Often the best advice comes from people who have been in your shoes, which is why I love catching up with my couples. As she approaches her first wedding anniversary, I caught up with Emma and put some important questions to her about her wedding day. Here, she shares her memories and has even included some welcome advice for all your brides and grooms embarking on your own wedding planning journey.
Emma, first of all, tell us how you met your husband
We met through my sister and her partner. Gary asked my sister’s partner for my number and texted me after seeing me at the Gorteen disco in Limavady. The rest, as they say, is history.
And how did he pop the question?
He took me on a surprise trip to Paris (I thought we were going to Dublin). Our hotel room had a terrace that overlooked the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower twinkles at night so as we were cosied up under blankets watching it, Gary popped the question. He proposed on the 5th April, the day we first became “official” ten years previously!
Tell us when are where you were married. Why did you choose your venue?
We were married on the 18th of October 2014 at the Roe Park Resort, Limavady. We have shared some great times here and it is one of our favourite places to go for dinner. The location and surrounding scenery is beautiful and it’s right on our doorstep so we knew we would always get married there.
Describe that all important dress!
I got my dress from Ultimate Dresses, Dungiven. It was from the Allure Romance collection. It was a strapless, lace, slim-fitted dress with a sweetheart neckline detailed with crystals and pearls, with similar detail on the waistband. The dress had a slight fishtail and a long train, with buttons right down the back to the end of the train. I loved it!
And your bridesmaid dresses?
My bridesmaid dresses were also from Ultimate Dresses. They were raspberry coloured, floor length dresses with lace detail at the top and an open section at the back. They were very pretty and my bridesmaids loved wearing them.
What style of flowers did you choose?
I wanted quite autumnal flowers given the time of year and which would match our colour scheme. Our florist was Mary Slevin from Wisteria Lane, Limavady and she had some fab ideas. She included crab apples, berries and other autumnal flowers, and roses to match our colour scheme. They were amazing!
What is your favourite memory from the day?
The highlight for me was walking into our ceremony room for the first time with my mum, seeing all our family and friends together, our nieces singing one of our favourite songs (Ellie Goulding’s How Long Will I love You) and our nephew playing the piano. And of course seeing my husband smiling at me from the top of the aisle. The ceremony room was so perfect and was totally transformed – it was exactly how I had imagined it would be.
Tell us what you love about your wedding photographs
I love how Donal captured every little detail from start to finish. I love reliving the day by looking back at our photos – they really do capture the day perfectly and show the range of different emotions that were experienced. Our speeches were particularly heartfelt as they paid tribute to my late Dad, which Donal captured beautifully.
What piece of advice would you offer other brides?
I know every bride says this, but just savour every second of your day as it goes in so quickly! And don’t stress with the planning because everything will fall in to place nicely.
To view more photos from Emma & Gary’s wedding, click HERE.