August 21st, 2017 | Laura McDonagh
After getting engaged at a Courteeners gig, today’s featured couple, Katie and Liam were married in Gibside Chapel and moved onto Eslington Villa to get the celebrations underway. Katie loved visiting Gibside as a little girl and instinctively knew it would be the ideal place to say “I do”. We’ve got to say that we wholeheartedly agree: the stately polished wood and colonnaded interior is breath-taking, and perfect for their formal religious ceremony.
But this Real Wedding has so much more going for it than just the pretty setting, believe us. Kate’s Martina Liana gown is just exquisite – an absolute showstopper of lace and embellishment topped off with the ultimate cathedral-length, heavy lace-edged statement veil. If you’re looking for classic Grace Kelly vibes with a V-neck, look no further.
Add in some sequinned table-runners, all-white bouquets and the proudest, smiliest little pageboy we ever did see and what do you get? A whole lotta heart-eyes.
With photography by Danny Birrell Photography.
kate says: Lima and I got engaged on 5th June 2015 at a Courteeners gig – they’re my favourite band! It was at Heaton Park in Manchester.
We got to into the venue, headed straight to the bar and, as we were waiting for everything to start, Liam said, “Can you hold my pint in your right hand?” The next thing I knew he was down on one knee! It was a huge shock: our friends were standing not too far away from us and all I could hear was my sister Charlotte screaming, crying and shouting, “Oh my God!” It was amazing – I couldn’t think of anywhere better for it to have happened. We were also mentioned in the NME magazine after the gig!
We wanted something a little different; I’m personally not keen on big stately home weddings and wanted to create something that was relevant to me and Liam. I used to go to Gibside as a child and we liked how Eslington Villa was just a quirky little restaurant and that we had exclusive use of it.
Our décor theme was ‘a little bit of everything’ – candles in geo votives, succulents and sequinned table runners. I loved how everything wasn’t too streamlined.
I saw my dress at a wedding fair; it was a Martina Liana gown from Mia Sposa bridal at Newcastle. I just fell completely in love as soon as I saw it. I loved the long train, the sleeves, the lace – just everything!
For my shoes I went for a pair of Christian Louboutins – I’d wanted a pair for years! They were nude patent Pigalles.
March 29th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth
Today’s real wedding has a sprinkling of Disney magic – surely, the stuff that happily ever afters are made of?
Our couple, Ellen and Jason, tied the knot at the beautiful Eslington Villa in Gateshead. Complete with camper vans, Micky and Minnie balloons and candles – this is a wedding that’ll be sure to put a big smile on your face – and get you reminiscing about your favourite Disney princess.
With images by GS Studio.
ellen says: Jason proposed on Christmas Day 2014 in my Auntie Kim’s living room. My parents, brother, auntie, uncle, cousins and grandparents all gather at my auntie’s every year to celebrate Christmas together. After lunch we started to open our presents, everyone had finished unwrapping gifts, just chatting amongst ourselves, until Jason said, “Ellen has one last present.” I was sitting on the sofa next to my Mam. He handed me a large grey box tied with a white ribbon, I opened the box to find it full of fake snow, another square box and a ceramic heart which read “loved you yesterday, love you still, always have, always will”. I opened the square box to discover a glass bauble, I held the glass bauble up to see a little piece of paper inside – it read ‘Ellen will you marry me?’ When I looked up Jason was on one knee holding out a ring! Of course, I said yes after much blubbering.
We got married on Friday 30th December. We chose this date as Christmas is our favourite time of year! We knew lots of our friends and family would already be off work, too.
We got married at St John’s Church, Sherriff Hill. I have been a member of the congregation since I was christened many years ago. Ever since I was a young girl this has always been the place where I dreamed I would get married. We were married by the previous Vicar of St Johns, Reverend David Tully, who is now Rector at St Mary & St Cuthbert’s Chester Le Street. David has known me since I was six-years-old, playing table tennis on our yearly Church weekend to Blaithwaite. It was only fitting that he conducted our ceremony, I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing it.
