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Lough Erne Resort Menu Tasting Experience & Wedding Open Day

February 8, 2019
Lough Erne Resort Wedding Menu Tasting

Happy Friday lovely ones! This week has whizzed by so fast which has been good for me as I actually have an action-packed weekend ahead. I’m off to see The Bodyguard in the GOH and then to my local theatre to see my friend take on a leading role in Chicago. 

Lough Erne Resort Wedding Menu Tasting

This Sunday, February 10th, the multi-award winning Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh are hosting a unique ‘Seasoned with Love Wedding Open Day.’ The event is to celebrate their recent win at the Wedding Dates awards where they were crowned the prestigious ‘Top Rated Five-Star Wedding Venue in the UK.’ 

The exciting wedding open day this Sunday is like no other and has been designed to give couples the opportunity to discover, taste and experience each season to decide exactly which season they wish their special day to fall within. 

Lough Erne Resort Wedding Menu Tasting

The award winning team will be on hand to guide couples through the Resort and introduce them to the best of local wedding suppliers who will have VIP promotions available to only those couples hosting their wedding at Lough Erne Resort. Plus, the resort will also have an exclusive offer available if you book and confirm your wedding on the day. The event runs from 1pm to 5pm this Sunday. 

Lough Erne Resort Wedding Menu Tasting

Lough Erne Resort Menu Tasting Experience

One of the most exciting parts of planning your reception is choosing the menu. A few weeks ago I discovered what happens at a menu tasting experience at Lough Erne Resort, with Joanne Walsh filling me in on all the exciting details that you should know about. 

What will couples try at the tasting? 

“On the day of the tasting, they will meet their Banqueting Manager who looks after them on their wedding day and chef will come out to say hello and discuss the food and their thoughts. We offer the full wedding menu and each person selects one dish from all courses – so starter, soup, main, dessert and tea & coffee – they always leave us more than satisfied! We let the couple dine in peace, so they can discuss the dishes openly, and then they meet their co-ordinator afterwards to begin to go through final details and feedback.” 

Where do couples dine? 

“We offer such a great experience for the menu tasting and it really gets the couples excited for what lies ahead as it is often when it all starts to feel real! They dine exclusively in the Catalina Restaurant in private – usually on a Saturday afternoon. We offer two sitting times – 1.00pm or 3.30pm. We print personalised menus for the couple as a keepsake for their memory box, just like the big day.”

Lough Erne Resort Wedding Menu Tasting

Can couples bring their parents?

“Yes, as we can extend the invitation for a tasting for up to 6 people – couples quite often use the tasting as a great way of bringing both sets of parents together and helps them to be included in the planning of their special day.” 

Lough Erne Resort Wedding Menu Tasting

Most popular dish? 

“The confit of duck starter is very popular – and our signature dish is the Sirloin steak served for main course.

We can offer bespoke dishes, and we would do this quite often – particularly because of dietary requirements – we have devised quite a few Vegan dishes recently!”

Lough Erne Resort Wedding Menu Tasting

Any other information couples should know? 

“Tastings are offered four months before the wedding, and they are complimentary and included in the package for the couple. Extra guests are charged for. It is best not to drive to the resort on the day of your tasting!! Included in the menu tasting our couples would also taste all six of our banqueting wines – we offer three pairings – French, Italian and Chilean – the couple can choose their favourite for the big day.”

For more information visit www.lougherneresort.com.

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Love at the Linen Green Highlights

September 20, 2018

Hello, I hope you are all doing okay after yesterdays storm, wasn’t it crazy?! I was on #trampolinewatch all day long! I got my boots out, so I guess that’s the end of seeing my toes until at least May 2019! 

We’ve got lots of crazy-amazing real weddings to share over the next little while but I thought before I plough on with those I’d share a few snaps (and snaps they are, from my iPhone!) from Sunday’s Love at the Linen Green in Bedeck Home Store for those of you who couldn’t make it. 

Love at the Linen Green

Stacey from S.A.K.Designs created two beautiful bridal looks on our models, Gillian and Rhonda, don’t they look stunning? 

Love at the Linen Green

Love at the Linen Green

Sarah from Oh So Boho Hair in Dungannon was a whiz with their hair, hello pretty bohemian locks, and the girls wore incredible gowns from our bridal boutique on the day, Indie Grace Bridal in Fintona. 

Love at the Linen Green

Love at the Linen Green

Love at the Linen Green

One of The Promise ultimate favourites, Kim from Victoriana Floral in Whitehead gave us all the floral goodness we were after and sweet treats were provided by Delivery Donuts, a brand new Dungannon based company specialising in fabulous flavoured donuts for your Big Day. 

