Sandra & Lee's Wedding
Tell us a little about how you met
We both met through work, when Sandra started in 2004 as a placement student and Lee was already working in the company in Marketing.
Talk us through the proposal
It was in July 2014 when Lee decided that the time was right. He had the engagement ring hidden in a bunch of white roses and lilies. But because he casually gets Sandra flowers she thought nothing of it and therefore didn’t notice the ring at first. Only for Lee keeping mentioning how nice the flowers looked like this time Sandra finally spotted the ring. And all went from there, Lee went down on his knee and Sandra happily accepted his proposal.
The Ghost House
Why Galgorm Resort & Spa
Galgorm has got beautiful settings, 1st class service and immaculate rooms both for the ceremony and reception. Galgorm went the extra mile for everything and with our wedding party spending the night before the wedding at Galgorm and because we added in the after wedding brunch we created this relaxing atmosphere everyone appreciated.
What made you choose a Resort location
Whenever we decided to get married we didn’t shop around for possible wedding locations. Because we didn’t want a church ceremony we were looking for a place that can cater for both the ceremony and the reception. We really liked the Galgorm from internet photographs and when we saw it for the first time we just got that feeling which told us that this is the right place. We had a spring wedding and therefore wanted a lot of brightness and light coming into our ceremony room, which was fully provided by the Ghost house. When seeing the Renaissance suite we also fell in love immediately. The grandness of the room with the huge backdrop window looking out on the waterfall, the bright classic modern interior is just a dream. The guidance and help that we received throughout our planning process by our wedding planner was more than one would expect as well. Nothing that we asked for was too much. It, therefore, was an easy choice for us – Galgorm, over and over again.
Tell us the most memorable part of your day
Because the two of us are hardly ever dancing we don’t just have the natural swing of it. A week before the wedding we, therefore, started practicing dancing a few routines before – which, as you can imagine, didn’t go too well. The morning of the wedding we gave it one more run and it we told each other that it’s going to be fine. Both of us were more than nervous when finally the time arrived for our first dance. But all our practicing paid off and we believe guests were actually impressed by how well we pulled it off.
We are also overly grateful that all our family and friends from NI and Germany were with us for our special day.
Advice for future couples
Don’t stress out too much in the running up of the wedding. Whilst planning is important try not to overdo it, it will all come together. It is your day and your day only. Enjoy the day as much as possible and make time for each other as the day goes really fast. And never forget, that whilst this day marks the start of something really big and beautiful, afterward there are still so many more happy memories on the horizon.
The Dream Team
Galgorm Wedding Planner
Stefani Harrington, Tilly Mint Crafts & Emma Brannan, Little Paper Press
Bumblebee Garden, Dromore
Mick O’Dell – Inkwell Cartoon & Caricature
The Rockits – Band & DJ
Go Photobooth NI
MK Wedding Childcare
Decor & Design
We designed a lot ourselves & Sandra’s mum made the flower décor for the room
Lauren Coulter Photography, Castlederg
Jane Banyard – Mama Fudge
German traditional Gingerbread hearts
Wedding Dress & Accessories
Since Sandra is from Germany, she got her wedding dress in her hometown at Brautmoden Klutz, Halle, Germany
Chantilly Lace Bridal, Enniskillen
Dani Belle Design, Belfast
Shauna McCrystal Makeup Artist, Lisnaskea
Rosemary Cottage, Omagh