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relaxed romance. stephanie allin for a wedding at ellingham hall – sarah & bryan

February 5th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

A Relaxed Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (27)

Ah Friday, how we love you! To kick-start the weekend (and give you a lovely distraction from your ‘to-do’ list) we’re sharing the stunning wedding of Sarah and Bryan on the blog today.

Having found the perfect venue in Northumberland’s Ellingham Hall, Sarah had her heart set on a relaxed wedding day that was both simple and elegant.

Looking at the images below, we’d say she most certainly achieved it. From Sarah’s gorgeous Stephanie Allin structured gown, to the regal wedding transport and pale blooms, everything about this beautiful big day says ‘class’.

So while you await wine-o’clock, pour a cuppa and enjoy the pretty

With images by Barry Forshaw Photography.

A Relaxed Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (25)

sarah says: We got engaged on 8th September 2014 on Gwithian beach in Cornwall. We had both done the Great North Run the day before and then driven down to Cornwall to our family’s holiday chalet on the beach. It’s a very special place for us with lots of happy memories of family holidays. One of our traditions when we are there is to go down into the sand dunes and watch the sun set. On this occasion we were both pretty sore from the run and feeling a bit tired and grumpy but still went to watch the sunset. When we got to our usual spot, Bry called out my name and as I turned round he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. When we returned to the chalet we opened a bottle of fizz and rang our friends and family to tell them the happy news.

We got married on 24th September 2015, the day after my birthday. We didn’t intentionally pick the date for that reason, but it worked out lovely as it meant I got to see all my friends and family the night before the wedding for my birthday.

A Relaxed Wedding at Ellingham Hall (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (22)

Our venue was Ellingham Hall in Northumberland. We knew we wanted a really relaxed wedding but not in a hotel – as soon as we arrived at Ellingham we just knew it was the venue for us. The house is stunning and set in beautiful grounds, with the reception room being just perfect for a relaxed family wedding. Our ceremony was at St Maurice’s Church, in Ellingham village, which meant guests were able to walk through the grounds of the hall and down the lane to the church. Luckily we had the most perfect weather and it all worked out exactly as we planned!

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by the quayside. a city wedding with vintage touches in newcastle – katy-rose & chris

July 10th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

An Intimate Wedding at Malmaison Quayside (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (22)

Today’s couple tied the knot in an iconic part of Newcastle, down by the Millennium Bridge.

Mixing old with new Katy-Rose and Chris chose a modern setting for their Quayside wedding in the form of the Malmaison hotel and then mixed in subtle vintage touches through their transport and attire choices.

Though a small and intimate wedding it looks like a good party followed the ceremony with a blues band providing the evening entertainment.

With images by Barry Forshaw Photography.

An Intimate Wedding at Malmaison Quayside (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (1)

katy-rose says: We got engaged in Barcelona in 2007. Chris was so emotional he couldn’t actually ask me to marry him so he just pushed the ring on my finger – thankfully it would have been a ‘yes’!

We chose to get married on 15th May 2015 as May is our favourite month of the year and we also liked how the date looked written down – 15.05.15.

An Intimate Wedding at Malmaison Quayside (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (2)

We got married at Gateshead Registry office and then had the reception/evening do at Malmaison on the Quayside. We knew we wanted a very small wedding (18 during the day, 50 altogether on the night) so we thought Malmaison would be the perfect venue – and it was!

The wedding was loosely inspired by the 1920s. My dress had a vintage look about it as did the car we hired and the band we chose had a vintage feel too. During our meal we played music from the likes of Louis Armstrong, Etta James and Frank Sinatra to set the scene.

Other than the bouquet, button holes and my make-up there wasn’t really a colour scheme, we kept things quite relaxed in that respect.

An Intimate Wedding at Malmaison Quayside (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (10)

I wore a gorgeous 1920s style beaded dress from YAP Bridal, based in Newcastle. It is a beautiful and simple dress with a sweet heart neckline, intricate beading and elegant train. YAP Bridal were fantastic from beginning to end, they really made me feel special! To complete my look Cheryl Watson from Washington styled my hair on the day which I was delighted with!

Chris wore a lovely slate grey suit from Debenhams with a purple and silver tie.

An Intimate Wedding at Malmaison Quayside (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (17)

On the day I travelled in a vintage style 1920s Regents car which was provided by Brooklands Wedding Cars, based in Durham. The car was stunning and the driver was so lovely, he really eased my nerves!

An Intimate Wedding at Malmaison Quayside (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (20)

Barry of Barry Forshaw Photography was our photographer and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer guy! He has a lovely nature and put us at ease straight away. The photographs are beautiful and they capture my family and friends’ personalities really well! We couldn’t recommend him enough!

An Intimate Wedding at Malmaison Quayside (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (19)

I carried a beautiful bouquet which consisted of roses, lavender and ivy. Helen from Flower Fever provided the bouquet and button holes and we would highly recommend her to others!

In terms of décor, we kept the table really simplistic, so instead of flowers we used black slate and pillar candles to decorate.

An Intimate Wedding at Malmaison Quayside (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (24)

As favours we gave our guests cute cupcakes. When it came to the main wedding cake – I made my own! It was a fruit cake soaked in a lot of brandy! I decorated it with the flowers my Nanna had made for our engagement cake.

An Intimate Wedding at Malmaison Quayside (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (27)

To keep our guests entertained we hired a fantastic blues band called Monkey Junk who played on the wedding night. We love blues music and especially love the sound of slide guitar!

An Intimate Wedding at Malmaison Quayside (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (32)

We would most definitely recommend our wedding venue to other brides and grooms. Malmaison is a modern venue with great style and atmosphere. They made sure I didn’t have to worry about anything on the day and took care of every last detail. It was also very relaxed and they use their initiative if things are going ahead/behind schedule. Excellent venue!

An Intimate Wedding at Malmaison Quayside (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (37)

My favourite part of the day was the wedding breakfast, seeing all of my family and friends together, celebrating with a lovely meal.

An Intimate Wedding at Malmaison Quayside (c) Barry Forshaw Photography (40)

After the wedding we jetted off to New York for six days. We had been before in 2010 and knew immediately that it would be the perfect place for our honeymoon. Greenwich Village is our favourite place to hang out.

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be simply to take in and enjoy every moment because it does go very fast!

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