Good morning and welcome to Thursday! Only one day to go until the weekend, have you anything planned for Valentine’s day, do you celebrate it? I’m married with three kids, so you can imagine how much romance we have around here – candlelit dinner for five, anyone?! Haha, poor Mr Smith, I have to admit, I always get a cracker of a card, he’s very fussy about his card choosing.
So today’s wedding, the fourth of the week, was a belter at Ballymagarvey Village in County Meath. Bride, Nikki’s personal highlight was doing tequila shots with her bridesmaids, yes, it was an epic day! Thanks to Dylan McBurney Photography for sharing all the fun with us.
Nikki went to the same school as her future husband, Steven, although he was a year above her. “ I asked Steven to my formal when I was in Upper Sixth and he was in first year at University. That’s really when it all started. A couple of weeks after he asked me out at the Beach Club in Belfast! I literally remember the exact spot-that was almost 12 years ago!”
The couple bought their first house together and were very settled, they knew for a long time that marriage was on the cards it was just a matter of when the time was right. Steven chose to propose during a trip to their favourite city, Barcelona in February 2014. “We were out and about exploring the city, when Steven suggested talking a walk around the Gothic Quarter. He knew I loved this area from the last trip we had. We stopped by a little fountain in a secluded square and he got down on one knee!”
Nikki and Steven were keen to have a relaxed and fun day that reflected their own style and taste, and chose the glorious surroundings of Ballymagarvey Village in County Meath as the ideal venue to hold their party. They were married in Drogheda Presbyterian Church, which was close to the venue.
Nikki wore an incredible sequinned Karen Willis Holmes gown. “I think I always knew that I would like a fitted dress, something quite slinky! I loved the fact that the sequins made it a bit different and I’ve always loved sparkle.”
Her maids wore simple pale lilac gowns from Divinity Bridal, whilst Steven and his grooms party wore classic navy three piece suits with grey ties from Red Grooms in Belfast.
The floral arrangements and decor choices were impeccable, just look at the venue!
Nikki: “There were so many highlights, it’s hard to pick one. I really loved the bridal party tequila shots we did at the little pub in Ballymagarvey. It was great craic and made for some fab photographs! More than anything I think seeing all our family and friends coming together and having a great day really made it for us.”
Steven: “I really loved our band and the party in the evening! It was brilliant fun and the dance floor was packed all night! Another highlight for me was our first dance to ‘Ho Hey’, by the Lumineers.”
Get a videographer! My best friend got married in August the year before and she had said to us we should definitely get one. I know how much she loved her video- it’s such a lovely way to remember the day. Soul & Rise did a fantastic job and it’s something that we will always treasure! Hopefully we can show it to our own children one day! I think a good photographer was also really important. We loved the style of Dylan’s photographs – we were delighted with how they turned out. Overall I think just enjoy it all, especially the run up to the wedding, it all goes by so quickly.
Finally, anyone invited to your wedding should be there for you, because they love you and want to share your special day, so don’t think too much about what other people may or may not like, just do what makes you happy.
And now see the fun for yourself…
Ceremony: Drogheda Presbyterian Church, Co Meath.
Venue: Ballymagarvey Village, Co Meath.
Wedding dress: Ivory & Pearl, Comber.
Bridesmaid dresses: Divinity Bridal, Lisburn.
Bridal headpiece: Petticoat Lane, Hillsborough.
Groomswear: Red Grooms, Belfast.
Hair: Michelle International, Belfast.
Makeup: Chrissie McCormick at Clare McKinney Make-Up & Beauty, Hillsborough
Florist: All Seasons, Belfast.
Room decor: Look Crafty Events, Moira.
Cake: Kerry’s Parlour Cakes, Bangor.
Bridal cars: I Do Wedding Cars, Portadown.
Film: Soul & Rise, Bangor.
Band: The Funky Buskers.
Photographer: Dylan McBurney Photography, Carrickfergus.