Today I am thrilled to share this incredible Winter woodland themed wedding at Matfen Hall.
With the help of family members the couple brought together a stunning seasonal celebration filled with handcrafted details.
Images of the day were captured by Katie Byram Photography.
Katie Byram is a photographer in North East England capturing beautiful images for weddings, civil partnerships, christenings and portraits.
She describes herself and her style as friendly, fun, relaxed and quirky.
I pass you over to beautiful Bride Ruth to share her and her Grooms love story….
How did you meet?
“Martin and I were introduced to each other by my best friend (also called Ruth!) when she and Martin started flat sharing and Ruth invited me round for pizza.”
“After a few nights out with friends we both realised it was something more!”
When did you get engaged?
“After getting the approval of my dad Morris, Martin popped the question on a post-Christmas dinner walk in 2012.”
“We’d gone up to St Oswalds church which is a very small church in the middle of a field on the top of a hill, just outside the village my family are from.”
“He managed to find the biggest, muddiest puddle to get down on one knee in and proposed looking over the Northumberland countryside.”
“I cried too much for Martin to understand the first “YES!” but after a couple more attempts the message got through and we went back to the Christmas celebrations for champagne with the family.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“We realised quite quickly that we didn’t want to wait too long to get married and that there was no better time than Christmas as we both love it!”
“We were beginning to wonder if we would ever find a venue that ticked all our boxes but then we visited Matfen Hall, it was perfect!!”
“The Great Hall is the most amazing space to get married in with its massive stained glass windows and staircase, a very special place.”
“I tried on quite a lot of wedding dresses, with some lovely experiences and some that I would really rather forget but it’s true what they say, you know when you find “The One”.”
“It just felt right to wear my beautiful Justin Alexander dress and when it came in, it needed no alterations at all. Thank you to Mia Sposa, Newcastle for their excellent measuring!”
“I had three bridesmaids, my sister Grace and best friends Ruth and Beccy.”
“I chose Sorella Vita bridesmaids dresses which had a similar satin waistband to my wedding dress and then had satin straps added.”
“I thought long and hard about bridesmaids colours knowing that I didn’t want to go for the traditional Christmas colours having been to some beautiful winter weddings that had red, green and burgundy bridesmaids.”
“In the end I went for the same dress in different colours of lavender, grey and aubergine, which I think worked really well.”
“I had bought them each a fur shrug but they didn’t work well with the dresses and in the end the girls had a pashmina bought in the Accessorize sale 2 days before the wedding when I was looking for something completely different.”
“We didn’t set out to have a theme as such but it became obvious quite quickly we had a “woodland theme”.
“A friend designed the stationary which featured two birds and a tree and this ran throughout, from the save the dates to the menus and thank cards.”
“We spent a lot of time and effort on our table centres! We knew we didn’t want anything too traditional…and they certainly weren’t that!”
“We collected glass jars and decorated with coordinating ribbons and lace, we sourced animal ornaments from charity shops, bought bristle animals and Martins mum Andrea knitted a plethora of different woodland animals.”
“This combined with some logs and a mountain of pine cones provided exactly what we were aiming for!”
“My mum Susan handmade our fudge favours and I made the favour bags and name tags that they went in.”
“My Auntie Christine made our beautiful four-tiered wedding cake served after the wedding breakfast.”
“We also had a four-tiered wedding pie, layers of steak and cheese, chilli beef, minted lamb and a vegetarian option with feta cheese, made by the Geordie Bakers served at the evening reception. Both were delicious.”
When did you get married?
“We got married on Monday 30th December 2013.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“I loved every single second of our wedding day, but my favourite part of the day was walking down the staircase to Martin.”
“I loved every part of the ceremony – the music, the vows and the readings were just exactly what we hoped for.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Lots of people told us how quickly the day goes but it’s also the last few weeks before the wedding that fly by so just remember to stand back and enjoy it!”
“We also tried to remember how much our wedding meant to our families as much as ourselves.”
Thank you to Katie for sharing this fantastic woodland themed wedding.
The creativity behind the Big Day is immense with all the DIY jam jar lanterns with lace, little woodland animals and the logs and charity shop ornaments into the mix.
I love how even though it was the Festive season it didn’t overwhelm the theme and they really put their own stamp on it.
I would also love to share the couples Wedding Film from Top Table Films.
Venue – Matfen Hall
Photography – Katie Byram
Videography – Jon Lunt – Top Table Films
Flowers – Fern Event Florists
Headband – The Wedding Dress Company
Suits – Mia Sposa, Newcastle
Pianist – Lucy Bewley
Band – New York Brass Band
Stationery – Friend of the Couple
Har Stylist – Lisa Cameron
Table Centres – DIY by bride and Groom. Knitted woodland animals by the Mother of the Groom – Andrea
Fudge Favours Brides Mum – Susan
Cake – Brides Auntie Christine
4 tier Wedding Pie – Geordie Bakers