Your North East Wedding - July/August 2023 (Issue 57)

Picture Perfect The North East’s best wedding photographers You and Me, Always Three couples share their incredible celebrations WIN! a honeymoon in Thailand Rustic CHIC Venues you’ll be itching to visit JUL/AUG 2023 £3.55

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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 75 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer their stellar advice 85 COMPETITION Win a romantic getaway to the upscale Avani+ Samui Resort in Thailand CONTENTS JULY/AUGUST 2023 VENUES 15 SUNDERLAND CEREMONIES Check out these stunning places to say your vows 21 RUSTIC CHIC You’ll be nothing short of bowled over by these stunning rustic spaces On the cover This issue’s cover was shot by Jess Lathan Photography (, who captured Jessie and Dan’s Middleton Lodge big day. Turn to page 30 to see more. 47 21 FEATURES 43 STYLE GUIDE These venue stylists are here to transform your big day space 47 SNAP HAPPY We caught up with 11 North East photographers who’ll capture the shots to cherish forever 43 3

REAL WEDDINGS 25 SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE Anna and Dan’s August wedding was an affair to remember 30 LOOK AT THE STARS A star-lit proposal was Dan’s plan for Jessie – but it didn’t turn out that way! 37 LOVE AND MARRIAGE Ailsa and Scott hosted an incredible day at The Parlour at Blagdon HONEYMOONS 78 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 80 MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING Experience five-star, desert island luxury at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island 82 A CELTIC HAVEN Peace and tranquillity await honeymoons at Galgorm in Northern Ireland 84 DO NOT DISTURB We head to Staffordshire to check out the spa mini-moon options at Moddershall Oaks GROOMS 70 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches 71 DRESSED TO IMPRESS The team at Colour Me Beautiful share their fashion advice for the groom-to-be 72 NOT JUST ANOTHER KEN Pink and white menswear options inspired by this summer’s Barbie film FASHION & BEAUTY 52 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 53 FRUIT PASTELS The mama figure in your life will love these stylish muted dresses teamed with delicate gold accessories 55 IT’S AN ILLUSION These bridal dresses with barely-there detail are sheer perfection 61 LOOK SHARP Nothing says girl power like a tailored bridal suit or jumpsuit 64 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 66 BEING SOPHIE Sophie Stonehouse on body positivity, self-love and flawless skin 69 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your wedding woes 55 37 80 64 25 4


15 SUNDERLAND’S FINEST Lambton Castle is just one of five venues to consider 43 AISLE STYLE Inspiration from top venue stylists Summer’s here at last, and for many that means tying the knot; glass of bubbles or Pimm’s in hand while enjoying the heat (which, to be fair, we need to take advantage of!). However, what I truly love about the North East is that weddings are stunning regardless of the time of year. Autumn brings with it a red and amber hue, with falling leaves and a crispness to the air; winter offers a taste of magic, thanks to incredible scenery and venues dusted in snow; and spring is yet another amazing time of year to say ‘we do’, with snowdrops and crocuses blanketing the grounds. I know you don’t need convincing, but just in case turn to our cover stars, Jessie and Dan; who married in cooler-than-cool January (p30). Or, for something more relevant to that bright yellow thing in the sky, head to page 25 for Anna and Dan’s August celebration. Elsewhere, I’ve plenty more inspo to gear you up for the best day of your lives. Venue-wise, check out where to wed in Sunderland and close by (p15); or embrace rustic chic with some oh-so-head turning spaces (p21). I’ve also been busy catching up with the North East’s best photographers (p47) and venue stylists (p43); as well as chatting to industry experts who’ve answered all your wedding concerns (p75). Then there’s all the prizes I have on offer, from a night out to remember at Darlington Hippodrome (p13), to an incredible four-night trip to Thailand (p85)! See you in September… Claire x Claire Muffett-Reece, Editor Summer Lovin’ 85 WIN An amazing holiday to Thailand! ISSN 2054-5231 Your North East Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. 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. EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 47 PICTURE PERFECT 11 North East wedding photographers to choose from ADVERTISING Account Manager Gillian Ward | 01376 538 485 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Editor Claire Muffett-Reece | 01376 535 611 6

