We shared Amanei and Erik’s love story on the blog last summer, and we are thrilled that they have chosen to return to our pages to show off their stunning autumnal wedding at one of our very favourite North East Wedding venues, The Alnwick Garden.
The couple’s dutch inspired Delft blue colour scheme is striking and beautiful in the golden setting of the gorgeous winter gardens.
Images by Julie Barron Photography.
amanei says: Erik proposed just before midnight on October 25th 2014, at Oblix Restaurant at the Shard, during an amazing weekend away in London. As a surprise he’d also arranged for some of my family to be there the following day for a meal together to celebrate before travelling home. It was a surprise, however as he’d had the ring since August, I knew it was on the cards!
We chose 22nd November 2015 for our wedding date as we really wanted a winter wedding, but didn’t want it to be too close to Christmas (no Santa at our reception please!).
Our ceremony was held at our local and gorgeous parish Church in Gosforth, The Sacred Heart, and after a lot of searching we found the perfect winter reception venue, The Alnwick Garden. The outside festive garden lighting and the magical treehouse were exactly what we were looking for, and more.
The theme was Winter Woodland simply due to the time of the year and as it matched the venue so well. The colour scheme we chose was Delft, as my husband is Dutch we thought it was a lovely touch to have this as our colour scheme.
I wore a Victoria Jane dress by Ronald Joyce from House of Bellas in Newcastle upon Tyne, the detail was perfect for a winter wedding. Sticking to the Dutch theme, carried a bouquet of white tulips and gypsophila, provided by Sweet Pea Events.
I used Amy Robson Harbottle, Makeup Artist, who I have to say was absolutely amazing, as was my hairdresser Eden Mobile Hairdressing. Hair and makeup was an element I was most worried about however they were both fantastic and listened to exactly what I asked for!
Erik wore a traditional grey suit with tails, from Walton’s Formal Hire in Newcastle upon Tyne.
My bridesmaids wore cobalt blue full length dresses, from House of Fraser, with ivory fur boleros, the groomsmen wore matching suits to Erik, from Walton’s Formal Hire in Newcastle upon Tyne (without the tails!)
We hired transport from Chauffeur Drive North East. We opted for a Mercedes in case of bad weather!
Our photographer was Julie Barron Photography; we had already had our engagement shoot with her and knew her style of photography was perfect for us. We would unreservedly recommend Julie, she was non-intrusive, friendly and has created truly breath-taking pictures of our day. We know we will be seeing more of Julie to capture other magical events in our lives in the future.
We used Sweet Pea Events for all of our event decorations and flowers. Their creativity and ability to produce stunning and elegant room decorations made them a natural choice for us. We wanted to include original ideas such as a map of where our very international wedding guests had travelled from and a memory table for those who have passed and couldn’t be with us on our special day. Sweet Pea Events made all of that possible and more.
We decided to give out ceramic Delft Christmas baubles for our wedding favours, these suited out theme brilliantly and we’ve had lots of guests share pictures with us of their bauble on their tree!
We chose a Delft themed cake, with a handmade windmill and kissing Dutch couple. This was both designed and created by All Things Iced in Whitley Bay.
We saw Geoff Mull at a wedding fair and were just blown away by his singing, so we booked him for both a set and DJ. As I’m half Egyptian, we also had a belly dance show during the evening provided to us by Farida Dance in Sunderland.
We had a number of small children at our reception, to keep them entertained they were all provided with their own goodie bags. We had flip flops to sooth the feet for our evening guests, a sweet buffet and a fingerprint and wishing tree!
My favourite part of the day was our church service, this was one thing I was apprehensive about but it was so meaningful and special, I loved every minute of it. Our priest Father Jim Dunn has been so supportive to us and delivered a beautiful service.
The venue is absolutely beautiful, but what truly made the day magical was the staff, they were absolutely fantastic. The difference between them and other wedding venues I have been to is immense, I can’t express how grateful I am to them. Arthur & Jonny and the rest of the team are truly amazing at what they do!
For our honeymoon we went to Kuala Lumpur, then a dual stop in Bali, Seminyak and Ubud. We booked through Kuoni and they were fab (I changed hotels three times in the run up!).
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to relax! Erik and I were chilled out and relaxed all day, and it shone through. Everyone commented on how happy and laid back we were the whole day. You’ve worked so hard to plan, so sit back and just enjoy the day!