Real Irish Wedding: 22nd August 2012, Culloden Estate & Spa, Belfast
James proposed to Sharon with possibly the most romantic engagement proposal ever – in a helicopter over the Niagara Falls. Sharon of course said yes and the couple set about planning their wedding day: “We chose the Culloden hotel because I have always admired it since I was a little girl,” begins Sharon.
“I love the stunning views of Belfast Lough, the beautiful grounds, the marble staircase and the tranquil, peaceful feel you get when you visit.”
With a wedding date set for the summer of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the couple gave their wedding a Vintage Jubilee theme that incorporated both a vintage Union Jack and a Canadian Maple Leaf as James has lived in Canada for much of his life.
Other vintage wedding design features included birdcages as table centrepieces with a large birdcage to hold the table plan; rose petal cones; a pre-wedding vintage tea party and plenty of lace and ribbon detailing.
Fairytales helped with the room dressing, decorating the Stuart Suite with fairy light curtains and chair covers.
The vintage theme continued with Sharon’s beautiful Mikella wedding dress, bought from The Wedding Box in Newtownards :” I was immediately drawn to the vintage pearl and crystal brooch on the front of the dress,” she reveals.
Wanting to incorporate lace into the overrall effect, Sharon added a shrug with lace embellishment.
Groom James wore a grey suit from Groom Formal Hire which perfectly complemented the latte coloured Kelsey Rose bridesmaid dresses.
Cream roses and lily of the valley featured in the bridal bouquets by Penelope Flowers in Belfast. “The florist told us about a new vintage rose called Sandstone which matched the colours of the wedding theme perfectly.”
Reception venue: Culloden Estate & Spa, Cultra
Wedding dress: The Wedding Box, Newtownards
Groomswear: Groom Formal Hire, Banbridge
Room dressing: Fairytales
Wedding cake: Jenny’s Cakes in Bangor
Wedding car: 1953 Bentley from Poots Cars, Dromore
Wedding flowers: Penelope Flowers, Belfast
Wedding photography: Matt Symons, www.mattsymons.co.uk