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.
THE VENUE: Orange Tree House, Greyabbey
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.
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.
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?
BRIDESMAID DRESSES: V Label London
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!
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!!
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!
VENUE: Orange Tree House, Greyabbey
MENS SUITS: Whites
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!