Your North East Wedding - January/February 2023 (Issue 54)

JAN/FEB 2022 £3.55 FASHION, BEAUTY, HONEYMOONS, GROOMS AND MORE WIN! Light up LED letters – worth £350! Tie the knot in... Tyneside Congratulations! Enjoy planning the best day of your lives Have your cake With the region’s best bakers LOVE IS LOVE Jaw-dropping reader weddings

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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 85 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer their stellar advice 96 COMPETITION A fairytale escape awaits at Northern Ireland’s Ballygally Castle CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2023 VENUES 15 LOVE ON THE TYNE Where to wed in and around Tyneside 21 WINTER WONDERLAND Breath-taking venues for the colder months On the cover This issue’s gorge us cover, shot by Adrian Jackson Photography, sees Robyn and Lauren marrying at The Willows at the Woodmans. Turn to page 34 to see more ( 63 21 FEATURES 47 THE GREAT NORTH EAST BAKE OFF Wedding cakes with the real wow factor 52 CALLING ALL ANIMAL LOVERS Want your pets at your big day? Here’s how 47 3

REAL WEDDINGS 29 TAKE A CHANCE ON ME Never seen ABBA and Mr Blobby at a wedding before? You have now! 34 TEAM PLAYERS Robyn and Lauren fell for each other over a match of football 41 FIRE STARTER Sparks certainly flew when social worker Sarah met fireman Andrew HONEYMOONS 89 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY Sample a taste of the Mediterranean on the dreamy island of Crete 94 THE PERFECT GETAWAY Take a look at some of the best mini-moon destinations in Europe 97 DOWN BY THE RIVER Discover The Great House in Sonning, part of the Coppa Club collection GROOMS 79 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches 81 MIDNIGHT MAGIC We’ve rounded up some of our favourite outof-this-world products FASHION & BEAUTY 56 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 59 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your wedding woes 61 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 63 SAY YES TO THE DRESS Where to find the gown of your dreams 69 STRIKING SILHOUETTES Make your entrance in a fishtail dress, fairytaleinspired ballgown or slinky little number 75 SUSTAINABLE STYLES These designers offer something green created using eco-friendly fabrics 69 29 92 81 89 34 4

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34 A RIGHT LAUGH I loved seeing Robyn and Lauren crease up during their vows 47 HAVE YOUR CAKE This Nintendo-inspired wedding bake is amazing Do you know what I’ve enjoyed most about this issue? Looking at our reader weddings! I always love a good ‘how we got together and how my partner proposed’ story, but in fact it was seeing my couples crease up during their celebrations that really put a smile on my face. Yes, it’s a bit of a cliché, but my word it’s true. Looks fade, but laughter is everlasting, so nothing’s more satisfying than seeing two people who truly love each other have a good old snigger at what could well be the silliest of things; something that no one else will truly get but them. With this in mind let me turn your attention to the three amazing reader weddings we have in store. Over on page 27 meet Anna and Matt, who were friends for years before finally realising they were meant to be together. Trust me, you’ll want to read all about their big day – Mr Blobby and ABBA both rocked up! Next, say hello to Robyn and Lauren, over on page 32. We’ve never heard of a bottle of Lucozade being thrown over someone as a way of flirting, but it must have worked, with the couple saying, ‘We do!’ at The Willows at the Woodmans. Finally, turn to page 39 to read all about Sarah and Andrew’s Langley Castle celebrations. Sarah’s dress really does have the ‘wow’ factor and is proof you don’t have to be decked out in white for your big day. All that plus the best North East cake-makers (p45), unbelievable gowns (p67), honeymoon hotspots (p87) and more! Clair Claire Muffett-Reece, Editor Happy Eve Aft 96 WIN! A fairytale escape to Northern Ireland 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 Artwork & Content Coordinator 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 HEAD IN THE CLOUDS Wed in a treehouse at Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa 6

63 SAY YES TO THE DRESS At one of these reputable bridal boutiques 21 OUT WITH A BANG Finish your night in style at Wynyard Hall 41 FIREMAN’S LIFT Sarah’s face, as she was picked up by her husband’s co-workers, says it all! 29 CHILDHOOD HERO Mr Blobby surprised bride Anna at her wedding! EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Your Wedding Your Castle Your Way © Lawrence Sweeney Photographyy (main), Phil Punton Photography (inset) #NEWCASTLECASTLE With a variety of Wedding Packages on offer, our enchanting and historic spaces are the grandest location in the whole of Newcastle to host your special day! OurWedding Co-ordination team are ready to help make Newcastle Castle YOUR castle for one memorable day. Call us on: 0191 230 6300, email: or visit a setting as spectacular as you WORKING with VENUES ACROSS THE NORTH EAST 77b High Street, Yarm - 01642 781104 Fenwick Dept., Newcastle - 0191 933 7050 38a High Street, Gilling West - 01748 821037 WEDDING FLORIST

