Your North East Wedding - September/October 2022 (Issue 52)

SEPT/OCT 2022 £3.55 FASHION, BEAUTY, HONEYMOONS, GROOMS AND MORE WIN! A trip to the Algarve Plus! Bunting for your big day STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD Alternative bridal advice Magic moments Breathtaking reader weddings Past and present Venues steeped in history Flower Power Wedding blooms for all seasons

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REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Hello from your 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 53 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer their stellar advice 89 COMPETITION Win a minimoon to sunny Portugal CONTENTS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 VENUES 15 TEES ME Where to wed in your local area 21 HISTORY IN THE MAKING Say your vows in a venue that’s stood the test of time On the cover This issue’s gorge us cover, shot by Hayley Crone Photography, sees Abbie and Alex marrying at Le Petit Château. Turn to page 27 to see more of their big day ( 59 21 FEATURES 45 PICTURE PERFECT Look nothing short of sensational thanks to these fashion and beauty experts 49 A BUDDING ROMANCE Choosing the right wedding flowers for every season 56 OUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER County Wedding Magazines’ senior editor Melissa Cullen shares her wedding planning journey 59 ALTERNATIVE Q&A Our local professionals solve your wedding woes 45 3

REAL WEDDINGS 27 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME Abbie and Alex’s friendship blossomed into a love to last forever 32 THE PRICE IS RIGHT Caroline and Danny enjoyed a celebration at Doxford Barns 39 A WORLD APART Dani and Mitch started their journey on opposite sides of the globe HONEYMOONS 80 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 82 SWEET ESCAPES Enjoy a relaxing minimoon in some of the UK’s best boltholes 84 THE ULTIMATE GETAWAY Discover why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 86 WITH LOVE FROM MADRID Enjoy Spain’s amazing city GROOMS 77 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches 78 AUTUMN DELIGHTS The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 61 BEAUTY BUZZ Must-haves for the bride-to-be 62 THE MANE EVENT Top hair trends and how to get the look 64 FASHION FOCUS The latest fashion news, buys and launches 65 HEAD TURNERS Gorgeous headbands, hair clips or crowns 66 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Dresses decorated with whimsical lace, ditsy florals and crystal embellishments 73 STANDOUT SLEEVES These statement dresses will take you from day to dancefloor 66 39 84 60 27 4

for your special occasion fabulous collections for the Mother of the Bride or Groom and their guests We have hats to match your outfit available to hire or buy with matching shoes and handbags to complement your special outfit. Alteration service. 53-55 Front Street, Cleadon Village, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR6 7PG T: 0191 5367310 E: MARIANNE FASHIONS of CLEADON VILLAGE

53 FEED ME What could be better than gourmet fish and chips for your guests? 49 BED OF ROSES I’m loving this bouquet from Newcastle’s Bels Flowers! I love how my job means I get to spend my days writing about all things wedding… but nothing actually beats being invited to one, to remind yourself of all the raw emotion that comes with two people committing their lives to one another. I was lucky enough to attend my cousin Jade’s nuptials in the Tees Valley back in July – and am not afraid to admit I shed a few tears on more than one occasion. There was the look of love in Jade’s eyes seeing his wife Simone walk up the aisle. There was the look of pride in Simone’s dad’s eyes as he walked her up the aisle. Then there was that fleeting look of sadness I spied in Jade’s mam’s eyes, at not having her husband by her side. We lost my Uncle Peter nearly eight years ago, and I know how much he would have boasted to anyone and everyone that would listen at what a wonderful daughter-in-law he’d been blessed with. It just goes to show that tears are to be expected from many a guest at your wedding – so be prepared and have plenty of tissues for friends and family at the ready! Emotions to one side, there are plenty of other aspects you’ll need to consider when it comes to planning the best day of your lives. Looking for a wedding outfit that’s different from the norm? Turn to our Q&A on page 59, for essential advice on choosing an alternative gown for your own celebration. Also this issue, I’ve been busy searching for the best fashion and grooming experts in your area to get you ready for the most photographed day of your lives (p45), while over on page 49 you’ve the best blooms to choose from for spring, summer, autumn and winter. It might sound obvious, but by picking homegrown flowers in season you’ll save money and reduce your carbon footprint in the process! That’s more money to pop behind the bar, which I’m sure all your guests will appreciate… Happy wedding planning – see you in November! Claire x Claire Muffett-Reece, Editor Let ’s celebrate! 89 WIN! A fantastic minimoon in the Algarve 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 Cullen | Senior Editor, Grooms and Honeymoons Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | 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 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. Visit us online at and EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines 9 HELP IS AT HAND Give parents a break by hiring childcare at your wedding 6

