Before the Ceremony
The Walton Arms pub is a couple of minutes walk from the church. Richard and the Best Men will be getting a bit of Dutch courage from 12.45-1pm before wandering to the church at around 1.40pm…Anyone is more than welcome to join them there.
The Ceremony (2:00pm)
Kelly will be arriving at the church just before 2pm. We don’t have exact timings at the moment, but we expect the ceremony to be finished by 3pm.
The Wedding Reception (3.30pm)
Cherry Orchard Farm, the venue for the reception, is 12-14 miles from the church in rural Cheshire (depending which route you take) in an area called Oakmere (for the locals, it’s not far from Delamere Forest). People should be arriving at the venue from 3.30pm. The band/DJ will finish and last orders will be at midnight, but the venue will be hosting until 1am if people want to chill out and catch-up with each other for longer. Coaches will arrive shortly after midnight to take guests from the venue to Chester City Centre whenever they get full, between 12-12.30am.
St. John the Evangelist Church is located on Old Chester Road, Higher Walton, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 6TF
Link to Google Map: St John’s Church
Parking: It is street parking outside the church. There should be no problem with finding a space because people regularly park along the full length of the street.
The Wedding Reception
The party (a.k.a The Wedding Reception) is going to be held at Cherry Orchard Farm, Abbey Lane, Oakmere, Cheshire, CW8 2HN
Link to Google Map: Cherry Orchard Lake
Parking: There is a large car park and overflow area at the farm with enough room for everyone who is driving. Cars can be left overnight. The car park will be locked when the party finishes and re-opened at 0800 the next morning.
We appreciate that it’s 12-14 miles from the church to the wedding reception, but we picked a location which we thought would be good for out-of-towners who can stay in Chester and will also be easy for friends and family from the Warrington area to get home. We hope everyone will be able to make there own way to the church and on to the wedding reception at Oakmere after the ceremony, but if you are having any problems then please send us an email or give us a call.
Coach to Chester after the party: We are organising a coach to take people to Chester city centre when the festivities wrap up (last order at the bar and DJ finishes at midnight). Coaches will arrive shortly after midnight and will head to Chester whenever they are full or between 12-12.30am. There are plenty of seats so if you didn’t indicate it on your RSVP, don’t worry, just jump on…it’s fine..
Taxis: There are a lot of taxi firms, both in Warrington and in Chester, as well as a few in the villages near to the reception venue. We’ve listed a few here. We encourage you to book taxis well in advance and if we can do anything to hook up people for sharing, then of course we will.
Taxis based in Warrington
ABBA Cars 01925 444444
Direct Taxis 01925 244244
242 Cars 01925 242242
Taxis based in Chester
Chester Taxi Services 01244 421024
Abbey Taxis 01244 318318
King Kabs 01244 343434
Taxis based near the wedding reception
Beanies Taxi Service 01829 751861
A1 Luxury Travel 01606 75500
Tarvin Cars 07890 454207
Map of Church, Reception Venue and Chester
The venue for the reception is located approximately 13 miles from the church in Higher Walton and approximately 11 miles from Chester. For guests who don’t live in the North West, we would encourage you to stay near or in Chester because there are more hotels and more things to explore aside from the wedding.
We haven’t made any special arrangements for people to stay in a particular hotel. You’ll all be able to research plenty of hotels online, but we’ve compiled a few here which cover a range of prices and star-ratings. We hope this is helpful.:
Hotel Rating Address Phone
Nunsmere Hall Hotel 4* Tarporley Rd, Oakmere, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2ES 01606 889100
(12 miles from church, 3 miles from reception)
The Royal Oak 3* Chester Road, Kelsall, Tarporley, Cheshire West, CW6 0RR 01829 751 208
(15 miles from church, 4.3 miles from reception)
Premier Inn Stretton 3* Tarporley Road, Stretton , Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4NB 0871 527 9134
(3 miles from church, 11 miles from reception)
Premier Inn Northwich 3* 520 Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich, CW8 2DN 0871 527 8830
(11 miles from church, 3 miles from reception)
Willington Hall Hotel 3* Willington Road, Willington, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 0NB 01829 752321
(16.5 miles from church, 4 miles from reception)
Premier Inn Chester 3* 20-24 City Rd, Chester, CH1 3AE 0871 527 8234
(10.5 miles from church, 19.5miles from reception)
Chester Grosvenor Hotel 5* Eastgate St, Chester, CH1 1LT 01244 324024
(19.5 miles from church, 11 miles from recepton)
Chester Abbots Well Hotel 4* Whitchurch Road, Christleton, Chester, CH3 5QL 0844 815 9001
(19 miles from church, 10 miles from reception)
DoubleTree Chester 4* Warrington Road, Chester, CH2 3PD, 01244 408800
(17.5 miles from church, 10 miles from venue)
The Dene Hotel 2* 95 Hoole Road, Chester, CH2 3ND 01244 321165
(18 miles from church, 10 miles from reception)
Best Western Queen Hotel 4* City Road, Chester, CH1 3AH 0844 387 6225
(19 miles from church, 10.5 miles from reception)
Travelodge Hotel 2* Little St John St, Chester, Cheshire CH1 1DD 0871 984 6363
(19 miles from church, 10.5 miles from reception)
Travelodge Hotel No frills Warrington Road, Mickle Trafford, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 4EX 0871 559 1814
(17 miles from church, 10 miles from reception)
Village Hotel 3* 110 Centre Park Square, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1QA 01925 37754
(2 miles form church, 14.5 miles from reception)
Victoria Lodge B&B 2* Victoria Road, Stockton Heath, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 2AL 01925 263060
(1.5 miles from church, 13 miles from reception)
Of course we have hired a professional photographer for the day. His name is Barry…I am sure you’ll meet him…Don’t forget to smile!
However, in today’s digital age we have a few more things going on:
- We’re using the WedPics app for our wedding and would love it if you could use it. You will be able to upload you photos and 30 second video clips directly from your smart phone, as well as view and share photos that other people have uplodad…So please upload as much as you can.
- We’ve also got a number of handheld HD camcorders doing the rounds throughout the day…We hope you’ll share yourselves with us and have a great time doing it. We’ll be using the footage to compile our official wedding video!…I know. a scary thought!
We hope there are no restrictions at the church so please share as much as you possibly can, and we’ll make sure there is information available on the day, but if you want to download the app beforehand and perhaps share some photos from memory lane, here’s the link.
Once you’ve downloaded the “WedPics” app for Android or Apple phones, and find our wedding with the code: “KelRich2016”. Or click on the image below.
Thanks for visiting this section of our wedding website. We are not having a traditional wedding list, your company is all we request.
We’ve taken the RSVP form off the website so if you need to update anything (e.g. numbers, child portions, etc) please call us by phone or use the ’email us’ page on the website. Thanks.
For guests bringing young kids
Children are very welcome, but we wanted to let you know that there is a lake at the reception venue and we want everyone to be safe while they have fun. We have hired a nanny to look after Monty for a few hours for us during the reception. I am sure you have your own ways of keeping kids entertained and will be looking after their safety, but as an FYI, we found our nanny via local event nanny service called Honey Bee Creches (www.honeybeecreches.co.uk) just in case this information is useful for you.