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bow ties & buttons. house of mooshki for a pretty pink wedding at lumley castle – emma & kris

December 11th, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Pretty Vintage Wedding at Lumley Castle (c) Helen Russell Photography (14)

There are so many gorgeous elements to this morning’s real wedding that make our knees go weak – in particular the bride’s striking dress, which we adore!

Other highlights for us include the super sweet cake table, the men’s ditzy bow ties, the elegant vintage décor and that pretty pink peony in Emma’s hair. Bloomin’ lovely!

Ladies, this is one wedding you will want to take note of!

With images by Helen Russell Photography.

A Pretty Vintage Wedding at Lumley Castle (c) Helen Russell Photography (47)

emma says: We got engaged at Northwood Nuclear Naval Base in London on 7th December 2013. We had been invited to the Royal Naval Christmas/winter ball by my brother-in-law. Kris had said after he proposed that he was supposed to do it on Christmas Day, however he decided to do it early, but not while I was in my ball gown or while we were in the extravagant ball. Instead he went down on one knee afterwards while I was in my pyjamas!

Our wedding day was the 13th June 2015. We wanted a June wedding as we love peonies and the florist advised this was the best time for them.

A Pretty Vintage Wedding at Lumley Castle (c) Helen Russell Photography (20)

The ceremony was at St Mary the Virgin Church in Seaham, followed by a reception at Lumley Castle. I have always thought that the church is beautiful on the inside and out, the coastal setting is beautiful and the church itself is one of the oldest in England. For the reception we had looked at a number of venues but Lumley Castle stood out by far as it wasn’t like any ‘usual’ hall or manor house. I also joked that I could have my own castle and be a princess for the day.

I’d describe our chosen theme was vintage, shabby chic/old fashioned.  My mother and I made a lot of stuff and used a lot of old jewellery. We bought whatever caught our attention in vintage and charity shops.

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pastels & peonies. mori Lee for an oh so pretty wedding at wynyard hall – caitlin & matthew

September 30th, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (73)

We love pink, we adore peonies and we’ve always got room for cake – these are just a few reasons why we fell head over heels for this morning’s real wedding (as we’re sure you will too) when it landed in our inbox.

Bride Caitlin wanted an elegant shabby chic feel to her big day and so teamed cute homemade decorative items with her favourite pastel tones of lemon and dusky pink.

The result is just beautiful and it’s not just the setting that looks stunning, for the wedding party themselves are pushing the bar high in the style stakes. We love the maids’ girly full-length dresses, the guys’ smart suits and of course Caitlin’s gorgeous Mori Lee lace dress, complete with a pretty bespoke belt.

With images by the fabulous Helen Russell Photography.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (1)

caitlin says: We got engaged at home, in our cosy little bungalow! Matthew decided to wine and dine me with a Chinese box from the supermarket (good job I love things like that!) and surrounded by candles he got down on one knee and popped the question! Matthew is not the type to make a scene in front of people in a posh restaurant, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

We set the date for Friday 10th July 2015. We were hoping it would be a perfect sunny day and luckily enough, it was!

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (5)

Wynyard Hall was our chosen venue. I just loved the stately home, picturesque feel it had. The terrace out of the back had amazing views of the lake and it just felt perfect. The first time I visited I was with my mam and she loved it just as much as I did (good job Matthew liked it too!)

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (4)

The theme I had in mind was a vintage, rustic, shabby chic theme. I love all things like this and we decided to make/source as many of the decorations we could ourselves. We recycled glass jars for months on end and decorated everyone differently! I made all of the save the dates, invitations, order of services and loved every minute! Not only did this keep costs down, but it also made things feel extra special.

Our colour scheme was pale lemon and dusty pink. I loved these pastel colours as I thought they were summery but classy!

