Your North East Wedding - July/August 2022 (Issue 51)

JUL/AUG 2022 £3.55 FASHION, BEAUTY, HONEYMOONS, GROOMS AND MORE WIN! A two-night stay in the Lake District EXCLUSIVE LOOKS Serious inspo for your big day Marriage material Spectacular reader weddings Snap Happy Choosing the right photographer for you Rustic receptions Boho venues in your area

WEBSTER’S ROPERY The perfect venue to ‘Tie The Knot’ Newly refurbished with all history restored, Webster's Ropery built in 1793 is the perfect venue to 'Tie e Knot’. Let our naturally beautiful 18th century building and surroundings inspire you, with the best service to match from our highly experienced wedding team! Photography by Hayley Crone Photo Set on the River Wear, the venue features exceptional river views from each of its beautifully restored rooms. We have an excellent range of exclusive wedding packages to suit any time of the year. With awless food and outstanding service, we will ensure your wedding day is memorable from start to nish! Get in touch with a member of our team today to book your dream wedding! | | (0191) 567 6950 Facebook @webstersropery | Instagram @websters_ropery Photography by Mark Dilbo Photography

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER Hello from your Editor, Claire Muffett-Reece 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the North East 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 60 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer their stellar advice 88 COMPETITION Win two nights in a five-star inn within the stunning Lake District CONTENTS JULY/AUGUST 2022 VENUES 15 SENSATIONAL SUNDERLAND Where to wed in your local area 21 MAGIC MOMENTS These rustic spaces are where the magic happens On the cover Sponsored by creativ designer and bunting specialist Emma Bunting (, this issue’s cover was captured by Paul Liddement Wedding Stories ( at the wedding of Emma and Reuben. 45 21 FEATURES 45 TRUE BLUE A blue and white theme is the perfect complement to a summer celebration 48 SNAP HAPPY How to look for your perfect wedding photographer 52 FROM MISS TO MRS County Wedding Magazines’ Melissa Barker on her wedding planning journey 56 STYLE FILE We asked five North East venue stylists for their essential advice 78 LIFE ON THE EDGE Why conform to a traditional bridal look when you don’t have to? 3

REAL WEDDINGS 27 BOWLED OVER Kate and Oliver celebrated in style at Tynemouth Cricket Club 32 YOU WERE MADE FOR ME Shelby and Chris were inseparable from the moment they met 39 THE TOWER OF LOVE Sarah and Brandon’s friendship blossomed into something more HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 94 CARIBBEAN VIBES Enjoy tropical views with a glass of St. Lucia’s famous rum punch in hand 96 TRAVEL GOALS Sri Lanka has always been a bucket-list destination for Louise Prance GROOMS 89 GROOMS’ NEWS Best buys and product launches 90 FUN IN THE SUN Honeymoon must-haves for the groom-to-be FASHION & BEAUTY 54 LEADING LADY Mothers-of-the-bride will love these stylish dresses and accessories 62 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 65 THE BRIDGERTON EFFECT We look at how Netflix’s biggest show has influenced weddings 69 PARTY PIECES These glamorous gowns are worthy of the red carpet 73 STYLE DOWN THE AISLE Boho-inspired dresses that were made for fun and flirting 82 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your beauty woes 85 YOU CAUGHT MY EYE! Wedding day eye make-up using the newest launches to hit the counters 86 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 73 27 96 4

