Monday, 30 September 2013

The Wedding...

I've got 3 baskets of ironing to do but I'd rather tell you about the wedding on Friday. What a lovely day - I'm worn out from all the talking, dancing, smiling and VERY high shoes. But back to the preparation beforehand...
First thing on Friday, I had my hair put up thanks to the lovely Suzanne at Hair Design in Dunmurry, Belfast. This took about 15 minutes and lasted 36 hours. I even slept in it as it was too perfect to take down (and I was a bit, ahem, 'tired' going to bed at 2am). Now my hair does not like being put up so this is some achievement. I'll be back next time I need a hassle free hairstyle for a special occasion.
Next up, it was off to the hotel - the Slieve Donard in the seaside town of Newcastle, Co Down, to get dressed for the ceremony. I shared a room with my BFF, Claire and don't we scrub up well?
The beautiful bride was a little late - but that's allowed when you look this good..
The ceremony was magicial - in a room that overlooked the crashing waves and the mountains of Mourne. A beautiful back-drop for the photos..
some gorgeous 'hens' making the most of the sunshine...


Close up of the bouquet and the cake - one layer was chocolate, one was lemon and one was fruitcake! And I tasted them all :)
Catherine had thought of everything, from the unique place settings to the button artwork by local company, Buttonbaps, which was commissioned for the day
What's a girl to wear? Well...after much drama, I was offered this dress by a very kind friend (THANK YOU Maria!). It's a heavy jersey dress in a light navy colour by a brand called Rina Scimento from a local boutique, Brazil. Simply perfect. Fitted beautifully, was flattering across the food baby and was accommodating enough for some serious dance-floor moves later on. These dresses come in red, black, dark navy, grey and green and retail for £69.99. I'm wearing a size M - which would be a 10-12.
My necklace was a gift from the guys at Boden who were keen to help with my outfit woes! It's the Heirloom Necklace - a fabulous piece, navy and blue stones with a black ribbon tie. It couldn't have been more perfect for the dress. Shoes by Zara and I can confirm they were worn for 12 hours straight without a blister. Seriously impressed as they are SO high. My feet were aching but not sore. Clutch is an oldie from TK Maxx.
I didn't want the day to end...it was simply wonderful. Thank you Catherine and Owen for inviting me.....and I'll leave you with my favourite one of the official photos from the day, taken by the talented (and incredibly laid back) Peter, from Peter Thomas Photography...


Oh and a footnote...Aileen, one of the hens was wearing the MOST fab shoes. She got them in Primark for £15 just last week! And she managed to wear them for the whole day..
Loving the grey and burgundy and as it didn't seem right to just share her foot - here's Aileen (right), with another of the hens, Seana. Loving Seana's floral dress:
I'll be back soon...off now to get some cleaning done ahead of the Boden party on Thursday <panic>!!
Ax
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  1. Glad to hear you had a gret day, the bride looked fabulous, she is so like her mother too! Gorgeous dress and seriously impressed you managed to keep the shoes on all day they look mega high!! Love those primark shoes as well, their shoes are mamzing atm! xx

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    1. Thank you Trea - isn't she the image of her mum?! And yes, the shoes were mega impressive. I had forgotten my flats and had visions of me dancing in bare feet but no - they were grand. Ax

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  2. Gorgeous photos
    Your hair is stunning xx

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    1. Thank you lovely - wouldn't it be great to have your hair done every day. What a luxury! Ax

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  3. Aww! Lovely photos! Everyone looked stunning x

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  4. Oh my goodness you look absolutely stunning - totally and utterly amazing

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    1. Thank you Fiona - isn't that a fab dress....definitely getting one! Ax

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  5. What a beautiful bride. Love your outfit too.

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  6. Sounds like a great time was had all around! Love your outfit and the necklace is stunning xx

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    1. Thanks Sera - yes, can't wait to wear that necklace with a more casual outfit. Love it and it's quite light so you hardly know it's there! Ax

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  7. What a fabulous day, full of lovely memories! X

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    1. Thank you Claire - it was a great day, Ax

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  8. Such gorgeous pics ... and that black and white official one is truly deserving of a frame! You looked fab; loved the necklace .. and the hair! So glad you enjoyed it

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    1. Thank you Helen - he was an amazing photographer. So chilled and really lovely and friendly to everyone trying to click away behind him. Never heard him raise his voice all day. It made the day so much more enjoyable for Catherine. Ax

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  9. You look gorgeous Avril....love your hair up!! The happy wedding couple look fab also:)
    ~Anne xx

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    1. Thanks Anne - I could have that hair done every day. It was brilliant! Ax

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  10. What a beautiful day you had! Everyone looked lovely and you looked great. I love your hairstyle, it's perfect with your dress. Stunning photos! :-)

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  11. Your dress, accessories and hair were all completely perfect! Can you ask Seana where her floral dress is from, I'm already looking for my daughters wedding next summer xx

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  12. Oh it just looked like the most perfect day & you look so beautiful! Your hair is so gorgeous here & was perfect for the dress! I wish the happy couple health, wealth & happiness! Ax

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