13 COMPETITION Win Disco Inferno tickets! 69 ALL MAID UP Expert hair and make-up advice 37 SECRETS & LIES To be a fly on the wall to hear this embarrassing speech! 25 DOWN BY THE SEA Now that’s a wedding day backdrop! 9 HOT OFF THE PRESS! All the latest North East wedding news EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the North East SUITE SUCCESS County Durham’s country house hotel Wynyard Hall has revealed the completion of its new Duke of Wellington Bridal Suite and bedrooms. Tastefully designed to match the look of the estate; beautifully steeped with history; each room has been uniquely styled, with a classic and ornate Victorian feel throughout. From floral furnishings and panelled wall details to chandelier style lighting fixtures, rooms also include free standing baths and walkin showers. The brand-new bridal suite even features a stunning roll top bath located directly underneath the grand sash windows that provide views across the estate. Set amidst 150 acres of stunning parkland, Wynyard Hall offers guests a unique and unforgettable experience. With elegant staterooms, exquisite cuisine and exceptional service, it’s the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or special celebration. Visit for info. HAIR TODAY If you’re searching for bridal hair for your big day consider Marskeby-the-Sea’s Garden of Eden Hairdressing, a brand new independent salon. “I’ve over 13 years’ experience, meaning I can create beautiful hair for all your wedding day needs,” says owner Jade Graham. “From elegant hair up, to soft, bouncy curls, I can perfectly tailor to you and your style. After working in salons for years I decided it was time to start a new challenge and open my own business. The salon is everything I envisioned, with calming colours and soft furnishings to help people feel at home. I currently offer one to one appointments, and you’re more than welcome to bring a friend or family member along. Children and small dogs are welcome, too – having a small child myself I understand how hard it can be to arrange childcare around appointments.” For information and to book visit IN IT TO WIN IT Your North East Wedding is delighted to announce that Rockliffe Hall has reached the final of the VisitEngland Awards for excellence in the Large Hotel of the Year category. Boasting beautiful bedrooms, secluded grounds, amazing food, award-winning spa, championship 18 hole golf course and first class service, Rockliffe Hall is set within 375 acres and offers a multitude of spaces for civil ceremonies and evening receptions. “We’re delighted to represent the region at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence,” says Managing Director Jason Adams. “I’m proud of every single member of our team who plays a part in delivering exceptional experiences for our guests at Rockliffe Hall, and being recognised nationally would be a testament to their hard work and commitment.” For more information visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

LOOK AT THE STARS Looking for a night to remember while checking out a potential wedding venue? Consider Durham’s Seaham Hall, now offering guests the chance to dine in their much loved outdoor pods throughout the summer months. Offering an intimate experience to enjoy an al-fresco feast as the sun sets – or a refreshing outdoor cocktail in a unique, laid back atmosphere – each pod is kitted out with blankets and Bluetooth speakers, making dining experiences as cosy and atmospheric as possible. Those seeking the ultimate, romantic evening might opt to dine on a selection of irresistible dishes from the Summer Pod Menu, which offers up a range of mouth-watering delights such as Italian-inspired Caprese salad with sun ripened Isle of Wight tomatoes, roasted free-range chicken Provençale, and beautifully light pavlova topped with fresh, seasonal fruits and whipped cream. What could be more romantic than dining underneath the stars, and gazing out over the lawns, for an evening to remember? It’s the perfect way to relax while planning a wedding to treasure forever. For more information visit LET’S EAT! Considering saying your vows at Jesmond Dene House? Be sure to pay a visit and sample the delicious creations on offer by new executive head chef Eddie Saint. Now overseeing all events at the house as well as the Fern Dining Room & Bar, Eddie has worked in various establishments throughout the North East, from Hotel du Vin, Eslington Villa and Riley’s Fish Shack, before joining Jesmond Dene House in 2021 as senior sous chef. A keen lover of fish and homegrown produce, Eddie intends to plan events around these themes and bring some excitement to Jesmond Dene House, utilising the Secret Garden Kitchen for outdoor BBQs. The appointment of Eddie also coincides with the launch of their brand new summer seasonal menu at Fern, which Eddie and his team have created. Visit for more info. ESCAPE FROM IT ALL Northumberland’s Linden Hall Hotel has seen a substantial rise in elopement weddings in the past months, as more couples opt for a ceremony for just the two of them. Wedding and special events planner Louise McMaster believes it’s the desire to avoid family drama and save on costs that’s driving the trend. “Covid changed the way we think about weddings, and even though normality has resumed, people’s eyes were opened to the romance of a small affair,” she says. “I’ve never seen this level of elopement weddings – it’s definitely a big trend of the summer.” Thinking of eloping? Linden Hall Hotel is a 450-acre private estate set in idyllic countryside, with a championship 18-hole golf course, luxurious spa facilities and 50 bedrooms. Their Just Us Wedding package includes three nights’ accommodation, access to the spa, two witnesses, personalised menu, Champagne Afternoon Tea and more. Priced from £999, visit for info. 10

