Sunshine of your love

Amy and Richard's summer wedding focused on food, friendship and fun

Friendship blossomed before romance for Amy and Richard, who met at sixth form before going on a date several years later. “We went for drinks in Durham and got on so well we decided to meet up again two days' later,” says Amy. “Everything fell into place from there, and we were together for the next two years before Richard proposed.”

The couple were enjoying a short break at their favourite place, Beadnell in Northumberland, and had just been to The Ship Inn at Low Newton for lunch and a drink in the sun. “From there, we took a slow walk back along the beach,” continues Amy. “There was no one around for miles, which made it a very special and romantic moment when Richard asked me to marry him.”

It took around 12 months to plan the wedding, with Amy setting up Pinterest boards for inspiration and also finding most of the suppliers. Here, she tells us more about their big day…

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I used to work with our wedding photographer and knew straightaway that her style was exactly what I wanted.

 

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Having a marquee reception in the grounds of Biddick Hall took a lot of planning, as we hired in our own catering, bar and entertainment.

 

Sunshine of your love: Image 3aI only tried on about eight dresses before finding the one, which was a perfect combination of lace and buttons with a gorgeous flattering skirt.

Sunshine of your love: Image 3 My parents married at St Laurence in Pittington, so I always wanted to say my vows there too.

 

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Richard really looked the part in his three-piece suit, which he bought rather than hired so he could wear it again after our big day.

 

Sunshine of your love: Image 5aMy bridesmaids wore long, blush multi-way dresses, while the mini-maid dresses were white to match my gown.

Sunshine of your love: Image 5 I arrived with my Dad in a Rolls-Royce, and we also hired vintage buses to transport the guests from the church to the reception.

 

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Our cake was a four-tier semi-naked bake in chocolate orange, lemon, chocolate and vanilla flavours with real flowers for decoration.

 

Sunshine of your love: Image 7aI let our florist decide on the best flowers to use, with my only requests being white roses, stocks and some greenery.

Sunshine of your love: Image 7 I lost count of the number of comments we got on the day – and that we still get – about how amazing the food was at our wedding!

 

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A string quartet played during the drinks reception, before we had a brilliant band and DJ for the night.

 
 

Amy and Richard's contact book


Bride's dress and bridesmaids' dresses
Blue Bow Bridal
www.bluebowbridal.co.uk

Bride's hair
Reef Salons
www.reefsalons.co.uk

Bride's make-up
Pout Makeup and Beauty
www.facebook.com/poutmakeupandbeautyuk

Cake
Pretty Sweet
www.facebook.com/prettysweetcakesandconfections

Cars
Elite Wedding Cars
www.eliteweddingcars.co.uk

Ceremony venue
St Laurence Church
www.saint-laurence.org.uk

DJ and band
North Road
www.northroadmusic.co.uk

Flowers
Fleur Couture Floral Design
www.fleurcouturefloral.com

Groom's suit
Woven Durham
www.wovendurham.co.uk

Marquee
Unique Tent Company
www.uniquetentco.co.uk

Photographer
Amy Lou Photography
www.amylouphotography.co.uk

Reception venue
Biddick Hall
www.lambtonestates.com/biddick-hall

Stationery
Lilac & White
www.lilacandwhite.com

String quartet
Andrelli String Quartet
www.andrelli.co.uk

Vintage buses
1401 Minibus Services & Vintage Transport
www.1401minibusservices.com

Wedding favours
Le Mini Macaron
www.leminimacaron.co.uk