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Jessica + Henry at Newton Hall, Northumberland

Everything about Jessica + Henry’s wedding at Newton Hall was golden. From the gilt-edged Gatsby-inspired stationery Kelly designed for them, to Jessica’s shimmering Louboutins, her strawberry-blonde hair, the embellishments on the beautiful bridesmaid dresses, and the glorious golden glow over the beach and cornfield where we shot their couple portraits at sunset. Who needs California, eh?

Venue: Newton Hall

Flowers: Wildflower

Film: Mischa + James

Photo booth: Snaparazzi

Make-up: Rose & Bird

 

Jen + Jeremy’s Tyneside Cinema ceremony and DIY Summerhill Square party

Unpretentious, unique and unforgettable is how I would sum up Jen + Jeremy’s wedding. They got married on stage at the Art Deco gem that is the Tyneside Cinema, in the heart of Newcastle, followed by a DIY reception at Summerhill Square Bowling Pavilion. Tucked behind the motorbike shops of Westgate Road, in the middle of a Georgian enclave, the bowling pavilion is one of our favourite venues in the north east. It is a DIY wedding dream, with bags of character and space to give couples the freedom to create their wedding, their way. For Jen + Jeremy their way was a massive party for friends and family, with games, live music, personal details, and the BEST handmade table seating plan ever made. Jen + Jeremy spent weeks crafting their entire day, and even got their friends on board to provide cakes for the handmade cake buffet competition (winner still unknown!) and take part in a live music gig to party the night away. I could go-on-and-on (which would be tedious) so I’ll let the photos do the talking instead. Enjoy.

Ceremony venue: Tyneside Cinema

Reception Venue: Summerhill Square

Flowers: Wildflower

Caterers: The Settle Down Cafe

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Al – inspiring the vintage groom

In a small corner of Heaton, not far from the bustle of Byker’s betting shops, is Al’s Musique Boutique and Gentleman’s Emporium, a retro haven for the Geordie Gentleman, selling all-sorts of oddities, kitsch curiosities and vintage collectables.

If you haven’t been to Al’s place then you simply must. You can borrow my bicycle. Go on… take it. Better still, arrive in your classic Beauford as Al’s boutique is a veritable treasure trove for the vintage groom, selling everything a chap needs for his wedding day –  cufflinks, braces, bow-ties, tweed corsages, spats, pocket watches and pipes. “And would you like a detachable collar with that, sir?” Al also offers a tailoring service using the finest tweeds to create bespoke suits that will still be worn and loved long after the the wedding dress has been boxed and put in the attic. Happily, he is now selling his wares online which is well worth a look, and there’s loads on his Facebook page too.

Al’s personal style is a walking advert for the shop. Rarely is he seen without a perfectly folded turn-up or heavy tweed overcoat, so it was with great pleasure that I spent a Sunday morning with Al (the one with the fine beard) and his friend Jason as they went about their gentlemanly business, where else but in the pub for a pie and a pint.

Love shoot… Beck + Gary

It’s hard to believe these photos were taken in north-east England, but it’s proof the sun does shine there. Sometimes. Beck + Gary were keen to have their pre-wedding shoot in their soon-to-be home town of Blyth and the sun was only to happy to come along for the ride. Fingers crossed their luck lasts for a few more weeks until their big day at Woodhill Hall, in Northumberland, next month.

 

Anna + Chris… are hitched

Anna + Chris were married at the gorgeous Ellingham Hall in Northumberland during a weekend filled with fun, food and, most of all, friendship. With more than 30 guests staying in the hall and nearby cottages for two nights, it meant their big day lasted the whole weekend from the sit-down meal on Friday evening, to the bacon butties on the wedding morning, through to the late-night wedding night hot-tub frolics (you know who you are!), and the Sunday afternoon game of rounders in the grounds. It was a laid-back affair that we were thrilled to be part of – as photographers as well as good friends of the happy couple. Here’s a select few photos from the weekend…

Buttonbelle bridesmaid shoot

We were lucky enough to shoot ButtonBelle’s “romantic and vintage inspired” bridesmaid collection for their new look website recently. The photos are yet to go live, but Aimee, the talent behind the Newcastle-based company, was happy for us to put up a sneak peek. The simple, clean images were shot in the studio to show the  fluidity of the gorgeous georgettes and chiffons in their pretty pastel palette. The dresses were complimented by shoes from Emmy Shoes, a designer whose delicate and beautiful bridal shoes are individually crafted for each client. Needless to say, they are stunning and I wish I had known about her when I got married! Hair and make-up was by Sarah Walsh, as seriously talented young lady whose work extends from advertising and fashion shoots to bridal hair and make-up.

Buttonbelle dresses are currently stocked by Luella’s Boudoir, in Wimbledon, and YAP Bridal, Newcastle, with more stockists in the pipeline. Keep your eyes peeled for the rich hues of the autumn and winter collection coming soon….

 

 

Katy + Adam… are hitched

When you were a child, if you had taken a crayon and drawn the church where you were going to be married, it would have looked something like this. St James’ Church, near Buttermere, is a tiny, picture perfect chapel packed with charm. It is where Katy and Adam’ decided to tie the knot in September, followed by a barn reception just up the road at New Farm, in Lorton. While the Lake District always provides a stunning backdrop to, well, everything, Katy and Adam’s innate style gave the whole wedding day a stylish edge. Katy is a fashion designer and looked predictably stylish in her buttercream BHLDN gown, Edwardian swallow hair clip and glittery gold Jimmy Choos. The flowers, designed to look like they had been freshly picked from the fells that morning and bunched together with simple ribbon, were a masterclass in rustic chic. Every little detail was carefully thought through to fit the couple’s personality and compliment the Lakeland stone and autumnal palette.  Happily, Annabel at Love My Dress agreed and featured the wedding on her blog. You can read all about it here.

Thank you, Katy and Adam, for such a beautiful wedding!