The Wedding Edit – Small & Local


One of the main things I wanted to do when planning our wedding was to use as many small and local businesses as possible and it was something I succeeded in doing. In no particular order take a peak at who we used, I’ll later go into more detail about them as my ‘The Wedding Edit’ blogs continue to develop.

T H E    R I N G S – Ellison Jewellers, Belfast

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Photo: Ellisons Jeweller’s website

The first place we started off our wedding journey was Ellisons Jewellers to pick my engagement ring back in 2017, we met Ciara and she was so helpful and understood exactly the style I wanted and the budget we had.


If any of you read my post Engaged Life – Wedding Prep, you will have seen that we also went back to look at wedding bands. Again Ciara was there to see us through the whole process; I had an idea in my head of the type of wedding band I wanted, but she was able to explain the ones that would go best with my engagement band. She was also able to advise Phil on the material to choose for his ring in relation to his job and durability of the ring.

Photo: Bannon & McCabe

Once we picked our wedding bands we went on to get them engraved; with my ring being so fine mine needed to be hand engraved and Phil’s was machine engraved.

Photo: Bannon & McCabe

T H E    D R E S S  – Divinity Bridal, Lisburn

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Photo: The Wedding Collective

Again you will see I featured Divinity Bridal in my post Engaged Life – Wedding Prep, I talked about the reason I chose Divinity for my wedding dress was the recommendations I got from friends. On my first visit with Mum instantly we were put at ease and of course it was no problem to have a little look around the shop as they were in between appointments. This meant we could browse through the dresses and I could see ones I wanted to try on and say to the girls a few ideas I liked and get some advice from them, and most importantly for me, control underwear and Spanx were not a necessity! After this 10/15 minutes of just looking at the dresses and talking to the girls I knew I was ready to make an appointment with them and I had, no let me rephrase that, mum had actually spotted a dress that when I seen it I had a feeling it could be the one! That dress actually became the one. Check out ‘The Wedding Edit – Dresses’ to see the process of picking the dress for me.

T H E    D R E S S – Sew Handy Designs, Banbridge

With any wedding dress you order, you always will need alterations. The dress you get will not fit you, the size they order for you will be to fit the largest part of your body and then the alterations are done on the rest of the dress so it fits you perfectly. I was really lucky that Donna from Sew Handy was able to fit me in, she is so busy and nearly always fully booked unless you book in well in advance, only because she is so amazing! If you are interested, contact her, you never know if she’s got a cancellation or is free around your wedding date. Now Donna didn’t just alter my dress, but she basically totally redesigned my whole dress!

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Photo: Innocent Chaos
 From the moment I met Sharon, the beautiful face behind Innocent Chaos I knew I wanted her to do my wedding flowers (I was single at this point, so I had some pretty high hopes!). I knew I wanted one of her floral crowns/headbands and a hoop rather than a bouquet, and that is exactly what I got. There is a bit of a sneak peak at Sharon’s studio in Engaged Life – Wedding Prep and I will be showing you more about how I went about picking my flowers in ‘The Wedding Edit – Accessories’ but for now have a look at our beautiful flowers.

A C C E S S O R I E S – Emerald & Opal Design

For ages I wanted a painted jacket, so when it came to my wedding day I thought to myself why not? So mum found on recommendation the lovely Sarah who is the face behind Emerald & Opal Design. She was able to hand paint this beautiful design onto my coat and she made my bridesmaids some hair slides to match in with the colour scheme. Be sure to check out my post ‘The Wedding Edit – Accessories’ for more info.o

B E A U T Y – Rachel Henry Makeup

Never one to get my makeup professionally done I was adamant that I would do my own on my wedding day, that maybe I’d just go for some lashes prior to the big day. Well that was until I started following and met @rachelhenrymakeup I loved how natural her makeup was and I had booked into her to get my lashes done. I ended up doing a trial go aka getting my makeup done for my hen night and loved it so decided that OK I would get my makeup done professionally for the wedding. Rachel was and is fantastic, she came to the house and did mine, my mum’s and my bridesmaid’s makeup, she was so well priced and calm and fun to have there with us. I would definitely say I see Rachel as a friend now, she is so calm, puts you totally at ease and is so comfortable to be around. I could happily lie for hours chatting as she applies as many ‘fans’ as possible to my lashes. A true

B E A U T Y – Tan – Lusso Tan

Anyone who knows me or has followed me for a while will know I love a good fake tan, the darker the better. I’ve actually just applied some for the weekend ahead. When I contacted the lovely ladies at Lusso Tan about where I could buy some more of their self tan lotion as I wanted to wear it on my wedding day they kindly gifted me a set. It’s a tan that works so well on me and always looks so natural and OMW it’s actually the only tan that ever leaves my hands looking half decent. Yeah after all these years I’ve still not mastered hand tanning lol. So any wedding pics you see of me it’s @lussotan I am wearing, like these photos below.