32 WEDDED BLISS I love this pic of groom Danny, as nothing shows true love more than emotions on your big day 39 A RIGHT LAUGH Oh, to be a fly on the wall and know what made Dani, Mitch and their guests laugh so much during the speeches… 15 A RIGHT TEES Crathorne Hall is a spectacular place to say ‘I do’ to 45 YOU BEAUTY! Our regional beauty and fashion experts are here to help 59 DARE TO BE DIFFERENT It’s your day – so wear things your way! EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Who said you can’t celebrate your wedding and relax? Once you’ve seen our spacious, rustic Dark Skies Barn, relaxing Lodge Lounge, our comfortable bedrooms and the 60 acres of f ield and forest that are exclusively yours to enjoy, you won’t be in a rush to leave. Take time to celebrate your wedding over a whole weekend, or book two days midweek, and truly savour the coming together of family and f riends. We can accommodate up to 30 overnight guests, with room for 120 diners in the Dark Skies Barn and more guests in the evening. 07989 609 996 • • GREENHAUGH , TARSET , NORTHUMBERLAND NE48 1 RU

Nearlywed BEAMING FOR BEAMISH Searching for a wedding venue with a great package for under £5K? Consider County Durham’s Beamish Hall, with their Love Story offering ticking plenty of boxes and more. Starting at just £4,795, it includes full day hire of their function suite, use of the beautiful grounds for photographs, a reception drink, cake stand and knife, Chiavari chairs with coloured sash, white table linen and napkins, and top table decoration and table centrepieces. But that’s not all – you’ll also enjoy a three course wedding breakfast, hot evening buffet, DJ and disco, bridal suite with breakfast, plus five classic bedrooms for guests to take advantage of. Available seven days a week from November 2022 to February 2023, it’s based on 40 daytime and 60 evening guests – however, additional guests can be added for an extra charge. Visit for more information or email NANNY STATE While it’s lovely having little ones at your big day, it often means parents struggle to catch up with friends and family, instead spending their time running around after those impulsive tearaways. With this in mind why not consider hiring a company to lend a helping hand? Middlesbrough-based UNA Wedding and Events Childcare provides safe and reliable childcare so couples and their guests can enjoy any event stress-free. “Our experienced and Ofsted registered nannies will keep kids entertained with fun activities and games, giving everyone peace of mind they’re in good hands,” says owner Kirsty Duce. “We cover all areas of the North East, with our service ensuring family members don’t miss out on important parts of their day. With us you can fully relax, safe in the knowledge that someone else is there to look after the younger members of your party!” Visit for more info and to find out how to book. ARRIVE IN STYLE Transport to and from your wedding venue can be pricey, so it’s good to see a Washington company offering a package that starts from £200. Wearside Executive, who cover the majority of the North East, have a range of high-class Mercedes available, with pricing based on the use of a vehicle, your driver in a suit and tie, your choice of music, bows and ribbons to match your colour scheme, and the option to travel to a separate location for photographs, if required. There’s no minimum or maximum time limits on their services, and they also offer additional journeys for any of your bridal party, such as ceremony to reception travel, or reception venue to the airport. READER OFFER! Wearside Executive are offering a 10% discount on their wedding package when quoting Your North East Wedding. Terms and conditions apply; please visit for more info and to find out how to book. NEWS All the latest from around the North East 9 LOCAL NEWS

SPOTLIGHT ON: REIVERS NORTHUMBERLAND The North East is jam-packed with an impressive line-up of places to start your happily ever after, with Reivers Northumberland one to consider. An estate at the top of the Tarset Valley, in the heart of the largest dark sky park in Europe, it’s surrounded by the Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forest. Accommodation for up to 30 is available on the estate, and comes as part of the package, with its rustic wedding barn including a fully licensed bar and dancefloor. Weddings involve exclusive hire for a weekend – or two days midweek – with the emphasis on a relaxed event that’s tailored and unique to each couple. This gives you the freedom to choose your own caterers according to your taste or budget – or you can alternatively use one of the venue’s own partners. What’s more, Reivers Northumberland only undertakes a limited number of weddings each year, thereby ensuring each one is special and bespoke. Visit for more info and to find out how to arrange a viewing. AND THE AWARD GOES TO Your North East Wedding is pleased to reveal that five-star boutique hotel Seaham Hall has scooped Small Hotel of the Year 2022 in the recent Visit England Awards for Excellence. “We’re thrilled to have been recognised for this prestigious accolade,” says Seaham’s Managing Director Ross Grieve. “Seaham Hall is very much a destination it its own right, and we proudly champion the region, promoting the beautiful heritage coastline, the city of Durham and the many reasons to visit and spend time in the North East of England.” Seaham Hall is a luxury hotel situated on Durham’s heritage coast, with 21-suites, plus two additional luxury lodges with hot tubs – the Bungalow Suites, which launched in spring 2022; together with two restaurants and an award-winning spa. The perfect place to enjoy some much needed R&R before – or after – your big day, visit for more information or to make a booking. GET THE PARTY STARTED… …With PartyStarters Northeast, an event planning company based in Sunderland. Launching as a balloon decoration business, they’ve recently added a mini VIP wedding corner set up to their service. “This has been designed with all of our mini guests in mind,” explain co-owners Beth Harding and Marie Pullan. “This includes a double lace teepee, fluffy rugs, throws and cushions, plus an activity table with wedding packs and colouring sheets to make a card for the happy couple. There’s also giant Jenga and wooden Connect 4, wooden cars and trains, mini air hockey, mini chalkboard, a tub of teddies – and even sweets for the kids to enjoy! Covering the whole of the North East, the entire VIP area for children is available for your wedding for just £120.” Visit for more info and to find out how to book. 10

