Beth and Jimmy's 2019 New Year's Eve Wedding at Woodhill Hall

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Mr + Mrs Baldwin 

Woodhill Hall | 31st December 2019 | Guests: 80 (Day) 130 (Evening)

Beth and Jimmy married on New Year's Eve in 2019 at Woodhill Hall in Newcastle, with a seasonal red bridesmaid dresses and crisp white decor. The bride wore a beautiful bardot gown with a gorgeous winter bridal fur and a sparkly belt. Beth tells us all about their special day, from writing their own vows, a stunning four tier cake made by the mother of the bride and a Maldives honeymoon just before lockdown!

Tell us all about your wedding theme... 
We looked on Pinterest for a lot of our inspiration. We wanted something that suited the time of year so went for deep reds and navy blues with a touch of gold. The bridesmaids were in deep red and had white bouquets and the best man was in Navy Blue to match the Groom. The tables were all white with candle light and the wedding favours were in little gold bags.  
How did you choose your venue? 
We visited a few in the North East and Woodhill Hall was always top of the list. We’ve been lucky enough to have been to a lot of friends weddings so already had an idea of what we wanted. This was the easiest decision we made.  
Favourite wedding supplier: Eye of The Tyne Photography - Pete is fantastic at what he does. Carly Taylor Hair too, Carly made me and my bridesmaids feel totally as ease and made us all feel beautiful.
  • Song you walked down the aisle to: Thinking Out Loud- Piano instrumental  
  • Ceremony Songs: If I ain’t got you Alicia Keys and L-O-V-E Nat King Cole  
  • Song for walking back up the aisle as a married couple: This could be an Everlasting Love – Natalie Cole  
Tell us about the ceremony...
We had a registrar as we are not religious and it lasted 30 minutes which we personally thought was enough. We wrote our own vows to each other which included some humor. One of our Bridesmaids did the following reading which is from a scene from the film Stardust: 

You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn't true. I know a lot about love. I've seen it, centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars. Pain, lies, hate. It made me want to turn away and never look down again. But when I see the way mankind loves. You could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. So yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable and strangely easy to mistake for loathing. My heart feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it's trying to escape because it doesn't belong to me anymore. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I'd wish for nothing in exchange. No gifts. No goods. No demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine. 
What was the most emotional moment of the day? 
The ceremony was the most emotional part of the day and reading our own personal vows to each other. We hadn’t read them to each other before the wedding and hearing them for the first time in front of our friends and family made it even more special.  
Advice for future brides… 
On the day and the night before just relax. At that point there’s nothing more you can do. All the planning and hard work before the wedding has been done. Take that time to really enjoy everything you’ve done and more importantly spend time with your new husband/wife as much as you can. After all the day is about the two of you so why not spend as much time as possible together with all of your friends and family.  
Tell us all about the dress...
My dress was very simple and I added some fur and a belt to make it a bit more sparkly and suitable for a New Years eve wedding. I initially wanted something slim fitting and sparkly but fell in love with something completely different to what I imagined. The staff at The Wedding Dress Company were fantastic and made me feel at ease. Generally I felt uncomfortable trying on wedding dresses as standing in front of a stranger in just your knickers is slightly awkward but the staff at The Wedding Dress company were great.  
What was your favourite wedding planning moment?
Picking the venue was our favourite planning moment! We got to visit some beautiful places but as soon as we went to Woodhill Hall we knew this was the venue for us. The owner Corrinne,  her husband and her staff do everything they can do make your day so special and to make the planning easy and stress free.  
Did you make any Wedding DIYs? 
The center pieces were all made by us. We didn’t want a lot on the tables and wanted more candles than flowers due to the time of year. We loved the effect the candle light gave off as the room got darker it made it more magical.  
What was your favourite part of the day? 
All of it! The whole day was perfect from start to finish. Counting down to midnight with all our friends and family was unforgettable. We loved the speeches and the ceremony too! And of course the big party on the lead up to Midnight. 
What was the worst wedding planning moment? 
The table plans! This was a very difficult part of the wedding planning for us. However it all worked out perfectly in the end.  
Tell us about your wedding cake...
The Mother of the Bride made the wedding cake. She had free reign and made a beautiful gold and white cake and covered it with flowers and lights. It tastes delicious too.  
Tell us about your first dance...
La Ritournelle by Pete Tong was out first dance song. We didn’t practice our dance and we wanted something fairly upbeat and not too slow. Our first holiday together was in Ibiza and so we love that sort of music. We also went to see Pete Tong and the heritage orchestra the year before the wedding and this song fitted perfectly.  
Tell us about your Honeymoon...
We went to the Maldives and stayed on Sun Aqua Iru Veli Island in March 2020 just before the whole world went into lockdown. We had the most amazing time and stayed in a beach bungalow with a private pool. This was the most relaxing holiday in paradise which was needed after the stress of planning a wedding.   
Wedding must-have: a good photographer and videographer! After all of the hype and excitement of the wedding this is what you will use to remember the day and relive it.  
Venue: Woodhill Hall  
Photographer: Eye of the Tyne Photography  
Stationery:  High-street shop  
Flowers:  5th Avenue Flowers Newcastle Upon Tyne  
Cake: Mother of the bride  
Décor: Bride  
Hair: Carly Taylor Hair  
Dress: The Wedding Dress Company in Corbridge  
Shoes: Dune  
Bridesmaids dresses:  Wed2Be 
Suits: John Lewis  
Wedding Rings: Goldsmiths  
From Brides, With Love xo

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