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Today we have something a little different for you, with this Winter Brewery Wedding in Newcastle that was sent into me by Dan McCourt. Winter weddings are notorious for being hard to photograph, the short winter days mean less daylight and less light in general. Dan has embraced this fact and has really gone to town with capturing this stunning wedding, embracing the dark light and using it to his advantage. Ellen and James chose the Wylam Brewery as they are massive food and drink lovers and wanted to reflect this in their venue, while giving their guests really amazing food and a wonderful experience. I love the simplicity of this wedding and the wonderful backdrop this venue offers.
Ellen and James got married on the 19th November 2016 at Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. ‘The venue is beautiful and staff are all amazing, we’re both big fans of food and drink so it was important we were able to offer good quality to our guests. Wylam are one of the best local breweries and we knew the chef Tony Renwick from his work in the company’s other venues so knew he would be able to provide something different from the usual wedding fare. We had 55 day guests and 120 in the evening. We got engaged in May 2016 and married in November, so didn’t take long to plan!’
How they met
We met at Glasgow University in 2007 through a mutual friend. We’ve been together since 2008.
We were in Copenhagen for Mikkeller Beer Celebration as we both love beer. On the first evening we went to a bar we had visited when we were there the year before. I said I had got her a present and gave her my mum’s engagement ring. I think it was a shock!
How did you allocate your budget?
Most of our budget went on the venue/food/drink, we wanted to make sure our guests were well looked after.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We didn’t want a lot of over the top decoration due to the nature of the venue, so we kept that low key and used lots of candles to accent the rooms as well as foliage rather than flowers. We felt that in a room as grand as the main hall we’d either need to go seriously over the top to compete with the venue, or keep it simple and let the room speak for itself.
Why did you choose your photographer?
Dan was recommended to us by a friend, we met with him and clicked straight away. We didn’t want lots of posed photos so his documentary style and eye for composition was an easy choice.
My dress was from ASOS, and shoes by Kurt Geiger. I borrowed jewellery all from family.
The suit and bridesmaids
The suit was Harris Tweed by ASOS and the Bridesmaids wore dresses from Next and shoes from Debenhams.
Theme or colour scheme
Once I picked a white dress and the bridesmaids had a preference toward navy dresses, the rest of the colour scheme fell into place around that. We kept things simple with a lot of foliage, candles and kraft paper stationery.
What sort of flowers did you have?
Thistles, anemone, succulents, waxflower and a lot of foliage. I didn’t want to many big flowers or a lot of colour, so focused on white, blue and the green from the leaves. The bridesmaids had smaller versions of my bouquet. The corsages were a mix of anemone and waxflower, with succulents for the buttonholes.
We had a choice menu which our guests ordered in advance: Beetroot, goat’s cheese and walnut or ham hock and pea salad; Roast pork loin or Cod, Sticky Toffee Pudding or Lemon Meringue Roulade.
A baker friend called Katy Ford who works for Batch in Jesmond.
We had our invitations printed by Vistaprint and on the day all the table plans and placecards were done by us.
Ellen wrote all the place cards herself, we designed the table layouts and lighting. We made up playlists especially for the different times during the day.
Special Moments or Highlights
The photobooth was well used and we have some amazing photos!
Advice for Other couples
Keep it simple, relax and enjoy it. It goes by fast!
As for me, I’m based up in Newcastle. I enjoy telling peoples story in my unique way. I like to show the authenticity of a wedding in it’s natural glory, the laughs and the tears. I love to see the couple relax and enjoy their day instead of worrying about photo’s. Of course I do spend the with the couple alone on the day but part of my role is for me to build a relationship with everyone, become a friend and once you have that connection everything works so much easier and that can show in the final images