Look what catches the eye of the editor with a special emphasis on local wedding businesses, shops and suppliers in Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear.
Spring wedding? "This season is the most wonderful time for natural, meadow flowers,” says Helen Mawson from Newcastle's Bels Flowers. “Delicate flowers such as muscari, sweet peas and miniature tet- a-tet are available, which are heavenly scented to give a gorgeous atmosphere to your day."
I am in love with this black wedding creation from Simon Spencer-Harvey of Candy & Grim cakes. "When it comes to flavours, we have a wide range of flavour combinations on our website, but equally, we can accommodate more unusual requests. Why not try a 'black' cocoa chocolate cake or a delicious deep red velvet cake?" he suggests.
I caught up with Morpeth-based Emma Bunting for some venue styling dos and don'ts...
Want a truly unique and alternative wedding? North Shire is very much the venue for you. This stunning wedding space, set amongst six acres of rolling North Yorkshire countryside, is a fully-licenced venue which prides itself on catering for any type of wedding you could wish for. From Viking or Hobbit celebrations, to wizard and witch-style affairs; they'll cater to every style of wedding or blessing you can imagine. Choose a ceremony on the lawn looking out over uninterrupted views of the sea; say your vows on The 11 Knights Stone Circle; marry in Hagrid's Hut; or wed in The Orangery or The Enchanted Barn. Whatever you decide on, North Shire will cater for up to 450 wedding guests, with enough room to fit up to 75 overnight guests in their on-site fixed accommodation spaces and shepherd's huts. You can even bring tents and tourers along, while the venue can organise vintage caravans and large furnished bell tents, too!
Wedding packages start at £7,995 for mid-week – visit North Shire's website here for more information.
Lough House Farm was the location of choice for this local shoot, organised by both the venue and Jane Flatman of Northumberland based Birdcages and Dragonflies. I love the scheme - it's the perfect bend of colours for a summer wedding!
See the shoot in all its glory in our July August issue - it's FREE to download and read!
The Roker Hotel is one of the longest standing and most loved hotels in Sunderland. Beautifully situated on Roker's seafront, it boasts stunning coastal views and parks all on its doorstep. The building itself is over 170 years old, so is naturally filled with character, and with their Distillery on-site and Roker Lighthouse opposite, it's perfect for plenty of wedding photos!
Read all about the venue in our latest issue, or visit The Roker Hotel's website here!
Shelby and Chris met through a mutual friend, when Chris was serving in the armed forces back in 2017. “It was an instant attraction,” remembers Shelby. “We both knew straight away that we were soulmates. I messaged Chris via Facebook and the rest was history! One of the main things that attracted me to Chris was how amazing he was with his daughter, Esme, as I always knew children were in my future. Within a year we had our own home, and I'd fallen pregnant with our daughter, Romee. Chris decided to leave the army when he found out I was excepting, which is something I'll be forever grateful for, as the army was all he'd ever known.”
See their wedding in our July August issue by clicking here
Bride Sarah travelled to her wedding venue with her dad in a Mercedes. "That was one of my favourite moments; sitting in the back talking about our lives, and how my grandad had given him a cigar 20 years ago for him to smoke on my wedding day – and that he had it in his pocket," she remembers.
See her big day in our July August issue in all of its glory!
Bride Kate, who married Oliver in September 2021 at Tynemouth Cricket Club, wasn't planning on strings at her wedding until she spoke to her dad. "A few weeks before the wedding my dad said he'd been listening to a quartet on the radio and that it had really moved him. He asked us to find one for the wedding, and we're so glad we did!"
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