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Real Wedding: Beth & Mark Part 3

By 31st December 2018 No Comments

Here at Wynyard Hall, your special day doesn’t have to be limited to just that. We are specialised in providing our couples with a little more, whether you are looking for a completely private experience with exclusive use of the Hall and its amenities or you are looking for a multi-day celebration that is the perfect escape for your guests, we have packages to suit your every need.

Keep reading to see how one lucky bride and groom, celebrated their special day, with a full weekend celebration with exclusive use of Wynyard Hall.

On July 20th, 2018, Mark Antonopoulos married Beth Douglass in a fun, relaxed and extremely personal ceremony within Wynyard Hall’s beautiful 12th-century chapel before celebrating with family and friends in the conservatory where they danced the night away.

Showing guests all that Wynyard Hall has to offer, Mark and Beth created a mini-staycation with all accommodation and food provided. The lucky guests were only required to show up, relax and enjoy.

After all, why should wedding pass by in a blur? Slow down, look up and create memories with the people that matter most at Wynyard Hall.

Click here to read part 1 and click here to read part 2!

With friends and family arriving from all over the country and beyond, Mark and Beth created a two-day celebration showcasing all that Wynyard Hall has to offer. ‘It’s not often you get all the people you love most in the world in one room and the chance to tell them how much they mean to you,’  said Mark.

Mark proposed to Beth during a weekend in Milan, getting down on one knee in front of the Grand Cathedral and filming the whole thing on his Go Pro.  Leaving only 10 months to plan their big day, preparations began in earnest with the help of the wonderful staff at Wynyard Hall.

‘Our wedding coordinators, Ashleigh and Clare, were on hand to ensure that our special 2-day event ran smoothly’ said Beth.

Beth and Mark worked hard to make sure the day and the days leading up to the event, were filled with personal touches. The venue, which has been in Mark’s family for over 50 years, provided the perfect location for a personal ceremony. As an ode to the groom’s Greek heritage, Grecian details were woven throughout the day, from Beth’s stunning hairpiece and dress designed by Pronovias, to the miniature Ouzo favours and enthusiastic Greek dancing that continued into the early hours.

‘Every corner, of the Hall and chapel was adorned with eucalyptus and olive trees that transported our guests to the Greek countryside with the beautiful colours and aromas that mean so much to both me and Mark. Combining both our English and Greek heritage, roses and eucalyptus flowers were also incorporated into all bouquets and table decorations.’

In a nod to Mark’s grandfather, Sir John Hall, who used his cold board-allocated land to grow roses as a child, an archway of the bloom was created to lead guests and the happy couple into the chapel and their new life together.

Mark and Beth chose to marry in the Hall’s 12-century chapel. With its impressive stained glass windows, remarkable Italian marble walls and a 19th Century working organ, it is the most romantic space for religious weddings in the North East. Adding to the ambience, Voice of Virtue, a local gospel choir had the whole congregation on their feet, dancing, clapping and singing along.

‘After saying, ‘I do,’ we had all the guests move into The Conservatory, for our wedding breakfast and our evening reception. The Conservatory is one of mine and Mark’s favourite rooms in the Hall.’ With 200 guests in attendance, The Conservatory was the perfect size to accommodate, the couple’s special day.

Guests enjoyed a bespoke light, summery menu handpicked by the bride and groom. The delicious food was accompanied by the couple’s favourite wines that Wynyard Hall’s operations Manager sourced from across the world.

Following the cutting of the cake, a three-tier masterpiece which includes icing likenesses of the bride and groom, and their furry friends- the evening reception began with a bang!

A firework display lit up the night sky across the lake before guests returned to the conservatory to dance the night away to the fun and energetic sound of ‘Girls that Mix’ – a DJ, sax and percussion band whose music left no space on the dance floor unfilled.

A traditional Greek Souvlaki was served at midnight with guests Greek dancing until the early hours of the morning.

‘In the words of one of our generation’s greatest poets- 50 Cent- I love you like a fat kid loves cake!’

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