What a glorious wedding we have to kick off the new look website with – oh, didn’t you notice? We’ve had a little restyle! I would suggest you go have a look around but not before you read about Sarah and Peters beautiful countryside garden party wedding that was held in her aunts garden and orchard! Thanks to Adam and Grace for their stunning photography.
Couple: Sarah + Peter Wilson
“We met back in 2007 whilst we were both still at school. Although we weren’t at the same school we used to go to the same Spar shop on our lunch break and through meeting there, mutual friends and the power of MSN we became friends. We knew it was for life during our first holiday together. We’d been going out for two years and booked a trip travelling round Australia for seven weeks. Everyone said we were a bit bonkers but it was the best seven weeks. We quickly realised we didn’t want the adventures to ever stop happening.”
“We always used to walk in the Roe Valley Country Park and it was here that Peter asked me to be his official girlfriend on 06.06.09. We were up here walking our dog Puddles on 06.06.16 and after coming back to Peter and Puddles from a bin run with dog poo (glamorous!) I noticed Puddles had a t-shirt on and then Peter got down on one knee.”
Wedding date: Friday 2nd June 2017
Ceremony: Carrick Parish Church, Limavady
Reception: Stretch marquee in family’s garden, Terrydoo Road, Limavady
“I love Pinterest and loved it even more during wedding planning. We found the whole planning thing relatively easy, we both knew what we didn’t want – fussy hotel wedding, overly fancy food and anything over the top. We spent about ten months planning our wedding.
We wanted a laid back day where our family and friends and us could totally relax and have the best day ever. Since I was little, I always had joked if I was ever to get married I’d want to do it in my aunt and uncles garden in a tipi tent so after Peter proposed, my aunty and uncle offered to host our wedding in their garden in stretch tents. I jumped at the chance then convinced Peter that I could make it a reality!
We put a lot of personality into our day, I’m quite creative so loved making and creating things for our day. I made our order of services, tables settings, table decor etc and my aunty done all of the flowers. We booked things quite quickly without too much hassle. Most of the big things like photographer, food, entertainment etc we booked quite well in advance.
We didn’t divide our budget up but we knew our maximum spend. Last year our real goal was to buy a house so a lot of money went into that instead. We were lucky that we weren’t out the huge cost of hiring a venue and found that by booking and sourcing things we were able to really cut down our costs a lot.”
“We didn’t really decide on a specific theme, we knew we wanted something laid back with a countryside feel. I love bunting and hessian so kind of set our theme round this. I had the whole family collecting empty jars which I spent lots of weekends decorating for our venue.
I have lots of boy cousins and only two girls so I’d decided to have the two girls as bridesmaid and flower girl. Unfortunately my littlest cousin lives in Australia and they weren’t able to come home so I just had one bridesmaid. It was really easy finding a dress for Molly, although she’s only 13 she’s tall so we didn’t want anything that would be too old. I was browsing on Debenhams one night and noticed a simple gold dress with a drape at the back, I ordered it and when it arrived Molly liked it and so did I so it was as easy as that.
Peter went to Tomorrow’s in Londonderry to pick his suits, one of our groomsmen were in Australia and one was in London so they couldn’t all be there for sizing or picking. Peter opted for navy and grey and contrasted his waistcoat colour with the groomsmen.
Our little page boy Jacob wore an outfit from Next and Converse shoes. During the reception he got hold of the microphone and sang Wheels on the Bus to the whole marquee!”
“I went to Ultimate Dresses, Dungiven, Co. Londonderry who were great, really relaxed environment and not pushy at all.
I originally went to try on a plain, straight Justin Alexander dress but when I tried this style on I quickly realised they didn’t suit me. My mum then pulled out a beaded Jasmine Couture dress which was similar to ones I’d seen by Anna Campbell on Pinterest so tried it on. I literally fell in love the minute I tried it on, it’s definitely true that you’ll know when you try on the right one!”
“We honestly had the best day of our lives. Friends and family still talk about how good a day they had and we loved every minute of it. We did have a funny moment in the morning when the camper van got lost going to collect the boys for the church. Peters parents had to climb into their own car and drive round and round until they found the camper van with the ribbons on it and lead it to the right house. Peter and I also got forgotten about at the church. After getting some photos taken we discovered our groomsmen had got our driver to take them down to the local pub for a few before the reception so we were left in the rain for a while before people realised we were missing from the reception!
Our highlight of the day were the speeches and being surrounded by our family and friends, seeing them all happy and enjoying themselves in the marquee.”
“The advice we’d give to other couples would be to totally do your own thing. Decide exactly what you want and don’t be bogged down by other people. When we shared our ideas with people we got a lot of funny looks and remarks of ‘that’s a bit different’ but you do need to do what makes you happy. Also enjoy the lead up to the day, the week before our wedding was mad busy as we were decorating the stretch tents and setting up tables/chairs etc but between all my family we threw ourselves in and the week was the best craic. I was a lot more relaxed than I thought I would be, so much so I was getting pushed round the house in a wheelbarrow the day before the wedding. It meant neither of us were nervous or anxious the day of the wedding, we really enjoyed it from start to finish.”
Photographers: Adam & Grace.
Wedding dress: Jasmine Couture, Ultimate Dresses, Dungiven.
Bridesmaid Dress: Debenhams.
Groomswear: Tomorrows, Londonderry.
Hair: Leanne at Halo Hair studio, Limavady.
Makeup: Bronagh at Rural Retreat Salon, Limavady.
Cake: Chloe Martins Crafts, Limavady.
Flowers: Sarah’s aunt.
Bridal Cars: Cloud 9 Car Hire, North Coast.
Videographer: QML Videos, Ballymoney.
DJ: DJ Wes Discos, Limavady.