Katie & Kieran
This beach wedding at Newton by the Sea in Northumberland, was all about celebrating the couple’s strong sense of community. With a ceremony on the sand overlooking Dunstanburgh Castle; a tented reception near Newton Hall and lots and lots of friends, this was a truly spectacular wedding to remember.
The Wedding day
Katie and Kieran celebrated their big day by treating their friends and family to a series of delicious indulgences.
Following a legal ceremony at the local registry office, Katie and Kieran invited guests to gather on the beach for a truly romantic ceremony. The couple stood barefoot in the white sand and spoke vows to one another under a canopy of billowing white fabric.
Guests walked back to the reception field where blankets had been spread on the grass for an easy, informal reception in the sun. Cold drinks and a cream tea picnic were served from the yurt.
Later in the day, guests took their seats in the Berber tent, where an exotic feast, prepared by Pia from The Wild Orchard was served.
Decor: Fun. Pretty. Handmade.
This wedding was all about bringing people together. Family and friends worked together to create simple, colourful decorations and get things ready. Lanterns were hung in trees, tables were laid with homemade favours, candles burned in glass vases, elegant bouquets of white roses and wild flowers filled the spaces with colour and scent.
Most Memorable Moment
“First seeing all our friends and family gathered and waiting for us to arrive, as we walked towards them…I was smiling so hard that my face hurt!“
Katie’s Top Tips
“If your wedding is DIY, nominate a good friend to be in charge of decoration and setting the tables, and encourage them to choose a few helpers. We created a plan of everything that needed to be done and asked some friends and family to arrive early to help. I was so grateful to be able to spend some quality time with my bridesmaids relaxing before the big day.”
How they did it
No. of guests
120 for a seated meal. 150 for the evening celebrations.
The Berber tent as a dining space; the Yurt as a bar; the 30ft Bell tent as a dancing space.
How they used the space
“ After the meal we had lively dancing in the bell tent. In the evening the Berber tent doubled as a great space for people who weren’t dancing to sit; somewhere they could chat, chill and eat buffet food… we didn’t have to worry about moving furniture in the middle of the day, and were able to leave the chairs and tables in place for late night nibbles.“
Food and Drinks
Katie and Kieran asked Pia from The Wild Orchard to prepare a wedding feast with middle eastern flavours. Katie says “the food is central talking point… After the wedding many guests commented on how delicious Pia’s dishes were, and I was so happy reminisce with guests.”