Peach & Coral, An Intimate Elopement in Tuscany: Tanya & Maciej

Tanya-e-Maciej-2169Federica of Honey & Cinnamon Wed planned this peach & coral, intimate elopement in Tuscany and it sure is super dreamy! Held within the red walls of Villa Vignamaggio in the Chianti region, it has us dreaming of an elegant, Italian elopement. Our gorgeous bride and groom Tanya & Maciej had the ultimate elopement for two followed by dinner at sunset, with Tanya looking sensation in a beautiful Grace Loves Lace bridal gown. Words by Federica. Images by Aberrazioni Cromatiche Studio.

Sweet Blue Ridge Mountains Wedding Inspiration

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Today’s sweet wedding editorial in the Blue Ridge Mountains is earthy and natural, laid-back yet elegant, and just oh so lovely! Brimming with greenery and timeless details it shows exactly why intimate celebrations are often my favourites. Because cutting down on size and keeping things simple, doesn’t have to mean scrimping on style!……

Sweet Blue Ridge Mountains Wedding Inspiration

To tell us a little more about the shoot and the creatives involved in pulling it all together, here’s Meaghan Clare Photography…. “The Blue Ridge Mountains were the perfect backdrop for Thomas and Elisa’s intimate, candlelit, country wedding. Thomas, a Maryland native, and Elisa, a Texas gal, knew they wanted a wedding that was elegant, rustic, and intimate, nodding to both of their rural roots. Shelagh Bolger, Event Planner and sister of the Groom, styled the event. From the blush-colored wine glasses, to the vintage dishware and handcrafted ladder bar, she knew just how to design an elegant, rustic atmosphere that would speak to the couple’s taste.

The cotton paper invitations, designed by Mindy Ascosi, Calligrapher and Graphic Artist at Ascosi Creative, added the perfect element of classic simplicity. Brooke Gagnier ofStem and Thistle , provided a gorgeous, herbal floral bouquet and gorgeous chair swags made of a mix of olive branch and italian ruscus. My personal favorite floral element was the little sprigs of olive branches that she used to decorate the menu cards. Shauna Kennedy, Hair and Makeup artist, helped emphasize the bride’s natural beauty. Lastly, the adorable floral covered cake baked by Sweets by Sarah Lynn was just as wonderfully tasting inside as it looked from the outside.”

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Isn’t the brides flower adorned braid crown gorgeous?? And I love the freshness of the understated color palette, just white and gold with little splashes of color. A huge thankyou to all the wedding pros involved but especially to Meaghan of  Meaghan Clare Photography for capturing every detail so perfectly. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of Meaghan’s wonderful photography head on over to her website at www.meaghanclarephotography.com and be sure to find and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

For more elopement inspiration you should pop and take a peek at this elegant Columbia Gorge elopement, this City Hall affair in San Francisco is oh so chic, and this woodland elopement will enchant you utterly. If retro is more your style there is this mid-century styled shoot, or if you have a Spring elopement in mind, do take a moment to swoon over this blossom filled beauty. Oh and for a destination elopement, is there anywhere more romantic than Paris?? Just take a look at this stylish stunner.

Amy

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Credits & Contributors

Photography – Meaghan Clare Photography // Styling – Shelagh Bolger // Models – Tommy Bolger and Elisa Dehan // Hair & Makeup – Shauna Kennedy // Floral Design – Stem and Thistle // Calligrapher – Ascosi Creative // Wedding Cake – Sweets by Sarah Lynn

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Throwback Thursday – summer feels

 

 

As I was sitting here in my thick socks and two jumpers, tapping away at my keyboard with frozen fingers, I felt a dazzling brightness. With confusion I looked around only to see the retina-burning glare of actual sunshine, beaming through my office skylight.

 

And so I daydream.

 

Ohhhh how I miss flip flops and sunnies being a part of my everyday outfit necessity.