Love at the Linen Green

Love at the Linen Green

Love at the Linen Green

Love at the Linen Green

Love at the Linen Green

We had Ben from Smith Beggs Design making the grooms look great with his selection of handmade bow ties – for both big and small, Lauren from LIT Photography making us all smile with her beautiful stand and wedding photography, and Darren Anderson from Awe & Wonder Photography sharing his stunning on the day packages and album designs. 

Love at the Linen Green

We were delighted to welcome the ladies from Lough Erne Resort, Gillian from Pretty & Polished who shared her wonderful bridal nail options and Nicki from Elite Beauty & Tan who certainly knows a thing or two about skincare. 

Love at the Linen Green

Love at the Linen Green

Love at the Linen Green

Sharon from Innocent Chaos had the prettiest display of keepsake floral bouquets, flower crowns, headpieces and buttonholes – how lovely are these?! Whilst Ciara Patrick Designs displayed her fabulous stationery which included a handmade copper table plan, and cute giant balloons. 

Love at the Linen Green

Jill from Caledon Cake Studio wowed with her striking cake display and kept our sugar levels up with tiny cupcakes. 

Love at the Linen Green

Downstairs in the main store we had Jeremy and his team from Maison Real Estate sharing the most recent development in Dungannon, Castle Glen (which is literally a fence away from my daughters new school, now wouldn’t that be handy!), and David from Northern Ireland Wedding Cars showing off his impeccable Beauford wedding car. 

We had a fabulous array of prizes on the day and the winners were:

King size bed courtesy of Dreams: Rhianna Martin

Bedeck Voucher: Ruth Sloan

Royal Doulton Pacific Dinner Service: Hannah Creaney

LSA Prosecco Set: Stephanie Wilson

Joules Wallets: Niamh Kerr

Bergen Nest of Tables: Louise Campbell

Belleek Dinner Service: Aisling McAleer

Georg Jensen Carafe & Candle Holder Pair: Lyndsay Jordan

Ritzenhoff Glasses & Prosecco Set: Alison McConnell

Maison Wine & Pair of Glasses: David Kelly

Lolita Bride & Groom glasses: Nicola Patterson 

We had such a great time with plenty of craic and wedding inspiration, so it hopefully won’t be too long until the next one! My sincerest thanks to all the staff and store manager, Anne at the Bedeck Home Store and the marketing team for their help in putting the show together and to each and everyone who came along! 

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Everlasting Beauty

August 13, 2018

Under The Laurel Tree

We catch up with Laurene from Under The Laurel Tree to find out about her 21st century take on wedding flower preservation…

I don’t know about you, but after the dress, the other ‘gasp’ moment when I see a beautiful bride is always reserved for the flowers.

There’s something so dreamy and indulgent about a beautiful fresh bouquet – it’s just a shame they don’t last.

Loads of brides (myself included!) wish they could keep their bouquet forever, but the idea of dried flowers often conjures up images of dusty, deformed and yellowing bouquets that are more than a bit old fashioned.

Step forward Laurene Livingston, owner and chief floral artist at Under The Laurel Tree – a relatively new NI wedding biz that aims to challenge everything you thought you knew about dried flowers!

With a lifelong passion for art, Laurene bravely left her demanding job as a physiotherapist to pursue her dream of a more creative career – and the results are absolutely stunning.  We caught up with her to find out more…

Under The Laurel Tree

Under The Laurel Tree

Hi Laurene! Tell us about Under The Laurel Tree…

Under The Laurel Tree specializes in the preservation and bespoke framing of wedding bouquets and floral arrangements.  It’s different from simply drying the flowers – I use a dessicant gel which dries them out slowly without changing their shape or their natural colours, so I’m able to then recreate the beauty of the fresh bouquet, and use heirloom framing techniques to preserve it.  People are always really surprised by how contemporary the framed pieces look.  We live in a romantic old arts and crafts cottage near Lisburn and my studio is a converted summerhouse in the back garden – it’s under an enormous laurel tree, hence the name!

Under The Laurel Tree

Bouquet from The Flower Room, Belfast

Under The Laurel Tree

How did you get into drying flowers?

It’s funny how it all came about – it feels a bit like fate!  I’ve always been quite creative; I loved art when I was at school and my mum did a bit of wedding floristry when I was growing up so I used to help her with that, although that all sort of went by the wayside though when I went to university to study physiotherapy.  When I got married in 2016 that sparked my creative side off again, and having an appreciation for wedding flowers, I decided I wanted to get my bouquet preserved.  At that time the only person doing it was a lady called Teresa Greer in Dunadry.

