An Elegant & Stylish Summer Wedding at Bellingham Castle: Grainne + Jamie

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Happy Monday. It really is a great Monday, this weather has me in such a fun and sunny mood which isn’t great for the old work productivity FYI, but I’ll take it for now! 

I hope you had the chance to bask in the summer sun this past weekend and are ready for a busy week. If you’ve kids you’ll know this is the last week of school before we embark on eight weeks of school holidays (exciting and scary in equal measure) and if you’ve no kids you’ll be pleased to know by Friday the roads will be a lot quieter in the mornings. 

Today we have the most beautiful wedding to share from Adam and Grace Photography. Two things that strike me about Grainne and Jamie’s day is Grainne’s smile, she literally smiled and laughed all day long and her wedding dress has pockets – the holy grail in bridal accoutrements! Thanks for sharing your day guys.

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Couple: Grainne + Jamie 

“We first met through a friend we had in common, I knew I fancied Jamie from the offset so I took a risk and done the cheesy thing and added him on Facebook, he accepted but that was it, I never heard from him. I quickly deleted him after a few days and a couple of weeks later I was surprised to see a friend request from him and we started chatting. We had quickly arranged a date and Jamie took me to his favourite Ice Cream parlour in Hilltown.” 

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

The Proposal 

“We got engaged on December, 20th 2014. Jamie had booked one of my favourite restaurants in Carlingford for dinner, we sat down for dinner and my plate arrived with a big blue box on it. Once I opened the box there was a Christmas tree bauble inside with gold ribbon inside with ‘Grainne will you marry me’ on it. We had spoke about marriage etc, but I never ever expected it to happen then.”

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Wedding date: Saturday 13th May 2017 

Ceremony: St Catherine’s, Dominican Chapel, Newry 

Reception:  Bellingham Castle, Castlebellingham

Our Planning

“I started off looking for venues, I knew I wanted something which was exclusive to us for the day. I had been to a few places and couldn’t find anything I truly loved. Jamie organised the viewing for Bellingham Castle and from the moment we drove up the driveway I was in love and we both knew this was exactly what we had imagined for our day. I had been to a few wedding fayres but the one I found the most helpful was the Quirky wedding fayre, with lots of help from my mum we knew exactly what I wanted so we just worked our way through a list and one by one we ticked them off. I never got stressed and I really do believe the key to the build up of any wedding is to stay relaxed! When you go for a classic wedding look and a venue like Bellingham Castle it speaks for itself.” 

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Our Style

“I wanted the day to be very classic and elegant. My colour scheme actually came about as I had picked my wedding invitations before anything else. I had saw my invites at the Quirky Wedding fayre and I knew I loved the vibrant colours. The stationery was made by Kerry at The White Letter and featured a gorgeous floral arrangement in beautiful colours.”  

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

My Dress

“I got my dress in La Boda Bridal in Banbridge, it was by Pronovias. My Mum was saying to me when we got engaged that she was dreading the dress shopping and I would have her half way around the country, but I done some research and knew I wanted a classic dress. I went with one dress in my head to try it on and it was the one! 

My bridesmaids were by Maids to Measure from Petticoat Lane in Hillsborough. I had been bridesmaid at my brothers wedding and I loved everything about Petticoat Lane so I decided to book in for my own, I just wanted the bridesmaids to be comfortable as I find this is key in having a wonderful day.”

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Our Highlights

“The day was more than I ever could have wished for, Bellingham Castle just make you feel like a complete princess, from the moment your view the premises until we left. I just loved every moment of it. The food, the service – just everything was outstanding!  The highlight of my day was walking down the aisle with Hugh & seeing everyone looking at me and Jamie’s nervous looking face at the top!”

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Our Advice

“My advice for any bride & groom is have no regrets and be calm on the day as it just flies by, before you know it is all over!”

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Our Honeymoon

“Our honeymoon really was a trip of a lifetime. We flew to San Francisco, then drove down Highway 1 and stopped at Carmel by the sea, Cambria, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Palm Springs and finally in Las Vegas!”

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Bellingham Castle, Adam & Grace Photography

Super Suppliers

Venue: Bellingham Castle, Castlebellingham.

Wedding dress: La Boda Bridal, Banbridge.

Headpiece: Bespoke by Roslyn, Crossmaglen.  

Bridesmaids dresses: Petticoat Lane Bridal, Hillsborough. 

Hair: Kay Burns Hair. 

Makeup: S.A.K.Designs, Glenanne. 

Groomswear: Red Grooms, Belfast. 

Stationery: The White Letter, Belfast.

Cake: Primrose Lane Bakery.

Flowers: Millie Flori, Camlough. 

Band: The Professionals.

Surprise singers: Cameoflage.

Bridal cars: AW Beckett.

MOB outfit: McElhinneys, Ballybofey.

Photography: Adam & Grace Photography.