Ok so we’re half way through the year already and although we don’t want Winter to make an appearance just yet, this morning’s wedding does a very good job of wanting us to snuggle up next to our loved ones and a cosy crackling fire.
Laura and John married in the depths of winter with snow on the ground against the backdrop of twinkling lights and Christmas trees (honestly check out that photo at the very end of the sliding images here; I’d have that one blown up for all to see) and it is a corker.
I love the fact that Laura didn’t opt for a traditional white frock for her 1920s inspired big day; instead she went for full on beaded opulence which just shimmers against the frosty landscape and sparkling lights. Oh and the floral arch? DIVINE!
Bridal Fashion & Accessories
Laura The Bride: Before my husband proposed I had always envisaged what my wedding dress would be like, lots of lace and very fitted. However I soon changed my mind when I went to Kathryn S Trueman (on a friend’s recommendation) and saw the Eliza Jane Howell collection. A soon as I tried on the dress ‘Ginger’ I knew it was ‘my dress’. I wanted a very vintage theme to the wedding so the dress was perfect; 1920/30’s glamour. The rest of the wedding was then planned around my dress along with the eventual colour scheme.
I decided against a veil as there was so much detail on my dress. I eventually chose a headpiece from Ivory & Co and also a fur stole also from the Eliza Jane Howell range.
Grooms Fashion & Accessories
I left the decision regarding John’s suit to him as he has his own particular style. In the end he decided on Italian wool three piece suit from J.Crew with black shoes from Reiss with a black tie and silver tie pin. The same suits were worn by the father of the bride, father of the groom, ring bearer and the best man.
I had looked at numerous venues online and was unable to find anywhere that I liked. John and I both have relatively small families and wanted a very intimate wedding. We visited Shortflatt Tower on the recommendation of a friend. I fell in love with it straight away. It was the perfect venue for our intimate wedding and the fact that we could have the whole venue for the entire weekend made it even better. The owners Jono and Octavia could not have been more accommodating. Shortflatt Tower is a grade one Pele Tower set in Northumberland.
As previously mentioned the theme for the wedding and all of the décor was inspired from my wedding dress and also from the flowers; lots of deep purple offset with silver. I was worried about having the wedding in winter in a marquee, however with lots of clever lighting and plenty of candles we got the warm and cosy effect that I was after. All of the vases, chair covers and lanterns etc were provided by The Finishing Touch Company in Newcastle. We also decided to have a photobooth which provided a lot of entertainment on the evening and illuminated letters from Coco Luminaire.
I was keen to avoid anything Christmas related despite the time of year we were marrying at, however my sister is a qualified ceramicist and works closely with Sunderland Glass Centre made us some beautiful glass baubles as favours for our guests to take away with them.
The flowers for me were one of the most important things to get right and I knew exactly who I wanted to do them. A friend of ours Lauren Dobbin of Fleuressence Floral Works had just started her own business in Glasgow and I knew that she would have a good idea of what I was after. In the end we went for lots of deep purple off set against some white flowers and grey foliage and nothing to structured. The bouquets were tied with grey velvet ribbon.
The Wedding Party Fashion
As mentioned previously we did have a very vintage glamour theme to the wedding which a lot of the guests did embrace. As I only had one bridesmaid and one flower girl I wanted them to look quite individual. My sister (maid of honour) wore a black dress from Biba with a little bit of sparkle to pick out the embellishment on my dress. My flower girl Matilda wore a dress from J.Crew, which I decide to have embroided with a little sample of the beadwork from my dress.
Neither John or I are religious so decided to have a civil ceremony in front of 82 guests. We held the ceremony in Shortflatt Tower itself. We had lanterns lighting the aisle and Janet Bennett the Harpist entertained the waiting guest with some classical music. The most memorable bit of the service for me was when John got very emotional reciting his vows. This came as quite a shock to a number of the guests and myself as John is not normally an emotional man.
My brother James (who was also the best man) provided the background music for during the meal. Janet Bennett the Harpist provided the music during the drink reception. We weren’t going to bother with a Band for the evening, however after seeing the Soundcasters at a friend’s wedding earlier in the year we knew that we had to book them for the wedding. They were brilliant. They played a few covers but also a lot of their own music which catered to all of our guests and got plenty of them up on the dance floor. We would highly recommend them.
Both John and I are big foodies so this was probably one of the most important elements of our day and took the longest to get right. We had a number of meeting with a few caterers who promised us a lot but then couldn’t deliver what we had asked. Michelle recommended Epicurus who had provided the catering at Shortflatt for a number of weddings. We required quite a bespoke menu and sent a proposal of what we required to Epicurus. As there were 20 of us staying at the venue for the whole weekend we also needed them to cater for this as well.
They were great and came back to us with a personalised menu that reflected everything we had requested and also reflected us as a couple. From the laid back Mezze style food on the Friday night to the Chateau Briand served for the wedding breakfast, the street food style burritos for the evening guest and the numerous pies that they provided on the Sunday evening, the perfect comfort food after all of the celebrating on the Saturday night.
We met with Phil Smith at Shortflatt Tower on the recommendation of Michelle. From our initial meeting John and I knew that we wanted him to capture our day. He had a good idea of what we did and did not want; nothing overly posed as both John and I can be quite camera shy, however some of the photos that I love the most are the posed ones.
He was the perfect photographer and made everyone feel at ease which meant that he got some beautiful natural shots throughout the day which is exactly what we wanted. He captured the day perfectly, even getting some good shots of my little brother with his fingers in the wedding cake. John and I couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
Photography by Phil Smith Photography
- Bridal Gown Ginger’ by Eliza Jane Howell
- Venue Shortflatt Tower
- Headpiece Ivory & Co
- Bridal Boutique Kathryn S Trueman Bridal Boutique
- Shoes Jimmy Choo
- Decor Finishing Touch Company
- Illuminated Letters Coco Luminaire
- Photobooth Hire Snaparazzi Photo Booths
- Cake Dreamworld cakes
- Caterers Epicurus
- Groom J.Crew
- Entertainment Soundcasters
- Harpist Janet Bennett
- Florist Fleuressence Floral Works