Your North East Wedding - May/June 2022 (Issue 50)

MAY/JUN 2022 £3.55 FASHION, BEAUTY, HONEYMOONS, GROOMS AND MORE WIN! A minimoon in the Lake District PICTURE PERFECT CEREMONIES Say ‘I do’ by the water’s edge Come dine with me Your A-Z of wedding catering Diamonds and pearls Stunning jewellery for every budget Here ’s looking at you Local couples’ big days

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Hello from your new Editor, Claire Muffett-Reece 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the North East 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 70 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer their stellar advice 83 COMPETITION Win a two-night stay in the Lake District worth £1,500 CONTENTS MAY/JUNE 2022 VENUES 15 SOUTHERN COMFORT Wedding spaces in South Northumberland 21 WATERWORLD Say ‘I do’ by the water’s edge On the cover This issue’s gorge us cover, shot by Vanessa Adams Photography, sees Gemma and Laurens marrying at St Peter’s Church in Croft-on-Tees, followed by a reception at Rockliffe Hall. Turn to page 26 to see more ( 49 15 FEATURES 49 FOOD FOR THOUGHT Your A-Z guide of wedding catering 73 FINISHING TOUCHES Stunning local wedding jewellery designs 76 WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? County Wedding Magazines’ Melissa Barker on her wedding planning journey 3

REAL WEDDINGS 26 GOING DUTCH Gemma and Laurens big day was amazing from start to finish 37 PHYSIO ATTRACTION Physiotherapists Claire and Dan wed at Newton Hall 43 A SHORE THING Beach chic was the order of the day for Tabby and Dean HONEYMOONS 84 HONEYMOON NEWS Travel Editor Melissa Barker on her honeymoon essentials 86 A ROMANTIC ESCAPE Mauritius is the perfect honeymoon destination 88 THE GREAT OUTDOORS Sarah Gallivan discovers a Sherwood Hideaway in Nottinghamshire GROOMS 79 GROOMS’ NEWS Grooms’ Editor Melissa Barker reveals the latest best buys 80 HUE COMPLETE ME Pastel hues are a popular trend for spring and summer nuptials FASHION & BEAUTY 54 FASHION FOCUS Fashion Editor Claire Ridley talks news, buys and launches 55 HONEYMOON LUST-HAVES These bright and bold pieces are suitcase essentials 56 THE FINER DETAILS This season’s dresses boast statement straps that will never date 63 CITY GIRL Wedding start-up business P.S. Bridal teamed up with some talented suppliers on this stylish shoot 66 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty Editor Kelly Andrews reveals the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 68 TRESSES TO IMPRESS Whatever challenges your hair throws at you, there’s a product out there to help 69 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your beauty woes 56 37 86 66 4


EVERLASTING LOVE Why not click the QR code for amazing footage of Tabby and Dean’s Barn on the Bay wedding? EAR COMES THE BRIDE Want to see what a pair of £60K earrings look like? Berry’s Jewellers show what you’ll get for your money IN IT TO WIN IT You could be the lucky winner of a minimoon in the Lake District! 73 83 ISSN 2054-5231 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Claire Muffett-Reece | 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. Visit us online at and EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS If you’ve been reading this fabulous magazine over the years, then you might well remember me – as I used to be the Editor back in 2020! As the lovely Olivia moves on to pasture’s new, I’ve taken up your favourite title once more, and am loving getting stuck back into the wonderful world of weddings in what has got to be the most beautiful area in the UK. As I am sure you’re well aware, planning your wedding is incredibly exciting, but it can also give you and your intended a massive headache. All those ‘debates’ – and by that I mean silly squabbles – over what you think your ideal celebration should be, as opposed to your partner’s, is stressful with a capital S, so with this in mind let our fabulous team at County Wedding Magazines take some of that hard work away from you. Starting on page 15, you’ve six pages of wedding venues to discover, from South Northumberland’s finest to waterside locations that’ll take your breath away. Afterwards, head to page 49, where we’ve compiled an A-Z of wedding catering packed full of 26 regional suppliers. Just be sure to have some snacks to hand, as you’ll soon start salivating when you see their delicious dishes… Looking for wedding jewellery and accessories to complement that dress or suit you’re planning on wearing? A host of North East designers are on hand for essential advice on page 73, before you enjoy even more inspiration courtesy of our reader weddings, over on page 26. And don’t forget to enter our fab competitions, with a minimoon in the Lake District up for grabs (p83), as well as the chance of winning vouchers to dine at Acklam Hall’s Tomahawk Steakhouse over on page 13. Claire Muffett-Reece, Editor Hello again! Claire x @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding 6

LET’S EAT! Yup, we could dive right into this feast from Northumberland’s The Duck House Pantry, too A GRAND AFFAIR Hexham House is just one amazing South Northumberland venue to say ‘I do’ to NOW YOU SEE ME Can you spot the difference between these two photos? That’s right – we’ve a runaway at Claire and Dan’s dog-tastic day! 49 37 TAKE THE MIC Come on girls! We want to see more of you getting involved with the wedding speeches, as bride Gemma perfectly demonstrates 26 15 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

