REAL WEDDINGS

A Copper and Crimson Celebration at Shortflatt Tower

This couple understood the assignment when it came to their November nuptials – perfectly burnt oranges, low-lit spaces and exclusive use of an oh-so eclectic wedding estate
REAL WEDDINGS

REAL WEDDINGS

A Copper and Crimson Celebration at Shortflatt Tower

This couple understood the assignment when it came to their November nuptials – perfectly burnt oranges, low-lit spaces and exclusive use of an oh-so eclectic wedding estate
DATE Nov, 12 2022
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VENUE Shortflatt Tower
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PHOTOGRAPHY Tom Richardson Photography

REAL WEDDING

READ THE ROMANCE

THE BUILD UP

Marrying on a Saturday, Laura and Jamie travelled to the venue on the Friday afternoon; a journey they had taken so often before felt distinctly more magical with autumnal oranges and golden hour sun illuminating their entrance into the estate – “it felt like a dream”, Laura said. Duckhouse Pantry laid on a gorgeous meal of canapés, salmon en croute and beef stroganoff which they enjoyed with all of their family who were staying in the tower, while friends unwound in the on-site cottages ready for the big day. Laura stayed in the ‘Grooms Cottage’ with her bridesmaids and in her words, enjoyed “one of the best sleeps” of her life.

 

The wedding morning was equally blissful – a 5am soak in the copper roll top bath, laughter, champagne and some tears when a note was delivered from Jamie to his wife-to-be. Zoe from Shortflatt took care of all the on-the-day coordination, leaving the bride-to-be completely at ease whilst having her hair and makeup done.

 

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HAVING 74 PEOPLE STAY ONSITE MEANT EVERYWHERE I LOOKED I SAW SOMEONE I LOVE. IT WAS BETTER THAN ANYTHING WE COULD HAVE DREAMED OF.

LAURA, THE BRIDE

This private estate in Belsay, Northumberland dates back to 1257 but the wedding experience is anything but archaic – beautiful little breakaway photo ops, a modern purpose-built function room in the forest and beautiful bedrooms with all the mod cons.

THE DRINKS RECEPTION

Following their ceremony at St Andrew’s Church in Bolam just five minutes from Shortflatt, the party headed back to the estate for a drinks reception underneath the beaming autumnal sun. Sloe gin, rosemary and fizz cocktails, free-flowing champagne and canapés were served as a harpist set the scene and guests explored the gorgeous downstairs spaces in the Tower and the beautifully maintained gardens.

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EVERY DETAIL HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, UNLIKE ANYWHERE ELSE I’VE EVER BEEN TO. IT FEELS LIKE YOUR OWN LITTLE WORLD FOR THE WEEKEND.

LAURA, THE BRIDE

THE MARRIAGE MENU

STARTERS

- King prawns, lime and chive mayonnaise, watercress salad and cherry tomatoes

- Vine tomato, basil and mozzarella salad with balsamic glaze

MAINS

- Locally-sourced lamb rump, dauphinoise potato, roasted root vegetables and red wine jus

- Wild garlic, broaden and asparagus risotto

DESSERTS

- Shortflatt Tower trio of desserts; vanilla cheesecake, double chocolate brownie, tarte au citron, berry coulis and white chocolate

EVENING

- Steak and ale pie or sweet potato and goats cheese pie with chips

 - Local cheeseboard from Pangbourne cheese shop

THE WOODLAND SUITE SPECTACULAR

Shortflatt’s newly-built Woodland Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and a neutral-luxe scheme hosted the dinner and evening celebrations, with signature espresso martinis and popular band Hip Operation fuelling a packed dance floor all night long. The last-standers retired to the drawing room for a few whiskeys before finally heading to bed after a night to remember.

THE DAY AFTER

The newlyweds woke up in the bridal suite, a plush, luxury bedroom on the top floor of the tower with a deep-sunken bath overlooking the grounds – which, needless to say, Laura made full use of, before being joined in the Woodland Suite by their friends and family who stayed on-site for a hearty Northumberland cooked breakfast. Laura and Jamie then headed off on a minimoon to the Lake District and Cotswolds.

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