Real Wedding – Lindsey & Martin



Lindsey and Martin married in Spring and completely embraced the season with fresh, vibrant colours and lots of Easter eggs.  Ellingham Hall is a very elegant venue so the styling and decor needed to complement the surroundings. Lindsey didn’t want a theme but instead used the colour of her maid of honours dress as an anchor and built her style around that.

After talking about flowers that Lindsey liked and wanted to include we designed beautiful bouquets with tulips, vibernum, ranunculus, roses, wax flower, hypericum and astilbe for the bride and bridesmaids. The flower girls had gorgeous flower crowns made with wax flower as well as small posies to carry.

The guest tables were dressed with a simple ceramic jug filled with flowers and we made a lush foliage garland speckled with the same flowers.

The rest of the room was dressed in similar colours using coral coloured sashes on the chairs and a lemon yellow tulip at each place setting.

Our vintage bike welcomed guests at the front door and pointed out the way to the ceremony.


All images: Focal Point Photography

Thought Foundation – A Styled Shoot

Thought Foundation is a fantastic new venue which will be offering a very limited selection of dates for weddings each year. It’s an industrial space with lots to offer in terms of flexibility and the space really lends itself to getting creative. The husband and wife team at the helm want to offer a space that is useful to the local community and it’s a completely flexible diy venue.

Faye from Faye Darcy Events asked me to get on board with this shoot and help her style it. I jumped at the chance. We wanted to use a bright colour pallette with a bit of a nod to the tropical style the warmer weather has brought to my social media feeds recently.

Faye went for a really relaxed look for the bride and groom as she really wanted an informal feel and the decor needed to reflect that. I went for a floral hoop instead of a bouquet to tie in with the alternative, laid back style.

We set up a ceremony area using the industrial arch and wooden fruit crates to create an altar, with mismatched wooden chairs and festoon lighting.


The peacock chair is so fabulous! I simply dressed it with some foliage and a few flower heads. With a backdrop of the tropical balloon arch it create the perfect photo opportunity.

Sharon from Sadie May Cakes made a gorgeous cake hand painted with copper streaks and hot pink sugar flowers, we simply dressed it with foliage.

We set up pa top table on rustic trestle tables made from scaffolding boards. Dressed with a foliage garland, copper bottle vases, copper cutlery and amazing, colourful stationery from Amanda Michelle

Lux Lumina brought their showstopper glitterball heart which paired with rose gold sequin bunting from Emma Bunting made the perfect romantic backdrop.

Photography – Gavin Forster Photography

Curator – Faye Darcy Events

Venue – Thought Foundation

Florals and Styling – Ruby Tuesday Events

Cake – Sadie May Cakes

Pendant Lights – Festoon Lighting

Glitterball Heart – Lux Lumina

Stationery – Amanda Michelle

Bunting – Emma Bunting

Make Up – Helen Paisley

Furniture – Available to hire from Ruby Tuesday Events



Venue Focus – Barn on the Bay

Barn on the Bay is a brand new wedding venue launching in 2017 on the stunning Northumbrian coastline.

Calico Barn was opened in 2016 offering gorgeous group accommodation in a rustic but modern building out near Druridge Bay located on a working farm. The site has plenty of space for camping and can even offer bell tents for hire so even more guests can stay over.

The barn can seat up to 50 guests for a ceremony and there is space to attach a marquee or tipi to the barn too.


Booking your wedding at Barn on the Bay means you get access from Friday until Sunday so you can really make a weekend of it. The package is super flexible giving you complete freedom over your choice of suppliers, a beautiful Shepherd’s Hut is included for the bride and groom and there is also a section of the dunes overlooking the bay making this a truly unique venue offering.

We’re really excited to work with this amazing new venue as the recommended supplier for planning, coordination, styling and florals.

Find out more from the website here.


