White and Guerrero

Gerry White and Claro Guerrero were recently married with a private ceremony in Belfast City Hall, followed by a Jawbox Gin cocktails and champagne reception in the Observatory Bar at the top of the Grand Central Hotel. Guests then headed to James St. Restaurant for a wedding reception lunch prepared by Head Chef, Niall McKenna, with entertainment by a wonderful traditional harpist. After lunch everyone headed to the Europa Hotel’s Piano Bar where the couple first met 15 years ago. A special thank you to General Manager of Europa Hotel, James McGinn for the smooth running of the day and making it extra special. Gerry and Claro both wore suits tailored by The Belfast Tailor, Mr Chris Suitor.

Photography by Sean McGibbon.

Waddell & Wang

The wedding of Katie Waddell of Darragh Cross and Harry Wang, New York, took place on 3rd September 2017 at Castle Leslie Estate. Katie is the daughter of Paul and Geraldine Waddell and Harry is the son of Michael and Jenny Wang.

Photography by Agnieszka Marsh Photography.

McAnally & Scullion

Miss Sarah McAnally and Mr Stephen Scullion recently tied the knot at Harry’s Shack in Portstewart. Stewart Holden of Humanist Ceremonies married the couple in the outdoor balcony area of the venue. Guests enjoyed fish and chips for dinner which was then followed by the evening celebrations, including an acoustic set from singer Ryan Price.

Photography by Chloe Lucy Photography.

Waddell & Herlihy

The recent wedding of Amy Waddell from Darragh Cross, Co Down, and Cathal Herlihy from Knockanore, Co Waterford, took place in Rathfeigh Parish Church followed by a reception in Ballymagarvey Village. The bride is the daughter of Paul and Geraldine Waddell and the groom is the son of Liam and Mary Herlihy. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon touring Sri Lanka and Dubai.

Photography by Agnieszka Marsh Photography.





How did you meet your husband?

Believe it or not, I have known my husband from my early childhood as we went to the same primary school and were in the same year but a different class. We then went to different secondary schools and did not connect until we were 17 when we met through friends in November 2010 at a social gathering. We went on a couple of dates together and very soon, we were an item and have been ever since.

How did your husband propose?

It was July 28th 2014 and we were on holiday in the beautiful Greek Island of Crete in a resort called Hersonissos. It was coming near the end of our holiday, we had been out for a meal at an Italian restaurant and decided to retreat to our apartment and relax before the journey home the following day. I was sitting on our balcony embracing the breath-taking scenery from our apartment when Colin came out, got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife! Of course I said YES! He had just made me the happiest girl alive. He produced a ring box from his pocket, so I instantly thought he had been ring shopping (which shocked me)…he opened up the box and there he had a haribo gold ring inside which did make me laugh. We arrived home the next day and went ring shopping and I can safely say I came home with more than a haribo and Colin’s pockets were a bit lighter also!

When and where did you get married?

We got married in our hometown Banbridge, in Scarva St Presbyterian Church on Friday 21st July 2017. Our service was at 12 noon with all our friends and family present – it was perfect. My father who is disabled was able to give me away as my uncle pushed him down the aisle in his wheelchair which meant a lot to me. We enjoyed having some photographs taken after our ceremony featuring a Massey Ferguson tractor as well as our groomsman’s lorry which he had personalised just for us on our big day. We then travelled to Balllymena to our reception which was held in the stunning Tullyglass House Hotel’s Clocktower Suite. We had a beautiful meal, enjoyed the company of our friends and family and we danced the night away as the new Mr & Mrs Irvine.

Describe your gown. 

My wedding gown was from the Mark Lesley Collection at Peony Bridal, Hillsborough. The dress featured a delicate lace corset bodice with a tulle princess skirt. The dress flaunted a sweetheart neckline which was embellished with spectacular diamantes and pearls. Crossed ruching at the waist helped define my figure and the beautiful lace appliqué that glistened throughout the bodice and skirt really set the dress off. An overall stunning bridal gown.

