Your North West Wedding - June/July (Issue 80)

JUN/JUL 2023 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE £3.55 Love at FIRST BITE Catering ideas for your big day As pretty as a flower How to incorporate your colour scheme into your flowers Rest and RELAXATION Luxurious spa venues WIN! A diamond and pearl necklace 80edition th

A true wonderland nestled in the heart of Cumbria with views to the Pennines and Lake District Fells. Calthwaite Hall is one of Cumbria’s finest private country houses. A unique venue with one of kind features, there is no where else in the UK like Calthwaite Hall. This hidden gem sits within 8 acres of formal gardens and fields, with hidden pathways, secret folly and magnificent water features. This hidden gem sits within 8 acres of formal gardens and fields, with hidden pathways, secret folly and magnificent water features. With a blank canvas you have the ability to create the wedding of your dreams at Calthwaite Hall. We can help with every step of the journey providing details of trusted suppliers to meet your every need. For more information please contact | Working with your registrar or celebrant we have a wealth of backdrops to suit your style from countryside chic to formal grandeur you can pick from our impressive interior spaces or our inspiring outdoor beauty spots.

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 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 41 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 89 COMPETITION Win a diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100 CONTENTS JUNE/JULY 2023 On the cover... This issue’s cover has been sponsored by luxury Lake District spa hotel, Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa ( It was captured at the wedding of Mr and Mrs Fogg by Cumbrian wedding photographer Mindy Coe Photography ( VENUES 13 SPOTLIGHT ON MANCHESTER Discover some of the best venues in the area 17 REST AND RELAXATION Tie the knot in a hotel or spa venue 53 FEATURES 37 YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY A team of local suppliers worked together to create three different wedding looks 45 A MODERN FAIRYTALE Rose Castle was the backdrop for this breathtaking styled shoot 49 LOVE AT FIRST BITE Catering and drink ideas for your big day 53 WHEN ROMEO MET JULIET This styled shoot at Victoria Warehouse was inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet 57 AS PRETTY AS A FLOWER Floral inspiration for on-trend colour schemes 61 TIME FOR TEA Incorporating a yellow and blue colour palette, this styled shoot at The Shireburn Arms is full of country inspiration 45 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 64 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 65 I’M A BARBIE GIRL Take inspiration from summer’s most anticipated movie release with fun, flirty styles 70 FASHION Q&A Local professionals solve your problem 71 SHORT AND SWEET The thigh’s the limit with this chic selection of shorter-length bridal dresses 74 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 76 SKIN DEEP We caught up with Angela Langford whose eponymous brand offers a wide range of skin care designed to make you feel great 26 65 REAL WEDDINGS 21 TRULY ROMANTIC Yolanda and Jordan opted for a black and white theme for their big day at Hidden River Barn 26 LOVE AT FIRST SWIPE Like most modern couples, Amy and Jake met online and their relationship quickly blossomed 31 THE TALE OF JADE AND MARTIN Jade and Martin incorporated their love of Beatrix Potter into their big day at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS The latest openings and honeymoon destinations 84 THE CITY OF LOVE Discover what makes Paris the perfect honeymoon destination 86 HOORAY FOR HAMPSHIRE! Find out what makes the New Forest such a special spot for mini-mooners 88 RIVERSIDE ROMANCE The Mitre Hampton Court is the perfect location for a night away for two 84 31 GROOMS 78 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 79 WATCH THIS SPACE Expert advice on choosing a watch for your wedding 80 GREEN WITH ENVY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be 21 4

01229 838282 Abbey House Hotel & Gardens, Abbey Road, Furness Abbey, Cumbria, LA13 0PA Abbey House Hotel & Gardens At the bottom of the South lakes lies Abbey House Hotel & Gardens, an old Lutyens building bursting with charm and character, located just a short drive from the heart of the English Lake District. An award-winning Wedding Venue set in 14 acres of private gardens and woodland, we offer couples a luxurious retreat in which to share their most special day with family and friends. Now taking Wedding bookings up to 2025

Whether you’re a regular reader or newly engaged, welcome to our summer issue. As always, our June/July issue is full of inspiration, but my favourite part is the catering feature. I look forward to writing it every year, even if it does make me incredibly hungry afterwards! When I got married last year, we went back and forth about what to have for our wedding breakfast and reception. My husband (it still feels weird saying that) loves anything hot and spicy, while I can’t get enough of anything sweet. After talking to our family, we decided to go for a two-course barbecue so that there would be something to please all of our guests. If you’re struggling to find the perfect company or cuisine, start by searching online and looking in magazines for inspiration. Before you commit, look at their past work to see if they can create the menu that you’re after. It’s also important to read their reviews, see if they’re in your price range and check that they’re available on your date. To meet some of the best local catering companies and get heaps of inspiration, head over to our catering and drinks feature on page 49. If you’d like to share your big day or a styled shoot with our wonderful readers, you can submit it via our website, or by emailing Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor 89 Your North West Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your North West Wedding is published six times a year. DIA ISHING NTS ISHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS ISSN 2392-2802 Love at first bite Take inspiration from the anticipated movie release of Barbie with these fun, flirty styles, plus something pink for your bridesmaids. Wondering what you should serve your guests at your wedding breakfast? Check out our catering feature for heaps of inspiration. Win a diamond and pearl necklace worth £1,100. 65 49 ADVERTISING Account Manager Julia Owen | 01376 538 556 @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 37 Check out this styled shoot with three different wedding looks. 57 Head over to our flowers feature to see some of the latest trends. 6

