The festive period was more magical than ever for Elaine Chaplin and Iain Caufield, who tied the knot on Christmas Eve at Morpeth Town Hall.
Christmas time is extra special for this couple. After getting engaged on Christmas Day, Christmas Eve made the perfect choice for their wedding day.
Keeping things local was important to Elaine and Iain, who both grew up in Morpeth. A wedding fair at the town hall confirmed their ideal venue and, as cheese lovers, their wedding cake was made entirely from local cheeses! The day was made even more memorable with the appearance of the groom’s brother, who made the journey all the way from New Zealand.
Instead of receiving wedding presents, the couple asked their guests to make a donation to the Amble lifeboat appeal. The charity was raising money to buy a new boat and as the couple’s five children are all very keen kayakers, the family know the importance of the charity’s life-saving service.
Elaine told us about her day. “The wedding co-ordination team gave us all the advice needed which was great to have on hand as to what could or couldn’t happen. We had arranged for local caterers to do the food for the afternoon reception in the town hall. It was fantastic to be able to have the room set up on the day before, as it would really have been a struggle to fit in all in on the day.”
And Elaine’s advice to others that are planning their big day? “Try to spend some time comparing things or choices and don’t just go for the first thing you see. And don’t be afraid to go online. eBay has some great options, even brand new dresses for a very good price.”
After the reception, the couple travelled to Edinburgh to carry on the celebrations.
Photos accredited to Paul Murphy incidentlight, Cramlington.