On a windy Friday I drove from Jarrow up to Ellingham Hall in Northumberland. I love Friday weddings as all the guests have a good two days to recover so they really let their hair down. Claire and Rob live in Leeds so had a lots of family and friends coming up who needed accommodation. They filled up all the houses on the Ellingham Hall estate.
Claire was getting ready in the original bridal suite. I love that room, the large windows flood the room with the morning sunlight. The girls were having their hair done by the fabulous Carli from The Big Event wedding hair and makeup, and the amazing Amy from Rose & Bird was the makeup artist for the day. Flowers were by Cate from C&C Floral Design. There was a lovely relaxed atmosphere throughout the morning.
The ceremony all went to plan, apart from Rob hitting his head off the fireplace and almost knocking himself out! After the ceremony the drinks reception got underway; the group photos where done within 15 minutes as they only had a few. Claire and Rob wanted to spend as much time with their guests as possible. There were some fabulous stories from the speeches at the end of the wedding breakfast, which can’t be repeated here for legal reasons. As I predicted the evening party got off to a great start! Plenty of drink, laughter and dancing.