Your North East Wedding - March/April 2022 (Issue 49)

MAR/APR 2022 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE... WIN! A honeymoon in St Lucia ENDLESS LOVE Read local weddings It’s party time Discover showstopping entertainment Fashion icon Picture-perfect gowns CHECK OUT... Venues in north Northumberland Planning sos Top wedding advice

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 • •

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 81 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in St Lucia CONTENTS MARCH/APRIL 2022 VENUES 13 GOING LOCAL Tie the knot in and around north Northumberland 16 GLORIOUS GARDENS Blooming beautiful venues surrounded by nature On the cover This issue’s cover is taken from Gael and Peter’s wedding on page 31, which was captured by Joss Guest Photography ( 71 16 FEATURES 43 PLANNING SOS Local suppliers share tips and tricks to help couples create the perfect wedding 71 SHOW OF AFFECTION Discover different ways to keep loved ones entertained throughout your wedding 78 HERE COME THE GIRLS County Wedding Magazines editor Melissa Barker shares her wedding planning journey 3

REAL WEDDINGS 24 WHIMSICAL WEDDING Vinaya and Tom’s bohemian wedding at Wylam Brewery featured a burnt orange and forest green colour scheme 31 TIME FOR LOVE After their special day was affected by Covid-19 restrictions, Gael and Peter decided to create a second wedding to celebrate with loved ones 37 LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION Guests loved Hazel and Andy’s movie-themed wedding HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS A round up of new openings and honeymoon essentials 84 GOURMET LOVERS PARADISE IN THE ALGARVE... With 3,000 hours of sunshine and just a threehour flight from the UK, the Algarve offers a delightful year-round destination GROOMS 75 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches 76 IN THE PINK Fuchsia, watermelon, flamingo, rouge, salmon, coral, hot pink... the choices are endless when it comes to this oh-so fabulous hue! FASHION & BEAUTY 51 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 52 THE FRILL OF IT Layers and ruffles adorn dresses in the newseason bridal collections 57 LOVELY IN LACE This classic fabric never goes out of style, whether you choose a traditional gown or a more relaxed, boho-inspired dress 60 AISLE STYLE From skyscraper stilettos to comfortable flats and even sliders, the new-season bridal shoe collections offer something for everyone 62 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 64 SKINCARE SUPERHEROES Serums are the skincare essentials of the 20s, especially if you’re on the quest for a radiant big-day complexion 65 FASHION Q&A Look your big-day best with help from the experts 57 24 62 82 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 | |

Hello lovely readers, and welcome to another issue of Your North East Wedding. As the weather warms up and the daffodils start peeping through, it’s time to welcome spring with open arms. We’re one step closer to summer, and although I’m dreaming of those beach days soaking up the sun, spring is such a special time of year. I love being in nature surrounded by pretty flowers, and as a huge animal lover, I’m so excited for adorable animals to be born! As we get closer to July, I can’t help but get even more excited for my colleague Melissa to tie the knot to the lovely Dave. As a bridesmaid, I’ve loved supporting my close friend and helping her prepare for such an important day – I can’t wait to see her walk down the aisle! I’ve found my perfect attire; a sage green coldshoulder dress that flows to the floor. All I need now is to find those perfect finishing touches. The time of year is perfect for exchanging vows, and we can begin utilizing outdoor spaces more for the “I dos”, drinks receptions, garden games, chill out areas and more. Make sure to check out our Glorious Gardens feature, where you’ll discover beautiful venues with amazing surroundings. In this issue, you’ll also find beauty tips, entertainment ideas, stunning real weddings, venue inspiration and more. We’ve gathered some of the top suppliers from around the county to share their advice regarding wedding dilemmas and last-minute worries. My time as the editor for Your North East Wedding has come to an end. Over the last two years, I’ve really seen what this amazing region has to offer from the talented suppliers, showstopping venues and inspirational couples – I’m so proud of what you have all achieved. That’s all from me; now sit back, relax and celebrate anything and everything wedding. Happy planning! Olivia x ISSN 2054-5231 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Olivia Gibson | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor, Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Honeymoons 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 Account Manager Gillian Ward | 01376 538 485 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 I love this showstopping dress available at Kate Collins Couture – just look at those stunning sleeves! Check out beautiful gowns from the latest bridal collections. Here comes the sun EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS It’s time to get excited because we’re giving one lucky pair a chance to win a honeymoon in St Lucia! 9 52 81 6