The Wynyard Club, Wellington Drive, Wynyard, TS22 5QJ | 01740 644399 opt 4 | @wynyardgolfclubweddings Wynyard Golf Club WYNYARD GOLF CLUB is a truly special venue set in over 200 acres of mature woodland and rolling parkland. Our beautiful and contemporary setting is the perfect blank canvas for your wedding. with a range of packages to suit all tastes and budgets, we can't wait to bring your wedding dreams to life! Photography: Stephen McDonald

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 • •

Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A STAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT Lakeside Hotel & Spa blends country house character with contemporary four-star luxury set within the stunning panoramic views of Lake Windermere – part of the spectacular Lake District World Heritage Site. With its unique location and choice of reception rooms and private suites, the hotel can cater for intimate wedding parties, larger weddings of up to 80 guests and even secret escape weddings just for two, making it the ideal setting and venue for an unforgettable Lake District wedding. The winner of this fantastic prize will be greeted with a glass of Lanson Champagne upon arrival and enjoy a three-course dinner for two before settling down for a good night’s sleep in a double room. The following morning, the winner can enjoy a delicious full English breakfast or Continental version. Classic Lodges is a nationwide collection of exclusive hotels that all have exceptional charm and character, whether that’s a peaceful country getaway or a city centre stay. Each of the hotels provides a friendly, relaxing atmosphere while maintaining Classic Lodges’ signature style, comfort and luxury. Steeped in history, all of the hotels have equally stunning views to accompany the suites and rooms. Visit to book a stay. For your chance to win, visit our website. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURNORTHEAST.WEDDING BEFORE 30TH SEPTEMBER 2023. WIN! DISCO INFERNO TICKETS AT DARLINGTON HIPPODROME Go and shake your body down at Darlington Hippodrome on Friday 13 October, thanks to the electrifying show that screams glitter balls and good times all the way. That’s right – if you’ve ever dreamed of going to New York’s Studio 54, Disco Inferno takes you there in an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of everything disco! Featuring the hits of the Bee Gees, Village People, Sister Sledge, ABBA, Donna Summer, Barry White and more, expect pitch-perfect harmonies and super-slick choreography for one night at the disco you’ll never forget. Disco Inferno is at Darlington Hippodrome for one night only – Friday 13 October – and Your North East Wedding has three pairs of tickets to give away! Visit to be in with the chance of winning – and visit for more information on what else you can book up for there. FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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 & BISTRO NEWCASTLE | 0191 229 2200 | 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

ceremonnies Want to wed in Sunderland or nearby? Check out these stunning places to say your vows LUMLEY CASTLE HOTEL 0191 389 1111 | Perched on a hill just 10 miles from Sunderland’s centre you’ll find Lumley Castle, a much-loved landmark and testament to a bygone age of chivalry and romance. A quintessential fairytale castle, complete with turrets, drawbridge, a pretty courtyard and sweeping driveway, it certainly makes the most stunning setting for a wedding. Opulence and comfort are the hallmarks of Lumley Castle’s interior, where Medieval features, such as flagstone floors and vaulted ceilings, coexist with spectacular Georgian plasterwork. Step outside and you’ll look on to the banks of the River Wear, with the hotel’s grounds the perfect setting for fireworks and photographs. The Castle’s various State Rooms can comfortably seat between six and 132 wedding guests during your celebration. You can also expect the highest standard of service on your big day, along with the finest food. The team of talented and skilled chefs are expert wedding caterers, working with you to create a delicious wedding breakfast using only the finest, fresh ingredients; sourced locally where possible. You can also take advantage of the team’s experienced wedding coordinators, to take the stress out of wedding planning for you. SUNDERLAND 15 LOCAL VENUES

