Hey Monday! How are you? I hope your weekend was a relaxing one, we had the usual kids birthday parties, swimming lessons and a big roast. Half term was hectic with the kids and now they’re back and counting down the days until the Easter holidays!
David and I are skipping past Easter and are in full on planning mode for our summer holiday. We’re heading back to the South of France this year and throwing in a trip to Disney (thanks for the tickets, Santa) and a few days at the Normandy beaches this time. Lots of planning (and saving!) to do, but we live for these adventures with the kids.
Today we have the stunning wedding of Laura and Kyle. They day was relaxed and stylish with a post ceremony picnic on the lawn of Laura’s parents home, right next door to the church and has been captured beautifully by Esther Irvine. Enjoy, and have a great week!
Couple: Laura + Kyle Spence
“We met at a wedding where Kyle was best man for his friend, who was marrying one of my friends. He spent some time at our table during the evening reception, but I didn’t think any more about it. This then led to an add on Facebook and the rest speaks for itself.”
“One Saturday in the middle of January we decided to head away for the day and Kyle said he would plan where we were going. I didn’t think much about it and we headed from his house in Ballywalter past Carrickfergus and along the coastal road. As a Tyrone girl, it wasn’t an area I knew so just imaged we were heading somewhere for a walk and coffee. We arrived at Portmuck (which I had never heard of) and went for a walk along a beautiful pebble beach. It was at the end of the pebble beach that he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so shocked and hadn’t expected it in the slightest. To be totally honest I didn’t even look near the ring, instead hugged him, with tears in my eye. After getting over the shock and putting the ring (that he picked) on my finger we went for lunch and I don’t think a smile left my face all day. We then drove to see my family and to share the excitement with them, before heading back to Ballywalter to tell Kyle’s family. I think we drove for about 5 hours that day, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Wedding date: Thursday 5th July 2018
Ceremony: Sixmilecross, Church of Ireland
Reception: Larchfield Estate, Lisburn
“We wanted to create a day that was relaxed and that our family and friends would enjoy. I was aware that Kyle’s family would have a long drive to my church in Sixmilecross, so we wanted to pick a venue that would bring them back in the direction of home, rather that even further away, so Larchfield Estate became the obvious choice being almost half way between our families.”
Our Budget & Suppliers
“We tried to be sensible with the choices we made and to save money where we could, for example, I lived next door to the church so we decided that wedding cars were not a necessity, so used family cars to go to Larchfield instead. When we were planning, I didn’t really know what suppliers to pick, but there are lots I would definitely recommend now. We were so fortunate to work with lots of very talented, creative and helpful people.”
“Since a lot of our friends and family had travelled long distances for the church service we decided to have a light lunch afterwards. Having always lived next door to my church, we were able to use our garden for this and thankfully the weather made that possible. This was a lovely relaxed time, made even more special by the boys and girls from the class I teach joining us as a surprise.”
“I didn’t really have any idea about the style or feel of the day other than I wanted it to be relaxed and I wanted big flowers! As my dress was so heavily embellished, I thought it was best for the bridesmaid dresses to be a simple, relaxed style. We went with a soft green colour to contrast with the flowers. The girls wore simple rose gold jewellery and looked amazing.”
Eliza Jane Howell from Petticoat Lane Bridal Boutique
“To be honest this was quite a difficult part for me, not something I was overly excited about. I had no idea what type of dress I wanted and I’m naturally quite a plain person. I tried on quite a few dresses and finally settled on my dress at an Eliza Jane Howell trunk show at Petticoat Lane Bridal. Although it was almost entirely beaded from top to bottom, it had a very simple shape. I think it was quite different from what a lot of people expected me to wear. The girls in Petticoat Lane were so helpful and I would highly recommend them.”
“Try not to worry about other people and their opinions, enjoy the day and take time to soak it all in!”
Venue: Larchfield Estate, Lisburn.
Catering: Jane’s Kitchen, Ballymena.
Photographer: Esther Irvine Photography, Carrickfergus.
Cake: Truly Scrumptious, Omagh.
Flowers: Nettles & Petals, Omagh.
Videographer: Hygge Creative formerly Han and Dan Media, Portadown.
Hair: Claire’s Hair Studio, Omagh.
Makeup: S.A.K. Designs, Glenane.
Honeymoon: Mauritius and Dubai booked through Trailfinders, Belfast.