By then I had worked for ten years as a physiotherapist but I began to find my job very demanding, both physically and mentally.  I ended up taking some time off due to exhaustion and by pure chance, around the same time Teresa told me that she was giving the business up, and couldn’t find anybody to take it on.  I was really nervous about making a career change but something in my gut was telling me I needed to do something more creative that would bring people joy, while also being less stressful for me.  My husband Wes was amazingly supportive and gave me the courage to go for it!  Teresa gave me basic training in all the techniques, sold me her equipment, and the rest is history.  I like to think that I have taken what she taught me and breathed new life and a much more modern feel into the finished pieces.  I’m also working towards getting my professional framing accreditation with the Fine Art Trade Guild.

Under The Laurel Tree

Under The Laurel Tree

Under The Laurel Tree

What’s involved in the process?

It all starts with keeping the bouquet as fresh as possible throughout the wedding day so that the flowers arrive with me in the best possible condition.  I offer advice to all my brides on how they can best do this.  When I receive the bouquet, I dismantle it very carefully, repair any damaged flowers by pinning them, and then I fill each individual bloom by hand with dessicant gel, before packing them away in tubs of gel for around six weeks.  This process dries the flowers without crushing them and preserves their colour too.  When they come out of the tubs, I’ll restore the flowers using glue to reattach dropped petals and special floristry paints if they have faded, which sometimes happens with pale coloured flowers.  I then use photographs and guidance from each client to reassemble the bouquet inside a custom-made box frame.  I make all the frames completely from scratch myself, including cutting the conservation glass, which protects the contents from UV light.  The whole process can take days of delicate work, not including drying time – it really is a labour of love.

Under The Laurel Tree

How long do they last?

Dried flowers dating back to the Victorian era still exist in museums today so there’s no doubt that drying flowers really does preserve them for a long time!  What’s harder to predict is how much the dried blooms will deteriorate over a period of decades, and how they will cope with environmental factors like heat, sunlight and humidity.  Every bouquet differs in terms of the conditions it has been kept in before it even gets to me so I don’t like to make claims about how long they will last in pristine condition for.  I do everything possible to extend this time by using conservation glass and offering advice on how to maintain and display your framed bouquet so it doesn’t get damaged. I can also retouch colours down the line if needed.  

Under The Laurel Tree

Under The Laurel Tree

Why should brides preserve their bouquet?

I think most brides don’t realize how special their wedding bouquet is until they have it in their hands – it’s a work of art.  Most keepsakes from your wedding will end up being stored away out of sight so it’s an amazing way to display something so unique to you, in a format that will potentially last a lifetime.  I think there’s something so romantic about the notion of a bridal bouquet as an heirloom that can be passed down the generations.  It also makes a really wonderful wedding gift!

So there you have it – preserved flowers as a perfect symbol of your eternal love!  Prices start from a budget friendly £200, but spaces are limited due to the delicate nature of the process, so advance booking is essential to secure your date.  You can contact Laurene via Facebook or call 07828 909225 for more information and bookings.

Images: Erica Irvine Photography 

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True Romance: Boho Inspiration Bridal Shoot by Caroline Smyth Photography

July 23, 2018

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

I am a real lover of travel and simply adore holidays (if you didn’t see my Instagram recently you’ll be lost, go check out the highlights!), but after an enjoyable break from reality I always love coming home and getting back to routine, my own bed and, surprisingly to work!

Today we are getting our high-summer content started with a beautiful inspiration bridal shoot by Larne based wedding photographer, Caroline Smyth. With a carefree and bohemian look the shoot was held at Kilmore Country House. Thanks to Caroline and her brilliant wedding suppliers for sharing with us! 

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho, carefree and elegant are just a few of the words to describe my recent shoot at the always stunning Kilmore Country House.

Since receiving the Mrs2Be Bride’s Choice Award for Best Wedding Photographer in Ireland for the second consecutive year, I decided to celebrate in the best way possible; by joining forces with some of Northern Ireland’s most talented wedding suppliers to showcase a little of what this amazing industry has to offer.

As a photographer, I’ve always been drawn to wedding venues which break the norm. I’m lucky to have worked with a wealth of couples over the years who are keen to sway from tradition by choosing a venue which lends itself better to their personal style. And so, inspiring Kilmore Country House and its unrivalled grounds seemed like the perfect fit.

The theme for the shoot was true romance, drawing on the beauty of a bygone era, but with a modern-day twist! The rolling hills and fields served as a beautiful backdrop, while floral archways, delicate draping and an abundance of romantic candles truly set the scene. 

The woods added an ethereal feel and served as the best location for some really romantic photos, especially with the soothing sounds of the harp filling the air. Sometimes capturing a quiet moment between two people in love needs just the simplest of scenes in order to allow the occasion to speak for itself.

