A Co Down couple have shared a glimpse of their gorgeous wedding day on New Years Eve.
Michelle Morgan, 27, and husband Ryan Addis, 32, from outside Castlewellan, had their big day at Clonvaraghan Chapel ahead of a reception at Hinch Distillery, Temple.
In Be Inside My Wedding‘s weekly feature, the couples dive into their special day to give the bride and groom some advice.
The MRI radiographer and the carpentry contractor met ten years ago when they both took part in a Strictly Come Dancing competition at their local Gaelic club, with Ryan ‘fixing’ the couple so they were paired with Michelle .
Co Down’s wife told us all about their big day..
How did you start planning your wedding and how did you choose your location?
We set the date first, my husband Ryan is a Christmas fanatic and always wanted to get married around this time, which I hadn’t really thought of. However, I said I would only get married at NYE, so we had to wait another year to get a venue available on that date.
We originally booked the Ballymascanlon Hotel in Co Louth for our venue in 2019 as we had attended previous weddings and it is a lovely setting. However, due to increased Covid restrictions in the South, we have changed location in early 2021 to the North.
Our new venue Hinch Distillery had just opened and was new to weddings. We chose this place because it was well located and it was something different and unique.
We then booked alliance The Untouchables, followed by videographer Ryan Ward and photographer McVeigh Photography.
Tell us about your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses and costumes.
My dress is called the designer Pronovias ‘Brown’ dress and was purchased from La Boda Bridal in Banbridge. I’ve tried on a few dresses before this one and always planned on going for a fitted dress. I tried this one and my mom and sisters absolutely loved it because it looked like a princess. It was a difficult decision to make and as I am an indecisive person, it did not make things easier. I ordered it in September 2020 and it arrived in stores in August 2021. The girls at La Boda went above and beyond for me. They were so amazing and I would highly recommend them to all brides looking for the best wedding experience with absolutely stunning dresses!
A special mention to my bridesmaid and best friend Roisin from SoRo Studios who made my headpiece and wedding veil. She knew exactly the vision I had and made these custom pieces to match my dress perfectly. They completed the whole look and it was even more special that she was part of my wedding party that day.
I bought my bridesmaid dresses from Reiss. I saw these online in January 2020 and absolutely loved them, I thought the velvet suited a winter wedding and the bronze/champagne color suited our NYE theme.
The costumes were hired from Freddie Hatchet in Belfast. We went with black tuxedo suits as we were doing a black tie dress code. They were great to deal with and we had a great experience every time we were in the store. Their costumes look very sharp and I highly recommend it.
What was the best part of preparing for your day?
The Covid pandemic has really impacted wedding preparation due to restrictions and increased cases, so we had to be careful to avoid the virus before the wedding. We haven’t gone out a lot or met a lot of people, which has affected our development – because it should be a very exciting time. We managed to get by on hen and stag in October.
My hen was in Manchester and was surprised by my fabulous bridesmaids who had everything planned to ensure I had the best weekend celebrating with my family and friends. The bachelor party was in Liverpool and was hosted by my brother who is also my husband’s best friend and was the best man.
What was the best moment of your day and your other favorite parts?
The highlight of the day for us was when we saw each other at the top of the aisle. Also, the sense of relief that the day has actually materialized with all the Covid-related stress approaching. We also loved celebrating the New Year with all our family and friends.
What would you say to the other bride and groom to plan first?
We would tell other bride and groom to book the ceremony and venue first to ensure you get the date you want and the venue you want. Organizing the music is another important part if you want a specific band/musician to play. Next, popular photographers and videographers book up quickly, so they need to book well in advance.
A mention to our florist Rebecca who owns The Floralicious Designs. She was amazing from the start as she knew exactly the vision we were going for, was easy to deal with and a perfectionist in her work. She dressed the chapel and venue beautifully and everyone at the wedding commented on the stunning floral designs. We highly recommend her for future brides.
What were the hardest parts to plan? Did you encounter any difficulties?
We had difficulties throughout the wedding planning once Covid hit. We had to change wedding venues, we also had to reduce the number of guests to 100 and some vendors had to rebook. However, everything came together on D-Day.
What was your theme?
We opted for a black tie as it suited NYE and we wanted to represent a classic and elegant theme for the wedding, opting for a gold and neutral color scheme. We originally booked fireworks for Ballymascanlon but when we moved we couldn’t get them due to the security risk at a distillery. Therefore, we unfortunately had to cancel them and had sparklers for us and the guests instead to mark the night.
Would you do something different or wish there was something you didn’t worry about?
Looking back I don’t think we would do anything different, it wasn’t the wedding we originally planned but it turned out to be a fantastic day and it all came together in the end. A mention to our venue Hinch Distillery – facilities manager Rory was brilliant from the start, easy to deal with and nothing was too much trouble. He made sure everything was perfect on D-Day.
We would recommend this new venue to brides and grooms if you are looking for a quirky new wedding venue with character and charm. The photos are very unique as the bride and groom are allowed into the distillery itself for a photo shoot.
Has Covid affected other plans?
Covid changed our venue, changed supplier and close friends were unable to attend the wedding as they contracted it the day before – all of this had an impact. However, we were just happy to spend our day with as many family and friends as could be there.
We were also unable to attend our planned Miami honeymoon and Caribbean cruise as Ryan contracted Covid a few days after the wedding. We will be re-booking something for later in the year and have just had a mini moon around the south of Ireland in the meantime.
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