For Victoria and Matthew, the plan was to host the party of a lifetime with their nearest and dearest, which is why the exclusive use setting of Woodhill Hall wedding venue was the perfect choice. Captured by Eye Of The Tyne Photography, we take a look at this beautifully simple and intimate day…
“It was ‘love at first like’ as Matthew put it in his speech! Matthew and I are both from the North East and even went to the same University for a while, but we never met until we were in our thirties. Matthew was living in Amsterdam and I was in Newcastle at the time and he managed to track me down on social media. We became friends, chatting every day for three months then he decided to fly home one weekend to take me out on a date in Newcastle and the rest is history. We saw each other almost every weekend for a year after that, then I eventually moved to Amsterdam where we got engaged on the anniversary of our first date.
A couple of months later found out we were relocating to Portland! We’ve since bought another house, a cat, a car and got married. In two years we have achieved and experienced more than most couples get to do in a lifetime!”
“We wanted to get married at home so all our friends and family could be there. We wanted somewhere with plenty of on-site accommodation, so we could have everyone staying over at the venue, but most importantly one day just wasn’t going to be long enough for us. We wanted a full wedding weekend as we would be travelling back home the following year for the wedding and wouldn’t have seen our friends and family in a long time so we wanted to make sure we would get to spend quality time with everyone.”
“After we checked in on the Friday we had a pre-party Persian BBQ in the wooden BBQ lodge, catered by Matthew’s father’s restaurant called A Taste of Persia in Newcastle. All the food was cooked fresh over the fire pit in the center of the lodge, we all sat on the benches around the fire pit and ate the food. We had typical Persian food: Joojeh Kebab, Koobideh Kebab, Mahi Kebabs, Saffron Polow Rice, Salad, Flat breads, and Hummus. We also hired his Shisha pipes for some fun afterwards and to relax into the weekend. Dessert was toasted marshmallows on sticks!”
“The day of the wedding the venue provided breakfast for everyone in the morning then the bar opened for pre-drinks at 11am. We were to have two ceremonies, one English and one Persian (Matthew’s Dad is Persian). We would have the white wedding ceremony in the morning for our day guests and then a Persian ceremony called the Sofreh Aghd in the Tipis in evening for our evening guests.”
“Woodhill Hall was exactly what we were looking for, it’s intimate, private and styled beautifully. We loved all the quirks and décor as well as the dramatic walk up to the venue with the really tall trees either side. Such a grand entrance for our guests in the heart of the Northumberland countryside with spectacular views. We also could have the run of the place, to arrange our wedding day exactly the way we wanted it and we could have it for the whole weekend. Corinne was so laid back, no restrictions on what time we had to stop the party!”
How did you choose your photographer?
“Choosing a photographer was easy for me as I knew Pete from a while back when he used to DJ at Moneypenny’s and had been following his photography work for a long time. Pete’s an awesome photographer (and DJ!) and most of all I felt comfortable around him. He is such a great guy, charming, honest and friendly. I loved how he had a clear vision of the shots he wanted in advance, he explained exactly what he was going to do and when so we knew what to expect before the day. He was such a hit with the wedding guests too!”
Advice for future brides-to-be?
“Stay true to who you are in terms of the style, your dress, make-up etc. It’s easy to look at wedding inspo and start getting confused but remember to embrace your own style and beauty. All weddings are beautiful, so make yours your own!”
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