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comet & cupid. a magical winter wedding at matfen hall – sophie & callum

May 24th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

A Magical Winter Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Philip Ryott (36)

The sun may be shining outside, but for today’s real wedding we’re focusing on an elegant Christmassy affair, perfect for those of you in the midst of planning a classy winter wedding.

Sophie and Callum were wed at the stylish and striking Matfen Hall in Northumberland – sold to Sophie on the basis of its jaw-dropping entrance staircase for the bride’s grand arrival.

This gorgeous couple opted for an elegant celebrity-styled vibe with black and white tuxedos, a Cinderella-esque princess gown and luxe favours. They also remained true to themselves, however, with their favourite chocolate Krispie slices transformed into the wedding cake of their dreams.

Sophie balanced big spends with some judicious bargain-hunting, and making savings on details like her dress helped her budget for big splurges – like a visit from some real-life reindeer. Yes, you read right – real-life reindeer!

So, sit back readers and enjoy Sophie’s gorgeous winter’s tale.

With images by Philip Ryott.

A Magical Winter Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Philip Ryott (45)

sophie says: We got engaged on Callum’s 21st birthday. It was the night before we flew to Dubai for two weeks and I’d booked a stay at Jesmond Dene House with a surprise afternoon tea with our parents.

Callum seemed nervous and, just as we were having tea, a couple had came in with the wedding planner. I commented, “Aw, how sweet! They’re planning their wedding!” Everyone suddenly seemed keen to change the subject, which I thought was a bit strange but didn’t think too much of it.

After our parents left we went back to the hotel room for a bath and to get dressed for dinner. Callum was looking at me with so much love throughout the evening and it was a gorgeous night. After we came back to our room, he suggested going onto the balcony and drinking some champagne. I agreed and went to get comfy – taking off my makeup and getting into my dressing gown – whereas Callum stayed in his suit and waistcoat!

I went back out to the balcony and he was sitting there with champagne looking gorgeous. He spoke to me under the moonlight and went back over all our special memories of early dates, fancying each other in school and holidays we’d been on. Then he said, “You know, I’m 21 today. I’m officially a man. I’ve got something to ask you”. I couldn’t contain my emotions and started to cry as he got down on one knee and asked me if I would do him the honour of becoming his wife. It was so beautiful, emotional and personal – and, of course, I said yes!

A Magical Winter Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Philip Ryott (41)

We were married on Thursday 1st December 2016. We chose this date because I loved the idea of a magical Christmas wedding – what better day than the 1st December?! It’s the start off the official countdown to Christmas, everyone is in good spirits, Christmas music can officially be played and, of course, advent calendars!

We were married at the gorgeous Matfen Hall. I heard someone say that of all the venues they’d been to, Matfen Hall had the grandest entrance for the bride – so I had to check it out!

As soon as we entered the Great Hall we got goosebumps and a sense of ‘this is it.’ It has a traditional church-like atmosphere with its high ceilings and stained glass windows; you definitely get the feeling that a lot of beautiful things have happened there over its history. I loved the staircase entrance, too – I mean, wow! What a statement! I had real nerves walking down there to greet everyone but the excitement and anticipation was just amazing.

The Matfen Hall team were incredible, especially Victoria Paterson (wedding planner) and Peter Dawson (master of ceremonies). Their hard work and care to every detail, enquiry and question was just outstanding. Such down-to-earth, lovely, lovely people who went so far beyond their role. I can’t thank or praise them enough.

A Magical Winter Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Philip Ryott (56)

We chose to have an elegant winter wedding theme with a Christmassy touch. I wanted the colour-scheme, decor, favours, chairs, tables – everything, really – to be very classy – with whites, silvers and sparkles. My Christmas touch was brought to life with real reindeer from Santa’s Reindeer based in Birmingham! I’d never seen reindeer before and had always wanted to; I’ve always believed in their magic and what better day to see them than on your wedding day?

Of course, my family thought I was bonkers! But my mantra is, “You can’t put a price on memories!”

I also had a reindeer-themed seating plan made by my friend Shawnee Quinn, and the tables were named after Santa’s reindeer. We had advent calendars as favours and snowflakes for name cards and the children had mini Santa hats.

A Magical Winter Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Philip Ryott (59)

For my dress, I originally wanted a fitted, possibly mermaid-style, beaded gown and – like most brides – I ended up with the total opposite! The wedding dress outlet store WED2B had recently opened in Gateshead so we tried there first.

