Real Irish Wedding – Beth Wickham and Morena Thomas
~ Real Life Wedding
Saturday 25th April 2015. Ceremony and reception at Riverdale Barn, Armagh
Photos by Francis Meaney Photography
From sixties police cars to the barn venue – this couple’s wedding is a fantastic source of inspiration for your big day
It wasn’t exactly love at first sight for Morena and Beth when they first met at a training course. “My first impression of Morena was – I don’t think we are going to get along,” Beth laughs. Morena recalls, “Mine was – Oh my goodness does this girl ever shut up! By the second day everything had changed, and six and a half years later we are married. Beth still talks too much!””
Morena proposed to Beth at Helen’s Bay by writing ‘Will you marry me?’ in the sand. Aww!
“We chose Riverdale Barn as our venue as we fell in love with it as soon as we drove in. It was just us,” Beth explained.
“We didn’t initially have a theme but it took on a life of its own and became vintage/retro,” Morena recalls. “The venue lends itself to those themes. We chose personalised mason jars as our favours alongside a hangover kit. We also had individual personalised chocolates supplied by The Chocolate Manor.” Beth adds, “We came across a wonderful company called Classic Car Hire in Killyleagh and hired their sixties themed cars, including an old police car and an ambulance. Our guests loved these and were queueing up to take photos with them!”
The venue was styled by Suzanne McConville of Suzanne’s Flowers. Morena says, “We discussed a few ideas with Suzanne and completely trusted her to dress the venue. We did not see the venue until we arrived to be married and it was everything we hoped for and more – stunning!”
Beth wore a tea-length, lace and tulle Romantica dress from Naomi’s of Ballynahinch. It featured a sweetheart neckline, embellishment, and custom designed shoulder and keyhole back detail. Morena’s gorgeous floor length gown was by Ronald Joyce from Ivory Bridal, Portstewart.
The bridesmaids wore tea-length pine satin, tulle skirted, off the shoulder dresses. The gowns were by Special Day from Naomi’s of Ballynahinch.
The bridal party’s flowers were supplied by Floral Creations in Comber.
The stationary was designed by City Print Derry. “We went with a vintage theme and the logo ‘Eat drink and be married! We helped to design the RSVPs which were personally written by us and later were used for the guests’ place settings,” Beth says.
The quirky cake was created by Rowan Tree Cakes. “The top was a model of our wedding car with two Lego figure brides as Beth loves Lego,” Morena explains.
Both brides agree on a shared favourite wedding memory, which was the ceremony. “After the civil ceremony was concluded, our minister Rev. Chris Hudson of All Souls Church, Belfast gave us a blessing which was personal and heartfelt,” Beth recalls. “Many of the guests commented on how touching the ceremony was. We chose songs that were personal to us and our band Three’s A Crowd performed them during the ceremony.”
“Consider a photo booth. Photobooth Angels was a surprise hit at our wedding and created some of the funniest moments.
“Most of all just do what you want as a couple and not what you think others will like. If you’re having a good time, so will your guests. I know we’ve mentioned quite a lot of people above but we feel that they all helped bring our perfect day together. Planning our wedding was fantastic and we truly had the most magical day with our friends and family.”