TREE’S COMPANY Your head really will be in the clouds when you marry at Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa! It’s all down to the wedding venue’s latest offering, with you now being able to say ‘I do’ in Dove; the latest in a flock of treehouses within Ramside’s 350-acre grounds. Perfect for intimate weddings and whimsical elopements, expect reception drinks on the terrace, sublime wedding menus and sommelier-selected wines for you and your guests, set under ambient lighting and fairy-tale foliage. Ramside Treehouse weddings are perfect for couples looking for something a little less ordinary. Whether it’s an elopement for just the two of you, or a celebration for up to 40, their dedicated wedding team will be with you every step of the way to help guide you through the planning stages and create your perfect day. What’s more, as well as treehouse accommodation, the hotel has a further 127 bedrooms and there’s even a Farmhouse which sleeps 10, meaning your entire party can stay and celebrate well into the night. You can even ease your way into married life the next morning, with complimentary access to the Spa at Ramside, where pure relaxation awaits. Visit for more info. PAWS FOR THOUGHT Want your fur baby at your wedding? Hexham’s Langley Castle Hotel have released a helpful guide to include your faithful friend in your big day… 1 Walk with them down the aisle Why not choose to have your furry companion accompany you to the altar? They could be your ring-bearer and precede the exchange of the all-important vows! 2 Arrange photo opps Wedding albums are a possession you’ll cherish forever, so make sure your pet doesn’t miss out on a photo shoot with you and your spouse! Just notify your photographer beforehand, so they can come up with creative ideas from the outset. 3 Have them join your ‘first dance’ If you need an extra dancer to join your choreography, you may want to consider including your pet! If they are playful by nature, they will enjoy a boogie with their newlywed parents! Just practice beforehand, browsing through YouTube in the lead-up to find the inspiration you need. For more information on how you can incorporate your pet at your Langley Castle wedding contact the venue at SPOTLIGHT ON… NEATLY SEATED Looking for a venue stylist with a difference? Say hello to Neatly Seated, a familyrun business established from 2009. “We’ve been growing the business and building up our portfolio across numerous beautiful venues across the North East,” says owner Diane Nicholson. “We’re passionate about what we do and aim for perfection, which shows in our reviews. Continuing to add to our hire collection, we’ve recently added a wooden hexagonal arch with flowers, as well as a neon Mr and Mrs sign. Then there’s our new green floral wall, which comes with a Let’s Party sign.” Still unsure exactly what it is you’re looking for? “Book a consultation with us, either in person or over the phone, so we can provide a bespoke quote and help you with all of your requirements,” continues Diane. “We’ve also recently launched our new website, so to celebrate we’re offering 10% off your wedding styling until the 1st of April, 2023!” Terms and conditions apply; visit for more information. NEWS All the latest from around the North East Nearlywed 9 LOCAL NEWS

BUDDY UP We might be wrong here at Your North East Wedding HQ, but we don’t think older relatives are going to be thrilled at the prospect of a Newcastle bar crawl for your hen or stag. Step forward Darlington Hippodrome, who’ve just announced that The Buddy Holly Story is back in the UK, with tickets available from Tuesday 28th February to Saturday 4th March. Buddy tells the story of the musical icon’s rise from his Southern rockabilly beginnings to international stardom, before his tragic death at the age of just 22. In 18 short months the bespectacled boy from Texas revolutionised the face of contemporary music, and would influence everyone from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones. Since its inception, Buddy has inspired a generation of multi-million selling jukebox musicals including Mamma Mia! and We Will Rock You, yet remains a musical phenomenon. Seen by more than 22 million theatregoers since it opened in London’s West End in 1989, it continues to have audiences rocking in the aisles across the globe! To book visit SHE’S A WINNER! We’re pleased to reveal that make-up artist Lyndsey Morgan was recently announced Make Up Artist of the Year 2022 at the North East Beauty Awards. “Held late last year, it was stiff competition, with seven others in the category,” says Lyndsey. “After sending in supporting evidence, ranging from client reviews, pictures and videos, it was a case of crossing my fingers! When the night came around, I was a bag of nerves – and to hear my name called as the winner meant I almost fell of my chair, much to the delight of my friend, who was videoing my reaction! I’m over the moon, and feel humbled and grateful to all who nominated me. It makes all the 5am starts to wedding venues more than worth it!” To see more of Lyndsey’s make-up visit LET’S PARTY! Engaged and ready to celebrate with your nearest and dearest? Head to Stanley’s South Causey Inn and take advantage of their recently released Engagement Party package. “The beauty of our engagement package is that it can be as laidback or as formal as you like,” says the venue’s Harriet Moiser. “We’re happy to discuss any of your personal requirements to build a bespoke celebration perfect for you, however, for £1,995 you can enjoy private hire of one of our spaces, table centrepieces, table runners, candles and tea-lights, a delicious evening buffet, giant LOVE letters, and our resident DJ for the evening, based on a party of 80 guests. You can even add extra friends and family for £20 per person.” Available any Friday, Saturday or Sunday in January, February or March, 2023, visit or email events@ Winner Lyndsey on the night DRINKING GAMES Last year was a busy one for Nickynoo Quirky Mobile Bars, however, it definitely paid off, with them scooping Mobile Bar Rental Company of the Year 2022/23 by the North of England Prestige Awards. The business, who offer a high quality mobile drinks service for weddings in Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland and Northumberland, are set to expand further still. “We’ve recently purchased our first mobile bar trailer, the Wandering Barrel, which we’re refurbishing for next year’s wedding season,” says owner Nicola Robson. “The trailer is an impressive 20 feet in length, which will allow us to cater for much larger scale events. Be sure to watch this space!” Visit for more information. 10