My cousin and matron of honour Kelly pulled out a dress that was totally different to what I’d said I wanted – it was plain and Cinderella-style. But when I saw it I just felt something. Then I tried it on and, well, wow. I felt like a real bridal princess, like all the Disney princesses in one; I couldn’t stop smiling! They added the veil and the embellished belt and I just knew. My mam and maid of honour (who’s like a brick when it comes to emotion!) started to cry. Later, my fantastic dressmaker Kayleen added a five-layer tulle train with crystals scattered along the back and sides.

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berry blooms. a romantic styled shoot at matfen hall

March 30th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (22)

We’re filling your Thursday afternoon full of pretty with a swoon-worthy styled shoot captured in the North East.

Shot by Andrew Sturrock, this shoot provides stunning inspiration for a bold and beautiful bridal look, including the dress, hair, makeup and bouquet, all topped off with one of the most fabulous floral crowns we’ve ever seen.

The rich berry tones could also help spark colour scheme ideas, with the romantic red, plum and pink hues lending themselves to celebrations of all seasons.

So sit back, relax and prepare to soak up the inspo as Andrew dishes the details…

With images by Andrew Sturrock Photography. Model Caitlin McCoy.

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (7)

andrew says: This shoot provided a great opportunity for each of the suppliers to get together and let their creative ideas flow, with a model Caitlin showcasing their talents.

As one of the top wedding venues in the North East, Matfen Hall’s grounds, gardens and views over the golf course made the perfect back drop for the shoot.

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (24)

We shot close to Valentine’s Day and so decided to go with a loved-up romantic theme – hence the pink and red flowers! The stunning arrangements were created by florist Becca Angus of Charisma, based in Wallsend. She decided to go for the traditional red Rose with a pop of colour using unusual Freaky Avalanche Roses, Gloriosa and some beautiful wild foliage.

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (16)

In terms of the hair and beauty for Caitlin, we wanted to stick to a fairly natural look and let the flower crown be a striking focal point and make our ‘bride’ really stand out. Jenny of Make-Up By Jenny Green took care makeup, with a bright lip to match the flowers. Meanwhile, stylist Kelly McFall of Timeless Mobile Hairdressing, created Caitlin’s tumbling down do.

Berry Blooms at Matfen Hall (c) Andrew Sturrock (27)

We dressed Caitlin in a stunning gown called Malasia by designer San Patrick by Pronovias, which was supplied by Once Upon a Time Bridal Wear, located in High Heaton.

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sparkling white. a dreamy wedding at matfen hall, northumberland – emma & mike

January 25th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Classic Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Darren Irwin Photography (24)

Matfen Hall provides the dazzling backdrop to today’s real wedding on the blog.

The special couple – Emma and Mike – got engaged on their ten-year anniversary while in the picturesque city of Rome and then tied the knot in Northumberland a year later.

Opting for a simple yet classic white themed wedding, the bride and groom complemented this traditional look with a soft palette of silver grey and peachy pink, plus some of the most beautiful floral arrangements of white hydrangea and gyp we have ever seen.

With images by Darren Irwin Photography.

A Classic Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Darren Irwin Photography (49)

emma says: To celebrate our ten-year anniversary in September 2015, we took a very special trip to Holy Island, spending time outdoors taking in the beautiful Northumberland coast. It was perfect! We then flew straight out to Rome. Mike had visited Rome on a university trip and always said he would take me there one day. On our first full day in the beautiful city we visited the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona, but the best was saved till last.

It was 7pm and the sun was setting at the Spanish Steps, we found a quiet spot on the rooftop of a little wine bar overlooking the steps. I was snapping away with the camera whilst Mike disappeared. The waiter then appeared, handed me a phone and said: “Madam, would you please play this video.”

Mike had recorded himself outside of our school, where we first met, and outside my house, where we shared our first kiss. The video continued to play photo snap shots of our lives together, from when we first met to the present day. I was in floods of (happy) tears and by the time it finished, Mike appeared by my side, got down on one knee and that’s when he proposed!

We got married on 4th September 2016, one year after our engagement.

A Classic Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Darren Irwin Photography (23)

In terms of the venue, we really wanted our entire day to be spent in one location, as opposed to travelling from place to place, so when we visited Matfen Hall it ticked every box. The Great Hall where the ceremony took place feels like a church setting and is such an impressive room. The grounds are immaculate and there is so much outside space where guests can enjoy their welcome drinks. There’s also a separate bar and dining room, as well as a vault bar downstairs, which has a club-like atmosphere for a real party setting. We had sparklers out in the courtyard area, too.

