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skin deep: seasonal bridal beauty with aj edgar mua

November 13th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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It’s not just our wardrobes that change with a turn of season, but also our skincare and makeup regimes tend to take a new direction as we adapt to a new wave of weather.

For you autumn/winter brides out there, cooler conditions may mean needing to take extra special care of your skin when the cooler weather nips, but it also opens up the door to wonderfully glamorous and polished makeup looks that go hand in hand with this whimsical and romantic time of year.

And so, to help spread a little seasonal inspiration, we’ve invited our talented Sponsor, North East freelance makeup artist, Alexandra Jane Edgar, to the blog to share her top skincare tips and favourite bridal makeup looks, with the possibilities ranging from classic red-lip beauty to all-out festive glam.

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What do you love most about autumn and winter weddings?

alexandra says: As a pro makeup artist I get super excited to see what the couture fashion houses release each season and love to take inspiration from this and translate it over to the world of bridal beauty. There is inspiration all around at this time of year; from the changing autumnal palette and those dark, cosy nights that are oh so romantic. It really is magical getting a bridal party ready inside a beautiful country house when it’s cool and crisp outdoors, but the fires are roaring and rooms are filled with the festive scents indoors.

What are your favourite makeup looks for this time of year?

The looks this season are seriously polished and powerful. There is a strong drama on eyes or lips with a consistent dewy, radiant complexion across all fashion houses. This translates to bridal makeup perfection with high shine skin and a nod to Giambattista Valli sparkle. A red lip rocked the catwalk at Alexander McQueen, and Chanel stole the shows with a sexy, subtle bronze smoky eye.

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Are there any makeup trends proving particularly popular with your brides currently?

Timeless makeup looks that are polished with a glowing complexion are consistently popular. My brides never look or (more importantly) feel that they are wearing makeup. The emphasis this season is the true foundation to all good makeup: skincare. Victoria Beckham’s catwalk models received facials pre-show so a minimal base was required. As a skincare expert I am able to guide you onto a great, simple routine to get your complexion working for you in the run up to your wedding and beyond. I would recommend investing in the Arbonne RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask at £57 to rid skin of dull cells and a brand new you with the RE9 Advanced Brightening Set at £269. All products are available at alexandraedgar.arbonne.com and are entirely Vegan Certified mixing Science with Nature for effective results.

What elements should brides take into account when deciding on their big day makeup?

When you’re deciding on your bridal look my best advice is to be yourself. Your partner loves you so concentrate on creating a look that empowers you to feel the very best version of you. My signature style is timeless and chic, similar to the beauty looks seen on models for the likes of Emilia Wickstead, Ralph & Russo and Philosophy on the AW18 catwalk.

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What would you say is the biggest makeup mistake that brides-to-be can make, and how can this be avoided?

Brides tend to tell me they are terrified of looking too heavily made up and it takes an artist with a lot of experience to provide the assurance that this is simply not the case with a professional application. Please take the time to find the right artist for you. Please also remember to book hair and makeup services at the very latest six months prior to your wedding day to avoid your artist being booked.

Why would you encourage brides to hire a professional makeup artist for their big day?

It is a perfect treat to yourself on the morning of your wedding and hiring a pro ensures your look will stay put and gives you the confidence to be photographed, knowing you will look perfect on your wedding photographs. You are hiring experience and skill and that alone is very reassuring and relaxing as you will be in safe hands.

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How can brides-to-be get their skin in top condition for their big day?

I am passionate about skincare. I know what ingredients work, I understand different skin types, I understand how skin and products work. I can offer individual and tailored solutions to get your skin in its best health. We can discuss your skincare at the time of your trial and I can provide samples to try to see if the products suit you before purchasing.

Are there any foundation types that you would say are better suited to this time of year?

Remember the foundation to great makeup in autumn/winter is great skincare. If you step up your routine and use a handful of effective products you can use minimal base product. I use on myself and the majority of my brides the New Arbonne Pollution Defense CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 at £34, which is available for every skin tone.

What about colour palettes? Are there any particular lip or eyeshadow colours that you think work well for autumn and/or winter?

In autumn/winter I love to embrace palettes of bronze, rose gold, some sparkle and a balmy wash of nude or a statement red or plum lip look fantastic during this season.