We specialise in vintage & shabby chic mobile bars, covering the whole of North Yorkshire and the North East. Fully stocked with local craft draught beer, over 23 types of gin as standard, including local gins, wine, bubbles, spirits, cocktails, soft drinks and much more. CALL NOW 07799 535 187 V I N T A G E M O B I L E B A R S P E C I A L I S T S Adam Walker

The Unique Tent Company is the leading supplier for creating memorable and unique outdoor events by offering a range of glorious giant hat tipis, sailcloth tents and vintage marquees that combine traditional materials with expert craftsmanship, giving you a unique all-weather-proof setting for weddings, parties, events and festivals in the North of England The Unique Tent Company 07928 602373 | enqu i r i es@un i que t en t co . co . uk | www. un i que t en t co . co . uk

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOURNORTHEAST.WEDDING WIN! LIGHT UP LOVE LETTERS & NUMBERS HIRE Planning your big day and want a one-stop-shop for all the equipment you need to hire to wow friends and family? Look no further than South Shields-based PJ Events. Offering supercompetitive prices, they offer LED dance floors, bouncy castles, slush machines, backdrops and much more. When it comes to your first dance, why not opt for their Dancing in the Clouds package, using state of the art equipment that produces low level fog to give the illusion that you are literally dancing in the clouds? They’ve also recently introduced their high-end X Booth Mirror, which comes with a great range of effects to even include company logos and brand names. PJ Events’ prices, flexibility and reliability sets them apart from their competitors, not to mention ensuring they’re always ahead of the latest trends. Whether you’re after a prosecco wall, heart arch or light up letters spelling out your love, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. PJ Events are offering one lucky Your North East Wedding reader four foot light up letters and numbers for your special day up to the value of £350. Head over to to be in with the chance of winning this prize – and don’t forget to visit for more of the fantastic wedding supplies they have to hire. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A TEAM HEN BUNDLE Fresh to Team Hen’s digital shelves are these new bride-to-be must-haves. The new Bride Make Up Bag (£14), complete with gold and chenille sewn-on patches, is ideal for stashing all those daily make up essentials in – and will look pictureperfect in the getting ready snaps on the big day! The matching Bride Weekend Bag (£38) is your new go-to holdall for both the hen do and honeymoon and can be paired with the coordinating Bride Travel Pouch (£16). All of the items are available to order in the brand’s blue Wifey design too! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a Team Hen Bride bag bundle including a make up bag, weekend bag and travel bag worth £68! Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Thinking about getting married, entering a civil partnership, renewing your vows or having a naming ceremony for your children? Then look no further than picturesque Northumberland as the perfect setting for your special day. Northumberland boasts an extensive selection of licensed venues for your civil ceremony. Whether you’re looking for an idyllic castle on the spectacular coastline or a stately home in the tranquillity of the countryside...Northumberland really does have it all. We also have some fantastic Register Offices and Council owned venues: Hexham House is a breath-taking, Grade II star listed building, situated in the heart of the picturesque market town of Hexham. The venue is home to our register office, ceremony room and seven luxury five-star self-catering holiday apartments. The House is located within a stunning park and each apartment benefits from views of the historic Hexham and the Abbey. Such an idyllic location will undoubtedly provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs. The tasteful ceremony room holds up to 70 guests and is an elegant, yet affordable choice for any ceremony. Each unique apartment has its own individual layout, style and high-end fittings and furnishings. They really are the perfect base for couples and their guests who choose to hold their bespoke ceremony at Hexham House. We are also thrilled to offer a discount code for couples and their guests who wish to combine their dream ceremony and our dreamy accommodation. Morpeth Town Hall is situated in the heart of Morpeth and is an impressive and popular venue for your register office wedding. Whatever your vision; Morpeth Town Hall can offer a charming location for your special day. The Ballroom holds up to 80 guests and The Ante Room holds a maximum of 8 guests. You can visit our website: to view all of our stunning licensed venues. You will also be able to check upcoming wedding fayres in the area which are a great inspiration and will help you to find local, talented wedding suppliers. You can even watch some real ceremonies and see what our couples had to say about their big day. Here at Northumberland Registration Service, we pride ourselves on delivering a unique and personal service to every couple who chooses our stunning County for their special day. As Registrars, we are not just here to conduct your ceremony. We will be with you every step of your journey; to take your booking, explain the legalities and to plan and personalise your perfect ceremony, as well as legally marrying you at your chosen venue. In Northumberland we believe that it is your special day and we want you to have the memorable and bespoke ceremony you have always dreamt of. If you’re looking for a day to remember and you are interested in Northumberland as your location, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly ceremony coordination team. NORTHUMBERLAND REGISTRATION SERVICE 01665 602870 | | Idyllic spots to make your dreams come true Northumberland….The perfect setting for your big day Hexham House Morpeth Town Hall Follow us: Weddings in Nland

