Your North East Wedding - January/February 2024 (Issue 60)

DELECTABLE DELIGHTS Be inspired by these seasonal wedding cakes A honeymoon in Jamaica JAN/FEB 2024 £3.55 Always & FOREVER On-trend fashion NORTH EAST WEDDING WIN! Back to NATURE Romantic weddings

Are you looking for a unique and unforgettable wedding venue? Look no further than Blackton Grange Estate! �is stunning celebration estate is all about creating memories and spending time with loved ones. With full exclusivity of the estate for two nights or more, you can tailor your wedding to your individual needs. And unlike many wedding venues, there are no packages or corkage fees, and you have 100% �lexibility to choose your own food and drink suppliers. One of the best things about Blackton Grange Estate is that it is entirely your own. You won’t have to share the space with anyone else, meaning you can truly make it your own. Set within 11 acres of Designated Dark Skies Wilderness, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s the perfect place to celebrate life’s biggest milestones. �e newly renovated farmhouse on the estate can accommodate up to 17 guests, so you can keep your loved ones close by throughout your celebration. And to make your day as stress-free as possible, Blackton Grange Estate comes with a dedicated coordinator who will help ensure everything runs smoothly. Prices start from just £4,200 for a 2 day/night hire, which includes full exclusive use of the estate, luxury farmhouse accommodation for up to 17 guests, a licensed wedding barn with ceremony space for 70, dining space for 70 evening party space for 90, and a personal wedding coordinator. And as a dry hire venue, you have complete control over every aspect of your event, from the food to the decor to the entertainment. �is means you can make your special day truly unique and save money by choosing your own vendors and avoiding any hidden fees from the venue. At Blackton Grange Estate, every story deserves a happily ever a�ter. Contact us today to start planning your dream celebration and make your special day everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Blackton Grange Estate, Baldersdale, Barnard Castle, DL12 9UX Facebook: BlacktonGrangeEstate Instagram: BlacktonGrangeEstate Email: Web :

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER What to look out for in this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the North East 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 51 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 76 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2024 VENUES 15 SPOTLIGHT ON TYNESIDE Discover some of the best local venues 19 WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND Tie the knot in a venue perfect for a festive celebration On the cover... This issue’s cover is from Charlotte and Matthew’s beautiful wedding. It was photographed by Amy Lou Photography ( at Wynyard Hall ( To see more from their big day, turn to page 25. 47 15 FEATURES 43 DELECTABLE DELIGHTS Mouth-watering wedding cakes 47 LOVE BLOOMS A team of local suppliers worked together to create this styled shoot at Michelangelo’s 65 ROCK THAT FROCK The latest seasonal wedding dresses 3

REAL WEDDINGS 25 BACK TO NATURE Charlotte and Matthew incorporated their love of plants and greenery into their big day at Wynyard Hall 30 CLASSIC ELEGANCE Ashleigh and Joe planned a timeless wedding at Halton Grove 37 CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS Jess and Ryan had been together for more than a decade when they tied the knot at the Blackwell Grange Hotel HONEYMOONS 82 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 84 A SONG OF SUN AND SEA We reveal why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination 86 VIVA ESPAÑA! Experience the finer side of life at Hostal de La Gavina in Spain’s Costa Brava 88 PARISIAN ELEGANCE Part of the prestigious Oetker Collection, Le Bristol Paris is everything you could dream of from a once in a lifetime visit to La Ville-Lumière, The City of Light GROOMS 77 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 78 RING-A-DING-DING How to choose the perfect wedding ring 79 SKIN DEEP Strictly Come Dancing star and Shakeup ambassador, Neil Jones reveals his skincare tips for grooms-to-be 80 RUSTIC CHIC We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 54 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 55 DAINTY DETAILS Say “I do” in these model looks 60 LITTLE GEMS Wedding guests will love the bright jewel colours that are trending this season 61 SUPERMODEL STYLE Dare to bare in a plunging, off-the-shoulder or sweetheart-shaped neckline 70 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 72 SKINCARE 101 Holistic therapist and SBC Skincare’s head of education, Adele O’Donoghue shares her ultimate guide to wedding-prep skincare 74 BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 75 WEDDING WELLNESS Wedding planning can be a stressful business, so we’ve gathered together our top wellness picks to help you start 2024 on the right foot 25 37 84 30 55 4