Plan your special day with confidence and turn to our Planning SOS feature where you’ll discover top advice and tips on how to create a stress free and memorable wedding. We’ve gathered properties set in stunning surroundings to help you find the perfect wedding setting – your dream venue could be a few pages away! Psst, North East Celebrant is currently offering 10 per cent off celebrant-led weddings! Gael and Peter tied the knot last year during the pandemic and had a second wedding after restrictions lifted to celebrate with loved ones. 43 31 16 Read a heartwarming tale from Hazel and Andy’s wedding and discover all the little details that made their day stand out. 37 12 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Let us listen to your ideas and cater to you to design your perfect florals for your big day. Each of our weddings are created specifically for each bride, giving you a bespoke service. With many years of experience in the industry, you can rely on our team to make your visions a reality. Our reviews from our many satisfied customers speak for themselves. Contact us to arrange your free wedding consultation with a professional to discuss details of flower types, colour palettes, arrangement choices, venue set up etc. Call 0191 271 6657 email Instagram @allthingsflowerzone Cake: @pinklanebakery photographer: @tom_r_photos 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

INTIMATE WEDDINGS Situated in County Durham, Ramside Hall Hotel Golf and Spa has released the Just the Two of Us wedding package, which is popular with couples opting for an intimate wedding without loved ones. The experience allows pairs to exchange vows in one of three treehouses without worrying about the hassle of guest list politics, and the hotel even provides a legal witness. Following the “I dos”, lovebirds can enjoy drinks on the wraparound balcony followed by a romantic dinner with a bottle of wine. They can enjoy their first moments as newlyweds in their chosen treehouse, which includes accommodation and a private hot tub. The following day, couples can explore the award-winning spa and enjoy a one-hour treatment. The venue’s owner, John Adamson, has created the perfect setting for nearlyweds. He says, “While big weddings were the norm before the pandemic, we’ve seen more couples opting to plan an intimate wedding – even after restrictions have been lifted.” He continues, “Although the events may be on a smaller scale, our luxury treehouses ensure that newlyweds don’t have to sacrifice any of the wow factor for their big day. Check out: NEWS Catch up on news from around the region THE PERFECT FIT Nestled in Durham, Wedding Wardrobe has announced the opening of its new Bridal Sewing Rooms, due to open in spring 2022. The team is currently renovating a gorgeous space in Chester-le-Street and will be offering brides alteration services in a beautiful setting. After purchasing their gown from any boutique, clients can tweak their design and ensure the perfect fit thanks to the experienced seamstresses. The Bridal Sewing Rooms is the perfect place for clients to continue their wedding journey in style, and all appointments will be private with space to bring guests along. The business also offers additional services, including dress storage, dry cleaning and a dressing service for wedding days. Check out: Nearlywed THE PERFECT SETTING Situated in Northumberland, Ellingham Hall has been awarded Event Team of the Year at The Wedding Industry Awards 2022. The event took place at The Vermont Hotel and highlighted talented companies from England, Scotland and Wales. Set in eight acres, the hall has been offering exclusive weddings for more than 15 years and has a team of 40 hardworking individuals. General manager David FordhamScott says, “The award is not just an accolade for the event team; it acknowledges the tremendous effort that every single member of staff makes for our couples. We’re now excited about going through to the national finals.” The venue is the perfect choice for wow-factor weddings with high ceilings, an underground games room, stunning architectural features and a showstopping staircase. The 18th-century stately home features a stone exterior with climbing ivy that’s picture-perfect all year round. There’s plenty of outdoor spaces with luscious lawns, peaceful streams, mini waterfalls and enchanted woodlands. The property offers a two-night exclusive wedding experience to create memorable events. David says, “Our approach is different to what is traditionally expected of a wedding venue. We offer couples a chance to have quality time to relax together and immerse themselves in the beautiful surroundings”. Check out: YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

