There has been a church on the site of St Mary's church in Ponteland since before William the Conqueror invaded England. The West door, pictured below, is an example of Norman carving.
When I arrived at the church, it was trying to hail...in May!? I was keeping my fingers crossed that it would stop as the bride was planning on walking to church. We'll see later if she fulfilled that dream.
The bride requested the usual photo of the flowers in the church...and some arty shots of the organ stops and pipes. How could I refuse?
Ahhh, the suspense is over. After the sun coming out briefly, the bride was determined to walk...and she did. Although dad had a trusty umbrella just in case...
...and a fetching gold bag and fuchsia pink pashmina!
The following four photos are some of my favourites from this wedding. The bride just looks so radiantly happy. The vicar said that they'd always said this was a marriage, not just a wedding.
The bride and groom had brought the vicar with them from London. He kept hiding behind gravestones to take photos and giving me a fright! Good fun though.
The reception was an intimate affair at the lovely Linden Hall. It was built in 1813 by Charles William Bigge. It was designed by Sir Charles Monck and John Dobson, who designed the nearby Belsay Hall as well.
The groom's dad provided his own car to drive them to Linden Hall and he felt like he needed the whole outfit...chauffeur's hat and gloves. He really looked the part!
Thank you for looking.