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true chemistry. a fairy-tale wedding in durham city – michelle & anthony

April 3rd, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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Today, we’re escaping to beautiful Durham City for a vintage inspired wedding that celebrates all those wonderful bridal traditions we often find ourselves daydreaming about.

The couple – Michelle and Anthony – created a special day brimming with understated elegance – we’re talking an ivory and sage green palette, 1920s cars, beautifully decorated candelabras and exquisite floral arrangements. Just look at the bride’s pretty gown and we promise you’ll be swept away by their captivating fairy-tale theme.

With images by Teardrop Photography

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michelle says: After five years together, we got engaged on 15th July 2015, in Santa Ponsa, Spain. We went for a posh meal at a cliff-side restaurant followed by a stroll along the beach. The sun was just beginning to set and I remember thinking to myself how romantic it was – we stopped to admire the view and when I turned around Anthony was down on one knee asking me to marry him…and, of course, I said yes! Anthony had picked the most beautiful engagement ring with the help from the staff at ROX Newcastle.

Our special day was Saturday 27th August 2016. We wanted a summer wedding and it fell perfectly on the Bank Holiday weekend. We were very fortunate with the weather as the sun kept shining all day long!

We were married at St. Patrick’s RC Church, Langley Moor. I had always dreamt of being married in church and this church has a special meaning to Anthony as he went to the neighbouring catholic school. The church was breathtakingly beautiful without the need for accessories and decoration.

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Our wedding breakfast through to evening reception was at St. Mary’s College in the heart of Durham city. This venue is primarily used for Durham University students and we had to seek permission to hold our wedding at this prestigious building with its ornate great hall and lavish landscaped grounds. My grandad was a Professor of Chemistry at the University and his ongoing involvement enabled us to be granted approval.

Our wedding day embraced fairy-tale romantic elegance, which included many bridal traditions. Anthony and I had the wedding rehearsal a few days before the big day then did not see each other until my dad walked me down the aisle on our magical day to the traditional Bridal March played by our organist. I incorporated the “something old, something new…” tradition as I wore my mam’s blue garter (which she wore on her wedding day 27 years ago) along with wearing a matching earring and necklace set which I borrowed from my mother-in-law. We also greeted each and every guest by doing a “line up” which gave our reception a personal feel and took the time to welcome and thank all our loved ones for sharing our special day with us. Another tradition I embraced was that my cousin Emma, who was also one of my bridesmaids, wore my engagement ring until after our ceremony – and not forgetting Anthony carrying me over the threshold of our new home the following day!

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Our wedding colour scheme was a mixture of sage green with ivory, we opted for very natural colours which matched perfectly with the foliage and flowers we used to decorate most of the venue.

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When I first started looking at wedding dresses, I had a completely different style of what I would like in mind. I originally wanted lots of lace with sleeves – completely different to the wedding dress I chose in the end! As soon as I tried on my fairy-tale princess style gown, with my full-length veil and tiara, I fell in love with it and knew instantly it was ‘the one’. This was then confirmed as I walked out of the fitting room and my mum and mother-in-law were in tears! It was such an emotional experience and I think all brides will agree this is one of the most special moments of the whole wedding process.

I got my wedding dress from Alice Elizabeth, a local boutique bridal shop in Coxhoe. The owner and dress maker Heather, and bridal consultant, Anne-Marie were truly amazing from the moment I walked through the door to find my dress, even to the moment I was just about to walk down the aisle! Heather surprised me and was waiting outside the church on my special day to give me a good luck hug and ensured my dress and veil was looking incredible! I was blown away by this touching moment! I couldn’t recommend Alice Elizabeth enough – they transformed my dream dress into a reality and I will be forever grateful to them both.

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happily ever after. a disney themed wedding at eslington villa – ellen & jason

March 29th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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