Mariette and Christopher were married on June 9th, 2018 and celebrated their wedding at Slieve Donard Resort and Spa. The couple live in Zierikzee, Netherlands, the bride’s hometown, where they worked together for 6 years before they started dating.
The proposal took place in the couple’s home, ‘it was very intimate, Christopher got down on one knee, and produced a beautiful diamond ring. We cannot imagine a life without each other,’ remembers Mariette.
It was important for the couple to get married in Northern Ireland as Christopher is originally from Lisburn however this made the planning process difficult. ‘I saw a lot of nice venues online but never found something we really loved, then Chris suggested the Slieve Donard in Newcastle and I agreed straight away.’
‘The location, the style, the grandeur, it was perfect!’ says Mariette. The Chandelier room with its sea view made Mariette’s fairy-tale wedding dream a reality. John from the events team covered every detail, making the long-distance planning process stress free.
Mariette and Christopher reflect upon the support provided by the team at Slieve Donard, ‘Eugene was our banqueting manager and he helped us through the day from beginning till the end.’
‘Everything was so extremely well-coordinated and communicated, it took all your stress away and you could do nothing else than just relax and enjoy your wedding. So, we did, and we had a perfect day.’
The bride’s gown was a strapless, full skirt dress in tulle with lace applique from Bruidsboutique ZeeYes in Zierikzee, the couple’s hometown.
‘I went with two of my bridesmaids and my mom. A week after ordering my dress I emailed the store to make the train one meter longer and the skirt wider. On the day itself it looked different and more fantastic than when we all chose the dress. The designers we’re very surprised too.’
The couple chose Imagine Flowers in Hillsborough for their flowers and went for a soft pastel pink and white theme.
‘All the guests where requested to dress in soft pastel colours. We wanted it to be elegant and stylish,’ remarks the bride. The bride’s, bridesmaids and mini-maid bouquets were a combination of peonies and blossoms which tied in perfectly with the stunning blossom tree cake swing stand the florist provided and centre pieces by venue stylists Look Crafty.
Offering their tips to other couples planning on tying the knot, Mariette added ‘Start planning as early as possible. Make sure you plan the things that are important to you very well in advance so there cannot be any stress on the day.’
Mariette adds, ‘The best part of the day was when I walked up the aisle and saw my husband-to-be standing waiting for me. It was also a real relief when I was at the end of that aisle because that meant that the day had started, and I could stop planning and just let it all happen, it was just so perfect. Also, the weather was absolutely amazing, around 28 degrees.’
A Word From Slieve Donard
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