Everything about Jane and Matty’s wedding will make you smile! The flowers, the dresses, the dinky wedding car, Matty’s fab sense of style (those shoes!) and everything else in between – it is just one big joyful, sunny hug on a dreary Monday! Thanks to our mutual friend Lynne for being my eyes on this one, and to The Lou’s for their wonderful as ever photography!
After meeting at University over five years ago their friendship developed into love and as Jane says, “when you know, you just know.” Last year the couple went backpacking around Thailand and Australia and Matty had a rather life changing proposal for Jane.
“We got engaged on the 20th July 2013 on the Whitsunday Islands in Australia. I had no idea Matty was going to propose and had the ring in his rucksack the entire time, I just thought he was being overly protective of the passports! We only told our parents when we were away and then announced our big news to all our family and friends when we got home,” said Jane.
Once both pair of feet hit Irish soil they began looking for a venue. Knowing they weren’t keen on a hotel wedding they viewed two alternatives and chose the Carriage Rooms at Montalo Estate.
“We always knew we wanted The Lou’s as our photographers and after a few wedding fayres and recommendations we booked our band, string quartet and florist. I was extremely laid back about the wedding planning and I think if it hadn’t been for my mum making sure I was doing anything I would have had nothing organised! As I’m a teacher I had the summer off to get organised, yet I was still getting the order of service printed the night before,” explained Jane.
Jane’s stunning wedding gown was custom designed and made by Marion Hawthorne;
“I had immediately started the hunt for the perfect dress and after trying on what felt like hundreds I still hadn’t found what I was looking for. It was then I decided to get my dress made. My dressmaker, Marion was literally amazing! She sourced the perfect fabric from London and then started the process. She was extremely patient with me, even when I changed my mind about bits of the dress and the final dress was even better than I could have imagined,” explained Jane.
Her search for the perfect bridesmaids dress was a little easier! After finding the perfect dresses for her maids online, Jane ordered them in three colours, finally settling on the pastel pink shade which suited all the girls and worked beautifully with the summer wildflower floral headbands they wore.
“I didn’t want fussy dresses or the girls to have their hair scraped away from their faces as none of them ever wear their hair like that. They all looked absolutely stunning. The flower girls dress, I found in Monsoon. We took Katie our flower girl shopping and it was her favourite dress. It toned in perfectly with the bridesmaids and she was so excited and felt like a princess in her dress,” added Jane.
The flowers, wow the flowers! Jude from Floral Temptations in Omagh was in charge of this element of the day and what a magical scene she created. Using sweet pea and wildflowers from Jane’s parents garden incorporated into the day with beautiful blooms soft blooms, the flowers were stunning.
“We had the most amazing day, it ran smoothly from start to finish. The sun was splitting the trees and everyone was able to sit in the garden drinking lemonade and listening to the string quartet. It was relaxed and fuss free, exactly what we had wanted it to be. I think the ceremony was my favourite part of the day, I loved arriving at the church and seeing all our favourite people and all the minor details just faded into insignificance. We both loved coming out of the church for the confetti too, who doesn’t love confetti,” said Jane.
Jane has some mindful advice for other couples tying the knot:
“Just enjoy it – it’s so easy to get caught up in all the planning and little details, that you forget about the real reason you’re getting married. Yes, you want everything to look nice but don’t get so caught up in planning that you lose sight of what’s important, on the day none of it really matters.”
Now as an extra special little treat we’ve got the couples wedding film from Ross at Soul & Rise – sweet, sweet love!
Ceremony: Omagh Baptist Church.
Reception: The Carriage Rooms at Montalo Estate.
Photography: The Lou’s.
Wedding dress: Marion Hawthorne.
Bridesmaids dresses: Ghost.
Makeup: Catherine Fleming MUA.
Flowers: Floral Temptations.
Transport: Donna @ Nissan Figaro For Hire.
Wedding film: Soul & Rise.
Ceremony music: Ireland String Quartet.
Wedding band: The Hooten Annys.