Good morning, it’s back to business today with the kids all positioned nicely behind their school desks and me at mine!
I’m all for a bride who knows what she likes and going for it, which is exactly what Michelle did, just look at those incredible monochrome bridesmaids dresses, very unique. Thanks to Paula Donnelly Photography for sharing the day with us.
Couple: Michelle + Adam Lester
In June 2013 the couple met in a bar in Liverpool whilst Michelle was living there, groom Adam is from Warringtown in England.
Proposal: I had no idea the proposal was going to happen! We were back home at my mum and dads for Christmas and he asked both of them for permission to marry me. So on 17 January 2015 he said we should go to Tatton Park, Cheshire and do something nice for the day. Off we went to Tatton Park, I didn’t notice Adam was being quiet as I was trying to pick my footing as the ground was so mucky around the lake. Then he said lets go to the end of a pier. We got to the end of the pier and he took a little box of out his pocket and the next is a little bit of a blur. I do know that he didn’t actually say the words ‘will you marry me’ as he was so nervous. I think he might have said, ‘is it a yes’. The little box had a Links of London charm that was a mini engagement ring. On the way back to the car, after Adam proposed, he said that he had planned that we were going straight to Chester to look at engagement rings and had booked high tea at a little pace called Mad Hatters to celebrate. He had also arranged for us to fly home in two weeks’ time for an engagement party at home, which my brother-in-law Manus helped him arrange.
Wedding date: Saturday 22nd October 2016
Ceremony: St Macartans Church, Trillick
Reception: Manor House Country Hotel, Killadeas
Our Planning & Wedding Style: Initially we struggled with where we wanted to have the wedding - Ireland, England or abroad. Either way, one of our families would have to travel. We settled on Ireland as Adam wanted to show his family was a good Irish wedding is like! From there we chose Manor House Country Hotel and the rest of the planning was pretty straightforward. I wanted a simple and classic wedding with a timeless feel.
Our Style: I really enjoyed wedding dress shopping, I tried on everything to just get an idea and also some just for fun. I had an idea of what I wanted, lace and sweet heart. As soon a i tried that style on I knew it was not for me. Lace did not flatter me at all. But after trying a few styles I knew the material, neckline etc that suited me. That made it so much easier as I could just walk into a boutique and pull the dresses that best suited me. I love black and initially wanted the girls in all black but this was a little bit harsh on them. When I saw the black and white that I ending up picking I loved them. They were fun dresses and the girls love them as well.
Our Highlights: Everything ran really smoothly. Paula Donnelly our photograph was the best ever. She was really our wedding organiser on the morning of the wedding. She told us when we needed to be dressed and was keeping an eye on the time for us all. I just though what will be will be, I no longer have control of the day. Everyone we dealt with was so professional and made it their job to make my day perfect. My highlight was getting there and walking up the aisle to Adam. For Adam his highlights were seeing all our friends and family get there, especially his grandparents, and marrying me.
Our Advice: Try not to stress over the little stuff, that’s what happened to me, remember the end result. You are dealing with professionals so let them do their job, they are great.
Wedding dress: Tamem Michael.
Bridesmaids dresses: Dessy.
Hair: Identity Hair, Irvinestown.
Makeup: Alison, Rosemary Cottage, Omagh.
Groomswear: Moss Bros.
Cake: Seamus Doris, bridesmaids Dad.
Flowers: Clare Flower, Irvinestown.
Videographer: Coolisk Digital, Enniskillen.
Ceremony musicians: Wedding Music by Tully, Fermanagh.
Drinks reception: Traditional Touch.
Entertainment: The Rockits.
Photographer: Paula Donnelly Photography.