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An Afternoon Outdoor Wedding at Ballymagarvey Village Featuring Pretty Whimsical Styling: Emma + Andrew

September 11, 2019
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers

Good morning and happy Wedding Wednesday!

It’s great to be back today with the prettiest of weddings held at Ballymagarvey Village in County Meath. Emma and Andrew really wanted their day to have a relaxed vibe and I think that’s exactly what they got – I adore their images by Ali and Laura Photography and their beautiful florals from Ditsy Floral Design they are so dreamy!

I hope you enjoy and are having a great week! Em x

Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers

Couple: Emma + Andrew O’Brien 

“We knew of each other about 10 years before we started dating, but years later when we were both recently single Andrew went to a wedding on his own that my sister was also at. She was talking to him at the end of the night and told him he would be a good man for her sister! On the mention of my name Andrew couldn’t believe we were both single and asked her to put my number in his phone, she sneakily sent the first text pretending to be him…and the rest is history!” 

Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers

The Proposal 

“For my birthday present Andrew took me to Thailand, it was a few months after we had moved into our new home together and everything was going well! Half way through the trip he had organised a romantic dinner on the beach with our own chef and waiter. When I read the menu I did wonder why he had ordered ‘vanilla cake’ for dessert amongst with all the other exotic dishes (I assumed it was because Andrew is a very plain eater), but to my surprise the cake came out at the end of the meal with the words ‘Will you marry me’ written on top, and he was down on one knee with a ring he had picked before he left, and carried all over Thailand for the previous week!”

Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers

Wedding date: Tuesday 10th July 2018

Ceremony & Reception: Ballymagarvey Village, County Meath

Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers

Our Planning

“The vibe of the day was most important to us, we wanted it to be relaxed and in the afternoon, all in one location and outdoors. We got exactly what we wanted – Ballymagarvey held our ceremony outside in the garden at 3pm on one of the hottest days of summer! I came down the aisle to ‘My Girl’ on the acoustic guitar. The guests relaxed in the gardens all afternoon and after the evening meal the dancing continued to 3am!” 

Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers

Our Budget & Suppliers

“We didn’t set a budget however, we tried not to go over the top in extra decorations as the venue is already beautiful, instead we put the money towards feeding our guests good food (steak) and good music all night long. My cousin Luke recently started his own cake business called Luke’s Good  so I had to have him to help start up his business!” 

Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers

Our Style 

“I chose a Mori Lee full princess gown with delicate straps, vintage lace on the bodice and tulle skirt which had a slight pink/caramel undertone.

It was the first dress I ever tried on! I knew I loved it as soon as I put my hand on it and I burst into tears as soon as I tried it on! Then to be double sure it was the one I visited about another eight bridal boutiques and just kept finding myself trying to recreate the same look! 

The bridesmaids wore light pink/peach dresses which also had delicate straps and instead of lace on the bodice they had every subtle beading, they had braids and flowers in their hair to bring in the whimsical theme. 

The flower girls had a little flower crown and held a little floral hoop. Their dresses were plain cream but had little faux pink rose petals within the tulle skirt.

Andrew knew he wanted plain navy, he chose three piece Herbie Frogg suits. The men all wore a knitted dicky bow to bring in the vintage feel and Andrew’s waistcoat was slightly different to the boys in a checkered blue.” 

Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers

Our Advice

“Don’t splurge on the small stuff. We tried not to get carried away with all the little extras which really add up, at the end of the day your guests just like good food and good music, we wanted to make sure everyone else had a great time too.

Spend money on a good photographer and make sure you like their style. I researched photographers before choosing ours, not only did we love their style but we just clicked with them as soon as we met, they made our day and made us feel like we were just hanging out with our friends on our wedding day. We are so delighted with our photos and they have completely captured our day, we can relive it all just by looking at our photos over and over again.

I would also say just go with your gut, I had a shop assistant tell me the bridesmaid dresses I picked out didn’t go with my dress and it really made me doubt my choice, but in the end I’m delighted with the dresses and loved how it all came together, you have to just trust your vision and it will come to life exactly how you imagine it to be.

And finally, as we are from Northern Ireland we had a lot of extra legal paperwork to do to get married and have our ceremony in the Republic of Ireland, as legally it’s like getting married outside of the country. A lot of extra paperwork had to be done and validated in both countries, and everything must be completed exactly three months before the wedding. It was little stressful and caused extra expense but we really wanted to have the ceremony and reception all in one place.” 

Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers
Summer wedding at Ballymagarvey Village, Ali & Laura Photographers

Wedding Suppliers 

Photographer: Ali & Laura Photography, Londonderry.  

Venue: Ballymagarvey Village, Co Meath.

Wedding dress: Elody Bride, Newry.

Bridesmaids dresses: Perfect Day, Lurgan.

Grooms wear: Herbie Frogg.

Cake: Luke’s Good, Craigavon.

Flowers: Ditsy Floral Design, Loughbrickland.

Videographer: Soul & Rise, Belfast.

Entertainment: The Nooks, County Down.

Hair: Anya Graham from Cut Both Ways, Rathfriland.

Makeup: Rachelle Hannah from The Look Salon, Rathfriland.

Acoustic guitar: Chris Bateman.

Honeymoon: Bali.

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