A stunning blue and green travel themed wedding, captured by Wedding Moments.
The couple: Aisling & Lee Standen
Length of engagement: 1 year | Wedding Date: 27th July 2018
Wedding location: Castle Dargan, Sligo
Videographer & Photographer: Wedding Moments
We met… in 2011 in a little pub near the school we worked at in Thatcham, England.
Our proposal… Lee proposed on the beach as the sunset on Koh Samet in Thailand. We were on our own on the beach. It was just idyllic.
Our wedding theme/colours… we had a travel theme for our wedding. We decided on this as we have been living abroad together for a number of years and we love travelling. In addition to this, we had guests coming from different parts of the world so we tried to incorporate that into the wedding too. Our colours were pastel blue and green.
My dress… I got my dress in Lamelia Bridal in Beltra, Sligo. Dawn is fantastic to deal with and so professional. She will help you in any way she can and has a fabulous selection of dresses. I would recommend her to every bride!
My hair and makeup… Carol Willis was our make up artist on the day and Georgina Healy styled our hair.
His suit… Next formalwear.
What our bridal party wore… the girls’ dresses were from the Debenhams bridal collection. Multiway allowed them each to wear a style they were most comfortable with. The groomsmen were also dressed by Next formalwear.
Our ceremony… we had a civil ceremony at Castle Dargan. We looked at quite a few hotels but loved their ceremony room the best. It has a lovely intimate feel and I love the building- a refurbished coach house. Our registrar was Aislinn Curran from the HSE. We were given great scope to do what we wanted with our ceremony so we felt it was very personal to us. Lee and I included our parents and friends so it was very special.
We chose our videographer, Wedding Moments, because… I loved the photos and videos Johnny and Mairead had up on their website. The cinematic feature really caught my attention too. Both had a very unique style and the photos were very natural. They were a pleasure to deal with from abroad and when I got home; so accommodating and friendly. They blended in so well on the day, made everyone feel at ease and captured lots of special memories for us.
We chose our venue because… we loved the ceremony room and the function room as it had a beautiful view of the Irish countryside. So many function rooms we looked at didn’t even have a window and as we both love travelling and been outdoors this was a venue that best suited our personalities.
My favourite part of the wedding day…I had such a fantastic day it is difficult to pick a particular moment. However, as I recall the day the ones that stand out to me are:
The entrance & ceremony: I loved the ceremony from start to finish. Seeing Lee at the top of the aisle as my Dad walked me up was exhilarating. I thought I would be emotional but I was so happy I just couldn’t stop smiling. We wrote our own vows too so saying them to one another was very special. The second part of the day that I loved was actually going to the venue. My uncle drove me in his own car, a vintage Wolseley 1500 and my mum and dad came with me. My bridesmaids were behind in two cars and the excitement and anticipation as we drove down to Balleygawley with cars tooting their horns at us was wonderful and a lovely moment to share with my family. The final two things that were memorable and special were the speeches and our first dance!
My piece of advice for other couples… enjoy every minute of your day. I know every bride says that but it does fly so don’t sweat the small stuff. Everyone there will want to see you both and celebrate with you. If you have good food and music you’ll have lots of happy people. We also included our friends and family in the ceremony and reception – doing so made it so much more personal to us and them. Lastly, I would recommend getting a photographer and videographer, already there are things I have forgotten (or things I missed on the day) and I can’t wait to see them. Also, it will be lovely to look back on in years to come. Have fun with the planning and enjoy the big day.
As our family and friends made the day so special for us I also have to thank them. Go raibh míle maith agat to my parents who did so much leading up to and after the wedding- I appreciate everything you do. My aunt and uncle (Margaret & Padraig) for all they did and for getting me to the wedding in such a beautiful car- there aren’t words to describe how fantastic you have been. Thank you to Cian, Anthony, Brid & Marie for all their help. Niamh & Edel for organising my Irish hen and for your help and foresight with everything else!! Aoife for being my personal chauffeur and always making me laugh. Tommy for the awesome music and singing at our ceremony – everyone has been singing your praises since! Amanda for organising my Thai hen and Rachel and Emma for getting the boys ready on time! 😉
The day would not have gone so smoothly without you all!
Ceremony & Reception venue: Castle Dargan, Balleygawley, Sligo | Videographer & Photographer: Wedding moments | Dress: Lamelia Bridal | Dress alterations: Verona Walsh | Hair: Georgina Healy | Makeup: Carol Willis | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Next Formalwear | Bridesmaids Dresses: Debenhams bridal | Flowers: Feehilys florist, Sligo| Band & DJ: Late nite radio – highly recommend these guys. So nice to deal with and play brilliant music | Ceremony music: the very talented Tommy Benn | Cakes: sweet – Marie Keenan, savoury- cheesecake from SuperValu Ballymote | Stationery: we used PaperlessPost for our online invites and got hard copies printed in Reads, Dublin for our postal invitations. Our table plan, names and wedding day stationary were all printed by Printfix in Sligo | Cake topper: Etsy (Prince Whitaker) | blue and green travel themed wedding
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Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.