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

July 7th, 2017 | Alexis Forsyth

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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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seashells & champagne. a beach wedding at st mary’s lighthouse – amanda & beth

November 23rd, 2015 | Julia Braime

A Beach Wedding at St Mary's Lighthouse (c) JPRShah Photography (53)

Buckets and spades at the ready guys, as this morning we’re heading to the North East coastline to relive Amanda and Beth’s beach wedding big day!

Picking a fabulous setting for their chilled-out ceremony – a lighthouse, no less – Amanda and Beth pulled together their seaside scheme with ease using the likes of seashells, rope and net for decor.

We loved the ultra-relaxed vibe to their wedding day and adore how their photographer has captured their personalities and love for one another perfectly.

With images by JPRShah Photography.

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amanda says: We got engaged on 26th July 2014, in Australia. We were out there for almost 3three months over summer whilst Beth was on placement but managed to travel quite a lot. Beth had already got the ‘okay’ from my mam before we jetted off; mam was so excited and happy for us but kept it secret from me.

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Beth and I had always wanted to visit Whitsunday Islands, the beaches there are among the best in the world so we thought it would be absolute bliss to visit. Beth had booked a hotel on Hamilton Island, and it was bliss. One morning we got up to watch sunrise. Beth drove us (in our hired golf-buggy, the only way to get around on the island) up to a view point called ‘One Tree Hill’ (which is also a fav TV show of mine too). She insisted we got out and sat on the grass but it looked too dewy for my liking so I said I’d stay in the golf buggy. To my absolute surprise she got down on one knee (on the gravely ground) and asked me to marry her…over the moon was an under-statement.

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love light. a wedding at st mary’s lighthouse, tynemouth – PJ & James

July 17th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

PJ and James’ Real Wedding is all about location, location, location. Engaged at the Tynemouth Lighthouse, what better place to return to tie the knot… along with their friends (of the four legged variety too!) and family?

One slap up Italian meal later and everyone’s happy!

With images by Little Miss Boyco.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

PJ says: I had just about given up hope of James ever proposing to me when it happened very unexpectedly.

Being from Tynemouth, I moved to the Midlands when I was 6 years old and went to St Mary’s Lighthouse very often. It has always been my favourite place in the world. I have lots of fond memories of walking from Tynemouth to St Mary’s with my Poppa and going around the rocks with my brother Jonny.

James had heard a lot about the north east and had never been so I booked a little cottage in the village for a long weekend. I really wanted to show him all of the great places and things around Tynemouth that I remember and see them with adult eyes.

Before getting engaged we quite rarely went back up north and enjoyed the coast. We only really went for family gatherings so I wanted to spend time up there doing things I used to love.

Anyway, the top thing on my list of things to do was walk on the beaches from Tynemouth up Longsands all the way to the lighthouse like I used to with Pop’s. We had a fantastic walk and finally got to the lighthouse and I started retracing my childhood steps around those rocks.

James veered off towards the sea and we saw a seal, then James knelt down… I thought he was just trying to stop our dog Tinker from bothering the seal. But then he got on one knee and said ‘Me and Tinker have brought you here today to ask if you will be my wife?’. I was in shock. Then he produced a beautiful sapphire and diamond ring which I immediately recognised as being my Granny’s.

We had a cup of tea and got the bus back to Tynemouth. That night we took the metro to Newcastle where James had booked a nice restaurant… I’ve still got the metro ticket in my purse from 27th April 2013.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

When we left the lighthouse having just had the proposal I asked a chap to take our photo together. He said yes but I’ll have to be quick as I’m getting married in a minute!

The seed was sown! James really wanted to get married in the lighthouse and kept on about it. I was reluctant because I worried about how difficult it would be to plan from 200 miles away but it didn’t turn out to be that hard.

We ended up having 3 venues for the day which was quite ambitious! But later the day of the proposal we saw a small wedding in the old Italian restaurant at Tynemouth Station and another seed was sown. After that we made contact with the station and found that Davanti (a popular restaurant in Tynemouth) were taking over the station restaurant. I got in touch with them and we originally wanted to have the reception out on the platform but decided against in case of bad weather.

We had to wait for the restaurant to be completely refurbished but were blown away with the results and booked the reception straight away. The Manageress Helen was absolutely brilliant, she had so many good ideas and spoiled us rotten on the day. The restaurant is called Davanti Classico.

The evening reception was an easy choice at The Grand Hotel in Tynemouth, which was where most of the guests stayed too. My parents had their wedding reception there in the 70’s so it was another sentimental choice.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Because the wedding was away from home we turned it into a bit of a wedding week. We travelled up on Tuesday and were joined by a host of our guests on that day and the other days leading up to the day. The idea stemmed from James wanting to play golf at Tynemouth Golf Club, where my dad played for most of his life and was Captain. James wanted to beat my dad on his home turf. How rude!

