A Harveys Point Wedding from Ghorm Studio Photography

Today's wedding from Ghorm Studio Photography is guaranteed to brighten your day. Bride Gemma is stunning in her Jesus Peiro gown, with curly upstyle and lavender bouquet. It's great to read the honesty from Gemma about what she thought was her dream wedding dress, a Jenny Packham number...however it was not meant to be! Definitely worth a read. Alongside her new hubby, Colm, in these fab photos by Paul from Ghorm, this couple prove they achieved their vision for their day which was  to have "a big party".
A Harveys Point Wedding from Ghorm Studio Photography

From the bride: We wanted our day to be totally relaxed and one big party with all our family and friends.

 

What did you want in your dress?

When it came to my dress, I did not know what I wanted but on the same hand knew what I did not want. I am a massive Jenny Packham fan but Jenny had different ideas. Her dresses did not suit my height or my shape which left we very disheartened. I had a number of visits trying on Azalea by Jenny and it took my sister’s and friend a long time to convince me that it did not suite my shape, it was a case of falling in love with the dress not how the dress looked on me. I had lost hope and heart at this stage and by February 2013 I still had not ordered a dress. I had gone on a trip to Dublin with my family and tried on a dress by Jesus Peiro and it was always in the back of my mind. I went back to try this on and realized that I suited a high neck plain dress and that is the dress I ended up going for. A dress I never ever thought I would wear.

 

What inspired your day?

We hadn’t intended or discussed having a ‘theme’ to our wedding. We always said anything displayed at our wedding was to have a meaning or a connection. On the way into the chapel we had bike, this belonged to my Granny Gallagher and was over 70 years old. My mum had it restored and seeing she had passed away 2 yeas previous it was a pleasant reminder of her. The wicker baskets were made handmade by my aunt Jean. I suppose all this had a vintage look to it. We wanted the ceremony to be relaxed. It was celebrated by local priest Fr Gilmore also with Fr O’Neill who made us feel totally relaxed and had a fun filled approach to the whole ceremony.

We had a great choice of hotels as I live very close to the Donegal Border. We had visited a number of Hotels but one Sunday afternoon we drove to Harvey’s Point and we knew that was the place for us. We could not praise the management and staff at Harvey’s enough they were simply just brilliant. We happened to get married on the warmest day in 2013 so the location of the reception was great. We had photos at Murvagh Beach, they back to Harvey’s point which situated on the shores of Lough Eske to have more photos.

 

Tell us about your details!

Our favors; we had sweet trees at each table, as we both are sweetie fans. They were all handmade and delivered by The Sweet Spot Omagh. Everyone loved them……

Our photographer Paul@ Ghormstudios – We wanted a photographer who was creative and funky but at the same time someone we felt totally at ease with. Paul offers this and a lot lot more. He had everything we needed not just a camera!! Water, Sunglasses, Sun cream, Lipstick, Clothes for the groomsman who forgot his bag, you name it he had it. On top of all this Paul is the most down to earth guy you will meet and we could honestly say we had the “Best Craic” getting our wedding photos. We have the most stunning photos of our special day.

Our band were The Miracles and the dance floor was full all night (apart from the breaks due to the extreme heat).Kevin Hurson (Main Singer) is a great guy, totally chilled out and easy to get along with. We told them what kind of music suited our crowd and they played exactly that.

Our Cake- We decided not to go for a “typical” wedding cake. So we set the task out to the very talented Wendy Lynch who created us a master piece of sponge, chocolate cake fresh cream and fruit (both our favorite cakes).

 

What was the favourite part of your day?

We loved it all. The celebrations started from the Friday before, from people calling to our homes, family coming from America, England and Canada. It was a party for a whole week. The day itself just went so fast, it was perfect and we would do it all again.

 

Any advice for our planning brides?

The only advice I would give to brides to be is RELAX, DON’T STRESS AND ENJOY!!!!!