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48 PICTURE THIS Your North East wedding snapper awaits! 27 ALL TIED UP Groom Oliver demonstrates how to let loose on the dancefloor! Hello, my name is Claire and I’m addicted to looking at reader weddings. And nope, it’s not those group or couples’ shots I’m yearning for, as gorgeous and glorious as they may well be. In fact, it’s those ‘caught-in-the-moment’ snaps I particularly love, where you or your guest have been papped without even realising. The moment a real wedding gallery pings in my inbox I’m on it, poring through the evening reception photos for the perfect shots that capture your big day to perfection. By this time those nerve-wracking speeches have been spoken, and the drinks have been flowing, with everyone properly letting their hair down for the first time that day. The result? Some cracking wedding pictures. Groom deciding his tie is better suited around his head than his neck? Check. Female guests’ skyscraper heels abandoned for some serious moves on the dance floor? Check. I can go on and on… With my guilty confession in mind, it goes without saying that this issue has a host of amazing wedding photography for you to savour. We’ve 12 pages of stunning reader weddings to enjoy, starting on p27, and two exclusive local shoots for you to be inspired by, shot on location at Northumberland’s Lough House Farm (p45), and Newcastle’s The Willows at The Woodmans (p78). Then there’s our line-up of some of the North East’s top photographers over on page 48 – if their images don’t whet your wedding appetite, nothing will! Also this issue, we’ve been busy scouring the region for the very best venues to say ‘I do’ to, from sensational Sunderland (p15), to rustic locations perfect for a boho festival vibe (p21). All that plus incredible honeymoons, grooms’ news, fashion, beauty, venue styling and more. Happy wedding planning – see you in September! Claire x Claire Muffett-Reece, Editor Guilty confession 32 LET’S DANCE Dancing shoes? More like dancing feet at the end of Shelby and Chris’s big day! 88 WIN! A two-night stay in the Lake District ISSN 2054-5231 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Claire Muffett-Reece | Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor, Beauty Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor Melissa Barker | Senior Editor, Grooms and Honeymoons Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Gillian Ward | 01376 538 485 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your North East Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your North East Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your North East Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. Visit us online at and EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines  6 9 FOR THE CHOP Want to throw an axe at your wedding? Find out how in our news spread! 21 RUSTIC ROMANCE Incredible venues to begin your happily ever after 56 STYLE IT UP Venue decorations to wow friends and family 39 CAUGHT ON CAMERA I love this photo of groom Brandon waiting for his wife-to-be, Sarah EDITOR’S LETTER 7

UNIT 2, FORD STREET, OUSEBURN VALLEY, BYKER, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE6 1NW 0191 338 9039 / UNIQUE AND ALTERNATIVE WEDDING SPACE BASED IN THE OUSEBURN VALLEY. MALING HALL Our weddings really work in the hall for those non conformists who like to think outside the box -anything goes! Our kitchen can cater for all needs - from formal dining to buffet style and our chef will work closely with you to produce a bespoke menu personal to your needs. Exclusive use of room: Up to 250 / Seated table service dining: Up to 150

GREAT AXEPECTATIONS Burying the hatchet at your wedding usually means smoothing over a silly squabble you once had with that cousin you rarely see. That’s no longer the case, as you can now throw a real-life axe at your hen party, stag do or reception thanks to Newton Ayecliffe’s Valhalla North! The UK’s number one independent axe throwing company, owned by husband and wife team Carl and Kat, has just launched its very own Valkyrie mobile axe throwing trailer, which is available for bookings from summer 2022 and beyond. “We offer axe throwing for ages eight years and above, priding ourselves on being as knowledgeable about the sport as you can be,” says Kat. “The Valkyrie mobile trailer was designed and constructed by Carl himself, and is the only one of its kind in the North East. We have also just received delivery of our Valhalla Viking ship fire pit, which can also be hired for your wedding. Fully insured, and with an instructor on hand, our trailer provides a safe and fun experience you’ll never forget!” Valhalla North’s mobile axe throwing starts from £400 – for more information visit NEWS All the latest from around the North East SECOND TIME LUCKY You’ll be hard pushed to find someone not feeling the pinch right now thanks to the UK’s cost of living crisis. That’s why we were pleased to hear about Darlington’s Something Old, Something New Sustainable Bridal Wear, who’ve launched their business as a way of helping brides-to-be find their dream dress at a fraction of the price. The family-run venture was borne from a wedding dress shopping trip of their own last year. “We were taken aback by the price of gowns, plus the knowledge of how much time and work goes into something that’s worn once,” says co-owner, Emma Atkinson. “We then looked at dresses for sale on social media and resale sites, and thought how brave someone would have to be to buy a dress they hadn’t even tried on!” Based in Darlington town centre, the store offers a huge variety of clean – and many unworn – bridal gowns, ranging from size eight to 30, but at half the original price. “We offer brides the same wedding dress shopping experience they’d get in a typical boutique,” continues Emma. “The appointments are relaxed and personal, and we’ve many designer names, such as Stella York, Morilee, Phoenix Gowns and Ronald Joyce. Our dresses start from £90, and our clients can even choose a budget plan that has 0% interest.” For more info head over to Nearlywed RAISE A TOAST Found the perfect venue but discovered it doesn’t offer drinks as part of the deal? Yarm-based Vansecco can supply all of your alcoholic – and non-alcoholic – needs. “We supply reception drink and bar facilities in an Italian Piaggio van,” says owner Lizzy Wilson. “Great for outdoors and equally good inside, too, you can choose from a whole host of beverages to suit all tastes. We’ve our ever-popular strawberry and rhubarb gin fizz cocktails; there’s premium Italian lager on tap, or why not offer friends and family the chance to sip a regionally-produced craft G&T? We of course cater for non-drinkers, and even have options for vegan and gluten-free guests.” For more info and how to book visit READER OFFER! Vansecco are offering Your North East Wedding readers a 10% discount on any of their wedding packages booked and confirmed by 1st November 2022. Terms and conditions apply; please remember to quote ‘VANSECCO10’ when booking. LOCAL NEWS 9