We held our reception at Eslington Villa, in Team Valley, Gateshead. The building is beautiful and the surroundings are breath taking! You wouldn’t believe you are in the middle of a residential area! My father has always liked to give business to the local shops, restaurants and cafes, so it was his idea to consider Eslington as a possible venue. We knew the food was fabulous and the service was impeccable, so why pick anywhere else?
Our theme was Disney Hollywood chic. I am a huge Disney fan; the films are constantly playing in our house. We holiday at least once a year to Orlando to visit the Disney castle and all the characters. Originally, there was no Disney at all in the wedding as I thought Jason wouldn’t like the idea, but after a month or so of planning he suggested we call the tables different Disney films, and that was it – I had the go ahead for the Disney theme! After all, it was our day and we deserved to be our very own Prince and Princess!
The Hollywood chic was Jason’s idea, he knew how much I love sparkles and glitter so he thought, why not add a touch of Hollywood glam? It would allow us to make a lot of the decorations and put our own spin on the theme.
Our colour scheme was white and silver with a touch of pink. White and silver worked perfectly with the glitter and sparkles, and pink is my favourite colour so I was happy we were able to subtly incorporate it too.
I wore a White Rose ivory lace fishtail dress with long buttoned sleeves, extended train, and glitter under layer, teamed with a cathedral lace edged veil, diamond headband and BHS ivory Mary Jane style shoes with pearl detailing. I purchased my gown and accessories from Brides and Beauty on Old Durham Road in Gateshead.
I always knew I wanted a fishtail dress but after visiting numerous bridal shops they all tried to push me away from the idea. One Thursday afternoon, my Mam suggested we try the bridal shop close to my Nanna’s house. As soon as we went into the shop Ali and the team were ever so welcoming, asking exactly what I wanted and, of course, they let me try on a fishtail. When I tried the first dress on – me and my Mam just looked at each other – we knew it was the one. The original dress I tried on had short cap sleeves, no glitter and a short train. I explained to Ali I wanted a princess look, so she showed me a variety of ideas and samples. After another hour we had created my perfect dress, which I was going to wear to marry my Prince Charming!
My bridal makeup and hair were both done by Savannah Miller, who is based in Sunderland. I have never felt so beautiful in all my life, my hair and makeup were just perfect, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
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November 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime
This afternoon we are staying in the North East as we join Brides Up North reader Claire and her new husband Ryan for their classic Real Wedding inspired by British history. Strike up the band…
Images by Helen Russell Photography.
Claire says: We got engaged on holiday in Majorca in 2011 when Ryan asked me on a cliff top overlooking a gorgeous beach and the Med. Ryan kept us standing there for ages whilst he waited for other passers-by to clear. I was wondering why we were waiting there so long until he asked me to marry him.
We got married on 20th July 2013 at The Gibside Chapel and Pleasure grounds followed by Eslington Villa in Low Fell. I always dreamed of a classic wedding. The North of England is blessed with a wealth of amazing historical venues and Gibside Chapel and surrounding Pleasure Grounds provided the perfect setting to make our dream wedding come true.
We feel Eslington Villa, Gateshead is one of the best kept secrets in the North East. The Victorian mansion house, with its fantastic gardens and Victorian décor was the ideal venue for an intimate wedding reception. We also really liked the fact Eslington Villa allowed us to give our guests the option of three choices for each course of the wedding breakfast. So we were able to send a little menu card in our invitations so each person could choose what they preferred. We thought this was a very nice touch.
We chose a very classic theme “Best of British” (Georgian and Victorian). The amazing buildings, scenery, history and décor of the wedding venues we decided upon really inspired us. In the end we decided we didn’t want to be tied to a specific colour scheme, as long as everything matched the classic theme I was happy with that.
