Hello again my lovelies – well this morning’s wedding has created quite a reaction on our Instagram page - though it’s no surprise why if I’m honest – well worth a look worth a look if you’ve not seen it already. This afternoon’s nuptials took place in what was my hometown up to two years ago. Creative Industries Co-ordinator Jen tied the knot with Musician Jeremy on 2nd August 2014, with a ceremony at Tyneside Cinema, followed by a reception at Summerhill Pavilion - both in in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear.
This is one of those cool, city weddings that also manages to pull off a completely relaxed and laid back feel. And I love that there is a soft influence from the 1970s present throughout the day too.
“We wanted our wedding to be held in the the city we call home and a city which we very much love. We decided to have our wedding ceremony at the Tyneside Cinema, one of the most beautiful and unassuming venues in Newcastle. The last surviving Newsreel cinema in the UK and a building that holds a really special place in our hearts and has played a big part in our relationship. I have worked there for around eight years on and off and have made some really special friends there some of which led me to meeting Jeremy. We have watched more films than I can even recall and had some of our best dates there.”
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“We wanted the day to be as much about us as possible. We both have a love of collecting bric-a-brac and vintage artefacts for example, and especially from the 1970′s, so we tried to incorporate this into the day – which basically meant taking the entire contents of our house to Summerhill.
The style was also guided by the two venues we chose and their amazing heritage along with a touch of our taste.”
“We made a lot of things ourselves, including a heart shaped light box for the stage, personalised popcorn bags featuring Mrs Doubtfire, one of the first films we watched together and ceremony programmes. We hired in some festoon lighting and brought along the contents of our house and some bits of furniture.
We bought some balloons and party hats from My Little Day. As for flowers, we planted up lots of small succulents the evening before the wedding in pretty much any vestibule we could find, just to give a nice touch of green.”
“Jeremy and I have been together for just over five years. We met when he was playing a gig at a local independent cinema. We had mutual friends who introduced us and it went from there. We met at a few other times in pubs and at gigs and finally I asked Jeremy out and he said yes.
Jeremy proposed in February this year, it was really simple – at home over some amazing pasta he had made. I had no idea as he’s surprisingly good at keeping secrets. We had spent the previous year buying and painstakingly renovating our own house, making a home for our new family so it seemed like the perfect place to do it. We figured the longer we planned the more epic and convoluted the wedding would get so thought we’d try and keep things simple and opted for 2nd August, giving ourselves six months to get everything sorted.”
“Our friend Hannah of Wildflower Florist is one of the loveliest people we know as well as being a hugely creative and unique florist. So many of our close friends have got married in the last year and no one ever has a second thought when it comes to flowers – it’s always Hannah. Every wedding, Hannah manages to tell the story of the couples personalities through an array of beautiful and quirky flowers – something I never knew was possible and our wedding was no exception.
When Hannah arrived with my bouquet and Jeremy’s button hole the night before the wedding I nearly cried, it was like a work of art and undeniably us. We really wanted Hannah to enjoy the day as a guest though, and with her having deliveries for other weddings the morning of ours, we ended up doing a bit of flower arranging ourselves. The bridesmaids made their own bouquets and I put together a slightly shady attempt at button holes for the ushers with some cuttings from my granddads garden!”
“I had a bit of a wedding dress nightmare if I’m honest. I thought way too much about what other people’s idea of a wedding dress was, and not enough about my own style. In the end, with a very tight budget and a few weeks to go, I chose to go ‘high-street’, and I couldn’t have made a better decision. I chose my top first and then found a skirt to match. I was so happy and comfortable on the day and felt completely like myself.
Readers – we’re waiting to here exactly which high street store Jen purchased from – hang on in there!
“We found our photographers, The Twins, through Love My Dress®, and loved their style. After checking out their beautiful portfolio of work, we knew they were the photographers for us. Caroline and Kelly were so great, they took the time to get to know us and we couldn’t have asked for more, the photos speak for themselves and capture the day perfectly. We believe if there is one part of the budget that is well worth the spend, it is the photos.
We had a great pre-wedding shoot with the Twins at an old bingo hall near our house that was due to close soon. We wanted to capture a Newcastle gem before it was gone but also wanted a bit of practise posing for pics. The photos were so great that we decided to use them as our wedding invites. Our friend Steven is the talented graphic designer behind 50ft Long Horse, and he used the photographs and designed us some great postcards. We then made a WordPress website with all the additional information on, as our ideas weren’t completely formed when we initially sent out the invites – and so it seemed best to have something we could update as and when we needed to.”