FIND US ON YOUTUBE! We’re never satisfied when it comes to providing our readers with enough wedspiration, which is why we’ve created our very own County Wedding Magazine YouTube channel! You’ll find tons of big-day ideas, from venue tours to dream dresses, then take a peek behind the scenes of styled shoots featured in our titles past and present. We’re adding more content all the time, so why not hit SUBSCRIBE so you never miss a thing? Simply head to YouTube and search for ‘County Wedding Magazines’ now! NEWS All the latest from around the North East SOMETHING SUITE Couples looking for a relaxing getaway – or wedding night to remember – should take advantage of Seaham Hall’s exclusive new bungalow suites, which come complete with coastal views, hot tub, firepit and your very own golf buggy. With floor-to-ceiling windows and large terrace areas, five-star Seaham’s new suites boast an enviable cliff-top position, with stunning views towards Durham’s heritage coastline. Each suite has a beautifully landscaped patio, featuring a sunken hot tub, BBQ kitchen and large outdoor lounge space with pergola and stone firepit. Set within the Georgian manor house’s 37 acres of grounds, each suite has a stylish lounge area and kitchen, two premium designed bedrooms and two bathrooms. There’s also your very own golf buggy to transport you the short distance to the hotel, where you can dine at a choice of two restaurants – The Dining Room, which offers vibrant British cuisine and Ozone, a more informal eatery serving pan Asian dishes. And that’s before you’ve even stepped foot in the award-winning Serenity Spa, with its 20 metre pool and gym, outdoor Zen Garden, herbal sanarium, salt sauna and spacious treatment rooms, which offer a menu of relaxing therapies to choose from. Stays in a Bungalow Suite cost from £645pp, based on a minimum of two sharing, including two nights’ accommodation, breakfast in The Dining Room or in your suite, and full access to the stunning hotel spa facilities. Visit to find out more. earlywed QUEEN FOR A DAY Still searching for the perfect wedding venue? Step forward Middlesbrough’s Acklam Hall, voted the number one romantic space to get married in the English Wedding Awards. The only Grade I listed building in the area, the Hall was built in 1683 and underwent a multi-million-pound makeover in 2016. Its most recently updated space, the Queen’s Room, was completed in February, and has now been transformed into an elegant bridal suite, with both four-poster bed and freestanding bath. Acklam Hall also houses the award-winning Tomahawk Steakhouse as its resident restaurant, with menu options including the Tomahawk Feast for steak lovers, or more traditional wedding cuisine. What’s more, the venue’s currently busy organising an exciting events calendar for the rest of the year, so be sure to follow Acklam Hall on Facebook ( to keep up to date. READER OFFER! Acklam Hall are offering your wedding night in the Queen’s Room, as well as breakfast the morning after, for free for all bookings in 2022 and 2023 for Your North East Wedding readers. Visit to find out more. Plus, make sure you enter our fab competition to win dinner at Acklam’s Tomahawk Steakhouse by turning to page 13. YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

