Yet again a combination of motherhood, family life and freelance work has kept me super busy the past few weeks and I’ve been putting this poor blog to the bottom of the priority list. Well today I’ve pulled my socks up and I’m determined to get through the to-do list starting by sharing Olivia and Ferdia’s beautiful Easter Monday wedding day. From Olivia’s head to toe sequin wedding gown and cape, to the stunning floral arch around the church doors, their day was super stylish and full of happy memories.
The day was captured by Francis Meaney Photography – enjoy, and thank you all for sticking around!
Couple: Olivia + Ferdia Carson
“We first met in Donegal when we were studying Irish at university. I think Ferdia knew I was the one very early on but it took him some time to persuade me to even be his girlfriend!”
The Proposal: We got engaged two days after my birthday in February 2014 but not on my actual birthday as that would have been too obvious according to Ferdia! We went to Belfast for a night away and when we arrived at the hotel to check in and Ferdia realised he had forgot his wallet - maybe he was nervous! Luckily I had my purse! When we got up to the room I had to use the toilet and to my complete an utter shock when I walked out he had sprinkled rose petals on the floor in the room and was down on one knee! In embarrassment I told him to get up and asked him what he was doing! Then we went for a meal to celebrate at Made in Belfast and of course I had to pay!
Wedding date: Easter Monday April 17th 2017
Ceremony: St.Patrick’s and St.Ronan’s Church Magheralin
Reception: Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk
Our Planning: I would like to say Ferdia helped in the planning of the wedding but that would be a lie! He even mentioned in his speech about how my triplet sister picked the venue with me and not him! We liked the vibe we got at the Ballymascanlon and the mixture of old and new, as well as the beautiful gardens that created a beautiful backdrop for our photos. We did try to set a budget by keeping numbers as low as possible which proved difficult for me as I come from a family of 10 with lots of nieces and nephews! Most of the budget was spent on our reception and my dress and shoes that I saved for.
Our Style: I didn’t really have a theme but it was an Easter wedding so I knew I wanted there to be a few colours in the colour scheme and there would always be a bit of sparkle! I had custom made chevron silver and ivory sparkle table covers, tassel balloons, giant LOVE balloons, popcorn cart and egg cup place names as it was an Easter wedding. Decor was important to me I still think Ferdia thinks the hotel provided all these details! My dress and cape were by Eliza Jayne Howell from Petticoat Lane Bridal Boutique in Hillsborough. I always knew I wanted a beaded gown. I purchased my dress at a designer event and had asked the girls would they be able to get the cape I had saw on Instagram on the designer’s page - I knew I had to have it even before I saw it! The girls were so friendly and helpful and they were able to ship it over for me to try on over my dress. Trying on the cape made the decision easy for me! I loved the fringing and it complimented my dress so well! My bridesmaid dresses were from Perfect Day in Lurgan where I actually work on Saturdays so I am well equipped with the bridal industry and understand how special and exciting it is purchasing the gowns for the bride and maids. They were by Dessy and I went for a mix of blush, grey and lavender in two different styles, one a cape style and the other a sequin victorian lace style. The mens suits were by Red Groomswear in Belfast and we kept it very clean cut with navy and grey as there was a lot of colour going on with the maids.
Our Highlights: The day itself went by in a flash and with no hitches. Our son had major back surgery eight weeks before our big day so it was quite a stressful time for us ahead of the wedding. Thankfully he recovered well. I really enjoyed the ceremony, everything just felt perfect! Ferdia’s speech was probably one of the highlights of the day for both of us - who else toasts to himself on his wedding day and we both really enjoyed the drive from our ceremony to the reception together to take it all in!
Our Advice: Our advice to any couples planning their wedding would be to enjoy every minute on the lead up to the big day as well as the big day itself. Stay true to yourself and your own taste and style. As long as you are happy at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.
Wedding dress: Petticoat Lane Bridal Boutique, Hillsborough.
Bridesmaid dresses: Perfect Day, Lurgan.
Groomswear: Red Grooms, Belfast.
Hair: Medusa Hair Salon, Lurgan.
Cake: Ciara’s Cakes, Aghagallon.
Flowers: The Posy Barn, Waringstown.
Cars: Star Car Hire, Larne.
Videographer: Video Edge, Craigavon.
Band: The Professionals, Belfast.
Photographer: Francis Meaney Photography, Craigavon.