Donna and Stephen were married in July in a gorgeous ceremony at The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Killanin, County Galway before heading to their ceremony at Ross Castle Estate. It’s no surprise that I love weddings of all varieties, but I was so captivated by Donna and Stephen’s enthusiasm to do things exactly how they wished. With a total of 14 guests, including the couple themselves, the emphasis was on family and I just loved the intimacy of their day. So what better way to bring you an insight into their day than by hearing it from Donna herself! Here, she shares the details of their stunning wedding day.

Donna, tell us about your engagement

We got engaged on the morning of my graduation as a nurse from the Open University, in the Radisson Blu in Belfast. It was perfect!

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When and where did you get married?

We got married on the 16th of July 2016 in The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Killanin, County Galway. We were delighted that Canon Moran gave us permission to hold our ceremony in his church and totally over the moon when Fr Kevin Mullan from Drumquin parish agreed to come down to Galway and carry our marriage ceremony. It meant a great deal to us.

We held our reception at Ross Castle Estate in Galway, where we stayed for the remainder of the weekend with our families. We wanted our wedding to be about our families and spending the weekend with them was perfect.

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Describe your wedding dress.

My dress was from Michelle’s Bridal, which is now closed. I choose a 50’s style tea length ivory lace dress. It was very fitting given our surroundings. 

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What style did you choose for your bridesmaid?

Our bridesmaid dress was designed and made by Aisling Donaghy of Aisling Costumes in Carrickmore. Aisling also designed and made the mother of the bride outfit and completed the alterations to my own dress. She did a wonderful job!

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What inspired your choice of wedding flowers?

Our flowers were created by Sarah Daly at The Daisy Chain in Omagh. She always does my flowers and my wedding bouquet was perfect, as always.

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What about the finishing touches? Did you have a theme in mind?

My most important finishing touch were my bridal shoes, which were ivory lace with clear diamantes on the heels and red butterflies on the ankle. But most importantly my father Martin’s (RIP) image on the heel arch, so he could still walk me down the aisle.

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Looking back, if you could give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?

Looking back the only advice I would give myself would be to be late for once in your life Donna. Never one to be late, the ceremony was at 2pm and I arrived at 1.40pm! I think it was excitement!

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How does looking at your wedding photos make you feel?

Both our pre-wedding and wedding photos with Sarah are amazing and we can’t wait to see the completed album. We know it will be amazing!

Sum up your wedding in one word

Just one word? There are so many but I think we will go with PERFECT!

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