RUNAWAY BRIDE Logged on to Your North East Wedding with thoughts of the two of you eloping? Consider Northumberland’s Langley Castle, currently experiencing a boom in ‘elopement-moons’ – that’s an elopement wedding and honeymoon rolled into one. Located in Langley-on-Tyne, near Hexham, the venue has seen a surge in enquiries for its ‘Weddings for Two’ package, a speciality at the Medieval castle since creating its How to Enjoy the Perfect UK Elopement guide. This means you can marry at Langley and then stay on for your honeymoon, having no guests to escape from or stress of getting to the airport on time. The 14th century fairy-tale castle has many romantic nooks and crannies to explore, including raised window seats in the drawing room and castle bedrooms perfect for ‘we’ time. The 2AA Josephine’s dining room has tables nestled in alcoves, ideal for an intimate candlelit dinner, while you can also enjoy the 10-acre grounds, choosing to say ‘I do’ in the woodland weddings area, adorned with fairylights and decorated with floral bouquets. “We know how to make an elopement-moon super-special,” says Langley Castle’s executive general manager, Margaret Livingstone-Evans. “With us you can enjoy extraordinary photography on our magnificent battlements, take a romantic stroll along Bamburgh Beach, then snuggle up in blankets in our summerhouse, watching our resident peacocks strut past.” A wedding for two and a two-night stay at Langley Castle costs £1,520, including the ceremony, witnesses, Champagne and canapés, Northumbrian breakfasts and candlelit dinners. The elopement-moon package can be extended for additional days, which costs £375 per castle room, per night, on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Visit to find out more – and turn to page 16 to discover more of the delights the venue has on offer. WINE IT DOWN Planning your wedding day will involve plenty of tears and tantrums, so with this in mind head over to The Wedding Taylor’s ‘Wine and Whine’ Instagram story every Wednesday at 7:30pm to talk wedding woes with plenty of fellow brides-to-be. Run by Morpeth wedding planner Hannah Taylor, the idea behind the evening’s chat all started from a catch up between Hannah and her friends. “Once a week we head out for a glass of vino and moan about the past seven days,” she says. “It makes us feel so much better to get any issues off our chests that I realised it would have a positive effect on future brides, too.” Couples send in their questions or complaints about any number of topics, then Hannah spends the evening answering questions and talking through any problems. “It’s a great way to meet other brides, plus you’ll see everyone struggles with the same issues. You could even stumble across the answer to a question that you hadn’t thought to ask. It’s a lot of fun – and I get many ladies saying they’ll still come and join me every Wednesday… even after they’re married!” Log on to The Wedding Taylor’s Instagram story each Wednesday at 7:30pm by visiting – or find out more about Hannah’s wedding planning services by visiting the website YOU BEAUTY! Want to look your very best for the big day? Be sure to book up for Durham make-up artist Lyndsey Morgan’s new prewedding pamper packages, with LVL, dermaplaning and brow shapes and tints now available alongside her regular make-up services. “LVL is a treatment that gives the natural lashes length, volume, lift and colour,” explains Lyndsey, Make up Artist of the Year finalist in the 2022 English Hair & Beauty Awards. “It’s perfect for opening up the eye area and a fab alternative to false lashes, lasting between six to eight weeks. Dermaplaning, meanwhile, is a manual exfoliation technique using a medical-grade scalpel to gently remove dead skin and peach fuzz. It’s a quick procedure that gives immediate results, diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and superficial pigmentation. Alternatively, why not book me for a brow shape and tint, tidying and refining your eyebrows while keeping a soft and enhanced look ready for your bridal make-up?” Visit to find out more. 10

‘BEST NEWCOMER’ REGIONAL AWARD WINNER The Wedding Industry Awards 2022 This package includes: • FREE 15 minute initial consultation • Up to five face-to-face meetings (Two should be at your venue) • Unlimited correspondance • Supplier and venue recommendations and sourcing inc. booking and communicating • Personalised wedding day documents inc. all suppliers details, timeline, floorplan and seating plan • Full wedding day co-ordination from start to finish • Set up night prior to, or morning of, your wedding • Assistance with clear down the following morning, if needed • Assistance with bridal party getting ready • Planning advice and tips • Attending any necessary appointments with your venue and suppliers as wished • Assistance with styling and making your vision come to life • I can even help you and your bridal party with any DIY items Full Wedding Planning£1,500 The f ll works! I’m here to help from the st rt, including: booking your venue and suppliers, right the way up to the day of and after your Wedding. Wedding Coordination£450 This s rvice is especially perfect for couples whose venue doesn’t already have an on-site coordinator. Let me take the stress away and make sure everything runs smoothly! This package includes: • FREE 15 minute initial consultation • Two face-to-face meetings (One should be at your venue) • Unlimited correspondance, 6 weeks prior • Full wedding day co-ordination from start to finish • Assistance with clear down the following morning, if needed • Personalised wedding day documents inc. all suppliers details, timeline, floorplan and seating document • Venue and supplier communication, 6 weeks prior • Set up night prior to, or morning of, your wedding • Assistance with bridal party getting ready • Planning advice and tips Wedding Consultations £50 per hour This one is best for Couples who just want a little bit of assistance with their planning. This package includes: • FREE 15 minute initial consultation • Personalised wedding day documents inc: timeline, suppliers notes, shot list and to-do list • One hour planning session • Follow-up notes • An overview of your plans • Blank catering plan and floor plan • Planning advice and tips • Recommendations of local suppliers Contact: 07544 393470 or email: @theweddingtaylor  YOUR FAIRY WEDMOTHER  Sipping my wine & spilling the ‘Tea’ on all things Wedding Wedding Consultant 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 nest 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 more information to plan your event, please ask a member of our team or contact us on the details below: 01642 822000 Hall Drive, Middlesbrough, TS5 7DY Voted #1 Romantic Place To Get Married

