Our latest #InOurShoes blog is from across the Irish Sea, with Louise and Ryan’s wedding in Northern Ireland. Their special day involved a rustic and vintage theme with old school retro cars to compliment the occasion perfectly.
How did Ryan pop the big question?
Ryan and I were attending a friend’s wedding on the 25th of April 2015. On that morning while I was getting ready, Ryan arrived into my home house and seemed very nervous about something. I continued to get ready and asked Ryan if he could zip my dress up at the back. I noticed him taking quite long and panicked thinking the zip was broke. Ryan’s hand was just shaking so much with nerves. When I turned around facing Ryan he said to me can I ask you a question? I replied yes and he then took an empty ring box from his suit jacket and asked me would I be his wife? My reply was yes. The whole day we kept it a secret because we were at a wedding and celebrating our friend’s happy moment, so the following day (Sunday) we both went shopping to find the perfect ring. We then made the announcement later on that evening. We had been together 7 years at that time, Ryan was going to ask me on the Sunday when we had a little drive away somewhere but the nerves got the better of him and he couldn’t wait another day, not very romantic, but I wouldn’t change it for the world, it’s our own story and each and everyone’s is different and personal in its own way.
When and where did you get married?
We recently got married on Saturday the 2nd of June 2018… In my home town called Magherafelt which is in Northern Ireland. The church was called the ‘Church of Our Lady of the Assumption’ and our wedding reception was then on to the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Northern Ireland.
Did you have a specific theme or colour scheme?
Our wedding theme was rustic and vintage. We also had old school retro cars. Our colour scheme was powder blue and a little baby pink in there too.
How did you feel when you said yes to the dress?
I was delighted. I knew all along the style of dress I’d have liked and when I arrived at the bridal shop which was ‘Perfect Day’ in a town called Lurgan, Northern Ireland, I explained to the ladies exactly what style I was looking for and they’d been so lovely and more than helpful. I knew right away my dress was’ The One’ I smiled from ear to ear and my bridal party and mother said how my face lit up so much when I put that particular dress on, so retro and vintage and fab to wear all day. I also got my head piece at Perfect Day too which just matched with the dress perfect.
How did you choose your shoes?
I had been in a local bridal shop near to my home town and thought just by chance I’d take a peek at wedding shoes. I came across a little Rainbow Club collection book so I quickly glanced through it and seen lots of beautiful shoes. I decided that when I arrived home I’d take a look online on the website and there was such a lovely selection so I thought I would send for a particular pair. The pair I chose where GIGI t-bar shimmer peep toe. Such elegant, beautiful and comfortable shoes to wear and I truly didn’t expect them to be as perfect as they were when they arrived. I loved them and so did everyone at the wedding – So many compliments!
Where did you buy your Rainbow Club shoes from?
I bought my Rainbow Club collection shoes from the online website.
What was the most favourite and memorable part of the day?
Coming into the church to a beautiful song sung by one of my childhood friends and her sister. Voices are amazing. They are called The Mc Govern Sisters. My younger brother also walked me down the aisle and it was just a very touching, beautiful moment that I will never forget. Getting to the top of the aisle and seeing Ryan looking back and waiting for me was also a beautiful personal moment I will also never forget. The whole day is definitely one to remember and we will never forget any of it. We had a very personal sentimental day with everyone we loved dearly by our sides and we all had a fabulous day.
Do you have any advice for brides to be?
My advice to all the bride’s is to just enjoy every single second of their amazing day and to try not to be nervous or stressed. It all falls into place and will end up in one memorable day with the person you love. When you see him turn around grinning from ear to ear when you enter that church is the best feeling you could possibly have… enjoy all the build-up and planning and the celebrations as it truly goes in way too fast. Best wishes to you all!
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Photographer // John O’Neill
Videographer // LB Weddings
Hair // Tracy McCloskey
Make-Up Artist // Euphoria
Wedding Dress Designer // True Bride, Brighton Belle, Mae
Wedding Shoes // Gigi by Rainbow Club
Wedding Church // The Church of Our Lady of The Assumption, Magherafelt
Wedding Venue // Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown, Northern Ireland
Florist // Kieran Donnelly
Cake // Kieran & Maureen Donnelly