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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photographer Mark Barton
Venue Bellingham Castle
Brides Dress Agape
Make up Fiona Murphy
Rings Steven Stone Jewellers
Invitations Love Invited
Cake Corn Dolly
Flowers Donnas Flower Boutique