Engagement photos of Kyra & Kev at Druridge Bay, Northumberland

I met Kyra and Kev at a wedding fair organised by Brides up North at The Alnwick Garden. They were getting married at that venue and we clicked right away, so much so that they hired me and paid the booking fee on the spot! With their wedding photography in Northumberland sorted, we could move on to planning their pre-wedding photo shoot elsewhere in the North East.

I include an engagement photo session in all my wedding packages as I think that they are a vital step in ensuring that the wedding photos are exactly what the couple want. The couple can get in front of the camera, see some awesome photos even if they were nervous on the day, and be assured that their wedding photography is in great hands. We also start building up our relationship which is at least as important as the photographs themselves. You're not going to enjoy your wedding day much if you hate your photographer and he is shadowing you for 10+ hours on one of the most important days of your life!

Kyra and Kev rocked their pre-wedding shoot at Druridge Bay on the Northumberland coast, despite the fact that a storm was blowing in. We had already had to cancel more than once as the weather was atrocious, but this time we pressed ahead and were rewarded with some dramatic skies.

I love brave couples!

Katy & Tom's farm wedding in Yorkshire

The rain was beating down on the church steps. Rain hadn't been forecast. It was supposed to be dry. Cloudy but dry.

'I don't think we'll be able to make the clifftop portraits,' I said. 

We were making do with portraits under the tree canopy in the Church grounds when the rain eased off for a moment.

'Let's do it,' said Katy. 'Let's get up on the cliffs.'

So we ran through the drizzle and the wet grass, Sarah holding up Katy's dress and Tom holding the umbrella.

And we got our clifftop photographs, overlooking the Yorkshire coast.

Great call, Katy.

I love brave brides.

I met Katy and Tom when I photographed Sarah & Bry's wedding at Ellingham Hall, which was subsequently featured on Brides up North. When they asked whether I'd be willing to travel to Yorkshire to photograph their wedding on a farm I jumped at the chance. I knew it would be a great bunch of guests, a fun day and a great party. Add in a picturesque venue in a gorgeous part of the world - including clifftop portraits and glorious sunsets over wheat fields and I was in photographers heaven!

In the summer before the wedding we met up in Whitby for a pre-wedding photo shoot. I found Katy and Tom so easy to get along with, and they came across so well on camera, that I couldn't wait for their wedding.

And it didn't disappoint.

I could go on sharing photographs from Katy and Tom's wedding forever.

Rarely have I enjoyed editing a wedding so much. 

This light.

This location.

This couple.

It takes a lot of people to come together to make a perfect wedding. I may take the photographs of the finished product on the wedding day but I'm always grateful to all of the other wedding suppliers who helped to make my photographs so special for Katy and Tom.

Wedding Dress: Limelight Occaisons Katy wore 'Coco' by Essence Australia in ivory pearl mikado fabric, with ivory lace top 'Pippa' by Nicola Anne.

Florist: Bouquets, buttonholes and wild flowers from Helen Jackson at Rosebud Flowers Centrepieces bought from trade flower market, arranged by the ultra talented Sarah Cowey

Ceremony venue: St Oswald's Church, Filey with service taken by Rev'd Wilma Horton

Reception venue: Dale Farm, Hunmanby, with marquee elements hired from Florida Marquees

Hair : Lauren Shipley at Cascada, Scarborough

Makeup  Jess Pacey

DJ: Hannah and Paul Bamforth at Forth Avenue Events 

Videographer: Kirsty Poskitt at Grace Films

Wedding cake: Jeanette Moorhouse at Booootiful Cakes

Bridesmaids: Tops by Glamourous at Asos, full circle skirts made by local dressmaker

Groom: Tom wore a wool three-piece suit by Reiss

Stationery: Clare Godden at Ruby Blue Designs


Ellie & James rock their pre-wedding shoot at Saltwell Park

Despite it being on my doorstep, I'd never photographed a couple for a pre-wedding shoot in Saltwell Park in Gateshead. We lucked out on the pink trees being in blossom and then mixed things up by experimenting with some moody black and white shots later on.

Ellie and James are an ultra cool creative couple and I was thrilled when they asked me to photograph their DIY wedding on the Northumberland coast. I knew the wedding day would be a blast after we had such a fun, laid back time during this engagement shoot.

Here are a few of my favourites from the day.

