A while back we mentioned that we were going to publish local weddings every now and again for the simple reason that they can provide great inspiration and information on a particular area and today, we have a such a treat. Richard and Rachel are one creative couple and wonderfully resourceful. They made the menus themselves and picked up so many great things in Ikea to dress their venue, like jam jars for their sweet, candles, art easels for their table numbers and lots of twine to tie everything together! Their reception was held in a converted Mill and we just love how they made use of the entire building and it’s three floors. Tim and Claire from This Modern Love are responsible for the ah-mazing photographs of this beautiful day so I’m just going to hand this wedding over to their wonderful work!

We wanted to know all the details so of course we had to get the details from Rachel!

“Richard and i met through friends at Queens University Belfast. We were in the same year. He was studying medicine, and I was studying dentistry  so we had lectures together for the first two years of our degrees. Each of us had other relationships during university and always seemed to be single when the other one wasn’t. Since talking after though it turns out we both always liked each other but it was never the right time. Then in January 2009 after a weekend away with a group of uni friends, we got together. We were like two school kids. The first thing we did was hold hands while we were all watching Dead Set on DVD at our friends house in Donegal. We didn’t speak about it that night and I went to the girls room while he and the boys slept on the floor in the living room. The next day we teamed up in a dreadful game of trivial pursuit but again said nothing. Then the next night we went to collect water from the near by stream together but still said nothing and later that evening held hands again while watching another DVD. Finally before we left on the Sunday, Richard asked me to go for a walk and we finally talked to each other like adults and decided to give things a go!! Since then everything has been fantastic and we’ve had an amazing relationship so far. We fell in love at different times, I fell much quicker then he did – being a soppy romantic girl! The first time Richard told me he loved me was the day he asked me to marry him, Oct 3 2010, while were camping and walking in the Letterkenny hills.” – Probably one of my favourite stories so far at FAB!

“We got married at Knock Presbyterian Church, which has been my home church for over 25 years, so it meant a lot to me for us to marry there. Both Richard and I are Christians so a church wedding was very important to us.The reception was then at Ballydugan Mill, Downpatrick. It is an 18th century converted mill, just outside Downpatrick town. We choose it because we wanted somewhere a bit different, not just another hotel. The traditional style appealed to both of us and the chance to decorate it simply and let the venue stand out felt right for us. We planned the wedding ourselves with help from the venue and friends and family along the way. We were very lucky we had no major challenges, apart from the usual to keep it all within budget! I found doing as much as i could myself including sourcing table centres, candles and vases etc made it very personal and also helped keep the price down. I found ikea very cheap for candles, vases and menu easels. Also ebay has many wedding decorations that other brides have used which are nearly new and again much cheaper than buying new from the original websites.”

“We wanted a relaxed vintage rustic wedding and i feel we achieved what we set out to. Nothing was too fussy, hopefully it was all subtle but just enough. The venue was brilliant because there were three floors so each time we just moved up a floor, we never had to all leave and wait for something to be set up. On arrival the fire was going in the ground floor and we had afternoon tea, with some lovely home-made jam, made by Richard’s mum. The guests then joined us on the first floor for our speeches and meal. Then up again to the second floor for the evening reception, with fantastic music and more good food. We decorated the venue with candles and lights and in the evening reception room, on the third floor, we had beautiful swags run from the beams and a beautiful light backdrop for the band. All very simple but i think it worked really well.

One of my favourite things was our guest book tree, which was a light tree where we had message tags for our guests to write on and hang up for us. They were lovely to read the next day in our hotel. We also let off sky lanterns in the evening which were great fun and got most people outside for some fresh air and everyone joining in in our celebrations.- even though most of them went down to the ground or got stuck at the side of the building – it was still great fun! Our cupcake cake was very good and our guests ate every single one!”

Congratulations to Richard and Rachel, aren’t we so lucky to have been able to share their fab day?! A big thanks to Tim and Claire from This Modern Love, two lovely lovely people! Check out their website for lots of wedding inspiration. Tim and Claire will also travel anywhere to shoot weddings so be sure to get in touch!

Photography; This Modern Love | Venue; Ballydugan Mill, Downpatrick | Bridal Dress; Victoria Jane by Ronald Joyce from Perfect Day, Lurgan | Bridal Shoes; Girly Ivory by Pink! from Perfect Day, Lurgan | Grooms suits; McQuillians, Portadown | Bridesmaid dresses; Dessy dresses (in taupe) from Perfect Day, Lurgan | Jewellery; Necklace borrowed from Rachel’s aunt, bracelet bought by Rachel’s mum from Perfect Day and earrings are Pearl by Thomas Sabo, bought by Richard | Hair; Jenna at Patrick Mullholland, Holywood | Makeup; Katie Clyde (Rachel’s cousin) | Centrepieces; Jar Type vases from Ikea, tied with twine and message tags | Sweet jars; Ikea with twine and message tags | Name Place Cards; Wooden Hearts from Craftworld | Candles; Ikea | Drapes and Lights; The Events Boutique | Stationary; Invitations by Confetti | Table plan; Confetti Home Made Eco Chic Table Plan | Menus; Made by Bride | Table Menus;  Easles from Ikea | Order of service;  Craftworld, Belfast | Cars; RJ Poots & Co, Dromore | Flowers; Eva Riley, Holywood | Teacups; Vintage Touch | Cake; Red Velvet Cupcake Cake, Marshmallow Grove

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