Prepare yourself for some Monday afternoon swooning ladies, as this real wedding at Newton Hall has all the necessary elements to make you go completely weak at the knees.
From the picture-perfect venue, to the dreamy colour palette, and the bride’s show-stopping dress – we are 100% in love!
With images by Helen Russell Photography.
samantha says: We got engaged in November 2010. We had talked about getting engaged in the past and when we found out we were expecting our first child, Mark suggested we make it official and bought me a beautiful engagement ring.
We got married on Friday 4th November 2016 – we had been together for eight years to the date. We both wanted an autumn/winter wedding, something that didn’t rely on the weather being beautiful. However, we were lucky enough to be blessed with some gorgeous winter sunshine.
We got married at Newton Hall in Northumberland. The venue is quirky and beautifully decorated and offers exclusive hire, which was something that was particularly important to us. It has the perfect mix of luxury with an intimate, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It was the first venue that we visited and we fell in love immediately, each room is decorated so elegantly. We did visit one other venue, but nothing compared; we already had made our minds up.
We didn’t have a theme as such, we just chose finishing touches that complemented the style of Newton Hall. We chose a mix of vintage and rustic accessories to add to the already quirky detail within the hall.
We chose a pale pink colour scheme as I wanted a soft colour which added to my vintage theme.
We booked our wedding back in June 2014 and I couldn’t wait to go dress shopping. I managed to hold off until one year before the wedding as I was afraid I would change my mind. I am quite an indecisive person, and couldn’t believe how easy I had been making decisions leading up to our wedding, surely my dress was going to be the most difficult decision yet.
I booked an appointment at The Wedding Dress Company in Corbridge, as they were holding a Stella York event and I had become really fond of the designer after scrolling through wedding dresses for a number of months. The ladies in the shop were extremely helpful. I explained that I wanted something with a detailed back which was a fit and flare style. With each dress I tried on, I found less things to dislike. Then they handed me ‘my’ dress, it was a Stella York fit and flare dress in champagne with ivory lace overlay. It had beautiful detail and had the most amazing illusion back; it fastened with beautiful buttons. Surely, I couldn’t buy my dress in the first shop I went to? But I did, and it was perfect!
Mark wore a navy Ted Baker suit from Moss Bros. They had identical junior suits for our two sons as they were page boys,
My bridesmaids wore dresses from the Jenny Packham range at Debenhams. They complemented the flower girl dresses perfectly, which were from Monsoon. The detail on the bodices were extremely similar and the pale pink colour almost identical. The bridesmaids’ shoes were from Kurt Geiger and were the same as mine but nude in colour. The flower girls wore sparkly pink ballet pumps with a small bow, which complemented their bows on the back of their dresses.
The page boys and groomsmen all wore matching navy suits to my partner, which were Ted Baker from Moss Bros. They all wore matching tan brogues from River Island – even my two-year-old had the same pair of shoes on, which was perfect.
Helen Russell was our photographer and I could not be happier with the memories that she has captured from our special day. Helen has an amazing attitude towards children and ensured that they were very much a part of our images. After the wedding, I remember immediately regretting not getting a videographer; however, when I received my images from Helen all my regrets left me – every detail was captured and each image tells our story, from beginning to end. I will treasure the images forever and will be forever grateful. I would highly recommend Helen to any future bride, in fact I already have been!
My flowers were provided by Charlotte of The Finishing Touch Company. I had a mix of different sized roses in different shades of pink and other seasonal blooms.
The Finishing Touch Company also provided the flowers for the venue and most of the decorations too. They supplied the beautiful flowers for the centre of the tables in mason jars and vintage cream jugs. My chair covers were a waterfall cream lace with pink bows and a lace runner across each table.
We had an oak wooden heart drop box provided by Manta Makes. The quality and detail of this alternative guestbook with a matching personalised pen was well worth the money and is now a great addition to our home.
I also added some of my own decorations and entertainment to the reception. I have three small children, and many children within the family so I wanted to make sure that they were very much entertained and enjoyed the day as much as us. We provided each child with individual party bags and arranged a kids’ activities table, which had various board games for them to play.
After scrolling through endless amounts of favour ideas on Pinterest, we finally decided to provide our guests with a drinks token. We had decided not to have wine on the tables as not everyone drinks wine, so instead gave them a choice of drinks from the bar. We had used various wooden items throughout the wedding, including our save the dates, so we decided to use a wooden heart with “Mr & Mrs Braines 4th November 2016” on one side and “Exchange for a berr/wine at the bar” on the other side. These were made by The Crafty Giraffe Company. We also had individual wooden place names provided by VMBespoke. These were amazing value for money and were also a great keepsake for our guests.
Gemma from Love Lily Cakes provided our wedding cake. We chose a four-tier cake (as four is my lucky number) and had four different flavours, which all tasted amazing.
For our drinks reception, we chose to have Mojitos and Newton Hall Cherry Drop cocktails, which were served with canapes.
For our wedding breakfast we had Moroccan spiced soup to start, a beautiful beef dinner with seasonal vegetables for main course and sticky toffee pudding (as it is Mark’s favourite) for dessert, which was served with a glass of prosecco to toast. The kids had the same food, although for their main, they had Cumberland sausage and mash (chosen by our children). In the evening, all guests had a choice individual fish and chip cones or hot pork sandwiches.
To provide entertainment throughout our ceremony and wedding breakfast, we had live acoustic singer Jess Avison. She was amazing and brought a beautiful touch to our wedding.
We also had magician Paul Lytton to entertain the guests throughout the drinks reception – particularly the children. We had met Paul at an event at Newton Hall and he blew us away with his magic.
As the wedding was the night before Bonfire Night we added a special touch to the evening with sparklers and roasted marshmallows by the log burning fire on the terrace.
Coco Luminaire provided us with a small ‘love’ sign to appear on the fireplace on the terrace which looked amazing in the evening and small initial letters for the bar.
Snaparazzi provided us with our photo booth for the reception, which was complemented with a personalised sign. Each strip of photos were added to a guestbook and the guests were able to write a personalised message. The range of props provided was amazing and the whole thing went down a storm with our guests.
Another supplier, not yet mentioned, that I would highly recommend is Lisa Cameron, who did an amazing job on my hair and my three beautiful bridesmaids. She took her time ensuring everyone’s hair was perfect, staying with me right up until the ceremony. Our hair styles lasted throughout the whole day, and even throughout an evening of dancing.
Following our wedding we would definitely recommend our choice of venue to other couples. The team at Newton Hall could not make you feel any more special. Nothing was too much trouble and they were extremely polite and professional to all of our guests. The venue is gorgeous and all of our guests have since commented on how beautiful the hall and grounds was.
Every minute of the day was special and provided memories that we will cherish forever. From getting ready with my girls, seeing my boys all ready with their suits on, walking down the aisle with my dad, marrying my best friend to then celebrating until the early hours with my amazing family and friends.
As we have three children, we decided to go on a minimoon to Tenerife after the wedding. We have never holidayed without them but felt that we should really take time out to celebrate becoming a married couple. We flew on the Tuesday following our wedding for three nights, staying at the H10 Conquistador in a Privilege Suite. But it wasn’t about where we were, it was more about being able to spend some “quality time” together, just me and my new husband.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be to enjoy the planning and preparation leading up to your special day, it all becomes part of your fond memories of your wedding day. I am a very organised person and began planning almost immediately after setting a date. I really enjoyed the planning stages of the wedding but my husband knows that I am very indecisive. He suggested that once I had made a decision, I was not to change it, and not to look for an alternative. And that is exactly what I did. I have no regrets.