Your North East Wedding - November/December 2022 (Issue 53)

NOV/DEC 2022 £3.55 FASHION, BEAUTY, HONEYMOONS, GROOMS AND MORE WIN! A stay at Jesmond Dene House WED AND BREAKFAST The North East’s best hotel venues Wifey for lifey Inspiring reader weddings Look the part Bridal party fashion THE CAR’S THE STAR Head-turning transport Essential advice Our wedding experts are here to help

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 • •

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 77 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer their stellar advice 88 COMPETITION A luxury getaway awaits with renowned hotel brand GuestHouse CONTENTS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2022 VENUES 15 DURHAM DREAMS Where to wed in your local area 21 WED AND BREAKFAST Say your vows and bed down for the night! On the cover This issue’s gorge us cover, shot by Michael G Shaw Photography, sees Simone and Jade marrying at Howard Court. Turn to page 32 to see more ( 45 21 FEATURES 45 ARRIVE IN STYLE Head-turning transport for your big day 57 DRESSED TO IMPRESS Ensure your wedding party looks the part 70 WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND Our guide to creating the ultimate seasonal celebration 77 3

REAL WEDDINGS 27 AN ACT OF LOVE Faye and Jack’s treehouse wedding was magical from start to finish 32 PUPPY LOVE Who’d have thought a dog walk would lead to Simone and Jade’s happily ever after? 39 MADE FOR EACH OTHER Rachel and Lewis’s big day was nothing short of spectacular HONEYMOONS 80 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 82 GREECE IS THE WORD Summer in Santorini and Athens 84 IN LOVE WITH THE LAKES A myriad of delights lie in wait in the Lake District 86 PURE LUXURY Discover The Belfry Hotel & Resorts in Sutton Coldfield GROOMS 73 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches 74 WINTER LUXE The latest seasonal must-haves for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 48 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these bride-to-be must-haves 50 SKIN FOOD Achieve a bridal glow with the right diet 53 BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your wedding woes 55 FASHION FOCUS The latest fashion news, buys and launches 60 SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND Dazzle this festive season in gold, pearls, charms and diamonds 62 WHAT’S TRENDING? This is what brides-to-be will be wearing in 2023 55 32 88 74 80 27 4

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39 DOING IT FOR THE KIDS I love how Rachel and Lewis thought about keeping the little ones entertained during their wedding breakfast 27 LIVING IN A BUBBLE I’m not sure that was what groom Jack was expecting when he was offered bubbles at his wedding to wife Faye! Is it me, or does it only seem like yesterday that we were ringing in 2022? Suddenly the nights have well and truly drawn in and the heating is very much switched on – and with it there goes a huge portion of your wedding budget. Energy bill jokes aside, I, for one, love this time of year. OK, so you can no longer enjoy a beer garden afternoon with your mates, but instead you get to snuggle together with your intended on the sofa, glass of red in hand, talking of your hopes and dreams for the future. And, if you’re reading this, that means your current hopes and dreams are all things wedding – so let’s get cracking with planning the best day of your lives! Starting on page 15, we’ve six pages of gorgeous North East wedding venues for you to discover, from County Durham’s finest, to hotels where you can say your vows before bedding down for the night. Next, head over to page 45 for all your wedding transport needs, before flicking to our regional spread on wedding fashion suppliers you’ve simply got to approach for your big day (p57). Finally, speaking of big days, I can’t sign off until I’ve mentioned my cousin Jade’s wedding to his wife Simone, which you can read about in all its glory over on page 32. See if you can spot me laughing with my husband and the groom with my multitude of tiny chins – I should have kept my guard well and truly up knowing the photographers were on the prowl! Happy wedding planning – see you in 2023… Claire x Claire Muffett-Reece, Editor Where has the year gone? 88 WIN! A luxury getaway with renowned hotel brand GuestHouse 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 32 MATCH OF THE DAY Guests enjoyed a spot of rounders at Simone and Jade’s big day 6

