Real Irish Wedding – Brian Hamilton and Kathryn Burns | Wedding Journal
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Real Irish Wedding – Brian Hamilton and Kathryn Burns

~ Real Life Wedding

13th May 2016. Ceremony and reception at Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, Co. Down

Brian and Kathryn went for a rustic themed wedding day

Photography by Bradley Quinn

The couple

“Brian and I met at one of our local pubs, one Friday night,” Kathryn begins, “it was strange how we are both from the same small town but had never crossed paths before.  My best friend decided she was going to play matchmaker and passed my mobile number to Brian, unbeknown to me.  Brian text me the next day and the rest is history.”

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The proposal

“Brian suggested one Sunday afternoon that we go for a walk to Crawfordsburn Country Park,” Kathryn recalls. “We were dandering along, chatting away and after about half an hour Brian suggested that we sit down for a bit.  We sat down on a seat overlooking Belfast lough; the view was amazing.  The next minute Brian dropped down on one knee and popped the question…  I was the happiest girl in the world!”

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“Brian and I wanted a small intimate wedding and the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel had the perfect room for us,” Kathryn says, “with its large windows and arched timber beams, we knew it would create the exact atmosphere we were looking for.  It was also close to Crawfordsburn and we loved the idea of going back to the spot we got engaged and getting a wedding picture taken there, which we did.”

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The couple wanted a relaxed day with a simple rustic theme.

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Wedding dress

The bride looked sensational in an Enchanting by Mon Cheri dress from The Wedding Box. “I had actually seen my dress on the internet when I was having a look at dresses shortly after we got engaged,” Kathryn recalls, “it really stood out for me and I absolutely loved the back of it.  I couldn’t get the dress out of my head so I decided to email the designer to see where I could find this dress and was told that there was only one shop in Northern Ireland who had ordered the sample and that one shop happened to be in the town where I was living. I couldn’t believe it and knew it had to be.  I tried on a few other dresses but knew this was the dress for me. It was a simple, elegant dress and perfect for me and my wedding.”

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The guys wore blue suits designed by Herbie Frogg.

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The bridesmaids

The bridesmaids looked gorgeous in pale pink Kelsey Rose dresses also from The Wedding Box.

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Wedding flowers

“My florist, Hollie from The Rosehip and Berry Floral Studio, was fantastic and from our very first meeting she completely got my vision,” Kathryn enthuses. “As well as doing my beautiful flowers she also decorated my reception room which completely blew me away on the day, it was everything and more than I had hoped for. My bouquet was an arrangement of pops of deeper lilac and burgundy tones to make a statement against the pale pink bridemaids’ dresses.  There was also mixed foliage to break up the pale pink and ivory roses.”

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My invitations, place settings and favours all complemented the rustic theme of the wedding.

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Wedding cake

Cakes by Berina made the three-tier wedding cake in flavours; salted carmel, lemon, and jam and cream.

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Favourite moment

Brian: “Going back to the place where I proposed to Kathryn as a newly married couple. It is such a beautiful spot and we now have some amazing pictures to go with the memories.”

Kathryn: “The ceremony was the most important part of the day for me and I wanted it to feel special and personal to us, which it did. Every part of the ceremony felt so emotional and meaningful to Brian and I and it was lovely to have our family and close friends there to share it with us.  It was made extra special for me because the minister who christened me was also the minister who married us.”

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Top Tip

Brian: “Don’t stress… relax and enjoy the day as it is over so quickly.”

Kathryn: “Get a videographer – the day goes by in a blur. It is fantastic to be able to watch the day back and see things you missed but also just to relive the whole day. My videographer was E&L Wedding Video, he was fantastic and so friendly and easy going on the day.  I love watching my video.”

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