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Meant To Be – An elegant wedding at Delamere Manor – Jemma and James

13th February 2019 | Alexis Forsyth

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Tying the knot on the same date as the bride’s grandparents many years before – it seemed like fate played in a hand in today’s wonderful nuptials.

The exquisite Delamere Manor in Cheshire provides the fabulous backdrop to Jemma and James’ special day, with the couple exchanging vows outdoors. Complimenting the venue perfectly – they opted for a unique Chanel theme, with a classic black and white colour palette. Super stylish, indeed.

Dressed in the most beautiful of satin silk ball gowns, Jemma is the epitome of the perfect princess bride – we think, like us, you’ll be falling head over heels for her bridal day look! And doing things a little differently – she carried an artificial bouquet, made up of white roses. A little keepsake from the day to cherish forever.

Along with a stunning black and white marble cake, and beautiful blossom trees and lanterns as centre pieces underneath the venue’s ever so pretty fairy light canopy – there are lots of elegant touches to inspire the brides-to-be among you today. So let’s ask Jemma to recount all the gorgeous details!

With images by Sarah Glynn


Jemma says: We got engaged on 16th December 2016. When arriving home, James had put a note at the front door attached to a ribbon. The ribbon went all the way round the house with pictures of our life together so far. When I got to the end of the ribbon, it was on our bed with a suitcase saying ‘pack me and meet me in this hotel in room 250’. When I got to the room, James was there in the suite with the lights dimmed down, and flower petals all over the floor with balloons. He was on one knee and had a little something to say. It was the anniversary of his mum’s death and he said that he lost the woman of his life on this day, but would I do him the honour of becoming the lady for the rest of his life.


We got married on Saturday 23rd June 2018. We fell in love with the venue – Delamere Manor, and when asking what dates where available it just so happened to be my nan and granddad’s wedding day that was free, so it seemed like it was meant to be!

We hosted the whole wedding day at Delamere Manor. We loved the amazing views and the fact you get the whole venue to yourself. The staff were amazing too.

We had a Chanel theme because it is simple and elegant, but gives a grand impact. In keeping with this theme, we went for a black and white colour scheme.

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I chose a strapless satin silk ball gown by Paloma Blanca, from Boutique Brides of Crosby. The dress was simple and classic.


James wore a black tie dinner suit, with all nine groomsmen in matching attire.


All eight bridesmaids and flower girls where in bespoke dresses made by Wolf and Wake. These were simple floor length, fishtail, black embroidered style gowns.


The bridal hair was done by Laurie Anne Mcevoy, with make up done by Eve Lucia MUA.


The bridal party stayed in the house the night before, so no transport was needed on the day.

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Our photographer was the amazingly talented Sarah Glynn. I would 100% recommend Sarah, she was amazing during the build up to the wedding and on the day itself. She took some amazing shoots and we absolutely love our pictures and couldn’t have asked for any more.


Hannah Dornford May was our videographer. She was also great and supplied us with some fantastic footage of our day.


The full bridal party had a white rose bouquet made from artificial flowers so they could be kept as a memory of the day. These were provided by Foam Wedding Flowers by Joanne.

We had pure white blossom trees, supplied by Woodyatt Warner, on every table with hanging bauble lanterns.


We had homemade skittle gin shots and coloured them black to tie in with the theme.


Our beautiful cake was a black and white marble three-tiered creation made by Carol Haycox.


All of our food and wine was provided by Cheeky Chilli Events.


Miss Kirsty Tiffany Bell sang while I walked down the aisle and she also performed during our cocktail hour. We then had a live band for the evening, called The Govans.

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Personal touches

My arrival down the aisle was dedicated to the mother of the groom. We also created personalised programmes for each guest, highlighting who was who and pointing out some of the special touches that had been added to the day. We had an ‘in memory of’ seat and candle at the top table.

Thanks to

We’ve already recommended the venue to a friend who has now booked for next year! The staff and venue were both amazing. They went above and beyond on everything they could do and really cared about the day, it wasn’t just a process for them like it is for so many other places. Dale and the rest of the team couldn’t have done more.

Best bit

We have a couple of favourite parts of the day. Hearing my five-year-old boy introduce us to the room as the new Mr and Mrs sent a sense of pride running though my body. We also loved it when we went off with Sarah Glynn for photos, looking back up at the house and seeing everyone relaxing on the lawn, playing, laughing and joking around. Seeing everyone having such a good day was really touching.


We went to the USA for our honeymoon, visiting New York, Florida and Atlanta. We had such an amazing time.


My best tip for other Brides Up North is: start planning straight away. Don’t leave anything to the last minute, the less stress you can have towards the big day the better. There are enough things going on as it is, without creating any more! Also when you get within a couple of weeks of the wedding, then what’s done is done. Keep stress as low as possible as it makes a better day for everyone involved.

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