Today I am thrilled to share this lovely rainy Baltic Mill Wedding with a pink and navy palette, a Japanese theme, and a first look.
The Baltic Mill is a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, a major international centre for contemporary art, and a popular Wedding Venue.
Images were captured by Jamie Penfold Photography.
Jamie Penfold is an award winning Photographer based in Tyne and Wear with a reputation for creating stunning, eye catching images.
He creates images that reflect the soul, emotion and magic of the day and delivers across a range of styles.
His approach puts people at ease which allows for natural looking images that have the “wow” factor, and he has affectionately become known as the Converse behind the camera in the Wedding Industry.
I hand over to Jamie to tell you all about the couple and their day…
“This was a wedding that refused to follow any traditions and was a pure joy to shoot…despite the dreadful weather.”
“The Baltic Mill in Gateshead is one of my favourite venues in the UK and I’m lucky enough to be a recommended photographer there.”
“I’ve shot many weddings there but I never get bored of the place and I’m constantly finding new places to shoot. So despite the pouring rain, I pulled up at the Baltic car park in confident mood.”
“At the Jury’s Inn Hotel next-door both Hayley and Martin were getting ready.
“On one floor, Hayley and her bridesmaids were getting make up and hair applied and perfected.”
“Upstairs Martin and his brother were relaxing. He put the finishing touches to his speech and then got ready.”
“Everyone was keeping an eye on the weather now.”
“Martin and Hayley would be arriving at the Baltic together, cycling across from the Cycle Hub on the banks of the Tyne, across the Millennium Bridge and into the Baltic.”
“Hayley though was adamant that she’d be arriving as planned despite the downpour.”
“After her dad entered the room to see her for the first time, Hayley then waited in a corridor for Martin to arrive. This was the first wedding I’ve shot that featured the first look.”
“Both were clearly nervous as they hid each side of a corner from each other before Martin stepped out. Martin’s face was a picture.”
“They embraced, looked each other up and down and hugged again before heading down to get a lift over to the Cycle Hub.”
“At the Cycle Hub, the Dutch Cabby style bike was waiting for them.”
“This has a massive “basket” on the front in which Hayley would sit whilst Martin pedals frantically!”
“The cafe was full of cyclists, most drenched or covered in mud, who were looking on at the Bride and Groom.”
“Surely they wouldn’t head out into the rain? But they did. With her dress covered by a plastic poncho and holding an umbrella over her, Hayley was ready to go!”
“To be honest, Mark Cavendish would have been proud of Martin. He hurtled along the Quayside to the Millennium Bridge to cheers from the guests waiting at the Baltic Mill and those folks having a lunchtime drink at the Pitcher and Piano!”
“Martin was drenched but he didn’t care!”
“Inside, the Riverside Terrace at the Baltic was decorated in a Japanese theme, the country Hayley and Martin have drawn so much inspiration from.”
“With the guests ready, Martin was escorted down the aisle by his mum, followed by Hayley and her Dad.”
“This was a humanist ceremony and had so many lovely little touches, like all the guests singing along to UB40’s version of “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You”.
“The celebrant then talked through the tradition of Tying the Knot before using different coloured ribbons to tie their hands together. And following an exchange of rings, the ceremony was done.”
“Up at Six at the top of the Baltic Mill, the tables were set and ready for everyone with bonsai trees used as centrepieces.
“There were speeches by Hayley, Martin, both Dads and then Martin’s brother who was joined by their sister for a bit of a double act speech.”
“After the wedding breakfast, the guests had a wonder around the art galleries before heading down to the Riverside Terrace once more.”
“In the meantime I took the happy couple away for some shots. Now for a couple who were a little nervous about getting photos done, these two were absolute stars!”
“They were happy to do more and more shots both inside and outside now that the rain had stopped!”
“The band, The Baghdaddies, had sound checked and were waiting like greyhounds in their traps to get going. And good god did they get going!”
“After first dance, they took to the floor and serenaded Martin and Hayley….before Martin got hold of a trumpet and began freestyling with them!”
“And that was how the night carried on. The whole place was bouncing!”
“I drove back along the Quayside and looked over to the Baltic and the Riverside Terrace was lit up with the disco lights. You could tell it was going to be an amazing night!”
Thank you so much to Jamie for sharing this lovely Baltic Mill Wedding.
This proves that even rain can’t put the dampner on love, and what a trouper with the Groom cycling his Bride to the Ceremony.
Love the gorgeous pink and navy wedding palette, and how it compliments the bonsai trees table centrepieces.
Love also the Origami table, an inspired and entertaining thing for guests to do.
Venue: Baltic Mill
Photographer: Jamie Penfold Photography
Wedding Dress: Harmony by Enzoani
Grooms Suit: Michelsberg Tailoring – Leeds
Wedding Flower: Martin’s cousin Laura Hall whose business is called ‘Made With Love.’
Cake: Made by a friend
To Contact Jamie Penfold Photography
Phone: 0191 270 8385