Welcome back to The Promise.
Do you ever have one of those days where you feel the world is out to get you? Ha, I’m guessing it’s not just me! Yesterday was a Monday of doom where nothing worked or turned out as I planned. I admitted defeat and decided a good nights sleep would help solve the problem and today, hooray, I am back on form and bursting with joy at sharing Blogging Bride Lorraine and Aaron’s wedding at Lusty Beg Island – as a little warning, it is pretty long so perfect for your lunch break!
If you aren’t familiar with Lorraine’s story you can catch up on her planning, engagement and hen do on these links before you continue to scroll and see what she actually did with that kilogram of gold glitter, and how just a week before her Big Day she couldn’t walk…
Newly engaged and with some annual leave to use, Lorraine and Aaron didn’t waste time starting their wedding plans with the venue search kicking proceedings off. “We knew we didn’t want a hotel wedding so the hunt was on to find somewhere a bit quirky, with lots of space for our guests and rooms close by for everyone to stay over. We also needed it to hold a civil ceremony and not cost a fortune. We stumbled upon Lusty Beg one cold Saturday afternoon and fell in love with the place as soon as we got on the ferry!” explained Lorraine.
“We didn’t really have a strict budget but I found everything was far more expensive than I anticipated. If there were things we really wanted, we tried to scale back on other things. We had a photo booth at the expense of table favours, and I think it was far more fun!” added Lorraine. “Like everything in our life, it was thrown together with things we both like! Gold glitter was a bit of a theme in the décor, with coloured bunting and paper lanterns. We also mis-matched paper napkins on the tables to add some colour.”
Lorraine used her crafty knowledge to transform the little details with her own personal touches and sourced many of the items from Tiger, Sainsbury’s and Ali Express.
When it came to the fashion of the day, Lorraine tried on over 90 dresses and admits to not really enjoying the process! “I had an idea of things I didn’t like, but I approached every shop with an open mind. I ended up at an appointment in Forever Bridal one evening when they had a cancellation and my sister and bridesman David were free to come with me. The dress I bought was the first I tried on that day, and I love it. I also got my veil from Forever Bridal and wore shoes by Kate Spade. I borrowed my mum’s diamond earrings and had my dressmaker sew a blue button I found in my late Granny’s sewing box into my dress for a bit of tradition,” said Lorraine.
Her two bridesmaids, sisters Claire and Lynne, wore handmade silk georgette dresses made by their very talented aunt Lily, whilst sweet little Harriet wore a beautiful dress from Monsoon and glitter shoes. After the ceremony Lorraine changed her veil for a glittery hair bow to match Harriets!
It’s a good job Lorraine is pretty laid back as the run up to the wedding didn’t go that smoothly…
“We had so many disasters I thought we were cursed! We booked our honeymoon through Low Cost Holidays who then went into administration so we had a struggle getting the money back for it. We eventually did get sorted and got re-booked but I’ve learnt about the importance of using ATOL protected tour operators, and using a credit card to book! And about ten days before, I dislocated my knee on a night out which also threw a spanner in the works. I couldn’t walk or drive, so I owe a huge amount to all my friends who bailed me out of a hole and drove me to my appointments, and to my sister Lynne who drove from Omagh to Belfast just to collect my dress! I managed to get off crutches and walk down the aisle – and wear my heels!”
Lorraine’s Highlights: There were quite a few things that stood out for me. The day before the wedding when I saw the flowers for the first time I cried, I couldn’t believe how perfect they were. My hairdresser and makeup artist are two of my besties, so having them there on the morning of the wedding was also really special. Our amazing friend Rebecca gave an insight into our relationship in the form of a fairytale story that she read as the welcome to the ceremony, it had us both laughing and crying! My dad passed away when I was young, so my mum delivered an amazing speech before our meal which again had me in tears, and also Aaron wearing my dads watch was also so important to me.
Aaron’s Highlights: My granny wasn’t able to make it to the wedding ceremony, so it was very special spending some time with her before we left for Lusty Beg. My brother and best man Colin delivered a hilarious and lovely speech, despite being really nervous – it was definitely a highlight. Having friends and family from around the world join us was also so special. Lorraine did the Ulster Project when she was 15, and her host family joined us from Georgia for a few days!
Lorraine’s Planning Advice
Definitely have someone close to you, who isn’t in the wedding to help you get ready! My American friend Maureen helped to entertain Harriet, helped pack bags, hold phones, calm nerves, lift things off the floor (because dresses were too tight to bend over in) and so much more! I’d also look really closely at where to spend money and what you’ll remember. Also, don’t undertake too much crafting if it’s not your forte. It’s not always cheaper to DIY and it can be such a headache.
Also, don’t get hung up on the details. I was quite laid back about everything – I had to be woken up on the morning of the wedding. Everyone said that I was too relaxed while I was getting ready! After the run up to the wedding, all that really mattered was getting to the aisle and having all our friends and family there. The dresses and décor were lovely, but it would have been just as amazing without it!
Venue: Lusty Beg Island, Boa Island, Enniskillen.
Wedding dress: Paloma Blanca, Forever Bridal, Belfast.
Bridesmaids dresses: Made by Lily Anthony, fabric from Mood Fabrics, New York.
Hair: Sharon Watson Hair & Makeup, Belfast.
Makeup: Alana Fraser, Blush Studios, Lisburn.
Grooms wear: Red Groomswear, Belfast.
Cake: Family Friend – Cherry Armstrong.
Flowers: Floral Temptations, Omagh.
Entertainment: Blacktye, Dublin.
Photobooth: DJ Kube, Antrim.
Photographer: Paula Gillespie Photography.