What about the bridesmaid dresses?

My bridesmaids wore stunning dresses from the ‘True Bride’ collection at Perfect Day, Lurgan. The dresses were made in chiffon with a pleated bodice and had delicate beadwork to the waist and back. The dresses were in the colour ‘heather’ and were truly elegant, the bridesmaids looked fabulous and many people passed comment on how amazing the dresses were – particularly the colour.

Can you describe your bouquet? 

My wedding flowers were supplied by the very talented Wendy Hull of Flowers by Wendy, Lisburn. My bridal bouquet was a teardrop shaped arrangement consisting of a blush pink sweet avalanche rose which complimented the soft lilac tones of the memory lane rose. Filler flowers of baby’s breath and the delicate wax flower tied everything together magnificently. The final sentimental touch was a charm with my grandmother’s photograph in it which was attached to my bouquet. The bridal party carried matching hand tied bouquets and the men also wore matching toned lilac and pink roses in their button holes.

What was the highlight of the day?

I have to say, I had the most fantastic wedding day; it really was a dream come true and we both enjoyed every minute of it. It’s hard to select a highlight as the whole day was perfect from start to finish however, the fact that my Father and Grandfather were able to be with us after both battling with their health meant a lot. Also, we were graced with wonderful weather which was not predicted, in fact the weather forecast give heavy rain and potential thunderstorms that day- it rained early in the morning and that was it, not a spit of rain the rest of the day…prayers were definitely answered. Besides the weather and the presence of loved ones, getting to marry the love of my life is definitely the ultimate highlight!

Castle Leslie Estate Wins A Condé Nast Johansens Award For Excellence

Our very own Castle Leslie Estate scooped the prestigious 2018 award for excellence in the category of Best for Weddings, Parties or Special Occasions at the Condé Nast Johansens 36th annual awards for excellence. The awards were held on Tuesday 7th November at The May Fair Hotel in London, with hundreds of top hotel industry professionals in attendance.

Castle Leslie was recognised by judges as one of the last great Irish estates still owned by its founding family. The stunning Irish castle stands majestically within the green beauty of the County Monaghan countryside featuring the tranquil waters of Glaslough Lake.  Weddings are given the full treatment with exclusive use of the Castle and as you would expect, renowned warm Irish hospitality is a given here with complete escapism guaranteed

Condé Nast Johansens, from the publishers of Vogue, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and Vanity Fair, is the premier reference guide for independent travellers. The Awards are based on responses from online voting, guest feedback and Local Expert reports drawn hotels in the most recent Guides those featured online. With dedicated and highly trained Local Experts, almost 10 times as many properties have been assessed as appear online or in the Guides, in order to narrow the final selection down to the best.

For further details check out their website: www.castleleslie.com

A Unique Wedding Open Weekend At Lough Erne Resort

Five-star Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh is inviting happy couples from across Ireland to a unique ‘Wedding Open Weekend’ at the luxury resort which has just been awarded the title of ‘Top Rated Wedding Venue’ in both Northern Ireland and Ulster as voted for by brides and grooms of WeddingDates.ie.

The venue, which boasts a championship Faldo golf course, unique Thai Spa and the outstanding culinary talents of Noel McMeel, will host the bespoke event on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of March from 12 noon until 6pm each day. This is the perfect chance for couples either engaged or thinking of getting married to explore the stunning resort and extensive grounds which are set against the backdrop of Castle Hume Lough.

The wedding and events team will be on hand to show you around the resort whilst taking the opportunity to reveal the stunning new Ross Suite which will have undergone an extensive £200,000 transformation.

Selected bridal experts will also be in attendance to advise on the exclusive discounts that they offer to couples booking Lough Erne Resort for their special day from decor packages to flowers. Plus, Lough Erne Resort will also have an exclusive offer for those lucky couples that book and confirm their wedding on the day.

