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A romantic religious ceremony at Durham Cathedral for Mark and Gillian Jopling

A romantic religious ceremony at Durham Cathedral for Mark and Gillian Jopling

21st May 2011 was the special day for Mark and Gillian Jopling and the couple chose Nigel Playle to capture their traditionally romantic day at Durham Cathedral and reception at Priors Hall.

The purple accents, designer dress and exquisite setting make this wedding swoon-worthy – not to mention the expert photography.

Gillian shares her special day with Belle:

“We were married in the Gallilee Chapel within Durham Cathedral. We have actually spent a lot of time within the cathedral as a family as it is my (now) husband’s place of work. We chose the gallilee chapel as we wanted it to be personal and intimate and the main cathedral can be very overwhelming!”


“We wanted the wow factor without the extravagance and expense which I think the cathedral helped us achieve.”

“After the ceremony guests were treated to a wedding breakfast in Priors Hall along with a free bar and quiz to keep them entertained whilst we went for photo’s with Nigel (we weren’t missed!)”

“My flowers were from Flowers by Joanne in Birtley, County Durham.  I went in with no clue about wedding flowers and Joanne pointed me in the right direction. In the end, the flowers were amazing.”

“Our wedding was done on a budget so we pulled in as many favours as we could – fortunately my mam is handy on a sewing machine and she made all the bridesmaid dresses, chaircovers, sashes and men’s ties! I made all invitations and place settings which saved us a fortune!”

Nigel was fabulous, he made us feel very comfortable throughout all of photographs and was very conscious about the time it took! After the wedding, Nigel’s services didn’t end, as he designed our beautiful wedding album with input and ideas from ourselves. He has been absolutely brilliant and the finished result was better than we could ever have imagined. I would certainly recommend him to anyone.”

Bride’s Notes:

Photography: Nigel Playle, www.nigelplaylephotography.co.uk

Venue: Durham Cathedral and Priors Hall

Flowers: Flowers by Joanne – 0191 4102384

Bride’s dress: Victoria Jane for Ronald Joyce from Exclusively Yours by Tara in Wingate, Durham

Groom and usher’s suits: hired from Burton

Transport: Dreadnought Coaches

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