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Country Style Wedding on the Farm: Amanda + Chris

April 30, 2018

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Good morning lovely ones! I hope you all had a great weekend, how nice was the unexpected sunshine? It really does feel like the warmer days are coming very soon and that makes me super expected, goodbye coat! 

Today we’re heading down to the glorious Strangford Lough area with Amanda and Chris’ wedding on their farm. Following their beautiful ceremony the couple travelled, by tractor of course, to their marquee reception on their own land. It was a beautiful day captured perfectly by Paula from Hello Sugar. Enjoy and here’s to a brilliant week! 

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Couple: Amanda + Chris Crea 

“We first met at a young farmers event in 2013.”

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The Proposal 

“We got engaged in September 2016 at Killard Point County Down. This was where we shared our first walk, so has always been special to us.”

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Wedding date: Saturday 12th August 2017 

Ceremony: Christ Church Ballyculter, Strangford

Reception: Marquee in their field 

Our Planning 

“We talked about what we wanted and shared the same idea. We talked about a budget but not an exact figure. We knew what we were willing to pay for certain things and knew when some things were just too expensive. We decided to spend the most on the marquee and the floral decorations. 

We managed to get all the things that we wanted at the right price.  We made our own invites and order of services which took a lot of time, but saved a lot of money and we got what we wanted as a final product.”

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Our Style

“Cows are a big part of our life so they featured on our invites and order of service, and in the photos.  We had personal milk cans from each family that we used for flowers and we kept with a relaxed country theme. Our wedding ceremony and reception were within a two mile radius of each other.  We provided a scenic route which our guests could take to get to the reception venue which meant they could enjoy the beautiful views of the area and so many people went and enjoyed it. It was a chance to actually see the area, which you usually don’t get. We made a simple page with details on it and it didn’t cost anything except the paper it was printed on!”

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Our Highlights

“Sharing the day with our family and friends and of course saying I do! The day went really smoothly, we couldn’t have asked for better. The only funny incident was when we broke the knife cutting the cake, to be fair we were a bit heavy handed and it was a fruit cake.” 

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My Dress

“Choosing my wedding dress was straight-forward, I had looked online and found one that I liked. When I went to the shop, Jenny Lindop in Bangor, they had it in stock and it was the one I picked. Jenny also made a dress for our 10 year old bridesmaid out of the same material as the bridesmaid dress. For the grooms suit we went to Kelvin Graham in Ballynahinch. We went in for a look and managed to pick within 20 minutes.”

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Our Advice

“Relax, make it what you want to make it. Use items you already have where possible and suitable.  Shop around and think before you spend. Do what you can yourselves if you are on a tight budget.

Attention to detail doesn’t have to cost lots, it can be done through simple things that represent you both as a couple.”

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Super Wedding Suppliers

Photographer: Hello Sugar, Belfast. 

Wedding & bridesmaid dress: Jenny Lindop, Bangor. 

Hair: New Image, Ballywalter.

Grooms wear: Kelvin Graham, Ballynahinch.

Cake: Your Just Desserts, Downpatrick.

Flowers & candy cart: Petals & Pots, Downpatrick.

Bridal cars: Elite Car Hire, Bangor.

Entertainment: The Asbury Gents.

Harpist: Ruth Corry Harpist, Belfast.

Caterer: McMaster’s Butchers, Whitehead. 

Bar: Liquid Crew, Holywood. 

 

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Charming Rustic Wedding on Lusty Beg Island: Natasha + Jonathan

April 23, 2018

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Evening! I hope your Monday was a productive one, I can’t help but feel a little deflated by the cooler weather again, really?! Bring the sunshine back! Tonight I’m sneaking in a beautiful real wedding before the day is over that’s full of personal and handmade touches, happy faces and a lovely couple, Natasha and Jonny – enjoy. 

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Couple: Natasha + Johnathan Beggs

“We met many moons ago back in 2007 when we both started working together. After a few lunch dates and work nights out we got to know each other better and after a bit of persuasion from Jonny we decided to give things a go and never looked back.” 

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

The Proposal 

“We got engaged on 22nd June 2015, after eight years of being together. We always said one day but it was one of those things we weren’t in a crazy rush to do! Jonny didn’t want to propose when people expected it so my 30th birthday in May came and went. He decided his time would be a completely random Monday evening. We were walking our dog Bailey on Crawfordsburn beach when out of the blue Jonny got down on one knee and said “How do you fancy being Mrs Beggs?” At first I thought it was a joke but then he produced the most amazing ring (picked by himself!) and I just burst into tears and of course said yes.”

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Wedding date: Friday 6th October 2017 

Ceremony: St Peters Church, Lurgan

Reception: Lusty Beg Island, Fermanagh

Our Planning 

“After being together so long we have been to our fair share of weddings, we knew exactly what we didn’t want. We wanted something laid back and not just your traditional wedding package. I wanted it to be a lot more personal and low key. We started looking at venues that weren’t the usual and as soon as we arrived on Lusty Beg Island I knew straight away this was the place. 

