TOAST OF THE TOWN    Philippa and Chris, The Carriage Rooms at Montalto, Ballynahinch    From a nod to The Beatles to a unique cheese wedding cake, Philippa and Chris' gorgeous Montalto nuptials were everything they had imagined and more. 'It was a beautiful, boozy affair, with amazing food and perfect company.' exclaims Philippa.      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


      The Venue  : A lot of our guests had travelled over from England, so for ease of movement Chris and I wanted to get married and spend the day in the same location. We loved the privacy and romantic seclusion which the The Carriage Rooms provided - we wanted a venue which would be private and not open to the public like a hotel.        

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     The Carriage Rooms is a beautiful venue, set in the most incredible landscape, with a driveway that's like something from a fairytale! I think we both knew when we arrived that this is where we wanted to get married. The Carriage Rooms also let us decorate the space as we wanted so we were able to put up lots of family pictures in the upstairs space.      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


      The Wardrobe:  I tried on about 15 different dresses before I found my perfect dress - a lace and beaded Ellis creation. I actually found 'the one' in the same shop my two sisters found theirs in - it was like fate!      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     Ironically, we first went looking for suits on the same day Chris broke his leg (which scuppered our plans to get the suits sorted nice and early!). Chris and the groomsmen wanted something smart which suited the venue so we opted for beautiful blue suits with yellow ties.      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


      The Details:  All our stationery was designed by our friend Aaron. I knew I wanted my bouquet to be solely white and green with the bridesmaids having something similar. Our centrepieces were pussy willow and daffodils - really simple but so beautiful.      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     A close friend, Alan, played 'Here Comes the Sun' by the Beatles on his guitar as I walked down the aisle, followed by 'Someone New' by Hozier for the recessional. My mum and I made the lemon shortbread which was served to guests after the ceremony and we packed them into little pearlescent boxes with yellow tissue paper for favours.       

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     We weren't particularly fussed on a sweet cake and both agreed that the best thing to have after a few glasses of wine is cheese, crackers and chutney! A highlight for me was the food - The Yellow Door created the perfect menu for us, with pork belly to start, chicken for main, and the most amazing 4 mini desserts in real egg shells to finish.      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     Rubix were great for our evening entertainment and even learned our unconventional first dance song, 'Bring Me Sunshine' made famous by Morecambe & Wise.      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


      Photographer    Honey and the Moon Photography    Ceremony & Reception Venue      The Carriage Rooms at Montalto, Ballynahinch    Catering    The Yellow Door    Brides Dress      The Wedding Box    Brides Accessories  Shoes  ASO S  |  Headpiece   Lily Bella    Bridesmaid Outfits  Dresses  ASOS     Hair/Make-Up  Hair  Mechelle Cunningham   |   Make-up   Laura McLean    Groom/Groomsman Outfits   Suits   Next  |  Shoes & Ties ASOS    Stationery  Aaron Howes Panama Design   Cake   Sheridan's Cheesmongers    Flowers   J. McDonald Florist     Light Up Letters |  Light Box    Electric Alphabet      Entertainment    The   Rubix Band       

TOAST OF THE TOWN

From a nod to The Beatles to a unique cheese wedding cake, Philippa and Chris' gorgeous Montalto nuptials was the perfect boozy affair, with amazing food and perfect company.

 

 

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      ARTS & DECO    Mark + Patrice, The Mac Belfast + Cafe Vaudville Belfast       We seen getting married as an opportunity to create a fabulous party to celebrate our love’, says Patrice and Mark. The couple plants a rowan tree in their garden the morning of the wedding as a symbol of their marriage. Patrice wore her mother’s wedding dress, which was originally made in the 1950s. ‘I was involve with the old-school glamour of the sunning white lace, scalloped sleeves, and timeless dropped waist’, explains Patrice. ‘The only amendments made were to shorted the dress from its original floor length to tea length, and to ass a sliver beaded trim to the waist.’  With the leftover dress material Patrice’s seamstress made her a surprise wedding clutch bag.       

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     An intimate wedding breakfast was held in The Mac Belfast, in the heart of the Catherdral Quarter. The evening reception was held in the house of Champagne, Cafe Vaudville.  ‘Over the years or personalities and takes have merged.’ says Patrice. ‘It wasn’t surprising to us when we needed up having two venues, one a highly contemporary arts venue and the other a rich decadent art deco style bar.’      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


       

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


       

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


       

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     Mark and Patrice were the first couple to be married in the Mac. ‘The room provided a plank white canvas for us to add our own style, while still retaining a modern edge of exposed concrete, and a beautiful view onto the square.’ The added a mix of bold colours, materials and textures as decorations, including glass, slate, wood, wax, felt and twine. The centrepieces included heart shaped slates with lyrics from their favourite love songs. The guest favours were miniature drinks from around the world with a brief note on the history of each drink. Some friends made the paper decorations for both venues, including pom poms, love birds, 3D hears and collie buntings. A sweet table was organised by friends that included chocolate truffles and rainbow macaroons.       

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     ‘I just love drag queen shows, so having Tina Legs Tantrum and the Follies at Cafe Vaudville for the evening entertainment was a highlight’ says Patrice. ‘We both ended up dancing on the stage by the end of the night!’      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


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ARTS & DECO WEDDING, THE MAC, BELFAST

Mark and Patrice, saw their wedding as an opportunity to host an incredible party for everyone they loved. Choosing both the contemporary space of The Mac followed by the decadent surrounding of Cafe Vaudeville for the evening party, this wedding really is the fusing of two styles. 