WIN! TOMAHAWK STEAKHOUSE VOUCHERS Stressed over wedding plans and need to reconnect with your other half? Relax and enjoy a night out together – remembering why you’re getting married in the first place! – by heading to Acklam Hall’s Tomahawk Steakhouse. The Middlesbrough restaurant, housed within Acklam’s historic wedding venue, is offering not one, but two prizes of a £50 gift voucher to spend at their beautiful Grade I listed building. Tomahawk are well-known for their steak-sharing platters and legendary Sunday sharing boards, which can all be washed down with a fine red wine and a delicious melting chocolate bombe. You never know, this could be the location of your own white wedding! Why not book into their newly-refurbished bridal suite, with its own free-standing bathtub for the night – and give it a real-life test run? Visit to view their menu and head to to find out more about their stunning wedding venue. You’ve got until the 29th June, 2022, to enter this fab prize – so head over to our website now for your chance to win! Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Frebies &OFFERS FREE! WOODEN HANDMADE WEDDING GUEST BOOKS Looking for something to wow your guests when it comes to wedding invitations and stationery? Head to Durham-based Silver Birch Designs to see their multi award-winning creations. What’s more, Your North East Wedding readers will now receive a complimentary wooden handmade wedding guest book, worth £40, when spending over £250 on wedding invitations or on the day wedding stationery, up until the 29th June, 2022. Each bespoke album has 30 blank insert sheets for your guests to write their messages of wisdom, memories and love on, with Silver Birch personalising the front while incorporating elements to complement your wedding theme and colour scheme. Visit to view their wide range of designs. FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOURNORTHEAST.WEDDING Closing date 5th August 2022. Terms and conditions apply. Helping children around the world escape poverty and find education, Vurchoo has launched Studs of Hope: an evergreen collection of unique and affordable earrings that represent and donate to the country they are inspired by. Beautifully and individually designed, the pieces are first and foremost an accessible way to help those in need but are also made to be delicately desirable and effortlessly fashionable. Comprised of gold, silver and mixed metals as well as ethically sourced gemstones, Studs of Hope brings ethical jewellery to the masses for only £40 per pair – proving it doesn’t need to cost the earth to make a difference. Vurchoo are giving one lucky bride the chance to win three pairs of the Gold Feather Studs for each of the bridesmaids. Check out THE GIFT OF GIVING FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

@beatricehollimakeup | 07921571242 PERFECTING STYLES FOR WEDDINGS AND PROMS NICHE HAIRDRESSING Special occasions require a special look, and there is no bigger event than your wedding day, At Niche Hairdressing, we understand the importance of looking your best when you walk down the aisle. Our talented hairdressers specialise in wedding and prom hairstyles, working with you to achieve the stunning style you have been craving. To help you relax the night before your wedding, arrange one of our luxurious and relaxing pamper parties. 321 Norton Road, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland, TS20 2PT | 01642 360517 | |

Southern These South Northumberland wedding venues are sure to take your breath away Hexham House is a breathtaking, Grade II listed building, in the picturesque market town of Hexham; which is renowned for being the two-time award winner of the happiest place to live in the UK! Dating back to the 18th century and lovingly renovated, the venue is home to a register office, ceremony room and seven luxury five-star self-catering holiday apartments. Located within a stunning park and benefitting from views of historic Hexham and the Abbey, this idyllic location will undoubtedly provide the perfect backdrop for your ceremony photographs. Hexham House’s reclaimed polished wooden floors lead you through to its tasteful, high ceilinged ceremony room, where your bespoke celebration will take place in front of up to 70 guests. Its luxurious, carpeted aisle ensures you walk-in in style, while throughout the summer the venue’s doors can be opened onto the stunning park, bringing the outside in for your ceremony. Psst! Hexham House offers a discount code for couples and their guests who wish to stay at the venue as well as holding their ceremony there. COMFORT HEXHAM HOUSE 01665 602870 | 15 LOCAL VENUES

LANGLEY CASTLE HOTEL 01434 688888 | Langley Castle is the ideal castle wedding venue for the perfect fairytale marriage. Why? Its medieval grandeur opens up limitless options, meaning you can let your imagination run wild when planning your dream Northumberland wedding. Built in 1350, during the reign of Edward III, the castle has retained its architectural integrity and is regarded as one of the few medieval fortified castle hotels in England. Over the past 600 years, the Castle has been owned, together with its estate, by Lords and Ladies whose names were frequently associated with the turbulent history of the Kingdom – including a few executions at the Tower of London! Ceremonies are held in either the Josephine Room (70 guests), the Stuart Suite (100 guests), the Woodland Wedding area (100 guests) or the Bandstand (60 guests), before a reception in either the Stuart Suite (120 guests) or the Pavilion Suite (30 guests). Langley’s 10-acre woodland estate, complete with water fountain and roaming peacocks, offers a host of photographic opportunities, while the estate is able to cater for any wedding requirements, from traditional affairs to tipi and Game of Thrones-themed ceremonies. There’s even a hugely popular Weddings for Two package to be had (more on page 10). LINDEN HALL HOTEL, GOLF & SPA 01670 500 007 | Nestled in 450 acres of private grounds, Linden Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa is the perfect country house hotel. Offering you the charm of a Grade II listed Georgian manor house with a thrilling golf course and fully-equipped spa, the venue was originally built for Charles William Bigge in 1812, with many original features adding elegance to every event held on the magnificent grounds. Add to that the 50 bedrooms for your guests to bed down in, plus supreme cuisine and a dedicated team, and you can be rest assured you and your loved ones can enjoy a fully immersive experience, safe in the knowledge that every detail has been taken care of. For smaller soirees of up to 20, the manor’s intimate Conservatory provides spectacular views, while the Drawing Room features dual aspect windows and can accommodate 45 guests. The Adamson Suite is also available, hosting up to 120 for ceremonies and boasting rustic wood beams adorned with fairy lights. The largest space for receptions is the Bigge Suite, a former coach house accommodating up to 200 and with double doors that open up to the outside as well as a private bar where you can enjoy cocktails with loved ones. There’s also the Drawing Room, with its grand piano and chandelier, that can host up to 40, while the Liddell can cater for up to 30 people for a rustic wedding breakfast. 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 at Macdonald Linden Hall From the moment you and your guests arrive you are in the capable hands of our team who will guide you effortlessly through your day ensuring everything goes to plan leaving you to relax and enjoy the company of your guests. Make your dream day a reality at Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa. Find out more & enquire today: or call 01670 500 000 Find us on: Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa is a traditional country house hotel set within 450 acres of park and woodland in the heart of Northumberland. “ We had such a lovely relaxed and informal day, exactly as we had wanted it to be. Nothing was too much trouble for you, and our every request was met.” - Mr & Mrs Cowan

