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Wedding Perfection Imagine holding your wedding in your very own Georgian Mansion, overlooking the beautiful and evocative Durham Heritage Coastline and just a short drive from the historic City of Durham. As you enter you will be welcomed by an air of sophistication, luxury and elegance. Think breathtaking views, exquisite service, spa pampering and five star luxury. Relax with family and friends knowing that every detail is covered on your special day...

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The Essentials


04 Hen help


To pamper or to party? We help you decide, uncovering some fun spots home and away...

10 Yes to the dress We round up some of this year’s leading gown trends for styleconscious brides...

18 Hip honeymoons Planning your loved-up getaway? Consider our top locations for a trip to remember...

26 Plan perfect Blooms worth picking, cake to taste and locations to lust over, we check out what’s new this wedding season...

Loved up

I’m not sure there’s a job finer than writing about love and all the fun stuff that comes with it. Weddings are the hot topic at the moment with royal proposals, talks of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day and lots of lovely inspo as we step into the spring/summer season. Whether you’re starting your own wedding planning journey or you’re picking up bridal tips for a friend, there’s something very special about this time in our lives - and there’s nothing we love more than speaking to local suppliers, newlyweds and the people who make this thriving industry tick. Let our luxe guide be the beginning of your wedding journey. The fun starts here - enjoy!

28 Trend watch Discover bride and groom edits and feel inspired by our fashionforward musts...

34 Perfect plan Our handy tick box list will keep you in check while organising the special details...

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Bridal Parties

Celebrate in style with a pre-wedding party, or luxe it up with your ladies in a low-key pamper spot. We’ve picked out a cool combination for bridal parties…

Pre-Wedding Party Pre-Wedding Pamper Cocktail masterclass



Mix things up with a mouth-watering cocktail masterclass at Harvey Nichols’ Fourth Floor Café in Leeds. If you fancy kicking back with your pals with a cool cocktail in hand, then join the experts to discover the finest concoctions and botanical creations. Reserve your own event space and let your style, creativity and flair run away with you. You can decorate as you wish and enjoy a range of bespoke food and drinks packages.

Fizzy flicks Looking for somewhere you can sit back, sip champagne and be entertained? Then why not enjoy a swish screening at the Dominion Cinema, Edinburgh? Check in for an evening in the red star screen where you’ll get to watch your favourite film after a sparkling wine reception. Your group will be treated to popcorn, sweets, soft drinks and wine by the bottles so you can top up your tipple as the film goes on.

Hygge hens Rally the troops and pack up for a perfect countryside getaway in North Yorkshire. Brompton Lakes luxury lodges in Richmond offer a cosy collection of bespoke, self-


catering cabins in the rolling countryside. Twenty One is the largest lodge on the estate, ideal for a girly gathering. Toast to a terrific weekend away on the private patio area complete with exclusive use of a large log burning hot tub and a Scandinavian-style BBQ house. This beautiful bolthole makes for the ultimate garden party spot for al fresco drinking and dining with chums. And if your pooch is on your pre-wedding party list, this one is dog friendly too, so nobody gets left behind when it comes to the prewedding celebration.


Chic chateau Make memories in a former mill, located moments from the pretty village of Gordes in southeastern France. This stunning, six-bedroom chateau is as charming as it gets – with luxurious living spaces, beautiful bedrooms, a swimming pool and two acres of private grounds to explore. Sit back, relax and soak up the sunshine, enjoy your pre-wedding celebrations with your pals by the pool or host an outdoor pizza party on the villa’s terrace. And if you fancy venturing out for the day, the glorious Luberon Valley, with its vineyards, orchards, and picture-perfect hilltop villages, is right on your doorstep. Le Moulin de Gordes is the ultimate, tranquil hideaway for hens.

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City slick


Celebrate in the city with a sumptuous stay at The Soho Hotel, London. With plenty of tailor-made packages perfect for your bridal party, you’ll be spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for something lively, book exclusive use of The Crimson Bar where you can take control of your own tunes and tipples, as well as enjoying the Lucky Voice Karaoke. Small groups can enjoy ‘The Suite Life’ with an exclusive suite experience complete with VIP amenities including a welcome gift, champagne and fresh flowers. The Soho Hotel’s Champagne Sundays in the drawing room are a great way to celebrate and for something a little different, book one of the hotel’s state-of-the-art screening rooms and enjoy one of your favourite flicks with friends. THE SOHO HOTEL




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Star spa Seaham Hall’s Serenity Spa is a peaceful retreat by the coast. A serene spot to unwind with someone special. Whether you’re checking in for a bit of me-time with your mum to get that feel-good glow, or you’re in for some prewedding pamper time with your bride tribe, Seaham Hall will make you feel worlds away from all your wedmin worries in the run up to the big day. The Pamper & Prosecco spa day is the perfect way to relax and retreat with friends – with full use of the spa facilities, tea, coffee and pastries served on arrival, a 45-minute signature massage, a delicious two-course meal in the Ozone restaurant with a glass of prosecco and a £5 voucher to spend in the spa boutique. What more could you want for a pre-wedding pamper package?