BRIDAL BEAUTY Based in Northumberland, Make-up my Wedding by Michelle is currently offering 20 per cent off new bookings when couples quote YNEWM22 before 31st July, 2022. After more than 20 years’ experience in the beauty industry, owner Michelle Brooks works all around the north of England. The business specialises in bridal make-up and hairstyling alongside many beauty treatments – giving brides the ultimate pampering experience. By working with clients, the company creates tailor-made packages to accommodate all types of weddings and can include trials for brides and bridal parties, hen-do pamper parties, make-up lessons and more! Michelle loves working with brides to make them feel extra special on their wedding day. She says, “My focus is on the individual and making sure that each person gets the attention they deserve to feel beautiful. I’m privileged to share such important events with my clients.” Make-up my Wedding by Michelle will be exhibiting at the Spanish City Elite Wedding Show on the 20th March 2022, its the perfect opportunity to meet the supplier in person. Each bride that registers with the company at the event will be offered a free make-up trial worth £40. Check out: BOTTOMS UP! Located in Consett, Nickynoo Quirky Mobile Bars is thrilled to have won three awards after working hard to help create special weddings with exceptional service. The team is over the moon to have been recognised for their hard work and are excited to kick start this year’s wedding season, which is already looking to be the busiest year to date. The company has won the following awards... ❤ Best Vintage Mobile Bar Hire in County Durham by Northern Enterprise Awards. ❤ Mobile Bar Company of the Year from the Corporate LiveWire Awards 2021/22. ❤ Mobile Bar hire of the Year - North England (Durham) in the North England Prestige Awards 2021/22. The business offers three vintage-style mobile bars for all types of budgets – there’s something for every wedding! The fully stocked bars come with local craft beer on draught, more than 23 choices of gin, quirky cocktails, mocktails, wine, bubbles, cider, lager and soft drinks. Couples can hire the Vintage Mobile Bicycle Bar Gin Wizz and Vintage Gin Suitcase as part of the fully stocked bar or on its own. Check out: FASHION ICON Situated in Whitley Bay, Kate Collins Couture is currently offering 10 per cent off orders placed before May, 2022. The team knows how tough the last two years have been throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, especially for those planning their wedding, and wanted to give back to couples. The company offers bespoke and affordable bridalwear all designed in the North East. Visit the beautiful studio by the sea and be inspired by the current range of madeto-measure dresses featuring beautiful materials and beadwork. The owner Kate Collins has many years of experience, and she will guide brides throughout the process of finding their dream gown. Her work is contemporary in design, expertly cut and beautifully made using hand-finished couture techniques. Check out: 10

STYLISH SHELBY MENSWEAR WEDDING SUITS Slim fit, superbly styled, expertly fitted ARRANGE APPOINTMENT 07960030984 Unit 2, Mezz Flr, Greys Building, High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BX

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 3rd June 2022. Terms and conditions apply. CAPTURING MEMORIES Hiring a professional photographer is vital for weddings, as it allows nearlyweds to look back on the images for years to come. It’s important to find a trustworthy company that knows the must-have shots and makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera. The Little Portrait Shop has been capturing special days for more than 13 years. While blending into the background, the photographer snaps up showstopping images for lovebirds to treasure. The team will send over a small preview of images 24 hours after weddings and aims to have all the photos online seven to 10 days after events. The supplier is currently offering 15% off packages for new bookings when couples quote Your North East Wedding before May 1st 2022. This offer also includes additional add-ons such as a second shooter or highlight video coverage. Check out: Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS MOMENTS THAT MATTER A wedding day is a wonderful event, which represents two families coming together to celebrate love. Leave behind tradition and inject plenty of personality into your day with a celebrant-led wedding. Located in Sunderland, North East Celebrant specialises in creating memorable ceremonies for all types of couples; it doesn’t matter if the wedding is religious, interfaith, quirky, spiritual or themed. The company’s owner, Gemma Jay, has worked in the industry since 2009 and knows how to incorporate special touches and memorable moments into events. The business is currently offering 10% off all new bookings when couples quote Your North East Wedding before May 1st 2022. Check out: Coppa Club’s The Swan at Streatley is a tranquil countryside getaway set in the Berkshire village of Streatley. Situated on the River Thames, roughly an hour from London, the 47-bedroom property has been newly refurbished and offers river-view rooms, or suites opening onto the garden lawn making it a great option for a dog-friendly getaway! The grounds include the property’s own private island, lovely walks for couples and families (and four-legged companions) and the property is also ideal for riverside weddings, seating up to 130 friends and family! Perfect for a pre- or post-wedding getaway, guests can access the property via car, boat or helicopter and have access to on-site paddle boarding, exercise classes, hotel gym and events throughout the year. You can book a Small Double Room from £80 per night, and a Medium Double Room from £100 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club The Swan At Streatley 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 north Northumberland CUDDYSTONE HALL 01668 216 148 | Situated in Northumberland National Park, Cuddystone Hall is a magnificent location surrounded by picturesque scenery. Guests will arrive at the charming site to a three mile, well-maintained driveway that leads to the venue. Whether it’s classy and romantic weddings where guests drink champagne or more relaxed events with barbecues and children playing by the stream, anything can be possible at the property. The experienced staff understands what it takes to create wow-factor weddings, and will work alongside couples to bring their vision to life. The venue is hired on an exclusive basis to give pairs more privacy with loved ones, and the team can recommend suppliers to help. Cuddystone Hall provides a picture-perfect ceremony space with a blank canvas to allow couples to personalise the space to match any colour scheme or theme. Once lovebirds say “I do”, they can ring a bell to highlight the extraordinary moment. There’s a large area beside the hall to accommodate a marquee for receptions, or the celebrations can continue in the hall itself – both are perfect locations to dance the night away. There are four private holiday houses, two bed and breakfasts and an independent hostel in the valley, which allow friends and family to stay nearby if desired. GOING LOCAL LOCAL VENUES 13

