Bride & Groom on the staircase of South Shields Town Hall

The summer of 2018 continued to shine! On this beautiful July day, the wind decided to also join the party on the North East Coast. Our venue for the first half of the day was South Shields Town Hall. As a registry office, it’s rather impressive. This grade II listed building was built in 1910 and has recently been restored to its original Edwardian splendour. Lisa is from Jarrow in Tyne & Wear. We often get weddings in the area through her networking and the town hall is a really popular venue. It has really helpful staff and they give a full hour between wedding services. Because of this, South Shields Town Hall is quite a lad back for a registry office. You don’t find the staff chasing you out of the building. Best of all you haven’t got the worry of another wedding party getting in the way.

Panoramic of South Shields Town Hall
Close up of Queen Victoria's Statue in front of South Shields Town Hall
Guests arriving to South Shields Town Hall

Arriving at South Shields Town Hall

Because Gillian & Paul lived a distance from our studio and local to Lisa, she had organised all the planning sessions in South Shields. So I was meeting Paul for the first time, that morning. The lads stroll over to Town Hall as if they were on their way to the match. After tucking a few shirts in giving them the once over Paul, his Bestman and 3 young lads looked very smart. Straight away, I knew Paul was going to be a joker. He was a bundle of nerves and wisecracks. I got the impression he was a little reluctant to have his photo taken. Meanwhile, his Bestman was treating this as a model shoot was loving it.

Groom Bestman and Ushers in front of South Shields Town Hall
Groom cheering
Groom & Bestman, shaking hands, in front of South Shields Town Hall
Groom & Bestman in front of South Shields Town Hall

Gillian’s Bridal Prep

Lisa covered Gillian’s parents home in South Shields for the girls’ bridal prep. Gillian had wanted Lisa to capture her getting her wedding dress on so the girls already had their Hair & Makeup done. Her flower girls, as always were stealing the show. They loved having hugs and their photos were taken. Lisa caught Gillian’s dad’s expression as he saw her for the first time on their staircase. She looked amazing!

Bride about to put her dress on
young brides maids on staircase
Brides maids talking
Brides maid styling hair
Brides maid putting shoes on
Bridesmaids fastening Brides Dress
Bridesmaid fastening Buttons on Brides Dress
Bridesmaids holding Brides Dress. Bride looking in mirror.
2 cheeky flower girls
Bride kissing her daughter
Bride and flower girls on a staircase
Flower girl posing on a staircase
Father of the bride seeing his daughter for the first time in South Shields
Bride on the morning of the wedding day

The Reception Room

South Shields Town Hall has 2 service rooms. The larger is the Reception Room. Its a wonderfully lite space with large stained glass windows and not one but 2 Marble fireplaces. The dark wood contrasts beautifully against the ornate plasterwork.

The door to the reception room in South Shields town hall
Wedding Guests with thumbs up ready for the service to begin
Grooms button hole. Cream rose against blue suit
Groom and Bestman waiting with guests in the reception room, south shields town hall
Usher watching groom
Guests playing with baby
Usher wearing brides mothers hat and taking selfie

Paul & Gillian’s guests were having great fun and making the most of the occasion. Paul’s mum has Alzheimer’s and everyone was concerned about how she would cope with a busy wedding service. At this point, she was really enjoying the occasion and taking it all in her stride.

Grooms mum and brother laughing while waiting for wedding service to begin
Bride and father arriving at South Shields Town Hall
Father of the bride carrying wedding train up stairs in in South Shields town hall
Bridesmaid's and flower girls having fun before wedding service at South Shields town hall
Bride getting hugs from Flowergirls at South Shields Town Hall
Bride getting hugs from Flower girls
Groom looking nervous waiting for wedding service to begin at South Shields Town Hall
Groom and Bestman waiting for wedding service to begin
Bridesmaid and flower girl entering the reception room
Flower girls with finger up her nose walking down the aisle
Bride and father entering the reception room at South Shields Town Hall

The Wedding Service

Paul & Gillian had been together a long time before deciding to get married. With 4 children, they were a ready-made family. Gillian’s arrival at the service seemed to make all of Paul’s nerves disappear and he visabley seemed to relax once they were together.