Wedding Dress Inspiration – Ersa Atelier, 2015 Collection

The Ersa Atelier label is the work of 2 sisters from Romania, Gabriela and Cristina Antonescu. The pair now have boutiques in Russia, the US and Italy. If none of these places are home for you, I think you'll agree they are perfect inspiration this morning - especially for anyone with dreams of a princess style gown. The 2015 collection is inspired by the style of old European aristocrats style and combines elegant textures with embroidery, Swarovski crystals and pearls with the aim that each dress will make a bride feel like royalty!
Wedding Dress Inspiration - Ersa Atelier, 2015 Collection

Ersa Atelier, Spring 2015

A Bellinter House Wedding from Sheila Marie Rooney Photography

Today's wedding from Sheila Marie Rooney is truly inspirational for all you planning brides. Frances & Damien were keen to keep their wedding intimate and relaxed. In the picturesque setting of Bellinter House, Frances' 1940's inspired style and DIY touches resulted in these beautiful images to drool over! Enjoy x
A Bellinter House Wedding from Sheila Marie Rooney Photography

From the bride: Our big day was just six months in gestation – news that siblings living ‘Down Under’ were coming home for Christmas was the impetus for our haste. Once our date had been earmarked on the calendar, plans slowly meandered into place. We knew from the get-go that we wanted a relaxed, informal and fun day surrounded by close family, including all of the (20 plus) children, and friends.

 

 

What did you want in your dress?

I didn’t really know what I wanted to be honest. I had an idea that I’d like something vintage and maybe short but I had no clear picture of what the dress would look like. I looked at a few vintage bridal dresses online and while searching came across Bella Bleu in Cork, a shop specialising in vintage, and vintage inspired, dresses – they had a fitted calf-length 1940s French lace dress on Facebook that I instantly fell for . A weekend break to Cork confirmed that I’d found ‘the one’. The fur stole was a generous gift from my vintage store owning sis in law.

 

What inspired your day?

We wanted to keep everything fairly simple and low-key. Bellinter House had a lovely relaxed vibe, super friendly staff and we loved the quirky décor. They also allowed us to be as informal as we liked with our plans– we were sold immediately. We picked Rathfeigh Church due to its close proximity to the venue. It’s also a beautiful little church; nestled on hill down a quiet country lane near the hill of Tara, it has a lovely intimate feel, which was perfect for our 100 or so guests. We chose to get married in the late afternoon in winter – the light dimmed as we said our vows which added a nocturnal air of romance to the ceremony. We did all the formal photos before the ceremony in daylight to free us up to mingle with our guests immediately afterwards.

Again, to keep everything fairly casual we chose not to have bridesmaids and groomsmen but instead walked down the aisle hand in hand, flanked by our mums and flowergirls.

 

Tell us about all your details!

While we didn’t get too hung up on details, we wanted to add some creative touches to the day. Admittedly, much of the creativity was gifted by our talented friends and family. My multi-talented mum found time to make Damian’s wedding ring and source and arrange the bouquet and flowers. Sister in law, Jasmine painted the bunting and decorated the tables with stacks of old books, jam jars full of flowers and tea-lights made from candle wax poured into vintage china tea-cup. The cups were sourced at car boot sales and charity shops. The blue floral ‘Cath Kidson’ esque table cloth for the ‘dessert table’ was picked up at the last minute.

We weren’t fussed on a traditional wedding cake so instead we asked friends and family to bake or make something and bring it along – instead of desserts our guests were free to feast from this table of home-made treats.

Having asked around among musician friends for recommendations for ‘non-wedding bands’, we discovered rockabilly maestros, The Pavement Kings. Simon and the lads provided the perfect soundtrack to our night and had us shaking our tail feathers all night long.

 

What was your favourite part of the day

Waking up in Bellinter House on that crisp and bright January morning with the winter sun streaming through the sash windows, full of excitement about everything yet to come – and loving every moment of the next 18 hours until we collapsed into bed as married couple.

 

Any advice for our planning brides?

Don’t leave it until the morning of the wedding to collect rings or wedding candles! It’s also not ideal to work up until the day before the wedding!

 My advice is to decide what you like and more importantly what you don’t, and leave anything you don’t care for out – there are no rules and your guests won’t care if there was a sash on their chair or not. So don’t sweat the small stuff, surround yourself with family and friends, involve your guests in some DIY details, relax and enjoy every minute of a wonderful day.