Your North East Wedding - January/February 2022 (Issue 48)

JAN/FEB 2022 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... WIN! Diamond earrings worth £1,500 BIG-DAY BAKES Discover 2022 cake trends Endless love Heartwarming local weddings Bridal bliss Dream-worthy dresses LET IT SNOW Cosy winter wonderland venues

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Olivia Gibson shares her top picks from this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the region 12 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 69 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on wedding dilemmas 85 COMPETITION Win £1,500 worth of diamonds CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022 VENUES 13 GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in and around Tyneside 17 BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Magical settings for winter weddings FEATURES 43 RUSTIC ROMANCE Local suppliers got together to create this fun and relaxed shoot 47 BIG-DAY BAKES Our experts share popular cake trends for 2022 weddings 52 BEAUTIFULLY BOHO Here at CWM HQ we predict hen dos are going to be bigger and better than ever in 2022. Feast your eyes on this beauty for some true, party planning inspiration... 73 SAY YES TO THE DRESS Meet the talented teams behind these popular bridal boutiques 78 LET ME EAT CAKE! County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey On the cover This issue’s cover is taken from Patricia and Sean’s wedding at Spanish City on page 26 and was captured by Victoria Lilly Wedding Photography. Check out: 47 17 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Patricia and Sean’s intimate wedding was full of laughter and happiness 33 THE PERFECT DAY Robyn and Andy didn’t let Covid-19 ruin their wedding day 39 A DAY TO REMEMBER Francesca and Ben exchange vows at Charlton Hall and used a dusty blue and blush pink colour scheme GROOMS 81 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches 82 GOING FOR GOLD After James Bond, AKA Daniel Craig, rocked a velvet jacket at the latest 007 premier we knew this look would be here to stay! FASHION & BEAUTY 54 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 55 ALL IN THE DETAIL The 2022 wedding dress collections feature figure-hugging styles, timeless trumpet silhouettes, chic tailored jackets and wrap dresses 60 TAKE THE PLUNGE These opulent gowns feature corset-inspired looks, off-the-shoulder styles, timeless square shapes and cut-out illusion necklines 63 SOPHISTICATED AND CHIC Choose sumptuous satin gowns for your best girls in shades of sage and emerald green or blush and baby pink 64 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 66 HEAVEN SCENT Team CWM try out the latest big-day fragrance recommendations 67 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Achieve your dream wedding look with help from the experts 68 TIME OUT Wedding planning can be stressful, so be sure to make time for self-care and focus on your wellbeing 55 39 88 HONEYMOONS 86 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials 88 BACK-TO-NATURE BOLTHOLE Claire Ridley was invited to Monkey Island Estate, a sanctuary set on a private island on the River Thames offering laid-back luxury 4

MARSHALL MEADOWS MANOR HOUSE Recently renovated, Marshall Meadows Manor House is a stunning Georgian Manor transformed into the North East’s newest luxury Hotel, Restaurant and Wedding Venue with breath-taking sea views. Tie the knot in the beautiful Coast House, dine in The Lowry Room, enjoy drinks and canapes in our tranquil gardens then relax in our stunning bedrooms in the Manor House which sleep up to forty guests.Whether you choose our exclusive wedding package, which gives you and your guests the whole of Marshall Meadows Manor House to enjoy, or our non exclusive package, we can offer different options to create the perfect day for you. After your special day you will be sure to leave Marshall Meadows Manor House ready to enjoy married life together with memories you will treasure forever. Marshall Meadows Manor House, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1UT 01289 331133 | |

Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, and you can enter for the chance to win a pair of diamond earrings worth £1,500 for the perfect something blue. Hello lovely readers and welcome to another issue of Your North East Wedding. I hope you’ve started 2022 off with a bang and have already been achieving any new year’s resolutions. For me personally, this year is all about making quality time for loved ones and trying not to rush around all the time. It’s all about finding the right balance between work, friends, family and time for myself. This year will be one of the most exciting wedding season so far with many couples tying the knot, including my close friend who has given me the honour of being a bridesmaid at her wedding – how exciting! The countdown is certainly on, and July couldn’t come around quicker. Christmas and the New Year always create the perfect moments for proposals. If you’ve just received an engagement ring, then you’ve come to the right place as we cover everything from fashion and beauty advice, wedding cakes, venues and more. Make sure to start the planning process early to book all of your favourite suppliers in time, especially because of how busy 2022 will be for weddings – there’s nothing worse than finding out your dream companies are fully booked. If you’re towards the end of your planning journey, we have the perfect features to help you add the finishing touches for that wowfactor wedding and help solve any last minute worries or problems. Happy planning! Olivia x ISSN 2054-5231 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Olivia Gibson | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Grooms Editor and Travel Editor Kelly Andrews | Senior Editor and Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your North East Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your North East Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your North East Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and Olivia Gibson Editor Embrace your natural features and find top beauty tips from the experts to achieve your desired look. From starting the ideal skincare routine to creating the flawless base for make-up – we’ve got you covered. Be daring with some fun necklines and discover beautiful gowns from simple and elegant styles to corset-inspired looks. Happy new year! EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Patricia wore a showstopping gown designed by Riki Dalal on her wedding day. The dress has a beautiful silhouette and features a plunging neckline, open back and beading embellishments. 85 67 60 26 6