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

A vintage Ford convertible Mustang rolled up and added vintage vibes to the day. The couple really looked at ease in it and the opportunity to photograph it definitely added a fun element to the shoot.

In recent years, it’s become more apparent that couples are keen to introduce a little more of their personal style into their wedding day. Thankfully, this is easily achieved through a variety of accessories, which lend themselves perfectly to any style of wedding. Throughout the shoot, we showcased an array of additions such as signage, chinaware and stationery, which definitely enhanced the style of the shoot. Wedding day classics, such as a cake and fabulous floral arrangements also took centre stage, offering a range of ideas for your wedding day.

Thanks to all the suppliers who helped make this an unforgettable day.

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

Boho inspiration shoot, Caroline Smyth Photography, Kilmore Country House | The Promise NI

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Styling: Caroline Smyth Photography & Millson & Berry

Photography: Caroline Smyth Photography

Photography assistant: Becca McIlroy Photography

Venue: Kilmore Country House

Models: Kerri Withers & Lee Hodge

Flowers: Millson & Berry

Hair: Kerri at Halo Hairdressing Salon

Makeup: Holly McNaghten

Dresses: Bridal Elegance

Suit: Red Groomswear

Harpist: Catherine Hamilton Soprano & Harpist

Vintage selfie pod & love letters: Selfie Mirror Hire

Vintage china: Cherished China Vintage Hire

Handmade natural soaps & candles: Sweet Escape Products

Rose gold hair vine: Lie Amour

Cake: Fairy Tree Cakes

Stationery: Darling Stationery

Video: Dougie Shevills

Car: Star Car Hire

Wooden signage & cake stand: Rathbollen Unique Woodcrafts

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Beauty Advice: Get the Perfect Pout for your Wedding!

June 6, 2018

Maid by Sinead

As a mostly-non-wearer-of-makeup today I’ve asked bridal makeup artist, Sinead from Maid by Sinead for her tips and advice on getting your bridal lipstick just right on your Big Day. Luckily for you Sinead has also let us into her favourite red, pink and nude lipsticks and has included a special discount for Senna Cosmetics lipsticks for all readers of the blog.

Maid by Sinead

As it is one of the best days of your life, when it comes to your wedding lipstick you really want to get it right. Here are a few tips to consider having the perfect pout on your Big Day!

  1. Choose the right shade: Whether you are new to lipstick or a seasoned pro, finding the best colour for your wedding day can be a tedious process. From matte to sheer, there are a long list of colours within every cosmetic brand. Choose a shade that compliments your skin tone, budget and personal style. While reds and pinks offer a signature look, a nude shade is a great choice to compliment a strong smoked eye.
  1. Analyse the size of your lips: Another important tip is to analyse the sizer of your lips. If you tend to have thin lips, a nude or coral shade can give the lips a fuller look. On the contrary, a bride with big lips can use a darker shade to flatter and compliment their overall look.
  1. Application technique: The secret is to apply your lipstick with a brush. This can help make it last much longer. Also by using a concealer or primer underneath will help provide you with extra cover. Apply two coats – apply the first layer then blot with a tissue and apply the second layer, this will help with longevity and leave your lips streak free. 
  1. Think about the finish you would like: For bridal, I’m definitely a satin finish type of girl! While matte lipsticks are very popular at present, it has to be noted that glossy lipsticks give a more satin finish and look great in photos. 
  1. Buy and try: Since it is considered one of the most important days of your life, I would definitely recommend the ‘tried and tested’ method. Whilst some lipsticks look good in yellow light, it is best to consider the colour in natural light – therefore ask for a sample and get testing at home.
  1. Include your lipstick colour in your wedding day touch-up kit: It a very long day and your aim is to always be photo ready. I always recommend that my brides have their wedding lipstick/gloss in their handbag for a quick touch up throughout the day. Plus it’s always lovely to keep your wedding lipstick as a keepsake. I still have mine – even after 7 years! Senna – baby nude for those asking! 
  1. One last top tip from the lady herself: “To make lipstick and lip gloss last longer, line and fill in lips with lip pencil before applying colour.” Bobbi Brown

I hope these tips help in the lead up to your big day. If you have an experienced bridal makeup artist booked for your wedding day, you won’t need to worry – they will have it all in hand.

Maid by Sinead

My favourite reds are Mac Ruby Woo & Senna Cosmetics Valentina. For nudes I love Tom Ford Nude Vanille and Senna Cosmetics Affair and for those brides who love a pop of pink Charlotte Tilbury Electric Poppy and Senna Cosmetics Show Off are my most used. 

