Happy Friday folks! To end the week with a bang, we have the light filled and classic wedding of WWW followers Hannah and Jordan, who were wed on the 20th September 2019. Firstly they were married in a church ceremony and a reception followed at Beamish Hall in County Durham. In their own words their day was “perfect from start to finish” and this is truly evident from the sensational photos by Carn Patrick featured here today. Huge thanks to Carn for sharing these beautiful images with us.
I really love the timeless feel to their day, which was all perfectly brought together with pale pink touches. The bridesmaids wore pretty pink frocks, the elegant flowers were interspersed with pink blooms and even the floral cake and calligraphy place names used the same hue. Oh so lovely.
I really love Hannah’s lace and pearl back gown and Jordan’s blue check suit. They both looked very stylish indeed. Do look out for Hannah’s gorgeous hair do, acrylic signs and classic car transport too. Stunning!
Jordan took me on a last-minute night away to Ramside Hall. When we arrived, we checked in and went straight to our room to get changed ready for the SPA. When I walked into the room it was decorated with petals and there was a bouquet of flowers in the corner, I thought it had been done like this because it was the weekend before Valentine’s day! As I was reading the card in the flowers Jordan took the ring out of his bag without me knowing and announced that the flowers where just a decoy to distract me. Just as I was about to say “distract me from what” I turned around and he was on one knee! Jordan asked me to marry him and I said yes. We had a lovely night in the spa and a meal in one of the restaurants in the hotel. Then the next day I went straight to go and get my nails done! That’s how he knew I wasn’t expecting it!
I always knew I wanted to get married in September because both my parents and Jordan’s parents were married then. I just felt like it was the lucky month since they are both now still happily married all those years later.
I had known from the start I wanted a grand venue with a light room. I wanted lots of space outside to get photos. Another must for me was to be married in church so I couldn’t pick a venue that was too far away.
My main vision which I stuck with was flowers! I knew the centrepieces, invitations and décor had to be based around this.
The Planning Process
For the planning process I started with the venues. In total I ended up viewing around 16 venues until I found Beamish Hall and fell in love with the Monboucher Room and Winter Gardens. Then I went on to organise my invitations which my maid of honour designed for me as she knew exactly what I wanted!
My next mission was to find a photographer and I couldn’t have picked a better one! After looking at a lot of photographers I decided to meet with Carn Patrick. The light pictures and natural shots where exactly what we were looking for. As soon as myself and Jordan met with Carn we knew straight away he was the photographer we wanted, it felt like you were just sat talking to a friend so we knew we would feel really comfortable with Carn.
After this I started looking at ideas for room décor, flower colours etc and I decided my theme would be pink. So now I was aware on my colours I could pick my bridesmaid dresses. The bridesmaids and I only visited 2 shops! It was so quick and easy, and all of the girls agreed on the dress straight away.
My Pinterest board was now well and truly underway with different flower arrangements I wanted and what the guest book table was going to look like. I arranged a meeting with the florist after looking through Instagram and really liking a bouquet she had created before which would fit my theme.
Then the time for my wedding dress came around. Only my mam came with me as I didn’t want a lot of opinions to sway my decision. I didn’t go to a lot of bridal shops in the end it was the 5th shop that had the dress of my dreams. I knew before I started shopping by looking on Pinterest what fabric I wanted it was just trying to find a style in that fabric that suited my figure. I was really lucky I found a dress as quickly as I did because I had left dress shopping really late! I didn’t know that it took around 6 months for a dress to come in and you needed at least 2 months to accommodate for fittings. I had only started dress shopping 9 months before my wedding, so I had left it very late!
Now that my dress was organised, I concentrated on the suits for the groom and groomsmen. We only went into one suit shop and tried on two suits. I think this was the easiest part of all the wedding planning! Jordan has always wanted a standout suit and when he seen the blue tweed, he knew straight away that was the one he wanted without looking or trying on any more suits.
I started to have hair trials and makeup trials in January which was around 8 months before my wedding date. I would not recommend leaving it this late as a lot of the makeup artists and hair stylists I contacted had been fully booked even with my wedding being on a Friday. However, I was more than happy with the makeup artist I picked and hair stylist they were perfect on my wedding day and they both really listened to what I wanted.
I bought my wedding shoes online in time for my first fitting and started organising table plans, wedding cake and stationery. I had seen Sadie May Cakes on Instagram and didn’t even look at any other cake suppliers because I fell in love with the natural flowers she could make as it fit in so well with my theme.
My brother had been married a year before I started my planning so when it came around to booking my cars, I knew I wanted the sane firm he hired his from. I went with Exclusive Wedding Cars as they had been great for Craig so knew they were reliable. I visited the office to have a look around all the different style they had and stuck with the classic wedding car.
I knew from the beginning that I wanted a photobooth and had been recommended Snapparazii by a family member who had booked them for their own wedding. So again, I didn’t bother looking elsewhere and just booked them and I couldn’t have been happier.
A meeting was set up with Beamish Extras as they took care of the rest of the decoration for the rooms such as the candles for the tables and the light backdrop and chair sachets. I also ordered the candy cart through Beamish Extras which we had for the evening guests.
