Meet Mr & Mrs Pickburn, the latest stars of our Real Life Bride series…
The Groom, Liam Pickburn, Electrician
The Bride, Jeni Pickburn (was Pearson), Beauty Therapist (Salon Owner)
How did you meet?
We had mutual friends on social media, I like to say Liam stalked my Facebook page and didn’t give up until I agreed to go for a drink with him, we hit it off straight away.
Tell us about the proposal
We were in New York on the 14th February 2017, we were visiting to celebrate Liam’s 30th birthday on the 15th. We had just arrived and wanted to go for a meal, Liam tried to convince me to go to Central Park because little did I know of his plans I wanted to go somewhere closer, I didn’t even notice at the time Liam was looking for the perfect spot to propose and didn’t find it, he proposed as soon as we got back to our room, which was lovely because it was just us two.
Why did you choose Seaham Hall?
As soon as we got engaged we knew Seaham Hall was the venue for us, we had visited and stayed over in the amazing rooms and had just fell in love with the hotel and grounds.
What was the theme?
We had a New York theme to tie in where we got engaged. Tables and seating plan reflected the NY theme. I loved the idea of using mirrors with lots of flowers and candles, I wanted people to enter the room and be hit by an amazing scent, lucky for me Liam’s brother and partner own a candle making company called Fellowstead and provided us with some beautiful smelling candles. All the bridesmaids and the mother of the bride wore dove grey, which complimented the grey ties of the groomsmen. I wanted my flowers to add subtle colours of lilacs and pinks, they were absolutely beautiful.
Tell us about the dress?
My dress is by Halfpenny London, I had already purchased a dress but found myself drawn to this brand, so on a trip to London I visited their boutique and was in love. Luckily there was a stockist in Jesmond closer to home, my dress was all plain satin with the detailing in the way the fabric was twisted at the top, I had satin buttons at the back added for details and a beautiful belt by Catherine Dean.
What is your favourite part of Seaham Hall?
I love it all, the spa is amazing. The decor of all the hotel and the surroundings.
Where did you choose to hold your ceremony?
We chose to hold our ceremony in the main ballroom at Seaham Hall because we had family and friends attending from all over the country and thought it would be nice for everyone to be gathered at one venue then relax and enjoy the day rather than moving from place to place.
What did you like about your ceremony space?
The light, the huge windows just filled the room with light.
How did you feel?
I was excited on the morning and didn’t feel nervous until the visit from the registrars.
What music did you walk down the aisle too; does it have a special meaning?
I walked down the aisle to The Piano Guys Beethoven’s 5 Secrets, the song didn’t have any special meaning to it we just liked it because it was a timeless classic song.
Dress: Halfpenny London from Marime Bridal
Grooms Suit: Paul smith
Flowers: All Things Flowers
Cake: That Cake
Hair: Sarah from Meraki Hairdressing
Makeup: Heather Francessca Pro Makeup and Art Studio
Photographer: Nikki Paxton Photography and Film
Videographer: Allan from Strike a Pose
Selfie Mirror and Love Letters: James Entertainments
Roulette table and carnival games: Gray Events ltd.
DJ: Jeff from The Disco and Co
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