 

So I’m dedicating this Throwback Thursday to summer and sunnies, in honour of the blazing thing in the sky and as a thank you to super duper Leighton’s who sent me the prettiest pair of sunglasses ever this summer (Ray Bans, heaven!!).

 

Let’s all hail summer weddings, sunshine and the mighty sunnie…

 

 

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Thank you to Leighton’s – a national independent optician and hearing specialist, who kindly sent me the loveliest pair of Ray Ban’s. These guys offer a huge range of gorgeous designer sunglasses built to your prescription (although I wear my sunnies with my contact lenses so no prescription needed!). There are 34 Leighton’s stores across the south of England, and each one promises to deliver heartfelt customer service and using their wealth of knowledge to care for you.

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field of dreams. a marquee country wedding in yorkshire – philippa & james

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A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Carly Bevan (48)

Simplistic and personal, without too much fuss. That’s how today’s beautiful bride describes her big day and we couldn’t put it any better ourselves. There’s a lot to be said about keeping things minimal and pared back for an all-together understated and stylish look, especially in a quaint, outdoorsy setting.

Tying the knot back in May at a charming village church in Millington, Philippa and James hired a stunning marquee for their reception celebrations. And luckily for them, a friend of the family allowed them to put it up in their field – a reception venue truly unique to our couple.

There are lots of wonderful details to inspire you today – from the 60-seater school bus and home-baked wedding cake and gins, to some rather fetching floral displays and decorations, all in keeping with the country vibes. We’ll let Philippa share with you all the lovely highlights…

With images by Carly Bevan.

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philippa says: We got engaged in New York. I booked a holiday there as a surprise for James’ 30th as it was somewhere he had always wanted to go. We ended up going later in the year, around my birthday in October. James designed a beautiful ring and somehow got it to New York without me knowing! He popped the question after a bike ride around Central Park.

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Our wedding was on 27th May 2017. As a teacher, we were limited as to when we could have the wedding. Initially we were thinking the summer holidays would be ideal but it felt like too far away so we picked the bank holiday weekend in May instead, giving everyone an extra day to recover after the wedding!

We got married at St Margaret’s Church in Millington followed by a reception in a beautiful petal pole marquee in a nearby field in the village. The marquee was supplied by Will’s Marquees. The team were amazing and worked so hard to get the marquee up and looking perfect! I would definitely recommend them.

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We chose to get married in Millington as this is where my parents live and work, they own the pub in the village, The Gait Inn. The village itself is beautiful and means a lot to us as a couple. My parents approached friends of theirs who live in the village about the possibility of using their field for the reception venue. The field is very close to the church, has a beautiful view and fitted perfectly with our vision for the day. We wanted to be able to walk from the church to the field with our guests without any fuss, wedding cars or our guests needing to take a long trip to another venue.

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We wanted our wedding to be simplistic and personal without too much fuss. We didn’t have a theme in mind but our wedding did have a vintage, country feel.

We chose green and white as our main colour scheme. We thought this would fit with the country feel of the wedding – and I love green!

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It took a very long time for me to find my wedding dress! I knew that I wanted a long-sleeved dress and something a bit different. I eventually found the most amazing bridal boutique, Ava Rose Hamilton in Silsden. I was completely overwhelmed by this shop – it was beautiful! I found my perfect dress there, designed by Essense of Australia. It had beautiful long sleeves and was a perfect mix of lace and crepe. I absolutely fell in love with the back of this dress, as it had so many buttons and a beautiful lace train.

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James wanted an element of tweed in his suit; so we decided a tweed waistcoat would be ideal. We found some Peter Posh suits online which looked perfect. He didn’t want tails or cravats, just something simple but smart. We hired his suit from York Hire Wear.

The groomsmen wore the same suit and waistcoat as James. They paired this with a green tie, meanwhile James wore ivory.

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Having six bridesmaids, I was a little worried about finding something that they would all like! To my surprise, this was one of the easiest tasks – I found some beautiful, green, one-shoulder dresses online at ASOS. They were perfect, fitted beautifully and the bridesmaids loved them!