LANE THEM UP Looking for an alternative hen or stag – or just somewhere different to start the party off? Head to Gateshead’s NAMCO Funscape Metrocentre and enjoy all your favourite arcade games and amusements, plus bowling and plenty of deals on drinks. Start the fun off with a couple of games of bowling in your own VIP lanes and get those competitive juices flowing, then play the amusements, from classics to high tech video games. Plus, if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s even a Clip ’n’ Climb facility and Angry Birds Adventure Golf to enjoy. With 24 different challenges including the Speed Wall and the Vertical Drop Slide, Clip ’n’ Climb will get the adrenaline going – while Angry Birds Adventure Golf has two 18-hole adventure golf courses of varying difficulties. There’s even a bar on site for anyone that gets thirsty, with a member of the team always available on hand to make some delicious cocktails. Visit to find out more. WIN! Your North East Wedding has teamed up with NAMCO Funscape Metrocentre to offer four readers a free game of bowling voucher for six people. Terms and conditions apply, for your chance to win enter via THE SHOW MUST GO ON If your mam’s absolutely petrified at the thought of being invited on your Ayia Napa hen then it’s high time you organised a get-together for those that don’t fancy a weekend to remember (or, in most cases, a weekend you probably won’t remember). Step forward Darlington Hippodrome, who’ve just revealed a great line-up of shows for summer 2022 and beyond. Drama-buffs can enjoy laughs and thrills with a new stage adaptation of the comedy Boeing Boeing (Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th July), or see Susie Blake star as Miss Marple in The Mirror Crack’d (Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th September). Fans of musicals will enjoy Dreamboats and Petticoats, which returns with more Sixties hits from Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th August; or watch Strictly Come Dancing’s Kevin Clifton star in the Craig Revel-Horwood-directed Strictly Ballroom from Monday 14th to Saturday 19th November. Want to show your page boys or flower girls how much you care? There’s even a host of family-friendly plays you can all watch together, including Zog and the Flying Doctors (Friday 22nd to Saturday 24th July); The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th August); and David Walliams’ Demon Dentist (Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September). For more information and to book call the box office on 01325 405405 or visit QUENCH YOUR THIRST Fancy combining a love of ale with a date night away from wedding planning? Book in for a stay at INNSiDE by Meliá Newcastle – and get set to enjoy the venue’s new INNSiDE IPA! To coincide with the hotel celebrating their first anniversary back in May, INNSiDE collaborated with Newcastle’s Brinkburn Brewery to launch their very own, local IPA. Generously dry hopped with citra and moutere to create a full-flavourful, easy-drinking ale that really punches above its weight, the can design is the same bespoke Newcastleinspired masterpiece that was created by James Dixon when the hotel launched. INNSiDE Newcastle officially opened on May 17, 2021, offering a slice of continental life in the heart of the city. Located on the historical Quayside, it offers breath-taking views across the River Tyne and boasts Gino D’Acampo Quayside, the hotel’s restaurant, bar and contemporary outdoor terrace overlooking the water. The new INNSiDE IPA limited-edition can be purchased at the INNSiDE Newcastle hotel kiosk and will be available to guests staying in the hotel’s five townhouse suites as a complimentary offering. For more information or to book a stay visit 10

