Louise and Charlie got married in a lovely Christian ceremony at Louise's home church, OC Presbyterian, in Randalstown, Northern Ireland. The band gave a surprise rendition of 500 Miles by The Proclaimers during the signing of the register. Many friends and family, both from England and Northern Ireland were present, and it was one of the most joyful weddings I have witnessed. In fact, I don't think I have ever seen a bride smile so widely for so much of the day - it was a pleasure to witness and to capture.
Louise's dress was beautifully ornate with lace and buttoned up the back, while her bridesmaids had gorgeous flowy blue dresses. The men wore grey morning suits with matching blue cravats and socks giving a nod to Charlie's football team, West Ham. The flowers carried by Louise and her maids were beautifully colourful (matching the confetti!!) and gave an extra burst of life to the whole look of the day.
So many details were handmade and they are too many to enumerate, but just to name a few, Louise and a group of her girl friends made signs that went on the pews down the aisle, the centrepieces, the guestbook, the favours, the seating plan and other little decorative items both at the church and at the reception.
Between the ceremony and the reception, the couple and I went to Antrim Castle Gardens for some pictures of just the two of them, which was an amazingly picturesque setting. We then joined their guests at the Dunadry Hotel, where there were lawn games, drinks, dinner, speeches, dancing and an amazing cake made by Louise's sister-in-law - cut with a sword!
Here is the story of the day Charlie and Louise said 'I do' and became husband and wife - There's Something There That Wasn't There Before.
Update - This wedding was featured on the Wedding Blog The Promise NI - check out their cover here.