The focus for Hannah and Ryan’s big day was simple – for everyone to relax and have a good time!
One glance at the gorgeous pics from their sun-soaked wedding at The Parsonage and it’s clear to see that their plans went off without a hitch.
Bride Hannah tell us how they managed to enjoy every minute and shares more of the beautiful photos from Emma Gray Photography…
Ryan proposed when we were on holiday in Rome back in 2015, so we had around three years to wait for our big day.
We knew the ceremony would be in Ryan’s church, but we needed a venue for the main celebrations.
We ended up choosing The Parsonage at Dunmore Park because as well as being close to the church, it also has amazing grounds.
We loved that there were two marquees to play with, to help make everything flow smoothly between the day and evening parts.
The fact that there were 12 bedrooms for our grandparents to stay overnight, as well as plenty of nearby accommodation for everyone else, was also a huge selling point!
Claire from the Parsonage was great, both in the run up to the wedding and on the day itself. We couldn’t fault her!
I didn’t really have a theme, as such. I love rustic styles and flowers, so I just knew that I wanted something more natural rather than glitzy.
For the colour scheme, I worked to the bridesmaid dresses I’d picked – I just loved the unusual dusty grey blue colour!
I tied the flowers and foliage in with those, and added wee thistles, too.
I went wedding dress shopping at Kudos Bridal and tried on about eight different dresses before finding the one.
The shop assistant actually suggested it and I loved it. The scalloped lace and veil were beautiful.
It’s funny because my wedding was a week after Meghan and Harry’s and my dress was the total opposite to hers – but I loved it and nothing else compared to it!
The night before the wedding, we had a rehearsal at the church and then had dinner (and a few drinks!) as a family. Everyone was all excited!
I stayed the night at my parents and I thought I’d be really nervous, but the morning itself was really relaxed.
It helped that I was already friendly with my hair and makeup artist!
The sun was shining as we left for the church, and stayed shining all day.
Our ceremony and church service was so beautiful! After the ceremony, we had coaches to take all our guests to The Parsonage.
We were so lucky on the day! There were no glitches and the weather was just perfect for making the most of the venue’s patio space.
When we arrived a little bit after our guests, everyone was mingling outside in the sun and enjoying the acoustic band we’d hired to play through the reception.
We had canapes and drinks, and spent some time chatting to everyone.
Our photographer, Emma, was great. She’d photographed a friend’s wedding and the photo’s were stunning!
We wanted more natural photos and we knew Emma would be able to deliver that.
It was lovely to be able to spend more time chatting to our guests, rather than just posing for photos.
Then it was time for the speeches (my Dad spoke first, followed by Ryan and his two best men) and the meal, which was delicious.
Afterwards, the celebrations moved to pavillion but whilst our guests headed there, the Parsonage’s manager encouraged me and Ryan to take a wee break.
We headed up to our room where she had champagne waiting for us and we spent half an hour relaxing together before our evening guests arrived.
We’re so glad she encouraged us to do it – it was so lovely to spend some time just us two.
For the evening party, we hired band Sneaky Treacle and they kept everyone entertained.
We had our first dance and then just enjoyed celebrating our wedding.
We stayed at The Parsonage that night along with the bridal party, our parents and our grandparents.
It was so nice to chill out the next day and look at people’s photos – we also had a big barbecue together!
I really enjoyed wedding planning! I’m quite organised so I had plenty of spreadsheets on the go, so I never got overly stressed.
It helped that we had plenty of time to look at options and save up.
Me and Ryan had been together for eight years before getting married, but it does feel a wee bit different.
I love seeing Ryan wearing his wedding ring, despite the fact that he doesn’t really wear jewellery. It feels really nice!
Celebrant: Rev Thom Riddell at St. Micheals Parish Church