A wedding story – The wedding of Claire and Wayne Elliott


Date of wedding

19th September 2015

The bride (name, age, where you are from, where you live and occupation?)

Claire Florey, 28, from Cockermouth, Cumbria, live in Gosforth, Newcastle and works for Greggs as a QA Manager

 The groom (name, age, where you are from, where you live and occupation?)

Wayne Elliott, 31, from Newcastle, lives in Gosforth and works for Greggs as a Category Forecast Manager 

Love story (how you met, how long you’ve been together?)

We first met working for Greggs in October 2005 when I moved to Newcastle for University, and we worked in the same shop. We lost touch between 2006 and 2008. However. I started a new job, working in the Greggs Regional Head office in Gosforth where Wayne worked in January 2009, and we “finally” got together in the February.

The proposal (how, when, where?)

He proposed in the Lanesborough Hotel, Hyde Park Corner on the 7th September 2013 where we went for pre-dinner drinks. We ordered 2 glasses of wine, but the waiter brought over a bottle of champagne on a tray with a ring box and handed it to me and said “this is for you”.

Wayne then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and I instantly burst into tears. Once I had said yes the residents in the lounge bar all applauded and congratulated us.

Wayne had been carrying the ring around London all day and was pretty worried when we had to go through Metal detectors at Buckingham Palace. Luckily he didn’t set them off and have to make up a story… he tells me “he had it covered”.

The Wedding Venue (details of why you chose it?)

We were married in Blackfriars Banquet Hall in Newcastle. We had previously been for Sunday lunch and discovered you could get married there. Luckily Lee (Events Manager) was on site that day and kindly showed us round. There were so many reasons why we chose this venue – locally produced food, extensive wine list and not to mention the great buildings.

The food is fantastic, the venue is stunning and unique and they have fair prices and fantastic staff, so ultimately we just had the ‘feeling’. The flexibility of the menu was also unique and second to none… We’d recommend the suckling pig!


Did you have a general theme? (if so what was it and why?)

We didn’t have a specific theme or colour scheme apart from elegance. We wanted to make the day special without the gimmicks and “conformity”.

The venue spoke for itself and everything we chose came together really well.

The dress (where from and why did you choose that?)

The dress was from the Wedding Dress Company in Corbridge; my mum had been recommended to go and it was only the second shop I had visited.

The dress was called Heli by Enzoani, it was a strapless mermaid dress in ivory lace.

The shoes (where from?)

They were champagne Satin peep toe shoes from Rainbow Club

Make up and hair (who provided?)

I did my own make up using all No. 7; I had trials but as I don’t usually wear a lot of make-up I felt more comfortable doing it myself.

My bridesmaids, mum and I all had our hair done at Toni and Guy in Gosforth; this is my usual hairdressers and they were very reasonable and did a fantastic job.

Groom’s attire (where from and why did you choose it?)

Wayne wore Navy blue tails, an ivory waistcoat and cravat from a local suit maker in Newcastle (Waltons). He had chosen this as it was where he got his graduation suit from, and they are very reasonably priced.

Jewellery (what and where from?)

My brother bought me some pearl earrings as a wedding present from Dower & Hall. I also had a small tiara from Debenhams and a bracelet from one of my friends (something borrowed)

As a wedding present I bought Wayne a pair of silver Mickey Mouse silhouette cufflinks and a ‘Cherry Soda’ badge as referenced in the film ‘Up’.

The bouquet and flowers (what and where from?)

The flowers were all from Secret Garden in Newcastle. The bridesmaids and I had white calla lily bouquets. The button holes and corsages were also calla lillies.

The venue was decorated with Ivy running along the banquet tables, with small bunches of gypsophila.

The cake – (where from, why, design?)

The cake was from an independent cake maker who came highly recommended from our colleagues. We had a round 3 tier white iced cake with calla lily decoration. The cake was a mixture of traditional Victoria sponge for the bottom and Lemon drizzle for the top tier. The idea came from a picture on Pinterest. Ours was definitely better!

The photographer – (who and why you chose them?)

We chose Alan Hewson; He was recommended by a friend for years and when the time came he did our wedding. He has a professional yet relaxed approach, and he went out of the way to get some great shots. Most importantly he made the photo sessions relaxing.

Bridesmaids (who, their dresses and where were they from?)

I had 2 bridesmaids; Holly (my sister) and Alanah (Wayne’s sister). They wore a dark blue strapless dresses from BHS. Although bought independently of each other it matched Wayne’s suit nicely.

Best man (name)

James Mason, Wayne’s best friend since high school.

The Big Day – details of how you felt on the day, what made it special, how many people came?

There were many things about the day that made it special and the fantastic weather just added to the day and made it perfect. We were both pretty nervous however once the ceremony was over we were able to relax with our family and friends.

We had 48 guests at the reception and 100 for the evening.

The evening reception – how many people, what did you do?

The evening reception was held at the Hancock Museum, but not before a tour of Newcastle on a London Vintage Bus.

We had around 100 guest with a Jazz duo playing on arrival followed by a live band “Groove Central Station” provided by AMV music.

As well as our Instant photo guest-book and sweet table, our guests were able to walk around the museum walking along Hadrian’s Wall and taking selfies with the T Rex!

Menu – what did you choose and why? 

The day guests were able to choose their menu from a set menu provided by Blackfriars; this was fantastic as we didn’t have the stress of ‘would everyone like what we have chosen’

At the evening reception we chose the freshly baked wood-fired pizzas with rustic potato wedges and green salad. We wanted something which would appeal to all. The pizza really hit the spot! And went well with the complimentary prosecco & Peroni!

For dessert our cake makers made a selection of dinosaur cupcakes to keep in with the museum atmosphere.

Other details that you added to the day?

There was very little we added to the day as the venues really excelled.  We came up with a personal playlist to accompany the wedding breakfast. For our wedding favours we had Greggs mini gingerbread men as a reminder of how we met, and at the night the instant photo book was a real hit and provides a great reminder of the day.

The honeymoon – where and why?

After the wedding we had a mini moon in North Yorkshire and then a couple of days in Edinburgh; it was perfect just to relax after the wedding chaos.

If you were to get married again, what would you have done differently (if anything!)?

The day was perfect and we wouldn’t change a thing!

Check out the wonderful Blackfriars Restaurant for your wedding here: http://www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk/

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