How’s your long weekend been? Whilst the weather has been positively gorgeous, our lovely couple today, Aisling and Michael, had a very unwelcome guest at their January wedding – the tail end of Storm Gertrude! Thanks to Roisin O’Brien Photography for sharing their elegant day with us.
Lawyers, Aisling and Michael first met when they began working at the same firm in Glasgow, where they now live. Five years on Michael proposed at the Witchery in Edinburgh.
“Michael had booked a room as a surprise and proposed at the end of the night when we were back in the room after having dinner in the restaurant downstairs,” explained Aisling.
With a year to plan their wedding the couple concentrated on organising the bigger details and after falling in love with the Red Door in Fahan, County Donegal decided to hold their day in Ireland.
“There were lots of trips back and forth to Ireland to try on dresses, menu taste and choose our vendors, but everything went very smoothly. We were also reliant on friends and family to help us out. We were very keen that we enjoyed the day and that everyone else had a good time. We didn’t want to stress too much about things that didn’t really matter,” added Aisling.
Michael kept a lot of spreadsheets to keep track of the wedding budget, but Aisling admits to largely ignoring them!
“We both love food so were keen to find somewhere that didn’t have a typical wedding venue and didn’t mind spending more so that we could have this. We also recognised how important good music was to get the crowd going on the day. We also organised a get together the day after the wedding in the Grand Central Bar in Derry and had The Mad Hatters playing there,” said Aisling.
Aisling wore one of my favourite bridal designers, Jesus Peiro, on her wedding day, along with an enviable pair of red Louboutins. Keen to keep the day elegant and simple her maids wore deep green dresses and carried bouquets with added red berries, which matched her shoes.
“The day didn’t get off to the best start. My mum came into me bedroom at around 5.30am to tell me that the electricity had gone off because of Storm Gertrude. She and my step dad were great at sorting this out, called a hotel close to the church and organised a suite for us to get ready in. We all had to make an early morning dash to the hotel but found the normal road blocked with a fallen tree, which meant we had to find an alternative route!” explained Aisling.
“Our highlight, for both of us, was walking into the reception room as a married couple with all our friends and family around us,” added Aisling.
Ceremony: St Patrick’s Church, Pennyburn.
Reception: The Red Door, Fahan, County Donegal.
Wedding dress: Jesus Peiro, Ti Amo Bridal, Limavady.
Bridesmaids dresses: Ti Amo Bridal, Limavady.
Hair: Lynette Murray Hair, Belfast.
Makeup: Jennifer Ireland MUA, Belfast.
Groomswear: Slaters, Glasgow.
Cake: Elaine McGilloway- Dads neighbour.
Florist: John Paul Florist, Derry.
Bridal cars: Tommy McMullan- Uncle.
DJ: Boogie Nights.
Photographer: Roisin O’Brien Photography, Derry.