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (7)

I was lucky enough to find my amazing Mori Lee dress in a lovely little family run boutique called Dobinsons of Darlington. It was a beautiful mermaid style with lace detail throughout. Initially the dress had straps and I thought it didn’t suit me, however with a few changes to make it a sweetheart neckline, it was perfect! A friend of mine made my wedding belt and I wore Kurt Geiger sandals to complete my look.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (15)

Matthew wore a Paul Costello charcoal grey suit with faint checks from Slaters in Newcastle. He wanted a three piece suit with a waistcoat and wore a dusty pink tie, pocket watch and tan Ted Baker shoes!

All six of our bridesmaids wore gorgeous, floaty, one-shouldered, pale lemon dresses from Coast and the groomsmen wore charcoal suits, also from Slaters in Newcastle, with pale lemon ties and hessian flower shaped button holes.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (21)

Helen Russell was our photographer. Helen was absolutely amazing, she was the best photographer we could have asked for and made everyone feel so comfortable on the day. We loved the natural photographs Helen takes and we would 100 per cent recommend her to anyone. We had our pre wedding shoot the month before which made us so relaxed and excited for the day and are over the moon with all of our photographs!

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (26)

When it came to the flowers, I carried dusty pink peonies with pale lemon roses and the bridesmaids and flower girl carried the same in smaller bouquets.

We wanted to keep with the peony theme in the décor and so used the same flowers in jugs placed on pieces of wood for the centrepieces along with rustic jars and candles. We also had single peonies and carnations in jars along the aisle and on the fireplaces at Wynyard. My family helped so much with sourcing the jars and centrepieces and made the day extra special.

For the reception we also hired chiavari chairs from The Finishing Touch Company, which made the rooms look perfect!

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (28)

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (69)

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (72)

As favours we gave small jam jars filled with pink alcohol for the adults and filled with sweeties for the children. Also a chocolate truffle heart for an extra treat!

Our guests were also treated to an amazing cake table, made by Bernadette from Dreamworld Cakes in Newcastle. Our wedding cake had four tiers, two being Belgian chocolate and the other two being white chocolate and raspberry, it was then decorated with rustic theme in mind with peonies and raffia. We also had Baileys chocolate and Victoria sponge mini cakes, lemon and passion fruit cupcakes, cake pops and strawberry and pistachio macaroons!

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (40)

For the entertainment we decided to hire wedding pianists, Daniel Ackerley and Martin Dack, who played throughout the ceremony and right through the wedding breakfast. We also had Paul Lytton who was a fantastic magician and The Ultimate Wedding DJ for the disco. As an extra special touch we also hired large ‘C & M’ letters from Coco Luminaire and a vintage photo booth from Snaparazzi.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (42)

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (45)

I would recommend all of ours suppliers and also our venue to other couples. Our wedding coordinator Emily made the day go as smooth as possible and I felt confident everything would go to plan! Wynyard made our rooms look amazing and all the staff were friendly and helpful. We couldn’t have asked for a better venue!

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (43)

It’s difficult to pick a favourite part of the wedding as the whole day was amazing, but I think it would be walking in to the conservatory being announced as Mr & Mrs Summerbell ready to cut the cake and have our first dance!

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (77)

For our honeymoon we went to El Dorado Casitas Royale in Riveria Maya, Mexico! This place was heaven and we were so lucky so spend our honeymoon in such luxury! The restaurants were all a la carte and on the beach front, it was so relaxing and we would definitely revisit on our anniversary – one day! We are now expecting our first baby. After unexpectedly finding out on our honeymoon, we are so shocked but so excited and can’t wait for the future!

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Wynyard Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (78)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be not to stress too much about all the tiny details leading up to the wedding, and for the groom I’d say try and help take some of this stress away from the bride! I was so worried about the room looking how I imagined however the staff at the venue were so good they made it look better than I ever could have. Brides and grooms should also try to take in as much of the day as possible as it goes so fast, enjoy every minute.

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a fine vintage. a pretty wedding at eshott hall – katie & phil

April 14th, 2015 | Julia Braime

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (54)

The vintage theme has been popular with wedding couples of late and so we’re used to seeing wonderful weddings featuring this styling landing in the Brides Up North inbox. However, there was something about today’s couple’s wedding that made it stand out that bit more than others – it was pretty (oh so pretty) but it was also personal.

