Wedding Venue Photoshoot at Tabley House – Cheshire




Tabley House is a hidden gem that is easing its way into the wedding world as a stunning location for wedding ceremonies. It is a Grade 1 mansion set in delightful parkland in the heart of Cheshire. The dramatic exterior stone curved staircase leads up to elegant rooms overlooking a lake with breathtaking views offering a fabulous, intimate setting for you and your guests.  Tabley is the only 18th century Palladian country house in Cheshire.

Tabley House is licensed for Civil Weddings and Civil Partnerships and it is also ideal as a setting for Renewal of Vows. Ceremonies are conducted in a magnificent Gallery described as one of the Great Rooms of Cheshire with its magnificent pictures, furniture and flamboyance.  Seeing is believing as when entering this room you really do have the ‘wow’ feeling.

After the ceremony in the Great Gallery couples can entertain in the Portico room with its handsome white chimney piece, using their own suppliers. Drinks and canapés can be served while photographs are being taken and everyone can enjoy the stunning views across the Cheshire countryside. (The maximum number of guests is 100).

A full wedding breakfast is not possible within Tabley House however there are alternative options that Lindsey Harrison is more than happy to discuss with you.  

There is an option of using the Grade 1 Tea Room for smaller, informal receptions but you would be tied to using the tea room operator as the caterer –  (The maximum number for this venue is 50).

A new option available for receptions is a marquee by the lakeside in Tabley Park. You have complete flexibility on marquee, caterers and other entertainment you can have on site. There is a charge for use of the land which includes provision of a water supply. 

 Tabley House is in a prime position in Cheshire making it easy to have your wedding ceremony in its grand mansion following by a Wedding Breakfast in a venue nearby.



I recently had a photoshoot at Tabley House wearing a dress from The White Closet in Didsbury.  The vintage gown by Charlie Brear suited the setting beautifully.  The ornate doors , chandeliers, paintings, grand furniture and fireplaces provided many photographic opportunities.

Photographer – Richard Milnes

Hair & Make Up Artist – Helen Masters

Bouquet – Crystal Bouquets by Tilly










We also recently featured the wedding of Tina & Mike held at Tabley House in our REAL WEDDINGS section. To see the full feature click here




One recent couple described their experience at Tabley House as follows ” We love the fact that none of our guests had been to Tabley before, it was like we’d found a secret place to be married.”

It really is the perfect romantic setting providing something a little different. Very grand, very beautiful and totally unforgettable. 



A Note regarding Exclusive Access

During the months April – October The Tabley House Collection is open to the public Thursday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays between 2 pm and 5pm.  

Most couples therefore chose to have their ceremony before 2pm however Tabley House would be happy to discuss your particular requirements at your viewing as exclusive access can be arranged outside the normal working hours of the house.



Contact – Lindsey M Harrison, Administrator

Tabley House Collection,  Tabley Lane, Knutsford, WA16 0HB

Telephone: 01565 750151


twitter: @tableyhouse


“All our features are aimed towards our readers being Brides Over 40. (40 plus brides). Rather than calling these fabulous ladies mature Brides we call them ‘Beautilicious Brides’ who are marrying later in life, whether it be a first or second time wedding or even a celebration ceremony for renewing vows”                                                

 (Janet – Creative Director at Beautilicious40 Bride)

Venue Review – The Abode Hotel – Chester




With its winding city wall, delightful shops and gentle murmur of the splendid River Dee, Chester is the perfect location for a romantic weekend break, as Beautilicious40’s creative director Janet and I recently discovered – and the Abode is the perfect hotel in which to stay whilst you’re there.


Located next to the luscious greenery of the city’s remarkable racecourse, the new building that is the Abode brings a refreshing modernism that sits well next to the olde worlde charm of Chester’s roman heritage.


Even before checking in, the staff went out of their way to help us. We were notified that we had been upgraded to a ‘Desirable’ room that prompted squeaks of excitement from us both when looking at pictures on the hotel’s website to see what this meant. The weekend was clearly going to be a special one.



