A Northumberland beach wedding with tropical colours and a summer vibe
The Show Around
It was the worst possible day to show anyone around the farm for a wedding, especially a beach wedding, really it was. Muddy, rainy and bleak would be a start in summing up the day in March that Paula and Gary came to one of our early open days.
With a mix of Paula’s infectious enthusiasm and Gary’s dry humour they approached the viewing of the barn with a positive mind, and even managed to get over to the dunes area despite sideways wind.
Our hope for that day was that couples would view the farm and then ask to come back for a proper look around when the mud was gone and the cattle banished from the dunes. Not so for P&G though who wanted to sign up there and then. And we knew we that we were in love too!
The Wedding Weekend
From the start there were lovely vibes that arrived at the farm each time P&G did, and this continued through their wedding weekend in early September with their friends and family being equally splendid. Some of our favourite photos from the day captured the joint effort of roping friends and family into decorating the venue on the Friday.
Paula’s creativity shone through with her own bright flower arrangements, home made bunting and some lovely table decorations and as I mentioned this to Gary he (slightly put out but still in good humour!) corrected me that he’d been an integral part of this. And indeed he had for they had the most amazing lighthouse cake and Gary had made the base himself out of resin, there were even rockpools in it.
They took advantage of weekend hire at The Barn on The Bay and they stayed in a Bell Tent Village with a group of their friends while more friends stayed in our Calico Barn. Paula got ready in Calico Barn then went back to her Bell Tent to set off walking along the dunes, hand in hand with Gary, to the beach area where there ceremony was being held.
They had their ceremony on a gorgeously sunny day, so decided to hold the ceremony at the beach in the dunes overlooking the Bay. The Old Dog and Duck Horsebox Bar attended the ceremony to serve drinks straight after and looked pretty amazing nestled in the dunes.
They had dressed the dunes with an arch overlooking the Bay and straw bales for seating.
The ceremony was stunning, their friends and family had a surprise in store and read out song lyrics special to this music loving couple (they were engaged at a Depeche Mode concert). With the bright colours against the cream sand you really could imagine being somewhere far from the Northumbrian coast!
The cake was made by their friend, Sue, with a fab topper by Kate van Suddese, and I think the most stressful part of the weekend for me was going into the barn at one point when she was finishing the assembly with a load of kids running around beside her, yet there stood Sue and the lighthouse looking the epitome of cool.
Following the ceremony everyone came back to the farm, only a couple of minutes walk away, and the remainder of the evening took place in a beautiful vintage marquee with The Old Dog & Duck serving drinks from the Horsebox Bar and A Bale Bar.
I had to pop into the barn on Sunday to replenish some supplies and the group were all lying around on the sofas with the wood burner going having a real Sunday laze. One of the things we wanted to create with our venue was an environment where everyone was relaxed and enjoying the company of their friends for the whole weekend and this is exactly what was happening, I loved it.
Paula and Gary are photographers themselves so the pressure must have been immense on Anita Nicholson of Northumberland Coast & Country Weddings who covered their day. Anita told me later that they couldn’t have been lovelier people to shoot and she took some AMAZING shots which I have used in this post with kind permission of Anita and the couple.
Thank you Paula and Gary for being one of our first weddings and being such a fabulous couple to work with.
The Wedding Pro’s mentioned in this post are:
Photography: Anita Nicholson at Northumberland Coast & Country Weddings
Celebrant: Simon Smith at Being Unique Ceremonies
Marquee: The Unique Tent Company
Catering: Natalie Bracken from Coffee Central, Whitley Bay
Cake: Made by a friend of tthe couple with the topper from Kate van Suddese
The Barn on The Bay is a quirky farm venue at Druridge Bay, Northumberland that even has it’s own beach. If you would like more information or to visit us please complete the form below, you can also check out our wedding brochure here.