15 DREAMING OF DURHAM Beamish Hall is an incredible place to say ‘I do’ 77 IN IT TO SWING IT Your entertainment made easy 45 HORSING AROUND Turn up to your wedding in traditional style! 57 MALE ROOM Grooms: it’s your time to shine! 9 BRIDAL CHIC How gorgeous is this dress from North East designer Kate Fearnley? EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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SPOTLIGHT ON… MARK LLOYD MASTER GOLDSMITH Mark Lloyd, an international master goldsmith and fellow of The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, is preparing for the Christmas rush from his Hartlepool jewellery store. With over 36 years of experience, Mark is now recognised as one of the best jewellery designers, making bespoke commissions for clients around the world. Due to his popularity, throughout December you’ll see him opening his store from 9am-6pm, rather than 9am-5pm, on the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd of the month. “Most people work from 9am-5pm, so visiting the shop during opening times is impossible for many,” says Mark. “This gives customers the opportunity to come in outside of their working day.” Mark and his team will also be offering a voucher code that runs from 22nd November to the 17th December, so be sure to follow them on social media to stay updated with the sales they’ll be running. Visit or – or HOT OFF THE PRESS! Engaged couples searching for somewhere to tie the knot should consider Newcastle’s Great North Hotel, which opened its doors to the public last year following a £7.5m development. Now welcoming weddings, it boasts a purpose-built function suite and three packages designed to relieve couples of all the pressure of planning. Central to the hotel’s appeal for wedding parties is its Ouseburn Suite, with private bar, which can cater for between 25 and 80 guests and can be sub-divided to create a smaller space for more intimate celebrations. To aid couples planning their event, the venue has created bronze, silver and gold price packages, all of which include hire of the suite, reception drinks and a three-course wedding breakfast. Also included are a DJ and LED dancefloor, evening buffet, red carpet, and overnight accommodation for the bride and groom in one of the hotel’s suites following the wedding. Packages start from £2,950, with the hotel also offering bespoke wedding packages. Visit for more information. DON’T STRESS With Christmas looming, the thought of planning your nuptials can suddenly seem more stressful than ever. That’s why North Shields wedding and party hire specialist Vanilla Teas is now offering an Easy Hire DIY Wedding Catalogue, packed with beautiful items designed to make setting your own big day up easier than ever. “We know how difficult a time this is for many people planning their celebration,” says Vanilla Teas’ Helen Edwards. “The catalogue features items such as our unique chair drops that require no tying, or our beautiful new fairytale and princess range, which goes from box to table in 20 seconds. With options to suit everyone, from classic to boho, we’ve made it so easy that even the best man can do it!” Visit for more information. NEWS All the latest from around the North East Nearlywed 9 LOCAL NEWS

ICING ON THE CAKE Looking for an award-winning cake maker for your big day? Consider Durham’s Precisely Iced, who are offering Your North East Wedding readers a free four inch vanilla cake when a three-tiered naked or buttercreamed cake in sizes six, eight or 10 inches is ordered for their 2023 wedding. “I’m passionate about creating bespoke wedding cakes for couples to suit their individual style, budget and wedding day vibe,” says owner Nova Dawson. “Personalised sugar cookie favours are available for those who’d like matching favours for their guests, and I offer a free consultation and design service, as well as providing delicious sample boxes of my popular cakes for you to try at home. I pride myself on my attention to detail, realistic sugar flowers, and super-cute wedding toppers of you both – as well as delicious tasting cakes!” Terms and conditions apply; visit to contact Nova and find out more. SAY YES TO THE DRESS We were bowled over when we saw Stokesley wedding dress designer Kate Fearnley’s Platinum collection! This six-piece lineup – along with a selection of add-on separates including sleeves, skirts, and capes – was inspired by the celebration of her 20th year in the occasion wear business. The styles draw inspiration from some of the strong silhouettes and detailing used from her design portfolio over the years, featuring her brand’s signature style of handfinished embroidery and unique detailing. Now stocked in 12 bridal boutiques across the UK, including Kate’s own North Yorkshire showroom, visit to find out more. THE SPA’S THE STAR Fancy taking your mam or bestie for a relaxing spa escape prior to your wedding? Say hello to one of ESPA’s newest spa partners, County Durham’s The Retreat at Redworth Hall. Set in the tranquil surroundings of the Hall, the stunning Retreat leisure club and spa is a fabulous place to unwind with a treatment. Tucked in the North East countryside and set within Redworth’s 26-acre estate, the spa is home to an indoor heated swimming pool, poolside terrace, calming treatment rooms, relaxation and tranquillity room, and the stylish Retreat Lounge for light meals, including afternoon tea and drinks. Here you’ll also discover an array of treatments and therapies, from the ESPA Inner Beauty Facial, personalised to your physical and emotional needs; to the ESPA Back, Face & Scalp Treatment, ideal for unravelling tension through targeted massage techniques. Visit for more information. 10

