Happy Monday everyone, and how are you all this fine Monday? Did you have a...
Happy Friday everyone, I hope you are feeling festive and enjoying lots of Christmas activities at the moment, have you had your works Christmas party yet? Laura and I went out yesterday for our Boho Christmas lunch and I have to say I am still full! We had a lovely time. Today I am off to a family farm with Dexter and one of his friends to visit Santa and at the weekend we have a Christmas fayre to go to, a trip to the local family cinema and a Christmas party to go to, so a busy few days for us!
Before all that can happen though we have this gorgeous Northumberland Wedding to share with you, which was sent into me by Andy Hudson Photography. It’s a great example of how both the bride and groom can mix in both their personalities to make the perfect wedding theme. We have rustic chic, mixed with a superheros theme today and the results are this elegant rustic wedding mixed with a large dash of fun.
Nadia and Michael were married on the 25th July 2016 at Newton Hall, Northumberland. ‘Although we live in beautiful Cumbria, we were struggling to find somewhere in our local area that was unique, we didn’t want a typical hotel wedding. My brother and sister in law live in Sunderland, so they suggested we look at Newton Hall. We fell in love with it as soon as we walked through the doors! We loved how quirky it was and the fact that it was our very own big house in the country for the day! We had 100 guests including our French Bulldog Archie! The wedding took 9 months to plan.’
How they met
In a local night club on New Year’s Eve 2008, we’ve been together 7 years.
Michael proposed on a weekend away in London in October 2015. He had planned to propose at the top of The Shard at sunset, but chickened out when he realised how busy it was! He popped the question while we were having afternoon tea in the candle-lit Aqua Shard restaurant. He actually proposed with a stand-in costume ring from Argos, because he had had my ring specially made and it wasn’t ready in time!
How did you allocate your budget?
Most of the budget went on Newton Hall and the photographer/videographer. We decided that it was important to have the perfect venue and that we needed to find a talented photographer/videographer if we wanted to have lasting memories that we loved, as that’s all you have left once the big day is over.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We splurged on the venue, photographer and videographer for reasons above. We saved on lots of things by making them ourselves, such as the centre pieces and favours and the beautiful flowers were done by my Mam, so that was a huge saving!
Why did you choose your photographer?
After trawling through hundreds of portfolios online, looking at Andy’s work was like a breath of fresh air. His unique style and amazing ability to capture the most special moments appealed to us straight away. His passion for his work teamed with his warm, infectious personality meant that Andy was the perfect choice for us.
The Suit and Bridesmaids
Suit was tan tweed and by Marc Darcy, the bridesmaids wore floor length, gold sequinned dresses from diydress.co.uk.
Theme or Colour Scheme
We wanted our wedding to reflect both of our personalities and I also wanted Michael to feel part of it all. With this in mind, we decided on a natural, rustic theme for me, with a slight ‘superhero’ twist to put Michael’s stamp on it!
All flowers were white and arranged by my Mam who used to be a florist. I wanted them to look really natural, as if they’d just been picked from a garden. My bouquet consisted of Hydrangea, Lisianthus, Stock, Singapore Orchid, Freesia, Scabiosa and Gypsophelia. Bridesmaids bouquets had Scabiosa, Gypsophelia and Lisianthus. The buttonholes were white roses for the men, but Michael had a Singapore Orchid to match the Singapore Orchids in my bouquet and hair. The page boys had buttonholes consisting of a lego superhero and a bit of greenery!
We had small vases with Gypsophelia going down the aisle and a vase of Hydrangea on the table where we signed the register. We liked the rustic look of the tables, so we didn’t have table cloths, we just had white Hydrangea petals and superhero comic confetti scattered on them. Our centre pieces were large glass jars with a 3D number inside, either covered in gold glitter or superhero comics, and finished off with twinkle lights. We had ‘Mr & Mrs Bonnar’ lettering covered in alternate gold glitter and superhero comics on the top table. We also had a sweetie table, popcorn cart and huge ‘N & M’ light up letters.