The day after the wedding we all went to the beach with the dogs and the lads played boules and drank beer and the girls drank champagne. We went out for another meal that night and stayed up for the first World Cup match, England v Italy. On Sunday it was Fathers Day so we had breakfast together then played crazy golf before we headed off to our ferry.

I arranged afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel for all my girlfriends the day before the wedding, there were about 30 of us in total!

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

James has blue eyes so we went with blue for our colour scheme. No particular shade as we wanted everything to be really relaxed and informal. The stationery was blue with a bit of a nautical, travel style.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

I had a make up artist Laura Gemmell come to do my make up, the bridesmaids and Mum’s. She was absolutely brilliant, everyone loved their make up… one of my friends said I should do my make up like that everyday, if only she knew how long it took to put on! It was a nice treat for everyone though.

We all had our hair done at Headlines Hairdressers in Tynemouth. They were brilliant too, managing to squeeze everyone in.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

James bought me a very unexpected but beautiful wedding present which I received on the morning of the wedding, it was a sapphire and diamond necklace to match my ring. I wore it round my wrist on the day but have worn it around my neck ever since.

I bought James a stainless steel shovel which according to him was the only thing he could have wanted.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

I tried on hundreds of dresses before I found ‘the one’. I knew from the start that I didn’t want anything too big, so I was looking for a sleek dress.

I found a new designer called Lillian West and one of her dresses looked exactly what I was looking for. I tracked down a stockist near Kidderminster (not exactly close to home either) La Couture Bridal Boutique. They had a designer weekend so I went to try it on but my eye caught another gown in the window and that was the one. Karen and Millie at the shop were so helpful. I wish I could do it all again.

I had a headdress by Halo & Co, also bought from La Couture. My shoes from Rainbow Club. I loved it that you could see my feet with the dress so had my nails and toes painted bright pink.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

James is a builder so doesn’t dress up often. In fact is scruffiness is part of the attraction. You can’t beat a buff guy in shorts and a tool belt!

Anyway, he wore his own navy M&S suit, bought for a friends wedding last year… so you could say it was vintage! He wore his own shoes and shirt but forgot his tie… fortunately his mum knows him so well that she brought a spare with her so he wore that!

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

The bridesmaids were tricky because we found that one of them, James’ little sister Vicky was pregnant and that the baby would be about two weeks old for the wedding. We had to choose something which she could wear and was flexible to her size.

We chose some slinky multi-way dresses from Marks & Spencer which were really good value (£55) and looked fantastic. We found some matching shoes by Debut at Debenhams in the sale. I had to go to about five stores to track stock down in the right sizes!

The groomsmen all wore their own suits but were asked to wear a blue tie and they all had matching button holes.

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

Our dog Tinker was ring bearer in the ceremony. Tink goes to work with James every day so they are best buddies, as soon as we realised we could have Tink with us all day (until the evening reception) we didn’t think twice. When we were at Davanti he just sat on the terrace outside the door and got lots of scraps of pork and crackling!

Wedding at Tynemouth Lighthouse (c) Little Miss Boyco

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Real Wedding Recap 2011: Golden Sands (Of Tynemouth!), A Real Beach Wedding In The North East – Claire & Jesse

January 2nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Been for that bracing New Year’s dip in the North Sea yet? Today’s Real Wedding couple save you the trouble!  Its last day of this ’s Christmas break and the final Real Wedding Recap for 2011 (we are starting 2012 in style tomorrow!), this one is a corker!  Happy New Year Claire & Jesse!

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Well!  Who needs Malibu Beach?!  Not Brides Up North it seems!  The absolutely fan-bloomin’-tastic set of Real Wedding images from Featured Supplier, Sean Elliott Photography has to be one of my favourite yet.

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Chosen your honeymoon yet? Forget the Seychelles.  I’m thinking Tynemouth all the way…

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They actually got married in the US and had a celebration and blessing In the UK at Tynemouth Priory followed by a reception at Crusoe’s cafe and Tynemouth Longsands beach.

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Make A Wish! A Real Wedding, Kelly & David

October 1st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Remember that amazing image of the excited and nervous groom from my Fabulous Photographer interview with David West Photography?  Well, this evening on the wedding blog he’s back, plus his beautiful bride and the rest of their Real Wedding!  Such a softie…

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Kelly tells us more: We got engaged in April 2010. David put the ring on my finger while I was asleep and sent me a text proposing so I would wake up in the morning and get the text.

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We married on 30th July 2011 at St Albans Church in Earsdon, then the reception was held at the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth.  The church used to be my parish church before I moved and we have always loved the Grand Hotel, and though it was the perfect location overlooking the beach.

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I chose a quite simple, tight fitting dress with lots of detail on the train and bust, and it is all gathered to one side. I bought the dress from Truly Madly Deeply in Monkseaton.  I carried a simple but elegant bouquet of white Singapore orchids and pink calla lilies.

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To match our regal colour scheme, my bridesmaids wore a traditional A line bridesmaid dress in a gorgeous royal blue colour with an ivory sash.

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