Real Wedding: A ceremony with a hint of vintage at Newton Hall, Northumberland
Tables were adorned with golden pots filled with pastel flowers, mirroring Katie’s bouquet, which was made up of light pink roses and delightful leaves
The bride made bespoke alterations to her Mori Lee dress, adding vintage lace and a belt to the gown; she added a little extra sparkle with glittering gold shoes courtesy of Kurt Geiger.
Photography | Helen Russell Photography
How they met
Katie and James knew each other long before they embarked on a relationship, as Katie explains.<br /><br />"We first met at a village family rounders match when James was 15 and I was 11. Over the years we saw each other at various functions but our first date happened when I had finished university and was living back at home."<br /><br />"On a wild night out with the girls at the local nightclub where James was DJing, I decided to take my shoes off, put our handbags in a circle and dance around them, as you do. Little did I know there was glass on the floor and I cut my foot," Katie continues. "James being the true gent threw me over his shoulder in a fireman's lift and carried me to safety, and while he was tending my injury cheekily asked to take me on a date."<br /><br />"After that first date we decided to stay friends, however our romance reignited a few years later on my friend’s hen do. We had gone to Newcastle for a night out; James and I had been chatting for a while and been on a few dates so I was excited to see him again. He was DJing in the club we went to, and as soon as I saw him again I had major butterflies, and knew this could be start of something special."
James and Katie got engaged on their first anniversary, at Newton-by-the-Sea, a place that is very special to them. <br /><br />"On the car journey to the beach James had made a special playlist for the car full of our favourite songs. I was singing along, but James was unusually quiet. I kept asking him if he was ok and he kept reassuring me, but I still wasn’t 100% sure," shares Katie.<br /><br />After a romantic walk along the beach, James and a still-unaware Katie stopped to enjoy their picnic, and Katie suggested they exchange anniversary presents.<br /><br />"I gave James his presents but he said that he couldn’t bring my present with him," Katie remembers. "At this point I was a little disappointed with it being our first anniversary but a very nervous James obviously seeing my face then broke out in a smile and got his phone out and played our song, then got on one knee with a box and proposed with a Haribo ring!"<br /><br />The sweetie ring was just a substitute though; the couple eventually had a bespoke ring made, with help from <a href="http://www.theweddingring-shop.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">McSorley's</a> in Pudsey, with Katie being involved in the process of designing her engagement ring.
Choosing the venue
"Almost immediately after getting engaged we knew exactly where we wanted to hold our ceremony: <a href="http://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/newton-hall_5784.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Newton Hall</a>," says Katie.<br /><br />"We wanted our ceremony to be in the same place as our reception, and knew that Newton had everything that we wanted. It was quirky, vintage, unique and special, and we could envisage everything we wanted and how it would fit."<br /><br />The couple live in Yorkshire, so choosing to host their wedding in the North East meant they had to put their trust entirely in the venue. <br /><br />"The staff at Newton Hall are unbelievable and run weddings with military precision," compliments Katie. "They are just superb and so very friendly. Nothing was too much trouble and all our guests commented on not just how amazing the venue was but everything that went with it too."
An October wedding
As James is a professional cricket coach, the wedding needed to be held after the cricket season, so the couple plumped for an October wedding.<br /><br />"The one thing I was concerned about getting married in October was the weather!" laments Katie. "We were, however, so very lucky and it was a glorious crisp October day."<br /><br />We think the venue looks stunning peeping out from behind the autumnal leaves - if this doesn't sway you towards an autumn wedding, we don't know what will!
Katie was lucky that one of her close friends, Danielle, works as a Senior Bridal Consultant at <a href="https://www.yapbridal.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">YAP Bridal Newcastle</a>, so was able to help in the dress selection process.<br /><br />"Like many brides, I found the experience of going dress shopping was both daunting and exciting, so it was an obvious choice to go somewhere that would make me feel precious and make the experience amazing," says Katie.
Saying yes to the dress
Before heading to Newcastle for her dress fitting, Katie had a specific style of dress in mind, but was worried whether or not it would suit her. <br /><br />"Danielle picked me three dresses to try on, and when it came to the third one, a <a href="http://www.morilee.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mori Lee</a> gown, I knew there was something special about it," beams Katie.<br /><br />"I loved the subtle sparkle in it and the vintage look which I knew would suit the venue perfectly. My choice of the dress was made final by how my mum reacted. She burst into tears and I knew that it was the one."<br /><br />"It was such a special moment being us two and getting share it with one of my best friends."<br /><br />"I decided to change elements of my dress and make it bespoke to me and my style, so I had the straps removed, and added in vintage lace and a vintage belt, too."
