Super Colourful Stretch Tent Festival Vibes Wedding

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Colour lovers, you are in for a treat today. I know many of you love all the colours of the rainbow like me, so I think you are going to love the multicoloured vibrant wedding of WWW readers Romy and Ryan, who were married on the 27th August 2018. The prominent hues for their day though were yellow, orange and red, which resulted in a really rich and super fun style.

These two hosted their stretch tent reception at Romy’s parents’ house following a really meaningful church ceremony. They totally made the most of the gardens too, with games and even a tree house for the children. The main focus of their day however was a festival of celebration, with all of their nearest and dearest around them and fantastic food. It all resulted in such a special day indeed.

The florals were ever so joyful, the bridesmaids in skirts looked stunning, plus there were ribbons used throughout. I also love Romy and Ryan’s outfit choices, the lanterns hung in the stretch tent and the happy confetti throw.

We are just so thankful to be sharing these wonderful images by Peter Mackey Photography. What a delight.

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The Proposal

Ryan got my late grandmothers engagement ring from my mother (after asking my dad for permission) to fix up and propose to me with. The wonderful Mairi did such a fantastic job with it. Ryan picked the ring up when it was ready and drove down to my parents’ house to show my mum the fixed engagement ring. All was going smoothly, until Ryan hit a wall… A literal wall! Unfortunately he put a dent in the car we shared – and so his cover story was completely shot now. At my parents house then, he managed to put together a few details to finalise the engagement for that night – which involved my mum phoning me to try and get me off the scent and warn me about the potential dent on the car.

When I arrived back up to Belfast after class, Ryan was there waiting for me, looking very anxious – which I thought was down to denting the car. He had booked dinner (which I put down to his way of saying sorry), and as we were rushing off to our reservation we were over an hour late for, he suggested we took a detour via the park. This was the park where we went on our first date, so I was instantly suspicious. I asked him where he crashed the car, and he gave me some riddles to answer (like he had on our first date), and when I solved the riddles he told me the whole story! He made a lovely wee speech, got down on one knee and I jokingly paused to consider – I couldn’t hold it for too long and I exclaimed YES pretty soon after.

We ended up completely missing our dinner reservation, so we celebrated in a fast food BBQ restaurant nearby, before we headed out to the Youth Club that we help to run.
It was quite the rollercoaster (more so for Ryan), but I loved the thought and joy in the middle of the chaos!

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The Vision

We wanted a relaxed day with all our family and friends around us celebrating the beauty of marriage. We wanted the day to be fun for everyone – the kids and the adults. And of course, lots of yummy food! So that shaped a lot of our planning.

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Budget

The budget was based around what we wanted the day to be about – family, friends, and food! We looked for ways to save money like making our own stationery and decorations, and using family cars for transport. Utilising the talents of your friends and family was very helpful – an aunty helped to make jams and lemon curds for the favours, and so many friends and family were round the weeks before helping to make our own bunting and help decorate the tent! A friend, Jamie Smyth, made our cartoon and it was used on all the homemade stationery.

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The Venue

We were able to put up a stretch tent in the garden of Romy’s parents house – which leant itself well to the relaxed, festival-y feel. It also meant that people could help us decorate the week before – as it was up for a 5 days before the wedding. We even had a few ‘decorating parties’ and fed all our fabulous workers in return for their hard labour!

Having it at the house also had its perks, as our guests felt more at home – it was like an extension of having people round at your house. It also meant that if the bridal party forgot anything or needed anything, chances were you could run up to the house and grab it.

Maverick Marquees did such a good job with the set up, and helping us with contacts for tables and chairs etc, and designing and assembling a dance floor big enough for party!

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Your Outfits & Accessories

Romy: Within 7 days of being engaged, my dress was bought (thanks to my mum and her mega-quick organisational skills). I tried a few shops and was going for a boho type look, finding a few dresses I liked but none that I really felt comfortable in.

I walked into Elody Bride, and there were SO many dresses that I loved and felt comfortable in – I was then struggling to choose which one! I came back a few days later and went for the Lamour Dress by St Patrick (with the help of my mum and bridesmaids) – and I just loved wearing it on the day!

When it came to getting a veil, I knew I wanted flowers in my hair so my veil needed to work around that. I didn’t see any veils that I loved, but luckily in Elody Bride they can make custom veils too so Sharon suggested that. I set about thinking about where to source lace from for the veil. The same week, my mum was clearing out my grandparents’ house, and discovered my grandmother’s old wedding dress. It had rotted under the arms and across the top, so wasn’t good to be worn again, however mum and I thought it would be perfect for the lace on my veil. Of course, when we brought it into bridal shop to ask Sharon, it was a perfect match to the lace on the dress. Sharon threw herself into the project and did such a good job – made a family heirloom!

I wanted brighter shoes than plain ivory, so of course I chose red ones – from New Look – which were so comfortable to wear. I wore a beautiful necklace by Lines & Current, a local Belfast designer, whose jewellery I’ve admired for many years now.

Ryan: I wore a navy suit from Red Groomswear, Belfast. Adam in the shop was great, and brought out many options to try on and suggested the burgundy shoes which I went for. My tie and pocket square was from Mrs Bow Tie – they had a great selection of brighter colours and nice designs.