Talk of the Tyne Tyneside is packed with wedding venue choices. Here’s six to get you started NEWCASTLE CASTLE 0191 230 6300 | Newcastle Castle enchants all who enter with its hidden passages, spiral staircases and historic charm. Outside, take in views of Newcastle’s industrial heritage, along with the bridges adorning the River Tyne. Arriving at the Castle, guests are greeted by the historic fortified gatehouse, The Black Gate, before witnessing you wed in the Harbottle Suite, licensed for up to 50, or the Museum Room, licensed for up to 30. Ready to eat? Enjoy a wedding breakfast for up to 50 in the magnificent Great Hall, and an evening party for 80. You can also host drinks in the Chapel for up to 30, or choose the Gaol (up to 50 along with the Chapel), where prisoners were once held captive at the monarch’s order! GRAND HOTEL TYNEMOUTH 0191 293 6666 | Nestled on the North Tyneside coast, this iconic building was built in 1872. Instantly recognisable from its grand façade, the grand staircase greets guests as soon as they enter the hotel doors, with the jaw-dropping features continuing throughout all spaces, as well as in the bedrooms. Your ceremony can be held in the Pearl Room, saying ‘I do’ in front of 35 to 100 of your loved ones. The Orchid Suite is another alternative for 100 to 150 guests, with its sweeping views over Long Sands Beach. Afterwards, celebrations continue in the Orchid for an evening reception for up to 120, or head to the Grand Chambers Room, a self-contained space with bar and dancefloor that can host up to 200. 15 LOCAL VENUES

HOTEL DU VIN NEWCASTLE 0191 229 2200 | A refurbished Edwardian building on the banks of the River Tyne, Hotel du Vin Newcastle was originally home to the Tyne Tees Steam Ship Company, with many of its features still intact. The interior boasts impressive reclaimed floorboards, renewed fireplaces, art and gentle lighting, while outside there’s also a large courtyard, which can be hired for your drinks and al fresco dining. Say your vows in the Shipyard, which can accommodate up to 20. There’s also the Bridge, a distinctive room for up to 10 with a bespoke mural covering one of its walls. The Bistro can also be hired for a ceremony, accommodating up to 80. Wedding receptions then take place in the courtyard or lounge, hosting your breakfast for up to 75 and evening celebration for up to 120. THE COUNTY HOTEL 0191 731 6670 | The County Hotel is a city centre hotel with a country manor vibe. Victorian grandeur and style are the focus of this historical building, with sweeping staircase and beautiful hung balcony framed with arch windows. Marry in the County Suite in front of 110, with its gold etched dome ceiling and hanging mirror panelled walls, all of which reflect the stained glass windows. There’s also the Mozart Suite, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the iconic station (110 guests). You can then celebrate the rest of the day and night in either of the above spaces, with a wedding breakfast for up to 110, along with a party in the County for up to 90, and 220 in the Mozart. 16

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 • •

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

LINSKILL CENTRE 0191 257 8000 | Built in 1932, Linksill Centre’s Trevelyan Hall is a vintage venue with a hint of quirkiness. Whether you want a traditional layout or a blank canvas, it could well be the match for you. Being one of the largest halls in the North Tyneside area, it can comfortably accommodate up to 160 for a ceremony or sit-down meal – with room to dance and socialise. After something a tad smaller? Choose Linksill’s Burnett Hall, situated near to the reception and perfect for gatherings of up to 120. You can even hire the Trevelyan Garden outdoor space for a reception of up to 120, with bespoke wooden booths, pergola, easy access ramp, and space to dance the night away. THE VERMONT HOTEL 0191 233 1010 | The Vermont Hotel is an award-winning venue that combines timeless elegance with unmatched style. The Ballroom was once the County of Northumberland Council Chambers, while the ABOVE rooftop bar, with its 360 viewpoint, offers stunning views of the city. Ready to wed? Say your vows in front of 110 in the Ballroom, boasting beautifully finished oak panels, inlaid windows and a spectacular chandelier. There’s also the Gold Room (110 guests); resplendent in the luxury of the late 1920s, it has an artfully divided layout to accommodate your special day. You can then continue to party the night away in either space, both of which accommodate 110 for your wedding breakfast, and 220 for your reception. 19 LOCAL VENUES