Wedding day hair
Katie's accessories came from <a href="https://www.yapbridal.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">YAP Bridal</a> too.<br /><br />The bride opted to have volume at the back of her hair, with a glittery beaded accessory added for extra glamour. She wore an elegant veil, creating a classic bridal look for her big day. <br /><br />"Luckily for me, my sister Adele is a hairdresser so as a gift did my hair on the day," says Katie. "I loved the vintage style and feel of it. I then enlisted Helen Stafford to make the bridesmaids' hair look beautiful."<br /><br />"<a href="http://www.danimua.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dani MUA </a>was the only choice for make-up" comments Katie. "I enlisted Dani’s talents 18 months before the wedding and had specific looks that I wanted to achieve for both myself and the bridal party. Dani’s talents hold no bounds and all our makeup looked amazing. Everyone commented on how amazing it looked. I only wish I could enlist her full time to make me look stunning every day!"<br /><br />
Flower girl and page boy
James and Katie had little ones in the wedding, with both flower girls and a page boy.<br /><br />"The flower girls and page boy stole the show and looked gorgeous in their outfits," says Katie.<br /><br />The flower girls had beautifully intricate hairstyles, complete with floral accessories matched to the cute lace capped sleeves on their dresses.<br /><br />The page boy was suited and booted in a mini version of James' dapper suit.
Kurt Geiger wedding shoes
Katie added sparkle to her wedding day with this gorgeous pair of glittery gold shoes, courtesy of <a href="http://www.kurtgeiger.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Kurt Geiger</a>.<br /><br />The beautiful bows add extra excitement to the shoes, making them truly fit for a princess.
The bridesmaids' outfits
Katie had two friends and her niece as her bridesmaids, with the three of them wearing multiway dresses from <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/coraliebeatrix" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Coralie Beatrix</a>.<br /><br />"I loved the way that the dresses looked on the girls and the fact they could have the freedom to tie them however they wanted," says Katie. <br /><br />The muted shades of the dresses perfectly complemented Katie and James' theme, looking beautiful with their simplistic bouquets.
<a href="http://www.floralquarter.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Floral Quarter</a> created the flowers for James and Katie's big day, including pale pastel roses, gorgeous leaves and pretty buds.<br /><br />The bouquet perfectly complemented the nude nail colour Katie had for her wedding day manicure, and went fantastically well with the splashes of gold dotted around the venue. <br /><br /><br />
James chose to wear a navy three piece suit from <a href="http://www.tedbaker.com/uk/Mens/c/category_mens" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ted Baker</a> on the big day, paired with brown loafers and a heather-hued tie. <br /><br />"He knew that it was the suit for him as soon as he tried it on," says Katie. "The cut was perfect, and James looked so smart and handsome; I will always hold that vision in my memory."
James wore a floral boutonniere in his buttonhole, made from the same flowers that Katie had in her bouquet, for the ultimate in couples coordination.<br /><br />The boutonniere was tied with twine, and the neutral shade made it an ideal accompaniment for James' navy suit and flower printed tie.
As an extra special detail, James wore cufflinks which featured a map of Newton Hall's location. <br /><br />The items are an extra special reminder of their big day and are a unique addition to any suit.
The ceremony took place in an artfully decorated room, with James and Katie saying their vows under a rustic tree decorated with fairy lights, next to their glowing initials. <br /><br />Each of the chairs was decorated with a white lace bow, with glasses filled with flowers tied to them.
At the back of the ceremony room, big buckets of flowers were artfully placed, filled with wild looking flowers and leaves, all in the same colour scheme as Katie's bouquet. <br /><br />The rustic look of the bucket vase was beautifully at odds with the gold decorations throughout the rest of the wedding, giving a pared back look to the ceremony.
The table plans were displayed in vintage style photo frames, placed on rustic ladders in the reception room. <br /><br />The photo frames were mis-matched for an air of shabby chic, but all exuded elegance with swirling detailing. Unique jars of flowers were also dotted about the ladder, tying together the theme of the wedding.
Striking light up letters spelling out 'love" dominated the reception room, giving off a gorgeous glow that lit up the venue.<br /><br />Shining chandeliers hung from the ceiling, casting a warm light throughout the room and highlighting the lovely birdcage decorations that sat atop all of the tables.
Pretty gold jars and vases were placed on rustic logs atop the table, for a charming woodland touch to James and Katie's wedding day.<br /><br />The mis-matched flower holders filled with pale pink blooms added an a quirky element to the tables and perfectly complemented the glowing lights dotted about the room.
James and Katie opted for a naked cake, sitting pride of place on top of a personalised wooden crate, further adding to the rustic style of the day. <br /><br />The floral topped cake was surrounded by a plethora of sweet treats, including macarons, cupcakes and cake pops.