If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect wedding cake, then you’re in luck because we’ve asked bakers from around the region to share their predictions for 2022 cake trends, including designs, flavours, themes and more! Finding the perfect backdrop to your special day is so important. The venue will need to fit the theme and vibe of the wedding, while working with your guest list. We’ve selected venues in and around Tyneside to make the process much easier for you. Let’s face it, finding the perfect dress can be a difficult task with so many options out there. It’s important to find a helpful team who can guide you through the experience while giving advice, tips and suggestions. Discover more about different bridal companies from around the region in our Bridal Boutiques feature. We’ve asked experts from around the region to offer top advice and answer your wedding worries to make the planning process much easier. 47 69 13 What’s not to love about Francesca and Ben’s wedding at Charlton Hall? With a dusty blue and blush pink colour scheme, the pair create the perfect wedding with beautiful florals, stylish décor and personal touches. 39 73 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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MOMENTS THAT MATTER After more than 20 years in the wedding industry as an events planner, Donna Hartley-Redfearn has created multi-award-winning weddings worldwide. Over the Covid-19 pandemic, Donna has been working hard to become qualified as a celebrant and has launched North East Wedding Celebrant to offer couples meaningful and personal ceremonies. Donna says, “Being a celebrant has been a secret dream of mine and the lockdown gave me the opportunity to train to become one – I’ve never looked back.” The company has a laid-back approach perfect for couples who crave something a little different on their wedding day. Donna adds, “Whether that be an eco-style ceremony in the forest, a modern ceremony in an urban warehouse or an intimate elopement on a mountainside – no two wedding ceremonies should be the same.” Celebrant weddings can take place in any location and give couples complete control to make their ceremony extra special and personal. Donna adds, “I find humour plays a huge part in the script for my couples. The ceremonies will be more fun, deeply meaningful and will have your guests talking for years to come.” Check out: NEWS All the latest happenings from around the region CALLING ALL SWEET LOVERS Situated in Northamptonshire, Sweet Lounge Gummies provides high-quality sweets made from natural ingredients. The business first launched in 2014 and the team has been working hard to create delicious sweets that are all vegan and don’t include any artificial colours or flavours. The staff is thrilled to be launching in stores around the North East with five of its popular gummies in its core range, including Fruity Bears, Fizzy Blue Raspberry Bottles, Fizzy Strawberry Hearts, Fizzy Cola Bottles and Fizzy Fruity Bears. The company uses environmentally friendly packaging that’s 100 per cent plastic-free and are all compostable. The sweets are the perfect addition to weddings and can make great favours or the perfect addition to sweet tables, which kids will go crazy for. No one will have to miss out on the treats as each one is gluten, soy and dairy-free! Check out: Nearlywed NEW VENUE ALERT Situated in Northumberland, Marshall Meadows Manor House is a stunning new Georgian venue that has just opened after being recently renovated. The team has been working hard behind the scenes to create the perfect luxury hotel that provides a tranquil setting for customers. Couples can tie the knot in the beautiful Coast House, dine in The Lowry Room, enjoy drinks receptions and canapés in the tranquil gardens and after a full day of celebrating, guests can relax in the stunning bedrooms that sleep up to forty people in total. This property will wow all guests with breathtaking sea views that provide plenty of photographic opportunities. The staff will work with couples to help lovebirds have the perfect day, and pairs can book the exclusive wedding package if desired to have the whole venue to theirselves. Check out: YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

