Our final wedding of 2014 began early on a beautifully sunny bright December day, slap bang in-between Christmas and New Year. First up was the bridal preps and close family shots at Ruth’s parents house in Chester-le-Street. We had just arrived as Ruth, her mum and bridesmaids were returning from their hair and make-up session. Excitement was definitely in the air as the girls wasted no time breaking open the bubbly and finished off their final preparations to what was the beginning of a truly unique and magical day.
Ruth and Andy were wed at St Joseph’s RC Church in Birtley and on the day were very much the same cool calm and collected couple we had got to know from our previous gatherings with them. The church service itself was really relaxed, atmospheric and filled with music (provided from Andy’s band) and meaningful readings and songs from friends and family alike.
Straight after the ceremony we had to cut a dash to the couple’s venue, the Discovery Museum, situated in the heart of Newcastle; we were armed with the knowledge that Newcastle United were playing at home that afternoon and also knew (with the ground being so near to the venue) parking would be at an absolute premium. We had scouted the area out that morning so had a ‘plan B’ in mind, should we run into difficulties – it would though mean a quick dash to catch the first arrivals of the 300 invited guests. Fortunately though we were lucky to slip right into what seemed to be the only space available in Newcastle that day!
The Discovery Museum is a truly unique venue, absolutely choc-full of character and surprises! Quite unassuming from the exterior but boasts an extremely grand and spectacularly expansive interior. The exposed, soaring metal arches and wood panelling in the Great Hall, where the couple held their reception, was lovely to work in. Collections such as Turbinia (once the fastest steam ship in the world) was perfectly situated for the (BIG) group shot to be captured alongside. A gallery was also left open for us to run down a requested list of shots, on top of which and requested by Andy, was for he and his brand new bride to be captured alongside a Rolls Royce Conway Jet Engine (Andy is in the airline industry).
As the reception drew to an end, the evening entertainment, provided by the talented and versatile Paul James Band kicked off with an accompaniment to the newlywed’s first dance, and kept the dance floor packed until the couple’s day drew to a perfect close.
Here are just a few of the images from the couple’s “Winter Wedfest”, which will hopefully give some insight into Ruth and Andy’s fantastic and extremely unique wedding day. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Wilson!