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Blogging Bride: Lorraine’s Planning Update

April 6, 2016
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Good morning! Oh, it’s so cold this morning – where have you gone to, Spring?! We’re catching up with Lorraine today – with only six months until her big day to Aaron, she has this wedding planning business pretty much under control! 

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Well, there are just under six months to go, and boy has it been busy! Since our last update, things have come on leaps and bounds, and our wedding is really starting to take shape.

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Our one year engagement anniversary was on 20th February so we decided it would be a good time to meet our amazing photographer, Paula Gillespie and get comfortable in front of the camera. I won’t lie, I was SO nervous about it but I’m glad we did it. Not only do we now have some amazing photos, but we’re both much more relaxed and confident about having a camera follow us all day at the wedding. We headed to the Titanic Quarter with our dog Bea and had the best time – if this is something your photographer offers I would definitely recommend it.

Blogging Bride 2016 I Lorraine & Aaron I Paula Gillespie Photography I The Promise NI

The last few weeks have definitely been about the clothes! It only took one visit to Red Groomswear to find the perfect suit for Aaron and the rest of the boys (and my bridesman, David). The guys in the shop know their stuff and styled Aaron to perfection. Easy as pie. In total contrast, it was a bit of a headache with bridesmaid dresses. With so many styles on offer it was proving difficult to find something everyone liked so my wonder-aunt has stepped in to save the day. Lily has been making wedding dresses for as long as I can remember and she’s known locally for her talents! I’m so pleased she agreed to make our dresses using the most gorgeous fabric that we’re getting from a shop in New York, so they really will be special!

We’re very lucky to have some of the best friends and family around who’ve been helping out with various parts of the wedding planning, and who’ll be helping us on the day. Along with my sisters, two of the girls I’m most grateful for are my friends Sharon and Alana. Not only are we BFFs but they are two of the most talented people I know! Both girls are making it big in the world of TV and Film, styling celebrities’ hair and working on Game of Thrones, so we’re in safe hands when it comes to wedding hair and makeup. I got to do a trial makeup run with Alana for the pre-wedding shoot and I loved my makeup. Because we’re all friends, hair and makeup trials will be a total hoot and I can’t wait!

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Talk has turned to hen and stag parties– neither of us are getting too involved in the planning of these so we’re trusting our friends and families to do a good job. We’ve also been looking for honeymoons – one of my least favourite tasks! We know we’re doing a ‘mini-moon’ this year and a bigger holiday next summer but there’s still so much choice.

I’ve also stepped up the DIY recently. I’ve been tinkering in the garage for a few months now on a few secret projects – all I’m going to say is PVA and 1KG of loose glitter! I know lots of people warn about the massive task of DIY projects, and I’d agree but I’ve been working on bits and pieces since we got engaged last year, so it’s all been manageable and fun! I’m a bit of a crafty person anyway – Aaron always jokes that when he walks into the house he’s never quite sure of what I’ll be doing! One project that’s being taken care of is our invites, which we won in a competition. I met with Sinead from Roco and Miley a few weeks ago and we’ve chosen a design. Sinead is a very talented designer and I’m sure our invites will be fab!

Blogging Bride 2016 I Lorraine & Aaron I Paula Gillespie Photography I The Promise NI

It’s not all been glitter and holidays, this month we did Wedding Admin! We’ve put in the formal application for a marriage license and we’ve chosen the people we’d like to have as part of the wedding. We’ve also started thinking about the personal touches we’ll be adding as well as choosing readings, flowers and finalising the guest-list but for now, we’re going to put our feet up and relax!

L xx

You can read more about Lorraine and Aaron here.

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