Niamh and Colm share the details of their stunning wedding at Evergaldes Hotel Derry.
Photography by Dara Oh Photography
A true love story, this pair of high school sweethearts met while doing the Duke of Edinburgh award and has travelled the world together living in Australia, New Zealand and now Nottingham.
The proposal happened on a trip home for the weekend. Colm had planned a long walk to Fairhead but like many Irish proposals the weather had other plans and the couple ended up soaked to the skin trying to avoid a vicious thunderstorm. Colm tried to rescue the day by suggesting fish and chips at Murlough Bay. Afterwards, the pair took a walk down the slipway onto the beach were Colm told Niamh to close her eyes. When she opened them, Colm was down on one knee and had written ‘Say Yes’ in pebbles in the sand. They returned to the exact spot for photographs on their wedding day.
As Niamh and Colm live in Nottingham they had to scope out venues online and via email. They were struggling to find an exclusive venue, with an intimate feel, that went the extra mile until Niamh’s parents had lunch at the Everglades and raved about the food, not to mention the exquisite ballroom.
It was only the second venue the couple visited but it instantly felt right. “They have loads of lovely touches and we were made to feel as if it was our hotel too. Being a Hastings Hotel we instantly knew we were in safe hands,” Niamh recalls. “A lovely welcoming foyer and reception area with modern tasteful decor greeted us. We looked at each other and smiled, knowing this was the place.”
An event manager by trade, Niamh was able to pull off a spectacular wedding with help from her Mum who was able to source decorations across Ireland while Niamh was at home in Nottingham. A real family affair, Niamh’s brother designed the classic invitations and the couple had them printed by Johnstons of Kilrea for the real personal touch.
The theme was Live. Laugh. Love. and the couple made it personal by including memories from their time together. Niamh upcycled a ladder for the table plan which was a huge hit with the guests, alongside the display carts that Everglades provided.
Like their wedding, Niamh’s wedding dress was elegant and timeless. Her dress was a sweetheart neckline, fishtail gown with an embellished belt by Ellis Bridal of London and purchased from Logan’s in Cloughmills. The pale blue bridesmaids dresses had a scoped back and were sourced from David’s Bridal in London. Niamh wanted her bridesmaids to be comfortable, especially her sister who was six months pregnant. The grooms looked dashing in navy checked slim suits from Hire Class in Ballymena. They opted to keep the look clean and simple with navy ties for the boys and an ivory tie for Colm.
The wedding flowers tied the overall look together and were a focal point for the day. Janet from The Flower Room Belfast was superb in combing softly coloured wildflowers for a fresh style.
Their spectacular wedding cake was made by Cakes by Miriam and included a 3D floral bottom, and perfectly matched baby blue, handmade flowers. The four delicious tiers included; chocolate, carrot, lemon and vanilla.
Colm recommends getting as involved as you can with the wedding planning and to always remember that what the bride wants, the bride gets! Whereas Niamh suggests enjoying every moment and treasuring all those special moments with the ones you love.