Classic car on drive of Combermere Abbey

Getting to Know – Combermere Abbey

Venue Name: Combermere Abbey

Location: Near Whitchurch, Cheshire

What type of venue is Combermere Abbey and how old is the building?

Combermere Abbey is a delightful country house wedding venue with breathtaking grounds and a rich history. Original parts of the house date back to the 12th century.

Founded by Hugh de Malbank, Lord of Nantwich in the 12th century, it began as a Cistercian monastery. Over the following centuries it was transformed and remodelled, predominantly serving as a private residence.

In 1919 Sir Kenneth Crossley of Crossley Motors bought Combermere Abbey and its estate. Used as an evacuee girls’ school during the Second World War, the house began to show signs of increasing decay.

Sarah Callander Beckett took over the estate in 1992 and began an extensive restoration project. Since this time, we have seen the restoration of estate buildings and the Walled Gardens, the conversion of the stable block into luxury cottages and the exciting restoration of the magnificent North Wing.

Combermere Abbey became a wedding venue in 1995, and was one of the first venues to obtain a civil license.

Classic car on drive of Combermere Abbey

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Combermere Abbey?

Couples can marry with up to 120 guests in the Edwardian Glasshouse or outside in the centre of the unique fruit tree maze. The Pavilion can accommodate 150 for wedding breakfasts and receptions.

Aerial view of maze at Combermere Abbey

What rooms are available for couples having their wedding at Combermere Abbey?

Couples have exclusive use of the venue and the Walled Gardens for the whole day, including the characterful Glasshouse and stylish Pavilion. The luxurious North Wing honeymoon suite is also included, while guest accommodation for 49 is available on-site in the charming Courtyard Cottages.

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Entrance to Morden Hall wedding venue in South London

Getting to Know – Morden Hall

Venue Name: Morden Hall

Location: Morden, South London

What type of venue is Morden Hall and how old is the building?

Morden Hall is a stunning country house wedding venue in South London that combines history, contemporary style and picturesque grounds.

The building dates back to 1770 and belonged to the Hatfield family, who used the river to power mills to produce snuff. In 1941, the hall was sold to the National Trust and, following an impressive renovation in 2015, became the wedding venue we know and love today.

Entrance to Morden Hall wedding venue in South London

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Morden Hall?

Morden Hall can cater for up to 120 guests for wedding ceremonies and 150 for receptions.

Couples have a wonderful choice when it comes to tying the knot at Morden Hall. For more intimate weddings, the Hawthorn Suite, with space for up to 70 guests and exquisite views out over the grounds and parklands, is the perfect choice. For larger ceremonies, the Willow Suite at the centre of the house is ideal. There is space for up to 120 guests and you can make a grand entrance from the impressive staircase.

You can also choose to hold a blessing in the picturesque garden of Morden Hall, soaking up the sun on the banks of the River Wandle.

Willow Suite wedding ceremony seating at Morden Hall

Do you offer exclusive use as part of the packages, or is this an extra charge?

Exclusive use comes as standard at Morden Hall.

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Blackwell Grange Wedding Venue in Warwickshire

Getting to Know – Blackwell Grange

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Venue Name: Blackwell Grange

Location: Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire

What type of venue is Blackwell Grange and how old is the building?

Blackwell Grange is a breathtaking barn wedding venue in the Cotswolds, and parts of the venue date back to 1543. The family home of the Vernon-Millers for generations, the venue was initially a breeding stud for National Hunt racing and then a pedigree sheep farm. The latest incarnation of this idyllic setting is one of the finest wedding venues in the Cotswolds.

Blackwell Grange Wedding Venue in Warwickshire

How long has Blackwell Grange been a wedding venue?

The venue has been open for around a year and a half following years of deliberation and planning. The project has been a real labour of love for the owners, and their commitment to making it extra special is clear in the result.

Bride and Groom in Front of Circle Hole in Wall at Blackwell Grange

What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and wedding reception at Blackwell Grange? What rooms are available for weddings?

Blackwell Grange can accommodate 150 guests for a ceremony in the Thatch Barn and 150 for breathtaking receptions in the Orchard Barn.

Couples can start their day in the Potting Shed; a private space that’s perfect for pampering before the ceremony. The four-hundred-year-old Thatch Barn provides an atmospheric setting in which to say ‘I do’, while the purpose-built Orchard Barn offers plenty of space to enjoy wedding breakfasts and receptions. It also comes complete with a stylish bar and secluded Snug – a mezzanine floor that provides guests with a quiet space that’s not too far away from the fun.

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Wedding cake by Claire's Sweet Temptations covered in fern

Getting to Know – Claire’s Sweet Temptations

Company Name: Claire’s Sweet Temptations

Interview with: Claire Potts

Location/Coverage: Cornwall, Devon, South West and London

What does Claire’s Sweet Temptations do?

Claire’s Sweet Temptations designs and makes bespoke wedding cakes. I make all the cakes myself from scratch, and I also make all the sugar flowers and decorations.

Wedding cake by Claire's Sweet Temptations covered in fern

How did Claire’s Sweet Temptations get started and how long has the business been going?

Claire’s Sweet Temptations started as many small businesses do – almost by accident. Making cakes for friends and family led to a local diner asking me to make cakes for them, and a diner customer then asked if I did wedding cakes. I said yes, and the business started from there.

Buttercream wedding cake with purple macarons, made by Claire's Sweet Temptations

Have you always wanted to make cakes for a living?

No. I left school and trained in horticulture, and I then decided to do a degree in English Literature (as you do.) But I’ve always been artistic, and I always wanted a job that allowed for creativity.

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Floral wedding stationery and fabric products from Anna Jayne Designs

Getting to Know – Anna Jayne Designs

Anna Moores of Anna Jayne Designs

Company Name: Anna Jayne Designs

Interview With: Anna Moores

Location / Coverage: National

What Does Anna Jayne Designs Do?

I am a watercolour artist based in Buckinghamshire. I create floral fabrics and stationery focusing on the flowers and colour palettes in the wedding industry. I have a background in Textiles and Print Design and continue to build that passion though my business. I draw all artwork by hand using paints and pencils in my garden studio in a little village called Steeple Claydon.

Floral wedding stationery and fabric products from Anna Jayne Designs

Who works at Anna Jayne Designs and what are your roles?

I am the face behind Anna Jayne Designs. It is only myself in my business, so I am the one emailing customers, creating the artwork, marketing my products and sorting my accounts. My favourite role is creating bespoke artwork for couples making the invites unique to them.

How did Anna Jayne Designs come about and how long has the company been running?

I have been running my business for nearly 18 months now. I decided in 2016 that I needed to create a career that I loved and was passionate about, so I handed in my notice to begin Anna Jayne Designs.

During that year I was a bridesmaid for my good friend, Hannah. I created a printed design to use on her wedding day for jam jars and bunting. With that artwork, I then created table numbers and other bits of decorations to bring the whole theme together. This is where the idea of Anna Jayne Designs began. I loved that with my textiles degree and ability to draw I could help so much on a special day like a wedding. Hannah’s wedding stationery is the ‘Franklin Floral’ design.

Franklin Floral Wedding Stationery Collection by Anna Jayne Designs

Describe your studio

I work from my studio based in my parents back garden in Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire. I decided quite early on with running my own business that I needed to separate work and home life. It can be a little chilly through the winter, but it easily warms up with the heaters full blast.

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