Wedding Journal Show Belfast: Dream Wedding Winners

Introducing our happy winners Ciaran & Laura

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Meet the winners of The Wedding Journal Show £35,000 dream wedding competition – Laura Carvill and Ciaran Dougan!

Laura Carvill and Ciaran Dougan met on a night out in Cookstown in December 2014 and after nearly four years together Ciaran popped the question in Hell’s Kitchen in Las Vegas. ‘I had planned to ask Laura to marry me on the helicopter ride we had booked over the Grand Canyon earlier in the day, but nerves got the better of me and it happened that night over dinner in Hell’s Kitchen instead,’ laughs Ciaran.

Laura who comes from Middletown in Co. Armagh and Ciaran, from Newbridge, Co. Londonderry now both live in Magherafelt. As Laura explains, ‘I knew one of us would have to move, and it was easy for me to change jobs and move to be nearer Ciaran.’

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Ciaran Brennan & Laura Carvill

While both living in Northern Ireland, the couple are actually tying the knot next October in Kilronan Castle in County Roscommon. ‘I had always wanted to marry in a castle setting and thought I would go for Lough Rynn, but I went to see Kilronan Castle and immediately fell in love with the venue.’

Having won this amazing £35,000 wedding prize, Laura and Ciaran can now plan their dream day with the help of venue stylists Lynsey and Allyson from Charm Wedding Studio, who alongside experienced florists Ferguson Flowers will help decorate the venue and personalise the day for our winning couple. From table décor with a modern twist to lavish flower walls, spectacular backdrops and chair covers, Charm Wedding Studio strive to ensure that everything is as perfect for the bride and groom.

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Laura & Ciaran with – Lorcan Keegan & Fay Barzou from Ethiopian; Lynsey & Allyson from Charm Wedding Studio; Gary Simpson from Remus Uomo & Shellie Watson from Divinity Bridal

Shellie Watson and her experienced team at Divinity Bridal will offer Laura a five-star shopping experience as she chooses her perfect wedding dress and ensure her two bridesmaids complement her style beautifully. With brand such as Beautiful by Enzoani, Willowby by Watters and many more, Laura will have plenty of choice.

As for Ciaran and his groomsmen, they will be able to pop along to Remus Uomo in Victoria Square, Belfast and select from the latest looks in sharply tailored suiting from this leading menswear brand.

On hand to to record all of the for our winning couple is wedding photographer Gavin Sloan, who offers a no fuss, no stress approach to your wedding photography. His signature style is capturing beautiful photographs that are real. Unposed and unscripted they offer a break from traditional wedding photography.

Laura & Ciaran with – Benjamin Koop from Ferguson Flowers; Gavin Sloan from Gavin Sloan Photography; Gemma McCann from Gemma’s Cakes & Owen Larkin & Gareth Stewart from Q Radio

Then of course, taking centre stage on the day as well, will be the fabulous £1,000 wedding cake from Gemma’s Cakes!

‘I just can’t believe we have won,’ exclaimed Laura and Ciaran, who says he never wins anything couldn’t believe their luck. As Laura explains, ‘I was at the Wedding Journal Show on Saturday with my mum and sister and it was my sister who encouraged me to enter the competition while I was there. I couldn’t believe it when I got a phone call that night to say I had been picked from everyone who had entered that day and I was to come along to take part in the live final on stage at the show on the Sunday.’

Laura and Ciaran beat off competition from the other 11 couples – 10 finalists chosen by Q Radio, and another two from Wedding Journal via the show on Sunday and our Facebook competition. ‘The fact we have won is just amazing – the first thing I did was phone my mum to let her know! I really can’t believe it,’ adds Laura.

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Gareth Stewart, Q Radio; Lynsey & Allyson, Charm Wedding Studio; Benjamin Koop, Ferguson Flowers; Shellie Watson, Divinity Bridal; Wynn Penton, Show Organiser; Laura & Ciaran; Stephen Clements, Q Radio; Lorcan Keegan, Ethiopian; Gareth Sloan, Gareth Sloan Photography; Gemma Overend, Gemma’s Cakes & Gary Simpson, Remus Uomo

And, if winning all of the prizes to make their wedding day dreams come true, Laura and Ciaran also won business class flights from Dublin to the Seychelles with award-winning airline Ethiopian, ferry transfers from Mahé to Praslin courtesy of Seychelles Tourism and of course a luxurious seven night stay in Raffles Seychelles, sister hotel to the iconic Raffles Singapore, one of the most legendary hotels in the world! Laura and Ciaran will stay in an ocean view pool villa, featuring contemporary interiors, as well as a spacious outdoor pavilion; complete with a day bed and a private plunge pool to soak up the sun and atmosphere! 

Photography by Aurora PA