BAMBURGH CASTLE 01668 214 208 | Situated on the coast, Bamburgh Castle is a breathtaking location overlooking Northumberland. From its earliest beginnings, the venue has captured the hearts of the local community and now allows lovebirds to turn their dream fairytale wedding into a reality. With plenty of natural lighting, couples can exchange vows in The Cross Hall with 150 people. Or why not descent down the fairytale staircase into the 12th-century Keep Hall, which features vaulted ceilings, stone-flagged floors and a treasure trove of eclectic pieces? With its sweeping sea views of the coastline to one side and the splendour of the castle on the other, The Battery Terrace is an open-air space that allows couples to exchange vows surrounded by 60 loved ones. Drinks receptions occur in either The Battery Terrace, weather dependent, or inside The Victorian Stables. The castle itself doesn’t have the facilities to host wedding breakfasts inside, but loved ones can continue the celebrations in The Victorian Stable with 40 loved ones and hire external caterers to create their favourite dishes. Couples can hire a marquee for receptions on the famous village green with the castle illuminated above or on the historic Glebe field, which offers spectacular views. LE PETIT CHÂTEAU 01830 570 400 | Situated in Otterburn, Le Petit Château is a French country manor that features a shabby chic interior and elegant features. Couples can wander hand-in-hand to the serene riverside for photographs, complete with beautiful ruins and a wildflower meadow. Say “I do” surrounded by 160 loved ones in the La Belle Époque. This gorgeous chapel is the perfect mix of romance and fantasy with a crystal chandelier, marble fireplace and a shingle thatched roof. Alternatively, the outdoor terrace can host al fresco ceremonies due to its retractable roof, meaning outdoor nuptials can occur regardless of the British weather. With floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open straight onto the Mediterranean Garden, the sumptuous Ballroom provides the ideal space for wedding breakfasts with 160 guests and 220 for evening receptions. Imagine feasts served on banqueting-style tables dressed in elegant linen or opt for rustic farmhouse tables with Louis XIV chairs. When couples book the venue, they’ll receive a complimentary night’s stay in the bridal suite on their special day and a wedding taster session to try some dishes from the award-winning chefs. Four-legged friends are welcome to join in the celebrations, and there are selected rooms available for them to sleep in. 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

Glorious gardens THE BOWES MUSEUM 01833 690 606 | Located in the heart of Teesdale, The Bowes Museum is a hidden gem with a selection of beautiful, elegant and opulent rooms. The French chateau-style property was built from local stone and opened to the public in 1892. Fast forward to now, the location hosts all sorts of weddings. Guests will fall in love with the venue as soon as they enter the stone entrance hall and see the sweeping staircase that leads to the spectacular picture galleries and ceremony spaces. Say “I do” in the beautiful Music Room, which can hold a maximum capacity of 64 guests. The space is picture-perfect, with large windows overlooking the terrace and a collection of musical instruments plus paintings. Or why not exchange vows in the Jubilee Room, which caters to 100 people and features panoramic views overlooking the surrounding area? For larger weddings, the magnificent 19th-century Picture Gallery has a maximum capacity of 200 guests and hosts an unrivalled collection of paintings from around the world. Drinks receptions occur in the Picture Gallery, Music Room or on the stunning terrace overlooking the manicured garden if the weather allows. Wedding breakfasts are usually held in the Picture Gallery, while evening receptions occur in the Entrance Hall and Café Bowes with a capacity of 120 guests. The venue offers marquee receptions for larger evening parties. The in-house wedding team are always on hand to offer support from the initial enquiry right through to the day itself, along with the friendly and experienced hospitality team. The wedding coordinators know that it’s an honour to host someone’s wedding and only holds one per day. When couples pick the Grade I listed venue for their wedding day, they’ll receive complimentary admission to the museum from the date of booking to their first wedding anniversary. Blooming beautiful venues surrounded by nature 16

