Eek, it’s our Week of Love and I am so excited!
If you’re a newcomer to the blog you mightn’t know that every year on the run up to Valentine’s day we have an entire seven days of glorious loved-up local weddings. This is the third year, and it’s pretty crazy to think over two years ago I launched the blog to the world through Week of Love. If you’ve been reading from the beginning, Thank you, Thank you! If this is your first, you’re in for lots of exciting and inspirational weddings this week.
So, I’ve Instagram to thank for the first wedding as our beautiful bride, Polly got in touch over there. Her December wedding to Daniel was held in the most amazing quaint church, the bridal party were off the charts stunning, the flowers will make your weep with joy and her reception decor will just blow your mind! Thanks to Holly at Paper Window in Lisburn for capturing all the beauty of their day and sharing it with us.
Daniel and Polly grew up together in the same church and lived near each other in Ballinderry. Along with their friend Hannah, the three became best friends as teenagers.
“Daniel and I dabbled in dating around then but we just thought it was too weird dating your best friend! A few years down the line, after a couple of necessary years maturing, we rekindled our love, and after a month of dating we started to plan our life together. We both have such an assurance that God’s timing is perfect in our lives, and our coming together will always be an example of that!”
Less than a year into their relationship Daniel proposed during a weekend in Manchester. After a hard day at work and an exploding bottle of shampoo in her luggage, Polly’s rant was forgotten by Daniels proposal, he had chosen a 1940s Russian rose gold solitaire to seal the deal.
Polly and Daniel celebrated their engagement a few weeks later with an engagement party in Grace Hall, after setting their date for the following December. With a keen eye for detail and a love of food, the flowers and dining options were the main priorities for Polly. Together with the help of Alise Taggart, wedding stylist and flower genius, Tim at Floral Earth a cohesive soft and romantic look by candlelight was chosen for decorating the 16th century church and reception at Larchfield Estate.
“When it came to my wedding dress, I thought I wanted a mermaid style with lace but boy was I barking up the wrong tree! In the end I picked a stunning but simple Pronovias gown from La Boda Bridal. Finding a cover up was nearly impossible, in the end I worked alongside dressmaker, Alison Slaney to create a cashmere cape, with a dipped hem that mirrored the hem of the dress. Alison also designed my maids which were soft, wispy tulle dresses in silver with a white silk top. To stay warm they wore off-white cashmere jumpers – I sometimes wished I was a bridesmaid to my own wedding!”
Daniel and his party wore classic tails with grey striped ties.
With an elegant winter wonderland theme surrounding the day, both Alise and Tim outdone themselves with lots of foliage, delicate anemones and roses, tall tapered candles and accents of grey and rose gold.
“For the reception we wanted long rectangular tables scattered around the barn, removing the awkward formality that some weddings have. The lights were dimmed and candles were lit, we just wanted everyone to relax and enjoy spending time with one another.”
Both Polly and Daniel were very sure they didn’t want to serve their guests a roast dinner – Polly has her own food blog!- and chose chicken or venison pork pies with braised red cabbage, root vegetables and herb roasted potatoes.
“I love that it felt like a big family meal, and our guests couldn’t speak highly enough of Jane and her wonderful team!”
“Without a doubt, we both agree that the wedding ceremony was the highlight of the day. Our day was always going to be about making promises to each other and to God, and the wedding service was the most special moment of life so far. The church was quite small, and packed, so we really felt like we were constantly surrounded by those we loved the most, and it was a magical ceremony for us. We also had the top table decorated with some of my late nana’s candlesticks, and this was so special, having a reminder of those we couldn’t share that time with.”
Ceremony: Middle Church, Ballinderry Parish, Lisburn.
Reception: Larchfield Estate, Lisburn.
Wedding dress: La Boda Bridal, Banbridge.
Bridesmaids dresses: Alison Slaney, Co Antrim.
Groomswear: Kelvin Graham, Ballynahinch.
Flowers: Floral Earth, Belfast.
Styling: Alise Taggart, Belfast.
Catering: Jane’s Kitchen, Ballymena.
Cake: J Bird Bakery, Belfast.
Transport: I Do Wedding Cars, Portadown.
Band: The Big Band Connection.
Hair: Gemma Managh Hair, Moira.
Makeup: Chrissie at Claire McKinney, Hillsborough.
Photography: Paper Window, Lisburn.