Like most modern couples, Amy and Jake met online, and their relationship quickly blossomed. Years later, they tied the knot surrounded by friends and family. Incorporating a yellow and blue colour palette, this styled shoot at The Shireburn Arms is full of country inspiration. 84 61 45 53 31 21 26 You may recognise this styled shoot from the cover of last issue, but we loved it so much that we just had to show you the full set of images. Inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, this styled shoot at Victoria Warehouse is full of styling ideas. Jade and Martin incorporated their love of Beatrix Potter into their décor at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa. We adore Yolanda and Jordan’s black and white-themed wedding at Hidden River Barn. After a recent trip to Paris, I just had to share what makes the city of love such a magical destination. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Set in a chic boutique in the Lake District, Holly and Gill at Fellside Brides offer the best in customer service from first appointment, through fittings and in-house alterations to gown collection just before your big day. The girls have chosen a carefully curated collection of beautiful gowns from Pronovias, Jesus Peiro, It Was All A Dream by Savin, Eliza Jane Howell and Kenneth Winston. The attention to detail in the cut, fabric and beadwork in every single dress cleverly blends modern trends with classic styling and will make you, the bride, feel fabulous on your wedding day. You can book your one-to-one consultation to try the stunning collection by simply contacting Holly and Gill at their Kendal boutique. WWW.FELLSIDEBRIDES.CO.UK 01539 729500 | FELLSIDEBRIDES@OUTLOOK.COM

All the latest from around the North West A FABULOUS OFFER Lancashire Manor Hotel is a charming ivy-covered property with parts that date back to the 16th century. The original stone manor house is at the heart of the hotel and contains the lounge area and above, in the original farmhouse bedrooms, is the honeymoon suite. The glass fronted reception connects the lounge to the traditional Great Hall and contemporary Lathom suite. Guests can enjoy the garden, with colours that change throughout the seasons, and the patio which has a giant chess set. The Great Hall is one of the most beautiful traditional halls in the North West, complete with a galleried balcony, great acoustics, crystal chandeliers and a golden bar. The outdoor patio offers a brilliant platform for those arrival drinks and photos. For 2023, the hotel is offering its Starlight Package. Costing £3,500, it includes the civil ceremony room hire from 4pm, floral arrangements for the ceremony table and centrepieces, chair covers, a glass of fizz after the ceremony, blossom trees, a barbecue or buffet, a DJ and overnight accommodation in one of the bridal suites. Couples will also have use of the Great Hall for the evening reception. Available on remaining Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays before 30th November 2023, the package is designed for 80 guests, but more can be added if needed at an additional charge. Check out for more information. A MAGICAL PERFORMANCE Wedding planning can seem endless, and as the day gets closer, many couples will be thinking about their entertainment. MagicALEXcellencE (the magic of Alex D Fisher) offers close-up and cabaret magic and has recently launched a new Wedding Hosting Service. “Those of you looking for a wedding reception that people will recall for months to come will naturally be anxious about scheduling,” says Alex. “As your wedding host/MC, I will not only make all the announcements and introductions at the key stages of your day, but I will also bring a special blend of award-winning comedy magic to your reception. I will create a relaxed vibe that will bring your guests together and give everyone plenty of laughs as well as mind-blowing gasps. I combine my magic and MC duties to ensure a truly memorable and smooth-running day, which will allow you to relax and enjoy yourselves.” Visit for more information. NEWS Nearlywed AWARD-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHY Glimmering Sparkle Weddings has been voted ‘Best Photographer in the North West’ by Hitched for the second year running. The duo have also received a LUXlife Magazine Global Wedding Award for ‘Best Contemporary Photography Team’ – congratulations! “We think being a team is the single most significant difference between us and other photographers as both of us provide the coverage at any wedding,” says owners Kat and Greg. “We work each image individually to get the most out of each capture and although it does take a bit longer to process the footage, which is reduced down to the best 300-700 images depending on the wedding, the result is a set of images that couples will enjoy coming back to. Each wedding is different and with this in mind, we’ve looked at all the options our couples can choose from and moulded them into an instant service, which we believe to be the first of its kind offered anywhere in the UK by photographers. Much like when choosing car insurance, couples can choose what they want and submit it via our website to receive an email with their quotation. The best part is that they’re able to do it using their smart devices, in their own time, in the comfort of their own home and without having to talk to a rep.” Visit for more information. LOCAL NEWS 9