TRANQUIL SETTINGS Located on 120 acres, Wynyard Hall is a stunning venue with plenty of spaces to host dream weddings. Couples will fall in love with the gorgeous grounds that date back to 1623 and is full of beautiful florals. Situated on the picturesque lake, the venue’s award-winning spa offers various treatments using ESPA products. The scenic location provides the perfect space to unwind from wedding planning and hen nights with friends and family. The spa offers the full package from facials, body treatments, and immersive massages! The hall currently offers two dreamworthy treatments that are perfect for brides-to-be. The ESPA Natural Face Lift lasts 90 minutes and detoxifies the skin to restore its radiance. Inspired by a Japanese Kobido massage, the treatment leaves the skin firm and lifted. The ESPA Spa Back, Face & Scalp Treatment lasts 90 to 120 minutes and instantly releases any tension while boosting clients’ complexation and reducing stress. Find out more: FASHIONFORWARD After substantial remodelling in 2021, Newcastle Cathedral will host its first large-scale exhibition from February 16th to March 24th, 2022. A Century of Wedding Gowns will showcase wedding dresses and accessories from the last 140 years collected and curated by Sunderland-based Kevin Thornhill. He studied Art and Design at Manchester University to work in theatre wardrobe. After serving his time with London theatres and the Emanuels where he was a member of the team making Diana, Princess of Wales, wedding gown before returning to the North East to run his own wedding business. Now retired, he showcases his wedding gown collection to raise funds for charities. Around 50 gowns will be displayed throughout the property, each with its own story. Some are copies of some of the most well-known royal wedding gowns and tiaras, including the Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex. For a small charge, visitors will be able to view these and designer gowns by Coco Chanel, Norman Hartnell, Elizabeth Emanuel, and two gowns by Bruce Oldfield worn by the daughters of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. The curator will give regular guided tours of the exhibition, and he will also compere a fashion show of historic dresses on Thursday 10th March at 7.30pm. The Cathedral is a spectacular place for weddings and receptions. The venue’s team is keen to support local businesses, and wedding suppliers are invited to showcase their companies at Newcastle Cathedral on March 19th. For those planning their special day, it’s the perfect opportunity to meet new suppliers. For more information on how to book tickets for the guided tours, fashion show and wedding business event, check out BRIDAL BEAUTY Located in Stockton-on-Tees, Lyndsey Morgan Make Up has been working hard to provided showstopping looks for clients while making them feel beautiful and confident. The business has just been announced the winner of the Bridal Make Up Artist, North East award for the SME News Northern Enterprise Awards 2021 for the second year running. Owner Lyndsey Morgan says, “After a tough period of closure due to of Covid-19, I was over the moon to hear I had been selected to receive the award.” She continues, “Bridal make-up is my area of specialism and where my passion lies; it means a lot to be awarded by a panel who feel my work stands out from others.” The company has also just launched its prewedding pamper packages, which provide brides-to-be with the ultimate treatment. Clients can enjoy a mini-steam facial, a targeted treatment mask, brow re-shape and tint, LVL Lash Lift, a glass of fizz, a goodie bag and more! The result will be fresh and pampered skin with defined brows and lashes. Check out: 10

Bespoke and beautiful personalised wedding stationery and gifts Available to purchase online throughout the UK. With a passion for design, MC Designs can create something stunningly beautiful for your wedding day. From personalised wedding invitations and ‘thank you’ cards to wedding favours and more... You can rely on MC Designs to create something truly special. If you want your wedding stationery to stand out from the crowd, we have everything you could wish for! Take a look at our online store, if you can’t see what you want or have something particular in mind, get in touch, we are always here to help. 07884 967921 North East Carriage C O M P A N Y L T D Transform your occasion into something really special with a horse drawn carriage from North East Carriage Co Ltd. We have been supplying the finest in horse drawn carriage and wedding carriage hire for 25 years with a unique one to one service to ensure we provide you with a truly bespoke experience - making sure everything from decorations to colours is supplied just how you want it. Weddings, Proms & Events We provide a seven day a week service across the entire United Kingdom. T: 01207 231 391 M: 07712 773 376 E: WWW.NORTHEASTCARRIAGECOMPANY.CO.UK

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 8th April 2022. Terms and conditions apply. JEWEL OF THE AISLE For couples looking for a bespoke engagement ring, wedding band, or jewellery pieces to finish off their look; check out Clusters Bespoke Jewellery! Set in the heart of Whitley Bay, the family run company offers a bespoke jewellery service for nearlyweds, and works with clients to bring their vision to life. While focusing on attention to detail, the talented team has created some exceptional pieces for couples to treasure and remind them of such a memorable day. The business is currently offering readers an exclusive 10 per cent off new commission pieces when couples quote CLU1 before February 28th 2022. “We spend time with all our customers discussing their ideas, and then we create a rough design to find their budget,” explains owner Jo Cole. She adds, “A detailed sketch can then be created, before deciding on the final look as well as the position of the stones and any pattern or engraving that couples wish to include.” Clusters Bespoke Jewellery also offers a wide range of different jewellery styles and other brands, including Pandora, ChloBo, Elements Jewellery, Elliot Brown Watches, Rotary Watches and many more. The items are perfect for wedding gifts as well as jewellery for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Coppa Club’s Sonning-On-Thames location plays host to The Great House at Sonning – a boutique hotel featuring 49 bedrooms and nestled in the Berkshire countryside. Roughly an hour from London, the property is situated along the River Thames and boasts a large terrace, sweeping lawns and ample riverside space. An ideal location for couples that need a break from the wedding planning, a family getaway or trip with friends, the beautifully designed hotel is dog friendly and provides meeting, event and party spaces (you can also tie the knot here!). You can book a cosy Double Room from £85 per night, or a Deluxe Double from £115 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club, The Great House at Sonning to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY 12 Where to say “I do” in Tyneside ST MARY’S HERITAGE CENTRE 01914 334 699 Situated in Gateshead, a beautiful town famous for its architect and iconic bridges, St Mary’s Heritage Centre is a former Medieval church that has been lovingly restored to its original beauty. Conveniently located on Gateshead Quayside, with the majestic Tyne Bridge forming a breathtaking backdrop, the property is an ideal location to capture beautiful outdoor photographs. The approach to the building is impressive, with an illuminated clock face on the bell tower and Norman-stoned mullioned windows. The building has retained its Medieval exterior with some contemporary additions including a modern extension. Inside the venue, the Main Hall is the perfect backdrop to receptions with pillars, arches and tall-gothic windows, which provide ample lighting. The space hosts up to 110 guests for banquet-style celebrations or 140 for more informal layouts or evening receptions. Another ideal location is The Chancel, a Grade I listed building that’s best suited for a bar area for intimate receptions with 50 loved ones. The location needs very little decoration, but the staff will advise couples on ways to add special touches to personalise the space. Not only that, but the team can suggest other local companies to help create dream weddings. WE LOVE... As the Quayside comes to life at night and the bridges across the Tyne are illuminated, St Mary’s Heritage Centre offers a spectacular vantage point to absorb the magical atmosphere. GOING LOCAL LOCAL VENUES 13

