photography / Project Valentine

WEST TOWER, L39 7HJ 01695 423 328 | Nestled within eight acres, West Tower sits proudly at the end of a secluded driveway surrounded by well-kept gardens. The luxury wedding venue offers uninterrupted views of the Lancashire countryside with plenty of places to take photographs. Inside are 27 beautifully appointed guest bedrooms, a bridal suite, a state-of-the-art dressing room, a glass skylight and a grand wooden staircase. In the grounds is a charming apex covered entrance, a secluded patio and a terrace that leads directly to the gardens. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Ballroom is an elegant space that’s been designed to accommodate any theme. Full of natural light, the room has wooden floors, PA facilities, impressive views and can hold 145 guests for the ceremony and 250 for the reception. Outdoor celebrations are held on the manicured lawns under the pagoda. WE LOVE... West Tower provides a complimentary menu tasting, accommodation in the bridal suite and an invitation to monthly open evenings for all couples. STANLEY HOUSE HOTEL & SPA, BB2 7NP 01254 769 200 | Stanley House Hotel & Spa is a 17th-century property situated within 54 acres of Ribble Valley countryside. The Grade II listed manor house boasts original brickwork, modern features, a restaurant, a spa and incredible views. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Barn Suite is an elegant space with a mirrored ceiling, exposed beams, elegant chandeliers, a stone wall and room for 180 loved ones. Boasting neutral tones throughout, The Stables Suite has an exposed stone wall and can accommodate 90 nearest and dearest. Adjacent to the bar area is The Lodge, which has a wall of floor-toceiling windows and views of the gardens and courtyard. WE LOVE... The happy couple will receive a complimentary spa voucher. 19 REGIONAL VENUES

CROWWOOD HOTEL & SPA RESORT, BB12 0RT 01282 227 722 | Positioned within the Crow Wood Resort, the Crow Wood Hotel has all the grandeur of a bygone era with sleek and modern lines that create a contemporary twist. Situated within 40 acres of landscaped grounds, the property is a stone’s throw away from the Woodland Spa and has 76 luxurious bedrooms and suites. The venue’s prime position and floor-toceiling windows afford spectacular views of Pendle Hill and the rolling hills surrounding it. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Crow Wood Hotel can cater for outdoor and indoor ceremonies, and once the formalities are over, guests can dance the night away in the Lakeside Suite. There’s space for a live band, and the extensive gardens provide the perfect space to take a little time out. WE LOVE... W-day couples will receive exclusive use of the Lakeside Suite throughout the day. FINSLEY GATE WHARF, BB11 2FG 01282 940 480 | Finsley Gate Wharf is the UK’s largest open public realm on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool canal within a conservation area and a linear park. Inside is a mixture of open industrial spaces with vaulted ceilings, oak beams, original stonework combined with modern touches. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Couples can tie the knot in the Blacksmiths Forge, a heritage regeneration project that has been put back into working order. Alternatively, the Mile Suite, a modern space with expansive views of the canal, is available. It’s capable of seating 60 guests for the wedding breakfast and 100 for the evening reception. WE LOVE... The venue’s stunning wedding spaces. 20

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PHOTOGRAPHERS: James Jebson, David Scholes, Kerry Woods, Emilie May, James Jebson, Nick English, James Jebson, Scott and Lees Photography A collection of truly unique wedding venues across the Ribble Valley From a classic country inn and a simply astounding contemporary mill conversion to a gorgeous stately home and a romantic manor house, we have the perfect wedding venue to make your dream wedding day come to life. WWW . D R E A M V E N U E S . C O . U K