LAMBTON CASTLE 0191 385 2435 | We love a blank canvas venue at Your North East Wedding – and Lambton Castle; just 20 minutes from Sunderland; is up there on our ‘wow’ list! Built of sandstone, with castellations, towers, finials and Gothic arches, the castle is nothing short of a fairy-tale dream! Outside, there’s five acres of lawns and mature trees with a panoramic view over the River Wear to enjoy as newlyweds. Inside, expect nothing less than pure, unadulterated grandeur, with four reception rooms which can be configured for any purpose, be it ceremony, reception or dancing. Wed in the Castle Portico (50 guests), Entrance Hall (35 guests), Main Hall (120 guests) or Panel Room (80 guests), before again hosting your reception and evening celebration in any of the above spaces. Besides the four areas to wed in and party the night away; you’ve pretty much free reign on how you want your big day to unfold! That’s the beauty of Lambton Castle – it’s unique in that it’s used as a venue only, which allows you as a couple to create your own perfect day. GRAND HOTEL SUNDERLAND 0191 529 2041 | grand-hotel-sunderland/weddings The Grand Hotel Sunderland boasts a spectacular seafront location, with the North East coast right on its doorstep and Roker Park; a beautiful spot for wedding photographs; just five minutes’ walk away. The venue also shares the views of the coastline’s lighthouse, which can be seen from all three of its Corner Suite’s impressive floor to ceiling windows. Celebrate your big day in an intimate setting on the seafront, choosing from five function suites, all licensed for civil ceremonies. This includes the Lowry and Boardroom spaces, which benefit from ever-changing impressive views of the coastline, providing couples and their guests with a spectacular setting for their celebrations. You can even take choose to stay in one of the 82 bedrooms available, including a choice of suites, family, accessible and dog friendly rooms. 16

Built in 1872, The Grand Hotel is a multi-award winning venue commanding attention over the Longsands Beach in Tynemouth, one of the most picturesque locations in the North. Where tradition meets modern. three exclusive function suites, three elegant bridal suites and endless photograph opportunities make your day a Grand one to remember. Boasting a wealth of wedding knowledge and expertise, our coordinators exercise an attention to detail and excellent efficiency to ensure everything is just right for your special day. GrandHotelTynemouth | tynemouth-grand-hotel | @grandhoteltynemouth & @grandhotelwedding GRAND HOTEL | 14 GRAND PARADE | TYNEMOUTH | TYNE AND WEAR | NE30 4ER T: 0191 293 6666 | E: WWW.GRANDHOTELTYNEMOUTH.CO.UK SPECIAL MOMENTS DESERVE GRAND EVENTS Book your one to one show around today with one of our award-winning wedding coordinators to create your bespoke package. Rennison Rae Photography Francis Burn Photography David E Williams David E Williams B&JSocial

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 | |

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 120 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! THE PALM 0191 933 4277 | With Sunderland’s The Palm it’s all very much about mix and match, offering five unique ceremony options, four wedding breakfast set-ups and three evening reception choices. Brought to you by the professionals behind wedding venues Newton Hall, Le Petit Chateau and As You Like It, it specialises in what the site describes as ‘providing the tastefully traditional; but also famous for delivering daringly different.’ With The Palm you can have your day your way! Weddings and receptions at The Palm take place in a number of spaces; so it’s best to email for availability and capacity for hosting your nearest and dearest. We particular love their tropical Garden – complete with palm trees and fire pits for a ceremony under the sky – and the incredible floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors of the Liberty Brown space, which opens straight on to the botanical terrace with vires of the Northern Spire Bridge. 19 LOCAL VENUES

