A very lovely good morning to you, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We ate pulled pork with mac and cheese, made Madeleines, went swimming and visited Nanny’s house (read: lay up as the kids were looked after!), it was great but not long enough! Today we’re back with one of our Blogging Brides, Amy and her fiancé Kyle. It has been a while since we were chatting to Amy so to catch up, you can visit her love story and planning posts here. With a strict budget lets see how Amy and Kyle created the day of their dreams.
“As soon as we were engaged, everyone was asking when we would have the wedding and I had replied saying we’d wait a while, thinking we’d let the engagement sink in. Then we asked ourselves, when do we want the wedding? We decided to set about looking at venues anyway and the very week after we got engaged had an appointment arranged with the wedding planner at Lusty Beg Island and booked the date! It was a few days short of a year being engaged which was perfect, not too long to wait and not too close to panic plan! We then booked the minister and from that were able to take on the rest of the plans,” said Amy.
The couple both knew they didn’t want a very formal day so focused their attention on creating a relaxed, rustic day with great food and music for their guests.
“ It was fun to be able to create our own stamp on the day and for it to reflect us as both a couple and individually. We did some DIY ourselves too which also saved us money,” added Amy.
“I never really wanted to have a specific colour theme and apart from the purple dresses and thistles that’s about as far as the colour went! We weren’t really bothered about everything having to match and just wanted the inspiration to come from what we liked and to let it just be about ourselves. What we didn’t want was anything formal, fancy or stuffy. We wanted the wedding to be laid back, fun and casual so we just chose, bought and made what we wanted for the day. I guess we had a mix of themes! We had two of Kyle’s Dads vintage motorcycles at the church, a vintage VW camper as our transport, rustic wildflower flower bouquets and floral crowns. I loved that I was able to use two old milk churns belonging to my Grandad for the church door entrance and they were filled with willow twigs and baby’s breath,” explained Amy.
Amy’s wedding gown was specially made for her by Joanne Ferguson Bridal in Newtownards. After searching for her perfect dress she decided having one made to her ideas was the perfect option and chose a blush chiffon to give her the floaty skirt that was important to her.
“Having my dress made was fantastic as along the way I was able to get some detail added and make a few changes that I wanted. I had two drapes of beading and crystals across the back added. When the dress was finished I almost cried with relief and joy! It was perfect. It was special to have a dress that no one else would have and that I co-designed with Joanne.
Joanne also worked on my veil. Kyle’s Mum gave me her veil (my something old – his parents will be married 40 years this September). It needed a new clip, the veil needed pressed and the edging was redone with a scalloped edge and tiny pear shaped crystals that matched those on the back of the dress, it was absolutely stunning and it felt special to wear it,” said Amy.
Kyle knew exactly what he wanted and had a three piece black herringbone suit, with an ivory and silver waistcoat. The best man and groomsmen wore black waistcoats and the page boys were dressed to match Kyle.
“The day really went amazingly, no near disasters at all, thankfully. The only thing really was that I ripped at hole in my dress after the meal as it was caught on Kyle’s chair as I got up to go the toilet! It was annoying for it to happen to such a precious dress but it wasn’t that noticeable at all. It started to rain a little just as we were almost finished our photographs so it all got a bit rushed at one point and my hair got a bit flat looking!” added Amy.
“Throughout the day, it was lovely to stop and look around, take everything in and see everyone having so much fun and enjoying it just as much as we did. There was so much laughter from start to finish, which is exactly what we wanted for our guests. Although the day was mainly about Kyle and I, it’s still a pleasure to have guests compliment aspects of the day including the ceremony, my dress, food, band and venue. The highlight for us both was the time alone we had in the VW Camper on the way from the church to the venue. It took almost two hours and it was our time to enjoy it. The champagne helped too! We also managed to stop by a little country pub for a sneaky drink! However another moment special for me was getting to stop by to see my Granddad after the church. He is in poor health and was unable to make it to the wedding so we surprised him by stopping off to say hello and the look on his face was unforgettable, he was so touched and it was an emotional moment,” said Amy.
Ceremony: Lisnadill Parish Church, Armagh.
Reception: Lusty Beg, Boa Island, Fermanagh.
Wedding dress: Joanne Ferguson Bridal, Newtownards.
Hair & Makeup: Head To Toe, Moygashel.
Groomswear: Gowdy’s, Belfast.
Flowers: Elizabeth Rose NI, Armagh.
Transport: Vintage Wedding Vehicles, Banbridge.
Band: Freefall, GH Entertainments, Ballymena.
Stationery: Gary Brownlee.
Photographer: Photography by Melissa, Richhill.