Looking at the radiant image above from Photography by Brideen , you’d be forgiven for thinking it was taken in the heart of sun soaked California! Believe it or not, miracles do happen with the Irish weather every now and then, and Strangford Lough in County Down seems to have cornered it’s own little slice of sunshine! Today’s gorgeous couple not only hit the jackpot with the weather, but also chose one of the most beautiful and unusual Irish wedding venues I have ever encountered, Mount Stewart House and the Temple of the Winds.
Grace and Dermot’s love story started back in 2008 in Queen’s University, and the highlights in their relationship seemed to be punctuated by gorgeous buildings from Queens to Castle Leslie to Mount Stewart!
“We met as students at Queen’s University in 2002, on an Archaeology training excavation. While we became good friends, we didn’t become a couple until 2008, when we met up after a period of not being in touch.
We got engaged in October 2010, at Castle Leslie, one of our favourite most beautiful places in the world. I had booked our stay at the Castle, where we had stayed a few times already, for Dermot’s birthday. I surprised him with this gift over his birthday dinner. He was more than a little shocked – and it later transpired that he had been planning to surprise me with a trip to Castle Leslie the following month, to propose! Of course, I was none the wiser to these plans, so was completely shocked by his proposal – as I had planned the trip, a proposal was not even on my radar!”
I love the little glimpses of beautiful moments, that Brideen captured as the day unfolded. I can’t reinforce enough how important it is to have a fantastic photographer to capture your day, as after it’s all over the photo’s and your memories are priceless. Grace and Dermot couldn’t have been happier with their choice of photography by Brideen and I can see why!
“Brideen and Deci of Photography by Brideenreally put us at ease, and felt like great friends by the end of our wedding. We knew we loved Brideen’s documentary style of photography; it was exactly what we wanted. While neither of us are particularly comfortable having pictures taken, the engagement shoot with Brideen and Deci really helped allay our anxieties. We have the happiest memories from our day, and will be able to look back on these forever.”
Now there’s a bride and groom rocking up in style! A camper van and convertible beetle? Sounds like a good combination to me!
All I could think of when I saw these amazing shots of the venue was that scene in Pride and Prejudice when Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet finally kiss in the rain! Do you know the one I mean?! Well clearly Grace and Dermot felt there was something magical about Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Winds too.
“The venue just felt perfect for us. It is something that we have found difficult to explain, but we just knew for certain when we found it ,that it was the right place for us to get married. The Temple has a natural beauty, it blends so perfectly in the woodland landscape, and the views onto Strangford Lough cannot be matched.
We looked at a lot of venues, we knew that we wanted to get married somewhere unique and beautiful, but the Temple of the Winds at Mount Stewart stood out from anywhere else we visited. It has everything we wanted, beautiful views, natural scenery, and it is utterly unique. We knew it was the most perfect place for us to get married. We had our ceremony and reception there, and the venue worked perfectly for our group of 40 people.”
I adore those wedding portraits, there’s nothing like the beauty of the Irish countryside as a backdrop! As well as beautiful photography, ensuring their guests had a great day was also high on the priority list for Grace and Dermot. Instead of the usual drinks reception they decided to opt for afternoon tea instead!
“We wanted to make sure our guests had a fun day, we felt so grateful to everyone for coming along; and wanted to make sure they felt relaxed and welcome! We knew from the beginning that food was very important to us.
We loved the idea of having Afternoon Tea in the Sunken Gardens at Mount Stewart, and this was topped off with our caterers beautiful vintage china, and gorgeous scones, mini cupcakes, and a fruit punch that really packed a punch!”
Putting a little bit of thought into your wedding decor can take it from ‘run of the mill’ to ‘out of this world’! Grace added a little lace, and heart doilies to jam jars, topped off with pretty straws! I know it might seem like an extra expense, but investing in details that can be used in your home afterwards can be a lovely reminder of your big day.
“I trawled through lots of bridal magazines, and thoroughly enjoyed reading bridal blogs – including ‘Style Serendipity’! I think it is great to get inspiration from lots of sources and then put your own stamp on the little touches. We had collected lots of bits and pieces to use as decor for the day. It is so lovely to have the tea sets and lanterns that we collected for the wedding around our home now! They are beautiful reminders of our wedding.”
They also opted for a sweetheart table, allowing them to sit alone together for the reception and cherish the amazing moments, as well as mingling with guests, such a lovely idea! Judging by their smiles throughout the day, they took their own advice from start to finish!
“Try to relax and enjoy the process of planning your wedding. It is an amazing, special time. Don’t do it alone either, involve your groom in planning. We made decisions together and loved the whole process! Make sure you soak up every detail of your day – it goes in too fast, and just pausing every so often and taking everything in will make images stand out in your memories. Also, trust the professionals you have chosen to be involved in your wedding, they know what they are doing, and things really will go smoothly!”
Hope your future life together is as fun as your big day. Thanks so much for sharing it with us, and huge thanks to Brideen for capturing it all so beautifully! Go enjoy some more light and love in her blog!
Wedding Details: Photography: Photography by Brideen | Dress: Jenny Lindop | Veil & hairpiece: Petticoat Lane Bridal | Stationary: Bespoke design by Arbee Cards | Venue: Temple of the Winds, Mount Stewart | Coordinator: Jan Hollinger, National Trust Wedding Co-Ordinator | Flowers: House of Elliot | Hair: Vintage Rocks Salon | Makeup: Paula Fraser | Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein at House of Fraser | Catering: Simon Shaw, Orange Tree House Catering Company | Cake: Sugarcraft Cakes | Cake Topper: Bespoke design by ‘She Likes Surprises’