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Meet The Team

Ruby Tuesday Events started off a few years ago as a one woman show. Since then we’ve grown to offer a full and flexible styling service with a big hire collection and a flair for floral design, and I can’t do it all on my own anymore.

I’m lucky enough to have a fantastic team of strong, talented, creative, wonderful women around me who all bring so much to our team.

You’ll see most of us setting up at events around the north east but there are also a couple behind the scenes who keep things ticking over nicely.

Let’s find out a bit more about who make up Ruby Tuesday Events ……




I’ve worked in the hospitality industry since I was at school and I realised early on that I wanted to work for the best. With over 10 years experience in event management, I’ve worked extensively at the top end of the industry.

My previous roles have included organising, planning and running all kinds of weddings, celebrations and parties in a 5 star hotel as well as working in Michelin Star standard restaurants which require working to a very high standard. I’ve even worked for a couple of celebrity chefs along the way.

I grew up with a flower arranging mum and have always loved fresh flowers



Rachel is the right hand to my left, and we’ve been friends since our school days. We’ve also worked together within the 21 Hospitality Group both as very young adults and again later on as slightly more grown up adults. Rachel has an extensive background in hospitality and has worked in hotels, restaurants and even the Disney Cruise liner as well as the resort.

Shortly after getting married she moved to Australia with her husband and returned home after starting a family. Now with two gorgeous little people at home she is an almost full time mum. Rachel helps me on the days when I’m preparing wedding flowers and she makes all of the button holes and ladies corsages. She also mastered our specific technique for making flower crowns. Rachel is also with me on set up day too, she’s the best a tying ribbons into bows and always makes sure we get a cup of tea. 




Faye is a wedding planning colleague who has brought the concept of ‘Pop Up Weddings’ to the UK since moving home from Australia last year. She has put together a collective of great wedding suppliers all wrapped up in one stylish and affordable package that will ‘pop up’ in some amazing venues. Ruby Tuesday Events are the stylist for her pop up weddings and she’s a dream to work with Have a look at here website to find out more. Faye Darcy Pop-Up Weddings

Faye has extensive event planning and management experience so she helps with set ups when I need an extra pair of hands. She is the fastest, neatest chair sash tier I have ever seen – lightning!
Faye has a great sense of style and our creative ideas that we work on together are some of my favourite.





Today, we’d like to introduce our third member of the team, Beth. Beth is an advertising and marketing student at Northumbria University who looks after our social media. Our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts are all facilitated by Beth and she is a total pro at Photoshop where she creates all of our infographics.

Beth has an incredible eye for detail (demonstrated by her always flawless make up) and also a sharp sense of humour. Alongside her final year and part time job for an award winning marketing agency, she will be taking a look at the visual branding for Ruby Tuesdays and helping to redesign our logo, business cards and promotional booklets!



10 Wedding Traditions Explained

1. The White Dress
Contrary to popular belief, the traditional white dress doesn’t symbolise the brides virginity but actually is thought to have come about after Queen Victoria wore white to her own wedding. Before this became a fashion that turned into a tradition women would simply wear their best dress to get married in.

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2. Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids would dress the same (as each other and also the bride) in order to confuse evil spirits or would be kidnappers who were thought to want to take the bride.

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3. Bridal Bouquet
Centuries ago people bathed very few times a year and so carrying a bouquet of freshly cut flowers helped to mask the smell of body odour!

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4. Tiered Wedding Cakes
A long time ago guests would bring cakes to weddings as gifts and stack them up on top of each other creating the tiered effect.

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5. Wearing a Veil
Sometimes attributed to warding off those evil spirits a veil was also handy in arranged marriages where the groom did not know what his bride to be looked like. The veil would hide her face until the vows had been made meaning families could marry off their least attractive daughter without the groom getting cold feet.

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6. The Best Man
Germanic Goths would travel to neighbouring villages to take a bride of their choice without consent of either the bride or her family and would take a wing-man who wast the strongest or ‘Best’ man with them for back up.

