A stunning venue in Cheshire for an incredible wedding
Colshaw Hall is one of my favourite wedding venues to photograph at in Cheshire. The Grade II listed hall is owned by the Irlam family and is situated in Over Peover just outside of Knutsford. With fantastic grounds that are exclusively yours on a wedding day this venue is such a sort after wedding venue. Once you tie the knot in the Ceremony Hall or if you’re lucky enough to get married in one of the two licensed garden areas, the magnificent Peel suite is where the wedding breakfast and evening reception take place.
Alix & Ryan were by their friends and family at Colshaw Hall and it was such a beautiful day to be a part of. This was one of four weddings at Colshaw Hall for me in two weeks and I am so pleased to be a regular Colshaw Hall Wedding Photographer.
I started the day with Alix and her bridesmaids then headed to see the groom who was at the Den with his groomsmen. They had both exchanged gifts with each other which often gets some great moments and today was no different.
It’s was soon time to get married in the ceremony room, Cheshire East are the registrars for Colshaw Hall and they are always fantastic! The ceremony was lovely and the bride looked fantastic. Next was confetti and then drinks reception in the walled gardens at Colshaw Hall. I left the newly weds alone for their drinks reception at Colshaw Hall, capturing natural moments throughout. Then towards the end we did the group photos and couples portraits around the grounds of Colshaw Hall which is an incredible wedding venue to photograph at. We also went back out for some sunset photos – it was such a beautiful day we couldn’t not go out again.
Wedding speeches and an incredible wedding party at Colshaw Hall
I absolutely loved today – Alix & Ryan are fantastic as are their friends and family. The speeches were top class and the wedding party with DJ Coast2Coast was absolutely amazing. I love parties like this and it is so good to have packed dance floors again.
Thank you so much for having me along to photograph your wedding – it was fantastic and I loved being a part of it at Colshaw Hall.
What Alix & Ryan said about Andy Griffiths Photography at Colshaw Hall
Wow…where do I even start with writing a review for Andy. 3 days on from our wedding and I’m still getting teary thinking about how much this man made our wedding. Andy’s photos speak for themselves – they are incredible. They are real, raw, and one look at them will take you right back to every single emotion that you felt on your wedding day. Each photo speaks a thousand words, and they capture the most beautiful things about weddings – the people, the relationships, the love, and the fun.
Andy has this amazing gift of being able to be so present during your wedding, but also not there at all. Looking back, I didn’t even notice him during the ceremony, I didn’t even notice him during the wedding breakfast, and yet he was there the whole time, capturing the most beautiful moments. When I did notice Andy was when he kept me calm at times I nearly starting flapping as the ceremony approached, the little looks of ‘you’ve got this!’ and the general warmth and energy that he brought at every single stage of our wedding.
If you want look back at your wedding day and confidently be able to say ‘we really made the most of it, didn’t we’, then choose Andy. You will be away from your guests for no more than 20 minutes, and be able to spend the day doing what really matters, being surrounded by those that you love.
If you want a photographer that not only captures the best pictures but who is also a great guy, then choose Andy. He made us laugh, kept us calm, and was a huge part of us enjoying our day.
If you want to be taken back to every emotion felt during your wedding day, then choose Andy. Real moments, real people and real emotion – it doesn’t get any better than that.
Thank you for going so totally above and beyond for Ryan and I. I didn’t realise the impact that suppliers can have on your wedding until the day itself, and I am so glad that we were lucky enough to have you as our photographer. You’ll always be part of some very special memories for us.
Thanks to the suppliers for making the day fantastic:
Dress: Liverpool Bridal Boutique
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Suits: Whitfield & Ward
Hair & Make Up: Wedlocks
Cake: Birch Bakery
Stationary: Lucy McSpirit
Relaxed, Natural & Unobtrusive Wedding Photography
My style of photography is relaxed, natural and unobtrusive, capturing the day as it happens. What that means is almost completely unposed wedding photography throughout the whole day. I want you to spend time with your friends and family and ignore me. If you’re getting married at Colshaw Hall or anywhere else then please get in touch.
Colshaw Hall Useful Information
What is the history of Colshaw Hall ?
