Charlotte Balbier

a world of imagination: a contemporary wedding styled shoot in the north east

August 7th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Rustic Styled Shoot at The Thought Foundation (c) Gavin Forster Photography (15)

Creativity lies at the heart of today’s captivating bridal shoot, showcasing what it really means to take a blank canvas of a venue and make it your own on your contemporary wedding day.

Led by wedding planner Faye Darcy of Faye Darcy Events, the shoot takes place at arts and cultural space, the Thought Foundation, located in Gateshead – and as Faye and her team of suppliers beautifully demonstrate – the possibilities are endless!

Gorgeous props (look out for the peacock chair and mirror ball heart), atmospheric pendant lighting, colourful balloons and copper decorations set the scene, offering up a kitsch-come-industrial edge to the styling.

We’ll now hand the blog over to Faye to tell us more about this alluring backdrop and all the fabulous details behind her stunning concept for the shoot. Enjoy!

With images from Gavin Forster Photography.

A Rustic Styled Shoot at The Thought Foundation (c) Gavin Forster Photography (17)

faye says: The Thought Foundation is fairly new venue – a creative space and a blank canvas with core values of being a community interest space. I was so excited when I first heard that this venue was in the process of being renovated. I just love open spaces that allow me to use my creativity to its greatest potential and which enable couples to choose a style that truly reflects them and their personalities, rather than being restricted by a venue’s décor.

From the first time I entered the venue my face lit up and my mind went into overdrive imagining all of the possibilities. The husband and wife team behind Thought Foundation held their own wedding celebrations in the venue last year and decided they would love couples to be able to share and create happy memories in their space too, the way they did with their loved ones. I was so inspired by their story, values and aspirations for the space that I immediately knew I would love to work alongside the venue.

A Rustic Styled Shoot at The Thought Foundation (c) Gavin Forster Photography (5)

The main reason for the shoot was to showcase the venue as a wedding space, and not just for workshops and art exhibitions, and to be creative with an alternative wedding style, stepping away from tradition to showcase my own and other local suppliers’ fabulous work.

Being a creative myself, I can walk in to an empty room and get excited, imagining ways in which it can be styled. For some couples searching for their perfect venue, this may not be the case. Often, they can’t see the potential unless it is furnished already or set up for a wedding. I wanted to create something fun and colourful to contrast against the white brick walls and encourage couples to use their imagination rather than sticking to the ‘norms’ of wedding styling.

A Rustic Styled Shoot at The Thought Foundation (c) Gavin Forster Photography (7)

I gain a lot of my inspiration from current interior trends. I love to travel and pull together elements from different places and cultures too. Having previously worked in the Australian wedding industry, I still draw most of my inspiration from there and the creatives I worked alongside from the beginning of my wedding planner career. I love their laid-back style and their current wedding and interior trends; there’s always something so much fresher and creative than the likes of standard chair covers and sashes, although these still work great for traditional styles.

Trends I was seeing over there two years ago are slowly appearing here in the UK and it’s great to finally see a shift in the industry. Couples are becoming much more creative and going with themes that reflect them and their personalities.

A Rustic Styled Shoot at The Thought Foundation (c) Gavin Forster Photography (3)

I went for a relaxed bridal style with a gorgeous floor length, blush tulle skirt, coupled with an ivory sequin crop top which suited the style of our model Phoebe beautifully, both of which were high street brands. We have been seeing more and more two-piece bridal sets over the past couple of years; they are so versatile and allow brides to choose something that’s slightly more modern and relaxed rather than a traditional gown.

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tweed & tea dresses. relaxed rustic romance for a wedding at healey barn – fern & andrew

July 10th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

Pretty Wedding at Healey Barn (c) Chocolate Chip Photography (22)

Fern and Andrew’s glorious barn wedding in the Northumberland countryside has us reaching for our sunnies – and maybe a glass (or two) of Pimm’s.

Healey Barn is an incredible backdrop to this couple’s laidback rustic day, with its vaulted ceilings and exposed stone decked out in fairy lights and flowers. Think ‘country chic’ and you’ve got it: tweed jackets, bunting, flower petal confetti and photographs featuring woodland walks and hay bales. Gotta love a hay bale!

With photography by Chocolate Chip Photography.

Pretty Wedding at Healey Barn (c) Chocolate Chip Photography (12)

fern says: I managed to ruin the first proposal attempt by Andrew – he had put the engagement ring on our cat’s collar thinking when the cat jumped up on me I’d see it. Needless to say I didn’t, and let the cat outside with the engagement ring around her neck. I didn’t know anything about this until the second proposal!

