The Mansion House Jesmond Wedding – featuring Mike & Kat who were married at The Mansion House Jesmond, Newcastle. They then had their evening reception at The Biscuit Factory Art Gallery.
I’ll let Kat tell you a bit more about The Mansion House Jesmond Wedding and The Biscuit Factory evening reception!
The Venue: The Mansion House Jesmond
Mike and I fell in love with The Mansion House Jesmond straight away! It was exactly what we wanted: classy, stylish and a bit different. We loved all the original features, the decor, and also loved the location. The gardens were beautiful and even though it was in a busy area it felt so quiet. There is so much character at The Mansion House Jesmond and I absolutely loved the bedrooms! I could really see me and my bridesmaids getting ready there in the morning. I had also heard amazing things about the food!
I never wanted a big or sparkly dress, it is really true you never know what is going to suit you until you try things on. I definitely knew I would have to get a sweetheart neckline as it would suit my shape better. For some reason in the shops I was always attracted to chiffon style dresses that sculptured to my body. Even though my dress was plain it had the most beautiful detail with the knotted material at the front and back, and the long train made it stunning. I also loved the way the material was gathered on the bodice, all these things made the dress extra special. I felt amazing in it and I loved the way it made me feel. My dress was from New Beginnings Bridal in Whitley bay by Sottero and Midgley.
I carried cala lilies and my bridesmaids and flower girls carried the same but a smaller bouquet from Flowers By The Bay, Cullercoats. Mike had a lily for his button hole and the rest of the party had white roses.
My bridesmaids wore electric blue Grecian style maxi dresses from Monsoon with silver heels.
We used Simply Bows Chair Covers for our event dressing, and The Finishing Touch Company for hiring the tea cups and the vintage post box.
I never decided on a theme as such but I suppose it was a vintage shabby chic style wedding with lots of personal touches. I had birdcages for my centre pieces, “Would You Rather?” games on the tables, and different runners with polka dots, roses and birds. Every table was different.
My mum is an amazing cake maker so I naturally wanted her to make our cake. At the time I didn’t realise how much work it would be and my mum needs a medal. I knew I didn’t want a traditional cake but I wasn’t sure what I wanted. My mum was amazing throughout and started baking like a mad woman. My mum came up with a brilliant idea. a three tier chocolate cake with chocolate butter icing, The cake was then covered with white and milk chocolate fingers and white and milk chocolate malteasers on the top. It was absolutely fabulous and delicious!
I would say the speeches were the best memory of the day. My dad’s speech was great, my dad is definitely a talker, it was funny, emotional and kind of everything I expected. Mike’s never been big on talking about emotion but his speech was again perfect, he kept it together until the very end. We had two best men: one who didn’t eat any of the delicious food as he was so nervous. I wasn’t sure how they would do it but they really made it work. It was a very funny combination and they did so well.
The night reception was at The Biscuit Factory in Ouseburn
As we have lots of friends we basically wanted a venue with space for a band and room for dancing for our evening do. We chose The Biscuit Factory because we absolutely loved the venue, especially the way the art is kept in view. It was perfect with the fairy lights and low lighting, high ceilings and beams and tons of space for dancing! This contemporary Art Gallery was a complete contrast to the traditional manor house for the daytime .
We hired a band for the night called The Imposters. We saw these guys first play at As you Like It, Jesmond and we just had to have them for the wedding. They were great, they really know how to get people up and dance. The photos are evidence – they play all sorts of music from Kings of Leon to Stevie Wonder. There was people aged 15 to 70 dancing!
We had some amazing photos taken on the day! We absolutely LOVE them!
For our honeymoon we went to Thailand! We travelled to a few different places, Bangkok, Koi Samui, Krabi, Phi Phi Island and Phuket. It was amazing, true paradise.