On The Day We Wed

Writing by Alyssa Wilcox (myself)


Photos by: Paula McManus

Several years ago, when Billy and I were planning our first trip abroad together, Billy asked me what other places I’d like to check out. My first instinct was to suggest Ireland. So he said, let’s make it happen. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been infatuated with a world full of lush greenery, rainbows, cliffs, and the icing on top; castles. In the midst of booking tickets to Ireland, I was in contact with another photographer named Paula who is from Northern Ireland. Instantly I responded to her encouraging the idea of basing our trip around Belfast where she and her husband lived. After spending the week with them we both fell in love with how genuine they are and became sold on the idea of coming back someday to be married.

A few years passed and then it was actually happening. We were back in Belfast spending the most relaxing time in their home, playing with their new daughter Isabella, having quality conversations over tasty wine and home cooked meals. We all started feeling extra giddy in the days leading up to our elopement.
We wanted the day to reflect us as a couple. From our dearest friend Finn marrying us while delivering the most thoughtful words we could have ever imagined, down to the glasses we would clink together while cheering and attempting to sip as each gust of wind blew past us on the cliff top.

I was a long time fan of Shop Gossamer and nothing inspires me more than the timeless beauty with their vintage pieces. Even before I met my husband, I constantly had my eye on the gowns in that shop. Not necessarily envisioning myself in them, but dreaming of brides I could shoot in them. One night THE dress was posted on Instagram and it stopped me in my tracks. I’ve never seen a piece of clothing that felt so right. So I ordered it that night, assuming that it was such a risk, I’d for sure have to get it altered, but when I hurried and opened it up, it fit like a glove.

We wouldn’t change a thing. The choice to not include more friends and family was our attempt to maintain privacy during these moments of intimacy. There was a lot going on around us and all of our senses were fully stimulated. We could have spent a week there and still not taken everything in. It felt as if we would never be able to make the moment last long enough. We made sure that our photographer knew a thing or two about documenting everything in such a way that when we framed those photo up on or walls, we would be taken back to that day over and over again.

The bouquet was so whimsically fitting thanks to Holly from Rosehip and Berry. I will stand by greenery to the day I die. It’s all I wanted. Loose and free flowing. We initially thought the gesture of throwing something out to the unknown would be a good idea. Turned out tossing the bouquet off the edge did the job, but I made sure to save a piece to store in our vow journals.
Not having ate since earlier that morning, we urgently drove back to the city in need of a good burger and a drink or two. The celebration was small, the cocktails were plentiful and Paula and her husband were able to spend their first night out away from the wee one. The perfect ending to such a magical day.


Photographer: Paula McManus

Dress: Shop Gossamer

Bouquet: Rosehip & Berry

Ring: Isadora’s Jewelry

Necklace: Bare and Golden

Makeup: Alima Pure

Suit: Nordstrom


Posted In: love, personal, wedding


  1. Carol parker

    The almost brought tears to my eyes. Truly the most amazing love story and wedding every. Soooo cool. XOXO

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Rose gold Island Getaway

Writing by Carleen Lord

“I don’t know if I necessarily believe in love at first sight, however I do believe in love at first connection. I do believe that everyone has a soul mate or someone in this world that they just connect with and those two individuals completely understand each other and share the same values and ideas for their future. And when you meet someone like this, you completely fall in love.”

“TJ and I have worked together for over 5 years, which most couples probably don’t do… and we work very well together, we are able to maintain professionalism while still making the work environment fun and exciting. We spend pretty much all of our time together- because we want to. And never get sick of each other, which most people think is weird.”

“Throughout the 5 years that we have been together, TJ has taught me so much about myself, he has taught me to love myself and to not always be so hard on myself. He has taught me to be more relaxed and not so uptight, and has taught me to not question myself. He truly is the best man.”

“In my opinion a healthy relationship should provide stability, understanding, empathy, trust, fun, laughter, being able to work through disagreements and arguments, supporting one another’s needs and wants, allowing each other to be themselves and feel comfortable being themselves completely. I believe that a healthy relationship promotes each other to do their absolute best in this world. That is what my relationship with TJ provides to me. From the minute I met TJ, he made me 100% comfortable about who I am, he consistently supports my hopes and dreams and flaws. He brings so much joy and laughter into my life, every day.” 
“TJ brings out the best in me, when I am around him, I am my best self. He brings out the fun in me, the stress free me. He constantly makes my life exciting and meaningful; we always have the best times together no matter what we are doing. The thing I cherish most about TJ is his ability to always look at the bright side of things and never the negative, and his smile.” 

“My definition of love… Love is a bond that two people share, a mutual respect and support for one another. Love is something that you find in someone who supports your strengths, builds up your weaknesses, and accepts all of your flaws. Love is non-judgmental; love is closeness, intimacy, happiness. When you love someone you always want to be around that person and share everything with them- good and bad. Love is partnership, acceptance, and trust.” 

“If we received enough money to never work again, we would be traveling the world and when we weren’t traveling we would be living on Shaw Island, just living the simple, beautiful, island life. It has always been a dream of mine to run a bed and breakfast on the island, so more people could come and enjoy the beauty of Shaw- that is definitely what we would be doing.” 


  1. Meribeth

    Beautiful photos that captured wonderful expressions of love.

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