NIKKI + JONNY'S REAL WEDDING, BALLYGALLY CASTLE
Nikki and Jonny dreamed of a fairytale winter castle wedding. After finding their perfect venue in Ballygally Castle, the search was on to find ‘the dress’ - a search which proved more difficult than first presumed! From the stunning Antrim coastline to winter warmer tipple favours, the day was everything the couple had dreamed of.
We both knew that we wanted a castle venue for our wedding. We had visited Ballygally Castle and liked it’s warm character. It had the traditional feel of a castle but with a modern twist. It was also right beside the sea so the views were mesmerising.
Ballygally Castle was such a romantic setting for our ceremony too. The wonderful Ruth Corry played her harp during the ceremony - we had a collection of modern songs for our guests arriving which modulated to a traditional Canon in D for my entrance.
I had an idea of what kind of dress I would like. I wasn’t keen on lace and wanted long sleeves and a high neck. I searched and searched but struggled to find a designer who suited. Finally, just six months before the wedding, I found my perfect dress by Altier at Pronovias.
Debbie from Gibson Bespoke created a stunning headpiece with Swarvoski crystals. Although initially not keen on the idea of a veil, I knew when I tried on my pure silk veil it was the one for me. My shoes were my ‘something blue’.
Jonny wore a Prince of Wales check suit. It was a modern twist on the traditional suit. As a pre-wedding gift, I gave Jonny a Tag Heuer watch from Lunns on the morning of the wedding.
We wanted a Winter Wonderland Luxe theme while keeping it simple, elegant and classic using a white and silver colour scheme. There was a selection of desserts in the winter theme from macaroons to cupcakes, cake pops and a cake from Cake Couture.
The bridal bouquet was an orchestration of white Naomi roses, hydrangeas and white gypsophila while the bridesmaid’s bouquets were made from gypsophila, enhancing the winter theme.
My brother’s best friend plays in a jazz band called Manouche Swing. They really got the crowd going. For favours, we provided every lady with a small bottle of Bailey’s and each man with a small bottle of Jameson’s. Jonny’s Grandpa sadly passed away the year so we included a little poem saying ‘we hope this tipple makes you smile, enjoy this drink from Grandpa Kyle.’
Instead of a guest book, we created a picture of Ballygally Castle in a large black frame and guests were able to write their messages in silver pen around it. Hanging in our living room, the picture is a wonderful keepsake of our day which we will cherish forever.
Photographer and Videographer Pure Pictures
Venue Ballygally Castle
Bride’s Dress Ivania Altier at Provonias, La Boda Bridal Banbridge
Groomsmen Red Groomswear
Invitations Darling Stationery
Cake Table Cake Couture
Flowers Marie Cafolla
Event styling Mood Events
Evening Entertainment Manouche Swing