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Paul and Victoria’s Wedding Details

Tell us how you met…

Paul and I met via a dating website. We started emailing each other March 2013, and then met up in April, it was really late and I’d been out with my friends and I just wasn’t in a party mood, I was texting Paul that night and he suggested meeting for a late night cup of tea and we stayed up all night talking. We had quite a few dates before anything was made official, we did the usual dates, movies, meals, pubs, quizzes, days out but we could just have fun sitting around drinking tea and chatting.”

What was your overall plan for the wedding? What did you want for the day?

“The plan for the day was just fun and excitement. We wanted to share our interests with our guests and our sense of humour. We wanted it to flow and get all of our friends and family together.
For ourselves we just wanted to have fun and celebrate our day and our love. We wanted it to be fun, classy but quirky.”

Any funny stories from the wedding?

“There are a lot of fond memories from the wedding, these include the pockets in the wedding dress, it became a talking point with everyone. The quirky socks as favours, which by the end of the night became fun for all to slide around with. The table centres, each table was different and people just loved that idea. We’ve also got the tale of the other fireworks and we weren’t allowed to watch…and then we stole moments for photographs with them, sshh don’t tell the other bride!
But the overall moment which everyone still laughs about is the grooms “strip”. We loved our band and all their songs and when introducing the song they talked about this is how they gauge how drunk people are…”leave your hat on”. So the groom was enjoying himself and started to joke about stripping…well the guests (and myself) did not discourage this, in fact when the groom started to get a little shy I helped him along. Eventually it ended with the groom dancing with a crowd circling him with just his pants on…and yes there is video evidence. Also the grooms suit was a little damaged when he did a “rock n roll” skid across the floor.”

How did you choose your photographer?

“I went to lots of wedding fairs after the engagement and spoke to lots of photographers and I there was nothing wrong with other photographers but I just wasn’t excited. I spoke to Shazia at the end of one fair I went to and saw some of the previous weddings work and I was excited. I went home spoke to Paul, arranged to meet Chris and Shazia at Starbucks a few weeks later and we all sat and spoke for almost 2 hours. We knew they were right for us and what we wanted.”

How did you choose your venue? Would you recommend the venue to future couples?

We visited a lot of venues (which I would recommend) and had some ideas of venues We would like but looking at them we didn’t like them as much as we thought we would. Beamish hall had sent a brochure through and we thought it was worth a look. We went to an open event and fell in love and booked right then.”

Advice for other brides and grooms?

I would say remember it is your day and have what you want. Forget any type of family politics and do what you want. And don’t let little things bother you when planning, we had someone text us on the morning of the wedding apologising that they weren’t going to come, someone had done it the Friday and we just asked some others to take their place.
I would also say have a contingency pot of money as there will be, not matter how much planning and budgeting something will crop up.
Also try not to overplay the day as you won’t have fun, it your day enjoy it!”

Wedding Details

The photographs you see above were taken on two Canon 5D mk iii’s using a variety of different lenses.

The couple booked the Prestige Photography Package which gave them Two Photographers for the whole day.

Wedding Date: 23rd October 2016
Photographer(s): Chris & Shazia
Location: Beamish Hall, County Durham

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