N A I L S – Sitting Pretty Nails – Cheyenne

I was in two minds about going for something classic for my wedding nails, but then classic just isn’t me. @cheyennenails_ from @sittingprettynails was able to incorporate both my styles and hand painted my ring finger with flowers to match in with my wedding flowers.


P H O T O G R A P H Y – Bannon & McCabe Wedding Photography

I am very lucky to have such talented friends (I’ll go into them in more detail in ‘The Wedding Edit – Creativeness’) and friends in the wedding trade so of course when I got engaged I asked Malcom and Alan aka Bannon & McCabe Wedding Photography to do my wedding. Lucky for me Alan was free on our wedding date and was fantastic, these are just few of my favourite photos he took.

P H O T O G R A P H Y – Rural Lane Photography

So this is my wonderfully talented friend Vicki, the face behind Rural Lane Photography, she did an absolutely amazing job at snapping away at our wedding. Vicki took over taking photos after the speeches and I love the natural photos she got, so many we didn’t even know she was taking! These are a few of my favourites.

F O O D – Sunflower Sandwich Company

I couldn’t have got married down at home in Bangor without having a platter of Sunflower sandwiches to line our stomachs before the ceremony. Sunflower Sandwich Company is hands down the nicest sandwich company around, their sandwiches are always packed with the freshest, most flavoursome fillings.


F O O D – Wolf and Devour & Tricycle Trading

For our food we wanted something different, not your typical sit down three course meal. We decided on Wolf and Devour food truck and went for Burgers and Hot dogs with loads of side salads for our mains and then a French Fry bar for our night food. They are also linked with Tricycle Trading who served ice cream to everyone as they arrived at the wedding reception. There will be more info and pictures on the food in ‘The Wedding Edit – Food & Drink‘.

F O O D – Born and Raised Waffles

Michael and Born and Raised Waffles was actually the first wedding thing we booked! Phil and I were up in the Antrim in December for their ‘Winter Wonderland’ event and I tried a waffle from Born and Raised Waffles. Nearly straight away I asked if they did weddings and the reply was yes, within a few days I had contacted Micheal and paid our deposit! There will be more info and pictures on the food in ‘The Wedding Edit – Food & Drink.

V E N U E – Field of Dreams

Phil and I didn’t want a hotel venue; we have both been to quite a few hotel weddings and as beautiful as they all were, they just aren’t us or what we wanted. We wanted something a lot more laid back and casual. After looking about I found Field of Dreams, to me that was just what we were after. Straight away I just knew this was the place! Phil was a little more hesitant, more because he isn’t someone who rushes into things, he says I’m the impulsive one. I had so many ideas of what we could do with this blank space; exactly what we wanted, a place to make our own and put our stamp on it. It took him a few days to agree on Field of Dreams and perhaps right up until the day of the wedding for him to realise how perfect it was and how personal it could be. Check out just a few of the photos, you will be seeing a lot more of the venue as this post goes on and the range of ‘The Wedding Edit’ posts are published.

D E C O R A T I O N S – Swift Wedding Services

Like most brides to be Pinterest has a lot to answer for, I had an idea in my head that I wanted the roof filled with paper lanterns and fairy lights and initially I had planned that we would do it ourselves. However the more we thought about all the logistics the more of a hassle it sounded so I did my research and came across Swift Wedding Services. Sinead and her team did a fantastic job and as you can see in the photos below were able to create just what I wanted. They came down 2 days before to set everything up and the day after the wedding to remove it all.

D E C O R A T I O N – Cake Topper – Dindindies Designs

We kept our cake very simple, a semi naked cake one of my best friends made for us (more about that in the ‘The Wedding Edit – Creativeness’ post). For our topper I was originally wanted some handmade edible flowers, but the budget didn’t allow that, so I went for this personalised Wooden Mr and Mrs cake topper from Dindindies Designs, isn’t it so pretty!

M U S I C – DJ Jason Carson

I’ve known Jason for a few years now through work and know of how fantastic he is as a DJ, he comes with so many recommendations and not the ridiculous price-tag some DJs have! DJ Jason Carson had everyone up on their feet, young and old, he had a great mix of music and he even through in a fun game of Mr & Mrs.

T H E    S U I T S – Focus Menswear, Bangor

Now I couldn’t be forgetting about the men, we had 5 of them to kit out for the big day; Phil, his best man, his groomsman, my dad and his dad. From day 1 I said about Focus Menswear and it took a little while for Philip to realise (as always lol) I was right! Originally with most of the men living in Banbridge he wanted to go local to them, however there were no places that could accommodate the size of the groomsman. At my wits end and panicking at how laid back Phil was being I nipped into Focus to see by any chance did they do a suit in his size and they did. That sealed the deal, within a week Phil was down sorting the suits. Micheal and the guys were absolutely fantastic, they went above and beyond, nothing was a task to them!

And that’s it for the small and or local companies we used for our wedding, it felt so good supporting small and local where we could and I would 100% recommend you do the same if you can too.

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