O 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. Whether you prefer a Grand Reception or a more Intimate Setting We look forward to making your Wedding Day a truly unique event. The Little Haven Hotel, River Drive, South Shields, Tyne & Wear NE33 1LH 0191 455 4455 • •

The historic venue, which was once an old School House, is truly beautiful inside and out. Large windows fill the room with natural light, stone arches frame the entrance to the main dining hall and soft, tasteful decoration gives the perfect ambiance for a romantic evening celebrated with friends and family. You’re also very welcome to add your own touches to bring to life the bespoke vision you have for your wedding day. Your special day will be enhanced by the Stablewood team who will be committed to making it a memorable day and will be there to help take any stress out of your planning, with a dedicated wedding coordinator on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly. The School House, Lucker, Northumberland, NE70 7JL | 01668 219114 | theschoolhouselucker theschoolhouselucker

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURNORTHEAST.WEDDING Closing date 31st October, 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. WIN! BUNTING FOR YOURWEDDING Looking for the perfect decorations to dress your wedding venue? You could soon find yourself with 100m worth of gorgeous hired bunting from Morpeth-based business, Emma Bunting! Owned by Natasha Sligo, her in-house design team creates bespoke bunting to buy or hire for weddings and events across the UK. Using only the highest quality materials, all the while being as sustainable as possible, Emma Bunting can either send the bunting to your venue for you to install, or will arrive on the morning of your wedding to set it all up before your other suppliers arrive. “I’m seeing a lot of festival-style weddings with a fun and quirky colour theme as a hot trend right now,” says Natasha. “Bunting really transforms a space and fits in perfectly with this vibe – plus hiring is a great way to help minimise your carbon footprint.” Enter now and you could win 100m of hired bunting in the style and design of your choice – worth £235! Head over to to be in with the chance of winning this great prize – and visit for more information on her designs and styles. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs ACCESSORISE AND SHINE Award-winning Danish brand Sif Jakobs Jewellery is renowned for creating modern, luxurious designs with an affordable price tag. The jewellery is made of rhodium,18k rose gold or yellow gold plated 925 sterling silver, featuring high-quality zirconia stones that create a sophisticated and dramatic expression often featured in Sif Jakobs’ collections. County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Sif Jakobs Jewellery to give readers the chance to win this necklace and earring set worth £158 from the coveted Belluno collection. Made with 925 sterling silver and the highest quality cubic zirconia, all jewellery is handcrafted and carefully inspected to ensure perfection. Visit Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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 LIMITED DATES AVAILABLE FOR 2023! T&C's apply. NiIKKI PAXTON PHOTOGRAPHY NICOLA ROTHWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Tees me Want to say ‘yes’ to Tees Valley for your big day? Here are five venues you’ve simply got to consider Crathorne Hall is a stunning stately home in the village of Crathorne, located close to Yarm and easily accessible from the A19. Perched on the edge of the Yorkshire moors, it commands incredible views over the Leven Valley, making it a spectacular backdrop for your wedding day. Traditional features are abundant throughout this grand country house, including high ceilings, elegant gilt chandeliers, marble fireplaces and intricate cornicing. Crathorne Hall was built for celebrating and guests can stay in one of the hotel’s individually designed 37 bedrooms, 17 of which have been fully renovated as part of a £4 million restoration of the East Wing. Ceremonies for up to 120 take place in The Edwardian Room, located on the ground floor with stunning original fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows, and with views over the grounds and countryside. You can also choose to say your vows under the arched ceiling of the Foyer; a striking setting with wood panelled walls for up to 70. The President’s Lounge is a beautiful location for intimate ceremonies from two to 40 guests, and there’s even the option to wed in two outdoor locations, framed by the architecture of the hall and its historic grounds. Ready to party? The Drawing Room is where your magical evening begins for up to 150. Enjoy the impressive high ceilings and atmosphere of the past with its original fireplace and dark wood panelling, before taking a break from the dancing to step outside for drinks or late night snacks. CRATHORNE HALL 01642 700398 | 15 LOCAL VENUES