Get in touch to nd out our availability to make your memories last forever - quote ‘YNEWM’ for a special discounted rate! WWW.POLSARIMAGERY.CO.UK Email: @polsarimagery We have received our wedding video.... it is absolutely amazing! Me and Jason can’t thank you both enough for the work you have done for us. So lovely on the day too. You captured moments I didn’t even see myself. Polsar Imagery have produced a video for us that we will treasure forever. Huge thank you. - Charlotte, Matfen Hall 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 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. 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: The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP • 01833 690606 • • #TheBowesMuseum Make Your Dreams Come True When getting married to the one you love, what could be better than tying the knot at an iconic building that was created out of love? Please email: or call: 01833 690606 for further details. @Amy Lou Photography

Rustic chic You’ll be nothing short of bowled over by these stunning rustic spaces NORTHSIDE FARM 07904 119327 | Northside Farm is an exclusive use venue nestled in the heart of the Northumbrian countryside. Comprising a converted barn and a gin gang ceremony room, it’s surrounded by 70 acres of land, lakes and woodland. The luxurious glamping site boasts 10 timber glamping pods, each with a firepit; four whimsical fairytale style cottages – all with fully functioning luxury amenities – and space for additional tent or wigwam pitches. Ceremonies for up to 150 can take place outside on the lawn, inside the barn or in the circular gin gang. The barn has a fully licensed wooden bar area adjoining to the floor-to-ceiling glass fronted main reception room, with flagstone flooring, exposed beams and brick walls. The circular gin gang, meanwhile, is a rustic and picturesque ceremony room with adjoining bridal dressing room. Outside the front of the barn and gin gang are manicured lawns used for drinks’ receptions in the summer, and a part-covered comfortable courtyard at the rear with stunning open fireplace, firepit for toasting marshmallows or for enjoying a BBQ buffet. After your reception – catered for up to 200 guests in the evening – it’s time to head back to the glamping site or luxury cottages situated just across the driveway. 21 THEMED VENUES

NORTH SHIRE 01287 642228 | Want a truly unique and alternative wedding? North Shire is very much the venue for you. This stunning wedding space, set amongst six acres of rolling North Yorkshire countryside, is a fully-licenced venue which prides itself on catering for any type of wedding you could wish for. From Viking or Hobbit celebrations, to wizard and witch-style affairs; they’ll happily adapt to every style of wedding or blessing you can imagine. Choose a ceremony on the lawn looking out over uninterrupted views of the sea; say your vows on The 11 Knights Stone Circle; marry in Hagrid’s Hut; or wed in The Orangery or The Enchanted Barn. They even offer handfasting affairs! Whatever you decide on, North Shire will cater for up to 450 wedding guests, with enough room to fit up to 75 overnight guests in their on-site fixed accommodation spaces and shepherd’s huts. You can even bring tents and tourers along, while the venue can organise vintage caravans and large furnished bell tents, too. Psst ! Be sure to watch out for North Shire’s resident peacock – named Fawkes like the phoenix in Harry Potter! PINCHINTHORPE HALL 01287 213250 | A stone-built Grade II listed country house oozing character, Pinchingthorpe Hall was built in the late 1500s; having had various alterations over the centuries. An intimate classic country house based on a medieval site with its very own moat and Victorian gates, it’s set in stunning grounds with picturesque views of Roseberry Topping and the North York Moors. With beautiful lawns for outdoors receptions, there’s numerous photo opps to be had. There are five rooms all licensed for ceremonies at the hall, although the Billiard Room, seating 60, is usually the favourite, with its flooding of daylight, beautiful architecture and stunning views. You can combine this for a larger wedding party of 75 with the Drawing rooms, or for up to 100 in The Stables restaurant. Your breakfast then takes place across the Billiard and Drawing rooms, seating up to 75 across the two spaces. Then, for the evening, you can dance the night away in the Marble hall or The Stables with up to 120 of your nearest and dearest! 22