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6 of my favourite wedding venues in North East England - Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland

Are you recently engaged and looking for somewhere in the North East of England to get married? I have photographed weddings at dozens of venues all over Newcastle, Northumberland and Durham so I may be able to help narrow down the choice. 

What is the best wedding venue in the North East?

That depends upon you and what you value most on your wedding day. I have included a wide selection of venues in this blog, from traditional country houses, to luxury boutique hotels, to Victorian seaside hotels, to modern urban spaces and even a treehouse!. 

If you would like to know more about the weddings I photographed at each venue, please get in touch and I can share more photographs with you.

Newton Hall wedding venue

Newton Hall is on the North East coast, near Alnwick. It's tagline is 'Bold, Romantic and Fantastical.' It is the antidote to the traditional English country house wedding - it's a rambling 18th century Northumberland house, filled with quirky character. 

Address: Newton by the Sea, B1340, Alnwick NE66 3DZ

Phone: 01665 576239

See a real wedding at Newton Hall

Malmaison wedding venue

The Newcastle Malmaison Hotel occupies a great position on the Quayside adjacent to the new Millennium Bridge and looking across the Tyne towards the Baltic and Sage on the Gateshead side.  The Malmaison, with its elegant art nouveau entrance canopy, was a former Co-operative Society warehouse and is now a luxury boutique hotel.

Address: 104 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX

Phone: 0191 3898627

Read my review of Malmaison Newcastle

Grand Hotel Tynemouth wedding venue

The Grand Hotel Tynemouth was built in the nineteenth century. During its lifetime it has played host to innumerable colorful characters from the world of stage, cinema, politics and sport; it has survived two world wars; the 1930`s depression and a constant changing of ownership.

Since 1995, The Grand Hotel has been licensed to hold civil marriage ceremonies and is a very popular North East wedding venue - providing the perfect romantic setting overlooking the stunning North East coastline.

Address: Grand Hotel, Grand Parade, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, NE30 4ER

Phone: 0191 293 6666

Read my review of Grand Hotel Tynemouth here

Laing Art Gallery wedding venue

The Laing Art Gallery opened in 1904 and houses an impressive collection of art and sculpture. There are paintings by Sir Joshua ReynoldsThomas GainsboroughGauguin, and local artist Ralph Hedley, as well as many others, including my personal favourite John Martin. There is also an extensive collection of 18th and 19th-century watercolours and drawings, including work by Turner and Cotman. Its cabinets gleam with North East silver and glassware, and there is even sculpture by Henry Moore

Address: New Bridge St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG

Phone: 0844 856 1074

See my styled wedding shoot at Laing Art Gallery

Read my review of the Laing Art Gallery here

Alnwick Treehouse wedding venue

Alnwick Garden is adjacent to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. The first Duke of Northumberland employed the renowned Northumberland gardener Capability Brown to lay down the gardens. Under subsequent Dukes, the gardens grew in size and scope until the Second World War, when the garden was turned over to food production. The gardens fell into disrepair after the war.

The redevelopment of the gardens began in 1997 and cost £42 million. A large water cascade, the Grand Cascade, was built, the gardens reconstructed, and this was followed by the Treehouse in 2004. The poison garden followed in 2005, and the pavilion and visitor centre in 2006.

Address: The Alnwick Garden, Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1YU

Phone: 01665 511852

Read my review of Alnwick Treehouse

Ellingham Hall wedding venue

Ellingham Hall is an English country house in the county of Northumberland.

Ellingham Hall has had an interesting and varied history and this is reflected in its architecture. The hall was built in the 17th century by Sir John Haggerston. It was enlarged under the ownership of his successor, Edward Haggerston, but suffered severe damage in a fire that burned most of the East wing to the ground. 

During the Second World War, the Ellingham estate was farmed by the Women's Land Army. They put the tennis courts into cultivation and used the reception rooms as a food storage centre. From 1955 to 1988 the hall was used a prep school for boys aged 5 to 18. After that it was bought by property developers but a plan to convert the building into residential flats fell through, leaving the hall standing empty and vulnerable to vandalism and the elements. It was bought in 1995 by Helen and Aidan Ruff, who restored and renovated it to serve as a country house venue for holiday rental, parties, weddings and corporate events. The refurbished building was reopened in 2003. In May 2010, the chapel was gutted by fire but it has since been restored.

Address: Ellingham Hall, Ellingham, Northumberland NE67 5EY

Phone: 01665 568118

See a real wedding at Ellingham Hall

Read my review of Ellingham Hall

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