Rustic retreat “The warmth of the heart prevents the body from rusting…” says the team of pampering experts at The Potting Shed Spa in West Yorkshire. This rustic retreat offers simple, stripped-back, spa luxury in a fun and friendly environment. Celebrating your hen do in a potting shed means you can have full exclusivity of the salon, complete with award-winning treatments, canapés and champagne cocktails. The Potting Shed is far from the clinical white space you might find in some spas. It’s somewhere you can relax, unwind and have a laugh with your loved ones.

Station spa

If you’re into unique spa experiences and you’re up for trying something cute and cosy, The Garage Spa is the celebration spot for you. Once an ancient stopping station




for travellers making their way from Carlisle to London, the space retains many of its original features, making for a rural, rustic retreat. The Garage Spa has plenty of invigorating thermal experiences for girl groups to enjoy – from the shepherd’s hut sauna and salt relaxation room, to the secret garden and the therapeutic steam room. Make sure you check out the car wash shower experience – a revitalising treatment that will prepare you for the big day.

Garden glory Rockliffe Hall’s Spa Garden offers a summer soiree like no other. A perfect pampering experience that will make you feel like you’ve checked in at the chicest pool party in Ibiza. Gather your girls for a Spa Garden summer session in the state-of-the-art facilities. Hens can book out this space for a day of relaxation. So whether you’re a lazy lounger, a pool plunger, sauna soaker or you just want to cosy up with a bottle of bubbly, you’ll feel like a VIP here. As night draws in, guests can unwind on the relaxation loungers as the stars twinkle over the infinity pool, sip champagne by the fire pit or chit chat the night away in the bubbling hot tub.

Snap happy If getting crafty with a camera is your idea of downtime, join one of A Still Life’s creative workshops. Take some time out and clear the mind - ready to learn how to capture those special moments with the help of photographer, Charlotte Eve. A Still Life’s hands-on photography workshop will teach snap-happy hens all the tips and tricks to help capture your special day. Other creative workshops include candle making classes and flower school.


Wedding Open Day Sunday 8th April 2018 12-3pm

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Real Weddings

Real weddings Villa Vows Bethany & James Hoyle Bethany and James met through mutual school friends. The couple partied together with friends in Newcastle and the rest is history… James proposed to Bethany at home in a room filled with candles and flowers. James took Bethany out to Durham for the day and booked to have her nails done. She returned home to find James down on one knee. He then cooked Bethany’s favourite meal and popped open a bottle of champagne.

Special details The food was the highlight of the day. The couple used a company called Elite Catering based in Verona. They provided all of the aperitifs, canapés, wine, main menu and the cake. Post-meal, the couple opened the ‘gin bar’ boasting various gins, tonics and garnishes. As a wedding favour, each guest was given their own balloon glass with their name on so they could create their own gin-inspired cocktail. Music was provided by one of Bethany’s closest friends Cathryn Blythe, who sang her down the aisle. The flowers were very simple as the venue itself was so beautiful. The couple requested the Italian flowers of the season to complement the surroundings. The evening party was by the pool, lit fully by fairy lights and candles. A very intimate and enchanting celebration.

The venue The couple were married in Villa Zambonina, Verona - a 17th century antique manor house in the perfect position for exploring the medieval town. Bethany, James and their guests had full use of the villa for a week and stayed there with the bridesmaids and groomsmen. They had both their ceremony and reception at the villa. James’s dad is a registrar and he actually performed the ceremony. A very special touch.

The bride wore

A beautiful dress by La Novia design, complete with jewelled veil, a Swarovski necklace and earrings, and the same shoes her mum wore to her own wedding.

The honeymoon After over 10 days of wedding celebrations in Verona, Bethany and James were quite exhausted. The couple celebrated with a further five days by Lake Garda for some rest and relaxation.

The groom wore As it was very hot, the groom wore Zara chinos and a light jacket, boat shoes from Fenwick and Mulberry cufflinks.

The photographer

The cake

The main photographer was Maurice Mccone. The couple also had Italian photographer Giovanna April, who focused on the ceremony itself.

The cake was a Millefeuille - a delicious, French layer cake.



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WYNYARD HALL Kirsty & Mark Kirsty Smith, aged 32, doctor - training to be a plastic surgeon Mark Cooper, aged 32, police officer – just promoted to Sargent. They are both from Doncaster, but have lived in Leeds for the last 8 years. Mark proposed in London after lunch at The Shard and Champagne and cocktails at Madison rooftop gardens.

