Last night my lovely seven year old son suggested the weekend should be four days long, I think this morning I agree with him, Monday has arrived far too quickly. How was your weekend? We had a quiet one topped off by a cinema visit to the Lego Batman movie – life with kids, although I have to admit to really enjoying it, or maybe it was all the popcorn!
Today we’re starting the week with Rebecca and Martin’s summer wedding. We’ve changed up the format a little, please do let us know what you think to the new layout.
Couple: Rebecca + Martin McHugh
Rebecca and Martin met at Stranmillis university, they were studying the same course, Post-Primary Technology & Design. From the first day they met, Rebecca believed she had found her life partner.
Proposal: Martin proposed by reliving our first proper date! He took me for dinner in Berts Jazz Bar, and we then went to see the ballet, it was wonderful, I had no idea it was coming! We then drove to Helen’s Bay beach (as that was the first place we ever held hands) and went for a walk, it was pitch black at this point but we had bought some sparklers to have some fun with! Martin wrote ‘Will you marry me?’ in the air with a sparkler, and then got down on one knee and said ‘Rebecca McDowell I love you more than anything. Will you be my wife?’ I was so excited I jumped on him, gave him a huge hug and in the process burnt him with a sparkler! There is still a hole in his nice suit trousers! We were both so incredibly happy!
Wedding date: Tuesday 16th August 2016
Ceremony: Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church, Bangor.
Reception: Culloden Hotel Estate & Spa, Bangor.
Our Planning & Wedding Theme: We didn’t really have a specific theme, we tried to aim for what I would describe as a relaxed elegance about our wedding. The whole day was just about us wanting to celebrate our love for each other and celebrate that with the people that were most important to us. Martin and I are both very laid back people when it comes to this sort of thing. We just wanted a day full of love, laughter, joy and happiness!
Our Style: My dress was from Ivory & Pearl in Comber, by a New Zealand based designer, Sally Eagle. Kate was amazing and I loved my dress, it was very simple with a detailed back. I wore a simple long veil from Visionary Veils. The bridesmaids dresses were from Petticoat Lane. The colour was called Larkspur and the brand was Dessy. The comfort of the girls was important to me so it took a while to find the right dress but in the end I managed to find these simple, beautiful dresses that made all the girls feel comfortable and look lovely. Martin and the grooms party wore dark grey suits from Remus Uomo.
Our Highlights Rebecca: When I saw Martin when I came from the corner at the top of the church, my heart was just overflowing with happiness, and I had to try to hold it together. I just thought to myself, I love you so much and I cannot wait for you to be my husband. And, when the minster Richard who is a close personal friend of ours said I now pronounce you man and wife. Martin: The highlight of the day for me had to be standing at the top of the church and hearing the music starting to play knowing that meant Becca was starting to walk down the aisle and I was going to turn round and see the love of my life for the first time that day. Watching Becca walk down the aisle appearing and disappearing between our guests and then having her come round the corner and give me a massive smile and a wee shrug was amazing. I had to give a manly cough to hold it together.
Wedding dress: Ivory & Pearl, Comber.
Veil: Visionary Veils, Belfast.
Hair: Vintage Rocks Hair Parlour, Belfast.
Makeup: Tippy Logronio MUA, Belfast.
Bridesmaids dresses: Petticoat Lane Bridal Boutique, Hillsborough.
Groomswear: Remus Uomo, Ballymena.
Stationery: The White Letter, Belfast.
Flowers: Marie Cafolla Flowers, Belfast.
Cake: French Village Bakery, Belfast.
Band: The Reckoners, Belfast.
Photographer: Fraser Stewart Photography, Lurgan.