Real Couples

Fun & Colourful Celebration of Love: Lynette + Nigel

January 21, 2019
Dark Hedges Wedding, LIT Photography | The Promise

So apparently it’s ‘Blue Monday’ today, but there is nothing but colour and happiness over here as we share Lynette and Nigel’s wedding day at the Dark Hedges. A fun loving couple, Lynette and Nigel were keen to give their 60 guests a laid-back, non-traditional celebration in a quirky venue exclusive to them. Thanks to Lauren from LIT Photography NIhttps://litphotographyni.com for sharing her beautiful images, I’m completely in love with Lynette’s short dress and bold red lip choices. Have a very lovely Monday, or at least a perfectly fine one!  

Couple: Lynette + Nigel Bradley 

“Nigel and I met in the school where I work; I’m a teacher, he was contracted to refurbish the toilets (romantic ha ha!) gave my number and agreed to a “date”, at first thinking it was a joke and I was humouring the builders, but voila it was not so and here we are ten years later.” 

The Proposal

“A crisp May weekend on the canals in Amsterdam. Beautiful place!”

Wedding date: Saturday 21st July 2018 

Ceremony: The Hedges Estate – The Spire @ Gracehill House

Reception: The Hedges Estate – The Pantry @ Gracehill House

Our Planning

“We wanted a low key, laid-back feel to celebrate our longstanding relationship of ten years together with inclusion of our two children and closest family and friends (60 guests in total). My aim was to try and have a few quirky features and a bit of a knees up! We did not want the traditional, stereotypical, cloned wedding that a lot of people choose to have, that’s just not us! “ 

Dark Hedges Wedding, LIT Photography | The Promise

Our Venue 

“Our main priority was that the venue was close to home! The Hedges Estate has the iconic Dark Hedges across the road as a backdrop for photos by the lovely Lauren and it’s a small hotel that we could fully occupy and keep private just for us. The Spire ceremony room is beautiful and lends itself to a more intimate, laid back and rustic wedding. The Pantry, reception building has a similar feel with outdoor patio area.”

My Dress

“I chose a short dress because I just don’t suit a maxi! It was the Mae dress by House of Mooshki from Marie Me Bridal in Randalstown.”

Bespoke Touches

“We have two children both taking main roles as bridesmaid and best man (we didn’t have any other bridal party members). My father and Nigel’s mother signed the register. Our 6 year old son read a poem during the ceremony and my daughter and my best friend’s daughter sang. The guitar duo played throughout the ceremony and for the drink reception afterwards where we served Mr&Mrs cocktails and a beer barrow for guests on the outdoor terrace. I created all the signage myself using pallets and wooden planters, the bright reds and pinks in the ribbons on the chairs added a quirky feel to the ceremony chairs and this was echoed in the flowers with draped ribbons too (all ribbons from eBay). Stationery, big balloons and props for cake/dessert table bought from Ginger Ray website then added to and adapted by myself to make the invitation bundles, menu cards and DJ request cards. The cake table … I wanted to have a buffet of sweet treats including choc dipped mallows, macarons, donuts, caterpillar cakes, cupcakes etc …  Food included a dinner of breads and dips followed by cod or steak and chips with medley of desserts, sausage/bacon baps at reception. Favours from Cancer Research as it is a charity we are passionate about due to family bereavement. Selfie Mirror for the craic with polaroid guest book. Outdoor games for children and activity table mats to keep them busy during dinner. I did the main speech as Nigel doesn’t like public speaking and we wore flowers in our hair because it was summer!” 

Our Advice 

“Don’t get carried away/pressured into spending a fortune! There’s lots of cheaper alternatives and so  much you can do yourself with a bit of extra time and it honestly made it so much more rewarding knowing we had made and designed things our own way. Remember the true meaning of marriage … it’s not about showing off it’s about the relationship you are cementing with wedding vows.” 

Wedding Suppliers

Photographer: LIT Photography NI, Portrush. 

Wedding dress: House of Mooshki from Marie Me Bridal, Randalstown. 

Grooms wear: Master Debonaire

Makeup: Andrea Moore, Romaya, Coleraine. 

Hair: Chloe Stewart, No.6 Salon, Coleraine. 

Flowers: Blossom and Birch, Ballymoney. 

Cake: Angel Cake Bakery, Coleraine. 

Wedding favours: Cancer Research UK

Stationery: Ginger Ray

Wedding rings: Ellison’s, Belfast. 

Ceremony music: Acoustic Melodies

Evening band: Manouche Boys.

Evening DJ: David Black. 

Decor rental: Bride & Room, Ballymoney.

Photo booth: Selfie Mirror NI

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