Real Irish Wedding: 4th May 2013, Galgorm Resort and Spa
Despite going to school together it wasn’t until a few years after university that Michael and Carolyn were set up on their first date by a mutual friend…
The couple got engaged on holiday in Egypt in November 2010. Michael popped the question to Carolyn in their hotel suite before going down to a romantic evening meal that he had arranged by the pool. “There was a trail of petals leading to our table and a big love heart made out of petals on the floor next to the table. He had planned a fantastic 5 course meal and drinks to celebrate, it very romantic,” gushed Carolyn.
The wedding venue
Michael’s family are from Northern Ireland and the first break the couple went on was to visit them in Ballycastle. Carolyn explains: “We both live in Warrington, near Manchester, but really wanted to get married in Northern Ireland as it holds so many special memories for us. We fell in love with Galgorm Resort and Spa as soon as we visited it. Such a beautiful wedding venue, excellent staff and amazing grounds – perfect for photo opportunities.”
The wedding dress
Carolyn’s dress was called Pergola from Pronovias, she fell in love with it after seeing it in a bridal magazine, she said: “It was Kate Middleton inspired with lots of lace detail. I wanted an elegant and classic wedding dress with a slight modern twist. I loved that the bolero jacket could be worn in two ways and I also had the option to wear the dress strapless, it was so versatile. I felt like a princess on our wedding day! I went for a cathedral wedding veil with a lace trim, which really finished off the whole look.”
For a simple and classic look Michael wore a Karl Jackson navy pinstripe three piece suit.
The three bridesmaids wore BHS twist & wrap sapphire dresses. “I loved these dresses as they can be worn in 25 different ways and I wanted the girls to feel comfortable and whilst all in the same colour they could wear their dresses in a way that best suited them. Our flower girl wore a Sarah Louise ivory dress from Harrods.”
Wanting all the family to be as much involved in the wedding as possible, Michael and Carolyn got their niece and nephew to draw the design for their invites and Kara’s Designs created the final invite.
Michael: “Having a break from the whirlwind and going to take the photographs. This gave me time to talk to my beautiful wife and reflect on the day so far.
Carolyn: “Walking back up the isle with my husband for the first time. As soon as I saw him all my nerves went and I held his hand all the way through the ceremony. Walking back together past all our family and friends as a newly married couple was the best feeling in the world. I was so proud and happy to be his wife.”
Top tip from Carolyn:
“Instead of wedding gifts to each other exchange a letter. We exchanged letters via our driver on the morning of the wedding. This helped me get all my thoughts and emotions down on paper and helped to keep me composed. Reading the letter that Michael had written to me was so special. It made me realise that I was marrying my soul mate and made all my nerves disappear. It is also an invaluable keepsake from our day.”
Photography by Michael McKay