Diane + Stephen

LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI

Hello! It’s half-term week at Promise HQ so I’m currently juggling, or maybe struggling – I’m not really sure which one it is! 

Today we’re sharing the wedding story of Diane and Stephen who were married last October and held their rustic styled reception at the Leighinmohr House Hotel. They put a lot of love and effort into making their day super personal which was perfectly captured by Lauren of LIT Photography. Wishing you all a fantastic week ahead, xx. 

LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI

Couple: Diane + Stephen Saulters

“Stephen was the year above me in the same school, Cambridge House. I was in the same year as his little brother, but didn’t know they were brothers! I knew of Stephen around school but he didn’t remember me. We met one night in Kelly’s, Portrush. I was on a night out with Uni friends and he had taken his friend out to cheer him up after a break up. Ironically it was him that found a women that night!” 

LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI

The Proposal 

“We had planned to take a walk with friends on Easter Monday 2016. Strangely they cancelled (now I know why lol) so Stephen took me to Benone beach. I had no idea it was coming so I complained the whole walk about how cold and blustery it was, but he wanted to keep going to the quiet part of the beach where all of a sudden he got on one knee! I was totally surprised and didn’t even know he had been looking at rings, so he did a good job picking by himself.” 

LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI

Wedding date: Friday 19th October 2018 

Ceremony: Clough Presbyterian Church

Reception: Leighinmohr House Hotel, Ballymena 

LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI

Our Planning

“Our top priority was creating a personal day that was local enough for all our guests to be able to make, so that’s why we chose a local venue. Also, as a musician I wanted music to play a big part of our day, so we had friends and musicians I teach and play along with doing our church music and reception music, which made it super personal.”

LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI

Our Budget & Suppliers

“We didn’t really sit down and say this is the exact amount we want to spend. As we have our own house we understood how far money can go so we didn’t want to spend silly money on things we could do ourselves. Of course there were things that we just had to spend on, like the band, photographer, videographer, flowers, venue, suits etc. But apart from that we tried to do most other things ourselves. 

After we had our engagement shoot with LIT Photographer we LOVED the photos Lauren was able to take, as both of us were quite nervous about being posed for photographs all day. She had a great natural, unobtrusive style which just suited our relaxed day perfectly. 

I knew that I wanted the boys from the Scottish Ceilidh Band I am in ‘Risin’ Stour’ and a couple of the Fiddle teachers I teach with to supply the service music, so as to make it super special and personal to us. They had never played together and only had one practise at the rehearsal but they are so talented that the music sounded AMAZING on the day! Also I got Kevin Jackson & Richard Marshall, a country singer band I play with to sing in the bar at the reception.” 

LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI

Our Style

“We are definitely a laid back couple and didn’t want to get wrapped up in the expense of thinking you had to spend a fortune on everything. We wanted a relaxed, enjoyable day which took a lot of pressure off us to have everything run perfectly. We wanted a rustic style wedding using any materials we could get our hands on and decorate ourselves.”

LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI

Personal Touches

“Where we could make use of our own creative skills and family’s we did: my mum and sister in law made and decorated our cake, and my mum made homemade fudge which we put into little jars (my nephews baby food jars!), I put labels on and used as the centre pieces. I got an old wooden pallet from my parents farm and varnished it to make the table plan (probably my proudest DIY), I also reused an old wooden board from our shed and turned into our guest board for people to sign, which we now have displayed.”

LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI

My Dress

“I went for a fitted dress with light lace from Wedded Bliss, Portglenone. It was super comfy and had a cut out back that I loved! I wore a veil with lace trim to match. I splashed out on a pair of Carvela jewelled court heels, they were super comfy. I always knew I wanted the bridesmaids to be burgundy/wine colour as I loved it for an Autumn wedding. Their dresses were a chiffon material with a little lace detail on the shoulders by Hayley Paige.” 

LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI

Our Advice

“Don’t stress about the little details! I probably got carried away with the DIY aspect which then put a little bit of pressure on me to get it all finished in the last week (maybe don’t procrastinate as much as I did and leave it to the last minute to finish lol). I would also advise not to get caught up in the whole ‘the more expensive the better’ mentality. It is very easy to get wrapped up in that as you want everything to be perfect but what I loved and what our guests loved about our wedding was that everything had a personal homemade touch that fitted perfectly with our rustic style. Also try to think about what kind of day you want and imagine it to be, if you tailor it too much towards what you think the guests will want it becomes less personal.” 

LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI
LIT Photography, Leighinmohr House Hotel | The Promise NI

Wedding Suppliers

Venue: Leighinmohr House Hotel, Ballymena. 

Dress: Ida Torez, Wedded Bliss, Portglenone. 

Bridesmaids dress: Hayley Paige, Castle Couture, Galgorm. 

Headpiece: Sophiabeau, Etsy. 

Grooms wear: Dapper Dudes Groomswear, Wedding Centre, Randalstown. 

Photographer: Lauren McGee, LIT Photography, Portrush. 

Cake: My very talented Mum & Sister-in-law. 

Flowers: Cherry Blossom Flowers, Randalstown. 

Bridal cars: C4 Wedding Cars, Magherafelt. 

Videographer: Paul @ Capture Wedding Video

Evening band: Juice

Hair: Electric Chair, Ballymena. 

Makeup: Catherine Courtney Makeup, Ballymena. 

Chalkboards: Love Weddings Studio, Belfast. 

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