After a trouble-free journey into the heart of the city, we found the hotel with a minimum of fuss and left the car in the spacious and secure underground car park. A lift deposited us directly in reception where we were told that the room was not quite ready for us, but that we were welcome to enjoy a complimentary drink from the bar as its preparation was completed. As I sipped my pint of Guinness, I felt glad that they would rather we waited a short time for the room to be perfect rather than hurry us into it when it didn’t reach their precise standards.



The room was worth the wait. A colossal wet area with huge, fluffy white towels at every turn greeted us as we opened the door from the warmth of Chester in spring time to an expertly air conditioned haven. The state-of-the-art entertainment system seductively whispered some cool tunes as we both looked at each other with open-mouthed glee when we saw the size of the huge bed.



Retail therapy in the gorgeous city centre followed before we headed back to the hotel for dinner at Michael Caines’s fifth floor restaurant, with views across the racecourse. As we perused the extensive cocktail menu in the understated cool surroundings, we were treated to another complimentary drink, of fizz this time, which we drank as we took in the panoramic vistas from the restaurant balcony.




Dinner was the culinary treat you would expect from a man with Caines’s tremendous reputation. To start, the scallops were deliciously juicy and offset marvellously by the pickled carrot and ginger foam. Moving onto the main course, my pork was so tender I could have wept tears of happiness and its accompanying fondant potato incredibly tasty. More fizz flowed, all served by the attentive but not overbearing staff. The glazed lemon tart scrumptious though the zest it came with was a touch sharp for my tastes.




Janet chose a starter of ‘Slow cooked salmon,cucumber, salmon jelly, wasabi, yogurt, honey and soy vinaigrette and a main course of  Goosnargh duck breast ,star anise, orange braised chicory in an orange scented sauce which also hit the desired spot. Hungers sated, we could now party the night away at my friend’s 50th birthday party, which was the reason we decided to stay in the city.

 Arriving back at the hotel in the small hours, the attentive staff once more made our lives easier as room service was delivered without a hint of fuss and was also accompanied by a lovely compliment about my J&J cufflinks (from The Silverplace)

After a deep slumber that it was impossible not to fall into given the luxurious surroundings, breakfast followed on from dinner in the excellence stakes. My full English featured the best bacon I’d tasted in an age as well as a black pudding that wasn’t fried to a crispy, tasteless disc but cooked properly (very important to a boy from Bury.)

As we gently swung the car around the roundabout following settling a bill that was irresistibly reasonable given we were treated like royalty, I think we both knew that it was the first of many times we’d be staying at the Abode.

Review by James Bentley 


Weddings at the Abode – Chester 

Abode Chester is a unique and stylish venue for your wedding. The Tattersalls banqueting suite is the perfect location for your wedding, with a capacity to hold up to 80 guests for your ceremony and wedding breakfast and up to 120 guests for your evening reception. The suite has it’s own private terrace and seating area for your guests to break out onto, as well as boasting racecourse views through it’s floor to ceiling panoramic windows.


Alternatively, the renowned Michael Caines restaurant on the fifth floor of the hotel is available for exclusive hire. With a capacity to hold up to 80 guests for your wedding breakfast and up to 140 guests for your evening reception, the restaurant offers contemporary décor and spectacular views of the racecourse and Welsh hills from your own private balcony. It really is the perfect venue to watch the sun set with a glass of Champagne on your special day.


For smaller, more intimate weddings of up to 20 guests, why not soak up the atmosphere in our own private dining room, the Paddock Club located adjacent to the Michael Caines restaurant on the fifth floor.



Abode Chester has already gained recognition in the region for it’s outstanding quality of food served in it’s Michael Caines Restaurant. The hotel’s team of expert chefs offer you and your guests exclusive wedding reception packages, from an imaginative finger buffet to an unforgettable deluxe  breakfast to suit all tastes and budgets.  

