Heralded as ‘The North East’s most enchanting wedding venue’, Wynyard Hall was the obvious choice for Mark and Beth’s two-day celebration, as this spectacular venue is owned by the groom’s family and holds significant sentimental value.
After trying to chat Beth up in a nightclub on numerous occasions – and failing! – Beth eventually agreed to go on a date with Mark. The love story began here with this couple falling madly in love. The end result was Mark proposing on bended knee in front of The Grand Cathedral on a weekend away in Milan (which he filmed on his GoPro!). The pace quickened again when they set the date for July 20th – only ten months away. A whirlwind episode of preparation and planning began.
THE DAY BEFORE
As the hall had been in Mark’s family for over 30 years, and is such a monumentally diverse venue, the couple decided to celebrate in style and utilise the whole estate and what it has to offer. They settled on a two-day celebration: a mini-holiday for their wedding party and a chance to be whisked away and be indulged.
“We wanted our guests to be our main priority. So we organised plenty of food, plenty of wine and great entertainment throughout the weekend,” said Beth. Exclusive use of the hall was essential, allowing guests to stay over and enjoy the schedule of entertainment. The day prior to the wedding, the bridesmaids had fun being pampered in the stunning secluded spa, where they were treated to manicures, lots of prosecco and the opportunity to relax in the outdoor hot tubs overlooking the lake – all topped off with afternoon tea.
The ushers and groomsmen meanwhile indulged their adventurous spirit and commandeered the landscaped grounds by the lake, partaking in clay pigeon shooting and a gentleman’s afternoon tea. With the wedding party suitably relaxed, celebrations then took on a more energetic style as they moved to the enchanting backdrop of the walled garden and glass house. At this point, 65 close friends and family arrived for a pre-wedding party.
Sunset and soft music prevailed as their guests tucked into pizza from the York Pizza Company, and an assortment of fine wines complemented the ambient sounds of singer and guitarist Jess Avison – the perfect soundtrack to this pre-wedding gathering.
THE BIG DAY
As the groom’s family are part-Greek, they wanted to incorporate a Grecian theme into the wedding. Viv from Fifth Avenue Florists worked her magic throughout the whole of the Hall and Chapel, creating an archway of pastel blooms that led into the chapel, and adorning the hall with olive trees and rustic décor to complement the theme.
Mark was christened in the chapel, and the same vicar who christened him 30 years ago also conducted the wedding ceremony another nostalgic touch that
meant so much to the couple. The final touch to add lightness and personality to proceedings was the Voices of Virtue gospel choir, engaging the audience with their incredible rendition of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
“Taking our vows was very special to me and also listening to all of the speeches!” – Beth
“Watching Beth come down the aisle – she took my breath away,” – Mark
A SUMMER’S FEAST
The bright Conservatory played host to the wedding breakfast and reception, with the party dining on a light British summery menu crated by the chefs especially for Mark and Beth. The meal was complemented with their favourite wines – ones they had particularly enjoyed on their travels. Once again, every single part of their celebration was personal to them: “The Wynyard Hall team made sure everything was perfect,” said Beth. During Mark’s speech he mentioned that “It’s not every day you get all the people you love most in the world in one room and the chance to tell them how much you love them” – a statement which pretty much sums up this incredibly poignant, personal and fun celebration. The evening reception ensued, with Girls That Mix – a DJ, saxophonist and drum trio – providing the entertainment. Fireworks were set off across the lake, followed by traditional Greek Souvlaki at midnight – and plenty of Greek dancing into the early hours.
“The Wynyard team went above and beyond to make sure every detail was covered.”
To see the full wedding and to find out more about Wynyard Hall, take a look at the brand new issue of Belle Bridal Magazine available online now.
Irene Roozbayani MUA
5th Avenue Flowers
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Pear Paper Co
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Voices of Virtue
21st Century Fireworks
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