Two years after romance had blossomed for Niall and Donna, Niall went down the traditional route and on bended knee asked Donna to be his wife, with a stunning half-carat engagement ring.
Of course she said yes and the couple soon began planning their day, firstly choosing their bridesmaid, Donna’s younger cousin, Danielle. Next up, Niall chose his best man, his younger cousin, Sean. With help from their attendants, planning for their big day began with a few surprises and trying times thrown in.
Donna and Danielle visited a bridal fayre in November 2013. During the fashion show both of them fell in love with an elegant gown with lace back detail.
“I tried on other dresses following that but nothing compared to that first dress, so I put a deposit on it and also entered a competition to win my wedding dress. Of course, I never thought I would, but on Christmas Eve the bridal salon called to tell me I had won! I was so delighted and thought it was a blessing from my mum who had passed away suddenly the June before”, explained Donna.
All was running smoothly until eight weeks before the wedding their venue cancelled due to licensing issues, so Donna and Niall were left searching for another venue at very short notice!
“Thankfully my aunt had suggested the White River House Hotel in Toomebridge, somewhere I had never been before. But from the moment we set foot inside we knew that it was a blessing in disguise. Susan the wedding coordinator, Mary the manager and rest of the staff couldn’t do enough for us, they were so very accommodating and attentive, and nothing was too much trouble”, explained Donna.
Their wedding went perfectly from start to finish, with an elegant vintage theme, which incorporated lace and calming neutral tones. The reception suite at the White River Hotel was given an understated look with ivory birdcage table centres, ivory and lace chair covers and a stunning ivory wedding cake topped with ribbon, lace and pearl details.
Donna’s highlight was having her beloved granny in attendance on the day, and for Niall, sharing their day with his elderly uncle made it that extra special.
Following their special celebration, Donna and Niall headed to Santa Ponsa in Majorca for some rest and relaxation!
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