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An informal, laid back English summer wedding was on the cards for Martha and her fiancé, Arthur. Having grown up at Bywell Hall, the family estate, Martha had always hoped to get married there, as her two sisters had done before her, a precedent which set quite a challenge in terms of making the venue and event unique to them as a couple.

Keeping an air of informality was vital when it came to how Martha wanted to look as a bride, as well as a gown that would be suitable for the dramatic surroundings of Hexham Abbey, where the ceremony took place.  Stewart sourced an unusual cotton faille to create Martha’s gown, a move away from the traditional silk fabrics, to achieve this informal look.

“The A-line shape of my gown was suggested by Jamie, for my body shape, and I had always wanted short sleeves rather than long – We had tried on loads of dresses elsewhere but ultimately the team at Stewart Parvin was so down to earth, honest and genuine, and we really liked Jamie because she was so practical and reliable as well as being friendly! I chose my dress because it was the most flattering, and perfectly suited to the sort of wedding we were planning”

Albion Events along with Laura Lee Flowers, planned a beautifully decorated marquee, presented in the centre of the lawn in front of the main facade of the house which gave an air of formality, in stark contrast to the ethereal and romantic aesthetic within. The tables were overflowing with green foliage, tiny hanging baubles containing fruit, and concrete plant pots with beautiful wild flowers. After dinner was over, a nightclub was revealed to guests, consisting of bold colours, giant canvases of Bridget Riley prints and a full sized tree in the middle of the bar!

More details of Martha’s wedding can be seen on

Photography: Lucy Cuneo

Planners: Albion Parties

Flowers: Laura Lee Flowers



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