We might be falling head first into spring, but that’s not stopping us from serving up a dose of wintry, festive feels on the blog today. Cue Alexandra and Tim’s gorgeous wedding last November at the exquisite Rockliffe Hall on the edge of County Durham.
Wearing the most beautiful Pronovias lace dress with button detailing – we can see for ourselves why Alexandra felt like a real-life Cinderella in this super pretty gown. Carrying a bouquet of white roses, white heather and berries – this is how to do a winter wedding in style!
Rockliffe Hall provides the dreamiest of backdrops too, and amongst the Christmas trees and shiny baubles, a rainbow even makes an appearance. A picture-perfect wedding if ever we saw one!
With images by Nikki Paxton
Alexandra says: We got engaged during a holiday to Gran Canaria in October 2017, after an amazing day at the beach. Tim proposed to me in the hotel room when we were having drinks on the balcony at sunset. I think it is the first time in my life I’ve been speechless!
We got married on 30th November 2018. We chose this date as we thought it would be lovely to have the wedding in the lead up to Christmas, with all of the festive decorations on show.
We got married in St Peter’s Church in Croft on Tees, where I grew up. We chose to have the wedding reception at Rockliffe Hall as, apart from its amazing setting, this is the place that we first met.
In terms of theme, we wanted the wedding to have a Christmassy feel and with all of the decorations and lights up at Rockliffe Hall, it felt very festive which is exactly what we wanted.
The colour scheme was white, navy and silver reflecting a frozen, wintery feel.
I wore a Pronovias gown which I found at Victoria Robson Bridal in Northallerton. I chose this dress due to its intricate lace detail and because I loved the style of it, particularly the long sleeves and buttons going all the way down the back of the dress. It also helped that I felt like Cinderella in it!
Tim wore a navy three-piece suit from Moss Brothers with a navy and white polka dot tie. The groomsmen wore navy three-piece suits, also from Moss Brothers.
My bridesmaids wore navy dresses from Coast and my maid of honour, Rhiannon, wore a dress from ASOS as I wanted her to stand out. Evie, my flower girl, wore a dress from Marks & Spencer and a fur cover-up from Debenhams’ children’s wedding section.
Cherrie Earl, owner of Earl Beauty based in Yarm, did all of the bridal party makeup and we all loved the looks she created for us. I would highly recommend!
We then all got our hair done at Replay Hairdressing in Darlington, who were brilliant! I would highly recommend Lynn who created my bridal up-do. Lynn was very patient in listening to exactly what I wanted and worked carefully on the day to achieve the exact look I had asked for. I could not have been happier with the final result for both my hair and makeup.
We hired a white vintage Rolls Royce from Elite Wedding Cars in Darlington. The interior was cream leather and in immaculate condition. The driver was very friendly and we were impressed with the service on the day which was on time and well organised. We also enjoyed the glass of prosecco that the driver poured us before taking us to Rockliffe Hall for our wedding reception.
Our photographer was Nikki Paxton and we are very impressed with the photographs she took on the day, which captured a lot of the moments that myself and Tim were unable to witness due to bride and groom duties. I love some of the photographs that Nikki took in and around the churchyard and around the grounds of Rockliffe Hall – it was definitely worth braving the cold! I would absolutely recommend her to other couples for their wedding day and other special events.
I carried a trailing bouquet of white roses, white heather and winter berries, amongst silver dollar eucalyptus and green foliage. I also had some blue thistles for a wintery look and for my ‘something blue’. The bouquet was designed by Artichoke Florists in Darlington, and I would highly recommend them.
We used Made for the Moment, a Newcastle-based company, for our wedding decorations. This included silver bows and runners to decorate the tables, as well as lanterns containing gypsophila set around candles for our centrepieces. They also made us some navy and silver bunting for the top table to match our chosen colour scheme. Hayley was very friendly and approachable from the start and nothing was an issue, she really listened to what we wanted and was very helpful throughout. I would highly recommend.
For favours we made up pick’n’mix bags for our guests, supplied to us by Sweets Galore in the Metrocentre, Gateshead. We wanted to add some colour to the wedding tables and thought this would be a good way of doing it!
We chose a three-tiered cake from Marks & Spencer which was plain white and we hand-decorated it with blue thistles.
For entertainment we chose Rockliffe Hall’s resident DJ who was brilliant. He played both modern and older songs which got everyone up dancing. There was something for everyone.
Apart from being a stunning hotel in a beautiful location, we would recommend Rockliffe Hall as a wedding venue as we were impressed with the level of professionalism afforded to us at all stages of the wedding planning process and on the wedding day itself. The wedding planner listened carefully to what we wanted and on the day everything went perfectly. It could not have been better!
Aside from getting married (of course) my favourite part of the day was walking down the aisle with my dad. Although it only lasted a short time, it was an amazing (and very emotional) experience and it was lovely to see close family and friends all present in the church to witness our special day.
We visited Australia and New Zealand on our honeymoon. We started the trip celebrating New Year’s Eve on a party boat in Sydney Harbour, then spent time on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. After that, we travelled to Auckland in New Zealand and then on to the stunning Bay of Islands. It was the trip of a lifetime and we will never forget it!
Our top for other Brides Up North is, slow down and enjoy the day, take everything in and don’t be nervous!
During the planning, I regularly looked online at Brides up North to get inspiration for my wedding dress and bridal party outfits, as well as to get tips and ideas for venue decorations.