Rather than hiring all the décor from one company to achieve the desired kitsch look, bride Katie rolled up her sleeves (and also called upon those closest to her) to help create beautiful handmade detailing that made the day feel all the more special.

Two stars of the show were Katie and Phil’s mums who sound like they could give Kirstie Allsopp a run for her money when it comes to crafting skills.

Enjoy the pretty…

With images by Katie Byram Photography.

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (4)

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (8)

katie says: It was our three year anniversary and also the day we had our offer accepted to buy our first home in London when Phil proposed to me. We were at home having a celebratory meal. I was half way through my chocolate pudding when Philip said he had a surprise for me. When he got down on one knee I couldn’t stop laughing! But eventually managed to say “yes”. I didn’t suspect a thing so was definitely very surprised!

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (10)

We set the date for 9th August 2014. No particular reason, but we chose August as we thought that it would be the least likely time of year to rain in the North East. It actually did still rain on the day, but definitely didn’t ruin anything.

We got married at St Mary’s Church in Morpeth. I went to this church when I was growing up so it meant a lot to me to get married there.

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (13)

We chose Eshott Hall as our reception venue. We loved Eshott from the moment we walked in the door on our visit there. We knew from the start that we wanted a venue that could offer us exclusivity. The thing we loved about Eshott was that although it is a beautiful building in itself, it also offered us the opportunity to be really creative and to decorate it as we wanted. We would highly recommend the venue to other wedding couples, we absolutely loved it!

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (25)

We had a vintage theme, but wanted to be able to add a personal touch. Both of our mums are very creative and helped to make lots of decorations for the venue. My mum sewed the beautiful floral and lace bunting, cushions with our initials on and lace chair sashes. Philip’s mum meanwhile was very busy making all of our vintage style stationery, including the invitations, place tags, table plan, table names, confetti cones and guestbook.

We chose pretty pastel colours and flowery patterns for the main reception room to accompany our theme.

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (23)

After trying on about 50 dresses in all different styles, I knew what kind of dress I definitely didn’t want but still didn’t have a clear idea of what I did want! I visited YAP in Newcastle and instantly fell in love with the first dress I tried on. I loved the simplicity of the skirt and the lace detail. Once the decision had been made, Jo at YAP popped open a bottle of fizz so that I could celebrate with my mum, mother-in-law and auntie – a really special moment. I added a sash with a vintage flower which was made by Anne at Diva Designs and wore Rachel Simpson shoes in a design called Katie.

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (17)

Philip and the groomsmen wore light grey suits from Slaters with Northumberland Tartan waistcoats from The Northumberland Tartan Company.

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (22)

My bridesmaids were four of my best friends from school and they wore pale pink Button Belle dresses from YAP with floral sashes and shoe clips made by Anne at Diva Designs.

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (32)

For transport we chose a silver Bentley hired from Sunderland Wedding Cars. The bridesmaids travelled in a mint green campervan from AllCool Classic VW Camper Hire. We also hired a vintage bus from Weardale Company for our guests to travel on from the church to the reception venue.

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (52)

Katie Byram was our wedding photographer. She was amazing and photographed the day perfectly. She has a very natural style, capturing candid moments, which was exactly what we wanted. We would highly recommend her.

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (60)

Lavenders Blue in Morpeth provided my bouquet and the bridesmaids’ bouquets too. We were keen for the flowers to look quite wild and natural, which Lavenders Blue achieved beautifully. I also had sprigs of feverfew (daisies) pushed into the plait in my hair.

Lavenders Blue provided flowers for the table decorations and we hired candelabras and vintage china teacups and saucers from Lavenders Blue too. We hired birdcages from The Finishing Touch Company and our vintage side plates were hired from Flawless Weddings & Events in Morpeth.

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (33)

We added pink and mint green pom poms to the trees outside of the venue, made by Flawless Weddings & Events. They looked amazing and really magical. Flawless also provided jars and scoops for our sweetie table.

