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Sarah & Anthony’s Wedding By Story of Eve

April 1, 2014
Sarah & Anthony wedding by Paula O'Hara & Story of Eve

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We are so pleased to share the first in a series of three weddings this week. Each one totally different with alternative styles, colour schemes and brides; but they all share one thing in common, the three brides are sisters- three of the most awesome sisters we’ve ever come across, and not forgetting their crafting-dressmaking wizard mum!



One amazing wedding in the family is great, but three, well that just makes us smile- a lot.

First up is Sarah and Anthony’s marquee wedding at The Watermill Restaurant. The day was captured by none other than Paula O’Hara, whilst her brother Michael Toman of Story of Eve was the genius behind the epic wedding film.


Sarah and Anthony’s story of love began in Belfast when Sarah was living at the top of Palestine Street during her first year of Uni, Anthony lived at the bottom of the street and was completing his Masters.

“One evening my friend and I were coming home and we met a less than sober Anthony! He had locked himself out and left his phone in the house. He borrowed my phone to call his friends, cleverly getting my phone number to boot! He text me the next day and everything went from there. We never actually agreed to go out, it just happened!” Explains Sarah.

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Fast forward ten years and with a romantic proposal in the River Room Restaurant in Galgorm Resort, Sarah and Anthony tied the knot in sheer style at St. Joseph’s Chapel, Tynab. Given that Sarah had chosen an antique diamond and emerald platinum ring, the style stakes were high for the wedding, and like a girl after my own heart she fell in love with an amazing pair of shoes and her wedding grew from there!

“Although we were very close to booking a completely different venue for the reception, a friend told me about the Watermill. Turns out it was the perfect place for an intimate relaxed wedding. The setting is spectacular and the restaurant offered us a flexibility we wouldn’t have received in a hotel- we were told we could basically have whatever we wanted!” Says Sarah.

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The day captured everything this vibrant couple are about- a great thing to bring to your wedding day- personality. Sarah went for all out glamour with her floor sweeping glass beaded wedding gown which worked perfectly with her whimsical handmade hair piece and shoes- oh the shoes! Her four bridesmaids wore completely couture dresses, made to fit perfectly by none other than Sarah’s mum- a very talented craftswoman.

The bespoke touches did not end with the stunning gold maids dresses, her mum also made Anthony’s pocket square and tie from Liberty fabric and even found time to make the cake! Sarah, a creative herself made the signage for the day, hair pieces and the booklets, as well as decorating the reception with her mum the day before the wedding! We think there are many frazzled brides who could take a leaf out of Sarah’s stress free wedding planning!


Favourite moment of the day


“We had such a blast and loved every moment of it! A few things neither of us will ever forget was when Anthony forgot to say ‘I Do’, also when we were driving off in the vintage convertible with everyone waving us off and lastly when we formed a  a conga line, led by Anthony and myself followed by all our guests which snaked around the marquee and out into the car park and back. It was such good craic!”


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You can view lots more of Paula’s coverage of the day here.

And now for the cherry on the top, the wonderful wedding film by Story of Eve!



Ceremony: St. Joseph’s Chapel Tynab

Reception: WaterMill Restaurant

Photographer: Paula O’Hara Photography

Wedding Film: Story of Eve

Dress: Clinton Lotter at Blackburn Bridal, London

Flowers: Eileen Gaffney

Groom’s suits: Debonair

Bridesmaid’s earrings: Etsy

Cars: Borrowed vintage sports car from a friend & Daimler limo from Bentley Wedding Cars NI

Wedding Favours: Donations to Marie Curie

Stationery: DIY Papayaart and printed on them for the invites.

Make Up: Paddy McGurgan

Hair: Colleen Grimley

Wedding Bands:  ESL Jewellers

Wedding Band: The Housem8’s Band


Is this the dreamiest wedding you ever did see? Make sure you come back tomorrow to see Sarah’s sister Claire and her husband Paul’s wedding at Wineport Lodge.

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