Yay, a very happy Bank Holiday Monday to you all! This morning, kicking off the week nicely, the second day of Carly and Alan’s wedding at Kiltonga Stone House. We’re going to set some rules here; you must view this wedding whilst singing ‘Happy’ by Pharell Williams in your head (or out loud if you prefer), trust us it will make this epic celebration, even better!
If you missed the legal ceremony of Carly and Alans two day celebration, check it out now, but today we’re having a look at their humanist ceremony, photographed by the amazing Janine Walker and captured on film by Reuben from Show and Tell (bring tissues)…
Carly and Alan decided on a humanist ceremony performed by the very lovely Zena Birch;
“Having a humanist ceremony was one of the best decisions of the whole wedding planning. I came across Zena Birch on a Google search and just knew I had to contact her. Within the first email she happened to mention a quote from Gonzo from the Muppets, who also happens to be Alan’s favourite muppet! That was it, we just knew she had to be a part of the day. Amazingly she was as excited as we were and having her be a part of our day was magical. Humanism shares the view that friendship, warmth and honesty between people can transcend any cause or system of belief. To have written our own vows and share our wedding ceremony in such a lovely intimate setting at Kiltonga Stone House was just magical. Our mums both read out poems that were kept secret from us until we heard them for the first time during the ceremony. As well as my twin sister, who also surprised us with a song sung by our old friend Kelly Brown, and a song that has been one of my favourite songs on the planet – ‘It’s Magic’ by Doris Day. I’m a massive Doris Day fan so to have been surprised with that was so special, I bawled my eyes out!” said Carly.
Carly wore a ballet length lace dress from Pronuptia;
“Finding a dress was harder than I thought in the sense that there were so many dresses that were so lovely. However when i went into Pronuptia and decided to try on dresses that were a bit shorter than any of the others I had tried on, I knew I’d found the one. I could walk anywhere in it without tripping over it. And it was the best dress to spin in 🙂 So much fun!”
Alan and Carly’s day had a great mini theme – the movie ‘Up.’ They both love the movie so had little elements of it dotted throughout the day, including Alan’s Grape Soda pocket pin, an adventure book and a Paradise Falls jar. They hired Sharon from Beautiful Bows Weddings who took care of much of the decoration, whilst Carlys mum made all of the bunting and favour boxes. They had a quirky Kissing Booth, made by their friend Sam and instead of a traditional guestbook they went for two Polariod cameras for their guests to snap away at the happy occasion.
“It truly was the happiest of days, just truly magical. We didn’t have any disasters thankfully, apart from when I was ready to leave the house at 1:30pm for the ceremony at 2pm. I was standing at the front door and turned round to find my dad standing there in his normal clothes, deciding he wanted to clean up his cufflinks!! He got me there only five minutes late in the end! Sitting beside Alan as he attempted to drive my Smart car for the first proper time was hilarious. And my tights! They fell half way down during our first couple of dances that they were taken off and thrown in the bin. We truly just had the best day ever,” added Carly.
Highlight of the day
Carly: “All of it!! Getting ready in the morning and having a giggle with everyone there. Waiting outside to go in to get married and getting into a fit of giggles with my two bridesmaids and my dad. The ceremony itself was pure magic and the woods, again magical. And the first dance was the funniest thing, we danced to ‘Happy’ by Pharell Williams and Al had warned me that he was truly going to go for it. We hadn’t practiced or anything like that, but I warned him that I would probably spend most of the dance laughing, which I did. So much fun! And the final dance of the evening. Months ago we had to provide our DJ’s with our favourite music and I had said that my favourite song ever was Northern Sky from Nick Drake and if he was able to play it at some point during the night it would be amazing. Just before the end of the night our DJ approached us and said the last song was coming up and what would we like, before we even had the chance to think he said, “I have Northern Sky if you want it” We both immediately said yes and to dance with your husband to a song that means the world to you both at the very end of your wedding day was just pure magic. I bawled my eyes out throughout it and I will truly never ever forget how I felt at the moment, dancing with my husband to that song.”
Alan: “Seeing Carly walk up the aisle towards me on the wedding day was fantastic. And the dancing, the first dance was so much fun.”
Now, have a look at this…
Venue: Kiltonga Stone House
Humanist: Zena Birch
Reception: Donaghadee Golf Club
Photographer: Janine Walker
Wedding dress: Pronuptia, Belfast
Grooms party: Focus NI, Belfast
Grooms suit: Tailormade in North, Belfast
Wedding cake: Alan’s mum
Flowers: Family friend, Pauline
Wedding film: Reuben from Show & Tell
Entertainment: Bespoke Music Solutions
Love sign: Electric Alphabet
Huge thanks to Carly and Alan for sharing their truly magical wedding celebration with us all! And big thanks to Janine Walker for her awesome photography.