NEW CEREMONY SPACES The historic Leighton Hall in Carnforth, Lancashire, is celebrating summer with delightful new wedding locations. Romance and weddings have been in abundance for 35 years at this historic hall, which has five indoor and outdoor wedding ceremony sites designed to sweep you and your guests off your feet. From the moment you arrive in front of the dramatic Gothic façade to saying ‘I do’ in historic splendour and dancing the night away under the magical Victorian glass, the friendly team will work with you to shape your party and bring your ideas to life. Thanks to expert-sensitive restoration, the newly refurbished Victorian Conservatory is a truly special location for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Comfortably hosting up to 50 guests for ceremonies and receptions, it’s the perfect way to bring the stunning outside in while keeping you feeling snug and serene. Fancy taking it al fresco? The gardens offer more than just stunning photographs, as you can now exchange vows surrounded by nature in the historic herb garden pavilion or the regal lawn, both hosting up to 80 friends and family. Not just for summer, the Victorian Conservatory and Hall are both fully heated with modern convenience. Warm and cosy, they are guaranteed to warm every heart through autumn’s glorious colours to a frost-glittered winter wonderland. Visit email or call 01524 734 474 for more information. AS PRETTY AS A PICTURE Tom Benson Photography, a talented photographer based in Barrowford, Lancashire, is offering Your North West Wedding readers 10 per cent off any full-day wedding package. There are three packages to choose from; the Silver Package includes coverage of the bridal prep, the ceremony, couple shots, family portraits and speeches. The Gold Package covers the same but with the addition of the cake cutting and the first dance. Lastly, the Platinum Package includes all of the above, plus pictures of your evening guests, a personalised all-in-one acrylic album and a pre-wedding engagement shoot. “It will never get old to me that people trust me with a window into their most delicate moments,” says Tom. “I have an absolute passion for capturing weddings. I’m here to capture your story, including all of the emotion, joy and laughter.” To claim this offer, email Tom at and mention the magazine. Offer ends 31st July 2023. See more of Tom’s work at REST AND RELAXATION Spa experience and booking agency has revealed the top five spas in Manchester. Rena Spa at The Midland was number one. This awardwinning spa is an underground haven where you’ll be transported into a world of peace and calm with satisfyingly relaxing results. There are several impressive experiences to enjoy, such as the Caribbean Storm and Arctic Rain showers, but the piece de resistance is the relaxation areas. Here, you can choose from discovering sleep in a hanging pod cocoon, in an ergonomic sleep chamber or a sound-cancelling egg chair. See more at The second most popular spa is the Mercure Norton Grange Hotel and Spa ( Only eight miles from the city centre and yet surrounded by landscaped gardens with views of the Pennine Hills, a getaway at this hotel can be whatever you want it to be. Shopping, nightlife and sightseeing are all at your fingertips, but for some real relaxation, head to the hotel’s spa and enjoy some downtime. As well as a gym, swimming pool and thermal suite, the spa has six treatment rooms where you can ease tension with a gorgeous Decleor body or facial treatment. Third place goes to Harmony & Serenity Spa at Manchester Piccadilly Hotel (, fourth is Malmaison Manchester ( and in fifth place is The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection Hotel ( For more information, visit A MUST-SEE VENUE Nestled in Boltonby-Bowland, in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley, The Coach & Horses is a cosy Grade II listed Coaching Inn and is the perfect location for couples looking for an intimate setting for their big day. With seven beautifully-decorated bedrooms, including two family rooms (sleeping four) and two dog-friendly rooms, a statement bar, and an awardwinning restaurant seating 40, wedding parties will have exclusive use of the venue on their wedding day. From getting ready in the morning with a glass of champagne and sipping a cocktail in the sunshine on the outdoor terrace, to enjoying a delicious sit-down meal and dancing the night away with loved ones, the Coach offers an idyllic setting to make memories that will last a lifetime. The wedding breakfast is a focal part of the day, and the team will work with each couple to create a bespoke menu. Included is a meeting with head chef Ian Moss and the team to talk through dishes, any likes, dislikes, and dietary requirements, so they can build a menu tailored to the wedding party, with the option to upgrade to a tasting menu. The Coach also offers matching wines for each dish or drinks packages. The Coach requires a minimum of 14 people for a wedding, with the option of up to 40 for a sit-down meal and up to 75 for the evening. All packages include arrival drinks and a glass of prosecco for the toasts and a two-night stay with the use of all seven bedrooms. To find out more, contact or visit Mercure Norton Grange Hotel and Spa 10

