The Secret Garden 

Kathryn + Ally, Drenagh Estate, Limavady

Kathryn and Ally's wedding was inspired by beautiful blooms, rustic romance and a colour palette of greys, blush pinks and silvers. The final results are breathtaking - who doesn't love a wedding ceremony held inside a secret garden. 

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The Proposal: Ally and I both live in Scotland and had come back to Ireland to spend Christmas with my family, on Christmas Eve Ally suggested a walk and we went to one of my favourite places on the North Coast, beach in Portballintrae. As we were walking he stopped to take a picture, when I looked round he was down on one knee with the ring in his hand. There were definitely tears in my eyes when I said yes! It was quite a cold and windy day and we had the whole beach to ourselves so it was just a really lovely and romantic moment. I also loved that I was at home and was able to tell my family the news in person.

The Wedding: When we started to plan our wedding we decided that what we really wanted was a relaxed day with lots of fun, food and drink. We didn't really want to stick ourselves with too much of a theme and tried to keep our decor quite rustic and relaxed. I love the colour grey and had picked my grey bridesmaid dresses probably before anything else so that kind of kick started our 'colour scheme' for the day. I tried to keep to a simple colour palette of greys, blush pinks and silvers and hope that everything came together on the day. The house itself is beautifully decorated so didn't need much added to it. The flowers were by Tortraits Floral Design, Victoria did such a fantastic job of figuring out what I actually wanted from the pictures I had shown her. The flowers she put together for the bouquets and the decor complemented the day beautifully.

Top Tips: Plan it your way and don't worry about sticking to tradition. Ally and I weren't particularly comfortable with the thought of a long top table so opted for a round 'top' table with our parents and friends. We also went for a cake table rather than a traditional tiered wedding cake, our guests loved it, not only was it styled beautifully by Georgina but all the different cakes tasted amazing. Also, we'd been told by so many people that the day will fly in, and it really does. But taking some time out together to have a catch up and a breather really makes a difference, Ally and I had 10 minutes in the house to ourselves before we went over to the marquee for the speeches/dinner and it was lovely just to sit with him and enjoy a few moments together.

Wedding Priorities: Most important was being able to celebrate our day with our family and friends and just have a great party, we didn't want to feel rushed or like we didn't get a chance to speak to everyone. Our photographers, Francis and Sarah, managed to get some amazing pictures but didn't keep us away from our guests for a long time to get some photos of Ally and myself. They captured the day perfectly.

Photographer  Francis Meaney

Ceremony + Reception  Drenagh Estate

Dress  Pronovias at Romantique Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaid Dress BHLDN

ShoesNo.1 Jenny Packham, Debenhams

Accessories   Twigs & Honey

Make up  Jenna Somerville MUA

Hair  Lynette Murray

Groom(smen) suits: Kilts- Groom(smen) own, Jackets- MacGregor MacDuff,

Wedding Ring   Murray and co

Flowers Tortraits Floral Design

Stationery  2Flux Stationary Studio

Favours  The Wee Fudge Company

Venue Styling  The Wedding Room

Table plan, order of the day, signs  Chalkboards hired from Innocent Chaos, Design by Ebony & Ivory

Cake Table  Georgina's Cakes

Videographer  Reel Impressions

Ceremony Music   Erin Fullerton

Reception Music  The Big Jigs