THE PARLOUR AT BLAGDON 01670 789 935 | Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, The Parlour at Blagdon is a beautiful wedding venue with indoor and outdoor spaces. The hard-working and professional team will help couples plan their wedding and help ensure the day runs smoothly. Say “I do” in the Grade II listed converted Smithy, which features stunning stone walls, wooden beams and shabby chic décor. Or why not opt for the landscaped gardens and patio area for a special outdoor twist? Continue the celebrations inside the fantastic Willow Room for receptions with neutral walls to suit any colour scheme and large open skylights, which create a light and airy space. These areas can accommodate 90 guests with various room layouts available. WE LOVE... If couples book one of the wedding packages, they get to stay in the new Bridal Suite and enjoy a menu tasting session to try some delicious dishes and wines. Guests can book to stay in the four en suite double bedrooms with a full English breakfast the following morning. Also check out... THE LITTLE HAVEN HOTEL 01914 554 455 | Situated on Little Haven Beach, The Little Haven Hotel is the perfect wedding venue with a breathtaking backdrop. Whether couples desire a day full of lavish opulence and grandeur, an extravagant party with a marquee for guests or an intimate gathering of close family and friends – this is the perfect space. THE SEA HOTEL 01914 270 999 | Located on South Shields, The Sea Hotel is a modern-looking venue overlooking the picturesque South Marine Park and seafront. After undergoing a 1.3-million-pound renovation, the hotel has been brought back to its former glory and is perfect for weddings. MERCURE GEORGE WASHINGTON HOTEL 01914 029 988 | George Washington Hotel Golf and Spa is a four-star resort nestled in 280 acres of woodland and consists of 125 modern bedrooms, a spa and an 18-hole championship golf course. The venue can accommodate weddings of all shapes and sizes from the large and lavish to small and intimate nuptials. SPANISH CITY 01916 917 090 | Located in Whitley Bay, Spanish City offers extraordinary spaces for weddings right by the beach and has been awarded Best Coastal Wedding Venue at The UK Wedding Awards 2020. Built in 1910, the venue has undergone a 10-million-pound restoration in 2018 to preserve its historic features; couples will fall in love with the Spanishstyle architecture and the stunning building makes a lovely backdrop for photographs. 14

Shotton Grange is an elegant Georgian Manor and Coaching House transformed into the perfect exclusive wedding venue. Our Georgian Manor which features 11 individually decorated bedrooms all with ensuite sleeps 22 guests, along with our beautiful Coach House which can seat up to 110 for your Wedding Breakfast. Nestled within 6 acres of country grounds and exquisite walled gardens located in Northumberland but only 5 miles north of Newcastle. Tailor your perfect day with our exquisite choice menus and fantastic drink selections, enjoy a final get together over a traditional cooked breakfast before saying your goodbyes and heading off to live happily ever after! Contact us on 01670 789 400 or email S H OT TO N G R A N G E O L D G R E AT N O R T H R OA D N EWC A S T L E U P O N T Y N E N E 1 3 6 D F

Baby it’s cold outside REDWORTH HALL HOTEL 01388 770 600 | Situated in one of the most beautiful areas in the North East, Redworth Hall Hotel is a 17th-century Jacobean manor that provides the perfect setting for weddings. Set in 26 acres of landscaped grounds and woodlands, the stunning property boasts classic architecture with contemporary and modern features. The venue has several function rooms available to accommodate for ceremonies and receptions of all sizes. The largest space is the Prince Bishop Suite, which hosts 180 seated guests and includes a private foyer area and a bar. Another beautiful room is The Great Hall with wooden floors, wood panelling and a minstrel’s gallery, which can accommodate 40 to 110 people for ceremonies plus wedding breakfasts and 150 for evening receptions. This space adjoins with the Blue Room Lounge, Knott Gardens, Baronial Lounge and a private bar area, giving pairs exclusivity of the right-wing of the hotel. The 120 seated outdoor terrace is a new space that provides extra space and comfort for reception drinks in summer. For outdoor weddings, the Summer House is set in the lower gardens and dates back to the 1930s. We love... hen lovebirds book the venue, they’ll receive a complimentary menu-tasting session and wedding night accommodation, plus a free membership in the Health Club three months before the wedding. Guests will also receive preferential accommodation rates. Tie the knot in these magical settings no matter the weather WINTER WONDERLAND 17

