Three generations, a duo bridesmaid colors and one very sentimental date for Siún and Daniel’s real wedding. The rain may have poured last August, but not as much as the amount of love and laughter that filled the beautiful surroundings of Ballymena, Northern Ireland. With personal touches glistening throughout the entire day, Sheena T Photography captures the magical moments of today’s fairytale wedding at Galgorm Castle. We invite you to join us and take a closer look…
When Siún and Daniel decided to get married, there was one thing they were certain about – the wedding date. August 6th carried a deep sentimental meaning to Siún but also paved the inspiration for her special wedding day. “My granny and grandad got married on the 6th August 1957 and their bridesmaids were dressed in pink and blue. My parents got married on 6th August 1988 And again my mummy had her two sisters in pink and blue bridesmaids dresses,” said Siún. She always loved the idea of continuing the tradition. Once the couple got engaged, they couldn’t believe their luck that both their chapel and dream venue were available on 6th of August, 2021. “I had my two sisters and two best friends as bridesmaids, with two in pink and two in blue. I continued the color scheme throughout the wedding from the invitations and groomsmen to the flowers and decor inside the chapel,” said Siún.
The bespoke stationery was created by one of our favorite stations Appleberry Atelier. Custom illustrations of the wedding venue and chapel were printed on the invitations and mass booklets. Another added touch to the couple’s personalized wedding.
The dreamy dress was by Eva Lendel. Sublime and elegant with a breathtaking trail and simple boned sweetheart neckline. She enhanced her look with a glamorous headband embellished in diamanté and pearls. We have fallen head over heels with her choice of Jimmy Choo bridal shoes. Shimmering heels with a crystal strap – just wow!
The weather gods allowed the beautiful bride and her father to arrive in style in a black convertible 1958 Porsche with the top down.
The bouquets were bursting with blue hydrangea, blush and ivory roses, pink fern and eucalyptus. The same selection flooded the church entrance and steps of the chapel, spilling beautifully down the aisle and across the altar. “The flowers turned out so much more beautiful than we ever could have imagined. They tied every aspect of the wedding together and were our favorite purchase of the day,” said Siún. The pastel colors of the flowers and dresses were so pretty together.”
Daniel’s proposal to Siún was incredibly thoughtful and hopelessly romantic. The couple celebrated their anniversary in The Shangri La Hotel in The Shard London. Little did Siún know that Daniel had The Proposers, a company who will plan the perfect proposal for you, working their magic in the room while they went out for a walk. “We went back to the room to get ready for dinner and rose petals and candles were trailing from the door. When I turned the corner I saw the letters spelling out ‘Marry Me’ with the views of the Tower Bridge lit up behind,” Said Siún. Daniel showcased framed images of the couple throughout the room and even a photographer came to capture the special moment. “I had no idea that Daniel had bought the ring in Tiffany’s in New York when we had been there over the New Year. He managed to buy it, bring it home, hide it in our house and then bring it to London without me suspecting a thing!” she said.
Daniela and Siún’s castle wedding was sprinkled with an abundance of personal touches. It was incredibly important to Siún to keep the memory of her grandmother alive on her special day. “I wore her pearl bracelet as my something old and her rosary beads were leant to me as my something borrowed. I pinned these into the pocket of my dress with a photo of my cousin Caoimhe; Including the memory of loved ones who have passed which was something we were both keen to feature in the wedding,” said the bride. Daniel also arranged for his grandfather’s restored tractor to be placed in the courtyard of Galgorm Castle which hely posed next to on the day. Siún’s grandfather hand-painted the names on the dress hangers the morning of the wedding. An endless display of personal touches was carried through the entire day and they don’t end here.
The décor certainly encapsulated the beautiful garden surroundings of the venue. The gold geometric stands and candelabra – dressed to perfection with floral arrangements – created height and welcoming warmth within the marquee. The tablescape was finished with knotted blush linen napkins and personalized picture frames of the couple. To ensure the adorable flower girls and page boy had enjoyed the day as much as the guests, the newlyweds added a stylish tepee corner for the children to play, eat sweets and simply just have great fun. A great way to keep the juniors entertained throughout the day.
When searching for their dream venue, the main focus for the couple was ensuring the venue had an outdoor garden for their celebration along with being able to hold a large guest list. The Ivory Pavilion at Galgorm Castle stole their hearts, ticking every box with its beautiful grounds and marquee. Siún reflects on her priorities were on the day. “Having a really fun, memorable day was our main priority for our wedding – a big party for all of our guests. We wanted it to be very personal to us, so that we weren’t caught up in ‘hosting’ and could enjoy the day as much as everyone else.”
A stylish addition of a sheer embroidered sleeved overlay took the place of Siún’s veil later in the day. The detail is just spectacular. The men’s navy suits were tailor-made to perfection. The groomsmen complemented the ladies with a pastel blue tie whilst Daniel wore an elegant dickie bow.
The couple’s advice is to those planning is to simply go with your gut and do not worry about the things you cannot change. “It rained all week but luckily it stayed dry for us to get to the chapel with the roof of the car down. The garden party didn’t happen as planned but all our guests were just as happy drinking inside as they would have been outside ,” they said. “Everyone had a ball on the dance floor and the room was always so busy and lively, so turning the weather into a positive made us both so much happier on the day!” As the night approached, so did the dry weather. Fireworks lit up the sky around the venue to celebrate.
Five days after the wedding, the couple honeymooned in Greece where they enjoyed a spot of island hopping. The perfect way to finish off the wedding fun. Thank you to the lovely couple for sharing their day with us. A special thank you also to Sheena T Photography for allowing us to feature such a beautiful wedding.
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