A Real (Ale) Wedding in Northumberland – Danielle and John

A great real wedding submission coming from Northumberland today, submitted by the very talented Paul Santos of Paul Santos Photography and with some insight into the day and the build up from the stunning couple Danielle and John – thanks guys!  I really love the setting, and especially loved the button holes and bouquet which is from one of my fav places to search for unique and different accessory ideas – etsy.

Well, without further ado I will let Danielle take centre stage and tell us about the day….

How did you meet?  

“We met through an online dating site! We’d both been through some very unsatisfying relationships and as a result were quite picky – online dating made sense as you got to vet your potential dates before it even got to the dating stage. We started chatting via email, then it went to messenger…we met and had an excellent first date with coffee and nerdy talk…”
What makes your mate a perfect match?  
“We met at similar points in our lives and had a pretty good idea about how we wanted our futures to be…fortunately we both had all the same ideas and they involved each other.”
How was the question popped?
“Quite traditionally, John went down on one knee after a speech about how good our relationship had been and that he wanted us to be together because we were so much stronger that way…there was lots of happiness and crying and giving of a ring and concern over John’s knee as he went down on it quite hard!”
How was the build up and planning to the wedding day?  
“Stressful…lots to organise, as we wanted to do quite a bit of it ourselves – we designed our own save the date cards and invitations (and got a company to print them), made our own decorations with help from friends, organised transport to and from the wedding for as many of the guests as we could…it all worked out on the day though.”
How did you select your location?
“The location was chosen by me going through the list of places where you could have a civil ceremony and going ‘Hey, John…how do you feel about getting married in a brewery?’ and him going ‘Sure, why not.’ Originally we weren’t going to get married until this October, but they didn’t have any dates available at the right time, but they did have an opening for the August Bank Holiday…”
And the dress?
“The dress was custom designed and made for me (not as expensive as you’d think either) by a fantastic company in Newcastle – they listened to what I wanted as I splurged ideas and fantasies of being the prettiest bride ever, and turned it into reality. I was amazed and so pleased by how it came out.”
“A lot of the rest was just a case of browsing the internet for inspiration…we (me, John and about 8 other friends and family) hand made colourful tissue-paper bunting and let me say NEVER AGAIN! It took forever, but I think it turned out pretty well. We were actually quite understated with the decorations – there was the bunting, several stooks which my sister made for me, and jars of dried flower bouquets on the tables. We didn’t really want to detract from the beautiful barn we were marrying in so we kept it quite minimalist. For decorating people we went quite simple – instead of floral buttonholes we had feathers wrapped in wire, and my bouquet was a feather fan which is going to be framed on a wall at some point (instead of resting on top of a picture frame as it is now!) We were also very lucky – one of our good friends makes the best cakes, so we had a naked chocolate orange tiered cake with our wire-tree decorations on top. So good!”
Choosing your photographer.
“Choosing a photographer was quite daunting though, we spent hours and hours (and days and weeks) looking at portfolios online, there are so many to choose from but it’s so important to get the right balance of price and skill. We eventually narrowed it down to a few in the area that we liked the look of – Paul was top of the list. We ended up meeting him and discovering he was a really friendly guy with a fantastic portfolio. He was open and had a good conversation with us about what we wanted, and made sure we understood what was achievable with the time we had. Plus I’m rubbish at asking useful questions when people say ‘So, anything you want to ask?’ I ended up asking about his camera equipment, which amused him greatly and made us feel that yes, this was the photographer for us.”
Did you do anything yourself, any tips to other brides about any DIY?
Tip: make sure you give yourself enough time to get everything sorted – it’s really tempting to use the excuse of ‘It’s 12 months away, I don’t need to do anything yet’ but honestly, the more you get done at the start, the less you’ll stress. Also if you want to do any diy stuff make sure you have a really good idea of what you want to do, then get your friends round and make a party of it and don’t do what I did and ignore the fact that you hadn’t sorted out flowers (because I’m not a flower person) and end up with two weeks to figure out what you were putting on the tables…
Recap you big day… What made you laugh / cry?
“The day itself went really smoothly – everyone was at the venue on time, wearing the right suits, my dress fit perfectly and my makeup went on first time, which is good since I only started getting ready 20 minutes before the ceremony was due to start!
“I think we both had to try really hard not to cry (too much) when we saw each other at opposite ends of the barn – I don’t think I could have smiled any wider on my way down the aisle. The whole ceremony was a combination laugh/cry thing, I needed to blot my eyes partway through when I finally realised I was saying the words that were going to bind me to my now husband for what we both hope will be the rest of our lives.”
Any particularly memorable moments?
“For other people I think some of the memorable moments will be my inability to under-act in any given situation – I couldn’t help it, when the registrar asked if anyone knew of a reason we shouldn’t marry, I turned, hands on hips and looked at everyone with an eyebrow raised…it got a laugh anyway! For me, I think I’ll always remember the readings done by my nephew and John’s sister, making my vows, and dancing without falling over! For John, when he talks about it, he remembers tears when he saw me walking towards him and knew that it was happening and would all be ok, tears and laughter during the speeches, and also not falling over during the first dance…
“As for unexpected things: the best one was the bus we’d ordered ended up being way bigger than we’d paid for, which meant we didn’t have to worry about whether or not we could fit everyone on. The band were on time! The unexpected part was that we ended up staying outside for the whole thing instead of going into the brewery building. The only not so great part was that although the tables were moved to be ready to load food on during the speeches, but when they ended there wasn’t any food on them so we all sat around feeling a little silly until the people serving had laid everything out. It all worked out in the end.”
Who were your Vendors?

Photographer: www.paulsantosphotography.com
Caterer: www.highhousefarmbrewery.co.uk/ – they were the venue, did all the catering as well as providing the furniture for the day
Florist: www.artisandriedflowers.co.uk
Invitations & Calligraphy: designed by us, made professional & printed by www.rebranddesign.com/#!home
Jewelry: wedding rings by www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LiliaNashJewellery
Bridal Shop (Gown): www.accentoriginalbridalwear.co.uk
Party Attire: www.verbdresses.co.uk and www.slaters.co.uk/

Wedding Date: 25th August 2013
Ceremony/Reception Location: High House Farm Brewery, Matfen Northumberland
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