A couple of north Northumberland wedding venues are celebrating this week after wrapping up top accolades.
Their date with success came on Monday at the North of England Wedding Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, held at York Racecourse.
Newton Hall beat off tough competition from a dozen other venues, including The Alnwick Garden, Eshott Hall, Kirkley Hall and the White Swan Hotel, Alnwick, to lift the premier trophy of the night – Best Wedding Venue in the North East.
Earlier in the evening, Doxford Barns took the New Wedding Business accolade.
The winners were decided partly on a public vote and there were separate gongs for companies in Yorkshire.
Duncan Fisher, who owns the Apartment Group, which runs Newton Hall on the Northumberland coast at Newton-by the Sea, was delighted with the victory.
“We are thrilled with Newton’s continued success at wedding industry awards,” he said.
“Winning the much-sought-after award for the North East’s Best Wedding Venue is yet another great achievement by the team, as well as a testament to the outstanding levels of customer service we pride ourselves on providing to each and every couple.
“Public vote was a huge part of Newton Hall winning this prestigious prize and it simply wouldn’t have been possible without the countless testimonials and nominations from the hundreds of past brides and grooms, eager to share their love of our fantastical venue.”
He added: “Newton Hall – bold, romantic and fantastical – has turned all that is uncool about the traditional country house and replaced it with fun and lots of imagination.”
Doxford Barns took the newcomer honours above four other businesses, including another Apartment Group venue, Le Petit Chateau, at Otterburn.
Richard Shell, general manager of Doxford Barns said: “This prestigious award is a testament to the emphasis the Doxford Barns team places on ensuring our customers receive the very best service possible.
“We are delighted to receive this award and thank everyone who has voted for us.”
The awards are organised by The Wedding Guide, which helps to promote wedding suppliers in the region. For a full shortlist and winners, visit www.northofenglandweddingawards.com/finalists