Real Irish Wedding: The Mill at Ballyduggan, Downpatrick
The readers of Wedding Journal may recognise Sarah as the winner of our £25,000 Wedding
The £25,000 prize
Sarah, whose fiance Phillip was working abroad at the time, bagged the £25,000 wedding prize which included a reception at The Mill at Ballydugan, a dress by Ritva Westenius, room dressing from Fairytales, wedding rings from Smooch and photography by Ewan Harkness.
“We were very blessed to have won a reception at The Mill at Ballydugan at The Wedding Journal Show,” Sarah begins. “When we went to visit the venue we were blown away, we couldn’t have picked a better place that just suited us. The country atmosphere, the old stone walls and the beams, even the wooden chairs – every little detail was beautiful. We sat and drank cups of tea by the large, beautiful, open fire with Noel and Maureen, whom made us feel as at home while we arranged the details for setting our wedding date.
“We couldn’t have asked for better service and co-operation, they were very friendly and helped us in every little detail. I would highly recommend checking out this venue and its unique style and character has to be seen. It was our dream wedding venue.
“I liked the idea of having a country style vintage wedding,” Sarah reveals. “After seeing our venue at The Mill at Ballydugan, it suited my dream theme to the tea. My stationery included craft paper and twine, I had vintage style bunting, cupcakes with vintage wraps, flowers placed in ribbon wrapped jam jars, tea lights scattered throughout venue in lace wrapped jam jars. I even made my own table plan using a vintage brown suitcase.”
The wedding stylist
Room dressing by Fairy Tales from Antrim was another amazing part of the couple’s prize. “We couldn’t have asked for better service from them,” praises Sarah. “They met with us at their showroom to show us what they have and then met us again at the reception venue. They had a clear understanding of our theme and ideas and brought their professional touch to them. They supplied us with stunning blossom trees, lace over tables and chairs and gorgeous candelabra centrepieces. Then they brought the room alive in the evening reception room with fabulous drapes and up lighting to bring the party to life. I would highly recommend giving them a visit when planning your wedding.”
The couple’s prize included a wedding dress from top designer Ritva Westenius for whom Sarah is full of praise: “I couldn’t wait to hop on a plane to Ritva’s flagship store in London to try on dresses. The third dress I put on I knew was the one. I just fell in love with it. It had a sweetheart neckline, swopped down gently at the back and featured just the right amount of lace to carry my vintage theme.”
Two weeks before her wedding Sarah returned to London to collect here dress: “I loved every bit of it. The designer and staff were a dream to visit and I am very thankful for the amazing opportunity. I loved wearing my dress every minute of the day.”
Phillip and his bridal party wore three piece charcoal suits from McQuillans Menswear.
Sarah’s bridesmaids wore dresses from Coast in Victoria Square Belfast which were altered by adding beaded straps and beading on the front to give them a little sparkle. The two flower girls wore dresses from Monsoon.
Sarah challenged her friend and florist Heather Gwynne to create flowers to complement her duck egg colour scheme and she did an amazing job combining ivory, vintage pinks and purples to create meadow styled flowers for the bouquets, buttonholes and venues.
In lieu of cake, Sarah’s right hand support and family friend Hazel Scott created vanilla cupcakes with ivory icing, decorated coloured hearts and beads and presented in vintage white wraps.
Phillip: Our first dance which was Are You With Me by Easton Corbin.
Sarah: At the evening party when Phillip sang Nathan Carter’s Wagonwheel to me.
Photography by Ewan Harkness