Brr, it’s cold morning, but don’t fret this beautiful story of childhood sweethearts, Gemma and David will warm you right up. Married this past December on the day before the winter solstice, Gemma incorporated a pastel colour scheme and an unusual light theme to her day. Thanks to Catriona Corrigan from Divine Photography for sharing this stunnning day with us.
When their GCSE classes moved around at Omagh Academy, Gemma and David become friends, and shortly after their relationship developed into love. David says at 15 he knew Gemma was for keeps, but after University when they moved in to together, Gemma knew. Despite being together for so long David was still able to surprise Gemma with a proposal in September 2013.
“I had been working in Belgium and David offered to pick me up from the airport. We stopped for dinner and when we got home he rushed out of the car and around to the back door with my suitcase. By the time I got into the house he was nowhere to be seen, which I thought was odd. I decided to put the kettle on and go into the living room to put my feet up. It was when I walked into the hallway that I saw white arrows stuck to the wall pointing up the stairs. He had written memories and stories about our time together from our very first chat on MSN! As I made my way up the stairs reading the stories, I saw he was waiting in our bedroom with a little box on the bed. I think he was so nervous he didn’t speak. With nervous laughter of my own I said ‘do you have something to ask me?’ and the rest is history.
It should be noted that it wasn’t the first engagement to take place in our home, David’s brother Mark proposed to his beautiful girlfriend, Judith eight months before.”
The couple immediately started planning their wedding and once onboard the boat to Lusty Beg island, they knew this was the perfect place for their day. Wanting to keep away from the stereotypical rich reds and golds of a Christmas wedding, Gemma chose winter pastel tones for her elegant day. She wore a romantic off the shoulder wedding gown by Sincerity, whilst her maids wore pale mauve dresses from Coast. The incredible bridal flowers, a DIY team effort by Gemma’s aunt, Helen Rankin, Gemma and her maids, were softly romantic with a touch of the wildness using pretty anemone with a deep blue centre, roses, baby’s breathe, thistle and were tied with a french navy ribbon.
Using a combination of fairy lights and candles the light theme was brought to life at the reception, which ended in a fun photo moment using sparklers.
“The day was like a whirlwind. It flowed along as planned and we were lucky to have dry calm weather for December and got all our photos outdoors, which was important to us. David was checking over his speech before the guest were seated and just before it was his turn to speak, I noticed him frantically patting his pockets, he couldn’t find his notes! So he had to get up and improvise which he did very well and spoke from the heart. When he sat down and calmed himself, he realised his notes were in fact in his pocket all along. I read the speech after we got home, and I’m glad he lost it, he had written such a beautiful speech- there wouldn’t have been a dry eye in the room!”
“You can make it as easy or as difficult as you like, it’s all about your outlook. If you want to DIY your wedding like us, leave yourself plenty of time and don’t be afraid to delegate. Weddings are becoming increasingly expensive so I would say barter where you can, stick to your budget, no one wants to start married life in debt; and don’t get caught up in the little details. If you are married at the end of it, that’s all the matters.”
Ceremony: St. Bestius Church Of Ireland, Killeter.
Reception: Lusty Beg Island, Fermanagh.
Photographer: Divine Photography, Dungannon.
Wedding film: PigMint Film, Coleraine.
Wedding dress: The Bridal Showroom, Londonderry.
Bridesmaids dresses: Coast.
Grooms wear: S.D. Kells, Omagh.
Cake: Grooms’s Aunt: Sadie McCrea.
Flowers: Bride’s Aunt: Helen Rankin, Gemma and her maids.
Transport: Glendale Limo Hire, Omagh and Rolls Royce driven by friend of the bride, Ronald Moore.
Stationery: Handmade by bride, Gemma.