Welcome Wednesday! The middle of the week always gives me a little push along to enjoy the rest of the week, now if we could only get the temperatures up a degree, or ten, we’d all be happy! This mornings couple, Lisa and Conor were the first couple to hold their reception in the newly refurbished Larchfield Estate. The Estate have recently completed a grand build of one very stylish Orangery, just wait until you see it, beautiful. Thanks to Ursula McCollam Photography for sharing this beautiful spring gem with us.
Lisa and Conor met for the first time during the St Patrick’s Day celebration, in the Bot in Belfast. From their very first meeting they both couldn’t imagine not being together, and seven years later they got engaged during a trip to New York.
“We decided to go to New York in September 2013. On the first night I had a few glasses of wine too many and told Conor everyone thought he was going to propose and told him he had no intention. I got up the next day slightly embarrassed and told him to completely forget what I said. We met his friend a few days later and they were all saying they were expecting a proposal – it provided a few laughs after the first night. It was our fifth night in New York and we decided to go to Little Italy for a nice meal, only to get there and find a festival on so we went to the first restaurant we could find! Conor suggested going to the Rockefeller Centre but I wasn’t in the mood so we went to a rooftop bar on Fifth Avenue for cocktails. Conor asked was I disappointed he didn’t propose, I replied not at all, there was no way I would want him to propose if he wasn’t ready or didn’t want to. He had the ring out and I didn’t even notice for a couple of minutes, instantly I said yes!” explained Lisa.
Back home both Lisa and Conor agreed they didm’t want a long engagement, and with many of Lisa’s friends being teachers they chose to get married over the Easter holidays the following year.
“With our date set, we went to look at venues – I knew in my head I didn’t want a traditional hotel reception. The first venue we looked at was Larchfield Estate. On the drive up when I saw the alpacas and donkeys I was sold! Then we got up to the venue and got a tour of the barn and the grounds, I knew this was exactly what we were looking for and it was available on our date, 28th March,” added Lisa.
Lisa headed to La Boda Bridal in Banbridge and found her perfect dress;
“After trying on a quite a few dresses before, when I tried my dress on in La Boda I knew it was the one, however there was another dress which came close. I had just my mum and myself there that day so I went back the week after with my Nana and one of my bridesmaids and they both went with the dress I preferred,” said Lisa.
Her bridesmaids wore pale green full length dresses with a draped cowl neck detail, whilst Conor and his grooms party wore stylish navy suits from Ludlow’s, Belfast.
With a vintage theme, Lisa and Conor decided on using vintage teapots dressed with flowers for their centrepieces, and then spent the majority of the planning year searching charity shops picking up teapots that they loved!
“The day went to plan after all the stress of leading up to it. On the day I think you are so happy that nothing would annoy you even If it did go wrong! I can’t really pinpoint my favourite part of the day I really did love it all, but I think once the ceremony was over I was able to relax and enjoy the day more,” added Lisa.
As everyone says – try not to get too stressed, however this is inevitable when planning a wedding! Keep in mind when it comes to table plans you will never keep everyone happy, and at the end of the day it is your big day try to enjoy the planning and every minute of the day as it goes in a flash.
Ceremony: The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Carryduff.
Reception: Larchfield Estate, Lisburn.
Photographer: Ursula McCollam Photography, Belfast.
Wedding dress: La Boda Bridal, Banbridge.
Bridesmaids dress: Naomi Bridal, Ballyclare.
Accessories: Marks & Spencer.
Groomswear: Ludlow’s, Belfast.
Cake: Marks & Spencer.
Flowers: Petal Power, Newtownards.
Bridal cars: Ronnie Thompson, Lisburn.
Entertainment: The Rare Aul Stuff, Belfast.