A Juliet Cap Veil for a Relaxed, Rustic, French Barn Style Wedding By The Sea…

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"I was inspired by rustic French barn images, the countryside in Northumberland, Love my Dress and brown paper – my staple for business stationary.  I think my regular trips to antique fairs inspired a lot of the look too…"


I'm a little bit excited about this wedding. And yes I know I've already featured two Jenny Packham brides this week, including one wearing Eden already, but I've been waiting for this questionnaire back for weeks so I'm not waisting any time in sharing this with you!

I just love this wedding, the brides wonderful smile says it all.  Julie and Vinny tied the knot on Friday 28th October 2011, with a ceremony at St Charles’ Church in Gosforth Newcastle, followed by a reception at Newton Hall at Newton By The Sea, Northumberland.

Julie is a really talented interior designer and a fellow North East lass 😉 I first met her  She is responsible for having designed and styled all the cool spots in my home town of Newcastle Upon Town, where she now lives, prior to which she was responsible for designing a number of other trendy haunts in London, where she spent several years honing her skill and developing her signature style.

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Image Newcastle

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I first met Julie last year after receiving an email from her telling me how much she loved to visit Love My Dress and how it had inspired her in planning her own wedding. Thrilled to see Julie lived not far from me and was also an interior designer, I hooked up with her and asked if she would like to get involved in planning the Love My Dress Summer Soiree {heck, I had a whole BALTIC flower mill to style!} and whilst Julie was unable to attend the event, she assisted hugely in creating a concept and vision for the evening, something for which I will be forever grateful to her for.

Having met Julie just a few times, I soon realised what an exceptionally brilliant designer she was.  How many brides do you know who actually designed their own wedding venue – I'm talking bricks and mortar design and interior styling here, not just popping some bunting up from the rafters!

Julie wore Jenny Packham's 'Eden'…

"It was the first dress I picked up off the rack and knew it was 'the one'…"

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"From designing for The Apartment Group for the last couple of years my style and look has evolved. As you Like It {one of Newcastle's uber trendy night spots} is the height of faded vintage glamour and when the Newton Hall project came up to design the ultimate wedding venue I jumped at the chance.  I was so keen to get involved, as some venues I looked at were a bit too up themselves, a bit too posh, a bit… not me.  As The Apartment Group have a different approach to everything we both came up the perfect venue, which caters for any style, attitude or party.

 Originally the Newton Hall project was to style the mansion house out as a self contained house on the beautiful Northumberland coast, before the wedding venue. So I spent a lot of time out of signal up there and I fell in love with coastal line. Vinny and myself spent many times up at Newton by the Sea and after a cheese ploughman’s sandwich and half a bitter, Vinny popped the questions on Newton beach. We couldn’t have our wedding anywhere else…"



"We got married in Gosforth at Vinny's Church but drove straight up to Newton to get our photos on the beach. (Voted one of the top ten beaches in the UK) It was such a sunny day. From styling some of the shoots for Newton Hall I had a list of ideas I wanted to add to the style of the wedding.

 This included original vintage beach huts and moustaches and lips that we both stayed up late three nights in a row to make sure every one had one with their desert…"


"Also a lot of my working relationships sent me pressies and Absolutely Fabrics gave me my love sign which I can't wait to put up in my baby’s nursery…"

Julie and Vinny recently discovered they are expecting their first baby – YAY! 😉

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Julie's Jenny Packham veil was ordered without a comb and sewed into my headdress to make a cap veil..

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Gorgeous florals by Lotte & Bloom




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"The Newton Hall project was to take down the existing out-houses and build a new function space terrace and glasshouse to sit 200 people. Duncan Fisher who was the client but also a great friend let me push the project forward not only to build to complete it for the first wedding – but for the first wedding to be my own.

Believe me it was truly stressful but very exciting and everyone worked so hard to get my dream day and they didn’t let me down. It was everything and more I dreamed of.