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BEAMISH HALL HOTEL 01207 233 733 | Standing proudly in 24 acres of picturesque parklands and forest, Beamish Hall Hotel is a 12th-century country house that creates the perfect backdrop to weddings. On arrival, visitors are struck by the imposing structure as the driveway sweeps around to reveal the grand main entrance, balconies and ornate-stone features. Manicured lawns and flowerbeds bursting with colour surround the front aspects of the hall. Inside, couples will find an interior beautifully balanced with traditional character and charm with a contemporary style. The wedding spaces allow couples to decorate the rooms to match their wedding style and colour scheme. The Common Room is ideally suited for ceremonies with 70 people and small wedding receptions for 40. It features period features and specially woven carpeting that carries one of the original crests associated with the property. Alternatively, the Shafto Hall is a magnificent suite complemented by oak panelling, stained-glass windows, a minstrels’ gallery and is ideally suited for classic or vintage looks with endless décor and lighting possibilities. This grand area can seat 120 loved ones for wedding breakfasts and is a popular choice for saying “I do.” Or why not opt for the stunning Monboucher space with bay windows overlooking the parklands for wedding breakfasts with 100 people? Another indoor space is The Winter Gardens, a spectacular suite with a marquee-style roof and large windows overlooking the grounds. The space can fit 280 people for wedding breakfasts and up to 350 for evening celebrations. For those wishing to tie the knot outside, the beautiful Winter Gardens Terrace provides a gorgeous backdrop for the vows and is the perfect complement to country house weddings. The venue’s exclusive use package for 80 people allows lovebirds to enjoy complete solitude and access to all the wedding function suites, the beautiful rolling parklands and timelessly styled bedrooms. The awardwinning wedding team will be on hand to help pairs create the perfect day, and they can be rest assured that every detail of their big day will be taken care of to the highest standard. We love... The team at Beamish Hall has a wealth of experience in hosting Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi and Muslim weddings and the property has fast become renowned as one of the most impressive Asian wedding venues in the North East. HEADLAM HALL COUNTRY HOTEL & SPA 01325 730 238 | Nestled in four acres, Headlam Hall Country Hotel & Spa is located in the beautiful countryside of lower Teesdale, just between Barnard Castle and Darlington. The superb 17th-century Jacobean manor looks impressive from any angle and the grounds are beautifully kept with a manicured lawn and a pond with a romantic bridge. Ceremonies take place in the Coach House Suite, which accommodates up to 150 guests and is characterised by an archedglass ceiling and stunning chandeliers. Alternatively, the Drawing Room is perfect for intimate ceremonies with up to 40 guests and offers beautiful views across the countryside. Both spaces, as well as the hall’s Stable Lounge can be transformed for receptions. If couples are after al fresco weddings, civil ceremonies can take place under the Pagoda that overlooks the lawn and looks perfect in photographs. Headlam Spa previously won an award by the leading spa treatment provider Thalgo UK Spa. Lovebirds can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of water in an environment that truly reflects the beauty of its surrounding countryside. It’s the ideal venue for pre-wedding treatments as well. We love... The bridal party is offered a discount on accommodation and couples are given a complimentary stay on their first anniversary. WINTER WONDERLAND 19

