A very lovely good morning to you all. I hope your weekend was fun of fun, relaxation and wedding planning? We took it easy by the coast, enjoyed some lovely meals out and went fishing – my hubster even caught his very first fish, I’m an excellent teacher it would seem! Today we’re kicking of the week with the most perfect intimate, retro inspired wedding at Orange Tree House, it’s just the best start to a busy week. Thanks to bride and groom, Kylie and Peter for sharing with us, and of course the very talented, Paula Gillespie, who we know will be busy this week capturing our Blogging Bride, Lorraine’s Big Day on Thursday.
Belfast based couple, Kylie and Peter met during 6th year in high school and got together at their pre-formal. They both knew their relationship was for keeps when Peter managed one day at Uni in Salford!
“About 7 years ago, Peter wanted to go to Salford to study for a few years so we were to give the long distance relationship a go. The next day, after him moving over, he rang to say he was coming home and that was that. It’s a bit of an ongoing joke within the family and it was most definitely mentioned at the father of the grooms speech!” said Kylie.
On Christmas Eve 2014 Peter proposed during a dog walk at Minnowburn.
“Peter knew how much I loved Christmas and had planned a walk to Minnowburn, one of my favourite places to walk, and picked a spot in the terrace hill garden and got down on one knee, we brought the dog and it was the perfect low key proposal!” added Kylie.
“We already had a fair idea of what we wanted prior to planning. We wanted something very small, low key, quirky, laid back, fun, with more of a party feel. After ruling out marrying abroad we visited Orange Tree House and it was perfect for everything we wanted. We both love food, so it made sense to spend a good bit on food! The food was absolutely amazing at the venue, and we went for the BBQ option which was perfect for us and fitted in with the informal feel of the day. Our overall theme was quite 1950’s with general retro and vintage touches. Whilst pink and yellow where two of the main themed colours I think we had every colour going that day!” explained Kylie.
Kylie wore a short 1950’s inspired dress that she had bought online. She added a light pink petticoat underneath and the sweetest cardigan which really added to the informal, quirky feel of the day. Peter wore a suit from Next. “Peter wanted details of two of his favourite colours, mustard and burgundy. Colour matching wasn’t important to us as we wanted to be comfortable and show our individual style!” added Kylie.
“The day was fantastic, and we got the relaxed feel we wanted. Thankfully no disasters. It was maybe going too well..as I didn’t want to do the late bride entrance, my father and I were actually early and had to sit in the car in the carpark beside the venue and wait until we knew all of the guests were there, perhaps too organised!
My highlight of the day would probably be the dancing that night. The thing I spent most of the time on when planning the wedding was the music list. I made sure I had my flat shoes and that all my favourite tunes were requested and therefore spent most of the night on the dance floor, which is what I expected. Our favourite point of the day together would be after we had our photographs taken, we went for a walk and a sit down away from all the guests. It was lovely to just have a quick chat together and spend our first proper moments together as husband and wife,” said Kylie.
“We saved on quite a few things by doing it ourselves in order to keep within budget and as we wanted to get as hands on as possible. As Peter is a graphic designer, he designed the invites and also designed decor bits and bobs for the venue. My dad painted our welcome board, and we done other individual boards ourselves as well as decorating glass jars,” explained Kylie.
“We didn’t want a traditional wedding cake and it wasn’t something we wanted to spend a lot of money on, we got our cake done for a fantastic price and it turned out exactly how we wanted,” said Kylie.
Venue: Orange Tree House, Greyabbey
Dress: Phase Eight
Grooms wear: Next
Photographer: Paula Gillespie Photography
Cake: Madame Cocoa, Belfast
Flowers: Created by Kylie
Bridal cars: Logybear Campervans, Newtownards
Entertainment: Bespoke Music Solutions, Belfast
Hair: Vintage Rocks, Belfast
Makeup: Utopia Holistic Beauty, Belfast