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!
Couple: Amanda + Chris Crea
“We first met at a young farmers event in 2013.”
“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.”
Wedding date: Saturday 12th August 2017
Ceremony: Christ Church Ballyculter, Strangford
Reception: Marquee in their field
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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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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.