With a quirky chemistry theme, Clare and Brian’s day was a scientific celebration in The Merchant Hotel.

It was thanks to a mutual friend setting up a blind date that our chemistry loving couple, Clare and Brian, first met. Two years into their relationship, during a holiday in Rome, Brian popped the question beside the Trevi Fountain. On their return to Belfast, they visited their good friends at Gardiner Brothers who helped design and make the engagement ring, which featured a stunning oval diamond between two pear diamonds.

When it came to planning their day, Clare and Brian were keen to inject their personality and a little fun into the formalities of the day, so went with a chemistry theme, as Brian is a chemistry teacher.

The couple had a first look in the grounds of Queens University, a special place to both of them as they had studied there, whilst their ceremony took place in Belfast City Hall, before heading to The Merchant Hotel for the reception.

“Looking back I’m not sure how I managed to plan the wedding for June when our little baby Matthew was only born in March! But, Clare Coyle, our wedding planner at the hotel, was amazing. She took our ideas onboard and ensured everything went smoothly on the day”, said Clare.

“Our reception tables at the Merchant Hotel were given a chemical symbol each as their names, we used conical flasks for water jugs and beakers for glasses, along with mints in test tubes as our wedding favours. Brian also carried out a chemical experiment during our wedding blessing, where he fused two chemicals together that cannot be separated. Brian also wore chemical symbol cufflinks on the big day too”, explained Clare.

The day was full of memorable moments, including their very personal wedding blessing in the Merchant, enjoying canaps on the hotel’s rooftop, meeting Robbie Williams’ band and having their photos taken around the grounds of Queens University.

After their amazing day, Clare and Brian headed to Lough Eske Hotel in Donegal for a minimoon and are planning a trip further a field for the autumn, when baby Matthew is a little older.


Marc Lawson, Lisburn,
Tel: 07740 360 452