A dream Winter wedding for pair

Michael and Rebecca Winter following their wedding at Lumley Castle. Picture by Alan Mason.
Michael and Rebecca Winter following their wedding at Lumley Castle. Picture by Alan Mason.
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A North Shields couple had a dream wedding after being inspired by a name – and a change in the weather.

Rebecca Thompson and Michael Winter, 31, tied the knot at the 600-year-old Lumley Castle, in Chester-le-Street.

Michael and Rebecca Winter. Picture by Alan Mason.

Michael and Rebecca Winter. Picture by Alan Mason.

Morning rain turned to sleet, but by the time the pair exchanged their wedding rings, the ancient castle was crowned with snow – giving their Winter’s tale a story book ending.

Rebecca, 28, a recruitment consultant, said: “It was magical, really.

“Michael’s surname was the inspiration for us having a winter wedding in the first place, but we never dreamed it would actually snow.”

Rebecca added: “We’d chosen William Shakespeare’s play, The Winter’s Tale, as our theme and our table centrepieces were copies of the play.

“Lumley Castle is a story book setting at the best of times, but the snow just turned it into a fairy tale.”

Lumley Castle’s wedding coordinator Claire Sanderson said: “A very great deal of thought and care went in to planning the wedding.

“But, of course, no one can plan the weather – and it couldn’t have been more perfect.”