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ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURNORTHWEST.WEDDING/GIVEAWAYS WIN A TWO NIGHT STAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT The Ro Hotel is a stunning lakeside venue situated in the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria. Offering breathtaking views, the Victorian property boasts a stately façade combining period charm with a modern chic interior, following an extensive £6 million refurbishment. Available for weddings of up to 200 guests, The Ro Hotel has plenty of spaces to explore, and it’s also dog-friendly, so your beloved pooch is welcome to come along too. Exclusively for Your North West Wedding readers, The Ro Hotel is offering one lucky reader a two-night stay for two people with a three-course dinner and breakfast each morning. During your stay, relax in comfort and style in one of the modern rooms, many of which have pristine views overlooking the lake. Whether you’re visiting for a pre-wedding getaway or a mini-moon, the rooms offer the best in comfort and design, so you can get the most from your days exploring Bowness on Windermere and beyond. When it comes to dining at The Ro Hotel, expect delicious, homemade dishes created using the best seasonal and local ingredients. The competition closes on 31st July, 2023. To win this wonderful prize, enter via Terms and conditions apply. To find out more about The Ro Hotel, visit Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers WIN A £250 VOUCHER TO SPEND WITH COEUR DE LION The hunt for the perfect bridal jewellery stops here, with a chance to win £250 worth of jewels from COEUR DE LION – celebrating 35 years in business this year! Handmade in Germany, each piece is lovingly crafted by a team of artisans from the finest materials at its Stuttgart workshop, genuine natural stones, shimmering crystals and freshwater pearls give each piece individuality. The brand’s new freshwater pearl collection offers the ideal bridal jewellery, or you could choose to spend your winning voucher on lovely gifts for all your bridesmaids. Visit to view the entire range. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with COEUR DE LION to offer readers the chance to win a £250 voucher. Enter via our website. Terms and Conditions apply. Freebies & OFFERS 12

CITY OF MANCHESTER Spotlight on... 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 healing 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. VICTORIA WAREHOUSE, M17 1AB 0161 974 1200 | Victoria Warehouse was built in the early 1900s and was originally used as a cotton storage facility. The property quickly became a symbol of strength and innovation in the city and, as a result, many of the historic features have been lovingly preserved. Offering innovative event spaces in the heart of Manchester, the warehouse has exposed walls, stone floors and an urban backdrop, creating plenty of quirky spots to take those all-important photographs. Celebrate in style Weddings for up to 260 guests are held in The Bays. This contemporary room combines urban chic with modern glamour and boasts original brick walls, restored industrial pillars and an exclusive bar area. For larger weddings there is The Cotton Sheds, a grand space with exposed walls, stone floors and room for 750 loved ones throughout the day. We love... The extensive range of menu choices, including street food options. 13 MANCHESTER VENUES

HOTEL GOTHAM, M2 4WU 0161 413 0000 | Hotel Gotham is located at 100 King Street, in the central conservation area, in one of the city’s listed building. It was the former premises of a Midland Bank and draws inspiration from the surrounding area offering a theatrical setting with quirky design and character. The interior of Hotel Gotham is inspired by the Art Deco era, which was popular in the 1920s and 1930s. The hotel’s designers have taken great care to create a luxurious and stylish atmosphere that pays homage to this iconic design period. The on-site private members club and fine dining restaurant make it a popular choice for celebrations, and the rooftop bar offers stunning views of the city’s skyline. The bedrooms are known for their opulence, luxury and decadence, so whether you’re in need of a single room for your wedding night, multiple rooms for family and friends or exclusive use of all 60 bedrooms, Hotel Gotham has a variety of options available to you. Celebrate in style Hotel Gotham offers a range of options for hosting celebrations, from intimate gatherings to the exclusive use of the hotel with its 60 bedrooms. The sixth floor Honey Restaurant pays homage to the building’s banking heritage with displays of bowler hats, green glass wall lamps, and banker-style chairs from the 1900s. With original arched windows overlooking Manchester’s King Street and Spring Gardens, the restaurant is a delightful space during the day and becomes truly magical in the evening, with candlelight and city lights adding to the ambiance. The restaurant can accommodate between 30 and 85 guests. For smaller celebrations, the Private Dining Room in the Honey Restaurant exudes luxury and glamour, and can hold between 12 and 28 guests. For a truly breathtaking experience, Club Brass boasts panoramic rooftop views of the city from its three outdoor terraces. This is the perfect spot for exclusive or partial hire, with space for up to 150 friends and family. GILT Club & Strong Room is a newly added venue to Hotel Gotham’s offerings, located two floors below ground level. This exclusive events space has a unique atmosphere reminiscent of the famous cabaret clubs from the 1930s. GILT is highly adaptable and can host anywhere from 30 to 90 guests, making it the perfect place for intimate gatherings with loved ones. We love... Begin your Gotham wedding in true luxury and enjoy the world-class Bentley chauffeur experience to take you to and from your ceremony destination or address of your choosing. What’s more you can settle any pre-wedding jitters with a glass (or two) of fizz on the way to the venue with a glass of exclusive Gotham Prosecco or choose from an extensive list of champagnes and sparkling wines. THE FOUNTAIN HOUSE, M2 5PF 0161 834 1866 | The Fountain House, located in the Grade II listed Memorial Hall Building, is nestled on the beloved Albert Square in the heart of Manchester. Albert Square provides plenty of space, is well connected to travel routes and offers beautiful views of the city. Inside is a traditional and versatile décor 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 provide in-house crisp white table linen and rustic wooden chairs, along with beautiful centrepieces and candles. Celebrate in style Ceremonies usually take place in the Memorial Hall, located on the first floor, it’s exclusive to you and boasts a private staircase, a bar, washrooms and cloakrooms. All AV/PA equipment is installed and ready to use, and the suite comes with your own dedicated team to ensure the day goes smoothly. This space can accommodate 130 standing guests, 100 theatre style and 80 cabaret style. We love... Happy couples tying the knot at The Fountain House will receive a complimentary menu tasting. 14