LOUGH HOUSE FARM 07717 220 556 | Lough House Farm is situated just 12 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne in Stannington, near Morpeth. A working farm for over 50 years, a family wedding was held in the barn in 2017, and guests were so complimentary about the venue that they decided to open the farm for other couples to celebrate their big day! Hosting no more than 10 weddings per year, the hire of the venue is based on 50 hours, starting at 11am the day before the wedding until 1pm the day after. This allows plenty of time for set-up, deliveries and collections, plus the luxury of couples being able to check the venue the day before their wedding and know it’s set to their exact requirements. A stunning, rustic, blank canvas for you to create your perfect barn celebration, Lough House Farm features exposed brick, feature beams and a wooden bar. The side room is perfect for a chill-out space, casino area, powder room or games zone – the possibilities are endless! For larger ceremonies, the red brick barn is perfect, easily seating 100-120 guests. Alternatively, say ‘I do’ in the smaller side room for marriages with up to 60 friends and family. Afterwards, host your reception back in the Barn, taking advantage of the included services of an experienced wedding planner to help with all of your arrangements. SLALEY HALL 01434 673 350 | Slaley Hall is an impressive Edwardian-era mansion offering a ‘best-of-both-worlds’ experience, with elegant period features serving up the perfect complement to the stylish bedrooms and facilities of the modern wing of the hotel. Perched blissfully on the cusp of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it offers a spectacular country setting, a glorious venue, exquisite catering and stunning accommodation. Whether your wedding is for 20 or 350, Slaley Hall is a very special place for your very special day. From romantic and intimate to grand and opulent, there’s four magnificent rooms for you to choose to wed in. For larger celebrations of up to 350, the Kielder Suite is the ideal setting, as it’s a blank canvas to help you create your special and unique day. One of the many benefits of this room is also the bar and entertainment area, allowing all your family and friends to stay together in this exclusive private area. The Drawing Room, meanwhile, oozes traditional features, including a beautiful original fireplace, and is perfect for ceremonies of up to 100. The Dukes Room is a unique and opulent setting that overlooks the golf course for up to 110 of your loved ones, and then there’s the Priestman Room, a truly elegant space licensed to hold civil ceremonies and wedding breakfasts up to 60. 19 LOCAL VENUES

With panoramic views of the North Sea, tantalising dishes and outstanding service from start to finish, Spanish City is the perfect place for your big day. Awarded the title of Best Coastal Wedding Venue in the UK as part of the Hitched 2020 UK Wedding Award and ‘Best Town and City Venue’ at the North of England Wedding Awards 2021, Spanish City has several packages for future married couples to choose from, meaning you’re guaranteed to find something that suits your individual needs and budget. 0191 691 7090 | | S P A N I S H C I T Y , S P A N I S H C I T Y P L A Z A , W H I T L E Y B A Y , T Y N E A N D W E A R , N E 2 6 1 B G

Waterworld These waterside locations are the perfect place to start your happy ever after BARN ON THE BAY 0191 308 4999 | Located on a working farm on the Northumbrian coast, Barn on the Bay offers beachside ceremonies and is the perfect combination of both coast and country for couples in search of a flexible approach. What’s more, the inspiration for the farm as a wedding venue came from the actual owners, Alison and Phil, hosting their reception there! “Our wedding was so perfect that we wanted to give others the opportunity to enjoy their own day here,” says the couple. “We transformed our Cow Shed into a stunning, rustic venue, and in 2018 hosted our first wedding. The latest development to the barn will also see the launch of a farm kitchen in 2023, which we can’t wait to show off.” Couples can say ‘I do’ with up to 150 guests at the beachside ceremony area, located in the dunes with spectacular sea views and offering seating for up to 150. Alternatively, wed in The Paddock, located directly opposite the Cow Shed Barn and providing a fantastic setting for a relaxed, outdoor wedding; or the Cow Shed Barn itself, with grand entrance doors leading into the ceremony space. Receptions also take place within the Barn, hosting 200 of your friends and family for a party like no other. Lounge seating, straw bales and fire tables give guests lots of options to relax in if they’re not on the dancefloor, and there’s also a veranda for guests to chill beneath, enjoying a beverage from The Old Dog & Duck cocktail horsebox bar or the main bar itself, The Old Tom. THEMED VENUES 21

