Good morning, I hope you had a great weekend, and shared all the love yesterday with your mums and kids. My three were as adorable as usual with homemade cards, lots of cuddles and a few little treats.
As you all know, I adore a bride who’s not afraid to choose a style and go for it on her wedding day! Our gorgeous bride today, Sharon, chose a 1920s vintage wedding theme and wore her Granny’s wedding dress from 1961. I have been so excited to share her day with Kyle when it dropped into my inbox, thanks to Jude Browne Photography from Omagh for getting in touch.
Sharon and Kyle met at 16 and although Sharon knew from the very beginning, Kyle took his time and ten years later popped the question in the most impressive of surroundings. “Kyle proposed at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai on 23rd July 2014. We had just finished a luxurious seven course meal and were so full. Kyle waited until the last bite, I said yes instantly and we partied into the morning!” explained Sharon.
With a love of the 1920s choosing her theme was simple, “Our entire day and venue styling was very much planned around that. We both wanted to get married the following year and during the summer as Kyle didn’t want to miss any football commitments. We looked at several venues but were most impressed by Crover House. Unfortunately they didn’t have any weekend availability but we settled for a mid week date instead,” added Sharon.
Sharon has a huge collection of vintage clothes and wanted to wear a vintage wedding gown on her big day. “I knew my granny McCormick kept her wedding dress from 1961 so after trying it on it was a good fit but needed some alterations to make it more suitable for my figure and the look I was going for. With the help of my sewing teacher Kate we were able to design and rework the dress. My sister, who makes wedding jewellery and invitations, created a belt, which I hand sewed to the dress,” said Sharon.
Using her antique emerald and diamond engagement ring for inspiration, Sharon chose handmade emerald bridesmaids dresses which were created using a vintage pattern and her sister made long back necklaces to work with the overall theme.
“During the service my Mum sang a solo hymn and then she and my dad did a duet. My grandfather John Irvine also took part in the service as a lay minister, it made the ceremony even more special and personal to us,” added Sharon.
“The day went pretty smoothly. Marrying my lifelong love was the obvious highlight of the day, but also walking down the aisle wearing my Granny’s dress was another huge highlight. I was incredibly proud of the work that went into it and happy my Granny was there to see it all, as she had been unwell in the months leading up to the wedding,” said Sharon.
For Kyle his highlight was celebrating with their close family and friends and the helicopter ride to the hotel was a once in a lifetime event.
Sharon handmade all the props and styling for both the ceremony and reception along with help from her mum, Sandra, mother in law, Betty and her sister Ellie.
Do your own thing, be unique and don’t be led by trends and what everyone else is doing. Don’t feel that anything is too much work, we were able to achieve all that we did in just eight months!
Ceremony: Kilskeery Parish Church,
Reception: Crover House Hotel, County Cavan.
Wedding & Bridesmaids dresses: Sew Kate, L’derry.
Accessories: Ellie Annon, Couture Bridal NI, County Fermanagh.
Hair: Julie Stubbs, Headrush, Enniskillen.
Makeup: Jill Wallace.
Groomswear: Graham Menswear, Enniskillen.
Cake: Made by friend, Lisa Carleton and Aunt Marion Sanderson.
Rings: Antique from Crannog Antiques, Enniskillen.
Flowers: Ellie Annon, Couture Bridal NI, County Fermanagh.
Transport: Neighbour, Fred Dunn.
Videographer: Video Edge, Craigavon.
Ceremony music: Art Logue and Peter Bleakley Band.
Evening band: The Engagements.
Helicopter: Cutting Edge Helicopters, Eglinton.
Photographer: Jude Browne Photography, Omagh.