Real Couples

Emma + Dan

August 25, 2015
Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Good morning! It’s Tuesday already and although I had planned to share this wonderful wedding yesterday, life and the lack of summer holidays left prevented me! For anyone who is interested, I’ve spent much of the last eight weeks in some kind of mummy-and-blogger-guilt-limbo! It has been either feeling guilty for leaving the kids to their own devices (read, wreaking havoc!), or feeling guilty that I’ve been letting things on the blog wait a little longer than I normally would. We’ve one week left and *fingers crossed* everything will slip back into a nice and normal reality. The kids will be entertained with maths and english once again, and I’ll have peaceful mornings to share more of what I love, local wedding inspiration – we’ve some real clinker weddings coming soon! So back to today and the wedding of doctors, Emma and Dan. Their day, captured beautifully by Ross at Soul & Rise is such a pretty celebration, I hope you love it as much as I do!

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Married in Holywood Baptist Church this past June, Emma and Dan have different ideas of when they first met;

“Well to be honest Dan doesn’t remember the first time we met! But it was during a lecture at university and we sat beside each other. As far as Dan remembers the first time we met was a couple of months later at one of our practical classes,” said Emma.

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

The couple slipped easily into their relationship and Dan proposed on Easter Sunday last year;

“Dan proposed on Easter Saturday 2014 at Belfast Castle. We’d planned a walk up Cave hill and a picnic for our first day off in months (after revising for our finals). So we trekked up the hill and when we got back down Dan made us sit in the garden before eating. I remember finding this very strange and a little annoying because I was ravenous and usually food comes first with Dan! But after sitting a while and enjoying the view, Dan got down on one knee and the rest is history!” added Emma.

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Like many brides-to-be before her, Emma turned to local bridal magazines, online blogs and Pinterest to help her choose the type of wedding she would have.

“My sisters and mum were a great help. We tried to get the big things booked quickly, like the venue etc and setting a date for us to work towards. It was a little hectic and haphazard at first because I can be fairly indecisive about some things but in the end it all fell into place,” said Emma.

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

With a rustic theme chosen Emma and Dan set about the search for their perfect wedding attire;

“Dan was pretty sure about what he wanted. We went to Hire Class where his friends had hired their suits from and our brother-in-law as well. I didn’t have to do much for this particular area! My dress on the other hand was a little harder! I initially found a dress that I loved in a local bridal shop but when I was told the price I knew I couldn’t justify it. I went online to see if other shops nearby stocked the designer as well and found the Bridal Suite in Holywood did. My sister who was getting married a few months before me had purchased her dress here, so I went armed with a photo of my dream dress. She had a sample dress that had the elements of the dress I wanted and she altered it to make it what I wanted,” explained Emma.

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

After a little problem on the morning of their wedding, Emma and Dan’s day was every inch the perfect day.

“Overall the day went fantastically. It was such a fun day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. But we did have a slight hold up just before the ceremony. The service was meant to start at 12.30 and I was ready to go by 12.15 but due to traffic the car only arrived to take me to the church at 12.55! That was not a fun wait for me and dad or Dan and everybody else. My Granda was playing the piano whilst people were arriving but it took so long for me to arrive he had to take a break and came down to sit beside Dan to ask what on earth was going on!” said Emma.

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Highlight of the day

Emma: It’s so tough picking just one highlight! But for me I think when the minister had pronounced us husband and wife and Dan kissed the bride, and we looked at our congregation, the joy and love from them was amazing. Closely followed by the cheers etc when we were announced into dinner. That was great.

Dan: The ceilidh. It was great to see all our family and friends up dancing and having fun.

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Emma’s Advice

Keep things in perspective. Yes the wedding day is a big deal but the rest of your life together is a much bigger one.

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Dunadry Hotel wedding by Soul & Rise

Wedding Suppliers

Ceremony: Holywood Baptist Church, Belfast.

Reception: Dunadry Hotel, Antrim.

Photographer: Soul & Rise, Belfast.

Wedding & bridesmaid dress: The Bridal Suite, Holywood.

Groomswear: Hire Class, Belfast.

Cake: Dawns Custom Cakes, Holywood.

Flowers: The Flower Room, Belfast.

Transport: I Do Wedding Cars, Portadown.

Entertainment: The McStockers Ceilidh Band.

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