BLACKFRIARS RESTAURANT 0191 261 5945 | Located in the heart of Newcastle city centre, Blackfriars is just a stone’s throw away from the iconic River Tyne and quayside. Established in 1239 as a Dominican friary, its medieval Banquet Hall once played host to various visiting monarchs, and has now been brought back to life following years of research and restoration. Boasting authentic and bespoke banners, distinctive antler chandeliers, stained glass windows and large oak dining tables and chairs designed and created by local craftsmen, to this day Blackfriars Restaurant remains one of the jewels in Newcastle’s medieval crown. Just imagine the ceremony of your dreams in the ornate Banquet Hall or unique Tasting Room, followed by a Champagne reception in the sheltered courtyard or historic Parlour Bar. You’ll then head back into the Hall for a delicious and memorable wedding breakfast for 50 seated guests or 65 standing. You’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to picture opportunities, from the venue’s horseshoe of stone buildings surrounding a sheltered courtyard, or its position close to the river for some amazing waterside shots. HIGH FORCE HOTEL AND WATERFALL 01833 622336 | County Durham’s High Force Hotel and Waterfall is one of the most unique venues in the country. The waterfall itself has a spectacular 21 metre drop, while the hotel is set in the midst of scenic Upper Teesdale, surrounded by some of the most stunning and unspoilt natural scenery. Artist J.M.W. Turner painted the waterfall in 1822, and the scenic location continues to draw visitors back to enjoy a colour palette that changes over all four seasons. When it comes to weddings High Force Hotel offers exclusive hire of their country inn, with the building licensed for civil ceremonies, while you can also have an outdoor blessing in the spectacular surroundings of the waterfall itself. Your celebrations can then be continued in the venue’s Garden Room (up to 60 guests) or in an additional marquee (up to 150 guests), where you’ll enjoy a cocktail reception in the sunshine of the garden or indulge in a hog roast buffet around fires in the courtyard. There are also 10 individually designed ensuite bedrooms for your wedding party to stay in, with the just-married couple receiving complimentary Champagne and luxury treats in their deluxe room ready for their arrival. 22

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 • •

FULL WEDDING PACKAGE FROM £4,795 The Wynyard Club, Wellington Drive, Wynyard, TS22 5QJ E: T:01740 644399 opt 4 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. Weddings WYNYARD GOLF CLUB special offer for any new 2023 booking! Limited dates available. T&C's apply. NiIKKI PAXTON PHOTOGRAPHY NICOLA ROTHWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

SPANISH CITY 0191 691 7090 | Sitting on the seafront, Spanish City has incredible panoramic views of St Mary’s Lighthouse and the coast, giving a stunning backdrop for your wedding photography and adding the ‘wow factor’ to your big day. Unmissable to those visiting Whitley Bay, the building has significant historical value – keeping much of its original features – yet also has a contemporary feel relevant to 21st century visitors. Now, following an extensive restoration, this Grade II listed building is an incredible wedding venue offering a dedicated function space, spectacular sea views and an array of exquisite catering options. Say your vows and start the next chapter of your love story within the iconic Art Deco design of the function suite, fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows to showcase the unmatched sea view while flooding the room with natural light. Your reception will also be catered there from anything between four to 140 guests, with experienced staff on hand to cater to your every need, ensuring you’ll remember each last detail of your special day. St Mary’s Lighthouse and Visitor Centre has a unique location upon the tidal St Mary’s Island and is only accessible for two periods a day, when the tide retreats and exposes the causeway that connects the island to the headland. Built by Trinity House between 1896 and 1898 to provide a warning light on a treacherous stretch of coast, during its 96 years of operation the lighthouse was of great economic importance to maritime trade in the area. Now available for wedding ceremonies, it makes a fantastic talking point for guests as you take your vows. Your wedding ceremony is held in the function room within the visitor centre, formerly known as the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottages. Located up a spiral staircase, the room can hold up to 50 people – including the couple and registrar – and offers amazing sea and coastal views. Your reception is also held within this space, before you and your photographer enjoy the many photo opportunities to be had. And don’t forget to get some snaps within the rich biodiversity of flora and fauna – one of the few areas of semi-natural grassland in North Tyneside. ST. MARY’S LIGHTHOUSE AND VISITOR CENTRE 0191 643 4777 | 25 THEMED VENUES