Sarah and Chloe from Sarah J’s Hair and Beauty Studio did mine and the bridesmaids’ hair – they worked so hard and did a brilliant job. Rose from York Make-up Artist did our makeup on the day, she was amazing and made sure everyone looked beautiful.

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Carly Bevan (22)

We decided that we didn’t need a wedding car as we would be walking from the church to the marquee. My dad told me that he would hire a small, vintage bus to take us to the church. To my surprise, this turned out to be a huge, old 60-seater school bus! At least it fitted with the green colour scheme and the fact that I’m a teacher!

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Carly Bevan (24)

Our photographer was Carly Bevan. Having the right photographer on the day was very important to us. We saw Carly’s photographs and knew immediately that her style of photography was perfect for our day. After meeting with her, we knew that she would be the right person to tell the story of our day through her stunning photographs – we are so glad that we chose her.

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Carly Bevan (27)

Flower Merchant Sally May provided the flowers for the wedding. Sally knew exactly what we wanted, lots of greens and whites and eucalyptus to complement the bridesmaid dresses.

Sally May also provided the flowers for the church and the marquee. My dad made wooden boxes for each table which Sally May filled with beautiful white flowers. We also had milk churns filled with flowers positioned outside the church and marquee.

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Carly Bevan (29)

James and I spent many hours in the garden making wooden signs for the wedding. We decided to give each table the name of somewhere important to us, such as ‘The Nags Head’ being the place where we met and ‘Central Park’ being where James proposed. Our guests enjoyed looking at these and finding out a little bit more about our relationship. We also used The Vow, Sheffield for our invitations and order of service.

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Carly Bevan (28)

For our favours, we made homemade gin. We made three flavours: sloe gin, rhubarb gin and raspberry gin. After a few months in production, we bottled up our gin with the help of my maid of honour, Becky, and added labels. We became experts at tying twine into bows!

James’s mum made the wedding cake. We really wanted our wedding to be as personal as possible, so when she offered to do this, it was perfect! The cake was decorated beautifully and flowers were added on the day.

Our food was provided by Dawn Laverack of A. Laverack and Son and was wonderful. We had canapés and fizz on arrival followed by a joint of bacon which was carved by a nominated person on each table, served with potatoes, salads and sauces. We had brownies, apple pie, meringue and strawberries for people to help themselves to afterwards. Everyone raved about the food, it was delicious! Laveracks also supplied a wonderful buffet for later, including a pork pie cake with our names on! As my parents own a pub, they supplied the bar and kept the drinks flowing all day and night.

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Carly Bevan (32)

We felt that the entertainment was really important; we wanted to have everyone up dancing. We chose The White Rivers to provide our entertainment, this including an acoustic set throughout the afternoon and a four-piece band in the evening – they were amazing and the dance floor was full all night.

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Carly Bevan (47)

I loved everything about our wedding day! The most special part was definitely walking down the aisle towards James and saying our vows to each other. I loved seeing our friends and family enjoying the day, it made all of our hard work worthwhile. James says that his favourite part of the day was seeing me at the end of the aisle.

Our parents, groomsmen and bridesmaids were an incredible help and made the run up to the wedding and the day itself a very special experience. Our page boy, Zach and our Goddaughter, Penny, as flower girl were wonderful (and very cute) too.

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Carly Bevan (52)

We were lucky enough to have a minimoon to Lake Garda after the wedding followed by our main honeymoon to Sri Lanka and the Maldives during the summer holidays. Both trips were incredible, it was a great opportunity to reflect on our special day.

A Pretty Marquee Wedding (c) Carly Bevan (53)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be, don’t stress about the day as everything always fall into place. The day goes so quickly, try and take everything in and enjoy every moment. Also remember that the day is about the two of you, your love for each other and your marriage.

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Discover the beautiful dresses of Anna Campbell (with UK stockists)

For those of you who love sparkle and glamour but aren’t keen on a mass produced “Maggie” for your wedding dress, perhaps we can tempt you to discover a designer you will only find in a handful of the UK’s loveliest boutiques?

