Meabh + Colin Real WeddinG, RIVERDALE BARN
There are so many aspects of this wedding that jumped out at me the first moment I saw the photos, and I’m in love with them all. Firstly, who doesn't love seeing two teen-hood sweethearts getting married? Secondly, the darling Edwardian dress from a fabulous Archive 12 - we just love seeing vintage gowns making their way down the isle. And finally, their DIY details are just perfection, it really was a family team effort.
Colm and I (Méabh) first got together at a free concert held outside the City Hall in Belfast as teenagers. Many years and a lot of gigs and festivals later we decided that we wanted to host our own mini-festival to celebrate our wedding. Having spent many summers at my grandfather’s childhood home and farm in Co. Tyrone I knew that a barn would be the perfect place for a laid back ceremony followed by plenty of music. Riverdale Barn has the most beautiful setting and from the get-go Oonagh, their wedding co-ordinator, understood exactly what type of wedding we were planning. We had a simple civil ceremony and I walked down the aisle as our closest friends sang ‘Fire in My Heart’ by the Super Furry Animals.
I was delighted to find Archive 12 had just opened in Belfast. Claire has an amazing range of dresses and after trying on quite a few (including an amazing 70s jumpsuit) I settled on an Edwardian cotton dress. I paired this with a floral crown from AmoreBride. The bridal party’s hair and make-up were done by the talented Stephanie Burns. We got our rings handmade by the lovely Mairi from Mustard and Peaches (also based in Belfast). Colm knew he wanted a bright blue suit from early on and found the perfect one in Marks and Spencer.
Our ‘vinyl’ invites came from a post on the Offbeat Bride website and fitted perfectly with our music theme. We carried this through to our table plan too, we picked some of our favourite album sleeves for each of our tables. Each guest also left with a mix CD of our favourite songs from the day. We even decorated the barn with some of our vinyl collection and my aunt’s Dansette record player. My dad, a very talented gardener, grew all the flowers in his own garden and created the bouquets of sweet peas, lavender and wild flowers himself. He also created lots of planters around the barn, using lots of unusual bits and pieces from my grandfather’s farm. Colm’s dad also created our rustic centrepieces, we’re so lucky to have such talented families. My cousins and I have had a regular sewing bee for a year or two now so I asked them to help with the decorations, including some traditional Polish pajaki chandeliers. My cousin Oonagh also helped me to bake the cake which we covered in edible flowers from my dad’s garden.