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A Tail with a Happy Ending!

19th April 2022

David & Deborah Stubbs

Tuesday 1st Feb 2022

When David and Deborah Stubbs were planning their wedding, they needed a dog friendly wedding venue that would welcome a special guest, their German shepherd, Loki.

Apart from enjoying the beautiful grounds, their four legged friend also had a very important job to do: he was to be the couple’s ring bearer.

“We instantly knew Ellingham Hall was the perfect venue for us and when we were told it was also pet friendly, there was nowhere else for us,” says Deborah. Loki did them proud as he carried out his duties down the aisle without any drama…

Notes from the Bride


What was the response to Loki?

“I think everyone was shocked! He is such an important part of our life and like a child, so to have him at our wedding was amazing. Our family was over the moon that he was there, too. Everyone was impressed with him as he is so well behaved. No one knew until the ceremony about Loki being a ring bearer until he was introduced!”

What were your venue requirements?

“We wanted somewhere we could have exclusively. That limited our choices and Ellingham Hall was only the second place we visited, but we knew it felt right straight away. We were advised to visit other venues, which we did, but none of them compared to Ellingham Hall.”

Why is exclusivity important?

“I didn’t like the idea of seeing other wedding parties. I’ve been to weddings where you get mingled in with other wedding parties and I just didn’t like the atmosphere. Having the venue, the night before and for the day of the wedding made it more perfect. The first night gave everyone time to get to know each other. It meant everyone was relaxed on the day of the wedding as they had already caught up or got to know each other. It meant the day of the wedding was focused on the ceremony… it was really nice.

What did your guests think?

“They loved it. I got asked many times during the day how we’d found the venue. There were so many compliments about Ellingham Hall, it’s just stunning. We are from Stockton, which is about two hours drive, so the fact everyone could stay over, too, meant it wasn’t too much travelling in one day for our guests, who are from the same area.”

Did you honeymoon?

“I’m a full time student so couldn’t take time off, but we stayed in a hotel nearby for one night and then went to some cabins. The honeymoon will happen after I graduate. We don’t know where yet, maybe the Maldives.

Your advice to future brides?

“Relax because it all comes together in the end! People used to say that to me, and it turns out they were right! It all falls into place.”

If you are looking for a dog friendly wedding venue in Northumberland, contact us today, our wedding team are here to help.


Cake: Bake for the Soul
Florist: Wild With Love
Hair & Makeup Artist:
Videographer: Table Top Films
DJ: AMDJ Services
Musician: Matt Case Sax
Photobooth: The Guestbooth
Magician: Paul Lytton