One of my favourite wedding venues without a doubt has got to be Newton Hall up the coast in Northumberland. Sophie and Will’s wedding there last September was an absolute blast. A cycling and travel theme, tandem cycling in the grounds, photos on the beach, and a real knees-up on the evening..
I *loved* all the little touches from this day.. Their wedding inspiration combined two of the couple’s favourite loves: cycling and travelling. Inspired by their old guidebooks, each table was named and decorated after places they’d visited and the wedding favours were little paper airplanes. They even hired a tandem for pictures and later (only very *slightly* tipsy) guests were cycling around the grounds on it.
Sophie looked absolutely amazing in a beautiful and one-off lace gown by Ronald Joyce, with her hair accessorised with a Gypsy Rose Vintage clip made from an ivory rose and purple flowers. Her something old was her Grandmother’s engagement ring, whilst her mum’s silver bracelet played the part of something borrowed and her painted toenails stepped into the role of something blue.
Will looked pretty dapper himself in a tailored suit by Ted Baker from Moss Bros. teamed with an ivory tie and waistcoat and a grey top hat. Keeping in with the fab theme, Will gifted his groomsmen with specially made silk pocket squares featuring maps of Northumberland.
Grabbing the opportunity to go down to the beach for impromptu photographs also worked out wonderfully. “We love the beach pictures,” says Sophie, “We were so lucky with the weather and had so much fun when we sneaked off for a mini photo shoot on the beach and the resulting pictures were incredible. Our favourite is the one of us walking through the grassy sand dunes when we were leaving the beach, with Will helping to carry my dress train...”
“We wanted our wedding to be a real celebration, as well as a fun party for all our friends and family.” Mission accomplished, I'd say.
Bridal Dress: Ronald Joyce, Bridal Factory Outlet, Northallerton
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Packham for Debenhams
Groom/Groomsmen Suits: Ted Baker at Moss Bros
Hair & Make Up: Ashley Wallace Makeup Artistry and Hairdresser
Flowers and Cheesecake: Marks & Spencer
Cake: Love Lily Cakes, Sunderland
Stationary/Wedding Favours: Self-designed. Airplanes/map favour boxes from Confetti
Entertainment: North-East Soiree – The Ceilidh Knights (ceilidh band) and the Knights Muse (party band). Both: http://www.music-north-east.com
Venue Styling/Chair Covers: Coco Luminaire
Transport: Tandem bike from Pedal Power
Gift Hampers for Parents: The Northumberland Hamper Company