Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful Lumley Castle Wedding with hints of pastel and french details.
Images were captured by Erika Tanith Photography.
Erika Tanith is a wedding photographer based in Newcastle upon Tyne.
She says of her work and the couples day….
I adore my job, it’s the best job in the world!
I get to spend my days photographing people on the happiest day of their lives when they look amazing and they are surrounded by their closest family and friends.
Planning a wedding is no mean feat, and I believe that having put all that time and money into your day that you then want to go on and enjoy it with your nearest and dearest, not spending hours with your photographer.
Most of what I do is called reportage photography, which is a fancy way of saying that I don’t stage much apart from a few requested group shots, and that I sneak around snapping people when they don’t expect it.
I think that makes for a great collection, not only of images but of memories too. Looking back on jokes, laughter, tears of joy, and romantic kisses is, I believe, the best part of your wedding pictures.
Sophie and Jonny found me on Google and they came to visit me for a chat about their wedding on a rather cold January afternoon.
We hit it off straight away and I knew I wanted to be a part of their wedding because they were such vibrant and up-beat people.
Sophie got ready in one of the wonderfully quirky rooms at Lumley Castle, she had all her bridesmaids with her and it was nice and relaxed.
No stress and no bother, but having her friend there to do the makeup made it all very personal.
It was a short drive to the church where the ceremony was held, it was emotional and beautiful, and they barely stopped smiling through the whole of the service.
We took a few group pictures at the church. We decided to do them inside because it was February and it didn’t seem fair to keep everyone waiting out in the cold, especially the bridesmaids in their short-sleeved dresses.
Back at the castle we had time for a few pictures of Sophie and Jonny looking radiant, before heading inside.
They chose to do speeches before the meal – always wise – and Sophie’s reaction to the news they were going on a surprise honeymoon to Marrakech is perfect.
I had been in on the secret and it took so much will power not to give the game away!
They had their meal and we managed a few more pictures as it was getting dark.
Then it was on to the evening reception where they danced the night away.
It was truly a magical day and well deserved for such a sweet and happy couple. I wish them both the happiest of futures together.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Sophie…
How did you meet?
We met working at Newcastle United both doing part time jobs and studying for University degrees (Sophie – Criminology & Sociology, Jonny – French and Spanish).
Tell us about the Proposal…
Jonny was working in France as an English Language teaching assistant and had planned on bringing me over to France and driving up to Paris to propose on the Eiffel Tower.
The day I was due to fly, there was a volcanic eruption, so all flights were cancelled.
However, Jonny couldn’t keep the secret to himself and ended up proposing before he headed back to France.
If he hadn’t proposed that day, the planned proposal wouldn’t have worked.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
Our colour palette was pastel with an element of French theme.
Instead of table numbers, the tables were named after French cities.
Any special touches?
My sister and I made all stationery such as wedding favours, menus, seating plan and invitations.
The wedding favours included small bottles of fragrances (as Jonny worked for the company that made them) and a donation was made to St. Oswald’s Hospice.
This was a charity close to our hearts as Jonny’s grandfathers both lost their fight to cancer.
There was also someone else missing on the day, Jonny’s best friend/man so our son Zac stepped in as best man and a Samaritans charity box was on display for donations throughout the night.
My best friend is a make-up artist and so did the makeup for my Bridesmaids and I on the day which made the morning even more special.
What was the best bit of your day?
Jonny says the food!
My best bit was finding out that Jonny had planned a surprise Honeymoon to Marrakech, Morocco which he announced during his speech at the wedding breakfast.
For both of us, it was about spending time with those closest to us that helped to make the day special and perfect.
Given we were married in February and there had been snow the previous week, the weather was glorious and therefore made the day even more special as it allowed us to have photos both inside and out.
Is there anything you would do differently?
For us, the day was perfect.
The only thing we would have maybe changed was bringing the hair stylists to the venue rather than going to the Hair Salon.
We contemplated having a videographer to further capture the day however this may have changed how the guests felt.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Enjoy the day as much as you can and take time to spend together as it goes so quickly!
When planning, don’t get hung up on the little things as people are spending their time looking at you and how happy you are on the day.
Photographer: Erika Tanith Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Cuthbert’s Church – Durham
Reception Venue: Lumley Castle
Cake Maker: Kelly Ann’s Cakes
Florist: Bloom’s Florist – Chester-Le-Street
Make up: Danielle Jones (Bridesmaid & Professional Make-up Artist)
Hair stylist: Ali B’s Hair Studio – Newburn
To Contact Erika Tanith Photography
Phone: 07792 176 229