The bride & groom in front of Ellingham Hall in Northumberland

Julie & Alan’s Wedding at Ellingham Hall was to be our last wedding in 2018. It was a venue that had eluded us in recent years. We were so lucky that our first visit would be before Christmas.

Halo Photography had a fun history with Julie. We first met her years earlier when she joined her workmate’s training for a Moonwalk. We did a promotional photoshoot with her in a very creatively decorated bra all ready for this sponsored walk. We’ve since photographed charity nights & family for Julie. We hope that relationship was the reason that she choose us to document her Wedding Day.

Ellingham Hall, Christmas Wonderland

Ellingham Hall is beautiful at any time of year, but add their Christmas decorations and it’s breathtaking. On arriving it was hard to not go down the rabbit hole and over dose on “detail shots”. The only thing that was missing was snow on the ground to complete a total seasonal package.

Despite it being the middle of December we had blue skies but it was cold. Because of this, we knew our time outside with guests would be limited. Ellingham Hall is a great venue for this though as the reception rooms are on the front of the grounds so you don’t have to walk miles to find guests. This is a big thumbs up for us.

Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Ellingham Hall in Northumberland entrance
Decorations at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Stack of glasses at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Wedding cake at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Guest waiting at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland

Julie’s Bridal Prep

On the morning of her wedding, Julie wanted to surround herself with her mum, niece and Alan’s two daughters. They thoroughly enjoyed their morning.

Brides room, flowers and shoes in the sunlight at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Brides reflection in the mirror as she gets her hair styled
Bride getting hair styled at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
bridesaid enjoying champayne at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bridesmaid getting makeup applied at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bridesmaid watching bridal prep at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bride with her bridemaids Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bridehanging her dress at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bride admiring her dress at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bride & Bridesmaid toasting champayne at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Girls laughing on the brides bed at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
bridesmaids watching the bride get her makeup done at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bridesmaids getting ready at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bride helping bridesmaids get ready in Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bridesmaid posing in brides room
Brides prep team at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The bride posing in her room at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bridesmaids watching the bride at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bride hugging her daughter

Groom Prep

There’s always one thing that nearly scuppers a wedding. For Julie & Alan, it was their Best Man going to the wrong venue that morning. Luckily he realised his mistake with loads of time to spare. While the girls were enjoying a spaciously beautiful room to get ready in, Alan made do with his Best Man’s suite. A lovely over-night room, but not a lot of room to move around. We quickly met with Alan’s brother in the reception room.

Alan is an Artisan Joiner. He made all of the centre peices for the tables as well as some unique decorations around the Hall, for their wedding.

Groom & Best man getting ready
A gift from the bride to the groom
Groom and groomsmen at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The wedding rings on a bed of moss
Groom with his brother outside the enterance of Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bestman, Groom & his brother outside Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Groom with his parent at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Groom & Best man waitng in the corridor before the wedding service
Bride talking to her mother at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bridesmaids waiting nest to christmas decorations at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The grooms first glimse of his bride at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Girls watching the bride walk down the aisle inside Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The bride being walked down the aisle by her Mother at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bridesmaids watching the bride & groom at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bridesmaids giving a reading at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bride hugging crying bridesmaid
Bride & groom smiling at each other at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bride & groom laughing during the wedding service
The bridal party at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The bride & groom signing the register
A guest photographing the bride & groom
The newly wedded couple walking down the aisle at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Bride and groom having a hug after the wedding sevice
Bride meeting younger guests
The sweet table

The Grounds of Ellingham Hall

It was only 5 degrees celsius in the sunshine so everyone was really brave to venture outside. As fabulous as the interior of Ellingham Hall is, all of the spaces big enough to fit everyone in were being used. Just had to let people warm up inside between each group to prevent them from turning blue. We still had great fun though keeping warm through giggle power. Julie was a real trooper. Bare arms at this time of year can be brutal.

A group shot of all guests in front of Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The bridal party being watched from the window outside Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The groom, bride and her mother
The bride & her mother in the enterance of Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The bride staying warm in the grooms jacket

We didn’t venture far from the entrance. When the cold got too much we nipped back in do any smaller group that had been requested and some of our fabulous couple.

The bride & groom enjoying the christmas decorations at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The bride & groom on the staircase of Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The bride in the chapel window of Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The bride and groom in the chapel window of Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The bride & groom cuddling in the grounds
The bride & groom walking throught the grounds at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The bride & grrom nose to nose in the woods

It was a real shame we couldn’t explore the grounds more. It was impractical without gloves and a parka and Julie had forgotten her long-johns!

The bride & groom facing each other at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The bride & groom in front of Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The bride in front of Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Best man and brides mother chatting
Guests relaxing at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Guests chatting

Ellingham Hall’s History

Ellingham Hall in Northumberland was built in the 17th century by Sir John Haggerston but stands on the site of a much older structure. It has secret priest tunnels and chambers. It was farmed by the Women’s Land Army and was a boys school for over 30 years. After 8 years of refurbishment, it reopened in 2003 as a venue for holiday rental, parties, weddings and corporate events. The chapel makes a wonderful function room and its hard to believe that it was gutted by fire in 2010.

The main hall at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
Wood Table Number
Table Centrepieces with christmas wedding favours
From above the Bride & Groom welcomed to the wedding breakfast at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland

We left Alan & Julie as they sat down for their wedding breakfast. It had been a lovely day and we pinched them for one last time for a winter sunset on their first day of married life. We wish them a wonderful life together and hope that they enjoy their wedding photography for years to come.

The Bride & Groom enjoying the sunset at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland
The bride & groom enjoying the sunset at Ellingham Hall in Northumberland

Here are some of Julie & Alan’s suppliers that made their day special

Wedding Photography – Halo Photography

Venue – Ellingham Hall

Brides Dress – The White Room Brides in Stannington

Grooms Suit – Most Suitable in Newcastle

Bridesmaid dresses – Monsoon

Hair – Shelley from The Venue in Ashington

Makeup – Tayla from Make Up with Tayla Rose @The Venue

Flowers – Flowers By Julie in Alnwick

Wedding Cake – A Truly Scrumptious Cake in Whitley Bay

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