The unique ‘Wedding Open Weekend’ comes after Brides and Grooms from across Ireland rated Lough Erne Resort as their top choice for the perfect wedding, in a double award win that names the luxury resort as ‘Top Rated Wedding Venue’ in Northern Ireland and Ulster.

The awards were certainly no mean feat with thousands of newlyweds having reviewed their chosen venue on the popular WeddingDates.ie website. Ciara Crossan, CEO of WeddingDates said “the awards are based on real wedding experiences and are key for couples in making the decision as to where to host their big day.”

“The team at Lough Erne Resort work tirelessly year-round to ensure each and every wedding that they host goes smoothly and the reviews from past couples are a testament to that.

“One of the main sources of information when planning a wedding is word of mouth – people rely on the advice and recommendations from others” she added, “If wedding couples have had a good experience at a venue, then the likelihood is that you will too.”

Speaking ahead of the Wedding Open Weekend, Lough Erne Resort General Manager, William Kirby said the wedding team can’t wait to show off the new Ross Suite to couples planning their big day.

“We are investing heavily in our wedding facilities at Lough Erne Resort to ensure we have real standout across Ireland. Our investment will also help ensure we continue to exceed the expectations of our brides and grooms who recently named Lough Erne Resort as Top Rated Wedding Venue not just in Northern Ireland but in the whole of Ulster, which is fantastic news.

“All of the couples who choose Lough Erne Resort to celebrate their marriage receive a bespoke service from our experienced team, with memories that will last a lifetime.

“The new Ross Suite is the perfect setting for a wedding celebration, and we look forward to welcoming couples to our Wedding Open Weekend in March”.

Northern Ireland Couples Can’t Wait For Weddings

Brides-to-be across Northern Ireland are following the lead of their favourite Hollywood couples and choosing short engagements ahead of long, drawn-out events. With A-list couples like Cameron Diaz engaged to to Benji Madden for a blink-and-you-miss-it 17 days, and supermodel Gisele Bundchen married to Tom Brady just one month after he proposed, the trend for by-passing a long engagement to be with the one you love is gathering pace.

It’s a trend that the 5-Star Lough Erne Resort have recognised, and with increasing demand for shorter engagements the weddings team have created a bespoke ‘When Love Won’t Wait’ package which includes all the essential aspects for the big day, making it perfect for couples who just want to get on with the business of being married.

The luxury Lough Erne Resort, nestled in the heart of the stunning Fermanagh Lakelands, can cater for up to 300 family and friends, with a gourmet menu created by the award-winning Chef Noel McMeel, who was recently named a Hospitality hero by the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation.

Lough Erne Resort Concierge Gordon Elder is on hand as Jessica Turley swaps her running shoes for designer heels with her very own price charming Paudy Lunny at the five star venue, as new trends show couples from across Northern Ireland are racing up the aisle rather than settling for a long engagement.

General Manager William Kirby says the demand for the resort’s new When Love Won’t Wait wedding package shows a major shift in wedding choices within Ireland.

“The reasoning behind a long engagement in recent years has been to plan and perhaps save for the celebration. With a shift in couples now living together and buying houses prior to engagement, the need for waiting to get married has significantly reduced. Our new ‘When Love Won’t Wait’ wedding package at Lough Erne Resort is perfect for couples that don’t want to compromise or postpone their marriage any longer but want an excellent price point with unrivalled lakeside views and 5-Star service.

The “When Love Won’t Wait” wedding package offers a Lemonade Bar on arrival with tea, coffee and shortbread followed by a sumptuous five course banqueting menu with a half bottle of House Wine per guest and evening reception. The Ross Suite at Lough Erne Resort will include chair covers, sashes and candelabras for each table as part of the package. Ahead of the big day to ensure the dining options on the big day are perfect, each couple will enjoy a menu tasting session, with a complimentary 1 Night Bed and Breakfast stay to celebrate their first wedding anniversary in style!