FIVEFOURSTUDIOS, M5 4LZ 0161 737 7341 | Built in the1970s, fivefourstudios is a former warehouse transformed into a state-of-the-art studio and events venue. Renovated and reopened by acclaimed fashion and beauty photographer David Oldham, the property features three fully serviced photographic studios, including a drive-in studio, a daylight studio, an elegant club bar and a private lounge. Restoring much of the original industrial features and adding a touch of decadence, the result is an elegant mix of styles. The first floor is the true heart of the building; the luxuriously appointed lounge bar features plush furnishings and subdued lighting, providing a sumptuous spot for guests to enjoy a drink. The private courtyard, situated at the rear of the building, features tree-lined black brick walls and can be accessed via double barn-doors, making it the perfect spot for indoor and outdoor entertainment. Celebrate in style Whether you envisage an informal gathering or a more flamboyant affair, fivefourstudios has the flexibility to be tailored to your individual requirements and style. There are three main rooms and a bar available for exclusive hire for up to 240 guests. Studio One, fivefourstudios’s largest studio, features a full-height infinity cove, a mezzanine area and a hair and make-up suite with a shower. The studio has direct access to the private car park through wide double doors, and daylight can be controlled with electric blackout blinds on the skylights. Alternatively, Studio Two has white brick walls, a polished concrete floor and diffused daylight from a glass brick wall. The studio also features an open plan hair and make-up area, a private changing area and separate dining space. Studio One and Two can be linked by double doors, forming a combined space for large celebrations. The Loft is flooded with natural daylight from east and west facing skylights running the length of the ceiling, which are equipped with individually-controlled blackout blinds. There’s also a private hair and make-up area, a bathroom and dining and lounge facilities. We love... The staff work with a range of chefs to create bespoke menus and ensure you receive the perfect culinary experience, be it canapés and fine dining or street food vendors in the courtyard. External caterers are welcome, and for more intimate dining, the open-plan commercial kitchen, situated in the bar with seating for up to 28 diners, is available. 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. This striking Grade II* listed property was designed in a Neoclassical Greek revival style and includes impressive original Greek-style columns and classical stone steps. Inside the enchanting rooms is 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, mural portraits of Milton and Shakespeare and a clock face created by the Big Ben clockmakers. Celebrate in style Weddings for up to 30 loved ones take place in the historic Reading Room. If you have between 30-50 guests, then the ceremony takes place under the beautiful painted glass dome. Following the service, a drinks reception is held under the dome whilst 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. 15 MANCHESTER VENUES

An enchanting venue in which to hold your wedding. 57 Mosley St, Manchester M2 3HY 0161 236 6785 ThePorticoLibrary @porticolibrary If you are ready for something a bit different then come and celebrate with us. You customize the day according to your individual taste and budget. Whether you prefer a totally informal party with a live band or a more traditional affair with a twist. The choice is all yours to reflect your wishes and personality. Our friendly and hard-working team here at THE VENUE will support you in every way to make your magical day one that you will treasure forever. It’s your party – make it your own Call Anna on m 07379 437125 @weddingsatthevenue WEDDINGS at the venue THE VENUE_weddings 2023/24_195x141mm.qxp_Layout 1 15/06/2023 15:40 Page 1

