Win £28,000 Wedding in Merchant Hotel

Win £28,000 Wedding in Merchant Hotel

The excitment is building with only days to the Ulster Wedding Show in the SSE Arena.  With one lucky couple winning a £28,000 wedding prize which includes photography by 4Ever Photos.  To showcase all those wedding vendors taking part in the competition, everyone met up in the Merchant Hotel this week to show what an amazing prize is on offer. 

The bride for the Day was Rachael Orr and the groom was Rafael Rodriguez both from Belfast Style Academy

Rooftop Garden wedding in the Merchant Hotel

To start the day Rachel and Rafael went into hair and make up.  Colleen Sesay created a beautfiul bridal make up style.  Collen is one of the make up artists from the amazing Ciara Daly Make Up School.  I photographed Colleen at her own wedding 7 years ago when she married Q105's Ibe Sesay.  I also recently bought a foundation brush from Ciara Daly at a recent wedding show.  It was called a Hero Brush.  Everyone has complimented me on my make up so I would really recommend every girl to grab one of these at the show.  For £25 it is a bargain as I am using alot less foundation each day.  It should pay for itself in a few months. 

Grand hall in the Merchant Hotel Belfast

Hair was styled on the day by the very talented James Wallace

Stunning bride in Great hall of Merchant Hotel

The main prize that the lucky bride will win is a wedding reception in the Merchant Hotel in Belfast worth £10,000.  The merchant hotel is AA 5 Star Merchant Hotel in Belfast and is situated in the heart of Belfast city centre’s historic Cathedral Quarter. The grandeur of the original Grade A listed building is complemented by an elegant Art Deco inspired wing with a multitude of exciting amenities.

The Merchant Hotel is one of the finest hotels in Belfast offering 5* luxury accommodation where all the guest rooms and suites feature bespoke furnishings.

Exclusive, chic and the epitome of luxury, The Merchant Hotel is the quintessential wedding venue. From sleek Art Deco elegance to opulent Victorian splendour; from the intimate to the lavish, The Merchant Hotel offers a fabulous range of event spaces to perfectly fit your vision of your perfect day.  The photographs taken on the shoot and shown throughout this blog will give you some ideas as to how your wedding will look.

The Merchant Hotel
16 Skipper Street
Northern Ireland

02890 234888

Wedding couple in bar at merchant hotel

The brides dress as part of the prize will be provided by Pronuptia Bridal in Belfast.  The lucky bride will recieve a Justin Alexander Dress worth £2000.  Rachel wore one of the designer dresses in the shoot shown in these photographs.

Opulent wedding in the merchant hotel

Photography on the day will be by ourselves.  4Ever Photos are putting up a £1500 wedding photography package to the lucky winner.  Good luck to all those who have entered the competition.  We look forward to meeting the winners.

Entrance of grand hall in the merchant hotel

Chandaliers in Merchant Hotel

The opportunity for photographs in and around The Merchant Hotel is a photographers dream.  The opulence and decadence is tangible.  It is such a beautiful venue for holding a special event like a wedding day.

Snooker room in the merchant hotel

Every bride needs wedding stationary.  From invitations to order of service.  The prize will include £1000 of wedding stationary from Love22 Wedding Stationery.

Entrance of Merchant hotel with bride and groom

Entrance of merchant hotel with romantic couple

Every girl needs to arrive in style on her wedding day.  I Do Wedding cars are providing a prize of £700 worth of wedding transport as part of the winning prize.  With a selection of beautiful cars, we really enjoyed photographing the car around the backdrop of the Merchant Hotel.

Rolls royce bride at merchant hotel

Funky wedding at Merchant Hotel in Belfast

Bride and groom arrive at Merchant Hotel in Rolls Royce

Bride and groom arrive at main steps of the Merchant Hotel in Belfast

To look fantastic for your wedding photographs Uber Skin are offering the winning bride a PicoSure Skin Treatment package worth £1000. 

Railings outside the Merchant Hotel with the Red Hand Symbol

Front of the Merchant Hotel with romantic couple on wedding day

Capturing your motion on the day is the very talented team at Purplebox Productions.  They are over a full day cinematography package worth £925 to the lucky couple

Just married coming out of the Merchant Hotel

Veil blowing on the steps of the Merchant Hotel

With your skin perfect, beautiful dress and venue, you need to have those teeth looking pearly white for the photographs.  Zen Orthodontics are offering an amazing teeth whitening package for the full bridal party worth £1000 ensuring that everyone has the perfect smile on the day.

Sunset on the steps of the merchant hotel in belfast

Checking out the wedding rings on the steps of the Merchant Hotel

When you get married, you will need jewellery and wedding rings.  Murray and Co Jewellers are offering the lucky couple wedding rings up to teh value of £2000.  The rings used during the shoot were provided by Ciaran Murray and they were beautiful.

Wedding rings by Murray and Co Jewellers

Wedding Jewellery by Murray and Co Jewellers in Belfast

A wedding is not just about the bride and groom.  There are lots of friends and family involved.   Every bride needs a hen party to remember.  Todds Leap are offering an amazing Hen Party Package to the winning bride worth £1500.  That should create some great memories.

Wedding photographs at Merchant Hotel in Belfast

City Centre Wedding at Merchant Hotel

The city centre location gives a very urban chic feel to the photographs.  I love these images taken on the rooftop of the hotel.  It feels very cosmopolitan and reminds me of some of the Guess Campaigns.

Albert Clock Belfast from Merchant Hotel

Alot of the talk has been about the bride.  The groom also needs to look tailored on such an occassion.  Red Grooms are offering the guys in the bridal party Grooms Wear to the value of £1000

Wedding on rooftop of merchant hotel

We have photographed in the Merchant many times.  They cater for large or small weddings.  The roof garden is an area where you can choose to hold your ceremony, a small wedding or a party the night before for everyone to meet each other or even a party the following day to continue with the celebrations.   It is a very casual and flexible area of the hotel and once again gives a great cosmopolitan feel.

Roof garden wedding at the merchant hotel

This room can be styled to suit your theme.  Talking about styling and themes, Look Crafty Events will be providing wedding decor and styling to the value of £2500 to the lucky couple.  Annette at Look Crafty is very creative and I have worked with her on a number of shoots and weddings.  Her van always seems like a tardus to me.  No matter what you ask for, she seems to be able to pull it out of that van. 

Roof Garden Wedding at the Merchant Hotel

To go with any room decoration you need a bouquet and wonderful flowers.  All the flowers in the shoot were provided by Imagine Flowers.  They are offering the lucky couple wedding flowers to the value of £1000 as part of the winning package. 

Wedding flowers in the Merchant Hotel

Bar area in Merchant Hotel

I love the bar area at the Rita Duffy Suite which is the room that the wedding celebrations will take place.  The white Chanel leather gives a very 1950's glamour feel.  Once again a feeling of opulence and decadence.

Chanel leather bar in merchant hotel

Finally, everyone knows that on a wedding day the next most important woman after the bride is the mother of the bride.  Queen Bee by Serendipity  are offering the mother of the winning bride a designer Mother of the Bride outfit to the value of £750

Mother of the bride on the steps of the merchant hotel

If you have not entered the competition yet and are planning on getting married soon.  Make sure you click HERE  and enter today.   The prizes are amazing and would be a wonderful start to any newlyweds.  Look forward to meeting you all at the Ulster Wedding show in the Odyssey (SSE arena) on 3rd and 4th October 2015.  Call onto the stand for a chat and a coffee. 


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