PINCHINTHORPE HALL 01287 213250 | Pinchinthorpe Hall is an intimate classic country house based on a medieval site with it very own moat and Victorian gates. Set in stunning grounds with picturesque views of Roseberry Topping and the North York Moors, its beautiful lawns, ponds, water features and amazing planting makes for some great pictures. Inside, the ground floor welcomes you into the marble hall with a beautiful fireplace and log burner, grand piano and Italian marble floor, complete with grand staircase. Quite simply, this stone built Grade II listed country house oozes character, having been built from the late 1500s and with alterations over the centuries. There are five rooms all licensed for ceremonies at Pinchinthorpe, though the Billiard Room is usually a favourite with its beautiful architecture and stunning views. Seating up to 60, you can also combine this room with the Drawing Room for up to 75, or 100 in The Stables restaurant. Your wedding breakfast is then enjoyed in the Billiard and Drawing rooms, seating up to 75 across the two spaces. Afterwards, enjoy a night of dancing in the Marble Hall, which sits alongside the reception areas and has a bar and lounge off it, too. RUDBY HALL 01642 701839 | Rudby Hall is a beautiful grade II listed Georgian stately home, built in 1838 for the daughter of King William IV. Uniquely positioned with stunning undisturbed views of the North York Moors, the gated accessed country mansion, along with its stunning grounds, is exclusively yours for the duration of your celebration. Rudby Hall boasts large, luxurious feature rooms including an Entrance Hall, Library, Lounge and Drawing Room. Each room has a distinct character and charm; together, they offer the range and variety you need to design a completely bespoke wedding experience for 30 to 100 guests. The Hall also has 13 luxurious bedrooms, all featuring sumptuous fixtures and furnishings. Become legally wed in front of up to 80 in the Library – with natural light and ornate detail it’s truly a perfect setting. There’s also the option of being married in the Lounge, which is a more relaxed and cosy setting for your ceremony for up to 26. For your wedding breakfast, your party of up to 80 then heads to the Drawing Room, a bright and airy location with intricate ornate features framing the walls, plus ceiling and sash windows overlooking the Cleveland Hills. 16

RUSHPOOL HALL 01287 624111 | Rushpool Hall is a beautiful 19th century manor house located in the rolling countryside of North Yorkshire. A decadent baroque mix of old and new, with feature wallpapers and ornate furnishings, this gothic castle-style venue is a real feast for the eyes that gives every wedding a lavish feel. Add to that acres of land with sea views, a lake and many pavilions and sculptures, for an exclusive use manor with many photo opportunities to take advantage of. When it’s time to become happily married choose the beautiful Ballroom, which can hold up to 110 guests for your ceremony. This gorgeous room has high ceilings and natural light streaming in from the windows, making it a perfect space to celebrate. Alternatively, opt for the Peacock Room, perfect for more intimate ceremonies and holding up to 60 guests. You can also hold your ceremony outdoors with a dedicated pavilion overlooking the grounds with sea view. Finally, get the party properly started with a reception for up to 180 in the Ballroom and Orangery. Plus, along with the upstairs bar, guests can also dance the night away in the venue’s very own nightclub! WYNYARD GOLF CLUB 01740 644399 | Wynyard Golf Club is a truly special space to wed situated within the exclusive Wynyard estate. The rustic, wood-built venue holds a range of character and charm, with subtle nods to the golf course to really capture the venue’s location. Set in over 200 acres of mature woodland and rolling parkland, there’s never any struggle for the perfect photo opportunity. You’ll be surrounded by trees and woodland, perfect for drinks on the terrace in the sunshine – or enjoyed during the warmth of the day from a shady spot on the veranda. Beautiful and contemporary, Wynyard Golf Club’s Wellington Suite is the perfect blank canvas for you to create the perfect wedding day. Personal to you, it has a maximum capacity of 100 for your ceremony and 120 for your reception. There’s also the Dukes Suite to consider, which overlooks the golf course and seats up to 40 for more intimate celebrations. 17 LOCAL VENUES

Lakeside We are delighted to announce the opening of our brand new Lakeside Marquee. A stunning sailcloth marquee overlooking the breath-taking views of Hardwick Country Park and lake. Our wedding offering is unique to the North East of England and includes a fully bespoke wedding package. With the added guidance of our highly experienced wedding planners, we take the stress away, allowing your exciting journey to begin. BRANDNEWFOR 2023 T H E M A R Q U E E Artist impression The view Artist impression Artist impression ENQUIRE TODAY Hardwick Hall Hotel Sedgefield, Co. Durham, TS21 2EH email: telephone: 01740 620253

We are far to excited to not share with you the inspiration that had led to create one of the newest and most unique wedding spaces in the North East of England. *Please note all images are for inspirational purposes only and are all based on artist impression Lakeside T H E M A R Q U E E Mood board ENQUIRE TODAY Hardwick Hall Hotel Sedgefield, Co. Durham, TS21 2EH email: telephone: 01740 620253