Jump forward to the evening of 1st January 2012, when Andrew thought it’d be easier (and less likely to give him a heart attack) if he just came downstairs and got down on one knee.

Pretty Wedding at Healey Barn (c) Chocolate Chip Photography (21)

We got married on 29th July 2016. We thought it would be best to get married on a Friday as a few of our guests needed to travel down from Scotland and up from Milton Keynes and we figured they’d have a longer weekend if they didn’t have to travel home the day after the wedding.

Our venue was Healey Barn, Riding Mill, Northumberland. We chose it quite simply because we thought it was absolutely stunning. We also felt it would be great to have a barn wedding and it fitted our style quite well – very ‘relaxed rustic’.

Pretty Wedding at Healey Barn (c) Chocolate Chip Photography (26)

Theme-wise, we just wanted a relaxed atmosphere. This was the main drive behind everything, including the choice of our two major suppliers – the venue, Healey Barn, and our photographers, Chocolate Chip Photography. We felt they could both offer the stress-free approach we love.

Our colour scheme was green and purple: it’s all about me! They’re my favourite colours.

Pretty Wedding at Healey Barn (c) Chocolate Chip Photography (36)

I purchased my dress from I Do Bridal in Bill Quay, Gateshead. I couldn’t rate them highly enough: the staff were amazing and the alternations service was superb. It was a tea-length dress; I loved the style plus I’m super-clumsy, so no long flowing dresses. My wonderful shoes were from Ruby Shoo.

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lucky in love. a seaside wedding at the grand hotel tynemouth – kerry & pete

July 7th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Natural Wedding in Tynemouth (The Twins) (32)

Today on the blog, we’re enjoying the fresh sea air and all the romanticism of the North East coast as we head to the ever so pretty village of Tynemouth, for Kerry and Pete’s special day.

Throwing superstitions out the window, they tied the knot on Friday the 13th, exchanging vows in a church close to their hearts before celebrating with loved ones at the stunning Grand Hotel, which overlooks the award-winning Longsands beach.

Like many couples, they didn’t have a theme in mind initially, but one soon emerged of the tea party variety! Cue some rather lovely teapot centrepieces and some quaint tea bag favours. Other highlights include a stunning naked wedding cake and a quirky vintage style moon booth. And did we mention the picture perfect photography by the sea?

With images by The Twins.

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kerry says: We got engaged in October 2014 at the Griffith Observatory in L.A. We were doing a road trip from San Francisco to Las Vegas and stayed in L.A for a week. One evening at sunset we drove up to the Observatory and Pete proposed on the roof!

We waited until May 2015 to start wedding planning. We knew we wanted to get married in May as the weather starts to get nicer by this time. Cherry blossoms begin flowering around then too and the rapeseed fields also turn yellow, and we wanted to incorporate these elements into our photos.

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The wedding was actually on Friday the 13th – unlucky for some but not for us; it’s actually my lucky number! When we visited the venue we said we wanted a Friday in May and when they came back and said the 13th was available it was a no brainer – we had to say yes to this date!

We got married at Holy Trinity Church in Seghill. This is where Pete’s grandparents were married. The church is really beautiful and has lovely surroundings.

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We chose The Grand Hotel in Tynemouth as our reception venue. We didn’t want to have our wedding too far from where we lived as we wanted somewhere that we had a connection to, and that we could visit time and time again. One visit to The Grand and we were completely sold – we didn’t even look at any other venue!

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We didn’t set out to have a theme, we just wanted to have things we liked. However, a tea party theme did emerge thanks to all the teapots we had as our centrepieces. We used a lot of natural wood for the centrepieces and a local man hand turned some mushrooms which had the guests’ name cards attached.

Pete made the seating plan, which was a map of the world and the tables were based on cities we had visited together. I guess you could say the main theme was that we made everything. Pete spent many weekends hand making invites, menu cards, name cards, table signs, table runners, seating plans, confetti cones and so much more – we have contemplated starting our own business!

There was no colour scheme, but if I had to narrow it down I would say it was natural wood and hessian.

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true blue. house of mooshki for a diy wedding in the north east – emma & rob

June 14th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A DIY Wedding at As You Like It (c) Daz Mack (27)

The name of the venue chosen by today’s real wedding couple set the tone for their entire approach to their big day.

Falling in love with the relaxed and eclectic feel of As You Like It in Jesmond, Emma and Rob planned a DIY wedding their way, with attire, décor and entertainment to reflect their individual taste and style.

