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A Classical Backdrop for an Elegant Chapel Wedding

11th April 2024

Lauren & Jay

3rd August 2023

Having the surroundings of a stunning Chapel entwined with history and a luxurious modern twist, excited Lauren and Jay McGowan when they were searching for their perfect wedding venue.

The couple who live in Newcastle, were recommended Ellingham Hall by a friend who had held their wedding at the venue. They came across images of our stunning Hall and grounds when they were searching for their dream venue and they knew they had to come and explore.

Lauren says, “The photographs showcased that it was such a beautiful place. We went to see another wedding venue before visiting Ellingham Hall, but we just didn’t get the same feel as we did when we stepped through the doors.”

Although not initially looking for a Chapel wedding venue, they immediately knew that Ellingham’s 19th century Chapel was the perfect backdrop for their elegant wedding ceremony.


Did you Dream of a Chapel Wedding?

Not really, it wasn’t until we visited Ellingham Hall that we knew it would be perfect. We invited 100 guests and could have been married in the gorgeous Ceremony Room, however it was the light inside the Chapel that really made us choose that beautiful space for our wedding ceremony. We also chose our photographer, Sarah-Jane Ethan, because of the way she uses natural light in her photography. The colours and the decoration in the Chapel really has the ‘wow’ factor too.

What did your Guests think about the Chapel?

They loved it, they all really liked the entire venue. I’m from Scotland originally, so it was perfect for both sets of family because it’s almost half-way from where I’m from and Jay’s family in Newcastle. My auntie made a comment because she has allergies and Debbie, our wedding planner had asked in advance for a photo of her, so the team could ensure she was given the correct food. My auntie was really impressed with that and she felt special! It was that attention to detail that Jay and I loved and was also noticed by our guests.

How was the Transformation from Ceremony to Wedding Breakfast!

We left the Chapel after the ceremony for photographs and our drinks reception, and when we returned for the wedding breakfast the Chapel had been completely transformed, it was amazing and seamless. I know the team were probably rushed off their feet behind the scenes, but we didn’t notice anything during the changeover. When we returned from having our wedding portraits taken in the stunning grounds, the Chapel was styled with our table décor – it looked beautiful.

Why did you choose a Summer Wedding?

I am a teacher, so I needed to arrange my wedding within the school holidays and as the weather is better in the summer months, we opted for August as it’s usually a better time of year. Last summer wasn’t the best, but fortunately we did get good weather on the day. It rained when we travelled to the venue, but the sun came out and we enjoyed our food by the fire pit and out on the Chapel Terrace the night before. We also used the ceremony room that evening, before going outdoors. With Ellingham Hall having such lovely grounds, it would have been a shame not to have used them.

Did you enjoy having Exclusive Use of the Hall?

We did indeed. My gran and some of our older family members used the Drawing Room to relax when they were getting tired later in the evenings, and they loved it. I think it’s really nice that, unlike other wedding venues and hotels, people could use other rooms if they wanted to be somewhere away from the noise of the music and entertainment. At weddings there is a real mix of ages, so it’s great that Ellingham offers something for everyone to enjoy.

What Evening Entertainment did you Choose?

We had House of Sax for the Evening Reception, and they packed out the dance floor. We also had singers with a chilled Ibiza vibe, and they sang as I walked down the aisle and during the wedding breakfast, which was lovely. It was great how the music flowed throughout the day, into the evening.
We also booked the After Dark Experience and our guests loved the wedding after party from midnight until 2am. Your wedding day is so tiring, so we were grateful we’d also had the night before to spend more time with our friends and family.

Have you any Advice for Brides to Be?

Book Ellingham Hall! Seriously, though, if people want a whole Wedding Experience and want to feel at home, it is the best place to be. I wouldn’t change a thing and the main point to remember is that it’s your day, so choose what you like.

If you are looking for outdoor wedding venues in Northumberland or an exclusive two night wedding, contact our team today to arrange a viewing appointment.


Photographer – Sarah Jane Ethan

Videographer – Abigail Grace Videography

Groom Suit – Pal Joey

Bridal Gown – The Wedding Dress Company

Bridal Shoes – Dune London

Bridesmaids Dresses – Wed 4 Less

Make Up – Alex BalmainBy Rebecca

Hair – Bridal Hair by Kayleigh & Sophie Punshon

Cake – The Master Cakesmith 

Florist – Bridal Bloom

Evening Music – AMV Joe Condon & House of Sax

Singer – Ibiza Soul Duo

Photobooth – Snap a Selfie

Light Up Letters – Coco Luminaire





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