Goodness isn’t Eimear such a beauty? She’s got such wonderful cheekbones and just the perfect complexion for that gorgeous shade of red lip. We’re all swooning over her just-undone-enough chignon daintily finished with gypsophila…she’s like a modern and super stylish Snow White.
We love her Sarah Janks gown too, with that pretty sheer cover up – it’s elegant, romantic and very dreamy.
The images from Paula Gillespie capture the mystical light of the Irish coast beautifully and looking through them transports you away from where you are and into a romantic fairy tale.
Eimear The Bride: I loved dress shopping. I dragged my bridesmaids, my two sisters Deirdre and Aine, and my Mum to quite a few appointments before I found “THE ONE”. I found it at The White Gallery, Rachel is fantastic and has an amazing collection of dresses. I knew as soon as I walked in that I would be getting my dress here. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted, but I left with two final contenders and when I went back for a second look, the decision was easy. It was delicate and fine, beaded yet simple and elegant. I loved it. I kept my hair simple in a loose chignon with some Gyp. I say I, but really it was all down to Jennifer from Chameleon.
Dave the Groom: My outfit consisted of a Ted Baker Jacket and waistcoat with trousers from Bogart. I was flying blind initially, not really knowing what I wanted so I ventured into town to have a shop around. Around 3 hours later, after breakfast and before a celebratory pint, I had settled on the suave yet casual jacket and waistcoat from Ted Baker. The rest of the outfit was built around that really. The gentlemen in Bogarts, Belfast helped me source the trousers and were also just all round nice men.
Eimear The Bride: We decided on Darver Castle pretty quickly after we first visited them. Darver has a wonderful charm to it, almost a homely warmth. The castle itself is not huge but more than makes up for that with a seemingly endless collection of nooks and crannies to get lost in. The staff were great, very pleasant to deal with and were really accommodating with the few special requests we did have.
The overall theme was built around our wedding cake, or cakes I should say. A tree from Eimear’s parents’ house came down in the storm and we decided to use cross sections of the wood as simple bases for the cakes. With the help of Eimear’s Dad and Brother, we ran with this idea and used sections of the branches as name places. This took ages as we had to hand stamp each letter! They didn’t look perfect, but we loved them anyway. The tables were really simple and classic with the centre piece of decoupage jars (made by Eimear, jars sourced from charity shops and from those family and friends had help collect) filled with a variety of flowers. Other than that, the cakes took centre stage across two tables, framed by bunting made by Eimear and her mother-in-law and sister-in-law.
We did the flowers ourselves. We ordered them from an online flower wholesaler, based in Holland. This was bit risky because they were ordered to arrive two days before the wedding, so it was a bit of a stressful wait! We needn’t have worried though because they arrived on time and in great condition. We wanted to create a wild feeling with the flowers, and choose a mixture of varieties and colours and kept the bouquets simple with roses.
The Wedding Party
The bridesmaids were in pale silver, with their hair loosely pinned up sprigged with gyp. The bestman and groomsmen wore a navy suit of their choice and they chose well.
We were married in a little chapel (Grange Chapel) that is right beside Eimear’s primary school. We wanted to get married there because it was very close to Eimear’s heart. Music was performed by Eimear’s cousin, Oonagh, and Dave’s niece Jessica and gave the ceremony a beautiful traditional feel. We had readings from our nieces and nephew (Molly, Amy and Oran) and our two close friends Paddy and Cat. Dave fumbled a bit during the ceremony by putting the ring on the wrong hand, ask him and he’ll tell you that Eimear presented the wrong hand…
It was a wonderful day with a clear sky and beautiful view of the Mourne mountains and it was a fantastic feeling as we sped off alone in Dave’s brothers car.
Our evening entertainment was provided by two close friends of ours who did a DJ set. The dancefloor was slow to kick off (mainly due to “homely” portions from Darver castle) but when it did it was like Studio 54, that is to say, there were people dancing who were also happy.
We had a great menu to choose from at Darver, and guests were offered a selection of mains as they were seated. The food did not disappoint, and the service was efficient and friendly.
So, we need to talk about our dessert, the cake(s). Our cakes were supplied by an amazing local baker, Cakes by James. We were talking cakes with James and we came upon the idea of having multiple, smaller, cakes. Yes! Fast forward a year and a bit and we found ourselves with the daunting prospect of cutting nine (yes nine) cakes. Each cake had a different flavour and look with one two-tiered central wedding cake. They were awesome. Come to think of it, that’s probably another reason why no one was dancing.
We found Paula when looking for photographers. She was great. We really liked her style and she agreed to come and meet us. Paula has an easy, affable manner so it was a simple decision to choose her. On the day she was wonderful, always there but never seen and it shows in her photos, where she was able to capture natural moments beautifully. We were really excited to see our photos and they arrived when we returned from honeymoon in the most gorgeous presentation box. We love them.