The Bosk Set in the Breamish Valley countryside, If you’d like a romantic, charming and intimate wedding – The Bosk can give you all that and more. We can cater for up to 60 guests and they can all stay on site in our 5* holiday cottages and luxury B&B. Location: NE66 4LW ¦ Tel: 01665 660129 ¦ Em ail: WEDDINGS TAILOR MADE JUST FOR YOU Hotel du Vin Newcastle has everything you need to stage your special day. Exquisite private rooms, gorgeous suites, a tranquil terrace and heavenly dining. Hotel du Vin Newcastle provides the perfect backdrop for weddings and civil partnerships as you glide elegantly from ceremony to celebration and beyond – all orchestrated ‰awlessly by your own personal wedding planner. With inspiring heritage sites, show-stopping ‹eatre, Arts & Culture, shopping and an award-winning restaurant scene, Newcastle Gateshead is guaranteed to o‘er up something to satisfy any traveller – even the most discerning. Come and fall in love with Newcastle and enjoy the luxury surroundings of the Hotel du Vin, located in the artsy Ouseburn district - a stone’s throw away from the action of the city centre. HOTEL DU VIN & BI STRO NEWCASTLE | 0191 229 2200 |

WONDERLAND Winter Want to wed in the colder months? Here are five magical venues to consider 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. 21 THEMED VENUES

HOWARD COURT 07851 063350 | Howard Court is situated in North Yorkshire with stunning views of the Cleveland Hills and Roseberry Topping. Set in 12 acres of pasture and woodland, its sparkling frost-covered lawns and Roseberry Topping’s snow-covered peak form a beautiful backdrop for photos. During winter, hours are short, but Howard Court’s fairy lights, festoons and firepit add light and warmth, greeting guests when they arrive or wander out for a breath of fresh air. Once inside the barns, it’s cosy and warm, with their sustainable ground-source heating keeping loves ones toasty. Marry in the Barn, which seats up to 100. With the hay manger as your backdrop – intwined with fairy lights or wrapped in greenery and flowers – this is an ideal space to say your vows. The Courtyard is another option, should you wed in the warmer months, or opt for the Riverside Cabin: surrounded by nature, couples could bring hay bales and choose to get married near the river itself. The Stable and Barn are then transformed into your reception area, where you’ll enjoy your wedding breakfast against a curtain of fairy lights, before it’s transformed ready for that all-important first dance in front of up to 150 friends and family. MATFEN HALL COUNTRY HOTEL, SPA & GOLF ESTATE 01661 886500 | Nestled in the heart of Northumberland, Matfen Hall is a Grade II listed building gothic in design. The Great Hall is decorated with historic tapestries and furnishings, while mounted stag heads, coats of arms and atmospheric lighting adorns its walls. The Great Hall also boasts beautiful stained-glass windows, through which natural light pours in. An ideal venue whatever the time of year, during the winter months Northumberland’s sweeping landscape creates a crisp, glittering wonderland, while the warm glow and ambient light of Matfen Hall’s real fires and candlelight provide the perfect atmosphere for your wedding. Ceremonies in front of 100 are held in The Great Hall, boasting a sweeping staircase for happy couples to descend and greet their guests. Adorned with beautiful decorations and natural light, its chandelier and tapestries truly set the tone for a memorable venue. Next, enjoy drinks in the Hall or Needham Bar, before your reception in The Morning Room (100 capacity), or The Vault Bar, an underground celebration venue boasting an extensive bar and dancing space for up to 120. 22

Weddings at Macdonald Linden Hall From the moment you and your guests arrive you are in the capable hands of our team who will guide you effortlessly through your day ensuring everything goes to plan leaving you to relax and enjoy the company of your guests. Make your dream day a reality at Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa. Find out more & enquire today: or call 01670 500 000 Find us on: Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa is a traditional country house hotel set within 450 acres of park and woodland in the heart of Northumberland. “ We had such a lovely relaxed and informal day, exactly as we had wanted it to be. Nothing was too much trouble for you, and our every request was met.” - Mr & Mrs Cowan Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa is a traditional country house hotel set witin 450 acres of park and woodland in the heart of Northumberland. From the moment you and your guests arrive you are in the capable hands of our team who will guide you effortlessly through your day, ensuring everything goes to plan, leaving you to relax and enjoy the company of your guests. Find out more & enquire today: or call 01670 500 000 Find us on: Howard Court is a beautifully rustic exclusive-use wedding and events venue, situated in rural North Yorkshire with stunning views of the Cleveland Hills and Roseberry Topping. Set in 12 acres of pasture and woodland, our quaint and charming farmhouse and barns provide the perfect setting for the wedding of your dreams. Tel: 07851 063 350 • Email: • Instagram: @howardcourtweddings

