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Classic Ivory & Green Summer Wedding at The Carriage Rooms: Megan + Ronan

January 14, 2019
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise

Good morning and happy-second-full-week-in-January to you all! 

I hope it’s been going well for you so far. If you’ve set reachable goals, I hope you’re happy with your progress although don’t sweat it if you’re not. January can be the pits sometimes! So far we’ve had a broken immersion heater, broken spring (or something!) on the hubby’s car and mice in the house – it has been full on! We’ve also booked the boat for our holiday in July which I am already SERIOUSLY excited about, and welcomed a new member to the family, a 10-week old little kitten called Poppy – she is my mouse catcher! Four kids, nine fish and a kitten, oh we do like to keep life spicy around here! This week we’ll be throwing exams into the mix for the eldest and a workload that is mega for me – busy but a good busy. 

Today we are sharing Megan and Ronan’s summer wedding. From my very first peek of their day I knew it was going to be seriously magical and oozing with style, and it is! Have a fantastic week and enjoy todays inspiration. 

The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise

Couple: Megan + Ronan Clarke 

“We met when we were 15 and18 when I started working in Sallys. We were friends for years before we starting dating.” 

The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise

The Proposal

Megan: “Ronan organised a weekend away to Hyams Beach in Australia a week before we went home to Ireland for Christmas. We spent the day on a snorkelling trip followed by dinner. When we were driving back to our accommodation we stopped off at Hyams Beach. Ronan was so quiet on the way home from the restaurant I thought I had done something to annoy him, but now he explains he was sick with nerves. Ronan had blankets and candles set up on the beach and proposed. He had picked the ring himself and it took my breath away, I thought it was just a costume ring. Apart from our wedding it was the most amazing weekend.”

Ronan: “When I asked Megan to marry me she said ‘are you taking the piss because it isn’t a funny joke’. She started crying and forgot to say yes or even look at the ring. We decided not to tell our family until we could do it in person in Ireland the following week.” 

The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise

Wedding date: Thursday 20th July 2017

Venue: The Carriage Rooms at Montalto Estate 

Our Planning

“We wanted to have our wedding all in the one venue, so that narrowed down the search straight away. We also didn’t want guests to have to travel for several hours to get there. The Carriage Rooms was the first and only venue we visited and we fell in love. We wanted to spend the main part of our budget on food as we are foodies and on amazing music throughout the day.”

The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise

Our Budget & Suppliers 

“We did set a budget and we would advise any couple to do this as it gives you a guideline to follow, otherwise you could get carried away. We knew we had to have the venue once we viewed it and when we had a date set, the first supplier we contacted were The Lou’s, our photographers, to make sure they were available.” 

The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise

Our Style 

“We wanted a relaxed and simple style with a classic ivory and green colour palette for flowers. Our amazing florist, Kim helped us create simple floral arrangements in ivory and green. Flowers were the main decorations we used for the venue.”

The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise

My Dress

“I chose a Hayley Paige wedding dress in the second shop I went to. I originally wanted a simple satin dress with a large bow at the back, something that wouldn’t date, but I ended up with the complete opposite. 

It was so easy to say yes, the minute I tried my dress on I knew it was the one for me, it was fun and different. My aunties told me to try on a few other dresses in different styles after that to make sure, but I couldn’t wait to get them off and try on my dress again! 

After I had chosen my dress I knew the only colour that would match was ivory. I originally got ivory dresses in Sydney by a Australian label but was never 100% happy with them and knew my bridesmaid weren’t either. Around two months before the wedding I was browsing through the Next website and found the perfect ivory Lipsy dresses and ordered them straight away. I always wanted simple dresses paired with large statement flowers crowns.” 

The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise

Bespoke Touches 

“We included some very personal pieces in the wedding. My headpiece was made of beads from of my mums wedding dress, and Ronan and my dad added links to my christening bracelet and give it to me the morning of the wedding. We ordered personalised photo cufflinks online for the grooms party and my dad. I had a personalised flower charm in my bouquet with a photo of my mum in.”

The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise

Our Advice 

“Take time on the day for just the two of you to sit back and digest the real meaning of the day. 

Delegate jobs on the wedding week don’t try and take it all on yourself.

Pick suppliers you trust and communicate with them through the whole planning process so you have built a relationship with them, trust them and their work.

Put aside some of your budget for a wedding video. It’s amazing getting to watch it back, especially to see each other’s morning that you didn’t spend together.”

The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise
The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise

Our Honeymoon

“We planned a honeymoon that was on our route back to Sydney.

We booked 7 nights in the Maldives -The Sun Siyam Resort and 3 nights in Dubai at Sofitel The Palm. We couldn’t recommend both resorts higher they were both amazing! We would recommend to other couples that are planning their honeymoon to book something relaxing. You be so exhausted after the week of celebrations that you need some relaxing time together!”

