As a magical backdrop for a wedding, Samlesbury Hall was the venue of choice for doctors Sarah and Tom Hopkin. Photography: Tim Emmerton

When newlyweds Sarah and Tom Hopkin originally decided to tie the knot they set their hearts on a winter wedding at a historic venue that would have roaring log fires in a traditional setting.

“When we saw Samlesbury Hall we knew we didn’t need to look any further,” says Sarah, who met her husband while they were junior doctors in Manchester.

Tom who is originally from Penwortham and Sarah from Blackpool, had also agreed that they didn’t want to get married in a church: “We didn’t want a religious setting so Samlesbury was perfect – the Great Hall looked magnificent for the ceremony! The whole setting was amazing.”

Tom and Sarah’s checklist also included fabulous food – including pie! While their favourite cheese and leek pie didn’t appear as a choice on the ‘official’ wedding menu, the chefs at Samlesbury were happy to oblige.

“The food was fantastic,” recalls Sarah. The couple chose canapés including mini beef Yorkshire puddings and for the wedding breakfast guests enjoyed a starter of confit of duck with Cumberland sauce with fricasee of mushrooms on toasted brioche as a vegetarian option. For the main course there was a choice of steak pie or cheese and leek pie then chocolate brownie for dessert. The evening food featured fish and chips, and sausage or bacon sandwiches.

With stunning flowers and a beautiful wedding cake provided by Sarah’s mum Tracey Keith, the hall was dressed to perfection including ivy intertwined in the chandeliers.

“The open log fires and Christmas trees gave a really lovely, cosy atmosphere indoors, while outside we had an amazing backdrop for a magical night-time photo-shoot,” says Sarah who, with Tom, chose Tim Emmerton as their photographer for the day.

“Tim was on Samlesbury Hall’s recommended list of suppliers so we knew he was familiar with the venue. Having seen Tim’s work online and meeting him we instantly warmed to him. He is friendly and relaxed, and his photography is beautiful.

“Guests are still commenting on what a fabulous wedding it was in such a beautiful venue,” concludes Sarah who lives with her new husband in north Manchester.

One of the more recent developments at Samlesbury Hall adding to the wedding offering is the Samlesbury Hamlet, comprising a series of luxury shepherd’s huts in the grounds of the hall. Around 10 huts have been completed and the 28-hut project, will be wholly completed by the end of 2017.

Hall director Sharon Jones explains: “They are traditionally made, comfortable and luxurious – they have central heating and showers in the en-suite bathroom, solar festoon lighting and the option to have a barbeque or fire pit outside. They are a real bonus to the hall – especially to our wedding offering.”

Samlesbury Hall
Preston New Road, Samlesbury PR5 0UP
01254 812010



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