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

THE PARLOUR AT BLAGDON 01670 789935 | This venue, located within travelling distance of Newcastle, Gosforth, Alnwick and Morpeth, offers the perfect mix of elegance with a rustic feel. The grounds and courtyard create the ideal backdrop for your wedding images, such as the festoon lighting in the dusk – whatever you choose, there are several areas to get the best picture. What’s more, The Parlour at Blagdon’s new outdoor seating with heating, fire pit tables and comfy sofas, allows you to use the venue year round. Declare your commitment to one another in The Smithy, complete with feature stone walls and wooden beams with lighting draped between. With a capacity of 90 guests, there’s plenty of room for friends and family. If not choosing to wed in the winter, there’s also the option to say ‘we do’ in the courtyard, with the pagoda giving you yet another picture shot while tying the knot. Your drinks are then held in the newly-renovated Stables Bar, which opens an hour before your ceremony so guests can have a drink while they wait to be seated for your vows. The Willow Room is then perfect to enjoy your wedding breakfast with up to 90 friends and family, before an evening reception for 175. WEBSTERS ROPERY 0191 567 6950 | Websters Ropery, set on the bank of the River Wear, is a grade II listed building, built in 1793. Filled with an abundance of character, and once the world’s busiest rope house, each room has been sensitively decorated and tastefully restored to maintain the character of this wonderful building. It even still features the original open beams, exposed brickwork and stonework, as well as brass handrails and welcoming open fireplace. The Queen View Suite is licensed for civil ceremonies and can comfortably accommodate 100 seated guests. Located on the upper floor, the room has an abundance of natural daylight as well as beautiful views overlooking the river. After your vows, enjoy drinks and canapés in Webster’s Bar, enjoying its private bar facilities, quirky furniture and adjoining river terrace area. Your wedding breakfast can then be held in the Banqueting Suite for up to 100 guests. Afterwards, head back to the Queen View Suite for your evening celebration for up to 150. Featuring private bar facilities, a large dancing area, and resident DJ, the space transforms into the perfect party room to dance the night away! 25 THEMED 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

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onMe Never seen ABBA and Mr Blobby at a wedding before? You have now! Images courtesy of Unscripted Photography TAKE A CHANCE Anna and Matt lived in the same village, and went to the same schools, but never actually met until later on in life! “Over the years my friends became his friends, and we started to get to know each other that way,” says Anna. “We had a lot of nights out and holidays together, but we were never single at the same time, so nothing ever came of it. After being away for university and travelling, we found ourselves back in Newcastle at the same time, where we grew closer. Neither of us were looking for a relationship, but found ourselves wanting to spend more time together, and eventually both realised it was more than friendship.” Matt proposed on a holiday to New York in December 2019. “We’d been to see Wicked, then Matt said we should go and get a picture by the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre, as I was desperate to see it at night. When we got there, Matt stopped a passer-by and asked them to take a photo – but whispered for her to take loads! When I turned around after getting ready for the picture Matt was down on one knee. I was gobsmacked, as he’d given no signals at all – and I thought I would have picked up on something!” The couple chose Northumberland’s Hallington Mill for their 2nd July, 2022, wedding. Here, Anna tells us more about their big day… Scan to view video 29 REAL WEDDINGS

For table names we used pictures of us in the pla ces we’ve visited together, from Costa Rica and New York to India, Ibiza a nd more. We also tried to put people on tables where the place had relevan ce to them. We weren’t too fussed about a traditional cake, so chose tray bakes from a local cake-maker instead. We went for red velvet, lemon and chocolate Biscoff flavours, which were delicious. I wore a Savin London Rebecca wedding dress. I initially tried it on and loved it, but thought it was too low cut. However, the designer was able to alter the neckline – so I had to go for it! For our favours we chose Limoncello, as I love the colour yellow and wanted it to feature heavily on the day. Matt’s mum is also obsessed with lemons, so it made sense! We chose sunflowers and daisies with cream roses. Sunflowers are my favourite flower, as I love how much they reflect summer and happiness. We wanted somewhere fairly untouched, and Ha llington Mill was charming and peaceful. We both kept looking at each other when we were shown around, with a knowing ‘this is the one’ look. 30

