London-lovers, Kathryn and Luke, ventured to the North East to say “I do” in the beautiful setting of Redworth Hall.
“We met at a music festival in 1999 – the first edition of Leeds Festival. We stayed really good friends for years, living in different cities, finally getting together when I (Kathryn) moved to London in 2007. Not knowing London at all, I lodged with a friend, who by chance lived about 10 doors down the street from Luke. It was fate!”
Since setting sights on each other at the first ever Leeds Festival and the fact that the groom, Luke, is a musician, for the couple their wedding day was all about the music.
“The first thing we decided on was the music, and everything else just built from there. Luke’s a musician and we met at a festival, so music has always been a massive part of our lives.”
After seeing Redworth Hall and its glorious décor and surroundings the couple instantly fell in love.
“Absolutely, Redworth Hall is magnificent. We were so lucky with the weather, a rare perfectly clear, hot sunny day in the North East! But the grounds are lush, vast sprawling and beautiful like those you’d find at a stately home.
“The Great Hall is equal measures Harry Potter, medieval banquet and starry candle lit romance. There’s a lovely warren of interconnecting rooms surrounding the hall where guests can sit and talk, drink and snooze.
“It also helps that it’s decorated with suits of armor and swords! That went down well with Luke. The staff are also second to none – and they anticipated all of our needs.”
In addition to music, the couple also share a love for literature, which they incorporated into their venue styling. “We named the tables after characters (intelligent AI ships) from Iain M Banks novels – our favourite author who sadly passed away in 2013. We also put a selection of his books on all of the tables for guests to take with them and spread the joy of his brilliant writing.”
This beautiful wedding was captured by Sally T Photo, and although the couple we’re in London when searching for suppliers, Sally’s work caught their eye.
“We looked at suppliers and there was Sally in the North East recommendations. We talked over Skype from London and knew immediately that she was the one. So friendly, natural and understanding – she instantly understood what we wanted. On the day she was a dream, inconspicuous but so approachable and easy going.”
Advice for other brides and grooms?
“We were incredibly lucky to have the support of our families to plan the wedding, but whoever you’re planning it with just do what you feel is the closest reflection of you as a couple. Be willing to let things go if they’re not working out – we wanted a live band for the evening but the venue has sound restrictions so we ended up making an epic eight hour playlist of our all time favourite songs, spending maybe 50 hours editing it at various points and so many people told us it was the best music they’d ever danced to at a wedding.”
By bridesmaid Tina
Cards, invites, letter box and placeholders lovingly made by my mum Jean Simpson. For favours we donated money to Crisis the homelessness charity and gave guests their pin badges.