We set a rough budget and I was really strict to stick to it. Being together 10 years we just wanted a low key personal day and put our money into an amazing honeymoon to Australia. My wedding spreadsheet was my bible but it really helped us stick to our budget.  

For us entertainment was really important as it is something guests always remember about a wedding in the sense of how much they danced all night! The Jukebox Jurors were an easy choice for us being a band and also having the DJ option, they had it all for us. They also entertained our guests in the afternoon with an acoustic set which also was fab. 

I always knew I wanted Jimmy Choos for my wedding day and this is something I started saving for as soon as we got engaged. The most important walk of my life had to be done in Choos! I opted for a champagne glitter sandal which means I can wear them again. I keep telling Jonny they are an investment and I will have them for years to come!”

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Our Style

“Lusty Beg is naturally beautiful; the water, trees and wooden cabins really just confirmed the rustic, wooden, natural theme I was going for. All my decorations were lovingly handmade. My family and friends collected all my jars and bottles and we decorated them with twine, burlap and lace for my centre pieces. My dad, the very talented craftsman made the wooden table numbers and also the wooden slices for my centrepieces and my cake stand. 

I used frames from our home for our table plan and other bits and bobs as extra decoration throughout the venue. We also hung pink and cream lanterns all different sizes from the ceiling to add a little extra decoration to the room. 

I knew I wanted a blush pink for the girls so I just kept shopping around. I found the perfect dresses from Jenny Peckham No1 at Debenhams and they matched the style of my dress perfectly. 

For Jonny and his groomsmen we opted for a clean, crisp and timeless dark navy suit from Suitor Brothers in Belfast. Chris was amazing throughout all the appointments and made sure the guys looked as good as us girls! I think the navy suits complimented the blush pink perfectly and worked with all the colours on the day.” 

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Our Highlights

“The highlight for both of us had to be having so many people in one room all together and there for you. People who live some distance away and made the effort to come celebrate with us. 

I also really enjoyed the drive down to Lusty Beg, just having that time together just the two of us and just married was really special.”

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

My Dress

“I know most brides say they want something different and I was totally one of those brides. I wanted something with a vintage vibe so I was always drawn to beading and lace. I did some research online and really liked some Sottero & Midgley dresses. From there I looked up stockists of the brand and booked my appointments. 

My first appointment was at Cathedral Gowns in Downpatrick and I was so nervous to the point where I was dreading dress shopping! Catherine instantly put me at ease and we tried on nearly all the dresses in the shop so I could get a feel for what I liked and what suited me. We came to what went on to be my dress towards the end of the appointment and it had everything; lace, beads and a stunning back detail, I knew it was the one before I was pinned into it. Catherine insisted I think about it and come back. I had a few other appointments but I couldn’t get the original dress out of my head so I returned to Cathedral Gowns with my bridesmaids, mum and Jonny’s mum and as soon I tried it on again and making my mum cry in the process, it had to be the one!”

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Our Advice 

“My advice really would be to make the day your own and that you cannot please everyone. Stay true to yourself, your own style and taste. As long as you both are happy and enjoying yourself that is all that really matters. After all it is your wedding day, everyone else will have their own day and to their own taste.” 

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Lusty Beg Island wedding | The Promise NI

Super Suppliers

Wedding dress: Cathedral Gowns, Downpatrick. 

Bridesmaids dress: Jenny Peckham No1. at Debenhams. 

Hair: Powercuts, Lurgan.

Makeup: Beauty by Nichola, Lurgan.

Grooms wear: Suitor Brothers, Belfast. 

Photographer: Michael Burch Photography, Belfast. 

Cake: Cupcakes by K, Belfast. 

Flowers: Ceira McCrory, Lurgan. 

Bridal cars: Legends Wedding Car Hire, Randalstown. 

Videographer: Head & Heart Films, Newtownabbey. 

Entertainment: The Jukebox Jurors. 

 

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A Deep & Warm Toned Winter Wedding at Orange Tree House: Keelin + Chris Óg

April 14, 2018

Good morning, I hope your weekend was a lovely one!

Keelin is my kind of bride, not only did she include lots of rich and beautiful colours in her winter wedding to Chris Óg (hello shades of deep reds, navy and warm metallics!), but she had three pairs of wedding footwear! Yes, I am a sucker for the wedding shoes – always! – keep an eye out for them, they are pretty special!

Thanks to Keelin and Chris Óg for sharing their day with us, and You Them Us Photography for the stunning images.

Couple: Keelin + Chris Óg McCann

“We met through friends initially but had our first proper meeting on our first date which was in Clements on Botanic in February 2013. We just got on straight away over an americano and a green tea! It was probably after the first few months for us both that we knew this relationship was for ever. I suppose when you are a bit older intentions are a bit different and after a few months we knew the relationship had potential for life, and for marriage!”