The ‘Secret Sanctuary’ is our luxurious spa treatment room located on the first floor of the hotel. A specialised team is on hand who are totally committed to creating your dream look for your wedding. Due to the unique nature of the Secret Sanctuary, they are able to tailor all treatments to suit your needs and ensure that your wedding experience is as magical as possible.. 

All-inclusive Divine Wedding packages start from just £3,200. Please call the wedding co-ordinator directly on 01244 405817 or email to discuss your requirements.


If any Beautilicious Brides choose the Abode Hotel in Chester as your wedding venue we would love to feature your wedding on our website.  With their outstanding service and facilities you will be mightily impressed. 


“All our features are aimed towards our readers being Brides Over 40. Rather than calling these fabulous ladies mature Brides we call them ‘Beautilicious Brides’ who are marrying later in life, whether it be a first or second time wedding or even a celebration ceremony for renewing vows”                                  (Janet – Creative Director at Beautilicious40 Bride)

Manchester Town Hall – Fit for a Queen / Real Wedding Bride Over 40

At Beautilicious40  we like to recommend wedding venues around the country and as we are based in the North West it is our pleasure to showcase one of our finest –  ’Manchester Town Hall’  
The Manchester Town Hall is a magnificent setting, steeped in a wealth of history, which promises an unforgettable experience for every occasion.This unique venue, with its comprehensive suites of state rooms, chambers and halls, is an outstanding choice for your civil wedding, civil partnership, wedding breakfast and reception.



Laura Coleman Flowers

Image Credit : PHOTOAMOR


Image Credit; PHOTOAMOR

Walk through the grand archway of the Albert Square entrance and you are in the wonderful main reception area and the Sculpture Hall. From the main reception two magnificent Grand Staircases sweep their way up to the higher levels, where you are greeted on the landing by a delightful mosaic floor patterned with bees, symbolic of the industry of Manchester. 

Image Credit: PHOTOAMOR


Image Credit: dsphotographic

You will enjoy an unparalleled level of service from their dedicated events team.  


Manchester Town Hall is the ideal venue to add a touch of prestige and grandeur to your event and is the perfect backdrop for your photographs.


In fact it is fit for a Queen..

Sweethearts Frances and John Canning had booked Manchester Town Hall for their civil wedding in March 2012 but were shocked when staff phoned to say they would be sharing the venue with ‘an important VIP’. 
After learning it was the Queen, the couple wrote a lighthearted letter to Buckingham Palace inviting her to join their party. They  were pleasantly surprised to receive a reply from the Palace thanking them for the invite – and stunned when the Royal visitor made a detour from her original schedule to turn up to wish them the best.

Image: Julian Sorfleet PA

Image Credit: R Moriarty
Bride Frances, 44, who runs a hairdressing salon, said she was flabbergasted to be greeted by name by the Queen.
She said: “We booked the town hall ages ago but we got a phone call four weeks ago telling us that a VIP would be in the building on the same day. “We never dreamt we would be able to meet her.
“When we had our ceremony, the staff asked us to wait for a moment in the corridor and just a few minutes later the Queen arrived.
She knew both our names and apparently we had been especially added to her rota.”
Groom John, 48, said: “I’m a big fan of the Royal family. When we found out who the VIP was we wrote to her, a bit light-heartedly, and got a nice letter back from a lady in waiting. We didn’t expect anything further to come from it.” 

Image from MEN Media

The couple’s 40 guests stared in amazement as the Queen, Prince Philip, and dignitaries lined up to congratulate the newlyweds. John, who works in a hairdressing supply business, said the moment was ‘like a dream’.
He said: “The Queen asked how we were feeling, and congratulated us. Prince Philip was asking where in Italy we were going for our honeymoon. They had clearly been briefed about what we were doing.”