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      Catherine + Richard Real Wedding, CASTLE BELLINGHAM  Weddings often bring a sense of nostalgia. This was certainly true for Richard and Catherine’s big day - they brought family and friends from Manchester to share in a weekend of celebrations back at their roots in Ireland. Bursting with laughter, art deco nods and personal touches, Castle Bellingham, County Louth, proved the perfect setting for their dream day.     



  

  


 
   
    
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
    
   

  

 





     The Venues  Our service was held in St Catherine’s Church, Newry. This Dominican church holds a special place in my heart because my Granda used to go here and my great uncle is also a Dominican brother.  Castle Bellingham was the first and the last place we went to see. It was the most amazing venue and it ticked all the boxes. It had recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment too so it was extra special that attending a wedding there would be a new experience for family and friends.      



  

  


 
   
    
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
    
   

  

 





         The Wardrobe   I was very specific about what I wanted so when I spotted my dress I fell in love. It had a three-tier skirt which had an art deco feel. The bridal shop were amazing at customising the top of the dress. My veil and headpiece were custom made incorporating lace from the dress. I loved that I had designed some elements of my outfit myself.  Rich loves bow ties and I knew that this would compliment my 1920s look. He chose a beautiful Ted Baker navy blue suit. We bought Loake shoes for the groomsmen and had their names and our wedding date engraved on the side as a momento.     



  

  


 
   
    
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
    
   

  

 





         The Details   Our colour scheme was a simple palette of white, blush pink and gold. The flowers were a gorgeous mix of hydrangeas, peonies and roses - I cried when I seen my bouquet. It was wrapped in lace from my mum’s wedding veil.   Rich and I both love The Great Gatsby film and the art deco style of the 1920s so wanted to use this theme for our wedding. We had a 1920s typewriter for guests to leave notes and we also had a photobooth and garden games. We even had a cigar bar in keeping with the 1920s style. I baked the cakes myself which were served with the drinks reception.      



  

  


 
   
    
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
    
   

  

 





     We bought gold vintage keys and used them with tags and ribbons to create a table plan and placecards. The keys also doubled as unique wedding favours. Adding a personal twist to the table numbers, we used images of us at the same age as the number on the table.     



  

  


 
   
    
      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      

        

        

        
          
             
               
                 
                      
                 
                
               
             
          

          
        

      
    
   

  

 




 
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     Our cake was simply decorated with a pearl trim to match the pearls on my dress. We also managed to keep a singing chef a secret and surprised all our guests during the meal. For the evening reception, we had the amazing Edition band entertaining guests through the night.      



  

  


 
   
    
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
    
   

  

 





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The Roaring Twenties

Catherine and Richard’s gorgeous art deco inspired wedding at Castle Bellingham was full of personal touches and stylish 1920s details. From the dress to the invitations - the couple mixed an art deco flair with modern twists.

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      Jemma + Tim’s Real Wedding, Corrick House  Would you care to join us for a tea party? Yes, milk and sugar please and thank you! That’s exactly how we felt when we saw the beautiful images of this Corick House -Orchard Suite wedding. A great wedding day inspired by a mix of vintage vibes and fashion, plus underscored by a 1950’s toe tapping soundtrack. Let’s get the scoop from the lovely bride and groom as they take us through the little details from their day.     



  

  


 
   
    
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
    
   

  

 





     The Look  My dress was designed by Farage Paris and was purchased in Tomorrow's of Londonderry; the first shop I went to with my mum and the third one I tried on. The vintage gold colour really complimented my hair and skin tone and I adored the long train and layers of netting for the mermaid train. From every angle I fell in love with it. It was the only dress I tried on to make my mum cry, so it had to be right.     



  

  


 
   
    
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
      
    
   

  

 





        The Venue  We really wanted somewhere to fit the theme of our wedding, which was a 1920's tea party. We loved the decor of the old part of the house, with the gorgeous entrance hall and library full of dark rich wood and lots of books and nick-nacs. The Orchard Suite at Corick House where we had our function had a absolutely stunning view, we really felt like the lord and lady of the manor, stepping out from an Agatha Christie novel.     



  

  


 
   
    
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
    
   

  

 





     The Details  I came up with the idea of having a vintage cinema ticket, as our first date was to the cinema. We got them made by Cupid Creations in Omagh, Charlene did a fantastic job and I was so pleased with them, they were better than I imagined. As a cake enthusiast and avid baker it was really important that the cake was perfect, Dawn was absolutely brilliant as she incorporated the lace from my dress and hand made sugar craft flowers that matched my bouquet to the top and mid tiers of the cake. Tim choose the band as he loves music, it was really important to him to have a full live band that played a wide range of genre's especially 50's classics and indie songs. We choose Freefall for Randlestown, we heard them online and loved their playlists and the sound of the band. The band on the night was amazing and definitely got everyone on their feet, which we think is key to a good night party.     



  

  


 
   
    
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
    
   

  

 





     The Feel  We absolutely loved our wedding, the theme, the colours, the detail, the music, the detail and the smells. Everything came together so well, but we could not have done it without the support from our amazing family and friends. We all worked together and achieved so much for one day, and given another chance we would do it exactly the same all over again.     



  

  


 
   
    
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
        
           
            
                  
            
           
        

        

        
          
        
      
    
   

  

 





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An Old Fashioned Wedding

Would you care to join us for a tea party? Yes, milk and sugar please and thank you! That’s exactly how we felt when we saw the beautiful images of this Corick House -Orchard Suite wedding.

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