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New York Inspired Wedding by Gillian Higgins Photography

Heather & Graeme on the bridge
Bridal party Starbucks coffee

The gloomy dark months have well and truly arrived, but today, thanks to Gillian Higgins Photography, we have an elegant New York inspired wedding to brighten your day.

Yolan Cris wedding gown Bridesmaid and Louboutin shoes

Heather and Graeme didn’t have the most romantic of beginnings;

“We always kind of knew each other through mutual friends and after seeing him out and about, I finally gave in, got his number and text him. He replied- seven hours later! After a month of texting, he picked me up for our first date; a very simple drive for ice cream- my favourite.” 

wedding stationery and perfume Heather getting ready Heather and her dad Bridesmaid gifts Wedding day Chanel gift Wedding day groom gift Bridal party shoe line up

Bride putting on her Louboutin wedding shoes Final touches to Heather the bride Bride wearing veil, ready to go maids ready to go

Heather admits to being pretty particular, so six years into their relationship the conversation was steered round to her pointing out what style of engagement ring she would like.

“Several ring styles, shops and months after we started looking, I finally made the decision on the type of ring I would like, a classic solitaire with tapered baguette shoulder.” 

But Heather would have to wait a while longer to get the ring on her finger! The magical proposal happened almost a year later while the couple were in New York.

“Graeme kind of hijacked the holiday I had bought for him as a Christmas present. Overlooking the ice rink in Central Park, he popped the question and although I knew he had the ring, I was still very surprised!”

groom at the church Graeme the groom and his parents Bridal cars

After deciding on a date and booking the church, Heather booked Gillian Higgins as her photographer for the day;

“I absolutely love photographs and having seen Gillian’s work, I knew she was exactly the style of photographer I wanted. I think the amazing photos reflect what a fantastic job she did.”

With the help of her wonderful mum and bridesmaids Heather’s wedding came together nicely, with little fuss.

Adorable page boy Fun at the ceremony Heading to the ceremony Moments before the ceremony Heathers last pic with Dad Stunning bridal party

Heather went for an elegant, timeless feel to her day with neutral shades, all wrapped up with a little touch of quirkiness on the side. Having gotten engaged in New York, nods to this special place were used throughout the day, with the reception tables being named after NYC landmarks.

Heather’s wedding dress was from one of Mrs2Be’s favourite designers, Yolan Cris.

“After trawling around close to 15 bridal boutiques, I was convinced my dream dress didn’t exist. Then, I went to my appointment at The White Gallery, Warrenpoint and was greeted with a chalkboard sign at the door reading, “Heather, Welcome to The White Gallery”. The dresses were like nothing I had ever seen before and when I tried on ‘the one,’ my mum and best friend were in tears!”

Brides finishing touches Into the church

grooms party waiting patiently Almost time Bride arrives up the aisle First look at his bride Look of love Smiling ceremony We're getting married Mr & Mrs tender moment with the page boy Ceremony treats

“The day was so perfect from beginning to end – it really was. There were no disasters that stick out in my head. The weather was OK. We did get some showers in the afternoon which meant that we had to get the group photos in between our main meal and dessert, which wasn’t ideal, but boy oh boy was it worth it! I am no photographer, but even I knew the light that evening was an absolute dream and the photos really reflect that.”

Entire bridal party line up Heathers veil in the wind Stunning Yolan Cris gown Pretty bride Heather The little helpers Dapper grooms party Wedding fun in the sun Official wedding photographs HeatherAdvice for other couples?

“Enjoy the planning. It plays such a huge part of your big day, so try not to let it stress you out too much. I kept a journal from when I got engaged until the night before my wedding and I think that’s such a good idea, it keeps track of all the trips, appointments and emotions throughout the whole process for you to treasure and remember for years to come. But apart from that, try to remember the whole reason you are getting married – to spend the rest of your live together. It’s a new exciting chapter as husband and wife and remembering that is most important.”

Groom having fun Lough Erne landscape Mr & Mrs Emerson Gorgeous Lough Erne
Champagne time Pre dinner treats New York designer wedding cake Best man speech Father of the bride speech
Exciting speeches Father of the groom speech Loving grooms speech
Dusk at Lough Erne Dusk at Lough Erne Heather and Graeme's wedding day

Heather & Graeme’s Wedding Suppliers:

Venue: Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen

Photographer: Gillian Higgins Photography, Portstewart

Wedding dress: The White Gallery, Warrenpoint

Bridesmaids dress: Perfect Day, Lurgan

Bridal Accessories: Helen Fitzpatrick, Moira

Groomswear: Debonair, Portadown

Wedding cake: Contemporary Cakes, Ballymoney

Flowers: House of Elliott, Lisburn

Transport: I Do Wedding Cars, Portadown

Cinematography: Show & Tell Films

Entertainment: The Reckoners


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