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Couples celebrate at one of Cheshire’s 10 best wedding venues

A HIDDEN gem set on 165 acres has been named one of the 10 most popular wedding venues in the UK.

The Oak Tree of Peover in Knutsford offers breathtaking views of the Cheshire countryside and prides itself on providing unique personalized service.

The staff at this family-run venue go out of their way to create precious memories from the moment they meet each couple.

Debbie and Aaron Lou Photo: Jessica Reeve Photography

Deputy Director Chloe Rensch said: “We’re a very small team. It’s nice to do the whole trip with couples, showing them around to help them plan everything.

“We are always available to answer all of your questions. We know all the details of every wedding.

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Victoria and Scott Rowcroft celebrate their wedding at the Oak Tree of Peover

“We really care, we’re like a little family.”

The Oak Tree of Peover is hosting a Wedding Fair on Saturday October 2 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is not necessary to reserve.

The old golf club was transformed into a wedding venue seven years ago when Jacquie Mooney and her brother Jay took over after dad Peter retired.

Peover's Oak

The decorated barn-style venue for Suzanne and Oliver Bradbury

The rustic, oak-framed barn-style setting has been hailed among the best in the country by Hitched, the UK’s leading wedding planning destination.

“It’s great that a big company like this recognizes our little independent place,” said Chloe.

“It really means a lot to us.”

Katy and Ben Klahre

Katy and Ben Klahre Photo: Light Photography

Everyone in the hospitality industry is so relieved, she said, to be able to host weddings again after the pandemic.

“It was the most difficult year we have had,” said Chloe. “We had to postpone over 100 weddings, it was a nightmare.

Peover's Oak

Stevie and Rob Cumberbatch

“2020 should have been our busiest year ever. There should have been 120 weddings. A woman had to move her marriage six times.

“It’s been horrible for the couples, but it’s nice to see everyone having a great time.”

Many couples had to change their dates multiple times because restrictions on coronaviruses were constantly changing.

“We did our best to accommodate everyone’s wishes,” Chloe said.

“People have been very flexible and so thankful that they can finally have the marriage they want.”

Peover's Oak

Photo of Jess and Sam Higham: Stevie Jay Photography

Couples have full use of the grounds and have the option of getting married in the Ladybird room or in an outdoor pavilion.

“We are an exclusive use place, we only have one wedding at a time,” Chloe said. “We are focusing on this couple and their guests for the day.”

Couples have a choice of six handpicked local caterers and are free to select their own florists, photographers, cars and dressers.

Peover's Oak

Photo of Hannah and Liam Booth: Icon Studios

“There are a lot of options for food,” Chloe said. “They can have a traditional three-course meal, barbecue, pizza, tapas or whatever they want.

“We can organize tastings so that they can choose.”

The reception room is dressed in magical garlands around the beams with rustic foliage winding in a spiral up to the ceiling.

The fireplaces can be lit in winter and the fireplaces create a warm and cozy atmosphere in the barn all year round.

The place can accommodate up to 108 people seated and 180 in the evening.

The staff go out of their way to make every celebration special.

“Every marriage is different,” said Chloe. “For me, personally, it’s the detail that comes into play.

“I love the little, individual things that happen throughout the day.

“It’s wonderful to see everyone having a good time.”

Editor-in-Chief Sarah Allard said: “The past 18 months have been one of the most difficult the wedding industry has faced.

“It’s amazing how wedding venues have gone the extra mile to continue supporting couples planning their wedding on their journey.

“Now that weddings are back and confidence is returning, the places are busier than ever. We are delighted to be able to celebrate these special places which have received so many requests from nearly married couples.”

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