Love is in the air at Newcastle Cathedral

Newcastle Cathedral is celebrating a Century of Wedding Gowns that features work of some of the top dress designers and some of the most famous wedding dresses of the last century.

Love is in the air at Newcastle Cathedral

Newcastle Cathedral is celebrating a Century of Wedding Gowns that features work of some of the top dress designers and some of the most famous wedding dresses of the last century.

Newcastle Cathedral is celebrating a Century of Wedding Gowns

And on March 19, couples are invited to attend a special Anniversary Celebration Service to renew their commitment whether or not they married in church.

There are reproductions of famous Royal Wedding gowns alongside dresses on loan for the exhibition including a 1923 winter velvet wedding gown hand-made by Coco Chanel for a family friend, and a donation by Kleinfeld in New York which is known for TV’s Say Yes to the Dress.

Among the accompanying accessories is a copy of the Crawley family’s tiara from Downton Abbey which is on display with a wedding gown worn in Northumberland in 1898.

The exhibition displayed throughout the cathedral is the collection of Sunderland-based Kevin Thornhill, who is now retired from his own bridalwear business.

Kevin showcases his collection of dresses to raise funds for charities.

Newcastle Cathedral is celebrating a Century of Wedding Gowns

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of special events, including tours, a catwalk show as well as the chance to examine the workmanship of top designers including Norman Hartnell and Bruce Oldfield.

To find out more about events around this exhibition – including the service for couples to renew vows click here.

Photo credits – Newcastle Chronicle