The Carriage Rooms, The Lous | The Promise

Wedding Suppliers 

Venue: The Carriage Rooms, Montalto Estate 

Wedding dress: Jim Hjelm By Hailey Paige

Bridesmaids dress: Lipsy from Next

Brides Shoes & Bag: Sophia Webster

Hair: Michelle Gracey Hairdressing

Makeup: Ellen Lunney

Groom: David Jones, Sydney 

Groomsmen: McElhinneys, Ballybofey 

Cake Made by Mother of The Groom

Flowers: Victoriana Floral by Kim Davies, Whitehead

Bridal cars: Glendale Limousines, Omagh

Videographer: Soul & Rise  

Ceremony entertainment: Brides family

Drinks Reception: Sean Magee

Band: The Rockits

Evening DJ: Cathal Grimes

Signs: Little Designs, Omagh

Outdoor Garden Games: Milkshake Cart

Photographers: The Lou’s

Real Couples

An Elegant Summer Wedding at The Carriage Rooms with Effortless Style & an Anna Maier Couture Gown: Rebecca + Benjamin

October 31, 2016
Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Good morning – happy half term and Halloween! Okay, unless you have school kids it’s probably another normal Monday for you, but at Promise HQ we’re celebrating half a term at school!

On Saturday I headed to something very exciting, flower school at Victoriana Floral’s amazing barn just outside Larne. Kim, the very talented floral designer from Whitehead based Victoriana Floral, invited a group of bloggers down to her barn to trial her new flower school. It was so much fun and I got to meet lots of lovely ladies, and of course make my very own autumn door wreath and floral jewellery. I am delighted with my creations, you can see my efforts over on Instagram and I’ll be posting all about it later this week.

So today we’re sharing the prettiest wedding from my friends on the North Coast, Gather and Tides. This is a really long post for the simple reason that I can’t put any less images in – honestly I’ve tried to remove some, but the struggle is too much! I’m guessing you won’t mind, so go grab a cuppa and get stuck in.

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Our bride, Rebecca has pretty perfect taste in dresses, I adore her off the shoulder lace beauty, and her choice of hi-low maids dresses – perfection for a Monday morning!

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Rebecca and Benjamin have known each other since they were children through their church.

“We went to the same school and started going out when I was 15 and Benjamin was 16 after getting to know each other very well on the school bus! We knew very quickly that we have something very special and never had any intention of it not being forever!” explained Rebecca. “Following school I went to Dundee University and Benjamin went to Queens University Belfast so we had a long distance relationship for three and a half years until Benjamin graduated and got a job in Dundee. Very soon after this we went skiing for the day at Glenshee in Scotland (skiing is our favourite), and towards the end of the day he took me off piste, got down on his knee in the snow and asked me to marry him! My hand was so cold but I didn’t want to put my gloves back on again!”

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Rebecca’s off the shoulder lace gown was elegant and modern, and the champagne undertone suited the colour scheme of their stylish traditional day perfectly.

“I am very indecisive and worried that I would change my mind at the last minute about my wedding dress. Ivory and Pearl in Comber was shop number eight that we looked in, and it sounds so cheesy but as soon as I tried on my Anna Maier Couture dress I knew it was the one I had been looking for! I just felt that it suited me perfectly and I never wanted to take it off. I adored the champagne undertone and the buttons that went the whole way to the end of the train. I never ever had a second thought about my dress!” she said.

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

“The Carriage Rooms at Montalto stood out to us far beyond any other venue, and we didn’t really consider anywhere else! It was amazing to find such a perfect venue just down the road from my house. To be honest I did most of the wedding planning with my mum, and some of the most special moments I have ever shared with her were during the wedding planning process. Benjamin and I were engaged for a year and a half so we were very organised and did lots of things far in advance. Benjamin’s job was to write his speech and choose the suits!” recalled Rebecca.

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

“I was adamant that I wasn’t going to be late to the ceremony however in the end I was 20 minutes late as it took so long to tape my dress in place!” said Rebecca.

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and TidesElegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

– Dreamiest wedding photo ever?!-

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Rebecca’s advice…

“Try not to stress out about the small details as on the day you and everybody else won’t even notice! The most important thing on the day is that you enjoy yourselves!”

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

Elegant & Traditional wedding at The Carriage Rooms by Gather and Tides

As an added bonus we have the couples highlight film from Clive at PigMintFilm:

Super Suppliers

Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church, Ballynahinch

Reception: The Carriage Rooms at Montalto, Ballynahinch

Wedding dress: Anna Maier at Ivory and Pearl, Comber

Bridesmaids dresses: Dessy at Perfect Day, Lurgan

Flower girls dresses: Andrea Rachael Design, Lisburn

Hair: Cara Loughran Brown, Ballynahinch

Makeup: Erin Stevenson

Grooms wear: Focus, Newtownards

Flowers: Tortraits Floral Design, Portglenone

Cake: Made by Carol Duff, Decorated by Tortraits Floral Design

Bridal cars: Perfect Day Wedding Cars, Ballymena

Entertainment: The Edition

Honeymoon: Galley Bay Resort, Antigua & Marriott Beach Club, St Kitts

Videographer: PigMintFilm, Coleraine

Photographer: Gather and Tides, Portstewart