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Anna Campbell creates breathtakingly beautiful dresses that enhance the natural beauty of her bohemian, romantic and free-spirited brides. Featuring decadent, sparkling embellishments, intricately hand-beaded laces, soft pretty tulles and floating silk organza, every sparkling Anna Campbell gown is handmade with love in her Melbourne studio.

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www.annacampbell.com.au

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Hair and Makeup | Sharon Becker Beauty
Shoes | Bella Belle Shoes
Flowers | Flower Girl NYC

UK stockists of Anna Campbell bridal gowns

http://www.blackburnbridal.co.uk/

www.jeanjacksoncouture.com

www.ivoryandpearl.com

www.cocoandkate.co.uk/

www.perfectdaybridal.net/

Get Your Wedding Music Search Underway With Bands For Hire

Meet Bands For Hire, a nationwide music agency offering some of the biggest and best wedding bands and musicians across the country.

Music is an essential addition to any wedding, and whilst an experienced wedding DJ is certain to get the party started, nothing quite compares to the thrill of watching a group of live musicians rockin’ out on stage.

Whether it’s a live band for your evening celebration, or perhaps something more subtle earlier on in the day, there are literally hundreds of options to consider.

Daytime Wedding Music

If you’re opting for a traditional English wedding with all the trimmings, then a string ensemble to start the proceedings should certainly be on the cards. Looking through the Bands For Hire site, you’ll come across a range of string duos, trios and quartets, all offering various options to cater for your budget. With what seems to be a never-ending repertoire of music from every era imaginable, you won’t find yourself stumped when it comes to picking those all important ceremony songs.

If a string quartet isn’t quite your thing, then a talented solo harpist or guitarist is equally qualified to get those hairs standing on end. From classical to contemporary, the choice is yours!

Jazz and Swing Band Hire

If you’re thinking about live music for your drinks reception but are struggling for ideas, jazz and swing is a great choice, both musically and visually.

With the roaring twenties at its roots, jazz is a genre of music that simply screams ‘cool’, and when it comes to live wedding music, it’s more popular than ever – especially for those brides and grooms aiming for a vintage themed, Gatsby style extravaganza!

Whether you’re new to jazz or a veteran of The Great American Songbook, you’ll know just how vast the options are when it comes to hiring a band. From New Orleans trad jazz to Parisian gypsy swing; instrumental dinner jazz to a 1940s style big band, ala Frank Sinatra.

The tone of your wedding will most likely dictate the style of band you opt for. For background music, a solo jazz pianist will certainly do the trick, but for something more attention grabbing, a full band with lead vocals and brass are the perfect combination to get those toes tapping.

Live Evening Bands

The formalities are over and it’s now time to get the evening party underway. If it’s a full-on dance off you’re after, a live wedding band could be right up your street.

On the Bands For Hire website you’ll find an extensive roster of wedding bands that cover a broad range of genres. With such a diverse mixture of age groups, this often proves to be the most popular choice for weddings, ensuring there’s something for the grandparents as well as the younger generation. So whether it’s pop, rock, soul or indie that takes your fancy, an all round function band will have the goods to get the party moving!



 

A Most Beautiful Raw Ranch Wedding Amidst Golden Hills

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We adore outdoor weddings with al fresco dining and a ceremony set in the most beautiful scenery. The wedding of Fanny and Markus is filled with love and pretty details captured by the wonderful film photographer, Madalina Sheldon Photography in the dreamy Californian light! Here she is to tell us about the beautiful day; “Fanny and Markus… Read more »

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Sunkissed in St Andrews

Seeing as it’s St Andrew’s Day, we couldn’t resist sharing Suzanne & Ryan’s beautiful, sunshine filled Scottish wedding once more. Just looking at these images makes us dream of sunny days spent on the beach. From Singing Waiters to a Red Arrows display, this pair delighted their guests from beginning to end.

