Editor loves and inspiration

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.

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!

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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!"

Book India Rose Strings for your big day by visiting https://indiarosestrings.com – and see Kate and Oliver's amazing day in our July August issue!

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WIN! An overnight stay and spa treatments at Slaley Hall

Ready to relax, recharge and recuperate? Soon you could be enjoying some much-needed you time with the chance to win this incredible weekend away at Northumberland's Slaley Hall.

Enter now and you could win a one night stay with breakfast, plus a two-course dinner and spa treatment for two people. From facials that leave your skin glowing, to massages and full-body experiences, at Slaley Hall self-care and indulgence are the only things on your to-do list.

Visit www.slaleyhallhotel.com for more info - and LOOK OUT FOR THE GIVEAWAY COMING SOON HERE to find out how to enter!

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Looking for a fun way of saying thanks to any little ones involved in your big day? TV Chef and MasterChef contestant Matei Baran is bringing his famous Big Chef, Mini Chef to Sunderland this summer, with his educational cookery workshops for kids taking place on selected Mondays during the six-week holidays.

Matei will be on hand, personally to take the workshops, showing that healthy cooking needn't be boring cooking! The workshops, which will take place on Monday 25th July, 8th, 15th and 25th August and 5th September will be carried out at their restaurant in STACK from 10am-11am and bookings can be made HERE via the Posh Street Food Facebook page. There will be one adult required to stay with the children at all times and a maximum of 10 kids from ages six and upwards per class is allowed.

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Looking for a photographer? Consider Newcastle's Emily Hannah Photography, with prices starting from £1,850. Emily says: “I studied photography in college and originally wanted to go down the fashion route. However, I fell in love with weddings and started my own business in 2012, meaning I've been going strong for 10 years now. I'd describe my style as romantic, whimsical and pretty, focussing on light and colour to create fairytale photos. In other words, I love anything light, bright and airy! Remember: your wedding photos are something you'll look back on for the rest of your life, so make sure you go with a photographer that gave you that spark of excitement when looking through their work.”

Visit Emily Hannah's website here to find out more.

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I asked hair stylist Amy Burns of Niche Hairdressing in Stockton on Tees for her top hair tips for a summer wedding…

"First off, I always recommend having regular haircuts to keep your hair looking fresh before your big day. Homecare is another huge factor in keeping your locks in great condition, so speak to your stylist about the best products available to suit your own hair type. Is your hair dyed? Book an appointment with your colourist about a week before your big day, to allow for any colour stains to be removed in time.

"When it comes to hairstyles, if possible I like to suggest updos, because once your mane is up it's something you don't have to worry about. Wearing your hair down in the summer can often lead to it not looking the same for when your evening guests arrive, due to the heat and humidity.

"Whatever you choose, book a trial and bring whatever accessory you want to wear in or on your hair along, so you can get a really good visual of what your style will look like on the day."


Newlyweds Gemma and Laurens have both British and Dutch backgrounds, with their wedding reflecting both countries. “The colour scheme was blue, white and touches of red, in line with the flags of both our countries,” says Gemma. “We also included a lot of Delfts Blauw pottery or designs inspired by the style, and my aunt created matching illustrations which featured in our stationery.” The favours were also Dutch-inspired, with each guest gifted a box in the shape of a canal house. “They were filled with mini stroopwafels, chocolate and drop, which is Dutch liquorice. My mam and I spent hours assembling and filling the boxes together!”

Head over for more of their big day by clicking here