Hello and welcome to day two of our Week of Love. Today we’ve not only got the beautiful photos of Kerrie and Jakes later summer wedding, but we’ve an extra treat with their lovely wedding film by Rabbit and the Fox Films. The Omagh couple have a sweet little story of teenage love, just like yesterdays couple, Polly and Daniel! Thanks to Paula Gillespie Photography for sharing their images with us.
“Jake and I were in the same year at Omagh Academy. We got together in 2006 when we were in lower 6th (16/17), we were studying the same subjects for AS Level – the rest as they say is history.”
Following University the couple lived together and both knew marriage was on the cards but the timing never felt right. Eight years after getting together as teenagers, during a walk around Powerscourt Garden they decided to book a day off work and go ring shopping. “That’s how we got engaged, no romantic gestures or surprises, but very us. We did shock friends and family though as they thought we would never get around to getting married!”
With a year to plan their wedding Kerrie took to Pinterest, wedding blogs and Instagram straight away to seek inspiration for their day. As they didn’t want a traditional church ceremony they looked at Beech Hill Country House in L’derry, which offered the relaxed atmosphere they wanted, as well accommodation for the guests. The deal breakers were the beautiful grounds and marquee which enabled them to put their own stamp on the reception decor.
Kerrie had a positive attitude when it came to looking for her ideal wedding dress, but after not falling in love with any she began to become a little disheartened. “On a visit to Serendipity Bridal Boutique in Fivemiletown I saw a dress peeking out from the rail which caught my eye and I asked to try it on. As soon as I tried on the Justin Alexander dress, I fell in love. I loved everything about it – the neckline, the jewelled waist band, the train, and the buttons all the way down the back.”
Their day centred around a blue and silver colour scheme, with pretty floral details and some DIY elements including the table plan and chalk boards. Kerrie and her bridesmaids had chosen unusual shoulder detailed dresses by Mark Lesley from McElhinney’s Bridal Rooms in Ballybofey. “These were the first dresses that we saw and no other dress compared to them. We loved the sequin detail on the back and the unusual shoulder detail, and most importantly Alison and Leanne loved them and felt really comfortable in them.”
Following their ceremony in the Georgian mansion guests were treated to a sumptuous wedding breakfast in the adjoining marquee which had been given a glamorous look with silver sequinned table coverings, limewashed chiavari chairs and pretty floral centrepieces by florist, Judith at Floral Temptations in Omagh.
“My highlight of the day was getting to see my flowers in real life. Judith from Floral Temptations worked her magic! She was great and took all my Pinterest ideas on board. I knew I didn’t want very formal flowers, and wanted a more country feel with a real eclectic mix of flowers. They were simply everything I had wished for and more. I was delighted with the bouquets, I even got my wish to have hydrangeas in them and I remember standing at the top of the aisle beside Jake whispering at him to look at how amazing all the flowers were!
For Jake his highlight was the first dance. Jake had been a bit dubious about this, and when people asked if he was nervous about his speech he said it was the first dance he was more worried about. We chose ‘Shut Up & Dance’ by Walk the Moon, and once the music stared he felt at ease and really enjoyed the moment.”
Venue: Beech Hill Country House, L’derry.
Wedding dress: Serendipity Bridal Boutique, Fivemiletown.
Bridesmaids dresses: McElhinney’s Bridal Rooms, Ballybofey.
Groomswear: River Island.
Cake: Cakes By Miriam, L’derry.
Flowers: Floral Temptations, Omagh.
Cars: Vogue Limo Hire, L’derry.
Stationery: The White Letter, Belfast.
Room decor: Swift Services, Magherafelt.
Hair: Amy Nesbitt, Hi-Tech, Omagh.
Makeup: Paula Gallagher, Killyclougher.
Entertainment: Bespoke Music Solutions, Belfast.
Filmographer: Rabbit and the Fox Films, Belfast.
Photographer: Paula Gillespie Photography, L’derry.