We went to auctions and charity shops in the local area to collect the beautiful lace and embroidered table clothes we used. My bridesmaids and I also spent an afternoon decorating small glass candle holders and jam jars with offcuts of material, old jewellery, buttons and hessian. I love that they added a really personal touch to the tables. On the day we used vintage photo frames as holders for our table names, which I love and will use to display our wedding photographs around our home.

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (59)

For favours we gave out British Heart Foundation pin badges.

Dreamworld Cakes made our pretty cupcake cake in pastel colours while all the other food and drink was provided by Eshott Hall.

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (65)

Colin Cook was a fantastic DJ on our wedding day, keeping all our guests entertained. We chose a mixture of our favourite tunes – mainly 90s pop! It was really important to us that the children we invited to our wedding were a special part of the day. To keep them entertained during the speeches we put together colouring books, soft toys and bubbles into canvas backpacks with their names on.

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (63)

For some extra entertainment we hired a photo booth from Smiley Booth. I would definitely recommend this company. One strip of photographs was stuck into our guestbook so that our guests could write messages next to them and the guests could take the second strip home as a memento of the day. They’re hilarious and we love looking back over them to remind us of the day.

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (68)

My favourite part of the day was walking into the church and seeing Philip’s face. Philip’s cousin is a professional musician and played Canon in D on the viola as I walked down the aisle. It was a beautiful moment, although I did cry most of way down!

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (78)

For our honeymoon we went to Santorini and stayed at Absolute Bliss in Imerovigli, a small boutique hotel with a beautiful view over the sea and cliffs. It is a lovely island and we would definitely recommend it.

a pretty vintage wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Katie Byram Photography (77)

My top tip to other Brides Up North would be that making some of the venue decorations and wedding stationery yourself is a great way to add a personal touch to the day and to save a bit of money. Collect some pieces of pretty material, pop open the fizz and get creative!

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real wedding recap winter 2014. softly stunning. a romantic wedding at Eshott Hall – natalie & warren

December 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Merry Christmas! Its holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a break for the festive season, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely.

Usual service will recommence on Monday 5th January 2015 (with some big news!) but in the meantime watch out for recaps of our favourite Real Weddings so far this year.  Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your Real Wedding was one of our top picks for 2014.

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (116)

Turns out that our talented Brides Up North Sponsors make the very prettiest of brides.  Today’s absolutely beautiful wedding at Eshott Hall, starring our own Natalie Power, is a lovely lesson in romantic pastels and pretty detailing.  I’ve saved this to share with you for a special start to the week, Pinterest fingers at the ready…

With images by Helen Russell Photography.

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natalie says: We got engaged in November 2008, it was my birthday and Warren had surprised me with a trip to Barcelona. If that wasn’t surprise enough, he proposed, I could not believe it, it was so unexpected but perfect!

We were married on Saturday 31st May 2014, at Eshott Hall, Northumberland.

After looking at other possible venues we were becoming a little disheartened but then we arrived at Eshott Hall and as soon as we drove up the tree lined gravel driveway and past the manicured lawns we both knew this would be the venue. We wanted to have exclusive use of the venue for the weekend, stunning scenery and not be constrained by minimum numbers: Eshott Hall ticked all those boxes.

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (3)

We didn’t have a ‘theme’ as such, we just felt everything fell into place; it was little mix of modern classic with a country edge. We chose a soft colour scheme of creams, pinks and peaches. We wanted to keep things pretty neutral and unstructured.

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (9)

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (22)

I wore a fitted Vera Wang wedding dress, which is completely the opposite of what I thought I wanted when I started looking. I had been pinning like crazy on the best wedding tool ever and had my heart set on a Jenny Packham dress. After trying it on I was very disappointed, it just didn’t feel like it was my ‘wedding’ dress so I was back to square one. It wasn’t until my Mum suggested I try on something completely different that I came across the dress, I tried it on once and fell in love. To complete the look I wore Jimmy Choo Crown heels in Nude, a gift from my husband

Make-up was provided by Jo Leversuch of Make-up by Jo, she did a super job and was even able to fit in an extra person on the day – nothing was too much for her, I would definitely recommend Jo. She was able to create a look for each of the bridesmaid that was unique to them, not a carbon copy of one another.

