Rachel and Craig’s Magical Mid-Winter Nuptials at Newton Hall


Rachel and Craig’s Magical Mid-Winter Nuptials at Newton Hall


Combining an array of lavish, eclectically-decorated event spaces and one of Northumberland’s biggest and best wedding coordinator teams, Newton Hall is the ideal venue for couples who want a big day full of laidback luxe.

This quirky 18th century country mansion is not your typical stately home.

And with countless photogenic nooks and period details – not to mention the windswept coast and National Trust-approved beauty spots as a dreamy backdrop – this charmingly updated manor is ideal for a festive big-day bash where you and your guests can make the most of the season.

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So, it was only natural that Rachel and Craig chose to say ‘I do’ here in the merry – but cosily informal – period between Christmas and New Year.

“We’re both quite laidback, and so we wanted a relaxed day where everyone could enjoy themselves,” Rachel explains.

This chilled-out couple first met at work, but didn’t begin dating until a chance meeting years later sparked romance.

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Craig would go on to seal the deal by surprising his future bride with an Instagram-worthy proposal at a Dubai beach bar.

Upon their return from holiday, they set about planning their low-key celebration in typically easy-going fashion: “We didn’t have many disagreements. I say ‘we’, but I did most of the legwork!” the bride laughs.

Such a Perfect Day

After visiting a handful of events spaces, the pair fell for Newton Hall at first sight.

Enchanted by the country house’s fun atmosphere and diverse interiors, they were also delighted to find that it was an exclusive-use venue, as providing a private setting for their loved ones to come to together and celebrate was a real priority.

Rachel adds: “Aside from how beautiful it is, the service from the entire team – both in the run up and on the day – was faultless. Everything on the day was perfect and stress-free.”

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“It was exactly what we wanted – we had the whole venue to ourselves along with the laid back, relaxed atmosphere we were looking for.  

We would 100 per cent recommend Newton Hall to other couples, from the beautiful venue to the first-class service, the entire team were absolutely faultless and our day was perfect.” - Rachel 

As friends and family gathered, Newton Hall was dressed and ready to impress - from exposed brickwork and flagstone floors to a canopy of fairy lights and impressive gardens, the venue in all its glory, fulfilled all of Rachel and Craig’s wedding wishes. 

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Rachel and Craig’s serene, low-key vows took place in the recently-refurbished Enchanted Chapel, which is full of lush botanicals, waterfall views and twinkling fairy lights.

From this intimate indoor garden, guests followed the bride and groom into the chandelier-lined and glass-walled Garden Suite for a dinner party-style soirée, with a menu featuring king prawns and beef Wellington, among other culinary crowd-pleasers. 

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Filled with tables dressed with white roses in terrariums, rich foliage, draped grey silk, crystal glassware and copper accents, the reception room’s highly effective rustic-modern makeover was the result of a creative collaboration between Rachel and the florist and venue stylist company, Fleur Couture.

“The suppliers we chose were fantastic,” the bride smiles, adding: “we chose a simple colour scheme of grey, copper, green and ivory, which we gave the suppliers as a starting point. We were delighted with all of their ideas, and more than happy to go with their flower and decoration suggestions.”

We think the super-chic festive tonal palette, combined with contemporary styling wizardry cast a spell on this beautiful room. And our favourite bit? The light-up letters spelling out their newly-married moniker – The Maxwells – across the dancefloor.

All About That Lace

When it came to finding her wedding dress, Rachel started off by perusing bridal designers’ Instagram grids, rather than shop windows. “I saw a post of a dress I loved, and tracked down a UK stockist I could visit, which led me to The Mews Bridal,” she says.

Upon visiting the boutique in London’s Notting Hill neighbourhood to finally try on her dream gown, she discovered a design that was even more perfect.

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The Caroline Takrovian two-piece set, compromising a breath-taking Calais lace and silk chiffon bodysuit and an effortless crepe silk skirt.

On the day, she complemented the thoroughly modern silhouette with a soft updo and a gorgeous dewy make-up look.

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The Look of Love

We like to think we can take (most of) the credit for this pair’s picture-perfect wedding album. Why? Because Rachel discovered their superstar snapper Richard Perry in the pages of Belle Bridal.

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“I saw an article featuring some of his previous wedding shots, and just loved his work,” Rachel smiles. “We both took a look at his website, and agreed we liked the style and quality of his images.”

As well as capturing the requisite couple portraits, candid party pics and detail shots, Richard and his colleague Laura put all of their subjects – whether posed or papped – at ease.

Belle Loves

While no one – and we mean no one – can outshine the bride and groom, it goes without saying that the greatest showman of the night was magician Paul Lytton.

He worked the room like the consummate pro he is, dazzling guests with an array of tricks and breaking the ice between newly-introduced friend and family groups.

He even produced a card from his trouser fly at one point, so it’s little wonder that everyone in attendance was talking about him for weeks to come!

Words from the Bride

“Trust in people who know what they’re doing – and book those people in advance! I couldn’t believe how far in advance some suppliers were making bookings, so get yours in early to make sure you’re not disappointed.”

For more real life romances and wedding inspo, visit our dedicated Real Weddings section or browse the pages of our glossy magazine – available to buy or download now. 

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