Ni­cola and Kris’s wed­ding at Merrydale Manor, Over Peover, was a fam­ily af­fair through and through

Cheshire Bride - - Your Wedding - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: Lesley Mered­ith Pho­tog­ra­phy

WE PLANNED the wed­ding our­selves and it was stress free be­cause we used the most amaz­ing sup­pli­ers, mostly rec­om­mended by Merrydale Manor. They made ev­ery­thing so easy and Merrydale co-or­di­nated with them di­rectly lead­ing up to the day.

We went for a very ro­man­tic, nat­u­ral sum­merin-bloom theme but what was most im­por­tant for us was that every­one felt the fam­ily-friendly as­pect of the day. We are a close fam­ily, so re­ally wanted to in­cor­po­rate this as much as pos­si­ble and wanted our chil­dren to be a big part of our spe­cial day. Jack, our son, had the very im­por­tant job of look­ing af­ter the rings and giv­ing them to the reg­is­trar, while our daugh­ter Char­lotte was a flow­er­girl.

On the morn­ing of the wed­ding I was a mix­ture of ex­cite­ment and nerves. The boys all ar­rived in two he­li­copters and it was so ex­cit­ing to see them fly in and land. My dad, Ed­die, walked me down the aisle and my grand­dad, Mac Du­gal, met me half-way down, which was so amaz­ing. As soon as I saw Kris wait­ing at the end of the aisle any nerves I had turned to ex­cite­ment.

Walk­ing into the wed­ding break­fast room was breath­tak­ing – see­ing our planning and vi­sion come to life was truly won­der­ful.

The food was amaz­ing and every­one said how lovely it was. The staff worked re­ally hard to en­sure ev­ery­thing was per­fect, from the wed­ding break­fast to the evening buf­fet.

In the evening, we had the Blue Lion Band (pre­vi­ously the Ra­dio Kings) play­ing along­side Damian Kelly, our wed­ding host and DJ, fin­ish­ing with Becky Cor­bett on the sax for the evening en­ter­tain­ment, all of which went down a storm.


I tried a lot of dresses be­fore I found the one. It took me a while be­cause I didn’t know what style I wanted, or what suited my body type. I chose a gor­geous mer­maid-style gown with lots of tulle. I hadn’t thought about a fit­ted dress but it felt amaz­ing when I put it on.

We looked at four or five venues and knew what we wanted but just couldn’t find it un­til we vis­ited Merrydale Manor, which was the last place we were look­ing at be­fore we had to make a de­ci­sion. As soon as we drove into Merrydale, greeted by the beau­ti­ful grounds and the truly beau­ti­ful manor and met Michael Ir­lam, the owner, we knew there and then that this was our wed­ding venue.

We sat down with our florist and de­cided to go for a very messy, un­struc­tured thrown-to­gether look for the flow­ers, with can­dles and petals to cre­ate a ro­man­tic feel. We added a pop of pur­ples for a per­fect sum­merin-bloom theme.

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