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (30)

Warren wore a navy double-breasted jacket from Hugo Boss with a crisp white shirt from The Kooples. His cream trousers were also from Hugo Boss and completed his look with a set of braces from Bromleys. His shoes were brown double monk straps from Magnanni.

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (36)

My bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses, style no. 2909 in Cameo to compliment the soft neutral colouring.

The groomsmen wore their own suits in navy to tie in with the Groom’s suit jacket; they all wore matching pink bowties and pocket squares from Etsy.

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (40)

My bouquet was a selection of garden roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, soft grey foliage and brunia berries – all very loose and effortless. All of the flowers throughout the day were in the same style as my bouquet, provided by Helen of Bels Flowers. She is fabulous and I would highly recommend her.

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (46)

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (52)

Helen Russell was our photographer, we would definitely recommend Helen, she is so lovely and captured the atmosphere of the day perfectly.

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (62)

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (60)

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (69)

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (79)

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (83)

As well as creating my own wedding invitations (my daytime job – see Natalie Power’s website) I also made the signage, table numbers and seating plan. Of course, my husband was on hand with his trusty saw and drill.

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (101)

The food and drink was provided by Eshott Hall, it was beautifully presented and tasted just as good, everyone commented on how tasty it was.

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (90)

We had a selection of cakes, a dessert table provided by the amazingly talented Bernadette of Dreamworld Cakes. The wedding cake itself was chocolate baileys flavour, victoria sponge cupcakes, mini cakes were chocolate orange flavour, macaroons in both rose and pistachio flavours, cake pops and artisan meringues.

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (106)

During the ceremony, canapés and wedding breakfast the wonderful Aurora Strings entertained us; they played a selection of classical and pop music, which was perfect.

Our evening entertainment was provided by an amazingly talented band, The Noise, that I found through Warble Entertainment. They did an amazing job and were very enthusiastic, I highly recommend them.

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (107)

We would highly recommend Eshott Hall. The venue itself is perfect if you are looking for somewhere you can use exclusively, it has beautifully manicured grounds to compliment your photography and décor that will not dictate your colour scheme.

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (127)

For our honeymoon we decided on a US adventure taking in as many locations as we could. Our first stop was San Diego, from there we moved onto Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, Carmel, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Death Valley before our last stop in Las Vegas. There were so many highlights from the trip from whale watching in Morro Bay, the tour in San Francisco, a Grand Canyon helicopter flight and watching Cirque Du Soleil ‘O’, it was all amazing! We loved the fact that we got to explore so many different places along with amazing weather and ever changing scenery.

a romatic pastel wedding at Eshott Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography  (112)

My top tip for other Brides Up North would be when things get on top of you or don’t go to plan remember the reason you’re doing this. To marry the love of your life, that’s what’s important, everything else will fall into place.

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Softly Sparkling. An Elegant Real Wedding At Eshott Hall – Hannah & Richard

October 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Well would you look at that -  it’s only bloomin’ Friday!  We are all go here at Brides Up North HQ preparing for another absolutely stunning wedding exhibition at The Mansion on Sunday 6th October, and are looking forward to seeing lots of our Leeds based readers there.  Do take the time to seek me out and introduce yourself if you plan on popping in!  Click here to pre-register for your VIP Goody Bag and speedy entry. 

For now though, there’s more Real Wedding inspiration to be had, as we join Hannah and Richard for their beautiful big day in Northumberland.  This happy couple may have had lots of rain on their big day, but it didn’t squash their sparkle.  Not one bit. 

With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Jamie Penfold Photography, be inspired!

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Hannah says:  We got engaged on Valentine’s day in February 2013 on the beach in Buzios, Brazil after going to the Rio-de-Janeiro Carnival. We decided to take a few days to recover from the craziness of the Carnival and after spending an amazing Valentine’s day we went for a romantic walk on the beach where Ricky proposed. We then went out to celebrate in a cocktail bar with a live band and samba dancers! It was an amazing day.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We got married on 24th August 2013 at Eshott Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland. 

