Confetti thrown over bride & groom outside of St Cuthberts Church in Blyth

Linden Hall is a favourite venue for Halo Photography. It’s been one of Northumberland’s most popular wedding venues for decades. One that I have some great memories off. It was the location on the first wedding I ever attended as a small boy in a dreadful purple crushed velvet page boy suit. Linden Hall was also the venue of our first wedding as Halo Photography back in 2007. But we hadn’t been to Linden Hall for a year or so. Jane & Anthony’s wedding would be a welcome return to this great place.

August in Sunny Blyth

We were still having great weather in 2018. The sun was out and there was a light breeze on the northeast coast keeping everyone comfortable. Jane & Anthony are from Blyth, Northumberland and had planned to get married in St. Cuthberts Church.

Rolls Royce arriving at the brides home
Close up Brides Bouquet

The service was set for early afternoon. It was wonderfully local. We had a rare quiet Saturday morning. We took our time checking our gear and running through notes. Anthony & Jane had made it very clear that they didn’t enjoy having their photos taken. They hadn’t booked us for a full days coverage but Lisa was still going to meet Jane at their home to catch the tail end of her wedding prep.

Bride getting help fastening her dress
Bride putting on purfume at home

When Lisa arrived she was unsure she had the right house. It was very quiet, calm and immaculate. As planned, Jane already had her hair and makeup done. She just needed a little help to get her dress on, top up her lipstick and curls. Jane was accompanied by her son & daughter. Her daughter had just enough time to enjoy her mum posing for a Chanel No.5 shot before it was time to join her brother for a ride in a beautiful Rolls-Royce. Before they did, Lisa grabbed some shots of the 3 of them. Her son never stopped smiling once he saw his mum come down the staircase. They were both so happy for their Mum. Jane watched from the front door as they left, chauffeured off to the church.

Bride and her children posing on their home staircase
Bride watching from her front door
Brides Children in the Rolls Royce

St Cuthberts Church in Blyth

St Cuthbert’s is a beautiful church. I know that you’re not here for a history lesson but I love finding little history facts. Apparently, we Blyth locals were a heathen bunch in a small village until the first church was built on the site in 1751 by the famous Ridley Family as a chapel. At the end of the seventeenth century, Blyth began to increase in industrial importance and the advantages of its geographical position were recognised and exploited. Quays were built, the population increased and the need for religious worship began to arise. The current church was built in 1883 with the clock tower being presented as late as 1962.

St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
The Door handle of St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland

Meet the Parents

I was really early. The church wasn’t open and it was a few minutes before the first guests arrived. When this happens I still get a little anxiety that I’m at the wrong church even after all these years. I introduced myself to Anthony’s parents. A lovely couple escorted by their grandson. Straight away I could tell the 3 of them had a close bond.

Anthony wasn’t far behind them. Jane had organised their photography so we hadn’t met her husband to be. Anthony strolled over to the church with a box of buttonholes and straight into his mum’s arms for a big hug. Anthony’s son seemed old beyond his years and helped his dad and the best man get their buttonholes on before we organised some lad shots.

Grooms son outside St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Wedding guests taking selfies outside of St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Groom walking to St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Grooms mum hugging him outside St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Grooms son fixing Bestmans Button hole at St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Lads walking through St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Lads lined up outside at St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Groom & his Dad shaking hands outside of St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Groom and Bestman outside St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Groom joking with his best man at St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Groom kissing his son on the head at St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Groom hugging his son at St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Inside of St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Groom chatting to his son at St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth

Back at the house, Jane was keeping her dad in check. What a character! He was looking so cool in his aviators and took every opportunity to be mischievous. Lisa raced off to the church in front of the wedding car. I always make sure that I’m there to greet the bride. When your the last one to arrive it can be tough to get parked some times. Jane looked stunning as she arrived at St Cuthbert’s in Blyth.

Bride fixing dads button hole
Dad kissing the bride
Brides car arriving at St. Cuthberts Church in Blyth
Bride looking over her shoulder before entering St. Cuthberts in Blyth

A beautiful Service at St Cuthbert’s Church

The Reverend Tony Toby allowed us free reign so after taking shots of Jane, walking up the aisle, I camped in the choir seats between the service and the alter and Lisa shot from the back of St. Cuthbert’s. It’s a big church and Jane & Anthony’s 60 guests had loads of space. I, on the other hand, was a little cramped and managed to whack one of the camera’s off a pew. Not only did it think the whole church heard me, but I thought my camera might have had it. Thankfully just a dent. Jane & Anthony both looked so nervous until the service was over. Then the nerves drifted away and Jane was full of giggles and smiles.