WEBSTER’S ROPERY The perfect venue to ‘Tie The Knot ’ Newly refurbished with all history restored, Webster’s Ropery built in 1793 is the perfect place to ‘Tie The Knot’. Let our naturally beautiful 18th century building and surroundings inspire you, with the best service to match from our highly experienced wedding team! Photography by Hayley Crone Photo WEDDING PACKAGES AVAILABLE FROM £2500.00! Set on the River Wear, the venue features exceptional river views from each of its beautifully restored rooms. We have an excellent range of exclusive wedding packages to suit any time of the year. Our experienced team are on hand from day one to inspire you! Get in touch with a member of our team to book your dream wedding today! | | (0191) 567 6950 Facebook @webstersropery | Instagram @websters_ropery Photography by Mark Dilbo Photography

IN THE making History Say your vows in an incredible venue that’s truly stood the test of time ACKLAM HALL 01642 822000 | Originally built in 1683 by Sir William Hustler, Acklam Hall is the only Grade I listed historic building in the area. Fully refurbished by a team of craftsmen and conservators in 2015, outside Acklam boasts a private courtyard and boutique grounds, with the venue’s Zen water garden sectioned for exclusive use for your guests, giving you the perfect location to enjoy refreshments before or after the ceremony – not to mention some amazing photo opportunities. There are two rooms available for ceremonies, depending on the size of your wedding. Downstairs you’ll find The Parlour, perfect for smaller intimate celebrations for up to 30 guests. Alternatively, wed upstairs in the Drawing Room, saying your vows while up to 120 of your friends and family are wowed by the ornate ceilings and original fireplaces. You can then host a reception back in the Parlour (30 capacity); The Boudoir (14 capacity) – an adjoining room immediately next to The Parlour that’s the perfect spot to entertain children whilst adults are dining; or The Drawing Room (120 capacity), a self-contained space with private bar and a dance floor for DJs or bands so you can party until late. 21 HISTORIC VENUES

ELLINGHAM HALL 01665 568118 | Ellingham Hall is a quirky 17th century country house resplendent in grand stone architecture, surrounded by stunning Northumberland countryside. A beautiful venue, bursting with elegance and character, it boasts sumptuous reception rooms, 27 boutique bedrooms, two stunning wedding suites and an underground games and party chamber to boot! Offering exclusive use so that your event belongs only to you, the Hall is set in eight acres of stunning grounds and is a perfect example of oldworld charm interwoven with modern day luxury. Ellingham Hall is licensed to hold civil ceremonies in five spaces, beginning with the Ceremony Room; featuring an ornate fireplace, painted wall panelling and striking chandeliers that can seat up to 100. There’s also The Chapel, the Hall’s largest indoor space with original stone architecture and vaulted ceilings (140 capacity); the Front Lawn, a pergola placed on the front south facing lawn (140 capacity); Under the Hollies, set on the east lawn and using nature as your canvas (130 capacity); or The Rooftop, with unbeatable panoramic views with the Northumberland coast on the horizon (60 capacity). You can then hold your reception and enjoy your first meal as a married couple in Ellingham’s stunning historic Chapel with adjoining bar, which leads out onto a patio area. The Chapel also includes a mezzanine lounge, with rooftop terrace boasting views of the estate and woodland. WYNYARD HALL 01740 644811 | Beyond the beauty of exclusive wedding venue Wynyard Hall lies a fascinating history, enriched by a huge cast of characters, who all played their part in its remarkable story. For generations, thanks to the considerable social and political influence of the Londonderry family and their circle of friends, Wynyard performed an important role on the world stage, playing host to royalty, aristocrats, politicians, diplomats, artists and writers. Now you, too, can play a part in the 120 acre venue’s history, saying your vows there before showcasing the fabulous rolling countryside views to your guests on the incredible outdoor terrace. A unique feature of Wynyard Hall is that it’s one of a few unique venues that can provide couples with both religious and civil ceremony options, as well as reception rooms, all under one roof. Tie the knot in its 18th century private chapel in front of 120 seated guests, surrounded by stained glass windows and Italian marble walls. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a little less traditional, the character and charm of the Ballroom (150 guests) or Mirror Room (100 guests) make for two stunning alternatives for a civil ceremony. Next, for your reception, head to one of Wynyard Hall’s state rooms for all your wedding needs. Grand scale celebrations and flamboyant entertainment are written in the history of the Hall, where lavish festivities, balls, garden parties and entertaining royalty were part and parcel of the venue. Here, you’ve the capacity and flexibility to create a wonderfully lavish evening reception, where you and up to 300 guests can dance the night away to a live band, followed by a dazzling fireworks display over the lake. 22

