Blooming June bride Nicola Watson and her proud groom Nick Maguire celebrated their wedding in their native Ireland at the medieval church of Carlingford Heritage Centre, in County Louth. The joyous ceremony was simply business as usual – the continuation of a lifetime of adventures that have been ongoing ever since they met. Up to now their biggest adventure had been a trip of a lifetime to Canada, meant to last a year or two – though six years later they are still there, living together in Vancouver with their pet bird Frankie. So any time spent with family and friends back home in the Emerald Isle is precious.
A labour of love, the relaxed and classic elegance of their wedding ceremony reflected a pool of exceptional talents. Nicola created the pretty calligraphy of the reception place cards herself – and this hands-on authenticity carried on throughout the happy family affair. Her fairytale cream lace dress was designed and hand made by Bernadette Rose Creations – aka Nick’s mother – who also made the flower girls’ pretty frocks. This very special skill runs in the family. AnaMac bespoke dressmaker’s – namely Nick’s sister – created the lovely, flower-sprigged bridesmaid’s dresses. His other sister Emma, together with daughters Maya, Rhianna and Nina made the cake – a glorious confection of Guinness, Syrup and Bailey’s cup cakes. Nicola’s sisters and friends were involved in singing, reading and playing music. This was exactly what Nick and Nicola were aiming for –
”It was a day to celebrate the talents of our families and friends and to include everyone in some way,” said Nicola.
True to the old rhyme of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’, the bride wore an antique hair slide to complement her gorgeous new gown and her nana’s vintage pearl necklace. A pretty blue feather in her luscious red hair completed the look.
The couple’s family and friends were involved right from the start of their love story. Nicola had heard about Nick when she lived in London in the early ‘noughties’:
”Nick and I met in Dublin many moons ago in 2008, after a few years of hearing about each other. I was living in London and was only home for holidays, but I had just moved back to Ireland and met him at a party through mutual friends. We had the same friends for years but never actually met – we hit it off and started seeing each other. After lots of romancing and adventuring, we decided to move to Canada together for one great adventure!” recalls Nicola.
”On the 28th December after a VERY long flight and a ten hour stopover, I stepped out to Arrivals in Dublin Airport to a massive group of mine and Nick’s family – some taking videos! I knew something was going on at that point. Nick came over and got down on his knee in front of everyone. It was so romantic and so surprising that I think I slapped him on the arm to “get up!” and then held the ring box up above my head forgetting that he actually had to put it on. Obviously, I said “yes”!” said Nicola.
As they say – the rest is history. In her wedding address to her beaming groom, Nicola made a pledge: ‘I promise to sprinkle our fairy dust love on every day and there will never be a day that doesn’t feel magical’. Their wedding day lived up to this promise in glorious technicolor. Quirky and heart warming, it included a ribbon ceremony, where the hands of the happy couple were symbolically tied together with brightly coloured ribbons.
Passing down the aisle hand-in-hand at the end of the ceremony, the magic continued as Nick and Nicola jumped over a handsome broomstick, fit to grace the pages of any Harry Potter novel and handmade in Vancouver. Celebrated at the height of summer, Nicola and Nick’s wedding was a joyful day and a very special family affair, all held together by happiness and the glue of true love.
VENDOR LOVE :
- Wedding Dress: Bespoke Handmade Dress by Bernadette Rose Creations (Nick’s Mother)
- Bridesmaids dresses: Handmade Dresses by AnaMac Bespoke Dressmaker (Nick’s sister)
- Shoes: Irregular Choice
- Flowers: O’Neill’s, Carlingford
- Groom(smen)’s suits: Lovesuits, Fairview
- Accessories: Nana’s vintage pearls, Earrings and Bracelets from Couer de Lion
- Cake: Emma Jane McGuire Fallon (Nick’s sister)and her daughters Maya, Rianna and Nina
- Stationery: handmade by the bride
- Make Up & Hair: Make up by EF Creative Studios, Hair by Emma Maguire and Rita’s Mobile Hairdressing
- Wedding Bands: Custom made in Vancouver by Costen Catbalue
- Ceremony/Reception Music: Nicola’s sisters Laura Watson and Miriam Watson and friends Sara Atalar and Jimmy Richard
- Venue : Ghan House, Carlingford