Reader offer: I am offering all readers a special discount on Senna Cosmetic lipsticks (offer price: £14.50, normal price: £16.50), simply email sinead1985@live.com or call 07811 030 471 and quote ‘The Promise.’

Love Sinead x

www.maidbysinead.co.uk

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Handmade Wedding Signs from Local Creators

May 9, 2018

Handmade Wedding Signs

Good morning you lovely lot! I hope you have all recovered from the Bank Holiday weekend? I spent mine celebrating with the world’s most aesthetically pleasing newlyweds – keep an eye on the blog for their uber stylish, not to mention banter filled day soon! 

It’s back to porridge for me again so today we are kicking things off on the blog with some super cool signage from some of the most talented local vendors on our little green isle!

Wedding signs have become more popular than ever the last few years, whether it’s to welcome your guests, set out an itinerary, or to put your own stamp on your big day with a quote or song lyric – we think there’s always enough room for more signs 😉 

Check out some of these local suppliers and hit them up to help on your wedding day! 

Handmade Wedding Signs

Handmade Wedding Signs

We love the idea of having an “unplugged” wedding and we think this sign might just be every photographer’s dream. These quirky signs are made by Wedding Signage NI, a very cool insta business based right here in Northern Ireland (clues in the name ;))

Handmade Wedding Signs

Handmade Wedding Signs

Who doesn’t love a good Pinterest worthy quote? Ballycastle based business Through Creation Design have made these dreamy signs – perfect for the hopeless romantics! 

Handmade Wedding Signs

Handmade Wedding Signs

We love these welcome signs beautifully created by one of our past brides Rachel. Signs by Rachel can be found on Facebook and is a Belfast based business. Those dancefloor rules are a must for any party animal weddings! 

Handmade Wedding Signs

Handmade Wedding Signs

We are loving these fun signs by Grey Arrow Design. An itinerary of the day and some oh-so-important confetti throwing instructions are a must! 

Handmade Wedding Signs

This is definitely my kind of sign! This fab gin menu is by Storyboards NI. Find them on Facebook if this is right up your street! 

Handmade Wedding Signs

Lily Annabella is a Lisnaskea based business that cater for all your wedding décor needs! We are loving this chic floral welcome sign! Lily Annabella can be found on Facebook. 

Handmade Wedding Signs

Handmade Wedding Signs

This super sophisticated mirror welcome sign would be perfect for any glam couple! These beauties are by McGarry Wedding Flower and Venue Stylists. These guys are based in Maguiresbridge and can be contacted via their website. 

Handmade Wedding Signs

Love this chalkboard arrow sign from Lisburn based business Lace and Twine. Lace and Twine will cater for all your venue styling needs and can be contacted via their website. 

Handmade Wedding Signs

This fab chalkboard welcome sign is made by the super talented Grow In Grace Lettering. Check out their gorgeous work over on Instagram. 

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Escape To The Wild

May 2, 2018

Alpaca bridal shoot

It’s no secret that here at The Promise we love to think outside the box when it comes to wedding inspiration and today is no different as we share a delightful bridal photo shoot created by a very talented bunch! 

We’ve all heard of including your dog in your big day photos, maybe even arriving by horsepower but we’re going one huge step cuter and sharing the alpaca love. Carrying on from what can only be described as an animal loving week here at The Promise – did you see our farm real wedding on Monday? – we have the prettiest bohemian bridal inspiration shoot featuring these charming animals. 

Captured by Erica Irvine Photography, the shoot was inspired by Claire and Chris Martin’s adorable herd of alpacas on their small holding in Omagh. Makeup artist, Stacey Kilpatrick from S.A.K.Designs was keen to include the friendly creatures in her latest creative shoot and after lots of brainstorming the shoot came to life. Styling was by This Old Home, the breathtaking gowns were sourced from The White Gallery, laid-back hair creations by The Hair Lounge and florals, including an alpaca wreath, were designed by Vintage Violet Floral Boutique. 

Thanks to Claire and Chris for having us, all the creative local wedding suppliers involved and the stars, Aphro and Titania.

Alpaca bridal shoot

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Photographer: Erica Irvine Photography | Model: Lauren Jardine | Makeup: S.A.K.Designs | Hair: The Hair Lounge | Dresses: Rue de Seine, The White Gallery | Florals: Vintage Violet Floral Boutique | Styling & props: This Old Home | Alpacas: Aphro and Titania | Location: Edenderry Alpacas | 

Behind the scenes

Because we had a lot of fun and laughs and we all learnt that alpacas hum to each other and it is the sweetest noise in the world. Whoever said to never work with animals was wrong!