A Deep & Warm Toned Winter Wedding at Orange Tree House: Keelin + Chris Óg

Good morning, I hope your weekend was a lovely one!

Keelin is my kind of bride, not only did she include lots of rich and beautiful colours in her winter wedding to Chris Óg (hello shades of deep reds, navy and warm metallics!), but she had three pairs of wedding footwear! Yes, I am a sucker for the wedding shoes – always! – keep an eye out for them, they are pretty special!

Thanks to Keelin and Chris Óg for sharing their day with us, and You Them Us Photography for the stunning images.

Couple: Keelin + Chris Óg McCann

“We met through friends initially but had our first proper meeting on our first date which was in Clements on Botanic in February 2013. We just got on straight away over an americano and a green tea! It was probably after the first few months for us both that we knew this relationship was for ever. I suppose when you are a bit older intentions are a bit different and after a few months we knew the relationship had potential for life, and for marriage!”

The Proposal

“The proposal was in November 2015, we were on a bit of a road trip to visit my brother in California. Our first stop was Las Vegas and we were staying in the Paris Hotel. On the first night of arriving we had booked a meal in the Eiffel Tower Hotel. Chris Óg wanted the proposal done at the start of the holiday so he wasn’t nervous about it the whole time away. We had a table overlooking the Bellagio Hotel with their fountains. Chris Óg proposed after a gorgeous meal. We went on to the piano bar in the Paris Hotel to celebrate and patiently waited for our family to wake to tell them our news. There were a few FaceTime calls from Las Vegas in the early hours!”

Wedding date: Friday 30th December 2016 

Ceremony: Our Lady of the Visitation, Comber

Reception: Orange Tree House, Greyabbey

Our Planning

“We gave ourselves a year for planning. We knew we didn’t want a hotel wedding and wanted a more alternative venue. Both our families are big so we knew we would have to make a few sacrifices about the invite list as most alternative venues have smaller capacity. I grew up around Strangford Lough so Orange Tree house felt like the perfect venue. We had to look at numbers so it was the most difficult thing to do. After visiting the venue we booked pretty much straight away.

Everything after that was looking at budget and style of what we wanted.  We both agreed a budget as we didn’t want to get in debt so we had to work out how much we could save each month. We wanted people to enjoy the food and venue so that was the biggest chunk of our budget. The dress was also a big part of the budget.

Our family means so much to us, especially the kids so we themed our tables around them. We have 9 nieces and nephews between us and we had nine guest tables so it worked out perfectly. Each table was named after them and had a photo to show guests were to go.”

Our Style

“We had in our heads something relating to the prohibition / Gatsby era. The theme inspiration came from my dress. My dress had gorgeous vintage scallops and it was gold underlap. My engagement ring and our wedding rings were also gold so we wanted to incorporate that into the wedding. The colours were navy with copper, rose gold and gold with deep reds and burgundy mixed in. I also have an obsession with pineapples and knew I wanted to include them. We ended up spray painting lots of pineapples gold and copper and scattered them throughout the venue. Pineapples are a sign of welcome, warmth, friendship and hospitality. Chris Óg wasn’t so sure about them at the start but thought they brought the theme together really well on the day and he even wore a pineapple lapel pin on his suit!”

My Dress

“I was bridesmaid to my best friend in the May of the same year so we had went around a lot of shops and got to see the current styles of dresses. I originally wanted a Watters dress as I loved the floaty, fairy tale like dresses. We went to see these at Jenny Lindop in Bangor but everyone hated these on me! My mum’s friend used to own a wedding shop so she started picking out dresses for me and found the one I wore. It was a beaded Ronald Joyce dress.”

Our Highlights

The day went really well. It flew in. It was a lot of saying hello and welcoming people and once you had got round everyone it turned into saying goodbye to older guests leaving early. 

Chris Óg’s Highlight: When Keelin turned up (she was 45 minutes late because of very bad traffic!)! It got to a point that I thought the wedding may not happen. One of Keelin’s sisters asked if I had ever seen runaway bride – which didn’t go down too well for the nerves! 

Keelin’s Highlight: It was the wedding mass. It just felt really intimate and our Priest was so good at making us feel at ease. He went through everything so calmly making sure we took everything in. Our wedding singers, Aura were unbelievable and the wedding music just made it feel really magical and emotional. We had lots of Christmas carols so it was lovely. That was definitely my favourite part.

Our Advice

“Take time for each other on the day. Enjoy the run up and make sure there isn’t too much running about – keep it for the nice things, like getting pampered, and spend time with friends. Also delegate! Nominate someone else to be the contact for the venue on the day – I think if I was to do it again I would consider hiring a wedding planner just for the day.”

Super Suppliers

Wedding dress: Jenny Lindop Bridal, Bangor. 

Veil: Ivory and Pearl, Comber.

Grooms wear: Red, Belfast.

Hair- Rose Alexis at MnxPro, Belfast. 

Makeup – Rachel Ferran at MnxPro, Belfast. 

Cake: Caked With Loveliness by Pam Peters, Craigavon. 

Flowers: Flowers by Mee, Killinchy. 

Bridal cars: VW Lola.

Videographer: Reel Impressions, Ballyclare.

Photographer: You Them Us Photography, Belfast. 

Ceremony & Reception music: Aura.