Kate & Matthew’s Enchanted Woodland Wedding

May 28, 2024

The Wedding Blog

Kate and Matthew found true love on Bumble – proof that dating apps do in fact work! They took the next step in their relationship on Kate’s birthday in November 2021. What could be a more beautiful birthday gift than a promise of a life spent with your beloved? They celebrated their engagement at Kate’s favorite place in Northern Ireland, Ballintoy Beach, along the Giants Causeway coastal route in Belfast. The happiest of memories formed amidst spectacular scenery! The couple exchanged vows in an enchanting woodland wedding March 17th, embracing the celebrations of St Patrick’s Day.

A Venue to Showcase Nature's Beauty

Kate and Matthew fell in love with the venue in the same way they fell in love with each other. The couple were blown away by the serene natural beauty of Shortflatt Tower Estate. As they explored the venue on an open day, brimming with the excitement of envisioning their wedding day, two deer dashed into the woods ahead of them at the top of the aisle. Witnessing such a display of love in nature, they instantly knew Shortflatt Tower was the perfect choice for their own big day!

Kate and Matthew outside Shortflatt Tower – their woodland wedding venue.

Woodland Wedding Attire

The bride and groom certainly looked the part for their big day! A truly picture-perfect couple! Kate’s dress was nothing short of a masterpiece, boasting a stunning lace back and delicate button details cascading down the spine. The spectacular long train flowed gracefully, adding a touch of splendor to every step. The dress was purchased from Wed2Be and was adorned with intricately woven floral motifs which mirrored the natural beauty of the gardens of their woodland wedding venue.

Kate held a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers, which paired perfectly with her dress and Matthew’s boutonniere. The groom’s charming grey suit was purchased from Cavani at Dalton Park and even their little cockapoo looked dapper for the big day in a matching tux!

The bride’s exquisite lace dress purchased from Wed2Be.

Woodland Wedding Day

The couple appreciated being able to stay at the venue the night before, which helped calm the pre-wedding nerves! The team at Shortflatt Tower ensured the celebrations flowed seamlessly, with their friendly faces and professional expertise. Kate and Matthew were able to simply enjoy their special day, knowing that the team had everything in hand and that the venue was both cozy and spacious enough for their guests. Chuck Tails made sure that their pooch was well looked after too and didn’t miss out on any of the fun!

Celebrations continued into the evening with the music of The Emerald Thieves  – the showstopping Irish band perfectly complemented their St. Paddy’s Day wedding and ensured the dancefloor remained full all night!

The couple and their cockapoo dressed for their woodland wedding.

Flavours to Savour

Not only will Kate and Matthew’s wedding day be remembered as a celebration of their love but also as a day of fantastic food! The couple adored both the chicken and pork mains so much that neither could decide on a favorite. Not only did the couple enjoy the culinary delights, but many of their guests also remarked on the deliciousness of the food.

The couple were of course a match made in heaven and so was the wedding cake with the florals of their woodland wedding venue delicately incorporated into the design. A timeless two-tier cake for the wonderful Mr and Mrs!

A wedding cake fit for a woodland wedding.

Capturing the Memories

Living in the moment is of course important on a day as special as one’s wedding day, but having the memories so beautifully eternalised in photographs is truly magical. Kate and Matthew couldn’t wait to receive their photos from Tyla Fairbairn and wedding video from Abigail Grace Videography to relive the precious moments all over again! 

Photography by Tyla Fairbairn.

Suppliers For Their Woodland Wedding

Lorakathleenhair – Bride’s hair

Baubelle – Bride’s Makeup

Wed2Be – Bride’s dress

Cavani – Groom’s suit

Muscari Events – Decor & dried flowers

The Emerald Thieves – Wedding band

Luxury Vending – Ice cream

Not Just a Pretty Face – Photo booth

Tyla Fairbairn Photography – Photography

Abigail Grace Videography – Videography 

Chuck Tails – Dog chaperone

A Few Words From the Couple

“Thanks Sarah and the girls and Glen for making the day run lovely and for all the behind the scenes! Sarah you’ve been amazing and deserve so much more than a thank you!”