Hey lovely readers and welcome to August, I can’t quite believe we’ve whizzed through July already. The past month was a really slow holiday one for us here, we enjoyed our Dutch holiday followed by a few days on the North Coast, spent every Sunday with our extended families and generally, really enjoyed a slower pace at Promise HQ. As with all things though, we have to return to a little bit more of a reality, so starting today, I’ve set the kids various school-type tasks (I know, I am a horrible mum!) and my to-do list for this corner of the internet is about to get a bashing, kicking off today with Erin and Padraig’s stunning wedding, photographed by (the always fun) Simon O’Neill from Ciaran O’Neill Photography in Lurgan.
Erin and Padraig met at school when they were only 15 and 16, but this was one school-yard romance that lasted. “Looking back, when we first started going out, it would have been hard to believe we were going to end up together because we were so young, but as a few years went on we realised that it was meant to be. Our son James who arrived 8 years into our relationship changed our lives forever and really sealed the deal!” said Erin.
In June 2014, whilst celebrating his birthday, Padraig proposed;
“I took Padraig away for the night for his birthday on 21st June 2014 to the Galgorm. This is one of our most favourite places to get away to and as it was Padraig’s birthday I had no idea that he had a surprise for me, but after dinner he got down on one knee and popped the question. We came home the next day so happy and started planning right away!” said Erin.
Erin is a very talented freelance makeup artist and having worked within the industry for a few years, she had a dream list of suppliers that she knew they would use for their big day, including Janice from The Flower Studio. After settling on Lough Eske Castle for their reception, Erin booked all those suppliers that she has loved working with before and their wedding was planned for May 27th.
“I wanted a vintage glam look for the day, but nothing too dramatic given it was a spring wedding. I chose this theme because this is the kind of look that I love and would often have my hair and makeup done like this for a night out. I wanted to look completely like myself,” added Erin.
After seeing a Berta wedding gown on Facebook, Erin was sure she had to have her wedding dress by this designer and when her mum cried she knew it was definitely the dress for her! Her bridesmaids wore simple silver-gold toned dresses by Jenny Yoo that worked perfectly with Erin’s signature red lip look.
“Everything on the day was so perfect. If something went wrong, I didn’t know about it! I can’t actually believe how well everything went. There were so many highlights, the main one probably being how happy we felt the whole day! I was so calm in the morning and just as I went to walk down the aisle I felt a sudden burst of emotion. It was such a lovely feeling and I’m so glad I got that little burst of emotion. When working with brides they are constantly saying ‘I don’t want to cry’ but I always tell them I think it’s so lovely to feel that emotion and cry if you want to! Padraig’s speech was another highlight. He had said he was really nervous about it, so that made me a bit nervous, but he did such a good job and said all the right things!” said Erin.
Try to be organised as soon as possible and it will eliminate any stress when it starts to get closer to the time. If there is something that you really want, go for it! We really wanted the band Tropical Storm band to greet guests at the reception, we dithered over whether we would book them or not as we hadn’t budgeted for them, but it was the best thing we did and it’s the one thing that everyone is still talking about!
Ceremony: St Malachy’s Edendork
Reception: Solis Lough Eske Castle, Donegal
Wedding dress: Verona Bridal, Magherafelt
Bridesmaids dresses: BHLDN
Hair: Tricia O’Neill – Sophisticut, Dungannon
Makeup: Ellen Lunney – Makeup Pro Store, Belfast
Groomswear: Bogart Menswear, Belfast
Flowers: The Flower Studio, Dungannon
Cake: Cake Couture, Bangor
Room decor: Bride & Room, Ballymoney
Wooden details: Wooden Treats, Omagh
Stationery: Our Adventure Starts Here: email@example.com
Transport: NI Bentley Hire, Lisburn
Video: Christopher Ward Films, Coleraine
Reception band: Tropical Storm
Evening band: The Whistlin’ Donkeys
Photographer: Simon O’Neill, Ciaran O’Neill Photography, Lurgan