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Gemma and Laurens met at a Salvation Army summer camp in the Netherlands. “Laurens had attended every summer for years, while I was there for the first time as a volunteer,” remembers Gemma. “We sat next to each other at breakfast and chatted about our mutual appreciation for Geordie Shore – despite Laurens’ broken English! We became friends, and over the next 12 months, Laurens WhatsApped his way into my heart. After a year as a longdistance couple, he moved to the North East to be with me.” Unbeknown to Gemma, Laurens had asked for her dad’s blessing to marry her back in 2019. “It was right before we moved to Canada for a year for my work,” continues the bride. “Unfortunately, the pandemic hit, all the jewellery shops closed, and Laurens’ proposal was put on hold. With plenty of time to chat thanks to the stayat-home rules, we discussed our future and Laurens revealed his thwarted proposal plans. When things started to reopen, we went to a jewellers in Ottawa and designed my diamond and sapphire engagement ring together. However, the proposal itself was a surprise; Laurens got down on one knee at a secluded spot overlooking Maligne Lake during a trip to the Canadian Rockies. It was eight years to the day since we first got together.” The couple set their wedding for the 16th October, 2021, choosing St Peter’s Church in Croft-on-Tees for the ceremony, followed by a reception at Rockliffe Hall. Here, Gemma tells us more about their amazing nuptials… FLYING THE FLAGS It was important for the couple to reflect their British and Dutch cultures throughout the big day. “The colour scheme was blue, white and touches of red, in line with the flags of both our countries,” says Gemma. “We also included a lot of Delfts Blauw pottery or designs inspired by the style, and my aunt created matching illustrations which featured in our stationery.” The favours were also Dutchinspired, with each guest gifted a box in the shape of a canal house. “They were filled with mini stroopwafels, chocolate and drop, which is Dutch liquorice. My mam and I spent hours assembling and filling the boxes together!” The North East and Dutch elements didn’t end there, with the wedding cake also merging the two together. “The cake had one layer of fruit cake and another layer of vanilla sponge with a twist – it was coloured bright Dutch orange inside!” continues the bride. “Decorated with Delfts Blauw designs, edible pearls and sugar roses, it was finished with a Delft kissing couple cake topper. We also had an additional cheese stack, with three varieties to represent different locations. There was a wheel of Cuddy’s Cave from Northumberland, a wheel of Wensleydale – our mini-moon destination – and a slice of Reypenaer-aged Gouda from the Netherlands. Both the cake and cheese were delicious!” DRESSING UP Having lived in Spain for a year while studying, Gemma also knew exactly what type of wedding dress she wanted to wear. “I’d always admired the Pronovias store in Madrid whenever I was in the city,” she explains. “When I got engaged, I visited Victoria Robson Bridal, my local Pronovias stockist, and Victoria immediately understood my vision. Their Pickford dress was a firm favourite from the start. A lacy fitted, mermaid-style gown with illusion sleeves, it was perfect for an autumnal wedding. It was also extra-special as the hand-sewn embellishments reminded me of the many sequins my mam spent hours sewing on my costumes when I was a young dancer. The look was accessorised with a bespoke overskirt and cathedral veil, blue sapphire and diamond earrings – a gift from my dad, and also my ‘something blue’ – and embellished stilettos.” Laurens, his best man and groomsman also looked the part, opting for three-piece racing green tweed-style check suits. “They were accessorised with red ties, cognac-brown shoes and belts,” REAL WEDDINGS 27

says Gemma. “Then there were my stunning bridesmaids, who wore dark blue Adrianna Pappell full-length gowns with long sleeves. Fully embellished with sequins and beading with floral designs to echo my dress, I loved seeing them glammed up and looking incredible.” THE GREAT BRITISH MENU When it came to catering Gemma and Laurens wanted to treat their wedding party to the very best British cuisine. “Upon arrival at Rockliffe Hall our guests were served peach bellini and passionfruit/mango mix mocktails, with tomato and shallot bruschetta, mini baked potatoes with smoked salmon and lamb kofta canapés,” continues Gemma. “Both Laurens and I are huge fans of afternoon tea, so our wedding breakfast was just that – a traditional combination of finger sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes and scones, just as we’d enjoyed on our first visit to the venue years ago. We also served typical British fare for our evening food – classic fish and chips, plus chicken parmo, which was a real eye-opener for our Dutch guests!” Entertainment was also important for the couple, who wanted a vibe that was chilled but also lots of fun. “We started with wedding speeches from the father of the bride, groom, best man, and then myself, before my mam hosted an informal pub quiz,” says Gemma. “We then opened up the full suite to reveal the dancefloor and DJ for the evening. Our photobooth was fantastic and wellused throughout the night, and we also hired mini golf and casino tables, which were a big hit.” SAYING THANKS The couple were in awe of their North East photographer when it came to both her skills and help throughout the day. “Vanessa was invaluable,” says the bride. “She captured some amazing shots and went well beyond the call of duty, trimming loose threads from the bottom of my dress and even removing twigs from my train after we arrived from the church,” says the bride. “Our vicar, Reverend Stewart Ridley, was also fantastic, and led a very personal ceremony for us. My godmother read the poem, A Vow, by Wendy Cope, and Laurens’ mum delivered a Bible reading in Dutch. Our friend even sang Ed Sheeran’s Tenerife Sea as we signed our marriage documents under the Salvation Army flag, which sounded beautiful in the church.” However, there was one person who really stood out for the newlyweds when it came to helping in the run-up to their big day. “We couldn’t have done it without my wonderful mam. She was involved with so much of the preparation, and it was lovely to see all her hard work pay off as she enjoyed the day. Mam, we love you!” 28

