Welcome to my blog. My name is Nicola and I am an architect with a background in visual merchandising. Launched in August 2016 this blog focuses on eclectic home accessories and aims to  provide home interior and style inspiration. I am also passionate about promoting small independent businesses. To contact me please drop a line to hello@heyshed.co.uk 


Our Wedding: Part 1(How social media shaped our wedding)

Our Wedding: Part 1(How social media shaped our wedding)

For those of you who don’t know, we got married in May this year. This is Part One of a two part on our wedding details, so don’t read any further if your not into weddings! Instagram gets a lot of bad press and I totally get that it has its moments, but on the whole I’ve found it a really positive place and a great way to connect with local small businesses. In fact that’s how we found each and every vendor for our wedding (and many more if the budget was never ending).

I only went to 2 wedding fairs- one at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and one organised by another blogger and Instagram contact- Emma from The Promise which is where I met my photographer.

I found Instagram was a much better place to find vendors that would suit our wedding style instead of a brief meeting at a fair and to be honest i found the first one super awkward.

So here’s our list of our team that made it the best day ever! You can click on any of the vendors and it should take you to their info.

Venue- Hillmount House

A Georgian house with beautiful interiors (see it is an interiors post) converted stable block in Larne. The most beautiful and relaxed venue and the owners Andrew and Simon were so accommodating and welcoming. Our bridal party of 10 arrived on Friday afternoon to afternoon tea provided by Maggies Working Kitchen and woke up to a delicious breakfast, getting ready at the venue meant the morning of the wedding was so relaxed (apart from the weather- it rained pretty much all day)

Makeup- Leigh Crawford

I chose Leigh to do my makeup as her work is all really natural plus she knows hoe to deal with the pale irish skin, plus if she can do her magic on the Game of Thrones cast then she was definitely up to the challenge of my make up! I loved my make up on the day especially that my freckles showed through and I still looked like me, nothing felt too heavy and it lasted all night (and was still pretty good the next morning!)

Hair- Leanne Crossett

Leanne is my usual hairdresser and we opted for vintage curls, my embellished hair slides were from Accessorize with something similar for my bridesmaid. I wanted to keep our hair pretty simple so I didn’t have to worry about it falling down all day and didn’t want anything too fussy so I think it was perfectly suited to my dress and our day.

Photographer- LIT Photography

Like I said we met Lauren at Emma’s wedding fair and I had just started to follow her the week before. When your photographer offers to gives up her 30th birthday weekend to shoot your wedding you know shes the one! We also opted for a second shooter which was her brother Ryan. They went above and beyond to capture our day and were the best craic.

Videographer- Forever Endeavour

Fist of all can we just take a minute to appreciate the name of our videographer?! I didn’t meet Darragh until the actual day of the wedding but I knew from his Instagram that he was going to capture all those little moments that we would miss and that we would want to look back on and he delivered. We Got our videos back recently and I love it, it’s so lovely to see how our guests enjoyed our day too!

Flower- Flowers by Mee

I mentioned Gill in one of my first blog posts and have been following her ever since.she arrived with baby Robin in tow bright and early to start my installation to a slightly frazzled bride and She exceeded my expectations with our all our flowers and especially our ceremony backdrop which she created in the rain, plus she’s possibly one of the loveliest people you could meet.

Caterers- Wolf and Devour

If you ever fancy a burger you need to check out these guys’ burger bar in Ballyhackamore. We both wanted an alternative to the traditional sit down wedding breakfast and Wolf and Devours food truck was the perfect choice- really tasty food- as one of my friends said- if Nicola has put a burger on the menu you know its going to be a good one!

Music-String Ninjas & Essential DJ’s NI

The String Ninjas play all over Belfast from the Fitzwilliam to Babel and we only saw them live the week before the wedding but I’d followed them on Instagram and knew they were perfect for our day. I loved their quirky playlist and couldn’t wait to hear them play at our reception they really set the tone for a good day and everybody commented on how good they were- my mum is their latest superfan!

Scott, our evening DJ was the only person I didn’t find through Instagram but he was highly recommended through a friend and I couldn’t agree more. He tailored our playlist to suit both our tastes and the dance floor was full from the first dance until the end of the night.

And if your not sick of wedding chat there’s a part 2 focusing on our details of the day!

*All photos credited to our fab photographer LIT Photography NI

Part 2: The Details

Part 2: The Details

Keeping it Local: Part 3- Deborah Toner

Keeping it Local: Part 3- Deborah Toner