Good morning and happy-second-full-week-in-January to you all!
I hope it’s been going well for you so far. If you’ve set reachable goals, I hope you’re happy with your progress although don’t sweat it if you’re not. January can be the pits sometimes! So far we’ve had a broken immersion heater, broken spring (or something!) on the hubby’s car and mice in the house – it has been full on! We’ve also booked the boat for our holiday in July which I am already SERIOUSLY excited about, and welcomed a new member to the family, a 10-week old little kitten called Poppy – she is my mouse catcher! Four kids, nine fish and a kitten, oh we do like to keep life spicy around here! This week we’ll be throwing exams into the mix for the eldest and a workload that is mega for me – busy but a good busy.
Today we are sharing Megan and Ronan’s summer wedding. From my very first peek of their day I knew it was going to be seriously magical and oozing with style, and it is! Have a fantastic week and enjoy todays inspiration.
Couple: Megan + Ronan Clarke
“We met when we were 15 and18 when I started working in Sallys. We were friends for years before we starting dating.”
Megan: “Ronan organised a weekend away to Hyams Beach in Australia a week before we went home to Ireland for Christmas. We spent the day on a snorkelling trip followed by dinner. When we were driving back to our accommodation we stopped off at Hyams Beach. Ronan was so quiet on the way home from the restaurant I thought I had done something to annoy him, but now he explains he was sick with nerves. Ronan had blankets and candles set up on the beach and proposed. He had picked the ring himself and it took my breath away, I thought it was just a costume ring. Apart from our wedding it was the most amazing weekend.”
Ronan: “When I asked Megan to marry me she said ‘are you taking the piss because it isn’t a funny joke’. She started crying and forgot to say yes or even look at the ring. We decided not to tell our family until we could do it in person in Ireland the following week.”
Wedding date: Thursday 20th July 2017
Venue: The Carriage Rooms at Montalto Estate
“We wanted to have our wedding all in the one venue, so that narrowed down the search straight away. We also didn’t want guests to have to travel for several hours to get there. The Carriage Rooms was the first and only venue we visited and we fell in love. We wanted to spend the main part of our budget on food as we are foodies and on amazing music throughout the day.”
Our Budget & Suppliers
“We did set a budget and we would advise any couple to do this as it gives you a guideline to follow, otherwise you could get carried away. We knew we had to have the venue once we viewed it and when we had a date set, the first supplier we contacted were The Lou’s, our photographers, to make sure they were available.”
“We wanted a relaxed and simple style with a classic ivory and green colour palette for flowers. Our amazing florist, Kim helped us create simple floral arrangements in ivory and green. Flowers were the main decorations we used for the venue.”
“I chose a Hayley Paige wedding dress in the second shop I went to. I originally wanted a simple satin dress with a large bow at the back, something that wouldn’t date, but I ended up with the complete opposite.
It was so easy to say yes, the minute I tried my dress on I knew it was the one for me, it was fun and different. My aunties told me to try on a few other dresses in different styles after that to make sure, but I couldn’t wait to get them off and try on my dress again!
After I had chosen my dress I knew the only colour that would match was ivory. I originally got ivory dresses in Sydney by a Australian label but was never 100% happy with them and knew my bridesmaid weren’t either. Around two months before the wedding I was browsing through the Next website and found the perfect ivory Lipsy dresses and ordered them straight away. I always wanted simple dresses paired with large statement flowers crowns.”
“We included some very personal pieces in the wedding. My headpiece was made of beads from of my mums wedding dress, and Ronan and my dad added links to my christening bracelet and give it to me the morning of the wedding. We ordered personalised photo cufflinks online for the grooms party and my dad. I had a personalised flower charm in my bouquet with a photo of my mum in.”
“Take time on the day for just the two of you to sit back and digest the real meaning of the day.
Delegate jobs on the wedding week don’t try and take it all on yourself.
Pick suppliers you trust and communicate with them through the whole planning process so you have built a relationship with them, trust them and their work.
Put aside some of your budget for a wedding video. It’s amazing getting to watch it back, especially to see each other’s morning that you didn’t spend together.”
“We planned a honeymoon that was on our route back to Sydney.
We booked 7 nights in the Maldives -The Sun Siyam Resort and 3 nights in Dubai at Sofitel The Palm. We couldn’t recommend both resorts higher they were both amazing! We would recommend to other couples that are planning their honeymoon to book something relaxing. You be so exhausted after the week of celebrations that you need some relaxing time together!”
Venue: The Carriage Rooms, Montalto Estate
Wedding dress: Jim Hjelm By Hailey Paige
Bridesmaids dress: Lipsy from Next
Brides Shoes & Bag: Sophia Webster
Makeup: Ellen Lunney
Groom: David Jones, Sydney
Groomsmen: McElhinneys, Ballybofey
Cake Made by Mother of The Groom
Flowers: Victoriana Floral by Kim Davies, Whitehead
Bridal cars: Glendale Limousines, Omagh
Videographer: Soul & Rise
Ceremony entertainment: Brides family
Drinks Reception: Sean Magee
Band: The Rockits
Evening DJ: Cathal Grimes
Signs: Little Designs, Omagh
Outdoor Garden Games: Milkshake Cart
Photographers: The Lou’s