Good morning lovely wedding planners!
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Today we’re headed to the beautiful setting of the Stormont Hotel in Belfast to Victoria and Paul’s beautiful May wedding. The couple, who first got together after meeting during a night out were married in Sydenham Methodist Church, Belfast and travelled with their guests to the Stormont where the beautiful result of Victoria’s hard work was easily seen! “I love tea sets and fine china and these were the main theme of our decorations at the Stormont Hotel. During the run up to the wedding I collected tea sets and cups, and decided to make cake stands for the table centres,” said Victoria.
“After discussing getting engaged, Paul kept me waiting until an October dog walk at Holywood Seapark where he popped the question! We knew we didn’t want a really long engagement and so we started looking at venues. We needed somewhere that would hold our large numbers and so the Stormont hotel was high on our list. Once we met Natalie we agreed it was the place to hold our big day. From then Pinterest was my wedding guide, and having been to lots of weddings I knew the suppliers I wanted for our day,” added Victoria.
Victoria chose a soft blue and pink colour scheme and together with help from her mum and brother the quirky and romantic tea party ideas came to life. “My mum was a great help and every time I went to her house, she’d found some more cups! I glued the teacup and saucer together and then these where to be filled with flowers. My brother helped me make the cake stands, which involved collecting various sizes of plates and teapots. With a lot of trial and error we managed to get the cake stands looking amazing, with teapots, or milk jugs on top to hold extra flowers. Marie Cafolla was a massive help in this process and without her hard work and enthusiasm we may not have been able to make it work. It was tricky but I was so glad the ideas paid off as the flowers were one of my favourite things on the day,” explained Victoria.
“My highlight was knowing that the day had all come together so well. I loved seeing our beautiful cars, and was completely blown away by the flowers – I loved them! Taking the first step up the aisle with my dad and seeing everyone there was amazing. I loved seeing how great the table centres had worked out and how good the reception looked, that took a massive weight off. The standout highlight of my day was getting the dancing started, and having our first dance together. It sounds cliché, but the whole day was just perfect, and I had so much fun,” added Victoria.
Ceremony: Sydenham Methodist Church, Belfast.
Reception: Stormont Hotel, Belfast tel: 028 9065 1066.
Wedding dress: Belle Du Jour, Comber, tel: 028 9187 1217.
Bridesmaid Dresses: Pronuptia Bridal, Belfast tel: 028 9032 4747.
Groomswear: Focus Menswear, Bangor tel: 028 9127 1818.
Flowers: Marie Cafolla Flowers, Newtownards, tel: 07989 948 423.
Room Décor: Wedding Essentials NI, tel: 07942 616 648.
Transport: Groom Wedding Cars, Banbridge, tel: 028 4066 2405.
Photographer: Esther Irvine Photography, tel: 07793 860 639.