There were a lot of reasons that we chose the venue, the main one being that we could rent the Hall exclusively out for the whole weekend which included a dinner party of 32 on the Friday night so we could have all our close family and bridal party together.  This worked really well because then everyone got to know each other before the big day. We also chose it because it was stunningly beautiful, the entrance hall has an amazing stained glass window and the ballroom was very elegant, light and airy. There were also a number of locations for holding the civil ceremony and out of all the places we viewed it was the only one that ticked all the boxes – beautiful location, options for the whole weekend, a beautiful place to hold the ceremony and a nice place for the wedding breakfast and evening reception.

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We didn’t have a theme.  After we looked around Eshott Hall and decided it was the perfect place we found that all the dates for the spring/summer for the following year (when we had originally planned on getting married) where fully booked; however, they did have a cancellation for three months’ time. So we decided to go for it. I chose all my favourite things and hoped for that they all went well together on the day!

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

I had originally wanted champagne gold to tie in with colourful summery flowers but the only bridesmaid dresses I found were a light dusty pink colour so my colour scheme ended up being dusty pink with a touch of champagne gold with soft but summery flowers adding a nice touch of colour.

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I chose the Indiana dress by Victoria Jane from Rosina Brown Bridal. It’s very different to what I thought I’d go for, it has a beautiful cowl front and a gorgeous low dropped back with cross details to hold it all together and gently floats out towards the bottom and has delicate sequins on the main body. One of my favourite parts (apart from the back detail) was that it has a piece of fabric draped from the shoulder that could either be attached to one shoulder floating down to the floor or it could be hooked on to the other shoulder to create a soft cowl at the back or taken off all together which gave it a bit of variety throughout the day.

Our bridesmaids wore dresses from Karen Millen in a dusty pink satin fabric and our groomsmen wore suits bought from Next. Our flower girls and page boy all wore clothes from Monsoon.

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I carried a bouquet of Roses, Dahlias, Hydrangeas, Crespedia, Llizianthus, and Freesia by Secret Garden in Jesmond. I think there were some small blue ones in there too but I don’t know what they’re called!

The button holes were a mix of all the different types of the flowers and it was lovely to see each unique button hole perfectly matching everything else.

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

I loved the entire day but I think the part that really sticks out was when we came out of the ceremony and I was just so happy to be married, it felt surreal to have been so busy planning the day and we had finally done it! I woke up the next day and I wanted to do the whole thing over again.

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

Jamie Penfold Photography was our photographer.  His package included a pre-wedding shoot so it was really great to get used to having our photo taken. I’m not great with photos but Jamie is so relaxed and organised (a rare combination) that I hardly noticed having photos taken. Then he was very quick to put the photos online for us and it was so exciting to look back at the day and love every single photo.

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We used The Finishing Touch Company for our chair backs and other decorations.   I didn’t even see them, they just arrived, set everything up perfectly and then removed them all again the day after – it was brilliant!  Our beautiful wedding cake was by Dreamworld Cakes.  We were very indulgent and chose different flavours and ended up having one milk chocolate, one lemon and one white chocolate tier. The main detail on the cake was the piping but Bernadette also made some amazing icing flowers. I used Pinterest a lot to gather ideas because I didn’t have a lot of time to organise everything and I ended up sending Bernadette my favourite pictures of cake decorations.  I was so happy with the end result.

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I hand wrote all the table name places and used stamps to decorate the card and got little trivia packs to put on the tables to help break the ice for any guests that didn’t know many people.

The table numbers were actually polaroid photos of myself and Richard at different places we’d been to and my sister very kindly made the table plan for us.

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We decided to link our guest book to a homemade photo booth so we bought a wedding photo booth props pack, set up a camera with a mini printer and placed all of this next to the guest book with instructions hanging next to the ‘frame’ that guests stood behind to take photos. They then dressed up, took a photo, printed it and stuck it in the guest book and signed their names next to it (luckily the photos came with sticky backs) it was also really fun because we got to keep all the digital copies too.