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43 76 The time of year is a great way to narrow down the flavours, colours and design of your wedding cake. With this in mind, we’ve asked talented local suppliers to share some of their favourite seasonal creations to help inspire you. Read all about the latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. Win an all-inclusive honeymoon in Jamaica worth nearly £4,500! I can’t believe that Christmas has come and gone already; it seems like only yesterday that we were welcoming 2023. I got engaged to my husband on Christmas Day during one of the many lockdowns, so the festive season holds a special place in my heart. For those of you who found a ring underneath the Christmas tree, congratulations! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we know that many more of you will be getting engaged soon, and we can’t wait to help you plan your special day. In every issue, we highlight some of the best local venues, ask experts for their advice, and showcase the latest fashion trends. Planning your wedding can feel overwhelming, especially at the beginning, but try not to panic. Weddings aren’t onesize-fits-all, so make the day about you, your interests and your love story. For example, if you love Harry Potter, why not incorporate it into your day? After all, it’s your wedding! Having trouble getting started? I found the best thing to do when I got engaged was to make a list of everything that I’d like to include in my day. From the big things like the venue and photographer down to the smaller details such as the cake topper and jewellery. The list might be a few sentences, or five pages long(!); both are absolutely fine. The list is there so you can find which items are important to you and to help you to focus on one thing at a time. My number one piece of advice would be to focus on your venue first, as this will dictate the day and time that you’re getting married. Due to the knock-on effects of the pandemic, many venues are still getting booked years in advance, so get your dream space locked in as soon as possible and then you can start thinking about your other suppliers. If you’re not sure what type of venue you want for your big day, check out our venue features for heaps of inspiration. Happy planning! Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior editor Love is in the air 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 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Senior Editor Melissa Cullen | 01376 535 611 82 ADVERTISING Account Manager Amii Matthews | 01376 538 560 6

Check out these on-trend dresses full of beautiful details. 55 37 Jess and Ryan had been together for more than a decade when they tied the knot at the Blackwell Grange Hotel. 55 25 Ashleigh and Joe planned a timeless wedding at Halton Grove. 77 47 19 30 Dreaming of tying the knot in a winter wonderland? Head over to our venues feature for heaps of inspiration. We reveal the latest best buys and product launches for the groom-to-be. A team of local suppliers worked together to create this styled shoot at Michelangelo’s. Charlotte and Matthew incorporated their love of plants and greenery into their big day at Wynyard Hall. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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 | ALLENSFORD NORTHUMBERLAND DH8 9BB

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the North East CONGRATULATIONS! Paul Blackett, the North East Wedding Celebrant, has been crowned ‘Wedding Celebrant of the Year for the North East and Yorkshire Regions’ at the Wedding Industry Awards. Looking forward to the national final, Paul told us: “I’m absolutely over the moon to have been recognised at The Wedding Industry Awards and immensely grateful to all the wonderful couples I’ve had the privilege of performing wedding ceremonies for, who voted for me. Their support means the world to me. Winning this award also helps spread the message to engaged couples that they have a choice; they can opt for a one-of-a-kind, humanist wedding ceremony as a beautiful alternative to a standard church or registrar ceremony. And that, without a doubt, is a truly wonderful thing!” Find out more at A MUST-SEE DISCOUNT Gretna Green, a family-owned wedding destination located in Dumfries and Galloway, is offering 30 per cent off its luxury wedding packages for two, six, or 10 guests (including the couple). Tie the knot in the Famous Blacksmiths Shop, situated at the heart of Gretna Green village. It’s the world-famous, historic home of the anvil wedding and has been at the centre of runaway love since the Marriage Act of 1754. Alternatively, you can say your vows in the Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House. Gretna Hall was the venue of choice for the rich and famous runaways of that era. This iconic Gretna Green wedding venue was built as a private manor house in 1710 and a coaching inn later that century. The packages include two nights’ accommodations for you and your guests at Smiths or Gretna Hall and includes dining options. Visit to find out more about the packages and for a price breakdown. AWARD-WINNING SERVICE The boutique hotel Jesmond Dene House has been selected as one of the esteemed winners of the ‘Wedding Hotels Award’ from The Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice 2024. This marks the fourth time that the hotel has been recognised by the publication. Christina Stephenson, the sales, marketing, and events manager at Jesmond Dene House, said: “We’re thrilled to announce our selection as a winner of The Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice 2024 awards for Wedding Hotels. We feel deeply honoured to have received this prestigious, independent award and extend our gratitude to our dedicated team for consistently upholding the high standards at Jesmond Dene House. Although this is the fourth time we have won this prestigious award, we take nothing for granted at Jesmond Dene House, so we will continually look for ways to improve our quality, services and value so that our loyal clientele always receives an exceptional experience.” For more information, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS

REST AND RELAXATION The award-winning Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall is an inspiring wellness retreat that draws influence from Far Eastern healing rituals. The new Blue Health Spa and Wellness Package is part of Seaham Hall’s ongoing commitment to harnessing the mental and physical benefits associated with close proximity to the coast. The packages and treatments have been carefully formulated, taking inspiration from the hotel’s stunning surroundings and the natural landscapes of the Durham Heritage Coast. Seaham Hall offers a range of day and overnight spa experiences to choose from, perfect for pre-wedding pampering. Seaham Hall is a Georgian country house hotel that dates back to 1791. Rich in heritage and decorated in a contemporary style, the property is home to a collection of bedrooms, each one different from the next, but all featuring luxuries and unbeatable views. Discover more at THE LOVE OF MY LIFE Langley Castle Hotel, where couples from across the country have flocked to say their vows since 1995 when civil marriages first became possible, is getting enquiries about vow renewal ceremonies linked to big anniversaries. Couples are currently focused on celebrating their 20th, 25th or 30th anniversaries in 2025. To ensure these can be as special as possible, Langley Castle is putting special focus on its vow renewal offering. The wedding team is regularly offering show rounds that allow 90s and noughties couples to view changes at Langley Castle introduced since their wedding day and decide on their renewal preferences. The castle’s weddings and events coordinator, Katie Livingstone-Evans Lowes, said: “Our renewal of vows weddings can be as simple or as grand as couples desire. They can make a special re-commitment privately or renew vows in front of guests, who can enjoy food and other entertainment. It’s entirely down to personal preference, and we can arrange virtually anything, from alpacas to bagpipe players, or just champagne for two served in our summerhouse.” The Langley Castle Hotel team is planning an anniversary countdown event in April 2024 to celebrate. Head over to for more information. NEW AND IMPROVED The Exchange 1856 has completed its seven-figure refurbishment programme. The Victorian building, which is located on Howard Street in the heart of the Cultural Quarter, is one of North Tyneside’s most stunning architectural landmarks. Every area of The Exchange 1856 has been updated and improved to create a spectacular and glamorous interior. Original architectural features such as fireplaces, ornate architraves and stained-glass windows have been restored to their former glory and complemented with high-quality fixtures and fittings, new flooring and panelling in soft heritage colours, in keeping with the overall character of the building. A light-filled loft space at the very top of the building has been renovated with weddings and special occasions in mind. As well as outstanding sea views, this area features arched beams and a vaulted ceiling and can hold around 100 guests. There are also a range of newly refurbished event spaces for wedding breakfasts, from intimate VIP rooms to the auditorium for larger parties. Colette Malik, one of three wedding coordinators at The Exchange 1856, said: “This beautiful Victorian building is brimming with atmosphere and offers a unique space to celebrate your special day. We have everything a bride could want for her big day: a beautiful backdrop, wedding coordinators to help with organisation and tailored food and drink packages to suit every taste and budget. It’s no wonder we’ve been inundated with enquiries.” To find out more, visit PLANNED TO PERFECTION Whether you’ve recently gotten engaged or are at the end of your wedding planning journey, trying to find the perfect suppliers can be stressful. To help you plan the wedding of your dreams, why not visit a local wedding fair? This is the ideal chance to meet some of the region’s best companies and discuss your big day. The A Wedding Less Ordinary ( show will be taking place at the Boiler Shop on Sunday 3rd March between 11:30am and 2:30pm. Entry is £3 per person. The Quirky Wedding Fayre ( at Blackton Grange Estate will be taking place on Sunday 14th April between 11am and 3pm. Entry is free of charge. To see more local events, visit Getty Images 10 | 07887641296 |


Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers MEMORABLE MOMENTS Dash Photography is an award-winning wedding photographer based in County Durham who covers Northumberland, Teesside, North Yorkshire and the North West. Owner Brendan tells us: “I have tried my hand at many careers over the last 30 years, but the one constant throughout my life has been my love of taking photos. I became a professional photographer in 2007 and have never looked back. It hasn’t always been an easy journey, but even after all these years, I am still in love with the whole process of photography and feel so lucky to be able to spend my days behind the camera.” Dash offers four fabulous full-day packages and two half-day packages to choose from. You can add a pre-wedding shoot, have two photographers, and even get a highlight video; the options are endless. Exclusively for Your North East Wedding, Brendan is offering our readers a 10 per cent discount off any package when you email him at and mention the magazine. What’s more, he’s also offering the first three bookings a free pre-wedding photo shoot! Offer ends on 29th February 2024. To find out more about Dash Photography, head over to JEWELLERY MUST-HAVES Independent British brand Scream Pretty is giving readers the chance to win £150 to spend online at Say ‘I do’ to wedding season and RSVP to any summer soiree in style with Scream Pretty’s stunning treasure trove of jewellery. From lustrous opulent pearls, playful floral motifs, colourful touches and statement sparkle, Scream Pretty’s collection of consciously crafted recycled-sterling silver and gold-plated recycled-sterling silver designs have something for every wedding party. Its Modern Pearl collection features classically chic Baroque pearl necklaces and charm hoops, or for a touch more glam, why not opt for the Pearl and Tennis Chain earrings? Elsewhere, its Simple Sparkle and Audrey ranges bring sparkling crystals across a host of earring designs from dazzling huggies, beautiful bows, signature drop studs and delicate threaders; all designed to mix, match, layer, and stack, sitting as intricate accents that can be worn in piercings across the ear for a dainty curated look. For bridesmaids’ gifts, Scream Pretty’s Zodiac Coin Pendants make thoughtful personalised gifts, whilst its collection of heart, oval and precious hand carabiner charm collectors make the perfect keepsake. Designed with the ethos ‘Be seen. Be heard. Scream Pretty.’, this jewellery brand has you covered for every occasion. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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

TYNESIDE GEORGE WASHINGTON HOTEL, GOLF AND SPA, NE37 1PH 0191 402 9988 | Based in Washington, just a stone’s throw from Sunderland, the George Washington Hotel is an ideal place to gather your friends and family for a celebration. With natural light flooding through the stunning glass ceilings and wall-to-wall bi-folding doors, the hotel’s Orangery truly brings the beauty of the outside in. Boasting magnificent views of the championship golf course, as well as the outdoor terrace and idyllic wedding pavilion, it’s the perfect place to start your happily ever after. Celebrate in style There’s a whole host of options to choose from when it comes to marrying indoors, including the Washington Suite, which can hold 150 guests and the Orangery, which has space for 160. Alternatively, the Clinton can accommodate 120 friends and family and the Brasserie is perfect for weddings with 60 loved ones. You could even host your civil ceremony in the outside Pavilion with up to 160 nearest and dearest, which overlooks the greenery of the golf course. Just a stone’s throw from the outdoor barbecue kitchen and pizza oven, the picturesque surroundings ensure the ideal backdrop for your special moments. We love... The hotel’s wedding package includes a menu tasting for your wedding breakfast, a complimentary three-month gym membership and a complimentary stay on the night of the wedding with breakfast included. Spotlight on... 15 TYNESIDE VENUES

THE BISCUIT FACTORY, NE2 1AN 0191 261 1103 | Combining historic architecture with contemporary art and design-led celebration spaces, this charming wedding venue, located at the edge of Newcastle City Centre, provides a picturesque backdrop for your day. Housed in a former Victorian warehouse, its independent art gallery allows for a celebration with a difference. New for 2024 is The Garden Room, a tropical plant-filled space inspired by Victorian winter gardens yet with a contemporary design finish. Here you’ll enjoy relaxed grandeur beneath dappled light and gently swaying palms, housed under a treble-height ceiling. Celebrate in style Say your vows surrounded by a living garden, while an indoor waterfall creates a soothing atmosphere and golden chandeliers bring light and luxury to your day. The spacious garden welcomes 70 to 120 of your friends and family. Alternatively, explore the Art Gallery for ceremonies of 50 to 150 loved ones, surrounded by contemporary art, before celebrating in one of the design-led celebration spaces: Artisan is an urban and intimate space with exposed brickwork and wooden floors able to hold up to 100 loved ones; or The Biscuit Room, the venue’s largest space, can accommodate up to 300 guests. We love... The beautiful wedding spaces. LINSKILL CENTRE, NE30 2AY 0191 257 8000 | Originally a school building, the Linskill Centre has undergone a period of transformation and refurbishment to become a thriving community hub perfect for weddings. Celebrate in style 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 right match for you. Being one of the largest halls in the North Tyneside area, it can comfortably accommodate up to 160 people 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 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, a pergola, an easy-access ramp and space to dance the night away. We love... Linskill Centre offers a range of wedding packages to help you plan the perfect celebration. 16