Colshaw Hall is a Grade II-listed building that was built in 1903 for textile magnates, the Peel family. It is a Tudor-style manor house that was designed by renowned Cheshire architect John Douglas who was also responsible for building projects for Prime Minister William Gladstone and soap giant William Lever.
The building has been an important part of the local community for many years and at one time was used as an auxiliary hospital during World War One. Severely damaged by fire in the twentieth century it was bought by the Irlam family in 2001 who restored the hall and its grounds to its former beauty and Colshaw Hall became a family home again. David Irlam and his wife decided that it was simply too big to be a family home so opened up their home as what you see today – one of the finest wedding venues in the country. Still owned by the Irlam family this is a family run business that know how to deliver the finest of service and weddings.
Colshaw Hall and sister venue Merrydale Manor are located in Over Peover; a lovely village just outside Knutsford and within easy reach of Chester, Manchester and Macclesfield.
What time does the bar close?
Last orders are at 12.30am
How many guests can they seat?
The Peel suite can seat up to 180 guests for your wedding breakfast.
Can you get married outside?
Yes, Colshaw Hall has two gardens that are licensed for wedding ceremonies. The Magnolia Garden and the Walled Garden. They are both available between April 1st and October 31st.
Where do you have the wedding breakfast?
The impressive Peel suite is where you will spend your wedding breakfast and evening reception. This stuning suite backs onto the beautiful walled gardens. With windows on both sides this room is flooded with natural light.
Do you provide table clothes, cutlery etc?
Yes, beautiful tables, bespoke chairs, white table cloths, napkins, cutlery, crockery and glassware for the wedding breakfast and evening reception are all provided within the cost. Meaning there is no extra charge.
Do you get a wedding breakfast trial?
The bride and groom are able to try the food. You will need to speak to the wedding coordinator for more information.
Is Colshaw Hall an exclusive use wedding venue?
Yes, Colshaw is exclusively yours for the duration of your wedding.
What extras does Colshaw Hall offer for a wedding?
There are a number of additional extras that are on offer. For more information and up to date prices click here
What are the grounds like at Colshaw Hall?
Massive, the Colshaw Hall Estate has over 300 acres of private land and is simply stunning. It is the perfect place for wedding photos. The gardens include:
A beautiful spot for natural and relaxed couples portraits, with a small lake, bridge and producing beautiful colours at various times of the year this is the perfect spot.
At the read of the hall, this private garden adds to the superb locations for wedding photos.
Just outside the Peel suite this is an awesome spot for you and your guests to enjoy the drinks reception. Beautifully maintained this is one of my favourite drinks reception spots to photograph.
How can I view Colshaw Hall’s wedding brochure?
You can download Colshaw Hall’s wedding brochure here by filling out their contact form.
What Registry Office do we need to contact about our wedding?
When you get married at Colshaw Hall you have to contact the local registry office which is Your Ceremony.
Is the use of confetti or rose petals permitted?
Bio-degradable confetti (only!) and rose petals are permitted.
How much is corkage?
The option of open corkage is not available at Colshaw Hall.
Can I stay at Colshaw?
Yes, Colshaw Hall offers various accommodation opportunities the night before and of your wedding day. These include:
The Irlam Lodge has recently been refurbished (2019) and is available for people that want to stay the night before the wedding. Able to sleep up to 4 guests it is the perfect space!
Featuring the main bridal suite and another 6 beautiful en-suite room, staying in the main house is a luxurious way to spend the night of your wedding. High ceilings, splendid decor and large windows with views of the the private grounds it is a stunning venue that is the perfect wedding experience.
The Courtyard Cottages are available to book for an overnight stay that can accommodate up to 14 guests. Which if you include them with the main house – you are able to have 28 of your nearest and dearest stay. Refurbished in 2019 they are beautifully decorated and offer the perfect stay for your guests.
Located at the top of the drive, the two lodges offer extra accommodation for the guests or bridal party. The two Eco Lodges offer luxury as you would expect from one of Cheshires leading wedding venues.
The Den is the perfect space for the groom to get ready in, with table football, arcade machine and drinks it is the ideal spot.
Can you get breakfast the day after the wedding?
Your stay in the Hall and cottages include a fully cooked English and Continental Breakfast which is served in the Orangery the following morning.
Does Colshaw have a restaurant?
No, it does not have a restaurant open to the public.
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