Liam & Kelsey…
Liam Leonard, director of Walker-based engineering firm, Parker Hose and Fittings, and marketing executive, Kelsey MacDonald, met 10 years ago on a night out with friends. Kelsey grew up in Dumpling Hall, whereas Liam is from Ponteland. They now live in the village of Walbottle, half way between their parents’ houses. Liam proposed in the couple’s living room on Kelsey’s birthday, before enjoying a celebratory meal with family.
Where and when did you get engaged? Tell us what happened…
Liam intended to wait until a skiing holiday to propose but once he had the ring he couldn’t keep the secret. He proposed before a night out with my parents to celebrate my birthday.
Who was your wedding photographer and how did you find them?
Fyzal and Dawn Kirk. We met them at a wedding fayre held at Wynyard Hall.
Where did you get married?
Wynyard Hall! It was the first and last place we looked. The lake was the icing on the cake for us. The ceremony took place in the Mirror Room, the wedding breakfast in the Ballroom and the evening party in the Conservatory.
Did you have a special theme for your wedding?
English roses. The silk material of my dress featured roses and the theme matched the venue perfectly. In ran through everything including the stationary.
Tell us about the dress…
My dress was Atelier Pronovias from Bridal Wish. I saw it on a mannequin at a wedding fayre and knew it was perfect before I even tried it on!
What did the groom wear?
Liam wore Ted Baker tails from Moss Bros and shoes from Reiss.
How did you travel to your wedding venue?
We stayed in the cottages at Wynyard Hall on the night before our wedding – so there was less travelling and no dress creasing!
What flowers and decorations did you use for the wedding reception?
The same fresh roses were used as centre-pieces in martini glasses for the tables.
And the cake?
We had a show cake from Sandra’s House of Cakes. The base of the cake was traditional fruit cake but the top 2 tiers were for show, reducing waste. I’d highly recommend!
What entertainment did you choose?
We had a saxophonist for walking up the aisle for something a little different and for our evening reception we had Hip Operation, a band catering for guests of every age. They were brilliant.
What other special touches did you add?
We had a photo booth for our evening reception guests, the book proved an interesting read after the wedding!
And, overall how would you rate your wedding venue?
5*! Super professional, but personal. It makes a huge difference when you’re looked after as individuals – your wedding is a real priority.
Do you have any tips for other brides and grooms?
Don’t sweat the small stuff, everything works out perfectly in the end and if it doesn’t, only you will know!
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