Real Weddings

Leanne and Gary enjoy traditional wedding in beloved home town

They say a little bit of rain on your wedding day is good luck, but happily for newlyweds Leanne Lynn and Gary McKinley the chilly wintry weather cleared up just in time for their afternoon photographs.

The pair were wed in the First Omagh Presbyterian Church on February 25, 2017 in a beautiful traditional ceremony performed by Reverend Jane Nelson. Their wedding reception took place in the Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen – a tranquil venue located in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands, and one which overlooks the shores of Lower Lough Erne.

Leanne McKinley (née Lynn) makes her way to the First Omagh Presbyterian Church in a vintage car,
alongiside her father, Garry.

“I like that Gary is laid back,” Leanne, who is a social worker for the Western Health and Social Care Trust, said. “I am a stress head, so we balance each other out… Sometimes.”

It was in September 2013 that the pair first met each other during an enjoyable Autumn night out in Una Vita in Main Street, Omagh – the beloved town where they are both from. More than two years later, the sales assistant from Omagh asked Leanne for her hand in marriage during a romantic trip away to Disneyland in Paris.

His proposal in February 2016 took place in Paris’ famous ‘Rainforest Cafe’ – a quirky family restaurant designed to look like an exotic jungle and one which even recreates the sights and sounds of the Amazon rainforest.

Getting down on one knee, Gary presented her with a sparkling diamond and white gold engagement ring which was picked a number of months before hand, as Leanne’s finger is a dainty size F. “I felt so happy and excited,” Leanne said. “In fact, Lauren – who was to be my maid of honour – screamed down the phone with excitement.”

Flower girl, Caitlyn McGread and page boy, Ryan Campbell make their way up the aisle together

Getting stuck into wedding planning straight away, the pair had a few ideas about what they wanted their wedding day to look like. “Originally I wanted a lacefitted wedding dress, and for my bridesmaids to wear pink,” Leanne reflected. “But I ended up picking the complete opposite.”

They chose the Manor House Hotel for their wedding reception due to its pretty views of Lough Erne and its good food. “We also liked that it was close to home for both of our families,” she added.

Leanne found her perfect dress – a gorgeous off-white number with pretty sleeves and a Bardot sparkly belt – from Chantilly Lace in Enniskillen. “The wedding gown I chose was the third dress I took off the rail from the first shop I visited,” she recalled. “Once I tried it on I didn’t want to try on another one.”

The newlyweds’ three-tiered wedding cake, designed to perfectly match Leanne’s dress.

Unfortunately Leanne felt very stressed the night before her wedding as she still had lots to do. However when her big day finally arrived, she felt the calmest she’d ever been and couldn’t wait for the day ahead.

After the pair were pronounced man and wife, they made their way to their wedding reception in a classy limo. With 144 wedding guests joining in the celebrations, everyone tucked into the newlyweds’ elegant three-tiered wedding cake, designed to perfectly match Leanne’s dress.

Then the new Mr and Mrs McKinley danced the night away to wedding band and DJ, Atmosphere – and the couple’s flower girl, Caitlyn McGread ‘ensured the dance floor was filled the whole night’. “We had a brilliant day and so did our guests,” the 34-yearold concluded.

Newlyweds Leanne and Gary McKinley alongside their maid of honour, Lauren Doherty and best men, Darren McKinley and Gareth McFarland. Also pictured are bridesmaids Laura Campbell
and Sarah McKinley and groomsman Bryan McKinley.

• THE FINER DETAILS •

Wedding dress: ‘La Sposa Esien’ from Chantilly Lace, Enniskillen.
Hair stylist/salon: Priscilla Liggett and Hayley Mehaffey from Priscilla’s For Hair, Campsie, Omagh.
Make-up: Emma Quigley from the Velvet Lounge, Omagh.
Bridal Shoes: Rainbow Club.
Veil: Belle Mariee, Omagh.
Bridesmaid dresses: ‘True Design’ from Perfect Day, Lurgan.
Groom’s/groomsmen’s suits: Milan, Omagh.
Cake supplier: Three-tiered iced cake by Truly Scrumptious.
Florist: Avril Murdock (aunt of bride).
Bridesmaid bouquets: Clare Flower, Irvinestown.
Flower Girl Wand: Clare Flower, Irvinestown.
Church: First Omagh Presbyterian Church.
Transport: Glendale Limousines.
Reception: Manor House Country Hotel, Enniskillen.
DJ/band: Atmosphere.
First dance song: ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’ by Elvis Presley.
Photographer: Sarah Bryden.
Videographer: KD Imaging.
Other entertainment: Photobooth from Beatz Entertainment.
Honeymoon: New York and Las Vegas.