THE BOSK 01665 660129 | The Bosk is a burnt larch cladded building set in the grounds of Breamish Valley Cottages. A modern take on country living with handmade tables, wooden sliding doors and gable glass end to show off the surrounding Cheviot Hills, it includes a bar made from wine boxes, along with full height ceremony room, private garden and stone-built pizza oven. Ceremonies for up to 60 guests can take place in any of the outdoor areas within Breamish Valley Cottages, or inside the main area of The Bosk itself. Receptions are then held in The Bosk, seating 60 friends and family on long tables. Psst! Be sure to take advantage of the 11 holiday cottages available to hire, which can sleep up to 54 guests, as well as the site’s very own swimming pool and Jacuzzi. 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! 23 THEMED VENUES

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OF YOURLove Sunshine Anna and Dan’s August wedding was perfect in every way Images courtesy of Chocolate Chip Photography Anna and Dan knew each other from a young age, but didn’t start talking until years later. “Dan was in Australia, and I’d booked to go travelling there,” says Anna. “We got chatting over Facebook about where I needed to go and stay; before planning on meeting up – however, Dan came home from his travels early for a job. I travelled for six months while Dan was home, and throughout that time we spoke every day. He picked me up from the airport when I landed – and that was that!” Dan proposed after the couple had been together for four years. “It was at the beginning of December; my favourite time of year,” says the bride. “Dan took me away for the night to Alnwick, proposing at Alnwick Garden’s Treehouse Restaurant. It was a total surprise, as even though we’d spoken about getting married, we were busy renovating our house, so agreed that was our priority. Needless to say, I was delighted!” The couple set the date of 11 August, 2022, choosing Barn on the Bay as their venue. Here, Anna tells us more about their incredible day… 25 REAL WEDDINGS

Neither of us are cake lovers, and we know friends who gave out cake weeks after their wedding. We instead decided on a selection of chocolate brownies, which went down a treat. To go with our bohemian theme, I wanted dried flowers which included pampas grass. The bouquets also featured subtle sprays of rose gold, just because I love the colour! We wanted our wedding to be laidback; and Barn on the Bay totally fitted that brief. We also loved how close the venue was to the beach – one guest even went for a dip on the day! The wedding arch featured one of my own macramé pieces, which I do as a hobby in my spare time. It’s now available to hire via our florist, so I’m excited to see it at other weddings! The bouquets were used as centre pieces for the tables, with Barn on the Bay also discussing with us the type of colours and textures we wanted for the tables. We made the table plan ourselves. We took ideas off Pinterest, did a bit of shopping for collage photo frames on eBay, and printed the table plans off. 26

I absolutely love green, so it was always going to be the colour theme for our day. I asked my bridesmaids to choose their own dress style as long as it was in… you guessed it… green! Dan and his groomsmen wore lightweight beige linen suits, which perfectly complemented our bridesmaids’ dresses – and also kept them cool in the heat. My Cate by Madi Lane gown was the first dress I tried on. I never wear white, so I loved how the dress had a nude underskirt. I also don’t like anything fussy, so the embroidered detail was perfect. Out of the two of us, it’s always me who blubbers at things like weddings, but Dan actually became quite emotional when we were saying our vows, which I didn’t expect. We actually didn’t get legally married on our wedding day, choosing our close friend, Sonny, as our officiant. We chose our own vows and Sonny also included a poem which defined marriage. We asked a select number of friends and family to drive us in their cars. My godfather drove me, my dad and my sister, and it was extremely helpful having the usual family banter to calm my nerves. 27 REAL WEDDINGS

Food was always going to be a big part of our day, choosing Acropolis after being regular customers of theirs. It was exactly what we wanted; relaxed, informal and delicious! We also had the band Midnight Train perform for the evening. They got everyone up on their feet, including one of our caterers, who also happens to be a professional Greek dancer! Make sure you steal each other away for a bit, leaving your guests to go and hide! We took a drink and plate of appetisers and sat with each other for 10 minutes with no one else around. ANNA & DAN’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Photography, Chocolate Chip Photography | Venue, Barn on the Bay Videography, | Anna’s dress, Elizabeth George Bridal | Suits, ASOS | Hair, Amari Bridal Hair Specialist by Gemma | Make-up, Make-up by Gabrielle | Flowers, The Bloomin’ Gals Daytime catering, Acropolis Street Food | Evening catering, KK Catering Brownies, Big Boy Brownies | Rings, Old Eldon Jewellers Daytime entertainment, JustSO | Evening entertainment, Midnight Train We wanted live music rather than a playlist or a DJ. JustSO sang throughout our ceremony and reception drinks, creating the atmosphere we wanted while everyone mingled. 28