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 Voted ‘Best Hotel for Romance’ and ‘North East Hotel of the Year’ in 2018 | | (01434) 688888 Langley Castle Hotel, Langley-On-Tyne, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 5LU Facebook @LangleyCastle | Instagram @langleycastle | Twitter @langleycastle

Weddings WYNYARD GOLF CLUB WYNYARD GOLF CLUB is a truly special venue, set in over 200 acres of mature woodland and rolling parkland. Our beautiful and contemporary setting is a blank canvas for your wedding and really is the perfect backdrop. We offer both civil ceremonies and wedding receptions at our fabulous venue. Guests can relax and mingle whilst you take advantage of our stunning grounds for your photography; all in one place with no hassle or upheaval. PACKAGES START FROM £4,795 The Wynyard Club, Wellington Drive, Wynyard, TS22 5QJ E: T: 01740 644399 opt 4

BLACKWELL GRANGE HOTEL 03301 027 238 | Nestled in wooded parkland on Darlington’s outskirts, Blackwell Grange Hotel is a stunning 17th-century mansion surrounded by beautiful countryside. Guests will arrive at the top of a sweeping driveway and their first impressions will be of the beautiful lawned gardens. The hotel is like no other venue and has benefited from an extensive refurbishment of public areas, giving the spaces a contemporary and sophisticated feel. Couples can choose to be married in one of three locations at the hotel; The Gazebo creates a fairytale backdrop for the “I dos” and is set in the lawned gardens, while The Bruhenny Suite is a light and airy room for 120 people. For more intimate weddings , The George Allan Suite can fit 70 loved ones and features traditional décor and amazing views of the grounds. Both suites can be transformed for receptions to keep the celebrations going. After dancing the night away, newlyweds can retire to a completely refurbished Bridal Suite. When lovebirds book this hotel for their wedding, they’ll receive a complimentary two-course wedding taster meal and three-month leisure membership. ROSE’S BOWER 07860 846 316 | Set in 15 secluded acres, Rose’s Bower is a new wedding venue that provides the perfect backdrop to weddings. Guests will love exploring all the magical spaces, including the Courtyard Garden, open lawns and private woodland area. The newly restored barn is stunning, with vaulted-beamed ceilings and bi-fold doors that allows for breathtaking views over Northumberland. The property is perfect for couples looking for a charming setting with style and elegance. Lovebirds will have exclusive use of the venue over three or five days, which allows them to personalise the venue to reflect their theme and colour scheme. Celebrant-let ceremonies can occur in the barn, the Courtyard Garden or the woodland area, which will soon be licensed for civil ceremonies. Continue the celebrations with 120 people for wedding breakfasts in the barn or the marquee, which is ideal for festival-style events. Couples can hire food trucks, a hog roast or a pizza van to keep guests from going hungry in the evenings. Newlyweds can use the private woodland area for silent discos under the stars; what better way to end their day? Rose’s Bower comes with luxury accommodation for up to 22 guests in the three cottages and a quirky treehouse – the perfect locations to retreat to after dancing the night away. GLORIOUS GARDENS 19

RUSHPOOL HALL 01287 624 111 | Set in the rolling countryside, Rushpool Hall is a striking property with charming décor and beautiful sea views. The dreamy grounds are littered with beautiful features, including the outdoor ceremony area, the stunning temple walk featuring an ornate gazebo and two lakes. The venue creates the perfect setting for photographs with a gothic and striking architecture, which creates a showstopping backdrop. Inside the hall, couples will find luxurious spaces with comfortable furnishings. The Ballroom is perfect for ceremonies with 110 people and has stunning gold windows plus regal chandeliers. Alternatively, The Peacock Room is ideal for intimate ceremonies with 60 guests. This Victorian-style room is stylish and cosy, with beautiful peacock-inspired lampshades in keeping with the theme. Or why not exchange vows in the outdoor Pavilion, which features stone columns and a domed ceiling – the area looks beautiful with or without decorations. After saying “I do”, the team can flip The Ballroom for wedding breakfasts and evening receptions, accommodating 180 loved ones. Another option is The Undercroft with a bar and orangery; pairs can imagine their own private nightclub with a fully stocked bar to party the night away. BOWBURN HALL HOTEL 01913 770 311 | Situated in five acres of lovely landscaped gardens, Bowburn Hall Hotel is an intimate venue that creates the perfect backdrop to memorable occasions. Accessible from the A1, the property is the perfect choice for guests travelling from both near and far. The recently refurbished Ballroom can accommodate 160 people for ceremonies and 180 for receptions. The space is decorated in a classic French theme with quirky and modern touches such as glass doors leading to the stunning grounds. During the summer months, couples can exchange vows in the Ceremony Garden under the ornate gazebo surrounded by 160 people. The space can accommodate drinks receptions and there’s even an outdoor seating and play area to keep the little ones entertained. The staff knows that every wedding is different, that’s why they offer personalised wedding packages to accommodate all types of couples. With a strict one wedding per day policy, lovebirds will receive the team’s undivided attention throughout their entire day. Why not go that extra mile and hire the hotel and grounds exclusively? There are five new woodland lodges nestled in the grounds for loved ones to enjoy. Each boasts a six-foot double bed, whirlpool bath, walk-in shower, sofa and decking area. 20

