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Blair & Laura tied the knot 24th June 2017 at Shankill Parish Church, Lurgan followed by a reception at the Culloden Estate & Spa

Photography by Donal Doherty Photography

The Couple

Bride and groom against orange background

The couple met at Queens University Belfast. ‘We were both staying at Stranmillis Halls at the time and kept bumping into each other. We were definitely friends first – just friends who liked holding hands. Neither of us wanted to throw around “I love you” unless we really meant it so  when we first said it, we had been together for five months.’

The Proposal

Blair planned a romantic treasure hunt for Laura. ‘We went to where  we met, had our first kiss, our favourite date spots, and ended up at Castlerock overlooking the sea,’ says Laura. ‘It was a wet evening but it stayed dry long enough for him to pop the question. I don’t really wear jewellery so Blair had the mammoth task of finding a ring that I would want to wear every day, and he did pretty well! It was a white gold diamond cluster, like I’d hinted at!’


Bride and groom in garden

Laura’s mum helped a lot with the planning. Laura says ‘She had researched everything from flowers to cakes before I had even thought about it. We decided on the venue together and she kept me right the whole time.’


Bride and groom inf ront of church

‘When people asked about our theme, I joked that it was “marriage” but I think that’s what we ended up with. It was never really about the theme or decorations or anything, because we always knew it was about our families, and if they were happy, so were we.’

Wedding Dress

bride on steps

Laura struggled finding her dream dress and ended up a long way from home in Balybofey, Donegal. ‘It was the fifth shop we had been to and I had lost count of the number of dresses I had tried on. It was the first one I really loved and my mum and aunt thought it was beautiful too. They are very critical so we knew it was the right one!’


Bride and groom at top table

The couple think choosing the groomswear was the easiest part of the whole wedding planning process! Laura says, ‘Blair went into McQuillins in Portadown one afternoon and asked for a navy suit. He tried on a couple of ties, a couple of waistcoats and that was it – he had his outfit!


Bride and groom and bridal party

‘I only had one bridesmaid which made it a lot easier,’ says Laura. ‘She wore a simple strapless blush dress from Divinity Bridal, Lisburn.’

Favourite Moment

Bride and groom inf ront of church

Bride: ‘Either walking up the aisle, or when all of our duties were done in the evening! It was the first time I got to kick my shoes off, have a drink and just chat to people.’

Groom: ‘Definitely when Laura first walked up the aisle.’

Top Tip

‘Think of your guests first. Yes, it’s your day and you want it a certain way, but like my mum said, there’s no point in taking 150 guests somewhere that only has two bathrooms and hardly anywhere to sit. So, sacrifice aesthetic if you must because happy guests make a happy wedding.’


San Francisco

‘We went to California and took a car from San Francisco down to the Grand Canyon. We had an absolute blast.’

Laura & Blair’s Dream Team

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