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Real Irish Wedding: Helen Sherrey & Russell Hunter

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Real Irish Wedding: 20th August 2012, Larchfield Estate, Lisburn

Music lovers Helen and Russell literally bumped into each other at a Snow Patrol concert in Ward Park in Bangor four years ago and the pair have been inseparable since…

The proposal

“Russell proposed to me on a snowy New Year’s Eve in the dark at the top of Scrabo Tower. It was rather spontaneous!” laughs Helen.

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Reception venue

Wanting an alternative wedding setting, Helen and Russell went to view Larchfield Estate and fell in love with it. “It was a little overwhelming at the beginning planning the wedding as there were so many extra things to think about outside of a traditional set hotel wedding,” Helen reveals. “However the Larchfield team and Jane’s Kitchens were amazing help and we felt that having the wedding the way we did made it so personal.”

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St Mary’s Church, Kilmood

Wedding theme

Relaxed country garden. Think a magical midsummer night’s dream inside a barn! Details included hand made bunting, balls of hanging flowers, scattered rose petals, crochet sets, swing tennis, boules and jam jar cocktails with straws and canapés.

DIY details

Working to a tight budget, the majority of the wedding styling was DIY as Helen reveals: “We made the table plans, menus, flowers, signs, bunting, table decorations etc and then Larchfield introduced us to Catherine of Grand Event Designs who got us lights, candelabras and drapes in the barn giving that magical romantic feeling.

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Wedding dress

“I got goose bumps the first time I put on my wedding dress,” recalls Helen.  “It was the second dress in the first shop but true to form I dragged my family around lots of other dress shops only to end up back in Galgorm Couture.” Helen’s Suzanne Neville dress was made from a beautiful silk that gave her gorgeous curves in all the right places!

Men and maids

Russell and the boys stepped out in hired grey tails from Parsons in Belfast. The girls looked gorgeous in rosemary coloured full-length dresses by Wtoo.

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Wedding flowers

Created by a family friend, the flowers were colourful and country in style. “We used flowers like lavender from our gardens and tied them with lace. We had beautiful hanging balls from chandeliers in the church and an altar piece which we then transported on the bus with our guests to the venue to decorate the barn for dinner!”

Wedding cake

Cake by James created a delicious four layer design  – one red velvet and cream cheese, one raspberry and white chocolate, one chocolate and Baileys and the final layer was fruit made by my Helen’s Nan. The personalised topper was bought online. “That was the only minor regret of our whole day – we were was so busy talking to people that neither Russell or I got to eat any of our wedding cake and it was all gone by the morning.”

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Top tip

Helen: Everything will come together and all the little things don’t matter on the day as you will have a ball whatever happens.

Russell: The day flies so quickly – we were so glad to have booked a videographer (last minute) so we have been able to watch it back and see funny little things we missed.

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