Real Wedding


Friday 22 September 2017


Therase and David live together in Australia. Originally from South Tyneside, Therase met Dave on the dating website, eHarmony while on tour near his hometown of Lytham St Annes. Therase was feeling a little disillusioned with love and Dave was looking for someone to go to Cirque du Soleil with! The couple met for their first date while Therase was on tour with Northern Stage, playing in the stage adaptation of Richard Milward’s novel ‘Apples’.

Dave popped the question on an ordinary afternoon, goofing around together at home, Dave got down on one knee out of the blue. It wasn’t planned and he didn’t have the ring, but it just felt right like the right moment.


Therase is from Hebburn and always wanted to get married in the North East. The couple have many happy memories of their early dates in Northumberland, so it seemed the perfect place to wed. Ellingham Hall was the venue of choice, hiring the entire house for the weekend.


Therase wore a Sottero and Midgely floor length gown from Abbey Bridal in Sydney. A stunning, backless dress, intricately embellished with cap sleeves. The bride wore an Anna Campbell Bridal headpiece, an Eliza Cuff bracelet and peach shoes my Rachel Simpson. Hair was done by Simone Whitehead Bridal, and makeup by Cordelia Mason.


A tailor-made grey and light blue three-piece from Montagio in Sydney. The couple designed the suit together, in a rustic, English country gentleman style. Dave wore a floral tie and pocket handkerchief from Poser Club UK. The groomsmen wore their own navy suits with a different floral tie and pocket handkerchief.


Therase’s dad’s partner, Anne made a delicious fruit cake, complete with decorative flowers to match the purple colour scheme. The couple also had a cheese-stacked cake by the Northumberland Cheese Company in Blagdon.


The flowers were almost entirely picked from the garden of Therase’s dad and partner in Thropton, Northumberland. It was such a personal and wonderful touch that they decorated the wedding.

Table decorations were finished with candles and photographs, with each table named after the couple’s favourite places in Australia.

Favours of Blackpool rock were gifted to guests as a nod to Dave’s hometown.

A key detail for the couple was to have live music throughout the day, creating an informal, laid-back vibe. Dave’s brother Adrian playing acoustic guitar before and during the ceremony was really special. During the reception, the marvellous Anna Reay sang uplifting show tunes.

For something a little different, caricaturist John Roger was on hand to doodle, draw and entertain the guests.


The happy couple travelled to Bali and the Gili Islands. They added to their post-wedding celebrations with a skiing trip to Japan in January.


Charlotte Eve was the photographer on the day. Her shots are unique, beautiful and honest. The couple captured moving moments with the help of Jon Lunt from Top Table Films.