A little taste of Italy

A little taste of Italy

Rachel and Anthony were flying the flag with their Italy-inspired wedding ceremony at the spectacular Otterburn Castle.

In fact, it was the venue's suggestion of flying the Italian flag from its flagpole for two days around the service that helped clinch the deal for the bride and groom, though they were head over heels in love with it to start with.

The couple were keen on getting married in "beautiful" Northumberland and staff at Otterburn Castle went that extra mile to make sure all their needs were catered for.

Along with the flag flying, they were able to release 12 white doves at the entrance and have sugar almonds and money thrown as confetti, as is tradition at Italian weddings, by their 25-30 guests (50-60 in the evening).

The wedding matched the green, white and red of the flag, with the bridesmaid donning a fantastic red gown and the venue's Garden Room dressed with flower garlands made up of the colours.

The couple loved the intimate ceremony at a castle that was not a major tourist attraction but something different to the norm.

After their wonderful first dance, they stayed for two nights and enjoyed the gardens and outlook from the "fantastic and beautiful" venue.

Rachel and Anthony were helped in the preparations for their big day by Northumberland County Council's wedding co-ordination team, and the registrars even donned sashes made up with the Italian flag colours for the ceremony.

The couple said: "They have been absolutely fantastic, so friendly.

"We could not have asked for anything more from either Otterburn Castle or the Northumberland registrars.

"They were both so accommodating, friendly and professional."

Rachel's wonderful dress was provided by Miaspora of Newcastle, the stunning flowers came from Fantasia in Byker and Walton's Suit Hire offered a great service in kitting out the groom. 

Butterchurn Guest House were very accommodating for wedding guests.

Asked if they had any tips for couples looking to get married, Rachel and Anthony said: "Explain everything you want to the venue to get the bespoke wedding you ask for.

"On the day, try to relax and enjoy it, and make every moment special."

The couple certainly did enjoy everything about their special day and venue, so much so that they recently spent their first anniversary, having tied the knot in November 2014, by staying at Otterburn Castle again.

They intend to do the same for every wedding anniversary.

Photos accredited to Gillian Cross Photography.