2016 is being hailed as ‘Year of the English Garden’, Visit Chester and Cheshire, that deal with tourism for our region have said “The Year of the English Garden initiative has been launched by Visit England in celebration of one of England’s greatest attractions and to mark the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown, a pioneering landscape architect in the 18th century” A little snippet of history is that it is thought that Charles Legh first landscaped the gardens of Adlington Hall in the 18th century, in the style of Capability Brown.
We have quite often over the years thought about offering outdoor wedding ceremonies, however it is not something we have been in a position to offer before, until now. Following on from a meeting with East Cheshire Registrars, when they came and licensed two separate areas within the grounds of Adlington Hall, we are so excited that from 2016 and going forward each year, between 1st April and 31st October, we are now able to offer ceremonies within our grounds, weather permitting.
When we first initiated the planning to be able to offer this fabulous opportunity to couples marrying at Adlington Hall we weren’t aware of the ‘Year of the English Garden’, it is however perfectly fitting that one of the areas now licensed for an outdoor ceremony is our beautiful, typically English, Rose Garden. The Rose Gardens, situated within the North Lawn gardens of Adlington Hall, are reached by going under a stunning Laburnum arch, it is quintessentially British. With a feast of colour incorporating formal rose beds, rambler roses climbing pillars and rope swags, guests arrive through the laburnum arch, taking a seat, ready to watch the couple walking down a ‘rose’ aisle, it definitely has the ‘wow factor’.
The other licensed area is The Courtyard, situated in the centre of the building of Adlington Hall. This is an external walled area, accessed through the main North Door, with dramatic 360 degree views of the hall throughout the different eras. The Courtyard provides beautiful acoustics for your background music.
Obviously, an outdoor wedding ceremony will only work if the Great British weather allows it, which is the one thing you unfortunately cannot pre book! We are extremely lucky here that our ‘back up’ options are just as beautiful as the grounds… with both the Great Hall of Adlington Hall and The Hunting Lodge both licensed for ceremonies, it is win, win all round!