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7. The Bride Standing on the Left
Understandably, the brides family might want to try to take her back so the bride would be held on the left hand side of the groom so his right hand or sword hand was free to fight off any rescuers.


8. The Honeymoon
Again to avoid the brides family taking her back from her new groom he would take her away and hide for 30 days or 1 moon cycle. Friends and family would bring food and honey to keep them going hence honey-moon.

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9. Throwing Confetti
This has evolved from throwing rice which was thought to encourage fertility.

Confetti Shot

10. Wedding Favours
Traditionally, five sugared almonds were given to the ladies only to symbolise fertility, longevity, health, wealth and happiness.

Real Wedding – Carly & Mike


Carly & Mike had a super relaxed day at the amazing Crook Hall and Gardens which sits in the heart of Durham city centre but is actually a beautiful collection of seven gorgeous gardens.

They came to me to help with styling the day from the initial design, sourcing wedding decorations, setting up on the day as well as providing all the flowers for the bridal party and the guest tables.


The weather was kind enough on the day to allow for both the ceremony and wedding breakfast to be held outside. We dressed the gazebo outside with trailing ribbons in rainbow colours and dressed the chairs lining the aisle to match.


Carly & Mike wanted to reflect themselves as a couple (which I always recommend) and so we incorporated a musical theme using records and tables named after their favourite albums.

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They wanted a bright colour scheme inspired by their weeding cake so we picked up these colours with giant balloons and also in the flowers we used.

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We made flower crowns for Carly and all her bridesmaids that complemented their bouquets.

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Mike and the groomsmen had gorgeous dahlia boutonnieres.

Button Hole

I loved styling this wedding, it was such fun working with a fantastic couple and the venue is an absolute gem.

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Venue Focus – The Parlour @ Blagdon

Back in September I styled a beautiful wedding at The Parlour at Blagdon. This was the first time I’d visited this venue and I was honestly blown away by what they have on offer.

Blagdon Parlour Wedding Styling

Nigel, the owner, has transformed what used to be a garden centre into a gorgeous space with a relaxed atmosphere while delivering top quality customer service. The bistro on any normal day serves up breakfasts lunches and even dinner but this is literally transformed for your ceremony into a room with bags of character.

The Parlour at Blagdon Wedding Decorations

There is then a dedicated function room across the courtyard called The Willow Room which can seat around 90 people and has it’s own bar inside. This room is an ideal reception room and the wooden beams give loads of options for room decor. Think fairy lights, paper lanterns, bunting, floral installations and more.

Blagdon Parlour Willow Room

Blagdon Parlour Venue Dressing

What impressed me most about this venue the first time I was involved with a wedding there was the standard of service on offer. The team are trained to offer a high quality service that you would expect in a 5 star hotel and yet the atmosphere is friendly, relaxed and informal. This is a combination that’s hard to find elsewhere in the north east. The food looks pretty good too!

img_0280 Dinner at Blagdon Parlour

If you’ve already got your wedding venue booked then how about an afternoon tea hen party? The Parlour specialise in afternoon tea and have plenty of private spaces that you can book for a girly get together.


Rustic Wedding Styling Blagdon Parlour

Have a look at the website to see what they have on offer.

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At The Beach – A Styled Shoot

Earlier this year I was asked to make a bouquet for a beach themed photoshoot.

Kim from Kim Waterson Fine Art Photography  told me she was arranging a glamourous beachside photo shoot and wanted something dramatic using purples and foliage. I loved creating this bouquet with an organic shape and lots of texture.

The images are aboslutely stunning.

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Photography – Kimberley Waterson

Flowers – Ruby Tuesday Events

Stationery – The Vintage Wedding Co.