We must give a big shout out to petit bride Emma who totally rocks her bespoke House of Mooshki gown and glittering heels. Groom Rob also deserves style credit for his pale blue three-piece and on-trend dicky bow.

With images by Daz Mack Photography

A DIY Wedding at As You Like It (c) Daz Mack (12)

emma says: Rob proposed in Albert Park, Middlesbrough, in July 2013. We had won a romantic photoshoot in a charity raffle, and Rob and our photographer Daz had secretly planned the proposal, so everything was captured on camera. It was a complete shock and there were a fair few happy tears!

We set the date for 21st October 2016. It was also my grandad’s birthday that day, who was unable to attend, so we all raised a glass to him.

A DIY Wedding at As You Like It (c) Daz Mack (23)

We had both the ceremony and reception at As You Like It, in Jesmond. We were very open minded when it came to searching for a venue, we had no idea what to expect, but when we walked into AYLI we fell in love. The place was so eclectic, interesting and quirky, but beautiful and versatile too. We were also impressed by the amazing cocktail menu, lovely food, and helpful staff.

We didn’t really have a theme as such, but as a lot of things were DIY we were able to make sure it felt very personal and warm. Many guests had travelled a long way to be there, and we wanted them to feel welcome, relaxed and basically just able to have a really good time.

A DIY Wedding at As You Like It (c) Daz Mack (25)

The wedding featured a lot of blue and gold tones, including in the bridal party’s clothing and accessories. Our colour scheme wasn’t very strict otherwise, as the venue itself is so full of decoration, anything suits!

My wedding dress was by House of Mooshki – a bespoke version of the Claire dress. I was willing to try on anything when it came to dress shopping, I never had that ‘dream’ image in my head. But at 5ft nothing, I found it hard at first to find something that I felt good in. (The best man actually made a joke in his speech about finding somewhere that does kids sizes). The service and quality of a bespoke dress from House of Mooshki was well worth the money. As soon as I found out about them I knew that’s where I’d find my dress.

A DIY Wedding at As You Like It (c) Daz Mack (16)

Rob wore a light dusty blue three-piece suit from Topman, with a navy blue bowtie and pocket square. He had tried on several wedding outfits in other places, but the colour and fit of the Topman one was exactly what he was looking for, so kept going back to it!

The bridesmaids all wore midnight blue infinity dresses from The Dainty Yard on Etsy, and styled them individually.

The groomsmen wore navy blue Moss Bros suits, with accessories matching the groom’s.

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written in the stars. a stylish wedding at newton hall – anna & ryan

June 2nd, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

A Stylish Wedding at Newton Hall (c) Dru Dodd (31)

To finish off your week in style, we’re sharing the big day of Anna and Ryan, which provides a fabulous example of how to carry off a beautiful wedding without the hefty price tag. Cue a few trips to Hobbycraft, some thrifty online shopping purchases and gorgeous floral displays courtesy of a local college and you’ll start to get an idea of just how savvy our couple was with their planning!

Newlyweds Anna and Ryan tied the knot at the gorgeous Newton Hall – a dreamy, contemporary venue set in Northumberland. As you’ll see, this was a picture-perfect backdrop that was beautifully transformed by the bride and groom.

We just love how much time and effort they poured into their special day. From their handmade photo booth and alternative cheese cake, to their caricaturist and special hangover kits – there’s lots of quirky ideas to inspire you on the blog today.

With images by Dru Dodd.

A Stylish Wedding at Newton Hall (c) Dru Dodd (14)

anna says: We got engaged on the beach, under the stars whilst eating lobster and drinking Moet in the Dominican Republic on New Year’s Eve. Ryan had always said marriage was a long way off so I was really surprised. Romantically, Ryan said he was nipping off to the toilet, but in fact was getting the ring from the room to propose, whilst I was sitting with my meal getting cold waiting for him to get back, keeping it real! He proposed at midnight UK time which was really special as I was able to call family and friends with the exciting news.

A Stylish Wedding at Newton Hall (c) Dru Dodd (21)

We got married on 19th March 2017. We chose this date as we really wanted to get married at Newton Hall but had a budget to stick to. For any brides completely ruling out venues based on cost, this is a great way to meet your budget. We got married on a Sunday in March and it was sunny and dry! I found out afterwards that both my parents and my grandparents got married on the 19th of the month, too, which was a special touch.