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Look at the Stars A proposal under the stars was Dan’s plan for Jessie – although it didn’t turn out that way! Images courtesy of Jess Lathan Photography 30

Jessie and Dan met at work. “I had a meeting with Dan in my first couple of weeks and he was so formal I thought he hated me!” remembers Jessie. “Eight months later, he went on a business trip to the Philippines, and I heard him mention that he didn’t want to go. I reached out to him over our work chat to check in and ask how it was going, and we ended up talking non-stop the whole time he was there!” Dan proposed when the couple had been together four years. “We booked a getaway to a log cabin in the Scottish borders, where we were expecting to have amazing views of the stars from our hot tub,” says Jessie. “However, we actually ended up with a really cloudy night and couldn’t see a thing! Dan eventually asked me to marry him while we were sat on a bench in our coats under the clouds – but it was just as lovely. I had a feeling for a few months that a proposal might be coming, but I didn’t expect the ring he chose. It was a yellow sapphire, which was so unusual and special to me.” The couple set the date for the 2 January, 2023, choosing Middleton Lodge for their big day. Here, Jessie tells us more… JUST THE TWO OF US Jessie and Dan had originally planned to elope to Gretna Green. “We talked a lot about waiting for five years and then marrying in front of a few of our closest friends and family,” continues the bride. “We then got Googling, and decided to visit one venue out of curiosity, as it was the perfect distance between Dan’s family and mine. We fell for Middleton Lodge completely! I love period properties and it has such gorgeous Georgian charm, including the big oval hall with curved staircase, where we ended up having our ceremony. The lady who showed us around made a joke that if we got married in January she’d do a good deal, and so we decided to go for it there and then! So much for the five year elopement we said we wanted – instead we ended up with six months to plan a big wedding!” With little time to spare, the couple flew into action. “I reached out to Loved by Lucy for her handwritten stationary, as her style really complemented the beautiful house we were getting married in,” says Jessie. “She sent me a picture of the table plan a few days before the wedding on Instagram, and accidentally put a filter with little white stars over the picture. I loved them so much as it reminded me of our (very much not starry) engagement, so I asked her to draw them on to the acrylic! She also created our place names and table number signs in the same handwritten style as our plan; even adding pink ribbon to each place name to match the flowers.” FLOWER POWER When it came to the couple’s flowers, Jessie and Dan trusted the judgement of the wedding photographer they’d chosen, who suggested a florist they’d worked with before. “We had no real idea of what we wanted, so asked her to go with whatever she thought would look best,” says the bride. “Hannah created an incredible look book for the day with a colour scheme, inspiration pictures, and a list of the flowers she was planning to source. It was better than anything we could have done! We also planned the other parts of our day, such as flower girl dresses and table styling, to match the look book she created for us.” Cake-wise, it was down to Dan’s mum, Janet, to take charge. “You’ll find no better baker than Janet!” says Jessie. “She made her signature carrot cupcakes, as well as Bailey’s and chocolate and red velvet flavoured creations. They were way better than anything we could have bought! For the actual cake cutting, we ended up buying a plain two-tier design from M&S, sticking a few icing flowers on it. It was simple and effective; with all the guests tucking into Janet’s cupcakes instead.” Scan to view video 31 REAL WEDDINGS

