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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

A Fairytale wedding at Jesmond Dene House Hotel, Newcastle

When I found out our friends had chosen Jesmond Dene House Hotel as their wedding venue this September I was more than a little excited! Jesmond Dene House is one of our favourite hotels in the North East and renowned for their high end food, fantastic service and idyllic countryside house setting.

My husband Steve has known the Groom since they were 3 years old and was part of the wedding party (suit hire from Slaters Menswear). We were asked to be at Jesmond Dene House for 10am so he could take part in some pre-wedding shoots. Yikes! Not easy when you have a school run to contend with. We made it with plenty of time to spare though and watched as the Groom and Best Man arrived in style.



The Ushers spent a good hour ensuring they were looking their smartest and having a good laugh together with lots of friendly banter with the photographer (Sophotogenic photography)





Guests continued to arrive including the happy couple's two boys who looked absolutely adorable.







It was 11:30am before we knew it and we were asked to take our seats in the Great Hall which is an absolutely stunning double height room with Gothic panelling and lots of light streaming through the beautiful windows. I was able to have a sneaky peek before the other guests arrived and it absolutely took my breath away.








It was time to stand for the Bride's arrival. I knew she would look like a Princess but she actually looked like she had just stepped out of a Bridal magazine. The Groom certainly is a lucky man! You could see the happiness in everyone's eyes and it was wonderful to be part of something so special.





The ceremony was personal, warm and romantic. The Bride's sister read a few words which was a lovely touch before the Bride and Groom were declared Husband and Wife and the room was filled with cheers and applause. 





We were blessed with a glorious sunny day and headed out to the garden where beers, bucks fizz and canapes were served to guests as we posed for photographs in between sitting in the sunshine and catching up with friends.





At 2pm we were called back into The Great Hall to find it had been transformed. Again, absolutely stunning and such a beautiful space to enjoy the wedding breakfast.








The speeches had the room captivated and were all completely from the heart. There weren't many dry eyes as the Bride's Father talked about the fear you feel when you have a daughter and the Best Man's speech raised lots of laughs without being as risque as it could have been.



The wedding breakfast was up to the usual Jesmond Dene House standards with food being beautifully presented and full of flavour. Our whole table raved about the creme brulee dessert and the homemade fudge chocolates which were a real hit with everyone.





After coffee, guests filtered through to our private bar and relaxed whilst the team worked their magic and quickly turned the room around for the evening's celebrations. We were staying over so took this opportunity to check into our room. After spending all day eating and drinking I cannot deny maybe closing my eyes for 30 minutes. The bed was just so comfortable! We freshened up and then headed back downstairs to join the other guests for the evening celebrations.



The Great Hall again looked fantastic! The beauty of the room is it is so grand that it can probably work with any theme. I loved the romantic, countryside theme that the Bride had chosen though and think it is probably one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever attended. There is something really special about a candlelit room I think.





The Bride and Groom had set up a sweet shop in a little relaxation zone between the Great Hall and the bar area. I think it was supposed to be for children but the adult guests couldn't resist dipping in too!



The old saying 'time flies when you're having fun' certainly applied and before long it was 9pm and time for the Bride and Groom to enjoy their first dance. They were beaming with happiness and it wasn't long before everyone joined them. Dancing continued all night long and we all remembered how we used to do this every weekend. As the Groom mentioned in his speech, life does change as you grow older and you don't get to see old friends as often as you should. We had so much fun dancing, drinking wine and catching up and we really should all get together more often rather than waiting for another wedding!





The evening buffet was just what we needed to soak up some of the alcohol - ham and pease pudding sandwiches, hot pork stotties and chunky chips followed by wedding cake.


We certainly aren't as young as we once were and where as at one time we may have stayed until the very end, we were falling asleep by midnight so after dancing to a few more hits we headed upstairs where we slept soundly all night. 

There is the option to order breakfast in bed at Jesmond Dene House which is something I always like to do whilst staying in a hotel. It really is such a treat. We made the most of it and ordered the full works - cooked breakfasts, toast and preserves, blueberry and lemon & poppy seed muffins, danish pastries, fruit and yoghurt, fresh orange juice, a pot of tea and a cafetiere of coffee. It was all perfect and I would recommend it to anyone staying.


Thank you so much to the Bride and Groom for allowing us to part of your special day at Jesmond Dene House. It genuinely was such a pleasure to be part of the day and we will remember it forever. 










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28 comments

  1. Wow it looks absolutely stunning! We're actually off to the JDH Wedding Open Evening tonight, so excited! x

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  2. What a beautiful wedding! And the food looks delicious too x

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  3. What a beautiful location for a wedding, your photos are gorgeous. The food looks fantastic x

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  4. That looks like such a beautiful wedding . We have recently been talking about getting married and looking at venues and have decided we want a hotel/ country house ( thank god my dads paying haha) I never even thought of looking here but I may have to add this to are shortlist as it looks stunning and is closer then all the other venues I have looked at xx

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  5. It was a beautiful Wedding, and thank you for the very kind link to my Website Sam! It's a great place for Wedding photographs and just in general I think :).

    And this blog is fab! x

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  6. What a beautiful wedding venue, and I like the idea of the groomsmen getting there early for a pre wedding shoot. x

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  7. Beautiful pictures, I lived in Jesmond for over 10 years and never visited Jesmond Dene house which is a shame as it looks fabulous.

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  8. Wow, wow and wow!! What an amazing day. Love the photos!!

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  9. This really does look like a fantastic wedding location. Every detail accounted for and the photos are stunning! x

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  10. How beautiful! Everyone looked so smart and happy, and the venue is gorgeous!

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  11. Gorgeous venue and the wedding looked spectacular. I love weddings. Hope you had a lovely time.

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  12. How utterly divine everything looks from the flowers to the little boys outfits to that amazing looking food x

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  13. Wow this looks like such a perfect wedding! Seems so romantic!

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  14. What a lovely wedding and venue. I love the idea of a sweetie bar for the children.

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  15. What perfect weather for a wedding! I love the bride's dress! The sweet shop is a lovely idea!

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  16. Oh wow this looks amazing. Everything looks so perfect! I do love weddings

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  17. stunning photos and a beautiful bride! hope you all had a day to remember x

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  18. Lovely pictures it looks like a beautiful wedding and a fabulous venue

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  19. What a gorgeous wedding, the venue, the food ( especially the food!) and the bride and groom it was a truly magical sequence of photos.
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  20. So beautiful! Every last detail looked perfect. Stunning venue.

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  21. Wow how gorgeous does this all look! I can really see what a magical day it was! Be a Jesmond Dene House bride yay! :)

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  22. Wow, what an amazing venue. Everything looks amazing, the room, the setting and the food. Looks like everyone had a great day

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  23. What a beautiful wedding - and how cute are the two boys!

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  24. Gorgeous wedding. The dress suits her perfectly the venue is beautiful. What a gorgeous day and I love the chair covers. Xx
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  25. This looks like a lovely venue for wedding. The wedding looks like a fairy-tail - Simply amazing.

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  26. It's awesome! Every girl is dreaming about something similar! Thank's for sharing!
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