We've got just the wedding for you this morning - for anyone of you who might be feeling a little under the weather. Hopefully this injection of colour, love and happiness will do just the trick and lift your spirits. Hayley, a Sales Manager at Fenwick, and Anthony, an English Teacher, tied the knot on 9th August last year with a Catholic ceremony at Our Lady Immaculate Church in Washington, Tyne and Wear.
“We both love art, and our venue, The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, inspired the style of our wedding. We ended up using the colours orange, mint green, black and white and this worked its way through everything from stationery, flowers and bridesmaids dresses."
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Helen Russell Photography
“Anthony and I have been together for six and half years, and have lived together for four years. We went to the same school. Anthony is 3 years older than me. We knew of each other but we didn’t speak at school. We got together through mutual friends. Anthony proposed on the 14th May, 2012. We chose the ring together and announced the engagement at a family party later that day.
Our wedding reception took place at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. We hired the river terrace room, overlooking the Tyne. We visit The Baltic regularly and love the modern architecture of the building. It’s somewhere we can go to remember the wedding, but also somewhere we enjoy visiting.”
“My dress was by Maggie Sottero and I purchased it from the Wedding Essentials shop in Newcastle upon Tyne. I initially wanted lace, but to be in keeping with the venue I decided I needed something modern, simple and lightweight (due to the time of year). It was a very flattering shape and I loved the beaded detail around the waist.”
“My make-up artist was Lisa Jones, who did a fantastic job. I don’t have the best skin to say the least, but she made me look flawless - a great hair and make- up artist.
Our florists were The Wild Bunch who are located in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. I chose orange and white flowers to fit with the colour theme. I also had flowers in between tiers on the cake with wild green foliage."
"Two of my bridesmaids wore orange and mint floral shift dresses from LK Bennett which they teamed with gold court shoes from Kurt Geiger. My other bridesmaid wore a long Grecian style mint green silk dress from Ted Baker, along with a pair of flat sandals."
"A shared love of ours is graphic fonts and type faces, so we personally designed our own stationery, including table settings, invites and orange vinyl lettering as the Mr & Mrs sign above our seats. We designed and printed every aspect of the stationery ourselves.”
“Our Photographer was Helen Little of Helen Russell Photography. Helen captured the day beautifully. I was really impressed with the variety and extensive range of images she took. She made an ordinary summers day look incredible. All the colours work so well together and we both felt really comfortable with her. We were really keen to stick to a modern theme throughout, from the dress, the stationery to the deco, and she emulated that brilliantly with the photography. She’s professional, bubbly and great to have around!”
“My mam, Maureen, walked me down the aisle. I lost my father to cancer the August before the wedding."
“We hired a vintage VW camper van as our transport from a company called Go Retro. But they completely forgot about my booking and didn’t pick me up, which meant I had to get a taxi to the church. So please don’t mention this company, unless you want to badmouth them! They did finally arrive at the church, but the car kept breaking down on the way to the reception.”
"For our wedding cake, I purchased individual cake tiers from Marks and Spencer, that our florists decorated. I also had a personalised cake topper made by a supplier on Etsy."
"As part of the table activities we encouraged everyone to draw themselves on pieces of paper, giving the guests the opportunity to have their art on a gallery wall."
“I used paper decorations supplied by my friend Sophie Binns, who owns a gorgeous little shop in Harrogate. http://sophielikes.com I also bought some paper straws from Ebay and had vinyl lettering made for the window, also from EBay.
We bought large metal letters ‘A’ and ‘H’ from a shop in Spitalfields Market in London. We bought all of our vases and water bottles (table numbers) from Ikea. http://www.ikea.com.”
It's good to see that Hayley and Anthony hired the brilliant Snaparazzi Photobooth services! I love these guys – having worked with them before, I know from first experience how absolutely brilliant they are!
"Some of my fondest moments include getting pampered in the morning and getting my hair and make up done by Lisa Jones – but I also loved the Snaparazzi photo booth we hired for the reception – it was hilarious!"
"Our first dance track was probably the hardest thing to decide upon. I’m not sure why but we finally plumped for Lana Del Rey,' Blue Jeans'. Although it’s quite depressing, the words are meaningful and it’s a great song!"
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
“I would definitely say don’t worry about the little details. It’s really important to enjoy the day. Your guests don’t’ really care about whether you’ve got seat covers or not. Don’t worry about sticking to a time schedule either. I really fretted when I realised we were an hour behind, but venues always expect this and work with it. Always have a smile on your face. You (the bride) will be like a celeb for a day, everyone taking photos of you, so make sure you stand straight and get your pose right!"
What a bright and beautiful wedding – thank you so much Hayley and Anthony for sharing with us! It's so good to see The Baltic featuring again on Love My Dress – having lived in Gateshead for 8 years before moving to Whitby, preparing this feature made me realise how much I miss the lovely Quayside and afternoons spent at The Baltic with the children. And there's not forgetting this memorable occasion I hosted at The Baltic back in 2011 either!
If you're a lover of the orange hue, take a look here at all the other weddings that incorporate orange in to their colour scheme.
Are you a Maggie Sottero bride and if so, which of the designers creations have you opted for?
Photographer – Helen Russell Photography
Venue – The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero via Wedding Essentials
Veil/Headpiece – via Wedding Essentials (brand unknown)
Brides' shoes – LK Bennett
Grooms Suit – Reiss + shoes via Grenson
Bridesmaids – Floral shift dresses LK Bennett + grecian style dress from Ted Baker
Florist – The Wild Bunch
Cake – Marks and Spencer tiers with a personalised cake topper
Entertainment – Paul Lytton Magician + DJ
Photobooth Hire – Snaparazzi
Rings – Goldsmiths
Hair + Make-up – Lisa Jones
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