The majority of our accessories were white, to match our idea of a traditional white wedding. We complemented this with a silver grey and soft peachy pink colour scheme.

A Classic Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Darren Irwin Photography (32)

When it came to dress shopping, Si Bridal in Low Fell, had caught my eye, as I drive past their window every day and the dresses on display always look stunning! I knew the style of dress that wouldn’t suit me, so that was my starting point. Pinterest was a massive help. I showed my ideas to the girls in the shop and they picked out a selection of dresses they thought I might like – and my dress – the Demetrios 595, was one of them! The detailing on my dress was incredible; a mixture of lace and beading, as well as to the back. The dress I tried on was ivory with a nude underlay – couture in style – however I ordered it white on white, in keeping with the theme of the wedding. It was made in New York and sent over a few months later.

My shoes were from Jimmy Choo Lottie sandals in champagne glitter. I wanted to get married in Choos, as I knew this would probably be the first and last pair I would ever have the pleasure of owning! They were just perfect. Super glittery and comfortable.

A Classic Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Darren Irwin Photography (40)

Mike wore a full three-piece suit from Next in navy blue, with a silver tie, pocket chief, tie clip and cuff links. He also wore a brown belt and brown leather shoes. The best man, groomsman and fathers also wore the same.

The adult bridesmaids wore silver grey floor-length dresses from the Debut range in Debenhams. Meanwhile, the younger bridesmaids and ring bearer wore floor length peachy pink dresses from BHS. They all wore their own shoes in whichever style they preferred, with the glitter theme.

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just peachy. maggie sottero for a romantic wedding at matfen hall – lisa & paul

December 2nd, 2015 | Rachel Parry

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (50)

Where to start with today’s wedding? We love it all!

From the venue to the wedding party’s attire, everything about Lisa and Paul’s big day says elegance and class in an effective yet understated manner.

The pretty colour palette of peaches, pastels and nudes work effortlessly with the setting and with the gorgeous gold, sparkly decor that’s been added for the perfect touch of glamour.

Ladies, you might want to get pinning

With images by Helen Russell Photography.

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (24)

lisa says: We got engaged in June 2013. I was on a hen weekend in Marbella and Paul decided to purchase the ring while I was away and proposed to me as soon as I returned home!

We set the date for 27th March 2015 as we wanted a spring wedding and plenty of time to plan! Matfen Hall was our chosen venue. It was the first place we looked at and following viewing numerous other venues, we always went back to Matfen. The east wing and basement, in particular, sold it to us!

A Pretty Pastel Wedding at Matfen Hall (c) Helen Russell Photography (52)

We decided on a vintage/ art deco theme with a colour scheme of peaches, pastels and nudes. We worked around the colour of the bridesmaid dresses which were warm colours for the time of year that we were getting married.

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Mistletoe and Wine, A Real Wedding – Jenny & Tom

January 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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It was truly the best day of our lives and ran smoothly from start to finish. The men wore Ascot morning suits, the groom sported an ivory cravat whilst the other men wore red cravats to match the bridesmaids.

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The bridesmaids wore long dark red Alfred Angelo dresses with ivory shrugs and ivory roses to match. My wedding dress was also by Alfred Angelo. It was exactly as I had always imagined, with a tiara and veil.  It was traditionally ivory in colour, strapless and figure hugging with a bit of sparkle and laced up at the back. My bouquet was a cluster of big deep red roses.

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We had a wonderful day with all our close friends and family around us which made it even more special. Some guests even described the day as the most romantic wedding they had ever been to.
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Brides and Grooms, contact Brides Up North to see your Real Wedding featured here!

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Wedding Fair Alert – Matfen Hall this Sunday!

December 30th, 2010 | Julia Braime

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Matfen Hall, a very special wedding venue in Northumberland, got in touch via twitter and asked Brides Up North to tell all you lovely brides to be about their early wedding fair this Sunday.

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Matfen Hall Wedding Fair

Matfen, Northumberland

Sunday 2 January 2011

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Get your New Year planning off to a flying start with Matfen Hall… the early bride catches the groom!

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Venues and exhibitors – contact me to let me know about your Wedding Showcases in 2011!

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