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venue hunter: gibbon bridge hotel, lancashire

May 4th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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The setting of your big day has to be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make during the planning process and so it’s worth taking the time to thoroughly do your research and scope out all of the options available. Keen to assist in your search, we’re bringing you details of another stellar venue in the north of the UK, our brand new Sponsor Gibbon Bridge Hotel.

Situated in Chipping in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire – an Area of Outstanding National Beauty – this family owned venue offers couples elegance, class and quality for their big day celebrations. With a choice of beautiful ceremony spaces both inside and out, brides and grooms can tailor their day to their exact requirements, working with the venue’s friendly team and experienced head chef.

Personal and punctual, the Gibbon Bridge team pride themselves on providing excellent attention to detail, and the venue’s exclusive-use policy means only one wedding takes place at the hotel per day, resulting in the staffs’ undivided attention from beginning to end.

Sounds perfect right?! For those of you eager to find out more we’re chatting more to the team about Gibbon Bridge’s spectacular wedding offering, plus the venue has a Wedding Open Evening coming up on Wednesday 6th June, from 5pm to 8pm, when you can go along and view this beautiful building for yourselves.

Images as credited or provided by Gibbon Bridge.

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Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?

gibbon bridge say: Originally a family farm, Janet Simpson (the owner) and her mother created Gibbon Bridge in 1982. The hotel has developed over the years and now has 23 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens, a large elegant bar with dining rooms overlooking the terrace and gardens, as well as 30 unique and comfortably appointed bedrooms. Janet is still hands on and offers a personal service with a management team who have been with her since the early days. All the food is freshly cooked and sourced locally, whether from the kitchen gardens or local suppliers.

How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?

Gibbon Bridge is a warm friendly place with stunning gardens, an amazing view and an individual, eclectic but comfortable style.

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Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas and how many guests the venue can cater for? 

From April to September, weather permitting, civil ceremonies take place outdoors in the Bandstand. The Bandstand is sheltered by trees and surrounded by beautiful gardens, which can then be enjoyed for the rest of the day. Drinks are served on the terrace adjoining the Conservatory; a room with a view and doors that open to let the outside in. Should rain prevail, and during the winter months, the Orangery is available for ceremonies. Light and airy with its unique pillars and glass collection, it is a beautiful and elegant alternative to the Bandstand. Gibbon Bridge can cater for weddings of up to 200 guests for the wedding breakfast, with additional evening guests, as well as smaller, more intimate weddings.  No number is too small.

What makes Gibbon Bridge a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?

The personal service and attention to detail that Janet and her team offer, as well as its individuality, beautiful gardens and setting. We will only ever hold one wedding a day so couples can rest assure that they are our sole focus.

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What sort of bride would be a Gibbon Bridge bride?

A happy bride!

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

Your wedding day is as important to Janet and her team as it is to you. The team’s experience and attention to the details of your wedding will ensure that it is a day never to be forgotten.

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Can you tell us about the accommodation at the venue?

The hotel has 30 bedrooms including the bridal suite.  The rooms are spacious and individually furnished.

Tell us about your catering services and what makes them special? 

Janet and the head chef, Gary, who has been with her for 22 years, have created the menus especially for you and your guests using local produce.  The food is always freshly prepared and cooked on the day to meet your timetable and to ensure it is served hot. However, we are always happy to discuss alternative dishes and menus to suit your tastes.

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Once Upon A Fairytale… A Real Wedding In Lancashire – Jennie & Andrew

October 25th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Today’s fairy tale theme continues with the most beautiful Real Wedding sent to me by Brides Up North reader Jennie and my fabulous Featured Supplier Jess Petrie Photography

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I featured Jennie and Andrew’s lovely engagement shoot on Brides Up North a little while ago – click here to see it – (and included their images in one of my columns for National glossy ) so it is lovely to see them tie the knot in style. 

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Are you sitting comfortably?  Then we’ll begin.  Once upon a time…

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Jennie says:  Andrew proposed in June last year on the top of Loughrigg Fell in the Lake District. The ring was packed as part of our picnic!  We said “I do” on 2nd August 2012 at The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping, Lancashire.

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We were looking for an outdoor wedding venue and this hotel had a very pretty garden. The interior was quite fairy tale like with stone arches and stain glass windows.  Our theme was based on fairy tales with a baby pink, pale lime and cream colour scheme.  All our tables were named after pantomimes we have performed in over the years.

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My dress was Darci by Maggie Sottero and was made in pearl coloured satin. It had a ruffled skirt and corset back with a line of jewels around the waist. I also had diamantes on my veil.

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My bridesmaids wore long, pale lime, satin dresses by Watters and my flower girls wore baby pink, satin dresses by Dessy. The groomsmen wore black morning suits with cream waistcoats and green cravats. The page boys wore pink cravats while Andrew had a cream cravat – all from Swarbricks of Middleton.

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Flower Design supplied our fabulous flowers. My shower bouquet consisted of ‘sweet avalanche’ roses, gemini, sweet peas, calla lilies, eucalyptus and champagne grass. My bridesmaids had posies with the same flowers and my flower girls had small sweet pea posies. We had a variety of corsages and rose button holes.

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Jenn Edwards was our hair and make up artist and gave all the girls a glowing, natural look.

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My favourite part of the day was the wedding ceremony. It was a scene I had been imagining for a long time and I wish I could go back in time and do it all again.

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Our photographer was Jess Petrie. We met up prior to the big day for an engagement shoot in one of our favourite dog walking spots and had fun practicing our wedding poses. Jess has documented our wedding in pictures like a storybook (which compliments our fairy tale theme) and uses natural light to her advantage.

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Our favours were silver horse and carriages filled with jelly beans and small pillow boxes with fairy tale extracts on them. The pillows were all hand made by Vintage Twee.

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My Auntie designed and made my cake. It included many hand made flowers made of icing to match my bouquet and a bride and groom to look like us on the day. The bridesmaids and page boys received their own personal cup cakes.

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Creative Chair Cover Hire supplied white chair covers with alternating pink and green organza bows.

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Our table plan was hand painted by a family member on a canvas with pictures relating to the table names. We now have this on our wall at home to remind us who was with us on our special day.

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We had a pianist for our wedding breakfast and DJ and singers for our evening party.

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After the wedding we travelled to Scotland and visited Glasgow then honeymooned in a hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond.

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be that the day will fly by for both bride and groom so hire a videographer for the day so you can watch it again at a later date. It’s hard to remember exactly where the time of day went! We had Adrian Patrick for ours and it’s not just a video, it’s a movie!

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HEARTCongratulations Jennie & Andrew!

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Get in touch to see your own Real Wedding featured on Brides Up North!

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  – Images © 2012 Jess Petrie Photography

Jess Petrie Photography is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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