Our photographer was fantastic! She helped out with other duties, such as helping people know where they needed to be, an d made us feel so comfortable. We had an ABBA tribute band, as I am comple tely obsessed with ABBA! They were incredible, changing costume seven ti mes and getting everyone up on the dancefloor. My sister is shy and said she wouldn’t do a speech, then surprised me on the day by coming out as my childhood hero, Mr Blobby! To overcome her fear meant the world to me, and Mr Blobby got a big laugh, too. We wanted our catering to be relaxed, so after canapés from Citrus Catering we hired food vans. We picked Chuco’s and Parmo-rama, because we thought that gave people an option, as well as Scream for Pizza for the evening, as Matt orders from them a LOT! My bridesmaids wore sage green floor-length dresses from ASOS, but in varying styles as they’re all different shapes. We had our friend as our celebrant, who was br illiant. She brought humour into the ceremony, but was also sentime ntal. She also wore a colourful fruit basket on her head to top it off! Matt and his groomsmen wore dark green wool suit jackets, with dog tooth trousers and rust-coloured ties. We thought this tied in nicely with the bridesmaids’ dresses and woodland ceremony setting. 31 REAL WEDDINGS

We were both so nervous to write our own vows, but are so glad we did. It’s not every day you tell each other what your soulmate means to you, so it was incredible to hear such emotional words. ANNA & MATT’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Photography, Unscripted Photography | Venue, Hallington Mill | Marquee hire, Pitched Events Co | Bell tents, The Northern Entertainment Co | Anna’s dress, YAP Bridal | Hair stylist, Lisa Cameron Hair | Make-up artist, Kelly Blick MUA | Flowers, Flowercraft Gosforth | Bar, Nickynoo Quirky Mobile Bars | Canapés, Citrus Catering | Catering, Parm-o-rama | Catering, Chucho’s | Catering, Scream for Pizza | Tray bakes, Cake Stories | Wedding rings, Reid & Sons 0191 232 1366 | ABBA tribute band, ABBA Revival | Wedding coordinator, Birdcages and Dragonflies | Toilet hire, Event Support Services | Generator hire, Gen Hire Remember that everyone is there because they love you. I don’t think we stopped smiling, and felt incredibly grateful for each other and the people around us. Hallington Mill are no longer hosting tent-based weddings, and are moving to their own rustic creative space, available for receptions from the 2024 season. Offering complete exclusivity on a private estate, set in a historic location, it boasts a renovated former water mill and barn as your luxury accommodation. 32

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players Robyn and Lauren fell for each other over a match of football Images courtesy of Adrian Jackson Photography TEAM 34

Robyn and Lauren met during their first year at secondary school. “We sat one seat apart in form, but didn’t like each other much!” remembers Lauren. “I always referred to Robyn and her friends as ‘the mean girls’, and Robyn thought I was a nerd! It wasn’t until Year 11, when we both started playing for the same local football team, that Robyn realised I was the only person that could get the ball off her. One training session, as her way of flirting, Robyn soaked me in Lucozade – and the rest is history. We’ve been together since we were 15!” Robyn proposed to Lauren on New Year’s Day, 2019. “It’s tradition that Robyn’s family gather at her Gran’s, but this year was particularly special, as Robyn had been in America for over a year on a football scholarship,” continues Lauren. “She was flying back again a few days after New Year, so her leaving was tough. Unaware of what was about to happen, we gathered in front of the TV, before Robyn streamed a video she’d made of photos of us together, over the soundtrack of Bruno Mars’ Marry You. When the video ended, she got down on one knee, before passing me a Christmas cracker that Robyn and her mam had hidden the engagement ring in. Obviously, it was a very easy, ‘Yes!’ from me!” The couple set the date for the 30th July, 2022, choosing Newcastle’s The Willows at the Woodmans for their big day. Here, Lauren tells us more about their amazing wedding… AGAINST ALL ODDS When searching for their venue Robyn and Lauren stumbled upon The Willows at the Woodmans by chance. “We were meant to get married in 2020, then Covid hit, and our first venue went into liquidation,” says Lauren. “Our second venue was gifted to us by a family friend, however, Covid meant we had to cancel again the following year. 2022 came, and we thought we were over the worst – until our venue was damaged by weather and our wedding was postponed once more. We then went on the hunt for our third venue, hoping it would most definitely be the case of fourth time lucky!” In fact it was Instagram that came to the rescue, with the couple’s friend, a wedding coordinator, posting a message on her story asking for help. “Ruth, the wedding planner at The Willows, replied, inviting us to go and see their venue,” continues Lauren. “We took both mams along – and every one of us cried. It was everything we’d ever wanted, a combination of vintage and rustic meets class. Ruth was so accommodating, and in that time of pure stress was the calming voice we needed. The views were amazing, the ceremony and wedding breakfast rooms needed no decoration, plus it embodied everything we could possibly wish for. When we walked in our favourite country song was on – it was as if they knew us from the second we arrived!” ROSES ARE… PINK When it came to wedding flowers the couple knew exactly what bloom should take centre stage. “We opted for the pink Mondial rose, choosing them because Robyn often surprises me with bouquets of roses when she’s coming home from work,” says Lauren. “We wanted a baby pink rose, as they look more timeless, plus pink is our favourite colour. I decided on a structured bouquet, asking for eucalyptus around the outside to match Robyn’s rustic bouquet and centrepieces. Structured is very much ‘me’, as everything has to have its place, whereas Robyn wanted something wilder to match her personality. For the bridesmaids, we chose bouquets of gypsophila, and I also incorporated them into my hair. All the men wore rose and eucalyptus buttonholes, while our mams were given corsages of the same blooms.” As The Willows at the Woodmans was already beautifully decorated, Robyn and Lauren didn’t feel the need to add much. “We kept the venue’s wooden chairs as they were to keep in with the rustic theme,” continues Lauren. “There are also huge chandeliers in all rooms, which again made everything classy and worked perfectly. We used eucalyptus rings for our centrepieces, which tied in with both of our bouquets, but without the expense of adding roses. A little gypsophila was added to break up the green, then in the centre we used vases filled with a mixture of pink pillar candles and floating candles. On our top table, we also had candles of different heights, with a mixture of white and pink pillar candles and floating tealights.” 35 REAL WEDDINGS

