Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous Winter Wedding at The White Swan in Alnwick, Northumberland with beautiful yellow, green and silver details.
Images were captured by Lee Gibbins Photography.
Lee Gibbins is a wedding, portrait and family photographer based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Bride Sharon says of the couples stunning winter wedding…
How did you meet?
We met at work about 9 years ago.
Tell us about the Proposal…
It wasn’t really a proposal as such…we were having a cosy evening at home and talking about all sorts.
There was lots going on for people involved in our lives which made it even more important for us to get married…and our conversation sort of went from talking about it, to making the decision to do it…it felt really special.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
Well, given that I (Sharon) work in the wedding industry, I did most of the arrangements…and Garry was happy with this, though I did chat with him about everything (other than the couple of surprises I had for him on the day).
The one thing we both took most time to choose was the music….it was a really important thing for us both.
We knew we wanted to keep everything as local as possible and to have people who are special to us involved in everything.
As soon as we saw the venue (The White Swan in Alnwick) we knew that was the one for us – it just covered everything we wanted for our winter wedding.
The date was planned around the availability of our photographer (Lee Gibbins) as he was simply a ‘must have’…we were both pretty chilled about everything to be honest, but he was non-negotiable!!
The other suppliers were all friends, who we had come to know through working in the industry….so asking and booking them was so much fun!
Most of them also came to the Wedding as guests. Jasmine made a lovely reading during the ceremony and Gloria had everyone laughing with a witty, but heartfelt speech during our ceremony.
Any special touches?
One of my very best friends, and husband to my best friend (Michaela), walked me down the aisle.
We knew he was terminally ill at the time, and has since sadly died so to have him share those moments was so very special.
I had arranged a couple of surprises that very few people knew about….
I had arranged with Mark and Lisa from Hotspur 1364 to collect Garry and his Best Man, Andy, from our house in their beautiful Maserati.
Garry knew nothing about it, though Andy was in on it to make sure he didn’t leave early in our own car!!
I had decided that I wanted to play Meghan Trainor’s ‘Dear Future Husband’ just as everyone was seated, with our Celebrant (who is also our friend), Sam explaining to Garry he needed to listen carefully – just as a bit of fun.
About 8 days before our wedding I thought it would be fun to have some dancers too…so I rang local dance teacher Georgia Lawrie Robinson (I was already booked to do her wedding flowers later in the year!!) and asked if she could help.
Within an hour she had a group of 8/9 year olds who had agreed to take part…she choregraphed their routine and they learned and practised it so much over the next few days!
They got ready in my room with me on the Big Day and had a final run through their routine…..it was one of the best bits of the day for me!
I made little bouquets for each of them….and they walked in as if they were secret Bridesmaids…then broke into their fabulous routine….the had everyone buzzing!! I couldn’t thank them enough!
What was the theme / colour palette of your Big Day?
Loads of greenery and yellow – the flowers were always going to be yellow (my favourite colour)…and there was always going to be an abundance of Mimosa!!
What was the best bit of your Winter wedding day?
There were so many special bits….walking down the aisle with Sean, doing my dress reveal to my lifelong friend Stan, having all our friends and families together for the day, surprising Garry with the car and the dancers, finishing off the flowers at 4am with my Bestie Michaela, having my friends help me get ready.
I could go on and on…but actually, the best thing was just becoming husband and wife.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Enjoy every moment from the minute you decide to get married.
The planning should be fun as well as the day itself. Take in and savour every moment!
Venue: The White Swan – Alnwick
Photography – Lee Gibbins Photography
Celebrant: Sam Haley
Dress: I Do Wedding Specialists Ltd
Groom’s Suit: Moss Bros
Flowers: Wild With Love (Bride)
Cake: friend Brenda Bremer
Make up: The Powder Room Spa and Beauty
Hair: Yvonne Hair and Beauty
Dancers: GL Dance (Dance School in Longhoughton)
Photobooth: CrazyPix Ltd
Singer: Ami Huntly Wedding Singer
Groom’s Car: owned by Hotspur 1364