The venue Wynyard Hall, although it is 1.5 hours away from home, the couple fell in love with it the first time they saw it. The ceremony was in the Chapel, followed by the wedding breakfast and evening celebration in the conservatory.

The bride wore A ‘Pracatan’ by Ian Stuart with some bespoke aspects - it had a fitted bodice and a long train which fell in waves.

The groom wore A Ted Baker suit with a bespoke pocketchief.

The cake A 4-tier cake with ruffles, lace detail and edible crystals from Burnett 4 Cakes. Plus a cake of cheese with personalised cake toppers (Mark as a policeman and Kirsty in doctor’s scrubs).

The transport Kirsty and Mark stayed at Wynyard Hall the night before the wedding, and enjoyed a pre-wedding dinner for all the bridesmaids, groomsmen and family that were staying over.

Special details Trio Vivo played a mix of classical music, movie themes and chart hits during drinks reception. Spoolfrog videographers from Bristol performed a marry-oke encouraging guest participation. Kirsty and Mark ordered additional canapes, to give their guests more choice, and arranged a cocktail hour, after which a Jazz band played.

The honeymoon An exotic honeymoon - Singapore, then Borneo to see orangutans and go scuba diving. Then Bali, to visit a monkey sanctuary, followed by the Gili Islands, and finally a music festival in Bali.

The photographer Joel Skingle Photography.

Wynhard Hall, Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham, TS22 5NF 01740 644811



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Somewhere you feel loved Set against the backdrop of Guisborough Forest and the Cleveland Hills, Gisborough Hall is one of the most romantic wedding venues in the north east and North Yorkshire. The hotel and grounds change throughout the seasons - blossom trees create natural confetti in the spring, our rose gardens are in full bloom in the summer, the hotel is enveloped in burnt red ivy in the autumn, and log fires are lit throughout the winter - so whatever time of year you want to say ‘I Do’ our English country house hotel will be truly magical. The hotel is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships and our team have a wealth of experience hosting Asian wedding receptions. Let us be part of your special day, call us on 01287 611500 to arrange your personal viewing.

Photography by: Jen Hart & David West

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All Smiles

Fabulous Faces

If you’re soon to be a bride, a bridesmaid, or a mother of the bride, would you like to invigorate your skin in the lead up to the big day? Perhaps you dream of having a fresher, more youthful profile, fewer lines and wrinkles, or fuller-looking lips to complement your wedding look?

Image: Vera Mont

Onkar Dhanoya is clinical lead at Honour Health, a dental and skincare group with practices in Jesmond, Ponteland and Stanley. “We certainly see many patients who would like to boost their confidence ahead of an important event such as a wedding, and aestheticians can offer a wide range of clinically proven skin treatments to boost skin health and wellbeing. It’s all about planning ahead to look your best for the big day”, he says.



Skin peels help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone, reduce pore size, reduce the appearance of blemishes, soften shallow acne scars, and increase skin glow. Neostrata ProSytem is a superficial peeling system that achieves outstanding results with no downtime. Neostrata products contain naturally occurring acids found in fruits and other foods, which help to loosen and remove the excess build up of dead skin cells to exfoliate and smooth the skin.


WEDDING COUNTDOWN “Depending on the skin concerns of the patient, several sessions may be required, so begin a course of treatment up to six months in advance, with the last treatment being three weeks prior to the wedding.”

eDermastamp is an electronic micro-needling treatment which stimulates natural regenerative responses in the skin, creating a smoother look. This clinically proven procedure is hugely effective for reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, acne scarring and sun damaged skin.


WEDDING COUNTDOWN “Begin a course of treatment three months in advance, with the last treatment being two weeks prior to the wedding.”

This combination package starts with the Honour Diamond Airflow – a dedicated mouth hygiene appointment using our state-of-the-art Airflow system for a deep clean and fresh mouth, followed by teeth whitening. Four weeks later, you return to us for your lip filler treatment, which then takes up to four weeks to reveal full results. You’ll have a full cupid’s bow framing a gleaming smile in time for the wedding.


A gold standard plasma facial treatment which uses the body’s own natural healing powers. Plasma is separated from a patient’s own blood then placed into the skin. The platelets then release growth factors (proteins that help to heal injured tissue), stimulating repair, increasing volume and rejuvenating the skin.

WEDDING COUNTDOWN “To allow adequate time for the three stages of this package, begin this treatment three months in advance.”



All Smiles This treatment is also hugely effective for other areas of the body including the hands, neck and décolletage.

part of the face, making it appear immediately more youthful. No downtime, no pain – just amazing results.