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FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER VIA OUR WEBSITE. Closing date 31st August, 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms and conditions apply. 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. This historic hideaway, nestled deep in the serene North East countryside, is perched blissfully on the cusp of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Edwardian elegance with a modern twist radiates from the hotel, with its elegant period features serving up the perfect complement to its stylish bedrooms and facilities of the modern wing. That’s before you’ve considered Slaley Hall as the ideal wedding venue, thanks to its countryside setting, grand spaces to say ‘I do’ in and exquisite catering. 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 for more info. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS Award-winning British contemporary jewellery designer and silversmith Lucy Quartermaine has had a passion for designing and creating jewellery from a young age, having been inspired by her grandmother’s craft and skill. Loved by A-list celebrities in the UK and around the world, Lucy’s brand is renowned for stylish designs and luxury aesthetics. What’s more, for every piece of jewellery purchased a tree is planted meaning eco-concious consumers can rest assured their purchases are sustainable. With elegant jewellery and accessories perfect for the big day, County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Lucy Quartermaine to offer readers the chance to win an Art Deco Oval Pendant worth £95. The 925 sterling silver with rhodium overlay pendant is inset with white topaz gemstones and can be worn at a 16 or 20-inch length. Visit ACCESSORISE AND SHINE FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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SUNDERLAND Sensational Want to know where to wed in your local area? We’ve got you covered LUMLEY CASTLE HOTEL 0191 389 1111 | Perched on a hill just 10 miles from Sunderland’s centre you’ll find Lumley Castle, a much-loved landmark and testament to a bygone age of chivalry and romance. A quintessential fairytale castle, complete with turrets, drawbridge, a pretty courtyard and sweeping driveway, it certainly makes the most stunning setting for a wedding. Opulence and comfort are the hallmarks of Lumley Castle’s interior, where Medieval features, such as flagstone floors and vaulted ceilings, coexist with spectacular Georgian plasterwork. Step outside and you’ll look on to the banks of the River Wear, with the hotel’s nine acres of grounds the perfect setting for fireworks and photographs. Ceremonies can be held in either The Scarbrough Room – one of the largest State Rooms, overlooking the grounds and with a maximum capacity of 80 – or The Garter Room, which boasts exquisite Georgian plasterwork and can hold up to 132 guests. You can then enjoy a reception in The Garter Suite (132 guests); Barons Hall (110 guests); The Scarbrough Suite (56 guests); The Northumbria Suite (40 guests); The Black Knight Restaurant (50 guests); The Gilt (18 guests); or The Sceptre (12 guests). 15 LOCAL VENUES

GEORGE WASHINGTON HOTEL, GOLF AND SPA 0191 402 9988 | Based in Washington, just a stone’s throw from Sunderland, this stunning hotel is an ideal place to gather your friends and family for a true celebration. With natural light flooding through the stunning glass ceilings, plus wall to wall bi-folding doors, the hotel’s Orangery truly brings the beauty of the outside in. Boasting magnificent views of the championship golf course, as well as the outdoor terrace and idyllic wedding pavilion, it’s the perfect place to start your happily ever after. There’s a whole host of options to choose from when it comes to marrying indoors, with the Washington Suite (150 guests), the Orangery (160 guests), the Clinton (120 guests) or the Brasserie (60 guests). You could even host your civil ceremony in the outside Pavilion (160 guests), which overlooks the greenery of the golf course. Just a stone’s throw from the outdoor BBQ kitchen and pizza oven, the picturesque surroundings ensure the ideal backdrop for your special moments, or to simply offer a space for your guests to enjoy the view. Psst ! The hotel’s wedding package includes couples’ menu tasting for their wedding breakfast, complimentary three-month gym membership and a complimentary night’s stay of the wedding with breakfast included. ROKER HOTEL 0191 567 1786 | 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 to treasure forever. Your special day should be perfect and at The Roker Hotel they can make it happen. The hotel itself houses two beautiful wedding spaces, the first of which is the Six Soldiers Suite – a traditional grand ballroom with statement windows flooding the space with light. Then there’s Let There Be Crumbs, an intimate venue packed with oodles of character, rustic charm and a homely feel. After an amazing day and night you then won’t have far to travel – at the Roker Hotel, when you book a full wedding package, you get the honeymoon suite on the night of your wedding free of charge! Also offering discounted rates for bridal parties to stay the night before, their spacious bridal suites include a king size bed, Jacuzzi and magnificent sea views. 16

With panoramic views of the North Sea, tantalising dishes and outstanding service from start to finish, Spanish City is the perfect place for your big day. Awarded the title of Best Coastal Wedding Venue in the UK as part of the Hitched 2020 UK Wedding Award and ‘Best Town and City Venue’ at the North of England Wedding Awards 2021, Spanish City has several packages for future married couples to choose from, meaning you’re guaranteed to find something that suits your individual needs and budget. 0191 691 7090 | | S P A N I S H C I T Y , S P A N I S H C I T Y P L A Z A , W H I T L E Y B A Y , T Y N E A N D W E A R , N E 2 6 1 B G

