Ashylnn and Gareth enjoy beautiful wedding in their hometown
Ashlynn Quinn remembers feeling butterflies and excitement when Gareth got down on one knee and asked her to marry him on one destiny- filled Autumn day. And all of this happiness and emotion came flooding back when she saw the Fintona man standing at the altar on her wedding day just a few years later.
The pair were wed by Fr Jim Moore and Canon Patrick Marron in a traditional service at St Lawrence’s Church, Fintona on May 6, 2017. Their wedding reception took place at the Manor House Country Hotel in Enniskillen – a tranquil 17th century-style venue located in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands, and one which overlooks the shores of Lower Lough Erne.
“Words can’t describe every single thing I like and love about him,” Ashlynn said. “He is very kind, he has a good heart and he makes me laugh when I’m down. He has faith in me even when I don’t.”
Ashlynn, who is a shop assistant and hairdresser from Fintona, first met Gareth through friends on September 7, 2013. Then just over a year later – on February 7, 2015 – the design engineer got down on one knee and proposed during a romantic weekend away in Letterkenny.
To make the gesture even more special, Gareth asked Ashlynn’s mother, Geraldine for permission ahead of his thoughtful proposal. Opening up a beautiful ring-box, which was shaped like a rose, he presented Ashylnn with a gorgeous engagement ring. It featured a sparkling square diamond in the centre, surrounded by a dainty row of diamonds along each side.
“The moment was amazing,” Ashylnn said. “I felt so excited and had butterflies in my tummy.” The happy couple spent the next few months enjoying their engagement before getting stuck into wedding planning.
“We knew that we wanted a traditional wedding, and we were very open-minded to ideas that our family and friends would give us,” Ashlynn recalled. “For our traditional table favours we decided that we’d make a donation towards Arvalee school in Omagh as my brother is a pupil there.”
Ashlynn said her experience of wedding dress shopping was a positive one – even if she was a little nervous at the beginning. Happily though she found her perfect gown in the first store that she visited, Lavenderlily in Castlederg.
It flaunted a high-neckline, and an elegant open-back design while its skirt was decorated with cascading ruffles. The beautiful number was finished- off with two fine-diamond straps and a glittering belt of diamonds. “It was the last dress I tried on in the shop and my mum picked it out for me,” Ashlynn said. “I wasn’t even going to try it on, and then I fell in love with it.”
The blushing bride-to-be said that she liked everything about the Manor House Country Hotel – she just knew it was the right wedding venue for her. “I love the views as you drive up to it and the water that surrounds it,” she said. “The food and service is also wonderful, and the staff are so friendly there – especially John Dolan who dealt with us from the day we walked into the hotel.”
When Ashylnn’s lovely Summer wedding day finally arrived, she described feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement – but she couldn’t help but smile as she made her way up the aisle towards her groom.
“Our service was just amazing and the sun shone the whole day which was lovely – I think temperatures reached about 20 degrees,” she said.
“As myself and Gareth were leaving the chapel as husband and wife, my brothers and cousins played me out which made the moment really personal.”
The 23-year-old concluded, “Our wedding day was amazing from start-to-finish. “It was definitely the best day of my life.”
• THE FINER DETAILS •
Wedding dress: Lavenderlily Bridal Boutique, Castlederg.
Make-up: Sinead O’Hanlon from Pure Perfection, Fintona.
Bridal shoes: eBay.
Head piece: Sobelle, Omagh.
Bridesmaid dresses: Quiz, Derry.
Groom’s/groomsmen’s suits: SD Kells, Omagh.
Cake supplier: Ita McMenamin from Ita’s Cakes.
Cake design: Three-tiered with two flowers on each side and two flowers on the the top.
Florist: Roisin McAtee from Nettles & Petals.
Church: St Lawerence’s Church, Fintona.
Transport: Glendale Limousines, Omagh.
Reception: Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen.
Guests total: Approximately 130.
Photographer: Paula Donnelly.
Videographer: Sean McQuaid.
Chapel music: Louise Coyle and Daire McCarroll.
Honeymoon: Salou, at the end of August.