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COMFORT FOOD Feeing their guests warm and filling dishes was an important aspect of the couple’s big day. “We opted for no starters, but for the main meal enjoyed beef and turkey sandwiches, along with unlimited roast potatoes and boatloads of gravy,” says Lauren. “Our vegetarian guests feasted on halloumi burgers and roasties, while the kids tucked into fish, pizza and chicken nuggets and chips. Our night-time buffet was a delicious range of pubs classics, such as pizzas and bao buns, which were the biggest hits. Everyone raved about them – especially the tempura-battered cauliflower balls!” The couple’s wedding cake was another huge hit of the day. “We wanted our cake to match the minimal, rustic theme, with the whole vibe being very woodland,” adds Lauren. “The top tier was white chocolate and raspberry, with the bottom tier a chocolate orange flavour. The cake rested on a tree trunk slab, which was supplied by our venue. I think designing and tasting the cake with our supplier, Marielle, was one of our favourite parts of the process. She made everything a breeze, and is one of the nicest humans I’ve ever met! She even gifted us our cake because of all the stress we’d been through with the wedding! Regardless of her generosity, the cake was everything we could have wished for and more.” HAPPY SHOPPERS Two brides meant two wedding dresses, with Robyn and Lauren shopping in different stores. “Robyn wore a fit and flare gown with a jewel neckline in full lace,” says Lauren. “Creating an illusion of a sweetheart neckline, the back of the dress was lace with a trail of beautiful buttons. She also added a belt, which was stitched on to the front with several smaller jewels either side, leading to a large centre jewel. Of course, Robyn had the easiest dress shopping experience ever! She went in looking for a plain dress and tried one on, before realising it wasn’t for her. She then tried on a second – and instantly knew it was the one! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to put into words how beautiful she looked in her dress. On the morning of the wedding the videographer even said, ‘You are the prettiest bride I’ve ever seen’ – which seemed to be a common theme throughout the entire day!” Lauren’s dress shopping experience, however, wasn’t that simple. “I’d visited several dress outlets and was starting to feel deflated,” she says. “My body’s changed over the years, and in my head I wanted something plain and simple, as I hate standing out. I then went to Brides and Beauty in Gateshead with my mam, who saw a dress and asked me to try it on. At this point, we were running out of time, so I agreed – and it was perfect! I was most surprised at the sweetheart neckline, as all along I’d been telling everyone that I wanted something that covered my boobs!” SING FOR YOUR SUPPER With a famous singer in the family, music had to be an integral part of Robyn and Lauren’s celebrations. “Robyn’s dad is Shaun Foster Conley, who you’ll have no doubt seen many a time perform on the hit ITV show, Benidorm,” continues Lauren. “We wanted to kick the night off with songs we knew everyone would get up and dance to – and Shaun totally nailed it! His voice sounds very much like Tom Jones, so he was an excellent addition to our entertainment. After he had performed everyone was up and ready to party.” The singing, however, didn’t end there. “Prior to Shaun’s set, we also got our guests to all sing Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” says Lauren. “When the ceremony ended, our friends and family were handed out laminated lyric sheets; then the music started, and every single person sang the song as we walked up the aisle. It’s a memory we will never forget!” Even Lauren herself got in on the singing action, which came as a huge surprise for new wife Robyn. “I cannot sing in the slightest, but sang Valerie on the karaoke regardless!” she remembers. “It was totally acapella, but everyone was up dancing and having the time of their lives!” KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU You know a couple are meant to be when their little touches make all the difference. “Before the wedding, Robyn told all our suppliers to steer clear of my room wherever possible,” says Lauren. “She did this as she knew I’d be stressed – and a tad Bridezilla! – which in turn would make my mam anxious. Instead, Robyn invited everyone into her room as a ‘chill out zone’, but in fact it had the opposite effect. One by one all the vendors walked out of Robyn’s room back into mine, laughing at how nervous Robyn was. I, however, was happily lying on the bed, stress-free, reading the best things to do in Gateshead!” REAL WEDDINGS 37