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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 07873 854314 @infinitydecoratedcakes WE CAN DO VEGETARIAN VEGAN GLUTEN FREE Marjorie’s Florist One of Gatesheads leading orists which has been established since 1979. O ering value for money and assured freshness on our extensive range of owers. We have the exibility to work within your budget and our friendly, helpful sta will be available to assist and discuss your oral needs. Please call one of our sta and we will try our best to help. www.marjories. orist 0191 469 1246 | joanne@marjories. orist 2b Fewster Square, Leam Lane, Gateshead NE10 8XQ

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURNORTHEAST.WEDDING Closing date to 31st December, 2022. WIN! A STAY AT JESMOND DENE HOUSE Want to check out a seriously stylish wedding venue and enjoy an overnight stay to boot? You could soon find yourself enjoying dinner, bed and breakfast for two at Newcastle’s Jesmond Dene House if you enter this fab competition. Set within the exclusive suburb of Jesmond, just minutes from the city centre, this Grade II listed, independently owned boutique hotel and wedding venue offers 40 luxurious bedrooms and an award-winning restaurant; surrounded by a woodland valley dotted with waterfalls and rustic bridges. Licensed for weddings for up to 114, you can choose from four private rooms in which to celebrate. 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. Step away from tradition – it’s your wedding, so should be your rules. Enter now and you could win dinner for two in the hotel’s new restaurant, Fern, as well an overnight stay for two in a Deluxe Room, complete with breakfast the next morning. Head over to to be in with the chance of winning this great prize, worth £329 – and visit for more information on this boutique hotel and wedding venue. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs STYLE STATEMENT On your wedding day, light up the room in these statement gold ear climber earrings which bedazzle with four intricately cut moonstone gems. The sparkling gemstones, in a staggered line, descend in size and sit in an 18k gold-plated setting. Every detail has been well thought out, from the size of the stones to the slight curve of the earrings, creating the perfect mesmerising bold earring for a bold woman. Founded by Ramona Gohil, an inspirational female entrepreneur passionate about her British Indian heritage and culture Rani & Co is not just any jewellery brand; its crafted unique pieces symbolise how powerful women can be. Check out County Wedding Magazines’ readers have the chance to win a pair of Rani & Co Moonstone Climber Earrings worth £64.99! Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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

Durham Dream The best places to wed in this truly beautiful county BEAMISH HALL 01207 233 7 33| Beamish Hall is a breath taking example of 13th century architecture, beautifully secluded within the rolling hills of the Derwent Valley. With stunning photo opportunities at every turn, the grand country house setting and extensive manicured grounds provide the perfect backdrop for pictures you’ll share and cherish forever. From the light and airy style of the Monboucher space, to the original, classy oak panelling in the Shafto Hall, there’s a style to suit everyone’s taste. With endless décor and lighting possibilities, Beamish Hall boasts the perfect balance between traditional and modern elegance. As a fully licensed venue, ceremonies can take place in any of the venue’s seven function rooms and outside spaces. Shafto Hall is a magnificent suite seating up to 200, complemented by oak panelling, stained glass windows and a minstrels’ gallery. The Monboucher, alternatively, is light and airy, with stunning bay windows that overlook the acres of parkland and acting as a dreamy backdrop for your perfect day. The Monboucher seats up to 150; the spectacular Winter Gardens suite has a marquee-style roof and can seat up to 280; the Common Room is ideal for smaller ceremonies of up to 60; while the Drawing Room is perfect for a wedding seating 30. Then there are the 24 acres of beautiful parkland, with the Winter Gardens terrace the perfect backdrop for your dream outdoor wedding. 15 LOCAL VENUES