The Proposal

“The proposal was in November 2015, we were on a bit of a road trip to visit my brother in California. Our first stop was Las Vegas and we were staying in the Paris Hotel. On the first night of arriving we had booked a meal in the Eiffel Tower Hotel. Chris Óg wanted the proposal done at the start of the holiday so he wasn’t nervous about it the whole time away. We had a table overlooking the Bellagio Hotel with their fountains. Chris Óg proposed after a gorgeous meal. We went on to the piano bar in the Paris Hotel to celebrate and patiently waited for our family to wake to tell them our news. There were a few FaceTime calls from Las Vegas in the early hours!”

Wedding date: Friday 30th December 2016 

Ceremony: Our Lady of the Visitation, Comber

Reception: Orange Tree House, Greyabbey

Our Planning

“We gave ourselves a year for planning. We knew we didn’t want a hotel wedding and wanted a more alternative venue. Both our families are big so we knew we would have to make a few sacrifices about the invite list as most alternative venues have smaller capacity. I grew up around Strangford Lough so Orange Tree house felt like the perfect venue. We had to look at numbers so it was the most difficult thing to do. After visiting the venue we booked pretty much straight away.

Everything after that was looking at budget and style of what we wanted.  We both agreed a budget as we didn’t want to get in debt so we had to work out how much we could save each month. We wanted people to enjoy the food and venue so that was the biggest chunk of our budget. The dress was also a big part of the budget.

Our family means so much to us, especially the kids so we themed our tables around them. We have 9 nieces and nephews between us and we had nine guest tables so it worked out perfectly. Each table was named after them and had a photo to show guests were to go.”

Our Style

“We had in our heads something relating to the prohibition / Gatsby era. The theme inspiration came from my dress. My dress had gorgeous vintage scallops and it was gold underlap. My engagement ring and our wedding rings were also gold so we wanted to incorporate that into the wedding. The colours were navy with copper, rose gold and gold with deep reds and burgundy mixed in. I also have an obsession with pineapples and knew I wanted to include them. We ended up spray painting lots of pineapples gold and copper and scattered them throughout the venue. Pineapples are a sign of welcome, warmth, friendship and hospitality. Chris Óg wasn’t so sure about them at the start but thought they brought the theme together really well on the day and he even wore a pineapple lapel pin on his suit!”

My Dress

“I was bridesmaid to my best friend in the May of the same year so we had went around a lot of shops and got to see the current styles of dresses. I originally wanted a Watters dress as I loved the floaty, fairy tale like dresses. We went to see these at Jenny Lindop in Bangor but everyone hated these on me! My mum’s friend used to own a wedding shop so she started picking out dresses for me and found the one I wore. It was a beaded Ronald Joyce dress.”

Our Highlights

The day went really well. It flew in. It was a lot of saying hello and welcoming people and once you had got round everyone it turned into saying goodbye to older guests leaving early. 

Chris Óg’s Highlight: When Keelin turned up (she was 45 minutes late because of very bad traffic!)! It got to a point that I thought the wedding may not happen. One of Keelin’s sisters asked if I had ever seen runaway bride – which didn’t go down too well for the nerves! 

Keelin’s Highlight: It was the wedding mass. It just felt really intimate and our Priest was so good at making us feel at ease. He went through everything so calmly making sure we took everything in. Our wedding singers, Aura were unbelievable and the wedding music just made it feel really magical and emotional. We had lots of Christmas carols so it was lovely. That was definitely my favourite part.

Our Advice

“Take time for each other on the day. Enjoy the run up and make sure there isn’t too much running about – keep it for the nice things, like getting pampered, and spend time with friends. Also delegate! Nominate someone else to be the contact for the venue on the day – I think if I was to do it again I would consider hiring a wedding planner just for the day.”

Super Suppliers

Wedding dress: Jenny Lindop Bridal, Bangor. 

Veil: Ivory and Pearl, Comber.

Grooms wear: Red, Belfast.

Hair- Rose Alexis at MnxPro, Belfast. 

Makeup – Rachel Ferran at MnxPro, Belfast. 

Cake: Caked With Loveliness by Pam Peters, Craigavon. 

Flowers: Flowers by Mee, Killinchy. 

Bridal cars: VW Lola.

Videographer: Reel Impressions, Ballyclare.

Photographer: You Them Us Photography, Belfast. 

Ceremony & Reception music: Aura. 

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Relaxed Countryside Garden Party Wedding: Sarah + Peter

April 3, 2018

What a glorious wedding we have to kick off the new look website with – oh, didn’t you notice? We’ve had a little restyle! I would suggest you go have a look around but not before you read about Sarah and Peters beautiful countryside garden party wedding that was held in her aunts garden and orchard! Thanks to Adam and Grace for their stunning photography.