Whether it’s wildly simple, wildly romantic, wildly eccentric or a mixture of all three, Wild with Love can create a wonderful look for your special day. Flowers set the scene for every aspect of your wedding and we have lots of ideas to help you choose the perfect flowers for you and your budget. 07443 517117 • 01665 604576 • 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!

SOUTH CAUSEY INN 01207 235 555 | South Causey Inn provides nearlyweds with a traditional countryside setting in the stunning Breamish Valley. With four completely different wedding spaces available, the venue can cater for intimate nuptials to grand affairs. The Old Barn is separate from the main hotel and is a truly splendid space for celebrations. With wooden floors, original beams, and classic features; this beautiful barn can host 150 people for ceremonies and 200 for receptions. Alternatively, The Durham Suite was once a stone stable block and has been converted into a bright space that can accommodate 100 guests for the “I dos” and 150 in the evenings. The area is flooded with natural daylight and has access to a stunning private garden plus an outdoor tipistyle seating area with heaters and fur throws. Another option for couples is the 150-year-old stone Farmhouse, which has exclusive grounds and a private driveway with seasonal blooms. Guests can enjoy the private bar, civil ceremony area, function rooms and six ensuite bedrooms. For more intimate receptions, The Beamish Barn can host 45 loved ones and boasts original-wooden beams, rustic floors, natural lighting and a roaring log fire. South Causey Inn has a state-of-the-art outdoor bar, which is an original 1960s fire engine fitted with an indoor and outdoor heated seating area and a music sound system. There has also been an incredible conversion of a 1960s London bus that has been transformed into stylish accommodation with an upstairs luxury bedroom and lounge, a downstairs bathroom and a private garden area with a hot tub. The property offers tasting nights for couples before their wedding day and a free anniversary stay one year after the big day. Also check out... BRINKBURN NORTHUMBERLAND 01665 570 870 | Set in the Coquet Valley, Brinkburn Northumberland is a hidden gem surrounded by acres of woodland. The River Coquet gently loops around the property, which creates a calming backdrop for weddings. KIELDER WATERSIDE 01434 251 000 | Situated in the heart of Northumberland in Kielder Forest, Kielder Waterside is a calm oasis away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. It overlooks unspoilt wildlife and stunning water views. The venue enables couples to let their imaginations run wild with the possibilities of what a wedding day could be like. NEWCASTLE CASTLE 01912 306 300 | Located in the heart of the city, Newcastle Castle is one of the UK’s finest surviving examples of a Norman stone keep. Built in 1178, the sandstone building and beautiful grounds have been well maintained by staff over the centuries and provide a dramatic backdrop to photographs. 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. 23 GLORIOUS GARDENS

WHIMSICAL Vinaya and Tom’s bohemian wedding at Wylam Brewery featured a burnt orange and forest green colour scheme Images courtesy of Forget Me Knot Images wedding 24

