Peter & Ruth - Riverdale Barn Wedding, Northern Ireland

May 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I've known Peter and Ruth for about 10 years - maybe more. We met in Edinburgh, when we were all students, another lifetime ago. Five years ago, Ruth was my wedding photographer. She gave us such incredible pictures that I was really quite nervous when I agreed to be their wedding photographer. But also delighted, and so excited to see them finally exchange vows.

Their wedding day was so relaxed and fitted them to a tee. Ruth got ready with her four bridesmaids in her family home. She chose a gorgeous lace and sequin-detailed dress with a train, no veil but a beautiful headband. She was radiant! Her bridesmaids wore lilac flowy dresses, their own shoes and were given Cadbury purple shawls to protect them from the March weather. The ceremony took place in the church Ruth attends when she's back in Northern Ireland, Wellington Presbyterian Church.

Ruth (with some help) made a lot of the decorations, including all of the many many (paper) flowers in the bouquets and around the reception. After some refreshments at church and group photographs, everyone drove South to Riverdale Barn, a lovely venue, for dinner, speeches, and a ceilidh. The dining hall was set out with long banqueting tables, elegantly decorated with fairy lights, small vases of paper flowers and table names. Ruth and Peter decided to name the tables after train stations. Not only did this fit in with their general map theme, they have also done a lot of rail travel over the course of their relationship. No doubt this will continue for many years to come!

In true Northern Irish tradition, there were four speeches, with each of the fathers giving one. The ceilidh was a lively affair which was really cool and reminiscent of the years I (and they!) lived in Scotland. To end the day on a high, the new Mr & Mrs Bowen left through an arch of sparklers. SO fun!

Enjoy a few of my favourite pictures of this gorgeous day!

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