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.
“Our brides tell us we have the best selection of dresses in the North East,” says owner Sarah Stokoe from The Wedding Dress Company in Corbridge. “Whether you're looking for simple, boho or glamorous, we have it. Each bride also gets completely private use of the boutique, and we even stock our own accessories.”
For more bridal boutiques in the North East look out for our Jan/Feb 2023 issue out later this month here, and for more information on The Wedding Dress Company visit https://theweddingdresscompany.co.uk
Faye and Jack met at London's West End Stage drama school back in 2012. “Despite it not being love at first sight, we became close friends quite quickly and enjoyed spending time together,” says Faye. “It was only after a year of being friends that we became a couple, and the rest, as they say, is history.”
Want to read all about their dreamy Alnwick Garden Treehouse wedding? Head to our November/December issue here: www.yournortheast.wedding/free-download
Sat on the sofa, munching far too many Quality Street, during that post-Christmas Day lull? Start considering your wedding venue!
Northumberland's Langley Castle Hotel was built in 1350, during the reign of Edward III, and has retained its architectural integrity. Now regarded as one of the few medieval fortified castle hotels in England, over the past 600 years, the Castle has been owned, together with its estate, by lords and ladies whose names were frequently associated with the turbulent history of the Kingdom!
Visit www.langleycastle.co.uk/en/to find out more.
Want to arrive at your big day in style? "Our Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder hits 0-62mph in just 3.1 seconds – and has a top speed of 202mph," says Prestige Car Hire North East's Kas Mohammed. "Its 5.2-litre V10 naturally aspirated engine produces 640hp at a heady 8,000rpm, and boasts a maximum torque of 600Nm at 6,000rpm." Go on – you know you want to book it! www.prestigecarhirenortheast.co.uk
Stokesley-based Kate Fearnley's Platinum collection is incredible! This six-piece line-up was inspired by the celebration of her 20th year in the occasion wear business. The styles draw inspiration from some of the strong silhouettes and detailing used from her design portfolio over the years, featuring her brand's signature style of hand-finished embroidery and unique detailing.
Visit https://katefearnley.com to find out more!
I love writing about weddings, but writing about my own cousin Jade's big day to Simone at venue Howard Court was incredible! Here's my lovely mam, my two gorgeous sons, my Uncle Barry, my cousin Peter, and my Auntie Karen all being entertained by fabulous magician,
Head to the November/December issue and check out their big day in all its glory here: https://www.yournortheast.wedding/free-download
Stuck what to get your mam as a thank you?
"Why not surprise her with a pair of pearl earrings or a ring?" says Emine Thompson of Newcastle's Silverkupe Handmade Art Jewellery.
"Pearl jewellery and accessories are very trendy at the moment, and this trend will continue in 2023 and beyond. However, as well as being trendy, pearls are also very classy and traditional and represent wisdom."
I wish I could enter this prize; an amazing dinner, bed and breakfast for two stay at Newcastle's Jesmond Dene House, worth £329!
Set within the exclusive suburb of Jesmond, this Grade II listed, independently owned boutique hotel and wedding venue offers 40 luxurious bedrooms and an award-winning restaurant; surrounded by a woodland valley dotted with waterfalls and rustic bridges. Licensed for weddings for up to 114, you can choose from four private rooms in which to celebrate.
Head over to https://www.yournortheast.wedding/giveaways to be in with the chance of winning this great prize – and visit https://jesmonddenehouse.co.uk for more information on this boutique hotel and wedding venue.
Looking for bridesmaids' dresses? Pay a visit to Newcastle's Epernay Bridal. “Not only will you find your perfect dress at our boutique, but we also stock bridesmaid dresses designed by Hayley Paige,” says Epernay's Judith Wade and Laurie Barnett. “Bridesmaid dresses of the same colour are hot right now, but in different styles and silhouettes. Another look we love is a lovely colour palette of dresses, that are similar in style but different shades."
Visit https://www.epernaybridal.co.uk for more information – and look out for our November/December issue, which is packed with companies to help dress all members of your wedding party! Head here to find out more: https://www.yournortheast.wedding/free-download
Red lips don't suit me, but they do look stunning on so many brides I see! "My top tip is to invest in a matching lip liner, which is a must to ensure that your strong colour doesn't bleed over your lip line, and remember to reapply your lipstick throughout the day to keep your look crips and clean," says Guisborough make-up artist Gemma Rimmington. Find more of her make-up advice in our November/December issue, out later this month at https://www.yournortheast.wedding/free-download – and check out Gemma's work over at https://gemmarimmingtonmakeup.com