WEDDING COUNTDOWN “Begin four weeks in advance (for a single treatment). This gives the skin time to heal and look at its most radiant in time for the wedding bells.”

WEDDING COUNTDOWN “Begin this treatment three weeks in advance, as it can take up to two weeks before the results fully appear.”



Dermal fillers improve tone, plump up the skin, and create a more youthful profile. They restore youthful fullness to cheeks, soften smokers’ lines, plump up lips, restore tear troughs to reduce the appearance of dark circles, and hydrate the skin tissue using hyaluronic acid, replacing lost volume.

“Muscle relaxants (Botulinum Toxin) help soften and relax furrowed brows, erase lines and wrinkles and slow the signs of ageing to a gentler pace, creating a fresher, more youthful appearance. It is a little-known fact that muscle relaxants are also highly effective in the treatment of excessive sweating – known as hyperhidrosis. If you’re worried about nerves getting the better of you on the big day and causing unsightly patches on your clothes, then this could be the ideal solution.”

WEDDING COUNTDOWN “Begin this treatment four weeks in advance. The results will last for about six months.”

WEDDING COUNTDOWN “Begin this treatment three weeks in advance, as you will start to see the effects up to two weeks following the treatment, which will then last between three and five months.”


“A stunning brow-lifting treatment uses muscle relaxants (Botulinum Toxin) to open the eye area, creating a beautiful arch, and lifts the upper

To arrange a free skin consultation at Honour Health, visit and book an appointment at your chosen practice – Jesmond,

Image: Vera Mont

Ponteland or Stanley.



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Adventure Isle The Alpine Retreat, Austria

Go on an alpine adventure with your loved one. There’s nothing more romantic than a cosy, winter break. Think snow-topped backdrops, days spent roaming the powdered mountains and evenings snowed-in by the open fire. The Alpine Retreat in Lech, Austria offers couples a whirlwind combination of snow sports and adventure, together with the tranquility of the stunning spa facilities. Sophisticated suites await, all with sweeping views of the Alps and beyond. And with Michelin-starred chef, Stephen Kriegelstein at the helm, you’ll be treated to dishes that are as inspiring as they are appetising. Using local produce, guests pick up the culinary traditions of the Arlberg region, best enjoyed with a bottle of specially selected wine from the hotel’s private cellar.

hotel perched on a clifftop, taking in the region’s tropical beauty. It’s a luxurious, secluded, beach-side spot celebrating everything that is special about Saint Lucian culture.

Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania

Couples looking to experience nature in a private, picturesque setting will love Singita’s private villa in Tanzania - leading the way with wildlife conservation. Located in the heart of the Singita Grumeti reserve, this luxurious house is designed for exclusive use and is perfect for those seeking relaxed freedom with a full-time guide who will show you the sights in a bespoke safari. Take some time out for a spa treatment, cool down in a 25-metre outdoor pool with dining decks and fire pits providing an intimate vibe for newlyweds to enjoy. Private staff will help create a tailor-made itinerary and menu for the entire stay. If you’re serious about a safari honeymoon, look no further.

Cap Maison, St Lucia

St Lucia is an isle of plenty to say the least. The perfect place for laid back luxury with a bit of adventure thrown in too. From the peaks of the Piton mountains, to the golden sands beneath them, there’s something for all travellers in St Lucia. Whether you want to unwind with the sand between your toes - surrounded by turquoise waters and swooping palm trees; or you’d prefer to explore the exotic isle and its action-packed activities, you’ll find the perfect combination of the two here. Cap Maison is a boutique WEDDING ESSENTIALS MARCH/APRIL 18


City Chic

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The Carlyle, New York

New York City is one of the most romantic cities in the world. It has everything from fine foodie experiences and sumptuous hotel stays to exquisite experiences and perfect public spaces to take in with a loved one. Newlyweds can stay at a real New York landmark - and one of the city’s most romantic locations - The Carlyle, a luxe, art-deco-style hotel just a block from Central Park. The hotel oozes charm and elegance. Its suites are a stunning place to unwind after a busy day exploring the Big Apple.

The Grand Ferdinand Hotel, Vienna

This five-star, deluxe hotel in the heart of Vienna is a beautiful honeymoon location for city sightseers. The brand new Grande Suite is a charming space, boasting original features and luxurious amenities, fit for newlyweds. The suite comes complete with a private staircase leading to the hotel’s rooftop pool with panoramic views across the city. But the best place to take in the views of the Ringstrasse is from the free-standing, cast-iron bath tub. It doesn’t get much more romantic than this.

Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Celebrate the start of married life together in the Eternal City. This enchanting Waldorf Astoria resort is set within beautiful surroundings in 15-acres of private parkland overlooking Rome and the Vatican City. Rome Cavalieri epitomises romantic luxury, boasting three Michelin starred restaurants, glorious views from the city’s highest hilltop and Europe’s largest private art collection. It’s a secluded sanctuary close to Rome’s monumental landmarks and ancient ruins - perfect for a cultured city break with your significant other. NEW YORK





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Villa Marie, Saint Barth

Wrap yourself up in a cocoon of luxury at Villa Marie. This beautiful, boutique hotel on the fantastic French island of St Barth boasts 21 cute cottages, ideal for a stylish and secluded honeymoon retreat with breathtaking views over the quintessential Caribbean island famous for its white-sand beaches, its yacht-filled harbour and its deluxe, designer shopping scene. Honeymooners can spend the day relaxing on the golden sands, feeling refreshed by the pool, or packed up with a personalised picnic created by the hotel staff. If you just need to switch off and you’re in need of a relaxing treatment after tying the knot, guests can book in for an afternoon at the Pure Altitude Spa. If guests fancy trying a traditional tipple while on the island, the Plantation Bar is the perfect place to be serving one of the finest collections of rum on St Barth.


Essque Zalu, Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a tropical isle off the coast of Tanzania, perfect for couples looking for an away-from-it-all retreat by the coast. Surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean at one side and the lush greenery of the forest at the other, this relax and retreat resort combines contemporary luxury with a real sense of place. The hotel itself is cool and colourful inside and out - a place that will leave you smiling from ear to ear no matter where you decide to bed down and unwind for the day. Kick back with a sundown cocktail on The Jetty, go on a gastronomical journey in the Market Kitchen and indulge in an innovative couples treatment in The Zalu Spa. The activities are endless; but if doing absolutely nothing or sitting with a book in hand and the sand between your toes is your preference, then we don’t think you’ll have a problem doing so in this spectacular spot nestled in a natural cove.


Shutters On The Beach Hotel, Santa Monica

Grab your bag, your book and your bikini… it’s time to hit the beach! Think sparkling white sands, crystal clear waters and a gentle ocean breeze. Santa Monica’s Shutters on the Beach Hotel is a luxurious, beach-front paradise in one of Southern California’s most desirable enclaves away from the busy neighbourhoods of LA. If your idea of the perfect honeymoon is chilling out by the coast, this one is for you. Couples can luxe it up on breezy balconies as the fresh sea air blows through the shutters. Or if you fancy living the American dream, venture off to the eclectic and desirable Santa Monica Pier where you’ll find shops, restaurants, live entertainment and fairgound fun. The hotel is just minutes from LA’s luxurious shopping districts, fine dining restaurants and art galleries if you want to explore The City of Angels.


Velaa Private Island, Maldives

Accessible only by boat, this picture-perfect, private retreat is the ultimate destination for honeymooners who wish to appreciate the finer things in life. As one of the most romantic residences in the Indian Ocean, couples can look forward to lush lagoons, private sundecks and a privileged, personalised service from check in to check out. If you’re looking for an exquisite place to escape with your loved one, then Velaa Private Island is the one for you. Newlyweds can expect flawless facilities, fine foods, plush interiors and dedicated butlers on hand to make the experience extra special. Not to mention the sparkling waters that surround, the palm-lined beaches and the sumptuous spa facilities. WEDDING ESSENTIALS MARCH/APRIL 18



Unique Venues


for weddings & conferences in Newcastle Whether you are looking for an exclusive setting for your special day or prestigious location near the heart of the city for a conference or business meeting, we have two distinguished venues to offer you.

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It’s not just the memories that last forever - the photographs do too. Anti-ageing procedures that were followed by days hiding inside are now a thing of the past. ENDYMED is designed to stimulate natural responses in your skin so that the results you see will speak for themselves. It’s like turning back the clock. The ENDYMED tackles deep lines, tightens and lifts the skin, remodels the skins underlying structure and improves vitality and radiance. So, if the signs of ageing have crept up on you and its starting to undermine your confidence there will


be an ENDYMED treatment to help you tackle your problem areas. All treatments have little or no downtime and produce long-lasting results. So simply lie back and look forward to the outstanding natural-looking results that you will see developing over the coming months. Laserase offers various treatments from Laser Hair Removal, Facial Aesthetics and Thread Vein Removal.


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Real Weddings

Real weddings

A Majestic Marriage

The couple Rebecka and Mark Nixon met nine years ago at the Diamond Club in Ponteland. Rebecka was friends with Mark’s brother, but hadn’t met Mark until they crossed paths on a night out and began their journey together. Mark popped the question while the couple were travelling the USA in June 2015, staying in the stunning resort of Amangiri in Utah. Rebecka was in a complete state of shock when Mark got down on one knee in the desert. The couple enjoyed the rest of their holiday before flying home to celebrate with friends and family.

