The feedback we always receive from wedding couples is that Rockliffe Hall is the wow venue that they want for their Wedding Day and we certainly never tire of photographing weddings there.
Apart from it’s beautiful architecture and obvious grandeur it has a very interesting history. This has been reflected in many of the names used for the houses and suites included in the resort complex. The mansion was originally three properties, but in 1851 the Backhouse family purchased the estate and converted them into one, prior to commissioning fellow Quaker Alfred Waterhouse to rebuild and re-landscape much of the main building, This intensive landscape done in the late 1800s has enhanced the outstanding golf course with it’s natural contours and features.
In 1918, Lord Southampton purchased the estate and as a keen cricketer and sportsman, he formed the Rockliffe Park Cricket club, which still exists on neighbouring land today.
In 1950 the Rockliffe Park Estate changed hands once more, bought by the Catholic Brothers from St John of God and converted into a hospital and then a community centre. For a little while prior to 1996 the property stood empty before being bought by Middlesbrough Football Club to establish an award winning new centre for it’s training facilities.
Rockliffe Hall as we know it today with it’s outstanding golf course and first class spa facilities was finally opened in 2009 and is gaining a wonderful reputation as a luxury venue.
Claire and David choose Rockliffe Hall so that their guests could experience this amazing five star hotel, they chose to stay the night prior to the wedding to relax and enjoy the build up to their “Big Day”. Claire’s bridesmaids wore lilac, while her beautiful lace dress was from the designer Essence and supplied by Accent of Newcastle. The gorgeous stationery was supplied by Rockliffe’s preferred supplier Noble Fine Art. The wedding flowers were provided by Flowers by Nattrass and made up of roses, freesia and sea holly and they also decorated the poles in the Orangery, where the ceremony took place, followed by drinks reception in the Old Hall. The weather was mainly wet but we did managed to venture out with Claire & David for a few minutes to catch a few photos in the beautifully landscaped gardens. Finally we retired to The Rockliffe Suite for the wedding breakfast and speeches.