An intimate winter wedding at the Grand Hotel Newcastle with Sophie & Daniel
The days leading up to Sophie and Daniel's intimate winter wedding were wet and grey, so I was pleasantly surprised to arrive at the Grand Hotel Newcastle and find it bathed in sunlight. It was still bitingly cold, with the wind whipping in off the North Sea but it was dry and the light was good.
The Grand Hotel is indeed grand. It is drenched in history, having once been owned by the Duke of Northumberland and going on to become the most luxurious hotels in the area. People flocked to Tynemouth from all across the country as it became a spa and tourist resort in Victorian times, and celebrities such as Dame Vera Lynn and Laurel and Hardy used to stay there while performing in the North East.
The Grand Hotel became a wedding venue in 1995 and is very popular. The building itself is imposing, with an impressive grand staircase, and the building overlooks Tynemouth Longsands. The rooms are large and airy with tall windows, so for a winter wedding in Northern England most of the photos from Sophie and Daniel's big day are surprisingly light and airy.
Daniel was a nervous groom and Sophie was an emotional bride, but they were so clearly in love with each other their affection was almost tangible. It was fun trying to get a mix of formal and candid photographs that truly represented their day in a short time period.
As this was an intimate wedding with a smaller number of guests I left just after the speeches. I did manage to persuade Sophie and Daniel to brave the perishing cold to get one photograph outside, overlooking Tynemouth beach.
If you'd like to see more real weddings, and some couples shoots and wedding venue reviews in Newcastle, take a look at my Newcastle weddings page.