Real Weddings

The Couple

Tell us a little about how you met

We met at medical school at the University of Bristol. 

Talk us through the proposal

I will never forget the night that Edward proposed. It was the last Wednesday in August 2014 and I was sitting in my room studying when I heard a knock at my door. Edward and I had lived apart for two years when he first qualified as a doctor so I was surprised to see him in the middle of the week. When he entered he appeared nervous but I thought after a two-hour drive that perhaps he was just tired. He suggested that we go out to dinner, which we did, but when we came back he handed me a note to read and said that he needed to go to his car to collect something.The note that I was given contained a riddle, which then proceeded to another riddle. I, at this stage, suspected that this was nothing more than a game that Edward had created, which is something that is not that surprising for the amazing person that he is. What soon transpired was that Edward had in the past month been hiding clues all around my house that I had been totally unaware of. Each riddle related to our relationship- the medical university course that we met on, the voluntary work that we do in Uganda, my love/ his frustration for mismatching socks, our families (one required that I call his brother who was waiting on the other end of the line with my next clue). I laughed throughout it all and wondered where Edward was as I frantically searched the house for the clues. The final riddle involved me going to where we had our first kiss.As I approached the spot at Bristol Suspension Bridge, I could see hundreds and hundreds of fairy lights illuminating the night sky. Edward had changed into a suit, and as he spotted me arriving he got down on one knee and proposed. He said lots of lovely things to me that I cannot remember a word of! We sat for quite a while under the stars and surrounded by fairy lights drinking champagne. My dad, mum and sister all knew about the proposal as did Edward’s family so they were all waiting for our call. I had no idea! I will never forget the night that he proposed. 

The Setting


Good Shepherd Church, Belfast


Renaissance Suite

Why Galgorm Resort & Spa

We looked at several venues but as soon as we went to the Galgorm we knew immediately it was everything that we wanted. The professionalism and attention to detail were evident from our first meeting and throughout the planning process, our wedding planner made us feel that anything was possible. The Galgorm is a magical place to have your wedding. 

What made you choose a Resort location

It was perfect for our guests traveling from outside of Northern Ireland.

Tell us the most memorable part of your day

We had so many favourite moments. I loved getting ready in the morning surrounded by my close family, but two moments that really stand out to me were seeing Edward at the top of the aisle and in the reception watching our family and friends enjoying the day as much as we did.

Advice for future couples

Be true to who you both are and simply enjoy your day. It’s the most important thing as it goes by so quickly. 

The Dream Team 

Galgorm Wedding Planner

Helen McCormick & Donna Cunningham

Wedding Stationery

Edward designed our invitations and mass booklets


Lime Tree Cakes


Sally's Floral Studio


Church - Studio Quartet

Galgorm - Ceilidh Band Haste 

Décor & Design

Outside the Church we placed lanterns and candles, a chalkboard welcoming everyone into the Church, also painted and designed by Edward, and filled with fresh flowers in jam pots. All of the ladies were also offered a vintage handkerchief as they entered the Church. As it was an Irish wedding we had to ensure that everyone was offered a glass of Guinness when they arrived at the venue! We used a typewriter as our guest book and placed beside it a few of our favourite books. Our grandparents are very important to us so we framed pictures of their wedding days, where possible, and placed those on a table as guests entered. The tables for dinner were decorated with fresh flowers, wooden hearts that we had made, and a personalised crossword that we created. One question involved finding out the colour of Edward’s socks! Local provider Julie Hagan Wedding Accessories helped add some beautiful touches throughout the day, with a post box and a note tree with wooden hearts for people to write and leave messages on which we are going to frame. 


Marc Lawson


We hand wrote notes to all of our guests on ivory card sealed with a custom made wax seal stamp. 


We didn't necessarily have a theme; we just tried to make our wedding as personal and intimate to us and our family and friends as possible. 

The Glad Rags

Wedding Dress & Accessories

I had a bespoke dress designed by Elizabeth Stuart after winning the White Gallery’s Glass Slipper Competition. The dress had a beautiful detachable tulle skirt, which I took off for the evening reception to reveal a stunning lace skirt with blush silk lining underneath. It felt like I had two beautiful dresses for the day. My veil was a custom made by a designer in Dublin with a lace scalloped edge.

Bridesmaid's Dresses

Ivory Salma Dress from Ghost.


Austin Reed. Edward wanted something very classic so he went for the traditional tail suit, grey waistcoat and ivory tie. His buttonhole was a single ivory rose surrounded by baby breathe. 

The Glam Squad


Hair: Lynette Murray: Lynette and Jenna were amazing and on the morning of the wedding they both stayed until I left the house. For my makeup, I wanted to feel like myself and have a very natural look. My hair was similar and I opted for soft curls with fresh baby breathe flowers. 


Jenna Somerville


Simply Beautiful, Omagh 

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