THERE was a bride bonanza at a Northumberland stately home for its own 20th anniversary.
Dissington Hall, in Dalton near Ponteland, first opened its doors to couples looking for a unique reception venue in 1992 and since then almost 1,000 couples have chosen the Grade II listed Georgian mansion in which to celebrate their nuptials.
To mark the occasion, the family-owned building welcomed back some of its former brides with strawberries and champagne for a special event and the highlight was a parade of the women in their wedding dresses.
Gill Brown, who owns the hall with husband Michael and whose own wedding reception was the very first to be held there, said: “It was fascinating to see the changes in bridal fashion over the years – from the white, meringue-style confections of the 90s to the streamlined column dresses that started to become popular with the dawn of the new Millennium.
“What makes Dissington Hall really special is that we turn it over completely to wedding parties for their special day.
“We don’t do conveyor belt weddings, if you have your wedding here then for that day the hall is yours and yours alone.
“As a result of that, the couples who hire it feel like family to us – it was lovely to see some of our former brides again.”