Rest and relaxation LOW WOOD BAY RESORT & SPA, LA23 1LP 01539 433 338 | Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa is a luxury hotel nestled on the Lake Windermere shoreline in the heart of the Lake District National Park. With several of the Wainwrights’ walks a stone’s throw away and the town of Ambleside a mile away, Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa is the perfect base for relaxing and exploring the Lakes. Unwind in The Spa with revitalising spa treatments, an indoor swimming pool and thermal journey packages. The four-star hotel is also home to 130 luxurious bedrooms and two sophisticated restaurants, which are perfect for pre-wedding celebrations. Celebrate in style Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa’s wedding packages include a personal wedding coordinator, flexible menu options including a sponge wedding cake, a complimentary Lake View Room and lake access with a jetty – perfect for wedding photos. Those of you with a smaller guest list will love the Buckley Room, beautifully decorated, it’s capable of holding 20 to 30 guests throughout the day and has direct access to the hotel’s lawns. The Lakes Suite is larger with room for 30 to 280 friends and family. This charming space is full of natural light and offers impressive views of the grounds. We love... Guests will receive a discount on hotel bedrooms so you can turn your big day into a weekend-long celebration. Tie the knot in a hotel or spa venue HOLLAND HALL HOTEL, WN8 0QZ 01695 624 426 | Nestled in the picturesque West Lancashire countryside, Holland Hall Hotel is a Grade II listed wedding venue that dates back to 1654. 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 has 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 yet rustic charm throughout. There are 24 elegant and spacious en suite bedrooms/suites for guests to choose from, a luxurious apartment that sleeps six, and two beautifully appointed cottages with landscaped gardens. Celebrate in style The Ultimate Purveyors is a modern space decorated with luxury handcrafted tiles, heritage fixtures and large shuttered glass doors that open onto the private patio area with seating for up to 40 loved ones. Alternatively, the Terrace Suite is a large, elegant room full of natural light with access to the private garden area and space for 100 guests. Outdoor celebrations are held under the Garden Pagoda with up to 100 friends and family. 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 people. We love... Lovebirds will have access to the bridal suite on the night of the wedding and a complimentary master of ceremonies. 17 HOTELS & SPAS

THE NETHERWOOD HOTEL & SPA, LA11 6ET 01539 532 552 | Netherwood Hotel & Spa is a Grade II listed manor house with glorious gardens and sweeping views across Morecambe Bay. The hotel is located within extensive grounds that feature a beautiful topiary, landscaping which is sympathetic to its historical past, and woodlands at the back of the hotel that lead into a National Trust walk. Netherwood is filled with traditional features that are a photographer’s dream, such as original fireplaces, stained glass windows, impressive ornate carvings and winding staircases. Celebrate in style The charming hotel can host up to 120 friends and family for the ceremony and reception. The Deakin Suite is a bright and airy room with flexible space and breathtaking views across the grounds. In addition, The Ballroom and Terrace Bar Lounge can also be used for your special day. This magnificent oak-panelled room has an adjoining bar lounge and an original stone fireplace that dates back to 1893. The Residents Lounge is a cosy room with oak-panelled walls, an original fireplace and room for 30 loved ones throughout the day. Small celebrations can take place in The Library, a grand room with period charm and character, that has space for up to 20 nearest and dearest. We love... If you’re getting married on a Saturday, you can have the whole hotel (including all the accommodation) for Friday and Saturday, which means you can celebrate in style and make the space your own. All packages include a complimentary bridal suite on the night of the wedding and a tasting from the extensive menu. ARMATHWAITE HALL HOTEL & SPA, CA12 4RE 01768 776 551 | Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa is a 17th-century property situated near Keswick on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. This four-star former stately home is set in the secluded splendour of 400 acres of deer park and woodland and is framed by the dramatic Skiddaw Mountain and Lake District Fells. As you arrive at this privately owned hotel, you will receive a warm welcome within the grand surroundings. Explorers will find luxurious wood-panelled lounges complete with roaring fires, elaborately framed paintings, luxurious bedrooms and an award-winning spa. On the grounds, there are Meet the Hawk and Alpaca Experiences and the Lake District Wildlife Park, home to hundreds of rare and endangered animals, reptiles, and birds of prey, is close by. Celebrate in style There’s a choice of wedding spaces available, with options to suit a range of budgets and styles. Intimate ceremonies for up to 20 guests are ideally suited to the privacy of The Estate Office Room, while the Broadwater Suite, with its floor-to-ceiling windows boasting magnificent views out to the lake, is perfect for services of up to 120 loved ones. For a more contemporary feel, the Lime Tree Suite, with glittering chandeliers, stylish furnishings, and room for 70 nearest and dearest, is ideal. Alternatively, the grandeur of the Lake View Lounge with its beautiful garden terrace can hold 80. Al fresco celebrations are held in the Woodland Gazebo, Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa’s outdoor ceremony space, which allows you to wed in a natural lakeside setting. We love... Those of you booking the Platinum Wedding Package will receive a complimentary two-night stay, champagne, use of the spa facilities and breakfast the following morning. 18