Cake – Sadie May Cakes

A Day in the Life of a Wedding Coordinator

DIY weddings are on the rise and 2016 has certainly been the year of the village hall wedding so far. Lots of couples are looking for something different for their venue and with a little imagination and creativity, you can turn anything into a reception venue. A barn, a tipi in a field, an old cinema, a warehouse or a local village hall are all popular (and often budget friendly) options to host your fabulous wedding reception but unlike hotel venues they’re not always set up with a team of people to look after you.

You might be bringing in a bar team and caterers to serve the food and drink, you might have access the day before to set up and also the day after to clear up again . Your bridal party, friends and family are all willing to muck in and help so why would you need a coordinator? What do they even do on the wedding day?

Last weekend I coordinated the wedding reception of Amy & Chris who had a fantastic day! pm They married at their local church and then held their reception at Stannington Village Hall. Here’s a timeline of what I did for them as the ‘On the Day’ wedding coordinator.

The planning process:

I’ve met with the bride twice for in depth consultations where we discussed all aspects of the wedding day and I advised on timings, procedures and other bits and bobs. We also email frequently to keep up to date on all the plans and create a detailed schedule and info sheet for the day.

The day before:

  • Meet with Amy to run through all final timings and details. Collect their decor, wines, table plan, guest book, sweets for the candy bar and lots of other bits and pieces.

On the Day:

  • 8.45am  Arrive on site at the village hall. The tables and chairs have been laid out by the caretaker already. Meet with the  caretaker and find out where all the power sockets, light switches and fire exits are. Make sure I know how to operate the boiler, dishwasher, PA system and what the lock up procedure is.
  • 9.00am My set up assistant arrives. She sets off fitting the lace sashes to the chairs, all 120 of them.
  • 9.10am Get the white wine and Prosecco into the fridge to make sure it’s chilled ready for the guests arrival later today. Unpack the table decorations and candy bar bits and bobs fro the car.
  • 9.30am Start hanging bunting in the main hall. I use sticky hooks which leave absolutely no damage or marks at all, They are fantastic for hanging bunting and also stringing fishing wire to hang paper lanterns.
  • 10.00am The linen supplier arrives on site and cloths the tables in the main room. Once she finishes I check that the chairs are set out correctly according to the table plan. They aren’t so we need to find extra chairs and put sashes on those too.
  • 10.15am This village hall has it’s own (very well stocked) bar which is run a volunteer who sits on the committee. David asks me to go through timings and schedule for the day with him. I ask him for flutes and wine glasses to set the tables with.
  • 10.30am Carry on hanging bunting.
  • 11.00am Start setting the tables with napkins, cutlery, wine glasses. I’m using cutlery and glassware from the hall today and realise that we are short of 3 forks. I know the caterers aren’t bringing any with them so I toy with the idea of driving home and picking some up from my own collection. Then I realise that there is a pub about 100 yards away so I pop over there and borrow some from them. Afterwards, I set out table numbers, lanterns with tea lights and slices of wood which jars of flowers will be placed upon. The jars are coming with one of the guests later.
  • 12.00noon Set up a table just inside the main doors to serve an arrival drink from. Set out 100 flutes and several tumblers and a couple of glass jugs.
  • 1.00pm Set up the candy bar, dress tables with cloths and bunting in the side room. Scatter table confetti on the dining tables. Set out the finger print tree with instructions and put out the guest book.
  • 2.00pm The catering team arrive. I’ve worked with Kenny before at a village hall wedding so we know how the operation will roughly work. He brings a team of two servers with him and we run through the timings and arrangements working out who will do what and when.
  • 2.15pm Find some platters in the kitchen and cover them with the napkins provided by the bride and groom. I’ll use this later to serve the cut cake from.
  • 2.30pm Set up the table plan and the cake stand ready for the cake which will arrive with on eof the guests.
  • 3.00pm Go over my notes for the day and make sure that everything is in place ready for the guests arrival.
  • 3.15pm Start pouring Prosecco into the flutes.
  • 3.30pm The guests are due to arrive now but are running late.
  • 4.00pm Guests start to arrive. Various guests give me jars of flowers for the tables, chocolate tortes for the dessert table, lunchboxes for the children, the cak arrives and so with help from the bridesmaids I get these all to the right place. I then man the drinks table making sure that everyone gets a glass of Prosecco on arrival or orange juice for the children.
  • 4.30pm We’re running about half an hour behind schedule and the guests are still trickling in. I pour the last few glasses of Prosecco and leave them for the guests to help themselves. The catering team have really kindly offered to help get the flutes collected in, washed and onto the table ready for the speeches so we all rush around picking up empty flute glasses.
  • 5.00pm The bride is keen to get sat down and start the speeches so we don’t run into arrival of the evening guests but we’re not ready just yet. It takes another 15mins to get the glasses on the table and filled with more Prosecco, as well as putting out bottles of wine ready for the meal.
  • 5.15pm I make an announcement asking the guests to take their seats at the tables. Most of them sit down quickly but there is a reasonably big queue of (mainly) blokes at the bar. After a couple of minutes I diplomatically ask them to take their seats so that we can start the speeches and let them know there is wine on the table. Unusually, it’s only one of the ushers who is resistant and again, I have use my diplomatic skills to persuade him to forfeit a beer for half an hour so that the bride and groom aren’t waiting for him on their wedding day!
  • 5.20pm Acting as Master of Ceremonies for the day, I introduce the speeches in turn. Breaking with tradition today the speeches are made by the Bride, the Groom and the Best Man, The brides speech is possibly one of the most emotional I’ve ever heard. I have to admit she brought a tear to my eye.
  • 6.00pm The speeches finish and I announce the cutting of the cake as we’re serving this as part of the dessert course. I ten invite the guests table by table up to be served the hog roast.
  • 6.45pm With the help of the catering team again we cut the cake into fingers and I set out rocky road onto platters. I fill a huge punch bowl with strawberries and portion up the homemade chocolate tortes. I fill up the sweet jars too and leave the guests to discover and help themselves to the dessert bar as the evening guests are starting to arrive. The catering team clear the dirty plates.
  • 7.00pm The evening guests are offered food from the hog roast as they arrive and so I start to coordinate the turnaround of the main room. The band are here and starting to set up their equipment so I need to clear the dancefloor. I recruit the ushers, best man, bridesmaids and the grooms 5 sisters to help me clear the tables of all glasses, flowers, bottles of wine, napkins and personal belongings and we move several tables into the bar so there is a quieter area for guests who want to sit and chat.
  • 8.00pm I start clearing up as much as I can. Again with help I clear the dirty dessert plates and start putting them through the dishwasher. I get rid of empty bottles into the bottle bank and have a general clear up in the kitchen. It’s at this point that I realise I haven’t eaten or had a drink of anything all day so I gulp down a glass of orange juice and manage half a cheese sandwich that was left over from the kids lunchboxes!
  • 8.45pm I put out the cheeseboard , crackers, grapes and chutneys and replenish the dessert bar with the chocolate torte.
  • 9.00pm I check that the band are all set and don’t need any help. I speak with the grooms parents who are in charge of the clear up operation in the morning and let them know where I’ve left things for them to collect.
  • 9.10pm Say my goodbyes to the bride and groom. All the formalities have been taken care of and there’s nothing left for me to do so I leave them to enjoy the band and get their dancing shoes on.
  • 9.15pm Go home and put my feet up with a glass of wine.

Coordinating a wedding day in a DIY venue is such a rewarding job. I get to be part of the most special day for some amazing couples and guide them through unfamiliar territory. It is also bloody hard work. In my opinion it’s a blend of hospitality, crowd control, foreseeing problems, dealing with the unexpected and good hard graft. Without a coordinator this couple would certainly have still had a wonderful day but having someone there for them means that they don’t need to think about how all these little jobs will get done leaving them to simply enjoy their special day.