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friday fabulous: weddings at the kp resort

November 6th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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Over time we are seeing choice in weddings increase and expand; from the numerous venues you can now pick for your big day setting, to the differing styles of ceremony you can choose, and don’t even get us started on the epic options for bridalwear, with varying fashion-forward dress designs, plus separates and jumpsuits all in the offering!

Another area we’ve noticed opening up is the day on which you get married, for while Saturday has always reined supreme, an increase in the venues available means you can tie the knot pretty much any time of the week – offering great flexibility, and also often a saving on cost!

And so, with this in mind we’re today talking to our wonderful Sponsor, stunning Yorkshire venue The KP Resort, about their new Friday Wedding Package. Reacting to demand for nuptials on this particular day of the week, they’ve put together a dedicated Friday 2019 package that provides a more affordable option but still the same level of care, service and attention to detail.

Furthermore, those who take up the Friday option will also get a free overnight stay in The KP’s spectacular Huxtable Suite the night before the wedding free of charge!

The thought of marring at this picturesque venue and spreading the celebrations across more than just one day is certainly enough to have us hooked, but just in case you needed anymore convincing, The KP team are here to tell us more about that fabulous package along with the benefits of saying “I do” to a Friday wedding.

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the kp team say: Friday weddings may not be the stereotypical norm, but they are getting more and more popular with bride- and grooms-to-be. And there are so many pros in doing so – let us talk you through them…

When picturing your wedding day, you’ve probably always envisioned getting married on a Saturday but, have you ever thought about getting married on a Friday? The KP Resort wedding venue in Pocklington has noted the growing popularity of Friday weddings and now offers a dedicated package around this.

First of all, let’s get one thing straight – a wedding is a celebration of love any day of the week. Whether you get married on a week day or weekend, there really isn’t that much difference apart from one (major!) thing – the price!

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Getting married on a Friday can offer a much more affordable option without lacking on luxury or important elements of the wedding that you have dreamed of. What’s more, if you take advantage of The KP Resort Friday Wedding Package you will have access to a spacious dance floor, wedding aisle carpet runner, cake knife and stand, easel for your table plan and candles. All of this is included as standard in order to give you the wedding day of your dreams with less elements for you to have to organise.

It’s not just the daytime and evening festivities which are taken into consideration in this Friday wedding package, with The KP Resort also including a free stay in the luxurious Huxtable Suite the night before. This means no rushing to the venue as you’re already practically there, giving you more time to enjoy the morning of your wedding day, getting ready with your family and close friends, whilst more importantly – getting a good sleep before the big day in a super king-sized bed! Oh, and you can even start your wedding morning with a dip in the hot tub if it takes your fancy.

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One consideration which people often tend to question when considering getting married on a Friday is the impact that this could have on their guests. How are they going to get to the venue on time? Will they be able to get the time off work? We have a couple of top tips for inviting guests to a Friday wedding which will minimise these potential obstacles.

The first tip is to hand out invitations with plenty of notice – this way guests are able to book time off work if needed, make childcare arrangements and also organise transportation to ensure that they arrive at the venue on time.

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Speaking of time, another top tip when hosting a Friday wedding is to have the ceremony begin a little later on in the day, this will allow guests plenty of time to arrive to your special day. One of the advantages of booking to have your wedding at a venue which also offers accommodation is that your far travelling guests will have the option of booking to stay overnight the evening before. The KP Resort provides this option, with a range of multi-story log cabin style holiday lodges and quirky hotel pods to choose from on site to help ensure that your travelling guests can attend the big day without the panic of arriving on time. Instead they can arrive the day before, stay in a beautiful well-equipped accommodation and attend your special day without the stress of travelling on the morning of.

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get ready to sparkle! a pop up evening wedding festival fair at hornington manor, york

October 31st, 2018 | Julia Braime

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For those on the hunt for a blank canvas style venue with a hint of rustic charm, we’d highly recommended putting Hornington Manor, on your must-visit list. Set within rural Yorkshire, this homely venue invites brides, grooms and their guests to enjoy a full weekend of celebrations with fabulous accommodation, ceremony and reception spaces, all on site.

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We know just how special this place is and are so excited invite brides to be to our epic evening event at this stunning venue! THIS THURSDAY 1st November 2018, 6pm till 9pm, FREE ENTRY, we’re transforming the already gorgeous Hornington Manor Wedding Barn into a twinkling wedding inspiration paradise! And you are all invited…

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Joe Stenson Photography

bride to be?

