An American Wedding At The Merchant Hotel
For Jill and Joe, there was no struggle to find inspiration for their big day. Taking note from urban ambience and country romance, the two tied the knot at The Merchant Hotel in the heart of Belfast.
The Venue We wanted to have the ceremony on the roof of The Merchant. I had always dreamed of being married outside in the open air. The city and the countryside both mean a lot to us, so the roof garden really created that perfect mix. Our families stood on either side of a white path with over sized balloons filing the space to create a real intimate feel.
Personal Touches We live in New York City and I always wanted to get married at home. Belfast to me means love, it reminds me of my grandparents on both sides who were so in love with life and each other.'The roof top ceremony was filled with festoon lighting and flowers everywhere. We walked town the aisle to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. My cousin Maria read the scripture, our dear friend Randa read Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Joe and I were laughing and smiling the whole time. It was the perfect homecoming i had always wished for.
Decor and Style The room styling was overseen by Mel from Mood Events. The dinner reception was all one table, it was an incredible site. I think it was the first time the hotel had featured one long big table. The table featured one long flower runner that overflowed everywhere, trinkets, stools, candelabras, glass boxes with lots of tiny little lights in-between. I had a vision of twig clouds from the second we started building the ideas of the room and Mel was determined to make the vision happen.
Highlight of the day Well apart from hearing the words I DO from the man of my dreams, there are like three hundred awesome highlights. Seeing all my best friends who I don't get to see very often was awesome. Seeing 150 people jump up and down singing at the top of their voices on the front steps on The Merchant Hotel and people stopping in their cars to watch - that was pretty remarkable.'