Emma and Colin’s glamorous Autumn wedding will have many bride and groom’s taking notes. If you want a colourful, relaxed and family focussed wedding, then read on to see how it is done.
This couple were together for nine years before getting married in Trinity Church, Omagh in October. They celebrated with their friends and family, and most importantly their two children, Payton and Parker.
Colin had got down on one knee four years previous on Portrush East Strand, with the help of daughter Payton. Emma recalls, “I was ill this particular day and Colin decided to drag me to the beach. It’s usually the other way around! I was cold and tired so huffed and turned to walk back. Then when I turned around Colin and our daughter Payton were down on one knee in the sand.”
Colin had bought a beautiful tear shaped ring encrusted in diamonds from DK Jewellers near Cookstown. He asked the staff there for something no one else would usually buy because he wanted something special and unique to Emma.
Emma didn’t waste any time choosing her stunning beaded wedding dress from No.8 Bridal Boutique in Cookstown. She happened to call in one day on her own when they had a cancellation, so she tried a few dresses on. “The last one I put on was a choice of the managers, I saw it and thought no way, but once I put it on I loved it and bought it that day! So, no one saw the dress until the day of the wedding.”
Clearly a bride who knows what she likes! However, Emma was also a bride who was busy working as a staff nurse at Omagh Hospital and running after two children, while her fiancé Colin worked in his own business, Pizza Oven in Castlederg.
It was in Castlederg that Emma found her florist, Pollocks who created elegant autumnal bouquets for the bridal party. The colours pairing perfectly with Drum Manor Forest Park’s foliage, where they took their photographs.
As for Colin’s suit, he chose SD Kells in Omagh where a good friend, Aaron Waring works and helped him choose something suitably glamorous to stand next to his bride. Their two kids also looked the part in their mini-me outfits.
Emma was particularly happy with all of the vendors who they’d chosen to work on their wedding. Colin’s granny Linda Feathers made their amazing wedding cake, “The women can put her hand to anything.” Videographer Sean O’Donnell and Photographer Sarah Bryden captured their day in a very natural way which is just what the bride had hoped for.
She says, “Sarah didn’t interrupt the day at all to fit in set pictures, it was all very natural, just what I wanted, and the pictures are amazing. We have very few family pictures, as my children will not stop for them, but she sure made up for this within the whole album.”
Emma adds that she wasn’t going to have a videographer, “I was going to cut this out to save money, but it’s actually been one of my favourite things to sit and watch. I see all the wee things you would never remember as it so busy that day.”
The reception was held in the Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena where its charm won them over when they first visited. Emma says she’d heard so many people say the food was amazing. “It was an easy choice”. The couple added their own ‘treats table’ for guests too as a personal touch.
They invited 150 guests to share their big day and Emma says, “The day went like a dream everything turned out better than expected, no troubles at all. It just went in far too fast. I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the bridal party prep at the house, we had karaoke and nibbles all morning whilst the experts worked away. The whole day went in like a flash once we arrived at the hotel, I would have loved to have slowed the clock down to take it all in.”
Emma’s advice for anyone organising their wedding is “don’t get stressed, enjoy the experience, it will always work out.”
Reception: Tullyglass House Hotel
Wedding dress: Number 8 Bridal
Groomswear: SD Kells
Flowers: Pollocks Flower World
Room Décor By: Leaf Design
Rings: D&K Jewellers
Transport: Glendale Limos
Photography: Sarah Bryden Photography
Videography: Timeless production