DUNS CASTLE 01361 883 211 | Located in 1,800-acres, Duns Castle is an exclusive-use wedding venue located in Durham that dates back to 1320. The celebrated architect, James Gillespie Graham, remodelled the castle’s exterior in 1820; he added more of a gothic-revival style by adding castellated turrets, a series of gargoyles and a crown arch. The property sits within a nature reserve with a beautiful lake, different wildlife species, extensive lawns, forest trails and areas for bespoke activities. The grand entrance makes the perfect backdrop to wedding photography with two eagles standing guard on either side of the door and a stone staircase leading guests to the main areas. Ceremonies for up to 60 people usually happen in the main Drawing Room, a large area with impressive-bowed windows, a fireplace and a detailed cornice. A stunning mirror, which almost reaches the ceiling, is the main focal point of the space with carved-wooden figures adorning each side. Alternatively, the “I dos” and receptions can take place on the lawn in front of the castle, weather permitting, and a marquee is also an option for larger weddings. For more intimate weddings, nuptials can occur in the Grand Hall, which is an impressive space with a vaulted ceiling and bar area. We love... The castle sleeps up to 55 loved ones among 12 bedrooms and holiday cottages, which means friends and family can retreat to comfort after dancing the night away! HEALEY BARN 01434 400 044 | Located in the tranquil countryside near Corbridge in Tyne Valley, Healey Barn is a luxurious wedding venue full of character and charm. The original building was converted by Cripps & Co back in 2015 and still includes many historical touches. The Long Barn features an impressive-raised cruck roof, three giant candelabra, wall-mounted candle holders, a canopy of fairylights woven into the oak ceiling and an open fireplace, which creates an enchanting and romantic atmosphere. This location is perfect for ceremonies with 144 guests and gets transformed in the evenings for beautiful receptions with a dancefloor. Leading through from the barn, the dining room provides the perfect space for wedding breakfasts and loved ones can take in the spectacular views while eating some fabulous food. At the end of the dining room is a copper-clad bar, which has a glass folding door opening onto a small terrace and then the garden. Sheltered from the wind, the sun-filled courtyard provides a large additional space for post-ceremony drinks and is an excellent location for wedding photography. There are two giant oak planters with seats around them, six umbrella-topped trees, various benches, cosy sun traps and planted troughs and borders. Guests love the giant barbecue, rotisseries and pizza oven for flame-cooked feasts. The space is transformed at night with lanterns, firepits and fairy-lit trees. Located one mile away from the venue, Healey Hall and its adjoining cottages can accommodate 34 guests in 17 beautifully designed rooms. We love... hen couples book the venue, the team offer them regular Feast Nights to sample a range of popular dishes to decide on their chosen menu. 20

Please contact or call 0191 261 2226 to book an appointment or to find out more. WESTGATE ROAD, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, TYNE AND WEAR NE‡ ‡TT O K A N A I S T H E P E R F E C T P L A C E TO S AY I DO The picturesque venue in the heart of Newcastle with plenty of character hosts an entire upstairs with the capability of being kitted out exactly to your liking. With our grand staircase for that perfect photo opportunity, to a private bar for you and your guests, get in touch today to find out more! The most spectacular setting for the most special day For more details and to enquire, visit Unique Waterfall Weddings

WYNYARD HALL 01740 644 811 | Situated in 120 acres of beautiful countryside, Wynyard Hall is an exclusive wedding venue with historic touches, magnificent spaces and luxury accommodation. Beyond the beauty of Wynyard Hall lies a fascinating history enriched by a huge cast of characters who all played their part in the venue’s remarkable story. Thanks to the considerable social and political influence of the Londonderry family and their circle of friends, the hall played host to royalty, aristocrats, politicians, diplomats, artists, and writers for generations. The gardens at Wynyard Hall date back to 1623 and visitors can explore the rose garden and discover 3,000 David Austen Roses bursting with colour, plus a fascinating selection of trees and shrubs, water features and meandering paths. The venue is one of the few wedding properties that houses a breathtaking chapel. With stained-glass windows, an Italian marble wall and a 19th-century organ – it’s the most romantic setting for religious weddings with 160 people. There are plenty of other options for civil ceremonies including the Mirror room, the hall’s most magnificent stateroom with an ornate hand-painted ceiling and large mirrors adorning the walls. The location is perfect for civil ceremonies, drinks receptions or small wedding breakfasts. Alternatively, the Ballroom can host stunning ceremonies with 300 people and wedding breakfasts with 180. The exquisite marble and Florentine fireplaces look stunning in photographs. Another option is the Conservatory, which is ideal for the “I dos” with 300 people and 180 for receptions. The area was once filled with the scent of orange and lemon trees, and now provides a light and contemporary space with pale green features to reflect its history. Lastly, the Statue Gallery is the most opulent setting for drinks receptions and canapés, as well as ceremonies and receptions for 300. The space features breathtaking stained glass, Sienna marble and Venetian statues. Couples can transform their wedding day into full weekends by enjoying various activities across the estate, including shooting, golf, spa packages and pre-wedding evening meals. We love... hen couples book the property for their wedding day, the venue offers them a pre-wedding shoot, a menu tasting session and an anniversary stay. HARDWICK HALL HOTEL 01740 620 253 | Situated at the heart of a magnificent estate in the beautiful countryside, Hardwick Hall boasts breathtaking views and dates back to 1183. The award-winning hotel has just undergone a huge refurbishment to add modern décor to the elegant and magical suites, while maintaining the charming features full of personality. Exchange vows in The Floral Chapel with 80 guests on the ground floor or 120 across the two levels. The recently refurbished area is the perfect combination of romance and elegance with many traditional features. The team can then transform the chapel into a reception space that caters to 120 people and features a private bar. Another reception area is the magnificent Coleman Suite, which can comfortably accommodate 350 seated guests for lavish weddings and boasts six crystal chandeliers. The staff can split the suite into three sections for smaller receptions. Alternatively, The Paddock Marquee in a private garden is available from May to September and can host 150 people. Lined with champagne linen and dressed with trellising, the space is ideal for a traditional garden weddings. Please note that live music or bands are not permitted within the marquee. For more intimate weddings, The Boyne Suite is the hotel’s original dining room that can host 40 people and has an ornately oilpainted ceiling and traditional yet stylish décor. When couples book their wedding at the property, the hall offers a menu tasting session to try some delicious dishes and guests who book accommodation on the wedding night will receive a special discount. With more than 50 luxury bedrooms with exceptional standards of comfort and quirky décor, loved ones will enjoy the large baths, walk-in showers, luxury furnishings and huge king size beds. The new Celebration Suite feature’s a deluxe master bedroom with an ornate en suite bathroom plus two additional bedrooms with a lavish bathroom and a beautifully furnished lounge. There’s even a rooftop terrace garden complete with a hot tub – it’s the perfect suite for the bride squad the night before the wedding! We love... The venue has private gardens where they grow much of their own produce. 23 WINTER WONDERLAND

