Good morning and a very happy Friday to you all!
Today we’re heading to the beautiful Rowallane Gardens in Saintfield for Katherine and Niall’s summer garden party wedding. Their day was filled with personal touches and even flowers from their own garden, as well as 100 metres of borrowed bunting! The wedding features lots of our favourite local suppliers including Victoriana Floral and of course the gorgeous images from Simple Tapestry.
Couple: Katherine + Niall Gallagher
Niall first saw a picture of Katherine on a friends Facebook page, and they soon met properly on a group skiing holiday in 2011.
Proposal: We got engaged in June 2015. Niall and I have a mutual love of hill walking. We were walking in the Mournes, climbing Slieve Binnian, and when we reached the summit, Niall produced champagne and strawberries from his backpack and promptly proposed. Of course I said yes! Niall presented me with my ring earlier than expected, whilst we were out for dinner in Coppi Restaurant one week later.
Wedding date: Friday 1st July 2016
Venue: Rowallane Gardens, Saintfield
Our Planning: Our venue was never going to be a generic hotel wedding. As a member of the National Trust, I have grown up visiting Rowallane Gardens since I was a little girl, and noticed they do a few small alternative weddings every year. It seemed the perfect place. We contacted their wedding coordinators, who advised us on suppliers they had worked with before. I also did a lot of research on the internet on garden weddings to begin to get ideas. I wanted to do a fair bit of the design and dressing of the venue myself. To keep in line with the surroundings we went with a rustic garden theme. I wanted my bouquet to be dusky pinks and purples and the marquee was dressed by myself and family, using flowers from our own gardens, and I borrowed 100 metres of bunting from my bridesmaid! I choose hessian table runners as they provided a neutral base, and my dad made the wooden table centres and table numbers. I also dressed the tables with jam jars I had been saving for months, with hessian and lace wrapped around them, again to tie in with my wedding dress. I saved dozens of lanterns and placed them around the courtyard for candle light in the evening.
Our Style: I saw dresses by Madeline Gardner online and loved their style, so went to Perfect Day in Lurgan with a print out of a dress. The one I saw online was the one I choose for the day – Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner 2707. It was a fit and flare gown in Café/Silver with Chantilly lace and crystal beading. I bought the dress on my first trip to Perfect Day, and the colour I choose was not even in store, I had to wait nine months to see it for the first time! I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable on the day, and also have a dress that wasn’t too “bridesmaidy” so they could wear it again. I choose from the high street, Biba at House of Frazer, maxi dresses in Rose. I choose an ivory and rose floral A line dress for my flower girl Lottie from Zulily, which had rose petals within a double layer. She thought she was great, fluffing her dress about all day! Niall did not want to have the generic “blue suit and brown shoes” combination, he wanted a classic, well-tailored suit. We looked in a few high street shops, but decided to go to Bogart’s in Belfast on a friend’s recommendation. Niall choose a charcoal grey three piece suit. Funnily enough, Niall had chosen his shoes well before, they are from Ted Baker. Coincidentally the soles of the shoes, laces, and lining of the suit all matched the colour of the bridesmaid dresses.
Our Highlights: The day went all too quickly, it was fabulous, and we wanted to do it all again, just in slow motion this time! Of course the weather wasn’t on our side on the day! Our outdoor ceremony quickly turned into an indoor gathering, but not before all our guests got drenched by a very large rain shower! But despite this, all our guests commented on the intimate setting of our vows, so it was a blessing in disguise. Our highlight was exchanging our vows in front of all our friend and family who were gathered around us.
Our Advice: Do whatever you want, it is your day. Relax and enjoy as it goes all too quickly. We took a few moments away from everyone to just stop and remember together, just us. You will be wanted by everyone all day and night, so just take some time for both of you.
Wedding dress: Perfect Day, Lurgan.
Bridesmaids dresses: Biba, House of Fraser.
Grooms wear: Bogart Menswear, Belfast.
Cake: Charmed Bake House, Lisburn.
Bouquets: Victoriana Floral, Whitehead.
Videographer: E&L Wedding Videos, Belfast.
Band: The Reckoners.
Caricaturist: Nuff Inc, Belfast.
Ice Cream Cart: Heavenly Temptations, Ballymoney.
Bar: Liquid Crew, Holywood.
Catering: Big Occasions, Randalstown.
Hair: Victoria Craig.
Makeup: By Kerri, Lisburn.
Engagement ring: Fred J Malcolm, Belfast.
Wedding rings: Murray & Co, Belfast.
Photographer: Simple Tapestry, Belfast.