BOWBURN HALL 0191 377 0311 | Bowburn Hall offers Edwardian elegance at its finest. A pretty brick building, the Hall was originally a private home, where, much like today, visitors were welcomed with every effort made to ensure their comfort. An exquisite combination of traditional country house charm and 21st century opulence, current owner Ramside Estates has now extended accommodation into the hotel’s grounds with the addition of five new garden lodges, while a beautifully romantic garden pagoda provides the perfect location for outdoor vows. Its 20 individually-styled bedrooms are the last word in luxury, with crystal chandeliers, freestanding copper baths and antique furniture – while a spectacular four poster bed graces the honeymoon suite. Bowburn Hall can be hired exclusively as a wedding venue for the whole day, making for a very intimate atmosphere. The hotel’s stunning ballroom makes for a memorable ceremony and reception space, capable of hosting 160 wedding breakfast guests and up to 250 in the evening. The ballroom also opens out onto picturesque-landscaped gardens, perfect for drinks and canapés in the sun. Speaking of the warmer months, in summer couples can exchange their vows under an ornate garden pagoda, as up to 160 friends and family look on from their seating on the wedding lawns. For the younger guests, the garden also boasts an extensive play area. RUNA FARM 0191 933 7409 | Runa Farm is an intensely rustic inspired hotel, combining natural rural beauty with cool Balearic vibes for a laid-back and unique venue. The concept of the farm is natural luxury, with an overall feeling that’s chic, simple and calm. The relaxed Spanish influences freely intertwine with the venue’s natural farming heritage for earthy, elegant and beautifully immersive spaces. Of course, life on the farm is all about the outdoors, with Runa offering an abundance of opportunities to introduce alfresco elements to your celebrations. Think welcome drinks in the meadow, private dining the night before on the terrace, pizza slices in the kitchen garden, or fabulous feasts served up from their impressive outdoor kitchen. When it’s time to wed, say your vows in The Chapel (118 guests) – the hidden gem of the farm, it offers an ornate tented ceiling, smooth polished stone walls and shimmering lanterns for an ethereal and romantic experience. There’s also The Terrace (80 guests), a space where couples can say ‘I do’ outdoors. Your eating, drinking, and merriment is then held in The Old Barn (118 guests), a fabulous timber and exposed stone building brimming with character. Flanked on two sides by picture-perfect private terraces to transport guests to the Mediterranean in an instant, it’s the perfect area to party well into the night. 16

Hardwick Hall Hotel 2023 TWIXMAS WEDDING OFFERS AVAILABLE FROM £3800 EVENTS@HARDWICKHALLHOTEL.CO.UK | 01740 625295 And Ever After Photography

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

WALWORTH CASTLE HOTEL 01325 485470 | Nestled in the countryside, Walworth Castle Hotel can host your wedding from start to finish. The original part of the castle dates back to 1189, all of which is evident by the circular turrets, featured stonework and beautiful stained glass windows which adorn the property. Set in 18 acres of lawns and woodlands, Walworth Castle Hotel offers wedding photo opportunities aplenty, from the castle itself to the wishing well or even beside the oak trees – which are well over 100 years old. Your vows can be taken in any number of spaces, starting with the beautiful Ballroom, complete with 16th century coving and architecture and able to host up to 100 guests. If the sun is shining, choose to say ‘I do’ in Lady Palmers Pavilion, an outdoor ceremony garden which is very popular during the summer months. Or, if you’re looking for something really different, why not get married in a dungeon? Yes, you really did read that correctly – Walworth Castle has its very own dungeon licenced for ceremonies for up to 40! Wherever you choose to wed, you’ll have the entire venue to yourself, as Walworth hosts only one wedding per day. After the day and night is over, retire to the stunning King James Suite, one of the largest suites in the North East and complete with double jacuzzi bath and four poster bed in the castle’s turret. It’s the actual room King James IV stayed in, back in 1603 when he travelled down from Scotland for his coronation! RAINTON ARENA 01915 848630 | If you’re looking for a venue that caters for you and your partner’s faith, then Rainton Arena has all the expertise you need. Their in-house multicultural specialist wedding planners can take care of everything to the highest of standards – and for up to a staggering 1,500 guests! Whether it’s an Asian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Sikh, Indian, Pakistani or Chinese wedding, Rainton Arena can accommodate anything from a prewedding party to a lavish banquet meal. The venue can also be hired on an exclusive basis, with the team having access to the best North East wedding contacts in multicultural wedding design and preparation, taking even more hassle out of your big-day planning. Situated just a10 minute drive from the cities of Sunderland and Durham, Rainton Arena offers endless possibilities for interior venue styling, and lovebirds can add their own stamp to match their wedding theme. 19 LOCAL VENUES

