It's a family affair

Lindsay and Lee made sure their children were involved when it came to their big day

Newcastle Family Life blogger Lindsay met Lee back in 2011 when they were both working for the same company. "We decided to go out with colleagues for drinks," remembers Lindsay. "Romance wasn't on the cards for either of us, so we were surprised when sparks flew! We both knew we'd found someone special."

Five years and two kids later, Lee popped the question. "It was Lee's birthday, and we'd just given him his presents when he announced he had a gift for me too," continues the bride. "He got down on one knee in our living room and asked me to be his wife! I'd always said I didn't want him to propose at home, but in the end, I'm glad he did, as it meant our children were there to witness such a special moment."

The couple decided to book their wedding two years in advance to manage their budget. Here Lindsay tells us more about their big day…

It's a family affair: Image 1 We were impressed with the grounds of Backworth Hall, as they lookwonderful in the summer. There are no wedding packages or minimumspend limits in place, and we loved that you have access to the hall the daybefore to set up.

It's a family affair: Image 2 I bought the first dress I tried on – in the first shop Ivisited! My mother-in-law picked it out. I didn't like it onthe hanger, but as soon I stepped into it, I felt like abride. It was an A-line style, which was flattering, and Iloved the detail around the waist.

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My make-up artist came highly recommended, and I loved how she made melook like me – just a better version! My hairdresser was also fantastic, plusshe doesn't charge crazy prices!

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I didn't see Lee's suit until the wedding – and I wasimpressed with his choice! Lee, his best man and usherall wore grey three-piece suits from Slater Menswear,with Lee choosing an ivory tie to stand out.

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My 16-year-old daughter, Chloe, looked beautiful inher blush maxi bridesmaid dress with beading fromLittle Mistress at House of Fraser. I actually boughtit on impulse while I was out shopping one day, soit's lucky she liked it when she tried it on!

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We wanted our children to be a part of our day, so my six-year-olddaughter was a flowergirl, and my four-year-old son was a pageboy. Hisjob was to keep the rings safe in a little ring security briefcase – he lookedso cool in his sunnies!

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I am totally clueless when it comes to flowers, so I pretty much left it up tomy florist! She did an outstanding job, and I was blown away with mybouquet, which was a mix of ivory peonies with ivory and pale pink roses.

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I loved the beautiful floral arch we had situated at thebottom of the staircase, along with the giant floral "love"letters in front of the DJ. Our centrepieces were alsoamazing – tall vases with blush and ivory floralarrangements on wooden log slices.

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I am the least creative person ever but am proud to say I made the table planand place settings myself! Apart from that, I left everything up to thesuppliers – they made the day run so smoothly and made it stress-free for us.

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We had a three-tier semi-naked cake decorated withfruit, coupled with matching cupcakes. The fruit onthe cake shimmered with edible glitter and lookedincredible, while the vanilla, white chocolate withraspberry and lemon flavours were delicious.

It's a family affair: Image 7 We are not really fans of bands and knew from the start we wanted a DJ.Chris came recommended, and I loved his style and setup. We had a mix ofrecent chart music and some classics, and we ended the night with lots ofdance and club tunes.

It's a family affair: Image 8 Picking a photographer was probably the hardest choice we had to make,as the photos were the one thing I cared about on the day. Paul was friendlyand put all of our guests at ease – and he captured the day perfectly!

Lindsay and Lee's contact book

Bride's dress

Bride's hair

Bride's make-up

Melanie Hedley Make-Up Artist

Cake, cooke favours and venue styling

Vanilla Teas


Chris Smith Professional Wedding DJ


Slater Menswear

Love letters and floral arch


Paul Flannigan Photography


Backworth Hall