Peter and I got engaged on my birthday in 2015 when he surprised me with an engagement ring. I was over the moon and our three children could not believe their dad had finally popped the question. We wanted a venue that offered more than the standard reception room so right from the start we knew it had to be something special. We spent many hours online looking at different venues across the North West and Wales trying to find the perfect setting.
This is when we stumbled across The Park Hall Hotel in Chorley completely by chance. We were blown away by the look of the Medieval Banqueting Hall and quickly arranged to view. At our first viewing we were shown around by co-ordinator Angela Keighley - there was no pressure at all and because of her relaxed manner and great ideas it made the decision simple, we booked our date shortly afterwards.
Most of our suppliers
were local and acquired with the help of Little White Books and the Great
Northern Wedding Show. This was where I met Mick Cookson, our photographer, his
work seemed on another
level compared to other wedding photographers we had looked at. The photographs were a real big part
of the planning and Mick did not disappoint. He was friendly, and nothing was too much trouble on the day. To say we are delighted with our photos would be an understatement. Even when Mick was prepared to climb the bandstand to get ‘that shot’ in pitch black darkness shows his commitment and eye for detail.
My makeup artist Kerry Baker was also found at the same event. I was apprehensive about my makeup, but Kerry put me at ease and was superb on the day, not only with the makeup but assisting me into my dress and making my mum and bridesmaids feel special, especially our eldest daughter Briony.
Our theme for the day was a mix of Autumnal colours with a Harry Potter influence; we’re both fans of the books, in fact it was Peter who introduced me to them. I created some glass jar candle centrepieces and we had wooden lanterns for the aisles, we also had a Harry Potter themed seating plan which all suited the Medieval Banqueting Hall beautifully. Our favours (which were fire whiskey for adults and every flavour jelly beans for kids) went down a storm with all our guests.
Our florist, The Flowershop by Gill, created my vision perfectly. I wanted a large bouquet, hand-tied with leaves and twigs to compliment our theme. The team there went above and beyond to get me the perfect roses, thistles and autumn leaves which I absolutely adored and looked better than I imagined.
Our wedding cake was designed by Cakes by Beth and what she did was pure magic. Using inspiration from Harry Potter we had our own version of The Marauder’s Map, with locations close to our hearts on it, and the Whomping Willow design inspired by The Black Family Tree, but with our names on it instead. The cake was very personal to us as a family with lots of beautiful touches.
Entertainment was provided by John Norcott. He kept our guests singing along through our wedding breakfast. John managed to include all the many songs that had a special meaning to both Peter and I.
Family and friends commented on how relaxed and quickly our day went which is why I would advise couples to make sure you spend some time together alone because the day speeds by so fast. Planning our wedding was both a fantastic and challenging time – make sure you allow plenty of time for your planning and above all else, do what makes you happy.
Many thanks to:
VENUE: Best Western Park Hall Hotel, Park Hall Road, Charnock Richard, Chorley, Nr Preston, Lancashire, PR7 5LP www.lavenderhotels.co.uk/park-hall
Wedding dress www.emmalouisebridal.co.uk
Bridesmaids dresses www.onespecialday.net
Suits by Slaters www.slaters.co.uk
Wedding cake www.cakesbybeth.co.uk
Invitations and table plan www.karasdesigns.co.uk