PHOTO + F I LM North East based creative imagery couple WWW. RU THANDB EN . CO. UK @ruth_and_ben Kirklevington Hall, Kirklevington, Yarm, North Yorkshire, TS15 9LW 01642 792472 WWW.JUDGESHOTEL.CO.UK Judges only host one wedding a day, we look forward to playing our part in the most magical day of your lives Matthew Nguygen Matthew Nguygen Tim Stewart Paul Empson

BREAKFAST Wed & Say your vows and bed down for the night at one of these gorgeous hotel venues JUDGES COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL 01642 789000 | Judges is a grand and gracious Country House that dates back to the Victorian era. Inside, there are 21 beautifully decorated guest rooms for you and your wedding party to stay in, all individually decorated and furnished with traditional country house elegance. Outside, you’ll find manicured gardens, a small river, waterfalls and ornate bridges. Natural woodlands, complete with a network of unobtrusive pathways, provide guests with a chance to stroll, or they can instead simply sit quietly on a shady wayside seat and watch nature at its finest. Become newlyweds in the hotel’s Courtyard Suite, created from the imaginative conversion of the Victorian Stables. The suite offers a reception area, comfortable lounge, two bars, a reception room with French windows and a beautiful private garden, complete with a dividing wall so that an indoor ceremony for up to 130 can take place in a more intimate setting. There’s also the outdoor Gazebo for up to 75, where you’ll be surrounded by magnificent gardens; or the Lounge – overlooking the landscaped grounds, it’s ideal for a smaller gathering of up to 40. Afterwards, host your reception either back in the Courtyard Suite for up to 200 seated guests, or instead head to the Garden Room, an elegant and oak panelled private space perfect for a party of up to 50. 21 THEMED VENUES

JURYS INN MIDDLESBROUGH 01642 232000 | Jurys Inn Middlesbrough offers a fantastic and accessible location for your big day in the heart of the town. Offering couples a complimentary dancefloor and red carpet, they also have a selection of centrepieces available for you to use for your big day – plus they can even change the LED lights in your wedding suite to various colours! Added to that is a complimentary executive suite for you for the night of your celebration, as well as special discounted rates for any of your guests who may wish to book overnight accommodation. There’s even complimentary wedding tasting for your menu, plus free use of the gym and leisure facilities in the three-month run-up to your big day. Jurys Inn Middlesbrough’s spacious Cleveland Suite is the largest licensed room to host a ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception in. With a fresh and contemporary style, it can accommodate up to 200 guests for a civil ceremony, and has a private entrance with two exclusive bars guests can use. When it comes to celebrating after your vows you can even choose to have the Cleveland Suite split into four rooms, giving you the opportunity to have your wedding breakfast and party separate from other areas, with a total of 300 guests able to be catered for. LANGLEY CASTLE HOTEL 01434 688888 | Built in 1350, during the reign of Edward III, the castle has retained its architectural integrity and is now 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! Now the ideal castle wedding venue for your perfect fairy tale marriage, its medieval grandeur opens up limitless options. 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 you enjoy 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 to any wedding requirements, from woodland and traditional white weddings to tipi and Game of Thrones-themed affairs. 22

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 @langleycastlehotelandrestaurant @langleycastle @langleycastle Th e t ime l e s s v e n u e . . .

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

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 fullyequipped 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. ROCKLIFFE HALL 01325 729999 | Dating back to the 1800s, Rockliffe Hall is a beautiful red brick 18th century Victorian mansion that’s been transformed in to a five-star hotel. Couples choosing to wed at Rockliffe have the best of both worlds. Picture high ceilings and original features and décor in the Old Hall, contrasting perfectly with the contemporary and airy Rockliffe Suite. All set within a 375 acre estate on the banks of the River Tees, this five-star resort offers an exquisite choice of settings for wedding celebrations. There’s even a newly-restored Walled Kitchen Garden, featuring freshly grown produce, and flower beds bursting with colour all year round. The Rockliffe Suite is the perfect ceremony space for up to 150 guests. The largest conference and banqueting suite in the resort, it features a marble-pillared entrance hall, ivy-covered garden arch, its own private entrance, outdoor terrace, gardens, kitchen, lounge, fully licensed bar – and a possible four adjoining syndicate rooms! There’s also the Morning Room (50 guests); located in the heart of the Old Hall, this elegant room has feature windows overlooking the gardens. Receptions are then held back in the Rockliffe Suite for up to 150, where the in-house team of chefs can provide your party with your ideal menu, from traditional Italian antipasti and small plates, to outdoor fire pits, hog roasts and more. 25 THEMED VENUES