WEBSTER’S ROPERY 0191 567 6950 | Built in 1793, Webster’s Ropery is a Grade II listed building, once known as one of the world’s busiest rope houses, making ropes for the shipping building industry operated by Mr Webster. The exterior of the venue is therefore as incredible as you’d imagine, featuring beautiful brickwork and greenery, creating a natural and elegant wedding setting. Set on the banks of the River Wear, it offers a large outside space with seating and exceptional views, with the cobbled paths with trees and shrubs offering great photo opportunities alongside the backdrop of the building. When it’s time to say your vows you can marry in the Queen View Suite, licensed for civil ceremonies and comfortably accommodating 120 seated guests. Boasting natural daylight and scenery overlooking the river and surrounding areas, it’s also a great choice for your evening celebration, and can host up to 140 guests with a disco, dancing area and private bar facilities. Fancy partying after your wedding in a different space? Webster’s Ropery also includes the Banqueting Suite, a perfect room for a wedding breakfast and holding up to 100 guests. This quirky traditional room showcases its restored wooden ceiling beams with crystal chandelier, as well as open stonework and private bar facilities. Grand Hotel Sunderland boasts a spectacular seafront location, with the North East coast right on its doorstep. It’s also very close to Roker Park, a beautiful spot for wedding photographs, situated just five minutes’ walk away. You can also get some great snaps of the coastline’s lighthouse, thanks to the venue’s impressive floor to ceiling windows. This stylish 82 bedroom hotel includes a choice of function suites to say ‘I do’ in, all of which are licensed for civil ceremonies. The largest space available is the Castle Suite (250 guests); or alternatively wed in the Alwick and Bamburgh suites (100 guests); the Durham (60 guests), the Lowry (50 guests), or the Boardroom (40 guests). You can also host your reception in any of the above, before retiring to your complimentary overnight accommodation in the Corner Suite for your first night together as newlyweds. Psst ! Don’t forget to ask your photographer for photos of you on the beautiful staircase in the main reception! GRAND HOTEL SUNDERLAND 0191 529 2041 | 19 LOCAL VENUES

Weddings at Macdonald Linden Hall From the moment you and your guests arrive you are in the capable hands of our team who will guide you effortlessly through your day ensuring everything goes to plan leaving you to relax and enjoy the company of your guests. Make your dream day a reality at Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa. Find out more & enquire today: or call 01670 500 000 Find us on: Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa is a traditional country house hotel set within 450 acres of park and woodland in the heart of Northumberland. “ We had such a lovely relaxed and informal day, exactly as we had wanted it to be. Nothing was too much trouble for you, and our every request was met.” - Mr & Mrs Cowan

Magic moments These enchanting rustic venues are the perfect place to start your magical marriage NORTH SHIRE 01287 642228 | 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, all of which can be built around how you imagine your day to be. They offer a range of options for catering, drinks and entertainment to make your day truly memorable, and are also on-hand to help with any hen parties before your big day. Psst ! Be sure to watch out for North Shire’s resident peacock – named Fawkes like the phoenix in Harry Potter! 21 THEMED VENUES

NORTHSIDE FARM 07904 119327 | Northside Farm is an exclusive use venue nestled in the heart of the Northumbrian countryside. Comprising a converted barn and a gin gang ceremony room, it’s surrounded by 70 acres of land, lakes and woodland. The luxurious glamping site boasts 10 timber glamping pods, each with a firepit; four whimsical fairytale style cottages – all with fully functioning luxury amenities – and space for additional tent or wigwam pitches. Ceremonies for up to 150 can take place outside on the lawn, inside the barn or in the circular gin gang. The barn has a fully licensed wooden bar area adjoining to the floor-to-ceiling glass fronted main reception room, with flagstone flooring, exposed beams and brick walls. The circular gin gang, meanwhile, is a rustic and picturesque ceremony room with adjoining bridal dressing room. Outside the front of the barn and gin gang are manicured lawns used for drinks’ receptions in the summer, and a part-covered comfortable courtyard at the rear with stunning open fireplace, firepit for toasting marshmallows or for enjoying a BBQ buffet. After your reception – catered for up to 200 guests in the evening – it’s time to head back to the glamping site or luxury cottages situated just across the driveway. THE CRUCK MARQUEE AT THE HAMMER AND PINCERS 07984 930784 | The Cruck Marquee at the Hammer and Pincers is a stunning new addition to this established country wedding venue. Replacing the venue’s three ageing tipis, used to host weddings over the past six years, the shape of the marquee and the clear sides give increased useable floor space and more light, all the while retaining that wow factor. The original design of the marquee is based on the Medieval cruck barn, with the space easily able to be divided up, to provide relaxing lounge areas for smaller groups. Occupying a permanent position in the large, enclosed garden at the rear of the Hammer and Pincers, with its indoor and outdoor bars, patios and seating areas, outdoor fire pit and toilet facilities, all bases are covered. Wedding ceremonies for up to 160 are weather-dependent, meaning they can take place on the lawn, in the Wedding Hut or inside The Cruck Marquee itself. The space is ideal for those who want to get creative with décor, or if you prefer something simpler the setting itself will do the work for you! 22


