Today’s real wedding is all all natural affair, with farmer Tom and his bride-to-be, Tyne getting hitched in early September. Dalston Hall Hotel was their venue of choice as it had everything they were after for their big day – a modern marquee, space for their outdoors ceremony and a Grade II listed castle as a captivating backdrop. We think you’ll be love-struck by this venue on the outskirts of Carlisle when you see the photos too!
With wood emerging as a theme – think tables named after trees, and the cake stand and centrepieces all cut from a tree in Tom’s childhood garden – it’s always refreshing to see something a little bit different with a truly personal touch.
We must also draw your attention to the couple’s ever so elegant attire – a traditional kilt for Tom and a ballgown style dress, complete with button detailing and pockets, for Tyne. Simply stunning. Ready to submerge yourself in all kinds of loveliness? Let’s pass the reins over to Tyne for all the fabulous details.
With images by JPRShah Photography.
Tyne says: I took Tom on holiday for his birthday to Cape Verde in November 2016 and had packed everything – right down to Tom’s own hand luggage. This, it turns out, made it a little more difficult for him! He had hidden the ring in the boot of the car by the spare wheel, somewhere I wasn’t going to look! On the way to the airport we stopped at the services and I went to get some food which is when he swapped it into his hand luggage. He proposed on the second night of the holiday. We had spent an hour talking about what we wanted in life and our future, as we had just got a house to start renovating. We then went for a walk along the beach and he got down on one knee. I was in complete shock, as I definitely wasn’t expecting it. He had chosen the perfect ring and everything. I just couldn’t believe he was able to keep it a secret from me the whole time!
I wanted a wedding about a year-and-a-half after the proposal, but as Tom is a farmer I had to make sure it wouldn’t clash with any silage or getting crop in, which took quite a lot of debate! In the end we got married on 1st September 2018 at Dalston Hall Hotel, a venue just on the outskirts of Carlisle. We chose this venue as it had pretty much everything I wanted – a big modern marquee, space for an outside ceremony and a gorgeous Grade II listed castle as a backdrop.
We didn’t really have a theme as such; I just wanted the wedding to be very classy and elegant but simple. We did have the slight theme of wood. Our tables were named after trees and our cake stand and centrepieces were all cut from a tree in Tom’s childhood garden and carved by my talented uncle. Also, everyone’s names on the table were made from wood, and this doubled up as the favours.
My colours were grey and light pink. I chose these colours at the very start of our wedding planning, they are just simple and work lovely together. These colours were on our save the dates, invites and dotted around our wedding.
My dress was something people were very surprised about. I have always worn big dresses whenever I could, at my prom, dances and such like, but they were always full of bling and detail. I ended up falling in love with something I would never have thought of – a stunning Sottero and Midgley dress called Prestyn. It was simple and made of Mikado, so it looked satin, in a ballgown style with buttons trailing from the neckline down to the hemline and along the back. It also had pockets! I got it from a lovely bridal boutique in Carlisle called Carol’s Bridal Boutique; the girls were lovely and were so much help during the whole process – from choosing the dress, to organising alterations and getting it sent away to get cleaned.
I also wore a bespoke veil made by the wedding veil shop based in Blackpool. It was full length, with lace along the bottom edge, with two layers and covered in sparkles from top to bottom.
Tom wore his own kilt. Tom’s best man wore his own kilt and the pageboy’s kilt was hired from W Glendinning & Son in Annan.
JPRShah was my chosen photographer that I just so happened to stumble across on Facebook. John and Caitlin came out to shoot the wedding and they were brilliant. Tom hates getting his photo taken and they made us feel so comfortable. Now we have all the photos back we are struggling to choose a favourite, they are all so amazing. It’s hard to believe that it is us!
I wanted very simple flowers. The bridesmaids had gypsophila bouquets and I had light pink and white roses with foliage and gypsophila. I was in love with my bouquet and was really sad when it died. Our flowers were supplied by Cochranes Nurseries in Longtown. I also had some gypsophila in the lanterns that we had as our centrepieces.
I chose a modern wedding cake that had four layers: chocolate, red velvet, lemon and Victoria sponge. It was grey, pink and white with some lace added on the white layers and it also had roses and gypsophila in some places.
I had a single fruitcake too, made by my grandma and decorated by the person that made the other cake. It was a simple white cake adorned with farm animals and a red tractor. I wouldn’t let Tom have cows as the wedding theme so I surprised him with a little farm cake instead. The cakes were made by the very talented Kat of The Cake Fairy Boutique in Annan.
For our wedding breakfast we gave our guests the choice of soup or duck for starter, followed by beef or chicken for main and then profiteroles or sticky toffee pudding for dessert. We chose these as it meant there was a good even choice and it’s what Tom and I wanted to eat.
Entertainment-wise the venue supplied a DJ. We also hired a photo magic mirror that was enjoyed by all ages! We hired it from Memories Cumbria and they were fab. They also supplied a light up LED heart featuring our names and it was highly complimented on the day.
Dalston Hall was the perfect backdrop to our wedding as it was everything we wanted: classy, elegant and modern. I would recommend Dalston Hall as they are a very relaxed venue who aren’t overly pushy and they’re happy to help you create your day.
I don’t think I could choose a favourite part of the day as I loved it all; from getting ready with the girls to walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Tom standing at the end. It was a very emotional day and it was just amazing. It went so smoothly and it was hard to take it all in. We also enjoyed the alone time that we got while doing our couple shoot – we just chilled, laughed and talked the whole time. It was just so nice to see all that planning and hard work create our perfect day.
For our honeymoon, we flew off to Mexico ten days later for two weeks. It was just pure bliss, and it was lovely to have complete alone time with my hubby. We stayed at the Sensatori resort in Rivera Maya and we are looking to go back for our first anniversary.
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be: do what you both want, and don’t argue over little things, do what makes you both happy. It is your day – no one else’s – so don’t let them tell you what to do. And just enjoy your day when it comes around because it goes in a flash. Go and see loads of venues, attend wedding fairs, try on as many dresses as you need to and enjoy those memories made while planning too.
I also read real weddings on Brides Up North for inspiration as well as using the wedding directory, as I found it quite hard to find suppliers up north in the Carlisle area.