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of love Faye and Jack’s treehouse wedding was magical from start to finish Images courtesy of Paul Liddement Wedding Stories THE ACT Faye and Jack met at London’s West End Stage drama school back in 2012. “Despite it not being love at first sight, we became close friends quite quickly and enjoyed spending time together,” says Faye. “It was only after a year of being friends that we became a couple, and the rest, as they say, is history.” Jack proposed on a trip to Paris to celebrate Faye’s 21st birthday. “We went to Le Train Bleu for a fancy meal before going up the Eiffel Tower,” continues the bride. “I could tell that Jack was nervous, which is unusual, as he’s usually relaxed. We got to the top, and, while looking across the skyline, Jack got down on one knee and proposed. I’d hoped that he would ask me to marry him, but when it happened I was overwhelmed! It was an amazing day and made my 21st very special.” The couple set the date for the 22nd April, 2022, marrying at Alnwick Garden Treehouse. Here, Faye tells us more about their big day… Scan to view video 27 REAL WEDDINGS

We decided to incorporate a ‘rose ceremony’ as p art of our marriage, where the mother of the bride and groom place a rose in to a vase to symbolise the joining of families. After the wedding, we used the roses to remember my late Nan and my friend Paul, who sadly passed during the pandemic. I carried a bouquet of roses, peonies, freesia, delphiniums, thistle and eucalyptus, along with some white peacock feathers. My bridesmaids wore wrist corsages with roses, gypsophila, thistle and greenery, fixed on pearl bracelets and finished with peacock feathers and cream ribbon. My dress was Madi Lane Bridal’s Bronte design, a floral lace A-line gown with sweetheart neckline and off the shoulder detail. I accessorised with a jewelled peacock feather comb over a chapellength veil; a diamond pendant given to me by my Great Aunt; and a sapphire and diamond ring given to me by my late Nan. The centrepieces were made by my mum, using birdcages and filling them with faux flowers and peacock feathers. We also had sweet jars of pic ’n’ mix for guests to enjoy, while rose scented candles gave the venue a gorgeous aroma. We placed a stepladder in the corner of the venu e, with pictures of our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days, plus one of ourselves getting engaged. This was important to both of us, hono uring family members who were no longer around to see us get married. We decided a treehouse would be a fun venue to get married in, so travelled three hours up to Alnwick hoping it wo uld be where we said, ‘I do’. It was idyllic – so we booked it there and then! 28

We hired a bubbleologist as part of the entertain ment – and are so glad we did! The pictures look spectacular and gave our day a whimsical feel. Jesse made incredible shapes and entertained guests b y putting them in bubbles! We hired the band Borderland to play at our we dding, who performed everything from the 1950s to present day music. They also learned our first dance song, Falling Slowly from the musical Once , as well as Still the One by Shania Twain, for my dance with my mum. My two bridesmaids wore maxi-length forest green dresses with off the shoulder detail and a ruffled split shoulder sleeve. Both ladies also wore a 1920s-style peacock feather clip in their hair, to tie the look together. Jack looked incredible in his three-piece Marc Darcy suit and tan broguestyle shoes. I also bought him some commissioned cufflinks as a wedding gift to represent his maternal grandparents, who are no longer with us. Jack’s two groomsmen wore their own suits but with forest green ties and cufflinks. We wanted to make sure that they felt comfortable and happy in what they wore, yet had key elements to match us and our theme. For transport, we hired a beautiful 1920s-style Regent Landaulette, decorated with ivory ribbons and floral decoratio ns. It fitted our vintage souls perfectly, and I felt like royalty travelling to the venue! Jack and I wanted something different to a traditional cake, choosing cake popsicles, cupcakes and geo hearts, which were pretty but also practical for COVID guidelines. Instead of cutting the cake, we did a pop toast with our arms linked. 29 REAL WEDDINGS