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THE HIDDEN OAK 07984 540007 | This stunning North Yorkshire barn is set in over 200 acres, meaning the venue enjoys an exclusive rural setting whilst still being in reach of local amenities. The Hidden Oak strives itself on not being a typical wedding venue, where packages are the only option. Instead, they let each couple create and build their own bespoke day from start to finish, offering additional outdoor arrangements such as tipis, marquees or entertainment. The barn itself is surrounded by perfectly maintained gardens including a pond and extensive woodland, providing a picturesque backdrop for wedding photographs. The spacious lawned area and courtyard is also ideal for guests to mingle and enjoy a refreshing drink. There are two options for ceremonies, the first of which is the main barn area for up to 100, looking out onto the pond area and maintained grass and borders. Alternatively, wed outside in front of the building, where an oak pagoda is soon to be completed where the ceremonies will take place. An advantage to this option is its ample space – so there’s no real cap on capacity! THE BOSK 01665 660129 | The Bosk is a modern yet rustic new build, cladded with scorched larch and with a full glass gable end, showcasing the fantastic views of the rolling Cheviot Hills and evening sunsets. Surrounded by the tranquil Breamish Valley, The Bosk offers a peaceful and relaxing area to celebrate privately and exclusively with friends and family. With big cosy chairs and rustic yet elegant interiors, The Bosk also boasts stunning architecture and handmade features such as chandeliers and a bar which was inspired by the venue owner’s wedding. Located alongside 11 luxury self-catering holiday cottages, there’s even a private leisure facility including an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, gym and Jacuzzi; as well as a croquet lawn, games room, tennis court and football field. Ceremonies for up to 64 can take place within The Bosk restaurant or in the garden area, immediately outside the glass gable end. Your reception is then held within the Bosk restaurant, choosing either a seated meal for 64 or a buffet-style feast for up to 90. There’s even a wood fired pizza oven located in the garden that can be used during your big day. 25 THEMED VENUES

The Unique Tent Company is the leading supplier for creating memorable and unique outdoor events by offering a range of glorious giant hat tipis, sailcloth tents and vintage marquees that combine traditional materials with expert craftsmanship, giving you a unique all-weather-proof setting for weddings, parties, events and festivals in the North of England The Unique Tent Company 07928 602373 | enqu i r i es@un i que t en t co . co . uk | www. un i que t en t co . co . uk Photos courtesy of Rosie Davison Photography

Kate and Oliver celebrated in style at Tynemouth Cricket Club Images courtesy of Chocolate Chip Photography Kate and Oliver met at the University of Leeds in 2010. “We both studied law at undergraduate, and by 2011 were in the same friendship group, ending up living next door to one another in our final year,” says Kate. “Oliver agreed to be my partner for the law society debating competition, which drew us closer, and by the time we reached our end of year exam trip to Newquay we’d decided to try and ‘make a go of it’.” Eight years later, the couple went for a picnic to Bamburgh beach. “It was a hot sunny day, so I couldn’t understand why Oliver was irritated at the sands being so crowded,” continues the bride. “When he finally found a nice secluded spot and proposed, it became crystal clear why he’d kept checking and re-checking his bag for his water bottle!” The couple set the date for the 18th September, 2021, marrying at Tynemouth’s Church of the Holy Saviour before hosting a reception at Tynemouth Cricket Club. Here, Kate tells us more about their big day… OVER Bowled REAL WEDDINGS 27

Our florist was incredible, creating bouquets of foliage with white roses, eucalyptus and white freesia. Oliver, his dad and my dad wore buttonholes of white freesia, rosemary and mint, with the rest of the groomsmen wearing a mix of foliage, rosemary and mint. I ordered my Justin Alexander dress from Mia Sposa Bridal, which was a wonderful experience. I chose the style because it was classic, but also had an element of fun. I wanted a long train with a good-sized skirt so I could swoosh around the marquee – which I absolutely did! We got married in the church where I was christened, and just up the road from the house where my parents still live! Our reception was then held on the cricket pitch at Tynemouth Cricket Club, where my Dad played the sport – and subsequently coached. We opted for a four-tier cake made of white choco late and blueberry sponge, double chocolate sponge, lemon and elderfl ower sponge and carrot cake flavours. We wanted a marquee wedding and the cricket club setting really allowed us to make it our own. We chose fresh foliage twined into the ceiling of the marquee, with lots more greenery inside. 28