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© jamie penfold photography 2013 - www.memoriesandemotions.co.uk

We had Alexander Lomas welcoming guests to the drinks reception with classic swing songs. This worked out really well as it gave a focal point to the drinks reception and we actually had a good bit of dancing going on! I think all the champagne and Pimms helped there!

We used Livewire from AMV Live Music for our evening reception entertainment. I would definitely recommend this band, they had our guests complaining because they couldn’t leave the dance floor because so many good songs kept coming on.

Our best Man DJ’s in his spare time and he very kindly put together a playlist for us for the evening.

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We went on a mini-moon to Venice and did all the usual romantic things, we got a private speed boat over from the airport with an amazing thunder storm in the background, we got a gondola ride and were serenaded the whole way around, we went to see a classical music concert that we just happened to be walking past one evening and enjoyed the local prosecco, spritz and bellinis! We are planning on going to Costa Rica in January for our mega-moon but we’re having break from planning this month!

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My top tip for other Brides Up North is that it’s so difficult, but if you can get everything completely out of the way a week before the wedding date then do it so you can spend the week coming up to the wedding relaxing rather than panicking. Also don’t feel bad if you find yourself focusing on you and your husband/wife on your wedding day – that’s what you’re supposed to do so don’t feel bad if you don’t get to speak to absolutely everyone there. 

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Congratulations Hannah & Richard!

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Simply Stunning! A Real Wedding In The North East – Sarah & Stewart

May 31st, 2012 | Julia Braime

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A Real Wedding at Close House Hotel by Karen McGowran

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When my friend Sarah from Simply Bows & Chair Covers told me that she was getting married, I didn’t believe her! For one, I kind of thought she was already married (it turns out she and Stewart have been married, then divorced, then engaged again!) and secondly, I didn’t know how she was going to fit it into her busy schedule as the MD of her chair cover and table dressing empire.

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But where there’s a will, there’s a way, as Sarah’s absolutely stunning wedding captured by Karen McGowran proves absolutely.  Congratulations lady!

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Over to Sarah:  We got engaged at the Feversham Arms, Helmsley in June 2011 and tied the knot on 3rd March 2012 at Close House Hotel, which we chose for its excellent reputation. 

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I opted for a classically elegant theme, with tones of silver and gold to tie in with the reception room at the venue.

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I designed my dress which was by Rosina Brown.  I used a template of a bridesmaid’s dress and recreated it by adding a ruffle halter neck, made from the original throw for the dress.  My two bridesmaids wore vintage lilac gowns from Dessy.

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All our flowers were by Wedding Flowers For You, a gift from my friend Claire on our wedding day.  I had a bouquet of vintage pink and cream roses with freesias – I had no idea what I was getting I just told Claire the colours and she surprised me!

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As well as all the beautiful blooms in the ceremony and reception room, Claire sprayed some wellies gold and filled them with stunning Spring flowers to tie in with us being the outdoor people that we are!  We had them on the step at Close House to welcome our guests as there are always wellies on our step at home.

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The ceremony my favourite part of the day – it was very emotional since it is our second wedding to each other – and the road we have travelled to get there made it even more important.

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My mum made a fruit cake that Bernadette from Dreamworld Cakes iced and then we had a cup cake tower with chocolate, vanilla with strawberry jam centres and white chocolate.

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My friends Elain and Claire bought us a photograph from our pre wedding shoot and had it put in a frame with a border around it for our guests to leave comments – a beautiful surprise!

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Later on in the day we had a disco supplied by Close House.  We moved across to No 19 Close House for the evening reception.

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One of my best friend Wendy is the Sales Director at Rockliffe Hall and she very kindly arranged two nights for us there after the wedding!  So we had a mini moon straight after the wedding and then in May we went to Molino Del Santo a converted Olive Mill in Benojoan, Southern Spain for five nights.  Bliss!  

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My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax and enjoy the lead up to your wedding, so many brides get stressed and don’t absorb the moment!

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Congratulations Sarah & Stewart!

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  – Images © 2012 Karen McGowran

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