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Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Couple: Sarah + Peter Wilson

“We met back in 2007 whilst we were both still at school. Although we weren’t at the same school we used to go to the same Spar shop on our lunch break and through meeting there, mutual friends and the power of MSN we became friends. We knew it was for life during our first holiday together. We’d been going out for two years and booked a trip travelling round Australia for seven weeks. Everyone said we were a bit bonkers but it was the best seven weeks. We quickly realised we didn’t want the adventures to ever stop happening.” 

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

The Proposal

“We always used to walk in the Roe Valley Country Park and it was here that Peter asked me to be his official girlfriend on 06.06.09. We were up here walking our dog Puddles on 06.06.16 and after coming back to Peter and Puddles from a bin run with dog poo (glamorous!) I noticed Puddles had a t-shirt on and then Peter got down on one knee.”

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Wedding date: Friday 2nd June 2017 

Ceremony: Carrick Parish Church, Limavady

Reception: Stretch marquee in family’s garden, Terrydoo Road, Limavady

Our Planning

“I love Pinterest and loved it even more during wedding planning. We found the whole planning thing relatively easy, we both knew what we didn’t want – fussy hotel wedding, overly fancy food and anything over the top. We spent about ten months planning our wedding. 

We wanted a laid back day where our family and friends and us could totally relax and have the best day ever. Since I was little, I always had joked if I was ever to get married I’d want to do it in my aunt and uncles garden in a tipi tent so after Peter proposed, my aunty and uncle offered to host our wedding in their garden in stretch tents. I jumped at the chance then convinced Peter that I could make it a reality! 

We put a lot of personality into our day, I’m quite creative so loved making and creating things for our day. I made our order of services, tables settings, table decor etc and my aunty done all of the flowers. We booked things quite quickly without too much hassle. Most of the big things like photographer, food, entertainment etc we booked quite well in advance.

We didn’t divide our budget up but we knew our maximum spend. Last year our real goal was to buy a house so a lot of money went into that instead. We were lucky that we weren’t out the huge cost of hiring a venue and found that by booking and sourcing things we were able to really cut down our costs a lot.”

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Our Style

“We didn’t really decide on a specific theme, we knew we wanted something laid back with a countryside feel. I love bunting and hessian so kind of set our theme round this. I had the whole family collecting empty jars which I spent lots of weekends decorating for our venue.

I have lots of boy cousins and only two girls so I’d decided to have the two girls as bridesmaid and flower girl. Unfortunately my littlest cousin lives in Australia and they weren’t able to come home so I just had one bridesmaid. It was really easy finding a dress for Molly, although she’s only 13 she’s tall so we didn’t want anything that would be too old. I was browsing on Debenhams one night and noticed a simple gold dress with a drape at the back, I ordered it and when it arrived Molly liked it and so did I so it was as easy as that. 

Peter went to Tomorrow’s in Londonderry to pick his suits, one of our groomsmen were in Australia and one was in London so they couldn’t all be there for sizing or picking. Peter opted for navy and grey and contrasted his waistcoat colour with the groomsmen. 

Our little page boy Jacob wore an outfit from Next and Converse shoes. During the reception he got hold of the microphone and sang Wheels on the Bus to the whole marquee!”

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

My Dress

“I went to Ultimate Dresses, Dungiven, Co. Londonderry who were great, really relaxed environment and not pushy at all. 

I originally went to try on a plain, straight Justin Alexander dress but when I tried this style on I quickly realised they didn’t suit me. My mum then pulled out a beaded Jasmine Couture dress which was similar to ones I’d seen by Anna Campbell on Pinterest so tried it on. I literally fell in love the minute I tried it on, it’s definitely true that you’ll know when you try on the right one!”

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Our Highlights

“We honestly had the best day of our lives. Friends and family still talk about how good a day they had and we loved every minute of it. We did have a funny moment in the morning when the camper van got lost going to collect the boys for the church. Peters parents had to climb into their own car and drive round and round until they found the camper van with the ribbons on it and lead it to the right house. Peter and I also got forgotten about at the church. After getting some photos taken we discovered our groomsmen had got our driver to take them down to the local pub for a few before the reception so we were left in the rain for a while before people realised we were missing from the reception! 

Our highlight of the day were the speeches and being surrounded by our family and friends, seeing them all happy and enjoying themselves in the marquee.”

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Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Our Advice

“The advice we’d give to other couples would be to totally do your own thing. Decide exactly what you want and don’t be bogged down by other people. When we shared our ideas with people we got a lot of funny looks and remarks of ‘that’s a bit different’ but you do need to do what makes you happy. Also enjoy the lead up to the day, the week before our wedding was mad busy as we were decorating the stretch tents and setting up tables/chairs etc but between all my family we threw ourselves in and the week was the best craic. I was a lot more relaxed than I thought I would be, so much so I was getting pushed round the house in a wheelbarrow the day before the wedding. It meant neither of us were nervous or anxious the day of the wedding, we really enjoyed it from start to finish.”

