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Beth Shipperlee

What does it take…

So, what does it take to make a wedding come to life?

2020 will go down in history as the year of adaptation. Businesses have been required to pivot what they do and how they deliver in order to remain open and relevant. Everybody thinks that a wedding will always remain the same however with every new regulation we need to look at our venue in a different light in order to maintain the rural luxe and glamour that Brinkburn can provide.

Our recent photoshoot focused on the ‘Grand on a Small Scale’ wedding offer. Without spoiling the magic I think it is worth sharing some of our thinking around how we turn two tipis that can seat 120 into a unique glamorous venue for 30.  It involved 12 different companies and suppliers behind the scenes and 14 people on the day.  But before all that we started with a tape measure and a blank space.

We knew that we wanted a different style of table that allowed for seating by households, ensured distancing, encouraged people to remain seated, and meant everybody could be together.  With the help of our builder George Bowman we fashioned an amazing table in the shape of a hooped octogan.  We moved the location of our bar and developed four fabric booths so that guests can sit around the bar and fire pit in separate households together but apart.

We used Graeme from Portland Health and Safety to check compliance with the current regulations and ensure safety for guests and staff.

Once we had our set up it was over to Leah and Emily who both work at Brinkburn Northumberland to find the team to dress and make the venue come alive.  We were lucky that a bride and Groom Jess and Jack were keen to see the venue in action before their wedding and so two weeks before they got married, they came to Brinkburn to be our models.  Christine from Lavender Blue dressed the tipis and tables with greenery.  Neil and Mary Wilkins form Wilkins Fine Dining prepared some dishes for the photoshoot.  Sharon from Sadie May Cakes set up a wedding cake for the shoot, Tina Elliott did hair a Sarah Stonehouse the makeup.

Sean Elliott is our go to Wedding Photographer on these occasions.  It is always off to an early start and 10 hours later we seem to have everything we need.

There are so many wonderful suppliers that work hard to make your wedding day special and the majority are now working hard to re-imagine what a wedding day could look like. Here is how they felt about the shoot:

“When Leah at Brinkburn asked me to be involved in a micro wedding photo shoot I jumped at the chance. Brinkburn has always been one of my favourite venues to work at, for obvious reasons, it has so many beautiful areas for brides to wander for images and has an unassuming elegant charm . The request came when sadly brides were postponing their weddings and cancelling dates due to no fault of their own and everyone was at a bit of a low ebb, so it was great to work with an amazing creative team and even better that we’ve often worked together at weddings in the past, it felt almost like the golden days pre covid again! On the day it was a hive of activity with each of us doing our own special thing that brings a wedding together as a whole. Real bride Jessica was such a gorgeous bride to work with too, with lovely blonde hair which I kept soft and natural in keeping with the styling. Every detail was accounted for by the fab team at Brinkburn bringing everything together, the delicious food, to the dress, the beautiful event styling, makeup, to talented photographer Sean working his vibe. I loved every minute of the day, it restored faith and truly emphasised that micro weddings are just as beautiful as larger wedding days. Thank you Emma, Mark and Leah! I can’t wait to be back!!” – Tina Elliott

“It has been so tough for everyone this year so this was so important to show couples what we could do to help them visualise what their intimate wedding would look like on the day. Also important from a suppliers point of view to show couples we are there for them no matter how large or small their day is. Whilst I love preparing for a large wedding a micro wedding is so personal and concentrates on the couple and the love they share without all of the other wedding preparations getting in the way.” – Christine, Lavenders blue flowers

If you would like any further information on the ‘Simply Marry’ package Brinkburn is offering for 15 until end of March, please email:  We hope that we will be able to move into our Grand on a Small Scale for 30 people in April. Email to book a viewing of the venue or simply fill out this quick form below.


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