Rhianna Norman got in contact in January 2018 looking for a venue for her Winter Wedding. Rhianna and Andrew were looking to get married in January 2019 and although Òran Mór with its West End location was the perfect venue to get married, with the majority of guests travelling through from Dollar for the big day there were plenty of options for accommodation. The couple had decided that the first weekend in January would be perfect for them and their guests as most people are still off work and enjoying the last of the festive holidays.
At the end of the month Rhianna and Andrew made it through to meet me and to see the venue. They instantly fell in love with our Auditorium, and believed it to be the perfect winter wedding venue, as once guests arrive there was no need for them to leave again! With our stunning hand painted ceiling mural and grand church arches, the venue was the perfect backdrop for their wedding photographs.
Rhianna informed me that she had already arranged her photographer who had shot at her cousins wedding the year before, and was also travelling through for the big day. Rachael Sture visited the venue the week before the wedding to suss the place out. Rachael had never shot in the venue before but after her visit, she couldn’t wait for the Cullen wedding.
The wedding planning started and the first easy decision made was to have fairy lights provided by Make Believe Events. Rhianna also made the decision to use the company’s tall gold candelabras as a backdrop for their ceremony at the end of the aisle, which was lined beautifully with white rose petals. Smaller Gold candelabras were also booked for the table centrepieces which were dressed with simple gypsophila by florist The Flower Room. Finishing off the table set up were large gold charger plates and acorns with each guest’s place card. The couple had named their tables after all of their family dogs – yes with the family being farmers there were 13 family dogs!
On the day before the wedding I met with groom Andrew and the family who were all very excited about the weekend ahead. There was also a slight level of stress, as bride Rhianna had a flat tyre on her way to the venue and was still approx. an hour away, meaning she missed her rehearsal with their celebrant. I spent some time with Andrew’s brother Ian who was piping Rhianna down the aisle on the day and very nervous about doing so. Rhianna’s brother Carrick also had an important part to play in the wedding as he was playing an acoustic set on guest’s arrival and during the signing of the register. Both were very anxious about the big parts they had to play in their sibling’s wedding day!
Rhianna arrived at our Bell Tower Entrance at 2.00pm on Friday 4th January 2019 with her father and four bridesmaids dressed stunningly in dresses from ASOS. Photographer Rachael made sure to capture this moment perfectly with some shots on the spiral staircase. Nervous groom Andrew, and son Archie waited at the bottom of the aisle for bride Rhianna to be piped down the aisle by an equally nervous Ian. A very emotional Andrew was completely blown away by Rhianna when he saw her in her stunning Pamela Jayne Bridal dress.
The couple were now officially the new Mr & Mrs Cullen and after all of the stress and hard work they had put into the wedding plans they made sure to enjoy the rest of their day with their wedding guests. Rhianna and Andrew didn’t leave the venue for pictures and utilised the Gallery which was illuminated with our in-house coloured-up lighting.
The couple’s son Archie stole a lot of the lime light on the day and spent the duration of dinner service proud as punch alongside his newly married parents. Speeches took place and Rhianna’s dad and Andrew’s brother made sure to embarrass the groom, before he himself made an emotional and heart felt speech about how proud and happy he was standing side by side with his beautiful bride Rhianna and son Archie.
Rhianna and Andrew’s wedding cake was a hexagonal masterpiece which was made by family friend Beth from the Nicely Iced Cake Company, which the couple cut before taking to the dancefloor for their first dance. The rest of the night was spent on the dancefloor with the rest of their friends and family along with the music of the The Big Papas until the early hours of the Saturday morning.
I met with the couple on the Saturday afternoon when they were collecting their belongings and it is safe to say they had an absolute ball from start to finish.
Photographer Rachael Sture did an absolutely fantastic job at capturing the couple’s day, and took full advantage of our Auditorium hot spots, which was impressive for someone who had never worked in the venue before – she was also a dream to work with.