Darren and Vanessa hosted a sophisticated soiree at The Vermont Hotel, in Newcastle. The couple wanted their special day to feel more like a red carpet event, which is why guests attended in tuxedos and long sparkling evening dresses – not to mention the bride wore a pair of stunning, jewel-encrusted Jimmy Choos. Captured by Lee Scullion, this chic and stylish wedding is luxury at its finest.
“Darren and I were fixed up on a blind date by my sister and her boyfriend (also called Darren who works with Darren). As Darren is not on social media there were no photos of him apart from one very old photo on a night out. My sister text me the photo saying “he’s not fat he’s wearing a baggy jumper and that’s not a big spot on his face it’s the way the light I shining on him”. Great I thought.
“We then met up for a few drinks and he met me at the door, I thought actually the photo didn’t do him justice and he was a lot better looking than I expected (which was a relief). We had a great night and I just thought I have never met anyone as lovely as him. 1.5 years later we were engaged and 2.5 years later we were married. And my sister has never let me forget how we met!!!!”
“As we were getting married between Christmas and New Year we wanted the wedding to be more like a black tie event. All ladies love to get dressed up and all guys love to think they look like James Bond in a tux, so this way people could get as glammed up as they like. We were amazed by how many people hired tux’s and how many ladies wore evening dresses, it was absolutely amazing.”
“My mum, sister and I all took a day off work and toured the North East looking at venues. At each of the venues there was just something not right such as having a drinks reception in the bar where spa guests were sitting in bath robes, or the room where the wedding breakfast was served was basic compared to the rest of the venue or you were sharing the venue with another wedding. The Vermont Hotel was the last venue we were viewing that day, when we walked in we all looked at each other and said this is it.”
“The venue was art décor in style and was very glam, just what I was looking for. Because we were getting married in December I wanted our wedding to be more like a black tie event with everyone being suited and booted and all the ladies getting as glammed up as they liked, the venue suited this style to a tee. I then met with Tanya Hedley the wedding co-ordinator and was immediately impressed by her professionalism, knowledge and enthusiasm to make sure our day was perfect. I booked a date there and then and was so excited to tell the other half the plans. Darren then went to look at the venue with my dad and they both instantly loved it. I could not recommend the venue highly enough.”
Is there any advice you could give to brides about dress shopping?
“I actually got my dress from the first shop I went into. The store assistant was brilliant, she told me to pick two dresses I liked and she would pick two she thought would suit me. I picked the two I loved and tried on the first one… I looked horrendous, I was too small for the fuller skirt and it made me look 5fivestone heavier than I was.
“Totally deflated the wedding dress expert handed me the first one she chose for me, a lot more figure hugging with a fishtail. It was different again. She then handed me her favorite dress of the shop, a Maggie Sottero backless dress with a lot of sparker, I put it on and came out of the changing room. My sister filled up and said “that’s it”. It wasn’t a dress I would pick as it looked nothing on the hanger but it had the WOW-factor when it was on. These ladies who work in wedding dress shops really do know what they are talking about.”
How did you choose your photographer?
“Lee Scullion was the first photographer we met up with. Instantly I just loved him, he was quirky, funny and so enthusiastic. He showed me examples of his work and I knew I had to have him as our photographer. His work is cool, glamorous and very fashion like, just the look we wanted for our wedding.”
Advice for other brides and grooms when it comes to wedding planning?
“My advice would be don’t become obsessed with the fine detail and don’t revolve your life around your wedding otherwise when something goes wrong it becomes a bigger issue than it needs to be. The day flys over and before you know it its last orders at the bar so take everything in and enjoy it.”
What was your highlight of the day?
“The highlight of my day was seeing Darren fill up with emotion while I was walking down the aisle. There is always the worry that your other half will not like your dress but his face said it all.”