Are you ready for a lovely midweek treat? Our fantastic sponsor, Fiona Jamieson Photography from Randalstown has just the thing to help us spring forward into Thursday, Clare and Joseph’s colourful September wedding at Millbrook Lodge in Ballynahinch.
Clare and Joseph met in December 2007 – it was a fairly modern romance through social media contacts. Five years on Joseph proposed at a beautiful beach close to Ballygally Castle.
“In August 2012 I was working two jobs so when we had a day off together it was not abnormal that we went to the beach on a lovely day. It was my birthday and I had already opened my birthday presents at the family home so I wasn’t expecting any surprises. We had never really talked about getting married either and marriage wasn’t something I thought Joe had placed high on his ‘life to do list.’ Settled on the beach enjoying the summer, we had a little picnic. Joe had pulled out another birthday present from his backpack. When I had unwrapped the present it was the Cath Kidston handbag that I had pointed out from the window of the shop on the high street. I had thanked Joe and thought oh how wonderful!! Placed the bag down beside me and carried on enjoying the sunshine. Slightly miffed, Joe had said was I not going to open the bag? (realistically I thought why? There’s nothing in it yet?) However when I opened the bag there was quite a large perfectly wrapped box, covered in Goldsmiths paper and with a beautiful bow. I still had no idea what was happening. But due to the size of the box and the fact that I’m a bit of a methodical thinker I thought it was a watch, I really needed a watch! How absolutely thrown off my guard was I when I opened a box within the slightly larger box. And Joe asked a question I could never refuse, even if it did take me quite some time to come to my senses and say yes!” explained Clare.
The couple were smart and set a budget for their wedding, although Clare explained it changed a few times…
“One thing to remember, no matter how much you attempt to plan for the inevitable something will always crop up or take your fancy! We planned to spent the most on our photography, because once the day is over it’s all we have left to enjoy forever more. I worked two jobs to keep a budget realistic and to also give us a fair chance at having a dream day. It was nice to have all that energy and effort to keep us humble. Working that hard for that long meant everything we purchased was something we couldn’t do without. I was quite strict on throwing out faff,” said Clare.
The couple never set out to plan their wedding day with a theme, they simply chose things they liked. “Nothing matched, if we liked it we got it. Our day was simple and true and that made a bigger impact,” Clare added.
“At the risk of sounding boring, our day was perfect. I have never felt so calm, excited, grateful or overwhelmed in all my life. As a bit of a control freak I love to be at the reigns of any situation. It was the first time in a long time I naturally sat back and just fell in love all over again,” said Clare.
Never lose sight of what you are doing and why you are doing it. If planning your wedding is causing a strain on your relationship you need to step back and remember the party isn’t the most important part to the day. Never plan your day around other people. It’s only about two and that’s all that matters, everything else will fall into place.
Ceremony: St Michael the Archangel, Finaghy.
Reception: Millbrook Lodge, Ballynahinch.
Wedding dress: Cathedral Gowns Bridal, Downpatrick.
Bridesmaids dress: Posh Frocks, Lisburn Road, Belfast.
Grooms wear: Suitor, Belfast.
Grooms party: Balmoral Dress Hire, Finaghy.
Cake: Spotty Dotty Cupcakes, Ballygowan.
Flowers: All Seasons Floral, Belfast.
Bridal cars: Klass Cars, Belfast.
Film: Rabbit and the Fox Films, Carrickfergus.
DJ: Essential DJs, Bangor.
Hair: Dani Belle Wedding Hair, Belfast.
Makeup: By Kerri, Lisburn.
Photographer: Fiona Jamieson Photography, Randalstown.
Honeymoon: Lake Garda, Thompson Holidays booked through The CO-OP Travel.