The venue

The majestic paradise that is Castillo Son Vida, high above Palma de Mallorca, was the couple’s wedding venue and ceremony spot. Surrounded by subtropical gardens and with stunning vistas across the Bay of Palma, it was the perfect location for a late afternoon celebration.

chinos, bow tie and braces. Mark had seven groomsmen standing alongside him, all in the same, smart attire.

The bride wore

The cake

Rebecka wore a beautiful Berta Bridal gown from a shop in Scotland called Opus Atelier. She made three, four-hour journeys up and down the country as it was a designer she always loved. The bride wore a necklace headpiece from the same shop, a pair of glitzy Jimmy Choo heels from Selfridges’ Shoe Lounge in London and a pair of personalised converse for dancing.

The couple opted against a cake. Instead, they gifted guests with a special ‘hangover kit’ to help people with the recovery the following day. Genius!

Special details Rebecka’s best friend and bridesmaid, Jessica Avison, performed an acoustic set during the reception drinks. Following the reception, guests were seated under twinkling fairy lights and illuminated palm trees. The tables

The groom wore

A light, powder blue linen jacket from Marks and Spencer, paired with navy



were decorated with lanterns and flowers by local florist, Joanna Walton, who imported her blooms from Holland. During the dinner, guests were presented with a glass jar of limoncello as a toast to the newlyweds.

The honeymoon The couple are currently planning a return trip to the West Coast of America as their wedding journey comes full circle - a special place for the pair, after the proposal two years ago. They look forward to a US road trip, travelling to the likes of Santa Monica and Lake Tahoe.

The photographer Aimee K Photography took the snaps - an American photographer who moved to Mallorca in 2009 and has been shooting sunny weddings ever since.

Colour of the Year


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Shropshire Petals Purple cones with amethyst & buttermilk, £14.25 per litre;

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Elomi The Morgan - Purple Lily, £40;

Sophia Webster Lilico Sandal £450;

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What’s New


New venues, scrumptious street food and floral fusions for 2018... Barn dance

Bolton Abbey’s Tithe Barn is the perfect spot for rustic, enchanting celebration. The stunning 16th century barn will open its doors for summer weddings this year. Surrounded by rolling countryside in the heart of North Yorkshire, it’s a true reflection of country-charm in an elegant environment. Cripps Barn Group are the brains behind the new venture, transforming its untouched, timber frame into a luxurious wedding venue fit for luxe brides. With a breathtaking backdrop overlooking the Priory ruins and the River Wharfe, we can’t think of a more romantic, country barn location. Stylish touches will include roaring outdoor fire pits and foodie highlights will include delicious street food options and a huge indoor BBQ. An elegant, English wedding venue in the lush landscape of North Yorkshire.

dancer with The Royal Ballet, however after having two children, she discovered her cake making talents. From the elegant art of ballet, to elegant edibles perfect for your special day.

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Boiler bash

Newcastle’s Boiler Shop has to be one of the coolest, quirkiest wedding venues in the North East. It’s a bold, blank canvas - perfect for a couple wanting to make their own mark on the space they get wed. Have you got a Pinterest board packed with DIY wedding inspo? Boiler Shop’s industrial backdrop lets future brides and grooms turn their Pinterest dreams into reality with space to be creative when it comes to the fun bit - decorating!

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Pie time

If street food is your supper of choice during your wedding celebration, and you just happen to love a traditionally British pie, then look no further than Pie Jackers. Neil and Julie, serve handmade, gourmet pies to the people of the North East and North Yorkshire, using topnotch ingredients from local suppliers. Their hearty portions are the perfect addition to your evening reception.

Spell it out

Sweet stuff

Go all out with a designer wedding cake. It is your special day after all. The Designer Cake Company is based in Gateshead and specialises in creating beautiful, bespoke celebration cakes. Isabelle Bambridge is the brains behind the business. She started her career as a professional WEDDING ESSENTIALS MARCH/APRIL 18

Weddings are all about sharing the love, so why not shout about it? Deluxe’s illuminated love letters are the perfect way to decorate a room using light and design. You can spell out anything you wish - whether it’s your initials, your new surname or a word that means something to you. With an antique, wooden finish, these letters look great in any rustic wedding venue or DIY environment.

Hop on

The bride and groom have to ride in style on their wedding day. But what about the guests? The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company’s vintage


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buses are the perfect solution - getting guests from A to B in serious style. Their growing fleet of old school London buses, open top double deckers and picture perfect single deckers are a great addition to your day. They’re great for fabulous photo opportunities, fun for all your friends and family and a nice way to keep the wedding party together throughout the day of celebrating. We love the Guy Arab III with its beautiful ivory finish, plush interiors and polished woodwork, oozing with style and sophistication.

