Real Wedding @ The Worthing Dome – Alison & Oisin

As you probably know, we’re affiliated with The Worthing Dome, we run wedding fairs there twice a year. We love seeing photos of real weddings at the venue, the dreamy beachy images are just so damn British and nostalgic! When one of our favourite wedding photographers, Photography by Paloma, contacted us with a beautiful child-centric real wedding, we had to share it with you. Here’s a Q&A with the happy couple, Alison & Oisin…

Q. What was the theme/style for your big day?

A. Relaxed family party

Q. What was most important to you when it came to tying the knot?

A. We were celebrating the union of our two families, Irish and English, and our little family. We wanted a relaxed and very child friendly event where children could run riot and parents could sit back, chat and relax. We have been together for 14 years so it was a chance to have a big party to celebrate our little family, and our children (Astra 2 and Annachie 4) are a big part of that.

Q. How did you chose your venue and suppliers?

A. We had planned to get married in France, with sunshine and wine aplenty but the logistics and legalities meant that we chose an English wedding and a french after party later in the summer. We wanted a wedding that reflected where we live and The Worthing Dome is a beautiful venue with a real seaside feel. We used to frequent the £3 cinema night at the Dome regularly so we enjoyed the idea of getting married there too!

Q. Where did you get your ideas and inspiration?

A. We picked up various ideas from different places; bunting that my mum made for my sister’s wedding 6 years previously, popcorn and party bags for the kids with a cosy corner with kids’ dvd to keep them happy, and we hung photos of family on both sides, including those who couldn’t make it, imagining how German and Irish great grandparents would have got on with their new English relatives hanging side by side.

Q. Tell us about your dress…

A. I fell in love with a beautiful Mirkado dress made by Essence of Australia when I went to a stunning wedding dress shop in Sheffield but the price tag was too much for me, so I found a sample on sale in Reading and snapped it up.

Q. What was on the menu?

A. Curry and ice cream with Harveys on tap. Not your typical wedding fare but much more our style than a sophisticated three course meal, especially with 45 children present!

Q. What was the quirkiest element of the day?

A. When Oisin was giving his speech, our son and niece ran around in their pants shouting « poo poo » and smearing ice cream on the floor. It made the day!

Q. Tell us about your photographer – how you found them, how they fitted into the day and what you thought of your finished gallery.

A. Paloma was incredible. I had seen some of her work online before and loved the colour and her sense of fun that shone through. She was a complete star, full of laughter and joy and was a great addition to the party!

Q. What was your favourite memory from the day?

A. Walking down the aisle to meet my new husband, surrounded by smiling faces full of love and happiness, as well as listening to my best friend Laura sing blues and jazz.

Q. What was your first dance to/what did you walk down to the aisle to?

A. I walked down the aisle to a traditional Irish song,  Fil, fil a rún ó which wasn’t played by Oisin’s Dad Colum Sands and sung by Oisin’s cousin Sorcha Turnbull.


Hair and make up

Food and venue –


Wedding cake – from Marks and Spencers but beautifully decorated by my sister in law Becky Dobson Phillips

Band – Gilda and the Lilies

Photography –


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