I took inspiration from the landscape and sourced reclaimed materials. We stayed true to the original buildings so we had a lot of exposed stone, brick and wood. But the large windows let you appreciate the surroundings. I designed large circular wood tables, as I wanted people to have to choice not to have fussy tablecloths. I sourced a lot of antique sofas and armchairs to have a relaxation lounge area with heavy mis matched fabric. We have also given the chance to get married out side on a purpose made hill and an exterior terrace with a retractable roof with external fireplace…"



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"The Bridesmaids were all asked to buy nude shoes that reflected their personalities…"


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"I’m not religious but VInny is a practising Catholic so he wanted to get married in his church. I must say I was nervous about this but they were so lovely and happy to involve me even though I am not Catholic. My best friend Sarah, who I grew up with (chief Bridesmaid) Mam’s a vicar -who was also my teacher and I wanted her to speak for a bit on my behalf as she knows me very well and knows my beliefs…."





"My Dad and I walked down the aisle to Canon in D, Pachelbel – this was Vinny's choice, though he surprised me when we walked out the church to The Verve’s 'Lucky Man'… ☺"





















"As I designed the whole venue, I wanted to keep a vintage French theme not over the top but let the surroundings speak for themself. I sourced original French vintage large green glass jars (which in France are used in flower shops), which also housed the flowers and had the table numbers on in chalk pen. Also the original sash windows from the build I kept and used as the table plan (wrote table plan myself on the glass). Also sourced vintage French linen as the table runners (very rustic)…"


"We danced to Elbow's 'One Day Like This' –  the live lounge version…

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Words of Wedded Wisdom…

"Don’t build your own venue he he!!

I would say treat it as a big party and think what it would be like as a visitor to your own wedding/party and realise that sometimes you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. Also best piece of advice was to sneak away a couple of times during the day to have a kiss and giggle with each other.

The things that stood out on the day were the wonderful smiles of everybody, the heartfelt hilarious speeches the beach photos. The photo booth will go down in history with my family. Plus our band, which made the evening, go far too quickly…"


Love love love everything about this wedding, and want to congratulate lovely Julie and Vinny on tieing the knot and thank them so much for allowing me to share these images 🙂  Huge thanks too to Serena Taylor of Image Newcastle for supplying these lovely photographs that have so made me smile today 🙂

I'd love to read your comments on this wedding. There has been a lot of Jenny Packham love on the blog this week, and I guess it's no surprise when when she designs frocks like this! Julie, you look incredible and I love how you styled your veil and had fun on the beach with those styled shots 🙂  So let's show lovely Julie some love peeps!

And brides, be sure to check out Newton Hall at Newton By The Sea in Northumberland for a beautiful North East UK wedding venue. It has Julie's charm stamped all over it 🙂

Can't wait to hear from you all 🙂

Much love all – and have a super afternoon,


Photographer – Image Newcastle
Venue – Newton Hall, Northumberland
Brides dress & hair accessory – Jenny Packham via Noble and Wright Atelier + Vintage fur wrap from chic antiques
Brides Shoes – Kurt Geiger
Brides veil & hair accessories – Jenny Packham
Grooms Suit & Brides Father – Reiss + Reiss white shirt + burgundy socks + skinny ties from Next. Brown leather Shoes from Topman.
Bridesmaids Dresses – Coast
Flowers – Lotte & Bloom
Cake – Stewart & Co Jesmond
Decor & Detail – All designed and styled by the bride herself, Julie Chambers
Entertainment – Jack Rabbit And The Slims
Love Sign – Absolutely Fabrics


Annabel View all Annabel's articles

Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.

44 thoughts on “A Juliet Cap Veil for a Relaxed, Rustic, French Barn Style Wedding By The Sea…

  1. What a stylish wedding… and the bride looks amazing in the dress, headdress and veil. I have the same flower girl dresses! The 2 little girls look angelic in them. I would love to know where their hair bands were from? xx

  2. This i going straight into my top 5 favourite real weddings EVER 🙂
    Absolutely gorgeous! The bride’s veil even makes me a tiny bit sad I didn’t wear one on my own wedding day! So, so stylish.
    Loveaudrey xxx

  3. What a beautiful wedding and a gorgeous venue! The beach shots are lovely – they are beautiful beaches…. I think I am in love with Northumberland….and (fingers crossed) hope that I can convince the other half to make it the place we get married! Although from Manchester, my brothers and I have been every year since infancy on those beaches after my parents went to Seahouses on their honeymoon and fell in love with the place. Infact we’re off there next weekend….perhaps I could throw in a few venue visits?! Congratualtions to you both and thanks for the inspiration! xR

