There were lots of laughs when Michael and Wendy’s wedding questionnaire pinged into The Promise inbox. The Fermanagh couple are too cool for school and their ‘hipster-vintage, peppered with owls’ wedding at Lough Erne Resort, sure looked like a fun day! Oh, and the joy and happiness on both their faces is so beautiful to see. Photographer for the day was Esther Irvine Photography who captured the details just perfectly, even when down on the farm at Wendy’s home for their unique wedding portraits.
They combined their names to make a new one!
“We met during a Halloween party in 2011, Michael likes to tell people I was hypnotised by his bum in a skeleton morph suit, but rather, it was the selection of S Club 7 on his iPod that nailed it! After the party we spent the rest of the weekend on a Lord of the Rings marathon,” explained Wendy.
Marriage was soon talked about by the couple who live in Manchester and they even booked their venue, Lough Erne Resort, before an engagement ring had even sealed the deal. But Michael was working hard on this piece of the puzzle, he just got sidetracked when the Scottish rugby team ruined his plans!
“Wendy and I went to Edinburgh to see Scotland vs Ireland in February of the 2013 RBS Six Nations, I was planning to propose either after or half way through the match (depending on how it was going). Any rugby fans will remember how bad and disappointing that game was and I was in a terrible mood afterwards, (I still hold a grudge against the Scots for ‘ruining’ my proposal). However, I wanted to propose to Wendy soon, I didn’t want to wait anymore. It was a couple days later in our flat in Manchester that I decided that I would just propose so that we could be engaged and start our journey towards being married. Wendy went to the bathroom to brush her teeth and when she came into the bedroom I was on one knee with the ring held in front of me. Men will know how nerve wracking this point can be and I got the answer guys don’t want to get “Are you taking the p***?” and I had to tell her that I needed an answer. She said yes! We took a selfie with Wendy showing off the ring and sent it around the various social medias. It wasn’t very traditional, but it made me the happiest I had been up to that point and I was super happy to upgrade Wendy from girlfriend to future wife,” Michael explained.
With the wedding already booked Michael and Wendy took things easy until six months before the wedding when they realised they better get to work! It didn’t take Wendy long finding her dream dress, Eden by Jenny Packham, whilst the guys were decked out in funky tweed suits from Topman. The couple used lots of recommendations from friends to book their suppliers and the day was soon sorted.
“The day was perfect, even if there were a few small near disasters! Michael picked up his own ring at the altar, instead of mine and then dropped it on the floor! Then he broke a wine glass during his speech… but all these things just add to the wonderful memories of the day!” said Wendy.
Huge thanks to Michael and Wendy for sharing their day with us and giving us in the office a good belly laugh! And to Esther Irvine for the great set of shots.
Ceremony: Sallaghy Parish Church.
Reception: Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen.
Photographer: Esther Irvine Photography, Ballygowan.
Wedding dress: Blush Boutique, Belfast.
Bridesmaid dresses: Reiss.
Grooms suits: Topman.
Bridal accessories: Sarah Deering Textile Artist, Fermanagh.
Cake: The Wee Cake Company, Bangor.
Flowers: Irene’s Flowers, Lisnaskea.
Stationery: Paperworks, Linen Green, Dungannon.