THE NORTH LAKES HOTEL & SPA, CA11 8QT 01768 868 111 | The North Lakes Hotel & Spa is located on the edge of the picturesque town of Penrith and is easily accessible from the M6 motorway. Just a short walk from the hotel is the historic Penrith Castle and a wonderful selection of shops, cafés and restaurants. The venue’s beautiful décor was chosen to reflect the rustic environment and rural heritage that makes the region so well known. Inside is a gorgeous spa that has been designed with luxury and comfort in mind, with exposed wooden beams, low lighting and a range of treatments. Celebrate in style The Cross Fell Suite has a neutral décor throughout, perfect for couples looking for a blank canvas, with space for 200 guests throughout the day. Small weddings are held in the Little Martindale, which has exposed bricks and high wooden beams and can accommodate up to 28 loved ones for the ceremony and 30 for the reception. We love... Depending on the package chosen, couples will receive a four-poster room on the night of the wedding, a bottle of champagne, breakfast and a complimentary anniversary stay. There’s also a designated wedding coordinator to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day. STIRK HOUSE, BB7 4LJ 01200 445 581 | Built in 1635, Stirk House exudes character and authentic features, which can still be seen today in the magnificent stone arch above the fireplace and the original doorway that has welcomed guests to this special place for over 300 years. Stirk House is a historic property with a winding driveway, ivy-clad walls, sparkling stone mullion windows and vibrant and immaculate gardens. Boasting spectacular views of the surrounding Ribble Valley countryside and Lancashire’s famous Pendle Hill, your guests can enjoy relaxing strolls through the gardens, ancient forest and nature trail. Stirk Tree, affectionately named by past couples, is a sycamore which towers above the grounds and is adorned with hundreds of twinkling fairylights. This is a particularly popular spot for wedding photographs, and the decking area around the tree allows you and your photographer to spend some time taking mesmerising pictures in a peaceful and lovely part of the venue. Celebrate in style Ceremonies of up to 115 guests take place in the timeless Gallery Suite. This charming and intimate room is surprisingly spacious and allows you to customise the décor to suit the theme of your special day. The Ceremony Room is prefaced with a walk through the Conservatory, a serene and elegant part of the hotel which features a spectacular living wall of colour-changing ivy. Wedding receptions of up to 250 guests are held in the magnificent Stirk House Ballroom. This room features a large dancefloor, a bar, a separate lounge area, a popular selfie wall, a fairylight corridor and a huge skylight, allowing guests to dance the night away under the stars. We love... Couples will receive a complimentary stay in the fabulous honeymoon suite on the night of the wedding. This suite includes a luxurious bedroom with views of the surrounding grounds and countryside, a separate lounge area as well as a free-standing bath and double shower. 19 HOTELS & SPAS


romantic Yolanda and Jordan opted for a black and white theme for their big day at Hidden River Barn Images courtesy of Edward D Jones Photography TRULY Yolanda and Jordan met in 2013 in a nightclub. “He was absolutely obsessed with me,” laughs Yolanda. “After six months, I decided to go on a date with him, and here we are nearly 10 years later! Jordan proposed while we were away for his 30th birthday in Canada. We were at the top of Whistler Mountain when he asked me; it was a massive surprise! He even had a custom engagement ring made, which was stunning!” Here Yolanda shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... 21 REAL WEDDINGS

We were looking at staying the night at Hidden River Barn because its cabins reminded us of Canada, and when we realised they had a wedding barn, we knew it was the perfect place for us. For our favours, we gave our guests a scratch card each and individual thank you cards. We decided to have two long tables and an intimate top table. Bramble & Bloom decorated these with greenery, white roses and pampas runners. Jordan and I dressed the venue and made it feel like our own. We used pampas clouds, a sweet cart, a beer pong table, pillar candles and glass cylinder jars. Our cake was a three-tiered drape effect from The Little Cakery. 22

Jordan chose a beige suit from Woven Durham that he had altered to incorporate black touches. To keep everyone entertained, we had a live singer who stayed for the canapés. We also had a sax player who came just as dessert finished, and the dancefloor was bouncing all night long! We had an owl drop the rings during the ceremony, they then stayed for pictures and so people could hold them. I wore a Martina Liana dress from Goldie’s Bridal. After watching Say Yes to the Dress for many years, I knew I wanted a Martina dress. From the leg split to the detachable straps and sleeves, it was simply perfect. I had a custom-made veil in the same fabric as the train and a mini version of the dress made for my little girl by Diva Designs For You. To finish the look, Joanne Nichol Hair Stylist made signature pearls that I slotted in my hair that were very similar to the ones on my Jimmy Choo shoes. The bridesmaids opted for black dresses that had a slit in the leg to match mine. It was the best day ever from start to finish, and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat if I could! 23 REAL WEDDINGS