Even if you’re venue is already sorted, the inspo at this event is out of this world!  We’d love to see you and your bridal party there!

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be Media Packs, filled with glossy magazines and treats from Brides Up North and UNVEILED Magazine. As demand is high, to pick up your VIP pack all you need to do is pre-register using the form below.

While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

wedding industry pro?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors and old friends to the Brides Up North family in 2018 and 2019. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our award winning luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions. Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Discounts are available for block bookings. Get in touch for pricing, exhibitor info and to guarantee your place.

Email julia@bridesupnorth.co.uk listing the events or area that you are interested in.

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We’ve invited the lovely Hannah from Hornington Manor to get the party started and tell us more…!

Where is Hornington Manor located?

hornington manor say: Our venue located in the picturesque village of Bolton Percy, nestled into the rolling North Yorkshire countryside. It is approximately ten miles from the historic city of York, and less than 20 miles from the bustling city of Leeds. With easy access from the A1 and M1 motorways – great for travelling guests.

Tell Brides Up North about the venue, what is its history?

Hornington Manor was built in 1770 and is set on a beautiful 300-acre working farm. The Grade II listed farm house was lovingly restored when farm was brought back to life in 2009 by local bed-makers Harrison Spinks, with the aim of growing some of its own natural mattress fillings. The 18th century Hornington Manor wedding barn was, until very recently, nothing more than a lambing barn.

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Mark J Hillyer

Is Hornington Manor licensed for civil ceremonies and, if so, what areas of the venue are available for weddings and what capacity can they cater for?

Hornington Manor is fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies at a number of remarkable locations around its grounds to suit couples’ individual preference. Hornington Gallery has huge floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the sheep grazing in the fields outside and is wonderfully bright and airy, holding 120 guests.

Our most popular place to hold wedding ceremonies is in the infamous Hornington Wedding Barn. The original 18th Century rustic barn can comfortably house up to 150 guests and is beautifully decorated with huge external doors opening onto the Manor courtyard.

For more intimate ceremonies, the lavish ballroom in the West Wing of the Manor could be perfect. Alternatively, couples may wish to take advantage of the stunning surroundings and hold their ceremony outside. Saying their vows under the charming Lych Gate in the Manor Courtyard, or facing the gentle fields on the Manor Lawn.

And what areas are available for the reception?

The beautiful wedding barn is available for wedding receptions, and can seat 150 guests comfortably. Other than boasting a stunning bar and relaxing snug areas, the wood panelled walls and exposed brick is a blank canvas for brides and grooms to style as they wish.

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Kate Cooper

How would you describe the look and feel of Hornington Manor?

The Manor has a rustic feel to it whilst also being the perfect untouched setting. Brides and grooms can choose to draw on the organic features of the venue, or alternatively use the blank backdrop for a more glamorous theme – anything goes! We’ve seen some amazing ideas; some of which can be seen on the blog section of our website.

What makes Hornington Manor a special wedding venue?

Hornington Manor is so special due to its unique surroundings and its magical element of exclusivity. Not many people can say they’ve married with a flock of sheep as members of the audience! If you’re lucky enough to wed during lambing season, some guests have the extra bonus of feeding pet lambs before the wedding begins! Our team endeavour to do all they can to make each wedding day special, unique and seamless.

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What sort of bride would be a Hornington Manor bride?

A Hornington Manor bride is excited by the chance to create their very own dream wedding – brides can be as creative as they wish. A Hornington Manor bride also appreciates the time before and after their wedding – being able to spend the whole weekend with their family in the house and grounds of the Manor.

How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

Our wedding co-ordinator Jo and her assistant Hayley will be on hand from the moment you have your first viewing, to the moment you leave Hornington Manor as a married couple. Their nothing-is-too-much attitude means our brides and grooms can plan their wedding with peace of mind that everything will run smoothly. On call throughout the big day and in the lead up to a wedding, they will go the extra mile to make sure every couple has the wedding day of their dreams. We also have a number of trusted and recommended suppliers, many of which are regulars at Hornington weddings; and are featured on our website under Recommended Suppliers.

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a fashionable finish: an accessory evening at love bridal boutique

October 31st, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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The excitement of shopping for your perfect wedding day attire doesn’t stop at the dress (thank goodness!), for there are those all-important finishing touches to consider too; from shoes, belts and jewellery to headpieces, tiaras and veils.

