Naomh + Nathan

Isn’t that big ball of happiness in the sky, just the best! After a week of some viral/bug/flu type thing, I’m delighted to be back today sharing Naomh and Nathan’s Riddel Hall wedding by Francis Meaney.

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

This intellectual couple (an Epidemiologist and Anaesthetist!), first met when they were teenagers at the Gaeltacht in Donegal. They became friends and a few years later began dating. “Over the next year we both become very well acquainted with the number 251 bus between Belfast and Armagh!” said Naomh.

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

A couple of years ago Nathan’s friend pointed out his secret of love; “He said something along the lines of, ‘You basically gotta find somebody that you’re still gonna be happy sitting down to have a cup of tea with when you’re old, flabby and worn out.’ Though I don’t think you’ll find it in a Hollywood film anytime soon I think the sentiment is totally right. I hope Naomh and I will still have a lot to talk (and fight) about in 40 years time!” explained Nathan.

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

“We love to go to Donegal to surf, and we always stay near Rossnowlagh beach. We were there over the 12th July weekend in 2014, just a regular weekend in Donegal so nothing special. Nathan’s first words that day were, “Big day today!” and I naively agreed, thinking the big day meant a day at the beach! After surfing we came back to the car, dripping wet in our wetsuits with seaweed in our hair, and as Nathan knelt down to help with my wetsuit boot he proposed. I was in shock (much to his amusement, Nathan likes to imitate my shocked engagement face) as he pulled out a ring that had been hidden in the boot of the car and asked me to marry him. It was the perfect engagement. That evening we had lobster and champagne at Smuggler’s Creek and pretty much planned the whole wedding,” said Naomh.

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomh and Nathan chose Riddel Hall for their reception venue as they both love the setting and Queen’s University is a big part of both their lives. “We didn’t look at any other venues, and we never regretted our choice; the staff at Queen’s could not have been more helpful in the planning stages or the day itself, they are a credit to the university!” added Naomh.

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

The couple used their budget wisely and proportioned it out for the most important things, which was ensuring they had enough space to invite everyone, providing good food and drinks for their guests and having the best band who would ensure a great party. “I am a bit obsessed with data, so the whole wedding was recorded and colour coded into some beautiful spreadsheets! This made budgeting easier as I knew exactly what we had spent and what was still to be paid for throughout the planning stages,” admitted Naomh.

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

With a subtle travel theme running through their day, Naomh and Nathan tied the knot in St. Peter’s Cathedral.

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

During a visit to the Wedding Journal Show Naomh spied a wedding gown at the Marie Me Bridal stand.

“I had no intention of finding a dress there as I hadn’t even tried any on yet, but we all saw one dress on a mannequin that seemed perfect. I got the name of the shop, Marie Me in Randalstown, and planned to go there in a few weeks. It happened to be the third shop I visited, and whilst the first two had some beautiful dresses and very helpful staff, I just knew as soon as I met Eilís and saw the dresses, that this was the place. After trying on a few different dresses I tried the one from the wedding fair, and the rest is history! My advice to future brides is to try styles that you maybe wouldn’t usually try, listen to the advice of the sales assistant, and bring along someone who you know will be honest. Most importantly, enjoy it!” said Naomh.

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomh and Nathan chose Riddel Hall for their reception venue as they both love the setting and Queen’s University is a big part of both their lives. “We didn’t look at any other venues, and we never regretted our choice; the staff at Queen’s could not have been more helpful in the planning stages or the day itself, they are a credit to the university!” added Naomh.

“The main colours of the day were mint and rose gold, just because I love them. The whole day was so incredible; it’s difficult to pick highlights! One moment that I’ll never forget was standing at the back of the church, hearing our friend Ollie start playing the entrance procession – the theme from Jurassic Park – on the organ. Another highlight was definitely the speeches, all of which were hilarious, touching, and unforgettable,” added Naomh.

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomh’s Advice

“Remember who the most important people are – you! It is your wedding day, so do whatever will make you happy. It is very difficult to keep every single person happy, and we’ve seen friends struggle to cope with the demands of others in the run up to their wedding. If your friends and family love you then they will love your wedding; it is about celebrating your love and commitment, not about having the perfect venue, most inventive theme, or best entertainment.”

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Nathan’s Advice

“Our honeymoon was technically in Killarney for a few days and then we had an extended elaborate holiday in Bali and Singapore for a few weeks three months after the wedding. It was the best decision we ever made. I think the best thing to do straight after the wedding in to go away together somewhere nearby and spend time together talking about the big day. I feel that either the extravagance of the foreign honeymoon or the remembrance of the wedding would have been lost had we gone away straight after the wedding. I’m glad we had some quiet time together to remember all the fun parts of the day.” 

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Naomi & Nathan at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University wedding by Francis Meaney Photography

Super Suppliers

Ceremony: St Peter’s Cathedral, West Belfast.

Reception: Riddel Hall (Queen’s University), Stranmillis Road, Belfast.

Wedding dress: Designer – Lusan Mandongus from Marie Me Bridal, Randalstown.

Bridesmaids dresses: Fabric from Craftswoman Fabrics and dresses made by Dig For Victory.

Bridal accessories: Etsy.

Groomswear: Hire Class, Belfast and House of Fraser.

Cake: made by Naomh’s Granny.

Flowers: Victoriana Floral, Whitehead.

Bridal cars: Nathan’s Grandad’s vintage Mercedes.

Band: The Rare Aul Stuff.

Hair: Hedonist Hair, Stranmillis.

Makeup: Stacey Kilpatrick, S.A.K. Designs, Glenanne.

Photographer: Francis Meaney Photography, Warringstown.