Afternoon! We have a very pretty Newton Hall wedding on the blog today, with a dusty blue, pink and gold theme. Ashlea and David were inspired by a vintage English theme and added in their personalities to the day. Ashlea put in a few Canadian twists and also embraced David’s British heritage. A favourite part of my job is seeing how couples make their wedding day unique, and I rarely see identical dresses, decor etc. Ashlea and David didn’t have a honeymoon because they are going to be having a second wedding in Canada. The dream hey?!
photography | Danny Birrell Photography
Newton Hall, Northumberland
Hair – Victoria Adler
Makeup – Amy Robson Harbottle
My partner wore a tonic blue suit from Greenwoods with a waistcoat, gold rouche and brown brogues. He wanted to choose something that would stand out but to be vintage but modern at the same time.
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: Groomsmen wore the same suit as David (Groom) but with gold bowties
My bouquet was made of a mixture of greenery and handmade paper flowers that my mom and myself created, from peonies to ranunculus and a variety of roses. We took our stems to Wendy at Thanks A Bunch in Hebburn and she was able to create the bouquet of my dreams with real greenery.
I chose a fitted aline dress that was lace over silk and a bolero to create the illusion of sleeves. My “dress requirements list” was lace, sleeves and buttons because I liked that vintage modern feel. It was hard to find something with sleeves in Canada because strapless is the trend with the summer months being so hot. I chose my dress because I fell in love with the scalloped lace detail around the bottom. It was so different from everything else I tried on. The shop fitted me with a lace bolero that blended in with the dress to give me an off the shoulder 3/4 sleeve which gave the dress a more classic romantic look.
Dolce & Gabbana 3. L’Imperatrice
The bridesmaids wore a floor length strapless dress from Superior Bridal in Canada.
The programs, menus, and seating chart were designed and made between myself and my maid of honour, with hand-painted floral designs.
My favourite part was definitely the ceremony. I think after waiting for two years, living apart for most of it, and vigorously planning for the past 13 months, to have it all come together and see Dave standing there was just so overwhelming. At the end to walk down the aisle with everyone throwing confetti was just amazing and felt like I was in a fairytale. The whole moment was just perfect.
We chose a two tiered sponge cake with chocolate filling in one layer, and jam in the other, decorated with buttercream and fondant and accented with beautiful sugar roses that went with our colour scheme. We also had a selection of different flavoured cupcakes also topped with sugar roses. Tracey Hunter from Tracey’s Cakes in Hebburn did a beautiful job in creating exactly what we had in mind.
I’m an artist by trade and when we began planning our wedding I was really inspired by vintage English look but I think as time went on it began to evolve into something a little more personal, mixing vintage with whimsical and a little bit of floral. I also took into consideration the look of the hall itself and pick things that would compliment it. Our colour scheme was dusty blue, gold, pastel pale pink, and ivory. I started with the colour of my dress which was ivory over light gold, and my bridesmaids dresses which were dusty blue and then used a third colour, the pink, that I knew would compliment them both. From there I used the colours in the little details like the bunting, flowers, and the cake
We tried to do a unique personal twist on our favours by combining our nationalities. I bought small muslin bags, and filled them with a maple sugar candy from home, and a brewing bag of Dave’s favourite walnut green tea. We went with the idea of something sweet from her and something nutty from him.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. I really mulled over the little details which often ended in frustration. I forgot something or things weren’t working the way I had hoped to, even having accidents like a bottle of glue exploding in a suitcase full of decorations. But when it came to the day and seeing everything come together, and then the most important part of walking down that aisle to the person you love, none of that other stuff seemed to matter and I thought to myself why I stressed over it in the first place.
Also, a lot of the time there is a stigma that the groom isn’t really involved in the planning process, but I don’t think it has to be that way. I don’t think our day would have been as special and successful if it wasn’t for Dave. He had to do a lot of the meetings on his own and organize things that I wasn’t able to. We worked as a team and a lot of people were surprised to find out when he was enjoying it. I think it was a great bonding experience and he felt just as proud as I did when everything came together in the end.