Hello and happy Monday!
I hope you all had an enjoyable and productive weekend? It was party central at The Promise HQ as we celebrated our eldest’s tenth birthday. We had the best family and friends packed weekend and a lovely start to a very busy December.
Today we have a really fun family orientated wedding at Armagh Cathedral to share. Photographed by lovely Directory ladies, Cindy & Melissa Photography, the day was packed full of quirky retro details and the best wedding cars I think we’ve ever featured. Enjoy…
Emma and Sean were introduced through mutual friends and pretty soon knew they had found someone special in each other. Almost a year after meeting they got engaged.
“It was in the June after we met, so we were together just under a year when we got engaged, but as Sean would say when you know you know,” said Emma. “Sean is an old romantic, so I didn’t know a thing and he had asked my dad for his permission. On the day we got engaged, we were up in Belfast. Sean took me to the rose garden in Botanic Gardens. He had a picnic with champagne and strawberries, and a docking station with our song ‘all of me’ by John Legend playing in the background. It was the most gorgeous weather and we had sat there for a little while when he got down on one knee. I was so shocked, I just cried happy tears! Followed by a million phone calls to family and friends.”
When they began their wedding planning, Emma and Sean decided they wanted their wedding to be fun and quirky, with a unique retro vintage theme.
“I have a little girl, Sophie, who is 7 and just the happiest kindest little girl. I wanted her to be involved in the planning as much as possible. We had the most fun ever planning the big day together, and I feel very lucky to have shared those memories with her. She came up with the theme ‘Happily Ever After’, so we started with that,” explained Emma.
With a sage green colour scheme, Emma added hints of rich red throughout the day in the beautiful floral signage and floral displays. Using her Dad’s vintage cars, Emma and Sean created a picture perfect day, we HEART it!
“For the drive to the cathedral, I wanted my daddy drive to me in one of his own vintage cars. My brother was driving another one of his cars behind us. They looked so beautiful and it was a nice little personal touch to the day. Of course what I didn’t know until the next day is my brothers car broke down on the way to the cathedral, so mass could not start until he and his wife arrived! I was wondering why everyone kept stalling me from walking down the aisle. Thankfully he got it going again and we were able to laugh about it the next day.
The rest of the day went so smoothly and was so much fun. We were just on cloud nine all day. The guests had such a good time which was a big priority for us!” added Emma.
Basically we would say to enjoy the build up and try not to get too stressed or overwhelmed. To remember the reason why you are getting married. My mummy gave me the best advice while I was planning our wedding and trying to think of every little detail. She said ‘a wedding is only one hour long, and everything afterwards is a bonus.’
Ceremony: Armagh Cathedral, Armagh.
Reception: Corick Country House Hotel, Clogher.
Wedding dress: Creative Ideas Bridal, Armagh.
Bridesmaids dresses: Perfect Day, Lurgan.
Makeup: Kerri McArdle & Nadine McLaughlin, Armagh.
Hair: Vintage Rocks Hair Parlour, Belfast.
Nails: Tori Renaghan.
Groomswear: Suitor, Belfast.
Flowers: Vintage Violet Floral Boutique, Markethill.
Signage: Lucy Harte.
Light up letters: Light Alphabet, Warrenpoint.
Favours: Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion.
Cake: Made by Grooms Aunt.
Transport: Bride’s Dads vintage cars.
Wedding film: Forever Social, Belfast.
Ceremony performer: Friend of the couple, Cathy McKenna.
Drinks reception singer: Erin Fullerton.
Evening band: Freefall, GH Entertainments.
Photographer: Cindy & Melissa Photography, Portadown.