One enchanted evening: romantic restaurant reception

Victoria and Kris set the tables with lace, lilac and love

Victoria & Kris: In the beginning


When longtime workmates Victoria and Kris realised their friendship was growing into something much stronger, they didn’t waste much time making it official. “Within months of dating we’d moved in together and six months later we were expecting our daughter, Indiana,” says Victoria.


Photography: Karen McGowran (karenmcgowranphotography.co.uk)

Victoria & Kris: The bells are ringing


After a romantic proposal in New York’s Central Park, the couple gave themselves just four months to plan their wedding, including a traditional ceremony at St Mary the Virgin in Whickham Village, the church where daughter Indiana was christened.

Victoria & Kris: Eat, drink and be married


First choice for their reception was one of their favourite restaurants, As You Like It in Jesmond (asyoulikeitjesmond.com), which specialises in homemade dishes. “We both love the venue and often used to go there for meals or spend time drinking cocktails in their bar.”

Victoria & Kris: Finding the dream dress


Victoria knew she wanted a lace dress and found the perfect one by Justin Alexander (justinalexanderbridal.com) from Rosina Brown in Stocksfield Northumberland (rosinabrownbridal.co.uk).

Victoria & Kris: Back to the future


The soft silk lace dress had a criss-cross back with intricate detailing which was custom-made for Victoria’s petite frame.

Victoria & Kris: Best foot forward


To finish the dream dress with a flourish, Victoria’s perfect shoes were a bargain. “Surprisingly, they were from Dolcis (dolcis.co.uk), and just £30,” she laughs.

Victoria & Kris: The cute factor

Victoria and Kris’ daughter wore a customised dress from Monsoon (monsoon.com). “Rosina at the bridal shop saved some lace and details from the waist band of my own dress which my mother-in-law sewed on to Indiana’s,” says Victoria.

Victoria & Kris: Like your style


Kris chose a dark grey morning suit from Waltons Hire in Newcastle (waltonsmenswear.co.uk) matched with a soft gold cravat.

Victoria & Kris: Flowers in springtime

Victoria’s bouquet was a seasonal celebration of tracelium, antique roses, bouvardia, freesia, lavender, solidago and cornflower, designed by Arthur Ross in Whitley Bay (arthurrossflorist.co.uk).

Victoria & Kris: Style me vintage


The couple chose their reception venue for its laid-back, comfortable feel and for the distinctive décor. “It’s filled with quirky props and shabby décor, and we knew straight away it was right for us,” says Victoria.

Victoria & Kris: Finishing touches


As an event and wedding planner herself (yourpersonaltouch.co.uk), Victoria knows how to create a big effect with small details. Decorative flourishes included delicate chair backs and lacy doilies running along the middle of each table. “The little touches really added to the atmosphere and gave our guests lots to look at and talk about,” she says.

Victoria & Kris: The place settings


“My lovely husband made the place settings,” explains Victoria. “We stamped cards designed to look like luggage tags with a vintage bike motif that we used throughout the wedding.” These were then tied to napkins the couple sourced from Simply Bows (simplybowsandchaircovers.co.uk).

Victoria & Kris: Pillow talk

The Mr & Mrs cushions were handmade to decorate the sofas.

Victoria & Kris: Please take your seats


Victoria created the lace-trimmed cards that formed the table plan and displayed them in two rustic looking wheelbarrows, which she filled with flowers.

Victoria & Kris: Wheely gorgeous


Flowers in the wheelbarrows included aster, September flower, hydrangea, bouvardia, solidago, french ruscus, lavender and muscuri.

Victoria & Kris: What’s on the menu


The menus – telling the guests they would be enjoying dishes including feta with Greek-style salad and hummus, salmon fillets with olive oil mash and sticky toffee pudding – were displayed in vintage silver frames.

Victoria & Kris: Big apple on the Tyne


Guests chose between local ale Newcastle Brown and New York Cosmopolitans, in honour of the spot where Chris proposed. “Our guests were thrilled – it’s surprising how many people don’t like champagne or fizzy wine!” says Victoria.

Victoria & Kris: Cake my day


The couple amazed their guests with a stunning rose-pink cake….which was actually made from dummy tiers. “Kris’ mum made this show cake on cake boards and we actually had our edible cake cut and plated in the kitchen,” says Victoria.

Victoria & Kris: Jammin’ with you


Victoria’s nan made the favours. “She grew Victoria plums in her back garden and made jam for all our guests,” says Victoria. “We made jam jar covers and little labels for the jars that read ‘Thank you for jammin’ with us.”

Victoria & Kris: Blooming gorgeous


Flowers on the table included lots of rustic-looking roses, heathers and lavenders, along with muscuri and bouvardia, arranged in vases and jars wrapped with twine.

Victoria & Kris: Message of love


Even the good-luck messages got the vintage touch, as guests left their cards in a cute, antiquated post tray.

Victoria & Kris: Our top tip


“Enjoy every minute of your planning and get friends and family involved,” says Victoria. “It’s amazing how keen people are to help. And think outside the box; don’t let a venue tell you how you should celebrate your wedding just to make it easy for them. It’s your day so tell them what you want.”


Photography: Karen McGowran (karenmcgowranphotography.co.uk)