BLACKFRIARS RESTAURANT, NE1 4XN 0191 261 5945 | Located in the heart of Newcastle city centre, Blackfriars Restaurant is just a stone’s throw away from the iconic River Tyne and quayside. Established in 1239 as a Dominican friary, its Medieval Banquet Hall once played host to various visiting monarchs and has now been brought back to life following years of research and restoration. Boasting authentic and bespoke banners, distinctive antler chandeliers, stained glass windows and large oak dining tables and chairs designed and created by local craftsmen, Blackfriars Restaurant remains one of the jewels in Newcastle’s Medieval crown. Celebrate in style Just imagine the ceremony of your dreams in the ornate Banquet Hall or Tasting Room, followed by a champagne reception in the sheltered courtyard or historic Parlour Bar. You’ll then head back into the Hall for a delicious and memorable wedding breakfast for 50 seated guests or 65 standing. You’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to picture opportunities, from the venue’s horseshoe of stone buildings surrounding a sheltered courtyard to its position close to the river for some amazing waterside shots. We love... Blackfriars Restaurant is hosting a wedding fair on Sunday 25th February 2024 between 11am and 3pm. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet the team and find out more about this beautiful venue. JESMOND DENE HOUSE, NE2 2EY 0191 212 3000 | The Secret Garden at Jesmond Dene House feels like you’re a thousand miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet it’s located just minutes from Newcastle’s centre. Celebrate in style Choose to marry in the wood-panelled, Grade II-listed Great Hall; the sunny Terrace overlooking the grounds; or The Secret Garden, surrounded by trees and a colourful oasis. Afterwards, celebrate with your loved ones with your very own garden soirée with live music, flowing drinks from the outdoor bar and canapés under the magical festoon lighting. You can even impress guests with your own private chefs cooking up a Jesmond Dene House feast! Party the night away, then rest your head in one of the 40 individually designed boutique bedrooms or in the honeymoon suite. We love... Jesmond Dene is hosting Wedding Open Days for 2024 on February 18th, May 12th, July 7th, September 22nd and November 24th. 17 TYNESIDE VENUES

Available for exclusive hire | Fairytale setting Voted ‘Best Hotel for Romance’ and ‘North East Hotel of the Year’ in 2018 | | (01434) 688888 Langley Castle Hotel, Langley-On-Tyne, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 5LU @langleycastlehotelandrestaurant @langleycastle @langleycastle The timeless venue...

Walking in a winter wonderland Tie the knot in a venue perfect for a festive celebration WYNYARD GOLF CLUB, TS22 5QJ 01740 644 399 | Nestled within 200 acres of mature woodland and rolling parkland is the impressive Wynyard Golf Club. Situated in the exclusive Wynyard Estate, this contemporary setting is the perfect blank canvas for your wedding. Those of you who love golf will adore the highly acclaimed 18hole, par 72 championship course, which includes sweeping fairways, panoramic views, elevation changes and over 80 bunkers to challenge even the most experienced of golfers. Boasting a private and exclusive terrace area that offers direct access from the venue’s Wellington Suite, in the summer months the grounds are ideal for drinks on the terrace as well as being enjoyed in a shady spot on the veranda. Celebrate in style The Wellington Suite is a beautiful space for your ceremony and reception, accommodating a maximum of 100 guests for your vows and 120 thereafter. With its own private bar, bathroom facilities and outdoor area, it’s the perfect suite to keep your guests all in one place and to get everyone up on the dancefloor. We love... Wynyard Golf Club has golf buggies on-site that you can use to take those special photographs. 19 WINTER WONDERLAND VENUES

THE BOSK, NE66 4LW 01665 660 129 | 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 ends to show off the surrounding Cheviot Hills, it includes a bar made from wine boxes, a full-height ceremony room, a private garden and a stone-built pizza oven. Celebrate in style Ceremonies of 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. We love... 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. BLACKTON GRANGE, DL12 9UX | In the heart of the North Pennines, between the picturesque towns of Middleton-in-Teesdale and Barnard Castle, yet only an hour’s drive from Newcastle and Durham, lies Blackton Grange. Situated on a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site and boasting spectacular views over reservoirs and secluded moors, it really is the perfect destination for a wedding. Celebrate in style The Celebration Barn at Blackton Grange is fully licenced to hold wedding ceremonies and provides an exclusive space with stunning views overlooking secluded moorland. If you choose to get married at Blackton Grange, you will have exclusive access to the whole estate for two or three nights, depending on the option you choose. This includes the eight-bedroom luxury farmhouse, the Celebration Barn and access to the surrounding 11 acres of land. You also have the option to host your ceremony and celebrations in the farmhouse or grounds. Blackton Grange is a dry-hire wedding venue, so you’re free to choose which caterer tickles your fancy and whatever tipples you desire. We love... When tying the knot here, you will receive the help of a wedding coordinator as standard. They will guide and help you in the run-up to your celebrations, as well as be there to coordinate on the day. Blackton Grange can also provide details of third-party suppliers that can offer you an array of services and itineraries. These range from private chefs to quirky bars, grazing tables and entertainment. Whatever you can imagine, the team at Blackton Grange will help ensure your wedding dreams come true, no matter how quirky they may be. 20

