How we both met
We met 16 years ago when we both worked at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria. Kirsten was a project manager and Lucy was a Contracts Manager. We worked on a number of building and refurbishment projects together and clicked straight away. Initially we were just work mates but our relationship developed over time into something a whole lot more.
The Wedding Venue
At Wylam Brewery in Exhibition Park, Newcastle. We like to go there to socialise over a few pints, for Sunday lunch and for gigs so choosing this venue for our wedding was a no-brainer. The building itself is amazing and has a very relaxed feel about it. The food was great and the staff were so efficient.
Why we chose to have a celebrant wedding ceremony
Because of Jo! We didn’t know anything about celebrant wedding ceremonies until we spoke to Jo and everything jo said about what it could be like was exactly want we wanted. We wanted it to be personal, relaxed and inclusive and that’s exactly what we got. It was such a good decision.
Ideas about what our ceremony could have looked like
Following conversations with Jo, we had so many ideas – so much so that we wouldn’t have had time to fit everything in. We really wanted to do things a little differently and not follow the same formula and structure of most wedding ceremonies. This was particularly important to us as a same-sex couple.
The best part of the ceremony for us
How relaxed and personal it all was. The ceremony was obviously written specifically about us and the people we love, and we were able to include a number of these people within the ceremony which made it so special. Guests were allowed to take their drinks into the ceremony and these were also incorporated into the ceremony, which I think a lot of people liked. There were no restrictions on the type of readings and music that we could have so really the world was our oyster as far as the content was concerned. It was just perfect!
What our guests said about our wedding ceremony/day
Crikey – what didn’t they say? We had so many amazing comments. We had guests who are seasoned wedding goers who said it was the best wedding they had ever been to. Guests commented on how perfect the ceremony was for us, how relaxed it was and how emotional they felt. There were lots of tears (happy ones we hasten to add) and the day just flowed effortlessly. Two months on, people are still talking about it!
Some of our fav wedding suppliers and why we chose them
- We had bespoke wedding suits and shirts made by Shaz from @thebutchclothing company. We were really struggling to find a local women’s tailor and came across Shaz following some Google searches. We were in lockdown at the time but everything was done via Zoom, including the measuring and fabric selection process. The suits were perfect for us.
- Photography was by @dianemakepeacephotography. We met Diane at a wedding fair. We initially weren’t going to have a photographer but when we saw her work and spoke to her, we realised how important it was to have a record of our day. Diane was great – very easy to get along with and not intrusive. Her husband Marty took the more candid photographs at the same time and they also provided a drone photography service, ably managed by Jake.
- The venue dressing was by @muscarievents.uk. Amy was great as we were totally clueless about what we wanted! She has worked at Wylam Brewery before so knew what would work and came up with some great ideas. The venue looked amazing.
- Edele at @beauandarrowsmith designed and prepared our table plan. All our tables were gin-themed and Edele prepared paintings of each gin bottle which were then incorporate into the table plan. It was very different and very effective.
- Venue signage was by @lovedbylucydesigns which was a recommendation from Jo. This was very last minute but ensured that guests were aware of what they needed to do.
Three words that sum up our ‘Love Jo’ experience?
Personal, Relaxed and Emotional