A Northumberland Love Story | Jessica & David Wed at Shortflatt Tower

July 18, 2023

Real Wedding Features

Jessica & David Lynn met in Morpeth on a Bank Holiday weekend in 2012. They hit it off straight away and were ‘official’ early in 2013. As they say, when you know, you know. In April 2021, the question was popped on a nine mile hike! They finally tied the knot in their 10th year together.

Their Northumberland Wedding Venue

Jess & David knew that Shortflatt Tower was the wedding destination for them before they even saw it! Having had a browse of the images online, the tower, grounds and cottages looked too good to say no to. 

Despite construction still ongoing, the Lynn’s took a leap and said yes! There was something inviting about the fact none of their friends had seen Shortflatt Tower before; the excitement continued to build when, upon their return to the Tower, they discovered there was so much more to see. 

“It feels like such a magical homely venue, and we loved all the spaces on offer.”

Jess & David’s first dance in The Woodland Suite | Callum Thompson Photography 

Pre-Wedding Party in Northumberland

Jess & David made sure to utilise all of the facilities Shortflatt has to offer; hosting 60 of their guests in the on-site accommodation for a couple of nights for a party before their big day. Our weds-to-be also loved revisiting places from their childhood as they grew up close by and can now associate one of their most significant life memories here too.

Order of the Day

Our bride kickstarted the day by getting all glammed up with her closest friends and family in one of the beautiful rooms offered, Bolam. Enjoying a playlist put together by Jess’ sister and with such lovely hair and makeup artists, the process couldn’t have gone more smoothly. The day quickly felt like a real-life fantasy when the photographers, videographers, flowers and registrars all started to arrive.

The ceremony filled our bride and groom with emotions. As the surreal feelings sunk in, they were about to make it all official. One of their family friends performed the ceremony which made the experience feel even more personal and special. Jess’s personalised promises ensured that she could say all that she wanted to! 

This was followed by her Grandpa reading a personal poem and Jess’ cousin performing a reading; your wedding day is meant to be all about you after all. The day felt so personal and exclusive to Jess and David as they were hidden away in the Woodland Suite surrounded by beautiful views of ancient woodland.

The wedding speeches and breakfast were a real highlight for our newly-weds as all of their loved ones were able to mingle and catch up.

The evening was filled with music by Andy Usher on the Sax and Bongos – a surefire way to get the guests up and dancing! Our happy couple’s first dance was to Heaven by Bryan Adams which transitioned into the DJ Sammy version! A fun surprise for everyone.

The confetti walk, just after the ceremony | Callum Thompson Photography 

Attention to Detail: The Wedding Attire

Jess looked dreamy in her wedding dress from Accent Original, Newcastle. The bardot neckline and mermaid shape made her feel beautiful – an absolutely essential component to enjoying your wedding day! The elegant simplicity of the dress allowed the veil to flourish with the delicate lace detail framing the bride’s face, not to mention its incredible length. Jess’s favourite features of the dress were the buttons running down the back as well as the bodice and train – really, she loved everything about it! With the look tied together with a stunning, sparkly hairband, she could not have wished for more. 

Rocking a pale three-piece dog tooth suit from House of Cavani, David perfectly suited the season. The navy tie and pocket square brought in depth to the outfit whilst complimenting the bridesmaids’ dresses eloquently.

Jess & David take advantage of the numerous photo opportunities within the Shortflatt Tower Estate | Callum Thompson Photography 


Shortflatt Tower – Venue

Callum Thompson and Amy Lou Photography – Photographers

Afashionante Films – Videographer

Accent Original – Bride’s dress

Azazie – Bridesmaid’s dresses

Suit Culture – Suits

Rebecca Cook – Makeup artist

Aimie Foster – Hair stylist

The Flower Folk – Flowers

Tasha O’Reilly – Day time music

Andy Usher DJ – Evening music

Loved by Lucy Designs and Etch Cut – Signage

Gingerino’s Pizza – Pizza

Helena Grace Cakes– Cake

Bespoke Made by Old Eldon Jewellers – Wedding Rings

A Few Words from Jess & David

“Where do we start, just WOW! It is hard to put into words what an incredible experience and wedding we had at Shortflatt Tower. It was everything we wanted and more!

The most stunning and characterful venue and surroundings with such a special feel. And the team at Shortflatt, especially Lois and Eleanor, went out of their way to ensure we were so well looked after, and every little detail was covered. We never felt any question or query was a problem and it was such a pleasure dealing with the Shortflatt Team and building such a nice relationship.

We couldn’t be happier with how thorough the whole team were, going out of their way to meet our wishes and ensuring our day ran smoothly. All of our guests were really well looked after throughout, and it was amazing to see their reaction to the venue. They all loved it! The enthusiasm and energy from everyone was amazing and really helped make our wedding so fun and memorable.

Our guests were amazed by the ‘hidden’ ceremony room and kept getting surprises by discovering new parts of the venue. Guests couldn’t believe the ceremony room was the same place we had our wedding breakfast and evening do as it transformed and opened up into such a perfect, light space. The food and service was incredible and flowed so well, we never felt hurried (even though the day goes by so fast!)

Our guests were also delighted with all the accommodation and very complimentary of all the décor. Some of them have already mentioned re-booking to stay there for a weekend away!

We really couldn’t have asked for a better wedding, and the venue and staff at Shortflatt Tower played a huge role in that.”