Canapes and prosecco/bottle of Sol immediately after the ceremony. Carrot and coriander soup with ciabatta croutons, sirloin of beef with seasonal veg, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and proper gravy and sticky toffee pudding with sticky sauce and vanilla ice cream. This was followed by tea and coffee. We also had fish and chip cones, cheese and biscuits and a buffet for the kids in the evening.
We had a 5 tier cheese wedding cake, as I love cheese! We bought the cheese from a cheese deli in Keswick, to incorporate a bit of Cumbria which is where we’re from. We also had 50 cupcakes for those with a sweet tooth. My Mam had a cake topper of me, Michael and Archie specially made in America.
Lawn games through the day and activity bags for the children with a superhero/Disney princess theme. A photo booth at night, the ‘Redwings’ band and glow sticks and light up balloons for the kids.
Invitations and seating plan were ‘Vintage Fayre’ by Feel the Magic. I hand stamped names on envelopes using type writer style stamps and ink. I also stamped names on brown tags attached to the favours, which we used as place cards.
The superhero twist was very personal to us and we incorporated this quite subtly through things like the centre pieces, page boy’s buttonholes and seating plan. The groomsmen also had lego superhero cufflinks (made by Michael) and matching socks! They each had a different superhero – Michael had Batman, as that is his favourite, and I even wore a Batman garter made by my friend! We made the favours ourselves, my Mam made hessian bags which we filled with a ‘Wedding Day’ Yankee Candle for the women and the men had lego superhero keyrings made by Michael. Another personal touch was the signs carried by our nephews. One carried a wooden heart with the message ‘Here comes Auntie Naid’ and the other’s said ‘last chance to run Uncle Michael!’ My Dad made us a ‘drop box’ guest book, consisting of a frame he made using driftwood which he and my nephew Max had collected from beaches in Northumberland and St. Bees in Cumbria. Guests signed a wooden heart with their message and dropped it into the frame, and we plan to hang it on our wall as a reminder of our special day. My Mam also had a cake topper of me, Michael and Archie made in America! Finally, as a special touch, we had the inside of our wedding rings engraved with each other’s ring finger print.
What were your special moments or highlights of the day?
We had the ‘magical mist experience’ during our first dance, which was awesome and a big surprise, as it was the only thing we managed to keep secret about the day! Another highlight was my 2 brothers (one aged 30 and one aged 12!) reading ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton from books during the ceremony and my friend Annette doing a reading about friendship. We also enjoyed a trip to the beach with our dog Archie to get some amazing photos and video footage! It was lovely to just have half an hour away from it all!
Advice for other couples
Enjoy every second because it all flies by so quickly! It may be a cliché, but so true! Try to include personal touches that reflect both of your personalities, and make time for each other on the day, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in it all that you can forget it’s about you two!
When Claire, Michael’s sister gave me a bag with presents in from Michael straight after I’d had my make-up done! He’d bought me a wedding day charm for my Pandora bracelet, a single Singapore Orchid and a beautiful framed print of the lyrics I was walking down the aisle to, along with a lovely note. Needless to say, I had to have my make-up re done afterwards!
I’M BASED IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE AND SHOOT ALL OVER THE NORTH EAST, MY STYLE IS EXTREMELY RELAXED, ROMANTIC AND ABSOLUTELY NO CHEESE AT ALL. I BELIEVE WEDDINGS ARE ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC OCCASIONS IN LIFE AND AS SUCH I WANT TO CAPTURE THE CLOSENESS AND EMOTION IN ALL ITS NATURAL GLORY, I DON’T SET UP SHOTS AND ALMOST EVERYTHING IS SHOT CANDIDLY AND AS IT REALLY HAPPENED. I TRY AND FOCUS ON THINGS THROUGH THE EYES OF A GUEST.