Felicity and Tom

Felicity and Tom

25th March 2023   –   The Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art, Newcastle

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How we both met

We met on Tinder in July 2019 – Tom had just been to his sister’s wedding and Felicity had been ghosted…we both figured out at the same time that it was long term commitment we were looking for.

We soon realised from Tom’s pictures that I’d been in the same year group at school as his sister Lucy and that’s what got us talking. We had our first date at Trakol on the quayside followed by a meal at the Bridge Tavern. On our second date, Tom asked me to fly to Barcelona with him and the rest is history!

The Wedding Venue

We got married at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in March 2023 on the top floor (usually Six Restaurant). We wanted a spring wedding so that we wouldn’t feel too let down by the weather if it rained and the Baltic offered great views in a central part of town.

 

Why we chose to have a celebrant wedding ceremony

We initially looked into having a typical registrar wedding but the Gateshead team weren’t available at the time of our ceremony. We’d also both been to a wedding the year before where the couple were married by a friend of theirs and it was one of the best ceremonies we’d been to. Tom wasn’t sure if a celebrant would be the same as someone who knew us well but we did our research and when we found Jo we were convinced!

The thing that changed Tom’s mind was Jo’s expertise and warmth – asking a friend would be a huge pressure and Jo exuded calmness. We felt sure that she’d be a great person to take the lead at the start of our big day.

Ideas about what our ceremony could have looked like

We knew we wanted our ceremony to feel relaxed and personify us whilst telling our story. Jo gave us ideas about the structure and components, and we opted to read our own vows as well as having Tom’s sisters read a poem and a letter from his 91-year-old grandma who couldn’t make the day but sent us some advice.

I also told Jo I wanted our guests to fall in love with my first love Newcastle, especially given our riverside venue and she helped us to do that! I walked down the aisle to Mark Knopfler’s Wild Theme and we left the room to Primal Scream’s Movin’ On Up.

 

The best part of the ceremony for us

Felicity: The best part of the ceremony was sharing our vows – there’s not a lot in the wedding that I hadn’t planned to the smallest detail and so hearing Tom’s vows for the first time was a lovely moment. I took the opportunity to tell Tom that I was as excited to marry him as I am when I make direct eye contact with a dog in the street (very). You would also not believe how many covert Taylor Swift references Jo was able to weave into the ceremony once she found out I was a Swifty…

Tom: As you can imagine, I was a little nervous on the morning of the wedding. Jo was a consummate professional; refreshing me on the ceremony format, helping me relax and making sure that I was happy in the morning before Felicity arrived. It was incredibly reassuring to have Jo at the helm, her experience and confidence in dealing with the assembled friends and family was a massive help.

What our guests said about our wedding ceremony/day

Obviously we’re biased about our wedding but our guests agreed!

People told us it felt like such a genuine, personal ceremony with nothing forced or awkward. One guest said she felt like the room was full of love and everyone agreed Jo was a great celebrant who put them at ease.

 

Some of our fav wedding suppliers and why we chose them

There wasn’t one supplier on the day that I wouldn’t give 5 stars to.

  • The Baltic (@weddingsatbaltic) put on amazing food and a great venue.
  • The ceremony room was a real blank canvas with so many windows and our florist Kate Norris of Northumbrian Flowers @northumbrianflowers blew me away when I walked down the aisle and saw all the wild flowers in bud vases on every surface. I’d asked for spring flowers in coral tones and there were peach tulips and orange Icelandic poppies everywhere. My bouquet was huge – I’ll never get over how lovely it was and Kate is really big on sustainability which was important to us. The vases were moved from our ceremony space to the tables for the meal and then again to the evening tables. There were enough flowers for most of our guests to take some home at the end and I’m having some of the blooms from my bouquet pressed and framed by Doxford Pressed Flowers @doxfordpressedflowers in Sunderland.
  • Our band were incredible. Tom’s passion is music and he knew he wanted a brass section in there. We found Livewire @livewirebanduk via AMV Live Music @amvlivemusic. AMV’s booking system lets you search for the kind of entertainment you’d like and the booking process was brilliant. Livewire were SO GOOD! From Beyonce to a 90s dance medley to Johnny B Goode, the dancefloor was full from start to finish.
  • Dru Dodd @drudodd was our photographer and is a friend of my dad’s. Dru won over Tom with his science brain on first meeting and he worked amazing tricks with the light, including our favourite picture of us in the rain outside in the evening. Get a photographer who will make you glad your big day was grey and wet!
  • My hair was styled by Natasha Copeland @newcastleweddinghair and she was fantastic – I know nothing about hair and I love what Natasha did with my natural curls! She’s great at communicating too throughout the whole process and helped us feel relaxed on the morning.
  • I bought my dress (Bekkie) from Wed2b which was a great experience. I knew I wanted bridal wings instead of a veil and I bought them from Leigh Hetherington @leighhetheringtonbridalwear who made them perfectly for my dress as well as adding my belt and doing alterations.
  • With thanks to my best mate Evelyn for doing my make up! I will never stop recommending Beauty Bakerie’s Lip Whip which stayed on all day (shade Take Me For Pomegranate).
  • A last minute addition to our evening entertainment was Paul Hutchinson @hutchfaces who did awesome caricatures of our guests throughout the night.

 

Three words that sum up our ‘Love Jo’ experience!

Genuine, Personal and Professional!