Colourful Day-After Wedding Party: Clare & Stuart

This Modern Love

October 20, 2014


Clare and Stuart didn’t want a big wedding. In fact they wanted their wedding to be so small that they went to Belfast City Hall for their ceremony with just 10 witnesses! Still wanting an awesome celebration with their loved ones though, they held this colourful party the following day at Brookhall Barn in Lisburn.


Clare explained, “We knew what we didn’t want – no white dress, no bridesmaids, no church, no rings, no walking down the aisle, no giving away, no big ceremony, no speeches, no first dance, no hotel reception, no florist arrangements. None of that stuff was ‘us’. Once we found the right venue, somewhere where we could do our own thing and where some of our friends could stay, everything else fell into place.”


“We had the wedding over two days as we wanted it to be as relaxed as possible. On the Friday morning we said our vows (in as brief and informal manner as possible) in Belfast City Hall with 10 members of our immediate families and then we all went for lunch after. Then Stuart and I met up with about 20 friends who were staying at the cottages at the barn that evening and had dinner and started getting the barn ready. On the Saturday we had the big party for 90 of our friends and family. We had bring your own drinks, BBQ food, Rock n Roll music bingo, and lots of dancing. We didn’t want to do things just because people expected it. Our plans took some getting used to by family, but in the end everyone had a great time.”


“The wedding was one big DIY project from the beginning. We made the wedding invites, the giant streamer installation, wedding favours and lots more bits and pieces. We even grew our own flowers! Our friends and family were a great help setting all our decorations up and clearing up after too. We did a supermarket shop for snacks, desserts and soft drinks to save going through the caterer. We had no DJ we made our own playlist and just hired in sound and light equipment which worked really well. And BYO booze!”


“The wedding days were perfect but the planning was exhausting”, Clare concluded. “We would not have tried to grow our own flowers in hindsight, that took so much work. We would have also skipped some of the decorating ideas that didn’t work out. Oh and we are selling our giant streamer installation. If anyone is interested you can email us on!”




  1. Terri Cheshire

    Hi Kat,
    Over the years I have squirreled away so many ideas from your blog BUT the biggest thing to thank you for is the introduction to Casey Avenue. I have managed to secure Hannah for my wedding and very chuffed. Beautiful photography as displayed here.

  2. Great pictures and everyone is having fun which is the most important thing. I have to mention the shoe pics also and that the shoes match the dresses.Were they dyed ? Got to ask as we are finding that our dyeing service is getting more and more popular.
    Great blog by the way

  3. Netty Anwyl

    mour wedding day was so lovely and Andy and i had 2 years saving up for the wedding and planning all the details in the last year it all came together as i meet lots of lovely people like Hannah from casy Avenue who was so lovely and the photos were just what i dreamed off and more .when i look at the photos i have a big smile and they take me back to all those special moments
    thanks so much hannah xxx
    i was also lucky to have very arty friends who i met at my local stich and bitch and we had makey days together for the wedding to make pom poms and much more . my sis who is a fab makeup artist did my hair and make-up and made my lovely bow for my hair what, else could a girl want .me and my little brides made had gold glitter shoes and my sis had silver and my friend had yellow shoes we didn’t want matching shoes as i love all lots of colours so in the end it looked like a rainbow of colour which i love


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