If you’ve woken up this morning to the certainty that Autumn/ Winter 2013 is most certainly here and commuted to the office under a veil of grey drizzle, don’t despair. Firstly, there’s always the prospect of new boots and a new coat to cheer you up and secondly, today’s Real Wedding is certain to warm your cockles and lift your spirits. With images by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen Russell Photography, Heather and Tom’s celebration is just beautiful.
Heather says: Tom was very nervous about the whole proposal situation and couldn’t stand the the thought of having to do it in front of lots of people. We had been together for just under 3 years and we had recently bought our first home together. We were going out to a family meal at Tom’s parents house, as I came down the stairs I thought Tom was tying his shoe lace until I saw him holding the ring box. We both cried a lot and it was absolutely perfect.
We were married on 26th August 2013 – bank holiday weekend – at the amazing Newton Hall. We met in Spain when we were 18 and 19. I moved down to the Midlands when I was 21 to start a degree as well as to be with Tom. We both knew that the North East would be the perfect place to get married and a great place for all our relatives to be together for our day. I especially wanted to get married in my beloved North East. We looked at lots of venues but were always left feeling disappointed about one or more aspects of the venue. Newton Hall had the perfect combination of location, decor, gorgeous bedrooms, and a quirky and homely feel that we both loved.
I had several ideas (Tom gave me free run) of different looks that I liked and all of them had a very different feel. As the wedding got closer I found myself looking at a lot of rustic country weddings on blogs, I decided to create my own version of this. The dress I choose was lace so I wanted to incorporate that with a rustic element softened and made pretty by lots of flowers.
The wedding colour scheme was grey with a hint of mauve, pale pinks, whites and pale purples.
I bought my dress from a fabulous boutique called Silk based in Litchfield. I looked at lots of dresses and ended up going for a dress that was different to my initial ideas of what I wanted. The dress was a lace and tulle style by Pronovias. It was so beautiful and photographed really well. Eliza Vale made my bespoke headpiece.
My bridesmaids wore Dessy dresses in luxe chiffon, they were in the colour stormy all from the fabulous Mia Sposa in Newcastle. They all picked the style of dress they preferred. I really wanted them to feel comfortable in their dress and not to feel like they had been made to where something that someone else liked. They all looked beautiful.
Lisa Jones did all the hair and make up, she is so talented and so speedy on the day.
All my suppliers were so good and I think they sometimes knew what vision was in my head better than I did.I used to work with Helen Russell Photography a long time before she was doing photography full-time, I came across her on the Brides Up North blog and contacted her straight away.
One Digital Image were our videographers, they were so professional and were like an extra pair of hands on the day.
Peaches and Queen made all my wonderful stationary and Mandy was my personal wedding counsellor.
The ceremony was beautiful. It was outside on the terrace, the sun was shining and it felt almost dreamlike, even a few white butterflies turned up and flew around me and Tom as we said our vows.
I carried a mixture of sweet peas, stocks, hydrangeas with a couple of David Austin roses by Bels Flowers, they were beautiful. The Finishing Touch Company and Bels Flowers styled the venue to perfection.
We chose a three tier cake consisting of cookies and cream, lemon drizzle and chocolate fudge cake. The design was left up to The Designer Cake Company so we could have a little surprise on the day.
We had a piano player for the ceremony and the drinks reception, I would highly recommend him his name is Jack Hamilton based in Morpeth. In the evening we had a fun D.J called Simon Robertson from One Voice Productions Ltd, he played a great selection of music.
We had fish, chips and mushy peas to fit in with the sea-side theme, it went down so well with every one, no food was left on anyone’s plate.
I was stressing about the honeymoon spending a lot of time on the internet trying to find the perfect destination. I got so confused by the choice I asked Tom to make the difficult decision. He picked San Francisco and Las Vegas, it was the trip of a lifetime with lots of treasured memories.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to start to delegate jobs in the last few weeks otherwise it will all get on top of you. My final tip is to try on your knickers before the big day (mine didn’t fit)!
Congratulations Heather & Tom!
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