Th e t ime l e s s v e n u e . . . Available for exclusive hire | New Year’s Eve 2023 available | Fairytale setting Wedding Showcase Weekend Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January 2022 12-3pm Free admission and Parking Complimentary fizz and canapes for every couple A £500 discount will be applied to our ‘Exclusive Use’ package booked for 2022 and 2023 weddings with deposit paid on the day. This offer is only available for new bookings. Voted ‘Best Hotel for Romance’ in 2018 Voted ‘North East Hotel of the Year’ in 2018 (01434) 688888 Langley Castle Hotel, Langley-On-Tyne, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 5LU Facebook @Langley Castle Instagram @langleycastle Twitter @langleycastle Diane Makepeace Photography Hexham House Wedding Venue and Apartments. Hexham House Wedding Venue and Apartments. Hexham House is a breath-taking Grade II listed building situated in the heart of the picturesque market town of Hexham. The venue is home to our register office, ceremony room as well as seven luxury 5 * selfcatering holiday apartments. The House is located within a stunning park and each apartment benefits from views of the historic Hexham and the Abbey. Such an idyllic location will undoubtedly provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs! The tasteful ceremony room holds up to 70 guests and is an elegant, yet affordable choice for any ceremony. Each unique apartment has its own individual layout, style and high-end fittings and furnishings. They really are the perfect base for couples and their guests who choose to hold their bespoke ceremony at Hexham House. One of our most recent couples who enjoyed this amazing venue and setting posted the following message about their experience at Hexham House. “We booked Hexham House apartments for our wedding party accommodation, and it was honestly one of the best decisions we made. The apartments are all absolutely beautiful and had everything we could possibly need in the run up to our wedding. On top of this Sam and Vicky left us some thoughtful extra special touches which went down a treat! If you wish to book a personal and bespoke ceremony at Hexham House then please call 01665 602870 or visit our website For Hexham House Apartments bookings then please contact Wooden Star Cottages Sam Perkins can be contacted on 07590 996916 and Vicky Collingwood on 07971 008223 Alternatively visit NORTHUMBERLAND REGISTRATION SERVICE 01665 602870 | |

O Whether you prefer a Grand Reception or a more Intimate Setting We look forward to making your Wedding Day a truly unique event. Situated in the Mouth of the Tyne with direct access on to the Beach, Our breath taking views offer the perfect backdrop for your Wedding Photography. The Little Haven Hotel, River Drive, South Shields, Tyne & Wear NE33 1LH 0191 455 4455 • •

the air LOVE IS IN Patricia and Sean’s intimate wedding was full of laughter and happiness Images courtesy of Victoria Lilly Wedding Photography 26