Beautiful blooms

Get lost in the whimsical world of Manor Garden near Darlington - all in the name of research! This beautiful, botanical paradise celebrates the art of great British growing, in a rustic, romantic environment. Complete with a blooming flower studio and a walled garden, it’s a very special place growing old favourites such as cornflowers and unusual flowers including succulents and clematis. Barney and Clarey are the brains behind the blooms. The duo can help style your venue, create your unique bouquet or simply guide you through the flower fields with a bucket and some snips so you can pick your own blooms for the big day. Make a date with our floral friends and be part of the new flower revolution!

Lingerie and Swimwear Boutique Image: Aubade: Sublime...Naiade bandeau and brief in python print with rhinestone detail.


In Season

In Season Jimmy Choo Lancer 85 suede pointed courts, £495;

BLOOMIN’ LOVELY Spruce up your spring style with floral frocks, fresh fragrances and fancy cakes... Jo Malone London, English Fields Collection Each 30ml cologne £47;

Mayra Fedane, Botanical Garden, £784;

French Connection Christy Bloom dress, £250;

Ted Baker Valtia jacquard off-shoulder dress, £239;

CHANTECAILLE Le Wild eau de parfum, 75ml, £180;

Debut, Floral skirt, £99;



Dune London Married, white £250; www.

In Season

As the seasons come and go, our wedding wardrobe inspiration goes from blooms and pastels to warm hues and glitzy gear...

PASTEL PARTY Have a pop at pastel shades for the summer garden wedding season...

Ivory & Co. Sienne, £145; Mulberry Darley small grain leather bag, macaron pink, £525;

Chanel, Gabrielle EDP 50ml, £79; or in store at Fenwick

Phase Eight Ceri embroidered clutch, £69;

French Connection Palma sparkle dress, £160;.

Charlotte Mills, Elina gold cocktail sandal, £185;

French Connection Palma sparkle dress, £160;



In Season


Mango Gaffes bag £49.99;

Go bold, indulge in ravishing reds and accessorise with deep plums this autumn... Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours 50ml, £76;

Front Row Wedding bouquet Medium bouquets start from £45, large bouquets start from £95;

The Bobby Pin Bridal clip autumn, £65; Alexis Dove Amara Ring with pink tourmaline From £800;

Valentino Rockstud 100 blush patent leather pumps £650;



In Season Jimmy Choo South - in suede with fur trim £750;

Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin 100ml, £86;

WINTER WONDER Work a whimsical winter wardrobe with fabulous fur, sparkling accessories and crisp scents...

Chupi You & Me Magic Morganite Ring in 14ct gold, morganite and diamond, £1,665; Issa London White feather cape, £90;

Dune London Diamond, £120;



In Season

WELL GROOMED It’s time to suit up in stylish attire. Check out our kit list for a luxe groom…

Penrose London Fielding tie £89;

Eton Navy velvet bow tie £65;

COMME des GARÇONS Amazingreen eau de parfum 100ml, £90;

Remus Uomo Navy blazer £179; Links of London Sterling silver & red enamel cuilloche cufflinks, £150;

Gucci Charcoal GG supreme belt £235;

Henry London Chiswick mesh strap watch with trio dial, £165;

Base London Burnished Bordo shoe, £72.99;


Remus Uomo Suit trousers £79.95;


Real Wedding

Real weddings

No Place Like Home Therase & David Nugent Therase and David live together in Killcare, New South Wales. Originally from South Tyneside, Therase met Dave on a dating website while on tour with Northern Stage near his hometown of Lytham St Annes. Therase was feeling a little disillusioned with love and Dave was looking for someone to go to Cirque du Soleil with! Dave popped the question on a gorgeous, sunny day on the Central Coast in Australia. On an ordinary afternoon, goofing around together at home, Dave got down on one knee out of the blue. It wasn’t planned, but it just felt like the right moment.

The cake Therase’s dad’s partner, Anne, made a delicious fruit cake, complete with decorative flowers to match the purple colour scheme. The couple also had a cheese-stacked cake by the Northumberland Cheese Company.

Special details

The venue

The flowers were almost entirely picked from the garden of Therase’s dad and partner in Thropton, Northumberland. Table decorations were finished with candles and photographs, with each table named after the couple’s favourite places in Australia. Favours of Blackpool rock were gifted to guests as a nod to Dave’s hometown. Dave’s brother Adrian playing acoustic guitar before and during the ceremony was a special touch. For something a little different, caricaturist John Roger was on hand to doodle, draw and entertain the guests.