How did you meet and become engaged?

We met on a night out in Aberdeen in 2013. We were standing at the bar and Ryan announced he was the Scottish Rock, Paper, Scissors champ (he’s not), so immediately I challenged him and he won. I’m still trying to beat him to this day…! 

I treated Ryan to a trip to New York in September 2015 for his 30th birthday. On his birthday, I had booked a surprise helicopter ride over Manhattan. The surprise was actually on me when he got down on one knee just as we were stood next to the helicopter about to get in. I thought he was ducking because of the blades, so started to duck with him! He proposed with my Gran’s ring which was so special and meant the world to me. We then went to Tiffany & Co. to choose my engagement ring which was a dream come true.

We were inspired by…

Just us, our family and friends and some of our favourite things. New York played a part because that is where we got engaged and also went back to for the first leg of our honeymoon. Our tables were named after New York landmarks and the place settings had the Manhattan skyline on them. We had lots of personal touches too – we had personalized wafers made for our ice cream, and our favours for the male guests were kilt-shaped cookies iced to match Ryan’s tartan. Also, we wanted to make sure our wee nieces were involved so instead of a candy cart we put them in charge of a sweet shop with a till and lots of pretend money, although they ate most of the stock and ended up with a lot of real cash thanks to generous guests who had had a few too many proseccos!

How did you pick your wedding location?

We decided straight away that we wanted to get married in St Andrews, which is where I am from. The Holy Trinity church is breathtaking inside and they were so warm and welcoming, so that was an easy decision.

We visited a few reception venues but The Old Course Hotel stood out because of its location and its iconic views over the golf course, and the staff were so friendly and attentive. The function room was just what we were after as it was spacious and bright, but it was the 4th floor rooftop deck that sealed it for us. This is where we had our drinks reception and that was one of the most memorable parts of the day as our guests enjoyed Prosecco and Jannettas ice creams in the glorious sunshine. Jannettas had done a number of weddings at The Old Course but ours was the first that they had managed to serve ice cream outside –  it was perfect weather.

St Andrews is a great location and a lot of our guests made a long weekend out of it and enjoyed what the town has to offer. 24 of the boys had a golf tournament on the day before the wedding which was a great way for them to get to know each other before the big day and to stir up some friendly rivalry as they competed in the world famous Stan Drews Open!

How did you choose your photographer?

We found our wonderful photographers via the blog! We Fell In Love had featured some of the weddings they had photographed and we loved their style – it was exactly what we were after.

Some of our favourite pictures are from the creative photo shoot down at the West Sands, we had so much fun with the veil in the wind and it was a good opportunity for us to have some time on our own to take it all in. Sylwia and Simon are exceptional photographers. We are absolutely thrilled with the results – they captured the day perfectly and in such a beautiful and refreshing way and, most importantly of all, they just ‘got’ us. They are both genuinely lovely and a delight to have around on your special day – full of kindness and positivity, and they compliment each other brilliantly. The photographs are truly fabulous, they managed to capture very special moments and their eye for detail is incredible.

 

We are in love with your dress! Tell us more…

This was the very first dress I tried on and I knew straight away that it was ‘the one’ – nothing else I tried on came close! I tried on about 20 after it and when I went back to try it on again I just cried. Suzanne Neville is known for her incredible corsetry and it really does work wonders. The dress had a beautiful lace bardot neckline and a sweeping silk organza silk skirt which I loved swooshing around in all day! The day I bought my dress, Suzanne was in the shop for a Designer Day, so she drew a sketch of my in the dress which is now up in a frame in our house.

 

And what about the groom?

Ryan has his own kilt in his family tartan which he wore, and he had a shoulder plaid made especially which set him apart from the rest of the bridal party. We wanted all of the men in different kilts to make it a bit less uniform and it’s nice to see some different tartans.

Slow shuffle or big number?