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

And so the adventure begins... The Derwent Manor, Boutique Hotel is set in 20 acres of the fabulous Northumberland countryside. Located just 30 minutes from Newcastle and Durham. We like to offer a more bespoke wedding service and plan your perfect day around you and your needs. Whether you are planning a more intimate day or a larger celebration, we can be sure that one of our amazing function suites is right for you! “The Derwent Manor team went above and beyond for our wedding in August. Would highly recommend the venue.” — Katie & Rae, 13.8.22 Find out more and start planning your perfect day... | 01207 592000 | A L L E N S F O R D N O R T H U M B E R L A N D D H 8 9 B B

JESMOND DENE HOUSE 0191 212 3000 | Set within an exclusive suburb minutes from Newcastle city centre, Jesmond Dene House is a Grade II listed, independently owned boutique hotel with 40 luxurious bedrooms. Surrounded by Jesmond Dene, a woodland valley dotted with waterfalls and rustic bridges, the venue is coupled with an award-winning restaurant, headed up by MasterChef The Professionals’ Danny Parker. Licensed for weddings for up to 114 guests, choose from four private rooms in which to celebrate in. The venue’s wood panelled great hall with feature fireplace really has the wow factor, or why not marry outside in the Secret Garden Oasis? Newcastle’s only licensed outdoor wedding venue, it comes complete with private bar and BBQ area, and overlooks Jesmond Dene. Afterwards, step away from tradition when it comes to celebrating; it’s your wedding, so should be your rules! Dine from a lavish banquet with two AA rosette food, feast on afternoon tea with plenty of fizz, or skip the formalities and party the night away with a bespoke buffet or BBQ with your own private chef. Psst! After your wedding service, be sure to take a short stroll to the waterfall in Jesmond Dene for a picture-perfect backdrop. Alternatively, below the venue itself you’ll find its original wine cellars, which again are great for newlywed photos. GRAND HOTEL TYNEMOUTH 0191 293 6666 | Owned by the Duke of Northumberland, and initially built as a summer residence in 1872 for the Duchess, the Grand was converted to a hotel in 1877. Regarded as one of the most important landmarks in the area, it boasts a magnificent art deco interior with high ceilings to complement and an incredible sweeping staircase. Then there’s its stone’s-throw location to the award-winning Tynemouth Longsands Beach, which offers amazing photo opportunities thanks to its golden sands, dunes, cliffs and beautiful water. For a more intimate wedding ceremony, the Pearl Room is the obvious choice. Holding up to 100 guests, its pearlised interior complements those all-important photos perfectly. Alternatively, choose the Orchid Suite, where you can say your vows with Tynemouth Longsands as your backdrop. Receptions are then held in the Orchid Suite – with its private bar and roof terrace, it’s nothing short of grand. The Grand Chambers is also a fantastic choice for a memorable celebration. Formerly a nightclub, its built-in dance floor, disco lighting and bar is a great space for up to 200. 25 HISTORIC VENUES

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friend in me Abbie and Alex’s childhood friendship blossomed into a love to last forever Images courtesy of Hayley Crone Photography YOU’VE GOT A Abbie and Alex grew up in the same town of Spennymoor. “We knew each other since we were teenagers, but didn’t get together until our early twenties,” says Abbie. “Since then we’ve been inseparable! Alex is funny, the first one to dance and keeps me laughing, and Alex loves how spontaneous I am. He’s got a point – we’d only been seeing each other for a month when we went on holiday to Tenerife!” Alex planned his proposal to Abbie with the utmost of precision. “Alex had finished his nightshift and was sleeping his Saturday away, so my mum took me around the shops, which I now know was a ploy to keep me out of the house. When I arrived home, I was exhausted, and asked if we could chill, but Alex wanted me to make an effort as he was cooking a three-course meal. I wasn’t best pleased, but put on a jumper dress – only to see Alex come downstairs in a shirt and tailored shorts! We sat down to a home-cooked Indian feast, then afterwards Alex disappeared, returning with a gift of an album. I opened it, still clueless, to see that Alex had created an album of our first date; the homes we’d moved into; when our little Frenchie, Fergus, joined the family, plus many more memories. It was only when I turned the final page and saw a picture of me as a toddler in a wedding dress and veil that I realised Alex was proposing to me in our front room!” The couple set the date for the 17th October, 2021, marrying at Le Petit Château. Here, Abbie tells us more about their big day… 27 REAL WEDDINGS