Keen to ensure your ‘I do’ ensemble comes together harmoniously our wonderful Sponsor, LOVE Bridal Boutique in Altrincham, Cheshire, is hosting an special Accessory Evening event, with expert styling, sweet treats and fizz galore, plus a 10% discount for all purchases and orders made during the event.

Taking place on Thursday 22nd November, 5pm to 8.30pm, brides future, past and present are welcome to attend, though numbers are limited due to the size of the boutique so having your name on the guest list is essential. As such, we’re inviting LOVE boutique owner Emma Draper to the blog today to explain more about the fabulous designer creations that will be available and, most-importantly, how to RSVP!

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Can you give us an overview of the event and what it will include?

emma says: Of course. All guests will have the opportunity to try on various accessories with styling advice on hand from our talented stylists Charlotte and Alex as well as myself. There will be fizz flowing and divine sweet treats courtesy of Yolk plus a 10% discount for all purchases and orders made during the event itself.

What collections will be featured at the accessory event?

The boutique will be adorned with all the finishing touches available here at LOVE from veils, stoles and belts to jewellery, headwear and garters and of course, shoes! Featuring: Charlotte Mills, Harriet Wilde, Hermione Harbutt, Donna Crain, Halo & Co, Pompadour Garters, Sasso Bride and Elizabeth Dickens.

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What are the benefits of the event to brides-to-be?

While the dress undoubtedly takes centre stage, it’s the accessories that complete the look! So, this event is ideal for those who have found the dress and are now looking for the finishing touches. If we have their dress in stock, we will happily pull it out for brides so they can colour match, style or compare. Plus, there is 10% off all purchases and orders made during the event so a great chance to bag a bargain!

Can you tell us a little more about some of the accessory designers and their creations?

Charlotte Mills is well known for her love-heart shoe designs with girly and glitter detail. Each shoe fulfils the ‘something old, something new…’ concept complete with this traditional message and a sixpence on the sole of every shoe.

Harriet Wilde’s iconic and vintage-inspired embellished heels are not only show-stoppers but customisable, making them extremely popular with our brides.

Hermione Harbutt is known for her stand out headpieces, for exceptional quality craftsmanship and originality of design. Each Hermione Harbutt piece is entirely unique and created by hand in the UK design studio using the finest pearls, Swarovski crystals, gemstones and diamonds.

Donna Crain believes every wedding outfit should be unique. She knows how important it is to find the perfect accessory to complete the look, understanding that the finer details deserve just as much care and attention as the dress itself. Her collections cover a range of styles; from vintage and Hollywood glamour to romantic floral pieces and sophisticated boho styles.

We will be showcasing an extended range of shoes with some additional pieces from our jewellery and headwear designers for this event only.

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Any particular favourites or stand out pieces for you personally?

We have an incredible selection from delicate simple accessories to more detailed, standout pieces.

We are particularly looking forward to showcasing styles such as Charlotte Mill’s Francesca courts with glitter-block heel. A simple pointed-toe which you may just get a glimpse of when you walk due to the fit and style of the gown, but with a wow heel too, and perfect if you’re not a fan of a stiletto.

A particular favourite among LOVE brides is the Joanie shoe from Harriet Wilde. This shoe has a clever added platform, with a delicate pointed toe, and is available in two heel heights, depending on our brides’ preference. There’s also the option to add the signature Harriet Wilde embellished heel. Perfect for any dress style but particularly more slinky gowns where you will almost certainly see a peek of shoe as you walk.

What is the price range of the shoes you stock?

Prices start from £170.

And the accessories?

Prices vary from £50 (for smaller items such as earrings) upwards.

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What are you looking forward to most about the event?

Aside from the delicious cakes from Yolk (!), who doesn’t like to browse and play with tiaras, jewellery and shoes? As self-confessed accessory addicts, we cannot wait to show off all the beautiful and delicate ranges we have available.

Do you have any advice for brides-to-be attending the event?

Most accessories have a lead time of about six to eight weeks as they’re typically made to order, so we will take orders on the night, and it will then just be a few weeks until they arrive. Shoes are usually despatched fairly quickly if they are in stock in your size, there may however be a short waiting time if the designer is waiting for stock to arrive. We would recommend any brides specifically coming for shoes to let us know the specific shoe style and size they are interested in in advance of the event, so we can order them in for them (subject to availability). This should enable brides to take them away with them on the night, particularly if needed urgently.

