Real Couples

Emily + Stewart

June 14, 2019
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography

We’re only a week away from the Summer Solstice (please be sunny!) but today we’re heading back to December, 1st to share the handcrafted winter wedding of Emily and Stewart. 

It was thanks to their photographer, Erica Irvine for sharing an incredible shot of Emily’s beautiful floral crown that made me fall instantly in love with her style. Add in a two piece from The White Gallery and well, it was a stunning day from start to finish! Thanks guys for sharing your Big Day with us. 

Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography

Couple: Emily + Stewart Rea

“We met in our local gym, both of us were really into fitness back then and had the same personal trainer.”

Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography

The Proposal

“We had recently got a new puppy called Olive who quickly became a huge part of our lives,  I came home from work one evening to find the ring tied in a pink bow around her neck!”

Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography

Wedding date: Saturday 1st December 2018

Ceremony: Magheradroll Parish Church, Ballynahinch 

Reception: Riverdale Barn, Aghagallon

Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography

The Planning

“Top priority for our wedding was for the guests to enjoy themselves,  we both love getting together with family and friends for a party. I had always envisioned having a Christmas wedding, its my favourite time of year, I wanted subtle hints of Christmas and winter throughout the day. I also knew I didn’t want a wedding based in a hotel and wanted a rustic country feel to the day. Riverdale happened to be close to our home and we fell in love with it straight away.  

We didn’t set an exact budget but it was important for us to not get carried away with costs. The hardest part of planning was just the logistics of getting everything in the right place at the right time because we had taken so much of it on ourselves!” 

Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography

The Style

“I come from a very creative and hands on family. It was important for me to do as much of the wedding as possible. It was a huge family effort with my mum at the centre of it all.  There was a lot of effort involved leading up to the day getting the venue looking how I wanted and it was very rewarding to see it all come together. Most of the items we collected and bought for the day were second hand or self crafted.

My bridesmaids wore navy floor length dresses  from an online store called ‘JJS house’. They are all so different in both looks and personality so I wanted them all in something to suit them as individuals, they all chose their own dresses to their own taste. The Grooms men wore tweed three piece suits. This was exactly what he wanted from day one of planning, it was perfect for our country winter theme.” 

Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography

My Dress

“My dress was a two piece by Oui The Label from The White Gallery. I didn’t go to many boutiques and at one point my mother was going to try and make my dress. I knew I wanted something different but I had never thought I would wear a two piece! I tried it on and both my sisters, my mother and myself felt it was the one that suited me the best.” 

Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography

Our Advice

“Advice we would give to other couples is to enjoy the planning process, get excited about it and not to worry too much on the finer details. In the end you and your guests will remember your day as a whole, they aren’t going to remember that one small napkin that was out of place or that it was slightly the wrong colour. It’s easy to spend lots of money on small things that actually don’t have that big a part to play in your day.” 

Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography
Handcrafted Christmas wedding Erica Irvine Photography

Wedding Suppliers

Venue: Riverdale Barn, Aghagallon. 

Wedding dress: Oui the Label from The White Gallery, Newry. 

Make up:  Catherine McConnel Make Up Artist, Dromore.

Bridesmaids: JJS House

Groomswear: Jennis & Warmann.

Cake: Made by Bride. 

Bouquets and Button holes: Denise Baker. 

Flower Crown: All Seasons Florist, Dunmurry. 

Table Centres: Brides family. 

Horse and Carriage: Joanne Orr Carriages, Castlewellan.

Band: Jav and Dave, Belfast.

DJ: David Jackson.

Photographer: Erica Irvine Photography, Fintona. 

Honeymoon:  South Africa. 

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