This morning on the blog we have the sweetest couple you ever did see; Denise and Kyle were (sort-of) childhood sweethearts, and married last May in the Moon Garden at Drenagh Estate. Their story is beautiful; it starts around Limavady, the Gorteen to be precise, and now continues in Brisbane, where they live; as Denise says, their longterm honeymoon! The day was captured in all its sunny glory by Catherine Mackenzie.
We suggest tissues for the emotional happiness and joy thats about to come your way!
Denise and Kyle both attended Limavady Grammar School, where they first met, aged 11. At the time they didn’t get on at all, arguing in class and calling each other names- all these years later it turns out the arguing was because they both fancied each other! A few years on the truth came out on a bridge, metres away from Denises’ house, it has since been renamed the ‘Truth Bridge’ by the couple!
Nine years on and with the romance stronger than ever, Denise got her usual birthday present from Kyle, the promise of a belated card, due to the fact her birthday falls just a week after Christmas. This year Kyle as usual promised the card and informed Denise he was taking her out for dinner that night, as Denise explains;
“I had just finished getting ready when I got a text from Kyle asking me to retrieve his mums torch from our stables! When I got to the stable I found the torch, but sitting beside it was a CD with ‘Play Me’ written on it, and a scroll that had been tied up beautifully with a red ribbon. I grabbed the scroll first, I can’t remember the exact words, but it was something along the lines of – ‘Tonight’s your birthday, and I’m going to make it as special as you are. You will never forget your 26th – that’s the truth. Go to the place we told the truth, 9 years ago. PS. I love you.’ Despite the fact it was absolutely freezing, I couldn’t wait long enough to get a coat, the excitement kept me warm! I jumped in my car and drove to the Truth Bridge. On the fence, at the side of the bridge was another scroll, tied to the wire. This one told me to ‘Go to the place it all began, on the 5th of April 2003.’ I knew that meant the Gorteen, the romantic setting where we started ‘going steady!’ As I expected, I found another scroll tied to the front gate of the Gorteen. It told me to ‘Go to our special place in the clouds.’ When Kyle first passed his driving test, we used to borrow his sister’s Saxo, and drive to Gortmore Viewing Point, and sit there for hours, talking and laughing, like the love struck teenagers we were. By this stage I was thinking a bit more logically, I knew it would take at least 15 minutes for me to drive there, so I pulled in and put on the CD. That’s when the tears started! The CD was a playlist of mine and Kyle’s special songs, songs we listened to in school and university, all of our favourites. By the time it got to Snow Patrol, Run, my nose was running and I was a mess! When I got to Gortmore Point, I saw Kyle’s car. I ran out to hug him, and he gave me one last scroll. It said – ‘PS. Will you marry me?’ and then he produced a gorgeous diamond ring. Excited is not even the word!! I could not wait to tell the world!! Then finally, he gave me one last thing – a birthday card – it said ‘To my Gorgeous Fiancée’…”
Three weeks after his spectacular engagement, Kyle left for Australia where he was setting up their new life in Brisbane, and Denise got down to some serious wedding planning! She admits planning was pretty easy, she simply chose the things she loved, and having visited Drenagh Estate with Kyle before he left, she knew it was the perfect location. The day came together nicely with Denise choosing a Grecian style gown, exactly the opposite of what she originally wanted. She kept the day colourful and fun with vibrant yellow bridesmaids dresses and wild flower bouquets.
“The day was magical, absolutely perfect! If I could relive any day in my life, my wedding day would be it. Sometimes I have to watch the video just to be sure it wasn’t a dream!” says Denise. “My mum and dad arranged for my horse, Star, who I have had since I was 11 years old, to arrive after the ceremony. I wasn’t aware of it at the time, but Star actually had his hooves painted with thick black, wet paint and I was holding him with my beautiful white dress flowing on the ground! I actually do not know how I didn’t get it covered in paint, but I was blissfully unaware at the time!”
Fancy seeing some more of this stunning wedding? Well, you’re in luck, here’s their beautiful wedding day short film, shot by Cinematic Tide.
Venue: Drenagh Estate, Limavady.
Photographer: Catherine Mackenzie Photography, Coleraine.
Wedding dress: Maggie Sottero from Beautiful Day Bridal Cottage, Greysteel.
Bridesmaids dress: Ultimate Dresses, Dungiven.
Huge thanks to Denise and Kyle for sharing their day with us, we hope you’re loving married life in sunny Oz!