We met at the end of August 2012 in a bar in Dungannon. I was out with a few friends and Ryan was actually out with my brother. I think we knew of each other but hadn't met or crossed paths before.
We got engaged in August 2015. At the start of August Ryan asked if I fancied going away for a night. I jumped at the idea as Ryan isn't usually a fan of going away while I would go away every weekend if I could! So he booked the Manor House Hotel in Co. Fermanagh as we had been before and loved it. So on the 22nd August we headed down and chilled out for the day and had a few drinks. We went up to the room that evening to get changed and ready for dinner and Ryan had asked me to sit down on the bed. He connected his laptop to the TV and had made a Powerpoint presentation. To summarise, it was photographs of us before we met, photos of our families and of us over the 3 years. It was made to Ed Sheeran's song 'Photograph'. Of course, while watching it I was in tears thinking this was so nice but it never entered my mind that he was about the propose. At the end of the presentation I looked around and there he was on one knee with a ring.
I loved everything about planning our wedding. I don’t have one thing I loved most. I had the best time doing it all. Although one highlight was tasting the food and cake, for sure!
My dress was a fitted mermaid style with a sweetheart embellished neckline. The dress was light gold in colour with lace appliqués and a full layer of sequins underneath. When the light hit it, it just glistened. I had the straps made with the lace appliqués and a few sequins to add some more sparkle! I loved it. The style I originally wanted was an off-shoulder structured princess gown. I heard so many times that what you don’t think you want is what you end up going for and in my case it was true. I loved everything about my dress.
My bridesmaids are the three best girls you could ever meet. My chief bridesmaid was my cousin, Catherine Burke. We grew up together and she is like the sister I never had, so it was a no brainer really. Next is Megan Bothwell who I have known for 13 years. There was no doubt that she wasn’t going to be there! Then Caroline O’Donnell who is Ryan's sister-in-law. She has become more like a sister to Ryan and has become a good friend of mine over the past few years.
I purchased the girl's dresses in Creative Ideas, Armagh. The colour was called 'Rose Violet' but they were more of a deep raspberry colour. They had a high neckline with pearl and crystal embellishment on one shoulder and around the waist. The back of the dress had a gorgeous cowl detail and buttons. They were very elegant and suited all the girls.
I wanted my flowers to be simple and quite neutral in colour so that the dresses stood out more. They were perfect. Janice from The Flower Studio, Dungannon was a great help and knew exactly what I was after.
We wanted either a stately home or castle for our wedding day. When we got to Cabra we both knew it was the venue for us. We loved the grand décor and just the overall feel. The staff are brilliant and the food is amazing!!
I'm sure everyone has a few wee hiccups along the way but everything fell into to place and was perfect. We wouldn’t change anything.
I would say to make sure the day is about the both of you. It’s the one time that it's all about just you two. You can't please everyone. As long as you enjoy it that’s all that matters.
We seen Catherine at a wedding fair and loved her work! I started to follow her Facebook page to see all her latest weddings. Her style of photography was exactly what we had been wanting. She was brilliant on the day and made everyone feel at ease and was great at keeping everything on time!