Vinaya and Tom first met while training to become lawyers and immediately clicked. They bonded over their mutual love of soul music, plus red wine, and have been inseparable ever since. Vinaya says, “Meeting when we were a bit older meant that we knew what we wanted in a partner. We knew we’d found the one and spent every day together during the lockdowns.” She adds, “Our relationship felt very natural and like it was meant to be – everything has always happened very easily for us.” After moving into their new home together, Tom proposed in the kitchen. His original plan was to pop the question in Italy, but Covid-19 restrictions got in the way. Vinaya comments, “We were getting ready to go out to one of our favourite restaurants, and he secretly set up candles, champagne and flowers while I was upstairs. Tom put on an Elvis Presley song and called me downstairs – I started to twig what was going on!” She continues, “Our rescue puppy Hector was in the kitchen at the time and decided to get involved by jumping on Tom when he got down on one knee – of course I said yes!” SETTING THE SCENE The couple’s wedding took place on the 13th August 2021 and was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The aim was for the day to be relaxed to reflect the pair’s personalities with a big party, good food, great music and plenty of dancing. Wylam Brewery was the obvious choice for the couple when it came to finding the perfect setting for their special day. The bride says, “It’s the only venue we went to see and they had one date left in August, almost exactly one year later, and we were so lucky to get that date. The property is very different and not your traditional venue, which suited us perfectly.” The couple hired a 1963 Jaguar MK2 on the day, which created the perfect backdrop to wedding photography – as did the wooden arch with cascading flowers! The blooms throughout the day featured wildflowers and plenty of green foliage which looked beautiful against the rustic lanterns and wooden slices of the table centrepieces. The couple didn’t have place names as they wanted loved ones to sit where they liked, and each setting had wildflower seeds for favours. Guests all enjoyed a two- or three-course wedding breakfast as per their choosing and indulged in a stunning semi-naked cake with lemon and Victoria sponge layers in the evening. LOOKING THE PART The bride looked beautiful in a mermaid-styled dress by Morilee. She says, “I went to the dress appointment with a fairly open mind, but I knew I wanted something fitted and beaded for the day. The gown I picked was more traditional than I originally wanted but it was perfect – all four bridesmaids and my mum cried.” The bride picked a slinky sequin dress with an oversized satin bow at the back for the evening. She finished off her look with a mixture of vintage-style jewellery from her mum and mother-in-law, Valentino shoes during the day and electric blue strappy Jimmy Choos in the evening. Vinaya says, “I felt very glamorous and like the best version of myself thanks to the fabulous Lisa Jones – my make-up and hair magician!” The groom wore a bespoke tailored three-piece suit in royal blue with a light grey waistcoat, a forest-green tie, a burnt-orange pocket square and dark tan brogues. The groomsmen and dads wore three-piece royal blue suits from Slaters with a matching tie and pocket square to complement Tom. The bridesmaids looked lovely in cream floral midi-wrap dresses. TIME TO CELEBRATE A big hit with guests on the day was the band The Gatenbys, Vinaya says, “The three local lads, led by John Gatenby on vocals, were even better than we’d REAL WEDDINGS 25

hoped for. We didn’t want a typical cheesy wedding band and these guys were exactly what we were looking for.” She adds, “John did an amazing cover of At Last by Etta James for our first dance, and many guests got their details for future events.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS The couple organised a big meal the night before the wedding with family and close friends to extend the celebrations, and to give everyone the chance to get to know each other. The couple couldn’t stop smiling all day, and many moments made the day even more special. Tom says, “Seeing Vin walking down the aisle was a moment I’d imagined a million times but it was almost surreal”. He adds, “Looking around the room during the wedding breakfast and seeing all our favourite people happy and having fun together was just so special.” Another memorable moment for the groom was seeing a packed dancefloor with guests singing Sit Down by the band James at the end of the night. A top moment for Vinaya was getting ready in the morning with her best girls. She comments, “They made me giggle the whole morning, which just set the mood for the day. My mum and dad arriving made it even more perfect, although tricky to keep my beautifully applied make-up on due to lots of happy tears! “On the wedding morning, Tom ended up watching a Newcastle United game from the ‘90s in bed with his brother and best man Matt at 6am because he was too excited and nervous to sleep!” She adds, “Seeing the man of my dreams waiting for me at the end of the aisle, looking at me the way I’d always hoped my future husband would, was so emotional.” All the suppliers involved in the couple’s special day were brilliant and couldn’t have done a better job, especially Alex and Rod at Wylam Brewery. They made the whole day run like clockwork, which meant the couple didn’t worry about a thing all day. HONEYMOON The couple had originally planned to go island hopping in Greece for two weeks for their honeymoon. However, the pandemic caused travel restrictions, and they ended up going to Rudding Park for a minimoon instead. A trip to Greece was planned this year, but the couple have postponed the holiday as they’re expecting their first child. VINAYA SHARES HER TOP WEDDING TIP... “On the day, turn your phone off and give it to someone else to look after. You spend such a long time planning and thinking about the big day, and the best thing you can do is try and be present to take it all in. “Make sure you have plenty of time with your new husband/wife too – you’re making new memories together!” 26

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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 | | Sugar craft supplier, Celebration cake maker and coffee shop in Gosfor th. Call: 0191 217 0538 or email: Check out our latest designs on facebook and Instagram To advertise here call sales on 01376 514000 or visit Please mention “Your North East Wedding“ when calling advertisers