Set in over 200 acres of mature woodland and rolling parkland, our beautiful and contemporary setting is the perfect backdrop for your wedding. From intimate ceremonies to lavish receptions of up to 120. Our Wellington Suite offers a contemporary style and the perfect blank canvas to bring your wedding visions to life. weddings at wynyard golf club The Wynyard Club, Wellington Drive, Wynyard, TS22 5QJ E: T:01740 644399 opt 4 save 10% off any new 2025 package bookings until 1st march 2024. *T&C’s apply Paul Murray Photography packages start from £5,295

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: For more information 01670 789798 Wedding Cheese Towers A cheese tower can be a stunning centrepiece for your wedding day or a wedding celebration. Our bespoke cheese towers can cater for 40 to 160 people.

HORTON GRANGE COUNTRY HOUSE, NE13 6BU 01661 860 686 | Horton Grange is a country house with high ceilings, a sweeping staircase, an emerald-green bar and a large woodburning stove. With a mix of contemporary and traditional decoration, it’s the perfect venue for those who like classical elegance with a modern twist. Set in four acres of Northumberland grounds, outside there’s space for a ceremony for up to 100 people under the white bandstand, with its woodland area ideal for photographs, summer drinks or garden games. Celebrate in style The Barn is the newest addition to Horton Grange’s ceremony choices. Holding up to 100 of your loved ones and decorated with chandeliers, original cast iron beams, neon lighting and sky lights, it gives you a beautiful setting to say, ‘I do’. There’s also the Garden Room with room for 100 guests and The Lounge which can accommodate 60 people before you host your reception back in the Garden Room with 100 daytime and 150 evening of your nearest and dearest. We love... There’s nine bedrooms to take advantage of should you and members of your wedding party want to make a night of it. THE COUNTY HOTEL, NE1 5DF 0191 731 6670 | The County Hotel is a city-centre venue with a country-manor vibe. Victorian grandeur and style are the focus of this historical building, with a sweeping staircase and a hung balcony framed with arch windows, perfect for taking those all-important photographs. Celebrate in style Tie the knot in the County Suite in front of 110 of your friends and family, 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 and room for 100 guests. You can celebrate the rest of the day and night in either of the above spaces, with a wedding breakfast for up to 110, a party in the County Suite for up to 90 or 220 in the Mozart Suite. We love... The venue has easy transport links and plenty of spaces to explore and take pictures. 23 WINTER WONDERLAND VENUES

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BACK TOnature Charlotte and Matthew incorporated their love of plants and greenery into their big day at Wynyard Hall Images courtesy of Amy Lou Photography Charlotte and Matthew met on a spontaneous night out in Newcastle. “I spotted Matthew across the dancefloor and made an unsuspecting approach, wing-womaned by a friend,” says Charlotte. “We hit it off and the rest is history.” Matthew proposed to Charlotte on their five-year anniversary in Tynemouth, where they had their first date. “Matthew intended to propose at the end of the pier next to the priory, but when we got to the end, three fishermen drinking cans of beer killed the moment somewhat,” shares the bride. “On our way back, Matthew spotted a quiet space on the pier and surprised me. An even bigger surprise was when we returned to Matthew’s parent’s house to celebrate and my parents were also there, having secretly travelled up from Cheshire.” Here Charlotte shares some of her favourite moments from their big day... 25 REAL WEDDINGS

For our meal, we chose bruschetta, chicken or roasted cauliflower, and a chocolate delice for dessert. Our confetti had eucalyptus leaves mixed in with the petals. The cake was a simple, naked design, decorated with a few sprigs of eucalyptus. It was three tiers and made up of lemon and poppyseed, white chocolate and raspberry, and carrot. Our flowers included lots of greenery, olive branches, eucalyptus and quicksand roses. We also included some of these in our centrepieces and added log slices and copper lanterns. Wynyard Hall was recommended by our colleagues as the perfect spot for our anniversary. The spa quickly became our go-to for special occasions and when visiting, we always remarked that the hall would be a lovely place for a wedding. After getting engaged and beginning our venue search, nothing even came close. It had to be at Wynyard Hall. 26