Northumbrian Classic Cars supplied us with a beautiful cream Jaguar. It was a nod to Oli’s Grandpa, Bob, who loved his Jag and would have been so thrilled to see us get married. Oli’s a keen gardener, so our favours were gin liqueurs made from his dad’s gooseberries, plus a mix of Oli’s homegrown rhubarb. The gin certainly helped liven up the vocal chords in the evening! Barney, our ginger brown miniature goldendoodle, came to see us outside the church for photos. He wore a polka dot sea-glass b ow-tie to match the bridesmaids – and looked very dapper! With all of the emotion in the run up to the big day, the speeches were incredible and such a big part of the day for us both, and also the guests. My bridesmaids looked beautiful in their sea-glass floor-length dresses by Sorella Vita, which we bought from Accent Original Brid al in Newcastle. Oliver wore a navy three-piece suit from Reiss, with dark brown shoes and blush pink knitted tie. We asked his groomsmen to wear navy suits and black shoes, but with the same colour ties to match. REAL WEDDINGS 29

KATE & OLIVER’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK Photography, Chocolate Chip Photography | Church, Church of the Holy Saviour | Venue, Tynemouth Cricket Club | Marquee, Unique Tent Company | Accessories and wedding coordinator, Toast Your Event | Kate’s Dress, Mia Sposa Bridal | Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Accent Original Bridal Boutique | Hair stylist, The Cutting Station 0191 253 5461 | Make-up artist, House of A | Suits, Reiss | Cake, Cakes, Coffees and Cutters | Flowers, Bels Flowers | Transport, Northumbrian Classic Cars | Stationery, Papier | Catering, Jacob & Tori | Videography, Dickie Bow Films | String Quartet, India Rose Strings | Guitarist and Singer, Hattie Murdoch | Band, Union Street | Dog Sitter, Fluffy Friends Take a moment together to stand and watch what’s going on around you. All of the people who you love (and who love you) are in one place together – it’s simply wonderful. A few weeks before the wedding my dad said he’d been listening to a string 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! We booked an acoustic singer and guitarist for ent ertainment, and the dance floor was constantly packed until gone midn ight. We wanted the day to be about laughter and friendship, so our food reflected this, with big sharing platters of salads, meat and fish. My mother-in-law, Jane, also made over 300 brownies for dessert which were delicious! We had a memory table for those no longer with us, including my best friend Harriet, who would have been my maid-of-honour. Heaven gained an angel when we lost Hatti to breast cancer. She was definitely with us in spirit, bringing sunshine and light and leading us onto the dance floor. 30

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for me Shelby and Chris were inseparable from the very first moment they met Images courtesy of Laurence Sweeney Photography YOU WERE MADE 32

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 little girl, 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.” Chris proposed in November 2018 at Whinstone View during a romantic weekend away. “I was pregnant at the time so wasn’t drinking, but Chris was knocking them back, which was really out of character,” continues the bride. “I was very confused as he doesn’t usually drink – if anything, he was beginning to annoy me! We sat down to watch a film when he suddenly produced a bag full of wooden hearts listing the 10 reasons why he loved me. I got to the end and realised I’d only looked at nine, with Chris getting down on one knee with the final heart in his hand that read, ‘Will You Marry Me?’. It was the most amazing moment that I’ll never forget.” The couple set the date for the 9 April 2022, choosing South Causey Inn for their big day. Here, Shelby tells us more about their amazing wedding… A DAY TO REMEMBER Shelby and Chris started planning their wedding soon after their engagement, looking around a few venues before deciding on South Causey Inn. “We both wanted a boho-style day, and the décor inside The Old Barn was perfect, with hanging flowers, foliage and wooden beams. We decided to opt for the venue’s Platinum Package, which included lots of extras, such as venue styling, welcome drink and canapés, a four-course wedding breakfast with wine, DJ, evening buffet and even an overnight stay in the deluxe honeymoon suite.” With a boho wedding in mind, the couple set about planning how they wanted the venue to look on the actual day. “We were lucky that South Causey Inn’s package included centrepieces for the tables, choosing pampas displays which looked incredible,” says the bride. “As for flowers, I was always desperate to have a waterfall bouquet, wanting one ever since I saw a picture on Pinterest! I chose a smaller version of my bouquet for the bridesmaids; our flower girls wore gypsophila headbands with ribbons on the back; and we kept the buttonholes nice and simple, with a rose tied with eucalyptus.” When dressing the tables, it was also important for the couple to highlight Chris having served 14 years in the army. “I know from previous celebrations that favours are usually lost or forgotten about,” continues Shelby. “We therefore chose to donate to the SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity – instead of gifting guests actual favours. We placed handmade cards on the tables, designed in the same theme as our invites and other wedding stationery, to tell our guests our reasons for donating.” ALL DRESSED UP Shelby found her dream dress at Corbridge-based The Wedding Dress Company. “As soon as I put on the Lauren Martina Liana design it made me feel like a Princess, so I knew it was the one for me!” says the bride. “I wanted a fitted dress with a large train and detail, which was everything this style had. I also purchased a beautiful hair vine which matched my dress perfectly, and wore a small pair of round droplet earrings with a bracelet to match. It REAL WEDDINGS 33

