Lough Erne Resort wedding video of Ellen and Barry

Ellen and Barry contacted me over 2 years again when they were planning their wedding in Lough Erne resort.
Ellen had seen a previous wedding film I shot at the venue and through her photographer Peter Carvill got in touch with me to check availability.

I loved how Ellen told me she wanted a slightly different edit to the previous wedding video from Lough Erne.

It’s always best to tell your videographer or photographer about your likes and dislikes, they won’t take offence .
I personally love to hear about a couples vision for the day.
It’s also fine when a couple just trust me to do my thing, but if you have anything in mind I am always willing to listen.

Read on below to hear a bit more about Ellen and Barrys big day and be sure to check out their advice below.

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Where did you both meet?

We went to the same secondary school so we knew each other from school and through friends. We met again on a night out in Monaghan a couple of years later.

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What can you remember about your first date?

We went for food in the Westenra in Monaghan – it never disappoints and we have been back many times!

How did the proposal go down?

We were on a road-trip holiday in Croatia and were at the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. While walking around the park, Barry proposed beside a waterfall.
It was snowing when we were there. We will have to return in the Summer sometime!

How do you spend your free days and what's important to you both

We enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching and playing sport, seeing new places and socialising.

The people in our lives are very important to us.

Why did you choose this venue?

We have visited the Lough Erne Resort a lot of times over the years for bar food, stayed there a few times for special occasions and attended a friends wedding there.

We have always loved the place, the setting is beautiful, the food is amazing and the atmosphere is very relaxed.
Once we got engaged we arranged a viewing and we couldn’t imagine spending our big day anywhere else.

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What experience did you want to give your guests?

We wanted our guests to enjoy our day just as much as we did. Food and entertainment were very important to us as they are things we really enjoy ourselves.

We had a few subtle themes running through our day; family, flowers, hens and bees. We both grew up and live in the countryside!

Family – Our family were heavily involved in the preparations for our wedding and on the day itself. It was important to us to have them involved and we really appreciate all the help we got.

Flowers – Ellen has always been a flower fan and it was a nice Summer theme.

Hens – Barry is a poultry farmer so we included a hen and rooster on our invitations and mini eggs (chocolate!) as a favour for our guests on the day.

Bees – Ellen’s Dad is a beekeeper. We had a traditional hive and frame of bees on display outside the chapel, along with some honey and sea salt popcorn and bee shaped chocolate sweets for our guests.

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What Was The Inspiration Behind Your Wedding Day?

Our wedding was inspired by the things that are most important to us and the experience we wanted to give our guests.
A lot of ideas and inspiration came from online platforms such as One Fab Day, Pinterest and Instagram.

If You Could Do It All Again, Would You Do Anything Differently?

We wouldn’t change a thing. It was perfect for us.

Tells us about your dress and suits

I looked in several bridal shops for my dress and found it in Beau Bride in Naas.

My Mam was with me on the day. I had always wanted to wear a fresh flower crown so the main criteria for a dress was that it would work with this!!!
I loved the bridal shop. Their stock was amazing and the girls made us feel so relaxed and comfortable.

The dress was over in a trunk show for the week and it was just perfect for what I was looking for.
It was from an Austrailian brand, called ‘White April’.

We got the suits in Wilson’s Menswear in Monaghan Town. They were very helpful and sourced ties to fit our theme and colour scheme.

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Any advice for future couples that you learned from your wedding?

Do your day, your way.

Personalise it, involve the people closest to you, if you want to do something go for it!
Enjoy it all, it goes by in a flash so get a good videographer and photographer so you can relive it over and over again!!!

Honeymoon Plans?

We went to Santorini in Greece for a short break after the wedding. Such a beautiful island.
We stayed in Anastasis Apartments in Imerovigli and it was absolutely bliss!

Later in the Summer we visited Barry’s sister and brother in law in Canada and did a road-trip along the Rockies taking in Edmonton, Banff, Whistler, Vancouver Island and Vancouver before flying to Las Vegas for a few days at the end.

The scenery in Canada was amazing, especially the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper.
We will definitely be back!

How Did You Find Your Main Vendors?

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When we first started talking about our wedding we knew a lot of the vendors that we wanted.

We booked Peter Carvill (photographer), Cathy Brennan (make up artist) and Lough Erne Cakes as soon as we had the venue booked, they are all local and very talented.
We had heard about Pink Champagne wedding band through work friends and they were the only band we viewed. We saw clips of their DJ and sax combo online and decided to go for it – it was brilliant!

I found Flowers by Kim Marie on Instagram and she brought my flower crown idea to life, along with our fabulous bouquets.

Peter recommended Ronan Quinn as a videographer so we checked out some of his work online, got chatting to him and were very happy to proceed with booking him to capture our day. With Ronan and Peter’s work we have such lovely memories to look back on, and they were both extremely discreet on the day.

We got bride and bridesmaids earrings in Chupi and bridesmaid dresses in Folkster. I have followed both of these Irish businesses on Instagram for many years and they were a very easy decision.

I found Beau Bride online, probably Instagram.

Ellen’s friend’s mother did our church flowers, they fitted in really well with everything.
The Hair Lounge in Monaghan did our hairs and listened to exactly what I wanted for the bridal party.

We got our rings in Magills Jewellers, Monaghan Town and suits in Wilson’s Menswear, Monaghan Town.

Your wedding vendors?

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Photographer – Peter Carvill

Videographer – Ronan Quinn

Make up artist – Cathy Brennan

Hair – The Hair Lounge

Band and DJ – Pink Champagne

Cake – Lough Erne Cakes

Flowers – Flowers by Kim Marie

Church Flowers – Peggy Mc Carron

Dress shop – Beau Bride

Stationary – Ronan Mc Meel

Church music – Emily Quigley & Grainne Mc Elvaney (two bridesmaids)