A Palace Ruins Ceremony
There was heavy rain the morning of this lovely wedding but the Bride was absolutely determined to get married in the Palace Ruins as she had completely fallen in love with the woodland setting. Luckily for the couple and their guests the rain let up just before the ceremony so they got to have the location that they dreamed of. Last year we had 13 Palace Ruins wedding and we didn’t have to move a single one of them to the covered Strawberry Garden. We have plenty more booked in this year so fingers crossed they all have the same good fortune.
The Drinks Reception was held in the Walled Garden where the guests were entertained by The Manouche Boys while playing Garden Games provided by Kings and Queens and eating delicious ice-cream by Heavenly Temptations.
The Marquee was set up in a banqueting style which we really love as it allows guests more people to chat to and creates a less formal way of dining. Elin beautifully decorated the tables with her own decor and plates and the bouquets were provided by Petal Lane Floral Boutique.
There were so many lovely personal touches on the day such as the cakes being made by the Bride and her family. The Bride is originally from Wales and to honour her home country she baked lots of delicious Welsh Cakes for her guests. The couple also had some beautiful personalised family sketches done by Family Scribbles, such a lovely keepsake.
Photos by the very talented Hammond Photography.
What made you fall in love with Ballyscullion Park?
The grounds! We wanted to get married outdoors. The woodland was ideal.
But the walled garden is breathtaking. I had seen pictures many times online while searching for venues. Our first and only appointment to view a venue was Ballyscullion Park. And we put a deposit down there and then. We didn’t view any other venues, we didn’t need to. Particularly after meeting all the staff too. We just knew it was perfect for us.
The exclusivity of it was important. We had a lot of family and friends travelling to our wedding we don’t get to see often and we wanted a venue just for us on our day.
What was your favourite part of the day?
There were many…
The woodland ceremony was magical. We had a humanist celebrant Emma Bailie and we had the most wonderfully personal ceremony. We had so many guests tell us it was the best wedding ceremony they have witnessed for all the joy, love and laughs in it.
After the ceremony we walked everyone through the gate in to the walled garden for the first time and we loved catching up, chatting and dancing with family and friends in the most idyllic garden.
What would be your number one piece of advice / tip that you would give to couples getting married at Ballyscullion Park?
Plan as little of your time as possible. Give yourselves as much time as you can to talk, walk the garden and relax. And make sure you spend time together as a couple all day. It’s a big space and you can easily loose each other. Make a pact you go everywhere together. We didn’t do many posed pictures with the photographer, instead we got so many wonderful pictures of us and our guests enjoying themselves at our wedding.
The couple own and run an electronics store, North X South, in Ballymoney where they have recently started a fantastic wedding guest list. So instead of choosing John Lewis for your wedding gift registry, why not consider supporting local?
I hope you enjoyed reading all about Elin and Andrew’s Palace Ruins Wedding. If you love the idea of getting married outside in some seriously stunning locations, please get in touch with us.