Set in the heart of Cheshire countryside and overlooking a lake, The Mere has been a wedding venue for 77 years since first becoming a golf club in 1938. Today, a choice of four event suites means they can accommodate any size of wedding from a small intimate gathering up to five hundred and fifty guests (yes, that’s 550!). The wedding ceremony suites are a modern attachment to the original building, so “inside” retains the character of “outside”, and the blend of traditional and modern means it could suit any style of wedding.
Bedrooms are large and spacious, and many have views over the lake or golf course, a perfect environment for getting ready. We used the ambient lighting and contrasting shadows to create some atmospheric photographs of Lucy and her beautiful bride’s dress.
But it’s “Team Mere” the experienced organisers who make the difference at this venue. These people are on a mission to make your day go as smoothly as possible, and can help with planning every small detail if “fuss-free” is a priority for you. Its probably one of the reasons they were voted “Best Wedding Venue in South Manchester 2015”. If, on the other hand, you want to do completely your own thing, they are quite happy to simply hover in the background and make sure all is well.
The James Braid suite has a private garden area and the George Duncan has its own ivy-covered entrance, but the rooms are a blank canvas, so you really can impose your own style on them. Rick has his own events company and likes a dance or two, so for his wedding to Lucy the James Braid was transformed into an Ibiza nightclub for the reception, complete with glitter ball and laser lighting. Again we used ambient lighting to keep the nightclub atmosphere.
Your day, your photographs
Emily and Chris favoured a more traditional pastel approach. For both couples what mattered was to have a wedding that reflected who they are as a couple, regardless of any “must-have” list. And that’s something we really believe in capturing. Your photographs should reflect the nature of your day.
So for Lucy and Rick it was into the golf buggy before the wedding breakfast for some portrait photographs at strategic nearby spots around the course (it is a live golf course so you do need to work with your wedding co-ordinator to get these shots).
Emily and Chris preferred to spend this time with family and friends so their portrait shots came later in the day, using the wedding suite balcony and their room to avoid a drizzly evening! We always remember that its your day – we are there to work around your plans.