A Relaxed And Elegant City Wedding
~ Real Life Wedding
Sabrina Jamet & Jim Harper married on 25/03/2017 at St John Baptist, Helens Bay, followed by a reception at Deanes at Queens, Belfast
Photography by Mark Lee Photography
For years Sabrina and Jim had mixed in the same circles but had never actually met. Finally the couple were introduced by mutual friends on Jim’s birthday and bumped into each other by chance a week later. They exchanged details, went on their first date and the rest is history.
Jim popped the question while on holiday in Sotogrande. He planned a romantic dinner and afterwards took Sabrina for a drink along the marina and proposed. Sabrina, who wasn’t expecting a proposal, was speechless but eventually found the words to say yes!
From the beginning the couple knew they wanted their wedding reception venue to be Deanes at Queens. ‘The food at our wedding was very important to us, which is why we wanted to bring everyone to one of our favourite restaurants’ remarks Sabrina. ‘It is a beautiful, bright event space and has a relaxed lounge feel which is exactly what we wanted.’
Choosing a wedding photographer was also an easy task for the couple as Jim’s brother in law Mark is a very talented photographer. ‘His work is very different to the traditional wedding photographer and he has a unique gift of being able to capture moments that tell beautiful stories.’
Sabrina and Jim didn’t choose a theme and instead opted to keep their wedding day decor classic and understated creating a relaxed vibe for their guests to enjoy.
The Wedding Dress
Sabrina looked sensational in a full-length satin mermaid gown from Enzoani. The wedding dress was embellished with intricate lace and silver beading detail and had a dramatic tulle skirt that cascaded into a train. The bride had originally pictured herself wearing a vintage or bohemian wedding dress, but after making an appointment at Eden Bridal Sabrina fell in love with a completely different vision. ‘I have known Kim from Eden Bridal for almost 20 years and when calling to make an appointment she told me a dress had come in that she just knew was the one for me,’ remembers Sabrina. ‘When I saw the dress I wasn’t convinced, but after trying it on there were no doubt in my mind that Kim had found me the one!’
Jim wore a deep French navy Herbie Frogg suit, along with a waistcoat and accessories from Suitors, Belfast.
Sabrina’s bridesmaids were visions of beauty in beaded gowns from Adrianna Papell. They accessorised their art deco bridesmaids’ dresses with a cape secured by a delicate brooch to keep warm.
The couple chose white avalanche roses for their bouquets and buttonholes from The Flower Room Holywood. ‘Again, when it came to picking a florist it was always going to be Kathryn,’ says Sabrina. ‘She creates exquisite arrangements and along with Gary styles everything beautifully. Kathryn and Gary went above and beyond; dressing the church, my mum’s house where I left from, and the restaurant. Everything was so elegant, and we couldn’t have wished for more.’
‘Our stationery was from Inspired Hand. Elissa provided us with everything we needed from the invites to the order of service and even our table plan which was hand written on an enormous silver guilt mirror. We carried the same theme through our stationery and everything was designed in ivory with tiny pearl pebbles and a satin bow.’
The cake was a three tier, vanilla sponge from Debbie’s Delights, Belfast. It was lightly frosted to create a semi-naked effect and decorated with fresh flowers.
Jim’s favourite moment from the big day was, ‘the moment Sabrina became my wife. I will always remember putting the ring on her finger.’ Similarly, among the highlights for Sabrina is, ‘walking out of the church as husband and wife, and sharing the first dance with our son Sebastian.’
Jim’s top tip to other couple’s planning their wedding is to, ‘Relax and savour every moment as the day is over in the blink of an eye.’ Sabrina advises, ‘Enjoy the day and don’t panic. Everything will work out.’