16 Jan “Our wedding was a magical fairytale…”
It has to be said that The Bowdon Rooms certainly knows how to throw a party – and that goes for our weddings too. For Hannah Bowyer and Matthew Doherty, a little sprinkle of magic fairy dust was simply the icing on their wedding cake: “The Bowdon Rooms exceeded all our expectations!”. All in a day’s work for our team. Nadia Danaos has put together the blog of their stunning day, with images from Joanne Ingle Photography.
Amid glorious sunshine, Hannah and Matthew’s day began at the lovely St. Peter’s Church where the couple took their vows surrounded by friends and family. Although The Bowdon Rooms also has a licence to hold civil ceremonies, the beauty of its location means that if couples decide to have a church setting, there are some exquisite churches in the Bowdon and Altrincham area – many within close proximity of our Edwardian premises.
As the congregation made their way to The Bowdon Rooms, there were several photo opportunities for our couple. Firstly, within the beautiful natural surroundings of Denzell Gardens, amongst its ornamental ponds and meadows of wild flowers. And while guests enjoyed some bubbly in our lounge, Hannah and Matthew also had a couple of snaps within our grounds outside:
As ever, our experienced wedding organisers ensured every aspect was in place and the reception ran like clockwork. Acquiring planners with a venue can sometimes be hit and miss, but with The Bowdon Rooms you’re always in safe hands.
“Karen Halfpenny was absolutely amazing; prompt communication, very organised and welcoming. We felt more like friends than clients. There was just no limit to what she could offer and do.”
Our couple chose both of our rooms for the day; the lounge for reception drinks and the glamorous ballroom for dinner and dancing. With a room capacity of 230 people, Hannah and Matthew’s 152-strong guest list was comfortably accommodated. And the reaction of our couple on first seeing the ballroom dressed and ready to go: “The room was breathtaking. I had a huge lump in my throat, and it actually brought a tear to Matthew’s eye (which takes some doing!)”
For every wedding we hold, The Bowdon Rooms provides a completely bespoke service. With the entire premises at the disposal of our couple for the day, guests can relax in the knowledge of having a personal, dedicated service – from the lighting and menu, to multiple room hire and tailored décor. Our planners also have an extensive list of top suppliers in the area, which our bride and groom can choose to use if they wish.
Hannah and Matthew chose the expertise of Sue Nunn for their delicately ornate table decorations…
After guests took to their seats, the bride and groom received a standing ovation as they joined their guests…
The obligatory speeches soon followed, before the feast was served. With a reputation for excellent cuisine, The Bowdon Rooms offers a wonderfully extensive and imaginative range of dishes to suit all tastes; ensuring any dietary requirements are met. On the menu was a starter of melon followed by delicious roast chicken or spinach and feta cannelloni. And completing the trio (which were all homemade by our international-accredited chefs) was an indulgent chocolate brandy torte.
As guests digested and enjoyed their sumptuous surroundings, it was time for the traditional cutting of the cake. Designed and made by the Little Velvet Cake Co, it featured Hannah’s chosen accent green hue, a décor theme which continued throughout all of our reception rooms:
With the ballroom featuring our famous sprung maple dancefloor – and as a well-known music venue too – The Bowdon Rooms are experts at throwing music into the mix. For Hannah and Matthew, guests danced to the tune of the local Gillan Edgar Band – which clearly got everyone up on their feet!
Reflecting on their day, our couple said: “Two and a half weeks after the wedding we were still receiving letters from guests, expressing how amazed they were with the venue and the staff.”
As a complete wedding establishment – from wedding planners and top chefs to vintage, stylish environs – we’ve got the goods to create a truly stunning day for you… Our bride added: “We knew straight away that The Bowdon Rooms was for us.” And we can be for you too, so come and book your wedding at our chic, versatile venue.
“Our wedding day was like a magical fairytale and your venue played a massive part in that. The team were very professional, polite, smart and caring. We just can’t thank you enough!”
Our pleasure! Hearty thanks and warmest congrats to the lovely Hannah and Matthew Doherty!
Words by Nadia Danaos
Images by Joanne Ingle Photography