21st July 2017
Mr & Mrs Worsley
Having just returned home from Dubai, where an unexpected proposal had been the highlight of the trip, it was hard to imagine that I would find the venue of my dreams only 24 hours after I had now famously announced, “I don’t know what kind of wedding I would like!!!”
I soon discovered that what I really wanted was to find a venue that I hadn’t worked in before, this was going to be tricky having been working in some of the best venues across Cheshire with Barretts Event Caterers.
In the beautiful setting of Over Peover, stood an already impressive manor, so whilst it took a little imagination from building foundations in the stable yard, there was certainly no doubt how incredible the place was to become.
It was working in the wedding events industry where I first met my wonderful husband Matt, in fact we ran the food and beverage side of things over at the sister venue (Colshaw Hall) for many a wedding in the past. From our experience at Colshaw Hall, one thing we could definitely be sure of was the quality and standard of the finish that the Irlams would work to for Merrydale Manor. We had originally challenged the team at Merrydale to a May wedding due to family reasons, however some good news from the docs meant that a mutually more favourable date of the 21st July was set and to top that off we would be the very first wedding!
I think some people would find it worrying to be the first at a soon to be opened venue and working to a seven month date, however if there’s one thing that I can say about Merrydale it is that you have the option to use some of the best suppliers in the business. As an event planner I have worked with them all before and I think the knowledge of this helped us not only plan the wedding in such a short space of time, but also gave us none of the uncertainty as to whether everything would go ok on the day. Needless to say the day ran so smoothly, too smoothly in fact as I soon discovered that it is true what they say about ‘enjoy every minute’, as it’s over before you know it. I just wish we could do it all again in slow motion and maybe without the cameras! Sorry Verity and Richard (Cetra Photography) but although you did the most amazing job, my jaw is still aching from all that smiling! To say these guys are professional would be an understatement; I think you can see that the bad weather didn’t stop them from capturing the most beautiful images and they are great people too; not every photographer cries trying to capture an image of your little brother singing during the signing of the register.
The day began with an early champagne breakfast at mum and dad’s house before the amazing Zoe Hughes, MUA came to style hair and apply just a touch of makeup. We were having a great morning sipping away and getting pampered but it wasn’t long before there was a beep of the horn from our beautiful blue and silver Beaufort car and matching Daimler supplied by John at Grosvenor Classic Cars. The short drive to church seemed to take forever, 15 minutes more than it should of; well I had to make him wait the obligatory 15 minutes didn’t I! Canon Rev. Chris Canon of St Marys Church, Whitegate gave an amazing service, much to our surprise he had the whole congregation singing from the pews to a rendition of ‘all you need is love’ by the Beatles. It was the perfect relaxed service that we had hoped for and the church sits within the parish where I grew up as a child which added extra sentiment.
A 30 minute drive over to the venue from church allowed the perfect length of time to catch our breath and reflect on the amazing ceremony. It wasn’t long before we had arrived at the incredible entrance to Merrydale Manor. The drive up to the house took my breath away as I began to realise just how incredible the venue had become. We then had a few photos by the lake for the first time as husband and wife. My dress had been selected from Bethany Hannah Bridal, Stockton Heath and Matt’s suit was from the amazing Whitefield and Ward of Wilmslow who had done a great job in making all the boys look fantastic. We then had the time to see the room whilst our guests were making good use of the pimp your prosecco and craft beer bars in the reception area. UTC supplied a wandering jazz trio who set the mood perfectly and kept guests entertained. The room looked unbelievable and the tables were a perfect mix of tall blossom trees with hanging candles, lower arrangements of floating candles and rose gold bottles; all provided by the very talented Mat at Red Floral Architect. It was soon time to dine and we were welcomed into the room whilst the amazing saxophonist played a beautiful version of Klingande’s Jubel.
The meal was faultless and the level of service was that which you would expect in a fancy fine dining restaurant and not at a dinner for almost 100 guests. I would say I really don’t know how you keep that standard up but having worked for Matthew Barrrett and his Operations Director Michelle, I know it’s down to the great staff they employ, and their meticulously high standards when it comes to the little details. The food was presented beautifully and the feedback from our guests was that they hadn’t eaten wedding food as a good as that before. We went for a menu of a little picnic on a plate followed by a duo of lamb with dauphinoise potatoes, baby carrots and English asparagus finishing with a dessert of Scottish strawberries and clotted cream cheesecake with baby meringue and Pimms gel.
Evening guests were soon arriving, prompting the cutting of the rose gold floral cake (made by Mum) and then our first dance played by the amazing UTC 9-piece band. Their rendition of Kygo – Firestone for the first dance was beautiful and followed it with tune after tune which kept everyone on the dance floor all night, other than the odd trip for some to the interactive selfie mirror provided by Luminate (the Mirror Loves You). There was a wee dram and a cigar bar to keep the travelling Scots men happy and a buffet of posh kebabs and cones of truffle parmesan fries passed around to keep everyone well fed.
The house looked great all lit up in the outside garden, which provided a welcome retreat for sore heads and tired feet. A great night’s sleep in the bridal suite was capped off by a family breakfast in the Merrydale suite. Then followed a BBQ party back at mum and dads for weary heads who had onward journeys, which capped the most perfect wedding I could have ever imagined.
We can’t thank everyone involved enough for all they did. Every single supplier went above and beyond and came together to make a day I want to relive over and over again.
Venue – Merrydale Manor – merrydalemanor.com
Transport – Gosvenor Wedding Cars – grosvenorweddingcars.com
Catering and Drinks – Barretts Event Caterers – barrettseventcaterers.com
Dress – Bethany Hannah Bridal – bethanyhannahbridal.co.uk
Suits – Whitfield & Ward – whitfieldandward.co.uk
Photography – Cetra – cetra.co.uk
Lighting and Dancefloor – Luminate – luminate-events.co.uk
Band and entertainment – UTC under the covers – underthecoversband.co.uk
Cake – My Mum