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Real Irish Wedding: Lawrie Needs & John O’Reilly

30th November 2012, Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick


Lawrie-Needs-&-John-O’Reilly

Real Irish Wedding: 30th November 2012, Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick

Following a holiday proposal in Portugal in August 2011, Lawrie and John weren’t long in choosing a wedding date – 30.11.12 The couple’s wedding was in the Templeton Hotel in Templepatick where they were joined by 100 guests during the day and a further 100 in the evening.

“We chose the hotel mainly because the grand room upstairs is very plain and all wooden floors and beams.  This meant we had a blank canvas without any carpets or curtains to cover and we could decorate our room as we wanted,” explains Lawrie.

“Our wonderful winter themed rooms were decorated by Barbara from Fairytales in Antrim. She is a close friend of ours and did an amazing job. We chose every single detail and also bought some bits and pieces ourselves like the bird cages and candles you see in the ceremony photos.”

“We wanted our guests to enjoy the day as much as us,” Lawrie continues.  “All our little extras such as Jagerbombs, chocolate fountain, photobooth, personalised converse, football tops etc were all for our guests and bridal party to enjoy. We even had little guest baskets in the bathrooms so anything they needed throughout the day was there.”

Lawrie’s stunningl Mori Lee gown was from Wedding Perfection in Templepatrick.  “I wanted something beautiful but also quite plain as I really don’t like everyone looking at me – I’m terrible!  Wedding Perfection was the second shop I went to and I found my dress almost straight away.”

John and the boys wore black slim fit suits from Red Groomswear in Carrickfergus. “We bought the guys all some new shoes for the day – the two smaller boys in the bridal party wore Converse style shoes and all the guys had comfy black smart shoes. So comfy in fact that one of our best men Mark Allen decided to wear them to his snooker competitions this year – he’s won all his matches so far so counts them as his lucky shoes!”

The two bridesmaids wore dresses from an online company, Your Bridal Wear.  “They made the dresses to measure and I picked a beautiful royal blue colour for them which were stunning on my bridesmaids as they both have dark hair.”

The couple’s amazing flowers were from Budding Designs in Randalstown.  “I asked for something plain white and really wintery,” explains Lawrie.  “Nuala came up with these beautiful bouquets that were out of this world.  She sourced some gorgeous silver gems and silver glitter to give the roses a sparkle as well as frosted pine cones.  We also had a single white rose with a sparkly gem and silver glitter on every seat in the aisles at the ceremony.”

A complete surprise until the wedding day, the couple’s wedding cake as made by John’s mum Isabel.  “I loved that it was one of the only real surprises I had and I was so pleased with it,” gushes Lawrie.  “It was a surprise because we just gave Isabel basic details on the sort of cake we would like and she did the rest!  We loved it and it tasted delicious!”

But the surprises didn’t end there as Lawrie reveals: “Me and the girls surprised the guests and my husband with our version of the “gangnam style” dance. We’d practiced for weeks before in the hall at my work place and straight after the first dance the band (who we’d sorted it out with previously) played our song. It was fantastic – not step perfect mind you but brilliant all the same! The look on John’s face was priceless!”

Venue: Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick www.templetonhotel.com

Dress: A Morie Lee gown from Wedding Perfection in Templepatrick, www.morilee.co.uk

Groom’s suit: Red, Carrickfergus, www.redgrooms.co.uk

Photographer: Steven Hanna, www.stevenhanna.co.uk

Room styling: Fairy Tales, www.fairytalechairs.com

Flowers: Budding Designs, www.buddingdesignflorist.co.uk