We’re going all modern and beautiful in Northern Ireland this morning with WWW readers John and Stephanie, who tied the knot on the 4th September 2016. They chose to hold their wedding at The Playhouse Theatre in Derry, thanks their personal connection with the theatre and the ability to really make their mark on the venue. They wanted to create much of the wedding themselves together with their nearest and dearest. The pretty blooms were arranged by Stephanie and her friend in the morning, the cake was baked by friend and the were invitations printed by Stephanie.
One of the most striking pieces of décor has to the the magnificent geometric paper installation, it provided a really creative and cool backdrop to their celebrations. Stephanie’s dress was a real show stopper. All long sleeves, clean lines and cut out illusion detailing. Wow. John was suited and booted in a sharp suit and emerald tie. The whole wedding party looked so stylish.
Many thanks today to WWW fave, Babb Photo for sharing these incredible images.
THE VISION | We had a vision of the day being a relaxed, fun environment where all our loved ones got to celebrate together, eat great food, and dance. We wanted to bring ourselves to the event in every way.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | To be honest the planning process was pretty straight forward. Once we found the space it helped dictate the day pretty organically. Jessica the event coordinator at the Playhouse really helped us with the pacing of the day and some of the details we didn’t know about; but the rest was split fairly easily between John and I. He was in charge of every aspect of the food and alcohol; I was in charge of décor, invitations and travel arrangements. We agreed on the music and the photographer. We wanted it to be personal so we mined the talents of our friends and family. There were so many people who helped us make the day what it was.
BUDGET | We did it ourselves with the help of a lot of our talented friends because we wanted it this way; but in a lot of cases this helped keep the cost down. That did make it possible to spend money on what we needed to.
THE VENUE | The Playhouse, a theatre in Derry, has a personal connection because both John and his mom have done work at the Playhouse and its an important part of the art community here in Derry. In addition, we needed some support but really wanted to do a good amount of the wedding ourselves including the décor and catering. The Playhouse could provide a great staff and help with so much, but we were free to do a good amount of it ourselves.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was a ‘special occasion’ dress by Sherri Hill. I was looking for a dress in which the interest and detail was in the form of the dress itself as opposed to detailing added onto the dress. I wanted the detail to be in the construction of the dress. I found it in the Sherri Hill gown I ended up wearing.
In addition I paired it with a very simple but ridiculously long veil. I wanted to take the opportunity to have a veil and a train because when else can you really rock a super long veil?
FINDING THE DRESS | My bridesmaids, mom and I made an occasion of visiting a bridal shop in my home state of Colorado far in advance of the wedding while I was home visiting for Christmas. Seeing as my best friend (and bridesmaid) was also engaged I thought it would be a fun if we all went and made an afternoon of it. I was interested in trying on a lot of different silhouettes and mostly just trying on beautiful dresses with my friends. Well, The Bridal Collection had both wedding and special occasion dresses so when both Kat and I expressed interest in non-traditional dresses they let us pull from that section as well. It was the first time I tried on dresses and I found what I wanted for a price that didn’t break the bank. I was so glad it was an easy process that all my girls got to be a part of.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | John fell in love with the brand Hammond & Co after seeing some really sharp pieces at Debenhams. He found the colour and style he wanted online and had them altered in town.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | My cousin Kevin was able to do the ceremony and as he is one of the most creative and fantastic people I know there was no doubt that he was the person for the job. He wrote and performed the most incredible ceremony that was meaningful, personal and so much fun. In addition, we had two readings from each of our aunts. We chose each person specifically so they could bring themselves to it instead of choosing reading for them. We loved how personal the readings were.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My bridesmaids have been my best friends from the beginning so it was easy. In addition, my brother Justin was my “Best Brother” as we’re great friends and I couldn’t have done it without him by my side. I wanted my bridesmaids to wear all black but they decided on their dresses. I wanted them to feel great and find something they liked. The only restriction would for their dresses to be solid black; but everything including texture and fabric, length could be what ever they wanted. This way it was easy for my brother to correlate with a simple black suit.
THE FLOWERS | I wanted green natural elements including plants, herbs and greenery on the tables and in the bouquets beyond just flowers. So I ordered flowers with small blooms and interesting shapes from a local florist. In the lead up to the wedding I bought a lot of cacti and succulents at the pound shop and bought every sprig of rosemary in the grocery store. I had a friend come and construct them into bouquets and buttonholes the morning of the wedding.
THE CAKE | Our cake was also a personal touch. A lifelong friend brought here considerable skill to it and baked it for us. Much like the décor, I wanted the cake to have interesting textures but be all white. In addition, my bridesmaid Caitlin handmade our cake topper. It meant so much to have people we love spend time making things for our big day.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our easiest choice as we had our eye on Laura Babb from the beginning. Laura also photographed John’s sister’s wedding so we knew of her easy way and considerable skill already. We loved her photography (and fashion) style and had a great experience with her.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I really wanted to have a marriage between clean, monochromatic, geometric elements and wild, unaltered, natural elements. So I gathered all the plants I could in addition to foraging for some incredibly tall bulrush plants. I found great foldable boxes in a diamond shape to hang from the ceiling and ordinary paper to fold into geometric shapes. Most everything not natural was monochromatic. I printed the invitations myself and everything hung in the ceremony space was with with the help of my family and friends. The paper was folded and adhered to the wall as an installation. The plants made their way to tables and all around the space.
Other elements we included were Al’s Coffee – a fantastic coffee cart as a part of the cocktail hour in addition to two speciality cocktails that were served on the day. Also, my brother helped us rig our own ‘photobooth’ for guests to use throughout the night. We wanted it to be a relaxed and fun atmosphere for everyone.
THE HONEYMOON | We didn’t take one – we’re saving up for an around the world trip and will count that as a honeymoon.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | I think the most memorable moment was the ceremony. It was officiated by my cousin who delivered a really moving ceremony but it included an interactive section which involved a wobble board and the whole congregation making gentle weather noises. It was so personal that it felt like a gift from Kevin to us that everyone was included in.
Also, two of my bridesmaids Kat and Steph surprised us with a song that they wrote just for us that was clever, funny and so very heart warming. I cried like a baby.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | The only advice I could give is to enjoy it! It’s all about the time spent with people you love. That’s what makes it truly special.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Grooms Suit | Debenhams
Veil | The Bridal Collection
Florist | Taryn Gleeson (Friend)
Venue | The Playhouse Theatre
Décor/Styling | Stephanie Gaumond and anyone she roped into helping.
Cake | Clare Cassidy (friend)
Caterer | The groom (John Mulkeen) with help on the day by cheffy pals.
Man of Honour/Best Brother Suit | H&M
Best Man Suit | Cityman
Groomsmen suits | Their own
DJ’s | Keith and Emmet (friends)
Coffee cart | Al’s Coffee
So much emotion and check out those dance moves too!
Thanks so much to John and Stephanie for sharing their wonderful wedding story with us today xo Lou