Arriving by horse drawn carriage (North East Carriage Company) through a stunning avenue of trees towards the gorgeous Georgian chapel which was once owned by the Bowes Lyon family (the family of the Queen mother) all pre wedding nerves were gone as I felt like a character from a Jane Austen novel and arrived with a huge smile on my face to meet my lovely fiancé. The wedding service in the chapel was beautiful and was followed by drinks and canapés in the Sundial gardens and photographs in the stunning surrounding estate.
The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Laura Lea Boutique in Newcastle. Ryan wasn’t keen on the idea of the groomsmen all wearing the same suit as him so they all had their own individual suit.
In keeping with the classic Best of British theme I chose very simple, yet classical looking blue Hydrangeas (that were commonplace in Victorian gardens) with white roses and simple green foliage by Flowers By Design.
We chose a very Victorian inspired cake to compliment the décor of Eslington Villa, the cake – by The Ivory Cake Company – was very different to others we’d seen but we were absolutely delighted with it.
Having both been huge Beatles fans for as long as we can remember the songs have really provided a soundtrack to both of our lives; so each table included an original retro 1960’s Beatles vinyl record single, and each table was named after a carefully selected Beatles classic. We sat at the table named "All you need is love".
For table decorations, reception flowers and favours we used 5th Avenue.
We chose a great guitarist and singer called Eddie Miller who played a wide range of classic covers from the Beatles right through to Oasis. After Eddie finished with the guitars he then played a great rock and roll/ indie DJ set. This proved to be a huge hit with all the guests as we had people of all ages up dancing and was a bit different to your typical wedding disco.
For our honeymoon we went to the south of Italy, we stayed in Sorrento but also visited the amazing Capri, Almalfi Coast, Postiano and the fascinating Pompeii. It’s a stunning part of the world and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a potential honeymoon destination.
My top tip for Brides Up North sounds so clichéd yet it’s so true… it would be to make sure you enjoy every minute of the day as it really does fly over. Also I’d say try not to be too nervous before hand as once it gets started the nerves will all go and you will love every minute of it.
Congratulations Claire & Ryan!
February 21st, 2013 | Julia Braime
Now I know you North East brides already have a very busy weekend ahead of you, but before popping into our newest SUPER SHOW on the block – The Brides Up North Bridal Bonanza Grand Wedding Exhibition – on Sunday (have I mentioned that a few times?), why not spend your Saturday paying a visit to rather lovely Brides Up North Featured Supplier Eslington Villa’s Wedding Open Day, this Saturday 23rd February 2013 from 12 noon until 3pm?
Melanie at this gorgeous private wedding venue says: We know that so much detailed planning goes into organising a wedding, so we are here to help our brides and grooms along the way, we want to ensure your big day is everything you dreamed it would be. Don’t miss the opportunity to view Eslington Villa at our Wedding Open day and talk to us about what would make your wedding perfect. We hope to see you there!
Eslington Villa is a family owned and run hotel and restaurant in Gateshead. Nick and Melanie Tulip bought the hotel in 1987 when it had six bedrooms and a small dining room. Twenty five years later the hotel has eighteen bedrooms, a ninety seater restaurant with additional private dining rooms and extensive grounds.
Melanie says: When you come to Eslington Villa, you’ll feel at home as soon as you arrive and like an old friend as you leave. Whether you’re staying in one of our beautiful rooms, dining in our award winning restaurant or hosting a part, your comfort and satisfaction are at the heart of all that we do.
Eslington Villa offers a unique blend of professional and friendly attention, relaxed yet stylish surroundings and a secluded but central location. Many of our staff and management have been with us for a number of years and this experience combined with our 27 years of running the hotel and restaurant guarantees a high standard of service and attention to detail in everything we do.
If you’re looking for a relaxed and more informal venue for your wedding reception, Eslington Villa is the perfect place for you to celebrate your happy day. From a small intimate evening reception, to a full day at the hotel including wedding breakfast, evening buffet, accommodation for guests and even a marquee in the garden, we will help you to plan the event that is right for you.
Enjoy! And I’ll see you on Sunday (you know where)!
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