The Bowdon Rooms celebrate their 300th wedding in style

Lizzie and Edd exchange a smile during their exchange of vows

Lizzie and Edd exchange a smile during their exchange of vows - Credit: Archant

The 300th wedding to take place under the stunning 40-foot domed ceiling of the ballroom at The Bowdon Rooms was just perfect, from start to finish.

A fun and relaxed wedding was all they dreamed of

A fun and relaxed wedding was all they dreamed of - Credit: Archant

When Lizzie and Edd Ashworth exchanged vows and celebrated with their guests in turn-of-the-century style and luxury at The Bowdon Rooms, they were the 300th couple to do so, as the venue has now been helping wedding day dreams come true since 2003 - that's 17 wonderful years of saying 'I do.'

For Lizzie and Edd, who live in Hale, it was the natural place to become Mr and Mrs Ashworth, as Lizzie already had a special connection with the venue having celebrated both her 18th and 21st birthdays there.

'The Bowdon Rooms was the first venue we visited,' she said. 'It ticked every box and just immediately felt right. Picking the date that made us the 300th couple to get married there made it extra-special.'

Neil Hughes, Director at The Bowdon Rooms, agrees: 'Congratulations Mr and Mrs Ashworth! To have hosted our 300th wedding is just incredible and we wish Lizzie and Edd every happiness in the world. The team will continue to offer our brides, grooms and their guests exceptional personal service in a truly unique venue.'

The happy couple

The happy couple - Credit: Archant

Lizzie and Edd, who met at university ten years ago, wanted a relaxed, informal feel to both the ceremony and reception. Their no-fuss, no-frills approach made for a laid-back day for the 100 guests who gathered under the sparkling chandeliers to enjoy the bride's arrival.

Lizzie wore a simple but elegant dress with a dazzling gold metal waistband. Her home-made bouquet was a delicate explosion of peonies, astrantia, gypsophila and eucalyptus leaves.

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The room was decorated in a rustic style with DIY accessories, previously used at her sister and cousin's weddings, including hessian table runners and tree trunk circles.

She said: 'On the day, walking into the ballroom was so overwhelming. All our friends and family were there smiling, the room looked gorgeous and everything was exactly how I'd imagined it.'

Lizzie, as her happiest day begins

Lizzie, as her happiest day begins - Credit: Archant

After the ceremony, guests tucked into a 'tear and share' Lebanese mezze, a feast of stuffed vine leaves, halloumi and chicken satay. They later shared a delicious cheese tower overflowing with mouth-watering mounds of Stilton, Brie and Cornish Yarg, among others.

Finally, everyone travelled back in time to the 1920s to dance the night away to Darren Lloyd's Dixieland Band's jazz classics. In some very special moments, Lizzie and Edd's friends also took to the stage to play more great music and serenade the happy couple.

'The whole day was just amazing,' said Lizzie. 'We just wanted to chill out and get married, which is exactly what we did. The planning never felt like a chore and that's thanks to Karen at The Bowdon Rooms who helped us every step of the way.'

Edd added: 'The whole day had such a special feel and that had so much to do with Karen. Her advice, patience and communication were invaluable. I even mentioned her in my speech as our 'wedding guru' as her input put us totally at ease.'

The first dance

The first dance - Credit: Archant

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Venue: The Bowdon Rooms

OPEN DAY: Sunday 15th September, 11am - 2pm

Photography: Laura Horsefield @ RED Photography | Insta: red_photography_laura

Cake: The Cheeseyard, Knutsford


Band: Darren Lloyd Dixieland Band