Rachel and Matthew
We first met on a student night out in Newcastle. For our first date, we headed to The Gate to watch the new Spiderman film. We made our next stop Frankie and Benny’s for some food afterwards, and the rest is history!
How did the proposal happen?
Matthew proposed to me on the morning of my 24th birthday. We’d bought our first home together and I’d always hoped it would happen there, so he donned a three-piece suit, bought me breakfast in bed and proposed! He’d had the ring brought in from New York and that evening he took me to our favourite hotel in York to celebrate.
My ball gown dress was from Mori Lee. I loved the satin sash belt, lace detail on the skirt and the diamantes on the bodice. It felt so big when I tried it on but with the hoop in the skirt it was no bother to walk in! Tailored for You in Choppington did my alterations and added straps.
I found my cathedral-length veil at the same time as my dress! My shoes were Miss KG and my necklace came from Swarovski. I was gifted my garter by my brilliant bridesmaids.
Matthew looked very smart in his suit and shoes, sourced from ASOS, and his River Island shirt. It was lovely to see him looking more excited than nervous!
My three bridesmaids wore dresses from ASOS that featured a sequin bodice and floaty skirt. I gifted them River Island clutch bags and Fiorelli earrings, too. My best girls each had two pairs of shoes so they could be comfortable and stylish, stepping out in metallic peep-toe heels for the ceremony. Later, they swapped into flat sandals to dance the night away.
We got married in a church in the coastal village of Tynemouth where we have lived for a while now. My dad walked me down the aisle. I felt so calm when I reached the altar and saw Matthew – he was not nervous at all and it really helped to relax me.
What did you have for your wedding breakfast?
The Parlour at Blagdon supplied ice creams on arrival for our guests. The main breakfast consisted of halloumi, fish and chicken tacos to start, followed by fish and chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce, which were expertly prepared by The Little Fishy. Simply Cheesecake supplied our individual desserts.
Our stationery came from Rachel Miller and featured a gold glittery design. We wrapped rustic twine and a sprig of rosemary around each before posting them out.
We had two full days to complete the decorating before the big day itself. Sana at Crosby Hire supplied all our tables, chairs, linen, crockery and cutlery. We also added fairy lights around the beams, my dad made log slices for the tables and we had straw bale seating outside. I also added lots of pretty vases and jars (get yours here!) that I had collected to complete the decorations.
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Hollie Milburn from Fleur Couture provided our flowers. We teamed garden roses, peonies, ohara, lisi, freesia and some foliage for the table centres. The bridesmaids carried posies made from hydrangeas.
Maureen at Whitley Cakes created our three-tier cake. It was all white with white petals for decoration and included lemon drizzle, Victoria sandwich and fruit cake layers.
We used Little Bottles to supply us with 50ml bottles which we then filled with homemade limoncello. For the little ones, we put together activity packs and a tumbler to use throughout the wedding.
We bought lawn games from Debenhams to use outside and we also had a fantastic performance from North Tyneside Steel Drums. Andy from AMDJ Services then kept the party going into the evening.
The first dance
Our first dance was to ‘Holding On’ by Jimmy Stimson. We really struggled to choose one because most of the sentimental songs we like didn’t work particularly well with slow dancing.
We booked our honeymoon with Kuoni, dividing our trip between Singapore and Bali, where we visited both the mountains and coast.
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CEREMONY Our Lady & St. Oswins, Tyneside | RECEPTION VENUE The Watch House Museum | DRESS Mori Lee | BRIDESMAID DRESSES ASOS | GROOM ASOS and River Island | ACCESSORIES Miss KG and Swarovski | STATIONERY Rachel Miller
HIRE Crosby Hire | CAKE Maureen at Whitley Cakes | FLOWERS Fleur Couture | FAVOURS Little Bottles | PHOTOGRAPHER Lyndsey Good at LSM Photography