REAL WEDDINGS 27 One of the highlights of our day was our magician, who had us laughing hysterically from the start. My wedding dress was by Australian designer Q’nique Bridal. I purchased it at Accent Original Bridal Boutique. I wanted something different, so when I saw the pops of pastel colours, it stood out as the one. In homage to my mum’s homemade veil from the 1970s, I asked for silk flower petals to be sewn into the veil, matching the colours in the dress. I accessorised with classic white Prada stilettos and a diamond necklace and pearl drop earrings borrowed from my aunt. We had a string quartet play as the guests arrived and during the drinks reception. In the evening, we had a champagne tower, a receiving line, the first dance, a father-daughter dance and a DJ. Due to health problems, my mum couldn’t make it to the wedding, but all the guests joined on the dancefloor to dance to her song request, Thriller by Michael Jackson. Matthew wore a tailored Hugo Boss tuxedo and Gucci loafers with personalised cufflinks. In the evening, I changed into a dress more suitable for dancing from another Australian brand called Meshki. We had five bridesmaids; three chose forest green dresses and the other two wore the same style but in sage green.

28 CHARLOTTE AND MATTHEW’S CONTACTS Venue and catering, Wynyard Hall, | Photographer, Amy Lou Photography, Videographer, Paul Flannigan Photography, | Bride’s dresses and alterations, Accent Original Bridal Boutique, | Bride’s shoes, Prada, | Groom’s suit, Hugo Boss, Groom’s shoes, Gucci, | Bridesmaids’ dresses, Oasis, | Hair stylist, Bridal Hair by Gemma, | Make-up artist, Blade & Blush, | Cake, Mr Jones Cakes, | Flowers, Bees & Butterflies Flowers, | Stationery, Ottie Design, String quartet, Aurora Strings, | Entertainment, Persona Events, It sounds cliché, but we were honestly just so happy on the day and couldn’t stop smiling. We’d been apart for two days leading up to the day for prep and it felt so strange to say, ‘See you at the end of the aisle’. We had all the help and support we could have wanted from our friends and family and all the suppliers did everything they could to make sure everything was perfect. All of the speeches were great, and we can’t wait to watch them again on video. I also broke tradition and made a speech too. When the doors opened and I saw Matthew standing there with the lake in the background, it was a moment I’ll never forget. There were two swans on the other side of the lake, which was the first thing I noticed; they stayed there throughout the whole ceremony. I’m quite superstitious, so I saw it as the most perfect sign.

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ELEGANCE Classic Ashleigh and Joe planned a timeless wedding at Halton Grove Images courtesy of Carn Patrick Photography 30

Ashleigh and Joe met by chance. “It all started with an encounter in Yates, Hartlepool, after I had been out in Newcastle for the day for my friend’s birthday,” says Ashleigh. “Joe had been out with his dad and they decided to have a cheeky stop in town before heading home. When one of the best mixes came on over the speakers, a dance off broke out with boys vs girls. Joe saw his chance to take the centre of the circle, but little did he know that I would break out into dance and steal the show. A few weeks after our chance encounter, we crossed paths again on Tinder, and as we recognised each other, we started talking and eventually organised our first date.” Joe proposed to Ashleigh in December 2021 while on a pre-Christmas break in Edinburgh. “It’s a city we both love and it was our second visit there as a couple,” shares Joe. “We got the train up from Newcastle and explored the Christmas markets before heading off to an Irish bar for a few drinks. A few weeks before the trip, I started researching various spots in Edinburgh for where I could pop the question. I settled on an amazing viewpoint known as The Vennell, which has great views of Edinburgh Castle. We left the bar and I led Ashleigh up the stairs. Once we were at the top, Ashleigh turned around to find me on one knee, asking the question. Ashleigh’s initial response was ‘Are you being serious’ but she eventually said ‘yes’. It was a complete surprise to her and we went on to celebrate the rest of the night.” SETTING THE SCENE “I’m an interior designer, so the overall look and vibe of the venue were really important to me,” explains Ashleigh. “When we were looking at venues in Northumberland, Halton Grove kept coming up as a suggested venue, but it had no interior shots available as it was still going through a full renovation. We contacted the team and had a great conversation with Simon, one of the owners, who provided us with the initial floorplans of the venue, photographs of the original grounds and look books created by the interior designer, which, when we went through them together in detail, gave me butterflies and I immediately wanted to make a viewing. For the first viewing, we were told to bring warm clothing and walking shoes or wellies due to the renovation, but even that didn’t put us off bringing our parents with us to have a look around. The site was inevitably a building site, but the passion of the owners, Simon and Martyn, during the walk around and the knowledge of each and every decision were enough to put us at ease in booking a venue that would only be open for a couple of months before our chosen date. We also loved the fact that Halton Grove wanted to specialise in two-day wedding events, as we liked the idea of spending some special time with our nearest and dearest before and after the wedding day. The site has a dedicated bridesmaid cottage and a honeymoon lodge for the newlyweds, so it really had thought of everything you could need to make the weekend unforgettable.” For their favours, the couple handmade iced shortbread biscuits embossed with a personalised stamp of their married surname and wedding date. “We placed them in clear cellophane bags tied with black ribbons, which added a lovely personal touch to the tables and looked really expensive even though we had made them ourselves,” recalls Ashleigh. “For our cake, we had a four-tier design, which was actually two tiers with two fake tiers on top and two tray cakes to save on costs. Our cake maker, Cakcophony, worked with us to create a plain white fondant exterior trimmed with a thin white ribbon that was decorated with handmade sugar flowers and leaves.” Ashleigh made the couple’s table plan. “I had seen something similar on Pinterest,” says the bride. “We thought the concept was really fun by using a photograph of each of our guests to highlight the table they were assigned to, which doubled up as a removable photo that guests could stick alongside their message in the guest book. The place names were a labour of love made on evenings in the run-up to the wedding. As guests had RSVP’d to the day a few months in advance, we thought it was inevitable that some would have forgotten their order, so we made personalised menus highlighting the choices that each guest had made and put a short personalised message to each guest at the bottom thanking them for coming and mentioning an in-joke or a personal quip. This went down amazingly with the guests, as everyone read the personalised messages and commented on how it made them feel fully involved and considered on 31 REAL WEDDINGS

