Good morning lovely readers, I hope your weekend was fun and relaxing – January really does sap the energy out of everyone, don’t you think? I know I’m ready for the promises of February and lighter days – almost there now! Today we’re heading west to the gorgeous venue of Ballyscullion Park in Bellaghy where Rachel and Thomas tied the knot. Thanks to our fab new sponsor, Sarah Bryden Photography for sharing their day with us, if relaxed and pretty is what you’re after, this wedding is just for you…
Rachel and Thomas first met at church and after a shy start, friendship blossomed. They knew it was the real thing and when the time came to take the step into marriage Thomas upheld their shared traditional thoughts on marriage and asked Rachel’s dad for her hand in marriage. “ One evening Thomas was at my house, he took me for a little walk…next thing I knew I had an engagement ring on my finger, it was just perfect,” said Rachel.
Rachel and Thomas both knew they wanted a relaxed and informal day for their family and friends, with everything in the one place so their guests didn’t have to drive from place to place as some were already travelling a distance. “We decided an alternative venue would work best for us. My Mum and I were busy googling one night and she came across Ballyscullion Park. We hadn’t heard of it before but once I had spoken to Thomas, we decided to go and visit. As soon as we stepped into the beautiful gardens of Richard and Rosalind Mulholland’s we knew this was where we wanted to get married. A lot of planning was taken care for us because Ballyscullion provides a list of suppliers for every aspect of the wedding day. Although we already had a few contacts of our own sorted but that was no problem, it made the organising relatively stress free!” explained Rachel.
With their July wedding being held in a marquee and the surrounding gardens, Rachel didn’t want a restrictive wedding dress with a train or heavy fabrics. She visited Bramble Brides in Cookstown where she chose the perfect pretty lace gown for a light summers day. Her maids wore cornflower blue dresses which worked perfectly with their skin tones but also were strong enough to pop in photographs, something that was important to Rachel.
“Both Thomas and I wanted a stylish and smart but not as formal a look for the men so we decided on a bright navy blue suit that could be worn again, which we purchased from Wattersons in Omagh. Aaron, our nephew and page boy was a real wee dude in his wee waistcoat!” added Rachel.
“We hired decor accessories and games from Vintage Hire Emporium which really helped bring a finished look to the day, together with the stunning venue flowers from Victoria Robinson at Tortraits Flowers. After the ceremony we served ice creams on the lawn, which was a big hit with the guests. I adored the wedding bouquets, they were simple babies breath and peonies tied with a beautiful white ribbon, Judith Kempton at Floral Temptations in Omagh did such a great job with them!” explained Rachel.
“The whole day just ran very smoothly, however, I was very keen to not be a late bride and I arrived about 10 minutes early. The downside of that was that guests were still arriving so I had to wait until they were all in! Because our ceremony and reception was all in the one place and we were getting our photos there too, it meant we had time to mingle and talk to our guests but the day just flew – it really is true what people say about the whole day going by in a blink! Our highlight was the whole day, we couldn’t pick just one thing. Seeing our friends and family having a relaxing and enjoyable day was great though – we would love to do it all over again!” said Rachel.
Let people help! Also, if you are going on honeymoon soon after the wedding, pack your bags before the wedding, so then you can enjoy being a newlywed without having to stress about that!
Venue: Ballyscullion Park, Bellaghy.
Wedding dress: Bramble Brides, Cookstown.
Bridesmaids dresses: Tomorrows Wedding Emporium, L’derry.
Flower girl dress: The Christening Box.
Groomswear: Wattersons, Omagh.
Venue flowers: Tortraits Floral Design, Portglenone.
Bridal flowers: Floral Temptations, Omagh.
Videographer: Malcolm Monteith, CIneOrmofos.
Cake: Rachel made it herself!
Teacups and accessories: The Vintage Rooms, Ballymena.
Ice cream: Johnny’s Cool Ice-Cream Trike, Antrim.
Games and accessories: Vintage Style Hire Emporium.
Catering: Arbutus Catering.
Marquee: Eventco Marquees, Ballymena.
Photographer: Sarah Bryden Photography, Omagh.