You might have heard of todays bride before! Wendy is the singing sensation who sang her first dance song to her husband, Stephen on April 2nd at Corick Country House Hotel & Spa, Clogher. We’re delighted to share their story (and the song is coming soon!) but first lets find out how they met…
Store manager Wendy first met, Stephen, Clogher’s local postman when he came into the shop she manages to get his car washed.
“Stephen was adamant he could get his car washed on his company fuel car- he couldn’t! He was so sure he was right he asked to speak to the manager… which of course was me! He continued to argue that he was right however, he was not! I very polity told him he was wrong to which he replied “well I can do it up in the other shop in the town.” I stood my ground and reminded him this was a different shop with different policies etc. He eventually gave up and left. A few weeks later he contacted me on Facebook and asked me out! I thought it was quite funny and thought I had nothing to loose so off we went. We had a lovely date in Canos, Dungannon and the rest is history. Needless to say we still give each other a run for our money when debating!” explained Wendy.
After a friends wedding when they were dating six months Wendy knew Stephens caring ways were for her, and shortly after, the day after another friends wedding Stephen popped the question! Wendy, who is a wedding singer was of course, over the moon and before the day was out the couple had chosen their date, April 2nd 2015, Wendy’s 30th birthday and booked their reception at Corick House Hotel & Spa in Clogher.
“We were so excited and happy that within the first two weeks after the proposal we had decided on our budget and booked our venue, church, flowers, cars, band, video, photographer and suits! After that we relaxed and enjoyed telling all our friends and family that we were engaged! I can honestly say I was determined to enjoy it all and not get stressed and I can whole heartedly say I really did! Everything just fell into place after that really… all we wanted was to get married, enjoy it and have all our important family and friends there and that’s exactly what we did, no fuss just us,” added Wendy.
“We didn’t choose any obvious themes in our wedding apart from I wanted it to be simple and elegant with no fuss! No major bright colours or gestures, just us getting married and making that commitment to each other. We did have a post box as Stephen is a postman, which was fun, but everything else was just, in my opinion simple. The best part about our wedding for me was that most of the people we used were personal to us. My friend did our makeup, another friend did our nails and our photos were captured by a family friend. My sister, Debbie made our invites and our orders of service, which were beautiful and turned out better than I had ever imagined, she is very talented. For me having all those people involved in our big day made it extra special and I honestly wouldn’t change a thing! Great memories with great people!” said Wendy.
“The day went like a dream. We all enjoyed every minute and I just couldn’t wait to get to the church to see Stephen because I knew he would have been feeling nervous, bless him. Thankfully we didn’t have any disasters or mishaps, believe it or not it couldn’t have went any better. Everyone had told me that the day will fly but I can honestly say it went at a nice pace. Not too fast or not too slow and by 3.30am I was definitely ready for bed. We loved everything from the early morning visit to our hair dressers to the last “goodnight” that was said. We couldn’t have asked for a better day,” added Wendy.
As well as his surprise Manchester United cake, Wendy had one more surprise for her new husband…
“I know that Stephen will agree that there are so many highlights for the both of us. Stephens surprise Man UTD cake from me, his surprise birthday cake for me but one part of the day in particular stands out above the rest – my very nervous attempt at singing to my groom! I had decided to sing our first dance before Christmas and contacted the band to explain. They were surprised but excited to see it too. I asked them to send me a backing track and asked them to have the original on standby in case I chickened out! So over the last few months before the wedding I was practicing in the car and around the house when Stephen wasn’t there and getting more nervous as the days passed! I only told the band, the videographer and my sister. I figured that if I did chicken out no one would have to know! I still wasn’t 100% sure on the day whether I was going to go through with it or not…. I can honestly say I have never been so nervous in my life! At the last minute I confided in a close friend what I was planning but I didn’t think I could go through with it and she managed to give some Dutch courage and talked me round. In the end I just kept looking at Stephen and zoned everyone else out! I’m so glad I was able to do it for him as he is so proud of it and we will have that to look back on forever. The next day the video had went viral and the papers were phoning non stop! It was mad but I have to say we enjoyed our 15 minutes of fame!”
Wendy’s song for her groom…
Ceremony: Castlecaulfield Presbyterian Church
Flowers: Joy Hazelton, Friend of bride.
Cake: Lynn Winslow, Clogher.
Stationery: Debbie Lockhart, sister of bride, email@example.com
Photography: David Devennie, Dungannon, family friend of bride.