Thornton Manor

A prestigious Cheshire wedding venue – or is that Wirral?

There seems to be some debate about whether Thornton Manor is a wedding venue on the Wirral or in Cheshire. Offering not one, but four wedding settings, there can be no argument about its status as one of the most popular, most stunning – and most photogenic!

Thornton Manor has four wedding settings.  The Manor House and Waterside Pavillion cater for 200 guests.  For larger wedding parties there is the Lakeside Marquee (400 guests) or the Walled Garden Marquee for up to 1000 guests!

Elegant country house

If you long to glide gracefully in your wedding dress through an Edwardian country house, the Manor house could well be your dream wedding setting.   Full of character and original features, it was the first venue Collette and Mathew visited, and they looked no further! Collette is a make-up artist with an eye for the pretty, and she could see the opportunities for wedding day photography straight away.


On the day Collette arrived in a classic Rolls Royce through the arched gate-house onto the sweeping courtyard. Mathew was already at the Manor, having chosen to get ready with his groomsmen in one of the double bedrooms, where we got great shots of his nephew stealing the scene (and the rings!).

wedding car arriving at the gate house at Thornton Manor in Cheshire

Groom and page boy in the honeymoon suite at Thornton Manor wedding venue

Ornate rooms

Collette and Mathew chose to get married in the Georgian style Dining room, where the beautiful walnut wall panels created an intimate feel for their ceremony. Their wedding was on a sunny August day, and the gorgeous lime tree avenue outside provided the perfect backdrop for photographs of confetti, fun and friends.

Bride enters the dining room on fathers arm for her wedding ceremony at Thornton Manor

Confetti run under the lime tree avenue at Thornton Manor

After a drinks reception on the terrace (shade and seating for the older generation, lots of lawned grounds for the kids to let off steam), they moved into the gorgeous Music room for their wedding breakfast.

The Music Room

Words don’t really do this room justice – more of that luxurious wall panelling, ornate plaster work and period paintings all add up to an imposing setting. But glazed toplights make it feel airy, not at all dark or oppressive. This is part of the charm of Thornton Manor; whilst being fantastically grand and ornate, it manages to feel intimate, and like the real home it still is.

The music room at Thornton Manor ready for the wedding breakfast

Thornton Manor was originally the home  of Lord Leverhulme, and is now a grade II listed building.

The elegant French Drawing room was the scene for the cake cutting (we love this room, its so pretty!), and then we went for a short walk with the newly-weds and their friends into the picturesque grounds.

Bride and groom in the French drawing room Thornton Manor

Relaxed photographs

Wonderful soft golden hour light, when the sun has gone down but the sky is still lit, created soft colours that were perfect for relaxed portrait photographs of the bride and groom – and  shots of them having fun with their friends! Then it was back to the Manor ballroom for an evening of music and dancing .

You can read more about Collette and Mathew’s wedding photography on the blog. Or just enjoy more of the beautiful Thornton Manor photographs here!


Thornton-Manor-wedding-photography001Bride and father lime tree avenue Thornton Manor




bride and groom after wedding ceremony at Thornton Manor












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