Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous rustic Northumberland Barn Wedding with pretty burgundy and navy details.
The couple are Natalie and Chris and they were married on the 4th of November in an intimate celebration with family and friends.
Images were captured by Geoff Love Photography.
Geoff Love captures stunning and emotive photographic memories of weddings held in Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, Tynemouth, Durham, across the North East of England and beyond, as well as providing portraiture, family and lifestyle photography.
Beautiful Bride Natalie says of the couples love story and their rustic Northumberland Barn Wedding…
How did you meet?
I got a temporary job in a supermarket straight out of university, working as a cashier.
Chris was the manager of a different department that I wouldn’t have any reason to interact with, but he popped into the office I was in during my induction sign off and I just couldn’t take my eyes off him.
It started as a secret romance, we weren’t sure if we would get in trouble from our higher ups and I wasn’t doing a very good job of hiding the butterflies and ‘jelly legs’ I would develop whenever I spotted him working.
Before long we both moved onto different jobs and made it official.
Tell us about the Proposal..
I got ‘abducted’ from work the day before my birthday by Chris’ sister.
It was a complete surprise and it seemed everyone knew but me!
Equipped with nothing but a postcode, we made our way to a nail salon and got our nails painted with a glass of champagne.
The staff gave us a card on our way out, with a riddle to solve and a postcode to follow, leading us to our next location.
The rest of the day followed suit, with riddle after riddle handed to us, taking us on a day of pampering (and desserts!).
It wasn’t until the last riddle that I realised it was more than an extravagant 25th birthday present.
Dressed in a gown with newly styled hair and painted nails, the last postcode led me to a place that held real significance for me and there he was, surrounded by music, candles and flowers.
After the proposal, and a quick journey home to touch up my makeup, we hopped straight in a taxi to The Cellar Door in Durham where he’d booked out the private room and special service for the two of us.
It was the most magical day of my life.
Did you have a particular theme or colour palette for your wedding day?
We always wanted to get married in a barn, the rustic nature just matches with our style perfectly.
Autumn is our favourite time of year so being able to get married amongst the falling leaves and countryside charm was a dream come true.
When our wedding got rescheduled to the colder months, we really trusted our florist Sharon (who’s wedding I believe also features on this blog!) to run wild with burgundy flowers and lots of greenery, and got our bridesmaids to match.
Chris has always been one for navy suits and somehow (with no coordination) everyone that wasn’t wearing burgundy ended up wearing navy, so everything just worked out perfectly!
How did Covid impact on your wedding planning?
Our wedding was initially planned for 17th May but once the pandemic hit, we had to push everything back to 23rd November.
Whilst we were lucky to move all of our suppliers to the new date, the rescheduling didn’t come without a few grey hairs!
During the summer we found out we are expecting our first child, so my beloved dress got shelved and a new bridal maternity dress was ordered.
As the pandemic continued, our guest list was forced to shrink and we really thought it was never going to happen.
And if that wasn’t enough, three weeks before the day, the second national lockdown was announced to commence on 5th November. Our wedding was once again on hold.
It was a quick comment from one of the staff from Healey Barn on 2nd November that planted the seed of bringing it forward to 4th November in our heads.
By 11am that morning, everything was set in motion, we’d lost all but one of our suppliers but by some miracle found the amazing Geoff Love to take our photographs.
It was only then that I realised I better ring Chris and let him know…!
What was your favourite moments of the day?
Our day was ultimately reduced to a 15 minute ceremony, 45 minutes for photographs and two hours for speeches, canapés and drinks. But in the end, that was all we needed.
Everything was perfect, intimate and incredibly special.
The sun began to set just after we got our photographs taken and we ended the evening with some final shots in candlelight.
The best part for me of our Northumberland Barn Wedding was the five minutes we got alone in the bridal room after the ceremony, we barely said ten words out loud, just held each other and slowly danced to the faint sound of music.
Oh and the cauliflower canapés with curried mayonnaise… would definitely recommend!
Is there any advice you would give couples getting married?
Enjoy the planning phase just as much as the day itself. The ‘day of’ passes so quickly (whether it’s a 3 hour or 12 hour day) so it’s important to savour the build up too.
Some of my fondest memories of the last two years are creating our invites, touring stunning venues and attending wedding fairs.
It’s the whole experience from start to finish that makes it so special, so make sure to involve friends and family and smile at every possible opportunity!
Venue – Healey Barn
Photography – Geoff Love Photography
Wedding Dress – Tiffany Rose Maternity
Groom and Best Mans Suits – Master Debonair (East Boldon)
Florist – Wild With Love
Make Up – Victoria Holdstock
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