REAL WEDDINGS

BALTIC: Fizz, Food And Fun

REAL WEDDINGS

BALTIC: Fizz, Food And Fun

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Lorna and Jon celebrated a relaxed wedding day in the beautiful setting of BALTIC. Captured by Sarah-Jane Ethan, this special day was filled with fizz, food, fun and all this couple's closest friends and family.

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"We didn’t really have a plan as such, but we knew that we wanted amazing food and fun, and no standing about for the guests while the bride and groom go off for hundreds of photographs. I was really keen that the day ‘flow’."

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"We originally planned to get married in London, but the venues that we liked were so expensive we decided to look to the North East, which is where I’m from. Neither of us wanted a stately home wedding, but wanted something more modern and different which would be easy for guests travelling from London and staying in Newcastle."

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"Mary Jane Jean-Mariam the planner at The Baltic was great, she replied to all of our emails promptly and it was great to have her as a point of contact, with us living so far away. She recommended the DJ who also provided the strings of lights in the ceremony/ evening reception room, and we used Coco Luminaire for the illuminated heart and ‘love’ letters."

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"The day ran seamlessly, thanks to the staff at The Baltic, and the food was fantastic. All of the guests have since commented on what a great day it was and how easy it all was- we had the ceremony in a room overlooking the river, went upstairs for the wedding breakfast and then back to the cafe for tea and coffee, before cocktails and dancing in the ceremony room. I would definitely recommend the venue."

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How did you choose your photographer?
"Sarah-Jane Ethan was recommended to me by another photographer whose pictures I had seen online but who wasn’t available on our date. I’m so pleased the original photographer wasn’t free because Sarah-Jane’s photographs are absolutely amazing. She is such an easy person to have around on the day, there was no standing around for hours and hours of boring posed shots, and she seemed to catch loads of perfect moments throughout the day. Her photographs are so light and bright, and I think they really capture the fun that everyone was having."

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Advice for other brides and grooms when it comes to wedding planning?
"Drawing on the talents of friends and families was a must for us, and meant that the day was really personal. The hair and makeup artists are all friends of ours, and it was lovely to get ready with familiar faces."

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"The design of the stationary, which included a different symbol for my home town and one for Jon’s, and the printing of the stationary by Jon’s cousin, was perfect. We’ve framed one of our invites at home, we loved it so much!"

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"Once the colour scheme was decided, I bought a bespoke stamp and embossing powder in copper, and embossed the favour envelopes, and name tags for the seating plan. I wish I had roped in some friends to help with this as it was time-consuming and the embossing glitter got everywhere! It looked amazing on the day though, and I’m glad I followed the colour scheme through all the details, as they really pulled everything together- even though my other half thought I was barmy."

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What was your highlight of the day?
"The ceremony, definitely: we had a Humanist ceremony, and it was very personal and special. Neither of us are religious and we wanted a ceremony that reflected who we are, more than a civil ceremony can. In having a Humanist ceremony it meant that we also got to do it again a few days later at the local registry office, when my 98 year old granddad could come and see me in my dress, which was really special."

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