Bride & Groom chatting next to log stack,The Meadow, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle

Lisa & I regularly attend events & functions at the Grand Hotel at Gosforth Park in Newcastle. But always as part of the Marriott Hotel Group. This was the first time we had visited under its new owners, so we were curious to see what changes had been made and whether the staff’s service would be as good as it had been in the past. Gina & Adam had booked the wedding originally when it was a Mariott so they were hoping that they would get the service they were expecting too. My biggest concern was whether the guests would get to the right hotel. After all, The Grand in Tynemouth is a very well known hotel in the area. So I kept my fingers crossed, Adam & Gina had prepped their guests well.

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Groom getting his son ready in Blyth
Groom Prep, page boys getting ready.
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Lads, Lads, Lads….

I arrived at Adam & Gina’s home in Blyth, Northumberland, bright & early. It was a total man-feast. Adam answered the door in nothing but his boxer shorts in a desperate rush to get his son ready first. The older boys were a great help getting the younger children ready and really joining in with the spirit of the day.

Adam had a big group of lads to help him through the day. One of which was his twin brother. I sighed a breath of relief when I realised Adam wore his glasses all of the time. Otherwise I might have made a few awkward mistakes. All of the grooms men were welcoming and very down to earth. Laughing, joking and taking the “mick” out of the groom. The perfect lads prep. Using their own cars to get to the Grand Hotel in Gosforth Park, they had them all shining and ribboned up. After a quick group shot in front of the house we were off, with plenty of time to spare.

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Groom & Groomsmen in Blyth, Northumberland.

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The girls had their own suite at the Grand Hotel and were enjoying their personalised dressing gowns & flip flops but were eager to get ready. Lisa being Lisa, she loves getting involved. Helping the girls whenever possible. I’m not sure how she gets a great set of photos taken and help them get ready.

The champagne was flowing and all the girls were organised and enjoying the morning. There weren’t too many stressful moments, nothing we couldn’t solve for the girls. Gina didn’t seem nervous, she was calm and had things under control.

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Bridal Prep

Arriving at the Grand Hotel

The lads and I got to the hotel in loads of time. We decided to get them ship-shape outside after hunting out their buttonholes. It was such a nice day. The summer of 2018 was a great summer. We hope it continues next year. The Grand Hotel looks, at first glance, to be one huge car park but there are areas to utilise. You just have to watch your angles.

The “micky” taking continued of course, and Adam took it all in his stride. You got the impression this was a close group of friend’s and that makes for some hilarious photos. Often a group of lads need to get a few drinks into them before they start to relax but this bunch were up for a laugh straight away.

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Groom Prep

The Wedding Service

Gina looked amazing on the day. She will be the first person to admit she hates her picture taken and isn’t comfortable in front of the camera. Lisa’s talent is to make you have such a good time you forget your nerves and just glow.

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Bridal Prep
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Wedding Service
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Wedding Service
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Wedding Service

Meeting the Family

Gina & Adam have a huge family. We got the impression that their family and friends really mattered. I don’t think we’ve ever been asked to do as many family group photos by the guests before. We were booked to be there all day. Throughout the day guests were approaching us for photos. They all made it a real celebration and a milestone of a day.

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Bridal party
Bridal party

The Wedding Breakfast

The hotel staff were still showing a few signs of transition. Some were still in training but that didn’t mean they weren’t delivering a great day. It was just unusual for them to ask our opinion of different things, we normally have little say, as to where decorations etc are put or positioned. They seemed to be still settling into a new routine that was still flexible and long may it last.

The wedding Breakfast and Service featured the wonderful Singer, Pianist and Guitarist David Smith. Live music is always a great background at weddings and David was really helpful and obviously very talented.

Wedding Cake, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Wedding Cake, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Wedding Cake, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Function Room, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Cutting the Cake, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Cutting the Cake, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Cutting the Cake, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Speaches, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Speaches, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Speaches, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Speaches, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Speaches, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Speaches, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle

The Meadow

After the wedding breakfast and speeches, we stole Gina & Adam away from their guests for a little while. Just a short walk around the back of the hotel, the car park gets forgotten. Suddenly, you’re in peaceful woodland followed by a meadow. All with the hotel buildings right next to us. Because you have different backgrounds and environments it’s easy to get a large variety of images in a short space of time. I’m not sure if the stack of cut logs is a permanent feature but its a great contrast against the solid green of the meadow.

The Meadow, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
The Meadow, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
The Meadow, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
The Meadow, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
The Meadow, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
The Meadow, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
The Meadow, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
The Meadow, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
The Meadow, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
The Meadow, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
The Meadow, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
The Meadow, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle

Party time

We walked back to the terrace where Adam & Gina’s family & friends were enjoying a wonderful summers evening. It was so nice that the everyone was reluctant to go in for the night time party. But the first dance got them all in. We got to see our friends from Crazy Pix Photo Booths, but they were so busy we didn’t even get to have a catch-up which shows what a great service they give. Lisa & I will remember this wedding because of the warmth that the bride & groom got from everyone on the day. We had great fun and loved our day with them.

Bride held by Groom & Grooms men Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Bride & Brides Maids at Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Usher wearing light up glasses, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
First Dance, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Mum filming the first dance, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Craxy Pix, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Crazy Pix, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle
Family photo on the Terrace Grand Hotel Gosforth Park Newcastle

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