It’s fair to say from the moment Steven proposed to Sonya in London and they announced their news on Facebook, I’ve been excited for their wedding – and I wasn’t the only one!
Having worked with Sonya, owner and head stylist of Hair Candy, Moira at photo shoots before, I know the creative ideas she likes to come up with, add to it their country romance, and we have the makings of one heck of an amazing wedding! If it’s inspiration and style you’re after, you can’t really look any further than this wedding today. Thanks to Sonya and Steven for sharing, to the lovely, talented Erica Irvine and the guys at Cinematic Tide for the fun weddin film – your mind is about to be blown! Enjoy…
After running in to each other within their circles of friends out and about at socials, Sonya and Stevens first date was a spin on Stevens tractor. Whilst some girls might have run the other way, Sonya was well versed in country life and their friendship easily grew into romance.
Steven proposed in London whilst the couple were there to celebrate New Years Eve in 2013.
“Steven proposed when we arrived at the hotel with champagne waiting and a personalised book of photos and stories. The last page said “always the bridesmaid….. Will you marry me!” It was an amazing feeling, a little surreal and of course emotional, I cried my eyes out,” said Sonya.
“Being creative, and coming up with inspiring ideas for photo shoots for the salon, our wedding was going to be my biggest project yet! My first plan was to make it personal and about us as I’ve never been one to follow trends. Both Steven and I grew up in the country so we wanted a relaxed fun country wedding,” explained Sonya.
“I wore a grecian inspired gown from Creative Ideas Bridal in Armagh. It was nothing like I had imagined I would choose but I loved it, especially when I found my headpiece from Gibson Bespoke. It worked so well with the dress and Debbie made a smaller bespoke version of the headpiece for me to wear as a cuff,” said Sonya.
With her three bridesmaids dresses in green, the church decorated in stunning arrangements with a wild rustic nature and Steven looking dapper in a custom made tweed waistcoat, Sonya walked down the aisle with her Dad to ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford & Sons.
“We walked out of the church as husband and wife to the theme tune of The Great Escape! It went down a treat as it was fun, uplifting and tied in with wedding!” added Sonya.
Their reception was held at Riverdale Barn, Gilberts Dam, Aghagallion. Sonya’s Dad made the wooden accessories to decorate the venue, including the table plan and chopping board table centres. Grace from Grace & Saviour used the bespoke items, floral arrangements and lots of coloured ribbon to transform the barn into an awesome rustic inspired space.
“Our day went great, I wouldn’t change a thing. The morning was chilled, so chilled, I slept in! The sun shone all day and looking around seeing everybody sitting outside with there sunglasses on, having a drink just chilling it was great. A lot of people hadn’t been to Riverdale before so it was good for them to go somewhere new. Everything ran smoothly, the food was great and the atmosphere was electric – we loved every minute!” said Sonya.
“Our highlight of the day (apart from saying I do) was my first dance with my dad. We had been doing lessons with a friend Lisa K from vibe academy and did the dance routine in the evening. It was over so quickly I don’t remember how it went! The evening music was also very special. We had fiddler, Ritchie Remo and his dad. I’d seen them at a wedding years ago and never forgot him. He was very entertaining and active with the crowd and everybody was on the dance floor from the first song. A highlight for Steven to was his best mans speech, Tyrrell did a great job even getting Steven on his feet doing a few old school dance moves!” added Sonya.
“Don’t follow trends, make your day personal and about you as a couple. Choose a venue and theme that best represents you as a couple, it is all about you after all . Enjoy every minute of it as it flies and have fun, it’s the best day of your life.”
Ceremony: Magheralin Church of Ireland.
Reception: Riverdale Barn, Gilberts Dam, Aghagallion.
Photographer: Erica Irvine Photography, Fintona.
Wedding dress: Creative Ideas Bridal, Armagh.
Bridesmaid dresses: House of Fraser.
Bridal accessories: Gibson Bespoke, Portadown.
Makeup artist: Stacey at s.a.k Designs, Markethill.
Hair: Leanne Brown Hairdressing, Moira.
Grooms wear: Groom Formal Hire, Banbridge.
Cakes: J Bird Bakery, Belfast.
Flowers: The Posy Barn, Waringstown.
Film: Cinematic Tide, Belfast.
Band: Ritchie Remo, Claudy.
Decor: Grace & Saviour, Belfast.
Singer: Jenna McAnearney .
Piano: Julie Girvan.
Guitarist: Adam McCullough & David Dawson.