Groom watching bride walk down the aisle
Bride walking down aisle in St. Cuthberts in Blyth, Northumberland
a Nervous Bride & Groom in Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Bride father smiling at service
Gold cross at the back of St. Cuthberts in Blyth, Northumberland
Bride & Groom sing hymns in St. Cuthberts in Blyth, Northumberland
Bride & Groom sing hymns in St. Cuthberts in Blyth, Northumberland
Bride & Groom during wedding service, St Cutherts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Bestman watching service
Grooms family watching service
Bridemaid watch wedding service
Bride & Groom holding hands after wedding service, St Cutherts Church in Northumberland
Family signing register, St Cutherts Church in Northumberland
Bride & Groom signing register, St Cutherts Church in Blyth, Northumberland
Bride & Groom Celebrating after service
Bride & Groom walking down the aisle of St Cuthberts Church in Blyth
Bride & Groom kissing in the aisle St Cuthberts Church in Blyth

The bride and groom come down the aisle had little kiss in the middle then walk to the end the guests followed with big smiles and cheers, we then pinched Bridal party back into the actual church and set up some shots group shot with the immediate family & bridal party, taking about 10 minutes we then headed outside and met the guests.

Bridal Party on the alter of St Cuthberts Church in Blyth
Bride & groom smiling at each other in St Cuthberts Church in Blyth
Bride & groom on the alter of St Cuthberts Church in Blyth
Bride & Groom walking out of St Cuthberts Church in Blyth
Confetti throw outside of St Cuthberts Church in Blyth
Confetti thrown over bride & groom outside of St Cuthberts Church in Blyth
Bride, Groom & Guests outside of St Cuthberts Church in Blyth
Bride & Groom outside of St Cuthberts Church in Blyth

50 Years Ago…

On our way out, Anthony’s parents were showing the Reverend a picture of them at the same church doors on their wedding day…50 years ago. We suggested we recreated it for them and it was a very special moment for them. How times change.

Priest enjoying an old photo in St Cuthberts Church in Blyth
Groom parents holding their wedding photo in the same spot outside of St Cuthberts Church in Blyth
Old picture of grooms parents outside of St Cuthberts Church in Blyth
Bride & Groom outside of St Cuthberts Church in Blyth

Linden Hall in Northumberland

As beautiful as St Cuthbert’s is, we were mindful of the time and knew we had the beautiful Linden Hall to get to. They had organised a big red London double-decker bus to get all of the guests to the venue.

Linden Hall is a former mansion house at Longhorsley in Northumberland. Built in 1813 its a Grade II listed building surrounded by beautiful grounds and an 18-hole golf course.

Red London bus outside of St Cuthberts Church in Blyth
Northumbrian Piper at Linden Hall in Northumberland

Greeted by a Northumberland Piper, Jane & Anthony’s Rolls Royce pulled up in front of Linden Halls grand entrance. There was a wonderful atmosphere. The piper, was awesome. The music drifted across the beautiful grounds. The weather was fantastic so the guests were able to enjoy their drinks reception outside as we arranged for a big group shot outside of Hall in the bright sunshine.

Front enterance to Linden Hall in Northumberland
Drinks reception outside Linden Hall in Northumberland
Guests walking towards Linden Hall in Northumberland
Groom helping bride from their Rolls-Royce in front of Linden Hall in Northumberland
Bride & Groom with their Rolls-Royce in front of Linden Hall in Northumberland
Bride & Groom with their Rolls-Royce in front of Linden Hall in Northumberland
Bride & Groom in front of Linden Hall in Northumberland
Guest on the wedding bus on the way to Linden Hall in Northumberland
Bride & Groom with champagne in the grounds of Linden Hall in Northumberland

We had a little bit of fun with the London bus too. As I said earlier, Jane & Anthony’s priority was to enjoy the company of their guests and not have an extended photo shoot of them. It’s easy to get carried away on such a nice day. We respected our reluctant models and focused instead on capturing the moment so they could enjoy their guest’s company.

Bride & Groom in the frounds of Linden Hall in Northumberland
Grooms son driving a red london bus at Linden Hall in Northumberland
Bride & Groom in from of a red london bus at Linden Hall in Northumberland
Guests laughing at Linden Hall in Northumberland
Guests chatting while waiting for group shot
Bride showing her wedding ring to friends at Linden Hall in Northumberland
Bride reflexed in her fathers sunglasses
Groom with his parents at Linden Hall Northumberland

The Bigge Suite at Linden Hall

We then made our way to the main room. The Bigge Suite is big, but that’s not why it’s so-called. Charles William Bigge was the original owner and architect.

We went round a few of the tables taking photographs of the guests we had missed outside. Linden Hall’s Bigge Suite was stunning and the staff had asked me if we wanted drinks which is rare.

3 Teir square wedding cake
Bride & Groom cutting their wedding cake at Linden Hall
Bride & Groom next to their wedding cake at linden hall in northumberland
Wedding cake with guests in the background of Linden Hall in Northumberland
Bride & Groom and pipe player entering the Bigge Room at Linden Hall in Northumberland
Guest listerning to grooms speech
Groom making his speech
Groom raising glasses after his speech
Bestman's making his speech
Groom Laughing at Bestmans Speech
Bride laughing at Bestman's Speech
Bride & Groom laughing at speeches
Bestman's Speech in the Bigge Suit at Linden Hall in Northumberland
Guests toasting the bride & groom at Linden Hall in Northumberland
Bride & Groom Clicking Glasses before their wedding breakfast at Linden Hall in Northumberland

After some heartfelt speeches, we said our goodbye’s. The day was a very special one in many ways. Mainly we saw a family becoming one. We wish Jane & Anthonys all the best for the future and hope they will be showing their grandchild, our wedding photos in 50 years time.

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