It’s a pretty good job I don’t live somewhere that gets great weather all year round because as soon as the sun comes out my productivity vanishes, hence the recent radio silence! We’re back today with a really awesome celebration, Sadie and Dan’s ‘Not A Wedding’ union at City Hall. I’ve been really looking forward to sharing their story – their intimate number of guests and the quick turnaround reminds me of my own day which perfectly untraditional but full of love. Sadie and Dan are from England but now live in Florida (jealous much?!), I hope you enjoy their day, and if you’ve been dithering over doing things differently maybe this might just give you the courage to do it!
Couple: Sadie + Dan Scott
“We met in the gym near where we both worked in London almost five years ago. We were long distance for quite some time, with Daniel in the US and me still in the UK. I think we knew just in the way that we communicated with each other early on, despite the physical distance, that this was something special.”
“We didn’t have a “proper” proposal. We were still split between two countries when we decided to get married in December 2016. We had spoken about getting married for some time and finally decided to go for it.”
Wedding date: Monday 23rd February 2017
Ceremony: Belfast City Hall
Venues: Made in Belfast, The Crown, The Spaniard, Harp Bar
“We were originally planning to elope with two of our close friends as witnesses. When I finally caved and told my mum over Christmas the planning took a turn and we had little time to get our day pulled together, so it was chaotic at times! We knew that we wanted to do it our way and not be bound by traditions so we tried to focus on ways that we could make it personal. We didn’t really set a budget but the small size of the wedding and the fact that we weren’t fussed about certain things like cars, flowers etc. helped us keep the costs down. We spent the most on food and booze! We wanted to make sure that the few guests we had with us were well taken care of as they were all flying to Belfast and paying for accommodation. We made sure that we met everyone for a few drinks the night before the wedding and we made sure that we covered everyone’s food and drinks until we left for the final bar. We also has something special in mind for our rings so we flew to Portland, Oregon a few weeks before the wedding to make them together with a Blacksmith!”
“Our theme for the wedding was “Not a Wedding” which Dan designed an amazing mural for and we had printed on canvas goody bags for a guests. We wanted there to be less emphasis on the wedding itself and more on it being a union. We were very untraditional and had lunch with our 13 guests at Made in Belfast before walking over to City Hall for the ceremony. Afterwards we sent guests to one of the oldest pubs in Belfast (the Crown) for trivia which was organised by Daniel’s brother Craig so we could go and take photos knowing our guests were taken care of. After that we went on to The Spaniard which is one of our favourite bars in Belfast; we hired out the upstairs for a few hours and filled guests up on burgers and churros from a gourmet burger place called Pablo’s, along with plenty of mojitos and pina coladas. At around 11pm we wandered to Harp Bar which was packed to the rafters and had a live band playing where we danced and sang until 2am. We also hosted a party in Manchester a couple of days later to celebrate with our close friends.”
“Our wedding rings are very special to us. We actually went to the restaurant in London where we had our first date and asked them for a knife and fork so that we could make our rings out of them. I spent a fortnight searching for people all over Europe and America that could potentially help us and we finally found Lyle in Portland, Oregon. We flew to make our rings with him less than a month before the wedding. He had never had a couple come in to make their own rings before and trying to create them out of stainless steel cutlery wasn’t the easiest but he was amazing and accommodated us as much as he possibly could. We left him with two charred, crude rings which he finished them off and added a silver inlay. They arrived in Florida with Daniel only two days before he flew to the UK for the wedding.”
“I knew that I didn’t want your average wedding dress. I was looking for something floral and actually found my dress at a formal wear store called 33 Star in Jacksonville, Florida. I loved the bold floral print and actually bought the navy version too which I wore a couple of days later when we celebrated with some of our close friends in Manchester. My shoes were amazing python skin Jimmy Choos in a gorgeous emerald green colour.”
“Aside from a couple of minor things everything was very relaxed. It was exactly what we wanted it to be; a day of fun with our closest family. We were totally untraditional from having our “wedding breakfast” before the wedding to getting ready together at the hotel and walking each other down the aisle.”
Sadie’s Highlight – I think I have to be cheeky and give two highlights. 1) Our vows – we wrote our own and I cried pretty much the entire time. 2) Singing at the top of our lungs to the bands cover of “Don’t Look Back” by Oasis in the Harp Bar, well past midnight, with our family. I get emotional every single time I hear that song now.
Daniel’s Highlight – After the service we left all of our friends and family who went on ahead of us to the pub. We walked through the rush hour Belfast rain back to our hotel. We then stopped in a Boots pharmacy for an umbrella, no one but us knew that we were married. There was no fancy car, no send off, just me and my new wife giggling with excitement amongst the unknowing shoppers and commuters on the rain drenched streets. Pure perfection.
“Do you. Don’t get caught up too much in what you think other people expect.”
Accommodation: The Merchant Hotel, Belfast.
Photographer: Ronan McGrade Photography, Enniskillen.
Food: Pablos, Belfast.
Rings: Lyle Poulin, Handforge Metal.