Couple make History

A couple, made history when they became the first to tie the knot in one of North East's most historic venues.

By Fusion Lifestyle Reporter
August 8, 2012, 6:24 pm
Couple make History

Rachel Lambert and John Elliott, from Newcastle said “I do” in front of 50 friends and family members last week (Aug 4) in the first ever wedding ceremony to be held at the city’s prestigious Laing Art Gallery.

The gallery, at New Bridge Street, is home to internationally acclaimed paintings along with collections of North East silver, glass and pottery and the couple, both aged 32, made their vows in the 18th and 19th Century Gallery, which  houses works by world renowned artists including William Holman Hunt, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough and Gauguin.

“The Laing’s a stunning venue,” said Rachel, a teacher at St Joseph’s RC school in Hebburn, South Tyneside.

“With its sweeping staircase and stunning 18th and 19th Century Gallery, it is really elegant and romantic – the whole day was just magical and we couldn’t have wished for anything better.”

Following the ceremony Rachel and John, a music producer and owner of Loft Music in Newcastle, joined their guests for photographs and a Champagne drinks reception followed by a formal wedding breakfast in the ground floor café, created by Sodexo Prestige, which runs catering and venue hire for the Laing.

Samantha Doyle, area sales and marketing manager for Sodexo Prestige, said: “We’ve catered for a number of wedding receptions here but seeing the Laing host its first wedding ceremony was wonderful.

“The Gallery is a superb addition to the selection of unusual, unique venues available to bridal couples in the North East and we are looking forward to catering for many more weddings there.”

The Laing joins Newcastle’s other major museums, Discovery Museum at Blandford Square and the Great North Museum: Hancock, at Barras Bridge, in offering its unique surroundings for wedding and civil ceremonies.

At Discovery Museum, home to the famous Turbinia steam ship, the magnificent Great Hall provides a stunning location for wedding ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions and can cater for up to 350 guests, while the Turbinia Gallery, Science Maze and Cafe are also licensed for civil ceremonies.

Meanwhile, couples choosing the Great North Museum:Hancock can make their vows in the shadow of a life-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex while their guests marvel at the collections of fascinating relics and historic artefacts.

For further information about holding wedding ceremonies and receptions at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums venues, call 0844 856 1074 or

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