A Winter Wedding at The Merchant Hotel

Let me set the scene: a beautiful winter wedding in the heart of Belfast, in one of the city’s most prestigious hotels. That’s the wedding day Kathryn and Daniel set out to conquer, and conquer it they did!

The Venue…. We love the 1920s and art deco, so when we got engaged we had our hearts set on The Merchant Hotel. It was the first place we visited and it was also the last.  After a viewing of the stunning Rita Duffy suite and the roof garden, we knew it ticked every one of our boxes.

The Wedding Vibe….. As this was a winter wedding, I wanted to go with sparkly silvers and dark berry tones. We chose silver curtains and chair sashes from the fabulous Mood Events for the ceremony room, which really set the tone for a winter romance. Kim at Victoriana Floral really made our wedding come alive with her stunning floral arrangements. I requested an extra big bouquet and oh boy did she deliver - it was spectacular.

Bridal Fashion…. My wedding dress was from Petticoat Lane. I chose a stunning backless dress with a long train and crystals on the shoulder and along the back, which was completely different to the style I thought I would choose. But as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one and would tie in perfectly with our venue. My wedding dress was complemented beautifully with gorgeous accessories from Deborah K Design. 

Highlight of the day…. Dan and I spent about an hour and a half having the most wonderful photos taken in different places around the cathedral quarter. We both love the buildings and the art in the area and wanted to incorporate them into our day.  All of this happened before the ceremony even took place, and I must say it was the perfect way to kickstart our wedding day - just the two of us. We even had time to stop and enjoy a coffee, which really took the pressure off and calmed the nerves.

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Photographer | Francis Meaney

Venue | The Merchant Hotel

Bridal Dress | Petticoat Lane Bridal

Bridal Accessories | Blue Meadow Bridal, Deborah K Design

Makeup | Tippy Lorgonio

Florist | Victoriana Floral

Wedding Stylist Mood Events


Bridesmaid Dresses Castle Couture | Cake Lily Pink Bakery