Graeme Ballands and Stacey Normandale tied the knot on 18 September 2015 at the fabulous Linden Hall. They’ve known each other for 12 years and been a couple for four.
Graeme proposed on Christmas Eve after a group including him, friends and family sang a romantic Christmas song on the karaoke. Stacey described it as “unexpected, romantic and a little bit cheesy”. The new Mr and Mrs won their wedding via a competition on Metro Radio. The couple had already looked at Linden Hall and loved it, so they were over the moon when they won the wedding there.
Graeme and Stacey had to play a game of Mr and Mrs to see how well they knew each other – and they got through this round no problem. They then had to change a bed together, timed, to see how they worked together. Again, they breezed through this round making it to the final six couples.
The final challenge was to raise as much money as possible, in two weeks, for Cash for Kids. Graeme and Stacey raised a staggering £13,000, pipping the others to the post and winning their dream wedding.
Stacey told us her favourite part of the special day had to be the speeches by her dad, new husband and best man Paul. There were tears and laughter through all of them. Even Graeme had happy tears which was lovely to see. Mr and Mrs Ballands will always remember that Stacey almost forgot Graeme’s name during the ceremony due to nerves. She said it was really embarrassing but really funny too.
The couple said: “Northumberland’s wedding co-ordination team are really great! Booking and personalising was so straightforward and it’s great that the team are in touch throughout the process, to reassure and answer any queries. The gentleman who conducted our ceremony was fabulous, keeping us both calm and giving a personal and relaxed ceremony.”
We asked the bride for some advice for any couples who are planning their wedding. She said. “It was hard work planning the entire wedding in six months when working etc, so set a realistic timescale. “Do what makes you happy, it’s your day and you should do what makes you happy, not others. “Go to plenty of wedding fairs and open days to get ideas and find reliable suppliers.
“On the day, just relax, enjoy and don’t stress. Make sure you get as many pictures as possible to keeps as treasured memories forever.”
- Lena Sto. Domingo - Casa Blanca Photography