  4. Stunning wedding and bride ! I love Newton by the sea and all of the Northumberland coast line. This wedding has made our’s in Northumberland this September seem all the more real and a little step closer! Can’t wait!:)

  5. She designed her own wedding venue – wowzer!!!
    What a lovely wedding, the bouquets are stunning (nice to see something a bit different with the pops of dark pink), the beach shots are stunning and they just look so happy & full of love. Heartwarming!
    And congratulations to them both re the baby news 🙂

  6. Julie has so much style!! What a beautiful wedding. I admit i must be a fan of Julie’s work as I am getting married at As You Like It in October! Cannot wait, even with my recent wedding dress wobbles!
    I think this is the most gorgeous I’ve seen the Eden dress look too.
    Congratulations! Stunning.

  7. I wanted to see more pictures of the venue!! From the glimpses we saw Julie looks a very talented lady! And THANK YOU for designing a venue with nice wooden tables- now can you come and do it down south please?? The US blogs are full of images of beautiful wooden tables with a simple runner down the middle, but we tend to have a choice of trestle or banquet over here!
    Julie, you look truly beautiful and so happy in all of those photos. Congratulations! xx

  8. Stunning dress and beautiful location. It looks like you had a perfect day! I got married in The Ship Inn, Low Newton in September. You just can’t beat that beach…. x

  9. Wow what a totally beautiful wedding, I too want to see more of the venue now, it sounds amazing! My fiancé and i were talking about travelling up North the other day for a pre-wedding romantic break and so we will definitely look into this place.
    Congratulations to Julie and Vinny on their wedding and the news of Julie’s pregnancy too! That’s going to be one stylish baby!

  10. Gorgeous. I am so pleased to see a vintage wedding with purple, there aren’t enough of them (it’s what we’re having too…)
    Love it all! xxx

  11. I love weddings, I read wedding magazines for fun. This has to be one of the most stylish, yet romantic weddings I have ever seen 🙂 love, love, love!

  12. You will have a wonderful wedding at As You Like It Pamela is the best wedding co-ordinator as well. The place was designed with “Love” that was the design motto 🙂 x x It s all about the Love

  13. Love this wedding so much, she looks so happy, so pretty and at one with herself, I feel so happy for his couple. The love sign is fab!

  14. Oh.My.God. I need that ‘Love’ sign in my life. Julie where was it from? I clicked on the link to no avail. I fear for my mental health if I don’t get one!

  15. Amazing,what a stunning wedding event.she looks very gorgeous on the venue.The wedding dresses are pretty looking and the costumes gives glittering effects in the wedding party.

  16. Did not get round to saying yesterday what a fabulous wedding this looks to have been. The bride is positively glowing with beauty and joy, such a treat to look through the pics. Love the light on her super pretty face throught the parasol especially!

  17. Cracking wedding venue – Northumberland is very much the undiscovered county with so much to offer. You still need good planners and designers to make a dream day come to life which this wedding was lucky enough to have had.

  18. Annabel, Thank you so much for featuring Julie’s wedding… The whole day was absolutely wonderful and very stylish! I only wish we had an extra 24 hours to take more photographs…
    Julie… Thank you for being “YOU”… An inspirational young lady! I knew when your mum announced your wedding that it was going to be one that I could NOT miss… And I was right there! I loved every minute of it and would do it all over again!!! I am so happy for you and Vinny and I can’t wait to meet little turner when he/she arrives! xxxxxx

  19. Too many things I love about this wedding to even list! But one particular thing I will takeaway and muse over is the hairstyle… I’ve been toying with the hair up or down question. Why not both?! I’d love to know who the hairstylist was? xx

  20. What an utterly stunning wedding, the dress, the location, the styling, the bride… how amazing to have the opportunity to design your own wedding venue! I’m in awe. Just gorgeous 🙂 Looking for somewhere lovely to stay in Northumberland for our wedding anniversary, this might just be the place! xx

  21. Booked my wedding at this venue for December following a recommendation from someone who attended this wedding! We wouldn’t have known about the venue otherwise and so glad we have booked. These photos are stunning!! The photographer is also available on my wedding date, whoop!
    It’s the kind of wedding venue the north east was needing… fresh and quirky!x

  22. Absolutely stunning!! Bride is beautiful, venue is quirky, headdress is amazing….lots of inspiration!! Thank you!

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