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THE OUTDOORS great Tie the knot surrounded by glorious gardens or in a tent, tipi or marquee GIBBON BRIDGE HOTEL, PR3 2TQ 01995 61 456 | Gibbon Bridge Hotel is nestled within 23 acres of award-winning gardens and is situated within the Forest of Bowland and Ribble Valley. Surrounded by rolling fells and farmland, it’s adjacent to the River Loud, which looks stunning in photographs. Privately owned, the Gibbon Bridge Hotel has been hosting weddings for more than 30 years and has an experienced team of wedding professionals. Inside is an eclectic mix of old and new with 30 bedrooms and comfortable and welcoming surroundings. There’s a spacious dining room overlooking the terrace and gardens, which is the perfect setting for an exclusive wedding with ceremony areas inside and out for whatever the weather. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Indoor civil ceremonies are held in the light and airy Orangery with seating for up to 100 guests. The room is decorated with a flower wall, blossom trees and voiles, which creates a fairytale setting for any couple. Outdoor celebrations take place at the Garden Bandstand. Dressed with voiles, it has seating inside for up to 20 friends and family with room for more than 100 loved ones to sit outside and watch the ceremony. The Conservatory, overlooking the terrace with its outdoor seating and superb views, is the perfect space to host a wedding breakfast. It’s capable of accommodating 130 nearest and dearest inside or, with the addition of a marquee, up to 200. Adjoining the Conservatory is a comfortable bar area with a log fire for the winter months and space for guests to relax and mingle. WE LOVE... The venue offers special accommodation rates for guests staying the night of the wedding and couples for their first anniversary. There’s also a helipad available for those wanting to make a grand entrance. THEMED VENUES 25

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, all of which are made up of double, twin and family options; these 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 excellent food using locally-sourced products, perfect for families, couples and groups. Private dining is also available for special occasions. The hotel has a new tipi available for weddings and functions, a new children’s play area and exciting plans to utilise the extensive grounds over the coming months. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Inside is a ceremony room that was custom built and carefully designed to be flexible to match any theme or colour scheme. The hotel can cater for 100 sit down guests and more than 150 for the evening reception. Set within the grounds with views across the countryside are two beautifully-decorated tipis. WE LOVE... The dedicated wedding coordinator will be on hand every step of the way. THE DEN AT FOUR ACRE, CA7 5HW 07753 686 785 | Set in the North Cumbrian countryside between the Cumbrian fells and the Solway Coast is The Den At Four Acre. Nestled in a four-acre field surrounded by trees and natural hedgerows, it’s a secluded spot with plenty of car parking and room for campers. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Den At Four Acre offers three giant natural-coloured tipis, a small tipi and a catering tent. A rustic alternative to a conventional wedding, the space can seat up to 200 guests. The catering tent and smaller chill-out tipi are furnished with characterful furniture, and there’s also a designated dancefloor tipi with a mirror ball and coloured lighting. WE LOVE... Nearby accommodation is available at Bowness Farm Bed and Breakfast with transport available. There is also room for tents and glamping behind the tipis. 26

CUMBRIA STRETCH EVENTS, CA1 2LY 07881 915 192 | Cumbria Stretch Events is based in Carlisle and is available throughout Cumbria and South West Scotland. The stretch tents are a great alternative and allow couples to create a cosy, intimate feel or host a larger gathering. The tents are made up of a waterproof fabric that can withstand harsh weather conditions and UV protection for a hot summer’s day. The sand-coloured fabric enhances the scenic surroundings, and couples can choose from either bamboo or aluminium poles. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Add a modern edge to a wedding ceremony or reception, using the tents as cover, or as an add on to a venue for extra space. Unlike the conventional marquee, these stretch structures have more flexibility with where they can be set up. A visit to the location is required before confirming a booking to ensure the area is suitable and so the team know how to approach any obstacles. WE LOVE... The tents can be decorated with fairylights and festoon lighting. THE TIPIS AT RILEY GREEN, PR5 0SP 07902 810 778 | Located in the Lancashire countryside, The Tipis at Riley Green is hidden away within eight acres of Riley Green Meadows. The property started as a farmer’s meadow and has been turned into a magical wedding space with a natural stone entrance, bespoke electric gates, mature oak trees, a hidden car park and light festooned walkways. The venue comprises of four giant hat tipis that are interconnected with full-length panoramic windows, an entrance porch and walkways surrounded by a private terrace edged in English lavender. Inside is solid wood-flooring, heating and cooling facilities, twinkling fairylights, a wooden bar and cream bunting. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Ceremonies take place in one of the tipis. Each one can be decorated to suit different colour schemes and are capable of accommodating up to 150 friends and family. Outdoor celebrations are held under the oak tree with a bespoke ship’s sail canopy and room for 150 guests. WE LOVE... Although the venue doesn’t have an official ceremony license, it’s a beautiful setting to say vows with the help of a certified celebrant. 27 THEMED VENUES