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ROLL CREDITS Photography, Vanessa Adams, | Venue, Rockliffe Hall, | Gemma’s dress, Victoria Robson Bridal, | Gemma’s hair, Jayne Drammeh, | Gemma’s make-up, Beauty by Lucy, | Laurens’ suit, Suit Direct, | Cake, Style & Sprinkles Cakery, | Cheese stack, The Cheese & Wine Shop, | Flowers, First for Flowers, | Transport, Elite Wedding Cars, | Videography, Adam Chetter Wedding Films, | Decorations, Darlington Chair Cover Hire, | Photobooth, Studio Social North, | Mini golf and casino tables, Gray Events, | DJ, Magnum Entertainment, | Toastmaster, Urban Thompson, 07950 761838, GEMMA AND LAURENS’ TOP TIP “Plan a day with all the things you know you’ll enjoy. Our day represented who we are and what we love as a couple. It made the organising much more fun and meant we looked forward to every part of the day.” 31 REAL WEDDINGS

Sharing the same high standards as these highly praised venues but embodying its own unique look and spirit, Runa Farm brings authentic White Isle style and glamour to a secluded County Durham beauty spot, offering a completely fresh wedding approach to those whose hearts beat to an alternative rustic rhythm. The concept of the farm is natural luxury, and the feels are chic, simple, harmonious and calm. Exceptional quality and comfort are key, along with hints of pure Balearic beauty and fields full of romance. Runa Farm can deliver a full-on festival farm wedding complete with open-air vows, live music and outdoor dining, or chic, Mediterranean style celebrations. RUNA FARM BOHO, EARTHY, HONEST Opening July 2022 Runa Farm is brought to you by the creators behind two of the North East’s premier award-winning wedding venues - Newton Hall and Le Petit Chateau.

1.THE BOHEMIAN DREAM, CONSIDER THE SCENE... Carefree yet considered, fun but luxurious, Runa Farm offers individual character and style all wrapped up in an honest, organic and private setting for celebrations as unique as those taking their vows. Relaxed Spanish influences freely intertwine with the venue’s natural farming heritage for earthy, elegant and beautifully immersive spaces. The Runa Farm Chapel is the hidden gem of the farm - entirely unique and unlike any other wedding ceremony venue - with its smooth polished stone walls and shimmering lanterns delivering an ethereal and romantic experience. The Old Barn is where the eating, drinking, and merriment takes place. A fabulous timber and exposed stone building brimming with character, flanked on two sides by picture- perfect private terraces that will transport guests to the Mediterranean in an instant. 2 .FODDER AND FEASTS AND APEROL SPRITZ... Memorable food to be shared and enjoyed is the heart and soul of Runa Farm with our chefs creating remarkable feasts influenced by their surroundings, using the very best of what’s available from the fields, kitchen garden and other likeminded local producers. Further celebrating the farm’s spectacular setting, we love to show off our cooking skills using Runa’s outdoor courtyard kitchen with rotisserie and grill, as well as the wood fired pizza oven in the kitchen garden, all adding an extra special touch to breezy spring and summer soirees.

3. AN IBIZAN RETREAT TO REST YOUR HEAD (NOT TO MENTION OUR INCREDIBLE BEDS...) Setting Runa Farm apart from typical country retreats, its bedrooms and suites have plenty of standout features and hidden surprises. Each of the rooms are fabulously unique, designed in harmony with their natural surroundings, but embodying an authentic Ibizan charm. Adding to the experience, many have their own private gardens, secluded terraces and sunken hot tubs, with beautiful County Durham views. 4. GLAMPING AND STAR GAZING For those wishing to have a closer connection with nature, the Runa Farm Glamping Pig Houses are the perfect fit. The concept is natural luxury, and the look is simple, harmonious, and calm.There’s a hammock to laze in, hot tubs to star gaze from, and picnic baskets to graze on. Another unique string to Runa Farm’s bow, the Pig Houses are intended for guests looking to spend time learning about nature, life on the farm and each other. RUNA (RU-NA) “THE BRIDGING OF WORLDS”