Gracious Christmas Wedding with Unique Calligraphy Details: Megan + Stephen

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Well, what a weekend that was, one I think a lot of us will remember. Of course I’m talking about the Royal wedding which was totally beautiful and more so, filled with love and incredibly meaningful moments. The kiss on the stairs of St George’s Chapel, well it made the tears come in Promise HQ! 

Today we have our very own Megan sharing her wedding which was every bit as heartfelt and wonderful. The email I received a few weeks from our Megan was one of those really good ones that makes you smile and I am delighted to be sharing it here on the blog. Encased in love and a true and very deep faith, Megan and Stephen tied the knot over the Christmas holidays last December. Their day was super stylish and filled with bespoke calligraphy details that Megan made herself which perfectly showcases her creative business, Grow in Grace Lettering. It’s a beautiful day from beginning to end which I hope you enjoy. 

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Couple: Megan + Stephen Rankin 

“We met 4 years ago at a Christian Youth weekend called Autumn Soul in Bangor. We we both leaders at this event and from there the rest is history!”

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The Proposal

“Bangor has such a special place in our hearts, it’s the place were we first met, it’s the place we both go to church at Hamilton Road Baptist and it’s where we made a place we would love to call home someday. 

On the 28th November, Stephen brought me out for a lovely meal in Bangor and after we walked around the town to see all the Christmas lights and somehow we ended up at the church where we first met. Stephen said lets take a selfie of the place where we first met and so we did. Then he mentioned about going into the church, considering this was a Saturday night the church looked empty was closed. He brought me round to the side door where believe it or not the door was wide open. I near had a heart attack and even worse Stephen wanted us to go into the church! With much persuasion I did and next thing as I entered the church, it was candle lit all down the aisle. Stephen showed me a video he had made telling our story and then he got dow on one knee and popped the big question! He had planned this night for some time and had help from a friend who worked in the church and was able to help out.”

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Wedding date: Friday 29th December 2017 

Ceremony: Hamilton Road Baptist, Bangor

Reception: The Mill at Ballydugan, Downpatrick

Our Planning

“From the end of November not long after getting engagement we started planning our wedding. We were really organised and booked all the big things such as the venue, band, photography and videography, suits and my wedding dress. The rest we budgeted on so we used all our contacts to help us out.”

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Our Budget

“At the time we had a budget due to myself still being a student and therefore I planned everything to cut down on prices, from the cars, stationary, invitations, favours, cake and decorations. We were blessed to have family and friends who had talents that I could incorporate and use within our wedding. We us we spent the most on the venue and our band and it was definitely the best choice. For one my dress was a must as I loved it so much! We just budgeted and didn’t over spend on things we didn’t have to. Still to this day I wouldn’t change a single thing about our wedding as we both loved it so much.”

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Our Style

“The theme and style really was to match in with the suits but the only really thing that matched was the bridesmaids and the suits as they were both navy. Stephen is a huge NI football fan and therefore a must was to wear the official NI Football Team suits and matching tie. The Euro’s was during the past year and therefore it was a huge year for my husband in supporting his football team and getting married haha! For the bridesmaids I wanted something with sparkle as our wedding was just after Christmas, I ended up going to ASOS  and purchased three different styled dresses. 

I wanted everything very unique and different and I believed I achieved that!”

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My Dress

“I ended up falling in love with a dress at Lyndy Lou Bridal in Dromore which was where my sister brought her wedding dress nine years ago and it was definitely meant to be! That was my 10th bridal shop ( so i had had enough at this stage because I couldn’t find a dress that just screamed me! ) I knew what I wanted I just had to find something unique, embellished and within a good budget. I was so lucky that my wedding dress was the only one left in the shop and just so happened to be in my size with just little alternations needed.” 

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Our Highlights

“Our wedding day went perfectly! I arrived to the church around 10 minutes early. Therefore I had to wait in our wedding car anxiously for those 10 minutes to pass before walking up the aisle. Thankfully I did wait as the grooms party ended up being slightly later than planned so in the end it turned out well! Our highlight was definitely getting to spend the day celebrating our most important day with our family and friends and most importantly celebrating our marriage in the presence of our Lord.”

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Our Advice

“Don’t listen to what people tell you you should do for your wedding and don’t take on traditions unless you want to. Make and own your wedding day after all it’s your day, your joy and love that will be remembered throughout the whole day.”

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Super Suppliers

Wedding dress: Lyndy Lou Bridal, Dromore.

Bridesmaids dress: ASOS. 

Bridesmaids Earrings: Innocent Chaos, Belfast. 

Hair: Hi-tec Hair, Portadown.

Makeup: Stephanie Make- Up, Banbridge.

Grooms wear: Bogart Menswear, Belfast. 

Photographer: Iain Irwin, Portadown.  

Cake: Made by my sister in law and a family friend.

Flowers: Ferguson Flowers, Belfast. 

Bridal cars: Prestige Wedding Cars, Tandragee & family friends car. 

Videographer: Calum Hutchinson 

Entertainment: The Merchants Band, Belfast.

Doughnut wall: Self made and lettered by myself, Grow in Grace Lettering, Portadown.

Stationery & Calligraphy prints: Grow in Grace Lettering, Portadown.

Wooden favours and best day letters: Trevor and David Reid

Table Plan: Painted by a family friend and tables names by myself.