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Real Irish Wedding – Emma Magennis and Andrew Hudson

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5th December 2014. Ceremony at Scarva Street Presbyterian Church, Banbridge with a reception at Brownlow House, Lurgan

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Photography by Paperwindow Photography

The couple

Emma and Andrew first met at a go karting night for volunteers for St. John Ambulance. Andrew ended up crashing into Emma and putting her into a wall! Luckily no one was injured and the pair became well and truly love struck from that moment on.

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The proposal

During a romantic break in the Radisson in Limavady for Emma’s 21st, Andrew announced he had a birthday surprise and asked Emma to close her eyes. “When I opened them he was on one knee with the ring and asked me to marry him, I should mention I was still in my PJ’s, blue spotty ones to be exact!” laughs Emma.

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Wedding reception

Emma and Andrew’s wedding reception was held in Brownlow House in Lurgan: “I first saw it on Don’t Tell the Bride years ago,” explains Emma.  “We visited a lot of potential wedding venues across Northern Ireland but as soon as we visited Brownlow we knew it was the one for us, the setting was stunning and the staff were beyond helpful. We also liked the fact that our wedding party would be the only people there as Brownlow House only host one wedding per day.”

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Wedding theme

With a December wedding date Emma and Andrew found it hard to resist incorporating Christmas elements into the big day in addition to the many personal little touches such as the ‘our love story’ sign and favours from the British Heart Foundation, a charity that’s very close to both of them.


Venue styling

Brownlow House was styled by Fairytales:  “We wanted the venue to look elegant,” reveals Emma. “We had the curtains in Brownlow draped and the chairs and tables covered, the tables also had sparkly lace overlays. Uplighting was placed around the room to create a warm atmosphere. Fairytales also provided us with beautiful candelabras for our centrepieces and a fairy light dance floor to dance the night away on.”

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Wedding dress

Emma’s wedding dress was a Maggie Sottero gown from La Boda Bridal in Banbridge. “I knew as soon as I put it on that this was the gown I was going to wear on my wedding day. The dress was everything I had wanted.”

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Grooms wear

The men’s suits were from McQuillans formalwear in Portadown.

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Bridesmaid dresses

Emma found her bridesmaid dresses in Bhs: “I didn’t want typical Christmas colours such as green or red so had decided on a soft grey.  I had been looking for a while and saw the Amelie pewter dress on the Bhs website and they were exactly what I had in mind – the bridesmaids all loved them!”

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Wedding flowers

The flowers were by Vintage Violet Floral Boutique and had a very relaxed and ‘natural’ look using Grand Prix and Akito roses, ranuculus, gyp and ilex berries.

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A grand finale!

Emma and Andrew wanted to do something special at their wedding reception and since they both love fireworks they enlisted Bigtime Fireworks to create a fireworks display in the evening. “The fireworks were amazing and a lot of our guests commented on how great they were. They were the perfect end to a perfect day.”

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