Summerhill Bowling Club is one of my favourite little gems in Newcastle City Centre. It’s a bowling club & community centre with a real ‘village hall’ feel. It’s tucked away in some leafy streets very close to the Discovery Museum. It’s perfect for couples looking for a place to host a relaxed DIY wedding, and that’s exactly what Frankie & Simon wanted to celebrate their marriage.
Their ceremony took place at The Mining Institute, right by central station. They got married in the lecture theatre, followed by a drinks reception in the historic library. Frankie & Simon were really set on having lots of fun documentary images, telling the story of their day. This was perfect for me!
The bride & bridesmaids got ready at Hotel Du Vin, in a a gorgeous room overlooking the River Tyne and the iconic bridges.
Frankie became really emotional after seeing herself as a bride, it had finally sunk in she was getting married!
One of the bridesmaids read a brilliant poem out during the ceremony – “I wanna be yours”
The family had spent many, many hours crafting decor for the wedding reception, which took place in a big marquee as well as the bowling club itself.
It was so personal, beautiful and fun!
After afternoon tea style snacks, mingling, games and photos, it was time for the meal. The couple opted for sharing platters which really created a family style atmosphere. The cheesecakes were a big hit too!
Soon it was time to hit the dance floor and have a boogie to the band.
Frankie & Simon really did have the perfect day, despite dodging a few rain drops, they had the diy, fun, family wedding they really wanted!
Thanks so much to Frankie & Simon for having me as your wedding photographer and congratulations on your marriage again <3
Big thanks to Chris Randle for working alongside me too!
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