The bride & groom taking outside the enterance of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle

How did we not know about The Mansion House in Jesmond? When Lisa briefed me on Wendy & Dylan’s wedding I was concerned about this unknown venue. I couldn’t find any wedding photography blogs or websites about it other than a council venue website. Wendy & Dylan are both teachers. They had attended courses at The Mansion House and fell in love with it and I have to say, I don’t blame them. Tucked away in a residential area it’s a real gem. Only Eslington Villa in Gateshead has surprised me as much.

Lisa had planned everything we needed for the day with Wendy & Dylan. They wanted a very relaxed wedding that focused less on group photos and more on documenting things happening on the day. They didn’t want any wedding prep and didn’t have a large wedding party. This was all about family.

The Enterance of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
Tartan Chair Covers and heather decoration

First impressions of The Mansion House

As the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, The Mansion House has a colourful past. Built in 1886, The Mansion House stands on Fernwood Road in Jesmond. Left as a gift to the great and good of the city by Sir Arthur Munro, a hugely wealthy industrialist and one-time pal of Lord Armstrong of Cragside. Its interior is a wonderful expanse of wood panelling, wonderful fireplaces and well-kept grounds.

I remember that the weather was much better than forecast, with beautiful clear blue skies. The wedding was on a Thursday unusually making us feel that the weekend had come early. Through the impressive entrance, you’re greeted by a beautiful reception room and staircase leading up to the bride’s room. It’s not often the registrars get to a wedding before us. We were worried we were running late but they assured us they were very early killing time between back to back services. The Mansion House is unusual in that guests don’t have anywhere to congregate before the service. They arrive straight into the service room.

Lisa headed, upstairs to meet Wendy, who was already in her dress and looking stunning. Accompanying her were her mum, dad and son. All of whom looked so proud. Wendy’s prep room had a very useful balcony overlooking the entrance. We had planned to just use it to overlook the large group shot after the wedding service, but the lovely spring weather was so good Lisa took Wendy’s family outside without being seen by her guests.

Teasel & White Rose bouquet
Brides reflection in a wardrobe at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The bride and her wedding party at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
Bride joking with her family on the balcony of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The bride & her son hugging at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The bride posing against a stone wall
The bride fixing her fathers button hole

Tracking down a Groom

So, we had registrars and loads of guest but no groom before Dylan arrived. Normally I can pinch the groom before the registrar gets to the venue, or finds him, but there was no hiding in this venue. The registrars collared Dylan as soon as he walked in the door so I only had seconds with him and his best man before the service.

Dylan discussing the details of his wedding ceremony with the registrar
The groom meeting his best man
Dylan and his best man at the entrance of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
View from above of groom and best man shaking hands
Teasel Button Hole
The bride laughing with her son
Close up of the brides shoes
The Bride posing outside of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The bride in the grounds of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The bride adjusting her dress outside of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle

Three generations walking down the Aisle

Wendy was to be escorted by her father and son. It would be a tight squeeze but was well negotiated. The service was heartfelt with loads of warmth. More so, as I had to stand right next to the open fire that slowly cooked me alive.

Brides laughing with her Dad and son on the landing of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The Bride escorted down the stairs of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The bride being escorted down the aisle at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The brides escorts high fiving behind her
Wendy & Dylan holding hands during the service
The bride checking no one objects to the marriage at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
Wedding in the Enterance hall of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
Wendy & Dylan making saying their vows at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The bride, groom & guests listernin gto a reading at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
Wendy & Dylan holding hands
The wedding ceremony at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
Guests watching the service at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The grooms parents holding hands
Wendy & Dylan hugging after the wedding service at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
Dylan & Wendy signing their register at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The Bouquet with Wendy & Dylan in the background
Wendy & Dylan walking up the aisle at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle

Enjoying the Spring Sunshine outside The Mansion House

The Mansion House’s balcony made an easy vantage point for a shot of the whole wedding party. Lisa did a great job arranging this one. Shepherding 60+ people when you can’t see the group from the final perspective takes experience and teamwork. We generally sound like the Chuckle Brothers moving furniture when arranging these sort of groups. But we were loving the unexpected sunshine, keeping the chill from the spring air.

All of Dylan & Wendys guests photographed from the balcony of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
Guests mingling outside The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
View of guests at Wendy & Dylans Wedding outside of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The bride and groom on the garden path of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
Backlit bride & groom at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The brides family with The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle in the background
Family photo in the gradens of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
Dylan & Wendys children in the garden of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The bride & groom with their children at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The Groom and his family sitting on a park bench at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle

The Mansion’s gardens were lit with late evening sunshine and draped with huge shadows. It was a delight not having to be chained to a list of group shots so we just had to capture Wendy & Dylan’s immediate family and we seemed to have loads of time with them in these gorgeous surroundings. You totally forgot you were in the middle of a built-up area. Teachers aren’t well known for taking direction but Dylan & Wendy soon relaxed and did really well.

The bride & groom kissing on a park bench at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
Wendy & Dylan enjoying time alone in The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The groom kissing the brides forehead at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The bride & groom posing in the garden of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The bride & groom hugging outside of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The bride celebrating outside the entrance of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
Dylan & Wendy kissing outside the entrance of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The bride & groom taking outside the enterance of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
Dylan & Wendy outside of The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle

Relaxing in the warmth of The Mansion House

The evening reception was a very relaxed affair. The teasel & rose theme continued to the two wedding cakes. No table plan and a wonderful barbeque kept the proceedings a delight. The speeches were wonderful with everyone gathered around. I know that we were having a great time and stayed well past our scheduled time. Plus it always helps when you’re encouraged to partake in the top-notch food.

Teasel and rose topped wedding cake
Close up of thistle and rose topped cake at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
Family having fun inside The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle
The Brides freinds outside The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle

Halo Photography wishes Wendy & Dylan a wonderful married life together with their new, combined family. Lisa & I had an outstanding day and loved every minute photographing their wedding day.

The bride & groom waiting tin a corridor at The Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle

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