Crikey, where has the week disappeared to? July is out and we’re full steam ahead into August here at The Promise. Just to let you all know, things will soon be changing around these parts, we’re concocting plans that are very exciting and we hope you will love them! And as it’s Friday, we’re feeling all kinds of wonderful happy feelings and want to say a big, huge, mega thank you! Yes, you, each and every reader who stops by and has supported us in what has been six crazy busy and fulfilling months, we couldn’t do it without knowing our pages are helping you plan the wedding of your dream in good old norn’ Ireland!
Now, back to todays inspirational wedding; Katie and Ryan are surfers which they obviously wanted reflected in their day. Ryan is also a self-proclaimed vintage loving petrol head so a quirky mode of vintage transport was essential! Their beautiful day was captured by Paula Gillespie.
“Ryan and I first met through a mutual friend; I had just moved back home to Derry from Edinburgh after finishing my degree and I met up with a friend who was a keen surfer. She told me she was going surfing with a friend of hers and asked if I wanted to come along. We drove to Ryan’s house to meet him before going to the beach and I actually met him in his driveway!” explained Katie.
“In August 2012 during a trip to Edinburgh, Ryan proposed. We had taken a weekend trip to Scotland to play a gig. We met up with some of my friends in Edinburgh and enjoyed a bit of the Fringe Festival which was on at the same time. On the Saturday afternoon we were making our way back from a foodie festival and sat down to enjoy some music in Princes Street gardens. After sitting for a little while we decided to get up and go to the car, only Ryan didn’t get up. He got onto one knee and proposed under Edinburgh castle. I think I was that much in shock that he didn’t get an answer for a full five minutes!”
The creative couple wanted their day to reflect themselves so after taking plenty of inspiration from wedding blogs, the settled on a surfing theme holding their reception in Ballyliffin Hotel, County Donegal, a stones throw from the beach they spent lots of time surfing. Katie’s very creative brother designed their wedding invitations which featured a picture of a bride and groom with their surfboards. On the day each table was named after one of their favourite beaches, with Katie’s dad designing a huge table plan covered in pictures of sea creatures and things associated with the ocean. The wedding was a joint family effort with everyone helping out with their own little touches; Ryan’s mum made little sea theme signs that decorated the function suite.
Katie and Ryan kept their wedding fashion elegant with vintage touches, with Katie’s glorious illusion neckline wedding gown stealing the show.
“I had been in and out of bridal shops for a long time and couldn’t seem to find what I was looking for. I loved Claire Pettibone designs and wanted something similar and eventually found it in Pronuptia, Belfast. It was everything I wanted and more, I especially loved the cap sleeves and deep V back details. On the day I chose it the designer was in the store. He gave me a personal drawing of me wearing the dress, which made it extra special,” added Katie.
The couple travelled to a very special venue to have their wedding portraits taken. The gate lodge of this majestic building was where Katie spent a lot of her childhood as it was her Grandparents house.
“Our day was so enjoyable, both Ryan and myself particularly loved heading out of the ceremony and into the spilt screen Campervan and popping a bottle of champagne! The ceremony had went so fast it was nice to sit in the car together and take it all in,” said Katie.
“I would advise other couples to do what makes them happy. We didn’t go for the traditional wedding cake and some things we did a bit differently to the usual wedding. You have to stay true to yourselves and do what you want! Also enjoy every minute of the day and the moments leading up to it. The day goes by so fast and all the planning and prep is part and parcel. It’s a time when your families come together, it helps put things into perspective so don’t wish it away!”
Great advice, Katie!
Venue: Ballyliffin Hotel, Co. Donegal.
Photographer: Paula Gillespie Photography, L’derry.
Wedding dress: Pronuptia, Belfast.
Bridal headpiece: Couture Bridal Accessories, L’derry.
Bridesmaids dresses: Coast Online.
Wedding cake: Funky Cakes, L’derry.
Bridal cars: Cool Classics Car Hire.
Flowers: Patricia McCormack Flowers, L’derry, tel: 028 7135 4606.
Entertainment: Pure Fresh, L’derry.
Thanks to Katie and Ryan for sharing their awesome wedding day!
To view more of Paula’s work visit www.paulagillespie.com.