Donna Hartley-Redfearn

“From a series of demanding, upper project management roles, I realised that the corporate world wasn’t cut out for me or rather, I wasn’t cut out for it anymore. Life in my twenties was fast-paced, running for trains, planes and sleeping in lonely hotel rooms, hitting deadlines and challenging the system…fast forward to thirty-something and with two very small children in tow, I decided I wanted a different lifestyle a role that made me want to jump out of bed on a Monday morning. North East Wedding Planners is my third child, my baby just like my mini-humans I’ve nurtured, loved and encouraged NEWP into the service it is today and I’m super proud.


Multi-award winning, I've had amazing opportunities to work on many exciting projects and weddings including representing the northeast BBC team for Kate Middleton and Prince Williams royal wedding, guest speaker on BBC, Heart and Metro Radio FM,  I've been very privileged to see my couples weddings featured on fabulous blogs - Love My Dress, Rock n Roll Bride, Whimsical Wedding, Unconventional Weddings (And many more..) and not forgetting guest author for many wedding features including the Sunday Times and North East Wedding Magazine to name a few. 


I think I’m what’s known in the north as a grafter, tenacious to the point of being a control freak! If a jobs worth doing, its worth doing well…

What makes me human?


So you’d like to know more about who’s behind this brand! Let’s start with random facts -  salt and vinegar-soaked fish n chips – wrapped in old newspaper and eaten by the sea, glamping over glam, gin by the firepit on a warm summers evening now that’s my idea of heaven and wellies before Jimmy Choos........ I’m a mum to the most amazing two boys, but they will tell you I’m no earth mother… a wife to the most patient man on the planet (He needs a medal) and I’m always up for a challenge. I’m ridiculously passionate about weddings, especially wedding celebrations that reflect the couple,  their love, their story and who they are! 

Why work with me?

If you are looking for honest advice, valuable industry experience and a wealth of knowledge - fabulous we're on the same page. My background is a little different to many professional planners, as a time served project manager and on-site surveyor specialising in large scale builds, I m in my element roaming fields scoping out the land and ready to take on a challenging marquee or tepee build.


In my experience, it all comes down to two things, the Connection and Personality. You must have a Connection with the couple to really get to know them and create a wedding which is all about them, it also makes for a fun planning process!


The other is Personality, taking into account the personality of the setting, of course, the couple and a little of what makes North East Wedding Planners special, bringing it all together to create something stunning, personal and unique. Creating weddings is what I do, what I love doing, and I can’t see myself doing anything else.


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