A Summer Wedding at the Everglades
~ Real Life Wedding
HOW THEY MET
Eimear is a senior manufacturing engineer with Terex in Omagh and John is an electrical sub contractor working all over the UK and Ireland.
‘We met on a night out in Omagh in Sally’s…and the rest is history!’
Eimear recalls the moment John asked one of the biggest questions of their lives. ‘We went for a walk along Kinnegar Beach in Rathmullan (my favourite), one Sunday in February 2017. John got down on one knee behind the sand dunes and popped the question! Unfortunately, half of my family were away in Lanzarote at the time so we had to keep it quiet till they came back as I wanted to tell them face to face! It was the longest week ever!
He picked the ring himself from Lunns, a 1 carat emerald cut solitaire, on a platinum band.’
Eimear used to work at the Everglades Hotel whilst studying at university, ‘I knew how well all the guests and bride/groom were looked after and how much the hotel focuses on customer service. The hotel just had their ballroom extended and fully renovated while we were having our show around, and it looked amazing.’
‘As I am from Sion Mills and John is from Greencastle, we also wanted somewhere which would be close to the chapel, so our guests could relax and get the most out of the drinks reception after the ceremony.’
‘We were impressed most with the service we received both before the wedding and during. Mairead the Events Manager and JP the Food and Beverage Manager were so accommodating and easy to work with, as well as full of advice on wedding planning. Nothing was too much. I knew that the day would run smoothly as JP was there to coordinate everything. We could sit back, relax and enjoy the day.’
‘Our colour scheme was grey and pink, but we didn’t really follow any trend as such.’
‘It was quite a modern, clean and classic theme.’
WHAT THE BRIDE WORE & THE REST…
Eimear found the dress of her dreams from Pearls and Lace, a beautiful bridal boutique in Donegal Town.
‘I didn’t have a style or designer in mind when I went to look, but I just knew that I didn’t want lace. The girls were great in there.’
‘My dress was very plain, but elegant and classy. I knew as soon as I put it on that it was “the one”. It was so comfortable to wear during the day which I think is so important to consider when picking a dress. I also had a cathedral length veil with scalloped edges. I knew that with my dress being so plain, that I could get away with having a dramatic veil.’
EATING & DRINKING
Even after the wedding, Eimear and John’s guests were obsessing over the scrumptious food and drinks on offer.
The drinks reception consisted of bottled beers, Whiskey Sour Cocktails, Pimped Prosecco and Raspberry and Elderflower Cordial.
‘Our 200 guests were so impressed by the quality and presentation of the food. We went for Chicken Caesar Salad to start, followed by Sweet Potato and Cumin Soup, then the main course was a choice of Baked Filled of Cod and Short Rib of Beef, of which both were delicious. Desserts were an Assiette of Malteaser Meringue with Toffee Sauce, an Espresso Cup of Chocolate Orange Mousse and Raspberry Ripple and White Chocolate Cheesecake. This was finished off with Tea and Coffee and a few pieces of Homemade Lemon Meringue Fudge!’
CAPTURING THE MOMENTS
‘We went with Donal Doherty for our photographer, and I can safely say it was a pleasure. He made us feel very relaxed on the day, and has a great flare for photography and is very patient.’
‘He runs a professional business and is really well organised. We really struggled to pick images for our album as they were all fantastic! I would highly recommend him.’
HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY
Eimear recalls the most special moment of the day, ‘Nothing really prepares you for that walk down the aisle, having all eyes on you. My Daddy and I walked to meet John at the top of the aisle to one of my favourite songs – On Raglan Road.’
John reveals there were no embarrassing stories, ‘well none that we want published, just maybe a few questionable dance moves in the dance off at the end of the night!’
WORDS OF WISDOM
Eimear assures all you brides out there not to sweat the small stuff. ‘The day goes in so quickly so just try and enjoy it as it will be over before you know it.’
Eimear & John’s Dream Wedding Team
Venue – Everglades Hotel, Derry
Dress – Pearls & Lace Bridal, Donegal Town
Flowers – John Paul Florist, Derry
Cake – Cakes by Miriam
Photography – Donal Doherty Photography