A beautiful boutique farmhouse hotel with a Dutch barn to party in was the perfect setting for Helen and Sandy’s wedding. Their vision was for a day that combined their love of the outdoors, food and their favourite people. We think they nailed it…
How did you meet and become engaged?
We worked together for two months back in 2002 at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. We lost contact after I went back to Ireland but then met again by chance in 2013 at a music festival called Electric Picnic.
We took time off from work to go travelling for two months in early 2015. While at my parents’ for New Year just before, Sandy asked my dad’s permission to marry his daughter. While travelling around Central America, Sandy found the right moment and asked me to marry him, watching the sun set from a cliff top near San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua.
We were inspired by…
A love of the outdoors, great food and good people.
Tell us something surprising about your day…
A lovely speech in Irish by our bridesmaid Mary Anne and two videos the best man somehow managed to arrange from a comedian called Martin Mhor and 90s computer game guru Dominik Diamond. The best man also did a beautiful carving with wood from our parents’ gardens.
We love your dress – tell us more!
The thing that struck me most about this wedding dress was that it was comfortable and that for me was the most important element of finding my dress. I got a very talented young lady, Samantha (Wildest Dreams Bridal
) in Edinburgh to make the back necklace for the dress and that just finished it off nicely.
I needed a dress that have me a bit of shape, so the ruching on the waist and bum of the dress worked well. The leather jacket was a mate’s from Primark as were the flip flops I ended up wearing. My favourite thing about my dress though was the headpiece, also from Edel Tuite Design!
Did you enjoy the whole photography experience?
What can I say about this girl…..she is extremely affable, friendly, chilled and talented.
I am not a lover of the camera but Becky (EnaMay Photography
) managed to relax us both and captured our day as it was… natural, fun and full of love. The photos are exceptional. Becky worked tirelessly for the whole day… she manages to have that perfect combination of professionalism and natural Scottish chat!
How did you arrange your wedding transport?
We used our campervan and one of our best friends, Gary Bowman drove me and my dad to the church and me and Sandy back to the venue after the ceremony. It was perfect as we had our favourite craft beers chilling in the fridge for us!
Don’t over plan it and stress yourselves out. It’s your day so do what feels right for you and spend as much time on the day as possible together.
Sandy’s grandmother of 95 wouldn’t have been able to travel to Ireland for the wedding. We wanted her to be able to share the day with us.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
There are honestly too many great memories to single out one. The church, venue, weather, food, band, speeches…. I could go on!
I love Helen’s laid-back approach, don’t you? And sipping a cool craft beer in the back of a campervan, right after the ceremony, sounds pretty good to me! Alie x