Deciding to get a wedding videographer was very last minute and I was lucky to have Rebecca from Absolute Media North East. They had really good packages which covered every aspect of the day I wanted capturing.
Lastly was all of the presents and all of the fillers for example favours, guest book and the table plan board and name tags etc. I had these made by a company called fancy little favours. I showed them a picture of what I was looking for and she did exactly that.
I had my finer details meeting with the venue a few months before the wedding to go over the menu. For the sample tasting we were able to pick a meal each to try for our starter main and dessert. We then arranged to meet up again a few weeks before the wedding to go over the table plan etc and any last-minute changes.
The Readings & Music
We debated for a long time what we wanted our first dance to be… In the end we settled with John Legend You and I. This song meant a lot to me and Jordan as we had gone to watch John Legend live many years ago.
Your Outfits & Accessories
My wedding dress was from Exclusively Yours in Wingate. I loved the crepe fabric and the detail on the back of my dress and how it hugged my figure. I bought my shoes from June London online and my hairpiece from Lace and Favour. I picked my jewellery the week of the wedding because I just couldn’t decide. In the end I went with Jon Richard which I bought from Debenhams. I wanted to keep my jewellery to a minimum, so I only purchased a small bracelet and earrings.
The day before the wedding I had my finger and toenails done by Tip2Toe in Hartlepool. I had gone for a trial with a lady called Natalie there a few months before the wedding and she wrote it all down so knew exactly what I wanted when I came for my wedding appointment. The same day I also had my eyebrows tinted and shaped and individual classic lashes by Amy Victoria. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my brows and lashes and she done an amazing job as always!
For my hair I had two trials leading up to the wedding, by Hair by Kayleigh. Kayleigh was amazing. She really listened to what I wanted, and I felt like she understood the look I was going for. On the day Kayleigh done mine, my mams and 3 of the bridesmaid’s hair. She travelled to my mams house on the morning of the wedding and was brilliant from start to finish. My hair never moved all day and was exactly what I wanted.
Then on to my makeup… The lovely Leah from Perfectly Polished by Leah done all of the bridesmaids my mams and my make up and every one of them fell in love. One of my bridesmaids had never had her makeup done before by anyone else so was really nervous to have it done. However, Leah was really patient and understanding and, in the end, I think my bridesmaid is going to be using her a lot more! Again, my makeup didn’t move all day and it was such a warm day!
We purchased the bridesmaid dresses from Wed2be in Middlesbrough. They had a really good range of different styles and colours. The thing that swayed me as well was the pricing for the dresses was so much cheaper than other shops! In the end all of the girls agreed on the same dress and the shop had the exact colour I wanted!
I picked the dresses up a few weeks later when they came into the shop and a few alterations where made from Exclusively Yours in Wingate for example the length of the dresses. Exclusively Yours also then steamed the dresses ready for them to be collected with my dress the day before the wedding.
For the groomsmen we decided to save on costs and just rent suits from Moss Bros in Dalton Park. All of the suits came into the shop in plenty of time before the wedding so they could all go and try them on. The shop was also really understanding as one of our groomsmen lived abroad so couldn’t come down for any of the fittings. The suit we ended up ordering for him was too big and they changed it for us straight away and was in the day before the wedding. For security we did buy an insurance on the suits it was only around £10, and this just meant if any of the suits were damaged slightly or there were any spillages then the shop would just take care of it. I would highly recommend doing this, so you aren’t worry about what the boys get up to all day in their suits.
My flowers where amazing! Flowers With Fleur by Amy was the florist I picked, and she followed my vision exactly. In the Monboucher room there was two large fireplaces one being directly behind the top table. So, I knew I wanted a big statement piece behind the top table as I thought it would look lovely on the photos when the speeches were going on. Amy came to my house for two appointments before the wedding. The first meeting was to go over my initial ideas and to gain a price. The second was to finalise all of the details and arrange delivery on the wedding day. Amy was brilliant and dropped them off really early. She even sewed on both of my Nanna’s brooches to the stem of my bouquet on the morning of the wedding as I didn’t want to leave them elsewhere. She was really understanding, and the flowers looked beautiful.
Sharon from Sadie May Cakes is so talented. The flowers she creates out of icing couldn’t look more real! I knew just from looking at her Instagram photos that I didn’t need to look anywhere else. I met with Sharon and she quickly drew up a sketch of what I had asked, and she got my vision perfect first time. Both myself and Jordan have a diary intolerance and there were a few allergies in our family and Sharon worked round this and the caked tasted as beautiful as it looked.
Beamish Hall. I chose Beamish Hall because I fell in love with the Monboucher Room where we had the wedding breakfast. The room had everything I wanted, the large windows, fireplaces, nice lighting and white walls. We also got the best of both worlds and managed to change rooms for the night and move into the winter gardens which was a bigger room and had a better vibe for the night. This room looked just like a large conservatory with many windows and a garden esk feel. Within the package I chose, we had exclusive hire of the venue which I loved knowing no other wedding would be going on when mine was. This hotel also had a lot of bedrooms and again within our package we could secure a lot of the rooms so no one else could book them.
