I had no idea you could get married in a treehouse in the north of England… in fact this is the most exciting thing I’ve discovered in years! I’ve always said I’d have a treehouse wedding. Lyndsey and Dean’s wedding is incredible: it’s creative, unique and super cool all rolled up into one bark-covered bundle – and I LOVE it!
The gorgeous bride and groom (because aren’t they just stunning?!) found their suppliers online, by word of mouth, and on Don’t Tell The Bride! They made little personal touches inspired by the treehouse styling which they used on the tables, but this is a venue which needs little help or customisation… because you’ll instantly be transformed back to your 7 year old self with its awesome wow factor!
Lyndsey and Dean chose Duncan McCall as their wedding photographer. He’s really captured the imagination and character of their day – I have LOVED putting this wedding blog together for you today, I can’t tell you! 🙂 Duncan is based in Newcastle upon Tyne and photographs weddings all over the UK and abroad – you can find out more about him here:
The English Wedding Blog interview:
Lyndsey & Dean Preston
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes absolutely. Duncan used the setting fantastically well taking advantage of the surroundings with inventive uses of lighting to capture perfect shots.
Treehouse Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland
20th September 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We loved them. We asked for natural shots rather than mainly staged shots and that is what we got. Duncan was able to capture some really special moments.
Your wedding style or theme:
Where did you find your suppliers?
We found our venue after watching ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ on TV, we instantly knew it was the place for us so contacted them and set up a meeting.
The flowers and cake suppliers were local businesses who had been recommended by word of mouth. We found our photographer by researching on the internet and looking through sample photos of other weddings before deciding on Duncan, we looked on his website and we liked his ‘not standard’ approach to wedding photography.
Best bit of budget advice?
Concentrate on the main things required first and the big costs. The Treehouse pricing structure really helps.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We were able to find some invitations that fitted our theme and the treehouse wooded style. We made a lot of things ourselves getting inventive with making our own ‘tree twig’ table placement picture, tree table numbers and also flower vase.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes as soon as I saw it, it was only the second shop we had visited and I had given my mother a rough idea what I was after and she found it, so all credit goes to her. The vintage style really suited the occasion and venue.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Eternity Bride from – Truly Madly Deeply in Monkseaton North Tyneside
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Diamond studded earrings that I’ve had since my 21st birthday and I wore a Swarovski tennis bracelet bought by my now husband from our early years of dating.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Top Man Blue Tweed Waist-coated Suit. (Very Handsome)
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Our daughters wore designer Ted Baker Plum dresses from Debenhams
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
A friend did my hair into a vintage style and I did my own makeup.
We chose flowers to fit the colour scheme of Plum and Cream. We used ‘Thoughts of You Flowers’ in North Shields and they were great and really helpful in picking the table flowers and bouquets.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We decorated the tables with homemade additions but the venue needed minimal extras due to the wooded treehouse style and lighting.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
We made our own table numbers by using chopped up tree stumps from our own back garden and painting the table number on. The flowers were in a homemade glass jar with hessian twine wrapped around the top draped with a heart shaped tag with our names and wedding date printed on. We also made some heart shaped wooded bunting for the gazebo were the ceremony was held.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Quirky wedding cake provided by ‘Lottie Mcphees’ in Whitley Bay. It was an amazing Treehouse cupcake styled on our venue and smaller cupcakes on a stand to show our colour themes and flowers.
We used ‘XFactors’ Geoff Mull who sang the Bridal Entrance song which was Ellie Goulding’s ‘How long will I love you. The first dance was also sung by Geoff which was John Legend’s ‘All of me’. Geoff also sang a number of songs later in the evening and provided a disco.
On the day tips and advice:
Leave plenty of time to get ready. You don’t want to feel rushed. As a bride just concentrate on you and let others sort out your guests and venue.
Budget well so there are no surprises and additions to an already stressful day and also choose your suppliers carefully by researching.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Sealing the deal and showing true commitment. Making our young family complete.