Our Jesmond Dene House wedding team love weddings. They have an eye for detail, plenty of experience and a little black book of contacts to ensure your day runs smoothly, and fabulously.
Heading the events department is Christina our Wedding and Events Manager. Christina has been part of the Jesmond Dene House family for almost seven years, and has been here to see the venue go through many changes, some of which have been her own vision including the recent Great Hall Reception Room refurbishment and addition of our newest dreamy outdoor wedding and events space, The Secret Garden. From the initial contact and planning, to seeing the couple’s dreams come to life on the day, Christina loves that each couples day is completely unique to them, and loves creating a special friendship along the way.
Favourite wedding moment: The moment the curtains open as the bride is about to walk down the aisle, guests get the first glimpse of her and hearing everyone gasp and take a breath in awe is a truly magical moment.
After 4 years of selling beautiful engagement & wedding rings, Hannah decided that it was working with couples to make their vision become reality that she loved most and planning weddings became her new career.
Hannah is an expert in all things weddings, especially after planning her very own wedding at Jesmond Dene House two years ago, she knows first hand the best hints and tips to make your day a one to remember.
Favourite part of your job: What I love the most is that every couple has a different dream of their day and working with them to help create that and being part of the journey is something that is so special!
Our part time Wedding and Events Coordinator Chryssoula has been part of the Jesmond Dene House dream team for 3 years.
Chryssoula understands that whether you have an intimate wedding for 10 guests, or something on a larger scale for 110 guests, the same level of care and detail goes into the planning process, as after all it’s the most important day of your life!
Favourite wedding tip: ‘Make sure you have five minutes to yourself to stand back and enjoy seeing everyone you love in the same room celebrating.’
Our Master of Ceremonies Lukasz is one of Jesmond Dene Houses longest serving staff members, Lukasz has been part of the JDH family for 12 years! Starting in the kitchen, working his way up to Conference and Banqueting Manager, he knows the venue inside out and thrives off making sure every couples day goes exactly to plan with some added special touches along the way. As Master of Ceremonies Lukasz and Oli are by your side at every part of the day and will be there to ensure you don’t have to think about a thing, so that you can enjoy time with each other and your guests. Working with a strong, dedicated team Lukasz and his staff are used to hosting a variety of celebrations on all scales and sizes from outdoor garden parties with a BBQ, to six course banqueting feasts in the Great Hall, each wedding day is completely unique at Jesmond Dene House.
Favourite wedding moment: ‘Showing the wedding couple the room for the first time before they go in and sit down for their meal, it’s the first time they will see their vison come to life after all of their hard planning. This is also the moment I will chat to them about speeches and give them a few encouraging words to ease any nerves.’
Executive Head Chef Danny Parker, finalist on BBC2 MasterChef the Professionals and BBC Great British Menu has redesigned the menus using ingredient led dishes.
At Jesmond Dene House, we understand that food is one of the most important elements to a wedding, as this part of the day will leave a lasting impression on the guests – and you want them to be talking about your wedding for all the right reasons! We appreciate that everyone's tastes are different, so we are happy to work with our couples to create bespoke, tailor-made menus using their favourite flavours. As well as sit down banqueting menus, we can also create something a little more relaxed and informal like sharing boards or bespoke buffet menus to reflect the couples style and personalities. We pride ourselves on using fresh, local, seasonal produce, some even from the hotel garden.
Favourite dish from the wedding menu: ‘It’s got to be something indulgent that will wow the guests with every mouthful; Slow Roasted Fillet of Heritage Beef, Gratin Potato, Confit Shallot, Fine Beans, Black Truffle Jus’
If wine is your thing, you'll want to sit down with Jeri.
Jeri joined our team in early 2019 and has revolutionised the wine menu at the hotel. Her role is centred around helping people find their perfect wine! Jeri was lucky enough to gain experience across almost all aspects of the wine industry, from production to education, and having spent several years working in far flung corners of the world.
As a Sommerlier, Jeri appreciates how wine can compliment magic moments and create lasting memories. Join Jeri before your wedding to sample a collection of recommended wines that will be sure to impress your guests!
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