Claire & James' Wedding
Tell us a little about how you met
Claire was on a gym night out, James was on a night out with friends getting practice in for a boy’s holiday. According to James, Claire grabbed his bum (she strongly denies this!) and the rest, as they say, was history.
Talk us through the proposal
It was 26/12/15 and James and Claire were in Dublin on a city break. James popped the big question in a place called the Cellar Bar. Claire was completely unaware what James had planned and spent the rest of the evening in tears (happy tears of course).
The Phantom House
The Renaissance Suite
Why Galgorm Resort & Spa
Being from Manchester we required everything in one place – Galgorm had everything on our list: beautiful location, great outdoor space for photo’s, accommodation and the amazing spa and thermal village added a special touch. We were really impressed with the whole resort when we visited for the bridal day in March 2016 and could see our families and friends coming over to make our wedding a weekend event.
What made you choose a Resort location?
The award-winning facilities and excellent reputation the resort holds. Our guests were able to use the spa facilities throughout their stay.
Tell us the most memorable part of your day?
The whole day – from start to finish! Claire had breakfast and treatments in the Boudoir Room with her bridesmaids, page boy, mum & mother of the groom but obviously walking down the aisle stands out. Likewise, James watching Claire walking down the aisle looking stunning in her beautiful wedding dress to the music of our harpist singing (Amy Macalister) - A Thousand Years.
Advice for future couples
Make it a weekend event – we had four days at the resort, arriving two days before our big day. As soon as we arrived Galgorm took full control, this gave us two days to unwind and come the morning of the Wedding we were totally relaxed.
The Dream Team
Galgorm Wedding Planner
Designed by the bride
The Cake Parlour - Christine Kenny
S&Co Flowers, Ballymena
Decor & Design
Elite Events NI. They dressed the Phantom House with drapes, white carpet & seat covers. They also provided the beautiful backdrop which was lit using fairy lights.
David Cavan. Totally amazing on the day! He even helped to dress me by putting my veil in.
Didn't have one. Didn't need one. We have been sent plenty of videos to capture our day.
We made a donation to Cancer Research and all guests received a feather badge. The flower girl received a bunny and an engraved love heart trinket box. My page boy received an engraved pocket watch.
The Glam Squad
Done by a family friend, Jenny Carter who is based at The Hair & Beauty Spa in Greater Manchester. She had a very busy morning creating looks for the bride, bridesmaids and flower girls.
Done by the fabulous Zoe McCurdy based at The Therapy Rooms, Antrim.
Created by Jenny Rundle, a friend from our hometown, Wigan.
The Glad Rags
Wedding Dress & Accessories
Purchased at Orchid Designs in Clitheroe, England. Special shout out to Liz who was truly amazing from me finding the perfect dress to the final fitting. Shoes from Rachel Simpson.
Hired from Young's at Debenhams