Grade I listed Askham Hall is an exciting new style of country house hotel and wedding venue for Cumbria. Its style? Luxurious, intimate, unpretentious, up-to-date and full of charm. Featuring a stunning barn with capacity for 150 seated, an original medieval hall and private dining rooms for smaller weddings, 19 en-suite bedrooms, Michelin starred restaurant, gardens and an outdoor pavilion. In-house catering using locally sourced produce, much of it grown and reared at Askham Hall itself and on the 800 year old family estate. 01931 712350 | Askham d wedding unpreten stunning dieval hall Grade I listed Askham Hall is an exciting new style of country house hotel and wedding venue for Cumbria. Its style? Luxurious, intimate, unpretentious, up-to-date and full of charm. Featuring a stunning barn with capacity for 150 seated, an original medieval hall and private dining rooms for smaller weddings, 19 en-suite bedrooms, Michelin starred restaurant, gardens and an outdoor pavilion. In-house catering using locally sourced produce, much of it grown and reared at Askham Hall itself and on the 800 year old family estate. 01931 712350 | www.askhamh I listed Askham Hall is an exciting new style of country otel and wedding venue for Cumbria. Its style? Luxurious, timate, unpretentious, up-to-date and full of charm. uring a stunning barn with capacity for 150 seated, an nal medieval hall and private dining rooms f r smaller weddings, 19 en-suite bedrooms, Michelin starred restaurant, gardens and an outdoor pavilion. In-house catering using locally sourced produce, much of it grown and reared at Askham Hall itself and on the 800 year old family estate. 01931 7 2350 | wed ing ww .askha @marinawalkerphoto @marinawalkerphoto

CLASSIC elegance Heather and Dave tied the knot at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel with a blush and navy theme Images courtesy of Marina Walker Photo Heather and Dave met through a mutual friend. “We liked similar things and hit it off right away,” says Heather. “Dave proposed one December. He had put a selection of rings on hold at a jeweller and took me to see them the day after. It was a complete surprise.” Here the bride shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... REAL WEDDINGS 29

We chose to tie the knot at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, which was perfect. We got married 22 years after our first date. For our favours, we gave our guests lottery cards and Cancer Research pins. Champagne Cakes in Preston provided our cake. Dave and I chose a navy and pink theme with lots of candles and floral arrangements everywhere. Our beautiful flowers were from Buds and Bloom. I chose an Anna Sorrano gown and accessorised it with a Bolero jacket and jewellery from Peacock & May. 30

Dave wore a stylish suit from Cosgroves. To keep our guests entertained, we had a pianist perform during the meal. We felt so happy and truly blessed. Everything was special, and we couldn’t fault a thing. The bridesmaids and flowergirls opted for navy dresses. A funny moment was how slow the flowergirls walked down the aisle. Everyone really enjoyed the day. We had a small wedding with close family and special friends. REAL WEDDINGS 31

HEATHER AND DAVE’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, | Photographer, Marina Walker Photo, Groom’s suit, Cosgroves, | Bride’s shoes, Lace & Favour, | Bride’s jewellery, Peacock & May, | Hair stylist, Sharon Cadwide, | Make-up artist, Corrina Louise | Cake, Champagne Cakes, | Flowers, Buds and Bloom, | Stationery, Daisy Chain Invites, 32

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IT ALL IN Drink Sara and Luke celebrated their wedding with a wine theme at Broadoaks Country House Images courtesy of AJ Photography 34