Patricia and Sean first met online, where they never expected to meet their lifelong partners. After messaging back and forth, the pair set off for their first date at Miller and Carter. Patricia says, “We had a nice meal while talking and getting to know each other more. We hit it off straight away and sealed the night with a romantic kiss.” Sean was captured by everything about Patricia and he loved how good she was with his son, which made him fall in love even more. He proposed on 28th November 2019 at the Palace of Culture and Science in Poland, which was three days after Patricia’s 29th birthday and she was so suprised! They were enjoying the stunning views when he pulled out the ring, got down on one knee and asked her to marry him – the rest is history! SETTING THE SCENE Patricia and Sean’s wedding took place on the 28th August 2021, at the Spanish City in Whitley Bay. When searching for a property, the couple wanted a fresh and airy venue with incredible views – they found just that. The bride says, “The second we walked into the venue, we knew it was the one. The room was the perfect size for our intimate wedding and the 360 rooftop view was incredible – we knew we’d get some amazing photographs there!” To match the white and sage green colour scheme, the bride opted for a loose and natural-styled bouquet with a mix of roses and foliage, including eucalyptus and a touch of gypsophila. A satin ribbon was tied around the stems, and the bride added a charm saying ‘with you every step’ with a photo of her late grandma. Other floral touches included a huge flower arch, a beautiful flower display on the top table and small flowergirl bouquets consisting of gypsophila. The table plan helped guests find their seats and featured a beautiful flower arrangement on top. The simple white place names each featured some greenery in the corner and showed each person where to sit. There were tall-metal stands in the middle of each table, which not only looked beautiful but allowed guests to see each other easily. On top of the stands were loose floral displays with stunning hydrangeas, which made a huge statement. Each guest was given a little white envelope with a scratch card and a penny inside to highlight Sean’s love for the lottery. The bride says, “A funny moment was when our friend Matty thought he’d won the jackpot only to realise he needed six words, not just six letters to win.” The lovebirds decided to have a three-course meal for the wedding breakfast. Twice-baked cheddar cheese soufflé with an apple salad and walnuts was served for the starters, while chicken breast wrapped in Bayonne ham with green peppercorn sauce and gratin potatoes was for the main. Guests tucked into a raspberry and vanilla pavlova for dessert with raspberry yoghurt cream. To keep their loved ones from going hungry in the evening, guests enjoyed an evening buffet with hot beef and pork sandwiches as well as potato wedges. When it came to deciding on the perfect cake, the couple decided on a three-tiered bake with vanilla, lemon and coconut flavours. Fresh flowers that matched the colour scheme was added on top. LOOKING THE PART Patricia wore a stunning dress from Sì. Bridal & Co in Newcastle by designer Riki Dalal. It featured a sheath train, plunging V-neckline, an open back, spaghetti straps and subtle beading embellishments along the top. The elegant silhouette looked beautiful, and Patricia stole the show walking down the aisle. She also made several strangers stop and compliment her and even brought some to tears. With the gown being so showstopping and sparkly, Patricia decided REAL WEDDINGS 27

to accessorise her look with a long and simple white veil, sparkly high heels by Badgley Mischka and simple pearl earrings – the perfect finishing touches to a timeless and classic look. The bride-to-be says, “The whole morning was filled with nerves, but I knew I looked the way I envisioned myself and was so happy with every single thing.” Sean wore a black, slim fit Moss Bros. suit with a white shirt, a black satin bow and Ted Baker shoes. The groom had one best man, Michael and his 11-year-old son Ethan was the ring bearer – both wore black suits with a black ties and shoes. Patricia’s best friend Sandra was her maid-of-honour, and she wore a muted earthy-toned dress by Victoria Lou Bridal in the colour fossil. She accessorised her look with gold jewellery and sparkly high heels. TIME TO CELEBRATE To keep guests entertained in the evening, the couple had a DJ play some fantastic tunes that got everyone dancing. A massive hit with guests was the Mr and Mrs game, where the best man created several questions that were read out, and the pair raised either their own shoe or the other person’s to reflect the answer. The bride says, “The game was so was funny and a bit inappropriate – luckily our videographer was no longer there to capture it!” A funny moment from the day was the bouquet throw. Patricia comments. “All the single ladies had lined up only for our friend Sharon to run through the door out of nowhere to catch the bouquet at the last second and then ran away with it! Our videographer said this moment deserved its own video, it made everyone laugh hysterically and we definitely won’t forget it.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS The night before the wedding, Patricia felt super nervous and didn’t sleep at all, while Sean felt fine until his bride-to-be walk down the aisle and the emotions flooded through. One moment that stood out to Sean was watching a short video message from Patricia’s dad, who unfortunately couldn’t make the wedding from the United States due to Covid-19 restrictions. He also loved having his friends and family together after a long time apart during the pandemic. Patricia loved having their photos taken on the intimate rooftop, especially the shots of the pair under her veil, as well as the stunning golden hour pictures on the beach, which allowed the two some quiet and alone time. The speeches were full of meaningful words that touched the couple’s hearts. The bride says, “The best man’s speech was super long, nine pages in total, but it made us laugh.” The photographer, Victoria at Victoria Lilly Photography and florist Zoe from Zoe The Wedding Florist, are friends of the bride and made the couple’s day that extra bit special. Patricia says, “They both went above and beyond in their own ways. Victoria was seven months pregnant at the time, and our videographer Kim put us at ease so much throughout the day by making jokes and having a laugh. They were brilliant with all the kids and so dedicated that they’ve spent half the day on the floor to get the best shots and angles.” She continues, “I’m so grateful to all my suppliers and glam squad who took full control to make me and the venue look stunning. The master-of-ceremonies took all the stress out of the day and ensured everything ran smoothly.” HONEYMOON After such a beautiful wedding, the couple set off for Corfu in Greece for 11 nights where they had a lovely private pool, swam in the warm sea, travelled around the island and enjoyed plenty of Greek food. The couple’s original plan was to visit their family villa in Turkey, but this trip has been postponed to 2022 due to Covid-19 restrictions. The bride says, “In Corfu, we saw several beautiful places, snorkelled and scubadived with all the fish, which was the highlight of our honeymoon. The whole trip was splendid, and we made lots of amazing memories.” 28

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