Jodie and Andy tied the knot on the 11th June 2011 after many years together. These two epitomise high school sweethearts!
The couple chose Bannatyne Hotel, Darlington as the venue for their special day, a place of special meaning for Jodie.
With the different rooms available at Bannatyne Hotel Andy and Jodie chose to have both the civil ceremony and the wedding breakfast at the same venue.
Andy’s suit was bespoke from a tailors in Barnard Castle called Brookes Tailors made by the owner, Fiona Brookes. In Jodie’s words “It cost a fortune but was worth it as he looked gorgeous!” I am sure you all agree with Jodie on that one as the groom and his men all look very dashing!
Jodie had her sister Jade and her three best friends as bridesmaids. The bridesmaids wore dresses from Coast that were in a shimmering gold and complimented them all beautifully.
Jodie was very enthusiastic about the jewellery and accessories she and her bridesmaids wore, in particular Jodie’s tiara. These were made by a designer based in Gosforth called Kathryn Russell.
Jodie told Kathryn that she wanted it to have A Midsummer Nights Dream feel to her wedding and when Jodies mam informed Kathryn that Jodie had a love for dragonflies she incorporated tiny dragonflies made out of beads alongside the different coloured beaded leaves in the tiara. Jodie said, “It was so gorgeous and one of a kind.”
Jodie made an exquisite bride. Her beautiful princess gown was from Lyn Ashworth and is called Fiona. Jodie and her girlfriends took a trip down to London where they found and purchased the dress from a shop in Wimbledon called The Wedding Dress Shop.
Sam and Lucy at Carl Banks, Darlington did the flowers. The bridal bouquet had amnesia roses, honeysuckle, lavender, freesias, sweet peas and a load of other foliage. Jodie wanted them to look country garden with a touch of vintage and Carl Banks more than delivered!
Chris Burnett from Burnett 4 Cakes made the cake. It was a three tiered cake with a chocolate, lemon and carrot cake layer, all iced with ivory soft butter icing and topped with fresh flowers from Carl Banks.
Jodie and Andy have a passion for music and chose a song by The Coral called ‘Not So Lonely’ for their first dance together as husband and wife.
The photographers for the day were Stan and Jane from Stan Seaton Photography, Darlington. Jodie chose her photographers well in advance and even had a pre-wedding shoot with them. Andy and Jodie adore the images that Stan and Jane have created for them, and will treasure them for the rest of their lives.
A few extra decoration details from Jodies wedding:
The couple had an amazing string quartet called Aurora Strings at the start of the day, for the ceremony and welcome drinks.
Jodie bought a mirror from Wilkos to use as the table plan to which the Stationer (Sarah – Coochicoo Cards) put the table names and guests on. The tables were named after classic love poets and each table had the table name in a vintage-style photo frame with a quotation from one of the poet’s poems. For the favours we had lottery tickets and bought ivory ticket holders which said “Lucky in Love..” on them to go with the ivory linen and chair covers.
For entertainment they had a magician to entertain the guests during the lull between ceremony and breakfast while pictures were being taken. There was also a roulette table from Active 8 Events for the evening reception entertainment. This was a huge success and kept many of the guest entertained for hours. (Jodie and Andy take no responsibility for any gambling addictions developed!) The winner of the roulette was presented with a bottle of Moet at the end of the night, this ended up being the mother of the groom!
I particularly wanted to share the following fine art image from Stan Seaton Photography with you! Its absolutely stunning and has a lovely ethereal feel to it! No wonder Jodie and Andy are over the moon with their wedding pictures!
A special day for a beautiful couple who have been strong together for many years and are looking forward to sharing many more years to come!