The Details & Décor
For the décor I had the florist set up half the tables and Beamish Extras do the other half. The florist created tall vases with flowers coming out the top and Beamish Extras used staggered sized candles. I wanted a height difference in the tables so visibility throughout the room was better. On each table was a mirrored centrepiece and scatter crystals with the acrylic table numbers and name tags. In the Monboucher and winter gardens there was pillars running throughout the room. Each pillar was decorated with fake ivy and lights. Then for the backdrop in the winter gardens I hired a light backdrop which looked great. As I have mentioned above behind the top table during the day there was a fireplace which the florist done a large piece to rest on top of the mantle. Inside this fireplace Beamish Extras also put in half burned candles to give a nice cosy effect to the room.
For the video I went with Absolute Media North East. I toyed with the idea of getting a videographer for a while and as it was getting closer to the wedding and my budget was running out the less likely it seemed. But then I had a thought that maybe one day I would come to regret the fact that I couldn’t watch the day back, so this persuaded me to then start looking. All I did was google the best videographers in the north east and I had a look at a few reviews, Absolute Media had some great ones. I went on their website and looked at the different packages that they provided and they were perfect for me. You get a small clip of the wedding and the speeches and the ceremony and first dance all recoded too. I really wanted the speeches recording as I remember watching my mam and dads and would like to show it to my children one day to.
Rebecca from Absolute Media was great. I had spoke to her briefly over the phone before the wedding and the only thing that I asked was for her to be discreet as I didn’t want people to feel as though they were on camera all day.
I didn’t even know she was there! The teaser clip that I have received so far was brilliant and has made us all laugh and cry. I can’t wait to see the rest!
Where do I start! Carn Patrick was brilliant! He put both me and Jordan at ease when we were worrying, stayed in contact with us from the very beginning up until after the wedding and the photos where the icing on the cake! Carn met with me and Jordan a few times before the wedding. The first was for Carn to show us his work and it blew us away; I didn’t meet with any other photographer. Then a few months before the wedding we had a pre wedding photoshoot which gave me and Jordan time to get use to the camera and Carn gave us some valuable tips to make our photos look the best they could be. Then we met up again a few weeks before the wedding to go over timings etc. At this meeting Carn really helped me with timings and any other little stressors me and Jordan had. We also went through a questionnaire to see what photos where most important to me. Carn also went above and beyond and came to our rehearsal just so he could have a quick look at the church, so he knew all of the best angles etc.
I received a sneak peek of the photos the day after the wedding! Then two weeks later all 900 where ready for me to view. Me and Jordan sat down and went through them all and couldn’t believe how great they were. Carn captured the day perfectly from start to finish.
The photos where one of the most important things for me as they are only one of the few pieces you get to keep from your wedding forever, and I couldn’t have picked a better photographer for the job.
Mine and Jordan’s honeymoon was the best of both worlds with one busy week in Las Vegas and a more relaxed week in Hawaii. Las Vegas has to be our favourite holiday destination so far as there was so much to do! It is like no place we have ever been, and you can never fully describe or understand what it is like until you have been for yourself. We were lucky enough to be able to stay in the Palazzo Hotel which was luxurious throughout. We got to see an amazing cirque de solei show and watch a Hockey game which was our highlight.
Then Hawaii was nice and relaxing which was just what we needed after such a busy week in Vegas. We took advantage of the relaxed lifestyle in Hawaii and lazed round the pool all week and explored the nice sandy beaches.
My most memorable moment from the wedding was mine and Jordan’s last dance at the end of the night. The DJ played our first dance song again and it was amazing as we were in our own little bubble by this point and didn’t know everyone was watching us like on our first dance.
Another memorable moment for me was my dad’s speech. I didn’t expect him to do a long speech I only thought he was going to get up say thank you and then sit back down. But his speech was amazing! It was really funny, and I could tell how much work he had put into it as he even had props.
Jordan said that his most memorable moment from the day was seeing me in my dress when I was walking down the aisle and dancing at the end of the night with all of our friends.
Advice for Other Couples
My advice for other couples’ is don’t worry! There was so many things both me and Jordan stressed about in the lead up to the wedding and it was perfect. Everything I worried about didn’t happen and Jordan’s speech which was something he was also nervous about went down really well. So, my first advice is to just not worry about anything as it probably isn’t as bad as you think or isn’t going to happen!
My next advice would be is give yourself plenty of time for wedding dress shopping. You need to start looking at least a year in advance as I had left my very close.
I would also advise to take the week of your wedding off work. There is a lot of more last little bits that you need to organise in the lead up to your wedding that you don’t really think about and I was so glad I had put the holidays in.
Another piece of advice is to go straight on your honeymoon after the wedding. We went on our honeymoon the day after the wedding and it was such a good decision now looking back. So many close family and friends said they felt down going back to work after the wedding because there was such a big build up and then it was back to reality. But me and Jordan got to experience the high for another two weeks on our honeymoon.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Absolute Media North East
Sadie May Cakes
So very pretty!
Hannah and Jordan thanks so much to you both for sharing your absolutely gorgeous wedding celebrations xo Lou