When we both first stepped into Newton Hall, we knew it was where we wanted to get married. One of our first dates was to Mr Lynch in Jesmond, which is a sister venue to Newton Hall. Ryan had also taken me on a date to Low Newton for a picnic, which is where the venue is situated.

A Stylish Wedding at Newton Hall (c) Dru Dodd (35)

We didn’t have a particular colour scheme or theme for our wedding. I wanted to bring in shades of copper, apricot, blue and blush. We’re a laidback, fun couple so we wanted to incorporate that into our day whilst also maintain the traditional wedding that I had always dreamt of.

I dressed the venue myself (with the help of my bridesmaids), and bought and made all of the decorations myself. We incorporated some fun ideas on the day, such as hangover kit wedding favours and baby pictures as table numbers. We had a craft night with all of my friends in the run up to the wedding, which was great fun.

A Stylish Wedding at Newton Hall (c) Dru Dodd (69)

When it came to my attire for the day, I knew that I wanted a fit and flare lace dress with a long veil that covered my face and ended up buying my gown from Wed2Be in Gateshead.

From the moment my mam and I stepped into Wed2Be, the service was fantastic. I tried on a dress and knew straightaway that it was the one. The fit and cut was just perfect. I also purchased my veil from Wed2Be as it was exactly what I had been looking for. My total outfit came to just £669. A special mention also goes to Kayleen the dressmaker for all of my subsequent alterations.

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shine bright. alfred angelo for a sparkling city centre wedding in newcastle – nicola & scott

May 16th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

A New Year Wedding in the North East (c) Jamie Mac (56)

Have we got a gem of a real wedding for you this morning!

Marrying on the biggest party night of the year – New Year’s Eve – today’s real wedding couple really got into the celebratory swing of things with more sparkles and bling than you could shake a diamond-encrusted stick at.

So, prepare to be dazzled (we are getting a little carried away?!) as we travel to the North East to relive the gorgeous big day of Nicola and Scott…

With images by Jamie Mac Photography

A New Year Wedding in the North East (c) Jamie Mac (38)

nicola says: Scott and I first met at a New Year’s Eve party on Gateshead quayside in 2009. I lived in Liverpool and had come to Newcastle for my best friend’s party. At first, we had a long-distance relationship with us travelling between Liverpool and Newcastle but after 18 months I moved to Newcastle and then after six months of living there, Scott proposed on New Year’s Eve, exactly two years from first meeting. It was nice and low key, exactly how I would have wanted him to do it had I had a choice. It was at home – we were watching Jools Holland with a bottle of prosecco and at midnight he got down on one knee and proposed.

We got married on New Year’s Eve 2016. We chose this date as it was obviously of special significance to us as we had both met this date and then got engaged this date.

A New Year Wedding in the North East (c) Jamie Mac (59)

We wanted a city centre wedding, instead of a stately home, barn or hotel. We had guests travelling from America, Ireland and Liverpool and wanted them to stay in Newcastle city centre for the weekend and enjoy the city as well as the wedding.

We arranged to be married by Glyn our vicar at St Andrews Church. The church is in the heart of the city and really is special. It is the oldest church in Newcastle and has so much character.

A New Year Wedding in the North East (c) Jamie Mac (6)

When looking for a reception venue we couldn’t find anything suitable at first then my friend (coincidently the same friend who had first introduced me and Scott) told me about St Mary’s Heritage Centre on Gateshead quayside. I booked an appointment to view the venue and Scott and I instantly knew this was the venue for us and we booked it there and then. It was so different, an old church with lots of history and space. It had amazing views of the Tyne Bridge and city centre too. It was exactly what we were after. An added benefit for booking it was it was available New Year’s Eve and the quayside fireworks would also be going off at midnight. The venue was a blank canvas but I wasn’t deterred by this, I quite liked that I could put my own stamp on the place.

A New Year Wedding in the North East (c) Jamie Mac (52)

Given the timing and location of the wedding, we wanted the theme to be very city centre ‘new year’s glam’. We wanted lots of sparkle and bling. The groom and best men/ushers wore dinner suits and my dress was very sparkly. The centrepieces were falling crystal chandeliers with added crystals on the tables with sequin tablecloths, we also used lots of chalkboards as Scott is a teacher and thought this would add a quirky ‘teacher touch’ and break things up nicely.

We kept the colour scheme simple with the men in black dinner suits and bridesmaids in champagne dresses as we wanted the look to be timeless and classic. The men (apart from the groom) wore champagne dicky bows to match the bridesmaids. We also tied the whole look in with champagne sequin tablecloths.

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