Wedding plans are underway for a prize-winning couple


A lucky couple from Congleton in Cheshire have won their dream wedding at The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa, Bolton Abbey. One of Yorkshire’s most idyllic wedding venues, this beautiful country house hotel enjoys beautiful panoramic views of the Dales.  

The wedding of David Holmes and his fiancée Kelly Williams will take place at the four red star country house hotel on Saturday 28th March. Worth over £7,000 the wedding, which was publicised as a competition in an autumn campaign, attracted almost 800 entries. Sponsors include the region’s top bridal suppliers, including bridal photographer, Georgina Brewster, Ambience Venue Styling, Every Cloud Cakes & Bakes, Vanessa Wellock from Wildflowers florist and DJ Ziggy of Hi-Life Entertainment.

The venue is hosting 70 guests for the couple’s wedding ceremony and reception, which will include a three-course wedding breakfast featuring Salt Baked Celeriac, Pot Roasted Beef Cheek and Glazed Lemon Tart, created by head chef Peter Howarth and his team. They’ll also enjoy drinks to toast the nuptials and a chocolate Guinness cake created by Fran of Every Cloud Cakes & Bakes, to add a personal touch to their special wedding day.

Marketing Manager, Rachael Leister says that the competition attracted many entries,

‘It was exceptionally hard to select a winner from so many couples, all of whom had shared special stories and life circumstances that made them a deserving couple. In the end, it was the love story of David and Kelly, from their first chance meeting whilst volunteering for a Manchester homeless charity, which eventually led to a traditional proposal by the banks of the River Liffey in Dublin where Kelly was by living, having moved away with work. David is a true romantic, he had kept his Gran’s engagement ring in a drawer twelve years on from her passing, before presenting it to Kelly and asking for her hand in marriage. I am sure that his Grandma would be so proud of his old-fashioned sentiment, and what a touching story. We later found out that David’s dad was from nearby Skipton, so it really does feel ‘meant to be’.

David shared that it was him who decided to enter the competition and that Kelly could hardly believe her good fortune when he told her his news, she exclaimed,


“It wasn’t until I saw the email from The Devonshire Arms that it sunk in a bit more and obviously I am ecstatic!”

Since winning, the couple have been busy with plans for their spring wedding, making sure that the date is firmly secured in family’s and friends’ diaries, creating their own hand-designed invitations, choosing flowers, and Kelly has selected a dress for the big day.

Set within 33,000 acres of rugged Yorkshire countryside on the Bolton Abbey Estate, this welcoming hotel venue provides the ultimate luxury, relaxation and hospitality. Originally a coaching inn dating back to 1610 and extended over the centuries, the hotel offers four beautifully appointed reception rooms, for smaller romantic weddings, or larger celebrations for up to 90 guests.

For more information on this wedding venue, visit or come along to our next wedding open day event, which will take place on Sunday, 9th February – 1pm – 4pm.