It never fails to amaze me, how many stunning Irish venues and settings I have yet to discover, and this sweet and charming wedding from Gillian Higgins Photography brings another beauty to the table! Although the sun didn’t shine for Louise and Edmunds June nuptials in Port Stewart, Northern Ireland, the rain did stay at bay, and I think the soft moody grey of the skies just added to the loveliness of it all!
Do you know what else is totally adorable? The way these lovebirds met!
“We met in 2005, while we were studying for undergraduate degrees at the University of Edinburgh. On Valentine’s Day, we both attended a university society debate on the motion ‘tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.’ Edmund spoke in favour of love, and I voted for him – the rest, as they say, is history!”
Sounds like the romance stakes were high from the start, and Edmund didn’t disappoint when he proposed almost 7 years later, at Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh!
Aren’t the images from Gillian Higgins just beautiful? I love how she captured all the little details and moments, giving a special glimpse of how the day unfolded! Finding a photographer that suited their style was really important to Louise and Edmund, and they couldn’t have been more delighted with how they turned out.
“I was incredibly pleased when Gillian agreed to do the wedding – even though she had just had a baby! Her relaxed style suited us perfectly, and she has a fantastic eye, which meant that not only did she capture many details which would otherwise have been overlooked, she really caught the spirit of the day too.”
Although they are both PhD students in Scotland, they decided Louise’s hometown of Port Stewart would be the perfect setting for their wedding, and I can see why!
“The town is beautifully located on the North Coast of Northern Ireland, and is a tourist attraction in itself. Our ceremony was in the gorgeous Star of the Sea church, and as the doors open directly onto a sea view, there was a stunning backdrop. As Edmund is from England, this meant that many of our English friends and family were able to come over for an extended break and travel around Northern Ireland.”
I love the black and white image of Louise arriving to the church, it’s such a classic and could easily be of a wedding 50 years ago!
“We arranged for the buses taking our guests to the reception to drive along the Antrim Coast road. We hadn’t expected it, but the drivers gave a guided tour, and even stopped for photographs, which added another special element to the day.”
What a fantastic way of getting of getting your guests to and from a wedding! While they were enjoying this vintage blue beauty, Gillian captured a few gorgeous shots of the newlyweds at Port Stewart Pier, showing it’s well worth it to think outside the box when it comes to your wedding portraits!
All of the beautiful flowers you see below were grown by Louise’s mother! Clearly talent runs in the family as Louise DIY’ed a lot of the elements of the day, using her grandmother and great grandmothers china in the table settings.
“I made hair combs for the bridesmaids from vintage brooches, but left the brooch fittings on them, so they could wear them afterwards. All the flowers on the tables were from the garden, and mum arranged them herself, with the help on one of the bridesmaids, creating beautiful, unfussy centrepieces – a huge task!”
Their venue Lissanoure Castle was light and airy, a perfect setting for the country garden vibe!
“The venue itself couldn’t be further from a hotel function room, with charmingly mismatched pictures and furniture, and a wonderfully light dining room. Our guests were also able to explore the gardens, with their lake and the ruins of the original castle. The country garden feel was also reflected in my cascading bouquet, the muted, natural colour palette, the cream teas served at the reception, and the vintage seed packets we gave as favours”
And words of wisdom to bestow on future couples?
“Don’t do anything just because it’s the ‘done thing’; it’s your wedding day! On the day, ensure you take a few minutes just to have a look around as a couple, and watch everyone enjoying themselves – it all goes so quickly!”
Looks like they stayed perfectly true to themselves, resulting in a beautiful, personal and fun filled day! Many thanks to Louise and Edmund for allowing me to share their love story, wishing you many happy years ahead! Thank so much too to Gillian Higgins for sharing her stunning work, if you like what you see as much as I do, there’s plenty more beauties to explore on her blog!
Wedding details: Dress & Accessories: Ian Stuart, from Dream Weddings, Coleraine | Shoes: Meadows | Jewellery: Jersey Pearl | Stationery: David Edwards | Venue: Lissanoure Castle | Coordinator: Sheryl, Lissanoure Castle | Flowers: Jim Bell and Denise Carson | Décor: Denise Carson | Groom’s Suit: Smalley’s Gentleman’s Outfitters, Nottingham | Catering: Caulfield and Dorrity | Cake: Marks and Spencers