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Outdoor Northern Ireland wedding, Adam and Grace Photography / The Promise

Super Suppliers

Photographers: Adam & Grace.

Wedding dress: Jasmine Couture, Ultimate Dresses, Dungiven.

Bridesmaid Dress: Debenhams.

Groomswear: Tomorrows, Londonderry.

Hair: Leanne at Halo Hair studio, Limavady.

Makeup: Bronagh at Rural Retreat Salon, Limavady.

Cake: Chloe Martins Crafts, Limavady.

Flowers: Sarah’s aunt.

Bridal Cars: Cloud 9 Car Hire, North Coast.

Videographer: QML Videos, Ballymoney.

DJ: DJ Wes Discos, Limavady.

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A Beautiful No-Fuss Family Wedding in Ballydugan Mill by About Time Photography: Eve + Neil

January 8, 2018

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

And just like that it’s Monday again and after almost three weeks of slow, lazy, mornings my littles are all back to school, and with that some semblance of work and routine has to return to my life. I had the best Christmas and New Year. For the first year in probably all of the kids lives, David (Mr Promise) had 11 days off work, he usually goes back on the 27th but this year things worked in our favour, and we enjoyed every single day.

Today I am delighted to share Eve and Neil’s family focused wedding. I adore Eve and Neil, they are pretty much like myself in that their summer wedding was centred around their children and their family unit. After 14 years together and three kids they said I Do last August in Downpatrick. The day was captured by Ciara McKevitt from About Time Photography, a new local photographer who is destined for great things – thanks for sharing your beautiful work with us, Ciara!

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Couple: Eve + Neil Obank

“We met where all good love stories begin – the pub. We had known of each other for a while but met on a night out in Murphy’s bar in Downpatrick. I was 18, Neil was 19 and as they say, the rest is history.”

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

The Proposal: We both knew the relationship was for life not long after we met. We fell pregnant with our son Harry (now 13) only a few months into the relationship. This was the ultimate test! The road was never easy but we came through the obstacles and we were determined that it would be for life! 

By the time we got engaged our precious twin girls Evie & Lottie had come along (they were 2, Harry was 8). We had been to a friends wedding the day before and had planned to go out for a Chinese the following evening, just the two us, however I had woken up slightly hungover and decided I didn’t want to go out, much to Neil’s horror. He persisted all day and had a babysitter organised so I gave in. We went to the Chinese we had our first date in eight years earlier (it was only after the proposal I realised we sat at the same table) we ordered our food, the sides came out first, I lifted my rice bowl and underneath was a sparkler, turned to my left and Neil was on one knee, probably the most nervous I have ever seen him (until the wedding day!).

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Wedding date: Thursday 3rd August 2017

Ceremony: St Patricks Church, Downpatrick

Reception: The Mill at Ballydugan, Downpatrick

Our Planning: I have always been the eternal procrastinator and have always known what way I wanted my wedding, but putting it into action was another story! I didn’t find it as stressful as Neil and my Mum, they were stressed at the fact that I didn’t seem to be doing anything - true enough, everything was left to the last minute, it now has become my signature style! I don’t fuss over things, when I see something I like, I just go with it. We didn’t actually set the date until October 2016, so after all the years we were engaged, we gave ourselves a tight enough deadline. 

We had done all the wedding shows a year previous when my sister was getting married so I didn’t do any of this again for my own. I contacted most people through Facebook and Instagram and organised things that way. Most of the people were local and recommended by friends. We didn’t set a budget as such but we tried to do everything as cheaply as possible, we didn’t spend crazy money on anything, we were saving that for our ‘familymoon’ in Florida.

Our photographer, Ciara, is a very good friend of mine. Her presence was one of the best things about our day, I had worried about how stressful it would be trying to get all the moments and people I wanted captured but she made everything stress free. I had slight regret not having a videographer in the days following, that was until I saw her pictures, every moment and emotion was captured perfectly.

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Our Style: Like a lot of weddings this summer we went for pale pink teamed with vintage metallics, mostly rose gold. Sweetheart Vintage Weddings NI dressed the church and the Mill for us, I spoke to them at the beginning of the planning process and went through all my ideas and colours etc, I was very set on the way I wanted things but I just wanted the stress of setting up taken away. 

With our three children in the bridal party, a major theme of our day was family. For the 14 years we have spent together, only one and a half of those were spent on our own so we wanted them incorporated into the day as much as possible, that was very important to us, the wedding was a day for them to celebrate as much as it was for us, they loved every minute. With both Neil’s parents no longer with us we also wanted to be sure they weren’t forgotten, we had their pictures on the top table and a little tribute featuring photographs of them and Neil and our own children just outside the door as the guests arrived in.
My dress was by Sottero and Midgley was bought from Cathedral Gowns in Downpatrick, on my first and only dress appointment. It was about the tenth that I had tried, one of the girls in the bridal shop had picked it off the rail for me. As soon as I put my legs into it I knew I was going to love it, it was a very classic style with no detail, I know it’s the most cliché saying in the world and I didn’t expect it to happen but when I put it on I just knew it was the one! Then I came out to my entourage and they were in tears, this cemented by decision (this and the fact that it had pockets, I mean what more do you need?). This was the one, I didn’t need to try any more.   

