28 Dec A Match Made in Bowdon
The fabulous Nicola Edwards and Jonathan Whitham chose to celebrate their memorable day in style – within the enchanting Edwardian walls of The Bowdon Rooms. Nadia Danaos tells the wedding story, accompanied by evocative images from Steve Grogan Photography.
…And so this beautiful summer wedding was under way: Make-up. Rings. Go!…
Above: Hair and make-up by Danielle Horan; rings by Smooch Rings.
Below: Ferried by her vintage steed (provided by Kensington Wedding Cars), our demure bride arrives at The Bowdon Rooms for the civil ceremony, where guests and her groom await her entrance.
The Bowdon Rooms offers guests a choice of two reception rooms for civil ceremonies and receptions. Nicola and Jonathan chose to enjoy both parts of their wedding in the ballroom. Holding upto 230 people, this spectacular space is often considered the heart of the venue. With its perfect lighting, soft voiles and glamorous features such as art deco chandeliers and balustrade balcony, it has everything couples could wish for. “We found the tall ceilings, vintage feel and use of lighting simply captivating.”
Officially making their mark on the wedding register, Mr and Mrs Whitham proceed into the glorious sunshine, met by a shower of confetti.
Guests were served Champagne within the attractive grounds of our venue, enjoying photos and revelling in the occasion: “Guests expressed their delight with The Bowdon Rooms hosting the welcome drink outside, and their ‘attentive staff’.”
For our bride and groom, it was then over to Denzell Gardens for a photo shoot. A picturesque area of thriving flora and forna, these gardens are approximately a five minute drive from the wedding venue and offer the ideal spot for some incredible snaps.
With his smart blue suit and contrasting navy waistcoat, Jonathan rocks the summer wedding attire. Whilst the lovely Nicola is adorned by a sweetheart tulle gown from J’adore Bridal Boutique, accompanied by an exquisite bouquet by Barker’s Florists.
While the wedding party enjoyed bubbly in the summer sun, our wedding planners were creating a different kind of paradise…
“We were ecstatic with the attention to detail that The Bowdon Rooms team and Barkers Florists had applied in dressing the room. They exceeded our expectations!”
At The Bowdon Rooms, we understand that planning a wedding day is one of the biggest events of your life, that’s why we have an experienced team of organisers ready to transform the day of your dreams.
Our happy couple said: “Many guests commented on the flowers and candelabras, complimenting the detail, style and colours. Others also praised The Bowdon Rooms for the ‘quick and beautiful turn-around of the main room’, post-ceremony.”
As well as the main ballroom where the wedding party were seated, The Bistro area is also a popular hang-out for guests. With a snug area and fireplace, it also features a bar – where our groom and his men were cleverly captured by photographer Steve Grogan:
After speeches from the father of the bride, groom and best man, it was time for the wedding breakfast. Guests dined on either beef and oregano meatballs or porcini and ricotta ravioli to start, and a main of Milanese chicken or sea bass florentine. Completing the trio were sumptuous profiteroles with Chantilly cream. Simply divine!
Displayed within one of the alcoves of the ballroom was the beautiful wedding cake. Crafted by cake-maker, Flissy Cakes, with its elegant cascading floral design, our couple did the honours:
…And with its well-known sprung maple dancefloor, the ballroom was transformed yet again as it played host to High Frequency Band, who played out the soundtrack of Nicola and Jonathan’s magical day.
Dancing shoes were definitely on!…
“The best thing we heard from a family friend was ‘It’s the best wedding I’ve been to’. The Bowdon Rooms made our day as special as we had planned. We couldn’t thank Karen and her team enough for their efforts to keep us, our family and friends happy!”
It’s always wonderful to hear such compliments, and encourages us to keep bringing the first-class service for which our venue is renowned.
We loved helping to create the Whitham wedding! Warmest congratulations to the lovely Nicola and Jonathan!
Words by Nadia Danaos
Images by Steve Grogan Photography