I tried so hard to get heels and be a bit girlie, but I ended up buying white Dr Martens platform sandals! They were perfect: I d anced all night, didn’t get sore feet and didn’t panic I was going to fall. I wanted a dress without lace, glitter or sparkle, which is harder than you think! Luckily I found my Stella York gown, with gorgeous spaghetti straps, plunge neckline, no detail, and a tiered bottom. All our stationery was made by my best friend Suzanne, who’s a graphic designer. We opted for white and off-white in style, with a hint of black throughout. The venue really does go above and beyond their call of duty. On the morning of the wedding I asked if I could set up the table names – only to be told, “that’s our job!” I didn’t have to do a thing, which made the day extra special. Our cake was amazing! I’m not the girliest of gir ls and wanted something different, so opted for an edible paper design. It was a mix of red velvet, chocolate orange and cherry and almond flavours. Le Petit Château had a totally different spin as a wedding venue to others we’d seen. We loved how the coordinator said they could make anything possible. The cocktail menu was a bonus, too! 28

How can you not love a day with the people you c herish the most, along with delicious food, great music, and the venue you fell in love with – plus marrying your best friend? Alex and I booked singer Glen Roughead for our ceremony and drinks reception. We love him! I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Tina Turner’s Simply the Best. I had a vision of white flowers on the tables, which in Autumn is a challenge! In the end we cracked it, with white flowers and silver charger plates, which kept the vibe classic and simple. Our all-white flower scheme had an amazing effect. We had a meeting beforehand with our florist, who spent a lot of time looking at what type would be the closest to our vision. My six bridesmaids looked stunning in their pure white dresses. A lot of people were shocked I wanted them to also wear white. It actually made me feel more comfortable – and just look at the photos! Alex and his groomsmen looked fantastic. We wanted to keep colours to a minimum with our venue being so bright, so they wore grey checked threepiece suits and textured bow ties. 29 REAL WEDDINGS

Don’t take on too much yourself – the suppliers know what they are doing – they are the experts and will make your day a lot less stressful. Ask for an evening meal to be delivered to your roo m, if you’re too busy dancing and miss the food. It’s lovely seeing it ther e when you go back hungry and in need of fuel! ABBIE & ALEX’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Photography, Hayley Crone Photography | Venue, Le Petit Château Abbie’s Dress, The Wedding Dress Company | Hair, Meia Hair Suits, Suit Culture | Cake, The Master Cakesmith | Flowers and Table Plate, Fleur Couture | Band, Glen Roughead | DJ and Saxophonist, AMV Live Music | Stationery, Suzie Creative My best friend Kirstie did a speech along with Ale x’s best man, Ryan. Alex also printed a photo of our dog on the back o f his speech, as he wasn’t with us on the day. Some of our guests enjoyed the party more than others and didn’t make it to the evening! My dress strap also snapped from dancing, as Alex and my family twirled me around so much that it gave way! 30

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THE PRICE is right Caroline and Danny Price enjoyed a spectacular celebration at Northumberland’s Doxford Barns Images courtesy of RGM Photo 32

Caroline met Danny in the last place she ever expected to meet anyone – at work! “We worked on different floors and never crossed paths, until one day I was asked to take notes for a senior manager in a disciplinary meeting,” she says. “When I walked onto their floor, I saw a gorgeous man walking towards me – then he opened his mouth and his Yorkshire accent finished me off! After the meeting Danny asked what my plans were for the weekend, and I got so flustered I waffled a lot of drivel. It couldn’t have been that bad, though, as he asked me out the following week.” Danny proposed on a trip to the Lake District while celebrating Caroline’s birthday. “I’d been hopeful that Danny would ask me to marry him, but I didn’t really think it would happen, as every time I thought he would he never did!” continues the bride. “There’d been numerous opportunities for him to propose, such as my 40th birthday trip to Venice, so I was pretty clueless that he was planning anything. On my actual birthday, we climbed The Old Man of Coniston fell, and Danny had a backpack which he fussed over far too much. It was an exhausting hike, and when we eventually reached the top, I laid down to rest as I was so tired. Danny asked me to sit up – before producing the most beautiful ring I’ve ever seen! He asked me to marry him, and after I said ‘Yes!’ he pulled out a mini bottle of prosecco and some plastic wine glasses from the backpack he’d been so precious about all day. It was a beautiful and romantic moment – although I still wind him up that he didn’t get down on one knee!” The couple set the date for the 9th May 2022, choosing Doxford Barns for their big day. Here, Caroline tells us more about their amazing wedding… BARN DANCE Caroline couldn’t sleep the night after they got engaged, as she was far too excited about getting married! “While Danny slept, I searched up wedding venues online,” she says. “I knew I wanted to get married in a barn and did a random search, and the first one that came up looked amazing – so I dropped them a message. Doxford Barns replied the next day to say they had appointments free that week, so we visited on our way back from the Lakes. The moment we walked into the Great Barn, with its festoon lights and dried hops hanging from rustic oak beams, we were blown away by how stunning it was. The exclusivity of the venue, along with the stunning grounds and cottages to accommodate family and friends, was also a huge selling point. We didn’t want to see anything else – and booked our date right there and then!” LATE STARTERS As Caroline and Danny had both been married before; “Danny three times – Ross Geller vibes!” – jokes the bride; they decided against a traditional full day wedding. “Instead, we chose a later ceremony with a laid back informal meal afterwards. Danny was initially nervous about having the ceremony at half five in the afternoon – he thought it was too late and the day wouldn’t be long enough. As it turns out, it was the best decision we made! The day flowed perfectly, and our guests had a fantastic time. They interacted with people they’d never met before, and some made great friends for that day and night with complete strangers – the free prosecco and beer may have had something to do with that! Since the wedding, our guests have told us that it was the best celebration they have ever been to, and for us that’s an amazing thing to hear.” 33 REAL WEDDINGS

