WE DID IT! We have shortlisted our very first 4 blogging brides and cannot wait to announce who our first team of Lovettes are this Friday lunch time on Love My Dress. HARDEST JOB EVER! And you didn't think we'd let Tuesday afternoon slip by without another set of nuptials did you? Shari and Stuart tied the knot on 12 October last year at Gilbert's Dam, Riverdale Barn Aghagallon, Northern Ireland. I love this wedding but mostly for the colourful nature of the images, Shari's fantastic smile and most perfect choice of wedding dress – I couldn't think of another gown that would suit her better.
“My dress was by South African designer Sarah Janks, and I found it at The White Gallery in Newry. I had been through quite a few bridal shops and it was only after visiting Rachel at this particular boutique that I actually received the best bride to be shopping experience. I felt spoilt, well advised and she treated me like a Princess! A definite highly recommend from me."
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"I loved everything about my dress – I like my dancing so comfort was high on the list of priorities and it was a bonus it looked so nice! I fell in love with it as soon as I put it on – there was absolutely no turning back by then."
"My sister, Robyn, introduced us in a bar one evening and as they say the rest was history!
Stuart brought me to Helens Bay where we would often go for walks. One day, he got down on one knee and said his piece, bless. Who said romance was dead? We were engaged for 14 months before our wedding.”
"Our venue at Gilbert's Dam at Riverdale Barn is an unbelievable setting for a wedding. The owners, Dianne Oonagh and Davey, are so easy going and fun to work with and the venue was very well suited to us; relaxed, fun and laid back. Our guests adored the food provided too."
“When it came to styling our wedding, we tried to keep things fairly simple and let the barn speak for itself. The barn has so much character and as they say less is more – though we did hire a few things from Grace and Saviour. The few bits and pieces that we did incorporate to the decor were vintage pieces and we picked up a few ideas off Pinterest and Grace and Saviour helped these ideas become reality – as did a few shopping trips to idea.
We got our cake through the Windsor Bakery – as you can see some of the guests got a bit over excited and removed my arm earlier in the day 🙂 The cake was carrot cake, lemon drizzle and fruit cake. DELISH!”
“Stuart got his suit from Tailored Image in the Linen Green in Dungannon. I know he would want me to give a big shout out to Brendan and Bernard Bert as they could not do enough for us and they were a pleasure to deal with.”
“We hire Ferguson Flowers and they were absolutely fantastic. We had a very limited budget and they were able to work wonders for our bouquets, button holes and decorating Riverdale. It was Lisa Ferguson that we dealt with and when we first met with her we said very little and she already had images out and ideas in her head and was able to create exactly what we had hoped for with very little guidance from us. She knows her stuff!"
“I got a beautiful glitzy headpiece from Bespoke by Roslyn who I would highly recommend."
“Our photographers Epic Love were amazing, and we couldn’t praise Rob enough. Stuart and I found Epic Love at a wedding fare at Titanic Belfast and when we glanced through their portfolio we were smitten.
Rob was such a delight to work with and at some stages throughout the day we forgot he was there (sorry Rob!). The photos he took of our special day was amazing and we loved how he was able to capture genuine expressions as our guests were completely unaware he was doing his job, he was so unobtrusive."
“Myself, the mother of the bride and the bridesmaids all had our hair done the morning of the wedding by Julie Matthews and her colleague Karen. Neither could do enough for us, and I think I can speak on behalf of my mum and the sisters and say that our hair did not move all day!
I contacted the MAC counter in Debenhams in Belfast and asked that they recommend a makeup artist and they put me in touch with the brilliant Shauneen Moynagh she was amazing and had myself my mum and my two sisters beautified to perfection. She can be found on facebook.”
“My Daddy walked me down the aisle too Wedding Belles playing (on the fiddle) ‘You Raise Me Up’.”
“We had a civil ceremony and we simply repeated everything the registrar told us to, to keep things simple however Stuart threw in a few lines of his own.”
My Dad is quite the writer and he wrote something special for our big day, a poem called ‘River Blue and River Green’ and this was read beautifully by Stuart’s sister Nikki. We also had Stuarts niece Chloe sing us a beautiful song accompanied on the piano by wedding belle, "This is Your Song" Ellie Goulding Version, she was fantastic!”
“Our first dance was "Halleluliagh" sang by Jeff Buckley and played by Ken Haddock and the Fish Suppers.”
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
“Enjoy every minute of the planning and build up to the wedding as I flies by and on your special day take a minute to stop and look around yourself and realise how lucky you both are to have your friends and family gather together to celebrate with you! It's such a special feeling!”
What a lovely, lovely day, and what a dress – I totally adore the cut of the gown and the back detail, so incredibly feminine and elegant.
Huge thanks to Shari, Stuart and their photographers Epic Love for making it possible to inspire you all with this feature.
Do we have any other Sarah Janks brides?
Photographer – Epic Love
Venue – Gilbert's Dam at Riverdale Barn
Wedding Dress – Sarah Janks via The White Gallery in Newry
Veil/Headpiece – Bespoke by Roslyn
Brides Shoes – Carvela by Kurt Geiger
Groom – Tailored Image suit + shirt via TM Lewin + shoes from ASOS
Bridesmaids – Coast + Kurt Geiger shoes
Flowers – Ferguson Flowers
Cake – Windsor Bakery
Entertainment – Fiddlers (email) + Ken Haddock and the Fish Suppers + DJ Mark Brown (email)
Items of Decor – hired via Grace and Saviour.
Rings – McNeillys Jewllers
Stationery – notonthehightstreet.com + AMcC Design + Photography
Hair Stylist – Julie Matthews
Makeup Artist – Shauneen Moynag
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