Good morning lovelies! I hope you all had a brilliant weekend, we had so much rain – a sign that summer is definitely over? I’m hoping there’s a last hurrah of sun for us at some stage this month before the winter woolies are out for good.
Today’s wedding of Aileen and Colin is a beauty set in County Fermanagh at Lough Erne Resort. After getting engaged there it was the perfect backdrop for their winter wedding last year – and who can blame them, the views are incredible! Huge thanks to Aileen and their photographer, Lifting The Veil for sharing these beautiful images.
The County Tyrone couple first met on New Year’s Eve 2010 and three years later got engaged. “We got engaged in October 2014 during a mini break at the Lough Erne Resort. Colin had booked a couple of nights away but I had no idea he was planning to propose as we had never so much as browsed the window of a jewellers. We both knew marriage was on the agenda at some point but he still caught me totally unawares. It was on the 18th hole while we were out for a walk that he surprised me and produced a ring. I don’t think I even gave him a definite Yes as I was too shocked and more concerned with how he was able to pull this off without me having any idea! It turns out he had been researching rings for quite a while and confided in only his brother,” explained Aileen.
After looking at all their options and taking into account another family wedding in the summer of 2016, the couple decided on a Winter 2015 wedding date and chose Lough Erne as the ideal place to share their special day. “We both loved the Lough Erne so there was no question over the venue and we didn’t even bother going to look at alternatives. We picked Christmas week as we knew it was a time family and friends from as far away as Australia and Canada would be home to join us,” added Aileen.
“When the date and venue were confirmed it set the course for everything else,” explained Aileen.
Aileen kept the wedding style in line with the grand surroundings of the Resort with a nod to Hollywood glamour and a hint of glitz and sparkle. The colour scheme was silver and gold which was incorporated into all elements of the day including the stationery suite, bridal party styling and room decor. Aileen wore a Badgley Mischka wedding gown from Castle Couture in Galgorm which featured incredible beaded back detailing and trumpet silhouette. Her five bridesmaids wore silver off the shoulder slim fitting dresses from BHLDN, whilst her youngest sister, Ellie wore a satin ivory gold dress from Next, and little flower girl Evie wore a sweet complementing dress from Debenhams.
“The day was amazing so it’s really hard to pick a highlight. From the beautiful ceremony officiated by Fr Ryan McAleer through to the evening reception, it was definitely worth all the months of planning and sleepless nights. Seeing all our plans and what we had envisioned our day to be come together was the most rewarding bit. The main highlight of our day was getting to share this with all our family and closest friends. We were totally overwhelmed by their generosity and the effort everyone made to ensure we had the best day ever. We also thoroughly enjoyed day two of the celebrations ringing in the New Year as Mr & Mrs, again surrounded by our immediate families and best friends,” said Aileen.
The couple began the New Year with a mini moon in Powerscourt Estate, followed by their honeymoon in June to the West Coast of America.
Venue: Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen
Wedding dress: Castle Couture, Galgorm
Bridesmaids dresses: BHLDN
Grooms wear: Debonair, Magherafelt
Wedding cake: Baked by Winnie
Flowers: Marie McGonnell
Bridal cars: John Donnelly (Grooms Uncle)
Videographer: Screencraft Productions, Newtownards
Band: The Bentley Boys
Hair: Mairead Quinn Hair
Makeup: Louise McDonnell
Stationery: Print it, Dungannon
Chapel Music: Karl McGuckin, Aine Murphy & Mairead Donnelly
Drinks Reception: Dave Martin, Belfast
Photographer: Lifting the Veil, Belfast