Old Fashioned Love and Romance at Darver Castle: Avril + Andrew

Who doesn’t love afternoon tea?

Our beautiful couple today, Avril and Andrew based their summer wedding around their love of handmade decorations, charity shop finds and spoilt their guests with a delicious afternoon tea.

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Couple: Avril + Andrew Field

After meeting at a youth group, Avril and Andrew soon knew their relationship was special when Avril left to go travelling for six months and called home everyday to speak to Andrew!

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Proposal: Andrew proposed on our one year anniversary. He took me to a fancy restaurant for dinner which was followed by a boat trip around Cork harbour taking us to their destination, Currabinny Pier (the place Andrew took me on our first date!). With about 10 minutes of light left so that the candles could take over and with music playing over the boat’s PA system and a huge ‘Will you marry me?” sign hanging off the pier,  Andrew finally pulled the ring from his pocket and asked the all important question! I was then asked to set off an air horn which signalled a friend to release fireworks across the bay. It was just so romantic and I was blown away - we even made the local paper in Cork!

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Wedding date: Monday 25th July 2016

Ceremony: Knockbride Church of Ireland, Baileborough

Reception: Darver Castle, County Louth

Our Planning & Wedding Style: We gave ourselves one year to plan the wedding. We got engaged on June 22nd and got married the following July. We went for a vintage theme, with rustic and romantic décor at the church and afternoon tea. We chose lemon as our main colour as it was bright and fun and really complemented the rose pink and ivory roses in the bouquets. 

I made lots of to-do lists and so many friends and family were happy to help, and of course our two great families supported and helped us and were always on hand for advise. Living in opposite ends of the country for the planning process wasn’t easy but we made it work by making good use of the time Andrew was up and sharing the workload as best we could! I really enjoyed the planning process, it was loads of fun! I became a Pinterest addict by the time the wedding came up but I think that happens to all us brides!

We just loved Darver Castle the minute we saw it and knew it suited the style we wanted perfectly. Also the ceremony was the most important part for us so we put lots into decorating the church and planning the afternoon tea as well as having the ceremony just how we wanted it. We saved a lot by doing much of the decorating ourselves. Andrew even used his new found carpentry skills to make a juice bar and I collected china cups and props from charity shops. It’s amazing what you can source and do yourself if you plan ahead and are organised.

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Our Style: I always had an idea of what dress I thought I would like but that completed changed when I went searching for the perfect dress. It took me quite a number of shops to pick the perfect one. Don’t get me wrong they were fab but I just needed that wow moment! When I tried on my Mori Lee gown I just felt like a princess and I knew it was the one! It was a beautiful chiffon fabric with crystal beading and an illusion sweetheart neckline and open back detail. I always wanted to wear a veil so I wore a full length one which complemented the dress perfectly. My maids wore cowl neck chiffon dresses in buttercup.

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Our Highlights: We just laughed all day! After all the planning and sometimes worrying and panicking, I just enjoyed the day! We laughed so much and with all our favourite people around us to share in our joy we just loved it.  Our ceremony was amazing. We had so many of our close friends involved and Andrew’s brother marrying us was just so special. My sister and Andrew’s mum sang and it was just so sentimental and meant so much to us both.

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Our Advice: Your photographer and videographer is a super important part of your day. We were so blessed to have a close friend of our Paul Quinn from Signature Photography as our photographer and it was fantastic. We were so at ease and relaxed and could just be ourselves. The guys at Head & Heart were so professional, so easy going and just faded into the background on the day perfectly.

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Darver Castle, Rustic Wedding | The Promise NI

Super Suppliers

Wedding dress: The Bridal Studio, Drogheda.

Bridesmaids dress: Lady’s Day, Monaghan.

Bridal accessories: Sarah Deering textile artist, Enniskillen.

Makeup: Rubies & Pearls Make Up, Monaghan.

Hair: High Maintenance, Omagh.

Grooms wear: Tom Morrow, Dungannon.

Cake: Caledon Cake Studio, Armagh.

Flowers: JP Flowers, Monaghan.

Bridal cars: Sean McGinn Wedding Cars, Newry.

Videographer: Head &Heart Films, Belfast.

Photographer: Signature Photography.