The Groom, Carl Godwin-Alvarez, Visual Effects Artist
The Bride, Emma Boyes (now Godwin-Alvarez!), Project Manager
How did you meet?
We first met aged 18/19 at Sunderland University. It was the second semester of our first year in one of our classes ‘Introduction to Radio’.
Tell us about the proposal?
We went on a trip to Iceland for our 5 year anniversary. He later told me he’d planned to propose under the northern lights as we had a trip booked but it got cancelled! He ended up proposing in the water at The Blue Lagoon which was really romantic!
Why did you choose Seaham Hall?
I grew up in Sunderland and had visited Seaham Hall for a meal when I was about 15, I always remember how beautiful the venue was and for me it’s hands down the most stunning venue in the North East. We looked at some other venues together but Seaham Hall just felt right. It’s got so much history but it’s very modern at the same time. The ballroom is decorated in neutral colours and that’s what we really loved! It would provide a beautiful blank canvas for our decoration and colour scheme instead of clashing with it!
What was the theme? Colour scheme?
I knew I wanted something minimalist but still with colour for a Spring/Summer wedding so we went for mostly white with some lilac, light grey and light blue. We ended up with touches of copper in as well which worked really well!
Tell us about the dress?
My dress was a lace mermaid by Maggie Sottero. It was the first dress I tried on! I really didn’t think I’d go for that style so tried it on first to ‘get it out of the way’ but I loved it!
What is your favourite part of Seaham Hall?
The Courtyard is stunning as are the grounds including the vortex at the front of the hotel, it wouldn’t be Seaham Hall without it!
Where did you hold the ceremony and what did you like about your ceremony space?
The Courtyard. I loved how modern it was and all the natural light which comes through from the glass roof, to me that was really special. Even though it was a little cloudy outside the room just felt so bright and airy.
How did you feel?
Going in to the ceremony I’ve never felt so nervous! But as soon as I was stood with Carl I felt fine! The ceremony was really lovely and we were able to have a little laugh which really helped with the nerves.
What music did you walk down the aisle too; does it have a special meaning?
Lana Del Ray : Video Games. I just love Lana Del Ray and the lyrics are just very sweet and romantic.
Explore our amazing wedding offerings and keep your eyes peeled for next weeks Real Life Bride instalment!
Photographer: Ed Godden
Florist: Floral quarter
Flower wall: Wild and wonderful
Chairs: Posh Chairs