Our first dance was ‘Ho Hey’ by the Lumineers. We wanted something catchy and uplifting with a good beat and nothing too slow! The band played a great mix and the dance floor was never empty – they catered for everyone and so many guests commented on how much they enjoyed them. Our last two songs were Caledonia and then, of course, Loch Lomond, what a buzz it was to be lifted up in the air with our family and friends in a circle around us cheering us on!

Tell us something surprising about your day…

My Dad (very sneakily!!) booked The Singing Waiters behind my back – only he and Ryan knew. They did their acts during the meal and the first two were deliberately terrible; I was completely fooled and slightly raging – how DARE they interrupt our wedding breakfast to sing because of a dare?! When they got fully into the act we had a supervisor, a waitress and a chef singing around the room and they were incredible. The guests loved them and so did I! Apparently my face was a picture… I thought I knew every minute detail of our day but apparently not!

Any advice?


The best (and probably most common) piece of advice is that you can’t please everyone so, above all, make sure you please yourselves! And we would absolutely recommend getting a videographer, it is so good to have footage to look back on as the day just goes by so quickly.

What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

The Red Arrows were doing a display in the area for Armed Forces Day. We knew the exact time that they were supposed to be flying over St Andrews, so during the meal we decided to sneak out to watch them, but all of our guests had got wind of this and ran out behind us, it ended up with everybody out in the hotel’s car park watching as they flew right over the top of us – it was a real goose bumps moment. We forgot to mention it to our photographers and videographers but fortunately some people got footage on their phones. We have been asked how we managed to book them, but it was really just a lucky coincidence!

“You can’t please everyone so, above all, make sure you please yourselves.” Sound advice people! Alie  x

Suppliers

Ceremony VenueHoly Trinity Church, St Andrews
Reception Venue – Old Course Hotel, St Andrews
Photographer – Crofts & Kowalczyk
Florist The Flower Shed – Balgove Larder
Hair stylist – Sophie Butler
Make-up artist – The Vintage Beauty Box
Wedding dress Suzanne Neville from Eleganza Sposa Bridal Boutique
Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Groom’s outfitSlaters Menswear
Bridesmaids’ dresses Dessy
CakeOne Fine Day Cakes
Stationery – Here Comes the Bride Wedding Invitations
MusiciansEpic Live Band
Additional suppliers – Jannettas Gelateria; Soutar Bagpipes; Finishing Touches by Adele; Custom Cookies and AlmandineThe Singing Waiters – Secret Opera Stars 

blissed out bride: mottram hall

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After a hugely busy but absolutely EPIC season of our autumn wedding fairs, we we’re in need of some serious downtime come mid-November. Not only to recover from organising and running more than 20 luxury shows across the north of the country in the latter part of the year, but also to come down from high of them being so well-received and attended by fabulous suppliers and lots of lovely brides-and-grooms-to-be. Big love to all!

And so, an invitation to Cheshire-based spa hotel Mottram Hall, couldn’t have come at a better time; this was one Blissed Out Bride visit we were well and truly going to benefit from.

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Nestled amongst peaceful parkland, the stunning hotel is the perfect retreat for those craving a large dose of R&R. And it has something to tempt all – couples, guys and girls – with an 18-hole championship standard golf course, luxurious spa, champagne bar and AA Rosette restaurant all on site. So, you can eat, drink, be merry and sleep (which is exactly what we planned to do).

Arriving at lunchtime, our spa package began with a light lunch accompanied with a glass of fizz, setting the tone for the rest of our stay. Once fed and watered (or prosseco-ed!) we headed straight for the spa – like I say, this was one trip we were more than ready for!

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A step, leap and stride in front of many ‘spa hotels’ Mottram Hall’s facilities are award-winning, having been bestowed a 5* Bubble Rating by the Good Spa Guide and named ‘Best Country Retreat Spa’ at the Good Spa Guide’s 2017 Regional Awards.

This comes as no surprise really, when in addition to the usual facilities one would expect to find at such a resort, Mottram also boasts the UK’s first Alfresco ThermoSpace. We were super keen to try out all the facilities for ourselves, even if it did mean venturing outside in our swimwear on a chilly November day!

