Real Irish Wedding – Catherine Donaghy and Ciaran Mullan
10th July 2015. Ceremony venue at St Patricks Church, Claudy, Co. Derry, followed by a reception at Killyhevlin Hotel, Co. Fermanagh
Photography by Acorn Images Photography.
From the bride’s chapel length veil to the stylish two-piece bridesmaid dresses, this wedding is a gorgeous example of a traditional wedding featuring current trends
“We met in Dungiven Chinese nine years ago,” Catherine begins, “I had known who Ciaran was as he played GAA with my brothers. After the first night we met, we went on our first date a few weeks later.”
“Ciaran took me on a drive to Gweedore in Donegal,” Catherine recalls. “It’s a beautiful place, and we were out on a beach in Derrybeg beside an old boat wreck when he proposed.”
“I had worked in Fermanagh a few years back and fell in love with it – the lakes are beautiful,” Catherine says. “I always liked the Killyhevlin as it sits on the edge of Lough Erne with amazing views, and always knew I wanted to get married there.”
The couple chose a vintage and traditional theme, with a colour scheme of grey, ivory and lavender.
The bride’s stunning wedding dress was by Lillian West from Dream Weddings, Coleraine. “I hadn’t tried many dresses on before it, but when I saw it I knew it was like none of the dresses I’d seen before,” Catherine recalls. “The face on my bridesmaids when I first put it on just confirmed that it was the one! I liked that it was quite traditional but modern at the same time, and I paired it with a vintage lace veil which was also from Dream Weddings”
Ciaran, the groomsmen and the pageboys all got their suits from Red Grooms in Belfast. “We knew we were looking for a suit with a waistcoat that was different from the suit, and that it needed to be grey, and as soon as we walked into the shop we both spotted it. It was the first one he tried on and it was perfect,” Catherine says.
The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Coast; they were two-piece with a sequin top and a grey skirt that was floor length at the back and shin-length at the front.
Quiggs Florist, Derry created the wedding flowers. “I wanted a wild look with my colours – ivory, lavender and a bit of grey. I didn’t see them until the morning of the wedding but was delighted with how they matched the bridesmaids,” Catherine says.
The bride made her own wedding invitations which incorporated vintage style floral paper and some hessian string tied with a note stating ‘We’re tying the knot.’ Catherine also made their table plan using an old ladder, and the table numbers which hung from the table centres. The mass booklets were designed by Signs Express in Derry.
Kelly O’Neill from ‘The Rolling Pin’ in Claudy made the wedding cake. “The cake was absolutely perfect; the bottom tier was chocolate (Ciaran’s favourite), the middle tiers were sponge, and the top tier was fifteens (my favourite),” Catherine explains.
Ciaran: “Standing at the front watching Catherine walk down the aisle.”
Catherine: “There are so many parts of the day that I loved, but the most memorable has to be walking down the aisle – even though I was shaking!”
Mother of the bride
The Mother of the bride’s outfit was from McElhinney’s, Ballybofey and her hat was created by Anne McKeever of Greysteel, Derry.
Ciaran: “Relax and enjoy it!”
Catherine: “I would say not to worry and stress over the tiny things (everything comes together in the end!) and just enjoy the lead up to it because it goes so fast.”