Neil is very particular about his style, we had tried a few places before visiting Red Groomswear in Belfast. He had found the first few places quite outdated. A bit like myself, he knew exactly what he was looking for. He settled on a classic navy three piece and a floral Cath Kidston style tie. He differentiated from his groomsmen with a varying style waistcoat and these were teamed with oxblood shoes and flower pins.

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Our Highlights: There were so many but the two that stand out the most were the speeches and family dance.

All the speeches were beautiful but two in particular. After my Dad spoke, Neil’s sister took to the microphone, this was a surprise to Neil, she had asked me a few months before the wedding could she speak on behalf of their parents. Before she had even started their wasn’t a dry eye in the house, it was a perfect tribute to two wonderful people who lived for their children and grandchildren, she spoke so well and spoke about Neil and his childhood, the only one in the room really qualified to do so, it was perfect. After this our son Harry spoke, if everyone’s make up wasn’t ruined by this stage, it certainly was now! He thanked us for letting him be part of our day, for all the things we do for him and his sisters and included a few very witty lines too, his voice never faltering, Neil and I were filled with nothing but pure pride, it will be something that I will remember forever. 

The other highlight was our family dance. Over the last few years Pink’s “Raise your Glass” has become a bit of a family anthem for us so we saw it only fitting to do a family dance routine, just the five of us. We had met with a local dance instructor twice, she ran through the routine with us and we filmed it on the iPad. We had rehearsed a few times only in the days leading up to the wedding, around the house and at Neil’s gym. The children had been sworn to secrecy, not even my parents knew. After the wedding party danced to Footloose the dance floor cleared but we stayed on (Neil and I were quaking by this stage!) the song started to play and we started into the routine and loved every minute of it, the kids all had their own solo parts and we came together for the chorus. The guests loved it, lots of tears and laughter, I think it was the highlight of their day too.

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Our Advice: Easier said than done but just enjoy it!! The day is about you, don’t get stressed over making everyone else happy. The day itself just goes by in a flash, soak up every moment, I would do it all again tomorrow!

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Ballydugan Mill, Family wedding, About Time Photography - The Promise NI

Super Suppliers

Venue: The Mill at Ballydugan, Downpatrick.

Dress: Cathedral Gowns, Downpatrick.

Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New at Next.

Accessories: Style Story, Saintfield.

Groomswear: Red Groomswear, Belfast.

Photographer: Ciara McKevitt, About Time Photography, Saintfield.

Cake: Crew Cakes, Ardglass.

Bouquets: Petals and Pots, Downpatrick.

Church & venue flowers: Sweetheart Vintage Weddings NI, Newtownards.

DJ & Band: The Manouche Boys.

Hair: Hair Flair, Dundrum.

Make up: Lauren Montgomery MUA.

Real Couples

Dance, Laugh, Drink: The Pint In Hand Wedding of Leah + Ryan

January 2, 2018
Hilden Brewery Wedding, Creative Flux Media | The Promise NI

Happy New Year you lovely bunch!

Whether this little part of the internet is a regular haunt of yours, or you’re a shiny and new visitor seeking wedding and lifestyle inspiration, a very warm welcome, you’ve stopped by on the perfect day, January 1st, 2018. How good does the start of a new year feel?!

With a love story that spans from the corridors of Belfast High, right to the desert of Dubai via a stop in Cleethorpes, England, our first real wedding of the year is a goodun! Teachers Leah and Ryan have a great love story, full of fun and wit and threw the coolest ‘pint in hand’ wedding day that I’m delighted to share. Photography was by those talented twosome, Ria and Paul from Creative Flux Photography, so I know you’re going to love it! Enjoy…

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Couple: Leah + Ryan Reaney

“Ry was in the year below me at Belfast High so I always knew him from around school – he was a bit of a bad boy. A few years before we got together, I actually chucked him out of a house party! But, he won me around with his charming ways a few years later after he saw me in the sixth form centre at school and told his friend Kyle that he was going to marry me one day. And the rest is history. We went on to study at Edge Hill University together, got our first teaching jobs in Cleethorpes, England together at the same academy, and then together embarked on our most recent adventure to the desert – where we both teach in the same academy in a town called Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE.”

