Real Couples

Anna + Andy

June 7, 2019

It’s Friday and I am delighted! I know you shouldn’t live for the weekend, or wish the weeks away but I can’t help love that wee feeling of freedom that Saturday and Sunday bring. And after the wettest week in history it can only get better, surely?! 

Today we have the prettiest wedding of Anna and Andy to share. This adorable couple said I Do last October and celebrated with their family and friends in beautiful style. Anna is a wedding stationery designer by trade, so you know, her details were incredible. Enjoy and have a lovely one. 

The couple: Anna + Andy Gibson 

“We met at Hamilton Road Baptist Church in 2013, I was 17 and Andy was 19. He came up to me after he had seen me speak and we started chatting! We started going out for coffees in November and started going out on the 1st December, we’ve been together for just over 5 years now and have been through so much together.” 

The Proposal 

“The proposal was just WOW! We are very big into running and our first race together was the Belfast Half Marathon in September 2014, we do loads of races but this race is the only race we do together and it is really special to us. In September 2016, we were running the race and when we were on the final 100m straight, Andy grabbed my hand and said his hip was starting to hurt and when we had 50m to go, he pulled me back to a stop and I turned around to see if he was okay and Andy got down on one one, right there in front of everyone and he asked me to marry him, of course I said yes. It was such a surprise and absolutely amazing!” 

Wedding date: Saturday 6th October 2018

Ceremony: Hamilton Road Baptist Church

Reception: The Mill at Ballydugan, Downpatrick

Our Planning

“Our top priority for the whole day was obviously to get married…haha that’s literally all we wanted but we also just wanted everyone to have an amazing time! The Mill added to this as it’s such a beautiful location and has amazing space where everyone could use hang out and the glorious weather meant that this could happen! We had The Picture Bus outside for people to use and everyone mentioned how they thought it was class!

All we literally wanted for our wedding day was for everyone to feel relaxed to to enjoy the day as much as we would! We wanted it to be everything we love in one place.” 

Our Budget & Suppliers

“We didn’t set a budget but we did a lot of research when searching for different suppliers to see who had reasonable prices and then watched how much we spent and said to each other, mainly for my benefit, that we wouldn’t go crazy and buying things that we didn’t need. We didn’t really have anyone in mind beforehand, although I had seen The Picture Bus before and thought it was so adorable and wanted a venue where it had space to sit but that was really the only one.

The photographers and videographer were the easiest decisions to make! We both wanted ones that we trusted so that if they asked us to do something mad, we would have our full trust in them and our videographer and photographers are friends so work together quite a lot which I feel was a real advantage because the laughter in the photos and video was fully real as they were being so hilarious together! Choose a photographer and videographer who you fully trust so that you won’t be stressed during the day.” 

Our Wedding Look 

“I own a small business which I run through Instagram called Heart and Soul Design where I specialise in wedding stationery and boards and other little cute things that brides want around the place. So, I made all of our stationery, table plan, welcome board, pizza boxes, wedding favours, confetti stickers, table names etc…it was a big load to take on and a lot of pressure but I loved every minute of it! I really wanted to do everything through my own business as it’s what I do and it saved me a whole lot of money! But it was so much fun! 

If we could eat pizza everyday, we would so why wouldn’t we have it at our wedding!? When everyone came out from the service, my mum, sister and I had made loads of mini pizzas and for our table names, we named them after races that we have ran together.

We had also given certain people disposable cameras and we had one ourselves so we could have background photos throughout the day from our friends and potentially some hilarious ones! They are class, they’re so nice and funny to look back on!” 

My Dress & Style 

“Finding my dress was so exciting, I found it in LA Bridal House after going round a few shops with my family. When I found it, I knew it was the one the first time I tried it on. I showed my bridesmaids and my mother in law and they absolutely adored it and it’s a time that I’ll never forget. Finding that perfect dress is the most amazing feeling. 

I had three bridesmaids, my sister, my best friend and my now sister in law. I got my bridesmaid outfits from Petticoat Lane Bridal and I always wanted a dusty blue colour for them. I found exactly that colour, they  wore a tulle skirt and a lace top.” 

Our Advice

“Make sure you sit down or go out somewhere, have a date away from wedding planning as it can get so full on sometimes that you both need to clear your head!

For the bride, make sure you have a spare pair of comfortable shoes with you! I bought a pink pair of Tommy Hilfiger sneakers for dancing in later and had changed into them by 3 o’clock, best decision I made! I was so comfy all day!”

Wedding Suppliers

Venue: The Mill at Ballydugan, Downpatrick. 

Wedding dress: Stella York from LA Bridal House, Carrickfergus.

Bridesmaids dress: Dessy from Petticoat Lane Bridal, Hillsborough. 

Grooms wear: Focus NI, Newtownards.  

Photographer: Doxa Studio, Belfast.

Photographer: Luke Flint Photography, Belfast.

Cake: Buttercup Bakery, Holywood.

Flowers: Country Bumpkin Flowers, Bangor.  

Bridal cars: Moondance Wedding Campers, Belfast.

Videographer: Sightseer Video.

Entertainment: Stonewall

Hair: Pro Hair By Catherine.

Makeup: Jennifer Ireland Makeup Artist.

Stationery: Heart and Soul Design.

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