Therase is from Hebburn and always wanted to get married in the North East. The couple have many happy memories of times spent together in Northumberland, so it seemed the perfect place to wed. Ellingham Hall was the venue of choice, hiring the entire house for the weekend.

The bride wore

Therase wore a Sottero and Midgely floor length gown from Abby Bridal in Sydney. She finished the look with an Anna Campbell Bridal headpiece, an Eliza Cuff bracelet and peach shoes by Rachel Simpson. Hair was done by Simone Whitehead Bridal, and makeup by Cordelia Mason.

The honeymoon The happy couple travelled to Bali and the Gili Islands. They added to their post-wedding celebrations with a skiing trip to Japan in January.

The groom wore

The photographer

A tailor-made three-piece from Montagio in Sydney. The couple designed the suit together, in a rustic, English country-gentleman style. Dave wore a floral tie and pocket handkerchief from Poser Club UK. The groomsmen wore their own navy suits with a different floral tie and pocket handkerchief.

Charlotte Eve was the photographer on the day. Her shots are unique, beautiful and honest. The couple captured moving moments with the help of Jon Lunt from Top Table Films. /



Plan Ahead Book your hen party - this is where the serious fun starts!

6 - 9 Months • Send your ‘save the date’ invites. • Organise dress fittings with your bridesmaids and order the dresses. • Book your honeymoon - there’s a whole world out there to explore as newlyweds! • Order your wedding rings.

3 - 6 Months • Order your groomsmen’s suits. • Begin your hair and makeup trials. • Order your wedding cake.

2 - 3 Months

• Buy your accessories. • Send out your invitations.

Tick box time It started with a list…

The wedding planning process is an exciting time to share with a loved one. But from the proposal plans and the venue research, to the cake-tasting tours, the flower-picking fun and the all-important dress-shopping, it can be a little overwhelming. The ‘wedmin’ can often take over. Venues confirmed? Deposits paid? Seating plan sorted? Not to mention the budget and a contingency fund for any unexpected costs. Legal issues arising from your marriage are the less obvious details to consider, but they can be every bit as important as your ‘something blue’. Take a look at our wedding planning timeline to keep you in check. Lists at the ready…

• Apply for your marriage license. • Consider your wedding dress alterations. • Choose your menu(s).

One Month • Pull together your final guest list and double-check numbers. • Plan your seating chart. • Have your final wedding dress fitting and ensure all bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen’s suits fit. • Print out your order of service, menus or anything else you may need on the day. • Buy gifts for your bridal party and parents.

Immediately • Work out how many people you expect to attend the day and evening of your wedding. Rough numbers are fine at first, however this can often dictate which venue is suitable.

• Send your picture list to your photographer. • Look for your dream dress. Research styles and visit bridal boutiques.

9 - 12 Months

The Week Before • Finalise your seating chart.

• Order your dress. • Confirm details with all of your suppliers.

• Draw up a budget, so you know how much money to have to play with.

• Select your bridal party. • Book your key suppliers.

• View and decide on a wedding venue and date - you can’t start without knowing these details!

• View potential bands or DJs and book your chosen form of entertainment.

• Begin researching suppliers, including photographers, florists and cake-makers.

• Research/book accommodation for any guests who are travelling from afar.



• Ensure your photographer and band/DJ have all the details they need, including times and venue address. • Have your wedding rehearsal. And don’t forget to enjoy every minute!

A SPECIALIST WEDDING VENUE IN A GRADE II LISTED COUNTRY HOUSE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR EXCLUSIVE USE! Horton Grange Country House Hotel is an elegant and intimate Grade II listed Country House offering a distinctive mix of contemporary and traditional decor set in 4 acres of beautiful grounds in Northumberland. The House and grounds can be exclusively yours to provide the perfect venue for your perfect day! Horton Grange Country House Hotel is a specialist wedding venue and the quality of the food, service and organisation on the day reflect the substantial experience of our Wedding Team in making sure everything goes perfectly. Garden ceremonies in the stunning Wedding Gazebo to take advantage of the grounds and setting are very popular.

Your Fairy tale Wedding for £3495.00 Offer available for weddings held in November 2018 & January - February 2019 On Sunday - Thursday Offer also Available in May 2018, 7 Days a Week for £4495.00

For more information please visit our website: (T&C’s apply)

Wedding Open Day For more information on our Wedding Open Days visit our website at Horton Grange Country House Hotel



Horton Grange Hotel, Berwick Hill Road, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 6BU T: (01661) 860686 E: W: Facebook: Horton Grange Country House Hotel Twitter: @HortonGrange Photography: 2tone Photography and Sean Elliott Photography

Wedding Essentials March/April 18  
Wedding Essentials March/April 18