Sarah & Anthony

Christmas Wedding

23rd December 2017

I do love a Christmas wedding and I know many of you do too, so I caught up with one of our  recent brides, Sarah Xuereb née Wallace, to hear all about her special day!  Sarah & Anthony chose the stunning Galgorm Resort & Spa as their venue for both their ceremony and reception!

I asked Sarah about her experiences with all her wedding suppliers, here’s what she had to say!

“We had Rose as our wedding co-ordinator at Galgorm, she was absolutely amazing throughout, from the first day we met to look around the venue to the moment I walked down the aisle (and afterwards!) there wasn’t a detail she hadn’t thought of and was a totally calming influence throughout (especially in the last couple of months!). Rose made every element so personal and really gave the impression she genuinely cared – a true wedding fairy godmother!”

Tippy Logronio did all our makeup and even stayed after the ceremony for vital touch ups – she was such a lovely presence to have on the morning of the wedding and we all loved getting ready with her! Lynette Murray did my bridesmaids hair, again a really personable service and a great hairdresser, I loved my girls’ hair.”

I had my own hairdresser from Kevin Kahn’s salon in Bangor (Bobby Gandy) as he has been doing my hair for years, it was really special as I have known him for so long – Bobby was also a guest at the wedding and was on hand for minor adjustments during the day.”

“I was so fortunate to have a custom made Suzanne Neville dress and veil.  Living in London meant I was able to have the ultimate experience of choosing my dream dress from the Suzanne Neville flagship store in Knightsbridge.  My toile appointment with Suzanne was particularly special and I could not have been more pleased with my dream dress, I felt like a princess all day!”

“We used fairytales as our event stylists who were also amazing!  We had one initial conversation with Barbara and from then on she literally made our dreams a reality – I had a lot of ideas and Barbara immediately knew how best to implement all of them in the most magical way.”

The stunning flowers were supplied by Sally’s Florist.

“Receiving the bouquets from Sally was a really emotional moment on the morning of the wedding which I hadn’t really considered beforehand but when I saw them with the button holes I did have a little tear! They were so beautiful and again Sally and her team managed to take a vision from my head and make them a reality. Sally and Barbara worked so well together and the flowers for the ceremony, centre pieces and top table were just so much more than we could have wished for – we loved them!”

Starling Entertainment co ordinated and managed their bands and entertainment.

“We had Belfast Gospel Community Choir welcoming guests and singing during the ceremony which was so special, Ionian string quartet during the ceremony and drinks reception, we also had a piper who piped me down the aisle and Manouché boys in the evening as well as a dj. Neil from Starling was so professional and provided such an honest and reliable service which we really appreciated – he even managed to incorporate Kaylee Rogers who has the voice of an angel to sing my bridesmaids down the aisle – Nothing was too much for him and we felt totally confident in his service the entire time.”

Sarah & Anthony chose Steven Neeson as their Photographer.

“We were so lucky to have Steven Neeson as our photographer, again – another amazing vendor! Steven was not only impeccably professional but also provided the most personal service we could have wished for. He is so incredibly talented and creative and we felt truly blessed to have him capture our special day.  We used Familiar Joy for our videographers and can’t wait to see the result!”

“Last but definitely not least we of course had Gemma’s Cakes for our beautiful cake – not only was it delicious but looked exactly as we had hoped, all our guests commented on how unusual and yummy it was!”

“We really could not have wished for a better set of vendors, every single one made our day more special and if I am honest I miss speaking to a lot of them every day which I think just proves how personable and genuine every single one was!”

“I have always dreamt of a winter wedding, had most of Anthony’s family not been travelling from London and Cyprus we would have gone for Christmas Eve but decided the 23rd was best to allow everyone to travel home afterwards. For anyone planning a Christmas wedding I would say definitely incorporate Christmas, it is such a magical time of year, but it isn’t necessary to have a Christmas “theme.” Cosy fires, fairy lights and candles were the three biggest elements to our day and really helped to create our enchanted, magical fairytale dream!”

A huge thank you to Steven Neeson for sharing his stunning photographs throughout this blog and of course to Sarah & Anthony!

Gemma x