Kerry’s Wedding

We’ve been blogging for a nearly a year now and after recently looking up our top Instagram posts, our wedding pictures are up there with the most likes, so we thought we would share more on our Big Days!

We actually got married only two months apart so our house was a bit wedding crazy for a while..poor dad!!  It worked out well though because we were able to help each other out…Tara got married first in May 2015 and I got married in the July,  I think I benefited more out of that one, cheers for the guest list addresses Tara!  A few people asked us in the run up to the weddings did we not argue over certain things that we might have both wanted but truthfully our styles and ideas were quite different and I think each wedding captured each of us perfectly.

So where do I begin?! I’ll break it down into little sub categories to explain a bit about each of the key elements,  I remember having these as little categories in my wedding planner.

One of my favourite shots taken on the Strangford Lough Shore, just infront of Orange Tree House

THE VENUE: Orange Tree House, Greyabbey

This is how Orange Tree looked when we got married but since then they have renovated to include a fabulous Orangery Room.

The first thing Oran (hubby) and I did was look for a venue as this ultimately dictated the date,  we were keen to find something unique, rustic and with a wow factor.  I first came across Orange Tree on Facebook and was following along with their renovation journey as they converted an old church on the shore of Strangford Lough into a wedding venue.  We arranged an appointment with Jan & Simon to view the venue to see if it was going to suit what we envisaged for our big day.  We arrived on the most miserable day, it was absolutely chucking it down! We got out of the car and legged it into the barn style church for shelter, there were no doors and the wind was howling through the most beautiful arched shaped windows which contained no frames or glass!  The building oozed character and charm, even on a cold wet day you could feel the warmth from the most amazing stonework and beams that must have been full of history.  Then we met Jan & Simon who have so much passion for Orange Tree House, they explained their ideas and plans to us and we could just envisage every single word they said, we were all singing off the same hymn sheet…they were building our dream wedding venue as if we were designing it ourselves!  We booked a date there and then: 18th July 2015.

Our table decor was kept quite simple, I picked up various mercury vases and jars from B&M and also some gold candlesticks from charity shops. My mum did the floral arrangements which were all kept green and ivory.

The name places were stones collected from a beach in Donegal, I then wrote everyone’s name in a gold sharpie. When I visit friends and family they all have their stones sitting as little ornaments in their homes.

We went with circular tables for everyone including the top table, I think it keeps a more informal feel and certainly a lot more sociable for everyone.

Our day started of quite bright and sunny but the wind and rain was present by the main part of the day! Not the July weather we had hoped for but its true what they say, on the day it really doesn’t matter!

THE CHURCH: Kilmood Parish Church, Kilmood

This is the most beautiful little country church, it is so quaint and picturesque, my parents got married here so it was the perfect location for our wedding ceremony.


We didn’t bother with wedding cars, I find them an unnecessary expense. Family friends drove us to the church and then we put on some coaches to take everyone from the church to the venue. This worked really well as there was limited parking at the venue, all the guests arrived together and also meant guests didn’t have to go and collect their cars the next day.

THE DRESS: Enzoani Jamila

From the offset I knew I wanted my dress to have one feature, backless.  I have always loved a backless dress, even my school formal dress was backless!  This made it easier when dress shopping as it instantly narrowed down the selection.  When I found ‘The’ Dress I just knew, it had everything I expected and more.  I also went for a plain cathedral length veil, because its not every day you get to wear a veil you know?

This lace insert on the train sold it for me as it was something I hadn’t even though about or considered.


My gorgeous girls <3 Their bouquets were Ivory Hydrangea

When I asked my bridesmaids if they would stand by my side on my wedding day I handed them their dresses, they were probably quite shocked but I knew I had found what I was looking for!  I wanted gold for my bridesmaids and when I was looking online I found these dresses on VLabel London and they were in the sale for around £35 from memory, they looked amazing on the model and I thought it was probably too good to be true but ordered them thinking there was a 90% chance I’d be returning them.  When they arrived they didn’t look like much creased and in a clear plastic bag, but I tried one on myself and knew that with a press and a few alterations they were perfect!

I got these little gold leaf chains for the bridesmaids hair for 75p each on ebay! Bargain!!

My beautiful flower girl Amy <3

Amy Rose <3

The Bridal Party

FOOD: Orange Tree House

Another bonus with Orange Tree House is that Simon is the most amazing chef.  We actually had a BBQ for our wedding breakfast.  We both wanted a relaxed feel to the day and felt that this was a fitting menu.  The starter was a meat, cheese, bread platter and we actually served those before the speeches, this worked really well as everyone could nibble away while the speeches were going on and nobody was left starving wishing The Best Man would hurry up!  The main was a BBQ, but a very fancy BBQ with potatoes, roasted vegetables and the most phenomenal salads,  the hungry folk were able to go up for seconds which appealed to a lot of Oran’s rugby mates.  The dessert was one of the most talked about and continued to be talked about for months after…we made our wedding cake the dessert (a great money saver for those of you on a budget!)  I’ve often been to weddings were the VERY expensive cake gets served up at the end of the meal where everyone is too stuffed to eat it and it gets forgotten about, we weren’t prepared to spend the money for that to happen so we explained to Simon what we were thinking of and left it in his capable hands.  It wasn’t until the wedding day when I walked into the room that I saw the most magnificent creation that was beyond my expectation.  A tower of the most delicious individual desserts wrapped in ribbon, we cut the ribbon instead of cutting the cake!  Surrounding the desserts were little chocolate balls of caramel heaven, Simon handcrafted them aswell…they were incredible!! Ohhh I’d love one now!!

Our Wedding ‘Cake’

The Little Balls of Heaven!!

INVITATIONS: Kim Hickson Events & Gillian McKeown Stationary

I had always wanted something unique for our invitations and I came across the idea of printed tea towels online…I was sold!!  My family history stems from linen and textile printing and this made it even more fitting.  I got in touch with a uni friend Kim Hickson who has since set up her own events company specialising in weddings.  We used to screen print together back in uni and I knew she was the right girl for the job! I sent her across the artwork that I designed myself on photoshop and she brought my idea to life!! I was so delighted with them and they were a huge talking point in the run up to the wedding.  I also included a map of Kilmood church to Orange Tree which I painted myself, scanned into the computer and printed out.  My friend and bridesmaid Gillian helped me with all the wedding stationary saving a small fortune!

Tea Towel Invitations for the guests

Hand painted Map

I packaged each tea towel up with gold ribbon and a parcel tag, it was so satisfying to see them all completed!

Our table plan was created using various gold frames which were hung onto an old palette, I was so pleased with the outcome and for very little cost!

My bouquet was Ivory Peonies, my favourite flower.

I picked up some old gold frames from charity shops for guests to take photos

VENUE: Orange Tree House, Greyabbey


FLOWERS: Petals & Pots, Downpatrick

MAKE-UP: Lauren Montgomery

HAIR: Marcus at Studio M

PHOTOGRAPHY: Esther Irvine

VIDEOGRAPHY: A Cinematic Life

INVITATIONS: Kim Hickson Events

STATIONARY: Gillian McKeown (please DM me directly for contact)

To view our wedding video highlights click HERE

The video speaks a thousand words and really captures the whole day in a few minutes, so definitely take a nosey! I have loved looking back over the day writing this post as it really brings it all back, thank you so much for reading!

If you have any queries or questions please don’t hesitate to ask any questions!

Kerry x


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