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this sunday: it’s the wedding event at denton hall!

October 30th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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We’ve one final Super Sunday of Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Shows to round off an absolutely epic season of Brides Up North events! For the Yorkshire couples amongst us, we have one very special date for the diary: The Wedding Event at Denton Hall, Ilkley, Sunday 4th November 2018, 11am till 2pm, FREE entry. 

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As your very own exclusive-use country house for the weekend, the team at Denton Hall pride themselves on meeting your needs with a personal touch. Denton Hall blends its rich history with a bespoke, flexible modern-day service – including a Michelin-starred fine dining experience courtesy of award winning Box Tree Events – to ensure that your special day is as successful, enjoyable and memorable as possible.

This Sunday, we’ve enlisted the help of 30+ luxury wedding exhibitors who plan to fill it’s stately rooms with wedding inspiration to help make your day even more perfect.

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The Hall is set in the heart of 2,500 acres of colourful, secluded, landscaped grounds and the exquisite interior of the Hall itself complements these beautiful surroundings. Featuring two magnificent reception rooms full of stately grandeur, with smaller, more intimate areas including an oak-panelled library and a charming period dining room you are truly Lord and Lady of the Manor at Denton.

Watch out for the Hall’s many charming features including a spiral staircase, hand-crafted genuine vintage Mouseman oak furniture, Adam style fireplaces and ceilings and crystal chandeliers. There are also 24 newly-refurbished bedrooms and two luxury suites – including an elegant bridal suite.

Come and see it all for yourselves…

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bride to be?

To pre-register for a free Brides Up North VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag (stuffed with treats and glossy mags, including the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine), simply follow the link below. You can collect your VIP Bride-To-Be goody bag upon entry to the Luxury Bridal Show. Only the bride need register for larger groups. While stocks last.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

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wedding industry pro?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2019. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions.

Click here to view the full schedule.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Email Julia at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

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Meanwhile, we catch up with the Denton Hall ream to hear more about this stunning venue’s wonderful wedding offering…

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it’s a pop-up festival wedding show at the bowdon rooms!

October 25th, 2018 | Julia Braime

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The finest North West wedding industry talent will be descending upon The Bowdon Rooms, Altrincham, for our annual Pop Up Festival Wedding Show at this unique & authentic vintage venue on SUNDAY 4th November 2018, 11am till 2pm, FREE ENTRY!

This brilliant, exclusive use venue is as fun as it is special, with it’s high ceilings, sparkling drapes, ornate fireplaces and perfectly sprung dance floor.  Dancing shoes at the ready!  If you are looking for a bespoke and private wedding venue with a little added pizazz, it’s your lucky day.

We’ve added the very best floral designers, bridal boutiques, stationers, venue stylists, photographers, cakes, diamonds (and more!) that the area has to offer – plus a festival styling twist and lots of rocking live music – to make sure that every detail of your big day is covered with individual style.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like a bit of a party…

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bride to be?

We’re giving away up to 150 free Bride To Be media packs, filled with glossy magazines (including the brand new issue of UNVEILED Magazine) and treats from Brides Up North.  As demand is high, to pick up your media pack all you need to do is register.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY

While stocks last only.

fancy exhibiting with us?

We would love to welcome new exhibitors to the Brides Up North family in 2018/19. We are now accepting exhibitor bookings for all of our fabulous luxury wedding exhibitions across three regions this year.

Click here to view the full schedule.

Exhibitors will be strictly limited by category and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Email Julia at contact@bridesupnorth.co.uk for details.

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In the meantime, we’re handing over the blog to director of The Bowdon Rooms, Neil Hughes, to tell us more about this spectacular space.

Can you tell us about the style and history of the venue?

neil says: Our luxury wedding venue in Cheshire is a charming building that offers an abundance of authentic character and beautiful features. More than 110 years old, the property’s Edwardian decadence will offer you and your guests a superior environment.

Amid subtle yet exquisite details of art nouveau charm, you can relax and dine in our glorious ballroom, with its stunning chandeliers suspended from a 40-foot domed ceiling, against a backdrop of romantically-lit voiles.

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