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After a quick dip and laze around the indoor swimming pool and hydropool, we wrapped up in our robes and headed outdoors to the ThermoSpace, which is said to incorporate traditional spa therapies with the great outdoors. And we must say, it’s a winning combination!

Experiencing both the Brechelbath and Stonebath, both designed to relax and raise the body’s temperature, we felt wonderfully calm, cocooned in the warmth while enjoying views of the idyllic gardens through floor-to-ceiling glazing.

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Next, the outdoor hydrotherapy pool. Just as it was getting dark this was the perfect place for a good catch-up in the open air surrounded by bubbling water as we reflected on the amazing season of wedding fairs and discussed how to raise the bar even higher for our spring 2018 shows (the line-up for which, you can view here).

To complete our spa time, we indulged in a treatment. With the cooler weather playing havoc with my skin I opted for a personalised facial, while Julia was intrigued by the sound of the ESPA Signature Floatation Treatment.

I was led to a softly-lit treatment room where my lovely therapist explained the procedure, which including running a SkinVision lamp across my face to identify needs not visible to the naked eye so that she could tailor the facial to perfectly suit my requirements. Responding to areas of both oiliness and dehydration, she used balancing products that would address both, leaving me with soft, glowing skin.

Julia’s treatment meanwhile was carried out on a ‘floatation bed’ in one of the Alfresco ThermoSpace rooms. The personalised treatment began with a full body polish, followed by a body wrap and relaxing scalp massage. The water-type bed upped the relaxation and Julia admitted slipping into a light sleep during certain parts of the treatment, and emerged with radiant skin, from top to toe!

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Drinks and dinner were next on the agenda, so after a quick change and refresh in the room, we headed to the champagne bar for some well-earned bubbles before taking our seats in the Carrington Grill restaurant.

We began with starters of the chef’s seasonal soup and pressing of ham hock with pea puree and pickled onions. Both were beautifully presented and had fabulous flavour. Mains were hard to pick with a number of delicious sounding dishes on offer; including slow cooked belly pork, roasted lamb rump and grilled seabream. After a little deliberation I decided on a seasonal vegetarian ravioli while Julia went for the grilled sirloin steak. Again, both dishes tasted as good as they looked and left us adequately full to the point that we couldn’t squeeze in dessert (though we did return to the champagne bar for more fizz before bed).

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Still feeling the need to relax and indulge, we requested a full English breakfast via room service, so we could enjoy staying in our beautiful room that bit longer the next day before departing.

All in all, one of our favourite spa visits to date and a venue that we would most certainly recommend to our readers for a girly getaway, romantic break or stop-off stay before jetting off on your honeymoon.

If you’re on the hunt for a luxurious North West wedding venue, you will also be pleased to hear that Mottram Hall could host your big day too. Recently voted ‘Best Wedding Venue in South Manchester’ in the Eat, Drink, Sleep Awards 2017, the 18th century Georgian country house hotel is exclusive to one wedding a day and offers a choice of wonderful packages for your special day.

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For the bride-to-be

For any stressed-out bride, the ESPA Signature Floatation Treatment is the perfect way to lull you into a deeply restorative sense of peace. In a dry floatation bed, this blissed-out bride can enjoy a full body polish, a choice of body wraps and a relaxing scalp massage.

For the girls

Make the most of the Alfresco Thermospace by arranging a hen break at Mottram Hall. With an outdoor treatment suite, a thermal Brechelbath breathing steamy bursts of Alpine fragrance, and a mineral Stonebath, you and the girls can pair the warmth of the Afresco Thermospace with the fresh evening air to feel invigorated and refreshed!

For the minimoon

Whisk your other half away for a weekend of pure bliss on Mottram’s Winter Indulgence Spa Break. With warming winter treats like hot chocolate waiting for you in your bedrooms, you can cosy up after a day of spa comforts and treatments and hide away from the winter chill.

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