Where do we begin? This barn wedding is bursting at the seams with unique creativity and personal touches from the onset. Everyone, welcome to Lauren and Shane’s utterly cool real wedding, captured by David McClelland at Segrave Barns, Co. Louth. The wedding rulebook was tossed out the window, and instead, a day was created completely around the couple’s loves in life! We have a sparkling sequin bride tribe, mix-and-match groomsmen in pastel shades, a statement bridal accessory owned by the bride’s great-grandmother, a groom in pink and a ceremony alpaca! Prepare to get lost in Lauren and Shanes’s electric, pastel, carnival wedding disco!
We can tell we’re in for one hell of a creative wedding when the first elements are a colourful welcome sign and a pink groom’s suit!
Shane and Lauren’s paths first crossed many moons ago in Thailand where two of their friends met and became a couple. It wasn’t until years later that they met again through these same friends and hit it off! As for the proposal, Shane, himself a wedding videographer, filmed the magical moment on his drone. “Shane framed the proposal on a day I thought we were hosting a housewarming party in our apartment. Later I realised I’d organised my own engagement party. We went up the Sugarloaf for a walk near where we live with me giving out most of the way about how much I had to do before the ‘party’ later!” says Lauren. Once he got down on one knee and heard the magical word, their dog Noel lept around them barking in excitement!
One very sentimental and stand-out accessory Lauren wore on her wedding day was her great-grandmother’s green crystal necklace – a something old and borrowed filled with beautiful meaning!
The personal touches don’t end there, in fact, it only begins! Lauren’s mother who used to be a wedding dress designer has dressed her in gowns since she was a little girl. Now, the time had come for her to make a magnificent gown for her daughter’s big day! “It seemed fitting this would be her swan song! Her name is Evelyn Campbell. The dress was in a couple of pieces – a long skirt and train for the day and a short skirt and train for the dinner and dancing!” says Lauren. What an incredible talent!
Here comes the bride! She walked into the next chapter of her life, arm in arm with her father, to Paolo Nutini’s Candy!
Their favourite ceremony music and readings were a wonderufl mix! “We wanted there to be a balance of voices between men and women on the day, so as a result both of our mothers were given the opportunity to speak during the ceremony and were the official witnesses. Their words were beautiful. Our friend Donal also said a couple of words from a stunning book, which he had gifted to us years previously; The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse which offered up sage advice about friendship and life and meant a lot to us,” they say. The eclectic ceremony music, which had guests singing at the top of their lungs included; Believe by Shania Twain, Ain’t Nobody by Chaka Khan and Because the Night by Patti Smith.
Hold up – is that an alpaca we see walking up the aisle? Yep, that’s a first for us!
The overall vibe of this electric barn wedding day was described as a “pastel disco carnival”! “A small insight into the inner workings of my brain. Our dress code was ‘wear whatever brings you joy’. We just wanted to be as far removed from conventional wedding formalities as possible, and were very much pushing for people to relax and allow themselves to be whisked away by the craic!” they reveal.
Talk about sparkling in style! The mix-and-match sequin queens that made up Lauren’s bridal party looked sensational. “I decided to dress them all individually, and due to the pandemic, it was all done online through a variety of places with an approach of trial and error! Danielle wore a copper sequin suit from Topshop, Hannah wore a mint green sequin fitted dress from Lovers + Friends and a fur bomber jacket from TDS. Jen dazzled in an over-embellished sequin dress from ASOS, whilst Sandra sparkled in a silver long-sleeved sequin dress from ASOS. And finally, Lorna wore a purple sequin cami mini dress also from ASOS.”
Elements that made the fun-filled day special was being able to do things their own way and focus on celebrating their relationship.”We didn’t follow the usual wedding handbook. We did our own vows, had more women speaking than men, we did our speeches during the drinks reception, and we didn’t have a cake. Being able to express ourselves and see it all come together was really amazing. Not to mention, the effort that everyone made. Our family supported us throughout every step and having them all present (with two huge families and lots of politics) made the day incredibly special. We couldn’t have much of our extended family there which broke our hearts because we’re a huge family people but we received so much love and support despite that. We poured our hearts into organising the wedding and tried wherever we could to make it special for the people who could join us!”
The barn wedding venue that hosted the electric carnival disco was Segrave Barns. The newlyweds describe what made this location the one: “We wanted a space we could take over for three full nights. We knew we wanted to bring in our own caterers and wine and we wanted to be able to decorate the space the way we planned. Segrave allowed us all of these things. The team were so flexible and relaxed and that was ultimately what we were after!” As for the wedding aesthetic, Lauren said she reached for the absolute stars and did her very best to make her aspirational Pinterest board come to life – and on a much more limited budget! We think she absolutely smashed it!
During their wedding planning, the couple asked each guest to tell them a joke when RSVPing. “We typed out all the (respectable) jokes and left them as ice-breakers at the tables. We had no actual favours, although I had been collecting little ornaments in charity shops to give as favours prior to the pandemic, but couldn’t finish the job. Some of these characters made it to the table settings!” she adds.
As for wedding advice, especially after pulling off an epic barn wedding like this, they say: “Relax and delegate. I had done a lot in the run-up to the wedding so by the time the day arrived Shane and the bridesmaids made sure I didn’t have anything to worry about. I enjoyed every second as a result. Trust the professionals to do their job and if things go wrong, laugh and move on. Another gem was having everything in one location, this meant we didn’t waste any time travelling from point A to point B. We got to soak up as much of the atmosphere and company as possible,” says Lauren. “I will also say, take a moment for each other. Our photographer Dave really focused on this and stopping and taking stock of the enormity of what we’d just done and reconnecting with one another was very special. The day disappears so fast so marking milestones like that helped to anchor us!”
This next DIY that we’re highlighting is just simply amazing. Lauren was really keen to adapt a sheepskin throw into a shawl to keep her warm, but couldn’t find one in the right colour! Her solution? She ended up buying a faux sheepskin rug from Dunnes Stores and adding a hook and eye so she could fasten it over her dress. “I got some strange looks trying it on!” she laughs. Well, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, she certainly has her mother’s creative eye!
Lauren’s cousins and aunt who are musicians kicked off the music to Trouble by Horslips for the newlyweds to share their first dance!
A very special thank you to our amazing couple, Lauren and Shane, and David McClelland for sharing this one-of-a-kind wedding day with One Fab Day!
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