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was just the added extra sparkle I needed.” Chris and his groomsmen also made sure they looked the part, heading to Newcastle’s Master Debonair for their wedding outfits. “Chris wore a Marc Darcy brown tweed suit with blue waistcoat and tan tie,” says Shelby. “It really fitted in well with the theme, while the rust colour on the shoulders and elbow gave it the ‘pop’ we were after. My dad and groomsmen wore the same style, but with tan waistcoats and blue ties; while my bridesmaids all got to choose their own dresses, as long as one wore sage, one wore Champagne, one wore rust, and one chose a mauve colour.” LET’S EAT! Great food and good drinks were an important part of the couple’s April celebrations, beginning with South Causey Inn’s wedding co-ordinator bringing in tequila shots before everyone walked down the aisle! “I must say it really calmed the nerves – I’ve never seen a happier group of ladies over a shot!” laughs Shelby. After the ceremony came reception drinks and canapés, before it was time for the guests to enjoy a delicious wedding breakfast. “We were very fortunate to be able to give all guests a choice between four starters, four main meals and four desserts, which went down a storm,” continues Shelby. “They could decide between prawn cocktail, vegetable soup, Cajun chicken strips and bruschetta, moving on to either beef, lamb, pork or chicken. The desserts were incredible, too, with Eton mess, chocolate brownie, raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake or a trio of desserts. For the evening we then opted for the world-tour buffet, which included homemade lasagne, burgers, chips, curry and much more – it was fab!” However, the food didn’t end there, as when it came to Shelby and Chris’s wedding cake it seemed not many could resist. “We chose a two-tier cake in sticky toffee and lemon flavours,” says the bride. “It was covered in white chocolate ganache and featured green and gold textured icing around the bottom. I’ve never tasted anything quite like it!” TEARS OF JOY Every couple’s wedding day is packed with emotion, with Shelby and Chris’s certainly no exception. “I was so nervous that I was actually sick a few times before the ceremony!” remembers the bride. “I was stressed about something going wrong, but I was also worried at the thought of it all being over too soon. We’d spent so much time planning that the idea of the day coming to an end was quite sad. My parents also shed a few tears when they saw me in my dress, which was hugely emotional for me. My dad never gets upset and is usually very reserved, so seeing him break down was so special to me. Chris was just the same. I’ve never really seen him cry apart from when Romee was born. To see him sob when our daughters and I walked down the aisle was a moment I’ll always cherish.” Tears well and truly over; the tissues were binned, and it was time to get the party started. “We hired an amazing singer, Christy McAllister, who sang all of our chosen songs perfectly,” continues Shelby. “We also had a magician, Stevo, to perform during the reception – he blew everyone’s minds with his incredible tricks! We even hired a saxophonist for three 30-minute sets throughout the evening. He had every single person up dancing – literally the entire wedding party! We’ll never forget seeing our two families come together on the dance floor, getting on as if they’d been friends forever. There are no words that can even begin to describe how amazing it was.” REAL WEDDINGS 35

ROLL CREDITS Photography, Laurence Sweeney Photography | Venue, South Causey Inn | Videographer, A Little Less Salt Weddings | Dresses, Jewellery and Accessories, The Wedding Dress Company | Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Elizabeth George Bridal | Flower Girl Dresses, Coco Flower Girls | Hair stylist, Anna’s Hair Boutique | Make-up artist, Dreamhouse LTD | Suits, Master Debonair | Cake, Where The Ribbon Ends | Flowers, Alf Events | Stationery, Favours and Table Plan, Above The Clouds | Saxophonist, Spencer Sax | DJ, Champagne Entertainments | Singer, Christy McAllister | Magician, Stevo Magician | Photobooth, Magic Mirror North East SHELBY’S TOP TIP “Always include your partner. It might be hard not to take control, but including your other half really brings you both closer. Plus, there’s no better feeling than seeing your plans come together.” 36