Bride & Groom smiling at each other in The Reception Room, South Shields Town Hall
Wedding Service in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall
Bridesmaids flowers in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall
Bride & Groom holding hands below Chandelier in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall
Bride & Groom holding hands in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall
Bridesmaid watching service in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall
Bestman holding a Ring Pillow in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall
Bride putting grooms ring on his finger in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall
Bridesmaid preforming a reading in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall
Bride & Groom Kissing at the end of wedding service in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall
The Brides bouquet in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall
Bride & Groom Signing register in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall
Bride & Groom Signing register in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall
Wedding Party Signing the register in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall
Bride & Groom walking down the aisle in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall
Bride & Groom kissing in the aisle in The Reception Room in South Shields Town Hall

Fun & Games outside the Town Hall

After a beatiful ceremony, we guided everyone outside we discovered the wind has picked up alot. We perservered to get a large group photo organised but none of the guests were enjoying the wind. Everyone cracked up when Paul’s mum tried to imortalise herself by sticking 2 fingers up on the front steps. Sadly, I missed it while focusing on the oposite side of the group.

Rather than torture everyone taking groups outside we decided to return to the twin staircase inside. While setting up for Paul’s side of the family, things started to get a little overwhelming for his mum. Thankfully we managed to round up the family quickly and get the shot without stressing her too much. The family was extremely protective of her to their credit.

Large Group shot outside South Shields Town Hall
Kids sitting on steps in the wind outside South Shields Town Hall
Bride & Groom with their children on the staircase of South Shields Town Hall
Bride & Groom holding hands on the staircase of South Shields Town Hall
Bride & Groom on the staircase of South Shields Town Hall
Upset flower girl in the waiting room of South Shields Town Hall
Upset flower girl in the waiting room with bride posing behind in South Shields Town Hall
Bride with vale floating on the staircase of South Shields Town Hall
Bride & Groom outside of South Shields Town Hall
Bride & Groom outside of South Shields Town Hall
Bride & Groom outside of South Shields Town Hall
Bride & Groom outside of South Shields Town Hall

Marine Park, South Shields

After letting the family get off to the party at Hedworth Hall we had a little detour to Marine Park. On the way, we had to deal with Lisa accidentally reversing into my newly bought car. When you’re at a wedding, if this sort of thing happens, you just have to put them to one side and keep your focus on your customers. There was no damage so we just cracked on and caught up with the bride & groom.

Marine Park is just a few minutes from South Shields Town Hall. Hedworth Hall has no grounds or greenery so we had planned to bring Gillian & Paul here for something a little different before their party started.

Bride & Groom under the Band Stand at Marine Park in South Shields
Bride & Groom cuddling in the Band Stand at Marine Park in South Shields
Grooms "Blue steal" Look while bride cuddles him at Marine Park in South Shields
Groom with a Bouquet under the Band Stand at Marine Park in South Shields
Bride & Groom Looking at each other, leaning on the Band Stand at Marine Park in South Shields
Bride & Groom posing at the Band Stand at Marine Park in South Shields
Bride & Groom walking from the Band Stand at Marine Park in South Shields
Bride & Groom walking from the Band Stand, groom cheering, at Marine Park in South Shields
Bride & Groom cuddling on the steps at Marine Park in South Shields
Bride & Groom cuddling at the top of steps at Marine Park in South Shields

Hedworth Hall, South Shields

By the time we got to Hedworth Hall in South Shields the party was in full swing. We had kept Paul from the bar for too long but Gillian was willing to keep going as long as she brought her girlfriends with her.

Bride with all of the girls in front of Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Bride with all of the girls cheering in front of Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Bride with all of the girls pointing at her in front of Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Bride walking into Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Bride posing in the door way of Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Wedding Cake at Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Sweet Stand at Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Kids dancing in front of Love sign at Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Flower girl in the doorway at Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Groom showing his Mum his wedding ring at Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Father of the Bride Speech at Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Guests watching Speeches at Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Groom looking at his speech at Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Best man reading his speech at Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Brides speech and groom with head in hand at Hedworth Hall, South Shields
Toasting speeches at Hedworth Hall, South Shields

At this point we left what promised, to be a great party. If your getting married in South Shield and would like to know who Gillian & Paul used to help make their wedding special then check out the following list.

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