We were all about the ‘hygge’ this past weekend. The weather has suddenly taken a chilly dip and low and behold here we are in the last full week of November, awaiting the craziness of December and Christmas. Relaxing and enjoying each others company is where I think the last few weeks of the the year always lie, and from doing jigsaws to eating bacon butties in our PJs and watching Planet Earth, at The Promise HQ we intend to make the most of it when we can.
Today’s couple, Clare and Robbie were keen to give their guests a relaxing and laid back wedding day with the focus on great food, drink and music to help them let their hair down. Their day was full of personal details with much input and creativity from the couple and their families. We love the rustic, relaxed nature of their celebration captured perfectly by Laura J Curran Photography.
“We met 11 years ago in The Limelight in Belfast….Robbie spilled a pint on me and the rest is history!” began Clare.
After working on a long distance relationship when they were at University (Newcastle and Edinburgh) they both knew it was for keeps and Robbie planned the perfect proposal during a weekend in Dublin.
“We headed to a little Italian Restaurant in Temple Bar for dinner and drinks and after some limoncello and plenty of wine I managed to get up the courage to ask her to be my wife! I knew that Clare doesn’t like public displays of affection so I had arranged for the hotel to put a bottle of champagne and flowers in our suite….unfortunately Clare was a little tiddly and waltzed straight past everything and fell into a heap on the sofa. I took my chance and through the odd tear she finally said yes! It was the perfect way for it to have happened because it reflected our sense of humour and laid back attitude,” explained Robbie.
“We wanted to have a relatively short engagement so got planning pretty quickly. One of the most important tasks we tackled first was finding a photographer to capture the day. We hit the jackpot when we were introduced to Laura. She knew exactly what we were after – her laid back attitude put everyone at ease and she couldn’t have documented the day any better. We can’t stop looking at our photos!! The rest of it just fell into place. The most important thing for us was to keep it simple and relaxed. A laid back day with good food and drink with our favourite people was our ultimate goal,” explained Clare.
“The whole day was a real DIY affair, as we wanted to do as much ourselves as possible, ranging from invitations, table numbers and favours to our outdoor seating area made from hessian covered hay bales and pallets. We loved that our choice of venue allowed us to incorporate our own touches.
We were lucky that Robbie’s mum has a floral business and a garden bustling full of flowers. As soon as we had set a date we began planning and growing a range of soft coloured blooms; we wanted informal and unstructured flowers with lots of greenery and foliage popping up everywhere to compliment the venue. Just wow!!!!
Seeing all our personal handiwork come together with a huge help from family made the whole day more personal,” added Clare.
“It’s a cliché but it really was the best day!”
Have a clear view of what you want and make sure it reflects you as a couple. Try not to follow trends and don’t let others influence you – trust your instincts and enjoy it as it really does go by so quickly.
Venue:Clandeboye Courtyard, Clandeboye Estate, Bangor.
Wedding dress: Belle du Jour Bridal, Comber.