A couple is reflecting on how keeping their wedding to only close friends and family was unknowingly their best decision.

David, 43 and Kate Osgathorp,36, of Ponteland, married in a close 'intimate wedding' at Hexham Abbey, on July 15, with only 15 guests - something they did not initially plan but saw it as a positive thing on the day.

"Our plan for our wedding was to have around 125 guests, which included bridesmaids and groomsmen, "Kate, a Software Quality Specialist, said.

"Unfortunately, Covid had an impact on our decision, so we had to change it to a very intimate wedding, and in the end, we only had 15 guests, which we decided to keep to immediate family and close friends only.

"It is not what we wanted at first, but we were ultimately pleased with our decision at the end of our big day."

The pair first met on a night out in Newcastle in 2010 and decided to give a relationship 'a shot' which led to a whirlwind romance that, eight years later, David decided to ask Kate a 'life-changing' question.

"We got engaged up at Bamburgh in 2018 whilst we were still travelling 280 miles each week to see one another," David, a Company Director and Human Performance Coach at Red Bull Racing Formula1 Team, recalls.

On the wedding day, Kate walked down the aisle to meet two important men in her life, David and their four-year-old son Thomas who stood next to his dad as a ring bearer and best man.

After the ceremony, guests joined the pair for the reception, where they had a children's entertainer and an acoustic singer.

Recalling her wedding day, Kate adds: "It was a great day, and although everything about it was special, two moments stood out to us.

"Firstly, we really appreciated it when our amazing photographers took us to one side.

"This small action and thought allowed us to actually be together and have some fantastic photos as a married couple.

"Secondly, when we took a moment during the evening to step back, we were able to watch all of the people who are so important to us having the most amazing time together."