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The Proposal: We got engaged on 31st March 2015, and this isn’t the story we’ve told our Grannies!
 We had planned to fly out Dubai to suss out the school/area before signing our contracts. The morning we were flying, I was about to get in the shower as Ry was packing his suitcase downstairs. I shouted downstairs jokingly ‘You better make sure that big diamond doesn’t weigh down the suitcase!’ Ry isn’t easily flustered or embarrassed and he immediately became very sheepish. He said ‘Yeah, yeah, whatever!’ I then knew I put my foot in it and said, ‘Swear on our relationship you don’t have a ring packed!’ One of the things I love about Ry is he can’t lie, and this moment was no different. He nervously said, ‘You better get down here!’ Low and behold there was a ring in his suitcase and he was planning to propose on a beach in Dubai. Nonetheless, Ry insisted I come downstairs. But, I was literally about to jump in the shower. I could tell he was flustered so just ran downstairs and at the bottom of the stairs of our little house in England, Ry proposed to me while I sat on the bottom stair naked! Of course – the grannies got the made up romantic story. Looking back though – the story is just us. Honest and in the moment!

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Wedding date: Saturday 6th August 2016

Ceremony: Carnmoney Church

Reception: Hilden Brewery, Lisburn

Our Planning: We both knew we wanted a really relaxed ‘pint in hand’ big get together with all our loved ones. As soon as we arrived back in Belfast from our trip to Dubai, we set off for Hilden Brewery. We had a gorgeous meal and Ry was won over by the fab beers - we paid the deposit there and then. The tipis were a central part of our choice to go with Hilden, as we just loved the relaxed atmosphere it would provide. We were both so relaxed about the rest of the planning. With living in Dubai, most of it was done via email. The absolutely amazing Laura from Betty Williamson was our angel! We had planned to set a budget – but didn’t ever really get round to it. So we just went with the flow and picked what we wanted and didn’t stress too much about it. 

One thing we didn’t want to compromise on was our guest experiences as we had so many people who travelled from afar to celebrate with us. We wanted to make sure we provided transport for our travelling guests (my dad’s friend owns a hummer company), feed everyone after the church service (crepe van), cocktails and beers on arrival to Hilden (bearded groom and ginger bride cocktails), beer on tap throughout the night, chips for supper and toasted marshmallows on a fire pit. One area I did save on was the professional calligraphed name settings. Instead of getting them printed, I asked my little class of four year olds to help me write the names on cards!

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Our Style: I love the colour grey - I just think it’s a colour that goes with anything. I was conscious of choosing any pinks/purples as I was worried they might clash with my ginger hair. My favourite colour is burnt orange, so my colour palette for the day was greys, taupes, golds, burnt orange and cream. Altogether, I thought it suited the relaxed feel we were going for with the bar and tipi reception. 

A British dress-maker from Dubai helped me design my dress and she made it bit by bit over the course of 9 months. I knew I wanted something really relaxed. However, because I hadn’t been dress shopping beforehand, I wasn’t so sure what suited my figure. So, together, we just ‘winged’ it and hoped for the best! I knew I wanted a little bit of lace, my arms covered, a low back and floaty skirt.

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Our Highlights: There are maybe too many to mention! We loved sneaking away to the H&W shipyard by ourselves before heading to Hilden. It let us have a chat and let it sink in the fact that we had just become Mr & Mrs Reaney. 

We also loved the moment we drove into the yard of Hilden Brewery. The sun was beaming out of the sky, the Kooky Ukes were playing ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ and as we got out of the car, everyone cheered with their cocktails and beers in the air. That feeling of seeing all of your loved ones in one place made our hearts happy, a memory we’ll never forget. 

 The students that we teach (from 4 years old, to 16 year olds), made a little video for us for the church to give us marriage advice. The difference in advice made us and the congregation giggle. One of my little children said, ‘Well now Miss Gamble, you can lay a baby!’ 

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Our Advice: Enjoy every single moment. Sneak away for a few moments if you can with your new husband or wife to let the day sink in! You’re actually partners in crime for life now!!

Dance, laugh, drink and dance some more!

Make a list of photographs you’d like your photographer to take. Don’t forget to ask them to take a photograph of all the guests together with you. Hilden Brewery Wedding, Creative Flux Media | The Promise NI Hilden Brewery Wedding, Creative Flux Media | The Promise NI

Super Suppliers

Venue: Hilden Brewery, Lisburn.

Dress: Bespoke by a friend.

Bridesmaids dresses: Debenhams.

Hair: Emma McConville, Newtownabbey.

Makeup: Rebecca Saulters MUA, Belfast.

Grooms wear: The Wedding Centre, Randalstown.

Cake: Wedding gift from a family friend.

Flowers: Abbey Florist, Newtownabbey.

Bridal cars: Star Car Hire, Larne.

Guest travel: A Touch of Class, Newtownabbey.

Videographer: Story of Eve, Lurgan.

Reception  entertainment: The Kooky Ukes.

Reception band: The Best Men.

Food truck: Flipping Crepes, Newtownabbey.