I loved the fact that we did things unconventionally, such as having my grandad as our flower man, and my father in law being referred to as ‘The Lord of the Rings’, instead of the ring bearer. Those little touches made us smile and reflected our love story perfectly. FAYE & JACK’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Photography, Paul Liddement Wedding Stories | Venue, Alnwick Garden Treehouse Videographer, Kaleidoscope CFA | Registrar, My Northumberland Wedding Faye’s dress and veil, Nora Eve Bridal | Dress alterations and accessories, Petit Versailles | Suits, Fort Formalwear | Hair, Church Hairdressing Cake, Deluxe Wedding Cakes | Flowers, Simply Flowers Candles, Notes of Northumberland | Transport, AB Wedding Cars Band, Borderland | Accommodation, The Cookie Jar Hotel Bubbleologist, Jesse Ward Bubbleologist Having wedding photographs taken under delic ate pink blossom felt ethereal and magical. Our photographer, Paul, was outstanding, capturing the natural and organic elements of o ur wedding, while putting us at ease throughout the day. There was a lot of uncertainty when planning due to COVID, so we organised the day to a 30-guest limit. It was amazing having a smaller, more intimate wedding, as we had all of our nearest and dearest celebrating with us. 30

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love Who’d have thought a dog walk would lead to Simone and Jade’s happily ever after? Images courtesy of Michael G Shaw Photography PUPPY 32

Simone met Jade while out walking their dogs. “Jade had two foxhounds, Marley and Cruiser, and I have two jackhuahuas, Rupert and Hugo,” says the bride. “We often stopped to talk to each other, but it was a few years before we found ourselves single at the same time, arranging to take a walk along the beach for our first date. We’d only been seeing each other for a couple of months when lockdown hit, which resulted in me being furloughed from my job. Jade continued to work full-time, so I agreed to stay at his to look after the dogs as his usual walker couldn’t visit. It’s fair to say lockdown speeded up our relationship!” The couple didn’t intend on getting married at first, as they’d both been hurt in previous relationships. “One day I mentioned to Jade that I’d seen a stunning pre-loved 18 carat yellow gold emerald and diamond ring at the company I work for,” continues Simone. “It was quite close to Christmas, so Jade asked me if I’d like it as a present. I said no, as it was an engagement ring – so Jade replied with, ‘well, let’s get married then!’ All of our friends and family were over the moon, as they could see how in love we were and felt we should have always been together.” The couple set the date for the 9th July, 2022, choosing Great Ayton’s Howard Court for their big day. Here, Simone tells us more about their amazing wedding… OUR DAY, OUR WAY When it came to choosing a venue, it was important for Simone and Jade that their guests didn’t travel far. “In the end we only looked at Howard Court, as we knew straight away that it was right for us,” says Simone. “It was a very new venue and didn’t even have bathrooms installed at the time, but the owners had big plans for it – and we could see their vision. By the time our big day arrived it had been transformed into a stunning venue! We were also able to have the entire space to ourselves from Friday lunchtime until Sunday afternoon, with our families staying in the on-site cottage and two shepherds’ huts.” With Howard Court being a blank canvas venue, the couple were able to choose their own suppliers and decorate as they wanted. “I loved this side of the planning and painted our ‘Welcome’ canvas myself,” says Simone. “I also decorated the venue the day before with a beach theme in mind. I used lots of white muslin runners, pearl cluster string lights, glass tea lights and scented candles on the tables, along with glass cylinder vases filled with roses and sea thistle, as well as white pillar candles and seashells. Outside, we used lots of storm lanterns, along with glasses filled with pink and white roses, baby’s breath and greenery.” RING AND RING AND ROSES Simone left choosing their wedding florist in her fiancé’s hands. “We used The Flower Box in Guisborough as that’s where Jade regularly buys me flowers from,” continues the bride. “I didn’t carry a bouquet, choosing a white orchid wrist corsage instead. My mum, Jade’s mam and my bridesmaids had wrist corsages of white roses, while the men wore white rose buttonholes. We also made our own rose petal confetti, collected and dried by my wonderful mum and dad from their garden. My neighbour’s daughter held the basket and made sure all of our guests had a handful ready to throw.” When it came to weddings bands, Simone didn’t have far to look. “I work for Middlesbrough jewellery and finance company, Ramsdens, so was lucky enough to get our rings designed and made,” she says. “I opted for an 18 carat yellow gold band with half hoop diamonds, while Jade and I designed his ring together, incorporating our love of the beach – and his love of surfing. His platinum band features a sand effect on one half; etched in the centre with a wave; with the other half smooth like the sea.” 33 REAL WEDDINGS

