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
Bridesmaid Outfits Dresses ASOS
Stationery Aaron Howes Panama Design
Flowers J. McDonald Florist
Light Up Letters | Light Box Electric Alphabet
Entertainment The Rubix Band