Light up letters: Electric Alphabet, Belfast.

Stationery: The White Letter, Belfast.

Wedding styling: Betty Williamson Events, County Armagh.

Photographer: Creative Flux Photography, Belfast.

 

Real Couples

Super Stylish Easter Wedding by Francis Meaney: Olivia + Ferdia

November 6, 2017

Hello, hello!

Yet again a combination of motherhood, family life and freelance work has kept me super busy the past few weeks and I’ve been putting this poor blog to the bottom of the priority list. Well today I’ve pulled my socks up and I’m determined to get through the to-do list starting by sharing Olivia and Ferdia’s beautiful Easter Monday wedding day. From Olivia’s head to toe sequin wedding gown and cape, to the stunning floral arch around the church doors, their day was super stylish and full of happy memories.

The day was captured by Francis Meaney Photography – enjoy, and thank you all for sticking around!

Couple: Olivia + Ferdia Carson

“We first met in Donegal when we were studying Irish at university. I think Ferdia knew I was the one very early on but it took him some time to persuade me to even be his girlfriend!”


The Proposal: We got engaged two days after my birthday in February 2014 but not on my actual birthday as that would have been too obvious according to Ferdia! We went to Belfast for a night away and when we arrived at the hotel to check in and Ferdia realised he had forgot his wallet - maybe he was nervous! Luckily I had my purse! When we got up to the room I had to use the toilet and to my complete an utter shock when I walked out he had sprinkled rose petals on the floor in the room and was down on one knee! In embarrassment I told him to get up and asked him what he was doing! Then we went for a meal to celebrate at Made in Belfast and of course I had to pay!

Wedding date: Easter Monday April 17th 2017

Ceremony: St.Patrick’s and St.Ronan’s Church Magheralin

Reception: Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk

Our Planning: I would like to say Ferdia helped in the planning of the wedding but that would be a lie! He even mentioned in his speech about how my triplet sister picked the venue with me and not him! We liked the vibe we got at the Ballymascanlon and the mixture of old and new, as well as the beautiful gardens that created a beautiful backdrop for our photos. We did try to set a budget by keeping numbers as low as possible which proved difficult for me as I come from a family of 10 with lots of nieces and nephews! Most of the budget was spent on our reception and my dress and shoes that I saved for.

Our Style: I didn’t really have a theme but it was an Easter wedding so I knew I wanted there to be a few colours in the colour scheme and there would always be a bit of sparkle! I had custom made chevron silver and ivory sparkle table covers, tassel balloons, giant LOVE balloons, popcorn cart and egg cup place names as it was an Easter wedding. Decor was important to me I still think Ferdia thinks the hotel provided all these details! 

My dress and cape were by Eliza Jayne Howell from Petticoat Lane Bridal Boutique in Hillsborough. I always knew I wanted a beaded gown. I purchased my dress at a designer event and had asked the girls would they be able to get the cape I had saw on Instagram on the designer’s page - I knew I had to have it even before I saw it! The girls were so friendly and helpful and they were able to ship it over for me to try on over my dress. Trying on the cape made the decision easy for me! I loved the fringing and it complimented my dress so well! 

My bridesmaid dresses were from Perfect Day in Lurgan where I actually work on Saturdays so I am well equipped with the bridal industry and understand how special and exciting it is purchasing the gowns for the bride and maids. They were by Dessy and I went for a mix of blush, grey and lavender in two different styles, one a cape style and the other a sequin victorian lace style. The mens suits were by Red Groomswear in Belfast and we kept it very clean cut with navy and grey as there was a lot of colour going on with the maids.

Our Highlights: The day itself went by in a flash and with no hitches. Our son had major back surgery eight weeks before our big day so it was quite a stressful time for us ahead of the wedding. Thankfully he recovered well. I really enjoyed the ceremony, everything just felt perfect! Ferdia’s speech was probably one of the highlights of the day for both of us - who else toasts to himself on his wedding day and we both really enjoyed the drive from our ceremony to the reception together to take it all in!


Our Advice: Our advice to any couples planning their wedding would be to enjoy every minute on the lead up to the big day as well as the big day itself. Stay true to yourself and your own taste and style. As long as you are happy at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.

 

 

 

 

Super Suppliers

Wedding dress: Petticoat Lane Bridal Boutique, Hillsborough.

Bridesmaid dresses: Perfect Day, Lurgan.

Groomswear: Red Grooms, Belfast.

Hair: Medusa Hair Salon, Lurgan.

Make up: Carla Bailie Makeup Artist and Shauneen at Tru Beauty, Lurgan.

Cake: Ciara’s Cakes, Aghagallon.

Flowers: The Posy Barn, Waringstown.

Cars: Star Car Hire, Larne.

Videographer: Video Edge, Craigavon.

Band: The Professionals, Belfast.

Photographer: Francis Meaney Photography, Craigavon.