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IT’S ALL IN THE NAME As Simone’s only four feet 10 inches, she wanted a dress that complemented her shape. “I was looking for a design that was simple and classic, while still highlighting my curves,” she says. “I found my Stella York dress in the Joanne Kay Bridal Boutique, initially only going there because my mum’s called Kay – and my best friend’s called Joanne! As soon as I put it on, I knew it was the dress for me. I then went to award-winning milliner, Lynne Young, for my bespoke hat. I gave her a brief of keeping it simple, but with a birdcage veil. She sourced a crystal moon and star to add a touch of sparkle, which was also a nod to what Jade and I messaged each other every night before we moved in together – ‘I love you to the moon and stars’.” Jade also looked the part on their big day, heading to Middlesbrough’s Bakers Bespoke Tailoring. “The owner, Paul, is a close friend, and has been in the business for over 40 years,” says Simone. “He measured Jade to perfection – and the fit was incredible. Jade wanted a slim Sixties ‘mod’ style, choosing a beautiful blue two tone fabric. He teamed it with a classic navy polka dot silk tie and handkerchief, bespoke Cuban heeled boots, and silver cufflinks, which were a gift from my parents. He also carried his mam and dad’s wedding rings in his pocket for luck. Jade’s dad, Peter, passed away a few years ago, so I never got to meet him. Having his dad’s wedding ring close to Jade’s heart was important to us both.” EAT AND GREET Food was another important element of Simone and Jade’s wedding. “Jade’s school friend, Matthew, is a professional caterer, and he nailed our buffet perfectly,” continues the bride. “Our friends and family enjoyed a delicious spread of salad and pasta dishes, seafood, Italian meats and artisan breads, along with a very popular hog roast. Jade also has a very sweet tooth – so I had to make sure that was catered for! We hired an old-fashioned ice cream bicycle, getting all of the kids invited to choose the flavours they wanted before the big day. We also had a rustic wooden cart filled with pic ’n’ mix sweets to enjoy, while our delicious wedding cake – three tiers of vanilla, lemon and chocolate orange – kept guests satisfied throughout the remainder of the evening.” A good selection of drinks was also readily available in the form of Redcarbased horsebox bar, Mr Bentley’s. “Carole and June, who run the bar with their husbands, are friends from my running group,” says Simone. “Welcome drinks included Pimm’s, pink prosecco and bottles of alcoholic and non-alcoholic lager, which went down a treat. They even gave our cocktails names associated with us and our dogs!” Then there were the other nods to the couple’s fur babies throughout Simone and Jade’s wedding. “Our invitations featured our boys sitting on the beach, and were beautifully illustrated by a local artist,” continues Simone. “She even gave us the original picture as a wedding present, which is now hanging in our living room. Our oldest dog, Marley, was quite poorly at the time, and we were so grateful that he still made it to our wedding. A couple of months later he finally went to sleep, and it means the absolute world to us that he was with us on the best day of our lives.” LET’S PARTY When it came to keeping their guests entertained Simone and Jade made sure that both children and adults were catered for. “I found a fabulous local company in Middlesbrough, Stargazers Tepee & Event Hire, who set up a beautiful bell tent for the kids to enjoy,” says the bride. “They filled it with plenty of cushions, throws, bunting and lights. It was incredibly popular with the little ones – and some of the older ones later on, too! We also hired a magician, Marc Dominic Thompson, who was a great addition to the day – and a real surprise for our guests. He kept everyone mesmerised with his card tricks and sleight of hand illusions.” The choice of music the couple wanted for their big day was also a vital part of their celebrations. “Alan, the DJ, is another of Jade’s friends, so we always knew he’d be the one for us,” says Simone. “He put together an amazing playlist of Northern soul, funk and old disco classics, which had our friends and family dancing all night. We also had our first dance to Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together, which was very fitting, as it’s what Jade played to me when he first asked me to be his girlfriend.” REAL WEDDINGS 35