Weddings at Montalto

Weddings at Montalto

The Carriage Rooms at Montalto are one of the most stunning Wedding Venues in Northern Ireland.   We were so pleased when the chance to take a trip to the Carriage Rooms at Montalto came around for the beautiful wedding of Clara and Gareth. This unique venue definitely stood up to its expectations with its stunning grounds and scenery.

The wedding of Clara and Gareth began at the brides family home, which was absolutely stunning.   The wedding could have been held on the grounds of this house with its impeccable grounds and surroundings. I could have stayed and photographed here all day. Bride Clara and the rest of the girls were pampered and styled by Make Up Artist Lauren Montgomery and hair by Michèle International. Clara and Gareth have 3 beautiful children. The two flower girls were having fun joining in with the rest of the party on the morning of the wedding, they even had little gowns to match the rest of the girls.

Bride with daughters flowergirls

Bridal party girls morning kimonos

Wedding day flower girl present to daughters

Flowergirls with dress and wearing shoes

Bride wedding veil bed shot

Black and white bride veil

Clara wore an elegant Suzanne Neville wedding dress, which was complimented by a veil from Castle Couture and Jimmy Choo shoes. The rest of the bridal party including the brides mother had their dresses designed by the fabulous Una Rodden.  I met Una at a fashion show a while back held in Michèle International,  so there was no surprise she had been involved in the wedding designs for this day. Una was there on the morning of the wedding to help the girls into their dresses - and I can say I was extremely happy she was. Most days I help brides and bridesmaids with their dresses, however with the couture styling of these dresses I was very happy Una was there to create the bow detail for the bridesmaids. 

Suzanne neville wedding dress jimmy choo shoes

Mother and daughter bride and flowergirls

Bride and bridesmaids david mcconkey flowers

Mother of the bride dress by una rodden

Bridesmaid dresses by una rodden

Bride makeup by lauren montogomery and hair michele international

Suzanne neville wedding dress

The girls also carried beautiful flower bouquets by the super talented Florist and wedding planner David McConkey.

David mcconkey flower bouquests wedding

Over at the grooms parents house the boys were also busy getting ready in black formal tuxedos supplied by Hugo Thomas Menswear. Their youngest child, son Jack was also preparing for his parents big day along with Clara's brother. We think the boys looked super cute in their mini tuxedos. Once ready the boys headed to Holy Family Church Teconnaught in wedding cars supplied by Ideal Wedding Cars, once there they greeted their arriving guests and waited for Clara to arrive. 

Wedding day photo putting cuffliinks on

Groom headshot wedding day

Pageboy present

Father and son groom and pageboy wedding day

Groomsmen wedding day photo hugo thomas suits

Pageboys in tuxedos

Groom groomsmen and pageboys arriving at teconnaught

Holy family teconnaught

David McConkey was the florist and wedding planner for the day.  I love Davids work and when he has a good budget he knows how to create a wow wedding. You could smell the flowers before even entering the Church. The fragrant roses filled the air and lasted all day at the reception also.

Holy family church teconnaught

Groom and pageboy

The bridesmaids, mother of the bride and flower girls then left in one car, whilst Clara travelled to the ceremony with her father John. 

Father and daughter wedding day ideal wedding car

Ideal wedding car weddign day

Ideal wedding cars bridesmaids and flowergirls

Bridesmaids and flowergirls wedding day

Bridal party teconnaught holy family church

Once ready Clara followed the bridesmaids and flower girls up the aisle with Father John at Holy Family Church. 

Una rodden dress design

Bride and groom wedding ceremony lighting candle

Bride and groom wedding ceremony holy family teconnaught

Pageboys playing

Once the ceremony was over we made our way to the Carriage Rooms at Montalto. On the drive up the extensive driveway at Montalto I spotted a huge theme park on the grounds, I got so excited thinking I would get Clara and Gareth into it for some shots. But unfortunately this was actually Disney Studios set up for filming and was out of bounds. We didn't actually need it as we got some amazing photos around Montalto Gardens. 

Bride and groom ideal wedding cars

Bride wedding veil montalo

Bridesmaids montalto gardens

Bride montalto gardens

Bride and bridesmaids

Bride and groom montalto gardens

We were taken to a secret private garden and the boathouse. These gardens were like something in a Monet Painting, they were breathtaking and it would make you question was it a painting or reality. They showed up the surroundings beautifully, there was so many great places to photograph in Montalto.

Montalto gardens river walk

Montalto gardens

Bride and groom newlyweds

Bride and groom montalto gardens river hut viewpoint

Bride and groom montalto gardens lake

Bridesmaids and groomsmen

There was so much anticipation about this wedding. With David as the wedding planner we were excited to see what he would come up with. David kept us up to date on all the extravagant plans happening throughout the day.  The atmosphere for the day was so chilled, relaxed and sophisticated and ran to perfection.

Men in black tuxedos formal wedding

Macroons and refreshments wedding party

Groom montalto gardens


The inside of the Carriage Rooms were just as exquisite as the outside, and David had the room styled perfectly with flower arrangements and centre pieces. The aroma was amazing.

Bride and groom carriage rooms montalto

Bride and groom carriage rooms montalto wedding venue

Carriage roooms montalto wedding venue

Carla and Gareth celebrated with 5 tier cake to match in with their theme made by Debbie Gilliland at Crew Cakes. Loved the big pink bow design to match the style of the bridesmaids dresses.

Bride and groom wedding cake by debbie gilliland crew cakes

The speeches started the entertainment before dinner was served.  The meal was melt in the mouth delicious.  After the meal we all moved into the basement for the first dance and the start of the evening entertainment by The Bentley Boys. 

Wedding speeches montalto carriage rooms

Groom speech

Wedding speeches black and white

Guests mingling at carriage rooms montalto

Bride and groom first dance montalto

Father daughter wedding dance

Father daughter dance

Bridemaids and flowergirl dance to bentley boys


To finish the night quite literally with a bang. The bride and groom organised a surprise event, a firework display! 

Firework display at montalto

Bride and groom fireworks display

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Carla and Gareth for having us a part of your special day and wish you all the best for the future. We had a brilliant day with you all at Montalto and look forward to returning again soon!

List of Suppliers and Wedding Details:

Venue: The Carriage Rooms at Montalto

Makeup Artist: Lauren Montgomery

Hair Dresser: Michele International

Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville

Bridesmaid Dresses: Una Rodden Couture

Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Jewellery/Headpiece: Castle Couture

Groomswear: Hugo Thomas Menswear

Flowers: David McConkey Weddings

Cake: Crew Cakes

Room Dressing/Stylist: David McConkey Weddings

Car Supplier: Ideal Wedding Cars

Entertainment at Venue: Bentley Boys

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