Surely this is what weddings are all about? Bringing family together, sharing your love and enjoying the union of two people. Todays couple, Scott and Stefanie are very family focused; they created a simple day reflecting their love and that which they share with their families, it is just the sweetest thing to see and I’m sure you’ll agree, love and happiness are shining from each photo, which was captured by Ballymena photographer, Jayne Lindsay.
Scott and Stefanie were one of those couples, you know the ones who get together in school, defy the odds and remain together! They met at age 11 and right through their education were on and off every other week but by fifth year, they knew they would stay together for good.
“All our friends just assumed we would be together, it was always ‘Scott and Stefanie,’ we were inseparable,” said Stefanie.
Scott proposed at one of their favourite spots at Newferry, a place they regularly visit to watch the jet skis during summer and crunch the leaves during autumn.
“I was heavily pregnant with wee Charlie and we went out for a walk as usual, we sat at our usual spot and when I turned round Scott was on one knee. It was a surprise but perfect, we love going back there now with Charlie and went there to have our pre-wedding photos taken too,” explained Stefanie.
The couple chose Leighinmohr House Hotel in Ballymena for their reception, Stefanie’s parents and sister both held their receptions here and it is close to her Granny’s nursing home, which made it a very special destination.
“It was very important to us that my granny was included in the day she stays at Prospect Place nursing home near to Leighinmohr. Unfortunately she was too ill to attend but the photos we took with her there are something I will always treasure,” added Stefanie.
Without sticking to a theme Stefanie and Scott created a classic wedding day with a pink and gold colour scheme. Their invitations were cleverly sent from their son, Charlie and included a photo of him inviting guests to the wedding of his mummy and daddy. As a nod to both their love of music the invites were shaped like mini records.
Stefanie wore a stunning golden beaded Maggie Sottero gown which she chose during a designer day;
“The dress was Blakeley by Maggie Sottero, I cant say that it was exactly what I had in mind as I wasn’t convinced when it was on the hanger but I agreed to try it on and as soon as I saw my mum and sisters reaction which was wow, I knew it was the one!” said Stefanie.
“We had an amazing fantastic day, filled with laughter and lots of tears, we were both surprisingly laid back and let the day just run through. We tried to enjoy it as much as possible and not get too stressed with tight schedules and plans. My highlight was when our son Charlie made a little speech and also going to visit my Granny in Prospect Place, although she cannot speak I could see she was delighted to see me in my dress and I was so happy that she was included in the day,” said Stefanie.
“My highlight was definitely seeing Stefanie walking up the aisle looking amazing, I had to try really hard not to cry! The music was beautiful and I was happy to finally tie her down! The other highlight was when wee Charlie made a speech, he took the mic and said ‘I love my mummy and daddy’ and it was just so lovely,” said Scott.
Ceremony: First Ahoghill Presbyterian Church.
Reception: Leighinmohr House Hotel, Ballymena.
Photographer: Jayne Lindsay Photography, Ballymena.
Wedding & bridesmaid dresses: Wedded Bliss, Portglenone.
MUA: Janette Aiken.
Hair: Simon Houston.
Nails: Lush Nails, Cullybackey.
Groomswear: The Wedding Centre, Randalstown.
Flowers: Melanie Sloane (Galgorm Castle florist).
Reception singer: Rory Lavelle.
Bridal cars: Chauffeur Royale, Lisburn.
White postbox: The Little Wedding Postbox.
DJ & band: Paul Ritchie Entertainment.
Wedding Rings: Custom made by VM Jewellery, (Scott had his grannies wedding ring built into the middle of his band)