Good evening lovelies! I’m guessing lots of you are off on your jollies right about now? Well, as of this morning, I am back to it – sharing gorgeous wedding inspiration from across our little land. My Facebook feed has been flooded with amazing weddings this past few weeks and I can’t wait to share some of those special days with you, but today we’re completing the love story of Jacqui and Anthony. Back in May ago we had their engagement shoot, and oh how I’m enjoying rounding it all off by treating you to their wedding day at Orange Tree House. Simon from Shoot For The Moon was once again behind the camera lens and such beauty he captured on their sunny June day…
The couple began planning pretty quickly after getting engaged, and set a budget to accommodate their 62 guests. “We knew we wanted a spring/summer wedding and I’d heard a lot of great things about Orange Tree House, even though it had only opened a few months previous. We booked an appointment to have a look around and we knew immediately it was for us. We wanted an intimate wedding and with only 62 guests Orange Tree suited that perfectly. We didn’t even view anywhere else! We were really lucky that all the other major things fell easily into place after that,” explained Jacqui.
Serving great food was important to both Jacqui and Anthony and Simon, the head chef at Orange Tree House, didn’t disappoint with a selection of sumptuous canapés in the afternoon followed by a fantastic 3-course sit down meal. To make their budget work the couple used their own cars for the grooms party and Jacqui turned her hand to a little DIY, creating signage from £16 Ikea chalkboards. Her aunt kindly made the most delicious white chocolate and raspberry cake, which was a big hit with the guests.
“We knew from the beginning we wanted the day to be relaxed, laid back and fun. I didn’t have a specific theme but took a lot of inspiration from boho wedding blogs and searching for words like ‘whimsical’ and ‘rustic’ on Pinterest! My colour scheme was inspired by our beautiful floral and watercolour invitations,” added Jacqui.
Jacqui wore a stunning Charlie Brear gown from Petticoat Lane.
“My third bridal appointment was at Petticoat Lane in Hillsborough, and this was the one I was looking forward to the most. I had a fair idea of what I wanted – or rather didn’t want; but unfortunately didn’t find anything for me. That was until one of the other girls happened to come in and say “What about the Charlie Brear?” A plain satin slip was then revealed which had been hidden at the very end of the rail. Then came a selection of different skirts, which really grabbed my attention. The designer uses separates to create different looks – meaning you can incorporate overskirts, sleeves and sashes to create your own unique style. I loved the concept. As I stepped into the slip and before I even got the layers on I knew I loved it. And when I walked out and seen the girls faces I knew it was the one! It also meant I could change my look for the evening which I loved the idea of – 2 dresses in 1! For my maids I also chose white. I wanted a relaxed feel for the whole wedding and for the girls to be in something comfortable and that suited each of them. My mum had white bridesmaids dresses with a subtle floral print back in the 80’s – which are both totally back on trend now! I used this as inspiration and chose three different but complementing white knee-length dresses and accessorised with gypsophila and jasmine floral head crowns,” said Jacqui.
“Our day couldn’t have went better. We were blessed with one of, if not the best day of the year weather wise, and we were just beaming and on an absolute high from start to finish! The only disaster was me being slightly more than fashionably late – over 45 minutes! This was due to me getting a bright pink lipstick mark on the front of my dress just as I was about to leave! Thankfully Google came to the rescue and masking tape lifted it!” added Jacqui.
Jacqui: It’s so hard to choose a highlight, I loved it all! But I have to say that I’ll always remember the time alone we spent on the short drive to get our professional photographs taken – it was our chance to soak in the moment together, and it was pure bliss.
Anthony: For me it had to be seeing Jacqui walking down the aisle. She took my breath away.
Venue: Orange Tree House, Greyabbey.
Shoes: Jenny Packham.
Bridesmaids dresses: ASOS.
Hair: Dani Belle Design, Belfast.
Makeup: Emma Hanna Make-Up, Belfast.
Groomswear: Balmoral Men’s Hire, Belfast.
Rings: Gardiner Brothers, Belfast.
Cake: Bride’s Aunt.
Flowers: The Flower Room, Belfast.
Evening food: Pizza Van Tastica, Belfast.
Bridal cars: Logybear Campervan Hire, Newtownards.
Videographer: B&G Productions.
Harpist: Ruth Corry Harpist, Belfast.
Daytime entertainment: Pete Wallace (The Russian Dolls).
Evening band: The 77s, Belfast.
DJ: Emma-Rose McGrady.
Stationery: Gemma Milly.
Photographer: Shoot For The Moon, Newtownards.