Chantelle and Marty enjoy sun-kissed Spring wedding
AS the sun set on a beautiful shimmering beach in Greece, Martin Devine celebrated the end of his 24th birthday in truly memorable style.
Getting down on one knee with a backdrop of the Greek ocean and sand, he asked his long-term girlfriend, Chantelle McAleer for her hand in marriage… and she said yes.
The couple, who are both from Omagh, were wed on March 25, 2017 in the Sacred Heart Church by both Monsignor Donnelly and Father Kearney.
Their wedding reception was held in Redcastle Oceanfront – a Golf and Spa Hotel situated on the Inishowen peninsula in Donegal.
Chantelle, who is a staff nurse, first met Marty on a school trip to the scenic Gortatole in November 2005 – something, she said, was the beginning of their journey together.
“I love how Marty makes me feel like the most important person in the world,” Chantelle described. “He is funny, very handsome and such a romantic.”
On September 7, 2014, during their lovely holiday to Greece, Martin proposed to Chantelle and presented her with an engagement ring which he had chosen himself. The shining platinum ring featured a halo design and a trio of sparkling diamonds across the band.
“I was so shocked and really didn’t expect it,” Chantelle said. “It was Marty’s birthday, and we had decided to go for a walk on the beach before getting dinner. I was so emotional. I really was the happiest girl in the world. “It was so special to me that Marty chose the ring, and he did an amazing job.”
With their minds set on a traditional and elegant wedding with some modern twists, the couple looked at many different wedding venues before they found the one which was simply perfect.
“When we arrived at Redcastle Hotel in Donegal, we knew it was just what we wanted,” Chantelle said. “We loved its panoramic views across Lough Foyle. The staff were so friendly and the food was amazing.”
For Chantelle, choosing her wedding dress was an experience which she simply loved. With her beloved mother, Angela by her side, the pair spent one full day looking for that dream dress – and they found it in Serendipity Bridal Boutique, Fivemiletown. Designed by Suzanne Neville, Chantelle’s perfect gown was made from crepe silk material with detailed lace and a classy diamante back.
“I tried on many different dress and different styles but I went back to that dress,” she said. “I knew it was the one.”
When Chantelle’s wedding day finally arrived, she felt so excited and couldn’t wait to walk up the aisle. “I’m a very emotional person, but on the big day I was able to keep it together,” she reflected. “And the weather was perfect. We had some panic during the week of the wedding as there was some snow. But on the day, we couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was sunny the whole time, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.”
The new Mr and Mrs Devine enjoyed a special wedding ceremony which featured a unique family touch. “Father Kearney, one of the priests who married us, is my mum’s cousin,” Chantelle explained. “So it was lovely to have the family involved. “The service was so special and a very important part of our day.”
Whisked away to the wedding reception in an open rooftop vintage car, the newlyweds then tucked into their five-tier wedding cake draped in gold before enjoying a surprise fireworks display at the end of the night… an unexpected treat for Chantelle from Martin.
“We both had the most amazing day,” the 26-year-old concluded. “We loved every minute and it really was perfect in every way – from start to finish.”