Real Couples

Caroline + Vincent

March 12, 2019
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI

This weeks wedding has an international feel. The couple, Caroline and Vincent, met in Australia, married on the glorious North Coast and live in Paris – how’s that for life goals! 

Their wedding day had all the vibes of a beach wedding with an effortless and elegant style, impressive florals from The Rosehip and Berry and spectacular views over Portstewart Strand from their cool reception spot, Harry’s Shack, such a fab place for a wedding reception. 

Thanks to Gillian and Tim from Gather & Tides for sharing their stunning images with us. 

Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI

Couple: Caroline + Vincent Rivet 

“We met in Sydney, Australia. We had both moved into the same house a few weeks apart. Vincent was studying for his Master’s in financial mathematics and I was travelling and working. We both moved back to our respective countries before I decided to move to Paris permanently.” 

Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI

The Proposal 

“I proposed to Vincent on the East Strand at sunset. I’ve never been very romantic and just wanted to propose very simply.” 

Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI

Wedding date: Saturday 12th May 2018

Ceremony: Portrush Presbyterian Church

Reception: Harry’s Shack, Portstewart

Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI

Our Planning 

“Our top priority was guest enjoyment definitely which included the venue choice. So many people travelled miles to come and we just wanted everyone to have a great time and be by the sea. We had to show off the beautiful North coast. 

With Vincent’s family being French we wanted to have lots of local music so that was another top priority. We had Hannah McPhillimy at the church with her beautiful voice, The Outlaws with their traditional Irish music for the drinks reception which went down a treat with everyone and Discobeard for the party, they were amazing and really got everyone dancing.

We wanted a friendly, relaxed, fun and beachy feel but still elegant. Games on the beach, Donal and Harry’s Shack really managed the whole vibe for us. Everything was so easy with them. They set up our games and place names, talked with the florist and decorated.”

Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI

Our Budget & Suppliers

“We didn’t set a budget but we chose our suppliers carefully and all of them charge the right amount in terms of the quality of what they do. No money was wasted and we don’t regret any expenses. We were certain we wanted Rosehip and Berry, Gather and Tides, A and K Designs, Discobeard, Ball and Wolf. I loved them all on Instagram and knew they would be great, we were so happy they were all free. The Rosehip and Berry is such a talented and easy-going florist. We asked her to make the flowers beachy and relaxed and somehow she managed – a strange request for flowers! Amy from A and K Designs drew our orders of service, order of the day, table decorations and place names.” 

Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI

Personal Touches 

“We very luckily found Amy Graham from A and K Designs who handled all of the little details so much more expertly and beautifully than we ever could have. It helps that she’s one of the nicest people we’ve ever met. Really went out of her way to be helpful. She wrote everyone’s names on mussel shells which really tied the whole theme together.

Vincent loves board games and games of all kinds and has really passed on this love to me so our tables were all our favourite games or games we’d played with people we loved. Like Rummikub which I always played with my Granny or Upwords which reminds me of my Nana. Amy also created our artwork for the table centres.

Games on the beach like Molkky, croquet and boules were also another of our favourite parts of the day (not that we got the chance to play much).

We wanted a cheese wheel cake as we all know a French meal isn’t complete without cheese and Donal recommended Sheridan’s Cheesemonger and they did a half French half Irish cheese wheel as we thought it was a bit more French than a traditional cake. We got two birthday cakes for the Mother of the Groom and a friend. They were amazing, made by Baked by Corri, she makes beautiful wedding cakes as well.”

Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI

My Dress

The dress: Suki by Rime Arodaky

“The process was easy and exciting. I really wanted a French designer with her headquarters in Paris as I wanted to bring some Paris to our wedding. Her studio is amazing and it’s such a great experience. Her new collection is unbelievable as well for any brides in 2019/20.”

Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI

Our Advice 

“Choose vendors wisely, Instagram is your friend. We decided everything really quickly, we wanted to get married in May so only had around 9 months to plan everything.  We were very lucky that all the suppliers we wanted were available. After that it was so easy as they gave us great ideas and it all came together quite quickly.

Have fun, enjoy every moment and don’t worry about small things that might go wrong or the weather because regardless you’ll have an amazing time.

Make sure you bring little bits of yourself into the day eg. readings that really mean something to you and not just because they sound good. One of our readings was a poem my Grandpa had written for my Granny. 

If you’re trying to decide whether or not to have a videographer definitely get one. Carl did such a brilliant job, it’s great to have even more memories of the day.

As Marie Kondo would say, don’t have, include or book anything or anyone that doesn’t ‘spark joy’ for you. For example, we didn’t have a photo booth even though they’re great as it wasn’t something that we’d get excited about.” 

Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI
Harrys Shack wedding, Gather & Tides | The Promise NI

Wedding Suppliers

Photographers: Gather and Tides, Portstewart. 

Reception: Harry’s Shack, Portstewart. 

Wedding dress: Rime Arodaky Paris headquarters – available locally from The White Gallery, Burren. 

Bridesmaids dress: Needle and Thread

Bridal headpiece: Deborah K Designs, Lisburn.

Grooms wear: Blandin et Delloye, Paris. 

Cheese wheel cake: Sheridan’s Cheesemonger, Dublin. 

Birthday cakes: Baked by Corri, Belfast. 

Flowers: The Rosehip and Berry, Belfast.

Stationery: A and K Designs.

Bridal cars: Cloud 9 Cars, Coleraine. 

Cinematographer: Ball and Wolf, Belfast. 

Entertainment: Discobeard, Newcastle.

Entertainment: The Outlaws Wedding Band.

Makeup: AMG Makeup, Derry. 

Honeymoon: Montenegro & Sri Lanka in 2020. 

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