Lost: Hours in each day.
Does anyone have any idea where I might find some of these, please?!
With deadlines flying out of my ears and a present pile growing that needs wrapped, the blog has been a quiet place this week so far. But, I have just the wedding to liven it all up again! Tracy and Jamie are huge rock fans, so what better theme to give their day at Tullyveery House than a rock music theme? Thanks to that special duo, The Lous for sharing this immense day with us, and to Tracy and Jamie for being rock stars! Rock on!
Watersports fans,Tracy and Jamie first met in 2004 at the Irish Wakeboard Nationals in Newferry. Although they quickly became friends their relationship didn’t flourish until Jamie threw a New Years Eve party in 2009. Right from that moment they both knew it was meant to be.
The couple got engaged during a holiday in Orlando, Florida in September 2013;
“We had been to Orlando the previous year and had fallen in love with the Hard Rock Hotel, so we knew we had to return to it again. We booked to stay on the same night Brett Michaels from Poison was playing. The gig was great and after we went outside to admire the fountain, it’s made of cast iron guitars and I love guitars! With the buzz from the gig and the twinkly lights from the fountain Jamie got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I’m pretty sure I screamed, ‘Hell yea I’ll marry you!’ So that holiday started off in style quite like no other, followed by a surprise visit from two of my best friends the next day (Jamie surprised me again!) to help us celebrate for the weekend!” explained Tracy.
Planning came very easily to the couple and even before they had made it home from Florida they had the day planned out. They wanted it to be a total reflection of themselves and their love for each other and music, so chose to go with a Rock theme.
“From the gig ticket style invitations, complete with tear off stub for the RSVP’s right through to ensuring we had a rockin’ band, we wanted to ensure all our guests could party our style. We didn’t really want a totally traditional wedding but there were elements of tradition that were important to us so we aimed to get the balance between rock and tradition right for us,” added Tracy.
Looking for a country house but to accommodate a large number of guests, (around 300) wasn’t an easy task until they found Tullyveery House.
“We went to view the house in early November 2013 and instantly fell in love with the place! It was beyond perfect. It is a stunning Georgian house with beautiful gardens, a quirky courtyard where we would have our drinks reception and we had a Marquee for the main reception and rockin’ after party. Luckily they had a date available in April 2014 but the clincher was if The Lou’s would be available to do our photography or not. With a five month time limit and The Lou’s available on our date we were good to go! Everything else literally fell into place! Planning our wedding was an unbelievably fun time – we had a ball choosing all our songs, creating our table plan and menu cards all ourselves plus a few other little touches,” said Tracy.
No detail was left untouched – Tracy and Jamie chose every song played during their day, handmade the very impressive table plan from old vinyl records of Tracys Dads band and they had guitar picks made saying ‘you came, we vowed, it rocked’ on one side with their names, venue and date on the other for each of their guests.
“It was exactly as we had planned and hoped for and then some – beyond perfect! Totally rockin’!! Thankfully the weather was on our side and we were able to be married outside on the beautiful front lawn with rolling countryside all around. We can’t pick one highlight – it was all so amazing! Seeing how happy all our guests were looking back through photos and videos is something we love!” said Tracy.
The night ended with a fire dancer, now how can you top that?!
To continue their celebrations Tracy and Jamie went on the honeymoon of a lifetime;
“We started off with seeing Slash in concert in the Whisky-a-go-go in Holywood, LA. It was the smallest venue ever and we actually got offered $1000 cash each for our tickets outside – hell no were we parting with those! We then toured around LA, travelled to San Francisco where we kicked off that part of the trip with an Aerosmith gig, then travelled to Miami to relax!” said Tracy.
And simply because I can’t get enough of this wedding, here is their wedding preview from Cinematic Tide
Venue: Tullyveery House, Killyleagh.
Photographer: The Lou’s.
Dress: LA Bridal House, Carrickfergus.
Bridesmaids dresses: Dido Bridal.
Bridal headpiece: Selena Doran Custom Made Headpieces.
Accessories: Tracy gave each of her maids a pearl Thomas Sabo bracelet with a charm individual to them.
Grooms wear: Red, Belfast.
Cake: Jamie’s Aunt Suzie.
Bouquets & buttonholes: Flowers of Elegance, Belfast.
Reception flowers: Jamie’s mum, Millie, and Heather Clarke from Tullyveery.
Videographer: Cinematic Tide.
Ceremony singer: Alan Davidson.
Evening band: Last Resort.
Hair: Nadine McMullan.
Makeup: Maeve Shannon.
Fire dancer: Becky Laidlaw.
Marquee: Eventco Marquees, Ballymena.
Catering: The Old Barn Steak House, Markethill.
Bar services: Balmoral Hotel, Warrenpoint.