I hope your week is going well so far, Wednesday already and today we’ve bags of alternative wedding inspiration to share – and tipis I can’t tell you how excited I am to have a tipi wedding on the blog finally! Jolene and Alain are my kind of couple; tea drinkers, lovers of a good pint and always up for craic! Thanks to Marc Lawson Photography in Belfast for sharing their Big Day at Hilden Brewery.
Couple: Jolene + Alain Elliott
“We met in McHugh’s Belfast, it wasn’t quite the dance moves that attracted me initially. I knew he was a keeper when he first made me a cup of tea – that is something very hard to get right and if you can find someone who can actually do it to your standard then my advice to anyone is to hold on tight and never let them go!”
Proposal: I’d love to say it was on a sunny beach in the Maldives but it wasn’t, it was a cold, windy February night on Ballyholme beach, Bangor. You could say… windswept of my feet!
Wedding date: Thursday 13th August 2015
Ceremony: St. Mary’s Craigavole, Swatragh
Reception: Hilden Brewery, Lisburn
Our Planning: We both wanted a very relaxed vibe to the wedding so we knew straight away we wanted Hilden Brewery. We had been up at the festival a few months before and knew it would be perfect fit, something a bit different. It was never going to be the big white wedding, more pub-like, with a lovely outdoor setting including tipi tents. Beer on tap on arrival, a lovely meal and a barbecue in the evening was just what we wanted. Once we had the venue and the church sorted I enlisted the help of my sister who loves to organise and slowly but surely it all came together, with the usual hiccups along the way, but we got there in the end. We didn’t set a budget but we were careful and we were very lucky to have a group of very talented friends and family. My sister is a hairdresser and singer so already I was off to a good start but I also enlisted friends to play and sing at the church, reception and even the DJ was a friend. The beautician who was of course a friend also made the cake and last but not least my mum and sister did all the flowers, bouquets and centre pieces. I wish I could say I had some talent to pay them back with but ahem… not so much. I was very lucky.
Our Style: I choose my dress from Tiamo in Limavady. I took my mum and my sister along as they were the experts, they really have an eye for these things so I completely trusted whatever they said. Once we found what suited best, they decided to make some changes to the original dress at the neckline, back and add some sparkle around the waist. To be honest I actually didn’t know what to expect when Adele phoned to say it was ready, I was very nervous going into the shop that day but all thankfully went well and I was delighted with the finished dress. Choosing the bridesmaids was honestly the hardest part. I had my two sisters as bridesmaids, both completely different from each other and we searched for a very long time before we found something to make everyone happy. After doing the high street where nothing seemed to suit we went with Dessy dresses and that way I could choose two different colours for each, deep purple and lilac.
Our Highlights: The whole day went really well from start to finish. The weather was beautiful and this meant people were able to sit outside which was perfect for the barbecue in the evening. The best thing about the whole day is that in two whole summer months of nothing but rain, the 13th August was gorgeous and the sun never stopped shining. We honestly felt like the luckiest people in the world that day.
Our Advice: Keep it simple and don’t over complicate things. Oh and if you can find someone who enjoys organising a ‘knees up’ then even better!
Wedding dress: Ti Amo Bridal, Limavady.
Bridesmaids dress: Dessy.
Grooms wear: Bogart Menswear, Belfast.
Cake: Friend, Rudo Chikosi.
Flowers: Brides Mum and sister.
Bridal cars: Star Car Hire, Ballyclare.
Entertainment: Brides friend Kerrie Ann Gallagher sang at the wedding and at the reception before dinner. Traditional band after the dinner and DJ Marty Lish.
Hair: Sheena McGrath, Andrew Mulvenna, Belfast.
Makeup: Rudo Chikosi, Andrew Mulvenna, Belfast.
Rings: Murray & Co, Belfast.
Photographer: Photography by Marc Lawson, Belfast.