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Beauty

Gemma Baker, from Gatsby & Beau did the bridal hair, and along with Britney, did the bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids and mother of the bride. Flowers in the hair were a must (as everything just feels more pretty and magical), so the hair was basically styled around that fact.

Jenna Leathem, my cousin, did our make up and did such a wonderful job of relaxed, natural make up. She is one talented girl!

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Groomsmen

The suits were from Red Groomswear, Belfast, and the groomsmen wore opposite to Ryan’s tweed waistcoat – they had tweed ties and a navy waistcoat.

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Bridesmaids

I knew I wanted yellow for bridesmaids, but didn’t want to wash them out with all yellow.

So we went for a white top from Massimo Dutti, and the skirts were handmade by Sharon in Elody Bride – with material sourced from Etsy!

The junior bridesmaids got dresses from Monsoon, that were altered, and a yellow skirt added in with the same material as the bridesmaids.

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The Readings & Music

We got married in All Saints’ church – were we both met and go to church. We love the place and the people in it, and we were so lucky to have people we know and love play our music for us – we had a full band! Two great friends sang us down the aisle to “Heaven’s knife” by Josh Garrells – a beautiful song. We both chose our favourite hymns (In Christ alone, The Church’s one foundation and All I Have is Christ) and had them in the service too. One of our favourite memories is hearing a church full of our family and friends together sing with us In Christ Alone – a great hymn about God and his faithfulness! The songs during the signing of the register were “Far kingdom” and “This my soul” by The Gray Havens – an album we listened to endlessly when we started dating.

We had readings from Genesis 2, Ephesians 5 and Revelations 19 – they helped tell the story of marriage from beginning to the end found in the bible – how the first marriage between Adam and Eve pointed towards the marriage between Jesus Christ and his bride the church. Our minister then preached a great sermon about these passages and the hope they bring, which impacted so many. It was our favourite part of the day – it was such a time of celebration and joy, and so special to be making these promises in front of God and the people we love.

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The Flowers

The Posy Barn

Kathryn, a great family friend, did such a great job on the flowers. She listened, helped advise, gave ideas, just completely threw herself in. We had a floral arch in the church, which we transferred to the venue and put in front of a makeshift photo booth – it was great ideas like that that Kathryn was especially so helpful for!

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The Cake

The Rosehip Bakery, Banbridge

Our neighbours/family friend handily own a bakery and so made our cake – although assembled by the catering who made it slightly wonky. But it all added to the relaxed vibes in the end! The cake ended up toppling after a lot of dancing in the evening, but surely that’s a sign of a good evening’s craic.

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Your Photographer

Peter Mackey Photography

Peter is a great friend of ours from church, and such a talented guy! He made us both more relaxed and had the craic too. He got loads of great photos of details, family, friends and they all turned out fab.

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Your Filmmaker

Calum Hutchinson made our video (after meeting him doing the wedding of one of my bridesmaids earlier that year). He and his second shooter were relaxed, great fun, and top lads!

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The Details & Décor

We used some old furniture or borrowed furniture from family and friends and our house to help kit out the sofa space of the tent. Mum had a big old vintage-type box which we stuffed full of blankets for when it got colder in the evening.

Dad decided to make a tree house and so we had that there for the children to play on. We sourced some garden games as well for the kids, and had a croquet lawn mowed out at the front of the house.

We helped decorate the tent with anything and everything we could find. We got the inspiration for the ribbon bunting from a WWW post a while back, and so we sourced some ribbon wholesalers and made metres upon metres of bunting to put up at the edge of the tent. Dad found an old pallet so it became the table plan, and an even larger one became a photo wall – all just painted in the theme of red, orange and yellow.

As a family we collected old tin cans for weeks before for the flower arrangements in church. When mum was making the marmalade for the favours she used Mamade Marmalade, which quickly became the base for the flower arrangements for the table numbers.

The decoration was a group effort. We used a DYMO machine to make the name places – which we had to take in shifts as there were a lot to do!

A+K designs made a beautiful sign that we had at church and then at the venue to welcome people in.

Another family friend made a floral arch at the entrance to the venue, and a red, orange and yellow sign hanging from it. Another helped paint and drill old doors together, making a photo booth.

Our favours were a mix of homemade jams, curds or marmalades, crocheted clothes or personalised sunglasses (of course red, yellow or orange).

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The Honeymoon

We spent 8 days in beautiful Majorca before returning home to work and studies!

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Memorable Moments

The ceremony will always stand out for both of us. Singing along with everyone, mixed with nerves and excitement, then joy and even greater excitement for the rest of the day was just amazing.

Looking across from the top table during the meal and seeing a sea of people we loved enjoying their day was so special. The food was also pretty amazing – Challas Roast did SUCH a fantastic job. Then our family pitched in and helped make different desserts and tray bakes for a dessert buffet after – that was pretty delicious.

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Advice For Other Couples

Decide what you like, what you want the day to be about and focus on that! Don’t stress about the smaller things – you’ll have so much fun on the day to even notice.

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Oh so gorgeous! If you love all the colours, then you can find many multicoloured weddings on our pages.

Romy and Ryan, thank you ever so much for sharing your divine wedding story with us xo Lou

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