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the day.” For their décor, Ashleigh and Joe went for a set of vases for their centrepieces. “The glass vases mirrored the frames we used for the table names,” shares Ashleigh. “We also added discoballs to the ceiling of our party room for the evening; we hung them from the beams with fishing wire at varying heights to bounce light like a traditional disco ball.” DRESSED TO IMPRESS “I wore a princess dress covered in glitter,” explains the bride. “I knew I wanted a sweetheart front and something off-the-shoulder. I ended up with the most beautiful dress called Feliciana by Morilee, which was everything I had been looking for. I had a great experience at Elizabeth George Bridal in Middlesbrough. The girls were supportive and honest with the choices I had made. I accessorised with a gold necklace with a single diamond, which matched the single drop diamond earrings I had loaned from my nanna as my something borrowed.” Joe opted for a timeless black tuxedo. “We want to be able to look back at our photos in years to come and for them not to look dated,” recalls Ashleigh. “We also wanted all the groomsmen to match, so we went to our local Suit Direct, who helped us out massively; they made it easy for all of the groomsmen to go in and get measured.” The bridesmaids chose green satin floor-length dresses from Pretty Lavish. “They all said the gown made them feel amazing,” adds Ashleigh. “They finished the look with black open-toed shoes with block heels.” TIME TO CELEBRATE “One of our biggest focuses was keeping the guests entertained,” explains Ashleigh. “We are big music fans and love going to live concerts, so we both knew live music was a must. I came across an amazing eight-piece disco band, aptly called Discography. We loved their energy and the fact that their repertoire is a bit different from other wedding bands out there. They were a massive hit with all the guests, as their music suited all ages. We then liked the idea of entertaining guests during the canapés, so through a recommendation of somebody I worked with, we contacted the magician, Tim Lichfield. Tim’s communication was great, and he had some great reviews online, so we booked him for after the ceremony. Tim was fantastic with all our guests and was a massive talking point for the rest of the day. “We started to think about the time after the wedding breakfast and before the evening reception,” continues Ashleigh. “This can sometimes be a part of the day when guests are full and might start to get a bit tired, so we wanted to keep things as upbeat as possible. After asking for recommendations on Facebook, we were given the name of DNR Acoustic Mayhem. They were very upbeat and a bit quirky, which we loved, so we booked them immediately.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS The couple was excited on the morning of the big day. “I decided to go to the driving range with my dad, brothers and some friends,” explains Joe. “Around 20 minutes in, I received a phone call from Ashleigh’s man-ofhonour, Stuart, saying that Ashleigh had left her bouquet at home! This was around 10:30am and only three hours before the ceremony. It’s a two-hour round trip from the venue to our house, so we knew it was going to be tight. Luckily, our two friends Martin and Stuart offered to drive back to collect it for us, arriving back with 45 minutes to spare!” It was important to Ashleigh and Joe that the day was full of personal touches. “We decided to write all our own vows and promises for the ceremony,” says Ashleigh. “Our good friend Stuart also did a reading during the ceremony, which was really sweet and emotional. We were also really grateful for our photographer, Carn, who went above and beyond throughout the day. His attention to detail was brilliant; he made everyone feel so relaxed behind the camera and he even stayed later than expected to capture more of the evening party and sparklers, which we can’t thank him enough for.” 33 REAL WEDDINGS