I seem to be a day behind with life right now, but todays wedding is certainly worth the wait!
I will forever have a soft spot Kat Mervyn, she captured my wedding day and she happens to be one of the coolest, most chilled out wedding photographers around – a true gem. I also have to thank Stacey Kilpatrick for pointing me in the direction of Rebekah and Nick’s winter wedding – you’re about to be taken to ultimate wedding paradise with this one!
The couple first met when Rebekah was cast to feature in a film Nick’s company, BNL Productions, were commissioned to produce. After that particular production was finished Rebekah was employed on a freelance basis and four months later began dating Nick.
“I think we both knew that to start dating when we work together wasn’t going to be without it’s consequences so we were pretty serious about each other from the start. We never really spoke about getting married at all but always knew we were perfectly content in each other’s company. I think if you can stick working so closely with someone then hanging out with them after work and not wanting to kill each other then it’s a pretty good sign!” said Rebekah.
The couple got engaged one year and nine months after they began dating during a weekend in Rome.
With their planning hats firmly on, Rebekah was happy to browse magazines and Pinterest for ideas whilst Nick was keen to get things done!
“We did set a budget but it got lost somewhere in between booking the crepes and buying a giant white postbox that could be used for our new house,” said Rebekah.
“Choosing our photographer was never going to be an easy one as we had so many photographers in our bridal party and guest list – Fraser Stewart, Bradley Henderson and Adam & Grace Photography. We searched and searched online and decided to arrange meetings with a few photographers and it was the relaxed yet passionate personality of Kat Mervyn that made us decide to go with her,” said Rebekah.
Rebekah travelled in a horse and carriage which her uncle had adapted to include side panels which looked like a sleigh! Wearing a beaded lace gown with full tulle skirt Rebekah’s trot to the ceremony in St Paul’s Church of Ireland, Tartaraghan soon calmed any nerves. The rest of the huge bridal party travelled by stretched Hummer and enjoyed the karaoke!
Portadown Male Voice Choir sang before and during the ceremony, as well as friends of the couple, Alanah and Tom McConnell, who composed an acoustic version of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” and led a choir of friends in singing.
“We had a Winter Woodland theme for our December wedding- with a wee bit of ‘Frozen’ thrown in there too. We decided to give every member of the bridal party an animal, started off with Nick and I as the Polar Bear and The Hedgehog. All of our wedding stationery followed the story of the Polar Bear and the Hedgehog and it was really fun see our story come to life through Becca Hall Illustrations,” explained Rebekah.
The Four Seasons Hotel, Carlingford hosted the reception which again followed the love story of the Hedgehog and the Polar Bear and was decorated with Christmas greenery and lots of sparkle. Handmade crackers graced the tables alongside knitted hedgehogs and Christmas pudding favours, as well as a delicious cake table, complete with Nanny Flo’s fruit cake.
“Making sure our guests were entertained was important so we brought along a slow-mo booth and photo booth from BNL with backdrops handmade by my family. Santa came for a visit with presents for the kids (and some adults too!) then we played a wee round of bingo with all of our guests! We also brought along Simply Crepes, because who doesn’t love a crepe at Christmas?” added Rebekah.
You’ll never be able to please everybody so no matter how silly the idea or how bizarre the idea in your head, just go for it. You can only do it once (hopefully) so you might as well have fun doing it!
Ceremony: St Paul’s Church of Ireland, Tartaraghan.
Reception: The Four Seasons Hotel, Carlingford.
Wedding dress: Perfect Day, Lurgan.
Bridesmaids dresses: Coast.
Hair: Hair Play, Portadown.
Makeup: SAK Designs, Glenanne.
Groomswear: Statement Menswear, Portadown.
Flowers: The Flower Bowl, Armagh.
Cakes: Nanny Flo & GingerNut Specialist Cakes,
Film & Photo booth: BNL Productions, Lurgan.
Band: Sugartown Road.
Stationery: Becca Hall Illustrations.
Crepes: Simply Crepes, Belfast.
Photographer: Kat Mervyn Photography, Belfast.