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OPPOSITES ATTRACT Jessie’s gown was the total opposite of what she was looking for. “I wore the Madison James Marlette design, which Danni at Sisters of Grace asked me to try on as her wild card. I was instantly sold! I really wasn’t looking for strapless, but the back of the dress was so beautiful that I had to go for it. The amazing seamstress at Diva Designs For You had the idea to add some flutter sleeves for a bit of extra coverage, and she made them detachable for the after-party. I was also able to buy the sample dress off the rail given the short notice of our wedding, so it turned out to be another huge saving!” Dan also ensured he looked the part for the couple’s day. “He chose a dark green corduroy suit which was very fitting for the time of year,” continues Jessie. “Teaming it with a gold tie pin and sleeve garters to match his gold wedding ring, he also bought some black Oxford-style shoes for the day. He got tons of compliments on his suit, and we’re now looking for any occasion for him to wear it again!” SOUND OF MUSIC Music was a key theme throughout Jessie and Dan’s wedding. “Our pianist Ray played in the main house for the ceremony and drinks reception, and kept the music going throughout the wedding breakfast in the marquee,” says the bride. “We had a DJ play for a couple of hours after our first dance to Sigrid’s Home To You, but the real party started when we moved into the cellar bar beneath the main house. Our friends brought glow sticks, and the two barmen played DJ, picking the best tunes from a Spotify playlist to keep the party going until 2am. Those guys deserve a raise!” As with all weddings, the day wasn’t without the odd hiccup. “The videographers were in the bridal suite while I got ready in the morning, and they mentioned they were going over to get some footage of Dan,” remembers Jessie. “I text him to let them know they were coming, and as a joke said not to get in the shower as they wanted some shower footage! About 20 minutes later I was just finishing getting ready, only to pick up my phone to find Dan had thought I was serious and was panicking that they still hadn’t arrived. He’d been waiting for them for his ‘shower shoot’ and was nearly late for the guests arriving!” REAL WEDDINGS 33

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marriage Ailsa and Scott hosted a wedding to remember at The Parlour at Blagdon Images courtesy of Laura Eddolls Photography Ailsa and Scott met at work. “I was Scott’s manager, with us trying to be serious at work making things tricky at the start,” says the bride. “However, his smile and humour soon drew me to him. We’re also the total opposites: I’m serious, and he isn’t, and I hate mess – and he’s so untidy! It just goes to show that opposites do attract!” Scott popped the question after the couple had been together six years. “We took a trip to Scotland, exploring Loch Fyne and Loch Lomond,” continues Ailsa. “I always said if Scott was ever to propose, not to do it up a hill or mountain, as although I enjoy it I’m partial to moaning about the climb! Of course, he ignored that, finding a hill and having us walk higher and higher. I whinged and whinged until we got to the top, before we sat on a bench and discussed what to do next. Scott asked if I’d enjoyed all the surprises – the locations in Scotland and activities he’d planned. He then said; ‘I have one more surprise’, which was when he got down on one knee. I burst out crying – it was the happiest I’d ever felt and it was so special being just the two of us.” The couple set the date of 18 February, 2023 – Ailsa’s 30th birthday – choosing The Parlour at Blagdon as their venue. Here, Ailsa tells us more about their big day… LOVE & 37 REAL WEDDINGS

When visiting The Parlour at Blagdon we instantly fell in love! I felt a rush of excitement when I stepped foot in the ceremony room, as I could envision myself getting married there. The centrepieces on the table were jam jars built up from a year’s collection and a lot of flowers supplied by our venue stylist. I made the table plans myself, incorporating photos of our pets on them, as we couldn’t find a design we liked. Our florist was amazing from the get-go. She made the most beautiful bouquet using eucalyptus, lisianthus, gypsophelia, white delphinium, asparagus fern and white roses. Scott’s a joker and likes to wind his friends up, so we picked shots as favours for our guests to do during his speech. Their faces said it all! 38

On the morning of our wedding I was so excited and couldn’t wait to start getting ready. We popped the Prosecco and started the very early 5am morning preparations! We made our own place names, as Scott’s view was ‘people look to find their seat, and that’s that’. I couldn’t argue – he had a point! For someone who isn’t bothered by styles, every single suit Scott tried on wasn’t right! Eventually we found the perfect ones in Next; plain navy with grey waistcoat and pink tie. I knew I wanted a dress with lace, and something which complemented my figure. My Stella York gown was breath-taking, and I felt so confident and happy wearing it. I had eight bridesmaids, and wanted them all to feel beautiful on the day. I ordered a variety of dresses, and it was lovely spending an afternoon together trying them on. 39 REAL WEDDINGS