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WEDDINGS AT JESMOND DENE HOUSE Jesmond Dene House is nestled within the leafy, exclusive suburb of Jesmond, minutes from Newcastle city centre, yet you feel a thousand miles away with the Dene as your back garden. The 40 bedroom boutique hotel hosts weddings for up to 130 guests in the gorgeous wood panelled Great Hall with feature fireplace, or outside in The Secret Garden, an enchanted forest with private outdoor bar area and magical festoon lighting. WWW.JESMONDDENEHOUSE.CO.UK/WEDDINGS T: 0191 212 3000 | E: J E S M O N D D E N E H O U S E | J E S M O N D D E N E R O A D | N E W C A S T L E U P O N T Y N E | N E 2 2 E Y

for love After their special day was affected by Covid-19 restrictions, Gael and Peter decided to create a second wedding to celebrate with loved ones Images courtesy of Joss Guest Photography Gael and Peter first met at school as teenagers and have been childhood sweethearts ever since. During a walk with their dogs, Buddy and Louis, Peter got down on one knee and asked Gael to marry him – causing her to burst into tears. She says, “It was a surprise, despite big hints from me saying my hand would suit a diamond ring.” The couple set out to have a relaxed day that perfectly represented them both. Little did the pair know, they would officially tie the knot with a handful of guests due to Covid-19 restrictions and ended up having a larger wedding two months later to celebrate with their whole family. TIME REAL WEDDINGS 31

Hexham House had the perfect ceremony setting for the pair’s first wedding, which took place on the 14th May, 2021. The property stood out to the couple for many reasons, including the stunning spaces and pictureperfect grounds. As the pair were born in a nearby hospital, the area held a special meaning to them both. They then headed to The Duke of Wellington Inn at Newton for a small reception. After the restrictions lifted, the pair created a second wedding to celebrate with a more extensive guest list on the 31st July, 2021. The day started with hair and make-up at Walwick Hall, where the couple stayed for three nights with loved ones. The wedding itself took place at The Duke of Wellington Inn at Newton, where the lovebirds had a blessing followed by a reception full of entertainment and memorable moments. Here Gael shares details about their second wedding... 32

“I picked a timeless and elegant Rebecca Ingram dress, which I loved once we added a belt. I incorporated the mask I wore while dress shopping into the gown’s lining for my something blue. My bridesmaids looked stunning in tailor-made dresses in dusky pink, purchased from That Special Day Bridal. “Peter wore a navy Ted Baker suit, the first one he’d tried, and the best man and our dads matched.” “Our table plan was on an easel, and the tables were split into significant dates: when we were born, met, got engaged, bought our first home, and legally married. Each one was decorated with wooden logs and jars with flowers inside and guests were given coasters for favours, which doubled up as place names.” “We had a semi-naked cake with flowers and banoffee, lemon and chocolate orange flavours. Our florals matched our colour scheme as we opted for dusky pink and cream roses and eucalyptus throughout the day.” REAL WEDDINGS 33

GAEL AND PETER’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Venues, and | Accommodation, | Photography, | Bride’s dress and accessories, | Make-up, | Hair, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, | Groom’s suit, | Cake, | Flowers, | Transport, and | Stationery, and Entertainment, and “After our May wedding, we went to Stablewood Coastal Cottages in Lucker with our dogs and then went for a couple of relaxing days at Brimstone Hotel, which was absolute luxury. We were lucky enough to get on a plane after our July wedding for our second honeymoon, which felt like a huge achievement given all the travel restrictions. We stayed 11 nights at the Excellence Oyster Bay in Jamaica; it was absolute bliss with sun, sea and rum – our favourite things!” “All of our suppliers were great and accommodated our weddings perfectly. A big treat for Peter was the classic Jaguar E-Type in dark blue supplied by Northumbria Classic Car Hire. “Two companies really stood out to us. The manager Nick at The Duke of Wellington Inn met with us numerous times before the wedding and got everything spot on. Our photographer Joss was also brilliant and photographed all those special moments. We received so much feedback from our guests about how friendly she was.” “We hired Union Street to entertain guests, and the band had us all dancing for the first time in over a year as restrictions had only just eased. We also had a photo booth supplied by Crazy-Pix; the team was amazing and got so many people involved. “We honestly felt like the luckiest people in the world on the day; we couldn’t believe we’d managed to pull both days off! Being with friends and family, many of whom we hadn’t seen in such a long time because of the lockdowns, was just so special.” 34