While a local event planning company was setting up the lights and drapes for the wedding of a Scarva bride and her Nigerian prince, its owner Julie-Anne Robertson was concentrating on her own special event - the birth of her first child.
Julie-Anne, who founded Event Planners NI three years ago, was taken into hospital on Wednesday evening after her waters broke. Her staff, meanwhile, were hard at work at Castle Leslie decorating the wedding pavilion for the marriage of Kirsty Crooks (27) and Prince Mustapha Oniru of Lagos.
As befits the son of an events planner, Max John Roberston arrived bang on time - on his due date of Friday - weighing in at 8lb 11oz.
Julie-Anne’s company, based at Bluestone Business Park, had three other weddings booked in the same week as the ‘royal’ wedding and her team was well briefed on what to do should she go into hospital.
Mind you, she did admit to replying to work emails from her hospital bed.
She said, “We do a lot of weddings at Castle Leslie and the decor that Kirsty wanted was a classic look. We draped the walls with fairy lights, erected a fairy lights ceiling canopy over the dance floor and a white, starlight, dance floor,
“Kirsty also opted for coloured uplighting along a glass wall which looks out over the lake.”
Julie-Anne, who is married to Gary Robertson, owner of Skye Fitness in Portadown, held her own wedding at Castle Leslie and it was through organising this and the weddings of family and friends that she made the change of career from chartered surveyor to event planner.
She is currently enjoying spending time with her new son, who she describes as “very alert”, but doesn’t plan to stay away from the business for too long. “I could even strap him on and take him with me,” she laughs.
Baby Max is the first grandchild on dad Gary’s side of the family for 17 years while Julie-Anne’s sister gave birth to a daughter, Charlotte, just 12 weeks ago.