Quite simply, I adore every inch of todays wedding!
With quirky elements, kilts a flyin’ everywhere, chip van evening food and a no theme theme, Elizabeth and Chris sure know how to throw a great party. Their fabulous September wedding was captured by Karolyn and Jess from Honey And The Moon Photography – it’s a goodie, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
“We both play in pipe bands. I am a bagpiper and Chris is a drummer. We met during a competition in Letterkenny in 2004, I was 14 and Chris was 15 at the time. Being childhood sweethearts we’ve always kind of known we were meant to be and marriage would happen,” explained Elizabeth.
The proposal did arrive eight years into their relationship, with Chris proposing during a holiday in Brussels.
“After spending the day at a chocolatière making our own chocolate, we returned to our hotel room where I found champagne and a box on the table. I opened the box to reveal a tablet of chocolate saying “Betty, will you marry me?” Chris knew the way to my heart… chocolate! He had picked the ring, all by himself!” added Elizabeth.
The couple planned to get married in 2015 but when Elizabeth arrived home one day in January 2014 with her wedding dress, the pressure was on to get their day sorted, and quickly!
“I always had an image in my head of what I wanted to look like on my wedding day. Therefore, dress shopping was quite straight forward. I love the whole vintage theme, with the addition of a birdcage veil and quirky shoes. After visiting three shops the mission was complete, I found my dress in Perfect Day in Lurgan,” said Elizabeth.
“We chose to go with a theme of no theme! We just chose things that we liked and mashed them together. We had little regard for what traditionally ‘should’ be involved in a wedding. There was a brief debate as to whether kilts would make an appearance, considering our connection to pipe bands. However, after deciding against this, we wanted to find something with a slightly casual feel, hence the no ties decision!” Elizabeth added.
On her wedding day, Elizabeth carried a paper bouquet created by A Paper Rose in Belfast, whilst Chris wore a paper buttonhole which was made from the the manuscript of a drum score. Elizabeth’s bouquet was made from the manuscripts of Amazing Grace and Abide With Me, the two tunes a piper played at her mums funeral in 2008.
Following their intimate ceremony at Brookhall Historical Farm, Ballinderry with just 20 carefully selected guests, a beautiful wedding meal was served in The Tannery, and then it was on to Lissanoure Castle in Loughguille for a huge party!
As music plays such a huge part in their lives, the musical choices were important.
“During the ceremony and at the Ceilidh we had The Scott Wood Trio perform. Scott and the band are friends of ours from Scotland. They’re an amazing folk group, who added great atmosphere to our ceremony, and threw a great Ceilidh to get the dancing started in the evening. For the evening band we chose The Russian Dolls.
We came across Pete and the guys online. We decided to go check them out at Filthy McNastys in Belfast. During the first song they played we looked at each other and smiled. We had to have them play at our party!” explained Elizabeth.
“In general the day ran pretty smoothly. Even the weather was on our side! We did have a slight scare when we got to the party and found out they couldn’t take card payments at the bar. However, our very kind bus driver agreed to take those guests who needed to the local village to get cash.
Our highlight was the party! Our main wish for the day was to have a great time with all our friends and family. For this reason, we decided to have a very small ceremony of just 20 people to do the formalities, followed by a big party with great food and awesome music. We had so much fun in the evening with all who came. There were plenty of sore feet (and heads) the next day!” said Elizabeth.
Ceremony: Brookhall Historical Farm, Ballinderry.
Meal: The Tannery, Moira.
Party: Lissanoure Castle, Loughguille.
Photographer: Honey and The Moon Photography, Belfast
Wedding dress: Perfect Day, Lurgan.
Bridesmaids dress: Debenhams.
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Harrod’s, London.
Bride’s Jewellery:Mother’s pearl necklace remade into bracelet and earrings.
Grooms wear: Ted Baker.
Wedding cake: Cake-Fairy, Dromore.
Flowers: A Paper Rose, Belfast.
Videographer: Christopher Ward Films.
Ceremony/Ceilidh: The Scott Wood Trio, Scotland.
Band: The Russian Dolls.
Ceremony Decor: Pretty Little Details, Maghaberry.
Party Decor: Leaf Design, Galgorm.
Party food: The Happy Chef.