YOLANDA AND JORDAN’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, Hidden River Barn, | Photographer, Edward D Jones Photography, | Videographer, Bennett Media, | Bride’s dress, Goldie’s Bridal, | Bride’s earrings, Tiffany & Co., | Bride’s shoes, Jimmy Choo, | Bride’s hair pearls and hair stylist, Joanne Nichol Hair Stylist, | Make-up artist, Anna McClen Make-up Artist, | Groom’s suit, Woven Durham, | Dress alterations and flowergirl’s dress, Diva Designs For You, | Cake, The Little Cakery, | Flowers, Bramble & Bloom, | Transport, Irving of Dalston, | Entertainment, Simon Vogt Weddings, | Saxophone, Shades Of Sax, | Owl ring bearer, Eagle International Enterprises Ltd, We entered to Crazy In Love which all our guests thought we planned out, but we only decided 30 seconds beforehand. It was a hit, and so many people have said it was amazing! For our honeymoon, we are heading to Miami and Florida Keys and are so looking forward to it! Florida Keys was a place I visited with my grandad, and I’ve been dying to go back and take Jordan with me. Scan to view video 24

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FIRST ATswipe Love Like most modern couples, Amy and Jake met online and their relationship quickly blossomed Images courtesy of Fish 2 Photography 26

Like most modern couples, Amy and Jake met online. “It was 2015, and I had just downloaded the famous Tinder app,” says Amy. “After many swipes, Jake and I were a perfect match. After months of talking as friends, we never thought we could make the distance work or even be able to meet until one day my mum said: ‘Why don’t you go on a date?’ They were words I never thought my mum would say, but I decided to ask the question. We set a date and met up in Manchester. With Jake being a little bit hungover after a previous night out, he wasn’t the most impressive catch, but he did something right. Many months later, Jake decided it was time to ask me to be his girlfriend while we were watching some fireworks. I agreed, hoping that one day he would ask me to be his wife. “A few years later, after I had graduated from university, Jake took me to my favourite holiday destination, The Lake District,” adds the bride. “Whilst travelling to our hotel, Jake stopped at Waterhead, complaining of a cramp in his leg from driving. We parked up, and it was safe to say I wasn’t very impressed at the price of parking or that we had to stop early, but I took it all in my stride, and we went for a walk around Waterhead Park. We stopped at a little beach on the shores of Lake Windermere. I was taking pictures, and when I turned around, Jake was on one knee asking me to be his wife. All Jake could say was: ‘Will you marry me?’ The tears started, and I struggled to say an answer, but I eventually said: ‘Yes’. We spent the rest of the day visiting places around the Lake District and our favourite restaurant for tea. Three years later, we became husband and wife.” SETTING THE SCENE “We were on holiday in the Lake District trying to find the perfect venue,” explains Amy. “After looking online, we decided to go for a venue with a jetty leading onto Lake Windermere and beautiful views from every angle. We wanted to use natural materials and local businesses where possible, so for our favours, we chose Kendal cake hearts because they are one of Jake’s favourite things. We also gave each guest a personalised pack of love hearts and a beautiful wooden place name, which they took home at the end of the evening. “We opted for an e-shaped table as we thought it would be a cosier set-up,” continues Amy. “We decided to name each table after one of our favourite places in the Lake District. We found it harder to find a pre-made seating plan because of the shape, so we made it ourselves using brown kraft paper, twine, a picture frame and mini pegs. In the centre of each table, we used signs to represent places that meant something to us. Each name was engraved onto a wooden sign created by Jake’s dad. The base of each sign held a handmade decorated jar, gypsophila and a picture of Jake and I.” After finding Willow & Fig through a wedding show, the couple decided to use their equipment and accessories for their wedding. “They provided the beautiful Chiavari chairs and hessian table runners,” recalls the bride. “This meant that on the day, Carlie (the head of Willow and Fig) organised everything, and we did not have to meet several suppliers as we were getting ready. After speaking to Carlie, she could picture exactly what we wanted and she did not disappoint. “The bridesmaids had beautiful gypsophila bouquets and I had a neutral bouquet full of pinks and whites to complement the girl’s dresses,” continues Amy. “We knew we wanted to keep our budget small, but flowers were a very important part of my vision and I knew I wanted to have real blooms on my wedding day.” The cake was made by Jake’s mum. “We chose a simple design, made with vanilla sponge and filled with buttercream and strawberry jam,” remembers Amy. “The cake was decorated with sprigs of gypsophila, fresh fruit and Lego sheep. We love Lego, and my favourite animal is a sheep, so our fantastic photographer gifted us some Lego sheep after we first met, and we knew it had to be a big part of the day. It was safe to say the cake looked amazing, tasted fantastic and was decorated perfectly! “Most of the decorations were bought from various shops and some of the larger signage was from Mally’s Crafts Limited,” adds the bride. “We looked for wooden accessories and used crates filled with blankets, glow 27 REAL WEDDINGS