Clare & Marc Taylor were married at Stanley House Hotel & Spa. Thanks to their photographers Ashton Photography for supplying their images.
We visited lots of venues in search for the perfect place to get married. We had a few requirements in mind, such as the whole ‘weekend experience’ with both spa and accommodation, but the main component of our search was that the reception room was a single room with open space. We wanted to be able to see all our guests together.
As soon as we entered Stanley House Hotel and Spa we were made to feel welcome, despite having a large number of family members in tow! The staff dealt fantastically with our questions and we knew instantly this was the place we wanted to get married. The beautiful drive to the venue combined with the sweeping staircase were key factors and the large barn room fitted perfectly with our single room requirement.
We had centred our search around the North West with local family members in mind. We were both born in Blackburn with the majority of our families still living locally. Stanley House was the perfect choice. It meant that many of our wedding guests didn’t have far to travel. Even more fittingly it enabled us to marry in the church where I was baptised without having to travel a long distance between the church and venue.
When we came to book, because the reputation of Stanley House is outstanding, we didn’t think that our ‘dream date’ would be available 18 months before…but it was. We booked the venue three weeks after getting engaged in January 2015 and married the May Bank Holiday 2016, which was also our six-year anniversary.
There were a variety of reasons for choosing Stanley House. We liked the combination of modern features with the sweeping staircases, chandeliers, beautifully furnished restaurants and bars, with the traditional old manor house. The venue itself had an impressive drive up to the ‘house on the hill’, though close to transport links, we felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. What was important to me was that I had the opportunity to spend time at Stanley House before the wedding. My bridesmaids and family enjoyed a calming spa together the day before, relaxing for the ‘big day’ and enjoyed a lovely meal the night before in Mr Fred’s restaurant. The rooms were modern and beautifully furnished making getting ready in the morning a delight. After waking early, we watched deer and rabbits running around the grounds with the sun rising – it was idyllic.
We also chose the venue because it offered a variety of packages to suit our needs, including chair covers, flowers, centrepieces, a DJ in the evening and a variety of food for the wedding breakfast. After tasting the canapés and the sampling menu, we knew we had made the right choice. We had no worries on the day regarding the quality of the food. The venue provided us with a list of recommended suppliers which really helped, making us feel confident in the planning process. All the suppliers knew each other and we felt safe that if anything were to go wrong on the day, they would work together to get it sorted.
We also liked that the drinks reception was in a separate room to the wedding breakfast. It meant that guests could spill out in to the garden that overlooked the beautiful scenery. We were very lucky that the sun was shining, which made it even more perfect listening to the saxophonist whilst sipping our drinks.
The grounds were ideal for photo opportunities, and Steve and Steph from Ashton Photography produced some stunning images. The grounds around the house were well presented and pruned with gorgeous floral colours. The sweeping staircase with a changing colour chandelier also made a beautiful photo opportunity looking down from the balcony above.
As it was a May wedding, we wanted a summery colour theme. The bridesmaids wore a pale blush pink matching the pale pink roses in their bouquets. The grooms wore blue morning coats with pale pink buttonholes to match.
The venue was styled by Creative Cover Designs, using a deeper champagne pink colour for the chair sashes and huge ‘LOVE’ letters lit up to match the fairy lights.
Linda from The Flower Shop Clitheroe did a fantastic job creating the centrepieces of chandeliers with a range of cream and pale roses, peonies and gypsophila, and placing floating roses in large vases to alternate the height of the centrepieces.
Nicola from Brides Little Helper was a massive inspiration, and created the table plan and place names. As Marc and I had gone to High School and University together before we became a couple, we had many dates that were memorable to us. Nicola helped us to label each table with a special date and provide the guests with an opportunity to try and match the dates to each special event.
We cannot speak highly enough of the Stanley House Team. From the first visit, we were made to feel special. The staff were highly accommodating to our needs and we knew they were only a phone call or email away for our ‘daft’ questions. We never felt like a burden to them. The venue put on many wedding open days allowing us to see the venue as it would set up for the ‘big’ day, but also to get to know the staff further. The wedding supervisors we worked with were so attentive to detail, we knew we were in safe hands. The organisation in the lead up the big day was faultless. The staff really went the extra mile, and they made the day even more special when we returned to the bridal suite to find a bottle of Champagne and our first wedding picture already framed for us.
We would recommend Stanley House to any engaged couple. We could not have asked for a more perfect day and the main reasons for this were the attentive staff, stunning venue and amazing food.
Stanley House Hotel & Spa Mellor, Lancashire BB2 7NP www.stanleyhouse.co.uk
Creative Cover Hire www.creativecoverhire.co.uk
Brides Little Helper www.brideslittlehelper.co.uk
Lisa Marie Cakes www.lisamariecakes.com
The Flower Shop Clitheroe www.theflower-shop.co.uk