I adore Laura’s soft grey and peach wedding colours, they work perfectly with the romantic Parisian feel she had planned for her wedding to Josh. We’re ending the week on a high with their beautiful day at Lusty Beg Island, captured so perfectly by Lynn Stanfield Photography. Enjoy!
Couple: Laura + Josh King
Josh and Laura met through a mutual friend five years ago. After attending a family wedding together in 2014 they realised they wanted their own special day and began to make plans for the next step in their relationship.
Proposal: Josh planned a weekend away in Paris for my 21st birthday in October 2014. On the day of my birthday, we had planned to go to Disneyland while we were in Paris. Josh had brought my birthday present with him and after seeing a pretty large parcel wrapped up, I immediately put the thought of an engagement ring out of my head. We went to the Blue Lagoon restaurant for our dinner and after dessert Josh gave me my birthday present, it was a photo album with pictures of us on our first night out, the first time I cooked for him, our time at my cousins wedding and pictures of our two dogs, Hank and Meeko. I was missing the dogs so I started to cry seeing pictures of them and completely bypassed the last two pages which were pictures of the dogs with signs round their neck saying 'Will you marry me?' After going back to the last two pages, I was in shock and kept crying when Josh produced the ring across the table and I of course said yes! Hands down the best birthday ever and fair play to Josh for organising such a romantic proposal.
Wedding date: Friday 29th April 2016
Ceremony & Reception: Lusty Beg Island, Boa Island, Enniskillen.
Our Planning & Wedding Style: The first thing we did was look for the perfect venue, after looking at different hotels, we realised we wanted something a little bit different. My mum and dad had mentioned Lusty Beg which we had never heard of, we immediately fell in love with it and knew it was the perfect place for our wedding. We didn't really have a set budget in mind but definitely wanted to try and save money where we could without having to sacrifice the things we really wanted. The most money was spent on the venue and our outfits, we decided that these were the most important and we wanted to look and feel our best on the big day. To try and save a bit of money we ended up making a lot of the wedding decor ourselves. I bought plain glasses from Ikea and glitter from eBay and made the glass candle holders myself - all 60 of them! We bought wooden crates and my dad stencilled the table names on and our florist filled them and we used them as our centre pieces. All the DIY saved us a good amount of money and I also wanted to do it because I was finding it hard to get decor that looked exactly how I imagined. We didn't really want a specific theme but did want to incorporate Paris where we got engaged into the wedding somehow. We named the table names after different Parisian streets and we also had some macaroons on our wedding cake as these were our favourite french treat! I wanted a romantic, soft feel to the wedding and not a lot of bright colour so we had peach coloured fabric tied on the chairs, some hints of peach in my bouquet and the grey bridesmaids dresses matched my wedding shoes perfectly.
Our Style: After a couple of appointments in bridal stores, I went with my mum and sister to The Seagoe Hotel in Portadown where Orchid Bridal Studio were having a sale, after seeing women leaving with their dresses I didn't think I would be leaving with my dress. I had ideas of what I wanted and what I didn't want but after trying on a dress that was the total opposite of what I wanted, I fell in love with it and didn't want to take it off! My advice to brides-to-be would be to try on different styles, even the styles you think you don't want as you never know how you will feel when you try it on. The bridesmaids dresses for my sister Hannah and bestie Rebekka were from Prefect Night Occasion Wear in Lurgan, after a couple of appointments I didn't know which style I liked so we went to Perfect Night and Bernie was able to help us find our dresses that night. She was amazing help and she was able to show us exactly the style we wanted.
Our Highlights: The day was amazing, it was even more perfect than we could have imagined! The only slight hitch was that the bridal party were going to get hair and make up done at 6am in Enniskillen, it had been cold the night before and the boat that took us from the island to the main road was struggling to start and also stopped in the middle of the water so that was a bit of a panic but thankfully it was quickly fixed and we got to Enniskillen on time! Its very hard to pick one highlight as it was the best day of our lives! We loved having all our family and friends there with us to celebrate. It was even more special as the Island is secluded and you felt really close to all the guests and it was like having your own private island! This was very special to us as we were in love with the island as our venue and we were so excited for all our guests to be able to enjoy it with us.
Our Advice: Our advice would be to take a step back from all the stress and enjoy it. Although planning can be hectic, take time to enjoy it and get excited about planning the most special day you can have together. Don't be afraid to ask for help as it can all get a bit much for two people, plus it will make it that little bit more special to know that family and friends have helped your idea of the prefect day come to life.
Wedding dress: Orchid Bridal Studio, Portadown.
Bridesmaids dresses: Perfect Night Occasion & Formal Wear, Lurgan.
Hair & MUA: Elysian Hair & Beauty, Enniskillen.
Groomswear: Moss Bros, The Outlet, Banbridge.
Cake: Made by a family friend.
Flowers: Ditsy Floral Design, Loughbrickland.
Band: The Just Adam Band.
Photographer: Lynn Stanfield Photography, Belfast.