Colourful Musical & Playful Wedding with Bright Blooms

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Colourful, musical, respectful of our traditions, playful, elegant, fun.

Lara and Dave


We are in Northern Ireland today for WWW readers Lara and Dave’s Glenarm Castle wedding held on the 8th September 2018. Their day was a riot of colour, fun and music, it all was just so brilliant! Bright blooms lined the archway to the church, there were vibrant bouquets and some beautifully tall centrepieces at their reception, the flowers really made a statement. I especially love the pop of colour the bouquets bring to the white mismatched bridesmaid outfits, too cool!

Talking of outfits Lara wore a beautifully fitted long sleeve gown with bow belt and birdcage veil while Dave opted for a grey suit and pale blue tie. Didn’t they look amazing?! Elegant stationery, a detailed gold cake and a cute VW Beetle all make an appearance too. What a stunning celebration.

Jonathan Ryder Photography thank you ever so much for sharing with us these marvellous photographs.

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The Proposal

Dave hired a brass band to play underneath the couple’s home in Hackney, east London. As the couple played Van Morrison, he got down on one knee and proposed on their balcony, as the band played downstairs beside the canal, to a growing crowd of spectators.

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The Vision

The idea was to respect our family’s very different traditions and backgrounds – Lara is from Belfast and her heritage is Irish Catholic whilst David is from Leeds and his heritage is Jewish, mixed-race and Jamaican, whilst throwing a big, banging party.

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The Planning Process

We’ve blocked most of the planning process out of our minds as it was a logistical nightmare arranging a wedding in a very rural part of Ireland whilst both working incredibly busy jobs in London. The venue weren’t as helpful as they had initially seemed they were going to be, so we ended up hiring wedding planners, who came in quite late in the day but worked very hard to help us. One of the best things about being married is no longer having to plan a wedding!

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The Venue

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception chapel, Glenarm, followed by Glenarm Castle.

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Your Outfits & Accessories

Bride’s gown was from Cathedral Gowns in Downpatrick, whilst the grooms suit was made for him by McCann bespoke tailors in London.

The groomsmen suits where from Faro, whilst the bridesmaids dresses and jumpsuits were from David’s Bridal in Stratford, London and Phase 8.

Bridesmaid shoes and bags from Kurt Geiger.

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The Flowers

Victorianna Floral, Whitehead.

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Your Photographer

The wonderful Jonathan Ryder.

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The Details & Décor

I wanted a kind of Indian wedding theme, despite neither of us being Indian we have spent many special times there with very good friends. We bought lots of decorations during our trips to India to decorate the venue with, but in the end only used these for outside the marquee as we were blown away by Kim’s creations and putting anything beside them was totally unnecessary.

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The Honeymoon

Two weeks in Mauritius. We hadn’t booked it by the time we got married, so we put all of the money from the 8 piece funk band who didn’t show up to our reception into the honeymoon!

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Memorable Moments

Too many! For Dave, probably the swim in the Irish sea that morning! For me, walking down the aisle with my mum was one of the happiest moments of my life. Then the incredible music we had during the ceremony and reception, including my cousin the harpist Amy McAllister.

Our wonderful Jewish blessing, was a definite highlight for both of us, as were the speeches by our bridal party.

Then, of course I will never forget the look on my husband’s face as he told me that our much anticipated 8 piece funk band wouldn’t make it in time for the reception. We were both too swept up in the day to care, but there were a few hairy moments; begging the ceilidh band to lend us their sound system to no avail, our best man having to hold on to the cable of the venue’s terrible speakers to try to make them work.

The last dance where our loved ones surrounded us singing auld lang syne was another marvellous moment, particularly as the speakers we eventually got working were very low, so we were dancing to the sound of their voices. Every person you love in one room: absolutely magical.

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Advice For Other Couples

Check your band know where they are going! Or ask your wedding planner to do so!

And that old saying that wedding is one day, marriage is for life really is true. Enjoy the day: no matter what happens it will be an amazing day as you will be surrounded by everyone you love, and they will all be there for you.

Save money for your honeymoon and really enjoy some time away together and the fact that you no longer have to plan your wedding!

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Just wonderful.

Lara and Dave thank you so much for sharing with us your very stylish and fun nuptials xo Lou

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