When Peter proposed to Jennifer on a quaint beach in Howth, near Dublin, amidst the pouring rain, the pair were blissfully unaware this was a sign of things to come. Fast-forward precisely two years and one day later and the couple tied the knot in front of family, friends and storm Brian.
“Just after the ceremony the rain really started to come down and our ushers basically had to escort guests individually from the main house at Middleton Lodge to the marquee using the limited number of umbrellas available. We were also lucky that the venue had microphones to use for the speeches otherwise I doubt anyone could have been heard over the sound of the wind and rain hammering the sides of the marquee!”
Bold check patterns and vibrant bouquets filled the Middleton Lodge venue and made for a bright and unique celebration – despite the downpour.
“We initially decided to visit the venue due to its location. Pete’s family are mainly from Teesside and mine are from Durham. Middleton Lodge was about equal distance from both places. As soon as we pulled up outside the main house we knew we wanted to get married there. The venue has so much character and was unlike anywhere we’d seen before. It was perfect.”
“I would definitely recommend the venue. The staff were amazing. There was always someone there to answer any questions. The day ran so smoothly thanks to the care of Anna Miller, our wedding coordinator – she was fantastic!”
“Our main aim for the wedding day was for everyone to just have fun! We didn’t want the day to be too serious.”
Michael Cartwright Photography, who Jennifer and Peter had met at one of Middleton Lodge’s open days, beautifully captured the whole day.
“I loved the examples he had on show that day. After meeting him initially myself I took Pete to meet him at his studio in Yarm. We all got on really well and we felt really at ease with him – something that was important to us as we’re not so comfortable getting our photos taken! We had a pre-wedding shoot with Michael in Yarm a few weeks before the wedding – this was really helpful!”
Advice for other brides and grooms?
“Try not to spend time worrying about things in the weeks leading up to your wedding – not everything may go as planned (such as the weather!) but it really doesn’t matter in the end. Relax and enjoy your day!”
What was your highlight of the day?
“Having all of our closest friends and family together celebrating with us.”
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PhotographerMichael Cartwright Photography
Bride's DressRosa Clara from YAP Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid's DressesMonsoon (Adults) John Lewis (Junior)
Grooms/Mens SuitsUltimate Formal Hire
Bow Ties and Pocket SquaresMrs Bow Tie
HairKerry Wedding Hair
FlowersPip & Hatty Bloom
CakeHome-made by Mother of the Bride
StationeryHome-made by Mother of the Bride
EntertainmentPianist Mark Deeks from Music Newcastle and Ultimate Wedding DJ
Photobooth HireSnaparazzi Photo Booths