A romantic elopement preceded a second celebration for Brittany and Chris at Newcastle's As You Like It.

Brittany Hanson, 28, married Chris Daley, 29, at Newcastle Civic Centre, on 4th July 2018, before holding a wedding reception at As You Like It on 8th September, 2018.

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We wanted our ceremony at As You Like It to feel intimate, so we got our friends and family involved. Our mothers did a hand-tying ceremony for us – Chris' mum did the reading, while my mum did the tying, using a Thai silk scarf to represent our time there.

 
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Chris and I eloped and married at Newcastle Civic Centre, before having a party later on. Marriage is such a personal thing, and it was important to have that moment for ourselves.

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When celebrating with our guests, we wanted a venue that felt cosy but still had room for people to move around. We loved As You Like It's décor and felt it could offer us an amazing day.

 
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I didn't care what suits our groomsmen wore on the day. We didn't want it to feel super-formal or to have people spend a lot of money.

 
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The dress I chose had an Art Deco feel to it and reminded me of a dress Rose wore in Titanic. Considering that's my all-time favourite film, I knew it was perfect!

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I had cream and white roses and lots of greenery for my bouquet, while Chris had a buttonhole with greenery as well as a succulent.

 
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I loved a rose gold geometric look I'd seen on Pinterest. I found most of my décor at Primark, using geometric lamp shades and other figurines that I filled with succulents. No one could even tell – and the bargain prices kept down our budget.

 
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My bridesmaids chose what they wore – they were travelling from Minnesota, so I didn't want to give them anymore expense. They both ended up wearing floral maxi dresses, so it worked out well!

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Chris and I aren't traditional cake lovers and wanted something different, choosing a creation made from smoked cheddar and Northumberland nettle cheese – as well as a chicken and ham pie and a pork pie!

 
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We were very particular about what music we wanted. We chose some classics, but a lot of the music was from our youth and current hits, as I wanted every song to be danceable!

 
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Our photographer has an amazing eye and made us look like supermodels! I now joke I'm going to continue to come up with life events so she can keep on taking our pictures!

 

Brittany and Chris's contact book


Bride's dress
Y.A.P Bridal
www.yapbridal.co.uk

Ceremony venue
Newcastle Civic Centre
www.newcastle.gov.uk/weddings/civic-centre

Cheese and pie cake
Fenwick
www.fenwick.co.uk/stores/Newcastle

Cheesecake
Simply Cheesecake
www.simplycheesecake.co.uk

DJ
AMV Live Music
www.amvlivemusic.com

Flowers
Diana Kaye Floral
www.dianakaye.co.uk

Groom's suit
Moss Bros
www.moss.co.uk

Invitations
Geri Loves Emi Paper Co
www.gerilovesemi.com

Magician
Scott John Magician
www.facebook.com/scottjohnmagic

Photographer
Belle Art Photography
www.belleartphotography.co.uk

Reception venue
As You Like It
www.asyoulikeitjesmond.com