Image Credit: R.Moriarty

The Queen enjoyed a three-course banquet at the town hall as part of her Diamond Jubilee visit to Manchester and Salford. Earlier in the day, a crowd of thousands who were waiting for the Queen to emerge cheered as Frances climbed the steps of the  town hall, before tying the knot in a first-floor conference room.
But the couple’s pal Peter Jackson, a self-employed businessman, said there was no hint of what was to follow. He said: “We had to have security checks in advance. So we knew that she was going to be there. But we thought we would be kept well away from the reception.”
Fellow guest Hayley Fitzpatrick added: “We didn’t know where to look. All of a sudden the Queen and Prince Philip were there in front of us. I was so surprised I knocked something over – she looked at me and asked if I was okay.”
This is such a wonderful story and doesn’t Frances look stunning. Yet another example of a Bride Over40 looking fabulous. 
Wedding Story from :“All our features are aimed towards our readers being Brides Over 40. Rather than calling these fabulous ladies mature Brides we call them ‘Beautilicious Brides’ who are marrying later in life, whether it be a first or second time wedding or even a celebration ceremony for renewing vows”                                  (Janet – Creative Director at Beautilicious40 Bride)

Nunsmere Hall – Cheshire

Nunsmere Hall luxury country house hotel in Cheshire provides an unrivalled romantic setting for civil marriages, wedding receptions and civil partnerships. 

On a private estate surrounded by a 60 acre lake, the extensive grounds and immaculate gardens are perfect for those so important wedding photographs.   


Nunsmere is perfect for an exclusive use wedding venue and for larger occasions a bespoke marquee is available for up to 250 guests”


After the hustle and bustle of the M56 gives way to the twists and turns of the A49 through the delightful Cheshire countryside, it is with the satisfying crunch of tyre on gravel that you arrive at picture-perfect Nunsmere Hall in Tarporley after turning off the main road.

Shrouded from the roadside by trees and bordered on three sides by an awe-inspiring lake, one imagines a visitor from overseas would claim Nunsmere is the quintessential English setting for two people to celebrate their love in a civil ceremony – and they’d be right.

The venue’s all-purpose remit was fulfilled beautifully on our visit, 

as we attended both the wedding of our good friends Julia and Bernie and the naming ceremony of their gorgeous baby daughter Jasmine.

After receiving our invite and looking at Nunsmere’s website, the decision to stay the night was a simple one. It was amply rewarded as we climbed the imposing, stately home staircase from reception and turned an actual key in an actual lock of the door of our room – the Tamarind Room – on the top floor.


We were greeted by a large, tastefully and quaintly decorated room with stunning views across the hall’s luscious green spaces.

The large bathroom, replete with large, ornate tub was the perfect setting in which to prepare for the afternoon’s festivities – and the huge, soft bed would be the ideal place to recover from them the following morning.

The bed in "The Tamarind Room"

Both ceremonies took place is a delightfully understated, wood-panelled room with a break in between for the wedding breakfast  in which we toasted the happy couple and their adorable daughter before heading to the cosy bar.

It was here where the beauty of Nunsmere came into its own.

Whilst it is undoubtedly a stunning hotel, it still has the feel of a much-loved and well looked after home which gave it an unrivalled comfort as the services flowed into each other. The relaxed atmosphere following the drinks reception on the terrace – and continued into the night as the newlyweds celebrated with their friends, of which we were privileged to count ourselves.

Food was plentiful and filling as the staff at Nunsmere made it their mission to provide the means necessary for us to eat, drink and be merry with quiet, gracious efficiency.


Peals of laughter rang out from the artfully distressed leather furniture in the bar as memories were exchanged, new friendships made and old friendships cemented.
The eggs Benedict that followed such a tremendous evening and lie-in in the sumptuous bed had to be top notch – and they were. Breakfast was the crowning glory of a stay that we would always remember, and not just for the memories of seeing our friends tie the knot.
Review by James Bentley 
Also featured in Real Weddings – Julia & Bernie (August 2011)

“All our features are aimed towards our readers being Brides Over 40. Rather than calling these fabulous ladies mature Brides we call them ‘Beautilicious Brides’ who are marrying later in life, whether it be a first or second time wedding or even a celebration ceremony for renewing vows”                                  (Janet – Creative Director at Beautilicious40 Bride)