Sara and Luke met in 2012 on Twitter. “Following our online friendship, we started writing letters to each other, and one day, we decided to meet up,” says Sara. “We didn’t live near each other, so we never thought anything of our relationship other than a friendship. However, once we met, we were inseparable, and Luke asked me to be his girlfriend. From 2012 until 2018, we had a longdistance relationship whilst we completed our studies. We would travel by train to see each other, spending our weekends and school holidays together. Once we started our careers, we moved in with my parents while we saved for our house, which we bought in 2019. Over the years, we have grown together as a couple and become a team. A lot has changed in the past 10 years, but our friendship and love for each other has been consistent and grown stronger.” Luke proposed in April 2020. “It was a spontaneous moment,” shares the bride. “He said that he had been thinking about it for a while, and one day he just went for it. He proposed during the first national lockdown at home. We were in bed, and he just randomly asked me. I was shocked, and it was a complete surprise! We had a Zoom party that evening with our family, and we shared the news with them and celebrated virtually. Because of COVID-19, we were reluctant to start wedding plans, however, in May 2021, we started the search and booked our wedding for later in the year.” SETTING THE SCENE “The Lake District has always been Luke’s favourite place to visit,” explains Sara. “We wanted a venue where we could celebrate with our closest family and friends. We came across Broadoaks Country House and saw that we could hire the space exclusively. We travelled up to Cumbria to visit and booked it immediately after the viewing. It was the only place we saw, and we instantly fell in love with it. It has a private and intimate atmosphere, and they were able to accommodate the whole wedding party overnight, which was important to us.” Sara and Luke made their favours which doubled up as place names. “I filled small mason jars with chocolates and stuck personalised vinyl stickers on them,” recalls the bride. “We handtied ribbon to each one to tie in with our colour scheme.” “We wanted a more casual seating arrangement and weren’t keen on a top table, so we decided to have a U-shaped table, which meant we could see everyone and chat throughout the wedding breakfast,” adds Sara. “For the centrepieces, we had a mixture of candles and lanterns. I added lantern toppers which I made from greenery and red berries.” Moss and Bloom provided the couple’s flowers. “I wanted something which I could keep and was sustainable,” reveals the bride. “They used a mixture of dried and faux blooms, and to create a rustic look, we incorporated cabernet colours.” The happy couple chose a semi-naked cake with gold leaf printing and flowers from Love At First Bite by Amber. DRESSED TO IMPRESS “I wore a Stella York gown called 7169 from Burr Bridal,” says Sara. REAL WEDDINGS 35

“I didn’t have a clue what I would wear, and I didn’t think I’d go for an actual wedding dress, but when I tried it on, it felt perfect. I’d convinced Luke I was wearing a red dress, and one of the first things he said to me at the aisle was ‘that’s a funny red dress’, which made us both smile.” Luke opted for a tweed waistcoat and blazer from Slater Menswear, a knitted wine-coloured bow tie and Dr Martens. The bridesmaids chose maxi dresses with a heavy lace bodice and high neckline from JJ’s House. TIME TO CELEBRATE “We had a jukebox in the evening from Timewarp Jukeboxes,” shares the bride. “It was a real centrepiece, and our guests loved selecting their favourite songs. We also hired tipi tents from The Enchanted Tent Company that were set up for the children so they could relax in their own space.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS “On the day of the wedding, I was super excited and the happiest I’ve ever felt in my entire life,” explains Sara. “I’d had a lot of nerves in the run-up to the wedding, and by the time it arrived, I felt so ready. Luke was incredibly nervous in the morning, and his best man recalls that he didn’t talk for the whole car journey. We relished the service, exchanging our vows and making lifelong promises to each other. After the ceremony, everything felt so surreal. We couldn’t believe that we were once teenagers dating, and now we’re a married couple ready for the rest of our lives together.” Sara’s father nearly didn’t make the wedding ceremony. “He was caught in traffic from road works,” recalls the bride. “Storm Arwen had caused lots of issues for us over that weekend. The whole morning, I was completely unaware that he almost didn’t make it. I went down for my pre-ceremony interview with the registrar, and my dad walked through the door with five minutes to spare. It wasn’t until he arrived that I realised he was so late!” “One of the funniest things from our wedding day was hearing what our five-year-old nephew said to our photographer,” adds Sara. “While taking photos of our guests, our cheeky nephew said: ‘uncle Luke’s camera is bigger than yours!’ Luke had taken up wildlife photography the year before and invested in some large lenses for that particular type of photography.” The lovebirds had support from their suppliers. “Our wedding coordinator, Mel from Broadoaks Country House, was truly amazing,” reveals the bride. “The night before the wedding, she had a last-minute meeting with me to run through the day to ease my nerves. Our photographer, Adam from AJ Photography, was fantastic from start to finish. He was great at settling our nerves, and he transported the rings from the bridal suite to the best man, ready for the ceremony. We felt comfortable and relaxed around him, and everyone made lovely comments about his professionalism.” HONEYMOON “After the wedding, we’d booked to stay in Edenborough for a few nights as a minimoon,” says Sara. “We had one lovely night there and then realised we missed being in the Lake District, so we cancelled our plans and returned to Cumbria. We wanted a more chilled experience rather than a busy city. We had a lovely few days, walking, eating out in country pubs and relaxing.” 36