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FAKING IT When it came to flowers and decorations, Caroline had her heart set on artificial blooms for their day. “I wanted flowers I could keep after the wedding, so found a lovely boutique on Etsy who tailored them to our colour scheme. They provided my bride and bridesmaid’s bouquets, as well as buttonholes. They looked so realistic that our guests couldn’t believe they were fake! I also bought ivy garlands and intertwined them with rose gold fairy lights for the tables, arranging them around the table numbers which were placed on log slices with LED candles.” While the garlands were meant purely for decoration, Danny’s son, nine-year-old Reid, had other ideas. “It was his first wedding, and he really did have the time of his life,” laughs the bride. “He made friends with one of Danny’s mates, Mark – who’s 40 going on five – and the two of them had a great time dancing together and messing about. Later on in the night, Reid took the ivy and fairy light garlands from the tables and put them around his neck, running around the dance floor while high fiving everyone he passed. This was funny enough on its own, but then Mark joined in on the action! There they both were, chasing each around the room waving their arms about like lunatics – it really was the most hilarious sight!” DRESSING UP Having been previously married, Caroline wanted a gown completely different to her first wedding dress so as not to be ‘reminded of my biggest mistake’. “I didn’t want anything too big, but didn’t want fitted, either, so an A-line style seemed the best choice. I must have visited a dozen bridal shops and tried on up to 30 different designs, ending up choosing a dress that the owner of the boutique, June, recommended. I fell in love with the Maggie Sottero Savannah gown but wasn’t sure about the train, so June suggested getting her seamstress to add some sparkles. It looked incredible and made the dress unique to me, which I accessorised with a simple necklace from Swarovski.” As the couple had only planned to have a small wedding – “which of course didn’t end up this way!” says Caroline – the bride asked her 15-year-old daughter to be her bridesmaid. “She wanted to choose her own dress and colour scheme, so I placed my total trust in her,” she says. “She found a beautiful strapless, sweetheart neckline blush dress from Morilee, and looked absolutely gorgeous.” Danny and his groomsmen also looked the part, choosing Fred Sirieix suits from Moss Bros. “Danny fell in love with the idea of having a checked suit, pairing it with a pale blush tie to match my daughter’s dress,” says Caroline. “He wore the same style as his best man and my 19-year-old son, who walked me down the aisle. I couldn’t have been prouder of how gorgeous they looked.” THE BIG BANG Entertainment was an important part of the couple’s wedding, to ensure their friends and family had the very best time. “We knew live music would create a great atmosphere, so booked a band we’d seen before who had a great frontman,” says Caroline. “Unfortunately, a few months later we found out he was leaving the band, so set about finding a new one. We found Highway 21 online, who played all sorts of genres, so wasted no time in booking them. Our guests submitted song requests before the big day, so the band were able to deliver a unique personalised set for everyone. They are unbelievably talented and were such a big hit on the night.” Caroline and Danny also wanted their celebrations to end in style, organising a fireworks display to wow their wedding party. “We wanted it to be a surprise, so, once the sun went down, invited our guests into the courtyard for sparklers. While everyone was distracted, our photographer led us down a side path and asked us to look over the field away from everyone. At that moment, the speakers kicked in with, ‘Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for,’ followed by the booming drums of The Greatest Show from The Greatest Showman. Fireworks shot up into the sky from the field, and our guests screamed with excitement as we stood in awe watching the most fantastic display for a full six minutes. Afterwards, one of the wedding coordinators said it was the most spectacular display they’d ever seen – and our guests were blown away.” SING A SONG One of the best parts of the couple’s big day was being introduced to everyone as the bride and groom. “As everyone stood to welcome us, Sweet Caroline started to play,” continues Caroline. “We made our way on to the dancefloor and sang and danced along, encouraging everyone else to do the same. The song was special to Danny, as it’s the theme song of his old rugby club. In fact, not long after we got together, Danny was out in York with his team after a game and paid a busker to sing it to me. He filmed the entire thing on his phone and the whole team joined in. This is just the kind of thing that I love about him. Obviously, it was also significant to me because it’s my name! To be honest I’d hated the song for most of my life, because people used to sing it to me all the time, but I really embraced it on the day!” REAL WEDDINGS 35